Why You DON’T Want to Invest in Real Estate

A big part of me loves investing in real estate and it’s a big part of my plan for the future.  Yet, for some reason this was still one of the easiest posts I’ve ever written…because the truth is, I lose soooo much sleep over some of the worries that come with this type of investing (at least for buy and hold real estate investing).  It is not an easy thing to do and it is TOUGH work.  And not just the getting-your-hands-dirty kind of work (though it certainly can be that), but the dreadful how-the-heck-am-I-going-to-fix-this kind of work.  The kind of thing you think about all day and lose tons of sleep over.  And until you’ve really hit it big, it’s hard to tell if you’re even doing things right.

So before you jump head first into your first property (which I still hope you will consider!), make sure to read this carefully because real estate investing is not as glamorous as you think and it’s definitely not for everyone!

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What to Do Now to Prepare Your Zazzle Store for the Holiday Season

The holidays are so close that I can almost taste them and that has me excited for so many different reasons, one of which is that I consistently make the most Zazzle sales over the holiday season (and you know how much I love making money on Zazzle). No matter what you do, odds are in your favor that you’ll make more this time of year just because people are shopping so much.  But there are still some things that you can do to prepare your Zazzle store to increase your sales even more.

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100+ Post Ideas for Your Mom Blog

Almost every single week I face the same problem: What the heck am I going to write about?  Some weeks are easier than others, but there are those times that I can’t think of a single thing.  So I desperately search for ideas and inspiration.  Which brought me here…because I KNOW I can’t possibly be the only Mom blogger that hits writer’s block and just needs some good ideas.

So here’s my ultimate list of all the great post ideas for your mom blog.  I’ll keep adding to the list, so check back if you hit the wall again. Take my advice though: try and make it as specific as possible.  Many of these ideas could be broken into 3 or 4 different posts. The internet may be saturated by some of the hottest topics, but if you can make it unique you may just have come up with your next viral post.

Good luck!  

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The Please Touch Museum: Philadelphia’s #1 Destination for Toddlers

I knew about The Please Touch Museum long before I was even pregnant with my son (my husband and I had our wedding there!), but I was pretty sure it was best for 4, 5, or 6 year olds, so I had pushed off taking my toddler. Holy moly, was I ever wrong.  This place is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for toddlers.  If I was closer, I would be there every single week.  Since heading there for the first time with him, I’ve been on a hunt for other children’s museums that compare and haven’t found anything even remotely close.

So if you’re in the area or live in the suburbs like I do, you need to make sure you take your toddler to the Please Touch Museum the second they’re comfortable walking.  There are so many things to do with little guys (and older too) that I guarantee you’ll want to come back again and again.

Here are some of the highlights:

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10 Amazing Perks of Breastfeeding a Toddler

Even though it’s becoming more and more mainstream to be breastfeeding a toddler, I’m still surprised by how many people find it shocking.  Breastfeeding certainly has a lot of challenges, so for some moms there just isn’t the option to continue.  But that’s different.  If you can keep breastfeeding and want to keep breastfeeding then you should keep breastfeeding.  It just makes logical sense.  But, more importantly, there are some unbelievably amazing perks to breastfeeding (especially past the age of 1) that everyone seems to overlook.  

So in case you’re considering it yourself (or are wondering why the weirdo on the park bench is nursing her 2 year old), here’s a list of all the amazing perks of breastfeeding a toddler:

Related post: 10 Reasons to KEEP Breastfeeding

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What to Watch This Fall – 2015

There are so many things I love about Fall, but definitely one of the best are all the new and returning shows coming back from their summer break.  And this year is definitely no exception.  Not only are there some awesome cliff hanger to wrap up, but there are quite a few new and definitely promising shows that I can’t wait to get more of.  

So without further ado, clear your calendars and start planning your TV parties so you’ve got time to watch these gems:

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Why Every Mom Deserves to Have a Roomba in Her Home

I’m obsessed with my Roomba.  So much so that sometimes I think I should have one for each room in my house. It doesn’t even bother me that I’m about to give you 9 amazing reasons to fall in love with a vacuum cleaner because honestly, it’s that great.  I still need and use my beloved Dyson for heavy duty work, but now we’re like a 3 person/machine/robot team that vacuums the whole house together.

So why in the world is the Roomba so amazing??  Let me tell you. 🙂

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14 Different Ways to Save for Retirement

I am obsessed with saving for retirement.  I’m also obsessed with collecting things. So it’s probably not surprisingly that I love finding different types of retirement accounts, different ways to save for retirement, and OBVIOUSLY any way to get “free” retirement money.

So I think it’s time to share!  Not only do I know you all love posts like this, but I also can’t wait to hear your suggestions and ideas for MORE ways that we can hoard away money for our golden years. So don’t hold back!  Hopefully my suggestions can help you as much as yours will help us. 🙂

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Vegan Fruit & Nut Chickpea Salad

In the 3 months that I’ve been on a vegan diet, I’ve learned a lot of things.  One lesson in particular will stay with me for quite some time – learn to love thy chickpeas.  

Beans are pretty crucial when you aren’t eating meat, dairy, or eggs, so learning to use different kinds of beans is a pretty big deal if you want to be successful as a vegan.  And chickpeas are a very special kind of bean because they somehow manage to be a wonderful substitute for both chicken and tuna (it sounds crazy, but I’m telling you, it’s true).

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My Best Advice for New Home Buyers

I am absolutely in love with the house I live in…most of the time at least. There have been things I never realized I’d love so much and others that I wish I would have considered more thoroughly.  Right now we’re planning to live here for quite some time, but I still wonder if we would do things differently if we had the opportunity to turn back time.

Hindsight is always 20/20 though, so in reality I’m lucky we had such great advice going into our purchase.  If it hadn’t been for our parents and a great realtor, God only knows where we’d be living.  So for those of you about to make this huge decision, here’s my best advice and some important things to consider:

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