relationships/family life

A Look at Asian-American Financial & Family Values

 A Look at Asian-American Financial & Family Values

On February 16th next week, many people around the world including my family will celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Dog. As a huge animal lover, I’m excited that the year highlights this familiar and beloved house pet.  But I think my mom is even more excited than I am. Chinese New Year marks a new beginning with excitement and hopes for the year ahead. My mom can’t wait to kick things off by debuting new clothes and slippers.

How to Make the Holidays More Meaningful & Less Material

 How to Make the Holidays More Meaningful & Less Material

Every year, the Christmas shopping season creeps up earlier and earlier. Just the other day, I heard that JCPenny will open at 2 PM on Thanksgiving Day and their online sales prices will start four days before that. Kmart will open at 6 AM on Thanksgiving Day and remain until 10 PM that night.Where has Thanksgiving gone?

How Much Debt is Too Much in a Relationship?

How Much Debt is Too Much in a Relationship?

What would you do if your fiancé came to you a month before your wedding and revealed that he had $370k of debt?Sadly, this is a true story. I was browsing the boards of a wedding website a few months ago when I read this post. The woman’s fiancé told her about his $370k of debt only about a month and a half before their wedding.

10 Things You Didn’t Know the Public Library Offers

10 Things You Didn’t Know the Public Library Offers

In this day of electronics and technology, it’s easy to forget that the public library exists. You can order books off Amazon in a few clicks and stream movies and shows directly to your TV. No need to step foot into a library branch anymore, right? But did you know that the library system is trying to adapt to this changing world too?

Life Lessons from My Grandfather

Life Lessons from My Grandfather

I’ve been waiting eagerly for Father’s Day to arrive this year. Even before I had this blog in place, I wanted to share some lessons from one of my favorite people I’ve ever known, my grandfather. When I think about living a life of plenty, it includes the great, loving relationships I’ve had with people in my life, not simply saving or earning more money.

Why Women Need a Back-up Plan (That's Not a Man)

Why Women Need a Back-up Plan (That's Not a Man)

Given the non-stop political coverage in the US right now about immigrants’ and other groups’ rights, I’ve been thinking a lot about women’s rights and women’s issues lately. Even more so when I recently read an article that half of women married or in relationships have a “Plan B” man ready to call if their current relationship doesn’t work out. 

Can You Afford a Pet? & Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Can You Afford a Pet? & Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Over Super Bowl weekend, my friends shared some sad news with me. Their dog Micky was gravely sick. Micky had leptospirosis, a potentially serious bacterial disease, and his liver and kidneys were failing. After visiting a few local veterinarians, Micky’s only option was to transfer to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to receive dialysis. 

How to Talk Finances with Your Partner (& 30 Financial Questions to Ask handout)

How to Talk Finances with Your Partner (& 30 Financial Questions to Ask handout)

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s easy to get wrapped up in that lovely-dovey feeling. But likely not every moment with your loved one is full of bliss, right? Believe it or not, finances are the number one source of relationship stress, according to a 2015 SunTrust Bank survey. 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him

Hello again! Valentine’s Day less than 3 weeks away, and I’ve been thinking about what to get the man in my life. Is it just me or are guys hard to shop for? Maybe the men I know don’t need or ask for a lot, but every holiday, I’m left scratching my head over what to get them. I’ve done a lot of brainstorming for this Valentine’s Day and come up with some budget-friendly ideas. Here’s a guide to Valentine’s Day gifts for him.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her

Hi friends! I’ve got Valentine’s Day on my mind. What to do? What to wear? What to give? When you think about your honey, you may want to give him or her the moon and stars. Those may be hard to reach, however, and more earthly things have to substitute. Here’s a guide to some of the best budget-friendly gifts to help you pick that perfect gift for your special someone.

20 Ideas for Valentine’s Day on a Budget

20 Ideas for Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Hi friends! It’s already the middle of January and Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. Can I say how much I enjoy Valentine’s Day? I’m a sucker for everything romantic. Sappy movies and sweet love stories. I love them all. One of the most exciting things about planning for Valentine’s Day is deciding what to do with your special someone.

Cats, Dogs, & Then Some: How to Spend Time with Pets When You Don't Have One of Your Own

Cats, Dogs, & Then Some: How to Spend Time with Pets When You Don't Have One of Your Own

Living in the city has its perks, but one of the most challenging things to do is own a pet while living in a limited space and constantly being on the go. If you're a pet owner or an animal lover, then you already know the joys of having a cat or dog...a furry loved one who is often in a good mood, greets you when you come home, and is loyal and affectionate. There's no replacement for having an animal in one's life.