How Much Do Braces Really Cost? I'll Tell You.

When the twins were six, we started talking about whether or not they'd need braces. It was an interesting topic for me, because I've never had them. I was excited. By the time they were nine, we knew the direction we were headed in, so I called a few orthodontists in Texas to get an idea of the process and cost. Here's what I didn't expect to find out—it's a secret. It's like Fight Club. Seriously....more
NannyNonya No, but before we go to the dentist, they tell me what it costs to fill a cavity, ...more

5 Tips To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

My husband and I have made a big decision— we’re selling our condo! I’m lucky that my father is a Realtor, so that process is easy. But the condo market  is tough, especially given our location. Being marketers, and growing up with a real estate agent father, I know that you only get one shot at a good first impression. I remember looking for condos three years ago, and it astounded me how awful some of the photos were. After choosing some places that looked decent, we were shocked yet again to find a stark contrast between the pristine photos and unkempt property we visited....more
MommyKerrie Paint is such an easy change, that makes a big difference! Best of luck with selling ...more

Amazon Prime for $99: Still Worth It?

I've had an Amazon Prime membership for... forever, and I love it. I even blogged last November about how much I love it but when I heard a rumor that they were going to almost double the price -- I balked. I was pretty sure I was going to cancel. Thankfully, when Amazon announced the price increase, it was only a $20 increase to $99 a year. That's not so bad but I'm still wondering... is it worth it?...more
I order a lot from Amazon as well and not always enough for the slow free shipping. I am keeping ...more

Are you financially savvy?

During last year’s Women’s History Month, I found an article by one of my favorite financial experts Lynnette Khalfani Cox (www.themoneycoach.net).  The article was inspired by last year’s WHM themes, Women’s Education and Women’s Empowerment.  The information is definitely still relevant and useful.  Do you feel like you’re financially savvy?  Well according to Lynnette Khalfani Cox, there are six ways to know for sure. ...more

Living on $1.50 per Day: Day 1

I started my Live Below the Line challenge today, eating $1.50 worth of food per day to raise awareness about extreme poverty and to raise money for UNICEF. I have raised $270 so far....more

Do You Have a Living Will?

www.GetYourShitTogether.org - After one wife and mom lost her husband suddenly in a horrific accident, she realized she did not know anything about their family finances....more

How Much Do Braces Really Cost? I'll Tell You.

When the twins were six, we started talking about whether or not they'd need braces. It was an interesting topic for me, because I've never had them. I was excited. By the time they were nine, we knew the direction we were headed in, so I called a few orthodontists in Texas to get an idea of the process and cost. Here's what I didn't expect to find out—it's a secret. It's like Fight Club. Seriously....more
NannyNonya No, but before we go to the dentist, they tell me what it costs to fill a cavity, ...more

Teaching My Son How to Manage Money

My husband and I really want our children learn the value of saving money, and we've already started with our six-year-old son Zach....more

Unhappy 47th Birthday

I thought I'd continue the tradition of posting an entry on my website on my birthday, only to find out I never actually did that. Weird. Since I'm already three days late, it works out just fine. Still, I think it's time to start a new tradition and take stock of my life, which currently sucks big time....more

Turn Your Clutter into Cold Hard CASH!

Are you holding on to really old appliances, outdated electronics, ancient gadgets (think 1999 PalmPilot) or maybe even old useless printer cartridges or even old used car batteries? Well then today is your lucky day!...more

The Rainbow Connection

Photo by The Big Change Project...more

How Much Are You Paying?

 Okay, so I was not brought up to haggle over prices. I hate the thought of doing it. I am not sure of all the reasons that stop me but I really find it a hard thing to do. ...more

The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
katpinke NurseLovesFarmr BlogHer strange how some recognize 1 cult but not another...some ...more