Christine Brackel

A University of Michigan alumna and self-professed word nerd, Chrissy the copy editor enjoys spending 40+ hours every week polishing other people’s grammar. When she’s not at work writing and editing blogs or at home cooking drool-worthy dinners for her exceptionally adorable preschooler, she’s watching trashy reality television shows and daydreaming about being adopted by the Kardashians. Although she is a woman of many talents, Chrissy prides herself most in making the world a better place one comma splice at a time.
Christine Brackel

Articles by Christine Brackel

What I Learned From Buying My First Home

What I Learned from Buying My First Home

If you’re about to go through the mortgage process for the first time, you probably have some questions. And there are probably some aspects of the buying process that you haven’t even thought to ask questions about. That’s why I’m sharing my experience with you. Here are some things I learned from my very first home-buying experience.

How To Get The Wood Floor Look Without The Wood Floor Price

How to Get the Wood Floor Look Without the Wood Floor Price

Wood floors are beautiful and versatile. Everyone wants them, but not everyone can afford them. Since I’m currently looking at flooring options to replace some low-quality laminate in my new home, I wanted to explore options that have the wood look – but not the wood price or maintenance worries. If you’re in the same boat, here are some flooring options to consider.

Saving for College with an UTMA or UGMA Account

While looking into some different college savings options, I came across Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA) and Uniform Gift to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts. So what are these accounts, and are they a good choice for your child's education fund? Let's take a look.

Using Gift Money for Your Down Payment: What You Need to Know

You might think that you can just use whatever financial gifts your friends and family give you for your down payment, but it's not as cut and dried as you might think. When you're qualifying for a mortgage, the source of the funds in your bank account will matter just as much as how much money you actually have. Here's what you need to know if someone's given you money to put toward your down payment.

How to Make an Air Plant Terrarium

With a fish, two cats and a child to take care of, I don't have much time, or the skill, to take care of a garden. But I still want some plants around the house. So I did some research and found out that air plant terrariums require the least amount of gardening skill and knowledge – so of course that’s the type of terrarium I went with. If you lack green thumbs but still want to DIY a terrarium, here’s how to do it!