Birthday on a Budget

Birthday on a Budget

It’s Day 414 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m pleased to have pulled off my daughter’s 15th birthday on a budget. I’ve not made it a secret that I’m dealing with some Ds –– personal challenges that can negatively impact professional performance –– and that means I’m keeping a close watch on my pocket book. The great thing is, what started out as a barrier –– limited resources –– turned into an opportunity for me to minimize the barrier and maximize beauty and my best life. Given the fact that she had a party and sleepover at her dad’s on the actual day and that I would be taking her and her brother to something she’d requested a while back –– an Escape Room –– I felt she’d be happy with a few little treats. That being the case, when a dear friend  gifted me with a Walgreen’s gift card and two Larosa’s (our hometown  pizzeria) gift cards at the end of our lunch date last week, I knew how I’d use them. The former purchased some girly gifts –– Maybelline’s Baby Lips (she loves them), pink nail polish (she’d been eyeing mine), and her favorite candy bars. The latter were used for yummy pizza, salad and sodas. And because I love themed gifts ala Rachel Ashwell, I also purchased a cupcake themed bag and card from the drug store. Then I shredded a coordinating color of copy paper to make “confetti” filler. Next, a trip to Barnes and Noble, where we’re members of the Kids Birthday Club yielded a huge complimentary confetti cupcake. Finally, though there were no Groupons available, I scored a $12 a person deal for “Escape from Alpha Station” at our local entertainment spot. With that and our waitresses’ tip, I was all in $40 –– talk about a birthday on a budget!

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A birthday bag filled with favorites. My total cost – $0!
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Me, Pink Collar Coach, as  part of The Three Musketeers.                                                                               Cotton cold should top and denim shorts – Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx.                                                                                                                                                 Can’t believe my baby girl’s 15! Her 13 year-old brother is taller than both of us!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic  on Purpose shopper, I’m thrilled about being able to make the most of what I had. More than that, though, making the most of the time with my children was the best part of the day. Liv truly enjoyed her gifts and promptly applied not one but both lip shades. And as all three of us shared the cupcake she poured over her card and gave me a hug far sweeter than the pastry. The Escape Room (www.funattheweb.com) was a blast. Levi displayed his high level of intelligence by deciphering one of the main clues, but alas, because we were in the room with lots of other people resulting in a bit of chaos, we didn’t escape. Still, seeing him and Liv work together so well did my mommy heart good. We shared pizza, so much laughter, and explored some ideas about the future while taking a walk. By the time the night ended, I knew though the birthday was on a budget, it was one of the best.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about planning birthdays or other special events on a budget. At home? The office? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a large return on investment.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Fundraiser Fashion

Fundraiser Fashion

It’s Day 399 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I thought it would be fun to post about yesterday’s Fundraiser Fashion. Helping Angels of Peru, a non-profit organization that supports the poverty-stricken children of Cajamarca, Peru, held its inaugural fundraiser Sunday afternoon. My dear friend and Swan Sister, Angelin Kiplinger is the organization’s founder, and I had the pleasure of being seated at the table with her son, Juan. Of course, because we’re both moms who wear that particular heart on our sleeves, I knew of him but hadn’t met him in person. I found him to be as charming as he is handsome and enjoyed watching him strut his stuff in Peruvian garb during the fashion show. Then, later in the afternoon, I was delighted to become reacquainted with Claudia, a stunning Mary Kay rep who reminds me of the African singer, Sade, and my mother who favors the performer. I first met Claudia when she mistook me for being Hispanic at a Zumba for the Cure event last year. She approached me speaking rapid fire Spanish but quickly realized I only spoke halting Spanglish! Nevertheless, we hit it off but failed to exchange contact info. I was so glad to see her and loved her gorgeous fundraiser fashion!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Claudia. Love her floral off the shoulder maxi dress with bell sleeves! I’m in Calvin Klein –– of course. A floral wrap style dress – $30– cinched with a goal clasp and bone shoes. Because I’m a freeze cat, my black shrug came in handy for the chilly venue.                          All TJ Maxx, except for shoes which were $8 brand new at Goodwill! 
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Juan in traditional Peruvian dress attire. My sleeveless dress without the shrug.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Fashionista (I’m actually a Maxxinista), I absolutely adore a chance to dress up and purchased this dress awhile back specifically for this event. Getting to wear it while I sang two songs to inspire giving was a treat…Much as I enjoyed that, it was awesome to be able to admire all of the beautiful women throughout the evening. Such a special occasion spent learning about the needs of the children, filling them through investment of our time, talent and treasures. To celebrate that, the event ended with most of us on the dance floor sweating out our Fundraiser Fashion to fabulous salsa music!

With so many wonderful discount options, are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about maximizing them to minimize your spending –– even for fundraising or special events?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach