Financial Best Life is the personal finance destination for people who think “outside the box” when it comes to their money. Instead of simply telling you how to budget, spend, and save – we want to talk about your dreams; how money can be used as a tool to help you live out your “best life.” Created by Lauren Bowling (formerly of L Bee and the Money Tree), our editor has been blogging about money, life, and everything in between since April 2012.


Lauren Bowling (Editor & HBIC) is the award-winning blogger and editor behind and author of The Millennial Homeowner: A Guide to Successfully Navigating Your First Home Purchase. Blogging since 2012, Bowling is now a recognized thought leader on millennial finances and first-time homeownership. She enjoys prosecco, her puppy Roo, and watching way too much television. 

Jordann Brown (Writer) is a millennial money expert and founder of the blog My Alternate Life. When she's not working as a full-time marketer, freelancing writing or publishing posts on her blog, she's renovating her 1920's cottage.

Melody Van De Graaf (Writer) went from being part of a working class family who lived on disability income to graduating cum laude from Westminster College and starting a successful writing business. Nowadays, Melody works as a freelance writer at Written Melody, and helps people and clients alike make the best of their professional and personal lives.

… lauren says …

Almost five years ago I started a diary-like personal finance blog called L Bee and the Money Tree where I documented my successes and failures with money. From surviving a shopping addiction in college, to moving to NYC at age 24 with only $300 in my pocket, to paying off $10k in credit card debt not once, but twice (the second time in just 90 days) to becoming a homeowner at age 26, my financial picture has shifted dramatically throughout my 20’s. 

After nearly five years of sharing my own money story, I realized I wanted to talk about more than just the financial basics or best practices. Let’s get real – the only way I was able to achieve my own dreams was because I’d made smart money choices that allowed me the freedom to chase them down (but trust me, this was only after a lot of trial and error and money mistakes.)

With that said, as I approached my 30th birthday I realized I didn’t want to talk about money anymore, but rather the why behind it.

Enter my new site, “Financial Best Life”, the ultimate money advice destination for people who have big dreams but aren’t so “money minded.”

Let’s stop talking about what a drag money can be; instead let’s brainstorm ways to be strategic so we never have to let money problems hold us back from the things we want to do, the places we want to go, or the things we want to create. 

Get empowered with your money! Click here to visit the first time visitors page or here to learn our five core money beliefs. 


  • Mompreneur Advice
    July 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Love your site!! So inspirational!

  • The Gossip Darling
    January 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    So honest! I love this! Thank you for the inspiration!


  • Christina Scalera
    November 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This is so honest and inspirational!

    • Lauren Bee
      November 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Oh man, I just saw this. Thanks for being the biggest sweetheart in my life!!

  • SavvyFinancialLatina
    July 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Awesome metaphor! Not so awesome that you racked up $7,000 in debt.

    • queenlbee
      July 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you thank you!