Money

The March Budget Breakdown

February 28, 2015
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It’s that time again.

Some good ole budget accountability and fun!

A recap from last time…In these posts we will write-up typical expenses that may get overlooked for the particular month. Then we have a photo link up portion where YOU can upload a photo of your budget committee meeting for the month!

So, what expenses might you expect in the month of March?

  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Tires
    • Windshield Wipers
    • Oil Change
    • Vehicle Registration and Title Costs
    St. Patrick’s Day
    • Festive Meal
    • Party
    Fish Fry
    • Entrance Fees
    Spring Break expenses
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Activities
    March Madness
    • Parties
    • Food at Restaurants/Bars
    Easter
    • Travel
    • Gifts for family/friends becoming Catholic
    Spring Cleaning Supplies
    • Mop, Broom, Vacuum
    • Organizational boxes
    • Filing Cabinet
    Expenses Related to Taxes
    • Accountant/CPA
    • Turbo Tax, etc.
    • E-Filing Fees

    Again, these are some expenses we’ve found ourselves budgeting for this month, so they might be applicable to you or not. Some of these expenses are best budgeted for as a sinking fund.

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Money

Dave’s Smart Money Tour: A Review

February 26, 2015
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Last week Jonathan and I attended Dave Ramsey and Chris Hogan’s newest Live Event – The Smart Money Tour.

live-events-page

This is our review of the event.

Overall, I would rate the event a 10/10 and it not only met our expectations, it exceeded them.

How?

1. Foundational and Fresh

We brought a couple of friends with us, each of us at different places in the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps.

Of course, they more or less revolved around those 7 Baby Steps, which could have seemed boring for us since we’ve read the book, coördinated Financial Peace University, etc.

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Catholicism, Intentional Living

How to Have a Great Lent

February 23, 2015
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Admittedly, this post probably would have served you better if it came to you last week. But hey, better late than never! And for everyone out there who got their butts kicked by the first (half) week of Lent, this one’s coming just in time.

This is the busiest time of the year for me creating web content for FOCUS. We go a little Lent crazy, which is why we call our Lent content Lentsanity. Also, as Shaun T’s Insanity aims to get your body into shape, we try to get our souls into shape during Lent, and we’re here to help you do that.

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Catholicism, Mission, The New Evangelization

In Defense of #Ashtag

February 18, 2015
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There’s some hand wringing going on about #ashtag. Some see the #ashtag trend taking a sacred ritual designed to remind us of our mortality and twisting it into a self-centered exercise that profanes the sacred and misses the point of the day entirely. I disagree.

And as one of the people who helped bring #ashtag into popular usage (I wrote a very popular blog post encouraging its use for the FOCUS blog last year), I believe I have a unique perspective on this whole thing, and a small scrap of authority in regards to it all.

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Adoption, Parenting

The Nursing Saga Continues: Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

February 11, 2015
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I got an overwhelming amount of supportive responses from my first nursing blog post and thought it was time for an update.

Sorry again, fellas.

Where did we leave off last time?

Oh yes, things were looking up, as I was making around 11 ounces a day which was much more than when she was a newborn.

I am happy to say that my supply has continued to increase!

What supplements have I maintained or added to help?

  • Domperidone 160 mg/day
  • Moringa 2 tsps twice a day
  • Shatavari twice daily
  • Brewer’s Yeast every few days mixed in with a protein shake
  • Goat’s Rue 3 pills/day
  • Gaia Lactation Blend 3 pills/day
  • Drinking 90-100 ounces of water/day
  • Breast compressions while I nurse
  • Occasional evening power pump session
  • Occasional 5-10 minute pump session after feeding her
  • Offering to nurse every 2-3 hours during the day

It’s gone up by close to an ounce a week and I am currently sitting around 16-17 ounces per day with high hopes of being able to build a full supply of what Miss Josie needs in the next month or two. That’s a HUGE accomplishment and I am so proud of the ladies! Now, it will have taken me 3-4 months to build that full supply and a bio mom can do it in 3-4 days but hey, who’s counting?

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Adoption

5 Adoption Phrases To Avoid

February 9, 2015
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A while back I posted the Adoptive Family Public Service Announcement that I found rather hilarious.

Moral of the video? If you wouldn’t say it about a boob job, don’t say it about adoption.

But alas, I have continued to run into insensitive comments from well-meaning individuals about Josephine and the fact that she was adopted.

Here I wish to share with you the top 5 most common offenders I hear and what positive adoption language we all can use instead.

Oh and some gifs that describe what’s going on in my judge-y mind when I hear comments like this.

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