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My Medifast Update #1–Down 15
By September 30, 2013 3 Comments Read More →

My Medifast Update #1–Down 15

I’ll keep this short and sweet. After a month, of eating flavored cardboard described as “nutritional food” I am seeing a lot of progress. Actually the food is not all that bad. There is some that is horrible (to me) and much of it is very tolerable to the point where I do not think of it as a chore to eat. The cardboard meals are supplements with their “digestive health pills” Vitamin B-12 and some “Super Omega 3″ fish oil pills–I hate fish…good thing they are in a pill.…
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What’s the big deal about gambling at sea?
By September 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What’s the big deal about gambling at sea?

If you’re looking for fun-filled vacations in the deep blue seas, then a cruise is one of the best entertainment solutions available. In addition to all of the activities and pots of call, there is so much to do on a ship; you may never want to leave. One thing that might surprise you if you have never cruised, are that there are casinos at sea. You no longer need to go to Las Vegas to gamble.  And once you hit international waters, the casinos will open. To give you…
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Follow Along On My Journey
By September 7, 2013 5 Comments Read More →

Follow Along On My Journey

Usually I am a chicken and will take the easy way out. I think everyone does to a certain degree. But I am going to step out of my comfort zone here and document a significant change in my life. Over the years, I put on the freshman 15, the sympathetic pregnancy weight, and all of the other excuses one can come up with to justify being overweight. Last week, I decided that I was going to take control and get back into shape–other than one that is round! And…
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Is The Middle East Safe For Family Travel On A budget?
By May 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Is The Middle East Safe For Family Travel On A budget?

Traveling can be stressful under the best of circumstances, but when you are planning a trip overseas the stress increases. When you toss in a destination that might be featured on the nightly news–well, what’s a parent to do? I am a firm believer in traveling and have taken my own kids to some destinations that other might consider “dicey.” However, I am not stupid. I do not put us in harm’s way and I travel responsibly and very aware of my surroundings. Some simple rules will go a long…
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A Homeless Christmas
By December 27, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

A Homeless Christmas

Certain events will get you. There are certain things that will tug at your heartstrings and Christmas morning was one of them. My kids were spending Christmas morning with their mom and I was preparing a feast later that day. In town, we have a homeless shelter and I have helped out in the past with bag lunch delivery, donations, etc. But on Christmas morning, I decided to go and help cook breakfast for 145 homeless people–men…women…single…families…black…white….it did not matter. I dragged my butt from bed (I rarely sleep on…
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Today I Cried
By December 14, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Today I Cried

Monday started off rough with the discovery that a long-time, trusted employee was…well let’s just say not so trustworthy. As I worked through that situation with the banks, insurance company, and police, I was relatively sure this week could not get any worse. Until this morning. As the news broke about the slaughter in Newtown, Connecticut, I sat dumbfounded. In the truest sense of the word, this was “unbelievable” to me. All of the usual questions came to mind. How could this happen? Why would anyone do such a thing?…
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Greetings From Brenda!
By December 2, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Greetings From Brenda!

My travels the past year have been to several family friendly destinations as well as some interesting places across the globe.   Last Thanksgiving  we knocked off an item from our Bucket List and flew out to Bozeman, Montana for a long Wolf Watching Weekend in Yellowstone National Park.  Our private guide was Kevin Sanders, commonly known as Bearman  http://www.yellowstone-bearman.com/    This trip Is not for everyone as the winter weather in Yellowstone is very cold and there is a certain amount of standing around as one waits and hopes for…
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Rambling On Gambling
By November 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Rambling On Gambling

Recently, we (Maryland) just approved an expansion on our gambling. We have had slot machines for a few years, but not long enough to really make a solid determination if they are generating the revenue they should for the State.  We were sold on them because so much of the revenue would go towards education. Provided the politicians did not raid the fund an put it elsewhere. On Election Day, we voted to allow another casino and to expand the existing ones to allow table games. In effect, allowing a…
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Does Your Love Interest Have A Say In Child-Rearing?
By September 2, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Does Your Love Interest Have A Say In Child-Rearing?

I was having an interesting discussion the other day and thought it might be a great topic for discussion here.  You have a child and you (and perhaps the child’s other parent) is doing all they can to raise the greatest kid that ever lived. Well, since my kids have all tied for the top spot, let’s say the second greatest kids who ever lived! What happens when you have a love interest? Sure they are your confidante and will listen to you squawk and moan about the “other parent”…
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How Much Do You Tell Your Kids?
By July 7, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

How Much Do You Tell Your Kids?

As a parent, we want to make sure or kids want for nothing. But are we doing a disservice by not letting them know exactly why financial decisions are made? How much is too much to tell them and at what age? As single parents, life is challenging. There is no disputing that. As the owner of  Single Parent Travel, I hear a lot of stories about the trials and tribulations we all face. Job loss, home loss, wicked ex-spouse, health issues, medical issues, job stress…..  The list goes on.…
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