Quote Monday #98

(source: Living Well Spending Less Facebook page)

YouTube Limelight: The Mommy Archives

Each month I feature one of my favourite YouTube channels, sharing the little things I like about them & of course the video I like best. This month is Jessica from The Mommy Archives.

I came across Jessica’s channel via Lydia Senn. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, or even a ‘uniform’ (think Steve Jobs & Homer Simpson). Maybe one day soon I will come back to this video to help me get started.

SugarMamma also has some great videos about having a capsule wardrobe.

Click here to see more of The Mommy Archives’s videos.

Quote Monday #97

(source: The Intrepid Guide)

Quote Monday #96

(source: The Intrepid Guide)

30 Days of French

30 days of french-challenge

THE CHALLENGE

complete 30 consecutive days of French practice using the Duolingo app

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to learn French & visit France. It was a huge bonus to attend a high school that offered French, as well as Japanese. In year 10 I was lucky enough to visit New Caledonia for a week as a part of an exchange type program. It was a beautiful country & spurred me on to one day get to France. I studied French the whole way through high school, doing a 15-minute oral conversation as a part of my final exam.

I made it to Paris, France in 2011 as a part of a Contiki Tour. Putting all of my French into practice I explored Paris solo. Ordering escargot for lunch at a cafe, Nutella crepes from street vendors & even asking where to find the restrooms.

Benefits of learning a foreign language

There are many benefits of learning a foreign language & I often wish I was part of a bilingual household.

  • Expanded employment opportunities
  • Easier when traveling
  • Builds self confidence
  • Further development of multitasking skills
  • Boosts problem solving abilities
  • Often improves first language

THE VERDICT

I managed to get to 13 days in a row but missed a day. Unfortunately, the app wanted $4.99 to ‘repair’ my streak, which I just couldn’t justify. Each day I was more & more inspired to be getting closer to a 30 day streak. I’ve loved seeing my skills improve & learning new words. I don’t think I’d be able to keep up with it to continue every day but I will still use the app as often as I can remember. I’m not sure when I will need to use French again, but I like to think I will be well prepared!

Other languages offered by Duolingo

  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Irish
  • Ukrainian
  • High Valyrian
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Greek
  • Esperanto
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • Norwegian
  • Hungarian
  • Welsh

Quote Monday #95

(source: The Intrepid Guide)

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Quote Monday #93

(source: The Intrepid Guide)

YouTube Limelight: Lydia Senn

Each month I feature one of my favourite YouTube channels, sharing the little things I like about them & of course the video I like best. This month is Lydia Senn.

I can’t remember how I came across Lydia’s channel, but I am so glad I did. Her videos are themed around DIY, parenting, budgeting, and general frugality. The video below provides some great meal planning hacks

Having a list of 10-20 meals that your family loves is such a great idea. I think I will start on that list right now!

Click here to see more of Lydia’s videos.

Quote Monday #92

(source: The Intrepid Guide)