Ericka is a Kansas City, African-American blogger. Her favorite things are: tacos, watching "The Big Bang Theory," and spending time with her family.

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Sea Life and Legoland Kids Go FREE Holiday Special


If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit Legoland Discovery Center, or Sea Life Kansas City, now is the chance to go. Right now both attractions are offering a “Kids Go Free” Holiday Special. With your (one) full priced adult ticket you get a free child ticket for children 3-12. View Post


Simplistic Elegance with Allen Edmonds


This post is sponsored by Allen Edmonds, all opinions are 100% my own. 

My college career is coming to an end and my work career is just beginning. Now more than ever dress shoes are becoming crucial during interviews in corporate America. The days of the decent suit paired with worn dress shoes are over. Just as shoes complete most everyday outfits, dress shoes can either complete or destroy the look of a suit.

With made to measure suits becoming more ubiquitous online, they have also become cheaper allowing just about anyone to have a well fitting suit. The problem is, many men still struggle to find a shoe to properly complement the suit. Dress shoes with worn soles, cracks and creases take away everything you accomplished by wearing a suit. We have all seen that guy with a pretty nice suit but horrendous shoes. You don’t have to be that guy, take a look at Allen Edmonds website where you will find hundreds of styles for every occasion but most importantly, dress shoes to pair with a suit.

As someone who appreciates dress shoes, when I got the opportunity to work with Allen Edmonds I was elated to review one of the best brands in the business. U.S. Presidents, Congressmen and fortune 500 CEOs all have worn Allen Edmonds. In a world where dress shoe styles run the gamut, Allen Edmonds does a great job at producing simple, yet elegant, and timeless styles. Allen Edmonds has a style for every occasion, whether you’re going to your first major interview, or closing the biggest business deal in your sector.

I decided to go with the Park Avenue Cap-Toe Oxford in Walnut Burnished Calf color. The shoe is simply stunning. It captures the style and elegance you want without compromising anything else. What I mean by that is, the shoe complements my suit without taking too much attention from it. This is the balance you want in a dress shoe because it allows you to pair the shoes with other suits and outfits.


The Park Avenue looks perfect with a dress shirt and slacks or dressed down with a nice sweater and jeans, which is rare in today’s market, because of the emergence of the causal dress shoe. The Park Avenue eliminates the need to have both, a casual dress shoe and the more business formal dress shoe.

The Park avenue is an American made shoe that fits true to size. Allen Edmonds has several different fits according to the width of your foot so you can be assured you will find the perfect fit. The comfort is unlike any dress shoe I have had before. There is no break-in period, your first wear will feel like your tenth wear which is amazing because everyone hates the break-in process. The shoes come in a sturdy box including nice dust bags. I would recommend purchasing shoe trees as they are a crucial part of shoe care for any dress shoes.


In short, this is a shoe that will last you through the years. With it being such a comfortable shoe, you’ll find yourself longing to wear these in place of some of your loafers because of the comfort they provide, as well as the ability to be dressed down. While the Park Avenue is my favorite Allen Edmond dress shoes I recommend you check out their website as it is full of different styles you will love. As with all of their shoes you will find a plethora of colors per style making it easy to find the perfect shoe for you.

With the holidays coming up a pair of Allen Edmonds is a perfect gift to get a special man in your life. If you are hesitant because you feel you can’t pick a shoe that he will like, take the pressure off yourself and get him an Allen Edmonds gift card. Every man needs a great dress shoe; make sure the man in your life has a pair and check out the Allen Edmonds website.


Proudly made in the USA of fine imported leathers at our Port Washington, Wisconsin factory


This guest post and review was completed by a family friend. He absolutely loves his new shoes. Kansas City location here.


How to Save Money at The Movies



With quick services such as Netflix, Hulu, and other websites catered to watching movies online, it’s hard to imagine leaving the house to check out what’s in theaters. Some people go to the movies for the sheer experience of it, popcorn, big seats, long rows, huge screens.

Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. I’d rather sit at home and watch an entire TV series in a day on Netflix. But, when you have nieces, a nephew, and friends constantly asking you out to see new movies, you give in a little. Going to the movies can be expensive, here are my tips on, “How to Save Money at The Movies.”  View Post


What To Buy In December

What To Buy In DecemberI told myself I was going to start posting items that you can purchase for the lowest prices this upcoming year. Then I thought, “Well, I might as well start today.” So here is what to buy in December.

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7 Ways to Save Money on Heating This Winter

7 Ways To Save Money On Heating Bill This WinterAs much as we hate to admit it, winter is right around the corner. In addition to dealing with snow filled roads, waking up early to scrape the ice off of the windshield, and having your sidewalk turned into a ice skating rink, winter also brings with it higher heating bills. Thankfully, there are a few steps that homeowners can take in order to reduce the impact that the winter cold has on their heating bills. Here are 7 ways to save money on heating this winter: View Post