This is a post about money. Talking about money is rude. But when have you ever known me to be polite? Zero times.

Right now I’m paying a social media manager, a nanny, a few part-time graphic designers, some part-time photographers, my mom (she keeps the books), and my dad (he’s my driver because I suck so bad at driving).

424 Degrees is a real-life advertising agency now. We have a staff of people. I MADE THIS WITH MY OWN HANDS, GUYS!

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It feels pretty great.

I need to quadruple in size. And I can’t do it as a start-up without someone taking a financial hit or getting investors. I don’t want investors.

There’s this other thing happening. A GIANT thing. A decision that’s been discussed and discussed for a year in our household. Should my husband quit his job and come work here, too?


  1. He’s my favorite human
  2. I trust him more than anyone else
  3. He’s fun to look at all day
  4. I could sexually harass him
  5. He’s smart and creative
  6. Nooners
  7. We can pay all of our bills with my income alone right now
  8. He’s better with money than yours truly
  9. He would see our children more than he does now
  10. I need someone else full-time that will understand not getting paid until we bring on more clients
  11. He wants to be a millionaire as much as I want it
  12. Nooners
  13. He never gives me shit for working all the time
  14. He’s as interested in growing this thing as I am
  15. He’s knows how to work a camera
  16. He would go on the road half the time, so I can be home more often
  17. He’s worked at his current workplace forever and got lots of promotions
  18. No more long daily commute to work
  19. He knows how to write
  20. Nooners


  1. We’ve never worked together (outside of taking wallpaper off of every wall in this house)
  2. We’ve never shared money

Those are some pretty big cons, right?

We don’t share bank accounts. We’re like sexy roommates. When we were first married, we shared a bank account for exactly 30 days. It didn’t go well. I don’t think I should have to report in anytime I buy new clothes (which happens often). And he doesn’t think he should have to report in anytime he buys a boat without asking. “We work hard for our own individual money,” has been our attitude.

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This is us on his stupid boat.

As far as working together goes – will it work out? He wants his name on the LLC. Which? I understand. He’s walking away from a super high paying job and taking a huge risk. What if something happens? He wants to be protected, too. But I still get to be the boss of my baby.

We’ve decided to throw caution to the wind. Fuck the cons. We’re taking the plunge. Notices have been given. He starts the first week of September.

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We’re going to openly share the ups and downs of working together with all of you. If you and your spouse/partner work together, we would love some advice! Tell us how to make this thing work without killing each other!


Five Podcasts To Get You Into Podcasts

by Meredith on April 13, 2016

The other day I had to explain to my mom what the word “podcast” means (which is hilarious since years ago I co-hosted a fairly successful one). Podcasts are these little bits of talk radio (for lack of a better description) that come in every genre you can imagine. Do you like funny stories? Perfect. NPR newscasts? TED Talks? Fictional stories? Biographies? They’re all there. Podcasts are like on-demand TV shows… for your ears.

If you have an iPhone, look for this icon:


If you have an Android, HERE is a list of apps you can download to listen to podcasts (you should know all of us iPhone users secretly judge for having phones that are less superior every time we get one of your green text messages – really – get an iPhone already).


This American Life

I love This American Life because, for the most part, I can listen to it with my kids in the car. Ira Glass (of NPR) has a super soothing voice and a knack for finding interesting people in our country and telling their stories.

I don’t know one person who found this show and doesn’t love it.


Serial falls into the True Crime genre. If you loved Making a Murderer on Netflix, you will love this. It’s one story, told week by week.

Season 1 was about Adnan Sayed, a man in prison for a crime shrouded in mystery. Did he do it?  This continues to be a conversation around our dinner table.

Season 2 (the current season) is about Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. If you thought you knew everything about Bergdahl, you were wrong. There is WAY more to this story than what FOX News wants you to hear.

My Dad Wrote A Porno

Imagine if your 60-year-old Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world.

You guys, I laugh until I cry.

This is genius and not safe for work or kids. Listen to this by yourself.

Modern Love

Modern Love is the perfect podcast for a hopeless romantic. It’s based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays. A famous actor will read the essay, and then they interview the person who wrote it to see where they stand today.

It’s so real.

Death, Sex, & Money

Death, Sex, & Money is a show about the things we should talk about more, but we don’t. Each week, Anna Sale interviews a guest about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.

For example, last week’s show was about this guy whose wife discovered he was having an affair as his lover blew up with his phone with text messages… as he lay in a hospital bed in a coma. He ended up dying, and she never got to confront him about the affair.

Don’t listen to this one with your kids.


You’ll also like Criminal (True Crime), StartUp (Business), Reply All (all things Internet trendy), The Mystery Show (Mysteries), Under The Influence (Marketing), Sword & Scale (True Crime), Car Talk (Automotive), and Allegedly (Comedy).

Ok, it’s your turn! Tell me about the podcasts you love.


Skinny people get sick, too.

April 6, 2016

I thought I was having a heart attack. Or maybe a panic attack. But the more I sat there, wheezing, chest tight, arms numb – the more I realized I was probably going to die. This was it, I had finally worked myself to death. Putting in 80 hours a week had lead to… curtains. God […]

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I’ve been wearing leggings as pants for Science.

February 11, 2016

I’ve been adamant about leggings not being pants. Because they’re leggings. And not pants. You can read my most popular blog post ever about this highly controversial (and totally polarizing) topic by clicking here. I was the one who told all of you leggings are reserved for babies and toddlers. I told you about us being […]

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You Park Like An Asshole & Other Neighborly Causes

January 28, 2016

I could have spent today working on 1099s. I could have spent today getting a pitch done for tomorrow. But no. I spent today fighting for the cause. YOU. ARE. WELCOME. NEIGHBORS. I spent a significant amount of time making this diagram to show you guys how fucked up shit is in my neighborhood. I’m […]

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Keyboard Warriors, Friend Counts, & The Experiment

December 14, 2015

I’m six months into a one-year study on keyboard warriors. Keyboard warriors (informal noun): People who make abusive or unnecessarily aggressive and comments on Facebook statuses. They tend to leave bad reviews, sometimes for a business service they’ve never used. Oftentimes, keyboard warriors can be found in their natural habitat of their mother’s basement,  furiously typing.  I made a spreadsheet and everything, […]

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Meredith’s Drunk Book Club: Troublemaker by Leah Remini

December 10, 2015

If you haven’t read Leah Remini’s “Troublemaker” yet – do it. It’s AMAZING. I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend. Her humor and sarcasm shine through with her thick New York accent. Before we get going on this, you should know that I’ve been obsessed with Scientology since 2012. My husband is probably sick of […]

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My Morning With Opal Covey. #OpalForMayor

October 31, 2015

Ok, so let’s discuss my involvement with Toledo Mayoral candidate, Opal Covey.  Opal Covey was going viral on the internet. Like many Toledoans Americans, I quickly became obsessed. I couldn’t get enough of her. My friends (and even my husband) were saying, “She doesn’t have an online presence! You should help her!” People who work in social […]

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The Bad Friend

October 20, 2015

Something like this recently rolled through my Facebook timeline: When do you stop inviting that friend who never shows up to things? The comments on that post went something like this: Three times and then I take it as a hint our friendship is over. I used to have a friend like that. She’s dead to me. […]

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One girl. One cup.

September 28, 2015

I can’t do it anymore. I’m throwing in the towel. Or rather… the toilet paper. Every morning I’ve been starting my day with a shake from Shakeology. I finally got the recipe to where it was manageable. Lots of ice, a scoop of chocolate powder, a dab of milk, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. But […]

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