Complex Feelings: Sympathy for Someone I Disliked

An acquaintance of mine who was very much disliked by the general population recently came into some very serious and very unfortunate health concerns.

I will agree: She was mean. She was rude. She was offensive. She was arrogant. She could even be cruel. Even before the accident, even before anything changed. I did have mixed feelings for her.

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DIY Foam Soap Refill for Pennies


I stumbled upon a Pinterest DIY probably 2 years ago about refilling your own foam soap containers with normal soap. Apparently this is something the frugal people before me have been doing for years. How did I not know it was so easy?! Well now that I have mastered the art of refilling my foam soap containers. Let me share with you.  Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Muffin Fail

Muffin, oatmeal, flax, flat, no rise,  baking modificationsSo, my muffin fail isn’t a complete fail. They are REALLY delicious, full of fiber, super moist, and they have an awesome spice pallet. I did do some modifications, and they did not rise. They are completely flat. You can find the original recipe on All Recipes here. I did do some pretty drastic modifications, because I  got lazy and the internet was not pulling up exactly what I wanted. I wanted pumpkin, I wanted oatmeal, I wanted flax, and I wanted coffee. I know – picky picky picky!

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11 Frugal Things I Do Without Thinking

Everybody is always wanting to save money. Everybody is always looking for easy ways to save money. Well I am naturally frugal and only recently did I realize some of the things I just do help that. I do them for other reasons like simplicity, speed, or enjoyment; but they also help me save money!

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I Had a Dream: Girl I Used to Know

The street is asleep, no vehicles, no exterior lights, only a flickering faint glow from one of the street lights. I’m walking outside a few houses down from my house. I’m wearing a light weight winter coat it feels like spring is on its way. My face is warm, without a scarf, my hands aren’t chilled and they wear no gloves. The ground is covered with snow, sporting a hard icy shell from melting and freezing a few times.

I’m not alone, someone walks silently next to me. We are headed somewhere in the middle of the darkness together, I am uncertain where; but we have purpose.

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The Yoga Video That Hooked Me

I’ve really been enjoying adding yoga to my existing workout plan. And now that I have been doing it for a while it has become an essential element in my workout schedule. I was inspired by Laura from lauraluscreations to share my favorite yoga videos. This is the first one I ever really committed to doing often. I like the yogi’s style; its athletic with a lot of movement. Check it out, let me know what you think. Share your favorite yoga videos with me, I promise I’ll try them!

Shakshuka: Easy Traditional Baked Eggs

shakshuka | leave it to JoyI am so excited to tell you about my latest foodie find, Shakshuka. I love eggs, they are very nutritious, delicious, affordable, and they are super quick! So when my husband saw this on Reddit I had to try it. This Shakshuka costs me about $3.00 and it will feed me and the husband for a meal with a single egg left over for a snack. Continue reading