With the high cost of weddings and growing trends t reduce waste, we've heard about reusing wedding dresses, and decorations, but re-using flower arrangements?  In an article from CBS News a company named Bloomerent has re-invented the wedding flower industry.  Offering brides a 10% discount...

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Finally, you can sell your dress or buy, or even rent a used dress.  The Sharing Economy for wedding dress purchase finds a home at Borrowing Magnolia. "The founders of Borrowing Magnolia wanted to help the modern bride plan her dream wedding on a budget. They also knew of many newlyweds had d...

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Posted by Katherine on Apr 12, 2017 under ,

As a mother on a budget I am always trying to find ways to save.  The first on my list is taking care of what I already have.  Does that me more cleaning? Yes, but it also means less spending.  We had this couch that I conditioned weekly because it was the most expensive thing we'd ever purchas...

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Have you heard about Wedding Recycle.com?  This Canadian site is a buy and sell community site, oriented specifically for Weddings, the soon to be wed and the recently just.  It's a place to sell your used Wedding items from Centerpieces to Jewelry, From Wedding Dresses to Cake and Dess...

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The sharing economy is changing the consumer culture even to the extent of Weddings and Wedding Fashion.  Weddings are our culture's ultimate display of wealth and status.  Every aspect of a wedding is an additional charge, "for just a little bit extra," and why not, it's her big ...

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9 Ways to Score an Upgrade on Your Honeymoon Flight 

In an article from Brides.com By Katie Hammel

Katie lists 9 inventive ways to Upgrade your Honeymoon Flight from Volunteering your seat to Bidding for an upgrade.  This is a good article to read at the start of your wedding planning process...

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In this new world of Shared Economy, unique and inspired gift giving takes on a whole new meaning.  In an article from Architectural Digest, by Alicia Brunker, one of the most romantic and iconic cities in the world is now offering up a literal piece of itself to online shoppers.  


"Last summer...

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Posted by Katherine on Dec 31, 2016 under ,

It's New Year's Eve and it's time to think about our resolutions for 2017.  How can 2017 be all it can be?  I think about my childeren and my family and how they can grow and learn.  Recently, at my children's school, we raised money by having everyone at school donate all their used clothes, bed...

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It's only 16 days til Christmas and I am no where near finished.  I see posts on my friends' Facebook pages how all the gifts are wrapped and looking perfectly gorgeous under their themed Christmas trees.  

According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales will increase 3.6 percent from l...

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Posted by Katherine on Nov 10, 2016 under

My sister is finally getting married!  She would like a destination wedding in Hawaii and our family is so excited.  As a bridesmaid, the most important item is the dress.  There are so many to choose from and an endless amount of stores.  To cut down the costs of a destination wedding, there ar...

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Posted by Katherine on Oct 14, 2016 under ,

My husband and I used to ride our pricey bikes all the time.  Nowadays with work and the kids, we havn't had time to take leisure rides anymore.  Our bikes collect dust in the garage.  I found this great website that will rent your bikes, surfboards, skis, and almost any unmotorized ride you own....

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Posted by Katherine on Oct 02, 2016 under

Remember when we had disposable cameras on each table at a wedding?  We would send them to get printed and wait to share the pictures at a later date and that's if we were able to see you in person.  Also, most of the pictures printed weren't all that great.  Today, we have our cell phones, diffe...

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Posted by Katherine on Sep 21, 2016 under ,

As a mother of three, two boys and a girl, it's hard not to collect all sorts of things for your children.  We gather their school work, art, mementos and of course, toys.  All this stuff is stored in my garage to rotate or save.  Why not get rid of the clutter and rent your toys?  I learned of ...

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My husband and I have been married for over 10 years now.  We planned it ourselves and had a very low key wedding in beautiful Southern California by the beach.  Our church looked over the ocean and our reception was across the street from our house in the community center.  I admit I did most of...

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Posted by Katherine on Jul 18, 2016 under ,

These days everyone has a smart phone in their hand.  As of July 13, 2016 an estimate of over 15 million per day is playing the app Pokeman Go according to Recode.net.  Fortunately, there are many useful apps that we can save time and money.

LifeHack.org has 15 terrific and some unusual apps.  ...

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Posted by Katherine on Jun 15, 2016 under ,

About 12.5 million adults aged over 65 years old live alone that are noninstitutionalized according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Most want to remain living in their own homes and prefer not be sent to a nursing home.  Now seniors are able to successfully share their empty rooms...

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Posted by Katherine on May 26, 2016 under

What do you do with your gorgeous center pieces?  At my wedding, we gave it to the longest married at the table.  During different events, I noticed gorgeous displays of arrangements tossed in the trash or taken by guests and staff to take home.  But what if you could donate your flowers and a po...

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Posted by Katherine on May 26, 2016 under

When I was a young girl, my neighborhood had Book Mobiles during the summer.  This little caravan of books on wheels would come every Monday.  My sisters and I would walk down the block and spend hours reading and choosing a variety of books to borrow and then return them the following Monday.  T...

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Posted by Katherine on Apr 28, 2016 under

Its spring time and it often gets many of us in the mood to be part of something bigger, to make something, plant it, and watch it grow. For those of you who have their own yard and gardens then you are probably already in full swing composting and planting, but for those of you who don't yet and ye...

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Spring is here and love is bloom; tis also the season for weddings. You may find yourself with many invitations from family and friends to join them in celebrating their special day.  When looking over any invite, keep your finances in mind before replying.  According to an article in Washington P...

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Posted by Katherine on Mar 20, 2016 under

It’s that time of year again when my daughter is getting for her birthday extravaganza. She has been into American Girl Dolls for a couple of years now, but while holding a party at the American Girl Doll store may be cool, it can also be pricey. My dilemma, how to make her dream AG party a realit...

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Posted by Katherine on Mar 04, 2016 under

On February 29th I just celebrated my 2nd (or 8th depending on how you count) wedding anniversary.  It was good to go back and look at pictures and remember that day.  To save money I had done many of decorations, innovations and whatnot myself.  I am still proud and happy about how that day turn...

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I was looking at the calendar recently and realized how fast spring break and even summer were approaching. This started me thinking about planning some vacations, there are a lot of great vacation options in this sites Home/Get Away section, but the idea of Home Swapping may be a consumer savvy way...

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Posted by Katherine on Feb 19, 2016 under

Found this new cycling option here in NYC and thought I should share it with you.

Link: https://www.citibikenyc.com/how-it-works

A convenient solution for quick trips around New York City and Jersey City.

The Citi Bike system, operated by Motivate, features thousands of bikes at hundreds of stat...

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Link: http://www.metro.us/new-york/top-romantic-restaurants-in-nyc-for-valentine-s-day-and-beyond/zsJpbc---9Ot2zJctvDAs/

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days to propose.  If you are one of those excited individuals then this list of restaurants may be just what...

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Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love, so it comes as no surprise that thousands of couples tie the knot on February 14th each year. According to a survey by American Express, a whopping 6 million people are planning or expecting a proposal this Valentine’s Day. If he already put a ring on ...

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