Random Tidbits

I saw this floating around in blogland - most recently on Katie's blog and since she tagged everyone and said she stalks Californian's I felt it was my time to share some random trivia.
What's the best piece of advice anyone has given you?
I would have to say one of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from my dad encouraging me to open a 401k as soon as I was able. He said if I do it from the get go I won't even notice it gone. Realizing that by the time I make it to my 50s there will be no more social security left this is sound advice. I never would have been able to save the amount I have on my own. So good work pops!! 59 1/2 looking forward to you!

If you could meet any blogger in person, who would you choose?

Hmm I would actually want to meet Matt Logelin. He experienced the tragedy of losing his wife, Liz, shortly after she gave birth to their first child, Madeline. He writes a blog, has written a book and started a foundation in his wife's name, The Liz Logelin Foundation which helps parents cope with the death of their spouse. He is incredibly inspiring and an incredible man. His family has so much to be proud of in spite of their terrible loss. He seems like the best dad ever. His one flaw...well he's a Dodger's fan.

I recommend his book and a box of Kleenex.
What's your biggest struggle in life?

I think my biggest struggle in life is knowing that I am exactly where I am supposed to be at this moment. I often want, want, want and I never really stop to appreciate all the wonderful things I have right now. I especially need to remember that we are saving for a house and that is the end goal. (I'm talking to you shiny new car!) Patience and timing will align for the perfect fit for our family.
How did your blog come about?
Natasha from Schue Love is one of my IRL friends and I have been reading her blog for the past couple of years. From hers I began to read others and I loved the support and friends she was creating through her blog. So after my wedding was over I decided I wasn't done with www.happilyeverparker.com and decided to turn it into a blog!! I hope to document a major house flip soon!
Name a good deed you did do that went goes unseen.
One thing I am extremely passionate about is animals - especially dogs. So I often ask for pet food samples every time I am at the pet store. Working in San Francisco I often see homeless people and their pets. I hand out a sample bag of pet food to the homeless when ever I can. It's easy, costs me no money and I know it goes to the dog!

So I tag all of you as well to answer random facts about yourself!


  1. I've stopped by Matt's blog a couple of times. Very inspiring!

  2. Ok I just had to look up what IRL means! I'll have to check out that Matt guys blog! Sounds so inspiring! I recently started putting money into a retirement fund also and really glad I started when I did bc although it isn't a lot it will build so much in the next 35+ years. Atleast I hope so! What a sweet person you are for feeding the homeless dogs! Luckily we don't see too many of them in Charleston but that's such a good idea! Our pet store always has small sample bags of food ill have to start carrying so around with me.

  3. This has made me happy that I've started my 401K already! Also totally with you there on stopping to appreciate what you have an live in the moment, I need to do that more too.

    <3, Charlotte

  4. You feel the same way about the Dodgers as I do?? PTL! ;) I hate that team. GO GIANTS!

    I've been meaning to add that Two Kisses for Maddy book onto my reading list. I'm sure it's a tearjerker.

  5. I had never heard of Matt's blog before, but now I totally want to meet him! What an inspiration!

  6. Can't wait to read about the house upcoming house flip ;)

    And thanks for introducing me to Matt's blog- I am his new follower!


  7. My dad gave me the 401k advice too! I think it is one of those things that people sometimes think they have tons of time for, but I'm so glad he pushed me to get this started right away :)
    Thank you for the introduction to Matt's blog - I had never heard of it and it's so sweet! Plus, he has a great sense of humor and way with words when it comes to writing about being a dad.

  8. i love that love for food sign on the dog, so precious! and the 401K idea is a great one, start saving now and you won't miss the money at all!!

  9. I often to do accomplish and do everything right now..right away. But I am learning to sit back and enjoy my younger years and our newlywed life. Even if it means not being able to do everything right now :)

  10. I'm extremely passionate about animals as well. That's a great idea to hand out the pet food to the homeless... it's especially heartbreaking when you see them homeless people with their pets.


  11. I am looking forward to checking out Matt's blog, thank you for the introduction! I love your random tidbits. Great blog post idea!

  12. I am looking forward to checking out Matt's blog, thank you for the introduction! I love your random tidbits. Great blog post idea!

  13. Hi! New reader. Found you through Natasha. Will definitely have to check out Matt's blog. And keep up the great work feeding the pups! That just made my day!

  14. How fun that you and Natasha are friends in real life too! Matt's blog sounds amazing already. I'm a total crier so I better prepare myself ahead of time.

  15. What a fun post! It's always great to find out tidbits about sweet bloggers you enjoy! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Wow! Thank you so much for introducing me to Matt! Such a powerful story! Great tag + post!