Thursday, October 27, 2011

For the Sale Obsessed

I admit it. I'm a sale-a-holic.  If it's 75% off, I'm interested.  Sometimes this means I score super low prices and fabulous boots... other times it gets me in trouble because I go over budget (in order to save money later!).

If you're a sale-a-holic like me, here are some sites you should be following.  Lots of them have their own apps too!

1. HauteLook - I love this site!  I recently purchased a pair of boots and a new straightener, and I use both almost every day!  New designer deals are posted daily at 10 am central time.  They feature shoes, clothes, beauty supplies, home decor, and even getaway deals.  I can't help myself, I'm on my tablet every morning at 10:05 just to see what's up.  And a fun thing, when you purchase something it comes delivered to your door wrapped up like a present inside!  How fun is that?

2. Groupon - Tried and true!  This site is huge and has lots of great deals.  They offer local discounts on all sorts of services.  Check in every day because you never know what might be up!  It could be food, clothes, or even maid service.

3. Living Social - I admit, I literally just purchased two deals from this site before posting this blog.  It's pretty similar to Groupon, except in my opinion is more food and activity oriented.

4. Daily Deals - I've heard a lot about this site but am not super familiar with it.  Have any of you made purchases from here?

5. WichitaPerks (only if you're from anywhere around the middle of Kansas) - This site is local based, but great. They'll send you a text with their daily deal so you don't even have to go looking for the info.

Do you have any other sites you check daily or that have great discounts?  I can always use more to feed my slight obsession. :)

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

All Day Macaroni and Cheese

As a busy girl, my slow cooker is my best friend.  Every Wednesday my boyfriend and I try a new recipe, and today's was fantastic!  If you don't have a slow cooker, you should really consider investing in one.  With just a few short ingredients and a couple minutes to throw it together, you could have a hot tasty meal waiting for you when you get home!

Today's Menu: All Day Macaroni and Cheese

8 ounces (I guessed about 2 cups) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
16 ounces (4 cups) shredded sharp Chedder Cheese
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

The hardest part about this mix is that you have to cook the pasta before you put it in the slow cooker.  One you get that done it's a piece of cake. Just coat the cooker with non-stick spray, put in the pasta and mix with all the other ingredients.  Keep 1 cup cheese to put on top of mix.  Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.  Do not remove the cover or stir until it has finished cooking, or it might take longer and get messed up!

How easy is that?  Did you read--DO NOT CHECK IT??  Put it in and forget about it for 5-6 hours!  That's my kind of cooking, and tasty!

Just for my man, I put ground beef in ours as an addition.  It really added something!  But, be careful.  I accidentally bought sweetened evaporated milk and you could tell.  We had sweetened macaroni, but it was still good.  Paired with some veggies it would be perfect.

So give it a try tonight, you might be pleasantly surprised.  Do you have any favorite slow cooker recipes?  It's that time of year again!

Welcome to Kansas Born, New York Bound!

Welcome readers, to my brand new blog Kansas Born, New York Bound!  If you're young, crazy busy, and always struggling to manage your time... you've come to the right place!  If you love easy recipes, money saving tips, and short laughs or life lessons, you should follow now.  If you simply have a dream to some day be a New Yorker, welcome to my life.

I'm brand new to the blogging world.  I would love to read any welcome or introduction comments!  Tips and suggestions for a beginner blogger would be appreciated too!

A little about myself, as an introduction.  Obviously, as my title states, I'm from Kansas with big dreams to make it in New York.  I go to school and work full time, and plan to graduate college in December 2012.  An interesting fact is that I actually work as a bridal consultant!  I see and talk to hundreds of girls and help them find "the perfect dress."  This means I could probably plan a wedding for any time of the month, anywhere, and could have some very helpful info to any brides out there.

At school I major in Communication and minor in Spanish.  I'm looking for something to do after graduation.  Applying for a masters program in Public Relations in (you guessed, NYC) is certainly in the plans.  I would love any other suggestions in the Public Relations field.  Do you know of any great agencies I should look to apply for?

Thanks for visiting, stay tuned.  I'll be updating with helpful tips on life, food, money, and probably fashion.  What do you want to see or read about?  Give me feedback, I'd love to see it!

~ Rachel