Mystery Shopping Company Review: MaritzCX

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MaritzCX is the largest custom research company in the United States and is among the top 15 largest in the world. They offer a ton of mystery shopping jobs for clients in banking, oil & gas, home improvement, cell phone, and other retail businesses. I have been mystery shopping for MaritzCX since 2014 and have […]

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Is it writer’s block if you aren’t sure where to begin again?

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Hi everybody! <insert The Simpson’s  “Hi Dr. Nick!” response> So, is it writer’s block if I don’t know where to begin after all this time. I have so many good ideas, great ideas even. I started outlining a book, twice actually. I have a notebook and countless sticky notes with jotted down ideas for articles. I […]

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How to Choose an Online Budgeting Tool

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Budgeting has come a long way since my first Excel spreadsheet budget that I used back in college. I had all the line items, the amount budgeted, and I could enter each item I bought and the macro would subtract it from the amount budgeted. And really, back in 2003 that was super fancy for […]

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Catching Up: Meet my Baby!

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Well now. Life has been busy and it has been full of many things, but blogging has not been one of them. Where have I been? In August, I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl weighing in at 7 lbs,  8oz and 20 inches long. She is now over 13 lbs and […]

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Buying Our First Home: Part 2


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This is Part 2 in a series. You can read Part 1 here. We first began looking at homes online through Zillow (geez, I can lose hours on Zillow) to see what was available, checked out a couple of open houses, and contacted Quicken Loans to get a quote on a mortgage. We pulled our […]

April 9, 2015

Buying Our First Home: Part 1


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We are officially homeowners now! My husband and I just closed on our first home and we are beaming with boundless excitement, hope, and possibilities that come with buying a home that we hope to grow into for years to come. Our home buying story began last spring. My husband and I had been talking […]

March 4, 2015

Springboard America Review


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If you are looking for a survey site that won’t ask you the same old questions about your favorite soda or air freshener, check out Springboard America. Springboard America is a legitimate survey site that offers surveys on topics like politics and current events so its not the same repetitive surveys on advertising and commercial products. They […]

February 6, 2015

Catching Up


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Well then, happy Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. It’s been a long time hasn’t it? Where the hell have I been? Traveling for work, busy as hell, sick, working on buying a house (yay!). SO much going on. The real deal is that I was traveling for three months for […]

January 25, 2015