From the monthly archives:

October 2009

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I’m spending Halloween at home!

by Karen on October 29, 2009

This weekend all of my sisters will be in the same state together for the first time since May 2007, and for the first time ever since my youngest niece and nephew were born. Tony and I are flying to Indiana tonight, and my sister and her family will be there from Seattle, too. I […]

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Are you up for a challenge?

by Karen on October 28, 2009

It happens every few months or so. I get restless. I start feeling unfulfilled and bored. I want some excitement, something new, but I don’t really know what that something might be. We all get in a rut sometimes. The question is, what do you do about it? Do you complain? Wallow in unhappiness? Or […]

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What are you frugal weaknesses?

by Karen on October 27, 2009

To most people, the holiday season is synonymous with family, spirituality, and tradition. Unfortunately, it also means we’re surrounded by marketing messages and inundated with consumerism. No matter how firm you are in your frugality, this is one time of year when you’re likely to fall off the wagon. Whether it’s shopping for family or […]

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Misty mountain hop

by Karen on October 25, 2009

This weekend, Tony and I were in Asheville, NC. We took a walk downtown and spent Sunday hiking at Chimney Rock State Park. We finally got to see some of the fall color we’ve been missing, it was breathtaking and absolutely everything we hoped it would be, and I took a ton of pictures. It’s […]

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Vaseline Sheer Infusion giveaway winners

by Karen on October 24, 2009

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Vaseline Sheer Infusion giveaway this week! Unfortunately, there can only be three winners. Here are the lucky commenters who were chosen randomly: Bobbi, whose biggest winter beauty problem is dry feet. “They get pretty dry on the tops and around the heels,” she says. Kara, who hates to […]

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My favorite recipes for cold weather

by Karen on October 22, 2009

This week there has finally been a chill in the air in North Carolina. I love this weather, and the fact that we have to wait so long for it here makes it that much sweeter. We keep our apartment pretty chilly throughout the winter. There’s nothing we love more than bundling up in slippers, […]

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Giveaway: Vaseline Sheer Infusion lotion

by Karen on October 21, 2009

Disclosure: I received three free sample bottles of Vaseline Sheer Infusion lotion for this review. Please view my Disclosure for more information on my review policies. In short, I do accept free products for review, but I do not guarantee a positive review. All product reviews reflect my honest opinion. As the weather turns colder, […]

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Step out of your comfort zone

by Karen on October 20, 2009

Last month after some encouragement from my favorite blogger friend Kacie at Sense to Save, I joined a book club. We still had 15 months left in North Carolina, and I was homesick and lonely for some girlfriends — or any friends other than my wonderful husband. Last week I attended my first book club […]

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Menu Plan: 10/17-10/23

by Karen on October 19, 2009

It’s finally fall in North Carolina! The temperature will barely reach 70 degrees this week. I know, 65 doesn’t seem that chilly to most of you right now, but it’s finally below 80, so I’ll take what I can get. Now that it’s gotten a little chilly, we’re finally busting out our fall and winter […]

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