Serena

Serena Appiah is a wife and mom to 3 boys in the Washington, DC metro area who enjoys writing about family, finances, and raising children.

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Is it Okay Being Mediocre?

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 8, 2013 10 Comments
Is it Okay Being Mediocre?

I’ve never excelled at anything in life.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that. And I’m not saying that as a “woe is me” statement to sucker empathy out of anyone. It’s just a matter of fact. As a child, I was labeled as “having potential,” which just meant that some adult felt that I […]

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7 Reasons You Hate the Word “Retirement”

Filed in Saving, Uncategorized by on October 12, 2013 6 Comments
7 Reasons You Hate the Word “Retirement”

What happens when you hear the word “retirement”? Are you like a kid who covers their ears– “la-la-la-la-I-can’t-heeeaarrr-yooouuuu” hoping to drown out the conversation? Well, I’m not going to slam you for shutting down when you hear the word “retirement,” because I do it, too. But we can’t run anymore, my friends. In fact, I’ve […]

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2 Months Later…How Did the Cheap Wireless Plan Work Out?

Filed in Saving, Sponsored Posts, Uncategorized by on August 20, 2013 23 Comments
2 Months Later…How Did the Cheap Wireless Plan Work Out?

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to test out a T-Mobile My Touch 4G phone, along with a $40 per month, unlimited, no contract Walmart Family Mobile plan to see how the affordable service stacked up in terms of keeping me connected to my family for one low price per month. I was excited […]

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Walgreens: Good Health Isn’t Expensive

Filed in Health, Sponsored Posts, Uncategorized by on August 19, 2013 17 Comments
Walgreens: Good Health Isn’t Expensive

Okay, wait–that’s not totally true. Have you seen the price of organic broccoli lately?! Let me re-phrase that: good health doesn’t have to be expensive. At least, preventative care doesn’t have to be. So it always amazes me when I think about how unhealthy of a society we are. And I think part of the […]

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How to Save Money: The Magic of 5

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 13, 2013 20 Comments
How to Save Money: The Magic of 5

  So now that my credit card debt has skyrocketed because of blogging conferences, I’m looking for some ways to free up some extra cash to pay them down. My previous 20 Ways to Make More Money and Cut Expenses is a good place to start. But the other day I heard THE most fantastic tip […]

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Time to Consider Another Cheap Wireless Plan?

Filed in Money, Saving, Sponsored Posts, Uncategorized by on June 30, 2013 8 Comments
Time to Consider Another Cheap Wireless Plan?

  You knew this post was coming, right? After that lengthy post that I did about how to get rid of cable to save money….. It only makes sense that we now evaluate cheap wireless plans and why you may want to consider switching cell phone plans to save money and t0 stay more connected to […]

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Make a Good First Impression With a Healthy Smile

Filed in Health, Sponsored Posts, Uncategorized by on June 24, 2013 31 Comments
Make a Good First Impression With a Healthy Smile

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are mine, and always will be! One the most important keys to success in life is making a good first impression. It’s what people are going to remember–those […]

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Save Money: How to Get Rid of Cable!

Filed in Get Rid of Cable, Saving, Utilities by on May 27, 2013 118 Comments
Save Money: How to Get Rid of Cable!

(UPDATE): Click here to read “We Got Rid of Cable. Now What??” about what it’s like being without cable after 2 years. Not sure how to get rid of cable? Well, getting rid of cable is like trying to break up with a bad boyfriend: You really don’t want him anymore, and you swear you’re going to dump […]

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Goal Setting: Baby Steps DO Count!

Filed in Goal Setting, Uncategorized by on April 17, 2013 28 Comments
Goal Setting: Baby Steps DO Count!

Last week I got into a heated debate with my good friend….to the point where she was calling me “sweetheart” (and believe me, she didn’t mean “sweetheart” as a term of endearment!) We were arguing about the best way to weight loss and the definition of a “diet.” We both had started Weight Watchers about […]

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Take Back Your Morning With Seattle’s Best Coffee

Filed in Balance, Family, Sponsored Posts, Uncategorized by on April 8, 2013 19 Comments
Take Back Your Morning With Seattle’s Best Coffee

I think women would be happier if we gave ourselves permission to be more selfish. We take care of others and make sure that their needs and happiness are taken care of, but put our own needs and happiness on the back burner because there just isn’t enough time in the day to “get it […]

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