Advice from a modern-day princess
Tackle your budget! Ivana knows what it's like to have to watch a budget. After all her husband is a direct descendent of Spain's Queen Isbella who borrowed against the crown jewels to finance Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World. In that tradition, Ivana’s adamant that the most important choices she has made (and that you will make!) as a parent have little to do with money. Instead, they have everything to do with educating yourself, trusting your instincts, and eventually, paying attention to your child’s signals. "Much like taking care of paperwork," she writes, "you might be so focused on straightening up the house that you’ve pushed your budget to the back of your mind. However, it’s no secret that children cost money, and you can expect your family’s expenditures to shoot up after your newborn arrives. If you’ll be a stay-at-home mom and you’re currently working, think about how the loss of income will impact your family. And don’t forget to factor in new “constant” expenses like diapers and formula. Then start budgeting now so that you aren’t taken by surprise!"