• Want to earn more money? Try asking for a raise.

    5 Ways You Shouldn’t Ask for a Raise (And How to Do It Right)

    How to ask for a raise the right way. (Plus what not to do!) What’s the #1 tactic you should try before turning to a side hustle for more money? Asking for a raise! If you’re a contributing employee and can make a strong point as to why you deserve the bump, asking for a raise is a great way to work smarter not harder. But, even with a strong case, how you go about asking will have a huge impact! So, learn from my mistakes and steer clear of these 5 things. 5 Ways You Shouldn’t Ask for a Raise (And How to Do It Right) Mistake #1 –…

  • How to make a monthly budget you'll actually stick to

    How to Make a Monthly Budget in 10 Simple Steps

    Learn how to make a monthly budget (& stick to it) in 10 simple steps. Are you finally ready to make a monthly budget and stick to it? Maybe you’re tired of the cycle of spending more than you earn?  I’ve been there. In fact, it used to be a regular occurrence.  When I wasn’t tracking my spending I wasted so much money on impulse buying. Luckily, after a fair bit of trial and error, I realized I needed to take back control and get in charge of my finances. I needed a budget. The practice of making (and following) a budget can feel overwhelming.  And, if I’m being honest,…

  • Wondering what questions you should ask before getting married? Here are 100 relationship questions to start out with!

    100 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

    Want to know what questions to ask before your get married? Here are 100 Questions you should ask before you get married to promote healthy communication and ensure compatibility. Getting married is a big deal! And for me, it was also a stressful time. Between planning the wedding and figuring out things like post-wedding living arrangement, your world can become thrown out of balance. But, one thing you shouldn’t lose sight of is that while a wedding is a fun thing, it’s the marriage that’s important in all of it. So, what can you do to help yourself focus on building a foundation for a solid marriage? For me that…

  • 5 Hacks to Create a Nursery and Guest Room Combo

    Create a nursery and guest room combo using these five great tips! If you live in a small place away from family, you have to improvise when houseguests come to visit. When my husband and I were preparing for our first baby to come we lived in a small apartment. We knew we were going to have to find a way to make our baby room and guest room into one. We were tight on space and had visitors throughout the year. So, we set to work figuring out how to fit everything into one small room. It wasn’t an easy task, but along the way I figured out some key…

  • How I stayed home with my baby when I thought I couldn't afford it

    I Couldn’t Afford to Stay at Home With My Baby — Here’s How I Did it Anyway

    Learn how to afford being a stay at home mom. I found myself struggling to afford staying at home with my baby several months after my son was born. My maternity leave was ending, and after going over all our income and expenses, I could not make the money add up! It seemed like there was no way around it—I could NOT afford to stay at home with my child. Luckily, I decided not to give up. With some creative thinking, hard work, and a lot of sacrifices, I figured out how to afford to be a stay at home mom. The following points include the most important things I did to allow…

  • FAQs about homemaking

    13 Frequently Asked Questions (And Answers) About Homemaking

    Consider this your go-to list for questions and answers about homemaking. Do you have questions about homemaking? Maybe you’re wondering what a homemaker does all day. Or maybe you’re asking yourself why anyone would actually choose to stay home. Well, you’re int he right place. Here are 13 homemaking FAQs. I think that far too often we snub the thought of fulltime homemaking. You know, thinking it’s for lazy, uneducated or unmotivated women who likely have a rich husband. But, after I quit my fulltime corporate job and wound up becoming a full-time homemaker myself, I realized just how wrong that that thinking is. My goal in writing this post…

  • How to FINALLY Start taking care of yourself first

    How to Take Care of Yourself First – Yes, It’s Possible

    How to (finally) start taking care of yourself first. Hands up if taking care of yourself first seems like a joke someone with too much time made up? I know the feeling. In fact, I used to be stuck deep in that rut. But continuously giving away your energy without replenishing your supply is a recipe for disaster. It’s something you can sustain for a little while – or maybe even what feels like a long time – but, eventually you’ll be left without a sense of well being and be buried deep in the burnout zone. That’s why you need to start taking care of yourself first. Not only…

  • Before buying my first home I wish I would have known this!

    13 Crucial Things to Consider When Buying Your First Home

    What to consider when buying your first house (that you might not realize). Buying your first home is an exciting (and nerve wracking) time. You’re finally ready to put down roots and you’re committing to it in a big way. While you’ve probably been up to your ears in mortgage meetings and lawyer consultations, how much attention have you paid to what the details of actual home ownership looks like? When buying my first house I was preoccupied by the excitement of planning my decor and fear that I was committing to a 20 year loan. But, after that buzz died down and I was settled into owning a house,…