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To Be More Joyful: Count Your Blessings

Perspective makes all the difference in the world. The Eeyore outlook on the world tends to bring us down. But, when we realize how good we really have it, it’s easier to deal with hard things. Generally, they aren’t as hard as we think. Consider how you can count your blessings this week. Make a […]

Father’s Day Gift Idea: The Klever Kutter

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See this boy? He likes to be FishPapa’s helper. Tools draw him like flies to honey. And the idea of opening a cardboard box? Oh yeah, he’s all over that. However, as you know, cutting open packages with scissors or knives can be dangerous — for big people as well as little ones. That’s where […]

Father’s Day Gift Idea: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back

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About four years ago my husband was diagnosed with a bulging disk. I was pregnant with FishChick at the time, and it was a scary time watching him practically paralysed with pain. Thankfully, treatment, time, and exercise put him back in the swing of things. And he’s had a respite from debilitating pain for about three […]

To Be More Joyful: Simplify Your Life

One way to enjoy your family life more is to simplify. Basically, you’re going to find out what you have to do and then determine the easiest way to get it done. This can mean different things to different people.  For my friend with a new baby, she had to find “the bottom line.” She […]

Budget Gifts for the College Grad

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Last week I shared with you gift suggestions for the high school graduate. This week I thought I’d address college graduates. While both have accomplished great things, their situations are a tad different. The high school graduate is headed off for the military, a job, or further education. He or she is still pretty young […]

Great Gift Idea for Father’s Day, Graduations, Weddings

Looking for a special, personalized gift that you can afford for upcoming special events?

To Be More Joyful: Watch Your Words

We’ve all heard about the dangers of the tongue. How we use (or don’t use) our words has a tremendous impact on those around us as well as on our own attituds. How we speak has a direct impact on how much joy we will find in life, especially “life as MOM.”

High School Graduation Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

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Graduation season is upon us. And before you go out shopping, consider a few frugal but fun tokens of congratulations: