Jul 042017
 

Happy 4th of July!  Hope your Independence Day was as fun-filled as ours.

Celebrating the 4th of July at the Houlton Maine Parade

Started off the morning attending a local parade.  I hadn’t been to a small-town parade in over a decade, so it was definitely fun to check this one out.  Bubbles hadn’t been to a parade like this before, either, and she was very excited to see what it was all about. Continue reading »

Jun 192017
 

Thank you to SheSpeaks and Prudential for sponsoring this post and helping me share financial planning for women and some of the investment challenges women are facing.

Early in my professional career I had the good fortune to get to know one of my coworkers, Andy.  Andy was only a few years older than myself but he knew more about mapping out future goals than I did.

Women & Money - Investment Challenges and Financial Planning for Women

He encouraged me to start investing right away, to utilize the company match to my 401k.  I was thankful for his advice as “investing 101″ isn’t something they taught in school back then. I started off strong – participating in the company match, doing research, reading prospectuses, the whole nine yards. Continue reading »

May 302017
 

On the second to last day of school, Bubbles brought home some paperwork on local kids summer reading programs.  I knew about some of the national ones – we’ve participated in those for a few years – but had no idea they did them at the local level.

Keep kids entertained and engaged this summer with these 5 Fun and FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs

I’m fortunate that Bubbles loves to read and needs no encouragement to do so.  But I know not all kids feel the same and the fun and rewards from these free kids summer reading programs may be just the ticket to entice them into a break from screen time. Continue reading »

May 202017
 

School is out or nearly out for the summer and many families are looking for fun things to do together.  If you’re currently writing our your summer calendar, then this list of free things to do in Louisville for the whole family is for you!

20 Fun and FREE Things to do in Louisville this summer that the whole family can enjoy

If you’re not a local resident, this list of free things to do in Louisville can be a great reference guide for planning your summer travel.  Free local events and activities are a great way to stretch your travel dollar.  They’re also a fun way to see lesser-explored parts of the city you’re visiting and meet locals.
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May 032017
 

One of my favorite ways to spend time with my daughter is when we sit together and read.  What better way to celebrate mom’s day than spending extra time snuggled up reading some of these Mother’s Day books for kids?

Celebrate Mother's Day with extra snuggles while you read these 10 Mother's Day Books for Kids

Some of these books we purchased, a few were gifts, and some were sent by our friends at Macmillan.  Most of them are easily found on Amazon (I’ve included affiliate links for easy shopping), though you may have the most luck finding Hugs for Mommy in your local bookstore. Continue reading »