A Summer Bucket List for Mom

Every summer I vow to make a summertime bucket list with my family. Have you ever seen one? They’re a list of ideas to spark a summer full of enjoyment and learning. They can be as ambitious as a trip abroad, as fun as a day at the zoo, or as simple as a campout in the backyard. Maybe there’s a series of books you would like to read as a family. You could try every flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s. The goals’ budget…

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A Sneak Peak at #RealityMoms 2017

How was your year? I often wonder what happened in others’ lives when I see or hear them say “I’m so glad this year is over.” Personally, 2016 was the best and worst year I have ever had but honestly? I don’t have any desire to go back to what has been–because it’s not my #Reality anymore. It’s history and in order for history not to repeat itself, you have to be willing to change the future, right? I’d rather look forward, and give you a sneak peak at what…

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Am I the Worst Mom in the World?

Why is this the hardest job in the world?  Why does being a mom come with the intense feeling of failure when you really honestly try to do the very best you can with what you’ve got?  Why do we constantly compare ourselves to others so much that our children pick up on it? I know. I ate a whole box of “why me?” this morning and there is just no room for that in my life.  But I just spent the last 30 minutes bawling my eyes out and…

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Money Management 101 for College Kids

Of all the things I wish they taught in school, I wish there were a better understanding of budgeting and debt. I graduated high school with a ton of bad advice on establishing a credit rating and almost no concept of financial planning beyond “How to Operate a Savings Account.” At the age of 19, living on my own and working to pay bills, I had to take a crash course in money management 101—the hard way. In some ways I was lucky! I had to figure out how to…

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