Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!

A gift-giving strategy that’s down to earh – and good for it, and your wallet!

“Merry and bright, this year? With all the economic woes, possible lockdowns, steadily increasing inflation, unrest, instability, and supply chain shortages? A bright and merry Christmas really does seem inconceivable this year. In fact, even celebrating Christmas in the midst of all this seems almost crazy, let alone trying to make it merry and bright! And Christmas gifts? What a distressing thought!

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The Golden Rule of Simplifying

Life can get pretty complicated, can’t it? So why add a messy house to the mix? That’s what I tell friends when they comment on how clean and tidy they always usually find my house. “But how do you do it?” they wonder. ” By following my Golden Rule of simplifying,” I tell them.

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How to Help Immigrants and Refugees

According to Amnesty International there are 26 million refugees worldwide, half of which are children. If we add to that the estimated 272 million international migrants, that’s a lot of people moving around. And turning up right at our doorstep!

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Raising Readers in a Technological Era

From the time our children were babies we read to them a lot, identifying pictures in books. Building their vocabularies, along with a love of books, one word at a time. And it paid off! Our daughter could already say many words at 9 months, and by age one spoke in complete phrases! Our son, also an early starter, was just a bit behind his sister. 

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Dog Payments, Snowballs and Debt-Free Living!

I’m fond of saying that Hubby and I should have received a financial stupidity award in our early marriage. Armed with credit cards and few brains, we shopped foolishly and extravagantly. Even buying a dog on credit! 

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12 Ways to Make House Guests Feel Special

We’ve lived fun and adventure, traveled the globe, learned words in many languages, and learned to embrace different cultures! And on a shoestring budget, staying right at home! “How is that possible?” you ask. Through the hearts of our guests sharing the love they have for their homeland, or their passion for things like painting, making balsamic vinegar, or cooking.

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The Giant, Odor-Free Minimalist Travel Towel,

Try the huge, but compact Turkish Peshtemal that only gets softer and fluffier with successive washings!

Do you have a problem with smelly towels? We always did, but no more! Over here, especially during rainy season, towels take a long time to dry. So unless washed after each use, they turn sour-smelling, and so unpleasant to use!

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One-Bag Travel: Packing List

My complete one-bag-travel packing list can help you travel super light. And yet never lack for a single thing!

In sharing why we Travel With Just a Carry-on each, I also shared that traveling so light seemed utterly impossible to me. And that’s because I’m the type of person who likes being prepared for anything and everything! An organizer and champion list maker, I’d jot down everything imaginable and drag it along. Only to realize that we never even used a lot of it! 

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How to Do Laundry Almost Free: Naturally

If you’re tired of sending money down the drain try soap nuts, the only 100% organic laundry soap that grows on trees!

According to statistics, an average American family of four spends around $185 on laundry detergent annually.ยน Add another $39 for bleach, and $66 for fabric softener. That’s a lot of money going down the drain. (No pun intended!) And it doesn’t even take into account the toll all those chemical products take on the environment. 

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