Help! My Friend Wants Me to Lie as a Job Reference

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I run a small internet-based business and over the years have had several employees. Recently, a good friend of mine asked me if she could use me as a professional reference. She has been a stay-at-home mom for about twelve years and is having a hard time finding a job. I want to help her, but I feel uncomfortable about lying. Is there any way this can be considered a "white lie"?Signed,I'm Not Her Boss...more
No way. No no no. No!  For heaven's sake, I'm a convicted felon and would never lie about it. I ...more

Would You Enjoy Working for $5 an Hour?

Over the years I've worked a lot of crummy jobs. I've worked a lot of low-paying jobs and jobs that paid all right but worked me to the bone. I've been undercompensated; I've done jobs that were above my pay grade because I would work for less than I was worth. And I wasn't happy, but I can honestly say that I'm happy now. I only make $5.00 an hour, and I am happier with that than ever before....more
Ellen Kolb That's a beautiful way to put it, "My worth and yours? Incalculable."  I agree, even ...more

How Our Workplace Policies Are Keeping Women Poor

Beyoncé—a performer, working mother, and American icon— shows many of us the woman we want to be. But to state the obvious, we can’t all work it like Beyoncé. Literally. We can’t work, raise a child, and pay our bills like Beyoncé can, because despite the national outpouring of positivity that followed her back-lit feminist power-silhouette at the VMA’s earlier this year, we still don’t have policies in place that allow working mothers—particularly working mothers in low-wage jobs, the overwhelming majority of whom are women of color—to make a decent living. ...more
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Visualization

I spent an evening a few years ago with a life coach who teaches her clients to repeat...more

The Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist

Finding the perfect playlist for a get-together can be tough to do. Deciding on the perfect picks can definitely be overwhelming! And when it comes to music for a Halloween party, oh man – what should you play?! ...more

Can you be too safe with money?  

As people interested in personal finance, we are often taught to take the safe road when it comes to money. I think Eric and I are great examples (yup, that’s me patting ourselves on the back right there) of what can be done when you work on stabilizing and securing your money by living a frugal lifestyle, making sacrifices, and working hard. But at what point do you feel secure enough? ...more

Help! My Friend Wants Me to Lie as a Job Reference

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I run a small internet-based business and over the years have had several employees. Recently, a good friend of mine asked me if she could use me as a professional reference. She has been a stay-at-home mom for about twelve years and is having a hard time finding a job. I want to help her, but I feel uncomfortable about lying. Is there any way this can be considered a "white lie"?Signed,I'm Not Her Boss...more
No way. No no no. No!  For heaven's sake, I'm a convicted felon and would never lie about it. I ...more

Would You Enjoy Working for $5 an Hour?

Over the years I've worked a lot of crummy jobs. I've worked a lot of low-paying jobs and jobs that paid all right but worked me to the bone. I've been undercompensated; I've done jobs that were above my pay grade because I would work for less than I was worth. And I wasn't happy, but I can honestly say that I'm happy now. I only make $5.00 an hour, and I am happier with that than ever before....more
Ellen Kolb That's a beautiful way to put it, "My worth and yours? Incalculable."  I agree, even ...more

There’s an App for That: CardMunch

Card Munch – Photo: http://www.nyhus.com/caption Ever wondered what to do with all the business cards you’re collecting left and right? Well, there’s an app for that, and it’s called CardMunch! Instead of walking around with a wallet overflowing with paper, CardMunch allows you to scan business cards directly into your phone contacts! ...more

Getting married in April instead of October

We got engaged on August 7, 2010, and immediately started planning the wedding. Initially we planned on an October wedding, since it would give us enough time to save and I love this time of year. But as we started to plan for something...more

A Random Crumb #3: Thrift Store Scores

Every once in a while, the Crumb Saver household shares...more

Work It: Tie-Front Blouse

So what do you think? Leave a comment and let me know! Houndstooth tie-front blouse – $59 – Photo: macys.com I’m a big fan of tie-front blouses! ...more

What’s Your Halloween Tab?

Holidays are expensive, right?...more