Arm Yourself Against ID Theft With A Fellowes Shredder! #IDSafetySeason @FellowesInc #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Fellowes Inc. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.       Most of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I was recently the victim of identity theft.  Fortunately, I found out about it because many people continue to be victimized for years without ever knowing that it was even taking place.  Having the opportunity to review a state-of-the-art P-12C Fellowes paper shredder couldn't have come at a more opportune time for me with this unfortunate recent turn of events...     We receive a lot of mail and junk mail here at our home and I always spend hours ripping it all up meticulously so that predators will not be able to access our personal information.  These criminals have been known to sift through people's garbage just to read through discarded documents and mail in order to steal their identities.  Due to this recent experience of … [Read more...]

Are You Raising Materialistic Kids?

         This evening I spent at least four hours cleaning out my sons' closets and weeding out any clothes that do not fit them anymore.  By the time I was done, I had three large garbage bags full of clothes that they have outgrown and their closets and dresser drawers are still full of new clothes and old clothes that are the right size. It really got me to thinking that perhaps it is time to cut down on buying clothes for them because it just seems like they have too much of everything.      My husband and I take full responsibility for overindulging both of my sons with material things.  It's not that we are very materialistic ourselves or that we value material possessions over abstract things like character or integrity.  Our children are very well mannered and we spend a lot of time talking to them about being humble and appreciating everything that they have.  They don't spend time talking about all the things they have and they get excellent grades in school to … [Read more...]

Juggling, Sacrificing, and Parenting

        My husband is starting a second job on Saturday. He is a licensed exterminator by trade and he received an offer to work part-time on Saturdays doing just that. I wasn't sure how I felt about this when he first brought it up because we haven't been struggling financially, thank goodness, and it caught me by surprise. His reasons for wanting to do this are that he wants us to pay down our debt faster and become debt free. Obviously, I couldn't argue with those reasons because I would love to be completely debt-free and to waste our hard earned money on more enjoyable things than paying bills.     I'm still conflicted over the whole thing because I feel that it is time that will take him away from the family.  After all, I work full time all week during the day and he works full time during the week at night so the weekend is really the best time for us to spend time together and catch up on family time.  Against my better judgment, I am trying to be supportive because … [Read more...]