Sunday Round-up for May 8, 2011

Growing up on a farm, I can still remember the feelings of peace of comfort that come along with thinking your little family is all that actually exists in the world. I used to pick up dandelions that had gone to seed, made a wish, and then blew all the seeds off. I was sure this was the quickest way to get what I wanted without actually having to tell anyone.

When all of my cousins started doing the same thing, I decided that there must not be anything special in it if everyone could do it. So, my grandma showed me the art of making a piece of grass whistle when you cupped your palms and held it tight between your thumbs. The first person I ever shared this remarkable “talent” with was my mother.

She, of course, held me in her arms and told me how wonderfully special I was. At the time, I was certain she was talking about my new-found ability to make grass whistle. Looking back, however, I see that she thought I was special for many “things.” It took me years to finally figure out that what she thought was special was the fact that I was her daughter, not what I could do.

Now that I’m all grown up, it is I who would like to embrace my mother in a hug and tell her just how special she is to me. When I blow seeds off of dandelions now, the wishes I make are not for myself, but rather for her.

Here’s to wishing every “mommy” out there a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Dealing with Debt

Wealth Pilgrim “Lending Club Reviews – Not for the Faint of Heart” Should you give in to Peer-to-Peer pressure?

mycareOne “Divorce Your Debt” “Debt will haunt you like a mother-in-law awaiting her first grandchild.” (Paraphrasing.) Simply priceless.

Invest It Wisely “老虎母亲读后感” Yep. You’re reading that right.

Sustainable Life Blog “Cutting Clutter and Reducing Debt” Two very wonderful things, indeed!

Creating Wealth

Perfecting Parenthood “My Five Year Old Failed In Front Of Hundreds: How Cool Is That?” It’s always good to remember that developing character wealth is every bit as important as financial wealth.

Minting Nickels “Happiness Comes in Brown Packages” Saving and making money at the same time!

Money Reasons “Treasure Hunting With Kids” Have you geocached today?

First Gen American “Promotional Codes – An Online Shopping Must Have” A penny saved is a penny earned and all that.

Investing

Money Cone “HOWTO Hang a Picture Frame Without Drilling A Hole” Investing in your happiness can be as easy as hanging a picture.

Spruce Up Your Finances “5 Ways to Reduce the Risk Involved with Retirement Savings” Instead of dwelling on the fact there is some risk, focus on what you can do to minimize it.

Canadian Finance Blog “Balance Your Savings and Investments While Raising a Family” The title really says it all here.

Retire By 40 “Cinco De Mayo” Investing in yourself is so much fun!

MomVesting

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optionsdude wrote:

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 13:43 Comment #: 1

Happy Mother's Day, Jessica. My kids love to make that whistling sound with grass.

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Jessica Schmeidler wrote:

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 14:55 Comment #: 2

It's an excellent pastime. ;)

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Invest It Wisely wrote:

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 00:00 Comment #: 3

Thanks for the mention! I remember trying to do this when younger but not sure how successful I was. ;)

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Jessica Schmeidler wrote:

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 14:56 Comment #: 4

Well, now that things are green again outside (for the most part), you'll have to give a try and see how you do. :)

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Lindy Mint wrote:

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 18:47 Comment #: 5

Thanks so much for the link!

I remember the first time I was successful with the grass whistle. I think I held my hands in that same position for an hour so I wouldn't lose my new found ability. :)

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