Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of November 17, 2014

Blog Round-Up: Week of November 17, 2014

Last weekend we held Lauren’s birthday party. She is now 11 years old, which I believe makes her an official tween. I’m not sure if I’m ready to be a Mom to a tween! šŸ™‚ Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I’m enjoying a little R&R over the holiday, so I’m more than ready. How about you? I hope everyone has a little rest and relaxation planned over the holiday for themselves too.

A Weekly Recap

We are just days away from Black Friday, so on Monday, I shared How To Make Black Friday a Saving Success. There are definitely good deals to be found, but you need to have a plan to make sure you stay on budget too. On Wednesday, Tanya shared some great Money Saving Apps to Use on Black Friday or anytime you go shopping.

Special thanks to Financially Blonde, Color Me Frugal, Shoeaholic No More for mentioning The Heavy Purse this past week. I appreciate the support.

A Few Good Reads

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

John from Frugal Rules asked How Long Do You Want Student Loans For?” Debt is something people have become resigned to having. And while most people will incur some debt within their lifetime (mortgage/student loans), how we view it definitely affects our ability to eliminate too.

Dee over at Color Me Frugal had a very interesting post on Kids and Advertising: The Startling Impact on Your Wallet. As a parent, the desire to provide a good life to your kids is so strong, and advertisers know this and use it to their advantage. A great read that I recommend for every parent who regularly hears “I want” at the store.

Michelle from Shop My Closet Project asked us Why Aren’t You Writing Down Your Hopes, Wishes and Dreams? I am a big believer in goal-setting and hopes, wishes and dreams are just unrealized goals. Write them down and you’ll be surprised how many come true over time as Michelle experienced herself.

Michelle at Making Sense of Cents shared 8 Things You Can Do to Stop Being Afraid so You can Be Rich, Happy and Successful. Sometimes I think we fear being successful more than we fear failure. Michelle provides some solid advice to help remove our fears, so we can instead enjoy fulfilling lives.

Joe at Stacking Benjamins reminded us that A Well-Rounded Education Is More Than Just Grades. He shared how the things he learned outside of the classroom played a role in who he became, just as his son is now learning too.

As a holiday bonus, be sure to visit Tanya over at Eat Laugh Purr for a huge Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up featuring a variety of delicious dishes.

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Are you getting ready to host a big Thanksgiving dinner or are you the lucky guest? Regardless, I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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November 21, 2014  •  13 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, November 21st, 2014
    Someone told me yesterday there are only 5 Fridays until Christmas. How can that be?
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      I think they got a little bit ahead of themselves ā€¦ thankfully! I'm not ready for Christmas yet! :)
  2. Friday, November 21st, 2014
    We are hosting my family next week, so this weekend is full on Thanksgiving prep. The challenge we have this year is that half the guests have a gluten allergy, so we really need to sit and think through everything we plan to put out for everyone. I hope you guys have a great weekend!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      Oh my. That definitely make it tough when you have lots of guests who have special food requirements. I hope you had a great weekend too and got lots of things done for Thanksgiving.
  3. Friday, November 21st, 2014
    Our Thanksgiving will likely be a very quiet one but at least both DH and I will be home and not on the road, so I am very thankful for that! Have a great week-end Shannon.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      That's fantastic, Kassandra! I know you and DH have crazy schedules so I'm glad you two can be in the same spot together for a few days to celebrate.
  4. Friday, November 21st, 2014
    Happy Birthday to Lauren! Our oldest will be there in 4 years and can't believe she's that close. :) We're hosting everyone on my Dad's side of the family, so I think we'll need some R & R after that. ;) Thanks for the mention Shannon, I really appreciate it. Hope you have a good weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      Thanks, John! It's amazing how quickly time flies. Some days I have to pinch myself. :) You'll definitely a little R&R after the big feast. I love hosting but it's a lot of work!
  5. Friday, November 21st, 2014
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon! We have family coming into town starting this weekend- more than usual, since we are having our daughter's baptism the weekend after Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to plenty of family time!

    Happy birthday to Lauren!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      The "firsts" are such a special time. Your daughter won't remember, but you will forever. It sounds like you have a very busy but special week ahead of you. Have fun with your family!
  6. Friday, November 21st, 2014
    Thank you so much for the mention. Appreciated! :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      You're welcome, Michelle!
  7. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    I am hosting the Thanksgiving this year! My parents and brothers are coming over. So excited to celebrate it with them and to cook the most awaited Turkey! I've already got the recipe. Thanks for the link suggestions Shannon.
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    "As a Certified Financial Planner, it is my passion to help individuals and families build a healthy relationship with money. I look forward to helping you raise financially confident kids.ā€ - Shannon Ryan