Retail therapy and the Costco Coma

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Do you ever enter a store with the focused, frugal intention of only purchasing one item? However, tantalizing BOGO signs coax you toward aisles that seem animated. Shiny items shimmy on shelves as if saying “buy me—I’m the deal of the day!” I am asking these questions for a friend. She first noticed this phenomenon after becoming a first-time mother. A trip to Costco for paper towels and diapers became a way too long excursion. Free samples peppered every corner of the store. Suddenly the sparse shopping cart escalated to a mountain of “must have” items of madness! Somewhere between … Read More

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GIVING THANKS

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I wrote about gratitude last week, which I will post again tomorrow. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I hope you will pause to read about what being grateful truly means to me. I love the Thanksgiving holiday; it is truly one of my favorites! The aromatic fusion of sweet and savory is satiates my soul. My family gathers at our home each year. I especially look forward to our New York family’s annual visit. My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and their four delicious kids add such joyful energy to every holiday. I can’t wait to hear the giggling and chattering as the … Read More

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THANKFUL FOR IT ALL

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How do we live a life of gratitude? It is not always easy. To be honest, I think it’s more challenging than we choose to acknowledge. And being grateful is particularly difficult when we are experiencing detours, curveballs, and bumps in our journey. Yet that’s precisely when a grateful mindset is needed the most. One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown. Her words, research, and writing resonate deeply with me. I recently posted one of my favorite quotes: “WHAT SEPARATES PRIVILEGE FROM ENTITLEMENT IS GRATITUDE.” Brene’s statement, as always, is a true, powerful, and timely. As Thanksgiving approaches, I … Read More

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THE PITTSBURGH PATCH

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The Tree Of Life Synagogue’s roots reach far and deep. The tragic, devastating deaths of 11 innocent souls has seared the hearts of many. The shul shooting is not only a horrifying travesty for American Jews, but for all humans regardless of religious affiliation.  Today’s Every Soul Has A Story blog is about Stacey Elias, who is originally from New Jersey, has family in Pittsburgh, and lives in South Florida. She generously gifted and trusted me with her story. I am grateful for her open, honest heart, especially given the tugs and tears it has experienced. This story is also … Read More

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