Sunday, March 3, 2013

Come Find Me

I've recently gotten my own domain, and I would love for you to come join me in my new blogging home!

Drop by and let me know what you think! 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

WMW 13 - Womens Money Week

Starting on Monday March 4, 2013, I will be taking part in Womens Money Week 2013. A whole week dedicated to blogging about a pre-determined list of topics.

Last year,Womens Money Week compiled The Ultimate List of Women Money Bloggers and several of my favourite blogs were included. (Some of us had to email them to ask to be included.) I found new blogs that I love from this list also. I'm not sure if they will be updating the list this year, or even making a new one, but either way, there is a tonne of women money bloggers to read.

My own interest in personal finance started when we were at an all-time financial low as a family. We had a staggering amount of debt, and the income flow had decreased to a trickle. We were in a rough situation. Then, I happened across Gail Vaz - Oxlade's television show, 'Til Debt Do Us Part. It was an eye opener for me. I became a student of my own finances, soaking up information on money matters in any way that I could. I read books, read blogs, watched shows and slowly but surely, I started cleaning up the financial mess that we had made.

I am not perfect with finances now, nor will I ever be. But I have learned a lot of things in the last four years on my financial awakening journey. We have gotten our consumer debt under control, and we have money in savings for our future. We can now deal with the curve balls that life throws at us without going into crisis mode. I'm still learning and growing and look forward to getting to where we want to be.

This next week is going to be great, with bloggers from everywhere participating. I'm looking forward to reading some great posts, getting some new ideas, and maybe, just maybe, passing on a few ideas of my own.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Womens Lifestyle Show

On March 23 & 24, 2013, the London Convention Centre is hosting the Annual Womens Lifestyle Show.

"The Womens Lifestyle Show is the fun event of the year for women of all ages in Southwestern Ontario. Shop in the vibrant marketplace which features unique and artisan products. Sample delicious locally sourced culinary bites from the top regional restaurants. Be entertained. Learn the latest trends in fashion, fitness and well-being. Take a day with your friends, daughter, mother or neighbour. Or come on your own to escape in our own world of that is fun for females!"

~ from the Womens Lifestyle Show homepage,

Now I don't know about you, but this sort of thing usually does not rock my socks off. However, I will be there on the Sunday. Reason? Because Gail Vaz -Oxlade will be there! She's scheduled to speak at 2 pm, and I will not pass up an opportunity to see here, especially here in London, Ontario.

There is no freaking way I'm going to lined up with 2000 other women at 9 am trying to get one of the 200 swag bags that they are offering to the early birds. But hey, if morning is your thing, you might want to try for one. I hear that they are pretty awesome!

I know lots of you ladies in our area would love the opportunity to see Gail - in person - and here is your chance.I doubt she'll be autographing anything, and may not even have the typical 'meet & greet' that her book signings have, but one never knows.

If you have never heard Gail speak publicly before, I strongly suggest you make your way down to the London Convention Centre March 24, 2013 way before 2 pm. I know from past experience that the seats will fill up fast! There is a $10 charge to gain entrance to the Womens Lifestyle Show, but seeing Gail live is so worth the price of admission.

I know I'll be there!

Friday, February 22, 2013


My pal over at The Quest to be Financially Abundant listed my wee little blog in her list of 10 blogs that she loves. Thanks P! :)

I thought I would join along as it has felt like ages since I've posted. (No need to worry, just life getting busy on us.) So without any further ado, here is me playing along, for the fun of it.

10 Blogs that I love:

  1. Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Just like I can't imagine starting my morning without a cuppa, I also can't imagine starting a day without a daily dose of Gail wisdom.
  2. My Half Dozen Daily is the second blog I read daily. She's a SAHM who homeschools, and is currently trying to sell a chameleon so her teenaged daughter will come home, lol!
  3. Over at When I get to Where I am Going , J udy is an avid knitter, who attends school, is paying off her debt, all while running a household of adult and teenaged kids, a husband, and her mother. Update: Judy has taken down her blog. I'll miss her posts. :(
  4. Saving for Travel or SFT for short, keeps us up to date on her travel around the globe (I'm so jealous!) and is our gracious host for The Sealed Pot Challenge 2013. She hosts weekly updates on this for those who are interested.
  5. Sharon at MidLifeMomMusings just recently moved to her own domain and Wordpress after deciding to commit to blogging. She always has something good to share.
  6. The Warm Hands Network is a charity knitting blog that chronicles the yearly shipments of knitted good to some needy children right here in Canada. Not only do they take knitted items from a specific list, they also accept Canadian Tire money toward the purchase of boots for folks who live in an area where the temp can drop to -40 C (that's the same as -40 F).
  7. $lay the Monster  is B-Kat's blog. She paid off her $148,000 mortgage  in ten years. Nowadays, she works diligently to keep out of the clutches of the Debt-Monster.
  8. Jolie writes Shaking the Money Tree, and I love reading about her life.
  9. I love to read alottastitches where Linda crochets one child sized blanket per week for children entering foster care. That on top of the knitting, sewing and other crochet projects she has going.
  10. Sass writes about her life with Princess Penelope (her daughter) and her two pups, Thing 1 and Thing 2 over at Getting Us There. I love her pictures of her shopping trips.

7 Things about me:
  1. I love to observe people. By nature, I'm kind of quiet, a little bit shy, and would much rather sit and watch people at a party or gathering than getting involved in conversations.
  2. I am a member of the Bear Clan of the Oneida First Nation people. To me, this means that I have a strong connection to family (by birth or by choice) and will do most anything I can for them. It also makes me want to sleep a lot in the winter time.
  3. My self-esteem has bipolar disorder, I think. I either have all the confidence in the world in my strengths and abilities, or I have the worst self-esteem in the world. Depends on the day, I guess.
  4. I do have a strong personality with some very strong opinions on things. I find that people either really, really like me or they absolutely hate me. I have learned to live with this and not to worry about those who don't like me.
  5. I'm learning a lot about myself through knitting. I used to think knitting was all about the end result, the item I made, but it's become more about me just doing the knitting and what occurs in my head while I'm doing so.
  6. Some of my favourite music is fairly heavy. Like heavy metal heavy. I don't seem the type at all, lol.
  7. I want to get a dog in the worst way, but until we are in an actual house and not an apartment, I won't do it. It wouldn't be fair to the dog.

Rules if you want to play.

1. post awards on blog
2. thank person that nominated you, that would be me, but your blog is thanks enough!
3. List 10 blogs you love
4. list 7 things about you
5. List these rules
6. tell people you nominated by posting on their blog