new fiscally chic blog

Hi! Welcome to the newly redesigned home of Fiscally Chic! This redesign and move to self-hosted WordPress has been a while in the making. To be honest, I first started thinking about WordPress at the 2011 Financial Blogger Conference and then again in 2013. I wanted a cleaner and more professional looking blog, but could never pull the trigger. My blog on Blogger worked, but I was a little overwhelmed by the whole process and wasn’t ready to make an investment.

Enter Lisa Butler of Elembee. Lisa is a web designer and shares all sorts of helpful tips on her blog and in her newsletter. She recently published an eBook, Make WP Work, which is an awesome WordPress resource. Finally, I felt confident enough to redesign my blog and make the jump. Yes, I could have hired a web designer, but I’m a DIY and hands-on kind of gal. And yes, I also wanted to save a few bucks. I could have spent countless hours on Google trying to find everything, but the convenience of having all the information in one place (i.e. Lisa’s eBook) is priceless.

Moving everything to WordPress was much easier than I expected! And I wish I did it sooner. Bluehost made it super simple to get started with self-hosting including transferring my domain name from GoDaddy (I wanted everything in one place). If you’re wondering about specifics, I decided on the Genesis Framework (since everyone seemed to recommend it) and the Foodie Theme (with some customizations) after reading about it on Minimalist Baker. Since I like to talk about money on Fiscally Chic, here’s the cost breakdown of my move to WordPress and redesign:

Self hosting through Bluehost (2 years): $118.80
Genesis Framework and Foodie Theme: $99.95
Make WP Work (July discount through The B Bar): $40
Domain privacy protection with Bluehost (1.31 years): $13.13
Total cost: $271.88

I still have a few updates to make, but overall I’m loving my new “home.” The Recipe tab is pretty cool. Though I think my favorite feature is that the Genesis and Foodie themes are mobile response. Meaning the blog resizes based on the window size of your computer or mobile device screen. Take a look around and make yourself at home too! And don’t forget to update your feed reader.

Jerk Chicken Quesadillas and Pineapple Salsa

jerk chicken quesadillas and pineapple salsa

During spring break of junior year of college, I took a Caribbean cruise with my Mom. It was a super fun girls trip and one of my favorite pictures of us was during the muster call. We swam with sting rays (before Steve the Crocodile hunter died), climbed the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, and saw a pink poodle in the Miami airport

muster call

We also ate some fantastically boozy Tortuga rum cake and (of course) jerk chicken. I have a bit of a “thing” for cookbooks, so I brought one home from the Tortuga Rum Cake Factory.

tortuga rum cake

Truth be told, I’ve only made a few things from this cookbook. One being pina colada chicken and the other being one of the first things I cooked for John: jerk chicken Caesar salad. Looking back, the choice may have been a little odd, but it was a hot summer in St. Louis and I wanted to impress him with my culinary skills ;)


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Tidying Up

first row: Target (no longer available), right

second row: left, center, right

third row: left, right

While it appears to be all quiet on the western blogging front (it is summer, after all), I’ve been tidying up my blog design. (And moving to WordPress…eek!) At the same time, it’s a battle to keep things tidy at home. As Monica has grown, so has her collection of toys and books. To contain some of the chaos, I bought the two baskets from the top row. Not only do her things have a “home,” but it’s easy to move a bunch of toys from one room to the other. Say, from the front room to our bedroom so she can play while we get ready in the morning. Or from the backroom to the back yard if we want to play outside. Now if only she can learn to put her toys back into the baskets!

Toolbox Essentials for the New Homeowner

It’s summertime, which means DIY projects and household improvements are filling people’s weekend “to do” lists. The summer is also a prime time to buy a new house, which means you need to be prepared for repairs. If you’re in either of these camps, you’ll enjoy today’s post sponsored by Gotstock. What’s in Your Toolbox?… 

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Raspberry Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes

On June 8, Monica turned one! She started walking the day before she turned 11 months old, so turning one sealed the deal of her becoming a toddler (sniff). While I had a secret Pinterest board filled with birthday party ideas, I didn’t go over the top crafting elaborate decorations. I ran a half marathon… 

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Summer Wedding Looks

Hi, friends! Wedding season is upon us! While we only have one wedding on our calendar thus far, I was having so much fun creating a wedding guest outfit that I put together three for you! Since I absolutely love using Rent the Runway* (I rented dresses for the last two weddings we attended), each… 

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To Friends of Young Kids

Monica’s first birthday is this Sunday. Where has the time gone??? I didn’t become a mom one year ago. Or even one year and nine months ago. The process of becoming a parent started over two years ago. Two years ago yesterday, I lost my first pregnancy. I was 6 weeks pregnant. While we’re extremely blessed and grateful that we have Monica; other… 

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Hiding a Cable Box and DVD Player

Hello and happy weekend! Do you have anything planned for these next few days? Lately, our weekends have been a mix of relaxing, half marathon training (my recent 9-miler was a beast), and house projects. Last weekend, I finally converted our “new” buffet into a media center. In keeping with our “theme” of hiding TV… 

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The Urge to Purge

Hi! Remember me? I hope you’re enjoying the spring weather while crickets have been chirping around these parts. As I touched on a while back, blogging has moved down on the list of priorities, while chasing after a baby toddler and training for a half marathon have moved up. But I’m feeling inspired to start… 

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April Showers

Umbrella, Leather Tote, Hunter wellies, Gingham Shirt, Pants I don’t know about you, but this week seemed to drag on forever. Add some rain and cloudy skies and I’ve practically self-diagnosed myself with seasonal affective disorder. One thing that helps me get through the week is having something fun to look forward to on the… 

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Baby Broccoli and Cheese Egg Souffles

    Heeeey! You know it’s time to get back into blogging when the baby is back asleep at 2am and you can’t fall back asleep because you’re thinking about blogging. What’s new with all of you? It’s been a busy few months at work for me, but I’m slowly starting to get my groove… 

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2014 Super Bowl desserts

It’s that time of year again! Time for entertaining commercials, tasty snacks, and a pretty big football game. Once again, I’m taking inspiration from the competing teams to bake a dessert for our Super Bowl party. Going into the NFC/AFC championship games, I hoped that Denver and Seattle would make it to the Super Bowl. Denver… 

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Where My Brain is these Days

Hi friends! How are things shaking? I feel like it’s been forever since we last chatted. My last blog post was about a month ago, which feels like an eternity. During this break, life has been taking center stage between my cousin’s wedding, Christmas, and spending all sorts of time with Monica. John also turned… 

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