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Struggling For the Right Words Today

I am struggling for the right words to say today...everyone is aware of the school shooting in Florida yesterday. My thoughts, prayers, and heart goes out to everyone within this community, the victims, the families, friends, school staff, the entire community and the entire country. I am not sure the solution to ending these tragedies, everyone has opinions and thoughts, but I struggle with what the solution really is. Do we live in a society ...
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Juuling-A New Trend

Juuling is something I had never heard of till recently. I follow a lot of pages on social media to keep up on the trends and "sneaky" ways children are getting around things these days(I sound old). I creep my kids and their friends...and anything/anyone that seems out of place or I don't understand, you can bet your ass that I am searching to find what it is/means.  Yes, I would fall under the "helicopter ...
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Time For Yourself-Here We Go AGAIN!

Taking time for yourself...we've talked and talked and talked.....about this so many times before. I just don't know that I can stress how important that is. And feel like it's something that should be discussed repeatedly until each and everyone is doing so! I use to read, and read ALOT! I don't use a tablet(although I tried) and nothing beats the smell and feel of a book. I would go to the library 2-3 times ...
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Organize and Make Room for New

It’s time to organize and make room for something new. Purging, tossing, sharing, recycling, releasing, donating...all of's so important to do…. not only for your sanity, sore back, stress-filled energy & heavy-laden shoulders....BUT also so new things can come to you. If your space is full of piles, clutter, chaos, old memories, excess, chachkies, memorabilia, stuff, stuff & more STUFF....there is no room…I’m talking NO ROOM for new opportunities, new ideas, new movement, new ...
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Personal Inventory Can Be Difficult But Must Be Done

Personal inventory One of the keys to running a successful business is keeping an accurate and updated inventory. If a business doesn't take regular inventory of their product stock, how much of what is or is not working/selling the business will quickly go bankrupt. The same holds true personally for us as individuals. If we do not take a hard look at ourselves in a fact finding and fact facing way we will be come ...
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Never Ever Be Ashamed of Doing What It Takes

I was once ashamed. I am no more, not now and not just because of where I am at presently. I am proud of what I have done to get where I am at, I did whatever it took to get here, there were moments of embarrassment. But now I realize I refused to live my life in misery and I refused to bring children in to the world of misery, the world can be ...
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Simplify Your Life Bit By Bit

I think that we are always and forever looking for ways to simplify our lives. Make things easier so days and nights aren't quite so hectic and life in general can just slow down a bit. The reality of it though, is it's just not reality.  Although,I do love this article on ways to simplify your life, even just picking a few of those things can help tone down the stress of the every day ...
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Empower Each Other is Empowering

"Empowered Women, Empower Women." One of my favorite lines....for myself, friends, my daughters. em·pow·er verb give (someone) the authority or power to do something make someone stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights All too often I see women tearing each other down, their looks, their choices, their jobs, their children,  things they can't control. I wonder why? If we don't have each other to look up to, to ...
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Unapologetically Yourself

Unapologetically Yourself Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself. My name is Ali and I am a single mom of three wonderful boys. We live in Minnesota. I am currently on a journey to improve my life and become the best version of myself. I am writing to share my experiences, strength and hope. I am a firm believer that you can only keep what you have by giving it away, or paying it forward if ...
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Groceries On A Budget

We have discussed how to stay on a budget for clothing but we haven't discussed on a budget for a necessity....Groceries! That's a tough one, to eat healthy, fresh, easy, fast, family friendly foods without spending a TON! I feed a family of anywhere from 4-6, my daughter and her fiance eat over here approximately once a week, sometimes more, I have a 16 year old son who cannot seem to stop eating and a ...
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