What It’s Really Like to Be Pregnant

A tongue-in-cheek look at what pregnancy has been like for me these past 28 weeks. People Will Be...more

On Becoming a New Uncle

Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am Erika’s youngest brother at 21 years of age. Since she’s been pregnant, she’s been super busy and hasn’t been able to keep up with her blog so I took upon myself to give you all some perspective on what I’m expecting as a soon-to-be uncle ....more

When It Rains, It Pours

Eric and I were so excited to become homeowners last fall. Home ownership has always been a huge goal for us, so when it finally happened—after years of thinking it was just a distant dream—we were absolutely thrilled. When we bought this two-bedroom house, we knew it would be too small for us once we started expanding our family ....more

What to Expect with My Pregnancy

While I am the first to admit that this pregnancy hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies (mostly because I’ve been having such a hard time with the physical and emotional changes), I will say that when I first got pregnant, I was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t wait to learn absolutely everything about what my body would be going through. A friend had given me her baby books, and with that stack came the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting. If anyone knows me, they know that I love to arm myself with as much education as possible before I take on a project ....more

The Family Car Dilemma

First off, I want to say, thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the kind words and sympathetic ears on my last post. When a post is written like that, it can easily be misconstrued amd I am so grateful that everyone took it the correct way and empathized with my current plight. I am happy to say after a low-key and family-filled weekend, I am doing a lot better and hope to get into full baby prep soon ....more

My Blogging Hiatus and What I’ve Been Up To

So somewhere around six months ago, I pretty much stopped my usual blogging routine. It wasn’t intentional. I was just sort of over it, and I needed a break ....more

How We Turned Our Dream of Home Ownership into a Reality

Eric and I have known for a long time that our ultimate dream was to one day own a home. Living in an expensive housing market like Southern California where three-bedroom single family homes start at half a million dollars, we knew that it would take us a while to reach this goal. So we started our journey to getting our finances in order and working our way up in our careers ....more

Thinking About Going Back to School? What You Need to Succeed

Finishing my master’s program was a time-intensive and challenging ordeal. As an early thirty-something, I had no desire to go back to school and I’m still sort of dumbfounded when I hear about colleagues of mine who go to school “for fun.” School wasn’t fun for me. At all ....more

How Our Finances Have Changed Since Buying Our First Home

When we bought the house in November, our mortgage, property taxes, and homeowners’ insurance was 75% more than what we were paying toward the rent on our two-bedroom townhome. It was a big change, but one we felt we could comfortably manage considering we were saving such a large portion of our take-home pay in order to fund the down payment. In December 2014, we were pretty much broke ....more

Do You Believe in Psychics?: My Experience with Psychic Source

My first experience with a psychic was getting my palm read at a local fair. Everything the fortune teller told me was spot on, and I left thinking “she knew me so well!” The next year, I went to the same fortune teller and heard the exact same spiel. To say I was disappointed is an understatement ....more