Affordable R&R: Relaxing Staycation Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Budget-Friendly Summer Staycation Inspiration There are many reasons we choose not to go on vacations. Of course, we enjoy the relaxation and pampering. However, the financial stress, the thought of traveling with children, and the hassle of traveling in general are often deterrents for people. However, there are many ways that are more affordable and have fewer hassles that allow you to still have a great time! Visit friends or family. Taking out the cost of a hotel, as well as some meals is a huge money saver.  If your relatives have kids the same age as your own,...

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Don’t Forget About Dads: Little Everyday Ways to Show Fathers How Special They Are

Bella Breakdown Dads are often the unsung heroes of our families. While the moms tend to be the face and visible person in the family, dads are often in the background, quietly supporting the efforts of everyone else in the family. When life gets busy, it can be easy to take your husband for granted. Therefore, the father of your children might not always get the recognition he deserves. If you are looking for ways to be thankful for the dad in your house, here are a few ways you can show your gratitude for the partner in your life....

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Romantic DIY Mini Dates

Bella Breakdown Before we had children, my husband and I used to have weekly date nights. However, once we had kids, we were so tired and money became a priority to go toward “kid stuff” (and did I mention that we were so tired), that those times became few and far between. However, since our three kids are a little older and everyone sleeps through the night, we are always trying to find ways to get out and do something together without too much effort and without breaking the bank. Finding a reliable sitter is the first thing you...

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5 Things You Never Knew About ‘Love Actually’

Bella Breakdown In honor of this cinematic masterpiece, here are just a few fun facts about ‘Love Actually that you might not have known, even if you have watched it a million times. 1 The opening and closing scenes feature real people reuniting with their loved ones at the airport. 2 Andrew Lincoln wrote all of his signs for the scene where his character professes his love to Juliet. 3 The lake where Jamie and Aurelia jumped in to save his writing is actually only 18 inches deep. 4 Emma Thompson wore a fat suit for the film. 5...

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Show Yourself a Little Love: Ways to Rejuvenate Your Life This Year

Bella Breakdown Doesn’t a face mask and a hike sound good right now? Start your year off right with some tips that will help ease your mind, body, and soul. R29’s Lucie Fink is starting her year off with five days of rejuvenation. #1 On day 1 she got a facial. Liquid microdermabrasion stimulates collagen production while removing dead skin cells. This is a great way to make your skin glow. #2 On day 2, Lucie discovered Binaural Beats on YouTube. This is a great way to rejuvenate your brain. One frequency of music goes into each ear, combining...

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Our Top Picks from Goop’s Crazy, Sexy, Cool Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Bella Breakdown In search of a unique Valentine’s Day present? Goop has you covered. 1. Blonde/Brunette denim jackets retail for $179 each. Let your preference be known with these stylish jackets.   2. Artemare Puglia Cabana Longboard retails for $495. This is a great gift for someone active or adventurous.   3. Jennifer Meyer XO necklace retails for $550. Make a statement with this pretty piece of bling.   4. Goop Medicine Bag retails for $85. The special person in your life will always think of you when they are traveling.   5. Shinola the Runwell Turntable retails for...

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