Book of the Month: The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer.

The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling that finds famed symbologist Robert Langdon in a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn. This is Dan Brown’s most exciting novel yet.

Anchor – October 19, 2010 – 656 pages – $21.72

Around the Web: Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Weekend Recipes

This years favorite recipes from Around the Web for your Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy!!!

7-Layer Pasta Salad

7-Layer Pasta Salad by Food Network

Potato Salad with Horseradish Cheddar

Potato Salad with Horseradish Cheddar by The Chef Next Door

Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Pulled-Pork Sandwiches by Food Network

Homemade Baked Beans

Homemade Baked Beans by My Man’s Belly

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie by A Cup of Sugar A Pinch of Salt

Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello by Scrumptious and Sumptuous

Around the Web: Labor Day Weekend

Perfect Recipes for Labor Day Weekend

Perfect recipes for your Labor Day weekend party from Around the Web!

Honeydew and Arugula Salad by Food Network

Ultimate Burgers by My Recipes

Flank Steak With Balsamic Barbecue Sauce by Food Network

Boston Baked Beans by Simply Recipes

Chocolate Chip and Mascarpone Cupcakes by Food Network

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad by Taste of Home

My Financial Bucket List

At SunTrust Bank Their Purpose is Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

What would you give up to save money towards scratching off something on your bucket list?

Everyone has a list of things they want to accomplish or do by certain age, year or in their lifetime. Not everything on the list will be crossed over, and for some life gets in the way of accomplishing even the simplest things.

If you asked me ten years ago about my bucket list it would be much different from today’s one. It would be full of travel, shopping, shoes and things revolving around interests of a young professional with good salary and not many responsibilities in life other than taking care of myself and my personal bills. Today with a busy household, husband and two kids many of those things are crossed over or put on delay.

Today my simple bucket list revolves around my family and things we can all enjoy together like vacation, museums, festivals and shopping for things we can all use.

Budgeting monthly bills, activities, school, groceries and any extras while working from home can be tough. While my husband and I earn a decent paycheck each month sometimes even with best of budgeting that bucket list gets pushed further away. And I’ll be first to admit that many extras each month play a big part in it.

But there is a simple solution with SunTrust Bank and their easy budget worksheet that can help us and you save and feel amazing while being able to cross things off that bucket list.

It’s simple really, all you have to do is look at your spending and see where unnecessary money is going. For instance, are you eating our more often than you should? Are you buying shoes, clothing, home accessories that you and your family really don’t need? If so, stop spending money on unnecessary things and save that towards the things on your bucket list. You will be amazed how easy and quickly you can reach the amount needed to use for some of the things you always wanted.

For us, we are going to cut out on too many activities that have us spread thin throughout the year and use that money to cross out the dream family vacation from our bucket list hopefully next summer.

Now is your turn…

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Around the Web: After School Snacks

Yummy After School Snacks!

Kids need something yummy after school. Try one of these yummy ideas from Around the Web for your kiddos after school snack!

Pretzel Dogs by Fake Ginger

Smoothies for Snacks by GoodLife Eats

Edamame Snack by Healthy Happy Life

Roasted Garlic Bagel Crisps with a Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Dip by Food Family Finds

Zucchini Fritters by My Kitchen Snippets

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs by Photo a Day

Book of the Month: If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.

Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Moretz!

If I Stay

In the blink of an eye everything changes.

Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make.

Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Speak - April 6, 2010 - 320 pages – $11.85