Blog Round-Up: Week of December 15, 2014

Blog Round-Up: Week of December 15, 2014

This is the last weekend before Christmas and I can’t believe we’re heading into the home stretch. It’s a cliche but it’s also true — time flies! The girls are officially on Christmas vacation after today, so there will be two extremely happy girls meeting me at the door tonight. I’m looking forward to spending time with them, although they are probably more excited about Santa Claus. šŸ™‚

A Weekly Recap

This week I shared the 3 Gifts Every Parent Needs to Give Their Kids. We spend hours trying to find the gifts on our children’s wish list, but these 3 gifts will be the best presents you give your kids. I also shared a fun infographic on Unusual Christmas Traditions. I loved learning about the different, albeit odd, traditions or customs celebrated around the world. Read it with your kids as they will enjoy learning how Christmas is celebrated across the globe.

A Few Good Reads

Here are my favorite posts from the past week. Enjoy!

Shannon from Financially Blonde featured The Ridde on her Music Monday series in honor of her son, Will. I agree wholeheartedly that money shouldn’t be an unsolvable riddle and the sooner we talk to kids about money, the less of a riddle money becomes.

Grayson motivated us with his staff post at Frugal Rules in In Just Two Days, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday – Start Now! It’s very easy to let fear paralyze us and to put off doing what needs to be done for another day. As Grayson reminds us, there is a price to pay for our delay too.

Liz at Budgeting For More shared her Big Goal for 2015 with us and her plan to focus on mindfulness. We have a natural tendency to either focus on the future or get stuck in the past, so this is a good reminder to appreciate what we have right now.

Kassandra from More Than Just Money asked us to Stop with The Wanting. This is more than just your typical want versus need post. Kassandra challenges us to stop merely wanting and start taking action on the things we want for ourselves and our family.

Laurie aka The Frugal Farmer asked us Are You Acting in Your Best Interests? This is a great piece to read as you set goals for 2015 to ensure that your goals are truly in alignment with what you want for yourself and your family.

Well, that’s a wrap. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Any big plans?


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December 19, 2014  •  12 Comments  •  Uncategorized

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  1. Friday, December 19th, 2014
    I can't believe Christmas is almost here either! We're going to be busy this weekend wrapping up some client work so we can take most of next week off with the kiddos. Thanks much for mentioning Grayson's post, I appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 21st, 2014
      You're welcome, John! I'm in the same boat - trying to wrap everything up so I can enjoy as much time with my family as possible. I hope you had a great weekend too!
  2. Friday, December 19th, 2014
    Thank you SO much for including my post Shannon! This weekend we are catching up with friends before the holidays which will be nice, and hubby and I have a date night planned tonight and I can't remember the last time we went out. He and Will are both done with school from this afternoon until the first week of January. I hope you enjoy your weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 21st, 2014
      Date night are so special and rare these days, so I hope you and Mr FB had a great one! The girls are on vacation now too and loving it. :) I hope you had a great weekend too!
  3. Friday, December 19th, 2014
    Shannon, I truly appreciate the support that you have shown for my blog and I wish you and your family an enjoyable holiday season! I will not be working for the next two weeks and I cannot wait to decompress and focus on what matters to many of us the most, our families.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 21st, 2014
      You're very welcome, Kassandra! I love your blog. :) Good for you for taking some time off and focusing on what matters most! And best wishes to you and your family for a blessed holiday season too!
  4. Saturday, December 20th, 2014
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon! So excited for you guys that you get to spend extra time together and enjoy the holidays. We have several family gatherings planned over the next two weeks - SO excited about that! Have a very, very Merry Christmas, my friend. :-)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 21st, 2014
      You're welcome, Laurie! There is so much going on but it's all good stuff. :) I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas too, Laurie!
  5. Thursday, December 25th, 2014
    Thank you Shannon for putting up the article on gifts parents can give to their kids. I'd actually follow your advice. I would be more open on the topic of money to them. I feel it's the right time they know how to make value-based decisions with money. Merry Christmas!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Saturday, December 27th, 2014
      Thank you, Jayson! It's so important for kids to learn how to make value-based decisions with their money and to feel confident in how they use it. Merry Christmas to you too!
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