Compassion Counts: You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through

You never know what battles a person is fighting. It’s a term we often use, at least I do. I see it on social media often as well. It’s true. We all need to be kind to others as everyone is fighting some battle nearly every day. Showing just a little compassion can make all the difference in the world to someone who is struggling.     Depression is either something on the rise or something we are becoming more aware of. It seems millions of people battle it every day. Chronic pain, stress, anxiety, are just a few other things that are commonly dealt with by many.   Some of these conditions make the issues of going through menopause seem like…

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Wordless Wednesday Preparing For Spring

Welcome to my Wordless Wednesday. Here I feature my past weekend and preparing for Spring! Enjoy!   How was your weekend? Are you preparing for Spring? What do you think of our new decor? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

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International Day Of Happiness 10 Ways Pets Make Us Happy

Monday, March 20th is International Day of Happiness. You can take the pledge to create more happiness in the world on the Internation Day of Happiness webpage. I took the pledge. I am happy that I did! Sign up and become a Happiness Hero! So just how is it that pets can make us happy? 10 Ways Pets Make Us Happy: Cuddles Pets make us happy when they snuggle us with wet noses, sloppy licks, and snuggly, furry cuddles. Every day my pets make me smile. I am thankful for their warmth on cold nights. When you have a pet never feel alone. Being Needed We all want to be needed. Having someone or something depending on us gives us…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Why Yes, I Am Irish!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I do hope any of you who may be going out to celebrate take it easy and stay safe! I am approximately 25% Irish, perhaps a little less. My percentage of Irish comes from my Grandmother who is the daughter of an Irish immigrant. Below is a photo of my beautiful Grandmother Monica (bottom) and her clearly equally beautiful twin sister Mary Ann (top). These are the Redmon girls. Their mother’s maiden name is O’Connor. The O’Connor family still hold tight to their Irish traditions. They are a large family and host many family events around this time of the year. Ironically, St. Patrick’s day seems to be celebrated more here in the U.S.A. than…

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Should You Stay In Your Lane?

The term Stay In Your Lane may be somewhat new but the idea is not. People have told us to live by a set of rules for ages. As children, when coloring we were told to stay in the lines. To me, these things are just another form of segregation. When someone tells me to Stay In Your Lane, I cringe. I instantly become offended. Then I draw back and feel sorry for the person who told me to do that. Clearly, they have been limited in their own lives. These people are just passing down the torch of narrowmindedness. Even in the blogging world, we are told to pick a small handful of topics to write about. From the marketing…

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International Women’s Day – Equality Matters

March is Women’s History Month. March is the month to reflect on our achievements. I found this timeline of women’s rights to be enlightening. Today is International Women’s Day. Sometimes I step back and ponder why our society needs “days” or “months” in which specific groups get individual focus.  Why achieving equality is so difficult. I realize the benefits, truly, I do. I know without these special days many people may not be aware of the need for change at all. If we had change, and everyone was given equal respect, equal opportunity, then the need for these days would be obsolete. We would all have the equality we deserve. I admit I was gung-ho about American Heart Health Awareness Month. I…

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Decompress Right Now In 5 Easy Steps

Stress gets the best of us. We all deal with some level of anxiety or stress each day. For some, it is far worse than for others. What works to decompress for one person may not work for another. I feel there are never too many ideas out there. I want to share my 5 easy steps to decompressing with you. 1. Get Outside Fresh air is good for everyone. We often do not get the fresh air we need. We also benefit from sunlight. This step is essential if you are spending the greater part of your day in an office. I am a true believer in the powers of Mother Nature. Getting in touch with our earth has healing benefits,…

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The Art Of Being Alone And How To Discover Happiness Again

We are immersed in socialization from the beginning of our lives. Daycare, play groups, Sunday school, family gatherings, primary school, etc. As we get older some of us go right into the workforce. Some go to college, where we have roommates, date. Some of us eventually marry. Very few of us really truly learn to enjoy our own company and feel empowered in our own presence. All too often we are over immersed in others needs and feelings. We take very little time for our own. By nature very self-focused beings. Yet we must learn to put the proper focus in the proper areas of our lives for healthy individualism. I recall the first time I was ever truly alone.…

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February 2017 Round-Up Some Of My Favorites, In Case You Missed Them

Below are a few of my favorite articles from February, just in case you missed them. With our busy schedules, we sometimes get behind on reading our favorite blogs. If you enjoy round-ups you may want to check out January’s Round Up as well. Let’s get right to it … The first article in my February round-up is my favorite fashion article Fashion Focus: Suited Up In Duluth Trading Co Style …    I had so much fun writing this article! My husband and I enjoyed a real adventure. I could not leave it out of the round-up. Check this post out and see what we discovered on our hike! My featured pet post for the Round-Up is My Experience…

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We March Everyday For Equality!

Equality is very important to me. I have never been able to tolerate discrimination. I also am not the type of person to hold picket signs or wave banners. So what is a person like me to do to show my support for equality? A more subtle way to support equality is possible! What if showing support for equality were as simple as wearing a tee shirt while working out at the gym? What if showing we love the differences that exist between us, those things that make each of us special was as easy as being willing to tell someone what the logo on our beanie means? Disclosure: This is a sponsored article however I am deeply involved with this…

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How To Cope When A Loved One Is In Prison

I have went back and forth for a long time now on whether or not to write this blog article. The first thing I had to do was get permission to write it, as it is not just my story. I have had that permission for a very long time now. One of the reasons for holding back on writing this was because I did not want to put any of my readers off. I appealed to some fellow bloggers for advice on if I should write this article or not, most of them said yes, by all means, while a few said no, they would not write about this if it were about their lives. I agree with those…

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Empowerment And Being A Woman

Looking back through history we can find reference to all sorts of Women’s Movements for rights, equality, social justice, and so on. One may say that it all began when women had to go to work while their husband’s were fighting in World War II, however you can go back much further than that and find women also fought for their equality back in 1848. Then in the 1970’s we had another awakening. Here is a wonderful timeline reference if you are curious. It outlines by a timeline the battle for our rights.  I can’t say that this is all inclusive, as every day women fight for their rights, for their empowerment, for their equality. Regardless, we as women also…

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10 Out Of The Box Things Couples Can Do On A Tight Budget

No matter what your income, we all find times in our lives where we are “broke”. Granted starving we may not be, but if you are taking care of your elders, or still paying some bills for your young adult children, and have found yourself tightening your belt lately, like my husband and I, then here are 10 things you can do as a couple that you may not find elsewhere on the web! Trust me, I have searched for things to do with my husband that cost little, to nothing! The problem is that I find lists with too many “girly” things that men would not take interest in, or I find the same old tired ideas such as…

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