Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #40

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #40

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Been quite a busy week, that’s for sure! If you asked me what we did during the weekdays, I really couldn’t tell you. I think we bought some furniture from craigslist for our backyard…and something about a sprinkler. I don’t really know. But mostly, we spent this weekend at our grandparent’s awesome cabin!

My grandpa was a busy guy. He spent most of his time working hard to take care of his wife and 6 kids. His life was so full that he eventually needed to get out of the city and find a quiet place to rest his mind and enjoy nature. So he found a plot of land on a small logging lake about an hour north of where we are. He logged and cleared the land, and built a cabin for his family and him to relax at when city living became too stressful. And it still has the same effect to this day.

Our family drove up north and planted ourselves at the cabin for the whole weekend. For me personally, that meant no cell phone (as much as possible) and no internet, just relaxing. Mostly, we played out in the lake all day, ate a ton of food, and roasted s’mores over a fire pit at night. We even pitched tents and camped outside (though me, being old and creaky, would have rather slept on a bed inside). Our son had a BLAST, and would cry every time we had to leave the water, though we had been out there for 5 hours already!

The cabin is a place I hope to have in our family for generations. It truly does calm the soul, and time really does slow down when we’re out here. Plus, you can’t find a place like this ANYWHERE nearby, and houses on this lake are now RIDICULOUSLY expensive. My grandpa bought his land for $5,000 and built the house himself. I would say it was money well spent for half a century of memories that have already happened there, and hopefully at least half a century more to come.



How was YOUR week?


There are other, very cool blogs who have been generous enough to mention iHeartBudgets on their sites.  Anyone else who loves me as much as these people do, feel free to mention me as well to join the elite list below!

Canadian Budget Binder, Eyes on the Dollar, Nanny Reviews, 2 Copper Coins and The Money Principle

Woohoo! Thanks for sharing my junk!

What’ I’ve Been Reading:

Every week, I do some reading on the web. I come across articles that are entertaining, educational, or just plain awesome. I think the readers of iHeartBudgets will enjoy these articles as well.

Club ThriftyJuicing Recipes (Plus Tips & Tricks)
The Money PrincipleOne needs an emergency fund after all!
Canadian Budget Binder – How to budget as a couple
Eyes on the DollarWhat to do Before Your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip
Cents and SensibilityHow To Make Money Using Credit Cards
Budgets Are Sexy – Seth Godin on Money.
Frugal PortlandSpeakers at the World Domination Summit (#WDS2013)
I Heart BudgetsHow I Avoided Wasting Money On A Bad Used Car – In case you missed it 😉

And that’s it. Have a wonderful week!

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  1. Thanks for the mention! I hope you had a great weekend!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..Cash Money: How I Made $883 This WeekendMy Profile

  2. The lake looks beautiful! We just got back from a long weekend at the beach. The best part was the hotel was free because I had vouchers! I am amazed that just a few days away were so relaxing.
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  3. You know you’ve had a good week when you can’t remember what you did. At least I think so. I’ve never had smore’s before but I’m still working my way through all the food in Canada. My wife does the, OMG you HAVE TO TRY THIS.. on me all the time. I’m not a camping type of guy but the cabin sounds like fun. How would you compare the two?
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..The Saturday Weekly Review #28: Frugal fun in the kitchen with basilMy Profile

    • The cabin is a full house with plumbing, electrical, ect. We slept outside because we were supposed to be “camping” that weekend, but with the warm/quiet cabin right there, not sure why we setup outside with the noisy neighbor dogs. Oh well. It was fun!

  4. We have access to a family cabin down on the Ohio River in southern Indiana is a small town. It is great to go down there and relax. We aren’t sure how much longer the current family member who owns it is going to want it, but we know he wants to keep it in the family and we also know we are near the top of the list of people to sell it to.

    I’m with you, I would much rather have a bed to sleep on than the hard ground, but sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do!

    • Sounds like a great place, Brian. Those family cabins are really some of the greatest places in the world. Hoping ours stays in the fam. for a LONG time!

  5. I love that your grandfather felt too busy so he went and built a cabin. Yeah, that’s exactly what I feel like doing when I need to relax! Haha, seriously though sounds like a really relaxing weekend. I’m definitely looking forward to the day I can do a little camping with my son, even if it’s just out in the backyard.
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    • Yeah, I think he knew the end goal was relaxation, so he kicked it into overdrive :) I’m also hoping for some backyard camping at some point, but I think we’re good for the summer now :)

  6. Wow that place sounds so amazing! I need a place like that! I’ve been feeling the “grind” of life lately. :(
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  7. That place looks relaxing and it must have been fun spending time with family. My week was same old, work, work , work.
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    • Yeah, it was fun, and it was our second time up this month already. Hoping to go back a few more times this summer, really love getting away from it all.

  8. That setting looks idyllic. Where is that? And how great that your grandpa built the cabin himself. That’s really cool.
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  9. Your grandfather sounds like someone worth knowing; and thanks for mentioning us :).
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  10. That lake looks very peaceful. I’m sure it is a great place to relax.
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  11. $5k for a half a century of memories is a pretty sweet deal. If we lived closer to my folks (who live on a pond) we’d be up there every weekend.
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  12. Wow, that is one spectacular pic if that is from the cabin, you are awfully lucky to get to spend the weekend there, I am jealous! Thanks for sharing!
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  13. That place looks wonderful, and how cool that your Grandpa built it himself! Thanks for the mention.
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  14. The caption of the photo says it all: P-E-R-F-E-C-T! Everything about it is perfect: the colors visible in it, the angle, the location, and the time it was taken. I’m just so glad you shared it, Jacob.
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