30 Day Giving Challenge


Do you have a heart for giving?

Do you want your giving to make a bigger impact this holiday season?

Would you like to set an example for your children that is more than your words?

Would you like to be part of a larger giving effort to make a BIG difference?

I am excited to share with you all the I am participating in The 30 Day Giving Challenge for 2010. What is The 30 Day Giving Challenge you ask? [Read more…]

The 80/20 Organizing Rule – Nikki Kinzer


We have entered into the fall season!  I absolutely love the change of seasons!  The weekend prior to school starting, I was nesting.  It reminded me of when I was pregnant and waiting for the baby to come!  Instead of preparing for a new baby, I was running around preparing and organizing for the new school year!  I was organizing everything from the pantry to the garage!  It felt great to have a fresh start to the new season.

As I was sorting and purging, I often thought about the 80/20 organizing rule.  If you have not heard of it, it is basically the theory that on average we only use 20% of what we own. The other 80% sits for “someday” and is taking up valuable space! [Read more…]

Join Me – 30 Day Shred!


I got up yesterday and was inspired……..or perhaps it was really the sneaky way The Lord uses people to sometimes ‘kick’ you in the backside to say enough is enough.   In any event….. Jen over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam offered up an invitation to join her in the 30 Day Shred.  After reading her post and giveaway (she is doing a giveaway of the great Julian Michaels, 30 Day Shred DVD too, so check it out!) I decide it was time for me to get back in the game. [Read more…]

Do You Have Expectations?


“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan, US Basketball star

Hal’s Take: Want to be a great parent? Want to be up to the challenge of raising your kids while keeping your cool? Then expect that you can. Stop telling yourself that you can’t do this. Stop beating yourself up for the times you’ve screwed up. Those two common thoughts that you have are the very things that are keeping you stuck.

Start your day today by telling yourself how capable you are of being a mature adult. Then rise to the occasion by slowing things down when you find yourself in the heat of the moment. That way, you’ll be giving yourself a chance to respond rather than react to a stressful situation. It will be hard, but each time you do it, you’ll be getting stronger and more equipped to handle whatever comes your way.

-Hal Runkel, LMFT author of ScreamFree Parenting

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Parenting is a Marathon – not a Sprint!!


Some of you who have followed me know I  ran a half-marathon last Sunday.  I had been training for about 8 weeks, actually with a much bigger goal of entering the Seattle Marathon in late November – but this half-marathon fit right into my scheduled training for mileage so I signed up.  A small event, only about 600 participants, it was a breath of fresh air compared to my last half-marathons;  Seattle in ’06 with something like 5000 and the same with the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix with ridiculous amounts of half clothed runners all around me!  I was excited to shoot for a personal best time because this particular course was FLAT – a runners dream.  Held in the beautiful Skagit Valley north of Seattle I was looking forward to it.

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