Making The Most of Your Younger Years

The world has changed.  In many ways, today, people are no longer focused on creating an abundance of financial wealth through working in an office, all hours, for all but a few weeks a year – where there only respite is planning a summer vacation.  Today, people are more focused on having an emotionally rich and abundant life where they have the freedom to be, have and do all the things they desire.

Money is, of course, a vital component of freedom but people today are mostly into the notion of living life on their terms rather than a hamster on a wheel, trapped in the rat race, where they make plenty of money but in the process sacrifice the best years of their life.

Today, there’s much emphasis on something known as a “freedom lifestyle” where the idea of mini retirements (first introduced by Tim Ferriss in The Four Hour Work Week) are promoted as a better way to squeeze the most out of life than working all your life then retiring.

Indeed, people today want the freedom to enjoy the spontaneity of jumping on a flight and staying in the Zurich Marriott Hotel for a few nights, or hopping on a cruise for a couple of weeks, just because they fancy it.

See, in the “old world”, it was only at the point of retirement people would start having the time freedom to enjoy their life on their terms and pursue their plans to travel the world.  In the “new world”, however, people are embracing the idea of having mini retirements throughout one’s life, whilst they’re still young and in their prime.

This article therefore encourages you to make the most of your time on earth, particularly when you are young, and consider the possibility of taking a mini retirement in order to squeeze the most out of life; so that you are working to live rather than living just to work.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A MINI RETIREMENT?

A mini retirement recognises the fact life is unpredictable and that taking some time out, now, whilst you’re still young is a great way to live a more rich and fulfilled life.

A mini retirement could, in some ways, be viewed as a gap year – the difference however, is that most people aim to put mechanisms in place to still earn money; whether this is through setting up a blog, creating an automated online business, or doing freelance work; where they earn in a strong currency such as the US dollar but live somewhere that offers a higher standard of living – meaning you get more bang for your buck.

For instance, did you know that you could rent a beautiful four bedroom house right on the ocean, with pristine water, freshly picked fruit, the most succulent seafood, and an entire staff of cleaners, cooks and drivers in a country like the Philippines or Thailand for way less than a small apartment in some parts of California!!

In summary, it’s less about making tons of money; it’s about squeezing the most out of the money you have in order to squeeze the most out of life.



Beach gear for the whole family

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With the weather warming up I am ready to hit up the beach and can’t wait to take our little family out to explore the water this summer. I wanted to have a fun and colorful family themed beach bag and I found out that Tilly’s can handle all of that for us!

This beach blanket is sure to be a favorite with Dino Boy. The playful print and size is perfect to lounge on and is sure to be a conversation piece with all the locals. BIGMOUTH INC. SHARK BEACH BLANKET

BIGMOUTH INC. SHARK BEACH BLANKET

Have you been seeing all kind of fun pool floats this season? I tried to make this whole bag a pool float theme and how fun are these shorts for the boys. They have both boys and men sizes and I may even throw them on our little girl to keep her covered and matching!  

NEFF POOL PARTY BOYS HOT TUB SWIM TRUNKS

NEFF POOL PARTY BOYS HOT TUB SWIM TRUNKS

NEFF POOL PARTY HOT TUB SWIM TRUNKS NEFF POOL PARTY HOT TUB SWIM TRUNKS

Unicorns are slowly becoming everyone’s spirit animal and I can see why. The rainbow flair and sassiness are sure to give your water time a fun fresh and funky feel that the whole family can enjoy!  

SUNNYLIFE LUXE RIDE-ON UNICORN INFLATABLE POOL FLOAT

SUNNYLIFE LUXE RIDE-ON UNICORN INFLATABLE POOL FLOAT

As I get old I realize that everyone in our family needs to be coated in sunscreen and Baby Bum is the best for our little girl and the SPF strength is sure to have you out in the sun without looking like a lobster at the very end. SUN BUM SPF 50 BABY SUNSCREEN LOTION (3 OZ)

SUN BUM SPF 50 BABY SUNSCREEN LOTION (3 OZ)

What is a beach party without tunes? Add in the SunnyLife speaker to your beach bag to play the song of the summer. What do you think it’s going to be? SUNNYLIFE RETRO SOUNDS NAVY CATALINA SPEAKER

SUNNYLIFE RETRO SOUNDS NAVY CATALINA SPEAKER

 

 

Our little girl E needs to be rocking these heart sunglasses because I mean who can resist these gems? And the best part? I can match with my own heart sunglasses. She won’t enjoy us matching later but I might as well enjoy it when she can’t fight me on it. 

FULL TILT BRI HEART KIDS SUNGLASSES

FULL TILT BRI HEART KIDS SUNGLASSESFULL TILT SWEET LUV SUNGLASSES FULL TILT SWEET LUV SUNGLASSES

 

What is in your beach bag this season?



Planning For Your Summer Vacation Early

If you want to go on vacation this summer, then you best start planning on how you’re going to do that now so you have enough time to save up!

Here are some of the best ideas to be able to get away somewhere nice this year.

Create a budget

First, you will want to have a general idea as to how much money you will need for your holiday. This means creating a budget. Work out (around about) the cost of the transport, the accommodation, the meals, the activities, the spending money, and an emergency fund just in case something happens. By doing this, you can work out how much you’ll need for the overall vacation.

Take out a loan

If you’re struggling with money and think that borrowing some is the best route to go down, then you may want to take out a personal loan. One way that you can be sure of keeping out of debt when taking out a loan is by getting yourself a cosigner. This is someone that you trust, usually with a good credit score, that is willing to pay off your debt if you become unable to. So consider looking at some personal loans with cosigner online to get a better idea as to whether it’s something you think works for you.

Have a clear out

If you have a spare room, an attic, or a basement that is full of things you no longer use, rather than being sentimental and keeping it all even though you never look at it – sell it! There are plenty of different ways you can do this, whether you go online and use sites like eBay, Amazon, or even your own personal social media account. Or word of mouth which is effective in itself as long as you have a big enough social circle. Depending on how much stuff you have and how many things are of value, will determine the outcome. But even a few extra bucks is better than nothing.

An extra income

If you are able to, why not think about taking on an extra job to bring in more money. This works well because any income you are getting can be put directly into a separate ”holiday” account, and not be touched or even looked at until it’s time to book the holiday. You can find a job that’s flexible and fits in with your everyday routine. So maybe something that requires a bit of evening work during the weekday, or putting in a few hours on the weekend. It may not be the fanciest of jobs, but if you’re capable of doing it then why not? – Think of the bigger picture.

So as you can see, there are many different options out there. If anything, you can put all of them into action. Some people are lucky enough to put money down straight away and jet off somewhere exotic – but a lot of us have to do a little more before that day comes. So keep your eyes on the prize – it’ll all be worth it once you’re sipping cocktails on the beach.



Sunday Saying: I wait all year for autumn



Emmy Fashion For Less!

Ellie Kemper


ML Monique Lhuillier Navy Tulle To Lace Gown – $50.00

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Thandie Newton


Marchesa Notte Eden Gown – $130.00

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Gillian Anderson


Halston Heritage Dahlia Cape Gown – $70.00

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Nicole Kidman


allison parris Red Dark Charm Gown – $95.00

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Laverne Cox


Halston Heritage Antique Silver Lucy Gown – $55.00

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Jane Fonda


Badgley Mischka Red Forbidden Territory Gown – $80.00

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Issa Rae


Carmen Marc Valvo All Eyes On You Gown – $105.00

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Millie Bobby Brown


allison parris Sugar Coat Dress – $70.00

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Exploring The San Francisco Zoo With Ergo!

I received a free Ergo baby carrier from Ergo in exchange for writing a review on the blog. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

This past weekend Dino Boy and I took miss Ella to the zoo for the first time! In addition to seeing the lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) it also gave us the perfect chance to try out our new Ergo baby carrier given to us by the fabulous Ergo company!

The San Francisco zoo is huge! 100 acres to be exact, so we definitely needed something that would keep both Ella comfortable, and not leave us looking like hunchbacks at the end of the day.

We’ve tried a few baby carriers, and this one by far, has been the best! We love that we can put her in multiple different seating positions. Front facing, facing us, strapped to our back, or even putting her in a side sling.

Our previous baby carrier only allowed her to face towards us. While this was awesome when she was an infant, Ella has not gotten to the point where she wants to see the world around her, and she would often get frustrated in it.

With the Ergo, she’s now able to face out and see everything around her! Super essential for viewing red tigers with her dad!

As you can probably see, the ergo allows Ella to sit securely, but also high enough to see everything around her. A bonus, is the little bib in the front for her. She loves using this as a little teether, and we love that it’s able to soak up all her drool. Have an infant? The flap flips up so it can keep them secure! Best part? It’s all machine washable, so after a long day of looking at animals, we just throw it in the wash!

Ella’s wingspan is still pretty small, but she loves tasting things!

Dad loved that the Ergo was made of comfortable material, didn’t dig in anywhere, and felt super sturdy!

With Ergo in place, Ella discovered some of her new favorite animals! These were her top 3!

She loved the awesome colors of this macaw!

She liked watching the grizzly bear just lounging around!

But her favorite was probably the tiger! It was close to feeding time and this guy was just pacing back and forth waiting for lunch! Ella loved watching him walk around!

We’re really excited that Ella did so well at both the zoo and in the ergo! We’re looking forward to using it when we go to Disneyland in December!

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The Best Labor Day Sales

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ModCloth 25% off everything, plus 30% off orders over $150 and 40% off orders over $250

Buzz Just Because Flat in 6

I love these flats that are under $30!

Forever 21 Buy one sale item, get another one free

Sequin French Bulldog Hoodie

I can’t resist this Boomer inspired Frenchie hoodie

Banana Republic 40% off

 

Banana Republic Womens Rouched Fit-And-Flare Dress Granite Blue Size 8

This is the perfect fall dress for upcoming weddings

Old Navy 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees

Old Navy Womens Fitted Crew-Neck Tee Dress For Women Brown Leopard Size S

This is the perfect dress to transition into fall with! 

BHLDN30% off sale items

 

Copper Oak Confetti

I can’t wait to use this as table scatter for our future dinners with friends

 

Express 40% off

Express Womens Side Tie Ankle Booties

These booties are surely coming home with me! Love the little ties!