Showing posts from June, 2010

Sacred Community

Whatever you may call it, and however it may look to you, I believe that a sacred community is vital to making it through this life. In fact, for me it's crucial to my very existence. Spending quality time with my sacred community restores my spirit like a nice Venti Passion Tea from Starbucks quenches my thirst on a hot summer day. I think we all understand the word community. I would define it as the people with whom I surround myself with. This can vary from your work place, your church, your running team (Go, Team Run Your Race !), or a group of young moms. However, when you add in the word, "sacred," something changes. It kicks things up to another level. And, just so you know, I'm using the " regarded with reverence" definition of sacred. I'm sure we've all experienced this notion of sacred community. Maybe you've sat down with a co-worker in the lunch room sharing about your favorite vacation spots, when all of a sudden, you'

Back to Basics....Revisited

So, I thought I'd give an update to my lengthy post a few months back about the state of food in our country that I entitled Back to Basics . I'm happy to report some good changes in our house -- although we are not 100% there yet. All progress is good, right? One of the first things I have done is put my KitchenAid stand mixer (She's a 5-Quart Artisan in "Majestic Yellow" that I have named  Mabel ) to use in making fresh and homemade white bread. I'm happy to report that not only was it not terribly difficult, it was a great bonding opportunity with my 5-year-old. The family gave the bread rave reviews and had thirds. Mmmm...warm bread. I'm not sure of the cost ratio between homemade and store bought, but if you matched it in terms of quality ingredients, then I believe I came out ahead. You can't compare what I made to Wonder Bread, after all. Today was my first day attempting wheat bread and again...not terribly difficul

Old Friends are the Best Friends

I've heard it said that "old friends are the best friends."  When I was younger, I thought it meant that your best friends would naturally be your oldest friends. And, while that might be true for some folks, it's not always the truth for all.  Now that I'm older and have more perspective, I think I finally understand what that adage means. The friends that you have had for years and years and maybe even decades and decades are some of the sweetest friendships. It's not necessarily because of all the accrued time that you have logged together (although that might be it), rather it's the span of time you've shared over your two prospective lifetimes. I know I'm not the only 30-something person who feels like high school was just a few years ago. It's only when I actually start mentally counting up from my graduation year (1991) that I am shocked to discover that so many years have actually gone by! Almost 20! How did that even happen? Of co

Thrift, Thrifting Away...

So, I've been couponing, rebating and penny-pinching for a few months now and I thought I would take some time to reflect on how things have gone since I started down the path of " thrifting ." My biggest concerns when I started down this road were: 1.) it would take up too much time; 2.) I would end up spending more money to save money. So, how have I done? 1.) I don't find that it takes up too much of my time. However, to be fair, I suppose you'd have to ask my husband and children. Yes, I do park my kids in front of Playhouse Disney from time to time so that I can print, clip and scour for deals. But, I estimate that I spend only about 1/2 an hour a day doing this. Admittedly, it is a bit longer when I add in putting it on my Deals Page . But, this is for all my readers (you know...all 5 of you), so how could I count that?  Actually...let me just admit that I kinda enjoy it. It makes me feel like I have a grown-up job and that I'm being helpful.