Best Credit Cards for 2014
The volatile economy of has lots of us freaked out about credit cards... BUT! If you know how to make the card work for you, there can be a TON of advantages waiting for you with the right one in your pocket!
Here's what one researcher found to be the best Credit Card for your situation/ needs:
1- Best Travel & Rewards Card, Barclay Arrival World Mastercard: Earn 2 miles per dollar on all purchases, and an extra 40,000 bonus miles if you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days. Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, and there's a 0% intro APR for the first 12 months.
2- Best Low APR Card, Citi Simplicity®: Pay 0% interest for 18 months, the longest interest-free period found for both purchases and balance transfers. This is a good card if you want to make a big purchase, that will require you to carry a balance but don't want to pay additional fees.
3- Best Cash Back Card, BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Credit Card: Get 2% cash back at grocery stores, 3% on gas, and 1% on everything else. There's also a 12-month 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers and a 10% bonus you get if you redeem your cash back into a Bank of America account.
4- Best Balance Transfer Card, Slate® from Chase: If you have a balance on a high APR card, you can transfer to this, free of charge, and get a 15-month 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers. Giving you rime to pay off your balance, while saving your money on interest charges.
5- Best Card to Help Rebuild Your Credit, Capital One Secured Mastercard: If you need to build, or rebuild, your credit, this card works to help you with responsible use. Your on-time payments boost your credit history because it reports to all 3 credit bureaus each month. Read about the other Best Credit Cards of 2014.(NextAdvisor)
Think Pink, For Spring!
I don't know if it's all the flowers, or the sundresses and sandals, but Spring just brings out the girly in me! And what's girly-er than the color pink!? Not only that, but it's bright cheery nature can help keep you feeling spring-y, despite the cloudy, grey March days that we always seem to suffer too many of in Atlanta/ North GA. Here are a few pink favorites that I think you'll love as well!
1- Dream Bounce Blush in Fresh Pink: I found this blush via my fav makeup site, Maskcara.com. I know that this color looks PIIIIINK, but it goes on sheer and you can layer it to add more color. If you're worried it's a little too cotton candy for you, try Pink Plum or Pink Frosting.
2- Dior Addict Lip Glow Pink: Have you heard about "intuitive" lip gloss? This stuff is awesome!...It better be, bc it's expensive ($30!) but I swear you'll love it because it will ALWAYS be your perfect color pink. It's made to intuitively adjust to your pH levels, matching them accordingly into a shade anywhere between a light pink to a bright pink.
3- Old Navy Tanks: These are my FAVORITE! They are affordable, come in all kinds of fun colors and I particularly love the sequin tanks. Wear them dressed up or down, day or night... The one they have here is more of a coral-pink I suppose, but still of the essence! :)
Make A Photo Album From Your Phone
Next time you're sitting somewhere waiting...(doctor's office, carpool line, restaurant)...Make use of your time and unleash all those photos from your phone.
The awesome Artifact Uprising app lets you take the pictures from your iPhone and/or Instagram, and organize them into...Wait for it...An actual book. I KNOW, RIGHT?!
It's also really easy to use...
After you download the free app, choose the Photo Book option. It will collect the pics from your iPhone/photo stream/ Instagram.
Then choose your cover photo and the 30-100 pictures you want to put in your book. When your finished picture-picking, adjust layouts, zoom in or out, and edit the picture order. Review your masterpiece, checkout, and boom... in a couple weeks you'll be thumbing through actual pages! (PureWow)
I made one of my own (pictured left) and I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with it/myself!
If you don't have an iPhone/Pad you can use their site to make your photo books.
What does candied bacon go with?... EVERYTHING. (Duh.) Your kids will love it with pancakes on Saturday morning,... your friends will love it with cocktails on Saturday evening! And with just one taste, you'll know why it's called “millionaire’s bacon....” This is for those whole love decadence and indulgence!
1 lb. thick-cut bacon, ¼ cup maple syrup, ½ cup brown sugar, Coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and top with a roasting rack. Lightly spritz the rack with nonstick spray.
Lay the bacon on the rack, leave a bit of room between pieces.
Brush bacon with maple syrup, then sprinkle with brown sugar. Top with a generous sprinkling of pepper.
Bake until the sugar is melted and the bacon is crisp, 15-17 mins (longer if you like it crispy).
Cool the bacon cool for 5 minutes before removing it from the rack and serving. (PureWow)