Monday, October 31, 2022

Throwing a Wedding (Or Fancy Party) on a Budget

My friend Stephany got married and did it on a budget. I asked her if she could share with you how she did so, and she decided to share her expertise. She may not think she is an expert, but I definitely disagree.

I’m no expert, but as someone who recently threw one of these shindigs, let me tell you, wedding prices can range from the unbelievably expensive to the absolutely frugal, and some of the most frugal weddings are the most beautiful. Here are some tips to help lower your costs while still not sacrificing on your special day.

First, set your budget. Your absolute max budget. This is always useful for big purchases and helps you keep yourself on track. Open up a Google Sheets with it and record every single item there. Use multiple tabs to track price quotes for every vendor, and then use another tab to add it all up and make sure you aren’t going over. This is super useful.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

How To Reduce Expenses As Living Costs Increase

Ugh prices around the world have gone up and yet our incomes have not, so more and more people need ideas of how to cut back. Here are some ideas that can help with that.

The cost of living is increasing. As more and more families feel the pinch, it’s beneficial to look for ways to reduce expenses. In this informative article, we’ll outline some strategies you can employ to lower spending and decrease financial pressure.

Friday, October 28, 2022

How to Make Holiday Shopping for Your Family More Affordable

Holidays are a time when there is pressure to give gifts, but when finances are more difficult this can put someone under a lot of financial stress. Here are some ways you can make this gift-giving more manageable monetarily.

Some love holiday shopping while others hate it. No matter your feelings, it’s a good idea to create a financial strategy to make this process more affordable. It is still possible to give your loved ones meaningful presents without breaking the bank.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Hurrah For Free Books!


I love reading. Like love love love it. I've been a bookworm since about second grade when I got into Nancy Drew books, followed by all the Oz books by L Frank Baum and all the writers who continued after him. I used to go to the library regularly and take home stacks of books to devour.

Then I moved abroad to a place where English is not the spoken language, and the library system is far from good, no inter-library loans, and only a really small library where I live with very few books in English.

I started going to second hand book stores, but the price there added up quickly. I buy books online from places like and with cheap prices and free international shipping, but even that adds up. 

So when I can get free books, that's my favorite.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Relevant Infographics about Mental Health

I love a good infographic. Learning about something is much more inviting when it's done in a visually appealing medium as you find in infographics. Here are some infographics on mental health that you can learn from, with some ideas on infographics you can make.

Mental health is often misunderstood and shrouded in mystery. Many people think of mental health as something that is only relevant to those with "serious" mental illness, but the reality is that we all have mental health. Just like physical health, everyone has a unique mental health profile made up of our biological, psychological, and social factors. And just like physical health, our mental health can fluctuate throughout our lifetimes in response to different stressors and life events.

To raise awareness about mental health, making infographics about this issue is helpful. There are plenty of infographic templates that can be used as inspiration to create your own infographics on mental health. Let's take a look at some relevant topics you can use.

Infographic Samples and Topics to Raise Mental Health Awareness

Monday, October 17, 2022

Effective Home Remedies for Children with Conjunctivitis

Pink eye is a pain in the butt, especially because of how easily it spreads. If you or your kid are dealing with conjunctivitis, here are some things you should know. 

Conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye, is an infection of the conjunctiva of the eye. Your child wakes up one morning with a pink eye that is matted with crusty junk. What do you do? We’ve all been there, and learning your child has an eye infection, no matter how minor, can bring on fear. While it’s best to get a diagnosis from a doctor when your child first gets pink eye, there are some home remedies that can help if you are waiting for an appointment. If you would like to learn more about conjunctivitis, continue reading. This information will reduce your panic and help you get much-needed relief for your child.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

What's Been Up With Me

If you haven't noticed (how can you not?) I haven't been posting a lot recently, and I wanted to explain why.

First off, I've been dealing with a ridiculous amount of exhaustion, and sleeping took up so many of my hours. In the time that was left, I needed to take care of my kids and my house and feed everyone and with whatever little bit of time I could squeeze out after that I worked on my son's room that we were building ourselves. 

Each time I worked on building his room, I was more or less incapacitated for a few days after with even more unrelenting exhaustion and back pain that made it hard for me to function, and even to sit up at my computer.

I had to spend a lot of my energy trying to fight to get my daughter into the type of school that was right for her and it wasn't easy at all and involved contacting many government officials, despite the fact that as someone diagnosed with autism, the education department is required to find her an appropriate school and even bus her to a further district if there is nothing appropriate nearby.