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  • Secret Santa Gift Ideas

    I was at the work holiday party when someone talked about what to get their secret santa.  I gave a few ideas and they thanked me twice, feeling so relieved.  I thought…hey maybe someone else would find the ideas helpful.               Cocktail napkins. There are all sorts of fun […]

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  • 4 Lessons my Son has Taught me to Live a Fuller Life

    Sometimes it’s so simple.  A moment can make you stop, ponder, and change your perspective.  I always knew it was important to slow down and enjoy the moments God gave you but it wasn’t until I was spending time with my son, I realized how special that lesson really was.  Here are five of those times… […]

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  • 5 Faith Based Movies to Watch on Netflix

    Sometimes I like to watch movies that center me and faith based movies do that for me. Here are some I’d recommend. I love the Bible Miniseries.  Excellent.  Professional and movie.  This was created by Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel and her husband.    Here are more biblical movies: The Book or Ruth, The Book of […]

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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?  I know […]

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  • 3 Ways to Live a Happier and More Contented Life

    As I find myself doing these three things more, I find myself in such a happier place.  I worry less, and enjoy life more.  I hope you will find cultivating these mindsets will be helpful to you too. Being More Thankful for the Little Things I always try to have a thankful heart and consider […]

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  • The Secret to Feeling Full: Connecting with Others

    We know each of us is unique but how does this help us feel whole? The secret is in sharing who you are with others. What if you don’t know who you are yet?  That’s okay.  Connect with others on your journey of self-exploration.  This can be in the form of sharing your talents, thoughts, […]

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  • What is Hypnosis Like? Your Questions Answered.

    Karen Gray, licensed nurse and hypnotist, invited me to learn about hypnosis.  Always fascinated by the brain and psychology, I jumped at the chance to learn how the procoess worked.  I thought back to the magic hypnotist shows and thought: Is it like that? What Does a Hypnosis Office Look Like? I arrived at her office […]

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  • 6 Solutions to Improve Your Teen’s Homework Completion

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    To solve this frustrating dilemma we need to get to the root of the problem: Why do they not turn in homework? As a middle school teacher I’ve seen many reasons why students do not turn in their homework.  I’ll go over the main ones I see and give you strategies to tackle the problem.  […]

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  • 9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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    You don’t need to go all out to have fun and celebrate with the ones you love on Valentine’s Day. The trick to making the day special is to make it out of the ordinary – something different. It’s even better if you do something thoughtful that’s out of the ordinary too. Women weigh in […]

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  • 3 Movies about Finding Yourself and your Purpose

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    On Netflix: The Cobbler – a fun Adam Sandler movie about being in other people’s shoes, literally.  I love this movie! Chef– a fun story of a chef who travels in a food cart with his son and friend and learns about what’s really valuable to him: true passion and family.  Won the Tribeca Film […]