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…

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

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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

A Back to School Checklist

Be Ready for Back to School!

The start of the school year is just around the corner make sure you’re ready and organized with these simple tips!

A Back to School Checklist

Printable Back to School Checklist by Bird’s Party

  1. Get Organized – make sure you have all of the paperwork in order like enrollment papers, medical and emergency forms, bus schedule… Check if school received everything on time or if there are still forms you need to submit to them like medical, dental or vision forms.
  2. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – go trough your child’s closets, toys, books and see what needs to be donated, thrown out or sold. Make sure that your child reuses (or someone in the family) school supplies from last year that are still good like notebooks, folders, pencils and so on.
  3. Shop for School Supplies and Clothing – take time to go with your child and get all the necessary school supplies, new clothing for the school year, backpack and lunch items. Shop only for stuff they need and if they already have something at home they can reuse only add to that if needed.
  4. Create a Homework Station – decide on the best spot in your home to set up homework station. Take into consideration how involved you need to be with homework and your child’s style. Does he/she focus better with people around or when working on his/her own? Is he/she better suited to sit at a table or curled up on the couch? Once you know what your child needs it will be easier to make this space perfect.
  5. Have Space for School Papers – make a tray or a special folder you can put important papers from school. Things that need to be signed, read, returned and so on.
  6. Make a Calendar for Activities – a separate calendar where you can track your child’s school activities and those after like sports and games.
  7. Ease Back Into Scheduled Days – on vacation kids are used to running around outside until dark each night, shifting to the early morning school bus rush can be a real shock to the system. To ease the transition, about a week before the first day of school, start their bedtime routine about 10 minutes earlier each night and wake them up 10 minutes earlier each morning, every day, until they’re back on track.
  8. Plan Healthy Meals – your child will need energy and good nutrition so sit down with your child and together plan healthy breakfast and school lunch options. When involved kids are more likely to eat better and what you send with them to school.
  9. Help Your Child Prepare for School – discuss how your child feels about starting school. Set goals together for the coming school year. Talk about changes that will happen doing this year. Discuss proper behavior in school, around the school and at home. Have your child memorize your mobile number, home number and address.
  10. Spend One on One With Your Child – just because school is starting doesn’t mean you shouldn’t schedule some one on one time with your kids. The time together will be beneficial to both you and them.

Share with us Your tips for back to school!

Book of the Month: The Selection & The Elite & The One

The Selection & The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime.

The Selection & The Elite & The One

The Selection (Book 1)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Harper Teen – March 26, 2013 – 352 pages – $11.55

The Elite (Book 2)

Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This second book in the bestselling Selection series will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor. The paperback also includes a sneak peek at The One—the thrilling third novel in the Selection series!

In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate, televised competition. In The Elite, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—that she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?

The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance that readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.

Harper Teen – May 6, 2014 – 352 pages – $10.90

The One (Book 3)

The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

Harper Teen – May 6, 2014 – 336 pages – $10.78

Around the Web: 4th of July Recipes

Delicious 4Th of July Recipes

Are you ready for fun and fireworks? How about friend and family gatherings and food? To help you plan and get even more excited, check out our favorite 4Th of July Recipes form Around the Web!!!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Corn on the Cob by Food Network

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs by The Comfort of Cooking

Cherry Bomb Chicken by Food Wishes

Loaded Lobster Roll by Food Network

Grilled Potatoes by Skinnytaste

American Macaroni Salad by Food Network