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    A Plan And Tools For Dealing with Holiday Blues and Stress

    For many people, December is a magical time of year with all of the festivities that come with it.  As Andy Williams croons “it’s the most wonderful time of the year…” If you are going through a tough time or find your stress levels higher during this season you may feel far from wonderful. Difficulties don’t take a holiday break.  As a mom, I have gone through hardship during Christmas like job loss and baby loss. I also have elevated levels of stress with a full to-do list.  Both of these situations can take the joy out of the world. Can you relate? It makes me wonder, are there things…

  • It is so easy to swept up in the "gotta-go-get-the-best-deal-right-now" mentality.  Shopping doesn't have to be that way.  Relax! Stay home, avoid the crowds and pressure of door-buster sales and check out the ideas on the most affordable Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week for the whole family. 
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    Most Affordable Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week For The Whole Family

    Well, we’ve made it through Thanksgiving dinner and travels!  Black Friday has come and gone too.  Now it’s on to Cyber Monday.  As they sing in “Silver Bells,” City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas… The holiday bustle is in full steam.  Luckily with Amazon, there are deals going on for the entire week so you can catch your breath and take time to look for markdowns.  Even with all the sales out there some of the big-ticket items still have hefty price tags.  It is possible to find gifts people want without breaking the bank.  In keeping in line with my love of…

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    Best Black Friday Deals at Target Under $50

    Perhaps by now you’ve had your fill of turkey, potatoes, and pie and it’s time to head over to the couch to peruse all of the Black Friday ads.  Got a big stack to go through?  There’s so much out there, where do you start? Big ticket items and door-buster deals are enticing, but you can get just as good gifts without having to camp out or break the bank.  Target has great offerings not only for gifts for everyone on your list but also on everyday items you might need to stock-up on.  Skip the lines and crowds and order from the comfort of your own home.  Target has free…

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    How To Give With Purpose: A Guide To The Best Gifts With Lasting Impact

    Givers and receivers, we all have been on both sides of the gift-giving equation. As givers we want the recipient to like what they got but don’t know where the gift ends up.  As receivers, we’ve been given items that, while we appreciate the gesture, it ends up in the back of the closet.  As you create your lists this holiday season why not dig deeper and think about giving with purpose so the gift is meaningful.  Give a gift that holds a person’s interest and is used over an over again.  Present something that helps make life better.  Below are helpful tips on how to give with purpose and …

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    A Free Gift To Give For Others To Treasure

    We are fast approaching the holidays, which means many of us are putting together gift-giving lists.  I know I’m looking through the toy catalog that my kids went through and I’m making mental notes of when my husband says he needs or likes something.  It is fun giving to others, watching their faces light up upon opening a package.  I also enjoy giving to others, to take time to think of others and being a blessing to them.  It is easy to get caught up in the hub-bub of the buying frenzy though.  Getting the biggest this, spending the most on that.  That can take away from the specialness of…

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    It Takes A Village: What To Do If You Don’t Have One

    It takes a village.  A sense of community.  Gal Pals.   These are all popular buzz terms in mom circles.  It’s great to have a group of supportive moms you can call on when you need advice, adult conversation, play dates, and babysitters.  It seems that there is a push for mom’s to have a village too.  But what if you don’t have one? I recently did a google search on creating a village and I came across an article that said, “It takes a village to raise a child, be a part of it!”  I read another post on how to make mom friends and it said, “Just put yourself…

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    How To Conquer The Day After A Sleepless Night

    Have you been up all night mama? Let me guess you painted the town red with a wonderful date night.  You were binge-watching your favorite show.  No?  Oh yeah, the baby was up every 2 hours wanting to eat.  You were up with your sick toddler.  Your older child needed your consolation after a bad dream.  A mother’s work never ends.  Do you find the day after these kinds of nights is just as rough as the sleep itself?  Life has to continue on, but how do you get through it when you have bags under your eyes the size of real grocery bags and your body feels is as…

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    Super Simple Series–Simple Cleaning Strategies Part 2

    The two biggest struggles with keeping house are finding the time and doing it efficiently.  In our last post we covered creating a cleaning schedule to work for you.  If you missed it check it out here.  Now that you’ve figured out a flexible cleaning routine that works for your schedule let’s tackle some simple cleaning strategies so you’re not spending more time than necessary on your chores. Work Smarter Not Harder! Cleaning strategies, tips hacks, call them what you want they all have the same goal:  To make cleaning easier on you so you can get ‘er done and get on out. One of my favorite tools I’ve used…

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    Super Simple Series–Simple Cleaning Strategies Part 1

    Do you ever feel like as the chores pile up you have less time to get them done?  I know I do.  It seems like once everything has been cleaned there are new things to tidy up!  With kids around, it’s inevitable that messes are just a part of daily life.  In today’s installment of the Super Simple Series, I’m going to cover simple cleaning strategies to help you make the most of your time as you scrub and tidy so you can be done quickly.  This post also includes a free Simple Cleaning printable to help you schedule your cleaning and keep track of your weekly and daily chores.…

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    Super Simple Series–Simple Toy Storage Solutions

    Toys, toys everywhere!  They overtake the house like flies on food at a picnic.  Then there is the whole issue of cleaning up, either you performing the task or getting the kids to pitch in.  Do you find yourself in this struggle?  In today’s installment of the Super Simple Series, I’m going to discuss simple toy storage solutions.  Whether you have a dedicated playroom or keep toys out in the common living area these ideas will help you with simple storage and make picking up easy. This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Are you busting at the seams…