How to be happier: be generous

how to be happier

I believe that happiness eludes folks for a variety of reasons. I think one of the biggest, though, is not understanding one of the basic secrets of how to be happier:  be generous. While that may sound like a strange path to happiness, studies confirm what I call the generosity effect. When you are feeling […]

Being grateful for unanswered prayers

being grateful for unanswered prayers

We all have unanswered prayers, although we may each know them by different names. They are the desires of our heart, things we wish for so deeply and are so sure that we want. Sometimes, the door slams so hard in our face on these hopes that it feels we will never even get close. […]

Saturday Sips: 2 Must-Have DIY Refinishing Products

i want answers

  Since I wrote this past week about finding Free and Nearly Free Treasures, I thought I’d share two must-have DIY refinishing products. Refinishing is fun, frugal, and rewarding, especially if you are referring to taking a piece of furniture with lots of surface ugly and revealing the gem below. First, though, you’ve got to be open to seeing the beauty […]

Beyond yard sales: How to find Free and Nearly Free treasures!

free or nearly free treasures

  Ah, spring. That season when the heart quickens and thoughts turn to love yard sales! Yes, my dear frugal friends, you know what I am talking about. Your family recognizes that starry eyed look of longing as you imagine the bargains awaiting your rescue. Well, that and the sudden u-turns worthy of a stunt driver […]

Saturday Sips: Take your marriage from good to great!

take your marriage good to great

Here are some helpful resources to take your marriage from good to great!

Joy Triumphs

Joy Triumphs

  Health is the greatest of God’s gifts, but we take it for granted. It hangs on a thread as fine as a spider’s web, and the smallest thing can make it snap, leaving the strongest of us helpless in an instant, and in that instant, hope is our protector, and love, our panacea. ~Via PBS […]

Saturday Sips: Your Personal Master Gardener, FREE!

your personal master gardener

  Are you weary of winter? Do you enjoy fresh vegetables? Then as your Personal Sherpa of Joy, I have a suggestion. I invite you to think about warmer weather and planting a garden. Those of you who are discouraged members of the Black Thumb Club like me, take heart. Your own Personal Master Gardener is available, for […]

How setting priorities helped us find a home we love

setting priorities helped us find a house we love

There is nothing like selling your house and moving into an apartment to make you grateful for home ownership: The tiny freezer that didn’t allow us take advantage of sales. Laundry that cost $1.25 for each small load to wash and then dry. Car headlights that shone into the bedroom windows of our basement level apartment. […]

Saturday Sips: To fight or not to fight

to fight or not to fight

  To fight or not to fight, that is the question.   Shakespeare fans, pardon my rewriting of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, but it is so appropriate to relationships. Each day you have multiple interactions with people, places, things, and ideas. Many of those will be unremarkable and forgettable. Others, however, will test your patience: a […]

The peril of being Possibility Impaired

peril of being possibility impaired

  Have you ever heard the expression Possibility Impaired? I hadn’t until I read a real estate book by Gary Eldred. He wrote about home owners who couldn’t see the potential—the possibilities—in their properties. I immediately thought about how applicable this phrase was to so much of our lives. Please allow me share a couple […]

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