8.07.2019

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe

Our family was sent a Flat Stanley 2 years ago and boy did we have fun showing him around Europe for a few weeks before sending him home! Below is the letter we sent back with him to let his class know all the places he traveled with us! 

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Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Overlooking a stream in a cute German village"

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Dear Class,

We had so much fun with Flat Stanley we decided to let him stay with us a bit longer so he could enjoy a few more sights in Europe.

Not only did Flat Stanley get to fly over the North Atlantic Ocean to arrive in Germany but we took him on his first train ride to go downtown Stuttgart for "family day" at Oktoberfest. Flat Stanley was a little nervous to go on a few of the rides but we did convince him to go on the ferris wheel during sunset. He enjoyed some chicken in one of the big noisey tents and then took a nap on the train ride home. (october 4th)

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"1st train ride in Germany"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"on top of the world ferris wheel"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"train ride home from Oktoberfest"

October 5th we drove to Garmisch, Germany and when we woke in the morning we saw fresh snow had fallen on the Zugspitze, the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, also the highest mountain in Germany!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Zugspitze"

October 6th, we drove to Verona, Italy and Flat Stanley brushed up on his Italian by reading in the car. He also took a nap (or 2) with our yorkie, Satine. In Verona, Flat Stanley saw Juliet's balcony and the Roman Amphitheatre, which was built in the first century and is still in use to this day. A pretty fountain caught Flat Stanley's eye outside the amphitheatre but I caught him before he fell in and got all wet!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"brushing up on his Italian"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "napping with Satine"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "the view from our balcony in Verona, Italy"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Juliet's balcony"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Roman Amphitheatre in Verona"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Fountain in Verona"

October 7th, we piled back in the car and headed to Venice, Italy. We stayed just outside the city and took a 20 minute train ride to and from our hotel each day. Venice was beautiful! Flat Stanley was impressed with all of the boats and couldn't believe the streets were made out of water!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"gondola in Venice, Italy"

The train station even had Flat Stanley's initials on it "FS". He stood on a few bridges, tried to hop on a gondola ride and enjoyed when we sat down for pizza - a well loved food in Italy!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Train Station in Venice, check out FS initials"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Ponte degli Scalzi Bridge in Venice"

October 8th, we wandered around Venice for our 2nd day...took a Taxi boat ride from the train station to the PIazza San Marco, which is a large iconic square and gathering place dating back to the 12th century. There's a large bell tower and a beautiful Basilica in St. Mark's Square as well.

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Piazza San Marco"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Piazza San Marco"

We stopped for gelato and pizza, "when in Italy!" and then headed back to Germany the next day.

Again thank you for trusting our family to take care of your Flat Stanley. I hope you enjoy reading about all of his travels and reliving them with all of the photos I've emailed your teacher.

Have a wonderful school year!

Cheers, 
Our Traveling Family

1 Month No-Spend Challenge Tracker - Free Printable

Whether you had a month splurging on birthday gifts or shopping trips, or just want to work on balancing your finances better, it's no secret that tackling these challenges can be tricky. With social media tempting both us and our kiddos constantly to splurge the temptation can be all too real. That's why taking on a no-spend challenge for a weekend, week, or even a month is a great way to fix your budget. Before you freak out, a no spend challenge isn't as drastic as it sounds. It doesn't mean you won't be spending anything, but instead that you'll be spending only on necessities like groceries, bills, etc. AKA, all the less fun stuff.

1 Month No-Spend Challenge Tracker - Free Printable
But just because you're monitoring your spending, doesn't mean it doesn't need to be fun! Credit.com created these helpful (and cute!) no spend printables to make saving easy. The best part about these challenges (and challenges in general_ is that you can share them on your social profiles with friends to help motivate both you and others! In this workbook, you'll run through a series of questions on how to prep for the challenge, then from there begin! We've included a wish list where you can add any temptations/things you almost bought, so that at the end you can calculate how money you would have saved. There's also a calendar to check off each day you achieve your no-spend challenge, and a worksheet on reflection so you can make long term changes!

8.05.2019

4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship

Whether you’re still in the honeymoon phase or have been together for ten years, all couples can
benefit from communication. Being together means spending a lot of time together, which can also
mean spending money together. The truth is that money issues can cause a lot of conflict in any
relationship, whether it’s a family member, friend or spouse. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to
build a strong relationship together that can help you avoid money problems. 


Like with anything, being open and honest is always the best policy. If you try to avoid discussing
bills or money with your partner, it’s time to sit down and have a “money talk” together. There are
some fabulous free printable budget templates (created by Self Lender) to help ease into the
conversation and set your relationship up for success. Make it a date night and have fun with the
questions about childhood, memories, goals, and aspirations. You might be surprised to find that
digging deeper can help grow you closer. 


1. Have a ‘Money Talk’ Together
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
These money conversation starters are meant to give you a better understanding of the role
finances will play in your relationship and future. You don’t necessarily have to agree on every
stance, but knowing your partner’s view will help you work together. 

  • What’s more important: liking your job or making a lot of money?
  • Do you want kids someday?
  • When would you like to buy a house (or not)?
  • What’s the next big purchase you want to make?


2. Set Some Financial Goals Together
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
Goal planning is a common practice but have you ever sat down to list out financial goals? These
sleek templates can help inspire you to save more, make more, spend less, or grow your credit to
increase your financial stability. These could be anything related to your lifestyle or budget. Are you
saving up for a vacation? Do you want to reach a certain amount of savings? Are you working
toward a promotion? 


3. Budget As A Couple
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
Even if you have separate personal budgets, taking time to sit down together and make a habit
of accountability and responsible spending. If you split expenses, budgeting together is the best
way to make sure your beliefs align. 


4. Stick to Your Budget
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
Budgets can be flexible, believe it or not. There will be times that unexpected expenses that come
along. The best way to react is with flexibility. Work with each other and learn what helps and what
doesn’t. Use a calendar to help keep track of expenses and income to always be on top of your
finances. 

No one said budgeting is easy and it definitely gets more complicated with two people in the
picture. Be open, trust each other, and communicate with each other to build a financial foundation
that sets you up for a happy future together.