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8 Things to Do Before Summer Ends PDF Print E-mail

By Lynn Andriani and Amber Kallor

The unofficial end of summer is in just a few days.  Have you taken the time to dip your toes in the water?  Baked a pie using summer fruit or my favorite suggestion... spent an evening gazing at the Milky Way?

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The Flylady's New Site PDF Print E-mail

With Thanksgiving just three and a half weeks away, I visited the Flylady's website to reread her Holiday Control Journal

I was surprised to see that the website has been completely revamped and is absolutely beautiful! 

If you haven't visited her site lately, check it out at

The Best of Beauty: Cheap Thrills PDF Print E-mail

By Meirav Devash


I love Allure's Best of Beauty lists, especially when they focus on affordable products.  

There are several items on this year's The Best of Beauty: Cheap Thrills list that made it into my Spending Book.  The next time I'm at Target or CVS, I'll be on the lookout for them.

  1. St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Body Scrub - $5.69
  2. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - $6
  3. L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Intense Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner - $6.99 each

To see all 27 items that made the list, read the article at

* L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Intense Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Casual Affordable Winter Clothing PDF Print E-mail

I stumbled on this Casual Affordable Winter Clothing article by Yolanda Wikiel on Real Simple's website.  Although all of the offerings are under $100, I don't think they are all worth it.

One of the disappointing items she featured is this faux fur trapper hat for $70.

I can't see a savvy person spending $70 for a trendy hat that will likely only be worn a handful of times.

Instead, I would rather spend $89.50 on this beautiful wool dress she featured from The Loft.  The classic look can be worn for business meetings, speaking engagements and holiday events. 

In fact, I bookmarked the dress on and will check back over the next few weeks to see if it is going to go on sale.  It's worth $89.50, but if I can get it for less, that's even better!

A Seven Day Plan for Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail

Are you preparing the Thanksgiving meal this year?  If so, are you looking forward to it or dreading it?

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to and be grateful for the wonderful things in our lives. 

  • It's not intended as a time to spend 20 minutes standing in line at the grocery store at 6:30 pm on Wednesday night praying you didn't forget anything. 
  • It's not a time to wake up at 4:00 am to ensure you can get everything finished before the guests arrive. 
  • It's not a time to be so exhausted by the time dinner is served that you can't wait for everyone to leave so you can go straight to bed.

The key to a relaxed enjoyable Thanksgiving meal is planning.  In this article from Melissa Clark of The New York Times, she offers a seven day countdown to ensure you have the best holiday yet.

Read the article at

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