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6 Secrets to finding extra money Hiding in your budget
Posted By Samantha 

I know how it is to live on a tight budget. My husband makes a good income, but we are a family of 8 soon to be 9. I have one that will begin several therapies soon, and he is also on a pretty strict diet. Money certainly doesn't grow on trees, well at least I haven't found that tree yet. It was only after writing out a budget and

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How to Have the Perfect Family Valentine’s Day Party
Posted By Samantha 

I love Valentine's day and all the meaning behind it. It is a wonderful time to show and receive love. When I was first married, we'd buy nice gifts, go out to dinner, and the night was magical. Throw in 1 or 6 children and things change. Money doesn't grow on trees. (If you find one, please let me know.) Taking this crew out to eat on Valentine's day isn't

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How to Love Yourself When You Are Desperate
Posted By Samantha 

I used to think that positive people were born that way. Those people were the blessed few who knew how not only to be positive towards others but themselves. They had the elusive self-confidence that seemed to evade the rest of the world. They were the chosen ones, while I was left lacking. I've never been a positive person, but I found myself almost clinging to positive people hoping they

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14 Dirt Cheap Dinners for When You Are Broke
Posted By Samantha 

Well, I'm not really broke, but if we are going to save up for Disney, the money must come from Somewhere. The only thing I can really control is my grocery spending. We have cut back our spending just about everywhere else. This is the final frontier for our family. Time to tighten our belts and really save. It won't be cheap to take a family of 9 to Disney

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Top 5 Money Saving Tips for a Magical Disney World Vacation
Posted By Samantha 

I've been blessed with many people in my life, but none have stuck with me as long as my friend Carmen. When I wrote 5 Tips to Start Planning for Disney, it was Carmen who gave me all the great advice. We will be taking our road trip to Disney later this year. I'm so thankful she as a Simply Magical Vacations Specialist, is giving us her Top 5 Money

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4 Amazingly Simple Tips to Lose Weight
Posted By Samantha 

I don't know many women who don't want to lose weight. The amount depends on the woman, but we all want to fit into that seeming mythical size 6. Ok so maybe it isn't mythical, but I haven't been a size 6 since grade school, so it just seems that way. I've always been the kind of mom to either eat what I fixed my kids or nothing at all.

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Planning to Achieve Your Goals: Write it Down
Posted By Samantha 

You can set goals, resolutions or dreams all day long, but unless you have a plan on how to achieve them, you won't go anywhere. How do I know this? Because I did it for YEARS! I would never make my goals and would consider myself a failure. I didn't ask for help, I didn't even know what to ask, honestly. Now that I'm older, have bigger goals, and I've

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Self Care Saturday Challenge Plan Your Self Care
Posted By Samantha 

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of 2016. So many things happened this year, good and bad. This isn't just a time to remember what has passed, but to think about and plan next year. In your planning process, you need to plan to take care of yourself. As I've talked about for the past several weeks, self care isn't selfish, but vital to

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22 Easy Crowd Pleasing New Year’s Eve Savory Appetizers
Posted By Samantha 

I enjoy Thanksgiving food, but it is the time of giving thanks that means so much. I love the Christmas cookies and candies, but it watching my children open just the right gift that makes all the difference in the world to me. Now the food at New Years is by far my favorite. I LOVE appetizers. The idea of eating snacks, playing games, laughing, enjoying my family all night

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Self Care Saturday Challenge Meditation
Posted By Samantha 

To say we are always busy, would be an understatement. I've been working hard to get up early so I have time for myself, but the past 2 weeks, my youngest 3 seem to think they should get up with me. If they do, there is no peace, there is no quiet. Once the others are up, there is always someone who wants or needs to talk to me. I

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