Introduction to the American Baby Plan in London

Today is the first of November 2009. In exactly four days, on November 5th, I will turn 29 years old. This blog will begin then, with the premise that in one year's time, on my 30th birthday, I will be pregnant for the first time in my life. That's not hard, you might think, but if you actually begin to think of all the things that need to be in place in order to have what we all ultimately all want in life: to do one better than our parents - then you really do need to stop and consider all the small items and steps that need to go into the Baby Plan....more


I'm experiencing a visceral effect right now. In fact D just came down to say "hi" and (very supporting and surprised) asked me if I was crying. I had forgotten for a second that I broke down; just me slumped over my computer with some tears. The moment already seemed to pass when he came in from his day but apparently my runny masquera didn’t get the more...more

Resisting The Never Ending Wheel of Desire

Have you ever felt like you were spinning in a never-ending wheel of desire? That as soon as you conquer one area of spending desire, and finally develops the discipline to say "no" to that just-released video game or that new pair of shoes, another area of spending desire pops up....more

This is a really good post. I find myself always struggling with this. Wanting can be soo ...more

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

Got 10 Minutes a Day? Here are Five Ways to Boost Your Business

If you are a small business owner you know that finding extra time is, well, hard. Those really important things you need to do consistently to boost your business often fall the wayside to the more urgent and often less important. So, what if you had 10 minutes a day to handle them? Almost everyone can find 10 extra minutes a day... the key is to claim it and use it wisely. Here are five of my favorite ways to maximize those 10 minutes: 1) Read a business or personal development book. ...more

I agree. It's very easy to get sucked in. When it comes to your business, it takes a lot of ...more

How do you do grocery shopping?

.Hi Friends, ...more

Work....SUCH a chore!!!

Now on to the other current stress in my life.  Work.  I am currently self-employed.  I have a daycare in my home.  Sounded like a great idea in the beginning.  I have a couple of years of early childhood ed at university, and tons of experience at other people's daycares.  What the heck, right?!?  WRONG  It sucks pretty bad.  Once you get past all of the start-up costs you really think it's all gonna work out ok.  Then the parents start to treat you like the 'B' word.  No, not that one.  The babysitter.  Ooohhh.  That on...more

Another good reason to keep newspapers alive - for the sales circulars

I spend hours online but I’m still a newspaper junkie.  Online shopping lets me research anything I’m thinking about buying.  And then there are all the juicy comments which are often called "reviews."  Ha!   I start off examining customers’ comments and then I stop at a review where someone is telling a harrowing story about exactly what happened the night they brought their new mattress home. Sagging!  Sides collapsing!  Back pain! Co-sleepers sniping at each other in the morning! ...more

I hate shopping. I'm thrifty and don't really want to buy anything - ever. But I do like sale ...more

Creating a Business Plan

How to Make a Great Business PlanA lot of people may have excellent business ideas, but the successful ones are those who can turn those ideas into viable projects and get people to invest in their “baby.” ...more

There Is Hope In Clearing Clutter

2010 ...more