Hello! I’m Raquel and welcome to my personal blog. I’ve created this website as a creative outlet to share my passions and help others along the way. Whether it be organizing your finances, tips on activities to do with your toddler or deals on this seasons fashionable items. I hope you enjoy my blog and check back soon for new posts.
I created this blog during my first maternity leave and it was a huge learning curve. I had a good understanding of websites but WordPress was a whole new beast. Each day I was learning new tips and tricks on blog posts, SEO, social media and more. Now here I am on my second maternity leave, trying to provide more resources for my followers and improve my website.
Not many people want to face the truth about their finances, I used to be one of them. A few years ago I received Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money book as a gift and it changed my life. The book was finished in a few days after receiving it. I then started tracking our monthly spending, determined a budget that we could work from and we have stuck to money envelopes ever since. In the first 3 months, we paid off over $4,000 in debt and we haven’t looked back. We now have an emergency fund, savings for both daughters’ education funds and are continuing to build our retirement fund.
My second passion is fashion. For me, I love the thrill of finding a great deal. My goal is to prove that you can still be fashionable without breaking the bank. This website allows me find amazing sales that are a fraction of the regular price and share those with you.
Last but not least is my family. Having a 2 year old and a 3 month old keeps us busy. I am constantly looking for things to keep our toddler busy while teaching her new things along the way. Resources of activities, crafts and things to do throughout the year are a few things this blog will focus on. Another struggle for us is trying to figure out what to eat!?! I’m not sure if anyone else struggles with feeding their children, but the struggle is real. Meal planning and snack ideas and a structured schedule will keep the guessing out of each day.
For me, blogging was a project to keep busy during my first maternity leave. I was missing work but I felt guilty going back early so this was a way I could do what I love while spending time with my daughter. As I started to do research on blogging, I realized that you can actually make money doing what you love.
A little more about me…
I grew up in a small town in British Columbia, Canada. After finishing my marketing degree, I spent 7 months travelling around Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Travelling has not only taught me about the world, but I’ve met amazing people and lifelong friends. After returning back to the beautiful Okanagan, I now call Penticton my home. I live here with my wonderful husband Rylan and our two beautiful daughters Penelope and Delilah. Rylan and I are working to share our passions with the world and help others along the way. We truly live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and feel blessed everyday.
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