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    Helping Moms Find Encouragement In Their Struggles

    Over on my Facebook page, check it out here, I started a fun project called “Daily Encouragement For Daily Struggles.” We all face struggles as moms and we all could use encouragement. When we are down in the trenches sometimes it’s easy to stay buried in the depths. We may feel alone and isolated. The bright side with having trials though is that it presents an opportunity for growth. Rather than get stuck in the dark moments I wanted to share my struggles with other moms and the encouragement that can be gleaned from those struggles. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite posts to help moms find…

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    How To Beat This Brutal Winter

    That’s what this winter has been around these parts. Brutal. Polar Vortex. 6 snow days. Ice. We’ve seen it all! Kids climbing up the walls. Messes piling up along with them. If you’re in the same boat and had it up to here like an 8 ft. snowbank then keep reading to learn how to beat this brutal winter. Keep On The Sunny Side We should heed the advice of Mary Poppins: “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…” In this case the medicine is this brutal winter and the spoonful of sugar is humor. That’s right, if we can find the bright side to these cloudy…

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    Solving Kid’s Big Problems: The Best Parenting Books That Help You Raise Your Kids With Heart

    Have you heard the phrase “little kids, little problems, big kids, bigger problems? When our kids were little we could easily resolve their issues with a simple hug. As they grow problems become more complex. With the things that have come up lately with my 8-year-old, I miss being able to just kiss his boo-boo and send him on his way. Solving Kid’s Big Problems When our kids start exhibiting difficult behaviors or experiencing hardships you may find yourself needing to refer to parenting resources for extra help. There’s no shame in that, seeking guidance shows you want to learn how to love and take care of your child! But…

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    Avoid Failing At Your New Years Resolutions With This #1 Tip

    Don’t make any New Years Resolutions! What?!? That’s right, don’t make any new years resolutions! Why, you may be wondering. And what should you do instead? In this post, I’ll talk about why New Years Resolutions (NYR) don’t always work, what you can do instead if you are feeling the need to make a change and I’ll provide an example of what I’ll be doing here on the blog. If you’re looking for the best way to avoid new years resolution failure keep reading. Be sure to print off this free goal setting planner to help you create your smart goals! Why Do New Years Resolutions Fail Let’s take a look…

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    10 Easy Homemade Gifts Under $10

    Has your time and money taken a beating this holiday season with the shopping frenzy?  Go easy on your wallet and your schedule with this round-up of 10 easy homemade gifts under $10.     You’ll be able to create a special gift in less time than it takes to drive to the store, find a parking spot, wander around finding something and waiting in line to check-out.  You’ll also have less stress since all of these gifts are simple and easy to make. Having some extra change in your pocket is a bonus since you won’t have to spend much to make these.  You may have most of the materials on…

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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…