Money and Awkward Social Situations

It’s Money Monday! One of my friends recently gave me the idea to talk about how money can make for awkward conversations when invited to an event or outing. Maybe you’re invited to dinner and you don’t have the funds to eat at an expensive steakhouse. Maybe you’re asked to be a bridesmaid and you know a dress + shoes + hotel + bachelorette party is going to put you out $500 or more. Or you could be just saving for …

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Grief is a Journey

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.   After a long, hard winter we awake to spring. A rebirth of sorts and clearing of so much clutter that’s built up after the long months indoors.  Sometimes the clutter comes out of our hearts and our heads and not the cupboards and basements.   I found two pictures this week. One I had been searching for for months. And one I had fallen upon by chance.   Some time …

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Bad (Money) Habits

  Throughout the last year, I’ve been reading a lot about habits.  It’s really fascinating why we do the things we do- whether it’s our purchases at the store or our bedtime routine.  Moreso, habits are changeable! So what habits do we need to let go of when it comes to money?  I’m personally sick of hearing to “give up your latte each day!”  You mean a $4 Starbucks drink x 5 days a week is a bad investment?  Duh. …

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The Idol of Time

After my post last week titled Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and perception I have about busy-ness. When Olen was born and I was struggling just to get two kids out of the house for playdates and whatnot, I told myself that this was the season in my life where I could stay home instead of being a 24 hour taxi.  That perspective has gotten me through some …

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Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations.  It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling.  It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?

  I listened to a podcast yesterday by Michael Hyatt (I was busy with the kids while I listened, but if you want to know the exact one, contact me and we can narrow it down) and Mr. Hyatt said that he read somewhere recently that exhaustion is considered to be the new status quo.  That basically, we prove our worth by proving how busy we are. For some reason that statement ran over and over again in my head …

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Two Words that Will Change Your Financial Future

After last week’s post when I related a lack of travel to a lack of money, I got a little flack.  I know there are other reasons people don’t travel, but I do believe that more people WOULD travel if their finances were in a place that they could afford to do it more often. I know that money is a very personal issue and everyone has an opinion. But when an article like this appears in my newsfeed this morning, …

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Renting an Apartment or Vacation Home for Your Family

One of the dramas when traveling with the kids is always- SPACE!  Staying in a hotel room can work, but I hate turning out the lights when it’s the kids’ bedtime (not mine) and then tip-toeing to the bathroom.  The easiest way to cure this?  By renting an apartment or vacation home for your family. It’s so easy to book a vacation home.  Sadly, families have the misconception that it will be much more expensive to book a kid-friendly vacation …

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