In August we will be doing a no spend/self improvement month. Here's what we have planned:
- drive only one car
- eat cheaper meals
- no eating out (we might make an exception for Restaurant Week)
- practice yoga
- no shopping
Not in your front yard: why for sale signs are banned in oak park - WBEZ Chicago. "Instead of opposing African Americans from moving in, or doing nothing as white residents fled for far-flung suburbs, the leaders of Oak Park decided to encourage a diverse community. In 1968 — the same year Lyndon B. Johnson passed the federal Fair Housing Act — the village passed its own fair-housing ordinance. And unlike other communities with similar laws, Oak Park actually enforced theirs. "
Renovating our house nearly ruined our relationship - Elle Decor. "Mike and I spent little to no time together, as he was always working on the house while I took care of the baby or did paperwork for my job. I was lonely, I hated my house, and I felt like I was unfairly suffering due to my husband's choices. "
The versatile Ikea piece you need - The Everygirl. "It's not every day we stumble upon a piece that's affordable and versatile, so when we do, we take note! Enter Ikea's Raskog cart ($50). This multitiered, rollable storage unit comes in a glossy charcoal and robin's egg blue (our favorite option!). While it's intended for the kitchen, it proves to be just as handy in every other room of the house. See the three ways we're itching to use it!"
I waste money on vacations every year and I don't regret it - The Financial Diet. "
"I know that I could be putting several thousand dollars more into my 401k each year if I seriously cut back, but then I would have been cutting out my best and most fulfilling memories from that year, and I wouldn’t have had the powerful, important re-charging session that my vacations provide. I have a stressful, demanding job, and if I don’t feel like I’m truly able to unplug and just enjoy myself during my travel, I burn out very easily. I need that time, and I’m not ashamed of it. If I feel like I have to scrimp and squeeze for every part of my trip, it’s not a vacation anymore. And that’s just the way I am."
A wedding in Scotland - A Practical Wedding. The bride wore her grandmother's dress and it's amazing!