Want financial success? Stop caring about what others think.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Two Words That Will Change your Financial Future . And while I still believe it true that delaying gratification will help everything to fall into place, there is another BIG thing you must do if you want to succeed at getting out of debt and staying on track.  You have to stop caring what other people think. Some people would rather impress their sister or their best friend than leave an inheritance to their children. …

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Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway with Kids

I can’t believe it’s time for #TravelTuesday again. Last week I wrote about our trip to the Biltmore, but today I want to tell you a little more about our time in Asheville. We only had two full days in Asheville.  I totally underestimated the driving time with 3 small kids!  Annnnddd I didn’t foresee having to stop for a new tire in Virginia.  Waaa.  We wanted to stay another night, but the hotel was booked solid- otherwise we may …

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Separation State??

I shared some of our trip to Asheville on the blog and one of the things that kept playing in my head was how many questions (and looks!) we got about our family. In three days we were asked a handful of times what the kids ages were, or how far apart they were, and one man even told us that we “had our own little camp!”  I’m not sure what that means but Camp Yoder Toter sounds like a …

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Top Ten Reasons to Visit Lisbon, Portugal

Today I have my dear friend Richelle Z. sharing about her recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal.  Richelle has some great tips for visiting Lisbon and while the city was never really on my radar before, it is now.  Richelle is from the midwest, but is now living (and working) in the UK.  She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.  Thanks so much, Richelle!   Close your eyes for a moment and try to envision a city that is beautiful, culturally diverse, …

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Yes, you can visit the Biltmore with kids

We spent this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina.  It was a quick trip for our young family.  The main highlight of our trip was to be the Biltmore Estate.  I was a little nervous about taking our kids there (ages 5, 3, and 1) but it was actually much easier — and more family-friendly than I could have imagined!  Yes, you can visit the Biltmore with kids!  Find out my tips below: Some tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate …

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Get Me Off This Plane

Today on #TravelTuesday, I thought I would share with you about my irrational fear that causes my only travel woe. I’m really afraid of flying. Lack of Control + 30,000 feet = Hysterical Leah I will now give you a short recap of some of my worst behavior. On the way back from our honeymoon we started to have some turbulence.  When I saw the flight attendant stumble I asked Brian to, “Get me off this plane!” He laughed at …

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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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