PF Weekly grab a brew #38: New Blog Design

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When You Have A Team In Your Corner Lead Them

It will be 2 years January 2014 when I will celebrate the beginning of Canadian Budget Binder on a whim in my kitchen with a piece of paper, a pencil and a wild brainstorming session.

Little did I know that in a short time I would have so many fans and other bloggers that are my rock and keep me going every single day.

If you don’t already know my wife is going for a major surgery next week and I’ve been very busy behind the scenes with her as she is more important than anything to me and is very nervous. I haven’t been around to comment much although I’m checking in at all my favourite blog hot spots to read and share with my fans.

A big thank-you to my good friend John from Frugal Rules and Karen at Lil Suburban Homestead and of course my in-house superstar mom and passionate lover of writing and helping others Katrina for accepting my call for help for guest posts while I tend to my wife in the next week.

I know you will love what you read and if you still want to guest post certainly get in touch with me. When I told my fans in my What’s for Dinner thread on Facebook what was going on they were more than supportive.

In fact I think the Canadian Budget Binder What’s For Dinner thread is so popular that my fans are coming together every night and becoming good friends. The thread is for my fans and they certainly all make me proud every night with all the chatting and sharing going on. You all know who you are, so thank-you.

When I logged into my personal Facebook page I noticed a comment on my wall from Michelle M and when I read it It brought a tear to my eye. I’ve run myself ragged the past 2 months with the surgery, doctors appointments and trying to role out the new blog design that she really made me feel like it was all worth it especially when it came to the blog.

Blogging is not what I thought it would because blogging is labour intensive and requires a passion for writing from the heart and a passion for the people. I have that passion and drive so I’m not going anywhere soon.

I do my best to interact every single day with all my fans and make a point to do all I can to help someone or lead them in the right direction towards someone who might be able to help them. The best part is they often lead me because like everyone else sometimes I need support and I need help and they share their knowledge with me.

I’ve also noticed my fans coming together to help each other even when I am not there and some fans tell me to take the day off (with brownie pay of course) and say that they will manage the Facebook page.

My fans greet new fans who LIKE my Facebook page just as a welcoming committee would and you know, I couldn’t be happier to have them all on my side, on my team as we are all leaders when it comes to personal finance.

We all have unique stories sometimes fun sometimes sad but there always is a lesson to be learned from someone. We are a family here at Canadian Budget Binder and I am proud to be the owner of this blog and I’m proud to have a team of fans who support me through thick and thin, so thank-you. xo Mr.CBB

Below is the original message on my wall with some comments as well as a couple of comments from a new post I just put out on my Facebook page last evening.

One of my fans Tammy posted something this morning that really is true about success and drive when you want something so bad. She is well on her way to being successful with her business and it’s because of her vibrancy and willingness to give it all she’s got.

Committed means you are willing to give your full energy, effort, focus and time. No one has ever been successful that has not been fully committed. Nothing runs itself, by itself … well.-Tammy B

Original Wall Post

Michelle M

I just wanted to say thanks…firstly for the Canadian budget binder page.I now have a few friends on my page who are truly and I mean truly are fantastic women.

Secondly there would have been no way I would have found them by myself….I’m one blessed woman. Thanks so very much!!!

Michelle M: I should have tagged myself …so these women know this on my wall..

Mary C: And it’s such a pleasure to be a FB friend of yours Michelle!

Christine W: Thank you too!!!!

Cdn Budget Binder; Thank you so much Michelle for the lovely words. Ever since I started CBB there are have been a handful of fans that have always been there for me, the page, the blog and for each other and I’m am blessed to have such great fans sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed with the kindness. I’m happy you are happy. Mr.CBB

Mary D; Happy to have become connected with you dear Michelle. Group hug for CBB & FB.

Michelle M: ThAnks Mary Davies…you all are so wonderful….it’s hard to find great friends online..I’m truly blessed

Michelle M: That’s what I like…you all have great positive attitudes and we all are supportive of each other instead of bringing people down.

Donna P: Canadian Budget Binder has connected us all to some great friends. They seem more like family then friends. We share our daily meals.Sometimes our health, our budgets, our accomplishments and anything you would talk to your friend about. We love Mr.CBB for giving us the chance to make such great friends.If we have a question we throw it out there & we all work to answer it. Michelle it has been my pleasure to have you for a friend . You make me laugh till I have tears I’m my eyes. You are a neat person I enjoy. I love all my CBB family.

Christine W: Donna, having Mr CBB and his site is like sitting around the table coffee cup in Hand with a bunch of very good friends….. We are here for each other and together we have ourselves one heck of a support group going here. I love it and all my friends here!!!!

Cdn Budget Binder: Wow, I’m overwhelmed right now reading this. You all make me tear up when you say these kind words. I started CBB not thinking anyone wanted to listen but I’ve been proven wrong and now have a second family, my passion…. all of you. We learn together, it’s amazing… I’m proud of each and every one of you. I wish you could see me now….. I’m smiling.

Donna P: Mr.Cbb don’t ever think what you are doing is not appreciated & needed. You have connected hearts across the world. We may live all over the world but we really aren’t that different. We go through the same things in life. Now we get to share our ideas & ways. Heck !!! I get to go to Canada every night & sit at the table with my friends. Share our day & our meals.

Tammy B:  I know I have been absent a lot lately, but don’t think for a minute that I don’t often check in quickly. Mr. CBB we have created a bond, a friendship that I adore and the same goes for so many friends I have gained through this page You are a true inspiration to me and always will be

Trisha J: We stick around cause u guys rock tis fun and informative teachers should teach more this way I may have payed attention more in school lol

Donna P:  I stick around because you & the people who follow you are so down to earth & real. I’ve never felt like I was talking to strangers. You may be in Canada but you open your arms to the world. We share our recipes ,our days,our ups our downs . It’s as we have all said. It’s like the Walton’s. Gathered around a big table shooting the breeze. All the way down to our Goodnight Johnboy !!! Lol. Love ya & our family & look forward everyday to putting my feet under your table. Sharing our lives & our love for food. Goodnight Mr. Cbb . See you Friday night .Want to see how those new cookies turned out !

New blog design

Well, I know it’s been just about one year since I said  I was going to get this site re-designed as I had to hire a new designer but we are finally here to unveil the finished product. I worked hard to create what I was looking for so I hope when the day comes (very soon) that you will enjoy the new blog as much as I do.

I’ll talk more about that re-design when it goes live. When it goes live that means I will be going self-hosted with Blue Host as my hosting company and will no longer blog here at My site will be transferred over so you have nothing to worry about. You will keep on getting my daily email if you subscribed via email.

NOTE: If you are a WordPress subscriber (meaning you own a WordPress blog and just clicked Follow you will no longer receive my daily emails. You MUST sign up via email which you can do on my home page. I urge you to do that and I will do the same for all the WordPress blogs I follow so I don’t miss sharing your posts.

PF weekly reading line-Up

If you missed any of the posts from the week you can check them out right here.

Top recipe

Maple Pumpkin Crisp

Since we are practically rolling in the Fall weather I wanted to start showcasing some Fall recipes like this one today for Maple Pumpkin Crisp from Erica’s Recipes which she posted earlier this week on my Free Recipe Depot Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. Every day Food Bloggers from around the world pass by my other love the Free Recipe Depot Facebook page to share a daily recipe which I share with my fans.

Have a great week everyone and I hope you enjoyed this edition of my Personal Finance Weekly Grab a Brew #38: My CBB fans are my rock and new blog design and move.

Join me again next Friday when I do it all over again.


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