Our Motivation

I started this post in June, thinking I’ll come back to post it but it completely slipped my mind, and now it’s already August! But since I already started, here goes..

This past June we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday, yes, baby FEN is one! Even though she had absolutely no idea about the occasion, I managed to throw her a nice “Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star” themed birthday party with our immediate families. Even though our house was packed, it was warm and very sweet to see the love out-poured on our daughter from everyone. Baby FEN had cake for the first time, but didn’t seem to be enjoying it much. Perhaps her young palette has yet able to identify different flavors. As I watched her enjoying her day, I wished I had spent more time with her this past year. I’m blessed to be tasked with the greatest gift in life, motherhood, and I’m wholeheartedly loving every moment of it. Our daughter is a very happy baby. Not only she’s funny and sweet, but also very clever. She transitioned from one milestone to another effortlessly that I almost missed all of her “firsts” because of work. From toddler to her pre-teen years, understandably, as parents, we have this small window to be close to our daughter, these are the years where she still wants to be around us and crave for our attention, and we will try our best to be present with her.

1st bday

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July in Review, Real Estate, Dividend Income, and Side Hustle

July in Review, Real Estate, Dividend Income, and Side Hustle

fireworksAtlanta Trip: Celebrating the 4th

Now that July is coming to an end, one major event that stood out in this month was celebrating the 4th with our family. In the past, the FEN’s family has been traveling to Atlanta to celebrate this holiday with my side of the family, and now has become our annual tradition. Another tradition is to eat as much as humanly as possible while being here. The supermarkets and restaurants are diverse and plentiful, with food deriving from different ethnic groups and nationalities, all one should worry about is the size of their stomach. There are even restaurants that offer fusion cuisines such as Korean tacos, strange, but somehow this combination works. Living in New Orleans, we get tired of deep fried food rather quickly. New Orleans much like other southern cities, would deep fried t-shirts if they are edible. The best part, all this traveling during a major holiday only cost us $22. Yes, round trip flights for two adults, $22. How this was accomplished? Two words, “Travel Hacking”. Parking near the airport cost us $65, so the entire trip cost was only $87, excluding food. God bless the good ol’ U.S. of A!foodie Continue reading “July in Review, Real Estate, Dividend Income, and Side Hustle”

June in Review, DIY, and Dividend Income

June in Review, First Birthday Celebration, DIY, and Dividend Income

DSC_1491Baby FEN turned ONE!

June was a very fun month for us as we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. Being new parents we are blessed with a very healthy, active, smart baby. I am sure most parents would consider their kids smart too, in our case it’s true though. Being a little biased doesn’t hurt anyone. To help us celebrate our Baby FEN’s first birthday we invited her grandparents, uncles, aunties, and cousins to come New Orleans. A few couldn’t make it due to scheduling conflicts but they sent their best wishes, and gave Baby FEN “lucky” money. Typically, “lucky” money is given during the Lunar New Year and special occasions. Something that baby FEN did that surprised everyone was that she took the lucky money and handed over me the money as to say “here you go, invest it for me” [more like, “uuhh, ooh..baba”], we trained her well.

Rest assure baby FEN’s money is going straight to her 529 Plan.

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April and May ’16 in Review

By Mr. FrugalEnginerds

The FEN Family got sidetracked these past few months. Things were slightly crazy with work and activities at home. But most importantly, we were lazy. Being that this blog is our passive hobby, it takes the backseat to other more pressing things (vacation, yard work/gardening, bathroom renovation and Mother’s Day, naps).

April ’16

At the beginning of April we took a family vacation with my side of the family for much needed R&R. We spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday relaxing in Pensacola Beach, FL with Baby FEN’s grandpa and grandma, uncles, aunt, and cousins. Well…not so much Friday.


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