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Bring Back Your Hobby

Bring Back Your Hobby

Sep 1, 2012

Did I even have a hobby?  Oh yeah, I think I remember, back in the 70s and 80s I loved to dance.  Well, maybe it was disco, the Hammer dance or The Boogie Down (Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go).  Recalling any of these?  All I can say is that it was a blast.  Then, those precious little bundles of joy came along and we never looked back.  My husband enjoyed...

Explore Your Backyard

Explore Your Backyard

Sep 1, 2012

We have more time now to discover our own backyard!  What have YOU discovered recently in your own backyard? I am reminded of the story, Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell. This is the story of a man who dreamed of finding riches so he sold his farm and set out into the world in search of a Diamond Mine.  Years later, exhausted and broke he returned home...

The Big “W”

    The big “W” stands for WALKING!  Here is a challenge and an idea as we STEP into Fall.  Put up a calendar (everyone has a calendar sitting around) and make a pact with your husband, friend or dog that you will walk at least 3 – 4 times a week.  Each day that you do, place a large red “W” on that day on your...

Finances After Kids

Finances After Kids

Sep 1, 2012

How will our finances change after the kids leave home and how will we protect our nest eggs? “Financial planners note that in addition to paring down the grocery bill, there are a number of other important steps to take to ferret out hidden cost after the kids leave home and reallocate that disposable income towards retirement.” says Dawn Kawamoto...

Calling All Carnivores

Calling All Carnivores

Jun 11, 2012

Are you a carnivore and just love to sink your teeth into a sumptuous piece of good juicy beef every now and then? Eating red meat does not mean you have to necessarily pack on the calories or up your cholesterol. If you really enjoy red meat, as my husband does, don’t feel like you have to ban it from your diet; unless of course your doctor recommends it....

Creating An Oasis

Creating An Oasis

Jun 1, 2012

We have always had a tiny back yard.  Our lot butts up against the neighbors with only 25 feet separating our homes.  We had some mature trees and bushes which helped to provide some privacy and shade, but only a small concrete walkway and a 10′ x10′ brink patio we put in when the kids were little. The rest of the ground was covered with small...