Santa, All I Want For Christmas From A to Z : The Saturday Weekend Review #246

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I often reflect on just how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family and know that I don’t need anything more but happiness in my life. Money is nice too BUT it won’t make or break what it is inside my heart.

This has become my new rich and because of the way my financial mind has changed over the years no one can stop me from putting family first, not even money.

I won’t make this a long post today because I realize most of you will be out doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, drinking, partying and maybe even catching up on sleep.


Just more smiles


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Funny how the mind of a child works. Perhaps adults could learn a thing or two about looking outside the box, literally.

Yesterday as the doorbell rang and Mrs. CBB opened it to find more Amazon deliveries waiting to be brought in the house. If you’ve ordered from Amazon Canada you know that every box comes with the signature arrow from A to Z.

Our son can’t understand why Amazon keeps sending us boxes of smiles. “Another smile”, he exclaimed before he slammed the door shut, junior style. We laughed because we knew right there and then that our son has the ability to see more than what is in front of him. Many of us cannot do this but trust me having an imagination is a powerful thing to stash.


What’s in the box Santa?


Last evening Mrs. CBB asked me what I wanted for Christmas from Santa. Here I thought we weren’t buying each other gifts and it turns out, we still aren’t buying each other gifts. In the midst of wrapping our Christmas gifts I found a box that Mrs. CBB told me belonged to a friend of hers. Ya, right.

After a few minutes thinking about the question she asked me I looked her in the eyes and said, All I want from Santa for Christmas is….

  1. Family and Friends
  2. Health, Love and Peace
  3. Coffee and Chocolate
  4. New Beginnings and Success

I’m sure if I could ask Santa if I could sneak another option in there it would be more sleep but we know that’s never going to happen with a toddler running around the house.

I know Mrs. CBB wasn’t too shocked to hear my list to Santa Clause because she knows the type of guy I am. I eventually found out the box on the steps was from our son for me. I thought that was so nice that my little guy who is hardly four went out of his way to do some online shopping for daddy with our credit card. I think we must have a chat about this, haha!

This Christmas consider all the small things that you may overlook in your life and make them a BIG priority moving forward. Put down your phones and wake up to the world that many of us have put to sleep via social media. You can’t get back time.

P.S Don’t get lost in the flood of finance. MONEY is NOT everything. Just plan wisely, use a budget and spend less than you earn. Make that your 2018 motto!

P.P.S  Junior CBB did some online clothing shopping for Mommy to update a few pieces in her wardrobe since losing weight on the Keto Diet. Coincidentally, it won’t be here until Boxing Day!! I’m a frugal shopper what can I say!!

Merry Christmas to all,

Enjoy this time and spread joy and love wherever you go.

Mr. and Mrs. CBB


A Week In My Life


I’m done work. I’m done work. I’m done work. That’s all you need to know and I’m smiling while I’m typing this waiting for the kettle to boil. Oh, what a wonderful feeling it is to be up early and have nowhere to go. These are the days I cherish because I know that tomorrow is never promised so any opportunity I get to spend time with my loved ones is important to me.

This week found me outside shovelling with my toddler son who just LOVES the snow. Clearly he has more of my wife in him than he does my British love for rain this time of year in Canada. My idea of a white Christmas is hanging out at the beach although nothing stops me from staring at pictures and dreaming of our next family vacation.

Most of this week I was either working, shopping, wrapping gifts or getting ready to go home to the in-laws for the holidays. This year will be bitter-sweet since we don’t know if it will be the last year together as a family. Gosh, it’s tough when family members are ill but at the same time we learn to appreciate life and how simple it needs to be.

Moving forward on the blog you will see a NEW blog design in 2018!! This post in particular may change or be simplified. I’m looking to blog a bit less in 2018 so I can spend time with my family and get some much-needed renovations done around the house. Lots more to come… stay tuned.

Happy Christmas to everyone and I’ll see you in the New Year!!

Mr. and Mrs. CBB.


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This quote is something I live by because I know that anything I have in my life comes from hard work and dedication to my goals. If you want something bad enough, go get it. As we wander into a new year consider making changes to your life that are positive and watch your motivation grow.


Parenting 101


As a relatively new parent I’ve learned so much the past almost four years since our son was born. I thought it would only be fitting to add a parenting section to this post to help inspire others and initiate conversation in the CBB community. This post by The Spiritualist titled, “All Parents Must Know This- Never Use Phrases Like This When Talking To Your Child” hit home for me.

Bullying is such a huge problem today for children even more so with the help of technology. Mrs. CBB and I have talked about bullying and how we would approach this with our son. When I read this post I realized the importance of the message and how simple phrases such as these can alter the way a child thinks about themselves and others.

This may impact their life down the road with relationships, self-love/hate, friendships, social situations, employment and so on and we certainly would not want that for our son.

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Budget Recipe



Ever since moving to Canada and blogging I’ve heard so much about Biscuits and Gravy yet I’ve never made nor tried this dish in my life. I thought it would be a great idea to whip up a batch of keto biscuits, mince and a homemade gravy to try it out. Since I’m new to the biscuits and gravy game I found a super easy recipe over at I Save A to Z for Keto Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy. This recipe screams BUDGET!!


Saturday Search Term Giggles


Every week I get tens of thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. (SIC) means I’ve copied the text exactly and it has spelling errors.

Most times funny, Sometimes serious.

  • Ask for urgent money from strangers online within a day- Right, like that’s going to happen. Head out your butt, please.
  • How to earn faster in camada (sic) – Start by spelling Canada correctly.
  • Canadian nuts and bolts recipe – I see this almost every year and have a laugh because it’s not really a Canadian recipe as opposed to made in a Canadian kitchen.

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