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Why I choose to rent…for now at least

Ever since my husband and I became debt free, most people in our circle of friends and family keep asking us when we are going to buy a house. It’s a very reasonable question as most people our age (early 30’s) are getting married, buying homes and making babies. The truthful answer to this is, I don’t know and I am in no rush. After grinding away for 2.5 years to pay off $120,000 of debt, the last thing on my mind right now is to get into more debt. Now I know the argument that mortgage debt is good debt, but that is beside the point. Where I stand personally in my life right now, debt is debt. Yes, I agree good debt (if there is such a thing) provides you with a better interest rate and increases your long term assets (sometimes), but your still on the hook to pay it back and that’s what I want to avoid right now. The feeling of owing anyone, anything. I know this feeling will probably…

Home Alone is 25 Years Old! Here is a Delightful Oral History

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
This is a delightful oral history of what I think is safe to say my generation’s all time favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone (all due respect to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). The piece is written by James Hughes (son of Home Alone writer, John Hughes) for Chicago magazine which is fitting as the film took place “on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” which happens to be in Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with oral histories, they are in my opinion the best way to recount stories (especially in the entertainment industry). The reason they are so good is that it is the people involved just recount their versions of what happens which usually makes for a more interesting read. The article is full of fun anecdotes and delightful stories, so please, grab a whole cheese pizza, sit down and enjoy reading this oral history…ya filthy animals. link to oral history found below: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2015/Home-Alone/

Thank You NYC, For Making Me a Better Person

Originally posted on Tara Pook:
I usually avoid Times Square like carrots in my shrimp fried rice, but tonight I couldn’t help but stand here for a few minutes. I’ve learned a thing or two from the tourists I rush past. They’re so happy and in the moment, as they marvel at the big lights. It reminds me to be grateful for the opportunity to live and learn in this city. And although this past year has been rather tough, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The patience I’ve gained is not only manifesting itself in waiting for the promises God made to me when I moved here, it is also manifesting itself in the way I’ve shown patience with those around me. Like showing kindness to a tourist struggling with her luggage, or treating a homeless man like he’s not invisible. So I guess I say all of this just to say thanks NYC, for making me a better person. —Tara Pook

Lounge Review: Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44)

Originally posted on travelux:
Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44) is one of several Lufthansa lounges at the airport. Due to its enormous size and its hub function for Lufthansa, Frankfurt Airport offers passengers a lounge close to pretty much all departure gates. When we had the pleasure to fly via Frankfurt, we decided to give the Lufthansa Business Frankfurt (B44) a try. Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44) is located in the middle of several gates on the end of the Terminal B which is used for international departure to the US and other non-Schengen destinations. Be aware that there is another Lufthansa Business Lounge on the other side of the terminal (B24). The Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44) is shaped like a circle which makes it quite comfortable for seating as the layout adds a lot of privacy. Sadly, Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44) comes without any good views, making it a little boring. Nevertheless, the lounge is bright and inviting. Seating in the Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44) The Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt (B44)…

Lounge Review: SLOW Lounge Cape Town

Originally posted on travelux:
SLOW Lounge Cape Town is definitely the best domestic lounge we ever have been to. That’s not only because we didn’t expect something “amazing”, but also because the quality of pretty much everything is amazing. At SLOW Lounge Cape Town, a large buffet, comfortable seating, toilets with a view and even complimentary massages are offered. The only downer is the slow Wi-Fi. SLOW Lounge Cape Town is located after security control close to all domestic gates at Cape Town International Airport. That means that you don’t have to walk for more than 10 minutes from the lounge to your gate regardless of where you are departing. SLOW Lounge Cape Town is very large with two decks Access to SLOW Lounge Cape Town is granted to everyone flying business class, holding a special FNB Credit Card or being an oneworld Emerald or Sapphire member regardless of the class you are flying. Seating at SLOW Lounge Cape Town SLOW Lounge Cape Town is a very modern lounge with plenty of seating spots available. There’s a…

Live: Rosemary and Succulent Bouquets

Rosemary and Succulent Bouquet Flowering Rosemary It is the first day of spring here in the southern hemisphere and while it is a gloriously sunny day today it is still very crisp and cold. While we are waiting for our spring flowers to bloom we have been making these pretty bouquets using flowering rosemary and succulents. They make every room smell great and last forever, still retaining their prettiness as they dry.

DIY: Updating Plastic Bins

Originally posted on The HardKnock Diaries:
Last week, I was in the process of moving out of my parent’s home for the first time. With the lack of space in my dorm, I needed drawer space that came on wheels and was easily accessible. To combat my problems, I decided to purchase plastic bins to hold all of my necessities. The only problem was the terribly ugly appearance and lack of privacy of the bins. Watch me transform my bins from… This: To This: What You’ll Need: Plastic bins or drawers Double Sided Tape (or an adhesive) Scissors Scrapbook Paper ( wrapping paper or liner can also be used) Steps: 1.) Measure your scrapbook paper against your plastic bins. I was lazy with this step, but you can certainly use a ruler if you like. 2.) Once, your paper is measured, put medium sized tape pieces along the four corners of the scrapbook paper. I have seen others actually cut a slit where the handle should go, but again I am lazy and this covering…