Updated on 07.30.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Simple Pleasures Edition

Trent Hamm

Drinking a glass of cold water when you’re thirsty.

Tossing a Frisbee back and forth with your children.

Holding your wife’s hand while you’re both enjoying watching a movie.

Getting into bed after a long day.

Many of the best pleasures in life are very simple ones.

My Kid Flooded Our Home. What’s the Worst (Most Expensive) Mistake Your Kids Have Made? Our living room carpet is simply in need of replacement. It’s a nightmarish pattern of stains. However, we’re trying to make it last until all of our kids are old enough that spills aren’t nearly as frequent. (@ darwin’s money)

Roads not taken Every moment of your life, you have the chance to make a better choice. You never regret it when you take the challenging and rewarding road. You often regret it when you take the easy path. (@ seth’s blog)

Got the Urge to Splurge? Use These Strategies to Fight It (or Not) I wrote about this topic a few days ago. I’m pretty happy with the method I use, but these are some other worthwhile tactics to think about. (@ get rich slowly)

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  1. Steven says:

    The idea that we basically ignore the “If only…” aspects of our life and focus on the moment is flowery imagery. I’m not exactly sure why there’s been this huge push amongst bloggers to recommend people suppress their desires, wishes, ambitions, etc., and focus on “reality.”

    How about instead of pretending to be a Buddhist Monk, we use those feelings to push ourselves for improvement and change?

    While it may not be constructive to only wish for things that you don’t have in your life, it is constructive to use those wishes to pursue your goals.

    I understand that it could be argued that once you get what you wish for, there will be something else that you want, and the cycle continues. But is that really reason enough to just ignore your aspirations?

    I don’t know. I’ve just become so tired of the same old “appreciate the moment” articles that have become a pandemic on blogs lately. And, honestly, I have my doubts that most of the people writing them actually feel that way…

  2. rebecca says:

    There is a great website out there dedicated to stuff destroyed by our kids. Sh*tmykidsruined.com

  3. Thanks so much for the mention!

    We’re still trying to figure out what that “formula” is for keeping our home nice looking with respect to carpeting, furniture and painting, vs. when they’ll move down the curve on the destruction level. We had new carpets installed and painted everything a few years ago and we already have stains in several spots and tons of dings in our walls. We have 2 boys and a girl and there’s definitely a much higher correlation between damage and boys, at least in our house.

    Well, it’s all worth it in the end (that’s what we keep telling ourselves :)

  4. Louise says:

    I just have to share these horror stories about my friend’s child.

    Years ago, her 5 yr. old daughter plugged in the iron and then hid it under the bed, lying flat on the carpet. Thank God my friend was home and smelled the burning before there was a fire! That same year, this child took a hose, pushed it through the cracked open window in their VACATIONING neighbors’ basement, turned it on, and went home! It wasn’t discovered until nearly a week later, by which time an incredible amount of damage had been done. I’m sure their insurance rates skyrocketed after that!

  5. Louise says:

    #2 rebecca, I just visited that website (you have to actually spell it out, people) and laughed myself silly! Thanks!

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