Like this? Then share it with your friends! One night I had a dream that we went on vacation. Don’t laugh, any of you with kids knows how pricey it gets to haul around a gaggle of screaming kids, not to mention the headaches of planning and execution of a so-called “relaxing vacation”. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to visit tropical places as much a the next gal, but is that practical with 3 boys, and a dad who says that “we’ll need a vacation from our vacation”? Back to my dream…it was fantastic, relaxing, and the kids were quietly humming in the backRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! I’ve been gone from my beloved blogging far too long. Just like other moms (and yes, dads), I have kid activities, school activities, work (even though I work from home) and house duties. On top of all that, I try to spend time with my kids. And busy or not, I also try to make sure my relationship with my wonderful husband stays strong. How do I fit it all in? I was recently asked that question by an overwhelmed new mom. She’s trying hard to figure out how to fit in a full-time job, make sure sheRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Last year, I saw this neat looking little gadget called NeatReceipts(made by NeatCo) in Costco for $125. I don’t usually splurge on myself (as my husband will attest to), so I passed it up because it seemed like a bit of a waste of money. Since I’m a true computer geek and I know a lot about scanning and OCR, I figured I could just do the same thing with my good old All-in-One and ReadIris OCR. When that didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, I asked my husband to buy me that cute little NeatReceipts package for Christmas. MyRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! This time of the year, we all need to be thankful for what we have in our lives: family, health, food, clothing, shelter. But there are some people that don’t have even the neccessities because of many reasons including natural disaster. Haiti is one of those places. But here’s the great thing, we can help through “Trade, Not Aid.” The Heart of Haiti is helping to accomplish just that. In other words, Heart of Haiti is using commerce andculture to create social change.  Instead of providing one-time funding through charity, Heart of Haiti is creating opportunities for HaitianRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! I absolutely love this time of year. The cool weather signals that the holidays are near, and that also means it’s time for me to reflect on everything that’s happened over the year…good and bad. This year, I lost some dear friends, was laid off from a job I really liked, and was a victim of credit card fraud. I also gained back 5 of the 50 pounds I worked so hard to lose. All of those other things make the unwanted 5 pounds seem not so bad. So why does that bother me the most right now? It’s called theRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends!  My insecurity started out when I was a teenager. I wasn’t part of the “in” group, but I guess you could say that I was a free spirit. So how come I was so insecure even though I made friends easily? And how do you get past it so you can be all that you’re meant to be in life? It all comes down to what you feel inside. Everything I did when I was a teenager revolved around trying to become popular, or what I considered to be popular. I was smart, pretty, athletic, active in the community and hadRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! In my line of work, I tend to speak with lots of women, many of whom say they don’t care how they look. But doesn’t how you look on the outside often represent how you feel inside? I certainly think so. As you probably noticed, I haven’t had a blog post in a while. I caught something nasty last week and have had a really hard time shaking it. What I’ve noticed during the past week (and you’ve probably noticed if you’ve seen me) is that the worse I feel, the worse I look. I don’t mean that I look sick.  WhatRead More →

Like this? Then share it on Facebook! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet.  While it’s great to celebrate the day and watch fireworks, did you know what the founders of this country gave up for us to have the freedom that we enjoy so much? Many of them lost everything they had, including their families and their own lives…a sacrifice that some of us would never think of making. This group of men put their vision of our country ahead of their own needs and wants, and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for it. Some of them were captured, torturedRead More →

Like this? Then share it on Facebook! Helloooooo world! Can you tell this is my first blog? I’ve been thinking about writing one for a while, but I didn’t really know where to start. I guess you’ll have to sit through listening to my background story first, then I’ll move on to some of the subject matter that you really want to hear. So here goes. As many of you may (or may not) know, I used to work full-time as a computer programmer. I loved what I did, but I got really tired of the rat race. I’m also an avid crafter, scrapbooker, jewelry-maker, candle-makerRead More →