Just A Phase

With my maternity leave coming to an end, it probably comes as no surprise that I’ve been feeling sad and anxious about returning to work.  My last day at the office was back in March. The transition will certainly be difficult, especially because Mr. Smith is going to be at …

Financial Confessions: Nobody’s Perfect

I suspect that we all suffer from a bit of impostor syndrome from time to time.  As someone who blogs about frugality and battling debt, there’s no escaping the realization that we don’t always practice what we preach.  Our family certainly has made significant changes in our lifestyle over the …

Money Hack: How To Pay Off Debt By Taking A Vacation

You’ve no doubt already heard the advice to give up lattes and cable in order to pay off debt. What about after you’ve tried all of the basic approaches and still find yourself unable to gain any momentum with your finances?  We’ve been there. It’s like you can never bail …

Monday Medley: Moving Forward As A Family Of Seven

I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend, at least everyone here in the United States.  Welcome Summer!!!  The twins are a couple of weeks old now, so we’re starting to fall into a new normal as a family of seven and I’m finally beginning to feel like myself again …

The Twins Are Finally Here! Our BOGO Babies

The twins have finally made their arrival and it still amazes me that we actually came home with two babies instead of one.  I do love a great deal.  While I’m still recovering and we’re adjusting to the new normal that is our family of seven, it’s been a relief …

Extreme You: A Book Review And Reflections On Long-Term Career Goals

Sarah Robb O’Hagan has experienced some amazing successes in the marketing business, but she’s also made some embarrassing mistakes along the way.  Her book, Extreme You, is a guide to embracing and leveraging your individual strengths (and weaknesses) in order to be extraordinary, in pretty much any endeavor.  I loved …

A Tiny Glimpse Of Early Retirement

It has been a very strange week.  I have not reported to the office, but I’m not on vacation or at home recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn.  My doctor took me out of work due to the risks involved with twin pregnancy.  The crazy thing is that, …

Lessons Learned At 30 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

We gave quite a bit of thought into whether we should add to our family again, with three fairly young children already.  One of the reasons why we decided to “go for it” was the fact that my previous pregnancies have been fairly uneventful.  I worked full-time until the very …