May 25, 2017

Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Housewarming Party

Housewarming parties are a great way to introduce your new home to friends and family. Follow these tips and tricks to plan a perfect housewarming party! Great ideas for food, invitations, and favors. Also works if you're on a budget!

Housewarming parties allow you to share the joy of a new home with friends and family, as well as meet new neighbors.  However, a big party right after moving to a new home can quickly turn you into a ball of stress.  By following a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll pull off the perfect housewarming party.  And, you’ll hang on to your sanity in the process.  Oh, and before I forget – I have a free printable for you, too!

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May 23, 2017

Utility Shutoffs: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Home Safe

Your electricity just went out. Your toilet is overflowing. Would you know what to do? Learn how to find and operate your utility shutoffs for water, natural gas, and electricity. Learn how to locate and safely disconnect your electrical breaker box, water main line, and natural gas line.

Your electricity just went out.

Your toilet is overflowing.

You smell natural gas in your home.

Would you know what to do?

If your first response is, “Oh, that’s my husband’s/boyfriend’s/random stranger’s job…” uh-uh.

No, lovely, it’s your job.  If you’re ever home by yourself for any length of time, you need to know how to react when your utilities go awry.

And even when you’re not home by yourself, strong women still know how to get stuff done.

In the interest of helping you to be a strong woman and take great care of your home, I’m going to give you the rundown on finding and using your utility shutoffs.

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May 18, 2017

Dessert Swap – Blueberries and Zabaglione

Love zabaglione, but hate what it does to your figure? Check out my recipe swap inspired by blueberries with zabaglione! You'll enjoy this quick, easy, and light dessert. It's great for parties. And, it's under 100 calories!

If you’ve never had zabaglione, let me describe it for you.  It’s a cool, sweet, silky custard, usually spiked with a little moscato.  It’s at its best in a champagne glass, under a layer of sumptuous fresh berries.  With blueberries especially, zabaglione is basically irresistible.

And it does your waistline zero favors.

I’ve made peace with my weakness for blueberries and zabaglione.  A simple swap was all it took to get a similar epicurean experience (Ok, a vaguely similar experience at least), with way fewer calories.

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May 16, 2017

Get your bills organized (Finally!)

Forgetting to pay your bills on time? Struggling to keep track of what you owe and when? Get your bills organized with this helpful guide, plus a free printable bill organizer!

Do you forget to pay your bills?  Are you struggling to keep track of which bills are due when?  Have no idea what your monthly expenses are and how you should be budgeting for them?  You’ve officially been thrown a lifeline!

Tracking and paying bills doesn’t have to be a crazy, stressful experience.  I’m going to show you a common-sense method for getting your bills paid on-time, and in the correct amounts.  Plus, a free printable!

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Little Luxuries: Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Waking up with a pale, pasty face is the worst! See how Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster makes it all better with a natural-looking, sunkissed glow in this tutorial. Great for giving your face a touch of color.

Waking up with a pale, pasty face is the worst!  You look and feel like someone zapped your energy (Or like you sleep in a coffin during the day…).  But I’m happy to say that my new favorite beauty find makes it alllll better.  And, I’m sharing it with you today!  Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster will save your face from the pallid side and get you glowing stat.

May 9, 2017

A Straightforward Strategy to Learn From Your Experiences

What we learn from our experiences makes us who we are. It's also an important part of self-care, personal development, and personal growth. Here's my straightforward strategy for learning from the lessons life throws at you. You'll learn to make better decisions, and decisions determine your destiny.

Our experiences make us who we are.

Actually, no.

What we learn from our experiences makes us who we are.

In that case, you’ll want to make the most of every lesson life throws at you!  Otherwise, you’ll find yourself making the same mistakes over and over.

Over the last several years, I’ve found an approach that helps me get a useful takeaway out of just about any situation I go through.  Here’s my strategy for learning from my life experiences.

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May 4, 2017

Healthy Snacking: Avocados 3 Ways

Need some ideas for healthy snacks? Avocados to the rescue! Avocados are a superfood rich in nutrients and healthy fats. Each of these healthy avocado snack recipes has just a few ingredients, and is quick and easy to make. And… they're all low-carb!

When I’m looking for a quick, filling, and healthy snack, I often reach for an avocado.  I love eating half an avocado right out of the skin, and I like to put a different spin on it each time.  Today, I’m going to share with you my 3 favorite (and healthy!) ways to munch on an avocado.

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May 2, 2017

A Super Easy Way to Reduce Paper Clutter

Need organizing ideas to get rid of piles of paper in your home? Try this one easy solution to greatly reduce the paper clutter littering your kitchen counter.

For many people, the kitchen is the hub of the home.  It’s the place where friends and family gather, pass through, and often leave their stuff.  The day’s mail, activity schedules, receipts, and lots of other papers end up in the kitchen.  If you’re like I used to be, you have a pile of mail and other paper clutter on your counter that you frantically shove into a drawer when company comes by.  I made one super easy change in my home, and it virtually eliminated my huge pile of paper clutter.

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April 27, 2017

Volunteering is for You Part 3: Solving the “Buts”

In part 3 of this 3-part series on volunteering, I'll provide solutions to some of the common obstacles that prevent people from volunteering. Great for discovering volunteering ideas and opportunities, or even how and why to volunteer!

“Volunteering just isn’t for me because (Your excuse here).”  I’ve heard it so many times.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million Americans, or about 24.9 percent of those age 16 and up, volunteered their time for a good cause in fiscal year 2015.  If you weren’t among them, you should be!  Why?  Because volunteering is for you!  In this 3-part series of posts,  I’ll show you why volunteering is important and how it can enrich your life (And the lives of others).  Even if you feel you don’t have the time or expertise to contribute, or if you don’t know where to start!  In the third and final installment of this series, we’ll address some common “buts” that prevent people from volunteering.

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April 25, 2017

3 Ways to Cope with a Job You Don’t Love

Hate your job, but feel stuck because it provides economic security? Learn 3 ways to cope with a job you don't like, and even be happy in spite of it! Plus a little inspiration to find a better job!

“The key to happiness is to find a job doing what you love.”

Great in theory, but it doesn’t always pan out in practice.  The truth is, sometimes you end up locked in a job you don’t love because it’s economically beneficial.    That doesn’t mean you have to be miserable!  Today, I’m going to share 3 ways to cope with a job you don’t love, and even be happy in spite of it!

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