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    Planning for Retirement: it's not Easy, but it Will be Worth it

    Sep 16, 2015
    In the Claire household, we don't talk too much about retirement. It seems so far away, and we're focused on paying down the mortgage, saving for education, and getting in some fun family vacations when we can. I've spent so much of my time thinking about, writing about, and actually planning our family's budget, and it's not always easy to make that switch from living and budgeting for the now to saving for retirement.
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    Owning the Power to Change the World (and Ourselves)

    Sep 09, 2015
    It’s been an interesting week for me. With the political race for president heating up, a lot of coworkers and friends have opinions they want to share. I’m a bit of a trouble maker, so I’ll almost always take the opposite view, for fun if nothing else. I was on the debate team in high school, and I’ve been playing devil’s advocate ever since.
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    Getting From Here to There: Long Walks and Good Company

    Aug 31, 2015
    My favorite season is fall, and as we’re getting closer to colorful leaves and pumpkins, I find myself wanting to be outside even more than when we were basking in sunshine and swimsuits...
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    Saying Goodbye to Lazy Summer Days and Hello to a Savings To-Do List

    Aug 23, 2015
    It’s official…the lazy days of summer are behind us. The kids are back in school and before long we’ll be watching the leaves change and planning our Thanksgiving menus. I know what you’re saying…Claire, please don’t start talking about the holidays, it’s only August!
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    We All Splurge Sometimes...Even When We Know Better

    Aug 16, 2015
    I had a girls’ night out this week, and it was a lot of fun. When you have three children, a puppy, and a backyard renovation going on at home, it’s not very often that you take time out for a party. But that’s just what I was able to enjoy this week as I attended the Hollywood Glamour in the Gardens event.
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    Back to School Time: Three Children and the Importance of Focusing on your own Back to School List

    Aug 09, 2015
    It’s time to head back to school. My children are still young enough that they’ve been waiting for this moment for over a month, ready to see their classmates and teachers again. My little man, bless his heart, is still a year away from pre-school, and not too happy about it.
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  • Superheroes Unite! Recognizing the Extraordinary in the Every Day

    Aug 02, 2015
    Everywhere I look, I see superheroes. The box office is full of them. They’re on lunchboxes, shirts, and bed comforters. And yesterday I found out they’ve invaded Afena Federal Credit Union as well. And I think it says something about our culture that we are fascinated with superheroes…are we missing the heroes in real life?
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    Moose Goes to Puppy Class...Why Training a Puppy is Just Like Sticking to a Budget

    Jul 26, 2015
    So this week I started taking our new puppy Moose to puppy classes. At first I was disappointed he wasn’t in a higher level class since I’d already taught him to sit, he’s housebroken, and knows his name. What else could he learn in puppy class? Well as it turns out, Moose has a lot to learn… and so do I.
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