The Saturday Weekend Review #33: Friends and family buy our kids too much stuff

It Looked So Cute We Couldn’t Help Buying It I openly admit that I talk too much sometimes, but these days I enjoy it even more because listening is how I am able to help others and learn from them. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that my wife wanted to head out to garage sales this morning with her friend. I tagged along as the “hold this” guy not the driver this time so it was a fairly simple task for me. I’ll openly admit the most intriguing item I saw was a book called “How to make love and cook at the same time”. I thought maybe I might give that a try some time lol. Bad visual I know, sorry but the book really was an excellent cook book packed with laughter and good eats. We need a bit of humour in our lives every single day. Along the way I met a teacher who told me a story about a man who quit smoking and drinking heavily at age 40 and turned his life around and hiked across Canada. She wanted this man to speak to her students so he could motivate them to pursue their passions […]

How I Turned My Passion and Skills Into Making Extra Money

  HARD WORK AND DEDICATION REALLY DO PAY OFF   My friends always ask me how I make extra money and I tell them I took what I do best and turned it into cash! Up until 4 years ago, working a full-time job was as easy as getting up, going to work, coming home and collecting my pay-check. Then I had my son, which made things a little more difficult, 19 months later my daughter joined our family, followed 4 months later by a divorce. Not so easy anymore……Many nights I laid awake thinking “how can I do this all on my own?” How can I make extra money so that the kids can do things like swimming lessons and soccer? I could not wrap my head around how I could go back to work full-time. I have over ten years experience in the landscaping industry, but now I have a life that makes that job impossible. I have always enjoyed working so I decided I would look for a part-time job instead.   Part-Time Job   I found the perfect part-time job while viewing an online posting board. No experience needed!! I got that job and for two years now […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Friday July 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Weekly Blog Picks…..are you superstitious? What a week it’s been for me, busy and our volunteer services for the summer has begun. My landscaping materials were delayed due to truck malfunction and route delay. The company is promising me it will be in by next week once the truck catches up with the delivery. I think it’s a bunch of phooey (is that a word) but ah well, they are the best in the area and I had to custom order our front steps for the house. In the meantime since I am on holidays and didn’t want to waste my time waiting for my landscaping materials I got on with painting. The primed doors in the house have never been painted and are still the same as the builder put them in. As soon as the first coat of paint went on you could see the difference paint can easily make for a small price. I also added new hardware to jazz them up and they sure look 100% better. Well that’s been my week along with some great blog posts I’ve written along with a few excellent guest posts submitted at Canadian Budget Binder….. Here’s what I […]

Landscaping On A Budget In Canadian Soil- The Series Part 1

Get Ready To Landscape Your Dream Home Now that spring has sprung many people are anxious to get outside to start on their landscape projects. However, for many the mere thought of doing landscaping can lead to sleepless nights and visions of empty bank accounts. Over the years I have worked with many clients who have fallen into this category, they want to bring their yard to life but they are worried about the costs associated with undertaking the project. In many cases they are first time homeowners who have never landscaped before and have heard stories from friends and family of how much their backyard retreats have cost. They also may have simply wandered into a garden centre only to have been overwhelmed by names and price tags. On top of that, many folks today are both budget conscious and “green” conscious and want to bring both of these items to the table when beautifying their property. Landscape design: The plan As a landscape designer the first thing I ask my clients is about their budget – right away you need to know how much you want to spend on the project initially and long-term. Let me explain, when you undertake […]

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