Our Madeira Beach Trip – 2019 Edition

Earlier this month, our family took a Florida trip for spring break.  This has become somewhat of a tradition for us.  It’s our third year in a row staying there.  We look forward to it, and have lots of great memories to add from this year’s adventure.  I thought I’d share some of the highlights of our Madeira Beach trip.


We decided once again to drive.  Two years ago we were able to fly, but the costs have been fairly prohibitive.  Even when we did fly down, we had to drive for over four hours to Columbus, where flights were cheaper.  We did not enjoy that drive at all.  In the future, we will either fly out of Detroit or a closer airport, perhaps Cleveland.

The drive took around 20 hours from when we left to when we arrived.  This was true both coming there and back.

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10 Money Spring Cleaning Tips That Will Help All Year

Spring is here.  That means it’s time to start cleaning.  Many people clean their house or their yard.  Even cleaning out the car feels great after a long winter.  It’s also a great time to give some attention to your money.  Last year I gave a few money spring cleaning tips.  Here are ten more that will help your finances for the rest of the year.


Where is your money? Make sure you know!


Update Your Budget Categories

Hopefully you have a budget in place.  If you don’t there are some great resources out there.  But if you do have a budget, it’s time to take a look at it.  You likely have budget categories in place.  Now is a great time to review them and make sure they’re still current.  Something that you spent money on in the past may no longer be applicable.  Conversely, you may have a recurring category that you need to add.  Now’s a great time to update all this.  Accurate information leads to better informed decisions.

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Are You Keeping Your Fundraising Cause In Mind?

Fundraising can be a noble thing.  If you have a solid fundraising cause, it can provide great benefit. Raising money to cure or prevent disease, or to help people is great. But here at work, an ongoing fundraising campaign is missing the mark.

fundraising cause
Does your fundraising cause align with your strategy to raise money?

Missed The Mark On Fundraising

Our organization’s main fundraising event is to support a heart health walk.  Teams from different parts of the organizations walk to support heart health.  They raise money with pledges and fundraising activities.

The department in which I work has typically been one of the top teams in terms of raising money. We’re usually in the top three for the whole organization.  It’s pretty cool.

This year they decided they wanted to step it up.  So, in addition to gathering pledges, they’re also raising money by selling snacks.

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Friday Favorites Roundup – April 19, 2019

Baseball practice has started for my son.  This is his third year playing.  We switched him over to Little League this year.  The past two years we used a city-sponsored organization, but we ran into an increasing number of problems.  There was a disparity in team talent, lack of organization, poor communication, and the like.  Little League is more expensive, but so far has been a much better experience.

The Michigan weather hasn’t done us any favors.  April can go either way.  This year we’ve had some really warm days, but also some incredibly cold days.  Practices have seemed to favor the chilly days.  It’s also been very rainy.  So, even if they practice when it’s not raining, it’s been muddy.

Regardless, it’s still fun to see kids learn and grow individually and as a team.

Great Blog Posts

With that said, here are five great blog posts I’ve recently read as well as one I wrote that I am proud of.  I hope you enjoy them!

Have a fantastic weekend!

2019 Goals – March Check In & Evaluation Of My System

This year I set 12 goals that I could track numerically.  This means that I can track them by percentage complete.  The design of this is that I can track my success with real numbers.  Now that we’re a quarter of the way through the year, I’m seeing drawbacks and benefits.  Here is my 2019 Goals March check in.

Benefits of My Numeric Goal Tracking System

  • It’s definitely holding me accountable.
  • I’m keeping more interested on my goals.
  • I prioritize goals that are within reach when I have limited time or motivation.  For example, if I’m just a couple of thousand steps short of my ‘steps’ goal, I’ll go for a short walk or even take some laps around the house.  This is something I probably wouldn’t have done in the past.  I figure that will add up to a significant amount of steps for the entire year.  So, this definitely gives my system purpose.
  • Seeing the percentage complete is pretty cool.

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Proud Parent: My Kids Are Doing Cool Things

Every now and then it just feels good to brag about your kids.  What mom or dad doesn’t love being a proud parent? Today seems like one of those days!  Here are a few things that my kids have been up to.  I love seeing them grow and find their own interests.


My son recently finished a basketball league.  He participated in a league last year, but this year was so much better.  We went through a different provider.  The league was run so much more efficiently and effectively.  The coaching was heads and shoulders above last year.  All in all he had a great experience.  He really enjoys playing basketball.  He doesn’t have the confidence yet to drive to the basket and to dive for balls, but he improved in just about every aspect of his game.  His defense was solid and he grew as a player.

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Hoping For Good Neighbors

We will soon have two sets of new neighbors.  Now we just need to hope that they are good neighbors!

Our Soon To Be New Neighbors

We have neighbors on four sides of us.  One set of neighbors on either side of us, one behind us, and another set across the street. We’ll be getting two new sets of neighbors soon.

Across The Street

Our neighbors across the street have already sold their house.  They are from out of state, here because of the husbands job.  The husband got a promotion, so they’re on the move again.  They put their house up for sale and sold it the next day!  Now that’s a good real estate agent, I think!  They’re sticking around until near the end of the school year.  They are quiet and keep to themselves.  It’s kind of a bummer because they spent almost a whole year doing interior renovations to their house.  Now they won’t get to enjoy them.

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The Importance of Teamwork

My son finished his basketball league recently.  This was his second year playing team basketball.  As I watched the final seconds tick down, I was sad that his time was ending.  I watched all of the games he played in, as well as practice.  It hit me that there was a big difference between what I saw when they first started playing in January, versus where they ended up in March.  The difference was simple.  At the beginning, they were nine 4th-grade boys playing at the same time.  By the end, they were a team.  It was cool to see.  It struck me and I started thinking about the importance of teamwork.

The Importance Of Teamwork Everywhere

Things work better when teamwork is involved, don’t they?  Think about it.  Teamwork matters in so many different situation.

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