The Deathbed Test


I know it’s a little morbid but I did just visit the Mutter Museum :)  And everyone else keeps talking about bucket lists and fill-the-bucket lists (thank you, Maggie over at Northern Expenditure for putting a slightly less morbid spin on things), so I figured I’d give it a go!  Continue Reading


Hello. What Do You Do?


On my ride in to work this morning I was listening to the latest podcast by The Minimalists (Education) and it got me thinking how far I’ve come since graduating high school.  It also had me thinking how I’m still the same person and how little it all means.  Before realizing I had what it took to go to college, I was working 40 hours/week in an electrical components factory soldering parts together all day long.  I was dating one of the engineers I had met there and that was my introduction to dealing with people who had an education.  I would D.R.E.A.D. going to parties or family functions with him because I was embarrassed of my job and that I didn’t have a college degree.   What I would DREAD most of all was that all too familiar question…

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Mommy & Me Yoga. Namaste.


This is a story of how I turned my lower back pain into precious mommy and me time.  And, go!  For years, I have experienced lower back pain.  I don’t quite know the reason.  It does, however, seem to get better when I am working out on a regular basis.  Unfortunately, since winter hit, I have not been engaging in routine exercise.  And…cue the lower back pain.  Continue Reading

That One Day I Blew Money In Philly


Spending money doesn’t always come easy when you’re dedicated to early retirement.  Since hopping on this bandwagon we have become increasingly more aware of where every dollar goes and where every dollar could go.  In a concerted effort to retire in 2021, our household has cut all frivelous spending from our non-budget.  Every frivelous expense is axed in an effort to pay off debt and increase investments.  There are, however, a few exceptions…Continue Reading

How To Get A Raise In 15 Minutes


It’s true, we gave ourselves a $400/month raise in 15 minutes.  The easiest and fastest route to a raise is to trim your expenses.  Granted, half of that money was just because we got married.  Go figure.  Somehow, we have to pay LESS taxes now that we’re legally coupled.  We’ll take it.  The other $200/month was by simply trimming unecessary expenses from our bottom line.  I’m willing to bet you could trim a few items from your bottom line, too!Continue Reading