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I’m Having a Miscarriage

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Yeah, it punched us in the gut too. What is a Blighted Ovum? My medical diagnosis is a “blighted ovum”.  That sounds creepy, but it means that our sperm and egg met, decided to get serious, but broke it off before they moved in together. By the time my body created a gestational sac and went full-on pregnancy mode, no embryo or anything was around to move in.  But my body was already so far into the process that it just kept going, flooding me with pregnancy hormones and symptoms for another 5 weeks.  Then it realized that something wasn’t quite right…though it could take another 3 weeks to figure out exactly what needs to be done, so I’m having a D&C (uterine spring cleaning) done on Monday. In short, Peanut decided not to hop onto this crazy train quite yet. Miscarriages Suck, Duh I’m crampy and coping.  Len is handling it more privately but making sure to be there for me every step of the way.  We’re sad and angry and sad and okay.  It simply sucks.  All loss sucks.  Can’t go much deeper than that. Oh, and it’s been astounding learning about how many women I know in person and online … Read more…

Week 2 – Our Epic Food Budget Challenge – Four Couples, $50 a Week, Leftovers Commence!

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Food Budget Challenge | How to Save Money on Groceries | Grocery Budget | Grocery Savings

Please understand that I know that $50 a week for food is totally doable and many people survive on way less.  My hubby and I have simply been overspending.  This challenge is meant to motivate, not to create friction.  Thanks! My friend, Dee, had a tumultuous end of 2016.  She approached me with a food budget challenge she found online, we made a few changes, and we convinced our husbands to participate too.  Then two sets of our friends joined too!  Our challenge was born – $50 a week per couple for all food for 4 weeks straight from January 2-29, 2017. Our Two Caveats In our challenge, we can use all of our pre-existing food.  For Len and me, that means using any perishables in the fridge, pantry goods, and our stocks in the deep freeze.  All of the challengers started with some reserves we needed to clean out.  We just weren’t allowed to stock up in December for this challenge. Also, I’ll make a note or point it out when we use a gift card, but that’s okay to us too.  Our general goals of this challenge are to spend less, waste less, spend consciously, and make healthier choices than regularly eating fast food and restaurant offerings. Meet the Challengers! Dee … Read more…

December 2016 Self-Employment Income of $7905 (2016 Net Worth Wrapped at $530,105)

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Blogging | Earn Money Online | Make Money Blogging | Blogging Income | Work From Home

I finally got together the 2016 year end wrap up!  I like to use monthly income and net worth updates for motivation. It pushes me to try harder, I am forced to look at our numbers, and I started blogging so I could share with all of you and get feedback. I would also like to inspire more people to create income streams out of something they truly enjoy. My Backstory for New Readers I worked in a dead end cubicle job from after college in 2005 through July 2011. It wasn’t possible for me to grow in the department I enjoyed, and the rest of the company would have sucked my soul out through my ears.  My highest salary there was $35,500 after 6 years.  My original plan was to stay there for 30 years and retire. Thankfully, that plan went to crap. The company was in a slump in late 2009, so they told me to “look busy”… That led me to creating Budgeting in the Fun Stuff in February 2010 even though I had zero professional writing or blogging experience.  It grew faster than I expected (thank you!), and I have been fully self-employed since July 2011. My … Read more…

Is Accounting a Good Career Choice for Single Parents?

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If you are a single parent, you might worry about the financial future of your family.  It is natural to think about your plans at this stage of your life.  You might be thinking of ways you can move to a better house in a better location, go out on trips with your family, or pay for your child’s future education.  Having a career as an accountant is a great way to achieve those dreams.  Accounting is a career that can provide financial security while also interesting and engaging.  So, is accounting a good career choice for single parents?  Consider the following to decide if this is right for you: Time The truth is, it takes a lot of time to become an accountant.  You are looking to at least four to five years of undergraduate schooling, and an additional two years or more if you decide to get a masters.  Fortunately, there are many schooling options out there that can fit your educational needs.  If you are like most working professionals with families, it may not be possible for you to attend a university full time.  However, there are now options for online schooling, or becoming a student of … Read more…

Week 1 – Our Epic Food Budget Challenge – Four Couples, $50 a Week, Budgets Commence!

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I'm excited to take this food budget challenge and save on groceries this month!

Before reading any further, please understand that I know that $50 a week for food is totally doable and many people survive on way less.  My hubby and I have simply been overspending.  This challenge is only meant to motivate, not to pour salt into any wounds.  Thanks! In this post a few weeks ago, I summarized a rough end-of-year for my friend, Dee.  She approached me with a food budget challenge she found online.  I wanted to tackle it but with a little more leeway than the original challenge entailed.  I convinced my hubby that we should participate, and then two sets of our other friends jumped in too.  Our challenge was born – $50 a week per couple for all food for 4 weeks straight from January 2-29, 2017. Our Two Caveats In our challenge, we can use all of our pre-existing food.  For Len and me, that means any perishables in the fridge, lots of pantry goods, and the deep freeze of mystery foods.  All of the challengers started with some reserves we need to clean out.  We just weren’t allowed to stock up in December for this challenge. Also, I’ll make a note or point it out when we use a gift card, but that’s okay too.  … Read more…

New Year’s Resolutions – Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

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What are your new years resolutions? How did last year go for you? KISS and move forward!

What a year…2016.  I thought it was going to be defined by loss and grief but it ended with a bang!  And that got me pregnant.  😉 Overall, it was a year of 150+ hospital and nursing home visits and three funerals from January through September.  Goodbye to my Grandma and my Grandpa as well as my aunt, Irama.  Hope you three got my messages about the babies – the two my cousins successfully pushed out and the one in my oven.  Our family must really believe in that circle of life thing… Yet that sadness was balanced by growing closer to a few of my family, re-opening those doors to support, and spending more quality time at home and on vacations with friends. Our online business stayed about the same while our pet sitting business grew.  We also finally wrapped up the 2013 tax battle with the IRS – we indeed didn’t owe them $67,000…we owed them less than $100 and spent $6000 proving it.  Ugh. We had accepted that we may not be able to get pregnant quite as easily as we hoped since we had been trying for more than a year, but one ovulation test kit later, and now I’m 6 weeks prego. Let’s see how my … Read more…

I’M PREGNANT!!!!!

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A big big announcement today- I'm pregnant! We are thrilled and have been looking forward to being able to share the news.

WARNING: I’m a sharer who will be talking about trying to get pregnant and my pregnancy. If you didn’t know, all of that stuff includes subjects that some people may find too personal or think it’s “too much information” (TMI). If you are that sort of person, my blog is probably not for you but specifically, these posts aren’t for you. Thanks! I Was Going to Get Pregnant, Gosh Darn It! I’m 33 years old (turning 34 this week), and I was using the Nuvaring for birth control for more than a decade. I stopped in November 2015.  My body returned to normal, baby-making processes in early 2016…and we tried…and we tried…and then my best friend got pregnant… Then I became a competitive beyatch and started paying attention to the awesome suggestions you all made in previous “I’m trying” posts.  I wanted to get pregnant and I was willing to pee in tiny cups. Tried Something New – Ovulation Testing Strips My hubby and I had been just having unprotected sex a few times a week hoping we’d get lucky (hehehehe, get it?). Thanks to Kasey, a commenter in my second official update, I decided to go scientific. I ordered this 50 … Read more…