The 5 Things You Must Do When Having A Child

Granted all you want to do is stare lovingly at the magical being you and your partner created, there are five things that you MUST do when having a child for the first time. I heard Jim Gaffigan once describe life before kids as almost perfect — you get to sleep in on the weekends, get to do whatever you want at night, eat at great restaurants, have extra money for the things you like, have a clean house all the time… and then you get to thinking, “you know what would make this even better? Let’s have A KID!” My wife and I had that very discussion back in 2002 which led to the birth of our daughter in 2003. I remember coming home from the hospital with our little pink bundle, Piper, thinking, “surely I have to get someone to sign off on my ability as a parent?!” Yet, everyday, millions of new moms and dads take their little bundles of joy home and spend hours upon hours just staring at them, totally unaware of the fact that life as they once knew it, is over. The new life — the one with kids in the picture — changes what needs to be done almost overnight, yet there is no operator’s manual, no instruction guide. Most new parents rely on the guidance of their own, or at the very least their friends who are in the know, when making first baby moves. Here are the 5 things you …

Car Care 101: 3 Proactive Ways to Keep Your Car Running

For the record, car care is not an emergency. Cars, as much as they might be an asset/worth something if you want to sell it, are really a big honkin’ liability. They cost money. And it’s the least fun money to spend. If I can help you understand in this article what it takes most people years (um, me) to learn about their car, then I’ve done my duty. Find a Reliable Mechanic Mechanics tend to get a bad rap — and that’s because some of them fix things on your car that either don’t need fixing to squeeze more money out of you, or they suck at their jobs and you pay them for half-hearted work. Ugh, neither of those are good things. Find a mechanic who will explain what’s wrong with your car in simple terms, allowing you to ask questions and learn what they’re talking about. My mechanic is amazing. Everyone at his shop is dedicated to quality work. Sure, I think I pay a bit of a premium dollar-wise by going to them, versus some other shop, but I also know that my car is being thoroughly cared for. The best part? I don’t have to ask my dad all of these questions. It’d be great if I could, but he lives 70 miles away, and there’s a point where I need to take care of my own car and not rely on him to do it for me. Shout out: Major props to my dad for …

4 Reasons To Start A Side Hustle

Wouldn’t it be nice to have multiple streams of income? Even better, wouldn’t it be nice to make money doing something you love? Creating a side hustle not only can stimulate your bank account but can stimulate your mind and soul. There are many reasons to start a side hustle. For me, it was a way to go to school, pursue my dreams, and make extra money. I worked for a cosmetic company for years and loved it. However, the hours were insane and did not allow me to pursue my other passion, finance. I took my network and knowledge of the makeup industry and started my own side hustle. I spent my weekends making brides beautiful. It gave me a creative outlet and a way to make people feel special. By building a side hustle I was able to pursue my dreams and energize my life. Here’s why you need to start your own side hustle TODAY: Side Hustle Reason #1: It will give you an outlet to be creative What could be better than making extra cash and doing something you are excited about. You might love your job but I am sure you also have other hobbies that excite you. Starting a side hustle allows you to develop a creative outlet. When you are creative and use your brain in different ways, it helps inspire you in all aspects of your life. It can also stimulate and expand your mind. You will soon be filled with unlimited …