The Power of Listening to Your Child with Your Eyes

A lesson I learned on making eye contact with my children.

I spent the last six months frequently doing two things: Growing my freelance writing business and sticking my nose in my phone. I did many other things with my time, but this is my simple confession: There have been seasons when my “phone to kid” ratio was askew and something needed to change. I tried […]

Tons of Fun Ways to Enjoy a Family Staycation

It's not about the cost; it's about the memories.

Today, we’re joined by guest blogger Carol Robson of Tiny House Plans. Carol offers her passion-infused expertise in living simply and enjoying a frugal lifestyle. I absolutely applaud her message that family vacations don’t have to cost thousands; it’s more about investing time with your family. Enjoy these tips today from Carol! Image Credit: Evil […]

Why Buying a House Was Worth the Wait

We just closed on our first house. Boy are we glad we saved up and waited until now.

Seventy-two hours ago, we bought a house. After a five-year wait that began with our wedding, then two births, one loss of income, an IRS audit, and car problems galore, we saved up for a downpayment and signed the papers. We sat in a little room at the title company, signed papers, shook hands with […]

Thank You, Mom

This post has nothing to do with SEO, social media, or freelance writing. It has everything to do with thanking one special person who has helped and encouraged me through so much in my life. On May 8th, we celebrate Mother's Day. This one's for you, mom.

I normally craft a blog post with my family & finance audience in mind. I create how-to’s and lists with bullet points in an effort to reach that audience and encourage them while they pursue their goals. Today, my audience is just one person – the person who taught me to hold a pencil, a paintbrush, […]

4 Things My Husband and I Prayed for Before We Bought a House

After a 5-year search for our first home, we placed our first official offer and here's how we made our decision.

I’m weird. My husband’s weird. We didn’t buy a house when we got married – or in the five years that followed. With a lot of prayer, research, calculations, and staring blankly at each other trying to figure this out as we go along, we finally put an offer on our first house. Why’d it […]

5 Guaranteed Resources That Teach Kids to Save Money

April is "Teach Kids to Save" Month. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to start the conversation.

It’s never too late or too early to begin the money conversations with your child. April is “Teach Kids to Save” month, so this article will equip you to do just that. 5 Resources That Help Parents Teach Kids to Spend, Save, and Give Money 1.  Start responding with: “Why do you ask?” According to […]

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Bloggers and Virtual Assistants, lend me your ears! ****Both giveaways have officially ended as of 4-19-16.**** The really cool thing about networking with tremendously successful bloggers is that they’re often so generous with their content (AND their giveaways!). Even if you feel clueless half the time – ahem, like me – you still rub shoulders […]

Confessions of a Financial Blogger Who Hates Budgeting

I'll never love budgets, but I'll still use them. I'll never love details, but I know the benefits of having them in my life. When I grow up, that'll come in handy.

In case you thought every personal finance blogger was a tech-savvy, detail-oriented, finance wiz in trendy “reading” glasses and a suit, I’m here to tell you that I’m soooooooo not that dude. Or any dude, for that matter. I write Facebook updates about my socks and Star Wars memes and the ridiculous things my 3-year-old […]

7 Reasons Why Costco Loves Moms

Why I shop at Costco more than any other grocery store (and don't mind bringing my kids)

I’ve had a Costco membership for almost two years and I have no intention of canceling it soon. Last year, I even laid out 11 reasons why I renewed my Costco membership. Well, I’m back to tell you that Costco is still a great company, and it also loves moms. 7 Reasons Why Costco Loves […]

How Single Mom, Megan Nickson, Paid Off Her Mortgage in 6 Years

7 steps that led a single-parent, single-income family to achieve one of the most difficult and wonderful financial goals in existence.

Today we are joined by guest writer and web enthusiast, Amy Nickson from Working Moms Word, who shares an incredible story about how her single mom paid off her mortgage in 6 years! You do not want to miss Amy’s story about determination, goal setting, sacrifices, and celebration.   This is my mom, Megan Nickson’s, […]