Everyday Life & Practical Tips

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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Reality Check: No Exaggeration Here

I know that some people have problems with exaggeration. I’m one of those. It’s almost impossible to be a humorist and not exaggerate to some extent. But for an atypical moment today, I caught myself minimizing. Looking in the mirror, I noted a forest of chin hairs. Bear with me here. There will be a point. “How in the world does one little chin grow so many hairs overnight?” I asked to no one in particular. Perhaps you’re thinking I was mistaken about minimizing as I just exaggerated about a forest of chin hairs. You haven’t seen my chin. However, […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 28: iPad Keyboard Case in 30 Minutes

I searched Pinterest for a pattern for a case for a bluetooth iPad keyboard. I had been transporting it in the box it came in, just because my purse is a dangerous place for an unprotected electronic device. However, the box is too big to take on my upcoming vacation. Nothing came up in my search. So I decided I need to create a post. In 30 minutes, because that’s all I had between other tasks. That meant I didn’t have time to quilt or cut anything from fresh fabric. So, I brainstormed a little about what I already had […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 27: Homemade Lotion Bars

I’ve been using natural skin care and cosmetics for over a year now. I love lotion bars because they are so great for my skin. If you haven’t seen a lotion bar before, it looks like a bar of soap, but you rub it on your skin. Some come in something that looks like a deodorant stick, but others come in a little metal tin. I’ve been selling natural products on a small scale for a direct selling company, but even with my discount, the lotion bars were pricey. When you use a lotion bar, the warmth of your skin […]

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