Love It or Cut It…IHG Premier and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless

Chase IHG and Marriott Bonvoy

It’s about that time again! Every year when the membership fee hits my account, its a reminder to assess if the credit card in question is still providing enough value to justify keeping it open. And like clockwork, the fees for my Chase IHG Premier and Marriott Bonvoy cards showed up on my Personal Capital … Read moreLove It or Cut It…IHG Premier and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless

A Family That Travels Together: A Look Back at Our U.S. Travel History

Places we've been in the US

“If you want a happy life, do hard things” – Unknown. And as it turns out, traveling with kids is really hard! So I expect to be extremely happy. Although 2019 isn’t over yet, Im just too excited to share what our US Family Map should look like by the end of the of the … Read moreA Family That Travels Together: A Look Back at Our U.S. Travel History

Escaping The Rate Race…The Status Quo Strategy

After being introduced to Michael of Uncommon Dream by the one and only Paula Pant of Afford Anything, I knew I found another member of my tribe. In the podcast, Michael discussed 7 strategies that he developed to escape the rate race, which is ultimately what I am after. After listening to him and then … Read moreEscaping The Rate Race…The Status Quo Strategy

Family Spending (Budget) Plan: October 2019

October was another great month for our wallet. And it could of been our lowest spending month YTD, except that I made a bonehead mistake while booking a rental car for an upcoming trip to Orlando I use Personal Capital to keep track of our spending. Given how many different cards we use to manage our household … Read moreFamily Spending (Budget) Plan: October 2019

You should be c(u)ming and going…Relationship advice from Chris Rock!

“…If you’re in a relationship, all you should be doing is fucking and going places. That’s all you should be doing. Having sex and traveling…You should be cuming and going. Thats all you should be doing…” – Chris Rock I was watching Chris Rock’s special on Netflix – Tamborine, and this line stood out to … Read moreYou should be c(u)ming and going…Relationship advice from Chris Rock!

Family Spending (Budget) Plan: September 2019

September 2019 Budget

September was our lowest spending month in 2019. And we needed that to balance out the set backs we had in June and July. Overall, it was a low-key month in terms of spending, so this should be a short post! It appears that our net-worth jumped by 71K in the last 3 months, but … Read moreFamily Spending (Budget) Plan: September 2019

“The World Doesn’t Stop, So Please Live On”: Writing and Delivering Your Own Eulogy

I’ve heard over and over from life long learners that going through the exercise of writing your own eulogy is a visualization technique that can help make changes in the way we currently live our lives. So when the time came to deliver a social speech in my Toastmaster curriculum, I jumped at the opportunity … Read more“The World Doesn’t Stop, So Please Live On”: Writing and Delivering Your Own Eulogy

Perfect for a Family Weekend Getaway: A Review of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Executive Summary The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort in Cambridge, MD is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway. Its a 1.5-2hr drive from a lot of places in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area, including major airports (BWI, and DCA for example). Although the cash rates can get pricey depending on … Read morePerfect for a Family Weekend Getaway: A Review of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Family Spending (Budget) Plan: July 2019

I use Personal Capital to keep track of my finances. Given how many different cards we use to manage our household finances, I find that this is the best free online tool available to help me keep track. On to the numbers! Car / Transportation We have 2 cars, both of which are paid off, … Read moreFamily Spending (Budget) Plan: July 2019