Everyday Life & Practical Tips

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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Five things I figured out in Branson, Missouri

This month, I had the opportunity to take a bus ride to Branson, Missouri with the music students from our local high school. It was an opportunity to learn how puffy my feet could get and how stiff my back could become during an all night, all day ride. I learned how to operate my iPad, dig through a backpack, eat a snack, pick up a dropped cell phone from the bus floor, and more while keeping my elbows within my 18-inch allotted space. But, that’s not all I figured out during the five-day trip.1. Despite statements people might give […]

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Becoming, Not Finding a Soul Mate

I met my husband when I was 15 years old and we started dating the summer I turned 16. We were young, and immature, but our relationship is nearly three decades old. How did I know my husband was the right one for me? I didn’t know from the moment our eyes locked across the church sanctuary. Nor was it love at first date.I ran across a blog post recently in which the author declared that her husband is not her soul mate. The author’s observations about marriage and the daily commitment it takes are precisely right. But the concept […]

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Is College Worth It?

With college costs on the rise and job opportunities limited, many college students face a dilemma. Is college the best option? If so, which one? Ivy League? Community college? Technical school? If not, how can they gain the skills needed to be gainfully employed? So many questions with so much riding on the answers. As the mom of two sons in college, I know the dilemma all too well. One son is a perpetual student who doesn’t mind the idea of being cooped up with a pile of books in a dim library for the next twelve years, or whatever it […]

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A Foot of Snow in May!

We had a foot of snow in Northern Wisconsin today. The problem with that is that it’s May 2nd. What’s up with that?Here’s how I turned that trash to treasure:Built a Snowman  Poor snowgal. She lost an eye before I snapped the picture. It was snowing so hard, I couldn’t keep the snowflakes off the lens.I took artsy photos of the snow. My poor T2T yard decorations!I shoveled. When you see treasure in the flea market trash, you start looking for treasures in the “life” trash too. The good news…it’s supposed to get in the 70s in a few days […]

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Finding Hope in the Questions Amid National Tragedy

What are we to make of tragedy? What are we to make of moments when our fellow Americans fear for their lives and suffer deep loss? Do we move on with life as if nothing happened? Do we rivet our eyes and ears to the television for up-to-the-minute details, or do we shut it off and shut it out? How do we cope with the unspoken fear that burns in our minds, “If it happened there, could it happen here too?” What do we do with our fears? So many questions.This week, my heart stirred for the people in Boston […]

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Beware the Ides of March

On March 15, I can’t help but remember senior high English class and reading Julius Caesar. Again, this morning, as nearly every year, the phrase “beware the Ides of March” came to mind. The Ides of March is simply the middle of March, historically speaking. However, it has a second meaning because of Shakespeare.I wish I could say I was a huge fan of Shakespeare plays, but it wasn’t my favorite. For old times’ sake, lets go back to high school English for a moment.  Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15-19 Caesar: Who is it in the press that […]

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The Repurposed and Upcycled Life

Where have you been Michelle? Why don’t you post very much on your blog lately? Are you still around? I’m about to answer the burning questions. Or the questions you never had. I had my first book come out recently and I’ve been working like crazy to get my website updated, some blog tours set up, and some marketing work done. The to-do list is so crazy and I’m at the computer all day. My crafty and decorating project ideas sit untapped on my Pinterest page. I do have some new project ideas that I will be sharing here soon. […]

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