9 Words That Changed My View on Contentment

If comparison steals our joy, then guess what steals our contentment?

I propped my head up with my hands at our kitchen table as my 3-year-old daughter scribbled in her coloring book. It was just one of those days where our modular home felt too small, our secondhand furniture felt too beat up, and I wasn’t seeing the silver lining in all this “frugal living” stuff. […]

My One Word for 2016

If you could choose one word to launch your year, what would it be?

Up until this weekend, my one word for 2016 was going to be: Quality. I was going to polish up and perfect my message of personal finance and parenting. Then something not-so-shiny, but oh-so-real happened. Something I wrote, something raw and personal and honest, went viral. Somehow, my journey fused with thousands of other people. […]

4 Valuable Lessons I Learned From My Blog Readers in 2015

Readers are the lifeline to successful blogging. Here are four reasons why I'm saying "Thank You" today.

This year has been an INCREDIBLE journey. I’ve been blogging since 2006, but it wasn’t until February of 2015 that I launched my first self-hosted blog in the hopes of going pro. I had no idea how to do that at first, so that’s where your help became invaluable. Photo Credit: John Ottosson (Unsplash)   This […]

How Does Your Spouse Truly Feel About Your Finances?

What are the benefits to putting your worries aside and asking how things are going?

When did you last ask your spouse about the state of your finances?  No one is reading this over your shoulder, so just be honest with yourself.  Wives, when did you last ask what your husband’s goals and aspirations were?  Husbands, when did you last look your wife in the eye and ask if she […]

The Fastest Way to Derail Your Budget (and Stay Stuck)

Do you bury your head in the sand when your finances go haywire?

Guess who’s got two thumbs and won’t be writing “five steps to a perfect budget” anytime soon?  This girl.  Do you want to know the fastest way to guarantee a budget that resembles a Shakespearean tragedy? Ignore it. That’s it.  Simply, turn your head away from the information in your plan and do whatever you […]

Financial Wisdom from Parents About Kids & Money

And Why It Applies to People of ALL Ages

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some incredible parents over the last year who are teaching their children how to win with money.  These parents are the real deal, teaching their kids daily lessons about money, work ethic, integrity and patience.  Turns out, their advice is great for everyone, so I’m sharing it today. One […]

Weekly Roundup #4

This Week's Best Personal Finance Blogs & a Dash of Weather Humor

Welcome to my 4th personal finance weekly roundup.  Every week, I share my favorite blog posts about family and finance.  I focus on articles that share ways to save money, increase your income or teach your children about finances.  But first you get to see a funny video. Photo Credit: Colin-47 via Compfight cc I […]

Weekly Roundup #3

This Week's Best Personal Finance Blogs & a Dash of Humor

Every week, I share my favorite blog posts about family and finance. But first, you get to watch a funny video.  The reason I post short, funny videos on my roundup is because the world needs a good laugh.  Consider this the comics section of my blog. Photo Credit: caprisco (Morguefile) I love my dad.  Although […]

Weekly Roundup #2

This Week's Best Personal Finance Blogs & a Dash of Star Wars Humor

Every week, I share my favorite blog posts about family and finance. But first, you get to watch a funny video. This week, it just so happens to be Star Wars. Photo Credit: Akira Hsu (Creative Commons) The reason I post funny videos on my roundup is because I’m always seeing them and they make […]