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Introducing…..LWSL Everyday

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Happy August everyone!  Today I am so excited to finally share the BIG project that my team and I have been working on for months.....a members-only site & community forum for Living Well Spending Less readers called LWSL Everyday! I originally started LivingWellSpendingLess.com in 2010 as a way to hold myself accountable.  I was struggling [...]

Leap of Faith

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Today I am in North Carolina at the She Speaks Conference, where I am speaking about using Pinterest to build a platform.  To be perfectly honest, it is sort of a full-circle moment for me, and although I had originally planned to write something completely different today, I couldn’t help but take a few minutes to reflect [...]

How to Overcome Self Doubt

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Do you want to know the honest truth?  Public speaking scares the you-know-what out of me! In college, taking Speech 101 was a requirement for graduation.  Because I dreaded it so much, I put it off as long as possible, until the very last semester of my senior year.  And while I don’t exactly blame Speech 101 for [...]

5 Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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I can't even tell you how excited 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 [...]

How to Make a Dream Come True

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This past weekend was a big one for me, and not just because Seattle won the Superbowl.  No, this weekend was big because it was the weekend I turned in my completed manuscript for my first real book. It will still be quite a while before that pile of pages is transformed into a real [...]

4 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

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Today I am so excited to be re-introducing you to my dear friend Edie from Life in Grace.  Those of you who have been around for a while might remember her from the 31 Days of Less & More series that we co-hosted in October.  Edie and I became friends about three years ago, just [...]

Imperfect Weakness

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Have you ever been embarrassed?  I don't mean doing something embarrassing, like tripping over your own feet or having a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe --I think we've all had a few cringe-worthy moments we'd like to forget--but have you ever been intentionally put down or mocked by someone else? A few months [...]

In the Blink of an Eye

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Life, for the most part, is full of the mundane, the obvious, the expected.  We go about our daily routines, get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work or school, take care of the kids, make dinner, clean up, go to bed. Repeat.  It is easy to become complacent, to take it for granted, [...]

Always In Pursuit {7 Ways to Be More Content}

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A few months ago I shared that our family's theme word for the year is contentment.  After an entire lifetime of wanting to trying to fill my life with beautiful things in the hope that it would bring fulfillment, learning to simply be content with what I have is a huge shift in paradigm. I [...]

The Process is The Point

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It is always a little rough coming back down to reality after such a fun & motivating getaway.  It's not that I don't love my family or my life in general, but getting to connect with amazing women and be completely inspired while other people fed me delicious food, made my bed, and took care [...]

Whatever

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A couple of weeks ago Princess proudly announced that she already knew what she was going to ask Santa for Christmas next year. “I’m going to ask for a magic wand.”  Trying very hard not to spit out my coffee--an American Girl doll bed was one thing, after all, but this Santa momma was going [...]

A Season of Hope {Experiencing a Joy-Filled Christmas in an Imperfect World}

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I'm fighting hard to stay joyful this Christmas. To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of things weighing me down. Our schedule--normally busy even on a slow week--has been packed to the gills with Christmas programs and commitments and events and parties, and while most of it is self-inflicted, it sometimes makes my head [...]

the school of edie {thoughts on redemption}

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A couple weeks ago I had the great pleasure of spending 3 days visiting my dear friend Edie.  The girl is like a walking crash course in Southern Hospitality, and her gifts and talents seem to know no bounds.  Whether it be homeschooling, gourmet cooking, baking, decorating, or reading classic literature, her insight & creativity [...]

Let’s Not Be Mean Girls {How Not to Be a Bully}

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This past weekend my daughters were playing with a few of their friends.  All seemed fine until out of the blue, right in front of me, Princess and another girl banded together against a younger girl and sassily told her she acts like a baby and they weren't going to be friends with her anymore. [...]

A Little Hospitality {Live Love All The Time}

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One of the things I love about my church is the genuine warmth and friendliness that emanates from the congregation. Despite all my reservations, that warmth is what kept me coming back.  From our very first visit, we were always made to feel like we belonged. Our church's theme for the month of August was [...]