Becoming a Better Neighbor: My 2017 Resolution

Becoming a Better Neighbor: My 2017 Resolution Guest blogger Amy Patterson Year after year, we strive to develop ways in which we can better ourselves. Each year the resolutions of eating healthier, working out consistently, and spending more time with the kids come about, but often I feel like something is missing. After allowing myself an extension on my resolution

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Healthy Foods to Lose Belly Fat

  The holidays are over and most of us are left with one unwanted gift…belly fat! It’s much easier to gain than lose (as we all know). The good news is there are healthy foods to lose belly fat! Of course, adding in exercise helps in losing the fat and it’s good for our overall health. Below is a list of

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Guys

Valentine’s Day is February 14, almost one month away. Couples celebrate Valentine’s Day in various ways, but no matter how you celebrate it’s always nice to recognize the special person in your life. My husband and I don’t always give gifts for Valentine’s Day, but we acknowledge our love for one another with words and/or special greeting cards. Sometimes we

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Setting Life Goals

  As 2017 emerged, I began seeing the word resolution shared by people on social media. A resolution is a decision to do or not do something. The problem with resolutions is that most people do not stick to them. People are gung-ho about their resolutions for a short time, but then they tend to slip back to their old

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Effective Tips to Keep Insects and Pests at Bay During Winter Season

Effective Tips to Keep Insects and Pests at Bay During Winter Season Some people think that insects, pests, and bugs only come out in packs during summer months. They believe that the summer heat is what makes these pesky and creepy creatures more active and alive. So when the winter season comes these annoying insects will run into hiding and

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Red Sneakers for Oakley #LIVLIKEOAKS

Autumn’s Story I am a food allergy mom.  Both of my daughters have life-threatening food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and pine nuts.  If they were to eat, even a minuscule amount of their allergen, their body would go into anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock occurs when there is inadequate blood flow to critical organs of the body during a life-threatening

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Christmas Music and Baking Tips

Christmas Music and Baking Tips One of my favorite activities before the holidays is baking while listening to Christmas music. Both bring me joy, contentment, and relaxation. If I want to start getting into the holiday spirit this is my fix. So tonight I turned on the music and began baking chocolate oatmeal cookies. For some reason, I’ve been craving

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Quick and Easy Ideas for Elf on the Shelf

The Idea of Elf on the Shelf: Elf on the Shelf originated to encourage positive behaviors in children. The idea begins with an Elf that is sent from the North Pole to watch the behaviors of kids. Elf leaves every night to report back to Santa. When he comes back, he surprises the children with a new hiding spot. The movement

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15 Children’s Books that Promote Kindness

In a world full of hatred, hostility, and selfishness, kindness must begin with us! It is true that our actions speak louder than words, but books can reach the heart of children and inspire many conversations and concepts. Please take a look at these 15 children’s books that promote kindness. A changed world can begin with your and your child! Have

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My Christmas Story

My Christmas Story  Growing up as a preacher’s kid (PK), I learned about the true meaning of Christmas from day one. I learned about Jesus’ birth from my parents and from church, which I attended 3 times a week (Sunday a.m./p.m. along with Wednesday nights). I remember being in yearly Christmas programs with other children and dressing up in pretty Christmas

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