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  • Today is 529 College Savings Day

    Image courtesy of Curt Smith Here it is May 29, which the 529 Savings Account Programs use as a great excuse to market themselves. And while I'm as suspicious as the next person about made up marketing holidays, I do believe whole-heartedly in taking a moment on 5/29 to think about your kids'...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, May 29 2014
  • Why I Ask for What I Want on Gift Giving Occasions

    I recently wrote about the Mother's Day journal idea which I discovered online, then instructed J that I wanted, and then mostly implemented for myself. (J and LO did absent themselves for about a half hour on the Saturday night before Mother's Day in order to make this year's card, although...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, May 20 2014
  • Creating a Special Occasion Book--a Mother's Day Idea

    The other day, I came across this idea for Mother's Day on the site Baby Gizmo: Image courtesy of Baby Gizmo Rather than collect years worth of loose cards that will inevitably get lost in the enormous kid detritus our little darlings leave in their hurricane-like wake, blogger Gretchen Bossio has...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, May 6 2014
  • Is It an Either/Or: Inheritance or a Work Ethic?

    Photo of piercing blue eyes and majestic silver hair courtesy of minds-eye This morning, I read this piece about how newsman Anderson Cooper will receive zilcho from his mother, heiress and millionaire-in-her-own-right Gloria Vanderbilt. This really got me thinking about a couple of things: 1. How did...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Apr 1 2014
  • Money Lessons I've Learned From Children's Books

    While putting LO and BB to bed lately, I've noticed that several of the lessons in their books could also apply to personal finance, believe it or not. So, without further ado: Let's take a reading trip Come on! It's fun! And you'll better understand money When we're done. Green Eggs...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Sat, Mar 22 2014
  • 5 Ways to Save Money (and Your Sanity) While Grocery Shopping with a Toddler

    Photo courtesy of Onderwijsgek Now that I have two kids, time is a precious commodity that I have far too little of. For some time after BB was born, I still tried to arrange my time so that I didn't have to go grocery shopping with both kids. However, several weeks ago, I discovered that grocery...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Mar 11 2014
  • Meeting and spending time with grandchildren

    Hello one and all. Recently, my husband and I took a three week trip to Southern California, two thousand miles from our home in the Midwest. We wanted to spend time with our daughter, her husband, and their two boys. It is difficult for us to to spend time with these children as they live so far away...
    Posted to Forum by Lori Blatzheim on Tue, Feb 25 2014
  • TDS Recommends...Tips on Giving Kids an Allowance

    Want to show your kids the value of family responsibilities? Or how about give them the means to earn money for buying their own Christmas gifts? If so, this post is for you! This past week, we found a wonderful post from fellow bloggers over at GoNannies.com giving great tips on allowances for kids...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on Tue, Dec 10 2013
  • Hitting the Pause Button

    One of the strange things about working from home is the fact that work time and home time are not clearly delineated during your day. It's for this reason that I had myself convinced that the addition of a new baby would be no big deal in terms of my freelance writing career. Babies sleep a lot...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, Nov 7 2013
  • Measure Twice, Cut Once

    Photo courtesy of Silar My father was an accomplished amateur woodworker, and I'm pleased to have several pieces of his handiwork throughout our house. I grew up watching This Old House, The New Yankee Workshop, and The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill , among others. (The Woodwright's...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Nov 5 2013
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