Christmas Tradition Ideas

Whether you are just starting out or you've been your celebrating together for years, it is never too late to start some Christmas traditions. There is something magical about this time of year that makes us want to make lasting memories with our family. My own small family have several yearly Christmas traditions that make each any every holiday season special in their own way. I thought I would share some ideas that are easy and inexpensive to add to your December. Buy a New Ornament Every year buy a new ornament to put on…
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

I am a big believer in the magic of Christmas and that means that Santa still makes his yearly visit to our home. Before I even had children of my own my sister told me something that stuck with me and I told my kids the same thing. She told her kids that Santa would never bring them anything that their parents couldn't afford because that would make parents feel bad for not being able to do it themselves. It seemed wise and she was pretty masterful at making Christmas magical despite her limited funds.…
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Gratitude Experiment

Anybody who has been following my journey at all this year will know that 2018 has been a hard year for me. Nothing dramatic really just have really struggled to reach goals and have had multiple frustrations both personally and professionally. As we draw near to the end of the year I am facing the fact that I have not reached even one of the goals that I set for myself and that is not like me. I am at risk of being really down and I decided to try a gratitude experiment as way…
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Quotes For Hope

Many years ago my family had a really terrible November and even all these years later I find myself dreading this month. I am always a little worried when the phone rings that it will be bad news and that around every corner I will find some calamity. Over the years I have found ways to overcome the apprehension. (Like for example decorating for Christmas early, take that haters!). Having quotes that inspire hope is a great place to start. I'm here to share some of my favourites with you. Quotes For Hope 1. "…
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Lessons From Failure

Before I can talk about the things I have tried to learn from my recent failure I probably have to tell you guys a little about what has been going on with me for the past couple of years. I won't bore you with the gritty details but will say that I have set some rather large goals for myself that covered a wide range of areas in my life including ambitious career objectives and a desire to lose a significant amount of weight. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a passionate goal…
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Budgeting For Beginners

When I first got married I admit that I had no idea how to manage money. In fact I was blowing most of the money we had in the first week of each month. It became clear pretty early on that I needed to learn about budgeting. After reading books and articles on the subject I came up with a pretty simple budget that I was pretty sure my new husband and I could stick to and all these years later it is still what I use. Why fix what isn't broken. I have to…
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What’s Making Me Happy

We are halfway through the year, how crazy is that? I have had an odd mix of time moving so slowly and flying by at the same time. 2018 has had some large struggles in it for me but as we hit the halfway mark of the year I can acknowledge that it has also had some big highs as well. It seemed appropriate to take just a minute to comment on some of the things that are making me happy currently. 1. My e-reader I am an avid reader all of the time and…
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Father’s Day Coupons He’ll Love

I find my husband very difficult to shop for and his birthday and Father's Day fall within a few days of each other every year. As you might imagine that makes this time of year a little bit stressful for me. Of course, he would tell you that he is easy to shop for and that he will be happy with whatever I get him. This is possibly true but here's the thing, he likes expensive toys and we do not have a lot of our taste in common so I am constantly worried that…
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About Me On My Birthday

This weekend I will celebrate yet another birthday. It seemed like a good opportunity to reintroduce myself and share some fun facts all about me. 1. I love to read, a lot, but I do not enjoy bookstores or libraries. It will probably tell you something else about me when I add that this is because I find them a little overwhelming and stressful. I am not one of those people that finds pleasure in wandering around a bookstore for hours flipping through the options. I start to feeling confused and frustrated because I can't decide…
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My Bucket List

It is no secret that I love lists. I have all kinds of lists, do to lists, monthly goals, yearly goals, grocery lists and even book idea lists. This is how I organise my life in almost every area so it should come as no surprise that I have a pretty impressive bucket list as well. This is my list of the things I really want to do at some point in my life but don't have a specific time restraint on them. I have still managed to cross a few of these items off…
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