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Dear friends,

I’ve never really paid attention to the feeling of dread, but it’s with me more often than I’d like to admit. Perhaps you, too, are familiar with this gloomy emotion that can feel like a pesky, insistent dark cloud.

This year I’m working my way through Joyce Meyer’s wonderful daily . . . → Read More: Let’s Talk About Dread, the Sniveling Cousin of Fear

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Dear friends,

Last week I posted about a special giveaway for an advance copy of my new cookbook, Bacon Beans and Beer that will be released next month. I asked you to share which of those three ingredients you’d choose if you were stuck on a desert island, and here are . . . → Read More: Bacon Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Dear friends,

My newest cookbook will be released by Gibbs Smith on August 7, 2018, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Bacon Beans and Beer is filled with easy recipes featuring one, two, or all three of my favorite food groups (can you guess?) — crispy bacon, . . . → Read More: Win The New Bacon Beans and Beer Cookbook

The post Win The New Bacon Beans and Beer Cookbook appeared first on Happy Simple Living.

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Dear friends,

I learned something new this week: In agriculture, leaving land unplanted for a year helps restore the soil’s natural nutrient balance.

The garden often reveals spiritual parallels about life, but I’d never considered this concept of letting the dirt recover. I vaguely remembered the Bible verse in Exodus about letting . . . → Read More: Letting a Field Lie Fallow

The post Letting a Field Lie Fallow appeared first on Happy Simple Living.

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Dear friends,

I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve developed something of a reputation as a jumbo toilet paper roll activist.

I wrote a rant about how mega toilet paper rolls don’t fit in the holder that plunged me into the spotlight. As a result, I’ve had the heady experience of . . . → Read More: Win Your Very Own Toilet Paper Roll Extender

The post Win Your Very Own Toilet Paper Roll Extender appeared first on Happy Simple Living.

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Gardening season is in full swing here in Colorado. We collectively held our breath through a few near-freezing nights during mid-May, and were spared the late spring hard frost that has harmed tender plants and blossoms in recent years. As a result, we had an absolutely gorgeous spring and all . . . → Read More: 5 Free Ways to Improve Your Garden Soil

The post 5 Free Ways to Improve Your Garden Soil appeared first on Happy Simple Living.

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Dear friends,

I read an interesting article in the New York Times about the benefits of micro progress. The gist of the article is that if you have a big project to tackle, you break it down into the smallest little mini tasks and tackle them one at a time.

I . . . → Read More: Microburst Your Way to Success

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Dear friends,

I was astonished to learn that every year, the world consumes more than 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes – and most end up in landfills and oceans.

The Humble Co. is on a mission to create change. The company makes products that are kind to the planet, and their toothbrushes . . . → Read More: Win Two Cool Bamboo Toothbrushes from The Humble Company

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Dear friends,

If you follow this blog, you’ll know that this week a number of us committed to Reset Week – doing 50 good things in 5 days this week. Now that the work week is over, I’m happy with this endeavor. Knowing that I only had to be extra good . . . → Read More: My Fails and Successes During Reset Week

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Dear friends,

Last week I posted about how sometimes I wish life had a red reset button, like the ones on garbage disposals. So I’m hunkering down to do 50 good things this week. Care to join me?

Here’s what’s on my Reset Week list:

1. Get up 15 minutes early. . . . → Read More: 50 Good Things in 5 Days – Happy Reset Week!

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