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Are you a AirBNB fan?


I have had every intention of writing this post for a while now. But between car wrecks and medical emergencies and just life…well, I forgot about it.

At the beginning of March, I had to travel for work and after reviewing the hotel prices in the unknown city I was traveling too, I decided to take a baby step in the AirBNB world. And holy cow, it was AMAZING!!!

Every room was themed to the hilt. And I mean to the hilt! My first night here, I sat in the living room to work and the host brought me a snack of fruit with whipped cream. Yum and totally unexpected!

They have a pool (not open when I was there,) a infrared sauna, 8,000 movies and an entertainment room. It was amazing. The perfect place for a stay-cation, alas I was there to work and didn’t really have any downtime.

There were several shelves full of books available to borrow. And the owners, while retired now, were Chinese medicine practitioners. They offer massage, cupping and other health and wellness services to AirBNB guests for an additional fee.

I stayed in a beach themed room. In addition to this adorable set up, there was a refrigerator and an assortment of snacks.

View 1 of my room…and it had a noise maker that sounded like the waves. So relaxing and just what I needed!

Comfy and cozy, I wished I had some down time and hope to return sometime to really take advantage of all this wonderful host home has to offer.

The best part…it was only $35 per night!!! You cannot beat that when you have to travel.

If you are ever heading to Dothan, AL or the surrounding area. (I was teaching classes in Florida.) I highly recommend visiting this AirBNB, it is truly magical and the hosts are amazing.

Are you an AirBNB fan? I would love to hear about your favorite stays. Share links to your favorite AirBNBs below. Maybe a fellow traveler is looking in that area for a good deal and unique experience.

Maybe a Little Too Frugal – DIY Shorts


Due to my weight loss over this past year..and continued weight loss goal, I have to purchase some new summer clothes. I mentioned this is my last budget update. My shorts from last summer are literally falling off…so this is definitely a need and not a want at this point. Especially with the weather hitting the upper 80s this week.

So I thought I would be smart and frugal and make my own shorts…

Thrift store jeans for $3.50

Princess and I visited a local thrift store where I picked up two pairs of jeans for $3.50 each. I tried them on there to make sure they fit properly.

Then I cut them off at home….

Cut off jean shorts for the summer.

I thought it was the perfect plan…until I wore this pair for the first time. Within a few minutes, the already distressed fabric ripped all the way up my leg. So this pair was a utter and complete failure.

I’ve got one more pair to try, and it is more of a traditional blue jean fabric and not distressed, so I’m hoping it holds up better. I really do want some casual, cheap shorts to wear this summer!