I’ve always been a Christmas kid. I couldn’t wait for the tree to go up (“And why not in October?,” I’d ask Dad with indignation), the boxes of decorations to come off the closet shelf (let me at that tinsel!) and for Mom to bake her reindeer-shaped sugar cookies that we’d ice, then eat as fast as we could. Memories like these last a lifetime so this Christmas, take a break from the hustle and bustle. Whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle or family friend, grab the kids in your life and make some happy moments. Need ideas? Here are five! Continue reading
“So many pretties. So many sales. So easy to come home broke.” Alas, this can happen to the best of us the minute we start the post-Thanksgiving mall crawl. Aspire to break the cycle and come through this holiday season without giving your checking account CPR? Then it’s time to get strategic with a little help from friends. Continue reading
The wait is over. Fall has finally arrived, bringing much-needed relief from Summer’s sweltering temps. Funny how cooler weather is always the catalyst to get me up and about after spending way too much of the Summer indoors drinking iced tea by the gallon and watching reruns of Sherlock where Benedict Cumberbatch foiled evil intent with his wit and smoldering good looks.
Now, like many of you, I’m reinvigorated by the changing of the seasons and scurrying about doing all sorts of things like… Continue reading
All across Texas, students (and their parents) are prepping for the big move from home to dorm. Whether your little scholar will be a stone’s throw away or crossing state lines, if you’re like most parents, or an aunt like me, you’re probably wondering as you help them pack…is college really worth it any more? Continue reading
Although it’s hotter than a firecracker here in Texas right now, this is when I start thinking about my annual “over the hills and through the woods” trip home for Christmas. Not only are such ho-ho-ho thoughts a reminder that cooler days lie ahead (soon, please!), they also give me the push I need to focus on how to get through the holidays debt-free. Continue reading
Growing up, the Cosby show was one of my favorites. I loved how Cliff and Claire Huxtable used humor as a teaching tool with their kids (and me!). Who can forget the funny, yet thought-provoking, “Real World Apartment Building” episode Continue reading