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Clutter Free Gift Giving

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized |

How do we stop homes from overflowing with “stuff” is a question that I get. The answer is simple….stop buying “stuff”! And the bonus answer is to stop having other people buy you stuff. Focus instead on other types of gifts. Gifts that we unwrap are fun in the moment, but then we need to [...]

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Making Room

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

  You know it is about here: the opening of the presents from the overzealous but well-meaning grandparents. They always tend to buy the really large toys. Or maybe you yourself are buying a gift this year and you aren’t sure where it is going to fit in the house. Maybe underneath your tree it [...]

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Tis the Season for Stress

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 30, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

We promise ourselves year after year that we will enjoy the next holiday season…or that we won’t spend as much….or that we will make time for exercise….or we won’t eat as much….or we will get more things done. But we quickly get caught up in the rush of the season and soon it is the [...]

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What “Gifts” Mean The Most To You?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 8, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

As I was writing my post last week on creating a happy file I really wanted to find ways to capture that feel good feeling I have when I look through my file. So I did a little experiment. I asked all of the “men” in my life to tell me something nice about myself. [...]

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Too Many People Buy Things They Don’t Need

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 14, 2012 in Family, life, Moms, money |

Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have trying to impress people they don’t even like. I know I am guilty of this in the past and sometimes it still creeps up on me! I work really hard to make sure that whatever I purchase is something I really need [...]

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Consider Quality Not Quantity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

I always find my blog post ideas in everyday conversations. This one came while I was at a swim meet on Saturday. I was talking to another mom and we started talking about what our kids wanted for Christmas and when I spoke out loud what I was getting them, it didn’t sound like much. [...]

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5 Days Until Christmas……Last Minute Gifts for Kids to Give

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2010 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

This all started because my 15 year old son was lamenting that he was going to be given gifts by some girls at his school.  He wanted to give them something in return but he didn’t have any disposable income…..and I didn’t want to spend a lot of my money either.  What I did have [...]

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39 Days Until Christmas…..Give A Clutter Free Gift

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 16, 2010 in Family, Holidays, Moms, money |

When you start your Christmas shopping, think about giving gifts that do not create clutter.  Think about giving consumables as gifts this year: coffee shop gift cards, baking mixes, candles, bottles of wine and lotions.  A consumable is something that the gift recipient will use within a couple of months, and the gift does not [...]

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