Category: Adulting

Who wins the perk game? 9 to 5ers or self-employeds?

I love lists. I love being self-employed. I love hearing all the “Are you kidding me?!” perks of my 9 to 5 friends. Love in an “envious, why am I riding the self-employed rollercoaster, maybe should I go back to 9 to 5” way. Context: I come from four years in the nonprofit world followed Read more…

How to say no to a nice request

Life of Yes℠ Disclaimer If you take anything away from this, let it be: “You do you.”   These are my thoughts, my opinions, what works for me. You may disagree. You may do the complete opposite. Cool, cool. I’m not saying you’re wrong; I’m not saying I’m right. My way isn’t the way; it’s Read more…

How do YOU think I make money?

I’ve bristled twice recently in relation to my business. Bristle One Someone whom I’ve known for about three years asked incredulously, “You make money doing Mac & Cheese?” I stared back with a “How do you think I bought that chair you’re sitting in?” stare. These clothes, that exposed brick wall, the drink in your Read more…

Cheese-It Referral: Brian Barkowski, Mortgage Broker

If I saw an ad for a mortgage broker with this photo of said broker, I’d a) do a double take, b) raise my eyebrows, and c) head to his website cause yas Queen yas. Who is this low-key, obviously fun loving dude with real world, adulting know-how? I’ll be honest, when someone introduces themselves as a Read more…

Home Improvement Project: Mixtiles

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Guest Post: How to Enjoy Life While Dumping Debt

This is a Guest Post by Toni Husbands of The Debt Free Divas. She pushed me over the edge recently to live what I preach by asking if I’d do a Facebook Live video, which for various reasons, I had been too scared to try though I’ve been intrigued by the video platform for awhile Read more…

Contest: fun, easy way to win $500 THIS WEEK!

This event is provided by partner The Debt Free Divas with background support by Mac & Cheese How does an easy $500 in your pocket sound? What about a fun way to get better at personal finance? How ’bout exploring and learning about a new friendly neighborhood resource and hangout? Join the Capital One Cafe Savings Scavenger Hunt, Read more…

If there was ever a spreadsheet symbol of our love…

Airport Pickup: after Best Friend had been gone for almost two weeks in Estonia and Lithuania Best Friend and I met in December 2009 and started “hanging out” January 2010 (he thought it was a date; I didn’t). Our first trip, besides to a wedding the Western suburbs, was to Amsterdam, Paris, and Brugges July Read more…