Five Do’s and Don’ts for Raising Money Fit Kids

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In order for our kids to mature into adults with healthy financial habits, it is our job as parents to help them cultivate the mindset that will help them to master money and not allow money to master them. As we train our future leaders to make wise financial decisions, here are five do’s and don’ts for teaching kids at an early age about healthy money management. 1. Talk about money openly and honestly with your kids. Do not shy away from these important teaching opportunities. While … [Read more...]

Bonuses & Birthdays

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Everyone has been so kind with messages for my birthday.  My "bonus birthday" as a cancer sister called it.  A term I have heard women use when they lived beyond the time frame thought possible due to their situation.   That wording might be a somber thought to some, but to me it is one that brings a sense of deep gratitude. It was in May, just about the date of my birthday in 2007 when I woke up and realized one breast was different. Everything about my life was changed from that … [Read more...]

Marriage and Money

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I remember it like yesterday. Sitting at home, taking care of our not-yet-two-year-old, when my now ex announced that we were facing foreclosure. The words did not compute initially, because I did not know how that was possible when he made six figures in the prior year. After all, I had the tax return and bill saying that we owed $20,000 for unpaid income taxes. Perhaps, that should have been my clue that something was bad in the water in Texas. Nevertheless, I was dealing with my own issues. I … [Read more...]

Bugs Bunny in the Flesh

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      I recently saw a little boy dressed in a superman T-shirt that was doing his best to act Super Manly. He was oh so very cute! His hair was coaxed into a little Mohawk and he had the cutest dimples. I’m guessing he was about 2 years old. His mom told me that he loves dressing up like superheroes.   I began to reminisce about when my own son, now in his twenties, used to love to dress up like all kinds of fictitious characters. He always wanted to dress … [Read more...]

Holiday Pajamas

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  Holiday pajamas are taking center stage this Christmas season and now you too can take part in a new tradition. For the bargainista on a budget, Target has everything you will need to deck the halls and fill up those stockings this year. I love the look of the Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Satin Pajama Set. And for only $18.74, who could resist? (This price is only available online.) These pajamas come in four colors and are perfect for the fashionistas in your family. My … [Read more...]

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday …….

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It’s that time of year again when we tend to go to herculean lengths to shop for the holidays. For the last few years I have avoided getting caught up in the craziness of the holiday madness but this year I actually ventured out to the mall on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Cindy and I were in the shoe department of Macy’s and I tell you there were shoes flying everywhere. The sales people were overwhelmed with requests. Boxes were stacked up several feet high everywhere you could see. Cindy … [Read more...]

I love you!

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I was recently reminded how quickly life can change directions. In a split second everything that seems to matter so much becomes unimportant. The shopping list, the holiday project, having that cute handbag, decorating, school, disappointments, an argument, traffic, the gym, that mean person that you wish you could avoid…… all of these things that are in your head don’t mean anything at all when your life or the life of a loved one is in jeopardy.   Last weekend, as I was … [Read more...]

Are your loyalties crystal clear?

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  It’s often necessary to profess and demonstrate your loyalties, positions and opinions. It can be uncomfortable but silence is often confused with consent. I certainly wouldn’t want my loyalty to a loved one, friend or a colleague to ever come into question. So occasionally, I must force myself to have that awkward moment when I assert my disposition and mindset so as not to confuse or mislead those in my life that count.   You can’t always sit on the fence. There are … [Read more...]

Texas Renaissance Festival

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      It's that time of year again! We know we have told you about how much we love going to The Texas Renaissance Festival. In fact, we have even done a video or 2 about it. It's a place to let your hair down, enjoy the outdoors and take a BIG step back in time. We have had the honor of riding in the parade with the King and Queen, interviewing those crazy and hilarious guys from Sound and Fury, and partaking in the scrumptious food and drink that are offered. Shopping for … [Read more...]

Is there another cook in the house?

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While there are certainly exceptions to every rule, in most American households the family cook is normally the one wearing lipstick and nail polish.  And while many women enjoy their time in the kitchen, a sizeable majority would probably relinquish their culinary responsibilities without putting up much of a fight.  To those ladies I say don’t loose heart – there may be a glimmer of hope.   While our 3 children were growing up and still at home, my wife was a great cook, … [Read more...]