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Blog Round-Up: Week of June 23, 2014

Blog Roundup: Week of June 23, 2014

Wow — it’s been a crazy week. First, thank you to everyone I reached out to help promote The Lemonade Stand. Your enthusiasm humbles me. I am incredibly thankful for your support and for everyone who reads this blog. Summer is in full swing here, so there are lots activities going on, including celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Kay! šŸ™‚ I thank you for raising a wonderful son, husband and father and being a wonderful mother-in-law and grandma.

A Week in Review

On Monday, I posted 4 Smart Money Moves to Make this Summer. It’s easy to get caught up in all the summer fun, but don’t neglect your finances either. Take advantage of a more relaxed schedule (hopefully) to make sure you’re still on track to achieve your goals and to put a little extra money in your pocket.

I also had an outstanding guest post from Brian who blogs over at Luke 1428. Brian is a former finance teacher and shared the money topics high school students are eager to discuss. Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to read, and we assume they aren’t interested in learning about money. But as Brian shares, they absolutely do care and nobody is talking to them, which is such a missed opportunity. This is a must read for parents with teenagers!

Special thanks to Budget and the Beach and Debt Debs for mentioning The Heavy Purse. I appreciate your support!

A Few Good Reads

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

Natalie aka The Finance Girl shared 6 Strategies to Keep You Focused on What’s Important. We get pulled in so many different directions these days that is so easy to lose sight of what really matters. Natalie had some excellent tips to keep you focused and on track.

Andrew at Living Rich Cheaply asked us Why Aren’t Nerds Popular? He took a fascinating look at why doing well in school is often put down, rather than celebrated. He also invited bloggers living outside the U.S. to share how “nerds” are viewed in their country.

Laurie, also known as The Frugal Farmer, had a wonderful staff post at Debt Roundup on developing a Success Mindset. She and her family are working hard to eliminate debt and realized how avoiding the “It’s only” mindset is putting them on the right track to achieve financial freedom.

J Money at Budgets Are Sexy reminded me of how effective Physical Triggers are when it comes to setting goals. A visual reminder of what you want to achieve not only keeps you motivated (and form long-lasting habits), it also makes it much harder for you to ignore your goals when they are staring you in the face.

Anna from Are You Gonna Eat That had some HUGE news to share in her Almost July Updates and the Padawan Edition. Yup, you guessed it. Anna is pregnant! I know that Anna and B are going to be tremendous parents with a son who will certainly be a diehard Star Wars fan. Be sure to head over to Anna’s blog and give her your well-wishes.

Well, that a wrap for this week. What are your weekend plans?

Success Tip: You can buy clearance summer clothes and swimsuits for yourself and spouse, but unless you are very confident what size your children will be next summer, I would wait. Kids always seem to grow faster or slower than we expect. It’s not a bargain if you end up with clothes that don’t fit them next summer.


The Heavy Purse Store is now open! My new downloadable Money Club Workbooks are now on sale. Each workbook provides five targeted lessons to help you raise Financially Confident Kids. Please check them out in The Heavy Purse Store.

June 27, 2014  •  15 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Happy birthday to Kay!! I always thank my mother-in-law for raising a wonderful son who is not only a supportive hubby but a loving daddy. And I can't wait to get my hands on the Lemonade Stand! I have something fun planned for it on my blog. We are off to a family birthday celebration this weekend and the STYX concert (hubby's uncle manages them) on Saturday. Enjoy your weekend!!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      I can't wait to see what you have planned, Shannon! You always do such creative things! :) I hope the STYX concert was fun - it definitely sounds fun to me! :)
  2. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Thanks for the mention Shannon! Summer definitely is a busy time. My son's first birthday is coming up soon! Time flies. And then the following weekend, we going up to Boston to celebrate my grandmother's 92nd birthday.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      Their first birthday party is always so much fun, even though they have no idea what's going on or really care. It's really for Mom and Dad and all the relatives, but it's a memory you'll treasure forever! 92 years - that's amazing. Happy birthday to your son and Grandma!
  3. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Happy Birthday to your Mother-in-Law! I can't believe it's summer already! I think we have every weekend filled with something for the next two months and then we have our road trip out to San Diego and after that the summer will start to wrap up - crazy to think about. Like Shannon, I'm looking forward to getting that book. :) Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      Yes, your big road trip to San Diego is coming up fast! You and Nicole are brave. I don't know if I would venture that big of a road trip. :) Summer is flying by, but it does this every year. Hope you had a great weekend too!
  4. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Hey Shannon, glad to hear your store is now open and thanks for the awesome list of good reads!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      You're welcome, Josh! :)
  5. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Thanks for passing on the good word! Great articles (and bloggers) here. Happy weekend :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      No problem, J Money! Happy Weekend to you too!
  6. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Thanks for the love, Shannon! I cannot believe we're heading into July already! Summer is the fastest and most fun time of the year for me. I hope you have a great weekend!
  7. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Thank you for mentioning Laurie's awesome post on DR. I appreciate your support Shannon and I can't wait to read the book. I will be painting this weekend, so nothing new ;)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      You're welcome, DC. It was a great post and I'm always happy to support Debt Roundup! Painting - the joys of moving. :)
  8. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Thank you so much for the kind mention and the wonderful words of encouragement - I'm lucky to have amazing PF role models who are also parents! I can't wait to read the book, Shannon, thank you for giving me the opportunity and have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      You're welcome, Anna! I am so happy for you as I know becoming a Mom was a role you were anxious to start and will be amazing at! Thank you for being one of my reviewers, Anna! I appreciate it! Hope you had a great weekend too!
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