How We Can Build Strong Communities

  You may have heard it said that “small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities.”  In fact, 50% of the working population in this country is either employed by or owns a small business.  Amazing isn’t it?  Every year, the first Saturday after...

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A Veterans Day Worth Standing Up For

Veterans Day is a holiday dear to the hearts of many people who read this blog, and for that, I say thank you.  We must all remember that Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for...

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Putting the “Us” back in the Holidays

21 days to Thanksgiving—is that really possible?  November may be the kickoff to the busiest time of your year, but it doesn’t mean your marriage has to suffer because of it.  Try these cozy, simple date night ideas and see your marriage thrive during the holidays.   Thanksgiving Test Kitchen...

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Halloween Fun Without Going Broke

Halloween is a conundrum.  Don’t really get why it’s a holiday.  I understand Thanksgiving and Christmas but Halloween, that’s a different story.  For many families though, Halloween is something they look forward to all year long.  I have to admit that Halloween can be tons of fun but it doesn’t...

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5 Ways to Get Your Life Back

If you could add more years to your life, would you?  More time to pursue your dreams.  More time with family and friends.  More time to change the world.  More time to enjoy life.  Sound good?  Learn how…. My father never liked going to the doctor.  He just wasn’t a...

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Why Pets Improve Our Lives

Pets rock!  Easy for me to say now, but a few years ago I didn’t feel that way.  I saw them as more of a burden, something you had to clean up after and spend a lot of money on.  But then we got Phoebe, our truly wonderful Shepherd/Doberman mix...

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Turning the Tide on Bullying

Bullying is real!  Pretty obvious, right? But for me, until my kids reached middle school and I heard about how kids were being bullied, I really had no idea. If there is one thing I have learned about bullying, it is that it can have devastating effects on the victim...

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Rethinking Autumn to Finish Strong

Here in the Midwest, you sure wouldn’t guess it is Autumn. With temperatures hovering around ninety degrees, winter still seems a long way away. But in reality, it is Autumn, and rather than focusing on what some may consider a depressing time of year (think colder weather and nights getting...

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Unplug for the Sake of Your Family

Enough, already! Turn off that… Sound familiar? If you have teenagers, it probably does. Just the other day I had to have a discussion with my son, who is a high school sophomore, about why unplugging now and then is actually good for him. Are you aware that “screen time,”...

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