Fall Bucket List

A new season is approaching…Fall officially begins on September 23. Here in Michigan, there is normally a dramatic change in our weather from Summer to Fall. Are you ready for the changing of seasons? Have you thought about things you’d like to do or accomplish this Fall? I thought of some things I’d like to do…below is my list. What

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15 Ideas for Back-to-School

15 Ideas for Back-to-School School is back in session for many kids or will be after Labor Day, so it’s time to get into a back-to-school ritual. A structured schedule for children is a must. Children accomplish more in an environment that is structured and consistent. Below is my list of 15 ideas for going back-to-school: Be sure your child

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10 Lessons I Learned by Leaving my Career Job

10 Lessons I Learned by Leaving my Career Job Leaving teaching was not an easy decision, but it was a necessary for my health and well-being. You may remember from my previous posts, that I suffered from stress-related depression and anxiety. I was suffering mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When you aren’t taking care of yourself, it’s difficult to take

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My Anniversary Surprise!

This past weekend my husband surprised me with an Anniversary Trip!!! This is the second year in a row he’s completely surprised me. To read about last year’s trip, see my previous post entitled, Surprise Trip. Unlike last year, this year we ventured outside of Michigan. Our first stop was at a park called Aullwood Garden Metropark in Englewood, Ohio.

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Surprise 15th Anniversary Trip

Surprise 15th Anniversary Trip Have you ever been on a surprise trip? You know, one someone has planned for you and you have no idea where you are going?? Well, I am going on a surprise trip this Thursday. My husband is surprising me with a three-day get away to somewhere to celebrate our 15th Anniversary which is July 22.

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What Exactly is Happiness?

What Exactly is Happiness? What exactly is happiness? According to Wikipedia, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being marked by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. The definition of happiness varies from person to person. But why??? I believe it’s because we all define happiness in different ways. Some people find happiness in their

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Mexican Food

Mexican foods are my favorite!! I could eat Mexican foods at least twice a week. Tonight I prepared two new recipes, both of which were so good! The chicken for the fajitas was so moist, tender, and spiced just right! I will definitely keep this recipe both on paper and Pinterest. The rice dish was also very good. Unfortunately, I

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Saving Money on Everyday Purchases

Saving money on everyday purchases is so important for our budget. Sometimes it’s just a few cents here and there, but over time it adds up. Below is a list of ways I save money: 1. GROCERY SHOPPING – When it comes to grocery shopping, I use coupons!!! We do not subscribe to the newspaper any longer, but there are

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Mission Trip Guatemala

Mission Trip Guatemala In late September, I will be going on a one week mission trip to Guatemala with a group from my church. It still doesn’t seem real that I will be leaving the country to go and touch the lives of children and adults who are in such need. I am so excited about the opportunity! My church,

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Chicken Enchiladas

Again, this is one of those recipes where I prefer to use leftover chicken or chicken from a rotisserie chicken, although you can cook chicken too. However you choose, you will need 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken. These are some seriously delicious enchiladas (in my opinion). Ingredients: 5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened 1/4 sour cream (can be

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