Gosh, do I only get to pick one thing? There was that time I let my boyfriend cut my hair….. (Actually, he did a pretty good job!) This is fresh in my mind, as I’ve had a recent epic fail in the saving money department. As most things go, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I’m wondering how much extra money I’m going to have to spend to make up for my attempt to save money. My house needs painting. The interior is fine. I just painted an accent wall a couple of months ago, ... Read More about What’s the Stupidest Thing You’ve Done to Save Money?
In elementary school, my teacher gave us a sheet with assignments, and large squares next to them to check off as we completed each item. I thought the check mark looked kind of bland. As I finished each task, I drew a ladybug, butterfly or other cute little creature to show I completed that item. My teacher commented that she liked my little creative embellishments. We had a large and prolific walnut tree in front of my childhood home, and one day I decided to take the perfectly split ... Read More about How Painting Rocks Can Make You Happy
When I was a little girl, I did not have a regular “allowance”. Periodically my mom gave me money when I asked for it, but I rarely asked. I did ask for things, rather than the money that buys them. Most of my wish list items fell into two categories: You’ll get it for Christmas, or, you’ll get it for your birthday. My birthday is in January, so if I decided in February that I wanted something, it was a long wait until Christmas to get it. My dad had a 4 unit rental property, and with ... Read More about How To Save Money Like A Little Girl
Do you have royal blood, or a horse thief in the family? Are you certain your ancestors really came from Transylvania? How do you know if any of the family legends passed down are true? "Roots", a mini-series that first aired in 1977, did a great service for the genealogy industry. The TV series "Who Do You Think You Are" has revived an interest in genealogy research. No doubt DNA testing has sparked family history research into the stratosphere. DNA testing alone won’t help much. If ... Read More about Who Are You From?: Why Genealogy Is Important
In college sharing a home with four other roommates meant sharing a hall closet. We each had our own shelf, and mine looked great. My towels were folded and lined up perfectly. I was the organized one. Anyone looking in there knew which shelf was mine. I try not to get too OCD, and not every environment I have is as tidy and organized as I would like. Even so, when I vacationed in Tahoe last spring, I emptied the linen closet and refolded all the sheets and towels. This, mind you, ... Read More about If Everything is Important, then Nothing is Important