Family Money

Top 5 Holiday gift ideas!

Christmas is only a few days away, so you’d better start making use of that Amazon Prime 2-day shipping! This year, I decided to start my holiday shopping a little early, so I wouldn’t miss out on the hot items of the season.  I hate the thought of accumulating more stuff in the house, so in keeping with our somewhat minimalistic lifestyle, the wife came up with a pretty cool idea: Buy something, Sell something,  that way, we’re never bringing too much…

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Why I quit Facebook. A look into what really matters.

Many moons ago, it was brought to my attention that my time management and productivity was on the decline, while my attention deficit was through the roof…Squirrel! Ok.  Where was I? Ahh yes.  The culprit of said decline?  I narrowed it down to the hours I spent mindlessly scrolling through the status updates of 500 plus friends I somehow acquired over the course of a few years. I don’t even think I know 500 people.  Some of these “friends” I’ve never even…

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5 easy steps to help kids grow their money

Schools.  They teach our kids math, history, science, language arts and a few other subjects.  That’s all fine, I mean, I want my kids to be well-rounded members of society, but wouldn’t it be great if they learned business practices and negotiating in elementary and middle school, too?  A few hundred bucks at age 11: Back in the early 90’s, at about the age of 11, I started my first business.  It brought in a few hundred bucks, which I…

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Life Lessons

Is it downhill after 30? 6 Steps to keep it in check.

You’ve made your decision, tomorrow is the day you stop eating like crap and start getting your body in check.  So you wake up early, feeling great after a solid night’s rest.  After a nice stretch, you start your run, feeling light on your feet and thinking “hell yea, the new me is awesome!” Turning the final corner, you see the end of your route just across the street.  You take one step onto the crosswalk, almost there! Wait, Oh Shit, here…

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Life lessons: How I made $1200 and created a better life, all in 2 days

“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” -Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I remember when I was in my early 20’s, living with a roommate, I could literally haul my entire life in the trunk of my car if I wanted to.  These days I’m a family man, with a large house, rooms to fill and clutter that’s followed us from…

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Tulum and Akumal in 14 photos

It was like something out of a movie.  White sand beaches, crystal clear blue water, a cold drink in my hand.  To be honest, we needed it, and you may too. Being that this is mainly a parent blog about eating, sleeping and being a dad (in case you didn’t catch the site name), I’ll keep it in line:  If you’re a parent, I know you love your kid.  If you’re a parent, I also know how much you need…

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Life Lessons

Dad Lesson: A Secret Handshake

It doesn’t matter if you’re cooler than eskimo nipples, or some geek off the street, your kid will think you’re the man (or woman) if you have a secret handshake that you share only with them.  Mine happens to be one that includes a snap of the finger, and we do it before every one of his little league games. I had a handshake I’d do with my father, I actually stole it from that 1989 movie “Little Monsters” where…

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