Budget Priced Gifts for Travel Enthusiasts

We all have people in our lives who love to travel and buying them gifts can be a nightmare, especially when you’re on a budget. When all they would really love to receive would probably be flights for another trip abroad or an amazing weekend away, finding them a gift they’ll love can be tricky. Here’s some budget priced gift inspiration to help you put a smile on their face:

Travel Colouring Book

A great gift that sure to inspire wanderlust, Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel Colouring Book is a must have gift and available for under £10 making it super budget friendly. It features 100 of the world’s greatest places and full descriptions of each place so you can learn a little bit about it too. They’re ranked in order of their brilliance so friends can look forward to colouring in some of the world’s greatest landmarks whilst waiting to jet off on their next adventure.

Scratch Off Travel Map

A gift that’s certain to go down well is a scratch off travel map. Your travel enthusiast can hang the map on their bedroom wall and scratch off all the places they’ve been and then look at all the bits left to scratch off and plan where they’d like to visit next.

Suitcase Packing Cubes

A gift that’s inexpensive but sure to be incredibly useful, suitcase packing cubes help to make make packing stress free by separating all your essentials. Some suitcase packing cubes even come with a dirty laundry bag too, making it especially easy for your travel loving friend to keep their suitcase organised whilst they’re on the move.

Handy Homeware

Travel lovers will be pleased with the selection of flight themed gifts that are available at Flight Store to shop. From aeroplane themed chopping boards, to drink stirrers and flight themed coasters, there’s tons of budget friendly travel themed homeware gifts you can give to your friends this year.

Tech Tacos

Whilst this might not be the most exciting of gifts for your travel loving friend, tech tacos are seriously handy and they’ll definitely really appreciate them later down the line. Taco shaped organisers for your headphones, phone charger and USB cable mean that you’ll never have to waste time untangling all your wires before popping your music on for a flight.

With all these budget friendly gifts available for under £15, you won’t have to break the bank to spoil your friend or family member this birthday or Christmas time.

Unleash Your Inner Kendall Jenner: Wear Leggings as Your Pants

“Leggings aren’t pants” – I cannot count how many times I have heard this. For some, it is just another anodyne comment. Come to think of it though, the statement is deeply misogynistic. It is already 2016 man, but we are still telling women what to wear. For generations, men and some women have suppressed women to submit to their rules based on how society believes women should think and behave.

If a woman’s body is conventionally fit or sexy, she needs to cover up because she is sexually disturbing. If a woman’s body does fit within the ridiculously narrow standards of beauty, she needs to cover it because it’s unappealing. What a chauvinist way of thinking. Where is the progress in that? A woman should be freely able to choose for themselves what to wear. And if other people have a problem with the way she dress up, that is not her problem.

So girls, if you like wearing leggings as pants, go ahead! Never mind the haters and unleash your inner Kendall Jenner.

If you are convinced yet on wearing leggings as pants, here are the reasons why you should. And I swear, once you wear leggings, you’ll never go back.

  1. They are the one of the comfiest clothing ever made

Wearing them will make you say “halleluiah” because it feels super comfortable. The fabric is super stretchable and soft so it feels like you are wearing pajamas outdoors. Also, putting them on is not much of a hassle unlike the ordinary jeans.

  1. They are fashionable

Despite a number of leggings-haters telling it’s immodest, a lot of fashion icons like Beyonce, Vera Wang, Kendall Jenner and Kate Moss wear them in different occasions. Even the late Audrey Hepburn wore them. So see, if these icons wear leggings as pants, what is stopping you? If you just know how to mix and match, you can wear leggings and still look classy.

  1. It allows you to breathe

When a friend invited you for a buffet dinner, wear leggings. Wearing leggings always means more room for food. YAAS! It also covers up your bloating due to pre-menstrual period. During summer, leggings are also an alternative from denim jeans because of its breathability.

  1. They are flattering on anyone

Aside from the basic black leggings, other dark shade leggings can also be just as slimming and sophisticated. Try out chocolate, plum, navy blue, asphalt and charcoal. Just remember that colors that blend elongate the body the most. As for the length, when choosing Capris, make sure the leggings stop at where the legs start to narrow. When you want to add bulk to your legs, choose leggings with patterns, knits and rips.

Whether you are tall, petite or plus-size, you can find great deals for shapewear leggings here.

  1. Bend-over friendly

When people bend over while wearing leggings, they don’t run the risk of seeing everything exposed like one could while wearing jeans.

  1. Leggings can be paired with a variety of clothing

One can pair cotton leggings with a summer or spring dress. Just make sure that the colors of the dress and the leggings complement each other. If your dress has a lot of designs, opt for solid-colored leggings Pairing leggings with a longer top or jacket is also acceptable as long as you wear the right shoes. Knee-high boots, sandals, flip-flops and moccasins suit best with leggings.

When going to work, wear leggings that are made up of leather, suede or denim. y To look professional though, wear a fancy top or use a blazer made up of quality material. Having a variety of leggings to choose from will make it easier to mix and match outfits for different occasions.

Finally Home!

I know that posting has been sparse lately, and those of you who subscribe to my newsletter know why. We have finally brought our daughter home from the hospital! It has been a long time coming, but true to their word, she was sent home on the first of may (her original due date) and did not even have to come home on oxygen. My wife and I are very excited, and it is good to have our family back at home.

Right now, we are currently adjusting to life with a newborn. She sleeps fairly well most nights, thankfully, and my wife is enjoying staying home with her during the day time (she has been off work since the week after she was born). She is still really small (under 7lbs) and still dealing with being a preemie, but she is gaining weight slowly and surely. From what the nurses said, she will begin getting huge in no time!

I do have some posts about the financial aspect of all this, as it turned out much different for us than I had initially imagined the whole having children thing would have. I’m working on a few different posts about that, because there are a few moving parts to the situation that most people dont even know about (or at least I didnt before this started).

My wife and I have also come to the realization that no one that comes to visit us anymore wants to hang out with us – they just want to see the baby. That being said, here’s a picture that my wife took of her the other day.

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New Plans

As all you readers know, my wife is pregnant. Her pregnancy hasn’t been going the best but we were just taking it a day at a time, and hoping for no more complications after losing one of the twins in late december. Things had been progressing just fine, and I had moved on  to trying to figure out how I could get more useful articles out of our baby to be.

I had started making a schedule of the DIY Projects that I was planning on doing before the baby came and how those projects were going to help save us money and use less resources. I was planning on DIY baby wipes, and a whole bunch of other projects. I was going to make them and then write about how to do it and why we made them. Since my wife was just 7 months pregnant, I figured we’d have plenty of time to get all that done.

Well, Eleanor decided differently, and decided that right after the baby shower she was done hanging out in my wifes belly, and decided to come 10 weeks early. Since she is so early, they have her at a hospital in colorado in the NICU (Neo-natal intensive care unit), and she will likely remain there until her due date (which was supposed to be in early may).

Baby

So that’s her, being handled by the flight for life team, less than 2 minutes after she was born. Oddly enough, one of my good friends from denver works at flight for life (though not in that group) and recognized their uniforms when I put this picture on facebook (yes, I know you can just see the sleeves). He looked a day later and saw they made the trip to wyoming where H and I live, and easily connected the dots.

Now that we have her, it’s time for us to look into life insurance and other ways to protect her (and each other) in case one of use meets an untimely demise. I’ve looked at life insurance, but I’ve heard there’s couples life insurance that also may be an option.

We are very happy she’s here and are looking forward to taking her home with us.