Everyday Life & Practical Tips

Simplify, Toss Out, Refurbish and Move Forward

In this issue: Take the challenge to purge something from your closet, schedule, or cupboards and enjoy the freedom of simplifying! See how a little paint can transform a plywood built-in cabinet into something classy. And learn more about how a new book is helping people heal from grief. Whether your next project is simplifying and tossing, re-doing something that needs a makeover, or moving forward from grief, we’d love to hear your story!

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Importance of Making Time for Me, Guilt-Free

In this issue: Learn why repurposing is just a way of appreciating the story in broken things, be inspired to make self-care a regular part of your life with no guilt, and learn more about a new book that’s coming out that helps you discover God in the midst of everyday life. This post marks the beginning of a new format for my blog! The new magazine-style format will include three elements in each issue: 1) a practical real-life article to inspire you to repurpose your own struggles or challenges into growth opportunities, 2) a fun repurposed or before-and-after idea, […]

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I’m So Sorry for Your Loss…

Have you ever wondered what to say when someone has just experienced the death of a loved one? I’m not even sure what I would want someone to say to me, but here are some well-worn lines that often come to mind when words elude me: I’m holding you in my thoughts and prayers. We’re praying for you at this time of great sadness. I’m so sorry for your loss. Worn out phrases, but heartfelt, I promise! That leads me to wonder; just how do the ones left behind express their experience to others? How can they begin to capture […]

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Room Makeover and Reflections on Empty Nesting

Last summer, our nest officially emptied when our youngest son got married and moved out of our home. He wasn’t terribly amused that I required him to remove his belongings from his room when he left. I was not going to be one of those mothers who would someday put my grandchildren to bed for sleepovers in their father’s untouched childhood room. If you’re one of those mothers, please pardon my frankness. No insult is intended toward whatever choice you make. This loft bed stood in this corner for more than a decade. The paneling-covered walls AND ceiling was tolerable decor […]

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Set a Goal for Improving Yourself this Fall

Today’s guest blogger is Gail Goolsby who wants to help us kick off fall with excellent plans for self-improvement. Today is the official start of fall. What will you do to improve yourself? Kick Off Fall with September Self-Improvement Month by Gail Goolsby   Goodbye to lazy days of summer and vacation leisure. Hello to set schedules for kids and adults. Time for school and daily routines. Fall is here. Freshly sharpened pencils. New clothes and unscuffed shoes. Sports teams with unblemished records. Blank report cards ready to register best grades ever. Fall presents new opportunities. Make the most of […]

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Grinning through Hurricane Harvey and Beyond

My guest blogger today is Kathy Carlton Willis, the Grin Gal. Kathy wrote this before Hurricane Harvey hit the town where she lives in Texas, yet if you knew her, you’d have solid evidence that she does live what she says. Kathy grinned her way through a week without electricity and water, which means without air conditioning in the Texas heat. She continued to look for positives, even when dealing with health problems and more in the midst of the storm. Where Does that Grin Come From? by Kathy Carlton Willis I’m often asked, “How can you keep grinning despite […]

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Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life

by Michelle Rayburn When I was young, my mother cooked most meals from scratch, baked six loaves of bread every week and canned enough vegetables to feed the neighborhood if we ever had to retreat to a bomb shelter. But on occasion, we had TV dinners when she worked the evening shift at the hospital and my dad had to feed us three kids. September 10 is National TV Dinner Day, and it has me reminiscing about those foil-covered aluminum trays with frozen mystery meat and gravy, blobs of mashed potatoes, corn and chocolate pudding—because who doesn’t cook their pudding […]

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Do You Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer?

My month of guest bloggers begins today with Joanie Shawhan, who is a member of a group of writers I belong to, called  WordGirls. Joanie is an ovarian cancer survivor, and September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. My mom is also a 22-year survivor of ovarian cancer. I find it interesting that the color used for the awareness ribbon is teal. It’s a color I’ve been drawn to for so long and now I have another reason to love the color! It represents the work that is being done to save lives. Check out these ovarian cancer resources after […]

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When Life Hands You Crumbs…

I saw this basket of cookies at a place called Mana Sushi Teriyaki Wok in Port Orchard, Washington and it made me smile. The “misfortunate” cookies are broken fortune cookies wrapped in plastic. Isn’t that a perfect example of what we can do when life hands us crumbs? We can choose to get upset, feel discouraged, or quit. Or, we can turn it around into something clever. That’s a #repurposed and #upcycled life!

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How Many States Have You Visited?

Have you ever calculated how much of the United States you have visited? I just returned from a long road trip, and thought it would be fun to do the math. I’m not certain if I traveled through additional states as a child, but these are the states I have visited as an adult. Someday, I will visit the East Coast! Create Your Own Visited States Map How about you? Where have you traveled?

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