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Family Park Day

(This article was previously published on Examiner.com, July 28, 2009. Thought you might enjoy reading it. ~ Shannon.) The Bangor, Maine area has a plethora of choices as far as parks go. The Broadway ParkĀ has a playground as well as a place to picnic and relax. Chapin Park is another nice place for a park fun day. The city of Old Town, not far from … Continue reading Family Park Day

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Happily Frugal :-)

When my girls were growing up, we did not have much money. This meant that I had to find ways to cut corners everywhere, from utilities to food to clothing. I did this happily enough, knowing my daughters were learning useful skills and how to earn what they wanted. It was not always easy. Often we did not have extras, and sometimes not even the … Continue reading Happily FrugalšŸ™‚

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Life Checklist for People in Their 20’s and 30’s

I was a mom before I ever hit my 20’s, and we did not have much money. I don’t regret that time of my life in the least, but I have learned a few things all young adults should know. My daughters are now in their mid 20’s. Both have been known to hold down two jobs at once, and they know how to stretch … Continue reading Life Checklist for People in Their 20’s and 30’s

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Review: Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste & Colgate 360* Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush

Here is my review for the Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste & Colgate 360* Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush. I was contacted to try these products free and offer a review if I was satisfied. I am always happy to try new products for this company, because I’m never disappointed. Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste They sent me their Mint Burst Mineral Repair … Continue reading Review: Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste & Colgate 360* Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush

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Review: The Colgate Total Daily Repair Regimen

Recently I was contacted by Cohn & Wolfe about the introduction of Colgate’s Total Daily Repair Regimen. They wanted to know if I would try some of Colgate’s products, including a new Daily Repair Mouthwash, and review them for the National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14, 2016) campaign. I, of course, said yes, and was not sorry. They sent me full size products to try, … Continue reading Review: The Colgate Total Daily Repair Regimen

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Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

Yard sale season is not far off. Take the time to plan now, and you’ll save money. You’ll want to create a list, or a series of lists if doing so will help you to better organize. Either way, your list will help you keep track of what you need and what you’ve bought. Beside each thing on your list, leave enough space to keep … Continue reading Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

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Review: Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Washes

I recently received two full-size bottle of Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Wash to try and review here on the blog, from Colgate-Palmolive. I’ve been reviewing products for a while now, and have covered Softsoap products before: Softsoap Samples Sometimes, People Send Me Free Stuff Also, I only review products I actually like and plan to use again. The products I share here are ones that … Continue reading Review: Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Washes

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100 Things about Me # 14: I am a Nonfiction Author

I recently let you in on the fact that I write fiction, and now I want to introduce myself as a nonfiction author. I recently published the book Organize Your Space and Stuff for my blog Live the Freelance Life. It was quite the undertaking, editing past articles, rewriting parts, adding updates and action steps, but it was well worth the effort. I’m pleased with … Continue reading 100 Things about Me # 14: I am a Nonfiction Author

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Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

I do a fair amount of shopping at thrift shops. As a matter-of-fact, most of what I bought for the baby shower I threw for my daughter and son-in-law came from thrift stores, and when Little Man is growing out of another size clothing, that is where I head with a list from my daughter. I buy as much of my own clothing as I … Continue reading Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

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Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

I love yard sales, thrift shops, clearance sales, flea markets. I always find gems when I visit, and save so much over the price of new-bought items. I am a frugalista, how about you? When buying from thrift shops and flea markets, you are reusing other people’s stuff. This means that it is not going into a landfill, and someone local is earning money. Both … Continue reading Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

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100 Things about Me # 13: I am a Fiction Author

I recently published a series of short stories (eBooks) on Amazon.com, and I thought I’d share them with you. They can be read for free on KindleUnlimited, or purchased for $.99 and up. Writing is a passion, and this collection of stories were a long time coming from the first spark of an idea to the actual publication. Here is a description of the #CampSeries. … Continue reading 100 Things about Me # 13: I am a Fiction Author