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8 Things You Wish You Had More Time For

I rarely have time anymore, but when I can carve out an hour or so for myself, I love to read. I come from a family of readers and have read many books that my mother read. One of the first “grown-up” authors I remember reading was Erma Bombeck; she was so funny. One of her last columns was a poem about living your life

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13 Awesome Uses for Baking Soda

I have at least three boxes of baking soda here because it is so useful. Like every home, one of them is in my fridge, so that tip doesn’t count for this list. In fact, using it to deodorize small areas is probably the biggest use (after cooking), so none of those will appear here. I figured I could take the time to find some

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Back to School Already?

Back to School Already? Is it just me or did summer just start? Here we are, already thinking about sending the kids back to school. What happened to school starting the day after Labor Day? I can’t change it, so let’s start talking about how to get ready for it.   Be a Smart Shopper There is probably a list of supplies you have to

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7 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is something we all deal with in our lives. Dealing with stress can create even more, so it’s important to reduce it whenever possible. Rather than automatically going to a doctor or reaching for food, here are seven simple and natural ways to reduce your stress level.   Step Away from Technology Remember when you could go hours without being in touch with your

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Use a Travel Checklist to Save Time & Money

 I have been thinking a lot about traveling lately, possibly because I haven’t done much of it this year. One of my favorite lifestyle bloggers recently had her luggage lost halfway through a trip and she had to buy a few emergency replacement items in a tourist destination. It had to be expensive to do and she admitted she’d broken her cardinal rule of having

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Celebrating the 4th of July

Did you know that we actually celebrate the wrong date for our independence? The Continental Congress voted to separate from the British Empire on July 2nd, but the Declaration of Independence itself was signed two days later. I think that means we should celebrate both dates, don’t you agree?   Be Traditional From the very beginning, Americans have celebrated with picnics, fireworks, carnivals, and political

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5 Cheap and Easy Dinner Recipes

Have you seen all those recipe videos on your Facebook feed that make it look so easy to make a meal? Some of them truly are simple, and some are even affordable. I have tried a few recipes out from videos and blogs, and here are my top 5 in no particular order.   Pumpkin and Sausage Penne The canned pumpkin makes this pasta dish

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15 Ways to Make Someone Smile

15 Ways to Make Someone Smile Today is National Smile Power Day! Do you know what the return rate is on a smile? I think it’s close to 100%. When you give a smile, you get one back…NICE! Smiles are free to give and to get, so get out there and create some smiles today. You’ll probably make someone’s day. Compliment a stranger. Try something

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Clean Out Your Closet and Upgrade Your Look

There is a statistic about wardrobes that is generally accepted; we only wear 20% of what we own. I think this is an average since closet sizes vary so significantly. For instance, I used to live in a very large house with a walk-in closet, and now I have a very small reach in one. To fit my clothes into my current closet, I had

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7 Ways to Treat Yourself Even When Your Budget Says No

It’s summertime and the living is easy, or so they say. If you have been looking at your budget lately and wishing you could do something nice that is free or cheap, I have a few ideas. It is far easier to stick to a budget if you don’t feel like you are being deprived.   Cook Something Are you craving a fancy meal out?

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