The Lady and The Beard

LIFE WITH THE LADY

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I was recently inspired by the Dollar Shave Club and their motto of “shave time, shave money. I’m a frugal lady and I always have intentions of saving time and money with almost everything I do. Not that I’m against buying things full price or taking the long route to my destination but these days as a new momma, wherever I can spare time and money I’m all about it. So I got to thinking, what do I “shave time, shave money” on?

  1. SALES!
    This is a no brainer. I like to consider myself a smart lady shopper. My constant online browsing allows me the opportunity to scope out the pieces I want/need and then I stalk them until sales being. Luckily for all of us, most new trends and seasonal clothes come out a season in advance. While I don’t need winter clothes that are hitting the stores now, I can wait until they go on sale and scoop them up for a great price. Why spend full price when I can wait for a sale? 
  2. Carpooling
    The Beard and I work within 2 miles of each other and most days during the week our schedules overlap. Carpooling is essential for us most days so we save on gas and keep from piling on the miles to both of our cars. And while we both don’t agree with each other’s driving skills, it’s a great time for us to catch up on our day-to-day lives before we come home and have to be parents to the babe.
  3. Leftovers for lunch
    I can already sense some of my friends cringing at this statement but hear me out. I’m not talking about 2-3 day left overs but meals from the night before. If you are used to cooking for 2 you know how hard it is to NOT have left overs. Most recipes are made for 4 or more, so in our simple home of 2 we always have left over food. When I got into cooking about a year ago I started taking leftovers for lunch at work the next day. Why? It was not only saving us lots of money (eating out adds up!) and I was able to enjoy all the amazing meals all over again. Since then I have become the envy of the people around me as my lunches always smell great.
  4. Meal Planning
    Every sunday we plan out our meals and head to the grocery store. This has helped tremendously with saving time during the week especially with the new babe. We know what meals we’re having, when we are making them and who is accountable for them. We no longer have the fuss of trying to decide what to have for dinner and bouncing ideas back and forth for over an hour until we end up eating out. Now, dinners are served promptly once we get home which means more time with Ava.
  5. Makeup
    It’s no surprise that I love make and beauty products and I love to splurge. But I’m frugal these days and can’t justify spending a ton of money on all of the products I want. I’ve set out to try to find the “drugstore” brands of products that I like and now love. Not everything works the same which means some expensive things will forever stay in my makeup bag but now I have a go to options when I’m in a bind and would rather buy a cute outfit for Ava instead of makeup for myself. Mom life.
  6. To-Do Lists
    I love a good list. However if can prioritize my day, especially at work, I’m all about it. Post-its, notepads and calendar reminders make up the majority of my day and it’s become a critical time saver. I’ve determined how to squeeze in all the meetings, all of the tasks and still make time for myself.
  7. Divide & Conquer 
    Life as new parents can be stressful and we both want as much time with the little babe as possible. Each night we divide out what needs to be done and attack! This can range from The Beard starting the laundry to me getting Ava dressed for bed. Or me starting dinner and The Beard giving Ava a bath. Once the evening comes we both can sit around and enjoy our little bundle of joy.

 

How do you “shave time and shave money”

Don’t forget to check out the Dollar Shave Club to have razors shipped to your door for as low as $1 a month, depending on your blade of choice. Yes, just $1 !!

***Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated or provided with free products for my thoughts in this post. All opinions are my own***

LIFE WITH THE LADY

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It’s time for me to come clean and be serious. I have am an addict of day dreaming about the finer things in life. Fancy baubles, bags, dream vacations…you name it, I love it. The wishing and wanting goes hand in hand with working hard to achieve the pretty things I want. I was raised to work hard and reward yourself with nice things. Hard work pays off, right? But it’s not always the case. Sometimes my dreams are a little too unattainable even for my type-a personality. It takes a bit more than working 50+ hours a week, working hard towards my Pinterest board dreams to come up with what I would really want.

I got to thinking about what I really love after Julia recently had me fill out a mini blurb about myself for her site. I posed some similar questions to friends and the answers not only shocked me but helped me learn a little bit more about each person. The opportunity to spend money on material things can show people’s wishes, desires and something about who they innately are. Most people have quick answers, because those are the true day dreams. Others had to take their time to really consider what they would spend their money on and why. Isn’t it funny how we all approach the topic in a different way?

There are quite a few fashion/clothing related posts on our blog weekly, but my ultimate splurge wouldn’t be on clothes. No. It would be on something much different. I can wish for all the clothes I want but destinations are the key to my ultimate dream happiness.  The location constantly changes and in the moment I would love to visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy. A friends trip, which would include the babe of course, traveling down the coast. Cliffs, blue skies and breathtaking views.  When I posed the same question to The Beard his answer couldn’t possibly be further apart on the spectrum of splurging. His response, which seems so typical as a man, would be a giant tv or to pay for our child’s college tuition. I guess one of us has to be the dreamer and the other with their feet firmly planted on the ground. If I had to be a realist my answer would be closer to The Beard’s. Taking care of and financially providing for our child is something of extreme importance. But we’re dreamers here today and it’s okay to step outside of reality and have a little fun.

So I pose the question to you… If given the opportunity to splurge on one thing, and one thing only, what would it be and why? You can give a philosophical approach of how you may help to spread world peace, cure cancer or be downright selfish in the moment, like me, and splurge it on your dream Pinterest worthy home. This is a judge free zone, so dream away and share them below. Then take the time to ask those around you because their answers might surprise you as well!

LIFE WITH THE LADY AND GIVEAWAY

Within the past week I saw an increase in the amount of visitors to our site and our Facebook page. It started off as a sweet push from my husband to remind everyone that we are here and what I do with my downtime (aside from a full time job, wife, momma) and keeping this blog afloat. I felt full of love that he, one who never gets on Facebook, wanted to help us out. This little side blog of mine is starting to flourish and become more than I ever expected. It started off as a whim to cure my boredom and start a hobby that could be uniquely mine.  I always enjoyed writing, secretly, and finally found a passion that I never knew existed. From what began as a random assortment of thoughts, pictures and my daily life turned into this well oiled machine that found its groove and kept on moving.

Overtime I wanted more for this little blog. I found my favorite daily reads from blogs and wanted ours to be just as special. But when you’re competing against a group of people all doing the same-ish thing with the same type of goal in mind, you don’t really stand out. As unique as I felt we were/are, it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t about to sell myself out and start advertising on our site and going by means of desperateness…this was never a money making venture in the beginning nor is it now. I just wanted people to read and relate to the content we put out. Along the way I found Julia who has not only become my blog-business partner but a great friend. We bonded over the same issues and issues that plagued our blogs and had the same passions of wanting to be unique and stand out. She’s been a huge supporter of my content and part of my success – without her weekly How She’d Wear It posts I don’t think I would have some of the viewers that I do. It’s crazy how when you are searching to stand out above the rest you can find someone that struggles just as much and you bond over it and then become each others cheerleaders.

Now to present day: my husband supporting the blog on his Facebook and our readership growing in the matter of a few days. It hit me – why not do a giveaway. As Julia put it, who doesn’t love free shit? This kind of goes back to the not being desperate idea but I felt that we were well on our way to something special. The more people understand my vision, my life and our content, the more they could relate and hopefully stick around for daily and weekly reads. So a giveaway was born and I took to Facebook to get it started. I was going for 100 Facebook Page Likes before we would start our giveaway. An added incentive to help grow our readership but make people happy in the process.

The response was overwhelming. In my mind I imagined it would take a few weeks to reach 100. In just 3 short days the goal was achieved. 3 days! We went from 58 likes to 100 in 3 days. I am overwhelmed with so many emotions – happiness, joy and love. 100 Likes may not seem like a large number but for me it’s a huge milestone. So this giveaway is well worth it!

Now for the good stuff that everyone’s been waiting for. The free stuff! The one thing that stood out to me was hair product. Half of this blogging duo deals with hair on a daily basis and it only seemed right to pull from his work life. I could pull from mine but then you all would be left with school desks and chairs – not as exciting. It’s been mentioned in our Must Haves post previously and quite possibly my products of the summer…

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo + Conditioner

We’re talking full size product, no travel sizes here

 

To enter:

  • select one or all of the options in the handy widget below. I would hope if you choose “leave a comment” you leave something other than “hey girl” but I’ll take it! Do all or one of the options below – but obviously the more you do the better chance you have a winning
  • the giveaway period will close on Thursday September 11th at 11:59pm PST for all my west coast people. Then I will wake up bright and early (with the baby) on Friday September 12th and announce the winner on our Facebook page and here on the blog as well
  • this giveaway is open to all readers and viewers – minus my husband. He’s the hair product supplier and doesn’t really need to win this giveaway

If you are lucky enough to win you’ll be contacted by me personally and will have one week from the day contact to email your shipping address to [email protected] If you don’t contact me within the week (7 calendar days to be exact) then I will have to move on to the next lucky winner.

Easy enough?

Good luck and may the odds be forever in your favor…or your hairs favor!

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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It’s finally Friday and I for one couldn’t be happier. I’m ready to unwind and not think about work for at least two days.  Let’s just get into the fun portion of this post…

Favorite New Blog/Tumblr

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“WE WOULDN’T LET HIM DRINK WHISKEY”

This tumblr is genius! Of all the times kids cry it really is over silly things. Another one of my favorites is “we wouldn’t let him drown in this pond” as the kid is crying with a pond in the background…because you know that kid tried to take off running towards that beautiful pond because he probably thought it was a toy store. Check this out even if you don’t have kids because you will get a good laugh or two.

Favorite Cat Inspiration

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Favorite Home Office Inspiration

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Favorite New Song

Paramore – I’m Still Into You

Happy Friday! Make sure to share or comment on YOUR favorite thing of the week.

LIFE WITH THE LADY

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Does anyone else dread Mondays? That question was slightly rhetorical as I feel EVERY dislikes MONDAYS. The weekend is over, your back on the work grind and having to take a peep of the sunny weather through a crack in the work window blinds.

I am constantly brainstorming ideas for the blog and always feeling a need for a change. This new layout has kept me content since March. I’m not bored of it yet and don’t plan on changing it anytime soon. I’m always so hard on myself and strive for perfection in this blog of mine/ours. The look is something that will resonate with any viewer and new reader and I always want something that stands out but that truly speaks to who we are. Sure I could hire some creative to overhaul our page, but I don’t think I’m quite there yet. Besides, I like the self-taught methods of my photoshop skills and creating as I go. It keeps my more hands on which gives me greater satisfaction at the end of the day. There are a few minor things in the works that hopefully you will look forward to. Again, nothing major, but more fun headers for blog posts and more pictures, because who doesn’t love pictures!?!

What does this all mean for you?

Well, I would love feedback. I’m a silent reader myself so it’s hard for me to say “leave comments please!” because I understand the feeling and need to read blogs and never comment. As a young bebie blogger I truly love seeing the stats of this site increase week over week. But there is always just something missing when it comes to what our readers want. Hey, maybe I have just hit the nail on the head and you all don’t need to point anything out, which I highly doubt is true….

So I have made this promise to myself that I will start commenting on other blog posts (not my own) in hopes that in return some of you dear readers will leave comments for me as well. If you love something, let me know. If you would like to see me/us do something, leave a comment below. Or if you absolutely hate something, let us know too because we all know that change can do you good at times. I promise I won’t judge and I will be open to all comments. Give us some love and let us know how we are doing, or what you like.

I’m looking forward to the week ahead and all the great posts we have coming for you to read!