Wednesday Links

Slow Your Home has an interesting post called Slow is boring. For me, this is both the appeal and the challenge with mindfulness. My mind never stops, so I'm never bored, because I'm always doing or thinking about something, which, as it turns out, is the problem. Those slow moments might be boring, but they're valuable. 

Mommy Points has a good post on When You Can't Afford "Almost Free" Travel. Her husband lost his job unexpectedly, but I think this is an interesting thing to consider at any time. With points, it's possible to take some amazing trips for nearly nothing, but they're still not really free. I find it difficult to keep vacation costs down in general, no matter how much is paid by points, so it's nice to read that it's not just me. 

The trail at Queeny Park in St. Louis County

The trail at Queeny Park in St. Louis County

I'm making this banana bread tonight, using modifications I found in the reviews. I love recipe reviews for that reason. Thanks to the comments, I used brown sugar for half of the sugar and added vanilla, cloves and nutmeg and a splash of dark rum. 

You can rent this cute little house on VRBO right down the street from where my brother lives. It's a little pricey at $225 a night but, you know, it's super cute. :)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article on how to feed a family of 4 for less than $7. Interesting to see something positive said about eating for less in the local news...

Here are 9 Reasons to Use Epsom Salt from Alternative Daily. I used to soak my legs in Epsom salt back when I was training for marathons and it really worked to get the soreness out. I had no idea it had so many other uses. Actually, I didn't know much about it all, so this was an informative article for me.