If you follow my blog, you know I’m a proponent of frugality and finding great deals. To me, frugality doesn’t mean spending no money at all; it means being choosy about how you spend your money. Quality over quantity. It makes sense to me to spend a few dollars to maintain items rather than having to replace them when they bite the bullet. Enter: my review of Fin Super. I put this multi-function lubricant to the test on some household gadgets that I use all the time. Keep on reading for my honest review.
Full disclosure: This product was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This blog post is not sponsored.
Oh hi, shoppers! If you’re anything like me, you want the best deal available, whether it means hunting online, in the mall or through bargain bins. The internet often houses the best of the best deals, right alongside the very worst. How do you weed through all the junk and make sure you’re getting a great deal? And – what else is in it for you?
Here are my tips for scoring some savings online.
I recently took a five-day trip to Chicago with my sister and my 10 month old son. We had a peachy time visiting our sister and brother-in-law. I had been excited for the trip weeks in advance, but the idea of flying with the baby was less than appealing. Now that we’re home, decompressed and our suitcases are at least 50% unpacked, I feel I’ve gained some wisdom about the whole thing. On the way to Chicago, my son was calmer and better behaved than most of the adults on the flight. The way home was kind of like having to restrain a giant sea bass trying to get back to water, BUT, I was prepared for that!
I had set a goal for myself to travel carry-on only for this trip. It was definitely a challenge, but totally doable! The perks are obvious – you save money by not checking a bag, and it’s one less bag you have to drag behind you while trying to push a stroller.
Here are my 8 best tips for travelling carry-on only with your baby:
Calling all lovers of vintage fashion and crafting! The Vintage Patterns Wiki has just released more than 80,000 out-of-print vintage sewing patterns, free to browse and use. Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Bill for bringing this to my attention (psst…Bill is also a best-selling author and pickle tycoon – you might want to follow him!).
If you saw my no-sew fabric bunting post, you might remember that sewing and I are not friends. I feel the same way about it as I do Taylor Swift – I can’t stand it, but it’s wholesome and sweet, so I enthusiastically support other people who love it.
Browsing through these vintage patterns is pretty fun and nostalgic. Although it’s too ambitious of a project for me right now, it got me thinking that you could really up the ante by using IKEA textiles to make some of these garments. IKEA’s textiles are some of the most affordable out there as far as I can tell. Their signature brand of ditsy and bold patterns would work amazingly for a retro creation. Here are some pairings that get my wheels turning:
Farch: the aptly named amalgamation of the two bleakest months of the year. Typically characterized by a wicked case of cabin fever and not having brushed your hair all day.
In our family, anything undesirable that happens during the months of February and March (flat tire, getting sick, leaky roof) gets chalked up to Farch. The thrift store visits have been few and far between this Farch; however, I did find a few gems that I’m pretty stoked about!