20 questions to ask yourself about 2013 and 2014

As we leave one year and begin another, it is a great time to reflect on what was important this past year. What impacted your life and what did YOU have impact on? In turn, this helps us look ahead and declare some intentions for the upcoming year.

This is a great project to do on your own, or in a small group setting where you can

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Ahh, the American dream, and a cure

Has your American dream turned into a nightmare?

A house, a car, or even 2 or 3 cars!

A riding mower.

Stainless steel appliances.

Flat screen TV, Wii gaming system.

Swimming pool, designer landscaping.

Four wheelers, dirt bikes.

Guns, paintball, airsoft.

Boat, jetskis.

Dinner out several times a week.

Karate, baseball.

Cheerleading, softball.

PTA, homework.

Checkups, sick days.

Vacations in high gear.

Portable

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Learning to cook – Better than a Box

When I was a kid, my mom cooked every meal for us. Well, she put together every meal for us. Convenience foods were newish and all the rage in the 60s and 70s. Nobody realized just how “not good” that stuff was for you.

Learning to cook

Fast forward to when I got married (VERY VERY young). We lived with my mother-in-law, and she began to teach me to

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Fight off stress with healthier choices

A healthy lifestyle is near and dear to my heart. I have found that if you are going to face day-to-day stress of raising kids and running a household, you have GOT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. I found some great books on the Healthy Lifestyle shelf (mine included!)

Find Your Balance

I wanted to share this quote from my book. We need to make sure our outsides match

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5 things to do when you feel overwhelmed

I hear from readers every day who thank me for what I write. They are overwhelmed, they are depressed. They need a word of encouragement, they need to know they are not alone.

Many of us feel overwhelmed at times. Sometimes it may be a temporary situation, a crazy busy weekend. Or it may be that you are caring for a chronically ill family member. Maybe you are on bedrest

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10 Steps to Avoid Mental Breakdown

Many of us work ourselves night and day, never taking time to take care of ourselves. We go faster and faster, not realizing we are on the verge of major burnout. Or maybe we know it, we just hope we can outrun it!

I beg you, if you are at the edge, please take heed of the steps below. Pull back, slow down, make some time for

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How can moms battle the effects of stress?

Let’s face it, moms today face a lot of stress. So much of it is brought on by our culture, and the pressure to perform. It is important that you learn to do what is best for you and your family, and don’t let outside forces influence you as much.

That being said, we STILL have a lot of stress in our lives, even when we begin living our

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Do American parents have it backwards?

The days of summer are quickly coming upon us and I am reminded of catching fireflies and running through the neighborhood playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark as a kid.

My kids are now ages 20-31, and I know they have many of the same memories, running in the woods, playing with the neighbor kids, riding their bikes to the corner store to get ice cream.

I hope my grandkids

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Just start: 6 tips to achieve a new habit

Many of us started this new year off wanting to change something, wanting to do something different. Chances are though, most of us have not been as successful as we would have liked. The biggest reason people fail at creating and sticking to new habits is that they don’t keep doing it.

That seems obvious: if you don’t keep doing a habit, it won’t really become a habit. So

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10 things you can do to improve your life today

Many women are SO stressed out and they don’t even have a clue where to begin to change. This post will show you 10 things you can do that will begin to make a difference right away. As always, I don’t necessarily encourage you to try to implement them all in one day. That may be too stressful! Two or three at a time will still help you make some

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