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How to find a divorce lawyer (that you’ll actually like)

By Emma Johnson | March 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’ve made up your mind and there’s no alternative but divorce, talking to at least a few lawyers is always a good idea. The first consultation is sometimes free, so you’ve got nothing to lose. And you can gain a lot of information during divorce lawyer interviews if you head into the conversation armed…

Why you can’t afford to do your own laundry (and how to outsource housekeeping & maintenance to save time)

By Emma Johnson | February 27, 2019 | 163 Comments

Last summer my kids returned from a couple weeks in Los Angeles where they stayed with their aunt. Me: Why does Lucas have all new underwear? Helena: All his underwear had skid mark stains in them, so Aunt Tina bought him all new chonies at Target. Why didn’t I, his own mother, know that my…

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41 things every woman should do alone (at least once)

By Emma Johnson | February 25, 2019 | 2 Comments

I was recently speaking with a recently-separated friend. She had been with her husband for more than 15 years, and the prospect of spending so much alone time was daunting. Taking care of the car, the yard and the taxes were new to her. She craved a vacation, but the thought of traveling alone scared…

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How to feng shui every room in your home (and make money at the same time)

By Emma Johnson | February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

My ex and I separated more than 10 years ago, and while the initial purge of his stuff and our stuff and my stuff-that-reminded-me-of-him-in-a-bad-way happened years ago, I am still Marie Kondo-ing my two-bedroom co-op of my marriage. In fact, this week I posted on CraigsList a vintage Heywood-Wakefield dresser that we bought for our…

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How much is my jewelry worth?

By Emma Johnson | February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Of all the items you own in your lifetime, jewelry is often the most personal. Your prized pieces can represent a special occasion, a memory you cherish, or the love you have for another person.   Unfortunately, sentimental value isn’t a factor when assessing how much your jewelry is worth. If you want to list…

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Nationwide Life Insurance review

By Emma Johnson | January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nationwide Life Insurance review This post was created in partnership with Nationwide. If you are a mom, life insurance is one of the fundamentals of financial planning — no matter your income, or whether you are the breadwinner or a stay-at-home or single parent. Even if you aren’t wealthy, imagine what your kids’ life would be…

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Mama Gena, on NYT bestseller PUSSY: A Reclamation

By Emma Johnson | January 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

Earlier this year I interviewed an incredible woman, someone whose work has changed the way I feel about my body, sexuality, gender and life:  Regena Thomashauser, aka Mama Gena, who, through her in-person and online workshops called Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, and books by the same name, Thomashauser offers a fascinating history on the power…

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Why your arguments for alimony are wrong

By Emma Johnson | January 30, 2019 | 21 Comments

I have a friend who had been married for 20 years. He had a high-earning career, and after spending her 20s in low-paid retail jobs, his wife stayed home full-time with the kids, until they were in high school, then worked part-time retail, tried to start a couple of craft businesses that went nowhere, and…

Worthy.com review: My experience selling a diamond ring online

By Emma Johnson | January 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

I've had a long-standing relationship with Worthy.com, an online marketplace for selling your diamond engagement ring, heirloom and estate jewelry, watches and other jewels. There are lots of reasons that I chose to work with them, including their A+ Better Business Bureau rating, that a casual search online revealed mostly positive posts, and, because increasingly,…

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WP Diamonds review and comparison to Worthy.com. Which is better?

By Emma Johnson | January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re newly divorced or have been for years, inherited gems, jewelry or watches from a family member, or received a present you don’t love, you might wonder what you can do with your jewelry or your wedding and engagement rings. If you're thinking of selling it, where is the best place to sell your…

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7 ways single moms can get their financial act together in 2019

By Emma Johnson | January 9, 2019 | 6 Comments

Ready to get your finances together in the new year, single mama! Here is what you need to save, invest, find affordable insurance and hit all your income and money goals in 2019 and beyond!

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Online-Therapy.com review

By Holly Johnson | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s common to go through ups and downs. But you don’t have to face it alone, nor do you have to rearrange your life to get the help you need. The convenience of meeting with a therapist through Online-Therapy.com can be life changing. Rather than taking time…

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Ellevest Review: Investing for women using a robo-advisor

By Emma Johnson | January 7, 2019 | 8 Comments

I've been hearing a lot about Ellevest, a robo-advisor created by and for women. I was intrigued. After all, it is one if my life's missions to get more women to take control of their money, and save and invest for their dreams now, as well as the future. If I have said it once,…

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11 best savings accounts for moms for 2019

By Emma Johnson | January 3, 2019 | 2 Comments

Every mom needs a savings account in her own name, arguably more than the average American. After all, statistically, we are more likely to be fully responsible for the care and cost of children, and less likely to benefit from a spouse or large Social Security check later in life. More than half of us…

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How to get dads involved in divorce and separated families

By Emma Johnson | January 2, 2019 | 3 Comments

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play   This is an important episode. Terry Brennan, co-founder of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, an activist organization responsible for introducing legislation in 20 states, that makes equal, shared parenting the presumption in family court. This is a critical issue for children, who suffer…

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How to make money as a single mom

By Holly Johnson | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

No matter how much income you bring in every month, most moms feel they could can use a little more cash. Or, a LOT more cash. Most of us could use more spending money, and there’s always debt to pay off or college tuition to save for. If you don’t have any other uses for…

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How to invest in art (for everyday people who aren't rich)

By Emma Johnson | December 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

This post was created in partnership with Masterworks.io. Over the past few years as I’ve started to make good money and max out of tax-sheltered options (401k and Roth IRA), I’ve explored other investment asset classes, or types of investments outside of traditional stock markets. Especially stuff that I can enjoy in real life. Like…

Zoosk Review: Online dating profiles and matching made easy

By Emma Johnson | November 29, 2018 | 2 Comments

Online dating can feel impersonal, and too many options can be a burden rather than a blessing. After a tiring day at work, preparing and feeding the kids dinner, lots of laundry loads, and one or two (or perhaps dozens) of disappointing first dates, online dating might have lost its charm for you. Not to…

How to divorce like a feminist

By Emma Johnson | November 21, 2018 | 2 Comments

Whether you were married to your kids' dad, were in a couple or your encounter was a hookup, this post is for you. Family court is the single most powerful institution in the United States when it comes to gender equality. Think about it: When families with kids separate, most go through family court to…

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eHarmony review: A good site for quality relationships?

By Emma Johnson | November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I’m thinking of trying online dating, but I have no idea where to start!” This is such a common challenge for single moms. While they may have been out of the dating market for years (or, face it: decades), or ready to try a new way to meet people, online dating is alluring. But, it…