October 28, 2013

Today is one of those days where I have a topic I want to write about that is not the most cheerful or exciting of topics, but one that is life changing and one that’s been heavy on my heart lately.

For some weird reason I have found myself diving into the news more and more lately and reading these sad, heartbreaking stories of death. Why? I have no clue, because after I read them I feel so sad for those families that have lost loved ones and I worry about how they will carry on.

Recently, I have had some friends of mine who have endured a death in their families or the death a close friend and I’m just heartbroken for them. One in particular that has stayed with me lately is the sudden death of a friend’s brother in law. He was killed in an accident and it is heartbreaking and tragic, but I was immediately worried about his wife and their 3 kids. She just had a new baby and already has 2 other little ones and her husband was taken from them. I tried to imagine what she was going through and I all I could think about is how I’d take care of my kids, my home, my life. Maybe it’s the planner in me or maybe it’s purely educational, but knowing how I would take care of things if anything were to ever happen to my hubby has been on my mind the moment I became a mother and I had more responsibility than my just myself to be concerned about.

There’s no way we can ever be fully prepared to endure life after we lose someone. There’s pain, heartache, stress, a hole where they left us. It’s not easy. It never will be. We can however prepare financially if we ever have to face such an unfortunate event in our life. How?  By insuring your life and the lives of your loved ones. How do we do that? Life insurance.

Being the wife of an insurance agent I have learned so much about the need for life insurance and just what it means to people. I mean I “knew” about it and always had whatever policy I could get with my job, but learning more about what it means for my future and for the future of those I love has been life changing.

Yes it’s a financial investment and one that you hope to never have to use, but think about the “what ifs”. There is no guarantee in life and it’s tough to swallow, but the planner in me wants one less worry if ever I lose the love of my life. I want to know that the future of my children and me does not have to be altered because I didn't adequately and selflessly prepare for life situations that I could mildly prepare for.

I don’t want to worry about paying bills, losing my home, feeding my children, not being able to afford new clothes for them as they grow, or being able to afford sending my children to college if I ever such a tragedy strikes my family. I don’t want my husband to worry either.

My hubby and I both have life insurance policies on ourselves to insure that if ever anything were to happen to one of us, we’d be ok financially. I feel safe and secure just a little bit more knowing that we are investing in a product that will take care of us if we need it to. We also have a policy on our little boy and the little boy on his way if ever anything were to happen to them. It’s not something that any of us like to think about, but it’s life. It’s what you’re insuring, it’s what you’re investing in, and it’s what is important.

Some people think “well I’ll be dead; I don't have to worry about all that stuff. My family can worry about it”. How fair would it be to leave your family in debt, with no way to pay for a funeral so they could properly grieve, no way to pay for home you lived it, etc.? Not fair and horribly selfish.

From the LIFE Foundation:

“Life insurance provides cash to your family after your death. This cash (known as the death benefit) replaces your income and can help your family meet many important financial needs like funeral costs, daily living expenses and college funding. What’s more, there is no federal income tax on life insurance benefits. Most Americans need life insurance. To figure out if you need life insurance, you need to think through the worst-case scenario. If you died tomorrow, how would your loved ones fare financially? Would they have the money to pay for your final expenses (e.g., funeral costs, medical bills, taxes, debts, lawyers’ fees, etc.)? Would they be able to meet ongoing living expenses like the rent or mortgage, food, clothing, transportation costs, healthcare, etc.? What about long-range financial goals? Without your contribution to the household, would your surviving spouse be able to save enough money to put the kids through college or retire comfortably? The truth is, it’s always a struggle when you lose someone you love. But your emotional struggles don’t need to be compounded by financial difficulties. Life insurance helps make sure that the people you care about will be provided for financially, even if you’re not there to care for them yourself.”

Life Insurance FACTS:
·         30% of US households have no life insurance at all; 44% have individual life insurance.
·         50% of US households say they need more life insurance.
·         “Everyday expenses” such as energy costs, food, clothing, and transportation were cited by more than half of customer surveyed as limits on ability to save for financial goals.
·         Consumers who believe they need life insurance, 86% haven’t bought it because they think it’s too expensive.
To read more facts about life insurance click here

Shopping for life insurance can be overwhelming and stressful. What type of policy do you need? How much can you afford? What's the difference between a term policy and a whole life policy? How big of a policy do I need? 

Then you have to decide whether or not you can trust your agent and what they’re telling you is actually for your own good or for their benefit. Thankfully I have the best agent in the world that I get to call my own. I trust him with my life because he’s my husband.

If you’d like more information on what it would cost to insure the stability of your family’s future you can contact him at any time. He went into insurance because he felt a calling to help educate and help protect you and your families. Not just with everyday insurance like home and auto, but with life insurance. When he sees a family in need of it and knows they are hesitant in investing in life insurance, he spends time finding coverage that is affordable for them and he comes home telling me how he’s been able to help protect another family and their future.

I’m thankful for the education I've received on life insurance and I wanted to make sure I shared the same information to you so that you could better protect your family's future if need be.

It’s important to our family and I hope it’s important to yours.

I pray that no one who reads this will ever endure such heartache, but if you do then I pray that you have taken the time to invest in protecting your family’s financial future.

To contact my hubby for more information here is his contact information:
Phone: 574-534-2611 ext. 3647 
Fax:    866-760-6251

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Gender Reveal Party

October 21, 2013

This was the first gender reveal party I've thrown and hopefully not my last. Well, my last for me, but hopefully not my last for friends and those who ask me to plan a party.

It was simple, fun, and didn't cost a lot at all. Cheap is always better for me. ;)

Like I said in my previous post I try to decorate around the centerpiece and my centerpiece of choice is always a cake. I have the most talented friend who owns Small Town Cakes and does an amazing job every time.

The table was set up with a few varieties of sweet treats. To dress up the table around the cake I did pink and blue Jone's Soda, then used a Sharpie to color the "HE" and "SHE" on a Hershey bar, and then dipped pretzel rods in white chocolate and covered them in blue and pink sprinkles.

I was able to pick up a table cover, plates, napkins, forks, and spoons at the Dollar Tree {score}. I always get balloons from the wonderful people at Lily's Party/The Paper Depot. The "He or She" banner I had made through A Pretty Little Party (if anyone wants the PDF for the banner let me know).

The "He or She" box banner I made myself. I am not an artist, but I made an attempt and I was pretty proud of the way it turned out. I just got a large piece of black construction paper and used chalk to make the banner.

All photos were done by my wonderful neighbor and friend from Jessica Lynn Photography.

That's it. Quick, simple, tasteful, and fun!

For any of you who need help planning a gender reveal party let me know. I'm happy to help!


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Family Fall Party

October 16, 2013

Nothing warms my heart and home more than having friends fill it up and being able to spend some time with the people I care about.

The last couple years Jordan and I have thrown a fall party for some of our friends and their families. Thankfully the weather has been great each year. We have a variety of yummy foods to share with one another so we eat lots, talk lots, play games, and enjoy the warmth of one another's company and a bonfire.

This year we had bobbing for apples for the adults and kids, but as you can see the kids were the only ones to partake. They were so stinking cute. All of them tried really hard to get apples and of course my munchkin thought it was easier to just use his hands. ;)

I'm so thankful for the people in my life I'm blessed to call friends. I know that life gets so hectic and overwhelming at times that I tend to forget to be the good friend to people I desire to be, but I hope they know deep down just how much they mean to me. Even on the days I forget to remind them that I care.

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Gender Reveal Party Preview

October 14, 2013

With this new little munchkin on the way we decided to throw a Gender Reveal Party; a new trending way to tell everyone what you're having. I totally would've had one with Mason had they been around then or had I known about them.

I didn't want to do anything extravagant or go overboard. So, I planned a very simple and fairly cheap party.

When I plan a party I usually pick my theme and plan to dress up one main table around that theme. Then I use a cake as the main centerpiece. I'm so thankful for the talent my friend Tomi from Small Town Cakes has. I give her a theme/idea and she creates the best centerpieces for me. Once I have my cake then I dress the table up around that.

Here's a little preview of our party. I will have more pictures and details to come in the next couple weeks so stay tuned.

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It's A Boy!!

October 4, 2013

Well gang, it's another boy and I couldn't be more thrilled!

Our Gender Reveal Party was a success; I will have a separate blog with those details and photos.

I just wanted to make sure all of my lovely readers knew what we were having.

The winner of the He or She Giveaway is posted here.

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