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Being a (good type of) quitter

I saw this on a friend’s Facebook wall at the beginning of the year and without telling many people, adopted it as my mantra for 2017, with one addition, “making my family happy.” Over the past nine months, I’ve been busy doing exactly the opposite of what my parents taught me. I became a quitter. […]

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Back to school…the busiest time of year!

It’s August. How is that possible? What does August matter, you may ask? Well, in most places in the country, it’s the start of a new school year. Yes, I realize the calendar year starts in January, but for people who have school age kids, August is the month when everything starts fresh. A new […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Crest White Strips I’ve used these for years and have always had great results. I don’t drink soda or coffee or smoke, so they may not work as well for people who […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Annual passes for local museums and attractions My kids are lucky, living so close to fun attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Legoland and Sea World. When I was growing up outside […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Nordstrom Rack for iPhone cases When I bought my iPhone, I really wanted a monogrammed case. I paid way too much for it, Chase laughed at me and it didn’t even hold […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Store-bought valentines I have fond memories of tearing through my valentines as a kid. Back in the day when you could just give valentines to kids you like and didn’t have to […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Living Proof Full Shampoo/Conditioner I have written before about my struggles styling my hair. It’s fine, I’m impatient, so it’s usually not pretty. It looks better when I curl it, but unless […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Grocery store bulk discounts on alcohol I swear, despite my posts on how to save money on booze, I really don’t drink that much. But, we entertain, I go to girls’ nights, […]

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Friday Five – Favorite Stores Edition

I’m doing something a little different for the Friday Five today: highlighting some of my favorite stores that can help save you time and money. Everyone knows I love Costco’s prepared food, Fresh & Easy’s coupons and Target’s red card, but here are a few others, both brick-and-mortar and online. 1. Home Goods My friend, […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Google Shared Calendar Every family is busy with work and social commitments. I have a cute photo calendar of the kids, but I don’t ever write on it. When events come up, […]

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