Saturday, December 17, 2016

Getting Our Finances Sorted

Happy December everyone! I hope your tree is out and life is looking merry and bright for you. It's the end of the year, so lets all breathe a collective sigh of relief, put our feet up and let it all blow away. 

I have a few posts coming up so keep your eyes peeled, but first...

2016 was the year of adulting - we've locked in car and contents insurances, something we could never afford before (but also couldn't afford not to have), but also, throughout the year have had a lot of unexpected cost to cover. From root canals, cars, unplanned trips and financial commitments, most of our savings have been soaked up just getting by. (2017 will be the year of saving! hahaaa)

Being home with our kids is a priority (and worth it!) but living and relying on a single income is a sacrifice, so it’s important for us to be wise with what we have.

I've been looking in to income protection insurance because we do rely solely on one earner in our family. If an accident, sickness, or job loss strikes, it's a relief to know that we'll be covered until we get back on our feet.

If this is something that concerns you too, check out Pinnacle Life's website for info on their income protection insurance and get a quick quote. 

While you're there check out their life insurance calculator. I've done the maths; we can be covered for $4 a week for life insurance. On their website, you can also price compare your life insurance quote with other similar companies offering life insurance policy.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Birthday Dress

In November I had a fantastic time celebrating my birthday! I had a few friends over for a Mexican lunch, we ate yummo food, there was a donut cake, and lots of wine and sunshine. It was practically perfect in every way.

That week I also treated myself to a new birthday dress, with soft and delicious fabric called Tencel, which looks and feels like linen, but is actually made from sustainable wood (!!). It's more expensive than anything I would usually buy, but it was exactly what I had in mind so I splurged and blamed the birthday for it.

You can find the FREE link to this pattern and instructions here if you scroll down:: Free All Dressed Up Pattern

It was a great pattern that needed no adjustment except a little sway back pinch in (usual, for my curved back). All of the pieces fitted together, and the instructions were easy to understand. This pattern comes highly recommended by me!

(Why designers go to the trouble of creating a lined bodice, but then don't give instructions for an enclosed need zipper i'll never understand)

Fabric: Tencel, sustainable wood fabric (looks and feels like linen). Navy, grey and cream stripes.
Pattern Links: All Dressed Up - Issue 24
Design Details: Princess seam bodice on front and back, front cut pockets and side zipper.

Happy days!


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