Bellwether's Blog on life and money
Did you do any spring cleaning in your closet in preparation for summer? Do you have a bag of old clothes just hanging around the house? Donating them to your local Salvation Army, Good Will or another non-profit (that accepts donations) in your area is always a great idea. However, if you are looking for something different, why not check out some online thrift shops? You’ll be able to clear out your overflowing closet, earn or donate money, and shop for more new or gently used clothes. Plus, if you have kids, you can probably make the most money and get the best deals since most kids grow out of their clothes before they even wear them twice.Read More
Between sightseeing, meetings and dining out, traveling for business or pleasure can often put a kink in your exercise schedule. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right mindset and a little ingenuity, you can easily sneak a workout into your daily routine without disrupting your trip. Here’s how:Read More
With summer rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to fire up the grill and invite your closest friends and family to celebrate under the sun. A little bit of planning can go a long way in turning a nice backyard picnic into a truly memorable event. To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few steps to help make your perfect summer barbecue come to life.Read More
As a kid, my summers were spent lakeside, going on sunset cruises after dinner and holding on for dear life as my dad whipped me around water tubing. Most days, we’d take the boat out for a ride to the closest sandbar and have a picnic, listening to Sirius radio and tossing around the Frisbee. The best part of summer was going out on the lake, soaking up the sun, and spending time together!
With so many childhood memories attached to the lake, I’ve recently decided to buy a powerboat, just like the one I grew up with. It’ll be the perfect chance to bring my friends and family together to create new traditions.Read More
When searching for daycare, price and location should not be the only consideration.
Due to a move, I recently had the challenge of finding a new day care for my children. A difficult and daunting task for certain, but I wanted an arrangement that was the right fit for my family. This is a personal and very important choice, and not one to be taken lightly, because it's not a case of "one solution fits all." Something that works for a friend or neighbor may not be right for you. From private in-home, (think "au-pair" or nanny), to traditional day care centers (big or small), the options can overwhelm. I kept my sanity by reminding myself I wasn't signing a long-term contract. If things don't work out at my first choice, I can make another choice!Read More