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Balancing It All

Struggling to balance all that an established lifestyle has to offer? The balancing it all group is for you. Discuss the challenges you face when your responsibilities at work, at home and with family and friends all compete for your attention.
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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    Protecting That Three Digit Number after Divorce

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    Divorce can be devastating both emotionally and financially, but knowing what to do to protect yourself may make the difference between losing your mind and all you have worked hard for.

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  • Balancing Family

    Lunch Box Planning: Cheap and Healthy Eats

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    One thing I dread about the start of school is making school lunches.  I get into ruts for what I make for my kids: peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, chocolate milk, dessert.  Snack in the outside pocket of their lunch box.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.  I can understand why my son wants to buy lunch as much as possible.  This year I am going to try some new ideas and creations and try to entice my son away from buying the school lunches, which are loaded with calories and unhealthy fat. 

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  • Balancing Family

    How to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping for Kids Clothes

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    Back-to-school clothing shopping can be a daunting task.  And it can be a very expensive one, too.  Combine overcrowded stores, inflated prices, and whiny kids who want $60 jeans, and it is enough to make a mom fork over her credit card just to regain some sanity.  With a budget and some planning, you do not need to overspend, and perhaps you will even look forward to this time with your children. 

     

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  • Balancing Family

    Balancing After School Activities for Kids: Making Tough Choices

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    After school activities are a great way for kids to develop in ways not addressed in school. However, don't feel like you need so spend a ton of money making sure your child is busy every day after school.  Kids need time to unwind.  And all of those activities can cost a ton of money and time.  This blog will explore some things to think about as the school year approaches and after school activities start.

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  • Balancing Family

    Eating Locally Grown Food: Good for You, Good for your Community

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    Farmers markets are great places to find nutritious, ripe, and local produce.  They are also a great way to support your local farmers and reduce energy consumption.  This blog explores why eating locally grown foods, such as those found at area farmer markets, are good for you and your community.  And they help you save money, too!

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  • Balancing Family

    Making Memories Last by Attending Summer Cultural Arts

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    You don't have to spend a lot of money to make memories for your family.  The summer is a great time to check out the local arts scene, from museums and concerts, to amateur theater productions.  Many events are free or very inexpensive.  You and your kids will be glad you did!

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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    How can social networking impact your divorce?

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    With the rise of social media in today's society, it is no wonder that its effects come in to play in today's divorce proceedings. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can provide anyone the ability to dig in to your personal life-- including potential employers, debt collectors, and your ex's attorney.

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  • Balancing Family

    Kids Unplugged: Cheap and Fun Outdoor Activities

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    When the beginning of August starts, my kids start to squabble more, announce they are bored, and make me wonder, "When does school start?"  This is when parents need some new tricks up their sleeves.  Here are some ideas for unplugging the kids from electronics and getting outside for good, wholesome, cheap fun.

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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    Consider your options when it comes to divorce

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    As I begin the journey through my second divorce, I find myself older and wiser than the first time around. I am doing considerably more research, including knowing my options when it comes to the proceedings.

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  • Balancing Family

    The 3 Bs of Back to School Shopping: Budget, Backpacks, and Basics

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    While it seems like summer has barely started, back to school sales are right around the corner!  My kids have no interest in thinking about going back to school right now.  Groan!  But, these sales are a great way to stock up on school supplies for the year. With careful planning and some budget considerations, you can get through yet another spending "season" without breaking the bank. 

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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    Finding a good divorce lawyer, your finances may thank you!

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    As I begin the tedious process of filing for divorce, finding a good divorce lawyer ranks up there with the same importance as obtaining childcare or finding a good mechanic-- you don't want just anyone, you want someone you can trust!

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  • Balancing Family

    Finding Support within Communities: You Never Know Until You Try

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    The CareOne Community is a great place to get support while you work on getting out of debt.  There are lots of great reasons to become a part of groups during your adult life.  You never know until you try!

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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    Life Just Threw Me a Curve Ball Named Divorce

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    Divorce. It is not something you plan for or expect to have happen as you stand at the preverbal alter and pledge your life to someone, but sometimes it just does.

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  • Balancing Family

    Traveling with Kids: How to Not Break the Bank

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     It seems that whenever I am traveling, money leaves my wallet faster than anyone can say, "Are we there yet?"  There are many more things to spend money on when traveling.  However, with careful planning, establishing some limits for kids, and carrying your own food, you can travel without going into debt. 

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  • Balancing Family

    Beating the Heat Cheap: Fun, cool, and "cheap" summer activities for kids

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    Some summers days are just plain hot!  Here are some ideas for things to do that are cool, fun, and cheap when you want to beat the summer heat.

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  • Balancing Family

    Organizing Paperwork: What to Keep, What to Toss, How to Pay Bills on Time

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     I used to be able to keep up with all of the household paperwork that seems to grow more and more each year (although with more things online I would think it should decrease); but three kids and a busy household have me staring at years of papers piled into boxes and files filled with receipts and documents. What to keep?  What to toss?  How do I get it organized?  I can't afford a personal organizer at $75 an hour (I wish) so I will share my tips of how I am getting my office organized.  And if things are organized, I save time and money.

     

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  • Balancing Family

    The Importance of Early Intervention

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    My youngest daughter Colleen was diagnosed with Down syndrome a few days after her birth.  After consulting with her doctors, the next thing I did was call the Early Intervention program in my state.  That is one of the best phone calls I made.  This blog will explore ways to find services for a young child who has a developmental delay.

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  • Balancing Family

    Lessons for the Common People: The Rich and Famous in Debt

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    The latest scandal involving the Royal family of Britain puts the spotlight of personal debt in the headlines.  Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and ex-wife of Prince Andrew, has been accused of attempting to sell access to her former husband (who works to increase business and trade for England) for $723,000.   It turns out she's in debt.  There are lessons we can all learn from this highly publicized "lapse of judgment." 

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  • Balancing Family

    Summer Loving, Planning for Fun: Making a Summer Fun List

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    I love the anticipation of summer.  I know there is a lot to juggle, especially for parents of young children, who are balancing careers when school ends and summer vacation begins. 

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  • Balancing Family

    Using Coupons: How much can I save?

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    Using coupons to reduce costs has been around for a long time.  However, it has received a lot of press in the news during the past year, as the recession hit and more and more people looked for ways to cut costs.  A woman who goes by "Coupon Mom" even wrote a book about it!  I am going to attempt to save more money using coupons and then share my findings with you. Wish me luck!

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  • Balancing Family

    Planning for the Future: Do you have a Will?

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    Having a Will is important.  Even if you are single and feel you don't own much, having a Will allows you the opportunity to make your wishes known.

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  • Balancing Family

    Public Parks: Make the Most of Resources Close to Home

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    It is a beautiful day today where I live. If I had a convertible I would put the top down!  These are the kinds of days that make me want to go outside with my kids.  It used to be easier, as any playground was always a hit. But now that they are older (at least my two oldest), they want to go farther, do things that cost more money, and are ready for more adventure.

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  • Balancing Family

    Kids Eat Free, or Close to It!

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    My family went out to dinner last Sunday night.

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    Special Edition: Raising a Child with Special Needs

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    The day my youngest daughter was born changed my life forever. 

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    Earth Day Celebrations: Teaching Kids the Three R's: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

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    What does Earth Day have to do with saving money and reducing debt? Read on to find out!

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