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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Illness Proof Your Home

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One of my biggest goals this year has been to keep myself and my family illness-free.  After a couple of really bad, illness-prone years, where it felt like all of us--and especially me--were constantly getting sick, I have been much more vigilant and proactive about staying healthy. We've already talked about some great ways to [...]

9 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have

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Marriage is....well, it is a million different things at once. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking and comforting and difficult. It can be invigorating and infuriating, peaceful and tumultuous, good and bad, exciting and dull—sometimes all at the very same time. It takes a lot of hard work to make a marriage work.  During the honeymoon phase [...]

10 Ways to Combat the Winter Blues

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This is the time of year when winter just gets OLD!  The holidays are a distant memory, the thrill of the New Year has worn off, and even the Super Bowl is now over (and your favorite team may or may not have just suffered a crushingly heartbreaking defeat.) While I live in Florida now, [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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