My Hiatus Post and Advice: Do What You Love

This may be my last post for a long time. It has been an incredible journey.

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For the past year, I’ve been writing a weekly series on ways to get happy for free. It had little to do with money and everything to do with this.


Live intentionally. Be purposeful, mindful and be sure… Continue reading

52 Ways to get Happy for FREE (46-51): Learn from Children

Yes, I’m saving the best for last. This post covers #46-51.


This has been a year of growth. For the blog, for my family and above all, for me.

I couldn’t separate 46-51 because they are all lessons from children we can learn about happiness and well being.

Having children has taught me the following truths about… Continue reading

Savory Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have so much natural sweetness, try making them savory for a sweet and savory bite all in one.


savory sweet potato recipe

I have a bit of an obsession with sweet potatoes. I’ve been making them at least once a week for the past 2 months. Most recipes are sweet, like this… Continue reading

How to Maximize Coinstar

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Looking for extra money right about now? I know, me too!

My kids love finding change around the house and with my mom coming into town tomorrow for the holidays, and lots of shopping and dining out days ahead, I thought, hey… Continue reading

Turkey Meatball Soup

This turkey meatball soup cures a cold, flu and makes a happy, happy home.

turkey meatball soup recipe

Move over chicken noodle soup.

This is the one your mom told you to eat when the temps drop, the nose sniffles and the body gets chills. The next time someone in your home starts sniffling or feels feverish, make this and… Continue reading

52 Ways to Get Happy for FREE: Lose Track of Time (Week 44)


What makes you lose track of time?

A phone call with an old friend? Playing games with your family. Watching a movie you know all the words to or reading a good book. You can probably name several things off the top of your head that would make you just lose yourself.

That’s where your passion lies and… Continue reading

52 Ways to Get Happy for FREE: Save Money (Week 43)

Saving money will lift you up!

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It all seems so easy right? Saving money is not fun while it’s happening, but counting your money after you’ve saved it? So much happiness!

In this season of overspending, let’s make a goal for the new year to save, even a little bit. Can you imagine if you… Continue reading

Stay Well and Win Big with Zicam

This is a sponsored conversation with Zicam.


Oh the Pre-Cold!

It’s almost worst than a full blown cold because you start to get all the symptoms and the anxiety because you know what’s coming next. My first thought is always, “I just can’t afford to get sick!” I have so many people relying on me, so much work… Continue reading

52 Ways to Get Happy for FREE: Build Resilience (Week 42)

Hard times are not there to break us. They are there to build us up.

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Everyone we meet is going through a struggle. What separates people is their reaction to the struggle.

Think about this. The day after the massacre in Newtown, CT, when 20 children were killed, the father of one of the victims spoke to… Continue reading

Shell and the Fuel Rewards Network Program {Giveaway}

Save money on gas at Shell with the Fuel Rewards Network Program.

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No need to shop at just one grocery store to save money at the pump. Shell participates in theFuel Rewards Network Program that can save you up to $3 off per gallon (up to 20 gallons per purchase) every time you fill up… Continue reading