It seems like every time we turn around these days we are being bombarded with a slew of changes. Everything from the way we socialize to the way do business has changed. Our children exist in a completely different world then we did and it appears to be an unstoppable machine. If we want to survive then we will have to hold on tight and go along for the ride. But what if amidst all of the changes happening in the world around us, we are confronted with personal changes that make our world feel completely out of control?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some pieces of furniture that I have owned for years in spite of the fact that I don’t like them. It’s not that I’m cheap (well, maybe a little), but I feel that if a piece of furniture is pulling its weight by serving the purpose for which it was intended, then it doesn’t deserve to just be discarded or replaced. But what if there were a way to beautify it? Could I refinish my ugly furniture for dollars?Continue Reading
Escaping the Clutter: How to organize your closets
I don’t know about you, but I find clutter to be insidious. You don’t really see it happening in real time but before you know it, you feel like your family may be nominating you for an episode of “Hoarders: Buried Alive”. So, how can you turn this around before you are living in 3 square feet of your 2000 square foot home? I am going to show you the simple steps to take to organize your closets.
The Clean 15 vs The Dirty Dozen
When it comes to fruits and veggies it’s suggested we eat at least 9 servings a day. That’s a lot of roughage, my friends. Add to the mix that many fruits and veggies have high levels of pesticides, it is often recommended that we stick with organic. Great. There goes the budget!
5 Paleo Lunches to Take to Work (that won’t take you to the poorhouse!)
Many people shy away from trying a Paleo diet because they think it is too expensive or too hard to do. Once a person hears they can’t have dairy (what?! No cheese or ice cream!), grains (read: wheat, rye, rice, corn, oats, millet, barley, etc), cheap vegetable oils (what most processed and fried foods are cooked in), legumes (beans, peas, peanuts), sugar or artificial sweeteners, often, the next thing they’ll say is, “well, what the hell can you eat?”
Just a thought…..Learning to Accept Criticism
Adapted from a previous excerpt I wrote for my staff several years ago.
All of us want to believe we are doing a good job. After all, we put so much effort into our work, parenting, marriages, relationships, and day to day functions. Surely, others are noticing how amazing we are, right? Well, what if the way we perceive ourselves is not the same way others see us? How can we bear and accept the criticism of others when we thought we were doing so well? I came up with this analogy to help you see the value in criticism (aka: feedback). Hopefully, after reading this you will be able to open yourself up to hearing less-than-favorable feedback and make positive changes because of it.
3 Day Juice Cleanse- Is it worth it?
It seems that juicing is all the rage these days. I mean after all, there are documentaries about it (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead), infomercials on the benefits of juicing with various kitchen gadgets, Dr. Oz segments, and Pinterest recipes. Could a juice cleanse really be that great? Could there be something to all this hype or is it just another passing fad like the infamous “Cabbage Soup Diet” of the 90’s?
Time Saving Tips to Help You Save Your Sanity
Time saving is super important if you are trying to balance all of the obligations in your life. Giving away your precious time to work, commuting, children, spouses, household chores, exercise, shopping, cleaning, cooking, and various appointments….Uggh! I’m exhausted just thinking about it! If we are to maintain balance in our lives then we have to find a way to fit in all of the essential tasks and still leave time for the enjoyable ones. I have found a few tricks that help me to keep it all under control (well, mostly) and none of them take a lot of effort. That is what I consider to be the key– big impact for minimal effort= sanity.
How to Remodel 2 Rooms for Under $250!
Have you ever looked around your house and felt that certain rooms were either outdated or ragged? When I first moved into my house in 2005, I was so excited to be in the southwest. I moved from my 1875 Victorian in the mountains of Pennsylvania, to a Mediterranean style ranch house in Phoenix. I couldn’t wait to get decorating! I sold most of my country-style decorations and furniture before I moved so that I could start over and make things more “westerny”.
Cast Iron-Not your Grandma’s Cookware!
When my husband first suggested we use cast iron cookware, I must admit, I was less than enthusiastic. I had once sold a large, beautifully seasoned skillet he had brought into the relationship (I believe his mother had passed it on to him) for $4 at a yardsale simply because I felt it was “too heavy”. It hurt my wrist to lift it. Well start working out then, girl! What a waste of a great pan!
Gluten Free on a Budget
Many people are jumping on the gluten free band wagon for a host of reasons. While someone that has been diagnosed with Celiac disease has no choice but to eliminate the stuff, plenty of others find that they have an intolerance and just plain feel better without it in their diet. I have an intolerance and eating it causes me bloating, eczema, and an onslaught of aches and pains that make me feel like a crickety old lady. Every joint in my body hurts. After doing a complete elimination diet a few years ago (courtesy of J.J.Virgin, The Virgin Diet) when I cut out gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, corn, and sugar/artificial sweeteners for 3 weeks, I quickly learned on reintroduction that my body does not handle gluten or dairy well.
5 Steps to Organizing Your Pantry
Getting our homes clean and organized can have a very therapeutic effect on the soul. I, for one, know how much more relaxed I feel when I walk in the door from work and the house is clean and orderly. Mind you, this doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but I’m definitely moving in that direction. I bravely took on my reach-in pantry and I want to share the process I used to make it as simple for you as possible.Continue Reading
Money Saving Starts Here
Quick! List the top 10 most boring things you can think of! What did you come up with? Folding laundry? Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room? Watching paint dry? We can all think of less than thrilling activities we’d rather not have to do and I’m sure just hearing the word “Budget” makes you want to run the other direction. But if you are serious about getting out of debt, building your savings, and not living pay check to paycheck, take notice. A budget is a must!Continue Reading
How to Find Joy in Life’s Little Burdens
I think I speak for all working women when I say that sometimes it all just feels like too much! Working (this includes SAHMs working in the home as well), commuting, cooking, shopping, bill paying, caring for the kids, caring for hubby, cleaning, doctors and dentist appointments, etc. can seem oppressive. I mean, how can we possibly do it all? And if by some miracle we are doing it all, how do we keep from becoming burnt out and resentful?Continue Reading
How to Reduce Your Grocery Bill by $800 a Month without Starving
If you’re trying to reign in your monthly expenses, a great place to start is with your groceries. For most families in this country, food is our next highest expense after rent or mortgage. Many people try in vain to lower costs by clipping coupons, looking for sales, or cutting out high dollar items and still don’t see much in the way of cost reduction. I used to think that my ravenous clan would drive us to the poor house. I had a thin husband (read: can eat mass amounts of food and never gain weight, grrrr), 2 teenage boys (need I say more), and myself; a self-proclaimed professional dieter always trying to eat healthy, expensive diet foods. How could we possibly bring down our bill from the $350 per week we were currently spending to anything that would make a noticeable dent in the budget?Continue Reading
The Debt Snowball or the Debt Avalanche?
If you are deep in debt you may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to get out from under it. I have been there and I can tell you firsthand how impossible it seems. But do not despair! There is a way to get out from under your debt and it’s not as complicated as you might think. Now, hopefully, you have read my article on budgeting (if not, please go back and do that first) and you have a clear idea of where you are starting. Remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right? So by laying out your financial reality in writing, while as intimidating as that may be, it does give you a clear picture of your situation. Now you can take the steps to dissolving your debt and living a life of true freedom!Continue Reading