Writer. Author. Blogger. Foodie.

From childhood, I've been writing in one form or another. Starting with poems, stories, and even a magazine as a junior high English project, I now write in whatever form I like.

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Revisiting Batching Days | Live the Freelance Life

I first discussed batching days back in September, for International Batching Day. I had pretty lofty goals that day, and I met them. I was pretty darn proud of myself.

As per my goals for this year, I’m revisiting the idea of batching days. You see, I’ve decided to implement a new productivity technique and stick with it. I decided, since I did so well on the batching day last year, I’d use that technique. I already know what to do.

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Starting to Organize/Live the Freelance Life: And Live it Well

As per my theme word for 2017, I’ve begun to organize things. I wanted to get the drawers done first because there were things I needed and couldn’t find, and other things I didn’t need to keep.

I cleared everything out and wiped the drawers down with a disinfectant wipe, then began putting everything I wanted to keep back, in a more organized way.

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Fun Personal Projects for Freelancers: Easy Desk Decorations for WinterLive the Freelance Life: And Live it Well

Usually, the projects I post here are at least somewhat related to writing. But not today. These easy desk decorations for winter will spruce up your desk and leave it feeling a little more cozy.

And why not? We can be creative in more than one way. Why not let our creativity shine through by crafting and doing things other than writing.

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2017 Theme Word: Organize/Live the Freelance Life: And Live it Well

I’ve done theme words or phrases the past four years: Prepare, Be Creative, Simplify, and Courage. I was pretty darn successful at each of these, and have decided I like theme words and goals better than resolutions. They work for me.
My 2017 theme word is:

And boy do I need it! I’m not just talking about my writing life, either. I need to find ways to organize the room I rent to make it feel more cozy and tidy; more homey. I’m planning on a year of organizing everything I possibly can, from home to personal stuff to business.

It should all keep me pretty busy.

As for organizing my writing life, I want to:

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Raising My Girls Alone, Part 2 – Single Mom Family

In Raising My Girls Alone, Part 1, I talked about how four strong women helped me to raise Skye and Zowie, and how grateful I am to each of those women. But they were not the only people who were there for us. We had a bit wider support system. We also had my father …

2005 01 01 00.00.00 48 article

New Year Goal: Stop Multitasking/Live the Freelance Life: And Live it Well

Sadly, I’ve done this far too much. Been in the middle of so many things that I’ve lost track of where I was, or completely forgotten some of the things I was supposed to be doing. Only to look at my multiple lists later on and realize I hadn’t accomplished some of the things I was supposed to do that day.

Not fun, especially when you have to then turn around and finish those things, even though you thought you were done.

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Raising My Girls Alone, Part 1 – Single Mom Family

Skye's father was not in the picture. I don't say this in any negative way. They have a relationship now that she is an adult, and that is the important thing. I fully support them and am grateful that he is in her life now. Zowie's father was there until he passed away when she …

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Why I Homeschooled My Daughters – Single Mom Family

My daughters, like all children, started their education at home. They went to daycare, and even head start for a while. Then they transitioned into public school. The first year for Skye was great, but things went downhill from there and I ended up taking both girls out of public school and started teaching them …

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Plans for the Single Mom Family Blog – Single Mom Family

These are my plans for Single Mom Family:

Go through all the old articles, editing what I intend to place on this blog so I can get them back out for all the single moms to read.
While going through all those old articles, I’m putting many aside for projects like:
an eCookBook for single mom families
I’ll be editing and adding new materials to each.
Writing blog posts from a fresh perspective...

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Holiday Toy Safety and Money Saving Tips – Frugal is Fabulous!

Happy Holidays everyone! Isn’t this picture of my grandson just adorable? He is older now, this being his second holiday season, and I want to be sure all his toys are safe for him to be playing with. I also don’t want to have to pay top dollar for everything.

I recently received an email from Kay over at ConsumerSafety.org, who asked if I could share an infographic with you. I agreed because I know all parents want their children to be safe, and have decided to share some of my own tips as well.

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Holiday Tag Ornament Sets Using Sharpie Extreme Markers – Frugal is Fabulous!

I don’t know about you, but for me crafting is a way to de-stress. Creating melts away any negative feelings, allowing me to relax and enjoy what I’m doing. It also is a good way to acquire gifts and decorations, as well as home decor.

When the Sharpie team contacted me about coming up with projects for my wrapping needs, I was already thinking about projects for the holiday season. I was excited to try my hand at more creative, decorative wrapping projects, and one of the projects I decided on was tag ornaments for the Yule and Christmas gifts I’m giving this.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Sharpie Extreme Markers – Frugal is Fabulous!

Okay everyone, it’s time to get crafty for the holidays.

The Sharpie team recently contacted me, wondering if I wanted to get crafty while using the Sharpie Extreme markers and I, of course, said yes! I love doing crafts, and had just begun to think about what I was going to do for Yule and Christmas. Yup, we celebrate two holidays, and both are very important.

I decided on wrapping ideas and ornaments (coming soon!) for my projects of choice, and the following are the ideas I came up with on the wrapping front.

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Mini At-Home Spa Moment: A Relaxing End to Your Day/ Frugal is Fabulous!

As part of my Mini At-Home Spa Moments series, I’d like to share with you a relaxing way to end your day. The Mini At-Home Spa Moments are affordable luxuries for the frugally minded.

1. Shower or bathe using a pleasantly scented body wash, such as one from the Softsoap Luminous Oils line. My favorite is the Macadamia Oil & Peony, which I reviewed...

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Sausage & Banana Oatmeal Bowl | Frugal Recipes

I recently posted about how I’m trying smoothie bowls at breakfast. I’m also trying oatmeal bowls, and they are delicious.

So many foods can be added to a smoothie bowl, that there are plenty of combinations to try. And what better time of year to experiment than during the autumn and winter months. A warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning. What could be better?

My first experiment was an easy one.

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The Art of Soup Creation | Frugal Recipes

Soups are so easy to make! They are healthy, and you can add just about anything to a soup. Experiment to see what your favorites will be.

A big pot is best, so you can have plenty of leftovers. Covered and placed in the fridge it’ll last a good 4 or 5 days, and you can freeze some of the soup as well.

I use leftovers first when making a soup, then add to the pot if the need be. If the leftovers are frozen, they don’t really need to be thawed. This process will happen just fine during the cooking period, so no worries.

Here is the basic process of making a soup: