Join Us for the #SmartMomRichMom Twitter Chat Launch Party!

Please join us for the Twitter launch party for "Smart Mom, Rich Mom" on Thursday, June 2 from 8-9pmEST. Co-hosted by financial advisor and women's money expert @ManishaThakor, it will feature a fun conversation about moms, money and more -- and one lucky participant will receive a signed copy of the book! To find us, just log on to Twitter and use the hashtag #SmartMomRichMom (or look up my handle, @KimberlyPalmer). I look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-order "Smart Mom, Rich Mom" now and get a bonus gift!

I'm so excited that Smart Mom, Rich Mom is available for pre-order! If you pre-order the book before the official publication day on June 1, then I will send you the Busy Mom Planner PDF from my Etsy store right away --  just drop me an email at kimberly (dot) palmer (at) gmail (dot) com with your receipt image or order number.

I'm also setting up events for book clubs and financial professionals and offering free signings on bulk orders, so don't hesitate to get in touch if that interests you! If you order 5 or more books, you can get a great discount and even get custom copies of the book with your company logo and personal message!

The 2016 Money Planner Is Here!

*For a limited time, as a thank you for being part of my community, you can download the 2016 Money Planner (click here to download)! Please feel free to share this link with friends who might be interested!*

Ready to take charge of your money in 2016? This 2016 Money Planner is designed to help you meet your financial, career, and life goals for the year. It’s organized in an easy-to-use, month-by-month format, and is based on my years of working as a personal finance columnist and author. You can check it out in my Etsy store of Palmer's Planners!

Along with plenty of space to customize personal to-dos and goals, this printable file includes:

• 2016: My Money Vision
• 2016: My Money Goals
• January: Getting Zen
• February: Credit? Check.
• March: Hello, Tax Man
• April: Spring Cleaning
• May: Supercharging Savings
• June: Earn More
• July: Easy Livin’
• August: Back to School
• September: Golden Goals
• October: Hunkering Down
• November: Family Time
• December: Reflect, Renew, Rebalance
• Financial Freedom: A Visual Definition
• My Financial Accounts & Financial Contact Information
• Quarterly & Mid-Year Review Checklists & Progress Report
• Spending Diary Notes
• Budget Map
• 2016 Year in Review
• 2017 Money Goals: Brainstorming Space
• Savvy Sources

What Every Woman Should Know About Money

I discovered this gem deep in the U.S. News library. It dates back to May 16, 1958, and the amazing thing is just how little money advice to women has changed in the 57+ years that have passed. I could have written most of the article yesterday, with a few updates. The article asks women to make sure they know how to manage the household finances in case the husband passes away, to familiarize themselves with the household budget and to write a write a will. Make sure you know all about your husband's income, the article advises, including his investments and debts. 

One difference is the underlying assumption that it's the man of the house who is running things and the wife playing catch-up, but interestingly, many articles make similar assumptions today.

One woman profiled in the piece, a Mrs. Charles U. Bay, described as a broker and businesswoman, urges wives to take a more active role in their finances. "The younger wife coming on ismuch more able than the middle-aged wife who has been more protected. I would say that the young people today are much more alive and knowledgeable. They haven't had all the care and protection that my age has had, and they know more of what it is all about."

Those "younger wives" she refers to are now grandmothers themselves today, and I can imagine them making similar comments about today's "young wives"!

The Best Apps for Busy Moms

Like many moms, my smartphone is never far from my hands. Yes, I try to tear myself away during playtime and let work go when I'm with my little ones, but it's also a useful tool for so many reasons. Many tantrums have been quieted thanks to some well-timed photo-flipping by my two-year-old. Here are some of my favorite apps for busy mamas:

1. Common Sense Media

If I'm ever wondering if a particular movie or show is appropriate for my kiddies, I turn to this app first. It has steered me away from scary scenes in Finding Nemo and offered much-needed guidance on everything from Cinderella to Frozen. It's also helped me find some older movies that my kids love for family movie nights.

2. Jot Not Pro and Genius Scan

Feeling overwhelmed by school forms? No worries -- this app will help you sort and store them. I love knowing that our essential documents, including medical forms, are scanned and stored with these apps.

3. The Weather Channel

Wondering whether you'll make it to the playground before the storm hits? There's an app for that.

4. Pandora

Because sometimes you have to dance to Children's Indie Radio or even Kidz Bop.

5. Sesame Street Go

Because sometimes Elmo can really come to your rescue, and I certainly don't want my kids playing around on YouTube to find him. I'm always looking for safe ways to let them use technology without putting them at risk for interacting with the less kid-friendly parts of the Internet.

6. Dubsmash

It is so hilarious, especially on rainy afternoons.

7. Amazon

Somehow we have to find a way to keep the diapers and wipes arriving on time; the Amazon app is my answer to that.

8. Uber

Thanks to the +car seat option, I always know we can find a safe ride when out and about.

9. Kiwi Corner

The treasure trove of DIY craft ideas has introduced us to homemade ice cream and more activities to do with glitter glue than I thought existed.

10. Find Friends

Because sometimes the kids just want to know when Daddy is coming home from work already.

What am I missing? What are your favorite apps?