That’s a wrap on season 12 of the More Money podcast! I can’t believe that I’ve been recording this podcast for 6 years, which leads me to say a HUGE thank you to all my listeners, new and old of this podcast. It’s because of you that I’ve been able to continue to grow in both knowledge and confidence and host amazing guests on each episode. Today’s final episode is a solo one, I wanted to do a round-up of all that was discussed this season, as well as what's new in my business and personal life.
I love being able to have an episode where I can just update and chat with all of you about what's been going behind the scenes in my life. I wanted to share how my 2021 has been and some plans I have going forward. I’m looking forward to my summer break and finally being able to see and hug my family and friends in Vancouver. You can always keep up to date with what I’m doing on my Instagram or Twitter and don't forget I have a Youtube channel, which I will still be posting to this summer, so be sure to follow me there. I’ll be back in the fall with brand new episodes, but until then enjoy today’s episode and have a safe (and vaccinated) summer!
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Today is the penultimate episode of season 12 of the More Money Podcast, can you believe it? In today’s episode, I’m joined by Allison Baggerly from Inspired Budget to discuss all things budgeting. Allison is a blogger, influencer, podcast host, and the founder of Inspired Budget blog and now podcast!
Allison started Inspired Budget in 2017 when she was still an elementary school teacher with 10 years of experience. In 2019 she was able to go full-time with her business and share her combined passion for teaching and finances to help others learn how to start budgeting. She has built a community of over 119,000 Instagram followers that turn to her for budgeting advice and inspiration to take control of their finances.
In this episode, we discuss Allison’s money journey, which started when she decided to explore budgets in preparation for the arrival of her firstborn son. We also discuss the importance of mental health in regards to money management and how budgeting is not one-size-fits-all, and how her business accommodates that. Since this episode was recorded Alison has launched her new podcast, Inspired Budget (check it out!).
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For the final week of Season 12, I've got not one, not two, but three amazing episodes to share with you before I go on summer break. And for the first episode this week, we’re talking about sustainable investing and financial feminism! To discuss this topic with me, I am joined by an expert in the field (and a fellow Jessica) Jessica Robinson. She is an expert in sustainable finance and has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Her career has taken her all over the world resulting in quite the résumé.
Jessica is a global expert in sustainable finance and the Founder and Managing Director of Moxie Future — the world’s first insights, education, and community platform empowering women as responsible, sustainable, and impact investors. She also has a newly published book, Financial Feminism: A Woman’s Guide To Investing For a Sustainable Future.
In this episode, she talks about what sustainable investing actually means and how it goes deeper than solely investing in green energy. We also chat about how 2020 gave a good indicator to investing skeptics about what kind of returns you can expect from adding sustainable investments to your portfolio, and finally how not to be fooled by greenwashing in the industry.
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Like I mentioned in my last More Money episode (ep. 288), today I’m sharing another bonus episode and we’re talking all about ETFs. I’m joined by Alfred Lee, who is the Director, Portfolio Manager, and Investment Strategist at BMO ETFs. I love any chance I can get to talk about investing and was super excited to go in-depth about ETFs (one of my personal favourite investment products).
Alfred is a senior portfolio manager with BMO ETFs and has been a part of their ETF business since its inception over 10 years ago. He currently manages their index-based equities ETFs but also previously managed their fixed income ETF lineup. He also serves as the investment strategist for BMO ETFs and is involved with product design.
There is so much to cover with ETFs, including all the different types of index funds, taxation, and the major differences between them and mutual funds. Alfred helps answer all these questions and more in today’s episode. If you want to go even more in-depth when it comes to ETFs, then be sure to check out BMO ETFs' Views for the Desk podcast, which releases new episodes weekly.
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Today’s episode has been so highly requested that I’m so excited to finally share it with you today. My guest joining me today is Leanne Townsend, a family law attorney based in Toronto and today she’s tackling the long list of questions sent in by you, the listeners on all things divorce!
Leanne Townsend is the Counsel & Chair of the Family Law Group at Mills and Mills LLP where her practice is focused on family law, domestic violence and victim advocacy. She’s a regular guest expert in the media on topics including abusive relationships, divorcing a narcissist, and co-parenting. She’s also the host of the Divorcing Well podcast and the Youtube show, The Dish on Divorce.
Leanne answered everything from common mistakes that people make before they get married, to the difference between marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements to how much getting a divorce actually costs. Leanne also shares the wide range of topics and guests you can expect while tuning into her podcast, Divorcing Well. This episode is full of great expert tips and practical advice to keep in mind whether you plan on getting married in the near or distant future, so I hope you enjoy it!
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This week I’m so excited to be talking to an OG personal finance podcaster who started her show in 2008 and has now amassed over 40 million downloads! I am joined by none other than Laura Adams, the host of the Money Girl Podcast. Laura joins me to chat about her new book, Money-Smart Solopreneur: A Personal Finance System for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Side-Hustlers as well as how she ended up in a career in personal finance.
Laura Adams is a leading insurance and finance analyst with over a decade of top-level experience. She’s a writer, podcast host and award-winning author and spokesperson, which has led her to become one of the top leading finance, insurance and small business authorities in the U.S.
In today’s episode, Laura shares the money mistakes she made early in her adult life and the lessons that her book aims to teach budding solopreneurs so that they may achieve long-term success in their businesses. Laura also shares the key protections every self-employed person should have in place in order to ensure their business can withstand the curveballs that life tends to throw our way. I can’t wait for you to listen and soak up all the great tips and advice Laura was able to share!
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/287
Today’s podcast episode is on one of my favourite subjects…retirement! I’m joined by David Trahair, author of The Procrastinator’s Guide to Retirement. We chat about the great practical advice in his book and its overall message of hope for people 50+ who haven’t yet saved for retirement
David Trahair is a CPA, CA, personal finance writer, trainer, speaker, and eLearning developer. David is the author of several personal finance books and currently operates his own personal finance training and eLearning development firm. He also offers live webinars and online courses to people through organizations including the CPA provincial and territorial bodies.
David is a wealth of knowledge and I’m so glad I was able to ask him so many questions when it comes to retirement. Our conversation covered everything from practical advice like the difference between RIFFs vs. annuities to why running out of money in retirement shouldn’t be as big of a worry as financial institutions would like us to think. I can’t wait for you to listen and enjoy!
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/286
Hurray, today is a special bonus episode for you as we get ready to wrap up Season 12 in the coming weeks! In today’s episode, we’re celebrating the fact that June is Options Education Month. I have Bryan Rogers from TD Direct Investing joining me today to share and answer all questions relating to investing with options.
Bryan is the Client Education Instructor at TD Direct Investing, who has 20 years of experience in the industry with a Master’s Degree in Business. During his Master’s he became interested in personal finance and once he started working at TD he discovered his passion for helping others with their finances leading to his current role.
Investing has long been a favourite topic on the podcast and I was so happy to have Bryan share his expertise on an alternative kind of investing, and one that is more complex. In this episode, Bryan answered what options are, how they work, common terms, and misconceptions. If you’re interested in investing in options or are just curious because of the constant news surrounding the topic then this episode is definitely for you.
Make sure to also check out all the free resources on options here: td.com/OptionsEducationMonth
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This week I have Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche on the podcast! I have been following Tiffany for years and throughout that time have seen her and her brand grow exponentially. We chat about everything from her new book, Get Good with Money to how she took her business from one-on-one budget coaching to helping millions of women save and manage their money.
Hailing from New Jersey, Tiffany is a personal financial educator and former teacher of over 10 years with a Master’s degree in Education. She was instrumental in getting The Budgetnista Law (A1414) passed in January 2019, making financial education mandatory for middle school students in New Jersey. Her new book Get Good with Money, was published earlier this year and is a New York Times Bestseller.
In this episode, Tiffany gives insight into how her business grew over time and how her past as a teacher made her into the successful personal financial educator that she is today. I hope this episode drives home the fact that everyone starts somewhere, and you can decide to change and start your personal finance journey at any time.
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This week’s guest is one that I’m shocked that I haven’t already had on the podcast. I’ve known Mark Seed for years and I was am so happy to be able to talk with him about his approach to FIRE, as well as his investing philosophy (FIWOOT) and what it means to be a hybrid investor.
Mark Seed is the founder of My Own Advisor, personal finance and investing blog that he started in 2009. He is also the co-founder of Cashflows & Portfolios, which is a new, free resource providing a beginning-to-end guide for DIY investors. Mark has been featured in MoneySense magazine, The Globe and Mail, and The Winnipeg Free Press and is currently working towards semi-retirement with his wife.
As a successful DIY investor, Mark was able to share both great tips and the mistakes he’s made along the way. Mark also outlines how the 2008 financial crisis was the spark that lit the path for his financial journey and blog. If you’re just as curious about other people’s approach to investing as I am then I know you’ll love my conversation with Mark.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/283
For years the conversation around women and wealth has centred on the gender pay gap in the workforce, but is that really the only reason why women are earning significantly less than men? Today’s guest is here to answer that question and give amazing insight into why women are statistically the poorer sex. Annabelle Williams joins me today from the United Kingdom and is a financial journalist and newly published author.
Annabelle has had two weekly columns in The Times of London and has recently released her first book, Why Women Are Poorer Than Men and What We Can Do About It, which explores the inequality in money and wealth between the sexes. It includes examples from all over the world including large sections focused on North America.
Annabelle gave such amazing hard-hitting facts and statistics on why women have historically been unable to attain the same wealth as men. We talked about several topics that are more thoroughly discussed in her new book, but topics covered today include why women are often the ones paying more for things because of societal pressures and norms that men don’t have to contend with and how ownership and leadership roles are two of the biggest factors in the pay gap.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/282
For this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of welcoming the founder of Clever Girl Finance, Bola Sokunbi. Clever Girl Finance is one of the largest financial education platforms in the U.S, which is centred around empowering women to achieve financial wellness and live life on their own terms. In this episode, topics range from the importance of women investing, to the need for the financial education space to hear more from minorities.
As well as the founder of Clever Girl Finance, Bola is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), finance expert, bestselling author, and speaker. Her third book Clever Girl Finance: The Side Hustle Guide comes out in June 2021.
Investing and financial advice have long been dominated by an older generation of men that tends to not account for the barriers that women face in their financial journey. Today’s episode highlights why that needs to change and why women need to prioritize their wealth-building journey. Bola also urges the financial community to move forward with more empathy.
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This week’s episode seems more relevant than ever since we’ve been living during a pandemic and that’s why I’m so glad I get to share it with you all. My guest this week is the author of the newly released book The Seven Deadly Economic Sins, James Otteson. Our conversation explores everything from the impact of generational wealth to the economic history behind it.
James has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He’s currently the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. His specialties include moral philosophy, the history of economic thought, and business ethics.
Our conversation delves into the relationship between philosophy and economics and what kind of impact that has in the real world. James echoes a lot of my own feelings of wealth, in that it is a tool and not an end goal. This episode is full of food for thought, as is his new book and so I hope it gives you something to chew on today.
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On today’s podcast, I’m interviewing entrepreneur, Dragon investor, and new podcast host Manjit Minhas! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t starstruck while interviewing Manjit since I am a huge fan of CBC’s Dragon’s Den. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you our conversation from how she became an entrepreneur as a young engineering student, to behind the scenes of Dragon’s Den as well as her newest venture as host of her podcast, The Manjit Minhas Podcast.
Manjit Minhas is the co-founder and owner of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries with her brother Ravinder Minhas. Since starting her business at the ripe age of 19 years old, Manjit has gone on to grow her business portfolio, which includes over 30 Canadian businesses stemming from the 6 seasons she’s been a Dragon investor on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.
In November 2020 she decided to hit record on her conversations with fellow business leaders and CEOs by way of her podcast, “The Manjit Minhas Podcast” so that she could share their stories and insights into achieving success. She currently resides in Calgary, from which she was born and raised with her husband and two young daughters.
Manjit believes there isn’t one set path to becoming an entrepreneur and her story is a great example of that. As long as you’re keen to learn and have the self-awareness to know what you don’t know then you’re already on the right path. I hope you find today’s episode just as inspiring as I did when I recorded it!
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This week on the podcast we’re asking the question, what does it mean to think like a breadwinner? How would your approach to spending, saving, and investing in your future change if you thought like the primary earner in your life? Luckily, the answers to those questions are exactly what my guest, Jennifer Barrett, author of the upcoming book Think Like a Breadwinner will be tackling.
Jennifer Barrett is the Chief Education Officer at Acorns, a saving and investing app with more than 9 million users. She’s also a contributor to Forbes, as well as an advisor to three female-led startups and a featured money expert in the media. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, of which she is also the breadwinner.
Following Jennifer’s own wake-up call to change her money mindset, she wants all women to know that they don’t have to think small when it comes to wealth-building. We discuss everything from what women should be investing in (spoiler alert, it’s not handbags and clothes) and how negotiating for a better future now will give you the biggest payday in the future. Jennifer’s book and our chat definitely reinforced what a positive ripple effect wealth-building can have on your life.
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This week I have a first on the More Money Podcast…a guest from across the pond! In today’s episode, I welcome Ken Okoroafor, a first-generation immigrant from Lagos, Nigeria who at age 14 moved to the UK to start a new life. Ken is a trained Chartered Account with 15 years of experience working in both Asset Management and Venture Capital. In April 2020, he took the big leap to go full-time with his passion project turned business, The Humble Penny, which he started with his wife in 2017.
In today’s episode, we dive into The Humble Penny’s early beginnings and the whirlwind 18-month journey Ken has been on from starting The Humble Penny Youtube channel. Furthermore, we chat about his new platform, Financial Joy Academy, which seeks to help 10,000+ families achieve financial independence and money joy in their lives by 2030.
Ken shares that his decision to step outside his comfort zone was the best thing he could’ve done for his business and his life. So, if you’re in need of some inspiration and a push to finally start that project you’ve been putting off then this is the episode for you.
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Have you ever wondered how much it really costs to have a baby? We’ve all heard having a kid can be expensive but what do those numbers actually look like? Whether you’re planning on having a baby in the near or distant future or like me, are curious about getting to know the nitty-gritty of how much raising a kid in Canada is then today’s episode should pique your interest.
Joining me on the podcast today is Vivian Leung, Senior Principal, Taxation at CPA Canada. Prior to her current role, Vivian was the Program Director for Tax Education where she was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of CPA Canada income tax education.
As quoted in Babies: How to Afford Your Bundle of Joy, Vivian shares from both personal and professional experience what it costs to have a family today. We dive into whether advice from our mothers holds up to today’s standards and what having a baby looks like on your finances in the short-term, like parental leave and long-term, like saving for post-secondary education.
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A lot of the time when you start reading about F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early), the stories you hear about how people achieved it can be pretty insane. Many people in the community can take living on less and saving and investing every extra dollar to the extreme, which can seem pretty intimidating or just unrealistic. Why can't you enjoy the journey to financial independence? Why can't you work towards building wealth and having more financial security without making so many sacrifices?
Luckily I have Jamila Souffrant on the show, founder and podcast host of Journey to Launch, who shares that it is possible to work towards financial independence and enjoy yourself at the same time. In this episode, she shares what inspired her to achieve F.I.R.E. and how her strategy is a bit more sustainable (and fun!) than some of the more strict paths others may take. Because at the end of the day, life is short and we need to enjoy every bit we can! It doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing situation. You can work towards having a better financial life, without having to sacrifice your happiness or comfort for years until you reach your goal.
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/275
Negotiation is such an important part of setting yourself up for financial success and helping you build wealth over time. Just think, by negotiating your salary a few thousand dollars higher at the beginning of your job, that could have a major impact on future bonuses, raises, and salaries!
Unfortunately, most of us weren’t taught how to negotiate and the examples we see on TV do not work in the real world. That’s why I have Jean-Nicolas Reyt on the show, who is a negotiation expert and Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at McGill University. He teaches students every day what to do, and not to, when negotiation in every situation.
Unlike what we may think, it’s not about being aggressive or manipulating the other party. It’s about doing your research, being confident in what you’re asking for, and ultimately finding a middle ground in which you, and whoever you’re negotiating with, find a happy outcome.
As mentioned in the show, Jean-Nicolas has so many great tips and ideas on this topic, so make sure to subscribe to his newsletter Master Negotiators linked in the show notes.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/274
It’s not every day you get a celebrity sports star on your podcast…who also doubles as a financial educator who is passionate about helping more Canadians become empowered through personal finance!
For this episode of the show, I have professional football player (he plays defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL) and financial literacy advocate Courtney Stephen as my special guest to discuss his career and his mission to help others better manage their money and understand the importance of generational wealth.
Although you may not think that sports and finance go hand in hand, they actually really do! As we discuss in this episode, they can both seem intimidating, but at their core, they are quite simple. For sports, it's about understanding the rules, practicing, and then implementing what you've learned. The same goes for money. It's really just simple math, understanding some best practices and rules for money management, then actually putting into action what you've learned.
Still, it can seem easier said than done, which is where that mindset component comes in. You need to trust yourself and not let your imposter syndrome get in the way. And that means showing up for yourself, your future, and your family every single day.
I hope you enjoy this inspirational episode just as much as I enjoyed interviewing Courtney! And don't forget to check out his website and amazing YouTube channel!
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One year ago I had Kelley Keehn, financial educator, speaker, media personality, and author, on the show to discuss her latest book Talk Money to Me. And then a few weeks later the pandemic hit and everything changed.
Well, she's back on the show with a new edition of her book that includes passages specifically talking about Covid-19 and its impact on people's finances. Some people had the roughest year in 2020, and are still struggling in 2021. Many people lost jobs, racked up debt, and have struggled to earn an income and keep up with their bills. And others have experienced the opposite in that they never experienced a significant change in their income or jobs (aside from working from home) and have actually been able to save more money than usual by spending more time at home with less stuff or experiences to spend their money on.
So...what does this mean? What should you do or change in terms of managing your money if you're in either camp? How has this pandemic changed personal finance for all of us? Kelley Keehn is here to share her insight and some tips to help you no matter what you're going through.
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With International Women’s Day happening this past Monday, I’ve partnered with Coast Capital Savings on their Keep Her on the Map campaign to put a spotlight on the disproportionate social and economic impacts that the COVID-19 has had on women, and women-owned businesses, and hopefully inspire action. To discuss this more in-depth, I have Larkin MacKenzie-Ast on the show, who is currently the Chair of the Business Women’s Network at Coast Capital Savings.
Throughout the almost 6 years of this podcast, I’ve tried to emphasize the importance of using your dollars as votes for change. Of course it’s important to be frugal and find deals to save money, but it’s also important to be mindful of what your spending says about your values and realize how big of an impact your spending has on the bigger picture. For instance, maybe instead of using Amazon for everything or always going to the big box stores, seeking out local, women-run businesses instead. Especially since they’ve been the hardest hit during this pandemic.
To get some ideas about how you can be part of the change, you find more resources and info about Coast Capital’s Keep Her on the Map campaign on their website. Also watch their quick video about some startling statistics about how women have been affected by the pandemic.
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/271
When we think of financial planning, often we just focus on budgeting, debt repayment, and investing. But another important element of a complete financial plan is protection. Specifically protecting yourself and/or your loved ones if something happens.
That’s why I’ve got Nicole Simons on the show, who is a Wealth Management Advisor at CPN Financial Services. For the past decade, she’s worked with clients in all aspects of financial planning, but especially when it comes to having the right insurance in place.
In this episode, we discuss the important things everyone should know about life insurance, critical illness insurance, and disability insurance. Hopefully, this episode will serve as a timely reminder to review how you’re currently protected and to ensure if you don’t have the right protections in place, to get it sooner rather than later.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/270
It’s that time again…tax time. But this tax season may feel a bit different than other years. And that’s because 2020 sure was a weird year. Many Canadians earned income through various benefit programs or started earning self-employment income for the first time.
So what’s the best way to navigate this new tax season so it can be the least stressful possible? That’s why I’ve got Susan Watkin, accountant, educator, and spokesperson for TurboTax Canada on the show! I took some time to gather all the key questions people had about taxes for this year, and Susan graciously answers all of them.
Hopefully, you’ll feel a bit better about filing your taxes this year, because it doesn’t have to be a pain. Just take some time to organize your documents (feel free to download my Tax Prep Checklist), pick a route to get your taxes done (click here to get 20% off TurboTax Assist & Review or Live Full Service), then choose a date and time to get it done. Remember, the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can get your tax refund…or at least not have to think about taxes until next year.
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Well, this episode is a big first for me! Not only is this the first-ever double episode, in which I share not one, but two guest interviews. But this is also the first episode I’ve ever done on cryptocurrency.
With all the talk in recent weeks about Bitcoin, I’ve finally given up thinking that cryptocurrency is just a trend or an asset that only tech bros or get-rich-quick investors are interested in. Even though it’s still very new, in my view it’s safe to say that cryptocurrency is here to stay. I’m still an ardent promoter of passive investing using index ETFs, however, I think it’s important to talk about other types of investing too.
So the first interview is with Ayelen Osorio, the Content & Community Manager at Netcoins. Netcoins is one of the leading cryptocurrency trading platforms in Canada, providing access for people like you and me to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether.
Going from zero crypto knowledge now teaching others all about it, Ayelen provides a crash course in cryptocurrency to demystify digital currency as an investment type and share how why it may make sense as an addition to your portfolio.
As Ayelen mentions in the podcast, to learn more about cryptocurrency Netcoins offers a free Crypto Academy online course you can check out on their website.
For my second interview, I chat with Elliot Johnson, CIO & COO at Evolve ETFs. Evolve ETFs recently launched the second-ever Bitcoin ETF in Canada (ticker EBIT), making owning a bit of Bitcoin more accessible by trading it on a traditional stock exchange through your discount brokerage account. Not only that, you can hold your Bitcoin ETF in your TFSA or RRSP (something you’re unable to do with an actual Bitcoin).
This is a very exciting time to be an investor, and although I’m still cautious (what couch potato investor wouldn’t be?), I’m interested to see where cryptocurrency will go in the future. Maybe in a few more years, like when this show turns 10 years old, I’ll do a follow-up episode to see how much has changed. Remember, people thought using a digital bank 10 years ago was risky, so who knows what will happen with cryptocurrency!
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/268