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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

from: Rent The Runway

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!

Get 10% off your purchase of your own Ergo carrier! 

Ergobaby Omni 360: When You Need Every Option

The Best Labor Day Sales

This is a post that contains affiliate links.

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! 

Labor Day BBQ Essentials

Summer is ending and it’s time to celebrate with a bbq! I have rounded up my favorite picks to help make your BBQ a success!

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I love this DwellBee chalkboard to let guests know what is on the menu!

The gingham table runner adds a fun vintage flair to any table! 

Gingham Poly Check 72-Inch Table Runner in Red/White


You don’t even need a new serving platter when you place burgers on this awesome cutting board

Eat, Drink & BBQ 10-Inch x 14-Inch Bamboo Cutting Board

I may be trying to convince Dino Boy we need to upgrade to this bad boy soon

Pit Boss 71700FB Wood Pellet Grill with Flame Broiler


How cute are these appetizer plates for guests?

Vintage Farm to Table Melamine Appetizer Plates (Set of 4)

Shark Week Ooh Ha Ha

Celebrate Shark Week with these fun shark facts!

Not only did sharks first appear 400 million yeas ago, they are still here today. They have survived 5 massive planet extinction events. 

While many of us have learned to fear sharks, they’re the ones who should fear us. People are sharks’ most deadliest predator. In fact humans kill more than 100 million sharks each year.

Most sharks species will drown if they stop moving. Great white, mako and salmon sharks don’t have the muscles they need to pump water through their mouth and over their gills. As long as they keep swimming, water keeps moving over their gills, keeping them alive.

Humans are the shark’s biggest predator, but killer whales, crocodiles and seals have been known to eat sharks as well. Large sharks will even go after smaller, younger sharks that might make easy prey.

Even though sharks have rows and rows of razor-sharp teeth, they don’t use their pearly whites to chew their prey. Shark teeth are strictly for snapping, grip, crush or rip, and the resulting chunks are swallowed whole.

Galeophobia is the excessive fear of sharks. It comes from the Greek word “galeos,” which was a particular type of shark.

Be glad you’re not a shark, moms! The gestation period for a pregnant female shark can range anywhere from five months to two years.

Sharks’ eyes are on the sides of their heads, so they have an amazingly wide sightline spanning nearly 360 degrees. Their panoramic view of the undersea world is inhibited only by two blind spots, one in front of the snout and the other directly behind the head.

Instead of closing its eyelids, a great white shark rolls its eyes into the back of its head when it attacks. This behavior helps the shark protect its eyes from debris and the thrashing of its prey.

These are some of the best shark goodies on the market right now!

Shark Jumbo Rider

Knit Shark BlanketOcean Animals Paperback