Life Etc.

10 Smart Ways to Multitask

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If you are anything like me, you probably multitask without a second thought. In fact, it is probably a rare occurrence that you find yourself focused on a singular task. Like, ever. To be perfectly honest, I have a hard time remembering the last time I managed to focus all of my attention on just one thing. [...]

12 Smart Ways to Save on Air Travel

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Travel season is upon us, and if you are anything like me, you've got the bug and you are ready to hit the road.....or the skies!  Of course vacationing with the whole family can be a challenge, especially when it comes to air travel.  While one ticket might seem affordable, that same price multiplied by four [...]

How to Plan a Party in 48 Hours

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I'm no stranger to party planning.  Even so, over the past few years, throwing big, elaborate, Pinterest-worthy shindigs (like this Sweet Shop party or this CAKE party or my all time favorite, this Beachy Mermaid party) has become less and less of a priority for me.  Don't get me wrong--I still love having people over, but [...]

7 Financial Habits to Start in Your 20’s

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This is a guest post from Kalyn of Creative Savings As much as we learn certain habits as children and into the teen years, I believe there's no decade as definitive as your 20's. Every experience is new, the high school drama is left behind {I hope!}, and you start blossoming into the person you were meant to be. But [...]

High, Low, and Interesting

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The statistics about family dinnertimes are pretty staggering. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, kids and teens who share family dinners 3 or more times per week are less likely to be overweight, more likely to eat healthy foods, get better grades, are less likely to do drugs, drink, or become sexually active, have [...]

25 Awesome Tools for Getting Organized

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Let's face of it--most of us, when it comes right down to it, wish we could be more organized.  As hard as we try to shuffle our things around, to put them in the right containers, with the right labels, to figure out the best solutions for limited storage spaces, it seems like much of the [...]

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 [...]