Do You Feel Comfortable Sharing Your Income?

oprahI had a lot of awkward conversations when I was pregnant, but there is one I simply cannot forget.  Let’s start with the back story, shall we? 

It was 2009, and I was 7 or 8 months pregnant and working as the Family Services Director at the locally-owned funeral home. We weren’t living a life of luxury by any means, but we were happy, healthy, and extremely excited about having our first child.  We were also bringing in about $90,000 per year, which is a huge chunk of cash for a small family living in the rural Midwest. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,615 in June Income and Blog Updates


My mom says this is a pumpkin. What do you think?

Good morning, party people!  I simply cannot believe that this year is more than halfway over.  Where has the time gone?  Seriously.

To be honest, we have been sooooooo lazy this summer.  Since Greg has been working a ton of overtime, me and the kids have mostly just hung around. Since it doesn’t cost anything at this point, I’ve mostly been taking the kids to the neighborhood pool so they can expend some energy and have fun with their friends. We also go on walks, ride bikes, and play in the back yard.  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer so far! [Read more...]

Cash Money: $6,650 in April Income and Blog Updates

DSCF3404Before I get started on my monthly income update, I want everyone to take a moment to look at the picture of my garage on the left.  That, my friends, is the garage of my dreams.  It’s clean.  It’s organized.  It’s the envy of the neighborhood.  Well, maybe not.  But it does look good, right?  It isn’t fancy, but it is functional.  I like it.

Having a big ol’ garage sale also made it possible to get rid of the boxes of junk and baby stuff that I no longer need.  I also made around $225 for my efforts.  Winning! [Read more...]

How to Deal with Online Criticism

trollsI’ve been writing my own blog for two years now, and it’s funny how things have changed since the beginning.  When I first started writing online, my only consistent reader was my mom.  As anyone would guess, she absolutely loved everything I had to say and agreed wholeheartedly.  But, as time went on and more people started reading, I began getting the occasional angry comment or criticism.  Fortunately, it has never been a big deal to me.  I mean, I’m not writing for The Atlantic or trying to win a Pulitzer Prize here, folks. I do have professional writing jobs, but most of my writing jobs are blog-style and unapologetically casual. [Read more...]

I Hate Spam: A Rant

spamI awoke this morning to 100 new emails, which is pretty typical for a weekday.  Unfortunately, about half of them weren’t actually addressed to me.  Another handful made absolutely no sense.  I even got this one today:



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Cash Money: $5,459 March Income and Blog Updates

DSCF3126Good morning, peeps!  I’m super excited that March is over and it’s finally April!  I’m especially looking forward to a few things in particular this month.  First, we’re taking a week-long vacation to Florida in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a blast.  Second, my daughter turns five and I think we’re taking her out to swim with and see wild dolphins….but only if I can talk the Mr. into it.  Fingers crossed!   And third, it’s finally warming up outside.  I know I keep saying it, but this winter totally sucked! [Read more...]