Category: Referrals

2016 Life of Yes℠ Gift Guide

  We’ve heard the stories of how giving to others makes you happier. True stuff. Give an item, give your time, give your skills. Your heart will expand ten-fold and that thing that’s been eating you up inside, you’ll realize — not that important in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes we forget to give Read more…

GUEST POST: Idea + An Actual Thing = Never A Failure

This is a Guest Post by a gal I met through one of my entrepreneur groups.  She put a big, hairy idea out there and then all of a sudden, it wasn’t an idea anymore. It was an actual thing. Over my twelve years of self-employment, I see over and over people wanting to _______, Read more…

GUEST POST: On using what you got

This is a Guest Post by Kelly Dilbeck. Often I’ll wax poetically my Guest Poster and then add a wee bit more wax. I’m not going to do that here. Her words and images below speak for themselves. All you need to know about Kelly: she’s the most generous person I know — with her time, her Read more…

Mac & Cheese By The Bay: find your tribe in San Francisco

Photo via The Embassy Network For the past few years, I’ve experienced a mass exodus of Chicagoans for other zip codes. Whenever people leave me (sniff), they inevitably ask: “Do you do Mac & Cheese in (insert place they’re heading)? If not, do you know of like-minded organizations? I’d love to meet new people, find my Read more…

My List: Chicago Beyond Navy Pier and Uno’s

Crossrhodes in Evanston (I know, I know, it’s not the city) I love getting asked about my dear city! And people do, often. So in Saya-Fashion, for ease and efficiency and because who doesn’t love a list?!, I’ve compiled some of my recommendations in list form. You can see some of my other lists on my Read more…

GUEST POST: My Journey with a Life of Yes

This Guest Post is by one of my favoritest people, Kate Buckner. I’ll let her share the story of how we met. What I want to share is how straight away I admired her vision and attention to detail, was impressed with her willingness to admit and embrace “flaws”, and immensely enjoyed her infectious curiosity and warmth, all Read more…

Cheese-It Referral: Leslie Mallman, Financial Planner

Best Friend is a numbers guru. Besides being the Director of Financial Aid at University of Chicago’s business school, he has spreadsheet upon spreadsheet of budgets and projections and all the boring, I mean IMPORTANT, stuff. I asked him recently about one of his favorite financial blogs. “I don’t need to read that anymore, I’ve got a Mallman​.” WE LOVE OUR MALLMAN! Aka our Financial Planner.   We had a Hangouts call with her last night and it was THE most informative, fun, easy to understand, thought-out conversation I’ve ever had about finances. Who says financial conversations are FUN?!?!? This is a Saya, Best Friend, Mac & Cheese Productions​, & TeamPete​ HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION OF ALL RECOMMENDATIONS. Anyone who’d use our stupid #petaya hastag on the cover of our very serious Financial Plan is someone I want to work with. Anyone who’d share with potential clients her dedicated volunteerism, her journey as a caregiver for her terminally-ill mother, and a silly photo of herself accompanied by a terrible pun is someone I want to work with. Leslie is the best combination of skills and smarts, down to earthness and honesty, fun and kind-heartedness.   Her credentials: – MBA from University of Chicago Booth Business School – CFP® designation (recognized as the highest standard in the industry) – years of working at financial advising firms before going out on her own – went to a preschool called ‘Cornflakes’ (I mean, c’mon!)   Would you like assistance in any of the below areas? – Determine your financial goals – Create a budget designed to help you reach your goals – Invest your savings in order to achieve your goals – Plan for retirement, college savings for children, or financial independence – Review of employee benefits to ensure you are maximizing what is available to you – Assess how much to spend on a new home – Combine finances with your partner, taking into account your thoughts on your current and future earnings and savings – Assessment of current insurance coverage compared to full insurance needs – Discuss the need for wills and living wills – Build an emergency fund – Socially responsible investing   Contact Leslie of Grove. She will get you on track and make you feel like an adult.   EVERYONE NEEDS A MALLMAN! Her website.

2015 Mac & Cheese Productions℠ Gift Guide

I get asked all the time for, and love sharing, recommendations — travel, accountant, photographer, venue, tech tools, groups to join, activities to do, office equipment, people to connect with. You name it. You can see many of my referrals on my FAQ page. In-depth travel posts are on my blog. I haven’t really done gift Read more…

Why UPS Would Deliver a Drawing of Yourself to Your Door

**If you have your images turned off or are reading this in an RSS feed, you may want to head to the actual blog to see  the pretty images** UPDATE: I’ve gotten tons of inquiries about where the caricature of us below was made.  Here you go! While our ridiculous wedding wish has yet to Read more…