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spending more time with your family (& less time worrying about money)

December 4, 2017

This post is sponsored by Vanguard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Does anyone actually like talking about money? It’s awkward. It’s personal. There are a million ways to spend it. And chances are, the ways you want to spend it won’t match up perfectly with anyone else. Nearly half of Americans in serious relationships (48%) fight about money. Becoming parents adds another layer of complication to your finances. But, I’m here to tell you financial planning doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be the source of fights. Finding the right financial advisor can remove a layer of stress from your day-to-day, leaving you more time for the things you love. We all want to trust the person helping us decide what to do with our money, right? And we all want to NOT have to worry about our financial long-term in our day-to-day lives.Blaire as Belle

Jason works Monday through Friday so the weekends are when we spend the most quality time together as a family. We like to make the most of our time! This past weekend, we surprised Blaire with a trip to Disney on Ice. She knew she was going somewhere to see my goddaughter, who she LOVES, but didn’t know where we were going. Right before we left, we had her pick a princess dress to wear, but she still had no idea where we were going. It was just about 25 minute drive from our house, but once we got close to the arena we were stuck in traffic. And Blaire was SO impatient. Haha! She just wanted to know where she was going. We parked, and when she saw Brylee, she was SO excited. I think even if we were just sitting in the parking lot with Bry, Blaire wouldn’t have minded.

As soon as we got into the building, she remembered being there last year. This year, she loves all of the Disney princesses. Last year, she didn’t know all of them, but she really loved Frozen. During my maternity leave this year we rented all of the classic Disney movies, so now she loves them! Her current favorite is Belle, but others who have held the favorite spot in the fast few months are Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna, Ariel, and Cinderella. We got to our seats and Blaire asked every minute when the show was going to start. As soon as the turned the lights down, she cheered and she never stopped smiling. The show started with The Little Mermaid and then Rapunzel.

Disney on Ice 2017She was eating a bucket of popcorn, so she couldn’t clap her hands at the end of each song, so instead she cheered and would yell, “Woo hoo! Go Ariel!” It was my favorite thing. During intermission we had to get a snow cone (obviously.) and she picked out a Pascal stuffed animal (you know, Rapunzel’s side kick?) and headed back to our seats for the Beauty & the Beast portion of the show. The show ended with Frozen and hearing all of the children in the arena singing along to every song, so loudly that it sounded like a sing-along was so much fun! Blaire was up dancing and singing and it made me so happy to see her excitement.

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Disney on Ice 2017

too. much. sugar.

Between the price of the tickets, the fees they add on, the cost of parking, snacks, a snow cone in a Frozen cup and a souvenir stuffed animal – special outings like this really add up! Finding the right company to manage your investments is a huge undertaking. It can be stressful and overwhelming. But, the good news is, when you find the right company, it can help life the weight from your shoulders. Which can mean you’ll be free to spend more time with those you love, doing things you enjoy.

Blaire as BelleIn the 2016 Where You Belong survey, conducted by market research firm Kelton Global, it was revealed Vanguard clients tend to spend more time doing the things that make them happy. Whether that’s spending more time with their kids, enjoying more date nights with their spouse, or spending more time pursing their hobbies. Some of the supporting statistics in terms of spending time with your children include:  1| Vanguard clients spend 6 more hours per week, on average, with their kids compared with clients of other investment firms. 2| Vanguard clients are 24% more likely to feel involved with their kids compared with clients of other investment firms.

So, if you’re looking for somewhere to help you manage your investments, check out Vanguard! Their mottos is their clients don’t live to invest, they invest to live. And that’s totally us! Family is important and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to ensure our children are always protected and taken care of. And remember, everyone deserves financial security.

“The Where Investors Belong survey was conducted by market research firm Kelton Global in 2016. It polled 1,000 Vanguard clients and compared them with 1,000 clients of other investment firms. All differences between Vanguard clients and clients of other investment firms are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. The parental stat refers to clients with children of any age who provided the number of hours per week they typically spend with their children or who, compared to other people they may know, believe to be more involved in their child’s life. The experiences of these Vanguard clients may not be representative of the experience of other Vanguard clients and aren’t a guarantee of future investment performance or success.”

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    amominspiredblog
    December 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Some great information and so many great messages! We all spend money differently for sure! I am NOT a saver at all lol anytime I get a penny I want to give it away to make someone happy- the kids, a friend, someone in need… My husband is a saver. We have a lot of compromise in our house lol

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    Anna
    December 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Its so important to have a financial planner for sure! And its so true, events like these seem simple but they add up. Thanks for all the info! XO ~Anna wwwpepperedinstyle.com

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    Candice Renee
    December 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Great post mama! Lots of great messages here, and important to remember! My hubby is the spender and I’m usually the saver in our family :)

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    Ericka
    December 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I had no clue that their was a company that could manage your money. Wow!Im going to check it out and talk to my husband about it.

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    Bethany
    December 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This is some great info! I will have to check them out :)

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