Category: Ponderings

General posts about life

Read all the best of what I've been up to for January 2018 including getaway of the month, book recommendations, movies, recipes and more.

Monthly Roundup: January 2018

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius This week I hit my second trimester of pregnancy. Along with the expected slowing down of things, add to the mix a couple of overnight international flights, cross-country bus journeys and a bunch of family catchups, and never before has this quote rung more true for me than today! Having ...Read More
Read all about how to ensure a successful and lasting long distance relationship. It's not as easy as it sounds! Find out more at stayathomestraggler.com

The Secrets to a Successful Long Distance Relationship

 This week, Mr. Straggler and I find ourselves (again) strewn across two separate continents with hundreds of miles between us. It’s only a week, it’s not forever, yet I can’t help but remember those long, and somewhat painful years we spent finding new ways to make our long-distance relationship feel more intimate and exciting. This week we were back in action. I suppose we are ...Read More
Find out how you can maximise your time at home with these 15 creative suggestions for things to do. It's not just about self improvement, but also self enjoyment! Read more at '15 of the most productive ways to pass the time at home' posted at stayathomestraggler.com.

15 of the most productive ways to pass your time at home

A few years ago, when I had my first stay at home experience, I was completely stressed out and frustrated. I felt an extreme urgency to fill my day with as many tasks as possible. I also reached out to several employers looking for work and ended up with four jobs, none of which I particularly enjoyed or needed to be doing. Looking back ...Read More
Read about our old house in Tunisia and 10 things we do to make anywhere feel like home, whether long or short term. A Throwback Thursday post at stayathomestraggler.com

Throwback Thursday. Our beach shack in Tunisia…

...and 10 ways to make anywhere feel like home, on a budget.   Last week we said goodbye to Iran and decided to set up on more familiar terrain. So here we are...in Tbilisi, Georgia! Although checking in to an air b'n'b is not quite the same as moving into a new home, we quite amazingly managed to find a place in exactly the ...Read More
Making money with Paid Online Surveys. Is it Possible? Blog Post at stayathomestraggler.com. Online surveys do not seem to be worth the effort when you weight up the time commitment vs earnings. this was my personal experience.

Making money with Paid Online Surveys. Is it possible?

 Disclaimer: this is an account of my own personal experience with several paid online survey sites. I have no doubt that experiences vary widely. It all depends on your personal situation and country of residence.After a couple of weeks as a stay at home Straggler / housewife, I started feeling a bit guilty for not contributing to the household income while still accruing the usual ...Read More
2017 December, Monthly Roundup stayathomestraggler.com, blog. All my favourite things of December 2017 including christmas festivities, recommended articles, blogs and travel destinations.

Monthly Roundup: December 2017

December is my favourite month of the year. Besides Christmas feasts and New Year festivities we also have a multitude of family birthday celebrations, including my own. It's a joyful and festive time of year which usually takes us home to family and friends. This year, we celebrated with family over Skype, but were lucky enough to meet some extremely hospitable Iranian friends that went ...Read More
My Minimalist Kitchen, and how I managed to make it work. This post comes to you from Tehran, Iran. Read more at stayathomestraggler.com blog

My minimalist kitchen

...and how I managed to make it work. Last month, my husband and I arrived to our new (short-term) home in Iran. We had no idea what to expect, but kept an open mind and low expectations, which is always a good idea. As a bit of a foodie and with plenty of time ahead of me for cooking experiments, I was particularly looking forward ...Read More