Ask Away Blog: 2019

Easy Summer Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Monday, July 15, 2019

Easy Summer Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Ever since I got my Ninja Blender, I'm obsessed with smoothies.   When I have guests over I'll make an actual wine smoothie for everyone but the rest of the time, I really enjoy making a simple fruit smoothie as my evening snack.  So today I'm sharing my recipe. 

3 Simple Ways To Immediately Improve Your Home

Saturday, July 13, 2019

If you are always on the lookout for ways in which you can make your home look better and be better to live in, then you will probably know that there are a lot of potential solutions for that. In fact, there are so many that you might even find it challenging to know which to go for first. Regardless, it is good to know that there are so many ways you can improve the home whenever you want to, and in this article we are going to take a look at some of the ones that you might want to consider most of all. What follows are three very simple means by which you can hope to improve your home very fast. You should consider any of these if you hope to improve your home some time soon.

Why Is Craft Beer Such a 'Thing' These Days?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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So I'm 32 years old but back when I first turned 21, me and all of my friends would head out to the bars 
to dance to music and enjoy the club scene.  Fast forward to 10 years later and I began to wonder why this new group of young adults turning 21 no longer flocks to the bars like we did.  Then I noticed that craft beer was becoming a huge thing and all these twenty-somethings go on tastings at their favorite breweries and spots each weekend, especially in the summer when they can enjoy the nice weather.  

Why Women in Business Are So Empowering

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Of course anyone that runs a business or operates even part of  a business in the world today is impressive, but I just can't seem to get over how amazing it is for women to be so successful, especially since most women balance a lot on their plates every day between work, kids, cleaning and cooking, and self care

6 Tips for Organizing A Closet

6 Tips for Organizing A Closet

Your closet can be a magical place where you store your beautiful clothing and make it easy to get dressed or pick out an outfit for a certain occasion.  Unfortunately, too many of us have closets that are very disorganized and it makes choosing an outfit stressful.  Here are some tips on how to organize a closet and keep it that way. 

The Art Of Spending Money To Save Money

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Is there a more confusing premise? You save money by spending it, but how? The simple fact is that splashing out on specific products and services cuts costs by reducing the need to pay more in the future. Often, thrifty people are drawn in by a price tag and don't think about the quality or the necessity, and they get stung down the line.

Your Perfect Pet - Puppy Or Kitten?

Of course, there are so many other options that you might like to consider. Puppies and kittens are usually the default when people talk about getting a pet. They’re cute and fluffy, they have a reasonably long lifespan and overall can be trained to some degree in house.

They usually work with kids too. We’ve all seen the movies where the child and the dog are best friends, think Homeward Bound, or maybe ever Cheaper By The Dozen.

The less fluffy options come in the form of lizards, birds, horses, tortoise and fish. All are perfectly great options. Fish are excellent starter pets for kids. They are easy to feed, great to look at, and even cleaning them is pretty simple for a cold water set up.

Making a Home Healthy During Summer

Monday, July 8, 2019

Summer is finally here and with it all the heat and stickiness! As much as you were looking forward to warm weather, now you can't wait to get out of it. You retreat inside your home, but is your home any healthier than the outdoors? It may be time to find out how healthy your indoor air really is.

4 Summer Outfit Ideas

Summer is a tricky time for fashion because when you're dripping sweat and dealing with humidity, you may not feel like primping and preening and wearing heavy material clothing.  So I put together 4 outfits that are light and airy...and of course stylish! 

Alternatives to Bankruptcy with Trout Associates

Friday, July 5, 2019

When most people hear the word bankruptcy, they think of the worst case scenario and when they find themselves in a situation where they are contemplating bankruptcy, they become almost hysteric.  Bankruptcy is when you can no longer pay your debts.  Maybe you have a large student loan, massive credit card debt, and a variety of other financial issues, and you are contemplating bankruptcy yourself.  Today I'm going to explain some alternatives to going to the worst case scenario of filing for bankruptcy.  

Buying Antique Tables: What To Look For

Antique tables are always in great demand, and like any other form of antique furniture, there are fakes and reproductions, which often require the eyes of an expert to tell the difference. If you are looking to add an antique table or desk to your collection, here are a few things to look for.

4 Tips to Keep Your Carpet Clean in the Summer

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Nearly 60 million kids are enrolled in public and private schools nationwide, and they all get to enjoy extra freedom during the summer. While that’s great for kids and families in general, it can wreak havoc on your home. Kids tend to multiply in the summer; so where there were once only one pair of pitter-pattering feet, suddenly your home may sound like it’s being overrun by a herd of cattle. The little messes easily caught before can quickly add up and become uncontrollable. Since carpet acts as a giant room air filter, good luck trying to imagine what’s lurking within those fibers without getting nauseous. Thankfully, a professional carpet cleaner in Macomb Michigan is just a call away. But here are a few tips to keep your carpet clean in the summer in the meantime.

Tips On Creating An Efficient Office Space At Home

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Working from home can many advantages from the flexibility of setting your own schedule to eliminating your usual daily commute saving gas money and time. However, being successful in a home office running a small business or working from home requires creating, or at least replicating an efficient work environment that promotes efficiency.

It’s best practice; before claiming a corner in one of your rooms and designating it an office, making a precise list of the most basic needs for you to be successful at working from home. The list should generally include anything that will help ease the workflow, such as a desk, a PC, printer, and telephone. When making the list of critical needs, it is important to think about how you plan to use the space for your business needs.

How To Easily Organize a Utility Closet

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

How To Easily Organize a Utility Closet

The utility closet in most homes seems to be the catch all for all of the important stuff that you tend to need in a hurry.  In my utility closet I keep towels for cleaning up messes, candles, cleaning supplies, and more.  But after a couple of months it can start to look very chaotic and I've heard other people say there's is terrifying when they open the door.  So today I'm going to give you some steps to easily organize your own utility closet. 

8 Simple Tips to Save Money on Summer Entertaining

Monday, July 1, 2019

8 Simple Tips to Save Money on Summer Entertaining

Summer is the best time to host a get together mostly because you can hang around outside so you don't need to clean your home from top to bottom inside.  The problem is, if you don't plan even the smallest of get togethers correctly, you may end up spending more money than you needed to.  Here are 8 simple tips to save money on summer entertaining when you're the host. 

What I'm Loving This Month

Friday, June 28, 2019

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Summer is always full of outside fun for me but once it gets hot and sticky I re-focus on taking care of my home, my health, and my pets with new products I find.  So here's what I'm loving this month! 

These Tips Will Calm Down Your Overexcited Puppy

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

When you first bring a new puppy home, there is no doubt that it will be very excited. It will want to meet everyone in its new family and will also spend a lot of time exploring its new home. After a few days it should start to settle down and be a lot more comfortable in its new life.

How To Put An Outfit Together | A Basic Styling Guide

How To Put An Outfit Together | A Basic Styling Guide

All too often I hear people say that they are terrible at putting together an outfit.  For some reason when we struggle like that, we just wear the same few outfits on a rotating schedule from our closet and everything else goes to waste.   Now, if you haven't already done a major purge of your wardrobe, make sure you get my free printable guide to purging your wardrobe to walk you through it.   When you have a closet full of only what you love most, you'll be able to put the best outfits together in no time! 

Once you've purged your wardrobe - it's time to learn how to put an outfit together.  I actually do my outfits for the week and hang them in groups by day in my closet so that I don't even have to give a second thought in the morning when I'm dressing for work.  If you use this guide to put an outfit together you will be able to easily do it the night before or even the day of. 

Books I Recommend You Read [June]

Monday, June 24, 2019

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I've been so busy these days so I don't get to read as much as I'd like to and I'm certainly not reading as much as I was in years before, but still...I wanted to share what I've been reading lately! 

How Managing Your Habits Can Dramatically Impact Your Sense of Well-Being

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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People, by and large, will go to extraordinary lengths to try and improve their sense of well-being, and to ensure that they are having the best possible experience in life.

Many of the practices and exercises that are most commonly recommended for improving well-being have to do with things like relaxation – for example, taking the time to soak in a hot bath every day after work, or making sure to have quality social events to look forward to on the weekend.

6 Ways to Style a Throw Blanket

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Style a Throw Blanket

I love throw blankets because they serve 2 purposes.  They look super cute and add decorative accents throughout your home but they also can be functional if you're chilly and need to pull a blanket over yourself while you watch TV.  Some people just keep throw blankets folded and shoved into a closet until they need them, but I have some basic ways to style them so they add to the overall style of your home.  

Scholarships are the Key

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

So many people these days are stressed out about money, especially when it comes to deciding on a career path for the future.  Student loans are outrageous anymore and unfortunately, too many people go to college and never use their degree.  There are some trades that don't even require a formal degree.  Today I wanted to talk about how important it is to consider a scholarship for your future.  Scholarships can help you in so many ways when it comes to making the decision to go to college and then funding yourself along the way. 

Home Improvements for Warm Weather

If there's one thing I know about the seasons, it's that when it's warm out, it's the best time to do some major improvements to your home.  I always tell people that the winter should be more focused around stuff like refinishing a room, putting down new floors, painting, and bathroom makeovers because what else can you do when you're stuck inside during a snow storm? 

Why Being Wise Helps You Meet Your Wellness Goals

Achieving wellness is a holy grail for many. It’s something that we’re desperate to have in our lives, but it seems permanently out of reach for one reason or another.

Is wellness possible for most people most of the time? Or is it like a lottery? You could win, but you probably won’t.

It turns out that it’s probably a bit of both. You have to win the lottery in the sense that you have to be in a position where you could achieve wellness. But you also have to make the right lifestyle choices to make it happen.

How To Banish Sleepless Nights

If we’re going to be at our best every day, then we need to have a reliable sleeping routine. There’s simply no getting around it -- you can’t be at your brilliant best if you’re constantly fighting tiredness. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’d probably conclude that we can become something of a monster when we’re running low on sleep. If you’re one of those people who struggles to hit the hay and get all the sleep you need each night, then the good news is that there are things you can do to improve the situation. We take a look at a few ideas below.


Things You Can Do To Banish Stress Tonight

Fed up of feeling stressed out and out of control? It might be time for you to get a handle on the situation and start bringing those stress levels down. Whether it’s work or your personal life that’s causing you to feel stressed, there are ways you can learn to manage it to feel more in control and more resilient in stressful situations.

Why not get started by tackling your stress tonight? There are a couple of great suggestions for things you can do to alter your evening routine and take some time to yourself to get back on track.

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3 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Improve Your Mental Health

Thursday, June 13, 2019

When your mental health is suffering, it’s important that you seek professional help if things are getting on top of you. Your doctor can offer you medication and access to talking therapies that will help you to manage things a lot better. However, the best way to treat mental health problems is through early intervention that stops them from developing in the first place. If you can live a healthier lifestyle generally, you can combat mental health problems and stop them before you even start. Often, there are simple things that you can do on a daily basis to massively improve your mental health. These are some of the best lifestyle changes that you can make if you want to combat mental health problems.

Here's What You Need to Know About Workplace Injury

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When you leave for work in the morning, you might have a million things on your mind. How will you get that report in on time? Is there enough budget left for that training? Will you get paid in time for the weekend?

The one thing you probably never think of is the possibility of getting injured that day. But accidents in the workplace happen all the time. That's why it's so important to think of what risks you might face at work and what you would do if you were unlucky enough to experience a workplace injury.

15 Ways to Save On Electricity Bills this Summer

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

15 Ways to Save On Electricity Bills this Summer

Summer time can be a real struggle not just with beating the heat when you have to be out in it, but also trying to stay afloat financially and keeping your electric bill down.  Whether you live in a house or an apartment, these tips can help you cut back on your monthly bill. 

How To Stay Cool at a Summer Wedding

How To Stay Cool at a Summer Wedding

Summer is a great time for weddings except for one annoying thing.  The hot humid weather that comes once July hits.   Oh, and the bugs.   And the random rain storms that give you frizzy hair.  

But that's okay! Because if you've been invited to an outdoor Summer wedding, I have some easy advice for you that will help you stay cool and feel good while you join in your friend's special day. 

Different Ways To Exercise Your Dog

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Are you in the habit of going for the same walk every day with your dog? Is your dog tired of smelling the same bits of grass? If you are both getting a bit bored with your exercise regimes, then maybe it's time to mix things up a bit and make things fun again. 

FREE Printable Financial Goal Charts

Monday, June 10, 2019

FREE Printable Financial Goal Charts

You know what makes working towards your financial goals even more fun?  Tracking them as you go.  It gives you a way to watch your progress and see how close you are to your end goal.  That's why I've created 3 free printable goal trackers for you! 

What is a Financial Advisor and Why You Need One from Graylock Advisors

Friday, June 7, 2019

You have probably seen commercials for financial advisors on TV, and maybe even seen local ones on billboards in your hometown.  Most people have heard of a financial advisor before but they have no clue what that even means.  Is it someone that advises you on your money? Is it someone that invests your money for you? If you ask yourself those questions then this is post is most definitely for you.  Today I'm going to tell you what a financial advisor does and why you may need to look into one. 

2019 Father's Day Gift Guide

2019 Father's Day Gift Guide

Dads can be so difficult to shop for.  For some reason, they seem to have it all which can make Father's Day a challenge.  So what do you get a picky dad or a dad that has it all? Well, here's some ideas! 

20 Money Saving Tips for the Summer

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

20 Money Saving Tips for the Summer
Summer is a great time to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.  The kids are out of school and everyone seems to be having a blast day AND night. The problem is, sometimes we get caught up in the fun and we spend way too much money.  We stop being as frugal as we were when we were stuck inside during the winter months.  Here are 20 money savings tips for the summer!

4 Ways to Improve Your Body Image and Confidence

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The world has become somewhat obsessed with beauty thanks to the rise of platforms like Instagram and social media websites, but it’s created a fake reality that people take too seriously. A lot of images you see in fashion websites and on social media are often edited heavily in Photoshop, creating a false sense of beauty that isn’t achievable. This leads people to believe they’re ugly, it reduces confidence in others and could create body image issues that manifest into health problems.

But it’s difficult to avoid these things, so in this article, we’re going to talk about 4 ways to improve your body image and confidence even if you’re surrounded by social media.

Styling Your Home with Outdoor Decor

Monday, June 3, 2019

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Styling Your Home with Outdoor Decor

When the weather is nice (basically any season except winter) the decor on the outside of your home like in a sunroom, on a patio/deck, or around the entry to your home is very important.   Not that there's anything wrong with a simple minimal look on the outside or anything, but a lot of people spend A LOT of time in their outdoor living spaces.  When you spend a lot of time in a certain part of your home, you tend to want to spruce up the looks of it.  That's why I have some tips on how to style and decorate your home with outdoor decor. 

What I'm Loving Lately + A Giveaway

Friday, May 31, 2019

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I LOVE showing off my favorite things and it's been a while since I did so.  Lately, I've found some amazing fashion, beauty, and general everyday life products and I'm so excited to show you!!!!    

 So I started using some new hair products and I'm in LOVE!!!!  The NIUCOCO line of hair care products is a salon-grade line that's natural, vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Their hydrating shampoo smells so good and it really makes my hair shiny and keeps my scalp moisturized, which has always been a struggle for me. To go with that is the smoothing conditioner which is ideal for me this time of year when my hair gets frizzy and messy.  Ever since I started using this, it's smoother, and seems to not mind the humidity as much.  I'm not constantly fixing my hair and smoothing it down. My hair is also SUPER SOFT!  I finish my hair routine after every shower by using the renewing serum to protect my hair when I blow dry and straighten it.  This serum helps get rid of the frizz as well and has an amazing scent (coconut).   It's so important to use all natural AND cruelty free products on your body so check out NIUCOCO today! 

Time To Talk About Health

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the benefits associated with private care, as well as some useful tips on choosing health care insurance.

Affordable Medical Insurance – How To Lower Health Insurance Premiums

Affordable medical insurance is something we would all like to benefit from. Nevertheless, simply looking for the cheapest insurance plan you can find is not advised. If you do this, you will suffer from a lack of cover, rendering your policy virtually ineffective. So, how can you save money on health insurance?

4 Summer Outfit Ideas

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

4 Summer Outfit Ideas

Ahhh, summer time - when it gets hot as heck and you still want to dress cute.  And that's where the struggle is.  We can often times go for an outfit that's not very flattering just because it will keep us cool.  But with a little bit of extra effort you can guarantee a cute summer outfit that also keeps you cool.  Check out these 4 outfit ideas below to give you inspiration in your own wardrobe. 

Five Habits That Might Be Impacting Your Health & Wellbeing

Monday, May 27, 2019

Our health is always going to be important to us, no matter what age we are. So making sure that we have a good health in our lives is crucial. However, there are habits in life that may be impacting negatively on our health and wellbeing. And to help you to live a long and happy life here’s five habits that might not be good for you.

Ways To Save Money As A Household

Running a household costs money and that money might not always be enough to cover the monthly outgoings that come with having a family. However, to ensure you make ends meet here’s a few ways to save money as a household.

Books I Recommend You Read [May]

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Another month of nice weather and good reads! Check them out below! 

Is Debt Consolidation with Barron Advisors Right for You?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

So many people are throwing around the idea of debt consolidation but there are just as many people, if not more, that have no clue what debt consolidation really is and how it could potentially benefit them.   To put it simply, debt consolidation is when you obtain a new loan that takes the place of your current debt.  Sometimes it's a great choice and other times, there are other solutions to check out before consolidating your debt that way.  If you're already feeling overwhelmed, it's okay.  I'll explain everything about debt consolidation below so you can determine if it's the right choice for you. 

Habitual Health: Small Lifestyle Choices With A Dramatic Impact

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The way that you live your life will always impact your body. The food you eat, the work you do, and the time you spending doing things like sleeping will shape you, leaving some people far more healthy than others. This leaves a lot of people putting huge amounts of effort into keeping fit and monitoring their health, with concerns that they will cause problems in the future. While going to the gym and maintaining a strict diet, though, a lot of people will hold onto the unhealthy habits which they’ve picked up over time.

Frugal Living Hacks to Save You Money Each Month

Frugal Living Hacks to Save You Money Each Month

I think most of us fail to realize how much money we could save each month if we cut back on our spending on a consistent basis.  But when most people think of cutting back on spending they associate that with not going shopping for clothing, etc.  But it goes way beyond that actually and today I am sharing some realistic frugal living hacks that can save you money each month! 

Simple Ways To Spruce Up The Bathroom

Monday, May 20, 2019

Now that a new season beckons and we have started our spring cleaning for the year, it is a great time to take a look at our home and see what things we can change and upgrade. The room which often gets overlooked in the house when decorating starts is the bathroom, and this can often lead to us keeping the same drab design for years on end. Today we are taking a look at the ways you can spruce up this part of the house.

How To SUCCESSFULLY Budget for A Vacation

How To SUCCESSFULLY Budget for A Vacation

Tis the season for vacations which means people are stressing out about how to quickly save up money.  But how do you know how much money to actually save for a vacation?  And how do you know what money you plan to spend on what activities? Well, you have to get a little organized.  So I'm going to share with you some tips that if you follow, you can be successful in planning and budgeting for a vacation. 

How I Stay Sweat-Proof in Spring

Friday, May 17, 2019

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If you know me personally, you can easily attest to the fact that I despise being hot and I can't stand humid weather.  So I struggle A LOT in Spring and Summer.  When it comes to my outfit, I usually try to wear something that's stylish but still breathable.   So today I'm letting you in on 2 little secrets that I wear underneath my clothing. 

Styling Your Yard with Flowers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Styling Your Yard with Flowers

Flowers are a great way to style your yard and the front of your home which can be seen by basically anyone that passes by.  But some people tell me they just don't get it.  They don't know which flowers to put where and how many should go in one spot and why the flower pot they filled up has too many flowers in too small of a space.  Relax! I have a few helpful tips for styling your yard with flowers this Spring and Summer! 

3 Of The Most Common Hair Problems Solved

We all want to have luscious hair but unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy. A lot of people think that they’re the only one that has problems with their hair because everybody around them seems to look great. But they’re probably working hard to get it looking like that because they’ve got the same issues that you’re having. If you want your hair to look great, you need to learn how to deal with some of the hair problems that you’re likely to have at some point. These are some of the most common hair problems and how you can deal with them.
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