thoughts on life

5 Habits of Successful Debt Slayers

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 Today I am absolutely honored to welcome the Queen of Free herself, Cherie Lowe.  Cherie shares her wisdom and frugal adventures daily on her blog, Queen of Free, and she is also the author of the incredibly inspiring book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which chronicles Cherie and her husband's journey of knocking out more than $127,000 [...]

5 Things to do Right Now to Prepare for a Catastrophe

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I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, and I don’t generally tend to panic or automatically assume the worst.  I wouldn’t call myself a “prepper,” and we don’t have a secret bunker built in our basement, an arsenal of supplies on hand in the event of a zombie apocalypse, or plans to go off the grid. [...]

3 Ways to Let Go of Mom Guilt

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Today I am so happy to welcome 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.  Last year we commiserated [...]

5 Tips for Taming Your Tongue

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Chances are that we've all done it at one point or another.  Whether it be during a moment of anger or nervousness or insecurity, we've all said something that we later regret or wish we could take back.  We've stuck our foot in our mouths or let our words get the best of us.  It's a sinking [...]

5 Ways to Stay in Shape Without Going Broke

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings The New Year has begun and with it, at least for many of us, come resolutions for a better life -- the most popular being a new and improved health routine, combined with eating right and finally losing that extra weight. Will this finally be the year of [...]

How to be an Effective Goal Setter

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If you've read this blog for any length of time, you've probably figured out that I am pretty passionate about goal setting.  (Some, including my husband, might call it obsessive.  I like to think of it as focused!)  And while for me, achieving my goals has usually meant getting up before dawn or working 12 hour [...]

Setting My Goals for 2015

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Happy New Year Friends! I don’t know about you, but to me there is nothing quite like the promise of a whole new year, of a fresh start and a new beginning, where I can reflect both on where I’ve been and where I want to go.  There is nothing I love more than goal-setting, and [...]

How to Start Your New Year on the Right Foot

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I hope you all had a wonderful joy-filled (and drama-free) Christmas with your family and friends! After a very busy Thanksgiving, our Christmas was actually pretty low-key this year, celebrated with just the four of us and a few close friends. We stayed in our pajamas for two whole days, which is just the way I [...]

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Winter

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I used to pride myself on my killer immune system and the fact that I never got sick.  In fact, for the first five years we were married, I don't think my husband ever saw me not feeling well.  But the last few years have been a completely different story.  Last winter I was sick--really sick--almost [...]

How to Give a Great Handmade Gift

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings  DIY gifts are all the rage these days, no matter where you look -- Pinterest, Facebook, even the cover of a glossy magazine. All proclaim to have the perfect gift that can be made cuter, cheaper, and faster, and everyone, including myself, can't get their hands on [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

4 Ways to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, but let's be honest--it can also be the most stressful!  Between the added responsibilities and obligations, family drama, emotional overload, financial strain, and the fear that we’re just not doing enough, the months of November and December can quickly become overwhelming.   In fact, if I'm being totally honest with you, one [...]

3 Tips for Raising Responsible (Happy) Kids

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Today I am so happy to welcome my sweet friend Courtney DeFeo from Lil Light O' Mine.  Courtney is the author of the newly released book In This House, We Will Giggle, which helps parents to help their children experience the goodness of God, the joy of following Jesus and the difference children can make in the lives of others. [...]

7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

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I am not a decorator.   Not even close.  While it is lovely, it will never be featured in House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens.  I am totally okay with that.   My goal is not to win any decorating awards, but to have a functional, cozy space that I love.  For me, that [...]

How to Create a Rock Bottom Price List

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While most of us would love to cut our grocery bill in half, over the years I have found that for most people, the biggest obstacle to saving money on groceries is simply just knowing where to start. Figuring out the very best deals and rock bottom prices might truly seem impossible at first, especially if you’re brand new [...]