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I’m Not Selfless Because I’m Good, I’m Terrible…

“You were a TERRIBLE baby!!!” I truly cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told this throughout my life, it’s pretty much my family’s motto. And it’s only now – at nearly 31 – that I’ve started to recognize how to be grateful for those angry words. My mom was only 20 years old […]

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Should We Lose the “Step” in “Step Family”?

Step mothers are often seen as evil. Step children unwanted. Step fathers portrayed as overbearing brutes. But what if we stopped with the “step”? What if we recognize that family is family, whether it’s through blood, marriage, or choice? I don’t often do lifestyle posts like this, especially stream-of-consciousness ones, but it’s something that’s been […]

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Affirmations 101: Your Guide to Happier Thoughts

Do you consider yourself a smooth talker? Or do you stumble over your words, your brain moving faster than your mouth? Either way – what if I told you that you could talk your way into a healthier, wealthier, overall happier life? Sounds like crazy voodoo or maybe just hippy hullabaloo right? Fortunately I have […]

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Apocalyptic Brain: My Response to Hawaii’s False Alarm

I have what I call an “apocalyptic brain.” The first time I realized that’s what it was when I was on my way to pick my babies up from daycare. At the time, my daughter was eight months old and my son had just turned two. And because he had just turned two, he was […]

Is Civic Withdrawal Now the Norm?

As a frugal living blogger, you’ve seen me post from time-to-time about how I firmly believe living a “frugal life” requires not just letting go, but also giving back. Meaning, not only do you have to consciously let go of the “stuff” (and live a more minimalist lifestyle), but you have to be WILLING to […]

Homeless Kits: How Helping Others Helps You, Too

Part of a thrifty lifestyle is saving and making money in efficient and sometimes unique ways. This might mean shaving $10 off your grocery bill, renegotiating your cable (or cutting the cord altogether), or starting up a side hustle walking dogs. These are all great things that will improve your bottom line, but at a […]

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Mind the Mom Gap: Overcoming Loneliness as a Mother

Loneliness as a mom isn’t a new concept, but when you are alone, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you’re the only one. A few years ago, when our son was only 6 months old, my husband and I made the choice to have a second child. Why get used to […]

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Get Paid to Lose Weight: Four Money-Making Ways to Stay Motivated

Weight-loss resolutions for the New Year are great, but c’mon now, let’s get real – how many years in a row have you said you want to lose weight only to see December come ‘round and you’re still the same weight? Or worse – even heavier! NOW is absolutely the time to start losing weight […]