Don’t Give Up
- Created on 21 October 2014
If you’re not up on Sesame Street’s music production, you’re missing out. Grant it, with toddlers running around my ankles – Sesame Street and other children’s programming have become a part of my regular routine. Enjoyed throughout my childhood, Sesame Street really keeps up with the trends while keeping the focus purely on educational development. That said, we groove out to the music videos almost every day.
I’ve actually created a Youtube playlist that is crucial for hair braiding time (that and a steamy bowl of oatmeal. Don’t ask – it just works). The two-year old and I rock out to a 30 minute set and all is well by the end. The music videos are well produced, catchy, and have the best messages. Being out of the mainstream loop, I didn’t realize the songs were remakes of popular productions – none of which I’ve even seen to date. A song with Bruno Mars and a delightful cast of puppets has me thinking about those who need encouragement on the debt free journey.
Grocery Shopping vs Eating Out Smack Down
- Created on 18 October 2014
In the first corner we have unprepared foods. They required a little more energy (energy, energy) which can be difficult to muster (muster, muster) after a long day, hard day. In the next corner, restaurant food. Quick and tasty with all the added sodium (sodium, sodium). Hits the spot, but can put a hurt’n on your wallet (wallet, wallet).
When I met WonderMan, he was convinced that preparing home cooked meals was more expensive than his daily $5 Whataburger sandwich and shake habit. He was a bachelor who hated cooking. I was in love. It was his money (and high cholesterol history). Who cared? Fast forward 16 years later, he still abhors cooking and I’m not convinced that restaurant food is ever less expensive. Let the smack down begin.
6 Financial Lessons We Didn’t Get in Home EC
- Created on 14 October 2014
I learned how to sew an apron, make a creamy beef and biscuit meal, and a slew of other household related tasks in Home EC. For high school, it was an easy A. The creamy beef meal was actually quite tasty! We covered a number of helpful topics on house management (I didn’t go to school in the 50’s either). However, I didn’t learn one cent about managing the household finances. Why is that? 80% of household financial decisions are made by women. I don’t remember the demographic/gender breakdown of my elective Home EC class (not that it matters); but budgeting, saving and reconciling accounts should have been on the menu.