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With that in mind, here are 5 quick tips to help all of us win tax season this year: 1. Tax Reform Explained Magnify Money 2. Get Organized This is key to your overall success during this time of year. Make sure that you have a safe place in your home to store all of your tax documents you receive prior to filing. You could be waiting on various types of tax forms such as: W-2 Wages , Various forms for income , or a Various forms for income.
Possible Life Events to Constitute a Tax Form: bought a house, added a dependant, started a new job, started a new business, completed some independent contractor work, or was a beneficiary of insurance income, etc. Getting your taxes done for can either take a lot of time or no time at all. Depends on each individual situation and varies from year to year. The sooner you begin, the more time you have to check your work and make sure you get the best refund.
Every year since I started receiving a W-2, I had my taxes done and turned in by the second week of February. Which also meant I got my refund that much sooner. Are you a person that wants someone to do it all for you? Do you like to DIY the paperwork to save money? Do you like a Hybrid of the two? Having someone else do the work for you is nice as it saves time, but it can also be more expensive. Last but not least, and my personal favorite, is to do a DIY method with someone virtually holding my hand.
When it comes to this method, I make sure that the software makes me feel confident that I did my taxes right regardless of refund. Having to hassle with a tax audit can be stressful, time consuming, and expensive. Try out one or two different products out on the market and use the one that makes you feel like a tax wizard. Plan for an Awesome This is the best part of the whole process for two reasons. First is you get to decide on how you want to spend your refund woot woot! Second, is that you can now take your fresh tax knowledge to apply it to a plan for The best way to have a successful tax season next year is to know what you should do this year to handle your income and purchases.
So, study up while you can at the beginning of this year by reading some books, blog posts, or by talking with your CPA friend in order for a successful There you have it ladies and gentlemen. But Why? Well, like all things in life, we change. So at the end of the day, the name is different but the goofy content about my life as a dad remains the same. Look I get it.
And, heck. For some of us including myself , the only exercise we got the month of November is running… Out of cash. What we would give for an extra couple bucks; especially this time of year when you want to get the coolest bunny slippers for your parents, a slinky for Sally, and a poop emoji pillow for your uncle Paul. And to help get your wheels turning, here are a few ideas to fill the bank account this holiday season.
Stop it. I know what you just did. Note, these companies do have limits. So yes, you can pay for a good portion of your holiday shopping off of software review surveys. Wanted to let you know so there is full transparency. Drive for Uber or Lyft in your spare time, mornings, or evenings. You could even use one of these tools as a part of your daily commute to work to make some extra cash. But, did you also know you could simply rent out your car? If you have a nice vehicle that just sits in the garage or on the driveway most of the time, you can rent out your car through companies like Turo.
After signing up, you set the price and let people book your car for certain times or days and you watch as your car makes money for you as you sit at home! You can make money off of watching TV. BUT, there are jobs out there that pretty much anyone can do while working from home.
For example, at my current job they needed someone to review the paperwork. I said my wife might be interested. And the rest is history. There are plenty of Bookkeeping or admin jobs that companies need help with. Just jump on ZipRecruiter, LinkedIn, or ask your spouse or neighbor if their company needs a hand.
All you dog lovers out there can make money. Spending time with more dogs. So, if this sounds like you, go check out Rover and see about making an extra couple hundred bucks a month! Like your old phone, toaster, or whatever is stored in those closets you are afraid to open. Plus, now is a really good time to sell things as people are in a buying mindset with the holidays! Only sell locally and plan to meet in a public location for transactions 7.
However, if you can handle being a landlord it can be totally worth it and make you a lot of money fairly quickly. My wife and I opted to just rent out our basement on a yearly contract, but I know some people that furnish their basement and use AirBnB can make a lot of money. And, on top of that, you may not be the type to take a winter trip.
But those people do exist. And, instead of letting your RV sit on your yard or in a storage center, rent it out for others to use with Outdoorsy and make some extra cash while watching football in front of your warm fireplace. If you have some extra space in your basement, attic, garage, or shed you can make some extra cash just by allowing someone else to use it. So, if you have what people need and want some extra cash, then Style Lend will be your jam. This site is great for parents that want to either try out specific baby gear before buying or to rent something for an extended period of time while on vacation.
Simply list your unused baby gear on the app and let the money come on in! Items that can be rented: Strollers, car seats, cribs, high chairs, toys, books, and outdoor baby gear. What things have you done to make some quick money for the holidays? Let us all know in the comments below to help others! Halloween safety. And that usually brings about two types of people. Or by yourself. But, before you go out on Halloween night, here are a few Halloween Safety tips and tricks to keep you and the kiddos safe this year: 1.
Have a Well Balanced Meal Weird one to start with. I know. However, this one will be important for a couple of reasons. You want everyone to be fueled and ready to go for the long walk you are about to embark on and you want your kids to be full so they avoid going on a candy eating binge later… we all know why… 2. Be sure to have a flashlight with you, wear clothing that reflects light, or keep glow sticks handy so that traffic will see you when crossing the street.
As the parent, make sure you are extra visible and noticeable by your kids. Feel free to get creative here… 3. Plan your Route Although you may know your neighborhood well, it never hurts to be prepared. Plan out the route you will be trick-or-treating with your kids so that in the off chance someone gets lost from the group they will know where you will be and how to get home. This is especially important for parents to know what route their older kids, typically age 12 or older, will be taking if they are heading out with just their friends for the first time.
Also, use this time to plan a route that will keep you in well lit areas and to plan a specific time that you will leave and get home. Typical trick-or-treat hours range from 5pm to 8pm depending on your neighborhood 4. Wear Comfy Shoes Nobody wants hurt feet. Simple enough. Never Go Alone Always stay with a group. Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult and older children preteen or older should be with friends of similar age or older. For extra precautions, make sure at least one person in the group has a cell phone.
Candy Check After all of the trick or treating is over, children will be digging through their bags for all of their favorite candies. And parents will be plopping onto the couch to start the Netflix binge. Tips for Non Trick-Or-Treaters 1. Drive Safe Be sure to drive even slower around neighborhoods as there may be some people that are wearing dark clothing that will be difficult to see. Turn on your Lights Turn on your porch lights, and replace burnt out lights, to help light the way for people along the street.
This will also let people know you are accepting trick-or-treaters. Leash Your Furry Friends Some people that may come to your door could either be terrified or allergic to some animals. Even after following all of these Halloween safety tips you should remember one thing… Have Fun out there! Nothing could be better than sitting 10 stories up eating at a gourmet buffet with your loved ones while staring out over Temple Square if you happen to be in the mood for amazing food in Utah.
This place fills up quick and a reservation is key to solidify your spot for the evening. Then, once you arrive at the restaurant, expect to be seated and then tempted by one of their signature rolls right out of the oven with butter spread from heaven. There is a seemingly endless amount of choices. You want gourmet pasta? Prime Rib? Of course. Fish, chicken, and potatoes variations?
Sure, why not. Soups, salads, and bread? And what about dessert you ask? Creme Brulee, cheesecakes, and chocolate cakes galore. However, I must make a quick mention that out of all of the delicious foods I had especially the prime rib the chicken was a little dry. But, aside from that, the food was incredible.
Oh, and watch the potatoes like a hawk… they go quick. The Environment As I alluded to previously, the whole ambiance of the restaurant is absolutely brilliant. The views over downtown Salt Lake City as it turns from dusk to dark were drop dead gorgeous. From one side of the restaurant, you look out over the dancing lights of the busy city and from another the Utah State Capitol Building.
This warm and relaxing atmosphere definitely made the evening more enjoyable. Eating whatever I wanted and how much I wanted while chatting with my wife across the table created a fantastic experience. The amazing live piano music and dim lighting with a gorgeous view made for an environment that was great for Melanie and me to simply eat and talk. The only distraction we faced was the ever beckoning call of the buffet to try something new. So, at the end of the day, if you know that you will be stopping by Utah and want some amazing food in Salt Lake City, I would recommend that you set a reservation for The Roof.
As soon as you are seated, you can get up to get food. High quality in everything Great and Kind Service Cons: Some meats may not be done to your liking dry, not done enough, etc. Dress code is not enforced but strongly encouraged. Not a great place to bring young children. This is a fancier restaurant that is great for special events, not necessarily for you to always be watching your kids.
Enjoy your evening… find a babysitter. Also depends on whether you order a specialty drink. Park below the Joseph Smith Memorial Building The Roof is at the top of this building and grab a 3-hour parking validation at the restaurant to save on parking fees. How to manage fatherhood depression. Let us start where this all began.
It was a Saturday morning in when my wife was anxiously waiting for me to wake up from a deep slumber. In my typical pre-dad life, I would wake up around am and slowly make my way to the kitchen to make breakfast and then over to the couch to start my day of watching sports. But, this morning would be different. I could hardly believe it!! The emotions of joy and happiness could barely be contained… Now. Fast forward through lots of stress and drama with Eli and his heart procedures and we arrive back at home.
Just Melanie, Eli, and me. It was a cold December night about 3 weeks before Christmas. Eli was in my arms crying as I tried to rock him to sleep. I tried a bottle, sitting, snuggling, burping, rocking in a chair, and rocking standing up. I became so frustrated that Melanie had to get up to take Eli from me… and I snapped. I fell to my knees crying, defeated, and broken. After what felt like an hour, Melanie came and helped me inside. She rubbed my back as I let her know what I was feeling and apologized for my outburst.enter site
Melanie listened and offered words of encouragement and we headed off to bed. I had a panic attack. Months of stress about work, paying medical bills, and becoming a new father had taken its toll on my mental health and I was lost. I was suffering from postnatal depression.
Throughout this whole process, our social worker and doctors continued to follow up on how Melanie was handling her mental health during postpartum. Yet, it had not occurred to them nor myself how much the situation had affected my own mental health. As a dad, I thought I was tough and that I was handling the stress well despite the circumstances. From the outside, I had it all together. From the inside, I felt hopeless, lost, and wondered if I had what it takes to be a good father. If you feel that you may be struggling with depression being a father, here a few tips and resources to help: 1.
Meditate There are many apps you can download paid or free that will help you better control your mind and stress. Meditation was a practice that I started soon after my panic attack that dramatically improved my mental strength and still does today! Exercise We all know the positive effects of exercise on the body. However, exercise has also been proven to help reduce depression, anxiety, and improve self-esteem.
I started exercising 4 mornings a week shortly after my mental health episode and it dramatically improved my physical and mental well-being. Around February of I began routine visits with a counselor to help manage the anxiety and stress I was feeling. His help has given me more peace than I could have ever achieved on my own. If you work at it.
Listen to podcasts about fatherhood, parenthood, or personal development. Read books.
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Read blog posts to build mental strength. Talk with professionals. Communicate with your spouse. Be patient with yourself. And grow. Your father looks absolutely adorable and I send you hugs and may he rest in peace. All that to say, he is my Dad, and I love him. I am so sorry for your loss — and hope these beautiful thoughts and your memories of such a wonderful man, will comfort you in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. You have an amazing gift, having had such an incredible father…. You will always be able to cherish that knowledge — in your mind, your heart, and your soul….
Mary Anne, so sorry for your loss. I too know the pain of losing a father. Never forget that!
Thank you so much, Stacey. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! My heart aches for you and your family. Your father sounds like a wonderful man and this is such a beautiful tribute to him. Sending you a giant virtual hug!
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Oh my goodness! My heart is aching for you right now. These cinnamon rolls look amazing. Thank you for sharing one of his favorite recipes with us. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful post, he sounds like an incredible dad. These cinnamon rolls look perfect, I can see why they were his favorite.
My heart breaks for you and your family. I cannot imagine the loss you must be going through. I am glad you did have a great relationship together and he left you with so many wonderful memories and shaped who you are today. That is something that will always be with you. You and your family are in my thoughts! Thank you, Amanda. I appreciate your kind words. Oh, Maryanne! I am so very, very sorry about your sweet papa. This was such a sweet tribute to him. I just emailed my Dad to let him know how much I love him.
Sending you and your family lots of love. I remember so clearly you talking about your wonderful dad and how excited you were to show him your dress. This is such a profoundly beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your heart and I know this made your father incredibly proud. It must have made him so very happy.
Reading this made me cry so much, especially when you talked about your wedding. I lost both my last set of grandparents months before my wedding and my mama helped me a lot with it. But then she passed away 4 months after my grandpa.
It was a very rough year and made me sad planning or thinking about our wedding. But then something happened on our wedding day that only makes me believe more than ever our grandparents were there in spirit that day. As the priest talked about our grandparents, the sun suddenly came out through the gloomy skies and lit up the entire church. It was like a sign they were watching us. He looked like an amazing man and cinnamon rolls are my favorite too. Thank you for sharing your love and memorial to him. Thank you, Cheryl. I believe your grandparents were there watching over you. Thank you, Karen!
I love that quote. Oh dear, my heart breaks for you. I am so so sorry to hear tia sad news. That was the longest night. Do take solace in the fact that he loved you and your family so much!! And hang in there as you plan your wedding…it was one of the hardest things I ever did. Just remember that he wanted you to be happy. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story, Zainab. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! It must have taken you a lot of courage to write this post. I can feel the love and joy between you and your dad.
May the peace of God be with you and your family as you heal from the lost. It is a beautiful post though. I am very sorry for your loss, Maryanne. It sounds like your dad was a really sweet man and a wonderful dad. Sending lots of love your way. Take care. Your love for your father shines so brightly. Sounds like he was such a thoughtful, caring man. So incredibly sorry for your loss.
Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a loved one but you can hope and know that with time grief fades and only the good memories remain. May he be at peace and may you find peace soon. Thank you, Ace. I agree, time will eventually heal the heart. I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, friend! I came here for the cinnamon rolls, but stayed for the heartwarming story about your father.
I am so, so sorry for your loss. Look at them! And that photo of the two of you at the end put a big smile on my face. Sending love from the east coast. Thank you for sharing, Coley. I hope you are healing. And I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving : xoxo. I am so, so sorry for the loss of your father. You clearly had an amazing relationship with him. The ones we love never really leave us, and I know your papa is going to be with you, always. I can see why these are papas favorite!
They look delicious and love that orange addition in the frosting! Thank you for sharing this recipe that you father loved! Thank you for reading the post! Whenever I bake these cinnamon rolls, I am reminded of all the happy memories I had with my father. I hope you enjoy the recipe! Have you tried making this the night before, assemble it to the pan with all the filling and refrigerating , for baking the following day?
This has been my go to cinnamon rolls recipe lately. You can roll the dough with the filling. Slice and arrange on the baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge overnight. The following morning, allow the rolls to come to room temperature and then bake as usual. I found you doing a search for a pan de sal recipe currently rising. What a transparently beautiful, well written tribute to your Papa.
What a great man. You seem to embody his joy for life and pursuit of happiness. That I too can get through this. Thank you. I cannot put into words the gratitude I feel. Thank you so much for trying out the recipe and thank you for commenting with your kind words. Just know, you are not alone. There is light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how sad and bleak it may seem right now, in time, you and your family will get through it. The Little Epicurean contains paid advertising banners and sponsored posts. Any Amazon links found on this site are affiliate links.
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Leave a Comment Cancel reply. Comments Wendy Though I am a stranger to you, my heart goes out to you. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Wendy. Marisa You write with such courage after facing something I can only imagine to be the most difficult thing to happen. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Marisa. Karen I can tell your father was a beautiful person and you were very fortunate daughter. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you so much, Karen. Susan A Beautiful and touching tribute. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Susan. It feels like no amount of time is ever enough to spend with a loved one. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Michelle.
Mama I woke up this morning and felt lightness in my heart. Jenn I My thoughts are with you — losing a parent is the worst. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you Jenn. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving! Maryanne Cabrera Thank you so much for sharing Jannde. Deb Johns Teary eyed as I read this beautiful tribute to your Dad. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you Deb. Stacey Wassif Mary Anne, so sorry for your loss. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you so much, Stacey. Amy Club Narwhal My heart aches for you and your family. Tonia from TheGunnySack Oh my goodness!
Amanda Cookie Named Desire My heart breaks for you and your family. X Reply. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Amanda. Lorena I am so sorry for your loss. Lindsey Cafe Johnsonia Oh, Maryanne! Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Amy. I appreciate it very much! Becky Hardin I remember so clearly you talking about your wonderful dad and how excited you were to show him your dress. Cheryl Toledo Reading this made me cry so much, especially when you talked about your wedding. Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Cheryl. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Maryanne Cabrera Thank you, Karen! Zainab Oh dear, my heart breaks for you.
Maryanne Cabrera Thank you for sharing your story, Zainab.