May Favorites

Wow, can you believe it’s June already? I can’t! The month of May went by so incredibly fast; it was as if I blinked and it was over already. I’m sure June is going to be the same because there are so many fun events and opportunities coming up: my sister(in-law)’s bridal shower, bachelorette party,…

Getting Out of Debt: Where to Begin

By fall of 2013, I knew I had to make a drastic change. My spending habits had spiraled out of control in the wake of my mom’s death, leaving me reeling with grief and more than $5,000 in consumer credit card debt. My student loans sat in forbearance accruing interest while I watched as the…

How to Look Great on Any Budget

Trends come and go, but a good sense of style never goes out of fashion. Luckily, style has nothing to do with the name on a label or the price on a tag. I’m of the opinion that you should wear whatever you like, everyone else be damned. Whatever makes you feel comfortable, confident and…

Connected Through Loss on Mother’s Day

It all started when my mom passed away. The months leading up to December 19, 2011 were some of the hardest of my life. It was the end to a slow deterioration dementia had cast my mom, and thus our life, into that brought everything crashing down around me. It took a herculean effort to…

April Favorites

I’ve always wanted to do a favorites post, so I thought why not? It will be fun to share with you some of the things I’ve found myself loving lately. This list comprises items I purchased in April along with past favorites that were in heavy rotation during the past month. Enjoy! I Movie Alexis…

In the Wise Words of Steven Tyler…

Dream on. Those two little words, they contain so much meaning. And while they’re often said sarcastically, as in Yeah, right… Dream on,  that isn’t how Steven Tyler meant them. Instead, it as if he’s saying dream on because we all have our dreams. Dream on because if you don’t, you might not make it. Much…

You Should Really Read the Book and Here’s Why…

For the longest time, I had very little appreciation for film as an art form. Hollywood cinema seemed, to me, an extraordinarily vapid form of entertainment devoid of any true meaning, with very few exceptions. As a lifelong bibliophile, I have long preferred reading. For one thing, no movie could ever possibly capture the detail…

When a Labor of Love Becomes Just a Labor

As April draws to a close, I can’t help but think… here we are in the fourth month of the year, and I have blogged exactly one time. What happened? Or rather I should ask, what continues to happen, because this is a repeated incident if my previous false starts at blogging are any indication….

For Big Change, Start Small

You might not know it by looking at me, but four years ago, my life was very different from the one I live today. I owed $5,000 to my credit card—the result of a lifetime of poor spending habits that spiraled out of control after my mom passed away—$15,000 to a car loan, and $34,000…

The No Spend Year Progress Report

Well, folks, this is it. We’re officially 4 weeks in to our No Spend Year, and I am struggling a bit at the moment. I’ll get to why shortly, but for now, let me start with the good news. We are both motivated by the progress we’ve made. While we began the “No Spend Year”…