Friday, September 04, 2009

I Heart Three Day Weekends!

Nothing too much to say today but I haven't posted a picture of Harper in a few days and the natives (Grandmas) get restless if I don't.


I told ya'll I would be guest blogging for a local bank and my first post is up. You can read what I wrote about here. I'm going to be writing about 2 posts a month on personal finance from a stay at home mom's point of view. Ya'll gave me some great ideas so read and let me know what you think!

Happy Labor Day! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!!!!

47 comments:

Laurie said...

I liked your guest post on going to one income. Lot's of great advice. Have a great weekend!

Staci said...

Great article with very practical advice!

summermade said...

It made a lot of sense and I agree on all three points! GOOD JOB!

Emily V. said...

Harper's a doll. Love your bank post.

We might could arrange a marriage with her and my son as mentioned in your previous post. emilybryanbrooks.blogspot.com

Much love from KY-
Emily

Victoria said...

beautiful girl!

Pineapple Princess said...

Fabulous article with really sound advice!!

Angie said...

Wonderful article! I added it to my favorites to reference back too! And as always miss Harper is ADORABLE!

The Simmons Family said...

The bank post was great!!! Good job! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great article....and beautiful girl...

Donna said...

Hi Kelly, You did a great job on the bank post. I hope some of the young couples will read it and take your advice to heart.
As always, Miss Harper is adorable. One of her cutest pictures.The bloggy Aunts get restless when there is no Harper pic, too. Have a great week end.
Keeping you in my heart in Ga.
Donna

Melissa Miller said...

I'll check that article out. Thanks for sharing! :)

In His Army said...

You did a great job on the bank post. Very well written and informative! Have a great weekend!

Macy and Lucy said...

I think I look more forward to a 3 day weekend being a stay-at-home Mom than I did when I used to work!!

SPG said...

Have a nice weekend!!

Chaukie said...

It looks like Harper is getting more hair! She's adorable.

momMYsliceoflife said...

Harper looks precious (as always!) I just read your guest post and it is fabulous! There are some great tips in there. I'm going to forward it to a couple of friends who are planning to start their family in the next year or so. Thanks for sharing!

AJT said...

Great article with lots of helpful info. We are currently doing our "trial run." I hope you'll keep us posted on when your next article is up...

Patty said...

Kelly,
I loved reading your blog post about living on one income. Great advice. :)

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend filled with all kinds of fun things including a win for the Hogs. ;) Go Hogs and Go Vols!! :)
Blessings,
Patty

Courtney said...

Have a great weekend. I am headed over to read your bank post.

Misti said...

Great article! And the pic of Miss Harper is super cute!

A Wedding Story said...

Happy 3 day weekend! WHoo! Cute pic of Miss Harper!

Karen said...

What a well written article Kelly! I am trying to decide right now what to do when our little girl is here, I keep tossing around all three options, stay at home, part time, or full time. It's not an easy decision and you certainly have to pick the one that works for your family, personally and financially. Enjoy your weekend!

Karen

Lauren said...

Wow-zers...Thought this pix of Harper... really looks like her Daddy! :) She a doll!

Allyson said...

Loved the article! Thanks for the advice!

Dustin & Kate said...

Great to-the-point article! I agree that the very best advice to a married couple without kids is to try to live on one income and save the rest. That's what my husband and I did for our first four years of marriage when we were childless. Now, I've been staying home for 16 months with our daughter. We live on my husband's salary, and he makes LESS than I made as a teacher! I have to say, I am quite proud of this and consider it a huge accomplishment. I also believe that no matter how small the husband's income, if you offer it up to God, He CAN and WILL provide a way to make it work! Thanks for giving such sound and solid advice. :)

Click Clack Mom said...

Awesome job, Kelly! I am also a stay-at-home-mom and our family has followed the Dave Ramsey plan, and really loves it. If you get stuck for ideas, that might be a good resource. He's also a strong Christian and brings that into his philosophy. (I don't work for them, just like his books and company.)

Thank you for having such a wonderful blog. I was telling my husband about it last night, and I said, "I just feel so happy and uplifted when I read her writing." Of course, it's so much fun to read about Harper!!

Thank you for all that you do. You're doing an excellent job.

Prissy Southern Prep said...

I liked your bank post! I hope that you, Scott, and Harper enjoy your long weekend!

Janie said...

We used the same system and well we're still adapting and making daily sacrifices. Four kids later, really put a strain on our budget but its like you said, IT IS WORTH IT! Have a great weekend!

Linds said...

I agree with all 3 points, except for drawing out of your emergency fund... if you're having to supplement your income, then you haven't cut corners enough IMO. We've always lived off of just my husband's income, because we knew I would be a SAHM someday. Thankfully it helped make the transition SUPER easy, and we're actually saving more now that I am home and we're on one income than when we were DINK's.

sabrina said...

great post, but i have to ask- how old are you? the post said you worked for 14 years after college, but you look my age (26ish)!

Silvy said...

great article! organized, precise, and practical in application! i'm excited to read more!

The White's said...

Very nice post on the bank's website. You gave great advice without getting too indepth and losing the readers attention.

I have never commented before and wanted to let you know I really enjoy reading your blog. You are so cheerful and seem to have such a great outlook on things. Plus, Harper is such a little cutie. I love to see her pictures.

- Marci

Established in 2008 said...

I loved the article, Kelly! I don't know that I will ever be able to be a SAHM because I am a teacher and my husband makes LESS than me... AH! But I trust that God will provide for what he wants. Anyways, I posted about you and your article in my frugal blog. It's for people near Raleigh, NC.

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And a God who gave life it's name?
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KK said...

A great guest post for the bank:) Like I've said before, you are wise beyond your years!
And thanks so much for sharing the precious picture of Harper. Love that smile:)
Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend and blessings always,
Kaye
Matthew 21:22

Sonya said...

She is so stinking cute!! Keep the pictures coming.

Julie said...

Great post for the bank and super cute picture of Harper!!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Cool, can't wait to read what you wrote about for the bank!

Nina said...

Kelly, I just love your blog and you are truly inspirational every day. I've been told for awhile to start my own blog, but have been hesitant and scared. Of what? I have no idea. Ha! I read your blog a couple of weeks ago about when you first got started with blogging and it has inspired me to start my own, http://omglookwhatninaseating.blogspot.com/. I wrote my first blog entry today. If you have time, check it out and if you want to leave a comment. Thank you for making me happy each day. :)

Claire said...

Have a lovely weekend, sweetie!

Cxx

Tara G. said...

Wise words!

How is your dad?

Caroline said...

GREAT article. My husband and I are just starting to read Dave Ramsey books and control our finances more wisely.
We are in Bentonville, visiting the family. We might be at church tomorrow, so If I see you I'll stop and say hi.
Have a great L day weekend!

Amy said...

Harper is too cute!

Can't wait to read your article. I could use some new advice on money issues. Saving for Disney is a little difficult right now.

And while you are cheering for your Hogs, I'll be cheering for my Nittany Lions, yeah baby! ;-)

tahnie said...
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tahnie said...

What about the money you make from your blog? Do you put all of that away?

Just curious!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Wonderful advice in the post you wrote. There are so many ways to save money these days. I live by my motto: "Make money by saving money". I wanted so bad to be able to stay home with my daughter that we made lots of plans also to make it happen. Being diligent about saving money made it seem like I was actually making money...in essence it became my job. :) Now it's more of an game/obsession to see how cheap I can buy things for.

Finewineanddiapers said...

I loved your article for your local bank, esp #1. We paid off all our debt before we got pregnant (other than our mortgage.) It give you such piece of mind and although I think some would think it is not doable, with some discipline it really is, and it gives you extra money to spend on things like baby clothes :) I would rather buy a new outfit for my son than spend it on interest!