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78 Years of Learning and Growing

By Joyce | Sep 14, 2019 | 5 Comments

Seventy eight years ago today, my mother gave birth to me at the Pensacola Maternity Hospital. A lot has happened along the way and I’ve learned many things, some of which I would like to share with you. The most important things in life are people — both family and friends. You never know how …

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Six Tips for Sending a Get Well Gift to a Hospital Patient

By Joyce | Aug 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Six Tips for Sending a Get Well Gift to a Hospital Patient
Gifts sent to hospital for patient

Six Tips for Sending a Get Well Gift to a Hospital You’ve heard that someone you care for is in the hospital.  Your first thought is to send a gift or flowers to them while they are there.  But that may not be the best response. Here are six things that you need to know …

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Used Coffee Grounds Have Value

By Joyce | Jul 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Used Coffee Grounds Have Value

Are you dumping your used coffee grounds into the trash or down the sink? Don’t!  There are better uses for them that you have probably never thought of or known about. 1. How about using coffee grounds as to feed your plants? Coffee is highly acidic and makes great plant food.  Your tomatoes, hydrangeas, blueberries, …

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Unique Gift Ideas for Mom

By Joyce | Apr 12, 2019 | 1 Comment
Unique Gifts for Mom

I’m Joyce, the Gift Detective, and I’m always on the lookout for unique exciting gifts for Mom.  Of course, there are flowers, candy, jewelry, and even gift baskets from Creative Gifts to Go . But this year, I want to suggest some gift ideas that really unique, really special, and something that will be remembered for years …

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The Magic of the Holidays

By Joyce | Nov 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
The magic of the holidays

When I opened the newspaper this morning, I was greeted by announced “Christmas has arrived!” “Baloney!” I murmured to myself remembering the shower of golden leaves that had greeted me when delivering gift baskets on the NAU campus earlier in the week. I glanced at the date, thinking I was in some kind of time warp. Nope. The …

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Halloween Costumes for Kids

By Joyce | Oct 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Four Cool and Creepy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids Halloween is a fun holiday where many parents spend hundreds of dollars on elaborate costumes and decorations. But if you’ve got several children, the budget’s tight, or you simply don’t want to throw money away on something that will be worn for only one night, …

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Watermelon Granita

By Joyce | Jul 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Watermelon Granita
healthy watermelon desert

Here is a sweet desert that is actually good for you. The recipe makes 4 servings and each serving has only 70 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrate, 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein, 0 mg sodium.   Watermelon Granita Ingredients: 2 limes 2 tsp. sugar, divided 1/3 …

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Flagstaff, Arizona and the magic

By Joyce | Jul 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
road to flagstaff

It was a place to stop and stretch your legs while on the way to the Grand Canyon, California, Chicago, or some other faraway place. You could have a cup of coffee at Miz Zips or another local diner, fill your tank with gas, or even spend the night in one of the seemingly endless …

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By Joyce | Jun 26, 2018 | Comments Off on
Make Love Last

Keeping The Love Alive: Unique Gift Ideas To Keep Your Relationship Fresh If you’ve ever felt confused about what to give your significant other for their birthday or your anniversary, you’re not alone. According to psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser, many couples face this dilemma, and she believes there are three reasons why gift giving goes wrong—fear of …

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Easy Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd and Say Thank You

By Joyce | Jun 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Through the years, I’ve dealt with many Realtors.  Most are competent.  Most did a good job.  But one of them stands out from the crowd in my mind. We had just bought a new house in a new town that we knew nothing about.  My husband was being transferred there and I wasn’t overjoyed at …

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