11 Beautiful, Free Organizers

If you’ll recall, one of my goals for 2015 was storing food in the event of a natural disaster.

This means researching, buying, and mostly, organizing all of that food so that it’s up off the ground, easy to find, and away from the main part of our house, lest my family steals food from it whenever they felt like it.  While I was working on that massive project, that got me looking critically at the rest of my house, and seeing areas in my bathroom, linen closet, kitchen, and even the bedrooms that could really use some organization – or maybe a whole lot of it!

But, I don’t have the funds to go out and drop hundred of $’s on cute, new, expensive organizers, so I had to improvise.  Of course, I took to Pinterest, and you know what I found?  YOu can organize your entire house with stuff you already have on hand, and it’sll be hust as cute as buying new totes and baskets! [Read More…]

5 Awesome Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

If you haven’t heard, I’m and accountant.

And I love it.

But it’s tax season.

Hopefully tax season has been awesome for you (ahem – refund!) but for us accountants it’s a pretty tough time of year!  We work 70-90 hour weeks and are entrusted with people’s livelihoods and their very personal information.

But it’s totally worth it, because so many people look forward to their tax return each year!  Despite what you have heard about it being “bad” to receive a tax return, I’m here to tell you that there’s really nothing wrong with getting a large tax return.

It’s all about knowing yourself - how much money you need to live on each month and whether or not you can control your spending if your paycheck has less tax withholding and more take-home pay.  I’ve seen people successfully use their tax return as a form of savings account because they know they’re more responsible with a big chunk of change each year than with smaller amounts each month or paycheck.

And it’s totally OK!  Here are some great ways – some responsible and some not so much! – to spend your tax refund this year! [Read More…]

Inspiration Tuesday #4

Welcome to Inspiration Tuesday #4!

Last week, we talked about keeping life in perspective (you can view last week’s here).  So tell me, what happened during last week that you were able to keep in perspective?

For me, it was just a small thing – my dog ran down the stairs and bumped me while I was holding a soda and my daughter.  Of course, I dropped the soda rather than my daughter to keep from falling down the stairs, but it made a huge mess!  I had just steam cleaned the basement carpet the day before, and I was livid!

For a bit, I had forgotten about last week’s Inspiration, but after she went to bed, and I sat down at my computer to get some work done, I saw my desktop background: “Frame every so-called disaster with these words: In 5 years, will this matter?”

Sure, I’ll spend an hour steam cleaning the carpet again, but I won’t remember doing it in a week, much less in 5 years.

So, what were you able to keep in perspective last week? [Read More…]

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Best Amazon Deals 3/23/15

Welcome to the newest weekly post on Retired by 40!  I shop regularly on Amazon, because not only are there thousands of easy ways to earn FREE Amazon gift cards, Amazon has amazing prices on a lot of baby and household good! Prices on Amazon have a habit of changing quickly - so be sure to jump on ... read more


3 Strategic Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence with Abreva® Cream

I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore. If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know it isn’t easy to feel confident when you get one. With the first sign of a cold sore coming on I reach for Abreva® Cream to get rid ... read more