This weekend has been a tough one. As I noted on noted on Friday, there is quite a bit of stress and worry on my wife Sondra’s side of the family right now, at they wonder how things will end up working out for her grandmother. There’s not much I can really do to make Sondra feel better, unfortunately; no matter how much I’d love to make her laugh and smile again, it’s going to take some time until everything has been resolved (and given the likely resolution, probably some time after that for her to recover).
While we’re waiting to hear some news, I’m doing what I can, mainly trying to give my wife a chance to rest and relax as things progress. It means I’m spending more time this weekend taking care of our little baby (not that I don’t already do a lot to care for her, but I digress). I covered all the feeding, changing, and playing with Laney yesterday, which was a nice reminder of just how much time and effort goes into caring for a five month old child (even before you factor in the added fun of caring for an attention-craving dog.)
It was an interesting day, to say the less, and a nice reminder of how difficult the task of ‘stay-at-home parent’ really is. It’s days like yesterday that greatly increase my respect for all the stay-at-home moms out there, to say nothing of all those moms who can do that and still have the energy to do something like blogging. I’ll definitely have to check out more of those blogs, so I’ll have some excellent examples to share as:
Great Yakezie Posts
Lost Someone You Love? Consider Still Celebrating Their Birthday – This entry seems surprisingly appropriate for my current situation. The suggestion from Mom’s Plans might be a good way to deal with a major loss in life.
Reading Books on the Cheap – I love reading and I love saving money, so I definitely enjoyed this article on Out of Debt Again. I’m an online store fan myself, but keeping all the options to read in mind is a plus.
The Truly Best Jobs in The World – There’s a lot of discussion out there about what are the best jobs in the world, and here the Financial Samurai shares his. Despite forgetting ‘research scientist’, his choices are pretty good.
3 Painless Ways to Be Frugal – If you hope to succeed in life, you need to save money in your life. Luckily, it’s not always a major task; as Everything Finance notes, there are some easy ways to cut your spending.
5 Surprising Ways to Supersize Your Family Vacation – Vacation season is nearly upon us, and finding ways to enjoy yourself without spending a bundle can be tricky. Luckily The Free Financial Advisor has some advice.
Frugal Alternatives to a Genealogical Road Trip – Want to learn more about your ancestors? You could go to visit some of your relatives, or you could take advantage of some of the methods noted on Frugal Confessions to learn about your family without spending too much.
My Tips to Having a Good Test Drive at Car Dealerships – Taking a test drive is a good way to get a feel for a car you want to drive. But to get the most out of the experience, you should follow a few tips, as note by Well Heeled Blog.
Why Everyone Should Care About the IRS Targeting Conservative Groups – There’s a lot about this (for lack of a better word) scandal in the news lately, but this article on Don’t Quit Your Day Job is one of the most balanced and least hysterical I’ve seen.
Contests and Giveaways
- You Want These Macarons – That’s the right spelling, according to Surviving and Thriving. Enter by 7 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, May 21st for a chance to win a collection of fifteen macarons.
- Samsung UN50EH6000 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV! – There’s a multi-blog contest ongoing, with The Frugal Path being one host. Enter by May 31st for a chance to win.
- Steampunk Light Bulb Flash Drive – It’s amazing the neat things that exist out there, and this USB drive in the shape of a light bulb is definitely an interesting one. Enter on Take Our Stuff (where else?) for a chance to win.
Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured
Since I’ve been in a home-making mood for most of the weekend, my guide to 15 More Organic Homemade Cleaning Products seems quite appropriate, and also managed to get featured in a few carnivals, including:
- Finance Carnival for Young Adults at WILDaboutFinance
- Carnival of MoneyPros at My Personal Finance Journey
Alright, that rounds things out for this week’s round-up. Now it’s time for me to get back to caring for my little girl (and my wife, since I’ve been trying to keep her happy and healthy as well). Here’s hoping you all have a good week, and have plenty of time with your loved ones!