Say No to Yes

There is a word for many of us that is hard for us to say.  We aren't sure what reaction it will elicit. Will you hurt their feelings, put your job at risk, or shatter someone’s perception of you?  No in context is negative, so we fail to use the word no in situations even when it's clear that no should be the answer.  I found my no when I became a mother.  While trying to balance a career, marriage, and motherhood, I realized the only way to thrive and survive is through the word no. 

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Kudos to CVS for Boldly Stating, “Enough Already!”

I take horrible photos. My husband, usually the victim taking said photos, tells me that the camera only takes what it sees. His statement always makes my blood boil.  I then proceed to take 57 additional photos until I get an “Instagram” worthy photo.  If someone ever looked through my cell phone’s photo trash I’m certain they would wince or turn to stone. 

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Strive to be in the 8% in 2018

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions focused on getting out of debt, losing weight, traveling more, or career-related aspirations. Studies show only eight percent of people are able to keep their New Year's resolutions. The reason we fail is simple, we set too many resolutions and allow small set-backs to take us off of our course. Many people see their New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside by the 17th of the month.  How much did you really want it if the passion for your weight loss, debt reduction, or travel itineraries have fizzled within 17 days?

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My 2017 Top Reads

Last year, I set a goal to read at least one new book every month. There were some months I managed to read two books, and some months that I just was unable to find the time.  In 2018, I plan to continue to my reading journey and have recruited some friends to join me in my goal of reading at least 12 books per year.  I also decided to go old school with how I read my books.  When my children see me reading on a tablet, they think I’m watching a Youtube video or playing a game.  Holding a book in my hands is another way for me to stress the importance of reading to my children. 

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Why I Can’t Afford Any More Children

I can honestly say I was tired for the first six years of being a mom.  The lack of sleep with my first son continued right into lack of sleep with my second son. Being tired became my personality.  I tired of hearing myself tell others that I was tired. Having two children, who disliked sleep, nearly broke me.  

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#GameChanger...Walmart Online Grocery Shopping

Anyone who knows me knows that when I see a flashing sign with the word "NEW", I have to try it.  A few months ago, I decided to try the Walmart Online Grocery Shopping feature.  There was nothing to lose, I received $10 off my first order.

 I'm hooked!

Walmart Online Grocery Shopping is now how I shop, and here's why:

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How I Stick to my Christmas Budget Without Giving Crummy Gifts

A highly Googled topic, but the advice often doesn't factor in the fact that you actually want to give people gifts they like.  For many of us the holidays literally sneak up on you. You are busy working, shuttling children back and forth, paying your every day bills, and then all of a sudden its the week of Thanksgiving and you are putting together your Christmas budget.  

After years of going over my budget, I finally have learned how to successfully buy gifts that my family and friends love without going over my budget and compromising on gift quality.

 

 

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