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Gifts That Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


When racking your brain for gift ideas for the Holidays, consider a donation on behalf of your recipient.   Please consider the  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  They have an online gift catalog which offers many reasonably priced gifts for Christmas as well as gifts for all occasions.  Check out  the “Celebrity Friend Collections” which features some beautiful gifts from well known artists like Keith Urban, Daisy Fuentes among others, with 100% of the profits, after all related expenses, benefiting St. Jude’s children. 

Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas


I don’t know about you, but  every year I struggle with gift ideas for the holidays while trying not to break the bank!   How do we give a thoughtful gift on a budget?

Never Pass Up on a Great Deal–A Cautionary Tale


Carol and I are loyal Goodwill Thrift Store shoppers!!  We shop many other thrift stores in our area, but always seem to find our way back to the Goodwill.  We usually find what we are looking for and so many times things we didn’t know we were looking for!  We live for the 50% sales every other weekend.

A New Store Brings New Ideas–Garden Ridge

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Yep, got the bug again!  I am already redecorating my home in my mind, making my lists, measuring, pulling paint samples and tearing pictures out of magazines. I get like this every few years and it looks like 2014 is that year!

Keeping It Clean While Shopping Thrift Stores


I know some of you that think thrift store shopping is not for you, my Mother was one of them.  I say WAS…not anymore!!!

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