August 10, 2020

It feels like this is the right time to talk about big budgets and the dollars and cents of it all. We are all still very much home and staring at those walls a lot more than ever. But something you hear when confronted with a renovation is: "we blew the budget on (ins...

July 13, 2020

One of the general conversations I'm hearing is that we are eager to turn our homes into an all-in-one hot spot: the office, school, recreation center, do it all house! Backyard oasis are being built, pools are sold out, and kitchens are being remodeled. We are spendin...

March 20, 2020

Is anyone else feeling cooped up? Are you trying to work from home and can't find your mojo? It's a struggle to keep focused in my home, add in a full house these days and it seems near impossible. So on the small doses of time I have been getting to work on my busines...

March 17, 2020

My house is a mess, and that's just going to have to be OK for the next few weeks. I have little activity stations set up throughout the house and my son burned through all of them in an hour and a half. This is a lesson for me in patience and accepting the situation.

I...

March 4, 2020

This weekend we had a whole bunch of snow and I was feeling like nesting around our home. Although we have some longer term plans for bigger projects, I created a list of projects we could do in the meantime to satisfy my nesting urges. A quick stop to a thrift shop an...

November 19, 2019

Is it me, or have you noticed that the holiday marketing out there heavily implies that we need to basically renovate our homes to be so-called 'ready' for the holidays? I just heard an ad on the radio letting me know that I can borrow up to $35,000 from them this seas...

September 12, 2019

 The other day as I was penciling in social event after social event into our family calendar and I was suddenly hit with how much all of these things could potentially cost. To add to that, we need a few things for the home, add some extra curricular activities for th...

August 20, 2019

 At some point birthday parties for our kiddos seem to have gone from a once or twice in a lifetime thing, to a big, overpriced annual extravaganza. Families are shifting buckets of money towards the perfect venue, cake, loot bags and so on. What if a family has multip...

June 13, 2019

So you've gotten married, bought a house and are having children, but did your finances get updated along the way? Or do you and your spouse keep throwing money at a joint account and wonder why your debt balances are creeping up? If this sounds familiar I have news fo...

April 8, 2019

Our culture seems to hold home ownership as the highest standard of achievement, let me tell you how much this upsets me and why. How many times I've heard "Why pay someone else's mortgage when you can pay your own?". People caught making these statements have either l...

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