A few years ago, my husband and I were longing for our own bathroom, attached garage and a neighborhood for our son to grow up in. Our house was small and boxy. If I was in the kitchen, I couldn't see my son playing in the other room. I know, I know, first world problems. … Continue reading Downsizing When Upsizing
When I say "finding my place" I don't mean something deep and profound like finding my place in this world or at work, life, mothering, etc. That's not what this post is about. It's far more superficial than that. I mean finding that (physical) place where I can't stop going back to. The place where … Continue reading Finding my place
As an accountant, I am fascinated by the way people earn and spend their money. I'm also intrigued at my own family history of money. In regards to my parents versus my in-laws, the way they spent their hard earned cash couldn't be more different and it's shaped the way Jay and I view our … Continue reading A Tale of Two Sets of Parents
Is there anything better than cracking open a long neck and taking that first, cold sip? It's what Friday night dreams are made of. What would make it even better is if that first sip took place on a deck, in warm temps, without children around. Growing up, my parents rarely drank. It's not that … Continue reading Why do I drink?
FIRE. Financial Independence Retire Early. It's a wonderful concept isn't it? What hard worker doesn't want to achieve FIRE earlier rather than later? The majority of blogs dedicated to this concept are centered around millennial's who aren't married and don't have children. Please note, I am not discrediting their achievements in ANY way. I wish … Continue reading Is FIRE possible with kids?
I know some may scoff at the idea of New Years Resolutions but I love them! It allows me to start the year fresh with a new perspective. I fully encourage those to make your own list - even if we're a couple months into the year. Here's mine (yes, I hand wrote it!). It's … Continue reading New Years Resolution Check-In
If there's one thing that's guaranteed to send you into a pit of despair and bleed your bank account, it's a lawsuit - specifically when you are getting sued. I don't think there's any worse feeling in the world than being accused of something you DID.NOT.DO. If you know the person, it's especially gut wrenching. … Continue reading Surviving A Lawsuit
I'm going to get a lot of heat for this post. I realize it's a touchy subject but hear me out first, ok? There is no doubt, animals add an element to life that can't be beat - particularly dogs. Not only are they good for ones mental well-being but physical health as well. They … Continue reading Don’t Get the Dog
Who thinks about how they want to spend their retirement? <I'm over here waving my hands in the air, frantically shouting ME! ME!> Some of you may be scratching your head saying to yourself, "I never really thought about it." Others may be saying "I don't think I'll ever be able to afford to retire!" … Continue reading Don’t Wish Your Days Away