Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 31

Focus and Balance

Last year, I watched blogger friends pick a word for 2013 and I thought it was a cool idea. This year, I decided to take the challenge and pick a word for 2014. As I was contemplating what I thought should be my word, a thought came into my mind. The thought was the word, …

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Dec 30

A Peek into My Plans for 2014

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2014 is just around the corner. I usually take a little time over Christmas break to set some goals and evaluate the things that worked and didn’t work in the previous year. I was pretty ambitious with my goal setting this year and accomplished more than I would have if I had not set goals, …

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Dec 30

2013 – A Reflection on our Year

Looking Back at 2013

  We have had a great year. With the end of the year just a couple of days away, I find myself reflecting on the last 365 days and all that has occurred. I thought it would be fun to reminisce a little and do a little recap of each month in our family and …

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Dec 22

The Holidays are Coming – Random 5

Walking through the Lights Display

This week we have been scurrying around trying to deck the halls and finish up the shopping. Is it me or did Christmas just slip up on us? Having Thanksgiving so late seemed to make cause me to feel rushed this year. We had an impromptu trip to visit family in the middle of December …

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Dec 13

Random Five Friday

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I recently found a link up from a TOS Crew buddy and decided to try to do this for awhile. I think it might help me share a little about what is going on in our life each week. The premise of this Random Five is that I list off five random things that occur …

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Dec 12

Thriving, Not Just Surviving – Day 5

Day 5 I hope you will visit Money Saving Mom and sign up for the 7- Day Challenge emails. This challenge is a sneak peek of some of the awesome tips that you will find in Crystal Paine’s newest book, Saying Goodbye to Survival Mode, coming in January 2014. I have been reading a pre-release copy of this …

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Dec 10

Preparing for Christ’s birth through the Celebration of Advent

Bartholomew's Passage

I grew up in a Christian home where we didn’t learn about Santa Claus. We focused on Christ’s birth and we upheld the traditions of gifts and Christmas trees. We always had a wonderful Christmas whether in times of plenty or times of want, because we had each other, and we had love. We had …

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Dec 04

Thriving, Not Just Surviving – Day 4

Day 4 Thank you for being patient with me as I took a few days off for the holiday to celebrate with my family. If you are joining in on this challenge, I hope you will visit Money Saving Mom and sign up for the 7- Day Challenge emails. This challenge is a sneak peek of some …

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Dec 02

Dave’s Fireside Chats: A Nutty Start to the Season

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     Our Thanksgiving was quite active, having 25 guests to our house for turkey and all the fixins’, and then battling a family stomach virus and mice in the basement (yet again).  The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I took my young daughter on a “date” to see The Nutcracker, along with Campmaster Steve Blackston and …

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