Weekend vacations to soothe the soul (and the wallet.)
Hey, we're no stranger to a vacation or two in our lifetime. Even as a shoestringlifestyle-er (now, there's a new word for ya.) we make sure we take the time and funds to live a little! After all, that's what this blog is all about- Don't spend money on things that only impress other people; spend money on things you need and then you will have money left to do things that invest in your happiness. *mic drop.*
Listen, if were going to get a deep here for a minute, Life is short. Don't spend your money on the newest, latest gadget just because your cousin Lou bought one last week. "Lou can't outdo me, I'm jealous and need better!" <----Yes, yes he can. Be happy for Lou and move on. Now, hey, I get it. There are so many things that I want too. Just make educated decisions. Ask yourself, will these new clothes, iPhone 5,000CS, 2017 totally loaded vehicle really add to your happiness or are you only getting it to add to your status report? And sometimes it will bring you happiness and that is great! However, I know more often than not, I'm buying things to kind of show off. Don't give me that look....I know you do it too.
So, let's break that habit today! Those things are worth spending time away from your family and friends. Invest in your happiness!
According to Realor.com, This is a trend that needs to die.
I come from a long line of two families that couldn't be more polar opposite. One side of the family would just, absolutely, be appalled at the thought of displaying a deer head. The other side of my family have walls covered in carcasses from hunts of an entire lifetime displayed proudly on their walls. And then there's me. Somewhere in the middle.
My husband is an avid hunter. There was a time when I thought this was disgusting and wouldn't dare eat venison, let alone display their horns. Until there was a day I didn't really have a choice. I thank God often for hard times. And for being able to find our way out of those hard times. Because there was a time when we weren't able to fill the fridge, I let my guard down and allow my husband to "bring home the bacon." and actually appreciate it! We have so much appreciation for the animals that walk this Earth and even more respect for them as they fill our bellies. This is something I would have never understood unless it personally related to us. So, long story short: We don't display deer heads out of disrespect or as a trophy of something we killed; We display them to remember how blessed we are.
These little gourds were grown in our little garden. If were being honest, they are the only things that really survived. We need a little practice in that department.
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So, how do you know when to splurg?
I have been playing around with beauty and makeup supplies for as long as I can remember. Beauty isn't really about how you look as much as it's how you feel. I adore feeling glamourous. Sometimes that means a face full of makeup and curls on my head. Other times It may mean no makeup, pony tail, and a kid on my hip.
Beauty is so much more than the products you use. But, if were being real for a minute, I need it. I'm pretty sure no one is still using the term hot-mess, but I'm going to bring it back for a minute. If I don't at the very least do something with my hair, I am the epitome of a hot-mess.
My hair is course, thick, and bushy. It must be tamed. A while back I decided to jump on the no-poo band wagon. I wanted to go to the roots with my hair health hoping to combat some of it's problem areas. Little did I know my hair would rebel and it would be the worse thing I could have done. It wasn't until my hair began breaking away in my hands and the oil slick forming atop my noggin', I realized how awful the no-poo was for me.
Not really knowing what to do, I resorted to el-cheapo shampoo and conditioner. With little change, I resorted to the daily pony-tails.
Little did I know a small chat with my beautician friend would reveal the reason for my frizziness. My hair is begging for moisture! Apparently, my hairs thirst was being met by the moisture in the air causing my major, unmanageable poof.
While my original no-poo method failed miserably, I considered going with a sulphate free once again. This time, I was leaving it to the professionals.
Time to splurg!
Fall in love with Fall again because you don't have to go out to the floral store and purchase all your wreath making material. Save your gas, slip on your shoes and explore!
How to make a Fall wreath on the cheap:
something round (In this case I used an antique sifter. Other ideas? knitting circle, basket, interesting plate...anything round!)
Leaves from around the yard (please don't pick up anything poison. that's just a really bad idea.)
yarn or wire
hot glue gun
decorative Fall items (pumpkins, gourds, apples, flowers, etc.)
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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