Freezer Meal Swap Group Have you ever heard of a freezer meal swap group? I hadn’t until I came across the term several months back while looking for ideas on how to make my life easier. Here in LA, there is a pretty strong culture of going out to eat. It is super prevalent because […]

10 Essential Items for European Travel with a Toddler

In April of 2014, my husband, son, and I set off on a two week vacation across London and Rome! I was hesitant to bring an almost two-year-old on a plane for 12 hours to then spend two weeks traveling Europe, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I am going to be […]

Freelance Work: Your money or your life?

That’s right, I am trying to find freelance work. I have been working as a copywriter off and on for the last year. I have held a number of jobs since college, mostly on a career track and working in the non-profit world. However, one of the downsides to working in Los Angeles is the […]

Confession Time: I’m Not an extreme couponer

So, it’s that time “confession time”. I am NOT an extreme couponer. I wish I was, I subscribed to a newspaper to try and become one, but I simply can’t get into the swing of using coupons regularly on my shopping trips. I do consistently review the newflyers, purchase sale items, get rebates when I […]

Budgeting for Success in 2014

Beginning the Journey  With the New Year upon us, it is a time for resolutions and a renewed opportunity to change the direction of your life. I spent 2013 in a bit of blur. As a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) I spend the days as chief operator of our home. Managing the household bills […]

You Can Have Your Dream Wedding – DIY

Have a plan I cannot recommend enough, having a plan going into this.  Decide which things you are willing to sacrifice and which things you won’t.  The biggest regret I have is not videotaping the ceremony and reception.  It really is one of those things I should have had at the top of priorities list.  […]

Saving for that Dream Wedding

Our two year anniversary is coming up.  We were married on April 30, 2011 after being together nearly 12 years.  My husband and I met when I was 17 years old, at a renaissance festival of all places.  For a number of reasons, we simply were not ready to “tie the knot”.  Then in 2009 […]

Don’t Buy a New Car – Pt. 2

Embarrassing I feel a great deal of regret when I think about the 10,000 I probably paid in interest.  I can’t believe I was roped into such a terrible decision.  This is why I am posting about it to you and sharing this experience, because I want you to know that you aren’t the only […]

Why you shouldn’t buy a new car

In 2006, I bought a new car. I could have bought a used car. I should have waited. Hell, I should have negotiated better. And I definitely, should have listened to my boyfriend (now husband) but after grabbing my purse and driving down to the Toyota dealership down the street, I was sure that I […]

Why do you save?

Why Save? In 2005, I left a career that had been lucrative but never very fulfilling and decided to return to college.  At 24, I didn’t know how to save and had blown through all of the money I had made at my previous position.  Since the age of 19, I had struggled to get […]