Summer “Keep Calm” Message and Ways to Beat the Heat

Keep Calm and Pray for a Breeze

When it’s 98 degrees outside with a heat index between 105 – 112 like it is in Charleston this week, the message above really applies!

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Best Purchase of the Year — Flylady Water Bottle

Best Purchase of the Year -- Flylady water bottle

In a quest to save money, go green and stop buying bottled water (which is something I swore I’d never do…but somehow got hooked on), I’ve tried a bunch of different water bottles.

Each one had a flaw. It failed to keep the water cold, made the water taste plastic-y, contained BPA, sweated or dripped. Couldn’t find anything that was superior to refrigerated bottled water.

That is, until I finally located the perfect product — the Flylady metal water bottle. Continue reading

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Easiest Recipe on Earth — Crockpot Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Cinnamon

Easiest Recipe Ever: Crockpot Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Cinnamon In 2014, I wrote a blog post that included a low-cal blueberry Cool Whip Lite pie recipe, with the brash declaration that it was “the only recipe you’ll ever see on my blog” (since I’m really, really not into cooking). Never say never. Continue reading

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The Secret to Success: Best Workplace Advice

The Secret to Success: Best Workplace Advice #2

After years of soul-sucking jobs when I was newly divorced (after being an at-home mom for four years) and my son was young, I was hired by a defense contractor as a writer for a government agency. The salary wasn’t great, but the benefits were good and there was potential to get hired as a government employee.

On my first day, my supervisor drove me to the government office, took me inside and gave me the best workplace advice ever. Continue reading

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The Jetsons’ Gadgets and Gizmos are Here and the Future is Now!

The Jetsons: Gadgets and Gizmos are Here and the Future is Now!

One of my favorite bloggers, Tamara Rockwood at the Platypus Directive, recently published a tongue-in-cheek post lamenting that many of Joan Jetsons’ labor-saving devices (from the TV show The Jetsons that ran from 1962 – 1980) haven’t come to fruition — and she could sure use them.

However, after thinking about it for a while, I realized that many of the futuristic gadgets and gizmos from the show that we thought were wildly crazy (and would NEVER happen in our lifetime) are actually here or coming in the not-too-distant future. Who would’ve ever thought?!

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Thrift Store Treasures #6

Thrift StoreTreasures #6

It was 98 degrees this week with a heat index of 105, so I scored some “hot” bargains. Half were thrift store treasures and the others were bought at yard sales. Continue reading

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Top 20 Thrift Store Shopping Tips

Top 20 thrift store shoppping tips

Here are 20 great thrift store shopping tips: Continue reading

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How to Find Your Car after You Park It

How to Find Your Car After You Park It

If you have a nondescript car like my Sylvia (a silver Nissan) — you could probably use some tips to find it in parking lots, on city streets, at the mall —  and especially at Disney World. :) Continue reading

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Best Work Advice Ever

best work advice

I’m a writer at a large organization, and create high-visibility documents distributed to thousands of people around the world on a variety of subjects — many of which I know nothing about, starting out.

The former chief of staff at work gave me a fantastic piece of advice several years ago that helps with my job and may help anyone who writes as part of their job or is part of any group assigned to create documents. Continue reading

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The Secret of How to Get Others to Like You

The secret of getting others to like you

When financial wizard Warren Buffet was asked how to get others to like you, he gave some great advice.

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