Featured Posts, Happiness - Favorite Recipes

Get It Stuffed! The Gluten Free Way

20 years ago my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease!  At the time, we felt overwhelmed. What do you feed your child when she can’t have wheat, rye, barley, malt and everything else in between? You would be surprised to find out how many products, including frozen and canned foods, contain gluten! And how many… Read More Get It Stuffed! The Gluten Free Way

Blogging, Featured Posts

Where Did They Go? Missing Bloggers!

Back in the fall of 2017, when I was researching about blogging for one of my posts Who Said Blogging Was Easy?, I was shocked surprised to find out 90 to 95% of bloggers quit within the first 6 months! It seemed HIGH but didn’t think too much about it. Now that I passed the… Read More Where Did They Go? Missing Bloggers!

Featured Posts, Money, Monthly Money Reports

October 2018 – Income, Expenses And Goals

October was a pretty good month overall, nothing much to report, except like most (all?) of you, my net worth took a little hit! Nothing I am overly concerned about at this point. My portfolio is well diversified so riding the market volatility is easier. On the job front, the company didn’t respond to my… Read More October 2018 – Income, Expenses And Goals

Featured Posts, Financial Freedom, Life, Money

Beware! Financial Independence Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be!

Becoming Financially Independent (FI), a goal many of us are pursuing or reached already. What is so appealing about becoming FI? We believe (or are made to believe) that once FI we can finally live the life we want, we no longer have to work if we don’t want to, we can travel the world,… Read More Beware! Financial Independence Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be!

Featured Posts, Rental properties

Landlord’s Nightmare? Tenants From Hell!

Landlord’s Nightmare? Tenants From Hell! It can happen to any of us and when it does you can hear all the naysayers: “I told you so”! They may not own rentals but they know somebody who knows somebody who did! As a new landlord you worry about such things and dread the time it may… Read More Landlord’s Nightmare? Tenants From Hell!

Featured Posts, Life, Money, Travel

Travel Hacking? It’s Not For Everyone!

 I called today to cancel my Scotiabank Amex card! I only applied for it 10 months ago!  So why cancel it so soon? It was my first real try at “power travel hacking” and I failed miserably! After reading so many great stories about travel hacking on various blogs, last summer,  I got all pumped… Read More Travel Hacking? It’s Not For Everyone!

Featured Posts, Life

How My Husband’s Depression Changed Our Lives Forever

This Saturday is my husband’s 50th birthday. My kids and I will celebrate his birthday the way we have for the last four years. We will hike in the woods to where we buried his ashes, share stories about their dad, laugh and cry a lot. Then we will tie each of their birthday notes… Read More How My Husband’s Depression Changed Our Lives Forever

Featured Posts, Financial Freedom, Money

Get a Side Hustle and Retire Earlier

If your goal is to retire and never work another day in your life, then this post is not for you! But, if like me, you think of financial independence as the freedom to finally do what you want to do, then keep on reading. When I finally retire from my full-time job, I plan… Read More Get a Side Hustle and Retire Earlier

Blogging, Featured Posts

Who Said Blogging Was Easy?

Are you thinking of starting your own blog?  From what you have been reading, it doesn’t look very hard, does it? You just have to follow any “how to start a blog” post and in less than 30 minutes you will be all set.  All is left to do is come up with a good… Read More Who Said Blogging Was Easy?

Featured Posts, Life

What I Wish I Knew In My Early 20’s

The other day I was updating my dividend income spreadsheet (what else would I be doing on a beautiful sunny day!) . Since I started focusing more on the dividend being paid rather than the stock price, I find the experience of owning stocks a lot less stressful. Of course, I am still monitoring my… Read More What I Wish I Knew In My Early 20’s