Writing Wrap Up + Budget and the Bees

5 months oldHi everyone – I hope y’all are having a great weekend. We went to see some friends of ours that we met in Grenada yesterday. We brought both babies, and it only took us an hour to pack to spend the afternoon with them! Bean went through 3 outfits while we were there, and they both went through a ton of diapers but we prevailed without too much hardship or being covered in vomit ourselves.

Slowly but surely, we’re building our confidence taking these beans all over the place. We really miss our old lives sometimes and really miss our friends so I hope we can do more of adding the babies into our lives rather than them being the little boss lady and boss man of our household!

In other news, I’ve been wanting to tell you all week about a new blog that I launched with my friend Natalie. She and I started designing and creating the site way back when I lived in the Grenada. In fact, she was one of the first people I told I was pregnant during a meeting about our blog (she cried happy tears when I told her by the way haha.) She and I have gone through tons of life changes in the past few months. We both moved from Grenada back to the States and then up to the NYC metro area all in the span of the past year. So, in between all that, we’ve been fiddling and adding to this site for a solid year.

My friend Natalie is extremely talented, and I know all of you will love her and embrace her into our little blogging community. She is the most organized person I know, and that is the truth. She’s also a very giving person, constantly giving her time to others. I think you’ll enjoy her organizing and cooking advice (because you know I won’t be dishing out cooking advice.) I also think you’ll enjoy hearing about her travels, the way she organizes and manages her money, and how she takes care of her sweet med school hubby.

The goal of our site is to provide life tips and inspiration to “busy bees” whether it’s about finance, travel, or general lifestyle posts.

Here’s the header we worked so hard to design together:

Budget and the bees

and you can check out the site at www.BudgetandtheBees.com. Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I feel a tad over-extended right now, but luckily I have the best VA on Earth, Kayla, who is slowly whipping me into shape and helping me to manage all of my different projects.

My Posts Around the Web

Here’s a little sample of some posts I’ve written around the web lately:

Is Tim Cook the Right Man for Apple? for AnyOption

How to Choose Between a Cruise and an All Inclusive Vacation for MoneySavingPro

3 Smart Ways to Use Coupons for SumoCoupon

Why It’s OK to Make Money Mistakes for YoungAdultMoney

Posts I Enjoyed From Others

J$ had Ask J$ anything day, which was all sorts of awesome, informative, and funny.

I think I have a crush on this writer. I mean, who inserts a curse word into a Bible verse and gets away with it? Also she says, “Checking email is the new churning butter.” Kind of obsessed with this blogger now.


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Carnival of Retirement hosted by Home Money Easy
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by His Finance
Carnival of Financial Planning hosted by Frugal Students
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Have a great Labor Day everyone!

1 Year Since Finding Out I Was Pregnant + Writing Wrap Up

twin pregnancyA year ago today, I found out I was pregnant. It was seriously one of the best moments ever for hubs and me. I will never, ever forget it.

We hadn’t been trying long, but I was impatient. Once I set my mind to something, I like to make it happen! I’d had some strange symptoms and so I remember thinking what if?

It was 4 days before I was really supposed to test, and late afternoon really isn’t the ideal time to do so but being as over-eager as I am, I did it anyway.

Hubs and I sat there together and watched the test start.

I didn’t think it was going to be positive, so as it went along and nothing interesting happened at first, I handed it to him and said, “See, I told you it was going to be…..POSITIVE!”

As soon as I handed it to him, a super dark second line became visible. I could. not. believe it. I just remember being so so so happy and laughing and crying (as you can see in the pic above!)

Of course, now we know why that line was so dark so early (twins). Those little buggers.

If you have kids tell me in the comments when you found out you were pregnant. Did you and your other half find out at the same time?

Now onto the writing wrap up:

Awesome Posts

Mel writes 20 ways to go broke.

Jordann is eating healthier (and we are too!)

Ashley is never financing furniture ever again.

I’ve so enjoyed reading about Harry’s amazing honeymoon the past few days.

Jefferson got a sweet deal on his Disney vacation.

Kirsten was really open about some of her toughest moments.

Melanie wrote about spending triggers.

Joanna wrote about getting organized and caught up.


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My Posts Elsewhere

I wrote How to Get Free Publicity for Carrie

I shared Inexpensive Fall Getaways for DC

I wrote How to Spot Expensive Furniture at Thrift Stores for John

I wrote Alibaba’s Spending Spree is Good for Investors for AnyOption

My Coaching Biz

As many of you know, I starting coaching freelance writers just 2 weeks ago. I have 5 bloggers enrolled, and right now almost every single one of them has a writing job in the works or has signed a contract already. Many of them are also taking those necessary steps to make their blogs more professional. I couldn’t be prouder of them. They are working really hard under challenging circumstances (hectic jobs, kids, life, etc.) If you want a piece of the pie read more about my coaching program here. Given the time commitment I give to each person I coach, I am considering limiting this in the future but for now it’s open to new peeps. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!