Monthly Archive: September 2016

A Credit Card Strategy for Families on a Budget

You’ve seen the travel blogs that advertise various credit cards with lucrative sign-up bonuses and how to leverage those points and miles into first class flights and luxury hotels. It’s pretty enticing and inspiring. Unfortunately, acquiring those credit card bonuses often require spending a minimum of $3,000 (per card) within three months. When you’re on a budget, that can be a challenge. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun. It just means you have to re-adjust your expectations and develop a credit card strategy that can benefit your family.


Three Chocolate Options for Kids with a Milk Allergy

Growing up, chocolate milk was one of my favorite drinks. It still is. I remember watching a sitcom when I was younger where someone poured chocolate syrup in their mouth, took a swig of milk, and then swished the two ingredients around in their mouth. Of course I tried it. It was pretty awesome. I’m a little bummed that our little one won’t be able to do stupid stuff like that. With her allergy to cow’s milk, we wondered how or when she could taste the goodness that is chocolate. Fortunately there are plenty of options out there, but there are three products that particularly stand out in our household.

Chocolate Silk

This was the first chocolate product that we gave to our daughter. Since she can’t have cow’s milk or actual chocolate, Chocolate Silk worked out fine. First, it’s soy milk. Second, the chocolate flavoring comes from cocoa. If you’re like me, you might be wondering what’s the difference between chocolate and cocoa. The main difference between the two is that chocolate includes cocoa butter, while cocoa does not.


The Best Shoes to Wear to Disneyland

I took a family trip to Disneyland back in 2007 and aside from some good times, one of the things I remember most was how much my feet hurt at the end of the first day. I wasn’t wearing the best shoes for Disneyland. It felt so good to take my shoes off at the end of the day. By the next morning, my feet felt fine. I was ready for day two at the park. I even stopped off to get some of those gel inserts you put into the shoes to make it more comfortable. About an hour in, my feet were in pain again. I don’t even know how I made it through the rest of the day.


It’s Labor Day and I’m Part of the Labor Force Again

Being unemployed with a family to take care of is a nerve-wracking situation. I was laid off from my job late in 2015. I didn’t think it would take that long to get back into the work force but was I wrong. I was wrong by a lot. It ended up being about 10 months before I was able to find my new (part-time) job, which I just started in the past week. They say everything happens for a reason, and certain things are meant to be. Although I’m not working full-time, I believe this opportunity is a great fit given the way things have evolved.