Why FHA Loans are Bad for First Time Homebuyers

Last week, Eric and I stopped by to look at a three-bedroom townhome for sale in our neighborhood. We were just looking, since we decided not to buy a house, remember? Eric had actually seen this home online, and I was less than in love with the online photos as they left a lot to be desired ....more

Our Weekend at Hollister Ranch

We were invited by a friend of Eric’s to Hollister Ranch for the Fourth of July weekend. Hollister Ranch is an iconic strip of 14,4000 acres along the Pacific Coast, north of Santa Barbara, famous for its surfing and lack of development. But the coolest part is that this land is completely private ....more

Should You Lend Money to Friends?

I’m sure at one point or another, you’ve decided to lend money to friends. Whether it’s $5 for lunch or a few hundred to help with a move or maybe even more if it’s family. I feel lucky that I’ve never been in the position where I need to ask to borrow serious money from friends–because I have access to the Bank of Mom & Dad ....more

Balls of Steel: A Review, Discount & Giveaway on Whiskey Chillers with a Cause

Today’s review comes from my husband, Eric! This is the second time he’s submitted a post Let’s all encourage him!...more

Whole Foods on a Budget: Expert Tips on How to Save Money (and a giveaway!)

Eric and I were lucky to have Whole Foods come to our home and prepare a fantastic three-course-meal on a budget. But the real purpose of our trip was to see how to actually save money and shop at Whole Foods on a budget. Straight from the Whole Foods experts, here is what we learned on how to save money at Whole Foods ....more

How I Got Whole Foods to Cook Dinner for Us

Everyone knows that Eric and I are huge Whole Foods fans, ever since we started diligently trying to eat clean and healthier a few years ago. So when I saw on Twitter about a month ago, that Whole Foods was tweeting: “If you could wave a magic wand, what would you like to see us do for you?” I, of course, responded that I’d like them to come to my house and make dinner. Duh ....more

I’m Going to BlogHer ’14 and I Don’t Know Anyone

I’ve been blogging since late 2008 and have only attended a handful of blog-related activities. I am really excited to be going to BlogHer ’14 in San Jose, even though…I don’t know anyone else that is going. Not knowing anyone else who was attending made my decision to attend even more surprising because I like to think of myself as an introvert in an extrovert’s body ....more

That Time Jurgen Klingsmann was My Neighbor

I don’t follow soccer. Heck, I don’t really follow any sports. But whenever the world cup comes along, or the Super Bowl, I like to watch and get into it, even if I may not know everything that’s going on ....more

Why I DON’T Want to Buy a House

In true girl fashion, I decided that I reserve the right to change my mind at any time. On Monday, I was ready to buy a house. By Tuesday, I decided to change my mind–I don’t want to buy house ....more

I want to buy a house

It’s no secret that our next big goal is to purchase a house. I find that the decision to purchase a home has become entirely emotional and not so much fiscally practical. Because financially, I’m not so sure that buying is a better option as opposed to renting—at least where we live ....more