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Money Matters from the Author of Does this Make My Assets Look Fat

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The author of Does This Make My Assets Look Fat shares her tips on how to manage your finances and invest like a pro!

Financial expert Susan Hirshman, author of the brand new book “Does This Make My Assets Look Fat” answers our readers’ burning money questions and breaks down the concept of investing and budgeting and puts it into terms any woman can understand.

As Susan sees it, the rules of successful dieting are the same rules that apply to successful money management. In her new book, Susan offers women a 3-phase personalized plan that follows common dieting programs to help them understand their finances.

Susan’s program completely removes the intimidation factor that often accompanies the words ‘personal finance’ and ‘investing’ and provides women with all the information they need to take control of their financial situations once and for all.

Question: How do you ‘get on a budget’? What are the first steps? ((We have a decent income-but we don’t have much to show for it!! We don’t waste $$ on material things-but we barely have anything saved.)

Susan: Believe it or not this question can be answered by discussing dieting and hidden calories. You know what I am talking about – those extra calories you ingest without really counting and paying attention to. The handful of M&M’s from your colleagues candy bowl, the second glass of wine, eating out of the refrigerator, and on and on. Dieting experts state that the first thing you have to do to is to find all these “hidden calories” that are sabotaging your success by writing down everything you eat.

Have you ever done this? If you have, then you are familiar with the first step in developing a budget – writing everything down and finding our “hidden expenses.” Hidden expenses just like hidden calories are things that are not memorable but when you add them together they become significant and tend to impair your financial success. ‘
Budgeting (I prefer using the term spending plan – doesn’t it sound much more palatable?) is all about awareness and measurement of your cash inflows (net salary, dividends etc) less your fixed expenses (those that are must have’s, i.e. mortgage, utilities etc) and your variable expenses (those that are discretionary, i.e. entertainment, clothes etc.)

Bottom line – if you don’t measure you can’t manage.
There are many tools available on the web to help you keep track of your spending plan. In addition your bank and/or credit card companies may offer tools as well. Get on it…☺

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Susan L. Hirshman is a former managing director at JP Morgan. She holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Life Underwriter, and a Chartered Financial Analyst. She currently lives in Manhattan.

If you have a money question for Susan, email us at beth@rolemommy.com.

This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

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A visit with CorCell

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This past Wednesday we had the honor of being invited over to CorCell a subsidiary or Cord Blood America to talk with Dr. Jerry Oneil and Natalie Curry. Dr. Oneil was kind enough to take us threw a brief showing of the facility and what they offer to cord blood banking parents. I know little on the subject, however I have to say meeting these people and hearing their stories really was great!

We also got to have a one on one interview with Natalie Curry, she’s the official spokes person for CorCell and one of the first people EVER to have a successful cord blood transplant. Natalie has some pretty inspirational things to say and I can’t wait to talk more with her in the future. Check out her website here at allaboutcordblood.com

Also anyone out there with friends or family who may be expecting, if you’re looking into Cord Blood Banking for your family, CorCell has extended a fantastic offer to any Healthy Belly members! So encourage them to sign up today before the offer expires and they receive $200 off their cord blood service!!

I’ll have a video to post soon so stay tuned 🙂
-Amber

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Yes Mommies a “real” Healthy Cookie” recipe!

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FAT-BURNING CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

(Best Eaten: as a morning or pre-workout snack) Now lets be honest, these cookies don’t actually blast fat off  thighs or eliminate the need for that afternoon run, but they do help sustain blood sugar levels which help us fight the urge to over consume at our next meal or load up on bad carbs and fat!  Every mom and Grandma should have this recipe around for those little ones who are always willing to have a cookie 😉

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 cups whey protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups low-fat small-curd cottage cheese
½ cup honey
¼ cup canola oil
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
½ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.   Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and blend with a fork.
3.   In a separate bowl, combine next 5 ingredients and whisk
together with a fork, or use an electric mixer or food processor.
4.   Add wet ingredients to dry and mix with a fork. Mix in oats,
chocolate chips and walnuts.
5.   Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an oiled or parchment-paper lined
baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes until the cookies are slightly
brown on top.

Nutrients per serving (2 cookies):  Calories: 99, Total Fats: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 72mg, Total Carbohydrates: 11g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 5g, Protein: 7g, Iron: 0mg

Staying slim requires eating satisfying snacks that keep hunger away. Key ingredients in these cookies include: Cinnamon to keep your blood sugar in check, slow-digesting protein from cottage cheese paired with faster-digesting whey protein powder to steadily suppress appetite, whole wheat flour for energy-revving B vitamins, oats for their anti-inflammatory polyphenols and beta-glucan, which along with healthy fats from walnuts promote a feeling of fullness that subdues cravings.  We all crave sweets, so the way I look at it is, why not put something in our bodies that will actually do some good!  Complete Recipe also available on The Healthy Belly.com

BONUS:  Chocolate chips will surely squash any feeling of deprivation!

bon’ appetit

Amber 😉

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