Category: advice

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast
Last Friday, I left work around noon and headed out of town to spend the weekend writing my novel at a 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast. I love restored old houses. This one, however, could use some TLC; wood flooring in need of refinishing, threadbare carpets, dilapidated and non-functional windows, peeling ceiling paint,... Read more »

Renters - you need insurance

Renters - you need insurance
Lately, I’ve seen several online funds set up for families who have lost everything in apartment fires. With apparently no renter’s insurance, these families are in a terrible place with limited, or no funds to rebuild their lives. My heart hurts for these families, so I try to help when I can. However, this is... Read more »

I purchased my first smartphone today and I already hate it

I purchased my first smartphone today and I already hate it
It’s true. Ask my friends and family. I bought my very first smartphone today and I already hate it. There’s nothing wrong with the phone. It’s a “certified pre-owned” iPhone 4s, 16G with a pay-as-I-go plan. I’m extremely frugal, so the price of a brand new phone about gave me a rash, or a heart... Read more »
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How to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season

How to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season
While trolling through, I mean hanging out on Facebook, I came across a link to an article about the 8 germiest public places. Bleh. It was gross and it made me think about how to keep healthy during this cold and flu season. In case you don’t read the article (which you should, because it’s... Read more »

18 and counting and I am not talking about kids

18 and counting and I am not talking about kids
18 and counting! No, not kids! My hubby and I are celebrating our 18th anniversary today! Yay us! So, in honor of 18 years married, here are 18 things I’ve learned about being married: 1. Man sweat has it’s own unique smell. 2. Man farts  – see #1 3. Men and women do NOT think the... Read more »

Trichotillomania: The new school year begins

Trichotillomania: The new school year begins
Trichotillomania (trich or TTM for short) is a hair-pulling disorder 1 in 50 people have. My oldest is that 1 in 50. Today, she starts 7th grade, and I am relieved. I’m hoping the distraction of being back in school will help curb the compulsion. She is a subconscious puller; she doesn’t even know she’s... Read more »
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Change is the only true constant in life

Change is the only true constant in life
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about living in the routine of life – walking in the status quo, as it were. The reality, though, is that change is the only true constant in life. Status quo, life without chaos, is a good thing. It allows us moments of rest between the... Read more »

Sometimes the help we get isn't very helpful

Sometimes the help we get isn't very helpful
As a working mom, I need a great deal more help around the house than I used to just to keep up with the basics, like dishes, meal planning and laundry. My family is trying to be helpful. Trying. Often times, though, especially in the kitchen, I find objects such as pans, pots, mixing bowls... Read more »

How I’m handling the other There’s a Bug in My Coffee blog

How I’m handling the other There’s a Bug in My Coffee blog
Last night, I discovered that there is another blog out there called There’s a Bug in My Coffee. Thank you, Google alerts. WOW! Was I miffed. I’m less than a week away from my 1 year anniversary of writing There’s a Bug in My Coffee, and this happens. I do not know 100% that mine... Read more »
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5 reasons why you should not have personal fireworks displays for the 4th of July

5 reasons why you should not have personal fireworks displays for the 4th of July
Please don’t have personal fireworks displays this year. I can hear it now, “What?!?” “Mind your own business!” “I’ve got this – I’ve done this for years and no one’s ever gotten hurt.”  And other comments I won’t post, but know are coming. I have 5 very good reasons why you should refrain from having... Read more »