Posts Written OnDecember 2018

The Best South Beach Hotels on a Budget

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating Ideas Miami’s South beach (SoBe) is a great place to visit for the young, old and anyone in between. There are so many things to see and do that you’ll wish you had left more “empty” time in your schedule to just sit by the pool or on the beach.

Although there are many expensive South Beach hotels you could choose, there are hotels for the budget-minded, and you might be surprised at the prices available if you travel either side of the busy season. If you travel from May to September, you are going to find fewer people and lower prices on hotels as well as restaurants.

The prices quoted change frequently and give you a basic idea of average prices in May.
The Big Names–Not So Inexpensive
Fountainbleau is located at 4401 Collins Ave–right on SoBe and offers more than 1500 rooms. Prices start at $329 for a May visit in this extraordinary hotel.

Gansevoot South is a luxurious hotel located at 2377 Collins Ave, again, right on the beach. Rates begin at $325 for a stay in May.

OK, so you don’t have that much money…

Beach House Decorating IdeasReality–Lodging YOU Can Afford
For under $100 a night, here’s what you get:
*Collins Ave is right across the street from SoBe

The Continental Oceanfront (1825 Collins Ave) (800) 555-7555 (online reservations at: $74/night

Beach Place Hotel (8601 Harding Ave) (305) 866-3215 $79/night

The Chesterfield (855 Collins Ave) (305) 531-5831 $77/night

The Kent (1131 Collins Ave) (305) 604-5068 $89/night

Ocean Surf (7436 Ocean Terrace) (305) 866-1648 $65/night (one of the very few hotels on the beach)

Hawaii Hotel (7430 Ocean Terrace) (305) 861-3440 $65/night (also on the beach)

Bay Breeze Hotel (6600 Colline Ave) (800) 385-8893 $59 to 69/night

Many of these rates were “online” rates through sites like or, as of 2009.

Beach House Decorating IdeasOther Options
There is hostel-type lodging available at the following:

AAE Lombardy Hotel & Hostel (6300 Collins Road)

Miami Beach International Traveler’s Hostel (9th Street)

Jazz on South Beach (321 Collins Ave)

Reservations for these hostels should be made through and rates are as low as $15 per night.

8 Helpful Household Tips

Do you love helpful household hints and handy tips?….Of course you do…..who doesn’t love household tips that make life easier and stretch every household budget further?

I read magazines, search online and talk to my friends often looking for new ways to save money. New ways to clean faster or more effective. New handy tips to help me with everyday household dilemmas.

What better way for me to help other moms like me then to share all of the new and old helpful household hints and handy tips. I hope some of these household hints will be helpful to you as much as they’ve been helpful to me.

1 Instant Fire Starter

If you are like me and having problems to start the fire in your fireplace when hubs is not at home this handy tip is for you. Start collection of corks from wine bottles and keep them in a sealed jar that you filled with rubbing alcohol. Every time you are ready to start the fire just toss one cork under the kindling.Make sure you store the jar away from the fireplace and your children.

2 Quick Fix For Salt-Stained Leather Boots

Your winter leather boots are sporting white residue from all the salt outside. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Dip little corner of cotton rag in it and gently rub the stains. Let it dry.

3 Quick Dry Wet Mittens

Slip each mitten over a bottom of an empty glass jar and stand it on top of your baseboard heater or radiator. The warm air will fill up the jar and it will dry the mittens from inside out. One of my favorite handy tips.

4 Make Your House Smell Inviting

If you want to make your house smell homey and cozy without burning candles or using room sprays just dab few drops of vanilla extract or any other aroma you prefer on a cool light bulb. After you turn on the light the room will be filled with the scent instantly.5 Perfect Belt StorageYour husband has lots of belts and they are all over your closet. All you need is a large clean coffee can. It is the perfect shape to keep hubs rolled up belts crease-free and without messing up your closet.elts

6 Remove Melted Candle Wax On Furniture

Winter is the season for burning candles throughout the house. Sometimes no matter how careful you are the hot wax makes its way onto your furniture. Just cover the wax with bag of ice until the wax becomes brittle. Then carefully peel the frozen wax off with a butter knife. In a bowl mix together 1/2 cup of Baking Soda and few drops of lemon juice.Dab it onto the spot where the wax was to clean away any color residue that was left from the candle.

7 Cheap Ice-Skates Covers

Don’t spend money from your household budget buying new Ice-skate covers for your children. Take your old garden hose and cut it to the length of the blades. Make a lengthwise slit and the ice-skate blades will be covered and protected from getting dull.

8 Keep Your Stairs/Sidewalk From Freezing

Before the rain turns into ice sprinkle baking soda on your steps and sidewalks.It will keep water from turning into ice and it won’t destroy your concrete like salt.