I read one decorating blog religiously and that is Kate’s Mad about the House blog. A number of weeks (months?) back she has a post on “shopping one’s house” for design inspiration. Here is a similar post from Apartment Therapy. It’s the household equivalent of “shopping one’s closet,” or to put together new outfits that … Continue reading Making new (with things you already own)
Living in a country where your parents do not live is expensive. When both you and your spouse have parents in different continents, and neither lives where you live, it is even more expensive. I was recently at a work conference and was chatting to my taxi driver on the way to the airport. We … Continue reading Family Overseas
I thought that I would do something different and talk about buying clothes that last based on your body type! Rather than having a solution, in this post, I have a problem. I recently had a very poor experience with a new brand of jeans and I’ve had to come to terms with the fact … Continue reading Thigh-rub capsule wardrobe crisis? A chance to rethink and start sewing.
Everyone is talking about neo-mint. I remember being a child and buying a mint jumpsuit to wear to a wedding. I was such a tomboy that I didn’t want to wear a dress. My mother insisted that I had to get something nice. We were standing in Kmart having an argument and finally decided on … Continue reading On trend bedroom re-design ideas for £600: neo-mint or tranquil dawn?
So much has been going on, I don’t even know where to start. My spouse was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease just before his 40th birthday. The implications of his disease means that he will likely have mobility issues down the road, and now our financial independence has taken on a completely new dimension, as … Continue reading Curves in the Road
There is an interesting discussion on one of the online personal finance groups that I am on about Gen Xers and how we are, as someone said, the “sandwich” generation: stuck between two much larger pieces of bread. The term GenX was popularized by a Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland. His book (and his … Continue reading Financial independence is not about the money
Each month or quarter, I am inundated by offers for services by my bank, other competing banks, insurance companies, etc.. When our house insurance came up for renewal this month, the insurance company wanted more than 100 pounds more than they did the year before. I found a much more competitive introductory offer by our … Continue reading Saving £100 on home insurance but saying no to 0%-balance transfers. Why is it different?