Please Bethenny Frankel I’m begging you

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As you know I am a HUGE fan of Bethenny Frankel.  In case you don’t remember you can read about my admiration here and here.  I have loved her for years and now I want her to be my employer.  So what did I do? What any sane person would do who really wants a new job. I sent a letter to every single Bethenny-related email that I could find on her website in hopes that one would fall into her lap.  Bethenny, if you are reading I hope you see just how awesome I am and just how hard I will work for your team.


This is my letter/job application to Bethenny Frankel…



Dear Team Bethenny,

My name is Tahnya Kristina and I really want to work with Bethenny. I want to be your expert on a topic that is usually considered taboo…money.  I feel my personal experiences with money, my great personality (If I do say so myself) and my education as a Financial Planner are a perfect fit for Team Bethenny.

I am a huge fan of Bethenny’s new show, but the one thing missing from Bethenny TV is the topic of money.  I love talking about making money, saving money and spending money, but not many people do – so let’s change that.  Call all your girls and let’s get talking about everything related to money.

Why I’m your girl

I am the perfect candidate to write about money for and answer viewer questions because I had my share of dirty little money secrets from almost being bankrupt to hiding money from my boyfriend.  I had my share of personal financial struggles and I know that Bethenny has too, but no one talks about it because we are ashamed – but we don’t need to be.

I want to talk about money because no matter how much or how little we have, money is always in our lives and affects everything else that we do from dating to starting our own business. I want to help women afford the lifestyle they want to have and it has nothing to do with how much money they make – it all has to do with a little thing called financial planning.

I will do whatever it takes to work on Team Bethenny – from stopping people on the street and asking them how much money they have in their wallet to following people into Starbucks to see if they pay for their coffee with cash or credit and why.  I will work in New York or California…where ever Bethenny sends me I will go.

My money story

In my early 20s I found myself tens of thousands of dollars in debt ($50,000 to be exact) and as much as I would like to blame it on my family and friends or even my job, it was no body’s fault but my own.  I finally hit rock bottom and had to start making changes in my life – so that’s exactly what I did. I sold my car, moved to a cheaper apartment and got a second…then third job.

Now I consider all my purchases, I still use my credit card (but a lot less) and I always look for creative ways to save a buck.  I live without “stuff” and at 30 years old I actually started living my life because I didn’t have the stress of the debt burden. Let me tell you that I (and my relationship) have never been happier.

So why is my story so different?  Why should I be the money expert for team Bethenny? I accumulated thousands of dollars of debt and I did it while working as a Certified Financial Planner.  Yep that’s right, every day I help people set a budget, manage their money, pay off their debt and save for retirement– and I did it while my personal finances were falling into a black money hole.

I couldn’t take my own advice, but I came to learn that spending money is just like any other addiction…you have to hit rock bottom and realize you have a problem before you can start to make changes.  So let’s make changes ladies.

Ok so let’s do this

I really want to join the Bethenny team and I feel my story, money advice and savings tips will help women everywhere live a happy money life.  I have been writing professionally since 2003 and blogging since 2009.  My work has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, H&R Block, BlogHer and Business Insider.

No topic is off limits with Bethenny so let’s start talking about money and let’s make it fun.

I hope to hear from you soon. Please contact me anytime.

If you were Bethenny would you hire me?  Please say yes and tell her on Twitter @Bethenny

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I (almost) met Bethenny Frankel

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Good morning Loves,

Well, I am back from my trip to New York City and as always I am a little bit sad. NYC is such a great city and I am always sad to leave. I try to visit NYC as often as my schedule – and my budget – permits because there is just so much to do and no two trips are ever the same.

What is the one city that you just can’t live without?

This time I went to NYC for SELF Workout in the Park.  It was a full day fitness event with classes by Crunch gym and lots and lots of healthy living swag.  In between yoga, dance and sexy stretching classes I snacked on salads and enjoyed a facial and massage from Garnier.  I came home with Victoria’s Secret workout gear, snacks from and of course the new issue of SELF magazine.

My favourite workout was the 90’s dance cardio routine with 2 Fly. These two white girls can really work it out – and to Bell Biv Devoe.  It was the perfect end to an awesome day at SELF Workout in the Park.

What was the best part of SELF Workout in the Park?

Bethenny Frankel made a guest appearance and for the entire 45 seconds of her speech I was in total awe.  Technically I have never met Bethenny, but for some reason I feel like I know her. I have watched Bethenny grow her business from being on The Apprentice with Martha Stewart to having it all with Bethenny Ever After. Personal Confession: I never liked this Jason either!

Bethenny’s signature brand Skinnygirl Daily had a booth at the event and the lovely ladies in red were handing out energizing snacks. It was great to actually see her in person and hear her speak.  Just in case you are wondering – Yes! She is really THAT skinny in real life.

PS – Bethenny if you are reading this (LOL) I am not a crazy stalker, I am just a huge fan!

Check out some pics from my day at SELF Workout in the Park:



Love Always,

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Blueberry Muffins a la Bethenny

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No you didn’t read that wrong, my name is Tahnya Kristina but this weekend I baked blueberry muffins with a recipe by Bethenny Frankel and I want to share.

I am not an accomplished baker, so when I am in the mood to bake I need a recipe that is sweet and simple.  I have been a huge fan of Bethenny Frankel ever since she was a Real Housewife of New York City and I have been following her along the Skinnygirl journey.

I love this recipe for Blueberry Muffins because it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, it makes the perfect portion and it only takes 30 minutes.  Do you remember last month’s cupcake disaster?  I bought a cupcake kit from the supermarket and ended up making 24 cupcakes for a household of only two people.  Needless to say I threw out approximately 18 cupcakes.

The beauty of baking recipes from scratch is the portion control.  This recipe makes 8 cupcakes, so try it out and don’t forget to tweet me your pics. I made some substitutions to the ingredients because I didn’t want to go shopping for ingredients that I would never use again.  You can save money by substituting ingredients that you already have at home.

You will need:

1 ¼ cups oat flour I used all purpose flour

¾ cup raw sugar I used brown sugar

1 ½ tsp baking powder (the small spoon)

¼ tsp salt

½ cup soy milk I used 1% milk

2 Tbsp fat free shortening, melted

¾ tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup fresh blueberries

How to bake Blueberry Muffins:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin with pretty little muffin liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Combine the milk, melted shortening and vanilla extract in a small bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix in the blueberries. (I needed to add another ½ cup of milk).

Spread your muffin mixture evenly among the 8 muffin liners and put into the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan after 10 minutes. (I baked my blueberry muffins for an extra 5 minutes – maybe because of the extra milk).

And voila! Blueberry Muffins a la Bethenny.

Happy Baking!

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Friday Faves: A holiday gift guide with a few of my favourite things

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Good Morning Everyone.  Today I am sharing some very cool items and places that I discovered over the past few weeks. I am usually not the type of girl who likes to try new things, but over the past few weeks I have read a great book, I tried a new workout DVD, I discovered a delicious new snack, discovered a new website and I went to a new city.  I love the fact that I discovered a whole bunch of great new items and places so I just felt the need to share.  If you are looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season may I suggest buying one of my new favourite things.  Have a great weekend. Enjoy!

For the reader on your list:

Dare Me by Megan Abbott and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker

Dare Me: A Novel White Girl Problems

For the yoga lover on your list:

Skinnygirl Yoga from Bethenny Frankel

For the girl who loves to snack:

Skinnygirl On-The-Go Bars

For the workout girl:

Sign Up at PV Body for great deals on workout gear.


For the one who loves to travel:

Go to Boston.



Love Always,

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I am Totally Inspired by Bethenny Frankel

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Everyone and Happy Birthday to me…tomorrow.  I recently read a post on BlogHer  about how the career of Capella University graduate Rachael Hartman inspired a blogger to work towards her dreams.  This post was so motivating that it inspired me to tell my own story of how Bethenny Frankel and her career have inspired my own career aspirations.

If you are like me then you have been inspired by Bethenny Frankel from her career as a celebrity apprentice with Martha Stewart to the launch of her Skinnygirl cocktail line and multi published best-selling novels.

Inspired by Bethenny to Make Positive Changes

Bethenny Frankel turned her life around from being broke to being a millionaire, she went from being unemployed to building her own Skinnygirl empire. Bethenny Frankel is her own self made success story and that is truly inspiring. Bethenny went from being in her 30s and not being able to pay her rent to having it all including money, love, family, and a successful career.

What was Bethenny Frankel’s motivation to make change? She woke up one day and decided that she didn’t want to be broke anymore. She decided that she wanted to stop complaining about everything that was wrong in her life and she actually wanted to start doing something about it. Bethenny and I have this in common.

I am working towards my personal happiness as I learn to love life and try to love myself by making positive changes in every aspect of my life from my career to my relationship.

Bethenny Frankel Inspired Me To Be Better

I work in personal finance and after the market crash in 2008 I found myself without any income.  If any of you have ever struggled through financial difficulties then you know that it can cause an enormous amount of stress in other parts of your life such as your relationship. Being broke and not being able to pay the bills definitely took its toll on my relationship and I wasn’t sure that my relationship would survive.  I am happy to say that my boyfriend and I are still together, but I am not sure that our relationship will ever fully recover from the things that were said and done during our financial difficulties.

Bethenny Frankel achieved her dreams later in life, this is inspiring because people need to know that it’s ok not to choose the path that was chosen for them, I know that I didn’t.  My parents would have loved nothing more than to have me attend university in my hometown, get married, have two kids, and buy a home in London, Ontario.  However I had other plans.  After I graduated from high school I packed up my stereo and my bicycle and I moved 800 kilometers away to Montreal, Quebec; I have been here ever since. Bethenny Frankel chose her own path in life and so did I.  Bethenny lives on the motto that it’s ok to be yourself and to be different than what you are supposed to be; I totally love that about her.

Bethenny Frankel is my inspiration to write my first book which should be finished by December 31.  The book is titled “A Better You: We don’t have to be the best, but we can all be better”

Who inspires you?

Love Always,

Photo by Chapters Indigo

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