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Wants Vs. Needs

Wants versus Needs! It is said that we spend the first half of our life accumulating possessions, and the second half giving them away. This is true for most people.

Birthday Party Fun: Goodie Bag Alternatives

If you’re looking for alternatives to pricey goodie bags, here are a few ideas that will make your guests—and wallet—happy.

Spring Cleaning the Frugal, Natural Way!

Whatever routine you use when you clean, using these hints for natural cleaning products can save you money. Other advantages are: no extra packaging to dispose of and fewer toxic chemicals in your home.

Visiting Grandma

If the creek was up, we had to park the car next to the gravel country road, then take our shoes off and walk the long stretch to the barn (wading through the water, as water covered the road up past the barn). The water was knee high … if you were the oldest kid. So, the two youngest got carried.

Give Me My Blanket

Anger is in itself an arousing energy force. Its purpose is to get us moving towards or away from a challenging situation for the sake of self-preservation. If that anger is chronic, occurring frequently in our lives, it can leave toxic chemicals in our bodies that will affect our health and make it hard to react calmly to live events.

How to Brighten the Winter Blahs

In the Northeast we have had some significant snow storms in early December forcing us to shovel and stay home. Our initial reaction was, “How beautiful and pure.” Then the next day when driving and walking became difficult, we began complaining, “Who needs snow!” By the time Christmas rolled around no one longed for or dreamed of a white Christmas as we all had our fill. It seems that we get bored quickly with the terrain and need to change things up. We are tired of the short days and cold temperatures. When we feel bored, mildly depressed, or burned out, we always look for external stimulation.

Don’t Make Any More New Year’s Resolutions

Every year around December we all start thinking about the New Year’s Resolutions we will be making on January 1st. At the top of the list are dieting, exercising, quitting smoking and organizing. Then we also remember the resolutions we didn’t keep: Dieting, exercising, quitting smoking and organizing. Every year we get another chance and most importantly we can postpone the latest version of our transformation until the actual New Year – usually about a month away. Don’t we all realize by now that we won’t keep these resolutions either?

Sustainable New Year

We all secretly know deep down that us affluent first-worlders are living beyond the means of the planet just by living our normal first-world lives, driving a car, and buying and having and using and throwing out lots and lots of stuff.

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