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It’s not secret that a lot of people are fairly wasteful. The fact is that as a society, we have become rather wasteful. Unlike our ancestors of the past, we don’t tend to live by the motto ‘mend and make do’. Instead, when an item of clothing rips or a zip gets stuck, we chuck the item out and replace it with a new piece.

The life that many people lead in 2018 is, without a doubt a fairly wasteful one, and one that is far more affordable than it needs to be. So if this year, you’d like to reduce your spending to make life more affordable or to save for something exciting like a holiday or your wedding, then the tips below may be useful.

Waste Not Want Not Embroidered Tea Towel

Save leftovers

Far too many of us choose to simply scrape leftover food into the trash, which is a total waste of food, time and money. If we took the time to place any leftovers into a Tupperware container in the refrigerator or freezer, we would save ourselves time and money in the future.

If you want to cut costs this year, make a conscious effort to save leftovers, rather than simply chucking them away. Pot up any leftover food and put it on your fridge or freezer to have another day – by doing this, you will save money on the cost of entire meals each week, which over time will add up.

Get rid of unwanted gift cards

Have you been given a gift card for Christmas or your birthday that just isn’t to your tastes? Instead of burying it in the bottom of your purse and forgetting about it, why not sell it and pocket the cash?

There are various sites like Cards2Cash for instance, that you can use to sell unwanted (in date) gift cards to, and get paid for doing so. This way the gift card doesn’t get wasted, and you still get some money for it. Now, that’s a savvy choice.

Mend your clothes

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to new clothes throughout the year if you need them. However, a mistake that you don’t want to make is choosing to get rid of clothes just because they have a rip or a stain on them, instead attempt to fix them.

By fixing damaged clothing yourself, rather than throwing it away and replacing it, you can significantly cut costs and reduce the amount of money that you are wasting each year.

The fact is that we live in a society that doesn’t value savvy living as much as in times gone by, which has meant that it’s easier than ever to get into a habit of not valuing your finances. Whereas, when it comes to your spending, it’s important to ensure that you do think carefully about what you are spending money on, and make an effort not to be wasteful.

 

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If you didn’t know that Thailand was called the Land of Smiles before, just take a trip out there and you will see why. For many, it is the ultimate travel destination – a dizzying mix of bustling megacities, glorious islands, spiritual awakenings, delicious food, and all-night parties. In this article, we are going to be talking about a few of the experiences that you have to enjoy when you are in this wonderful country.

Yi Peng Festival Lanterns in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Eat at a Food Market

Though there are plenty of fancy restaurants in the more tourist-heavy parts of Thailand, some of the best food is found on the street. So, grab yourself a tiny stool and sit down at one of the many fine eateries where the food is often cooked outside and you can watch the world rush by in front of you.

Take a Tuk-Tuk Ride

One of the most popular forms of transport around southeast Asia, tuk-tuks are everywhere and the drivers are extremely skilled at navigating the clogged traffic of the big cities with ease. If you have never ridden in one before, you may find this to be a nerve-wracking experience at first, but you will soon get used to it!

Dance All Night at a Full Moon Party

If you are the kind of person that loves to dance and party the night away, you have certainly come to the right place! Make sure you time your arrival on one of the Thai islands with the coming of the full moon. You are in for a night of neon paint, buckets of alcohol, flaming skipping ropes, and plenty of shapes being thrown!

Visit a Floating Market

Sometimes affectionately known as the Venice of the East, Bangkok features plenty of canal networks which flow through the center. Market-sellers of the city have made full use of these waterways by setting up stalls on their boats – a vibrant and colorful sight which you certainly have to see in person.

Bathe an Elephant

While riding an elephant is morally questionable to say the least, you can still get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures by bathing and feeding them in a nature park. Always make sure that you choose where you visit carefully so you can ensure that the elephants are being ethically treated.

Buddhist Monks Photography Print

Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side

Thailand is home to a myriad of different temples and holy sites which are worth paying a visit to. You could also try out some Tantra Yoga Thailand or meditation. There are plenty of secluded spots where you can really get in touch with nature and your spiritual side.

Visit a Hill Tribe

Head up to the north of Thailand and you can pay a visit to one of the many hill tribes who have built their own communities and live off the land. There are plenty of organized tours that involve trekking through the forests to reach these secluded people.   

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If you are planning a party, then you probably want to make sure that it is as memorable as possible. It can however be hard knowing what to do to really make a party that memorable, especially if you are keen not to lapse into cliché or older ideas. However, there are still plenty of things you can try in order to make your party much more interesting, and the kind of event that your friends are never going to forget. In this article, we are going to look at some of the touches that you can make to make your party a little bit more exciting and much more memorable.

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Original Food

Most parties are made or broken when it comes to the food. Choosing your food and ensuring it is prepared properly can be hard to get right, but if you want your party to be as successful as possible then you will need to make sure that you arrange some food which is likely to blow people away. The better the food, the better the event, so it’s worth spending some real time and energy on this part of your event. If you are struggling to come up with anything that original, then you might want to do some research by way of inspiration and to figure out what you can possibly do to keep the food as original as you would like it to be. Your guests will definitely remember a party where amazing, original food was provided.

Unique Decorations

It’s clear enough that you generally want to decorate a party, but the way that you decorate it is also hugely important. You need to make sure that it is unique if you want it to be genuinely memorable – something which many people completely fail to do most of the time. A good way to approach this is to think of what theme you want your party to have, and then simply create your own decorations based around that theme. By creating your own, you can be absolutely certain that nobody else is going to have the same, and that will mean that you are able to ensure the party will be as original as possible in this respect. You might even be able to keep those decorations as memorabilia, which can aid in the memory of the party as well.

Entertainment

All parties have some kind of entertainment, even if that’s just a little dancing. But if you are serious about wanting your party to stand out from the rest, then you will need to try and think of some entertainment which is going to be more memorable than most. There are many options available to you for this kind of thing. It might be that you have a photo booth frame set up so that people can take their own photos of the event, perhaps even with funny options on the photographs. Or you might have a mechanical bull in the corner of the room, or maybe even a temporary ice rink set up outside. It depends largely on the event itself, and also on what you think your guests will be likely to enjoy. If you manage to get the entertainment part of the event right, then you will find that it really does make for a much more memorable party on the whole. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and go for something totally unique, as the more unique it is the better it will be on the whole.

Guest List

There is a certain art to being able to know how to invite the right people to your event as well, and this is something that is worth trying to get right if you want your party to be as memorable as possible. You need to try and get together a group of people who are likely to enjoy each other’s company, but who do not necessarily know each other too well, as you do want there to be the chance for people to meet new people as well. Figuring out this, as well as trying to avoid any instances of genuine dislike between party-goers, can be quite a puzzle. But if you get this puzzle right, you might find that it makes for a much more enjoyable party, and once which your guests will find to be much more memorable as well.

As long as you pay attention to the above, you should be able to make your party as memorable as you would hope it to be. Work on these and watch as your party guests are amazed.

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After saying your vows it’s time to party, and your wedding reception is all about the food and drink! Feeding your guests while they chat, mingle and have fun is all part of the fun of a wedding, and is an element you will definitely want to get right.

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Buffet

Cheap and cheerful crowd pleasers, you can’t go far wrong with a buffet. You could get caterers in to put this together for you, or simply make it yourself. You don’t need to best cooking skills to put together some buffet favourites- sandwiches, quiches, seasoned chicken. Check out sites like Pinterest for ideas. If you go down this route you can serve tasty food without breaking the bank, and since everything can be prepared in advance you don’t have to worry about food being served cold and getting timings right.

Three Course Meal

If you’re throwing a very traditional wedding, lining the banquet halls and having a three course meal could be the way to go. This will be the most expensive option but is also the most luxurious. You will choose the dishes your guests will be served before the wedding and they will receive a beautifully made starter, main course and dessert. Find out if your venue has catering options, otherwise you could book your own catering company to come in on the day. Make sure those with dietary requirements are covered, this could be vegans, vegetarians, gluten free or those with religious requirements with food. It’s worth going to a sample tasting before the wedding so you can pick out the dishes that you want to be served. Salmon, chicken and beef are all popular options but spend some time tasting and working out what fits your budget.

Food Stations

If you want a combination of the two styles above why not go with food stations? You get the casual buffet feel but you get to serve hot food so it’s on the more formal side. It’s also good if you’re having an autumn/ winter wedding and want to serve hot fare without the expensive of a formal dinner. There are all kinds of cuisines you could go for- from British roasts to Italian, curry stations, even a dessert station for afterwards. Guest queue up and are served their food before returning to their seats or can serve themselves, that way you save on costs for extra staff. These could contain things like big jars of sweets, cake pops, macarons, cupcakes. Displayed with balloons and flowers they look really impressive and are something that both adults and children alike will love.

Taster Menu

This isn’t the taster session you attend when you’re choosing the courses for your wedding food. With a taster menu your guests are served up to ten different mini courses- with complementing wine too if your budget can stretch further. Wedding taster menus can take a long time to get through all of the courses, so you could break them up with things like speeches and let them run through the evening. They’re a great choice if you have a bigger budget and your guests are foodies! It could be a mixture of different foods or all based on a theme, if the idea of the excites you it’s an interesting way to do your wedding food and something your guests might not have experienced before.

Hog Roast

Finally, a great choice for a sunny outdoor wedding would be a hog roast. Slow cooked pork with stuffing in rolls, these companies will also offer things like baked potatoes for the vegetarians. You can serve salads, corn and other things on the side too. It’s a casual, laid back and a great inexpensive way to serve a lot of guests. People can criticise hog roasts for being a little messy, but if you have outdoor seating you will be provided with plates and cutlery so it won’t be a problem. A hog roast makes a good daytime option too, something for your guests earlier on and then a buffet or sit down meal later on.

As with anything to do with your wedding day, the catering option you choose should be personal to you. Choose what fits your budget and the style and theme of your big day, don’t feel like things have to be done a certain way. It’s completely up to you.

What style of dining will you/ did you choose for your wedding day?

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Good morning and happy Friday! I’m settling into my new position so please be patient with me as I get into a routine and figure out where blogging fits in now. This week was also big in that Kendall’s mom was up from Mississippi and we got to show her our reception venue. I swear, the Mayflower is not only gorgeous but they have an amazing staff who bent over backwards to take care of us.

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Lately on the The CaroLøve:

Wedding things have been kicking into high gear and I’m getting more and more excited every day. I’m considering doing a post on all the vendors I’ve come across that have made life easier, but in the meantime, ~*gold star*~ of the week goes to Minted for their address assistant. Seeing addresses from my friends roll in has been SO MUCH FUN! Our save the dates are custom from a local woman, but our invites will also be from Minted.

Big props to my girl Alyssa of Naturally Me for accomplishing a huge personal/ career goal. Go check it out for yourself!

We The Kings released a new version of their song Stay Young with a very special guest vocalist. And tell me if I’m crazy but does Travis sound like Michael Jackson a bit?

I’m super into energy and cultivating the type of energy you want to surround yourself with. We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but maybe a little 2/3 of the way done with summer refresh will be good for you and your home. via Town & Country

I have been exploring more of the south since meeting my Mississippi man, especially falling in love with Savannah + New Orleans. I have to try to visit these 20 Places Every Southerner Should See Before They Die. via Town & Country

Chicken is the first thing I learned to cook for myself… well maybe besides eggs. But this Everything Bagel Chicken takes it to the next level. via Kitchn

I’m partial top OPI gel manicures in shades of light pink, but I am LOVING this back to school Crayola mani. via Smart School House

There is such a thing as Arsen Cat and I love him. (Doesn’t hurt that he looks SO MUCH like my former Catmate, Puck.)

Last but definitely not least (I wanted to end on this and separate it a little bit from my other links + sales) -I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to find out that they have cancer, but one young woman I know is facing it head on and with such a positive outlook. I am truly inspired by Rachel, and I urge you to check out her blog~ especially the I Want to Help link.

Have a great weekend!

 

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