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It’s Fall – Get Your Crockpot On!

September 15, 2016 2:41 pm

When the air turns a little colder, it is the perfect time to take out your crockpot for easy cook and hearty meals.

Our friends at Buzzfeed have some of the most delicious and popular recipes cataloged for whatever type of cuisine you’d like to have for dinner!

 

Check out all the great recipes here!

Sign Up For The Sela Investments Newsletter

August 30, 2016 3:38 pm

Not only does the newsletter give you a monthly update on activities and tips, but it also is a great way to get updates on things like snow emergencies for winter! So sign up today!



It’s Minnesota State Fair Time!

August 25, 2016 3:02 pm

It is the best part of the fact summer has to end – The Minnesota State Fair! The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and there is so much to do – from the Midway to the dairy barns to anything you can imagine on a stick! There is is also some great entertainment at the Grand Stand this year with Bonnie Raitt, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas, Alabama and Weezer.

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Get more information at the State Fair Website!

 

County Fairs Are Summer Fun!

August 11, 2016 7:07 pm

While we all LOVE the Minnesota State Fair, there are also smaller and more intimate versions in almost every county in Minnesota. Check out one close to you or make a day trip and see a new part of the state.

Get a list of all them here!

The Ultimate 4th of July Hot Dog!

July 1, 2016 12:33 pm

We thought it was a little crazy when we tried this one out to be honest. However, never underestimate the genius over at Good Housekeeping because combining the amazingness of a Reuben really works!

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Get the recipe here!

Mummies At The Science Museum

June 25, 2016 2:30 pm

For the first time, The Field Museum in Chicago has allowed their collection of both Peruvian and Egyptian mummies to travel – and you are in luck! The mummies will be exhibited all summer at the Science Museum in St. Paul. It is great fun for both the kids and grown ups to learn more about these ancient artifacts.

Get your tickets and find out more here!

Photo credit: Star Tribune

Photo credit: Star Tribune

Money Matters: Living with Roommates

June 2, 2016 2:43 pm

Living on your own can be a very expensive and daunting experience for an individual. Finding a roommate to share a living environment can help relieve some of the stress and make bill payments more manageable. However, there are some things you and your roommate should discuss prior to moving in so that unpleasant situations can be avoided, which include:

Rent

In most cases, it would be ideal if all of the people living under the same room can split any housing payments equally. However, if bedrooms are different sizes or there is one parking space for multiple vehicles, then changes in individual payments should be discussed. In most cases, if a fair tradeoff cannot be negotiated, such as a person with a larger bedroom agreeing to let another individual claim the only available parking space, then the difference should be reflected fairly in housing payments.

Utilities

For utilities, again, it is best if everyone can split the payment equally, provided that no one abuses one utility to an extreme. You will have to ensure that everyone agrees to the same services so that there will be no conflict if one person does not wish to have cable but others do, for instance. There will also have to be the discussion of how each person will intend to pay for their portion and when all the money will be pooled together to pay off a bill. You will also need to consider if the bill should be placed under one name or multiple.

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Food

This is always tricky because everyone may have a different diet. Be sure to discuss eating habits with any and all members living in the household so that money can be budgeted accordingly. You will need to speak about how the cost will be split, especially for shared items. It may be better for most to pay for their own groceries, but you must take in account the amount of space available for storage as well, which is why it is important to discuss eating habits with your roommates.

When all things have been considered and openly discussed, then you will find living with roommates to be a more positive experience. No matter what, you must always remember to respect others in the household so that everyone can coexist in peace.

Tips for Living with a Roommate

April 21, 2016 3:05 pm

Most of us have been there. At one point or another, you may find yourself left in a position where it would make more sense financially to get a roommate. Either your friend has agreed to move in with you, or you have placed an ad in the paper for someone who is also desperately looking. You’ve found your new roommate. But now what?

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Getting a roommate can be a big change for some. However, with the right amount of planning, you can ensure that you have a pleasant experience.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Living with anyone can be difficult, especially in a limited space such as an apartment or shared room. The most important thing and the key to success in having a roommate are to make sure that you’re both on the same page before you move in together. This will prevent MANY problems down the road. Here are some things to consider:

Payment

Whose name will be on the lease? How will payment be arranged? Will you both be paying your landlord separately, or will one of you be paying the other? Making sure that rent is paid can be the most stressful thing about living with someone, especially if they’re a stranger.
Sit down and discuss beforehand how payment will be made each month. Talk openly to each other, and find a way that works well for both of you. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and talking beforehand is about the safest route you could go.

Furniture

What kind of furniture will each person be bringing? How much is there? Will it all fit? These are very important questions that need to be addressed, so there aren’t any arguments or scrambling when moving day comes.

Chores

While it is not necessary to divvy out chores beforehand, it is smart to decide HOW you will be splitting up the chores. Agree on a strategy, and let that play out for a few weeks to see how it works. If you or your roommates aren’t fully satisfied, it can always be amended.
There are a few different ways to go about chores. A chore wheel is a helpful device that rotates the responsibilities. This may work for you, or you may wish to just see what you both don’t mind doing, and stick to that. Either way, discussing how chores will be split up will definitely prevent many arguments.

Guests

There is nothing worse than having an extended guest stay at your place when you don’t want them there. It is especially trying if they are not paying rent or if they are leeching off of your supplies. It makes for a very uncomfortable living situation.
To prevent this, make some rules beforehand that deal with guests. How long can a guest stay? How late can they stay? What kind of notification should there be if someone wants to have a guest? Again, discussing these things beforehand will prevent conflict from arising in the future.

Pet Peeves

A great way to find out what your roommate likes is by finding out what they don’t like! Discussing your pet peeves before you move in will help to understand each other better. Imagine that you absolutely HATE it when there are dirty dishes in the sink. When your roommate knows this, they will most likely avoid doing it. By keeping in mind what each other’s dislikes are, you can ensure that you will get along.

Contract

Finally, it may be a good idea to write out a contract, independent of the lease, that states some of these things. Although it may not be legal tender, you could still use it to say that your roommate violated the contract and must amend what they did wrong. It can be a helpful tool and could help assist you with making sure that things run smoothly between you and your roommate.

The most important thing to remember when you have a roommate is to understand each other. You will most likely be cramped into a small space together for an extended period of time. Plan it out right, and you can avoid much of the conflict that usually arises in such living situations.

Easy Mid-Week Meals

April 10, 2016 5:30 am

We know how challenging it can be  – working full time and making dinner when you get home. We found this great YouTube channel that helps you put together quick, healthy dinners with little in the way of time, ingredients or equipment!

Feel free to share your favorite recipes here with us!

Watch more on the  Easy Mid-Week Meals YouTube Channel!