Couponing, Chapter Two: Time to Get Extreme, Baby!

It’s been just three weeks since my couponing journey began, and this week, I really took it up a notch. Altough I’m still a novice compared to the “pros” on TV who are saving 90% or more, I think it’s safe to say that my couponing is already moving into the “extreme” savings realm —…

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Couponing, Chapter One: Not Extreme, But Not Too Shabby

THE REVELATION By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the concept of “extreme” couponing — the meticulously planned effort to match clipped and online coupons with weekly store deals and coupon doubling to end up paying next to nothing on your total grocery bill. If you haven’t, you’re in for a jaw-dropping revelation. There are…

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To Work or to Play? That is the question.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous, 60s and sunny Sunday afternoon, and after almost two weeks of snow and frigid temperatures, my girls know exactly what they should do today — play outside! But for some reason, I’m still in the house, struggling with one of my most recurring personal dilemmas: To work or to play? Should…

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Today I start “A New Chapter”

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our Potter; and we all are the work of your hand.” — Isaiah 64:8 Every life has a story to tell. It’s not just a simple cliché: It’s an undeniable fact. We all get from point “a” (birth) to an eventual…

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Beat the New Year Blues

How many times have you anxiously awaited the arrival of a New Year — hoping for that all-important fresh start — only to be sorely disappointed when your resolutions go nowhere? Or even worse, how many times have you accomplished a resolution, only to find that the pure bliss you expected to experience upon its…

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Thankful for a New World

I can’t even begin to count the times that I have wondered how I’ve managed to survive life on Planet Mom. There are still those momentary “out of body” experiences where I seem to stand outside myself, looking in at the new me — the “Momma” me — and I am speechless that this woman…

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A Picture of His Love

When I view the experiences of motherhood as an adventure, with ups & downs, twists & turns, I am encouraged by the fact that even if I find myself in an upside-down, stomach-wrenching spiral at the moment, the ride comes to an end… right? At some point the ride I’m on will take a turn…

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Stories of Survival

When asked to share my wildest adventure, one story always pops into mind: Getting stuck in Three Sisters Wilderness two days into a three-day backpacking trip with my hubby and pals Darren & Valerie McKinnis. What started out as a breathtaking adventure soon turned into a struggle to survive. We were stopped in our tracks…

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What’s your “devil” wearing?

I recently indulged in a late-night showing of “The Devil Wears Prada” on cable, escaping into the over-the-top satire depicting the battle between “the devil” (Meryl Streep as the fabulously autocratic magazine editor) and “the noble heart” (Anne Hathaway as the doe-eyed naive idealist assistant), whom the devil is craftily lulling over to the “dark…

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What am I doing again?

I am sure I’m not the only Mama to experience a “Calgon moment” gone bad in the shower. You know what I mean, when the pure escape of muscle-soothing warm waters showering down your shoulders lulls you into a brain fog… and you suddenly can’t remember if you just added shampoo… or conditioner… or conditioner…

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