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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Spring and Summer

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Children are running, and there’s laughter all around. Fun conversation is shared while the table is overflowing with delectable treats. There are hands reaching and mom’s pointing, and dad’s laughing there are uncles and aunts, cousins and friends that we call family. There are flowers blooming and blue skies reaching as far as the eye can see. There are full hearts as we enjoy the weather, the food and the soak in the people we love. These are the memories that I think about when someone asks me about spring.

I want my kids to also grow up with unforgettable memories of time with our family and friends. I want them to have time to connect with our relatives and interact with them; that’s why I made it a tradition to host at least one family gathering during this season.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for entertaining family and friends. The weather is ideal for indoor or outdoor parties, and there are lots of fresh food to choose from. It is not important if the gathering is big or small, what’s important is you have the company of people that are close to you. It’s just the perfect time to disconnect from technology and connect with the people that matter. These gatherings are an opportunity to create a memorable experience that everyone will cherish.

To help you prepare for your gathering, here are some easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer

Get ready for fun gatherings with friends and family. Check out these easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer.

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And since GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes, they also carry books to how-to presentations on information and instruction on entertaining. You can even purchase an entire room collection, individual pieces, including the hottest party glassware, serveware, décor, and recipes themed to holidays and party events throughout their entire year. It’s truly your one-stop shop for all your entertaining needs.

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April 13, 2019

10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation

What do you get when you have 17 items on a list and someone asks to fit something else on? What happens when three people ask you to drive them three different locations all at the same time?

Eventually you burn out, get angry, or you take control and cancel everything so you can make room for you. That is why the new trend of mom vacations is taking off. I decided to take one with my friend Dana at www.DanaVento.com.

What is a mom vacation and why do you need one?

Mom Vacation – (noun) It is a trip where you plan nothing except who you are going on the trip with and the dates. You may want to plan lodging and you may not. You just go to a location and relax, eat when your hungry, wake up and go to bed when you want. Get this you do not have to worry about anyone.

10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation
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Spring Cleaning Tips with Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is finally here! One of my favorite things about spring is opening my windows, letting the light in, and sprucing everything up! You know what I’m talking about, Spring Cleaning time! I know I know, most people don’t like cleaning, but something about spring cleaning makes your house feel new and fresh, and really brings the sunshine in! I always do an annual deep house cleaning during this time of the year, so I wanted to share with you a few spring cleaning tips that I have picked up along the way!

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Corned Beef – Do you buy Point Cut or Flat Cut?

Corned Beef Cuts

Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick’s day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef;  point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two anyways with the crowd we had.

I made the point cut in the crockpot. I just added the seasoning packet and let it cook all day. About half way through cooking, I added the cabbage. The flat cut was placed in a roaster pan with potato chunks, carrots, the seasoning packet and water. I roasted it at 300 degrees for 6 hours.

The taste test

Out of five adults the winner was the point cut! It turns out that the point cut has more fat which makes it more flavorful and juicy. Both cuts of meat were tasty, but the point cut was the clear winner.

For the record, corned beef is made from the brisket. It is placed in a brine of grains and salt to cure the meat. When selecting your corned beef at the store, feel the meat. The meat should be firm. If it is soft or mushy, it contains too much fat. I thought you would all like to know that the cheaper cut of corned beef nets the best results!

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March 3, 2019

How to Save Money Gardening

How to Save Money Gardening

How to save money gardening

There are many ways in which gardening can save you money. There’s the obvious mark up that many grocery stores carry because they brick-and-mortar businesses with their own price points they have to meet before profit. So when you buy your produce from them you’re also paying their rent, electricity, and employees. There is also the markup from the manufacturer who’s had to package and market their product as well. Even bananas that don’t require packaging have their own ad campaign. All of that adds into the cost that you pay when purchasing your produce at the store.Continue reading

January 15, 2019

Are You Ready for Retirement?

Are you ready for retirement? Do you have a retirement plan? Retirement savings? Read my tips on how you can prepare and enjoy your retirement days.

News flash- You do not have to look like the people in the image to get started. You do not need to be a part of the baby boomers generation (born between 1946 and 1964) to ask yourself are you ready for retirement?

How about if you are younger than that? What if you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s? What should you be doing now? The ideas you have should apply to your action plan. The first should be is to include your retirement in your monthly bills.

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Do you work for a company that offers a plan? I highly suggest maxing out your contributions. You may have to give up some bells and whistles to make this happen as you start out in the workplace but the truth is you do not miss what you never had.

Are you someone who is seeking early retirement? We were and did. I consider retirement not working at jobs you do not want and really not having to work unless you want to work.

The truth is this all starts with a plan. You need a budget. This is my post on how to save money using a calendar.

Then you need to think about some of the things below.

Here are some tips on planning for your retirement:

1.What does retirement look like to you? Does it involve  shifting to part-time or consulting work instead of pursuing a full-time life of leisure. Having a modified schedule can help you enjoy a less stressful life without totally giving up the fulfillment that you feel when working and engaging in the business that you’re in. Retirement to me looks like working where and when I want because I love to work. If you ask my husband retirement looks like cleaning the house, going to the beach every day, and hanging with me, his wife.

2. You need to prepare yourself psychologically and emotionally. The prestige and power that your work gives is not easy to let go, that’s why you have to prepare yourself that things will change once you retire and someone from your work will have to take your position.

3. Have a plan on what you want to do after retiring. Do you want to be able to do tennis or golf? Do you want to open a new business? Plan the new identity that you want for yourself, whether its a life of leisure or other passion that you want to pursue, you have to decide which path to take. This is the time for you to open yourself to new possibilities and not see it as closing of doors. If there are things that you wanted to do before but you can’t, now is the time to do it. That means you need an account set up right now and you need to put money into that. You can call it the dream account. It should not be int he same account as your retirement. 

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