If You’re Going to Splurge, Get a Nice Hotel


If You’re Going to Splurge While Traveling, Stay Somewhere Comfortable When I used to travel somewhere new, I used to believe that it would be exciting to get out and experience everything this place had to offer. And, while that is still true to an extent, I have come to realize that travel is more about experience, it’s about personal reflection and slowing down. How many times have you travelled to another country or city (on business or pleasure) thinking that it was going to be an unforgettable experience? You went out whenever you could and were constantly on the go.…

Ideas for Edible Landscaping


Often, we think of landscaping and food gardening as two different activities. However, to the creative gardener, there is plenty of room for overlap. There are a great many lovely plants that also happen to be edible. As you plan your yard this spring, and consider what to plant, consider edible landscaping. Here are some ideas: Edible Flowers Many of us know that dandelion leaves can make a great addition to a salad. Unfortunately, no matter how pretty your kids think dandelions are, they aren't considered a viable part of a good-looking landscape. But there are plenty of other edible…

3 Reasons Wood Flooring Is Likely a Better Choice for Sustainability and Affordability


Remember years ago when shag carpet was all the rage?  Yes, that is a painful memory in interior design history, especially when the shag came in such dazzling colors as bright orange and green.  Now, luckily, the trend has changed and more and more people are using hardwood.  While this is a better choice style wise, wood flooring is also a better choice from a sustainable and health point of view. 1.  Long lasting.  Wood flooring is durable and can last many decades.  If you can't afford solid wood flooring, you can always choose engineered wood flooring, which is a…

When Should You Start Teaching Your Child about Money?


One of the most common questions that parents have is this: When do I start teaching my child about money? Money is such an abstract concept that many children have trouble grasping the idea behind it. And, with money increasingly invisible, and transactions carried out digitally, it's even harder for kids to understand what money is all about. However, in order for your child to thrive, he or she needs to know how to properly manage money. Luckily, you can start teaching your children about money at a young age. Laying the Groundwork Most children aren't going to "get" the…

Bankruptcy Isn’t the Only Solution


Thousands of people struggling with debt live in fear of bankruptcy . However, there are other solutions that aren’t as severe. One such option is an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement). An IVA is ideal for people with £10,000 or more of unsecured debt. It is an option available to people in regular employment that will see debts reduced to one, negotiated and affordable monthly payment (sometimes as low as £100) typically spread over a five year period. This way, things become more manageable and the gloom of debt can slowly disperse. Already in the UK there are thousands of people…

Love to Camp? 4 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Camper


Mrs. SPF and I have considered buying a pop up camper for the summer.  We both love to camp, and little SPF is big enough to take along on our summer green camping adventures.  However, before we take the plunge and purchase a pop up camper, there are several financial considerations. Here is what we are considering: 1.  Buy new or buy used?  We could buy a new camper from Costco for $2,800.  However, the model we are considering, the Lifetime Tent Trailer Kit with Sahara Tent, is literally like a tent on wheels.  It will definitely provide protection, but the…