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Summer’s Best Attraction

Adventure Wall

What did you choose for your summer vacation? And how will you remember it? We all love souvenirs, and I had grand aspirations to amass nifty collections from my travels. First, it was flags, but they were surprisingly difficult to come by. Then it was beach towels, but they take up too much space. Later, it was letter openers, but that was foiled by new rules post-9/11. So what’s a gal to do? There must be a better option, and we all know that scrapbook …

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Navigating Your Emergency Department Visit

Emergency Department

I hope that you and your loved ones never need to visit an emergency department, and I wish you long, healthy, happy lives. But sometimes things happen that are beyond our control, and in a true emergency, there is no better place to be. Suffering from illness or injury can be a very scary and overwhelming experience that you would never intentionally choose, but you CAN choose how to approach the experience and make your visit and recovery as smooth as possible. Here …

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Spark Joy and Find Freedom

Fireworks

Sweet Marie Kondo is quietly taking over the world one closet at a time, and you’ll want yours to be next! With The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing released in English in 2014 and her new Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, this Japanese powerhouse is taking minimalism to the masses and teaching us to love our stuff, ourselves, and the process. Even hoarders out there have hope! This …

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Are You Hiking This Summer? Read This First!

Granite Mountain

If I were to design the perfect backpacking and gear-testing trail, it would look a lot like the Prescott Circle Trail–breathtakingly beautiful and challenging, yet always within an hour’s walk of help should you need it. Not to be confused with the 2659 mile Pacific Crest Trail made (more) famous by Reese Witherspoon in Wild, the other PCT is a 54 mile loop around the friendly mountain city of Prescott, AZ, aka the other Mile High City, 1.5 hours northwest of Phoenix. If you’re …

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5 Financial Myths– Busted!

This is a super-special week–I’m honored to guest post on Financially Fit & Fabulous. Please stop by and show your love and support! Here’s a sneak preview: “You need a budget,” they say. “Stock up on sale items,” they say. So now you have a budget that you update 27 times a day and a basement full of cereal and soup in flavors you now hate and clothes and shoes that you thought your kids would grow into–but forgot about until they …

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You’re Halfway to Kicking Your Bad Habit

Decision to Try

What’s the one thing you really want to stop doing? Okay, let’s be honest– there’s definitely more than one. But there’s that one habit that really gets to you. It gets under your skin because you know you shouldn’t do it (or other people tell you that you shouldn’t do it), yet here you are again, kicking yourself because you just can’t stop. Maybe it isn’t that bad. Or maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t hurting anyone. But maybe it’s time …

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Reclaim Your Life With Inbox Zero

Gmail Zero

How many emails are in your Inbox? 10? 100? 1000? Do I hear 10,000? It’s no wonder things get lost in there– party invitations, meeting times, family photos, notes from friends. It happens. But it doesn’t have to anymore. Really. Long gone are the days when my email account had a 6MB limit that forced me to address all messages quickly and delete them so there was room for more. Now, I have unlimited storage and I can keep them all forever… …

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Free (Almost) Everything!

Free

I finally couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t squeeze one more item onto our bookshelf. This thought brought a tear of joy at having so many stories I loved… or was it sadness at not being able to fit any more… or was it a bead of sweat from the strain of forcing that last one reluctantly into it’s proper alphabetical position? Whatever it was, something had to give before I ended up on Hoarders* for Nerds. I collapsed in an exhausted …