Eloping is ususaly just runnign off without anyone knowing and getting married. That's a bit old for me. This is about the why's, how's, and if's of your own version of eloping. Hopefully it will get you thinking and help you decide what you really want to do. Also, sorry for the lack of postings recently.
Do you want a way to improve the results of your workout while also improving how you feel? Try mindfulness. We've all been there, zoning out to our favorite tunes, show, or book during a bike ride or maybe lift set. Sometime's it's necessary and maybe good for you. Maybe you need to relax, zone out, and work out your stress while running on a treadmill or elliptical or biking on a stationary bike. Yet, when you're too distracted, you lose the connection to the real world, with what you are doing in the moment. You loose the feeling of the workout, the power, and the accomplishment as you get closer to your goal. As you add mindfulness to your regular workouts, you also gain a few more benefits that we all could use more of.
The wonderful part of giving our time is our gift of a smile. Today I am introducing The One Smile Movement. It's November, the beginning of a time for giving in the US. Yet, we often find ourselves asking. Asking for gifts. Asking for help. Asking for food. Asking for awareness. Asking for equality. Asking for change. While some of these things are real and should have been accomplished years ago, I think it's time we try switching our tactics. Maybe giving is the best way to get. Through giving, we get fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction. We create moments and awareness. We celebrate memories and enjoy time. Best of all, we get a smile.
Wedding lists are all over the internet, yet here I am adding another, why? Recently, I saw a wedding article about how a wedding from 1970 just isn't possible anymore. You can read it by clicking here. This post argues a different look. A look into why, why we need all those things and if it is indeed possible to get everything for less, or do it yourself. It's tips of a sort. Tips on how to ensure a cheap ahem, frugal wedding, a minimalist wedding, or just a wedding away from debt. This is a continuation of the Marriage series under the Life section of our site. MadMan and I are in the middle of getting married with a budget of less than $10k! You can read all about our engagement, picking a venue, getting a dress, and getting invitations and how to save on each of them by clicking on those links!
It's about to be past Halloween which means retailers will be going right into Christmas, bypassing Thanksgiving all together in some places. That's why, today, before that happens, I am urging you to try something new. This is my case against presents. It's infused with the arguments of other bloggers, celebrities, and humans. Think about it, decide, maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.
I began this blog six months ago with the goal of keeping myself accountable and helping both me and MadMan grow and reach our goals. I can't believe it's been six months. Time for a re-cap and future look.
Starting in October, life gets more expensive, at least for me. You have Halloween, Christmas (or what you celebrate), Thanksgiving, New Years, and my family has a few birthdays too. How do you save during holidays like these? Foremost, by consuming less. There are a few other ways though, and those will be the topics of discussion for this post.
As you know, we tend to laugh at tradition as we go through life. We see most traditions as a way for companies to get more money under the guise that it just must be done, not that it need be. Engaged, we are going through each step of the wedding process and talking about it here with the same mindset. We are trying to give advice on how we saved money yet still got the stuff of our dreams to the best of our abilities. From the venue and the dress to the invitations and eventually the photos. This week, we dealt with the invitations.Why do it old fashion and "by the book" when technology could save you thousands?
In short, Wedding dresses should not cost as much as they do. If you know where to look, you might be able to get a steal like I did for something more "traditional." If not, who said you even need a white dress? Why not wear a sun dress or a cruise type formal dress? There are many things you can do with your dress after your wedding from get money back to make something new or even help someone. It's time to make weddings less consumerist and more celebration. It's time to make them about the couple and not about spending money.
You just got your first home! First, congratulations! Second, did it come furnished? The answer is probably not. So now you have to go out into the world of shopping and buy everything you need. What is all that exactly? What all do you need to buy for your first home? Not as much as you think.