Sunday, August 12, 2012

Grammy Winner Allee Willis to Wow with "Badeya Baby" Show September 21 & 22, 2012


If you've ever grooved or sang along to Earth, Wind & Fire's hit September then thank Grammy winning songwriter Allee Willis, the Queen of Kitsch. I've introduced you to Allee before and here's more exciting news...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Adventures in First-Time Home Buying: Ponying Up the Money

Saving My Money to Buy a Dream


I'll be honest, when I decided to purchase a house I knew about having money for a down payment and closing costs, but was naive about other expenses.  I've never been good with managing my money nor have I been good at saying "no" to others who ask when it comes to fundraisers - raising funds to provide wigs for bald squirrels? If you asked, I probably donated to your cause.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Adventures in First-Time Home Buying

I've been meaning to gather my thoughts since March on this topic to share my adventures in first-time home buying. Yes, at 42-years-old, I have not had the pleasure of owning my residence and going through the process of becoming a homeowner honestly scares me. Both from a long-term commitment and financial perspectives. A 30-year mortgage means I'm tied to it 'til I'm 72???

Since leaving home for college, I haven't lived in one place for more than four years, right now I've just hit my four-year anniversary with both my employer and residence. Am I ready to plant some roots?

I'm in the inspection and assessment process right now of a Southwest Florida home. Since I'm seeking a USDA loan (yes, the United States Department of Agriculture offers 100 percent loans for those looking to live in what they consider "rural" areas), the process is a little more "regiment" (i.e.: nerve-wracking!) compared to if I was a cash-buyer or conventional loan. Since the Southwest Florida real estate market is hot, I was lucky to have an offer accepted.

Stay tuned for cheers and tears from this first-time home buyer.



Monday, April 09, 2012

2012 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Heidi-hoe! During the month of April I'm posting a different letter of the alphabet over on SoloTravelGirl.com as part of the 2012 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Pop on over and see what I have to say about each letter.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

*CLOSED* Ice Cream Anyone? Giveaway for a $10 Ben & Jerry's Gift Card

*This Giveaway has Ended*

Happy Spring! To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway for a $10 gift card valid at participating Ben & Jerry’s® Scoop Shops in the United States. Better hurry, you have until the end of April to enter. Head on over to my SoloTravelGirl.com blog for deets. 

Good luck!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I've Been Enjoying the Golf Balls of Life


Howdy! Yeah, it's Feb. 19, 2012, and this is my first post on this blog of the year. Can I still call it the new year?

Yeah, I still have something to say, however, I'm finding managing multiple blogs, maintaining a full-time (with health benefits - which I'll elaborate how important that is in a future post), freelance gigs and a social life is well, hard. My mom forwarded me an email this morning that reminded me it's OK to go out and enjoy life.