How the Pandemic Made Me Quit My Job and Move to Paradise

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My visa application was accepted in December 2020. It felt like a dream the day it popped up in my inbox. My hand was shaking as I pressed the accept button, and I couldn’t believe it was real. I cried. I was so happy. I couldn’t believe I’d just done it. Read More

Birthday Shopping at a Local Toy Store

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Not only do I get to enjoy my granddaughter’s company but I get to support a small business, something that is so important right now for small businesses to survive. It’s a win-win situation. Hopefully, she chooses another Mom’s Choice Award winner this year! Next time you’re considering shopping at or ordering online from a mass retailer, perhaps you’ll consider shopping local and enjoying the experience, as I did and still do every year with my granddaughter. Read More

THE PAUSE: Finding Peaceful Resolve in Chaos

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Each day as I awake, the first question that comes to mind is, how much longer can I sustain this pause? This physical separation from my three boys, their wives, and my grandchildren needs to end! My mind races with all the unfortunate coronavirus statistics reported on the news causing this pause. It could be a year or so before I can feel comfortable and safe to commune with loved ones and friends. Read More

50 Ways to Kick Your Mood Up a Notch

50 Ways to Kick Your Mood Up a Notch

I asked a group of moms what suggestions they had for raising the roof when they’re feeling down: Below are 50 ways to kick it up a notch when you can’t motivate yourself to get it done Read More