thoughts on life

15 Smart Ways to Earn Money at Home

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If you would have asked me ten years ago whether I believed I could earn a full time income--one that would allow my husband to become a stay-at-home dad--I would have probably laughed you right out of the room.  Even just five years ago, after I started writing LWSL, when I told my husband I wanted [...]

5 Ways to Comfort Someone Who is Grieving

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Today I am honored to introduce you to Susan Mead, an amazing woman I have had the pleasure of connecting with a couple of times this past year.  She has an incredible--and heartbreaking--story, one she shared in her recent book, Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace.  Today she is here at LWSL to share about a [...]

10 Things Kids Need to Be Happy (& 2 They Don’t)

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We all want to be happy, and as parents, we all want our kids to be happy, too.  We want to give them all the things we may have missed in our own childhoods, and fill them up with knowledge, love, and joy. We sign them up for lessons to boost creativity and learning, we push them [...]

What Every Mom Needs to Know About Insurance

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As parents, it’s our responsibility to make sure our kids are cared for. We go out of our way to keep our kids safe, from buying bicycle helmets to Band-Aids to winter coats, right down to holding their hand when they cross the street. Most of us worry endlessly about our kids’ well-being. I know [...]

5 Habits of Amazing Moms

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 This is a guest post from Sarah Koontz of Grounded & Surrounded Even before I had my first child, I was determined to be a good mom. I devoured every parenting book I could get my hands on and purchased far too many "must-have" gadgets. If I was going to attempt this mom thing, I [...]

5 Fears Every Mom Faces (& How to Conquer Them)

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Today I am so happy to welcome back my sweet (and very wise) friends, Kathy Helgemo & Melinda Means, from Mothering from Scratch.  Not only do they live right here in my same small town of Punta Gorda, Florida, they are bloggers and moms who love to share their insight, struggles and parenting wins in their [...]

For When You Feel Uninspired

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This is a guest post from Tammy of Grace Uncommon  It's no secret that sometimes it's hard living a creative life in a critical world. Inspiration is seemingly everywhere, but so is discouragement! An artist would be lying if she said she didn't face direct opposition of her work and her gift on a regular [...]

How to Not Give Up Your War on Debt

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Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who has graciously joined us here at LWSL as a regular monthly contributor.  Cherie is the author of the amazing book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which she wrote after paying off more than $127,000 in debt!  I am so excited to have [...]

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

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In my early twenties, as I was recovering from a long and serious depression, I made a list of the the things I wanted to accomplish over the next ten years.  At the very top was a seemingly simple wish: To grow my own vegetables. Little did I know that it would take me more than [...]

10 Qualities of a Best Friend

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I can't even tell you how happy I am to introduce you to my friend Melanie Shankle, aka Big Mama.  I'll spare you the boring details of how we met, suffice to say it involved much laughter (and a little wine) and an instant realization that she is my kind of people.  She is an expert [...]

5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Every year around tax time, I anxiously wait for a call from our CPA letting us know whether we owe or get a refund this year. It's anxiety-inducing to say the least, but for the most part, we've been lucky enough to get a nice chunk [...]

10 Painless Ways to Save

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Let's face it--being a responsible adult is not always easy. In fact, the idea of saving money can feel painful sometimes!  Few of us actually want to give up our creature comforts or drastically lower our standard of living in order to pinch pennies.  It's downright hard to have to tell a child or spouse that something [...]

How to Create a Gallery Wall

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Several years ago I wrote this post about the big giant (12’ wide by 16’ tall in the center—in other words, HUGE) wall, the focal point of our great room.  For nearly eleven years now, this space has overwhelmed me with its sheer big-ness.  And so, for most of the time we’ve lived here, I have [...]

10 Simple Habits That Might Just Change Your Life

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It’s easy to think of all of the good habits we wish we had: putting money away each month, getting up earlier, working out every day.  As it turns out, setting good habits can be a powerful way to achieve our goals and help keep us focused and organized. Once a good habit is etched our brain, [...]

7 Secrets of Following Your Dreams (Without Going Broke)

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Today I am very happy to introduce you to my friend Jeff Goins, a person I have admired for a long time.  I first heard Jeff speak about writing at blogging conference called Blissdom, back in 2012.  In that session, he challenged us to write about the thing that scared us, and it was that [...]

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