Why can I be calm and cool when calming someone else down and not when dealing with a crisis on my own?

Keeping calm and cool in a crisis.

  Why can I be calm and cool when calming someone else down and not when dealing with a crisis on my own?   I know, long title… …but how else can one do it? One day, my daughter Erin was very upset when she discovered what to her was a major crisis. She discovered…

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Taking stock: What do I have to be thankful for?

Cute ways to thank your friends for the little things - and the big ones too.

  I clicked through a link on a friend’s Facebook post to see one of the most inspiring videos I have ever seen (see below).   For those of you who may have seen this before, it’s worth seeing again as a reminder, because if you’re like me, our daily trials and worries tend to…

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How to be a cleaning Ninja with my top 10 favorite cleaning hints!

Green cleaning products.

  I have gradually come to know numerous household cleaning hints and have used them often enough that they have become an automatic part of my cleaning routine.   Don’t get me wrong – my cleaning is not routine enough as I hate housework, but these top 10 favorite cleaning hints are my favorites and they…

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I’m one of millions of women in menopause!

Statue called Menopause.

  Women in menopause… Yup! We’re a fun group!   …or at least we used to be! I have been well into menopause a few years now. My husband and children learned to be very adept at surfing the waves of my moodiness, depression, anxiety and stress. It doesn’t help that my mental symptoms are highly exacerbated by my…

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New vs old health care: How does acupuncture work?

How does acupuncture work?

  Have you always wondered, “How does acupuncture work?”   More and more mainstream medical practitioners are accepting and prescribing the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment which uses fine needles inserted at key points of the body. Traditional Chinese acupuncture dates back to around 100 BC and is based on the belief that…

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Costco vegetable tray: Low cost way to stock a fridge with fresh veggies.

Costco vegetable tray.

Mark and I have shopping at Costco down to a science. I’ve written before about how we feed our family very cheaply using the deli roast chickens. It also pays to buy the large vegetable trays with dip for a low cost way to stock a fridge with fresh veggies.   We used to buy each vegetable…

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Taco Casserole: A delicious meal made with leftover taco ingredients.

Taco Casserole ingredients.

  This spur of the moment Taco Casserole was such a hit with my family that I decided to post it here.   Taco Casserole   A couple of nights ago, we had tacos using the following ingredients: tortillas ground beef (prepared per taco spice package) diced peppers diced tomatoes chopped onions grated cheddar cheese…

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How to maximize space in a small house.

How to maximize space in a small house

  Living in an apartment, studio, or in a small house gives dwellers the usual problem of how to maximize space in a small house or apartment and live comfortably.   If you find yourself in this situation, here are simple tips for how to maximize space in a small house.   Choose dual use…

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