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Ah, Mondays!  Dontcha just love’em?  Ok, ok, I can hear the resounding “NO!” from y’all, but please hear me out. Monday.  The beginning…  A whole brand new week before you…  A fresh, clean slate…  5 days of possibility stretching out, just waiting…  Now, doesn’t that make it sound (at least a little) better?! And there is […]

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Sharing the Joy of Reading

I started reading out loud to my children over 20 years ago when my oldest son was so new to this world he couldn’t even hold up his sweet, fuzzy little head. Over the past couple of decades, I’ve read literally hundreds of thousands of pages to my children and enjoyed every minute of it. […]

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Choosing to Sow Life

Many years ago, I worked in the administrative department of a high-end retail company. My office manager’s name was Sophia. She and I were about as different from each other as night is from day. Sophia was 30 years older than me and had been married longer than I’d even been alive. She had raised […]

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Pancakes!

I was married for over 10 years before I learned to make pancakes from scratch. I had no idea what we were missing! Sure there’s the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning to do something new, but the yumminess factor goes to a entirely new level when the pancakes are homemade. Unless, of course, […]

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Got an "out-of-control habit?" Whether or not you're a bibliophage, here are some thoughts to control them... You know, a few simple restrictions equals...

Confessions of a Bibliophage

If you were to ask me to name my weakness I would have to answer, without hesitation, “reading.” (Well, there is my penchant for all things sugary, but that’s fodder for another post.) Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the act of reading in and of itself, but without discipline I’d be willing to curl […]

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5 Frugal Family Fun Ideas

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Who wants to be dull? Not me! In all our efforts to save money we need to be sure we still take time to have fun. If your family has money in the budget to spend a week at Disney World, go for it! If […]

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Syrup and Sauce!

Here are two recipes that can be made quickly, save you money, and leave your taste buds smilin’! Homemade Syrup* You’ll need granulated sugar, brown sugar, and water. Simply combine equal parts of each of the ingredients in a boiler (1 cup each is plenty to go with a  double batch of pancakes for our family […]

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What “healthy” looks like for me…

Who doesn’t want to be “healthy”? I know I do, but it seems almost impossible for the average person to feel healthy without losing their minds trying to figure out which diet and exercise plan is best. A quick internet search will prove my point…the possibilities are pretty close to endless. Should I go vegan, […]

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Some consequences teach important life lessons. But how do we react when the answer needs to be "No?" The lessons isn't just for kids...

Sometimes the answer needs to be “No”…

When Zay, our little “late bloomer” of all things physical, finally learned to crawl he seemed determined to enjoy his new-found mobility to the fullest. One day as he was exploring some previously uncharted territory he took off  – crawling across the room as fast as his chubby little limbs would propel him. It was […]

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Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower which is visible in late July/early August is at its peak last night and tonight. It’s been dubbed “the fireball champion of annual meteor showers”. The LA Times recently posted a great article with more information about the meteor shower. You can check it out here.  You can also visit space.com to see […]

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