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Moms Monday: Sticking to a Budget

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My mom has always been good about sticking to a budget. Not perfect but good. She was a single parent for several years and she’s been the breadwinner from the time I was 7 on. That is a huge responsibility.

As I mentioned last week, I’m not a mom. I actually still live at home, and although I am putting forth every effort to become completely self-sufficient, I have less experience sticking to a budget than maybe you might.

How does your family stick to a budget? Please share in the comment section below.

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Sunday Fun day: Open the Photo Albums

Photo credit: Safe and Secure Vintage Photo from RomanceWriter

When was the last time you got out the old family pictures and talked about them with your parents, kids, or other loved ones?

I read two separate articles online that made me think about poring over the photos in my family photo albums. The first one I spotted on the Etsy blog. It was A Legacy of Style by Gabriella Cetrulo. She talked about the style of her mother in the 1970s, her grandmothers in the 50s and 60s, and her great grandmother in the 40s and 50s. She posted some great old pictures of each woman and it got me thinking about taking a look at my mom and aunts with their afros in the 70s. We also have photos from the early 1900s of family members whose names we don’t even know.

The second article I came across was Grandma’s Will from Yahoo! Voices contributor Amanda Barber. It is a good read about her spunky grandmother who inspired her to write. Reading her grandmother’s story made me think of my own grandmother, who would be 2 years older than hers. I know very little about her childhood and background. I would love to do some digging for more information about my grandparents and great-grandparents.

What about you? Do you know a lot about your family? How often do you look at you photo albums?

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Sunday Funday: We Love to Laugh

It’s been a long week (at least for me) and it’s time for a good belly laugh. Check out these links to get the laughing started 🙂

Bad Couples Photos – Ellen Degeneres Photo Gallery.

I thought the bad couples slideshow was pretty funny. Especially the one one with thee bride in the groom’s head. Hilarious!

Pet Slideshow: Funny Faces

If you’re an animal lover you’ll enjoy the pet expressions.

19 Unexpected Faces in Inanimate Objects

I think about how inanimate things look human a lot. What about you?

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Thursday Food for Thought: Your Earliest Memory

Last week I had a discussion with my mom and brother about what our earliest memories were.

I remembered riding around the neighborhood with my brother in our red toy corvette. I also remembered an old lady that lived down the street from us in a green house. I could also picture that a park that we used to call “Green Hill” had a carousel. It doesn’t anymore. My mom told me, “you were about 2 when all those things happened”. I was surprised I could remember back that far.

What about you? What is your earliest memory? Please share!

Photo credit: Thinking about Love from yardia

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Thursday Food for Thought: You in 6 Words

This Thursday I wanted to really make this post interactive. So please if you’re reading this, go ahead and add your answer.

Can you describe your life in a six word sentence?

Here’s my stab at it:

A young creative finding her way.

I know you guys can come up with something much more interesting than my sentence, so please share below!

Photo credit: thinking from Tosya

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Thursday Food for Thought: If You had to Teach Something, What Would You Teach?

Hey everyone!

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to ask yourself a thought provoking question.

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

Please share your comments below! I’m excited to see your answers!

Photo credit: Dance Print A Circle of Dreams from rachelledyer

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Tuesday Newsday: Make it to the Dinner Table

Photo credit: Vintage Family Photo from vintageeffect

Are you a working mom or dad? If so what is your schedule?

Do you try to make time share a meal with your children? If so please share in the comment section how you make the time with whatever your work schedule is. You can also share your reasons if you don’t.

I found the article at the link below interesting. Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg says that she makes it known that she will leave work at 5:30 to eat dinner with her kids. It also shoes many reader comments. So take a look!

Leaving work at 5:30: Readers weigh in – On Parenting – The Washington Post.

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Thursday Food for Thought: When Was the Last Time You Tried Something New?

Good morning!

I’m excited to start this day and I hope you are, too.

If you’re not, I’m sorry. Maybe asking yourself this question will help you explore the great potential each day offers us to learn, grow, and be happy.

When was the last time you tried something new? Do you remember?

Did you try eating at  a new restaurant? Or did you eat a fish taco for the first time? (I did a few weeks ago).

Did you listen to some music from an artist that you just recently discovered? Or did you try writing your own song?

Please share the new things you’ve tried recently and what you plan to try today!

Just comment below!

Photo credit: Try Something New For a Change from lineanongrata

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Thursday Food for Thought – Where Are You Headed?

Hey everyone!

As we navigate life, we all have to step back from time to time and think about where we’re going. If you’re a parent that question takes on greater importance as you are responsible not just for own future, but for your family‘s as well.

Of course not everything is under your control. Even the best of plans do not always pan out. So with the unpredictability of life aside, where would you like to see yourself (and your family if you have one) in say 10 years?

College / Education

Do you see yourself having that degree that you’ve always wanted? Your doctorate in fill in the blank?

Or maybe you see your little ones doing well in the classroom, getting scholarships to good schools. Your son or daughter playing college sports?

If education is really important to you and your family, that is very commendable. By all means do your research, even if school doesn’t look like it’s in the immediate future, it pays to know what kind of institution you will be trusting for your education. Also where do you see this education taking you? What jobs will it offer? What is the availability and likelihood of being hired for said job?

For your children, too, it is important to do research with them and that way you can sleep at night, convinced that you didn’t rush into anything!

Have any school experiences you’d like to share? Or any goals? Please leave a comment!

Romance

Who doesn’t at one point or another in their lives want to find that special someone? Do you hope 10 years from now to be living happily ever after with the one you love?

Just like choosing a school or a profession – it’s good to not rush into things. Of course that is common sense, but sometimes romantic comedies (really most movies and TV shows in general) may lead their viewers to believe that true love happens immediately as soon as you lock eyes with that handsome man or that gorgeous girl.

It’s not true. Don’t believe the hype. If you really want to find a compatible partner, take your time. Don’t run up to the first attractive stranger you see and ask them to marry you! Get to know people – think about what you want in a partner, the qualities that matter most to you. Evaluate the prospective candidates – then make a move.

Being careful pays off in the end.

Do you agree with that advice? Do you have your own opinion? Don’t be shy – make a comment below!

Start a Family

Are you in the place in your life where you feel like you’re ready to be a mom or dad? Or maybe you have kids already, but want more. Is it a long-term goal – in 10 years you want to have kids?

Either way here are some things to consider: How are your finances? Can you support another mouth to feed, plus everything else kids need?

How busy are you? What adjustments would you have to make when you have to devote attention to your child’s needs?

How does your partner feel about having children? How would they feel about the possibility of more children?

How’s your relationship with the children you have already?

Do you have a stable relationship, and are you convinced that you will be raising this child with the support of the other parent? If you have no partner – see the point before Romance – unless you plan on an alternative route 🙂

Please share your opinions, tips, what have you – on starting a family!

Career

Are you in college hoping that down the road all those late nights studying instead of sleeping will actually lead to a well-paying, hopefully enjoyable job?

Or maybe you are ambitiously trying to start up your own business?

Well, whether you aspire to work for a good company, or become the company, here are some good things to think about:

Why do you think you would be well-suited to this career? Do you think you will be happy to do this type of work?

What steps have you already taken to start this career?

If starting your own business, why do you want to start this business? Flexibility? Creative expression? You hate your current boss?

Are you satisfied with your current career and want to share your success story? Or are you a entrepreneur who kindly wants to give newbies some tips? Please leave a comment!

Personal Growth

Maybe what’s important to you really boils down to the person that you are. In 10 years do you want to be a better communicator? Are you working on being more loving to your family? Or maybe you’re looking to boost your self-confidence?

Achieving your goals to improve your personality will translate into benefits in other areas of life.

So, how can you work on your personality? First, identify the trait you want to improve, enhance, or get rid of. Don’t overwhelm yourself, start small.

For instance, personally, I want to become less introverted. Making a conscious effort to think about others more than myself can really help me to start taking an interest in others, instead of hiding behind a rock.

Don’t expect to become a perfect person. It’s just not possible to transform ourselves into flawless creatures, but we can shoot for well-rounded.

I enjoyed writing this post and I hope you liked reading it. Share your comments below!

The lovely photos and illustrations are from (in order of appearance): SeptemberWren, SimplySublimeBaby, Nidhi, annasee, cordialkitten,  simonagraszl

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Tuesday Newsday: Keeping Track of Your Kids

Hi everyone!

I’d like to get your thoughts on this article:

Microchipped school uniforms notify parents when kids skip school | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News.

This Brazilian private school has embedded microchips in the school uniforms to alert parents of when their children enter school grounds or are more than 20 minutes late via text message.

The school implemented this technology after parents were so surprised that their kids had so many tardies.

What do you think of this method?

Vote below!

Photo: Kids Vintage Letters of the Alphabet decal from wallinspired

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