take 5 in june

5 Tips for Flying with Young Children

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Our long vacation is officially over.  After a very long day of flying yesterday, we are back in Florida and very glad to be warm again.  I will admit that I am more than a little overwhelmed by all the post-vacation stuff I now need to catch up on--unpacking, laundry, paying bills, re-stocking the fridge--but [...]

5 Practical Ways to Decorate on a Budget

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I can't even tell you how excited I am to introduce you to today's guest poster. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know what a huge fan I am of Ashley Ann Campbell and her awesome blog Under the Sycamore. Ashley is one of those amazing people that can literally [...]

5 Ways to Dress Well on a Budget

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I first met Valerie Rowencamp, today's uber-chic guest blogger when we sat next to each other during a blogging seminar.  I remember taking in her absolutely adorable outfit--a striped shirtdress paired with Chuck Taylors--and feeling utterly frumpy and inadequate in comparison.  And then I found out she was a fashion blogger and I was even [...]

5 Reasons to Budget That are Bigger Than Money

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Today I am thrilled to welcome back Jesse Mecham to LWSL.  You'll probably remember him from his fantastic post not long ago on talking to your spouse about money.  It sparked a huge {positive} conversation for my husband and I, and if you didn't get a chance to read it, you should check out HERE.  Jesse is [...]

5 Strategies for Finding a Better Work/Life Balance

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Today I am happy to welcome to LWSL Hollee Schwartz-Temple, who I met at a blog conference earlier this year when I inadvertently sat next to her during lunch the first day.  She was a sweetheart who patiently explained to me the wonders of Twitter, and told me all about her blog, TheNewPerfect.com, completely neglecting to mention [...]

5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known When I Was 18

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My adorable--er, I mean super handsome and very manly--nephew Jacob graduated from high school last night.  It seems so crazy to me that the sweet little boy I used to babysit is now ready to head off to college. As he begins this new phase of his life--adulthood--I couldn't help but reflect on the time [...]

5 Tips for Talking to Your Spouse About Finances

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Today I am happy to welcome to LWSL Jesse Mecham, the founder of You Need a Budget, an amazing budget planning software that allows you to set up your budget online, syncs to all your devices, and allows you to track your expenses in real time.  I don't know how it is in your house, but in [...]