Top 10 Thrifty Wins: November

One thing I love about these monthly Top 10 Thrifty Wins posts is that it forces me to find SOME kind of financial positives when looking back at the month. All wins count, no matter how seemingly small they might be. Reflecting on the past month’s finances motivates me to keep going and do even […]

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4 Ways to Practice Gratitude

‘Tis the season to give thanks! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and it’s a perfect time to talk about gratitude. Last week I posted about holiday stress and how being grateful and staying positive can help manage stress. I also made up my mind that I wasn’t going to give in to the pressures of the holiday […]

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8 Ways to Cut Holiday Stress

I have a good time and enjoy many aspects of the holiday season: Turkey Trot, Hallmark movies with Gretchen Wieners, getting together with family, singing Christmas carols and Christmas Eve mass, to name a few. However, the stress that comes along with this time of year gets to me and sometimes clouds the joy and […]

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Week 4: Meditation through Reading

This week’s focus in the 4-Week Meditation Series is Meditation through Reading. What I Did Each night I read the day’s Gospel or the passage from my Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations book that I tried the previous week. I read the passage slowly, three times, and meditated on the words that stood out most to […]

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Top 10 Activities for Frugal Fall Fun

Please don’t hate me. I’m a summer person, and I get a little sad when fall arrives, marking the end of long days, warm weather and summer fun. BUT THEN I put this list together of some super fun fall activities that won’t break the bank, and I realized fall’s a pretty great season, too. […]

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Week 3: Movement Meditation

When I think about the words “movement meditation”, I usually think of yoga or tai chi. Though many have found these forms of meditation to be beneficial, I decided to try something a little different this week. The forms of movement I chose were walking and running. I paired them with different tools to guide […]

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Week 2 Meditation Series: Guided Meditation

For Week 2 of my 4-Week Meditation Series, I focused on Guided Meditation. Instead of focusing completely on my breathing, I had various youtube videos guiding me through my 20 minute meditation time. What I Did Before going to sleep each night I lay down in my bed, flat on my back without a pillow. […]

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Week 1 Meditation Series: Focused Meditation

I think I like this meditation stuff. For week 1 of my 4-Week Meditation Series, I worked on Focused Meditation. I found this type of meditation to be simple, yet challenging. What I Did Each night before going to sleep, I went to the bedroom, shut off the lights and sat down. I positioned myself either […]

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4-Week Meditation Series

I’m super excited about starting this 4-week meditation series! So many great things can come from meditating, and I’m eager to explore. Why Meditate? The list of benefits is endless: reduce stress, manage anxiety and depression, enhance spiritual wellness, improve focus and memory, increase patience, enhance awareness, improve sleep, manage pain, lower blood pressure and […]

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10-Minute Pilates Challenge

In order to continue to get regular exercise, I need to switch up my routine often and try something new. Since cancelling my gym membership last spring, I’ve been a little more creative with my workouts. Rick and I usually go for a walk each day. I’ve also been running, biking, hiking, and I’ve tried […]

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