Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to store sheets neatly

I know there are a bunch of tips and tricks out there for how to fold fitted sheets, but let's be honest-- unless you're some kind of domestic wizard, it's not going to happen. The best sheet-folding tip I got acknowledges this fact and implemented a genius workaround. I wish I could remember where I read this, but I don't. But that's okay, I'm pretty sure multiple people have come up with this method independently, after all, we're talking about folding sheets here. It's not rocket science.

 I know, I know. "Stop taking crappy pictures for blog" is totally on my list of things to do (or not to do as the case may be). But right now I am super pregnant and tired. But really, who isn't tired at any given phase of their life. Mostly I'm just lazy. Which is probably why I'm willing to do this sheet storage method-- it doesn't take any more effort than folding and stacking sheets separately, but they stay a lot more organized this way. Here's the method:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Influenster VoxBox - Email If You Want One, Too

A few months ago, my sister invited me to become an "Influenster." It's a website that gives companies a chance to get the word out on their new products by giving them to consumers for free (anyone who wants to review products--definitely not just bloggers). You fill out information about yourself and see if you qualify to get a VoxBox (everyone I know eventually received one--although mine took a couple months to come). You can't choose what you're sent, they choose for you. It's all free, so if you're into reviewing projects, e-mail me and I can send you an Influenster invite. If not, ignore this, and continue about your day. Either way, here's my e-mail:
I received the #JollyVoxBox. Here is my honest review of the five products I received:


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"I Will Teach You to Be Rich" Book Recommendation

I've read a lot of personal finance books (they're usually on my birthday and Christmas list every year). But I recognize most of them don't have the wide appeal of Harry Potter or the Hunger Games. Except maybe this one, which I think is a good read for both those who are really interested in personal finance and those who aren't (but have somehow ended up with a copy in their hands. (And, just so you know, the author has no idea who we are and never asked us to write this.) I have lent this book out and recommended it several times to personal friends, so it's time I shared it with all of you.

It's I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi.

Here's what I like about it:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Budget Boot Camp - Financial DREAMS vs. Financial GOALS

First of all, thanks to everyone for sticking with us! We've actually picked up MORE campers since last month's e-mail (for those of you who missed it, your assignment was to List all your accounts and their balances. Now, onto the next step . . . writing down your financial goals!

This is BUDGET Boot Camp, why are we talking about goals? 

Like anything that requires consistency and diligence, budgeting can be hard. Goals will keep you motivated by reminding you what you're working towards. Just like dieters who post motivational pictures and quotes on their fridge, financial goals will help you push through the tough parts. Endorphins are not limited to marathon runners. Just wait until the first time you get your budget in place, start checking it regularly, and watch how it puts you on track to reach all of your financial goals!

Do you have financial goals? 

I hope so! Let me ask you this--Do you have financial GOALS or do you have financial DREAMS? What's the difference? DREAMS live in our heads. GOALS are written down, planned for, and reviewed often. Which do you think is more likely to happen? The answer is obvious, so read on to find out how to turn your financial dreams into financial goals.
One of my financial goals: Get these cute little kiddos to college (and stay sane in the process). Occasionally, both goals feel like a long shot.

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