I’ve noticed something recently. Since my little baby girl was born, I’ve become much, much more popular among my family. Every month since December, there have been family members visiting me, or visits out to see said family members. Speaking of seeing family members, I’ve seen members of my extended family who I haven’t seen in years, simply because there was a cute baby accompanying me. My family is pretty baby crazy, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, and it leads to much more time spent with them.
Speaking of which…My immediate family is coming to visit me, or perhaps I should say, my daughter, this weekend. My mother and my baby sister are coming this weekend. They have come out more often so far in 2013 than they did in all of 2011 and 2012 combined. (Granted, I was able to come out to see them much more often in 2012, and even more in 2011, so that might be part of it.) I have little doubt that this will continue as long as my Elaine is the youngest baby in the family. Hopefully, she doesn’t end up with too much of an ego from all the attention… Anyway, while I am off entertaining (aka, standing back as Elaine gets all the attention), here are some good Yakezie entries to enjoy:
Great Yakezie Posts
Go Ahead and Laugh…This Really is My Dream Car – This car looks pretty awesome to me. I’ll leave it to you to head over to Budgeting in the Fun Stuff to see exactly what type of car it is, but it is pretty awesome.
Book Review: More Money for Beer and Textbooks – It’s hard to resist a book with that sort of title, and from this review by Young and Thrifty, this definitely sounds like a good book for a starting (Canadian) student.
Why I am Not an Entrepreneur – It’s tough to come up with a good idea for a business, particularly as some of the most successful business ideas sometimes make no sense. Personal Finance By The Book lists some of them, without even getting into the Internet based businesses…
Cars for Crazy Teen Drivers – I don’t think that anyone needs to be driving around in an expensive car, least of all teenagers. Squirrelers helps us remember why, sharing a few stories of how crazy teens (including him, back in the day) can be when they’re behind the wheel.
Contests and Giveaways
- The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing Book Review – If you like to read, and you like to win free books, you can check out this review and giveaway from Modest Money by April 30th.
- 150 Best Desserts in a Jar-Review and Giveaway – On the subject of liking to read, you might also enter to win this recipe guide for some desserts over on Mom’s Plans between now and April 27th, that is, Saturday.
- $50.53 Giveaway-Community and Charity 10% Monthly Blog Income Give Back #19 – Over on My Personal Finance Journey, you have a chance to win a portion of March’s Monthly Blog earnings.
- HUGE Giveaway – Sephora, Starbucks, Cash, Target, + MORE – The title of this giveaway is no exaggeration; it takes four Rafflecopter over on Making Sense of Cents just to keep things straight. Enter one (or all) by May 3rd for a chance to win.
- The Best Motherly Advice I’ve Ever Received…And a Sephore Gift Card Giveaway! – Just in case one chance to win a Sephora gift card isn’t enough, check out this giveaway before May 6th over at Frugal Beautiful.
- Burlap Sack o’Stuff – Over at the Take Our Stuff site, you’ll find a contest to win a burlap sack filled with…well, something. Enter by Sunday for a chance to win whatever it is.
Wow, quite a few contests out there. Good luck with whichever ones you enter, and as always, let me know if there are any I’ve missed (although, I should have hit most of them this time…)
Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured
It’s kind of odd how appealing my Net Worth Updates can be; my April Net Worth was featured in numerous carnivals last week, such as:
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Financial Conflict Coach
- Carnival of Retirement at Dividend Monk
- Yakezie Carnival at The Ultimate Juggle
- Carnival of Financial Planning at Master the Art of Saving
Alright, that’s it for this week. I’ve got to get back to watching as my family visits with my baby, and maybe spends some time with me as well.