It’s Kind of a Funny Story

by Julie August 15, 2014
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So, funny story. A year ago this week, Lindsey and I were in New York to be on the TODAY show. (Did you miss our 4 ½ minutes of fame? You can see it here.) The next day was rainy – very rainy – and we were killing time in a bookstore in the basement […]

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Reader Q&A and Recommended Reading

by Julie February 11, 2014

My daughter Lindsey and I recently received a reader question through the U.S. News & World Report site where we wrote a blog for two years. The question is a common one so I wanted to share it here. Here’s what the reader wrote: My daughter is not going to a school for a certain […]

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Twitterature: July 2013 Edition

by Julie July 15, 2013

Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy has a fun feature she does each month called Twitterature. She describes it as short, casual reviews of books you’ve been reading. They’re done Twitter-style, which explains the clever name, and I’ve long wanted to participate in Twitterature, since I’m rarely up for writing a long book review. So it looks […]

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Books with Memorable Settings: Savannah, Nantucket and Ireland

by Julie May 20, 2013
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I’m drawn to books with a strong sense of place. The kinds of books where the setting plays a major role, almost like a character. So it’s not surprising that three of my favorite authors write books that fall into this category. Mary Kay Andrews I first discovered Mary Kay Andrews when I was getting […]

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Get Out of Debt Like the Debt Heroes

by Julie March 25, 2013

Every day people find The Family CEO through search terms like these: How I got out of debt (199 searches so far this year) Get out of debt stories (135 searches) Getting out of debt success stories (82 searches) Debt success stories (77 searches) How I got out of debt blog (74 searches) Debt payoff success […]

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Washington and Lincoln Facts and a Quick Killing Lincoln Review

by Julie February 18, 2013
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The nice folks at H&R Block have created an infographic for President’s Day. Some things I found interesting: Both of these guys were really tall. Lincoln was only 56 when he died. Why did I think he was older? There was no federal income tax when Washington was President and only two income tax rates […]

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Will You Have Downton Abbey Withdrawal? These Things Might Help.

by Julie February 15, 2013
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Like the rest of the free world, it seems, I’m a Downton Abbey fan. Actually, my whole family is. From my parents to my husband to my college-aged daughter and high school son. We’ve all found something to love in Downton. My daughter actually drives the 30 miles or so from college to home each […]

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Book Club Report: What Alice Forgot

by Julie February 1, 2013
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On Tuesday it was my turn to host book club at my house. Our book club began 10+ years ago (no one can quite remember exactly the year) when our kids were all students at the same elementary school. There are 12 of us, and while there have been a few additions and subtractions over […]

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Happier at Home Book Giveaway

by Julie December 31, 2012
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The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. – William Morris, “The Aims of Art” This quote is how Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home begins. This quote is also how I immediately knew I was in the right place, because I have a […]

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Book Club: Library Sale Edition

by Julie May 4, 2012

Last month I stumbled up on a used book sale at the library. I spent a glorious hour or so picking through books while I listened to two volunteer library sale staffers talk a little too loudly about some library gossip. Loved that part. Nothing like a little entertainment with your book shopping. Anyway, I […]

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