If there’s anything I hate, it’s wasting food. Goodness. When I find old leftovers in the fridge that we’ve forgotten about, and it’s covered in mold and I have to toss it, I get so agitated with myself. I hear the voice of my mom in my head after she sat dinner in front of us and we wrinkled our noses: “Children in Africa are starving. EAT!”
Americans spend an average of 9.7% of their income on food with 5% for food at home and 4.7% for food away from home. Unfortunately, Americans also waste a lot of food with consumers throwing away one pound per day or 225-290 pounds a year according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Decreasing the amount of food that is thrown away not only benefits your household budget, saving you money, but also helps the environment reducing methane emissions and conserving energy and resources.
Sustainability Goals at Home
Reducing food waste is a sustainable business model that is currently trending among restaurants and food establishments. It can also be replicated at home considering that around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out each year worldwide.
A few months ago we had a new normal to get used to around here: my hubby started working from home full time! For us, the flexibility that offers is perfect with two little ones, but we’ve had some challenges, too. Like, keeping two little ones fairly quiet during the day so daddy can work! But one of the big things that has helped all the way around is giving him his own office space in which to function.
So when Ashley Wilson floated me a post idea on making working at home more enjoyable, well: I knew my husband FOR SURE would appreciate it! She’s got tons of tips – keep on reading for more!
When working from home, many people tend to improvise when setting up their home office. Many tend to skip the organizational aspects of the home office, and the comfort of the work area. All you need is a desk and chair, right?
Sometimes I think about you, reader. And I think that, no matter who you are or what you do or what you’re like…we can all agree that what I have just experienced in my life in no way, shape or form has been…FUN.
Allow me to share with all of you that I believe we are FINALLY at the end of POTTY TRAINING. Potty training TWINS. (I’m still shuddering thinking about it. I’m also waiting on some kind of huge regression to happen because, well, that WOULD be my luck.)
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about potty training, it’s that potty training is MESSY. Oh my goodness. Is it ever MESSY.
My husband noticed the other day that the value of our home had risen. (He’s so good with stuff like that – I would have never even though to CHECK IT. Mercy!) But he loves all things financial, and was pretty pleased to see the equity we’ve built in the past couple of years. So he shared his joy with me! Which led to a conversation about a few remodeling projects we still want to complete in this house. Which led to a discussion about where we would pull the money from in order to make those changes.
Somewhere along the way, Jorge Adevop sent me an email to see if I was interested in publishing his article regarding ways to pay for remodeling projects, and yes, I was interested, not only in publishing it, but in reading it for myself! Check out his ideas below…they’re good ones!
Putting money back into your home through remodeling to maintain a modern look and appeal is usually a wise investment, but the scenario has to make sense and you should never be over extending yourself if the line between income and expenses is getting extremely thin. There are, however, certain times when finding funding for your investment makes very good sense, especially when you have a good strategy on how your going to pay it back, maybe even quicker than its term. If you’ve been looking into alternate funding sources then here are a few for you to consider:
2019 is drawing to an end. Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the month of September already?! As 2020 comes closer, there is at least one thing that you need to do – ditch your old calendar and make way for a new one! If you have the time and if you’re feeling creative, why not DIY a calendar on your own? No idea how to do it? No problem! Keep on reading and learn from the following tips!
If you are into photography, use your best pictures to add an aesthetic element to your DIY calendar. Choose one photo for every month of the year. Use photo editing software to make the pictures stand out. If you already have the photos and you’re not sure how you want to use them, you can always create a calendarwith the help of Shutterfly. They have a team of experts who can help turn ordinary photos into an extraordinary calendar.
Pair It with a Stand
Make the DIY calendar stand out on the table or desk by having a base to hold it still. With an easel calendar, you can choose from a variety of designs that will complement the look of the calendar, which has a different display every month. Among others, wood is one of the common base materials for an easel calendar.