Saturday Sips: 2 Must-Have DIY Refinishing Products

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  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: 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 […]

Saturday Sips: 5 Places to find free ebooks!

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Who doesn’t like free, especially when it comes to ebooks? If you are trying to keep a handle on your finances, or just indulge in your reading habit without breaking the bank, you’ll want to check out these 5 places to find free ebooks.   Story Cartel Jeff Goins and Joe Bunting—talented writers and nice […]

Leaving a legacy of love

leaving a legacy of love

  If you’ve been visiting here for a while, you are probably familiar with this powerful question: What do I do that shows you I love you? The answers are more numerous than the shoes in your closet, the pounds you’ve lost and gained, and the hours you’ve spent waiting.   There are the especially […]

Saturday Sips-Refreshment for your life

Saturday Sips-refreshment for your weekend

    I am a gatherer of resources, a sharer of information to help you find happiness right where you are. Especially in those really irritating places where you wonder if you can get through the day without doing something you’ll regret. I am starting this weekly series—Saturday Sips—as a way to share the multitude […]

Budgeting: Love it or hate it?

budgeting love it or hate it

It’s a new month and the new year. That means it’s time for a new budget. Woohoo! Wait—Did you not join me in my celebratory whoop? Does that mean you approach budgeting the same way you approach a spoonful of medicinal cod liver oil? You know, you stick out your tongue, make disgusting noises, and […]

Spending less at Christmas yields more joy

Spending less at Christmas yields more joy

What do you really want to experience this year for Christmas?   Less stress? More joy? If that is true for you, here is one way to get there: giving fewer gifts. I’m referring to reducing the number and scale of presents, which is not to be confused with your charitable giving. This can be […]

Richly colored silver linings

look beyond rain to see silver lining

Did you know sunny days are not your best friend for taking pictures? It is the cloudy and sometimes even rainy days that bring out the most amazingly saturated hues in the landscape. As a photographer I especially love this weather, as it makes my photos just POP with lush greens, brilliant blues, and deep reds. […]

10 Lessons in happiness from a yard sale

Rainbow Spirt, © Pink Sherbet Photography

Have you ever thought that your idea of happiness would be to spend a week’s vacation preparing for and holding a yard sale? That you would be just beside yourself with delight at digging through boxes that hold years of foolish purchases, projects you were going to do, and clothes you bought and never wore? […]

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