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Spring is a time of renewal, both for nature and for ourselves. It’s also the start of a new fashion season, a perfect opportunity to exercise your creativity and rediscover that sense of freedom which can all too easily fall by the wayside during the bleak, snowy days of winter.

A great avenue for embracing both the rejuvenate qualities of spring and the self-expressive potential of fashion is the aesthetic many of us know as Bohemian, or Boho. Taking its name from the former Kingdom of Bohemia and inspiration from the roving Romantics of 19th-century France, Boho fashion celebrates individuality with billowy, comfy clothing and quirky, whimsical accessories.

Whether you’re looking to try a new style or just want to shake up your current one, these Boho outfit ideas are sure to help channel your inner iconoclast.

Graphic tee + floral sundress

One of the great things about Boho fashion is that it’s stylish without being cliquish or expensive. Pairing two common clothing items that are not usually combined is chic, unique, and best of all cheap.

Head to the local secondhand store or look up a Walmart promo code and get yourself an inexpensive vintage (or vintage-style) graphic tee. The more distressed the better. Then wear that under (yes, under) a colorful floral sundress. The juxtaposition between tomboy attitude and cheerful femininity really captures the fun that comes from letting your spirit run free.

Flowy top + jacket + maxi skirt

This is a good outfit for one of those breezier spring days. It also works well in semi-formal settings. A sleek earthy-colored leather or suede jacket adds shape and contrast to the loose, flowy blouse underneath. Layers are a Boho girl’s best friend, after all. A top with a slightly plunging neckline is especially eye-catching, as it creates an extreme angle against the straight lines of the jacket’s chest and the upward-and-outward formation of the collar.

The real main event here, though, is the ankle-length maxi skirt. The dichotomy of blouse and jacket is strong enough that those items should be kept simple. But what makes this outfit really stand out is a bold, fanciful maxi skirt. The more decorative frills, the better.

Kimono + tanktop + jean shorts

Here’s a tip: any outfit that features something lightweight enough that you can twirl in but also big enough that you can hold it out on either side of you and flap like bat-wings is peak Boho. Few clothing items meet the criteria better than a long, loose-fitting kimono. Sheer or solid, patterned or plain, wearing a kimono always feels (and looks) fantastic.

Once again, juxtaposition is the Boho buzzword. The elegance and exoticism of a kimono stands out all the more when worn over a single-color tanktop. A pair of worn and frayed denim shorts adds to the effect, especially when the pant legs are shorter than the length of the kimono itself.

Don’t forget the accessories!

Nothing says Boho like a nice assortment of accessories. Big sunglasses and floppy wide-brimmed hats are like exclamation marks at the end of a sentence. They just make everything pop that much more! (See?)

Jewelry is a wonderful addition too, although too many pieces or pieces that are flashy, fancy, chunky, or loud may detract from the rest of the outfit. Consider sticking to fewer, more subtle pieces. The most important thing is finding jewelry that is a little different or has special meaning to you. Your look should express who you are as a person. That’s what Boho is all about!

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Budgeting is the foundation of every financial plan. It doesn’t matter if you’re living paycheck to paycheck or earning top dollar, you need to know where your money is going if you want to have a handle on your finances. Unlike what you might believe, budgeting isn’t all about restricting what you spend money on and cutting out all the fun in your life. Below are 5 tips to save for a vacation home.

Determine How Much You Need

A vacation rental property’s cost can vary depending on what type of property you’re buying and where you’re buying it. For example, St Albert homes for sale will most likely cost less than a home in Ontario. Choose a property and a city that you will enjoy and want to escape to. You can also talk to a local realtor to learn more about the market.

Get Your Debt Under Control

Typically the math works in the favor of paying off consumer debt and cash-flowing the mortgage payment. It depends on the debt and how much the borrower wants to save. There is no simple answer as every borrower is different. It depends on the situation, where your life is at the present time, and what your future looks like as far as income, jobs, family, etc. In some cases, It would be best to pay off bills (do not close any charge accounts), and work to raise their credit score to get the best interest rate they can. Also, paying off bills frees them up to get a larger home. And if you need to talk with a mortgage consultant to get on a plan, don't hesitate to do so.

Use Technology to Make Saving Easy

People have a tendency to deposit their pay into checking accounts, and then periodically transfer any accumulated money into savings accounts. However, a better saving strategy would be to have your pay deposited into a high interest saving account, and then transfer a budgeted amount into checking to meet your expenses. This would maximize the interest you earn by getting your money into the savings account sooner, and perhaps more importantly, this method would help you put savings first, and have money available for spending only according to a budget.

Get A Side Hustle

A side hustle is a great way to earn some extra cash. If you have a spare bedroom, listing it on Airbnb is one of the easiest ways you can start making money right now. If you have a car and you want to side hustle, there is no reason you should not start driving for Uber and Lyft today. Or become a caretaker or house-sitter.

Ask for Gift Money

Bank all extra income. This can include income-tax refunds, gifts received, bonuses or large commission checks, or even the sale of personal assets. By depositing these funds into your down payment savings account, you fast-forward the process of saving money to buy your future vacation home.

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Scientific studies that indicate there are many potential benefits of CBD oil, such as helping ease an array of symptoms, along with anecdotal reviews, the popularity of CBD is set to continue to rise.

CBD for Pain

Taking CBD oil for pain can be the perfect solution, especially when you consider how bleak the other options can appear. You can suffer through medications that do not provide enough relief, or, you can take a variety of prescribed pharmaceuticals that can carry significant side effects that can further diminish your health and quality of life. CBD can be taken as a liquid, in capsules, applied topically or a CBD crumble.

CBD for Anxiety

If you struggle with chronic stress or anxiety, you may be considering supplementing your treatment with CBD oil, CBD vape pens, or CBD gummies. CBD is thought to ease anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone, and neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating emotions. The process by which this occurs is thought to be similar to that of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), a class of anxiety and depression medications.

CBD for Depression

Many people search for a safer, more natural way to treat anxiety and depression, so new options are being developed and researched all the time. CBD oil works similarly for people suffering from depression because depression happens when serotonin levels are low. Increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain has a positive effect on your emotions and motor skills. You take CBD oil by either putting a few drops under your tongue with a dropper or mixing it with food. CBD gummies are also becoming popular.

CBD for Sleep

Study after study has shown the importance of regular, restful sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep deficiencies can affect everything from brain health and cognition to immune function and mental health. CBD may also affect sleep directly, by interacting with receptors in the brain that govern the body’s daily sleep/wake cycles. Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.

Few Side Effects

Some side effects of CBD are noticeable, including drowsiness or other changes in alertness, digestive issues, such as diarrhea and decreased appetite and changes in mood, such as irritability and agitation. The FDA has only approved one CBD product. Research on the possible uses, dosages, benefits, and safety of CBD is ongoing.

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