The Saturday Weekend Review #30- Nature is free to enjoy

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The Beauty Of Nature Costs Nothing

Growing up I was always around nature and marveled in its beauty, only because it was clear to me that the simple things in life were free.

My friends will tell you that I am a passionate guy who should probably write love stories or become a movie writer because I am able to connect so well on a different level than most.

I’m not too sure about the love stories but I agree that I am passionate about what makes me happy in life.

Probably why my wife says I’m such a romantic but it’s deeper than that because I appreciate life and the opportunity to experience it. I believe it’s more about the ability to ‘shut off’ and recognize the things we all take for granted most days, until it’s gone. You will find I have a passion for photography but don’t fancy taking photos of people as I do photos of nature or unique scenery.

Nature’s beauty

Too often we are in such a rush to enjoy a few moments of bliss in the morning while the birds are chirping, the chipmunks rushing from fence post to fence post looking for a new hiding spot for its catch of the day and understand who we are as individuals.

My good friend who practices medicine also participates in meditation and yoga and it says it allows him to clear his thoughts and think about positive things in his life. I don’t do yoga, but on some level I like to believe I ‘turn off’ to the world in many things that I do, even writing this blog as it’s a way for me to express myself.

Every morning now, I set aside a few moments to focus on my surroundings. I walk around the garden and inspect the fruits of my labor plant by plant.

I touch, I feel and I know that without the beauty of nature our world would be a somber place with a dark shadow of gloom before us. Maybe that is why we enjoy black and white photos so much, because it takes away color and initiates a world all on its own.

When we close our eyes to beauty, when we forget about slowing down, we lose ourselves in a world made up of fast cars, fancy jobs and money that in the blink of an eye can all be taken away from us.

Take time today, if even a few moments to stare into the sky, watch the birds, smell and touch the flowers and appreciate nature because nature is free and you never have to pay for natural beauty when it’s before you. I

f you are looking for something free to do with your children take them on a nature walk in a trail and share with them what nature has to offer us for free. Educating children and sharing moments such as these are times they will remember just as I did with my parents when I was young.

Gardening and Landscaping

ontario-raspberries-2013-Mr CBB

Yes, that is a photo of raspberries from our garden. When we moved into this house a few years ago the backyard was covered in raspberry plants as they literally spread every year.

I’ve since cut them back and cleaned up the entire landscaping in the back garden but they seem to produce every year the biggest, brightest berries with a sweet taste that amazes me. Our plants are over 6 feet tall this year and we have berries coming at us from every direction.

Growing fruits

We typically pick them, clean them then lay them on a flat baking sheet and put them in the freezer to freeze. I then transfer them to a freezer bag or container to use throughout the year. Most times we will use raspberries on our cereal, yogurt or in smoothies. I have also made apple-raspberry jelly which is just lovely on toast in the morning or on fresh banana bread as a spread.

Growing flowers is a beautiful thing but growing fruit trees and fruit bushes such as raspberries bring you something extra, nourishment for the mind, body and soul. We’ve just purchased a cranberry bush for $5.00 at a local greenhouse which I still need to get into the ground. I look forward to seeing what it will have to offer us down the road.

Do you grow any types of berries or fruits?

Weekly blog post review

You can now follow Canadian Budget Binder via Bloglovin and continue to get my daily posts in this reader.

If you are a regular reader you would have already received these awesome posts in your email or reader but just in case you missed reading one I’ve put them all together here just for you.

PLUS…. check out the NEW FEATURE I’ve added which is my New Free Recipe Index! You get all the recipes that I have posted here at Canadian Budget Binder in one spot so you don’t have to go looking for them.

Garage sailing with Jen

Jen and her husband have made many improvements to their shopping habits and their budget. You can read all about it in her guest post, Budgeting With Mr. CBB Got Us Back On Track. Jen shares her weekly garage sale finds with us for the summer to show just how much she can save for her family.

No garage sale deals for Jen as she is on holidays with her family. If you want to see what awesome deals she picked up last week check out this post with all the goodies.

Making a difference


Making a difference is a part of this post where I share a personal finance blog that I interact with daily and has made a difference in my life. I have asked the blogger to introduce themselves, their blog and how they want to make a difference with their blog for the fans and for themselves.

Today, I bring you my mate Glen from down under who runs the blog Monster Piggy Bank. He is a wealth of information and was also the brains behind The A-Z of Saving Money E-book that I participated in writing for which is currently on sale for only $4.99!

An awesome e-book sharing the best personal finance tips from around the web from some amazing bloggers.

Hi there CBB fans, I’m Glen and I blog over at Monster Piggy Bank. You may remember me from such posts as A Personal Story: Chores and Money Lessons Growing Up and Saturday Weekend Review #29 in the Thank-you section.

For those of you who haven’t checked out my site yet and who don’t know anything about me – I am Australian and I blog primarily about personal finance, with the occasional crazy rant thrown in for good measure. I’m still fairly new to the whole blogging thing with my 1 year blogoversary (is that even a word?) happening next month.

Most of my posts are about things happening in my life and how they are impacting me financially. As an example – 6 months ago I became a first time father and so over the last couple of months quite a few of my posts have been baby or parenthood related.

I originally started my site as a way of keeping track of my mortgage debt. I figured that by making all my debt figures public I would have more accountability in paying it off.

As it turns out, I was right J and now my wife and I only have around $80,000 debt left to pay (we started with $315,000 6 years ago). My goal now is to guide others through what I am doing and how they too can pay off debt and hopefully one day be completely debt free.

I’m honestly not sure if I am making a huge difference to people’s lives, but every once in a while I do get a “thank you for sharing your experiences” email in my inbox, and it makes me feel great that I have been able to reach even just a handful of people and change their life for the better.

Anyway, I hope you take the time to check out my site and hopefully we can all learn to be more financially savvy together.

Google search terms

web search terms

What are Google keyword search terms?

Keywords for search engines help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder. 

Although I get thousands of keyword searches from Google users that come in each week I pick out a few that catch my eye and make me smile.

Top pick- Brownies Pinterest- If you know me you know why this is my top pick. Brings me joy those chocolate brownies. I think I have pinned just about every brownie on Pinterest. Now my wife thinks I should get baking!

  • July photo challenge 2013 has been pretty popular here although I don’t have any such challenge going on.
  • Small fluffy carry on dogs– I have no idea
  • They call me Miss Money Bags, why? – Do you really need to ask?
  • The welfare diet- I don’t think you will find an actual diet for people on welfare. You can eat foods that are healthy with some planning and stocking of the pantry over time.
  • Paying coffee for a friend at lunch- I love this, true friendship when you take care of each other this way
  • How can I win $100,000 to pay off my debt- I’ll tell you next week in a blog post I’m writing, make sure you come back to find out though.
  • Scary recipe– sometime they are lol… but have no fear I’m still here and eaten them all

That’s all I have for this weeks edition of The Saturday Weekend Review. Please, join me again next Saturday for more life updates and what’s been going on in my world. Have a great week.

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