Monday, July 14, 2014

Want to Host a Cheap Wedding?

Last month I had the pleasure of sharing/writing Steve and Sally's love/wedding story for LearnVest.

The piece was just picked up by Huffington Post: I Just Spent $1,000 on My Wedding. Here's How

Steve and Sally celebrated their one-year anniversary on the same day my husband and I celebrated our nine-year anniversary (July 1st)! Happy Anniversary!

Money To-Dos!

I recently had the chance to write an awesomely informative (thanks to the financial planner I interviewed!) article on money to-dos. I learned a lot writing it and hope it helps you out too!

LearnVest:  3 Important Money To-Dos for Every Decade of Life

Forbes also picked it up: 3 Big Money To-Dos For Your 20s, 30s, 40s And 50s

Friday, June 13, 2014

Buying a House? Read This First!

It's been almost four years since we bought our first house (which I totally do not regret! Yay!). Did we make mistakes? YES! Are we alone? NO!

I spoke with five brave souls willing to share the mistakes they made when buying real estate.

Check it out on LearnVest: 5 People Reveal: The Biggest Home-Buying Mistake We Made

OR

Forbes: Adventures in Real Estate: 5 Tales of Major Home-Buying Mistakes

Got a story to share? Feel free to open up and let us know!

Budget Weddings

I am approaching my nine-year wedding anniversary, so the intense dynamics of wedding planning have become a distant, somewhat foggy memory.

It all came back to me recently when I got to work with Steve over at steveonomics.com to share his $1,000 wedding story.

Check it out on LearnVest: How I Did It: 'My Wedding Cost Less Than $1,000'

Did you manage to pull off a budget wedding? Please share your secrets!

Grocery Tips on Huffington & Forbes!

If you missed it on LearnVest, you can check out my grocery shopping tips article on Huffington Post OR Forbes!

Have some ideas to contribute? Please share...

Hope these tips help you save some cash this summer!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Get Your Grocery Bill Under Control!

Bad news: grocery prices are going up. Good news: I've tracked down some awesome expert tips on how to keep your bill manageable this summer.

Your can read the article over at LearnVest:

Grocery Shopping on a Budget: 10 Ways to Keep Rising Food Costs in Check

Have more ideas? Feel free to share!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Interested in Some Real Estate?

My recent LearnVest article on real estate got picked up by Forbes!

Check it out: 4 Dream Homes, 4 Couples: Can They Afford The Price Tag?

Do you have any home buying wisdom to share?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Your Resume

My recent LearnVest article on resume mistakes got picked up by Forbes!

9 Resume Mistakes You Can's Afford to Make

Hope it provides you with a few helpful tips!

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's 2014. How Did That Happen?

My good friend recently showed me a little note book where she writes down all those important "kid" memories and milestones. What a very good idea, I thought to myself.

Just a second, that's what my blog used to be! I used to keep track of all those special memories right here. What happened?

As my kids get older (they are five and seven now), I've struggled with how much I should be sharing of their personal lives. We're getting close to the age where their school chums will have access to the Internet and will be able to Google anything and everything. I used to let it rip here, but if I get into our messy family business...that means anyone can read it. We're beyond the baby and toddler years and there's something about sharing our elementary school-level stories that makes me kind of unsettled.

That said, I think I'd like to explore where that fine line is. I've proven to myself that I'm pretty lame at tracking special kid memories anywhere other than this blog. I'm also realizing I have no ability to retain all this info on my own. That means I better step it up if my husband and I are ever going to have a general sense of what happened during our life as a young family. When did my kids start walking? Hmmmmm...good question. When did they lose their first tooth? Well hopefully that info is somewhere on this blog (although the little guy hasn't actually lost any teeth so I haven't screwed that memory up yet).

As I was reading the kids a bed time story tonight, my daughter managed to pull out our very loved (like there's missing wedges from gnawing gums kinda loved) copy of "Hush Little Baby" from my son's bookshelf. Both kids wanted me to read/sing it and were equally attentive and seemingly touched as I went through the pages. I told them I used to sing it to them every night. They both told me they remembered and both gave me this sweet hug. And while I'm focusing on the awesomeness and love, and not on the other (negative) child-induced baloney which has occurred in the past week, I'm blown away by how big and amazing these kids of mine have become. It seems like only yesterday that "Hush Little Baby" was a nightly staple.

These little people are my biggest challenge and my greatest joy. And I'm trying to stop and smell the coffee a bit more these days. I'm trying to be mindful. I'm trying not to lose my temper as easily because being a mad mama is super unhealthy. I'm trying not to yell because it makes us all feel like crap. I'm trying to remember that my children's frontal lobes are not yet developed and mine is (i.e. I'm the grown up). I'm trying to model the behavior I want to see in them (which is super hard). I'm going to yoga once a week because it makes me feel awesome, which makes me a better mama. And I really want to enjoy my kids while they are kids, so I'm trying to be more present. In a few years, they're probably not going to want to have much to do with me. If they're anything like I was as a teenager, I better be savoring the time I have now.

Starting this September, my kids will be on the same schedule at the same school for the first time ever. As you may have guessed, I'm starting to realize that everything is going by really fast (like I'm turning 40 next year. What is that all about?). I better pick up the pace and start keeping track of it all...right here at 24-7 Mommy.

Pinky Promise

I haven't been writing about my crazy kids lately. I haven't been sharing my ups and downs with parenting (because this whole thing is a roller coaster of joy and pain). And I haven't told you how I'm starting to understand what people mean when they say "it all goes by so fast..."

I did want to share a conversation I had with my 5-year-old son this morning as we drove to preschool.

We were covering the basics around levels of education. First we go to preschool, then elementary school, then middle school, then high school, then university. Things got really emotional when we got to the university level. He realized I was talking about him leaving home and he put his foot down.

The little guy made it clear he will always want to live with me. As in forever. And he doesn't want a wife and children unless we can all live together. He was so serious, and so saddened at the idea of us ever being split apart. Looking at his troubled face, I too was saddened at the prospect of my son ever leaving home. I can't imagine NOT living with my sweet little guy forever and ever.

We were pretty worked up by the time we got to drop off and I kinda wanted to just keep driving with him...enjoy the moment for as long as possible. My beautiful five-year-old, wanting nothing more than a guarantee we could always be together (and no, living next door wasn't a satisfactory option for him).

The little guy made me pinky promise that we will live together forever. I told him that if that's what he wants, then yes, I pinky promise.