7.22.2012

Lifestyle Carnival #12: Fifty Shades of Grey Edition

Welcome to the ninth edition of the Lifestyle Carnival! Submit to the next edition using this carnival submission form.

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I enjoy a good book, and without even planning to fully commit to reading 50 Shades of Grey, I have far surpassed 700 pages within a few hours. I haven't been this engrossed in a fictional book for about a year now, since I forgot how much I truly enjoy reading. I have to read such dry material for work (contracts) and then there was studying for the LSAT (even drier material), that I lost my passion for reading this past year or so.


The book centers around a 21-year-old women who gets involved in an S&M relationship with a billionaire (multi-billionaire?). Let's just say that it's pretty engrossing and not for the faint of heart. Btw, I don't regularly read books like this, but one of my friends let me borrow her book because my mom wanted to read it. What started as a few pages turned into a really long book session. It's apparently taken the world by storm (kind of like Twilight, but for grown-ups). 


I'm not going to get into the book too much, but if you are reading it or have read it, feel free to voice your thoughts in the comments! I like discussing books :) and this one certainly poses lots of questions for discussion. 


Btw, was anyone else thinking that Matt Bomer could totally play the part of Christian Grey? He could totally channel the wholesome rich billionaire type who has a dark secret.


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I could also see Jensen Ackles in that role. Right!?? He can play uptight/filled with angst Christian so well.

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As for Anastasia...not sure. I am picturing someone like Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars.



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Does anyone else like to predict which actors and actresses they'd enjoy playing a certain role?



I'm obviously a huge fan of reading about personal finance, and possibly even how personal finance affects your lifestyle, but every now and then it's fun to inject some reading into your system purely for entertainment purposes or even educational purposes that are not related to spending, saving, investing, and whatnot. I personally enjoy reading about fashion, travel, recipes, interior design, parenting, health and fitness. 


I would really love to see more lifestyle posts submitted to the lifestyle carnival, but here are some great lifestyle reads for you to peruse on this lovely Sunday morning (or whenever you're reading this).


I would like to highlight some of my favorite submissions in no particular order:
Steven Zussino
 @ Grocery Alerts writes How to turn a $23 dollar pork leg into 45 meals - Meat is one of the most expensive items we buy at the grocery store. I have no skill nor do I know how to butcher a whole leg of pork but within 30 minutes the whole leg was cut up into roasts, pork cutlets and pork stew. We managed to create 45 servings approx. for $22 and 30 minutes of work.

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes When Women Make More than Their Husbands - I make more money than my husband. And according to 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, I’m not alone. Almost 40 percent of U.S. working wives are out-earning their husbands.But what happens to the dynamics in a marriage when a wife makes more money than her husband?

Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes Family Finances - Tips for Avoiding Conflict - Discussing the family finances causes more arguments between couples - 3 per month on average - than any other topic. So what causes most arguments about finances? The majority of couples state that misunderstandings between needs versus wants are at the root of most disagreements.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Six Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Grocery Bags - If you hate waste, then these bags probably drive you nuts. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do with plastic grocery bags to give them a second life.

Onto the rest of the carnival!

TRAVEL


Jeremy @ Modest Money writes How Airline Credit Cards Cost You More - If you are going to be using a credit card to make purchases, it'ss a no-brainer that you'll want to earn some kind of reward in return. For many people, the obvious choice is an airline miles credit card. Unfortunately that credit card choice may actually be costing them more money to use.

Steve Zussino @ Canadian Personal Finance writes Why Kickstarter is overrated as an investment - Have you heard of Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects. I wanted to share some thoughts why it is a poor investment.

HEALTH

Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes Budget & Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products - Did you know that the average household (spends) between $1,800 and $3,600 a year on cleaning products? Try these green products which are free from bleach, phosphates and ammonia. Get rid of those toxic cleaners and start fresh with these easy on your budget and better for the environment products.

WEALTH AND RETIREMENT


Kurt Fischer @ Money Counselor writes Credit Card Debt Trends - Based on statistics recently released by the Federal Reserve, Americans paid off a bit of their massive credit card debt during the recession. And credit card issuers have slashed borrowing limits.

PB @ Economically Humble writes My Lesson Learned: Get Speaker Consulting Details (and fee) In Writing - This post discusses the lessons I learned by not requesting a formal speaker contract when working with a non-profit that I regularly contract with. I explain what I learned and provide questions every speaker should ask in addition to links to simple and detailed speaker contracts. The post will publish on Jul 21, 2012 @ 2:03AM MST.

Echo @ Boomer & Echo writes 35 Ways To Save Money - We all know there are plenty of ways to save money, but some things are so obvious you can classify them as common sense rather than smart spending.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Progress On Financial Independence - Still Swimming to Shore - This is the third update on my progress toward financial independence. Hopefully in five years I'll break through the financial independence threshold!

MMD @ My Money Design writes How to Read and Evaluate Basic Stock Metrics - Have you ever looked at a stock online and wondered what all the metrics represent? Which ones are good and what is their significance? This exercise walks through a stock page on CNN Money and explains the importance of each of the metrics to you.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes When It's Time to Assist the Parents - It’s not easy for parents to ask for help, and it’s not easy for kids to accept the possibility of a role-reversal. I know this first-hand because I’ve been confronted with an ever-looming possibility that I might need to step in and offer some assistance very soon. Yet, knowing my own parents, I have to do it graciously or else be chided for interfering in a matter I “don’t understand.”

Peter @ Bible Money Matters writes Our Wealth Can Put Us at a Disadvantage - While we are very blessed to not have to worry about the necessities of life like food, clothing and shelter, there are times when our wealth can put us at a disadvantage.

Young @ Young And Thrifty writes How To Get Your Employer to Pay For School - The decision on whether or not to go back to school to upgrade your skills (whether you are talking about a graduate degree, a diploma, or a certificate program of some kind) often hinges on the financial viability of it.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes The GPA Crush of First Year - Most people are pretty familiar with the infamous “Freshman 15”. The universal idea is that when you move away from home and/or are off of a set schedule for the first time in your life, you might make some decisions that aren’t in your best long-term interests. However, while the solution to putting on some weight is pretty straightforward, other long-term problems created in your freshmen year can be much more complex and difficult to solve.

Katie @ The Discount Coder Blog writes 10 ways to cut your small business running costs - Starting your own business can be an expensive venture, but there are ways to control your outgoings without jepordising productivity. This informative post looks at a few of the ways you can save.

Robert @ Entrepreneurship & Life writes How to Improve Work Life Balance - Learning how to improve work life balance is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive lifestyle. Below, you will find a thoughtful approach to maintaining this balance.

GOOD EATS

Penny Thots @ Penny Thots writes Pesto: The Elegant Sauce - There’s nothing lighter, spicier — and incidentally, more elegantly frugal — than a plate of pasta with vivid green garlicky-with-cheese-and-nuts pesto sauce.


What are your favorites? Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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