• Alright, so I'm a 'tell it like it is' gal. Some appreciate it, others hate it. Let's hope you're in the first group. I'm from Missouri, so I love me some Twain quotes {Mark, not Shania...although she's awesome too}. Mark Twain once

    Read more

    NEW 1MINUTE2MOTIVATE SERIES

    January 3, 2018
    NEW 1MINUTE2MOTIVATE SERIES

    So there was Christmas and then 3 days later was my 40th birthday. For the first time in a long time I was actually looking forward to the holidays. I had plans of relaxation with the kids and family. No stressful holiday travel. Just some

    Read more

    PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS & HOT COCOA MIX

    I'm not a big coffee drinker. I usually have tea throughout the day. But during the holidays, the kids and I are huge hot cocoa drinkers. Even better...peppermint hot cocoa. Since I was young, my parents would make their own hot cocoa

    Read more

    A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS POEM

    December 19, 2017
    A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS POEM

    Originally I wasn't going to post to the blog this week. There's so much hustle and bustle this time of year. I know I'm busy, you're busy, and not many people slow down to read things like a blog post about an ornament. But the story

    Read more

    MY SUICIDE NOTE

    November 28, 2017
    MY SUICIDE NOTE

    I'm not very good at writing these types of posts. Transparency is not my forte. Growing up, my family was never the type of people who wore their hearts on their sleeves. When I became a mother I vowed to be different, but it doesn't come

    Read more

    NOVEMBER GRATITUDE JOURNAL CHALLENGE

    Last week I briefly mentioned that the holidays and I went through an emotional downward spiral together. What was supposed to be the 'most wonderful time of the year' had turned into my personal, hellish nightmare. I shared that one of the

    Read more

    CHEESY ARTICHOKE AND SPINACH DIP

    Every November my cousin and her daughter visit me and my daughter for a girls' weekend. Aside from just the enjoyment of spending time together and relaxing before the holiday chaos begins, we are also attending a Holiday Homes Tour

    Read more

    STEP UP YOUR EMAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE

    It doesn't matter if you have 10 people or 10,000 people on your list, your email should be set up with top-notch customer service in place. This is especially important for small or home business owners during the holidays. In

    Read more

    FREE PRINTABLE: HOLIDAY EXPECTATIONS

    I used to love everything about the holidays. Then I became a single mom and a business owner. After that, the holidays lost their magic for me. I was poor, stressed, overworked, and felt guilty for not being the 'perfect' mother for my

    Read more

    EASY STEP TO INCREASE  SALES THIS HOLIDAY

    It is an understatement to say that holiday sales are highly competitive. Attention-grabbing ads are everywhere. Businesses pull out all of the stops. Urgency Elements to Increase Sales This is why, in marketing, we use urgency elements.

    Read more

    MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

    November 4, 2017
    MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

    First of all, like any normal person...I love chocolate. It's in my genes. My Country Grandma never traveled without fun size candy bars in her purse. I continually aspire to be as dedicated as she was. Second of all, I love any recipe

    Read more

    TOP 5 REGRETS OF THE DYING

    November 2, 2017
    TOP 5 REGRETS OF THE DYING

    Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives and listening to their regrets. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything

    Read more

    PUMPKIN SPICE CHAI LATTE

    October 24, 2017
    PUMPKIN SPICE CHAI LATTE

    Okay, before we begin I have a confession to make. I am, like every other white girl in America, obsessed with Pumpkin Spice Latte's. OBSESSED. No joke, I even own this shirt My daughter is right there beside me in my pumpkin spice

    Read more

    THE KITCHEN

    October 16, 2017

    Read more

    DAY BEFORE CHILI

    October 2, 2017
    DAY BEFORE CHILI

    My 14 year old daughter loves to throw parties at our house with her 4 closest girlfriends. In the past we have had our annual Christmas party, Easter party, and Abby's Birthday party for these girls. My only requirement for having these

    Read more

    SIMPLE, EASY RUSTIC BREAD

    September 10, 2017
    SIMPLE, EASY RUSTIC BREAD

    I love this bread because... It's a carb. It's ridiculously simple to make. Only FOUR ingredients, NO KNEADING, and it tastes pretty ah-mazing. The last time I made it one of my girlfriends came over for dinner. She saw the

    Read more

    GRANDMA'S SWEET TEA

    July 19, 2017
    GRANDMA'S SWEET TEA

    If you are from the south, you understand the importance of sweet tea. It is the beverage of choice for front porch gatherings, picnics, Fourth of July celebrations, and dinner with your family. I grew up drinking gallons of sweet tea

    Read more