The best thing about the Internet, despite the fact that one person can Google anything in the world and become an instant expert, is that you can connect with anyone you want through social media. Social media is “web based technology and applications that turn communication into interactive dialogue” - the perfect place for bloggers and social butterflies to flourish. As a blogger, using social media is a great way to bring new readers to your website and spread the word about new blog ... Continue Reading
The inside scoop from a woman who spends her days on the front line of the fight against head lice. The Lice Lady speaks…are you listening?
It all started three years ago when I got "the call" from my neighbor. "My daughter has lice," she said, "you should check your kids." When my son returned from an afternoon at his friend's house I accosted him the moment he walked through the door. I parted his hair and saw something crawl past my finger. I screamed, flailed, jumped, and nearly vomited. To put it mildly, I didn't handle it well as a parent. To this day I will still swear that I saw that bug eyeballing me as it skittered for ... Continue Reading
Teach your kids how to spend and save their pocket money.
There really are no hard and fast pocket money rules that parents and kids everywhere should follow. Your family's pocket money rules will depend on the preferences and needs of your own particular family. However, it's generally a good idea for kids to have some sort of pocket money, even from as young of an age as four or five. Having a their own money to spend allows children to understand spending and saving, and the value of a dollar. Although there aren't set rules, here are some things ... Continue Reading
Balance raising your kids and spending time with your family.
As a mother of two boys, I’ve spent the last 8 years running. Either chasing them, mothering them, or transporting them - and then attempting to squeeze my needs in between theirs. I’m also a working parent with time consuming healthy habits that include working out, writing and cooking. My passion has always been raising healthy kids, but my goal is also to the time and opportunity to be healthy and fit. I’ve learned only recently how to balance a few of these things and am ... Continue Reading
Ways to spend quality time with your spouse, without spending large quantities of money.
Married life can be hectic ... filled with kids, jobs, activities. Taking time out with your spouse has to be deliberate or it tends not to happen. Also, with today's economy, sometimes it is hard to carve out any extra money to do so. If you are able to go out dinner and babysitter included ... fabulous. If not, here are a few suggestions for spending quality time with your spouse for little or no money. Go on a walk together. Yes, it is a simple thing, but valuable in that it ... Continue Reading
The envelope system helps control your spending and allows you to stick to your budget.
Is the Envelope System Right for You? So you’ve taken the first step in getting a grip on your finances and you’ve set up your budget. As hard as that was to do, you may realize that creating your budget was actually the easy part. The hardest part of a budget is sticking to it, and for many the envelope system is a great solution. With the ease of banking online, automatic drafts, and check cards, it can be very hard to keep track of your spending. How many times have you looked ... Continue Reading
Take your child on a date night to spend one-on-one time together.
Looking for something fun and unique to do with your kids? Consider splitting up and spending precious one-on-one time with your child by taking her on a date. My kids just GLOW when they get a parent all to themselves. It doesn’t even matter what you do, it’s the time together that's important. Bonus for parents: If your kids are going through a patch where they fight constantly and it’s driving you nuts, separate them with date night.The peace and quiet is definitely worth it. Make ... Continue Reading
Setting up a family budget is one of the most important steps you can take to control your finances.
Setting up a family budget is one of the most important steps you can take to control your finances. It doesn’t matter how much money you have - in order to make the best use of your income, you need a family budget. A family budget will not only tell you where your money is going, but it will help keep you on track and spend your money wisely. Where Has All of Your Money Gone? Do you ever get to the end of the month and wonder what has happened to all of your money? At the ... Continue Reading
Follow these tips to get the most enjoyment from Labor Day sales while protecting your wallet.
When you think of Labor Day, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you said Labor Day sales, then you are in good company. Retailers across the board have created a shopping holiday by offering great Labor Day sales on appliances, clothing, and even cars. While some people celebrate the unofficial end of summer by barbecuing and spending time with family, many flock to the malls to take advantage of the Labor Day sales. Even though there are many opportunities to save money, you ... Continue Reading