Monica’s Weight Loss Update After 2 Months on ‘The Plan’

Monica's Weight Loss Update After 2 Months on 'The Plan'

  On March 16, 2019, my wife struck fear deep into the depths of my heart when she said, “Honey – I need help losing this baby weight. I’m starting this weight loss journey and I need your help… Please.”   I wrote about how she had asked for fitness help in the past, I got a little too ‘agro’, and she ultimately quit working out with me for… oh… 7 years after that ‘incident’.   So when she reached out 2 months ago for some help losing the baby weight, I told you all how I was both terrified and excited at the same time.   I’ve worked with folks who’ve lost hundreds of pounds and also managed to lose 65 pounds – forever – myself. So, we had a bag of tricks to pull from… Which was nice.   Well – we came up with a plan and […]

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Are you Interested in a $200/Hour Side Hustle? Here’s One

Are you Interested in a $200/Hour Side Hustle? Here's One

  In my opinion, blogging for money – by itself – doesn’t work. Much like anything else you find success with, you have to absolutely love the process. Unless you’re retired or work a very flexible job, growing your blog and increasing profitability take many early mornings and late nights.   Making money while blogging is consistently putting in the work, night after night, month after month, and year after year. Personally, I had to cut my blogging teeth for nearly 3 years before I’d see a $100 paycheck.   But that’s ok – I wasn’t in it for the money.   I love the process   I love to write, enjoy interacting with others in the community, and I really enjoy learning more about personal development and then distilling and sharing that information with YOU – the reader.   All this to say 2 things:   1- Blogging, most […]

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How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll tell you the no-nonsense and full-proof way of how to make a hard-boiled egg… Seriously. They’re great for you and I struggled for 30 years to get it right. Learn from my mistakes.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The 100% Reliable Method of How to Make a Hard-Boiled Egg   Go ahead and give the Google machine a try… As of this writing, if you type “how to make a hard-boiled egg” into the search bar, you’ll get fancy pictures of perfectly cooked eggs.   There are fancy instructions detailing the ideal starting water temperature and then the timers… Ohh, the timers. “Exactly 8 minutes…” – “10 minutes is the ideal time. No more.”    Can I say it?   I will…   All of that advice – every […]

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How to Live ‘Happily Ever After’ and Work With your Spouse

How to Live 'Happily Ever After' and Work With your Spouse

  “Mom and dad were arguing so I just left the room.” One of our employees was relaying the “discussion” to another and although we were all laughing about it after the fact, neither my wife nor I enjoyed that this took place. We’re hyper-conscious that the “freedom” to work with your spouse can have catastrophic consequences, which is why we’ve implemented the tactics below to make sure that becoming business partners didn’t get in the way of ‘happily ever after’.       I had the great pleasure in talking with Tom from Maple Money all about working with your spouse and the do’s and don’t’s based on my family’s experiences. In fact, this post comes directly from that conversation. I was lucky to have the opportunity and I’d really recommend you heading over to listening to Tom’s podcast then stopping back here to read more of the details. […]

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How to Construct the Perfect Resume to Land your Dream Job

How to Construct the Perfect Resume to Land your Dream Job

  This article was expertly crafted by Camilo Maldonado who writes at The Finance Twins. The article was originally published on The Money Mix – and no lie… It’s phenomenal. I   f you recognize Camilo’s name, it’s because he’s appeared on MikedUp Blog before (with other great posts). Here they are, in case you’d like to check them out as well: This is What Perseverance Looks Like Who is the Fittest Personal Finance Blogger Shout-out: Should I Refinance My Student Loans?   After you’ve had a chance to check those out, here’s Camilo’s most recent contribution (and it’s a gem)!   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)     Ask any top human resources professional if an amazing resume is enough to get you a job and they’ll all say the same answer. No! A perfect resume might not even be correlated with job performance once you start a new […]

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Low Unemployment Aside – How Will you Stand Out?

Low Unemployment Aside - How Will you Stand Out?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be adding my two cents on the current job market and what it means for you landing that dream job you’re thinking of applying to. Here’s a hint: they aren’t just going to gift it to you…   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”   I wrote 2 weeks ago about how the current unemployment rate of 3.8% has kept me up at night.   But as with most things in life, there exists a dichotomy.   As a small business CEO, hiring can be an incredibly difficult thing to do when you’ve got candidates pouring in. But in the current market, that’s not necessarily the case. Starting out just 2 years ago, it was common to receive at least 20 applicants for an advertised position.   Three weeks ago we posted a new […]

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Who Knew – your Old Cell Phone Can Make you Money?

Who Knew - your Old Cell Phone Can Make you Money?

  Today’s partner post is designed to A) update you on a great option if you’re looking to get rid of your old cell phone in favor of some cash and B) bring you a moment of entertainment. Please see my disclosure page for more details on partner posts.     When in doubt – give your old phones to your toddlers…   We had played the game about three times up to this point and (as a personal failure) I was increasingly stressed-out with each iteration.   You see, my 2.5yo daughter found extreme pleasure in pressing a button on the remote and seeing the picture and words change up on the TV. She had all the power – and loved every minute (FYI – that last point hasn’t changed).   The thing was, though, that dad had been enjoying his favorite team’s opening game. It was the 4th […]

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Build Wealth and Ensure a Wealthy Future with these 6 Steps

Build Wealth and Ensure a Wealthy Future with these 6 Steps

  This post was originally published on The Money Mix and is republished here with their permission. Adding to that, this is a great guide on how to build wealth and ensure a wealthy future for your family. I am excited to share this with you!   (Photo courtesy of Steve W.)     You have a great job and make a good income. You’ve paid off your student loans and credit card debt. Now you’re ready to save and invest. But you’re not sure how to invest your money. I have good news.   I’m going to introduce you to six basic steps on how to invest your money. It will be unlike many of the other “how to” articles on investing. Before you think about investing a dime, we need to set the foundation. Without it, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have a successful investment […]

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Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??

Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank... Exclusively?? #onlinebank #allybank #highyield #savings

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be doing a brief Ally Bank review to let you know the relevant information to consider if you, too, are considering switching to this highly-rated online bank.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A Brief Ally Bank review – Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??     Ally Bank is an “online” bank that is first made an impression on the financial world with its online savings accounts. As a current online savings account owner myself, the 2.2% interest rate I have with my Ally account completely blows the 0.01% interest rate my previous bank touted out of the water.   Ally (and similar online banks) can provide these high-yield (and highly competitive) accounts because of what they can save in overhead and efficiencies by not having to build, house, […]

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10 Best Work from Home Jobs for Stay at Home Parents in 2019

10 Best Work from Home Jobs for Stay at Home Parents in 2019

  I am very excited to welcome Ben and the team from Dollar Sprout to the blog today for 2 reasons. 1) They’re phenomenal to work with and 2) they know their stuff. So, when they asked to write about the best stay at home jobs, I thought you guys would love to hear what they have to say!   Take a look at the 10 best they’ve outlined below and let us know which ones you’ve tried or which you’re stoked to try in the comments section.     10 Legitimate Stay at Home Job Ideas for Parents in 2019   The best part of being a stay-at-home parent is the fact that you have the opportunity to spend more time with your kids and witness more of their developmental milestones first-hand. Still, taking care of your kids and managing the household can definitely seem like a full-time job […]

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