A Full and Happy Life [Video]

Are you chasing after happiness, when you already hold it in your hands?

The more I talk with people, the more I discover that many are dissatisfied with life. Either they don’t like the direction their life is going, or feel their life is directionless. And I think it’s because we sometimes lose track of what’s really important.

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Dog Payments, Snowballs and Debt-Free Living!

Becoming debt-free may seem like Mission Impossible. But if two financial idiots like us could do it, so can you!

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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The Benefits of Italian Slow Living

Discover the secret benefits of slow living. Something that the Italian people have long known and cherished…

When I explain how our years here in Italy have taught us to slow down, enjoy life, and have even more time for all that we love, I find many who want to escape the stress and frazzled nerves (or the sometimes meaningless treadmill) of the fast lane. We want a meaningful life that counts for something and one that we can truly enjoy. 

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But What About the Memories?

How would you react if your house and all its contents got flattened by accident?

Imagine returning home from a shopping trip to find your house leveled! That’s just what happened to a couple in Michigan. A demolition crew was given the wrong address, and all that remained of a grandmother’s old home was a cement slab. 

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How to Do Laundry Almost Free: Naturally

Do laundry naturally and frugally, with soap nuts, the only organic laundry soap that grows on trees!

According to statistics, an average American family of four spends around $185 on laundry detergent annually.¹ 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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When Thieves Strike: And the Value of Stuff

We’ve had thieves strike. Twice. The first time real thieves, but the second were sort of fake thieves. As many of you know, we have a summer home. And in our absence thieves got in, taking our bedroom mirror and a small step ladder. 

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Why I Don’t Own a Smartphone

I’m probably among the few, practically anywhere, with no Smartphone. And people often wonder why, so I explain that for me it’s a matter of ethics. Ethics that extend to my shopping and use of technology. Because I believe that my faith should guide every area of life, including technology. 

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