#BUTTERMOMUP 🥂#ad A big thank you to @jamcellars for helping me show my appreciation to all the moms in my life. I live across the country from my family, so my mom friends are my village. They are the women who support me daily, help me keep all the balls in the air while working from home with 3 kids, and who literally keep me sane. . I don't thank these women as often as I should, and was so happy to be able to say and show them my thanks today. . Stay tuned for the full party download on the blog next week, including FREE party printables and recipes. . #jamcellars
🏡MOVING DAY 📦 #TBThursday Are you looking to buy your family’s first home? 🏡 Does it feel something like this? 🤗 It should! This was my oldest the day we moved into our second home… as we celebrated and not-so-patiently waited for the moving truck to arrive. 🚛 . The feeling we had the day we closed on our first home nearly a decade ago can only be described as exhilarating. It was exciting, made me finally feel like a REAL grown-up, and totally overwhelming all at once. The overwhelming part came from the first home mortgage process - the paperwork, 📑 writing the biggest check of our lives 💸and taking on the biggest debt of our lives too… on top of our already hefty student loans. But my husband (then boyfriend) and I had an advantage many first time home buyers don’t - as two finance majors, we understood all the numbers… and the process was still intimidating. A trusted mortgage partner can help you navigate the process, and leave you to celebrating 🎉 and enjoying your first home. 🏡 . Today on the blog in partnership with @SunTrust, I’m sharing 7 tips to a successful first home mortgage. After buying two homes, and a few refinancings along the way, I learn something new every time… all things I wish I had better understood to be more confident when taking on my first home mortgage years ago. You can find the direct link in my profile. 👆🏻📲 . When are you buying your first home? What makes you the most nervous? What are you most excited about??? #ad
💭LET'S TALK INSURANCE📬 . Tonight marks the second Sunday night 💵 Family Finance Q&A ❓session... (scroll a few posts back to the piggy bank to read Round 1). . Many questions from our first money talk were about insurance. 🏛 So tonight, I thought we could address your most pressing insurance questions specifically. . What types of insurance does your family have? How much coverage should you have? What concerns you about your current insurance? . Earlier this week, I shared the first part of my interview with leading insurance broker @elizimmer of @daigletravers. We covered term policies for life insurance. Coming up later this week, I'll be publishing the second half of our interview, covering auto and home insurance. What questions would you like answered about property insurance? . Want to get all my financial tips for savvy moms? You can find my complete Family Financial Savvy series at the direct link in my profile 👆🏻📲 - covering topics from insurance to student loans, college savings plans to budgets and more.
🌿 Fresh Spring Twist on Dip🍃 . For your next Spring gathering, serve this traditional white bean dip 🍵 with a garden fresh Spring twist. . Add sweet peas, fresh mint 🌿and a big squeeze of lemon 🍋for a vibrant appetizer, great for Easter, Mother’s Day, or a Spring bridal or baby shower. And it’s so quick, easy and tasty, you can even make it for your family's afternoon snack! (And they'll even eat it!) . Serve it with @Ritzcrackers for a complete fresh Spring appetizer or snack. You can find all the ingredients - and everything you need to start your garden this Spring - at Target! 🎯 . #FreshRITZpiration #ad #recipe #appetizer
👶🏻#THROWBACKTHURSDAY This was the end of my very first week being a mother.🤰🏻 I was exhausted, overwhelmed, engorged 🍼, and totally head over heels in love 💞 with this new tiny little life completely entrusted to my husband's and my care - to provide for physically, emotionally and financially. 💸 . For the next 18+ years you have to provide for this new life. And while the last thing you want to think about when celebrating 🎉 your new baby is your own mortality, it's financially irresponsible not to... the good news 📰 is life insurance can help relieve that potential future burden. But did you know nearly half of all households 🏡 have insufficient life insurance coverage? . One of the most common financial questions ❓ I get as part of my Family Finance series is about insurance. And even as a former finance major and hedge fund analyst, it's one area of finance that I find complicated, confusing and difficult to navigate as well. Fortunately for all of us, my friend @elizimmer is a partner at @daigletravers, a leading insurance broker here in CT, and he let me pick his brain and ask all our insurance questions. . The first part of the interview is up on the blog and addresses life insurance. You can find the direct link in my profile. 👆🏻📲 It covers term insurance policies, what that means, factors to evaluate policies, and how they are the most affordable premium for dollar 💵 of insurance coverage you can buy... an absolute financial essential for parents at a very reasonable annual cost. . A very big thank you to Eli for sharing his wisdom with all of you! Be sure to stay tuned for part 2 covering home 🏡 and auto 🚗 insurance coming up next week. What other insurance questions would you like to see addressed? 📸 credit: @tbmphotos
📿BUILD A BRACELET🎀 A few weeks back, I saw a super fun post from @meaningfulmama where her daughter made her own bracelet with buttons and pipe cleaners... I knew my girls - who are totally accessory obsessed - would love it. . When I went to buy the buttons, I found these really fun ones from @craftprojectideas at @walmart. Suddenly, I could turn our simple kids craft project into an awesome learning game for my preschooler to work on her shapes and colors. 🔴🔷❤️🔺 . Using shape and color flashcards as our playing cards, the girls took turns drawing cards, matching buttons, and stringing them onto their bracelets. It was a great way for them to learn and for us all to play together as a family. . For more details on this simple preschool learning game, and for a few more independent play ideas working on shape recognition, visit the direct link in my profile.👆🏻📲 . Shape recognition is a key skill for kids entering kindergarten, and an easy thing to practice during summer break. How many shapes does your preschooler recognize? What are fun ways or toys you use to work on shape recognition?
👙FIND YOUR PERFECT FIT💃 Ok, hear me out... this isn't the usual kids learning activity, but if you have kids you know this mom struggle is real! 🤷♀️ . Last Fall, after weaning my third baby and having been pregnant 🤰or breastfeeding for nearly 6 years, I was counting down the seconds ⏱to setting my nursing bras on fire.🔥A major mom milestone🏆My only problem? The pile of bras left in my drawer were a range of sizes, misshapen cups and dried out elastic, none of which seemed to be quite the right fit. . So I went for an actual bra fitting for the first time in easily over a decade. And the woman who helped me was AMAZING. Basically I was doing it all wrong - measuring wrong, wearing it wrong, washing them wrong and even putting them in my drawer wrong... you're supposed to store them all pretty and nested together like this. Who knew?!!🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️ . Anyway, I went from the 36C I thought I was my whole adult life (36D the second I'm pregnant, 36DDD while breastfeeding) to a 32DD. What?!? But my bras have never fit better. . So, I wrote down 🗒everything I learned from the best bra fitting of my life to share with all of you - 7️⃣ things every woman should know to find the perfect bra fit, 👙every time. . You can find the direct link 👆🏻📲 in my profile, including a FREE printable 📇 Find the Perfect Fit worksheet. Work through the steps to find your fit... are you still the size you thought you were??? How many different size bras are in your underwear drawer? 😘
💸ALLOWANCES FOR KIDS👨👩👧👦 Do you give your kids an allowance? We are just starting one with our oldest daughter because I really believe it is an invaluable way to give kids real life experience with money, from an early age. I'm super excited about my new partnership with @LearningResources - I will be guest posting on their new blog monthly, and my first post is about the 5 ways giving your kids an allowance can prepare them for life. You can see the full post on their blog - see the direct link 👆🏻📲 in my profile. ❔❔❔What are your best tips for giving kids an allowance? What age should you start? How much do you give? Do you tie it to specific expectations?❔❔❔ #LearningResources #ad
🐣COLORED EGGS🎨 When does your family color eggs? We always seem to do it on Good Friday - since Daddy is home to do it with us. We don't get too fancy - and usually opt for letting the kids color on hardboiled eggs with white crayon, they dye in warm water, vinegar and food coloring. I am desperate to make some fancier options (that aren't actually too tough) like the 25+ ways to decorate eggs I shared in the link in my profile.👆🏻📲 I think the polka dot ones are my favorite!