Creating a Family Budget, Amazing Race Style

Developing a family budget is an excellent exercise in humility and shame. I highly recommend it as a way to get your ego in check if you’re feeling overly confident, or just need a quick slap in the face. It’s especially advisable if you or your partner recently lost a job, have massive debt to curb, or are expecting children....more

When to Splurge and When to Save on Your Wedding

Weddings are expensive. Way more expensive than I thought before I started wedding planning. Since most of us don’t have an unlimited wedding budget, difficult decisions have to be made. It’s important to take a hard look at your priorities and decide where your money should be allocated. While we all have different priorities, there are some areas where your money will go a lot further and where I would recommend splurging. Here are the areas (in my opinion) for where to splurge and where to save on your wedding!...more

Budget Gel Pens that Double as Nail Art Pens

Hi! Have you tried getting into nail art, but you can’t stand the hassle and the amount of time it all takes? To be perfectly honest neither can I. Nail art has really tested me to my limits and I discovered that I am a rather impatient person and some what of  perfectionist. That is in no way a good combination.  This is where nail art pens come in....more

It's an expensive world after all

On our recent family vacation, we went to Idlewild Amusement Park.The park contains a soak zone, children's section and a storybook forest that hasn't changed since it opened in 1956. It is a park that I went to when I was little, and I was happy to take my son there so he could enjoy it as well. ...more
I have taken my son to Disney several times and I think it was well worth it. It depends on ...more

Drugstore Makeup Favorites: Maybelline

Today on my blog, I'm sharing my drugstore makeup favorites from one of my favorite brands, Maybelline! I hope you'll head over to my blog to check out the favorites.You can check out the post here....more

6 Ways to Build Your Savings

When you graduate college and land your first job, you’re often living paycheck-to-paycheck. It can be hard to build up some savings when you’re living like this, but it is important to try. Financial disasters can and do happen, so it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips on building up your savings....more

How Much Will Your Wedding REALLY Cost?

The weeks and months after getting engaged can be overwhelming for many brides. Planning a wedding is a totally new experience and so many of us don’t know where to start. I was the same way! Last week on the blog I shared 8 things to do after getting engaged. This week, I’m going to delve a little deeper into one of them: the wedding budget....more

The case for more home economics classes

Like many people, once I established my own home away from my parents and started my own job, I started to think about how my education had failed me. Yes, I had many years of dedicated schooling around math and science and communications, but some basics alluded me. I knew how to cook, for example, (thanks, Mom!), but I didn't know how to use a drill (I should have taken shop class). I could balance my checkbook, but didn't have the first clue of how to do my own taxes (clearly this was before we had online banking)....more

How we save money on each bill

I love seeing how other people save money and I love seeing other peoples’ budgets.It’s the only time I like math *shudder.*...more

Reset Your Finances

In life the only way to move forward, is to accept the past and learn from it.  As much as I would love to go back to stop my much younger self from wearing leopard print pants with matching suspenders, I cannot.  Just as I cannot go back and stop myself from buying more house than I needed or could comfortably afford....more