Tis the Season for Over Spending (and how not to!)

Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything, crowded malls and holiday themed Blogs. Unfortunately, tis ALSO the season for over spending, credit card bills and a tiny bit of your soul being crushed because of it.

You’d think I would have learned over the years but honestly, I totally didn’t; not until last year. Last year I had enough and I made a plan.  Having a daughter with a birthday in December (ya, apparently I could NEVER make a solid plan) makes it tough to not over spend that month. I had to think of a way to get everyone crossed off on my Christmas list, give a satisfying gift but also not put me on the naughty list with my accountant (or my husband- just sayin’).  Continue reading

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Give the Annoying Younique Rep a Chance, Dammit!

By now we have all heard of the businesses that everyone and their best friend have joined. You’ve got your Scentsy, your Pampered Chef, your Arbonne and your Tupperware. You also have your Rodan + Fields and of course your Epicure!

These companies have all taken the world by storm! Everywhere you look someone is having a “party” either online, at their home or both!  I will be the first person to admit, the constant posts, Facebook notifications and party invites get DAMN ANNOYING.

Now, before you get all up in arms, hear me out! Continue reading

Bringing Christmas Back to Its Roots.

Christmas; The most festive and magical time of the year. I always loved this holiday and everything that it represents for many, many reasons.  Now that I have a daughter of my own, especially as she gets older, Christmas has taken on a whole new spin and I love it even more!  Having her really leaves me reminiscing about when I was a little girl and all of the fun traditions my family had.  Opening one gift (that would always be special Christmas PJ’s) on Christmas Eve with my sister surrounded by family was one of my favorites!

When I look at Christmas today, and I am just as guilty as the rest, it looks a hell of a lot different than it did when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Things have changed.  Money has become the main event to a show none of us were invited to.  Christmas just seems like a race to see who can spend the most money and I’ve had enough!  This year, I am doing things differently.  I will teach my daughter the importance of family, giving and joy.  Fortunately for me, she is still at the age where money means nothing and all she is asking Santa for is a yo-yo..  I honestly don’t even think she knows what a yo-yo is.  Continue reading

I’ll Be a Better Friend in a Few Years.

I used to be cool. I used to be up for spontaneous weekend trips away and staying out late with all of my best friends.  We had a blast dancing the night away with not a worry in the world.  And then I met my husband.  We were still pretty awesome and care free.  We did pub nights with friends and last minute trips around the Cabot Trail. And then we had a baby who is now a toddler and things changed.  Hey, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go back; but damn, I used to be so cool.

When you become a parent, the word “cool” drastically changes its meaning. It went from being able to take 5 shots and still waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed, to making hilarious midnight shadow puppets and turning food into kick ass animals.  Continue reading