Honeymoon on a budget

DeHoneymoonar Dave,

I just got married, and my husband and I want to book a combination honeymoon and New Year’s trip to celebrate. We don’t have all the money for it right now, but will have in a few weeks. We were thinking about booking the trip on a zero-interest credit card, and paying it off when we have all the money. I know you hate debt, but would this be okay since it would be a very short-term debt?


Dear Laura,

I know you guys are excited and happy about being married. And I wish you all the happiness in the world. But I don’t recommend credit cards of any kind, for any reason, whatsoever. Continue reading Honeymoon on a budget

Trying to help a friend

Dear Dave,

FriendI have a friend who is experiencing financial problems. She is between real jobs at the moment and only bringing in about $600 a month. But even when she’s working regularly, she doesn’t budget or manage her money wisely, and she’s always looking for more money. On top of all this, she’s holding out hope for her dream job out of state. She interviewed several months ago, and hasn’t heard anything from the company. What can I do to help her?


Dear Gina,

I don’t mean this as an insult so much as an observation, but your friend sounds kind of flighty and impulsive to me. I think she may also be a bit immature. So what we’re really talking about here is how to get your friend to grow up a little bit and stop chasing rainbows. Don’t get me wrong. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a dream job, but you have to be realistic and practical at the same time. Continue reading Trying to help a friend

Get a Healthier Lifestyle in 5 Quick Steps

Wild BlueberriesSometimes I get asked the same question over and over again – “How did you get started with a more natural lifestyle?” And honestly, we’re not completely there yet. I still have guilty pleasures like Oreoes, ramen noodles, and chocolate….just to name a few (stop judging). The road to trying to live healthier hasn’t been a bummer at all. In fact, I have really enjoyed it. It has caused me to do things I’ve never done before. It allows me to make home made things for my family, which I know they thoroughly enjoy. But most of all, it has caused me to realize that I can take control of my family’s health, and ultimately, for almost all (non-life threatening) mishaps or sickness, I can tend to my family without ever having to step foot into a doctors office.

While I am for holistic medicine, please understand that I completely realize there may come a time when we have to make a doctors visit or ER visit. Though, I hope it isn’t anytime soon.

None-the-less, it’s always the same look and questions, followed by the elephant in the room, “how do you afford it?”

Here are five quick and easy changes that you can make to promote healthy living in your home. Keep in mind that you might have some kick back and grumbling from others who might be living in your household, but eventually, they will come around…maybe!

Start Cooking from Scratch Rather than Eating Frozen Meals/at Restaurants.

People often think cooking from scratch is more expensive than buying frozen or eating out. In some cases, it can be. But when bought in bulk (flour, sugar, herd and meat shares) it is often less expensive. Most of our meat is venison, which we kill ourselves. The remainder of our meat either comes from our backyard or from herd shares with other homesteaders. With that said, I understand that raising your own meat might not be possible for you right now. However, going in halves with someone else on a cow, or buying a whole hog from another farmer will typically last a family of 3-4 for 5-6 months. If it’s a large cow, it will last much longer and will be much less expensive and healthier than buying meat from a store. Many times, even a specialty store or farm store can be much more expensive than buying meat directly from a farmer and having the animal processed yourself.

Start Using Essential Oils (EO’s) and Herbal Remedies More Often

Start little. Don’t take it on all at once. Start with everyday nicks, bumps, headaches, and the common cold. And remember that you’ve spent a lifetime putting bad things into your body. Switching to all natural remedies and EO’s might not necessarily work miracles right away. Prevention, however, is key when going completely herbal. While EO’s and herbal remedies can heal just as well as antibiotics in some cases, their biggest miracle happens when you begin using them as prevention to illness and disease.

In any case, please do not douse yourself or your family members in EO’s everyday, it’s not healthy when using for prevention. You can read a little more about that here. I always tend to try herbal remedies before automatically going for the EO’s. EO’s are so potent and should be used sparingly unless actively treating an ailment.

This Article is courtesy of our friends at Mother Earth New. To see the rest of the article read it here 5 Easy Changes You Can Make to Promote a Healthier Lifestyle

How To Make Your Own S.A.D. Light Therapy Light Box

SAD Light BoxSeasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that generally sets in around fall and lets up in spring, when the seasons change. One treatment for SAD is light therapy (or phototherapy). Light therapy involves sitting in front of a special light therapy box with lights that mimic natural outdoor light. Some people use tanning beds as a source of light therapy, or you can buy all different types of light therapy lamps online, and they can get pretty expensive. Continue reading How To Make Your Own S.A.D. Light Therapy Light Box

Tips To Eat Healthier And Live A Better Life

Fun FoodKeeping yourself and your family healthy is an important goal, but not always an easy one to achieve. Here are a few tips, suggestions and observations to help you in your pursuit of a healthy and happy family.

Don’t be the Diet Police

Making comments about your son’s or daughter’s food choices, food habits, snacking options, portion sizes or anything else can lead to World War III. Don’t say, “Are you sure you want to eat that?” or, “That’s pretty high in calories, isn’t it?” Comments like these are not supportive ­ they merely undermine your child’s confidence. Try having healthy foods available, eating healthy foods yourself, and showing support when family members actually eat healthier foods. Continue reading Tips To Eat Healthier And Live A Better Life

Zumba Classes That Help Bonds Mothers And Daughters

Zumba classesJennifer Cooke has three children, so bonding individually with each child was one reason she wanted to become the Hamburg Fitness Center’s Mommy & Daughter Zumba instructor.

“That time is important to share with a child,” said Cooke, who also teaches adult Zumba classes at the fitness center. “It’s also important to have a child witness their moms working out at an early age because it is someone they look up to.” Continue reading Zumba Classes That Help Bonds Mothers And Daughters

Why do people see the dress as different colors?

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation.

(And yes, it’s blue.)

What color is this dress

The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media have been arguing about whether a picture depicts a perfectly nice bodycon dress as blue with black lace fringe or white with gold lace fringe. And neither side will budge. This fight is about more than just social media—it’s about primal biology and the way human eyes and brains have evolved to see color in a sunlit world.

Light enters the eye through the lens—different wavelengths corresponding to different colors. The light hits the retina in the back of the eye where pigments fire up neural connections to the visual cortex, the part of the brain that processes those signals into an image. Critically, though, that first burst of light is made of whatever wavelengths are illuminating the world, reflecting off whatever you’re looking at. Without you having to worry about it, your brain figures out what color light is bouncing off the thing your eyes are looking at, and essentially subtracts that color from the “real” color of the object. “Our visual system is supposed to… For the rest of the article read it on Wired.com The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

A Quick Paleo Diet Guide

If you’re trying to figure out the Paleo Diet and eat healthy you should check out this new Infographic from Jenny Chang of BuzzFeed. It’s based on the research of Rob Who of the “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet” fame and he shares these quick tips about how to tell if it’s on the Paleo Diet.

Is It On The Paleo Diet  - Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed
Is It On The Paleo Diet – Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Infographic source: What To Eat On The Paleo Diet