Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #41

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #41

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What Am I doing?

This past week was AWESOME, as most of you read on my post about our 5-year anniversary. We were able to really enjoy the entire weekend, and the Westin was the cherry on top. We started it out with taking Friday off, waking up and having a delicious breakfast in a fun little café. Then we went antique browsing, because that’s what we always do. Our little man was having lots of fun looking at all the old gadgets, but got tired after about the 5th one.

We headed home, and my website was FINALLY online by that point, so I loaded the I Am Blessed post for my wife to read on the drive home, with Nolan sleeping in the backseat (#winning). We then headed off to our 20-week ultrasound for baby #2! We had the lady keep the gender a secret from us and stuff it in an envelope.

Then my wife (who always does these kind of crafty, awesome things), had put out blue and pink silly string, and covered them with paper so no one could see what color it was. We handed the envelope to our sister-in-law, she grabbed the appropriate cans, and handed them out to family and friends. Then we all counted….”ONE, TWO THREE…” and………..

Daphne June

Yup! We’re having a baby girl! Pretty freaking excited about this. We’re also excited for Nolan to be a big brother, and love and protect his lil’ sis :) . I might just have to add “baby shopping” to the budget, as we learned from our first one, 95% of EVERYTHING out there is for girls. Here’s to hoping for more frugal finds!

AAANNNNNDD! We also had a huge block party hosted in our driveway/front yard for the “National Night Out Against Crime”. Or something. Either way, it was a HUGE hit, we met people I don’t ever remember seeing in the 3.5 years we’ve been there, made some new friends, and all agreed to start a neighborhood watch program. I would say it was a HUGE success, and now I can at least put a name to the face of the people I wave at as they drive by :)

How was YOUR week?


There are other, very cool blogs who have been generous enough to mention iHeartBudgets on their sites over the past few weeks.  Anyone else who loves me as much as these people do, feel free to mention me as well to join the elite list below!

2 Copper Coins, Eyes on the Dollar, Mom and Dad Money, Evolving PF, Consumerism Commentary, Graduating From Debt, Money And Potatoes, Canadian Budget Binder, Don’t Quit Your Dayjob, Check Advantage, and Journey To Saving

Woohoo, that’s a lot of mentions! Thanks for sharing my junk!

What’ I’ve Been Reading:

Every week, I do some reading on the web. I come across articles that are entertaining, educational, or just plain awesome. I think the readers of iHeartBudgets will enjoy these articles as well.

No Accounting For Waste (my favorite new blog!) – We Killed $30,000 In Student Loans (Part I)
Club ThriftyCash Money: $7,083 in July Income and Blog Updates
Consumerism Commentary – What Happens When Companies Pay Employees the Best Salaries
2 Copper Coins – Financial Strengths of the Millennial Generation
Mom and Dad Money – 5 Tips For Traveling With a Baby
Evolving PF – Inexpensive House, Expensive Car
Eyes on the Dollar – Finding a Job In a Tough Market
Money and Potatoes – Everyday Matters : 6 Trends That Are Way Overrated
DQYDJ – Should You Care About Income When You Choose a Major?
Journey To Saving – July Budget Review
Canadian Budget Binder – July 2013 net worth update (+1.00%): UK exchange rate
Modest Money – Why You Should Care About Bounce Rates on Your Blog
Budgets Are Sexy – Net Worth Update: $366,913.82 (+$27,000! Yee-hah!)
Frugal Portland – AirBnB: The Good, The Bad, and Lessons for Next Time
Plunged In Debt – Some Truths About Life…
The College Investor – Dissecting 401k Plan Fees

And that’s it. Have a wonderful week!

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  1. I feel like I should have noticed this stuff sooner, but:

    1. We just hit 20 weeks as well (actually tomorrow is 21). Our due date is 12/21. What’s yours? We should plan some kind of baby picture-off, haha.

    2. We’re having a boy, and we’ve already picked the name Nolan. Great name!

    Anyways, glad you guys had such a great week. And thanks for the shout out. Have a great weekend!
    Matt Becker recently posted..With Investing, the Grass is Rarely Greener on the Other SideMy Profile

    • LoL, nice. Ours is 12/29, but we’re shooting for 12/31 so Nolan and her can share their birthdays with me! :)

      And awesome about the name Nolan. It’s it a great name, I must say… 😉

  2. Congratulations on that baby girl! That is SO AWESOME!

    Prepare yourself for a lot of tears and unnecessary drama! Haha!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..It’s Friday: This Week’s Frugal MovesMy Profile

  3. Congrats, Jacob!!! You already know the joys of having a son, but as a mom of 3 girls and 1 boy, I can tell you that girls are just as awesome, and you will love their sweet girlieness and their “pink stuff everywhere”. Have fun. :-)
    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer recently posted..How to Pay off Debt: It’s About More Than BudgetingMy Profile

  4. Congratulations on having a girl. Having a daughter is the best thing in the world.
    Sean @ One Smart Dollar recently posted..Various Stages in a Bull Market and How to Invest in EachMy Profile

  5. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary and on your girl!! I have 2 daughters (2 1/2 and 1 y/o) and they are awesome!
    Ron recently posted..5 Simple Actions To Get You Started In RunningMy Profile

  6. Way to go on five years, again.

    I feel like we hit the lottery with having two kids, a boy and a girl.

    If we didn’t, the pressure for a third may have been too much to handle.

    Thanks for that great shout-out, Jacob!
    No Waste recently posted..Microwaves And Video GamesMy Profile

  7. AWwww yay, a girl! :) Congrats!
    Michelle recently posted..How to Manage a Side Business While TravelingMy Profile

  8. Congratulations to you and wife, look forward to the upcoming baby reports and photos!
    Kurt @ Money Counselor recently posted..Cheap Coffee!My Profile

  9. Congratulations on your developing DAUGHTER and thanks for linking to my post!
    Emily @ evolvingPF recently posted..My Best Clothing Purchase EverMy Profile

  10. Aw, congrats on the baby girl! My cousin did something similar – she had her doctor write the gender down and put it in an envelope, and then bought it to a bakery. She gave the envelope to the baker, and told him if it’s a girl, put strawberry filling in the cake, and if it’s a boy, put blueberry. So they all got to be surprised when they cut the cake later that night with their family! I think both are cute ideas.

    Thanks for mentioning my post, and have a great weekend!
    E.M. recently posted..Student Loan Debt: Update #3My Profile

  11. Congrats on the baby girl! Little girls have a way of wrapping Daddy around their finger, so watch out. Thanks for the mention and have a great weekend.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..Customer Service is Alive and Well at Qdoba?!?My Profile

  12. Omg, congrats! A baby girl, how wonderful!
    Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses recently posted..I Got a Job – Happy Dances for All!My Profile

  13. Ah! One of each! Too perfect! Congrats! Sounds like it was the perfect anniversary weekend, too! Great job at the Westin. Hope this weekend is amazing, too!
    femmefrugality recently posted..Which Disney World Tickets Are the Best Buy for You?My Profile

  14. Congrats on the baby girl and also congrats on 5 years! Thanks for the article shout out!
    thepotatohead recently posted..Why I Traded In My SUV For a PriusMy Profile

  15. Congrats on the baby girl! It sounds like you had a great week.
    Andy Hough recently posted..July Savings Rate – 10.46%My Profile

  16. Congrats on the new addition! Thanks for the mention!
    The College Investor recently posted..The Best Checking Account for College Students Earns Easy MoneyMy Profile

  17. Congrats! That’s exciting. I love our national night out block party every year. I always end up meeting some new neighbors. It makes me appreciate what a great little community we share.
    AverageJoe recently posted..Active vs. Passive Investments — Which is Right For You?My Profile

    • Cool to hear more people doing this. Yeah, it worked out well, and I feel safer already. Maybe because of the huge dudes that showed up and said they’d keep an eye out for us, lol.

  18. Congrats on the baby girl! If I were to have kids, I would prefer the oldest to be the boy so he can be that “over-protective brother” type to his younger sibs! I stumbled upon your blog recently and I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear more!
    Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans recently posted..The Best Ways to Pay Down Your Student LoansMy Profile

  19. That is a really fun idea, I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket for next kiddo, a number of years from now. Congrats on the baby girl, they’re great fun!! If I loved close to you I’d send all my stuff to you!
    Catherine recently posted..Rant: A Look At ‘Push Presents’My Profile

    • Hah, thanks Catherine. I’m hoping for a lot of hand-me-downs, but there are not many little girls in our family. Tons of boys, though, so Nolan’s set :)

  20. Congratulations on finding out! And what a fun way! Nothing better than a silly string explosion.
    Kacie recently posted..The kitchen is finally done!My Profile


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