I want to share with you a story that in almost no way will you be able to replicate. That’s the beauty of life. Every one finds different opportunities if they keep their eyes and mind open. And I wanted to share this with you because when I was 13 and planning to travel in […]
January 1 is the time of new goals, new plans, a new you. Except if you’re a parent. Then your New Year start in September. Our whole calendar shifts, and it shakes our routine. No more late bed times when we were busy playing on the trampoline during the long summer days. No more sleeping […]
A large inheritance doesn’t guarantee rich or successful kids. It takes something more. These 4 things define every successful and wealthy person I know. Any wealth I am able to share with my 5 kids, or advantage I can give to them will only make a lasting impact if they learn these lessons. So we […]
“$400 a month for new clothes is the minimum you need?” I was trying to ask in a kind, and non-judgey way. But my confusion was showing through. Sometimes when I consult people on how to optimize their budgets with their goals, I am reminded how my seemingly every day, mundane choices are actually a […]
We had an amazing hike to the swinging bridge. The older 4 kids kept a good pace, and we carried the baby. Cheesy taco, our sweet little dog, came too. Now, I have always bit a bit skittish way up high. But apparently, packing a baby, carrying a camera and holding the leash of an even more skittish dog on a bridge swinging over a raging river was my limit. Because I quickly changed my mind and walked down the ladder. But my kids are fearless. And they had a blast. Someone had to be at the bottom to take a picture, right?
Do you all have any adventures planned for the weekend?
There are two burning questions people have when they find out we are taking a year off work. 1. How can you afford that? Or 2. Why would you give up that income? I totally get the first question. Not many people take a year off. Most people can’t afford it. And honestly, we look […]
$2889. That is how much it cost for our family of 7 to travel 3000+ miles over 5.5 weeks. I had budgeted $4000 for the trip, and hoped to come in closer to $3000. So I was thrilled with the end result. The trip was amazing. And the budget wasn’t too not bad either! Summary […]
People always say how amazing it feels to declutter, purge, clean out. Not me. I hate it. We have been working on our minimalism challenge for a few months now. I can feel the burden of our things starting to lift. But before I write a gooey post on how wonderful this whole thing is, […]
I love going out for coffee. I think it’s a hell of good value! We have a regular place where the baristas are amazing. They know our names, and just how we take our coffee. Why are PF writers always hating on a good cup of coffee from a nice shop? I partly blame David […]
The advertising for Ivy League Universities amuses and delights me in its boldness. How do you sucker a 17 year old into spending 4x as much on an Ivy League education vs going to a state school? The tangible and intangible promises schools use to make this seem like a good investment are rather clever. […]