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The Power of Gratitude: How Giving Thanks Can Change Your Life

It’s the week of Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday of the year.

I love all the traditional Thanksgiving foods (yes please give me all of the stuffing, turkey and pie). The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the football games, and of course most of all the family time and the relaxed vibe that comes with this holiday.

There are no expectations to meet, no crazy running around – just time to hang out and be together.

It’s also the time when we all really take a moment to focus on one my absolute favorite things (and I’m guessing one of yours too) – giving thanks.

Up until a few years ago, gratitude was not part of my daily vocabulary.

Now some version of thank you crosses my mind, and my lips, several times throughout the day. It’s not that I wasn’t thankful before, it was just that I didn’t pay attention to all of the things I had to be thankful for.

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How to Declutter Your Space this Fall

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to collect stuff over time. You stick all of the takeout menus in a kitchen drawer, along with every random paperclip, rubber band and pen you find. Your closet has a selection of white t-shirts in every neckline and sleeve length ever sold. And your guest bedroom has…

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Feeling Sleepy Thanks to Daylight Savings? Try this!

I don’t know about you, but this time change has me feeling all out of sorts! It’s soooooo dark so early that I’m basically ready for bed by 6pm (which by the way, feels way more like midnight).  And I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter that others are feeling the same. So I thought…

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How to Change Your Life

Do you ever feel like you’re living in Groundhogs Day? You wake up with big plans for today to be different, but then somehow you keep doing different versions of the same thing over and over and over again. No matter how hard you try – you keep reliving the same experience. You wonder to…

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Weekly Roundup August 8th, 2019

I don’t know about you, but this week flew by for me! I think as we get closer to the end of summer, time always seems to speed up. This edition of the weekly roundup has great activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Get outside and try something new! 

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Weekly Roundup August 1st, 2019

Get out before the kids go back to school! It might be August but there’s still plenty of summer fun left. Check out some of these great events going on around Cleveland this weekend. Already have plans? Leave me a comment letting me know what you’re up to! I love to hear from you.  …

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Spinach Salad

This salad has only four ingredients (plus dressing) and is super simple to make. It’s perfect for a summer night!

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A strategy to transform your life

The end of 2009 was a really rough time for me. It was just before the holidays when I had had a miscarriage at 14 weeks. Even just typing this now brings tears to my eyes. I can still feel the heartbreak and devastation. I truly did not know how to keep going. This was…

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Weekly Roundup July 25th, 2019

It’s time for another weekly roundup! Get your veggies at the Chardon Farmers Market and make the grilled roasted veggies that I posted on the blog yesterday. Get the recipe here: https://balancethrive.com/roasted-summer-veggies/ After a nice healthy meal, kick back and enjoy one of the awesome wine events going on. And then finish it off with…

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Roasted Summer Veggies

These roasted veggies are a simple summer treat. They go well as a side dish to burgers, chicken or whatever you love to cook on the grill! Pick up some summer veggies at your local farmer’s market (zucchini and squash are two of my favorites) and make sure to clean and dry them well before…

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