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How recovering from being a Starbucks snob saved me money

In Finance, Phenomenal Living

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE a good cup of Starbucks coffee and a delicious Starbucks pastry. It is my own personal slice of happiness.  I love the coffee, the pastry, and the conversations that I have with the baristas when I am there.  One of the baristas even invited me to attend church and I gladly went the following Sunday. To me, Starbucks is an experience that I budgeted and even talk about in my first book and in the workshops that I teach. However, once I had twins, I had to rethink my spending habits. I had to…

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why self-care matters with personal finances

How A Mini Health Scare Taught Me Why Self Care Is Linked To Financial Wellness

In Faith, Phenomenal Living

I was running around trying to pack and get organized for a road trip and then all of a sudden I felt dizzy, light headed, and shaky. It felt like my blood sugar had dropped and I had to rush to get something to eat to feel better. It wasn’t the first time this had happened and earlier that day a friend of mine admonished me to take better care of myself. She praised everything that I was doing for the twins (cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and making my own baby food), but she cautioned me that everything that I was…

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patrice-tartt FNPhenomenal Mom Interview

FNPhenomenal Mom Spotlight: Patrice Tartt

In FNPhenomenal MOM, Phenomenal Living

FNPhenomenal Mom is a series that I am doing to highlight Single Moms who are amazing moms and who are also rocking it out personally in their careers, entrepreneurship, or in the community.  I think that it is important to show other single moms that it is possible to raise amazing children without sacrificing who you are as a woman.  These interviews are motivational, but also include practical advice on how to structure your life for success, financial management tips, and techniques to teach your children about finances.  We are all in this journey together.  My hope is to highlight other…

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coping with single mom guilt or working mom guilt

How Understanding Your Role as Mom Will Save You Money and Stress

In Phenomenal Living

As single moms, sometimes we carry a lot of guilt and shame. We carry shame about the fact that our kids don’t have the other parent. Sometimes we think that it is our job to love them times two. I had a conversation with a friend of mine today, and I told her that I just want to love my kids more to make up for the fact that their dad walked out. Trust me, I use the word “dad” loosely. I already take on the parental responsibility of two parents, but I also try to love my children times…

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Why single moms should respect Father's Day

You Are Not The Father: An Open Letter to Single Moms on Father’s Day

In Phenomenal Living

Dear Single Moms, Over the past few years, I have seen an increasing number of messages and even cards that celebrate single moms on Father’s Day. Although I understand why single moms feel this way, I also think that we need to respect the integrity of Father’s Day. Before you get upset with me, let me tell you that I understand where you are coming from. I am a single mom of twins, and I am the only parent because the other parent walked out. Therefore, I know what it is like to feel like the mom and the dad….

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