WAF’s Five for Friday – Diamonds, budget luxury, eating out…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

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1. Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but at what cost? For years I’ve been troubled by “blood diamonds” and other precious gems mined at the expense of others’ lives and wellbeing. The company Brilliant Earth believes that luxury goods don’t have to come at great human or environmental cost. The company tracks their gems to ensure that they are mined, cut, and finished in a socially and ethically responsible manner. They also donate 5% of their profits to help communities who have suffered from unethical practices in the jewelry industry. Now that’s jewelry we can live with.

2. Love the good life, but live on a budget? The Frugal Bon Vivant is the perfect site for you. In her own words “The best things in life might not always be free, but they can usually be had at a bargain. The Frugal Bon Vivant serves up deals, coupon & promo codes, how-tos, and tips on enjoying the good life on a budget.” Now who wouldn’t like that? Continue reading WAF’s Five for Friday – Diamonds, budget luxury, eating out…

The Power of “No” and the sucker’s choice

j0426560Although we don’t treat it like it, “no” can be a complete sentence. But if you’re one of the many people (women especially) overwhelmed by the number of requests coming your way but who still have a hard time saying “no,” then “No” as a complete sentence is a foreign concept.

You’d think that as we get older saying no would get easier. And while for some of us it does, for many of us our reluctance to say “no” – even in the cases which cry out for an all caps “NO!” boils down to not wanting to seem unkind or uncaring. Bottom line, we want people, even unlikeable, unkind and uncaring people, to like us and say nice things about us. And then there’s the fact that when most people ask for our help or a favor, it’s because they probably genuinely need it and telling them no would put them in a bind. But what if telling them yes puts you in one? And, what happens when people ask you to do things you don’t think they should have asked you to do in the first place? Do you still say yes? Maybe you shouldn’t. Continue reading The Power of “No” and the sucker’s choice