Home Away From Home: My Life As Agador

Update: An excerpt of this post was featured on Offbeat Home & Life. Thanks to Megan and Ariel! 

I’m a fortunate woman.

As many of you may know, looking for work is a pain in the ass. It’s expensive. It’s frustrating. It’s a lot of waiting around while someone else judges your skill set and value. Fun, right? Well, I find that it can be a happier time with friends and family around.

In “Hosting With Style – Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Parties and Homemaking”, I wrote a chapter called Gracious Hospitality, and I’ve been living it for the past month. Here in West Palm, Florida, my sister’s family and my husband and I have been co-habitating under one roof. Husband and I help out with cleaning, organizing, grocery shopping, and childcare while they give us a roof over our heads while we’re looking for ideal jobs and a home in the area. It’s working out really great! Here’s how I’ve been helping to make our Family Compound feel like a functional home for the past month.

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My new role as Faithful Houseboy, Agador Spartacus.

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Homemaking On the Road – Part 4 – Free In-Room Spa

Part Four – Free In-Room Spa! A Getaway from your Getaway

While traveling recently, I needed to give myself some much-needed pampering. My hair was fried, my nails were turning into talons, and my skin was breaking out in a rash from all the harsh hotel detergents and soaps. The problem is, when you’re traveling for work, you may be trying to save money, confined to a hotel, be on a wacky and sleep-deprived schedule, or simply be trying to get by on a set budget.

Relaxing...

Relaxing…

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Homemaking on the Road, Part 3 – Meals on Wheels

I’m a cook, which means that I like food. I love buying it, preparing it, smelling it, looking at it, cooking it, plating it, serving it, and eating it, and even cleaning it up. (Probably eating it a little less than the others, otherwise I’d be morbidly obese. But still. Yum.)

When I’m away from home, I like to be able to cook, both for fun and for health reasons. Not many things are more pleasing to me than being hosted and getting to thank my hosts with a meal, or enjoying a familiar dish in an unfamiliar setting.

Planning out what and where you will eat can take some of the stress out of travel, keep you well, and help you stay on budget. Here’s what I do to stay fit, fed, and functional when I travel.

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Homemaking On The Road – Part 2: Packing

Here’s Part 2 of my Homemaking on the Road Series! This will focus on the ins and outs of packing for a trip… and the tricks I use to save money, sanity, and space.

I like to think that I’m a minimalist, but the truth is, anyone who can’t travel without a set of hot rollers isn’t exactly low-maintenence. So let’s explore how to pack as lightly as possible but still be prepared once you get to your destination.

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Homemaking On the Road – Part 1 – The Great Escape

Husband and I have been traveling a lot since November, moving across the country from California to the lovely South in Georgia, and then criss-crossing the states for contract and freelance consulting.

While traveling, it’s  important to me to retain a sense of order and make it fun, especially when balancing expenses and taking pets, so I’ll be doing a series in 2013 about Travel and adding it as a new blog category.

Part One – Planning The Great Escape

Riding in Cars with Dogs

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Our Next Adventure

It’s kind of ironic that I have a hosting and homemaking book coming out next week, as, simultaneously, Husband and I have been packing up our beloved rented bungalow in California and preparing to move across the country next month with no real employment opportunities, or solid idea of where we’re going to live next.

After over a decade of being Angelenos, we’ve made the decision to leave California, moving back East to be nearer to my family and toward our own version of the Promised Land.  (For us, it’s named Virginia.) True, this happened because of job layoffs, but other than the initial freak-out, we decided to see it as an opportunity rather than a crisis.

This is our life right now.

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Eloping With Style, On The Fly, and for CHEAP!

An elopement is not a second-rate way to get married. An elopement can still be beautiful, meaningful, and important. 

My brother and new sis-in-law just eloped in Vegas, and I spent the last month helping them pull it together. Since this was the second awesome and fun elopement I helped to plan in 2 years (my own being the first) I thought I’d post a comprehensive all-in-one for you smart kids who want a CHEAP AND FUN way to get married.  For as little as $60, you CAN get married, on the sly, in style, and quickly. And it doesn’t have to suck.

Still not sure? You can always have a big wedding reception party to introduce your families and friends later on. This is becoming pretty popular. Who doesn’t want two weddings? Two awesome days celebrating you and the person you love? Two Anniversaries? TWO DRESSES, EVEN? Yes, please!

The Happy Couple by Jillian of Bombs Over Betty

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