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Friday, 26 August 2016

being money-smart with wescom credit union

 

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Thanks to Wescom for sponsoring this post and helping me understand my finances.

Because Michael and I got married so young – he was 24, I was 22 – we had to learn about money together.

Over the past 35 years, we’ve figured out mortgages, tuitions and retirement plans. We’ve dealt with remodels, insurance and healthcare. Every single event has been stressful because we never felt like we had any idea what we were doing.

Wescom Did You KnowEnter Wescom Credit Union, which just launched a fantastic financial education program last month, Did You Know?

Through mobile banking experiences, educational programs and complimentary financial consulting, Wescom is helping individuals and families understand banking basics and learn how to manage their own personal finances.

I love this idea because they’ve taken a subject that intimidates so many of us, and broken it down so it’s no longer scary. They’re teaching us all to be financially literate.

Wescom says it hopes to simplify the banking world one individual at a time. According to Debbie Shepherd, Director of Signature Experiences for Wescom, “Our Did You Know financial education portal, Signature Experiences and Big Blue events are designed to meet the needs of individuals with tools and resources that matter most for each stage of life.” read full story »

Sunday, 14 August 2016

uncommon goods: better to give

Better to Give

I am all about companies that give back in some way, and one of my favorite companies, Uncommon Goods, knows it’s Better to Give.

I’ve given so many gifts from their awesome site because it’s like giving two gifts in one. With every purchase you make, Uncommon Goods donates $1.00 to the Better to Give partner of your choice. Over the 12 years they’ve been doing this, they’ve given $1,000,000 to charity.

Right now, the non-profits they’re partnering with are RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), American Forests, International Rescue Committee and Reach Out & Read. In exchange for me introducing you to this fantastic program, Uncommon Goods is going to donate $100 in my name to one of these organizations.

How do I decide which one to choose? I’m going to leave it to you since every one of these causes is so important, and I really want to hear what you think. read full story »

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

life reimagined: my organization project

Life Reimagined Too Busy

Thank goodness for Life Reimagined, who not only sponsored this post but has already made a difference in my life.

You see, since Alex and Sara left for college years ago, I’ve come to realize that the idea of an “empty nest” is not really accurate.

Yes, the kids are out of the house — but most of their stuff is still there.

Or, rather, here.

At a time in our life when we are really trying to downsize, we are drowning in things. read full story »

“indignation” movie review and giveaway

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Indignation

It’s so refreshing to see a smart movie with a thought-provoking story and well-written dialogue.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Indignation is that kind of movie since it’s based on a Philip Roth novel. read full story »

“mother’s day” blu-ray giveaway

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Mother's Day

It’s hard to beat a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis.

Mother’s Day, released this week on Blu-ray + Digital HD, not only boasts those A-listers but is directed by the late Garry Marshall, who directed some of my favorite movies, including Pretty Woman, Overboard and Runaway Bride.

I’m thrilled to be giving away half a dozen copies of Mother’s Day, which looks adorable. read full story »

“life, animated” movie review

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Life Animated

As any child can tell you, Disney is synonymous with magic.

This documentary proves that without a doubt, as it tells the story of Owen Suskind, who was diagnosed with autism at age three and who found a way to communicate and cope by watching Disney movies. read full story »

“gleason” movie review

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Gleason movie

I’m not a football fan at all but I found myself completely riveted by this documentary about New Orleans Saints superstar Steve Gleason.

Renowned for blocking a punt during a 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, which led to a touchdown by the Saints, he — and the team — became the symbol of rebirth for New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

But the movie’s not about that.  read full story »

letting go when your kids leave for college

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Alex and Sara on kitchen counter

Our nest has been empty for half a dozen years — yes, that picture, above, was taken a long time ago — but every time September approaches, I get nostalgic about back to school time. I wish I was still making trips to the store with my kids for notebooks and pens and backpacks, and sharing their anticipation about their new teachers and which of their friends would be in their classes.

Those Septembers come and go shockingly fast, though, and suddenly, instead of dropping your little boy off at preschool, you’re leaving a young man who’s taller than you in a strange room three thousand miles away. Instead of kissing your little girl goodbye for the day, you’re kissing her goodbye for who knows how long.

I think there are few moments in a parent’s life as emotional as sending a child off to college.

It’s such a turning point — for both of you. And it is so painful to let go.

Here a few tips for making the transition a little easier: read full story »

2017 hyundai elantra limited

Monday, 1 August 2016

Hyundai Elantra Camelback desert

I had no idea, when I got behind the wheel of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited for the first time, it would prove to be the perfect car for my week-long spa trip through Arizona.

Sure, it was beautiful in its Shale Gray Metallic glory but it was so much deeper than that. read full story »

“hunt for the wilderpeople” movie review

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I get that the name, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, may not appeal to you and that you’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to see a movie about hunting wilderpeople? What the hell are wilderpeople and why in the world are they being hunted?” read full story »

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