Tuesday, December 26, 2023

8 Rules to Follow When Choosing Interior Décor

I have written in the past about designing different rooms in my home so that it is a welcoming and warm place that makes me happy to be there. I used to think this was impossible unless you were wealthy, but I discovered that there are many ways to decorate and design your home within a strict budget and still just as beautiful. Here are some ways you can do that.

Decorating your home can be an exciting process, but it’s not as easy as it may first seem. In order to create a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing space, you must understand a lot about interior design.

From color schemes to furniture placement – it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. Thankfully it’s not impossible if you plan ahead.

Interested in learning more? Then keep on reading! Below we are going to discuss eight rules that you should follow when choosing interior décor for your home.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

My Frugal Accomplishments This Past Week

I'm a little pressed for time now, but I just wanted to share some frugal things I did within the past 7 days that I'm proud of myself for, most of it having been done today.

4 days ago I drove a friend and her son to another city to check out a school for him, and she paid me for the gas and my time. While I was there, I had about an hour to kill, and I'd seen a few advertisements saying that a certain chain of stores was having tomatoes, butternut squash, cabbage, and one other thing (I don't remember what) on sale for 12 cents a pound! I knew where I'd spend my free time. They ended up having great sales, and not only did I get those vegetables that were 12 cents a pound, there were a bunch more also much cheaper than I can buy them locally, and many other things on sale. I only got what we needed, pretty much everything that I purchased was on sale, and I can't wait to share that shop with you.

3 days ago I had some zucchini that were absolutely on their last legs, as well as some peppers that were partially spoiled, so I cut off the yucky parts and added lentils, plus whatever was left from a can of tomato sauce I had in my fridge, and made a bunch of delicious lentil vegetable soup.

As usual, I made my sports drink, that I drink 3-4 liters of every day. Entirely from scratch.

Then two days ago my kids made homemade pizza. 

Yesterday I went to the store to pick up milk and cheese, since they used it up making pizza, and I saw that cheese was being sold for only 2/3 of the price I usually can get that cheese on sale, and there wasn't a limit to how many you can buy or a requirement to spend a certain amount in the store, so I bought 3 kilos and froze 2. I should have bought more, but oh well.

Then today I did the following:

I took leftover rice that was about a week old, so I knew I should cook it before I serve it to extend its shelf life, and I sauted it up with some veggies as well as lemongrass that I grew, and some dehydrated shitake mushrooms that I rehydrated.

I took the liquid from the rehydrated mushrooms, added a sweet potato that was a little funny looking and needed using up, some leftover carrot salad that I found a bit too spicy to eat plain, some leftover rice noodles, lemongrass from my garden, and sea beet from my garden, and made it into a delicious Asian (possibly Vietnamese) inspired soup.

And last but not least- I had a bunch of apples that were wrinkly and old looking, some with yucky parts, that my kids didn't want to eat, and I cut off the yucky parts and cut them up and made them into a delicious gluten free apple crumble.

I'm gonna pat myself on the back real hard now.

What frugal things have you done lately? Anything you're especially proud of?

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Exploring NYC on a Budget: Tips for a Frugal Family Trip

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I traveled to New York many times, as my grandparents, aunts and uncles almost all lived there. But we didn't really do touristy things there, other than trips to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Then I lived in New York for a year right before I got married and moved abroad to where I live now, but in my year there I did no touristy things because I was busy working, going to school, etc... So I would love to actually experience New York as a tourist, and maybe I will one day, ideally with my children. If you, like myself, would want to go to visit New York, you can spend a lot of money there, but there also are ways to do it cheaply. Mommy Poppins is a site I learned about and it has so many cheap and free activities to do there with families, and there's also NYC For Free plus so many other places. Here are some tips about how to plan your trip there frugally. Have fun!

New York City, the Big Apple, is a dream destination for many travelers. From iconic landmarks like Times Square and the Statue of Liberty to its vibrant arts scene and diverse culinary offerings, there's no shortage of things to see and do in the city that never sleeps.

However, visiting NYC with your family can quickly add up, making it essential to find ways to save money without sacrificing the experience. In this article, we'll share valuable tips on how to save money when exploring NYC with your loved ones.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Where Can You Buy Delta 8 THC Products Online

I got a cannabis license because of medical reasons- chronic pain is the one I was given it for, but I find it helpful for mental health issues as well. However it can be a pain in the rear to get a license for medical marijuana, so if you need an alternative delta thc might be an option for you.

If you’re a cannabis enthusiast, you might have heard of Delta 8 THC, a compound found in the hemp plant that’s catching attention for its potential benefits. Unlike Delta 9 THC, it’s legal and offers a milder high, making it a popular alternative for those who want to experience the effects of THC without the associated anxiety and paranoia. That being said, with so many manufacturers and distributors out there, finding a reliable source to buy Delta 8 THC products can be overwhelming.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to buy delta 8 thc products at best price online so you can shop with confidence. Before you start browsing the web for online stores that sell Delta 8 THC, it’s crucial to check if it’s legal in your state. The federal government does not currently list Delta 8 THC as a controlled substance, but it still resides in a legal grey area. As a result, some states have banned it, while others haven’t implemented any explicit regulations. It’s your responsibility to understand your state’s laws regarding Delta 8 THC before considering a purchase. Being aware of the rules can save you from any legal issues or potential consequences in the future. So, make sure to do your research beforehand!

Monday, December 11, 2023

Some Free Food I Got and How I Used It

I love getting free food. (Who doesn't?) The other week I was lucky, because after a local charity organization finished giving out the food they brought to the recipients, anyone was able to come take what they wanted, and my friend Ewa let me know that they had some great stuff. I'm so grateful that I have a car that going to pick up things is not even a question, it's just an extra 10 minutes out of my time to get a lot of great stuff.

They had a lot, and I mean a LOT, of quark cheese. It's this soft cheese that I guess you can compare to Greek yogurt, both in terms of taste and texture, but not quite. I'm honestly not the biggest fan of it (in addition to it bothering my stomach) but my kids enjoy it somewhat. But in my opinion, the best way of all is using it in other recipes, which my kids do enjoy, so I got some. These were not sold in their usual tubs, and instead were sold in bags of 1.5 kg, which was a lot. I decided to take 3 of them.

They had a lot, and I mean a lot, of avocados. Some were mushy and gross, but many were perfectly ripe, and if left at all, would become overripe and gross. So I knew that I could take as many avocadoes as I could either use within 2 days or figure out a way to process them to stop them from ripening.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Unleashing Potential: The Art and Science of Play-Based Learning for a Brilliant Tomorrow

Play is an important part of being human. In order for someone you have a happy and healthy life, even as an adult, play is important. Even animals play- it's important for their development and how they learn. As a former homeschooler and unschooler, I know how much kids learn via unstructured play and how much they enjoy learning that way. Here's some more about this very important concept.

In the exciting world of play-based learning, where every giggle, every building block, and every exploration paves the way for a brilliant tomorrow. In this article, we delve into the art and science behind unleashing the potential of young minds through the innovative approach of play-based learning, with a special focus on the transformative initiatives at Zebra Early Learning Centre.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Trying to DIY Professional Looking Tailoring For My Son's Pants

My sons care about looking good and having stylish clothing. While I'm happy to take them clothing shopping to find something that suits their taste and my budget, they don't have the most typical body shape, which makes it harder to find clothes that have the right fit. They're tall and thin, with their height mainly in their legs, which means that even with slim fit pants, the waist can often end up being far too big if the legs are long enough. Yes, a belt helps, but sometimes because the waist is just so much bigger, the belt ends up bunching up the waistband and it looks weird.

Recently when I was shopping with my boys, my sons were trying to decide if they wanted to keep looking for pants with a better fit, even if they were more expensive (which meant less money on other clothes). My son had a pair of pants he'd bought a few days before that were big enough on him that when cinched with a belt, they bunched up weirdly, something that he didn't like since he wanted to be able to wear them with his shirt tucked in, but he wouldn't with the waist like that. 

I examined the seams on it and told him that I could tailor the pants to make the waistband the right size, and he agreed that I could do that. It was a little intimidating for me to offer to do that for my son, since it wouldn't just entail ripping open the seams, but actually cutting the fabric of the waistband. Additionally, since my sons care about how their clothing looks, I couldn't just simply take it in in the easiest way possible; I'd have to open up the seams all the way down, far down enough that I could adjust it without making a pleat or other bend within the seam. I needed to do it as perfectly as possible, so it looked unaltered, just fresh from the factory.

Friday, December 1, 2023

5 Habits That Are Making You Sleep Poorly and How to Fix Them

Do you sleep well? I have a hard time shutting my brain off to go to sleep, but once I'm asleep I'm out like a light and can and do sleep through anything. I don't wake up refreshed, unfortunately, due to chronic fatigue, unless I get over 12-14 hours of sleep. But for many, the issue isn't as drastic as mine. Here are some things you can do to help improve your night's sleep.

If you find yourself lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling and struggling to fall asleep, it may be time to evaluate your sleep habits. Many common habits can negatively impact sleep quality without you even realizing it. Fortunately, making a few simple changes to your daily routine can get your sleep schedule back on track. Read on to learn about five habits that may be ruining your sleep and how to fix them.