Snarphs falling from the ceiling, literally!

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The Snarphs are falling from the skye at New Life Christian Church in Watertown, NY. Their “Sprouts” room for children 2-5 now have Snarphs to watch over them. I was asked if the church could use my characters for artwork in one of their children’s rooms.  I couldn’t be happier about allowing everyone to enjoy them! I made these characters almost 4 years ago and had no idea they would bring so much joy and happiness to people. I cant wait to see this in person at some point and am extremely excited for what else is to come from the SnarphBlat Chronicles!

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Latest Project – The Gardener and the Door

My brother has the coolest church ever. If I lived in New York again, this would be the one I would attend. I received an E-mail from him asking me to help design the theme and backdrop for their Easter Service (I chose the color scheme, made the clouds, hills but not the logo! Logo and other designs created by Jason Clement). Which by the way, looked incredible and I wish I could have been there. Little did I know that the backgrop elements would be in everything from the pamphlets to the screens up in the sanctuary.  See below!

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Last but not least, my Mommy! Isn’t she such a doll? <3

Beautifully designed work from New Life Media

Thinking like a Saver – Broke Girl Rich Girl Series

” For every dollar that you spend that is not thought through is a choke to your retirement, your savings and your dreams.”

Thinking like a Saver - Broke Girl Rich Girl Series By Hillary Hopper

Everyone is trying to squeeze a penny out of you. They tell you in their subtle ways that if you buy their product you’ll be more valuable. Your status will move up and people will like you more.

That couldn’t be further from the truth dear reader. Our possessions should serve as filling needs or a hobby. The occasional splurge for a treat to yourself is acceptable. But not in excess. You need clothes to stay warm and to look presentable, but don’t let it get out of hand. Your motive for purchases should have meaning and be methodical. For every dollar that you spend that is not thought through is a choke to your retirement, your savings and your dreams.

Some questions to ask yourself before you make a purchase:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Why do I want this?
  • Will I like this a year from now?
  • Is the quality worth the price?
  • What is my track record for similar purchases?

 

Now I’m not talking about grocery shopping or purchasing an RX (Although groceries stores have a way of telling you that you need more).  These are questions to ask yourself when you’re online surfing Pinterest, Ruelala and many other popular penny pinchers. People are so good at making products look needy. So desirable you just have to buy. But resist. Is that necklace going to be a staple in your wardrobe? Will you wear it in a year? How trendy is it? Classic? Ah so many questions! But important ones. The way you manage your money now is a glimpse for how your future and retirement will look. Look at your bank statements and you will see either a successful future or one of always trying to catch up.

How to deal?

Don’t shop and save as much as you can.  Wait what?! Did I just say don’t shop? Yes, that’s exactly what I said. By not looking you’re saving. That extra $10 can go into your retirement, savings, or your dream savings account. Since when was the last time you bought a shirt that helped you buy new furniture, or grew your retirement fund? I say almost never in my life. The only time an outfit made me money is when I wore a suit to a job interview that put me in the position I am in today (Dressing for the future postion you want to have is always a good thing!).

What next, no shopping? My life is going to end!

Oh my gosh the drama! I thought my life was ending too! What happened to shopping with my girlfriends, buying a bag or bracelet online on a whim. Absolutely nothing. The only difference is I just don’t swipe my card. I hold self control as my closet friend and always keep her by my side. You’ll leave stores feeling more confident about yourself knowing you just saved $100 towards your dream in life, retirement or that mini vacation with your significant other. The greatest thing about being a shopper that saves, is that you invest your money into memories and not material things. I’d much rather have a million memories with the people I love, then a thousand pairs of shoes stacked to the nines (Although lets not get too carried away here, I do love shoes). ;)

 What are ways that help you when you’re shopping or just about to hit “Submit” on an online purchase?