If there is one band, that everyone knows, it must be Guns N' Roses. I've been been a big fan of them, but of course I know the most famous songs, such as November Rain, Paradise City and Sweet Child o' Mine.
Every year we have this four day festival here in my country with lots of newer/hipper/younger bands that always draw quite the crowd. For example this year, one of the headliners at the festival were the Foo Fighters. About a week before that festival, there is a one-day-festival held in the same place, where somewhat older bands come to play. Like this year, The Pretenders and Guns N' Roses. So this was my chance! Some of my friends are really into old rock so it wasn't hard to gather some people.
To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much of the show because I've heard some things about their best days being behind them. But I didn't think that was the case at all. They sounded great live and played for almost 3 hours. The last 30 minutes were as well sung and played as the first 30 minutes. I think that's quite impressive for a band that's been around this long!
Only thing that was a bit weird, was that after every song there was an instrumental solo, so Axl Rose could go change into something else. The man had more costume changes during his concert than Katy Perry.
But still, really fun and happy I went!
Create a table which itemizes all of your expenses, which shows how much you spend for each item and what percentage of your total income it represents
I was eager to start this one because lately I've been feeling like we've just been spending too much. I go grocery shopping for just the three of us, and it costs me easily about 150 EUR (or $170) a week. That just seems like a lot!
First thing I did, was using my invoices, pay checks and online banking and filled out our complete income and all our expenses in a new excel file and compared them. I think I went through it pretty thoroughly. I obviously wrote down the big expenses, like our mortgage, insurance, health care payments, .. but also expenses that aren't "mandatory", but that we do have regularly. For example, hairdresser (the sad thing about having your first gray hairs when you're only 26), gas for our cars, grocery shopping, doctors appointments, dentist,.. I added them all up and made an extra column to see how much percent each cost was to our income.
Honestly, I was a bit shocked as to how much we're spending each month! Especially with another baby on the way (due in september, yay!) and the daycare costs and everything else that comes with it.
I'm really happy I made this exercise and I've already talked to my husband about small things to change in order to make sure we get to save enough as well!
Can absolutely recommend this to everyone!
I love this bucket list item! It's fun (and tasty) for the entire family. We've been doing this for a couple of months now and I haven't won "best banana split" once. I'm starting to think my husband and daughter are teaming up against me!
The pictures are from the first time we made them. I bought vanilla ice cream, bananas, whipped cream, ice cream waffles, chocolate sauce and colored chocolates. Since then, we've added to that collection with more chocolates, sprinkles, nuts,.. What is nice about those toppings is that they keep for a long time. So you can just buy them once and use them for the rest of the year.
This is one new tradition we're happy to keep!
Back Cover Blurb
"Clay Calvert, an orphan, works as a hand on a sheep ranch until he stumbles into trouble and is forced to flee. Journeying throughout the state, from the lush coastal forests to the Willamette Valley, to the golden wheat fields east of the cascades, he encounters a cast of characters as rich and diverse as the land, including a native Tunne boy and a beautiful girl named Luce."
This was one of the worst Pulitzer books so far. It took me forever to make it through this. The story seemed kind of messy and it never really gives you time to get to know any of the new characters. Every time Clay meets someone new, they talk about that person for about 10 pages and then he moves on. Also far too many descriptions of the surroundings, for my taste. It makes that the story drags on forever. Would not recommend!
Favorite Character(s): No one really.
First sentence: "There was a run-down old tollbridge station in the Shoestring Valley of Southern Oregon where Uncle Preston Shiveley had lived for fifty years, outlasting a wife, two sons, several plagues of grasshoppers, wheat-rust and caterpillars, a couple or three invasions of land-hunting settlers and real-estate speculators, and everybody else except the scattering of old pioneers who had cockleburred themselves onto the country at about the same time he did."
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While they're not really my favourite flowers, they sure do scream "spring's here!". So I was eager to get a great bouquet, but boy, those flowers are expensive! I went to the local flower shop and she told me that they don't even have them in stock because they're just too expensive and they only get them when you order them first.
I did eventually find some and the bouquet turned out quite nice! Nothing like some colorful flowers to brighten up your house!
I love Rituals products! No matter what, they always make you happy. They look nice and smell great. So when I found out they now have a lipgloss, I wanted to try it out and see if it was as good as the rest of their stuff. It is! I bought the Eve's Kiss lipgloss and it feels great on the lips ánd has a hint of apple flavour. Perfect for summer!
We don't have a very big yard, so there is not a lot of space to work with to create a homemade waterpark. One thing we bought to make this happen, was a pool with a sprinkler and a slide built in, so it didn't take up a lot of room.
Not a large pool to swim around it, but enough to keep us cool during the hot months to come. My daughter and I had a blast hanging around the yard!
I have never had the best skin. It's dry and red for the most part and every skin care product I use, that's not just right, makes the problem only worse.
When I first started out with a skin care routine, in my teens, I started using the Nivea - Daily Essentials line for dry and sensitive skin. In the years that followed, I tried all sorts of other products because I thought the first line I tried when I was a teenager weren't necessarily the best products to use. I tried cheap routines from various drugstore brands, but also ones that were more expensive, such as Shiseido, Biotherm and Clinique.
While the ones from the drugstore might be (a bit) cheaper and the more expensive ones looked nicer and smelled better, none of them did for my skin what my regular Nivea line did. So I guess I chose right on the first try!
What we see most in our garden, are flies. So.. not very idyllic. Which is why this idea sounded great. When we were on our last trip to Intratuin to pick out our flowers to plant in the garden, we found a mix of flowers to grow that would appeal to butterflies.
All we had to do, was mix the 2 bags in a bowl, spread them out over some potting soil and make sure to give them plenty of water. Easy enough!
The first two weeks nothing really happened and we were wondering if we might've done something wrong, but then one day we looked outside and it had really started growing.
From then on, it kept growing and growing, but it stayed green and to be fair, it looked like we had planted just a bunch of weeds you find on the side of the road. And we hadn't seen any butterflies either. But then, just as quickly as it had started growing, there were flowers in all colors growing and we got visited by 5 butterflies in one day. Honestly, it still does look like weeds for the most part, but the tiny flowers and butterflies make it worth it!
So all in all, mission accomplished!
Last year we gave our garden a much needed spruce up. We got rid of all the grass that was there (which was mostly weeds anyway) and threw away our outdoor furniture. We put down new grass, bought new furniture, planted some trees, bought a fun outdoor playhouse for our daughter.
Because it looks better now, it's even more fun to pimp it up from time to time.
So a few weeks ago we went out to a huge garden departement store in The Netherlands, that we really like, called "Intratuin". They only have a Dutch website, so I don't know how much you'll be able to make of it, but it's basically like Ikea but with nothing but stuff to use outdoors.
We picked out some great plants and had fun getting them all garden-ready.
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