the Intel® Core™ i5 processor : a dream come true!




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This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.
they sent me the laptop, I give you my honest thoughts about it:

I am loving my laptop with the new Intel® Core™ i5 processor.

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Did I ever introduce you to my old laptop? No? Well, please take a look:

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It was a BEAST. Half the keys were missing (I let the kids play a game in their room on it, they left it out, and my baby found it) and it was so SLOW.



I feel like a new woman with this laptop! I can be editing a picture in Photoshop or Picnik, while uploading and deleting pictures from my camera, switch over to my email, a recipe from PW, or to Windows Live Writer to compose my blog posts, and it doesn’t blink an eye. I want to transfer 2,607 pics over from my memory card? Only 5 minutes, instead of 5 hours!

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This processor is my new BFF. It has Intel® Turbo Boost Technology that automatically speeds up my processor when I’m multi-tasking and need the extra performance.
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My whole goal with my computer is to get on, get what I need to get done quickly, and get off. The Intel® Core™ i5 processor is my dream for this.

Another feature we have been loving is the Intel Wireless dislay. You can wirelessly stream whatever is on your monitor onto your HDTV. What have I been doing with this? I’ve been streaming some classics from the Internet onto our TV screen downstairs. I’ve reminded my kids of some of my favorites:

The Richest Man in Walnut Grovelittle house


When Nellie fakes needing a wheelchair:nellie


Leave it to Beaver
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what about one of the finer classics: when Zach and Kelly broke up??
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It is also great for lessons for family night (this is a perfect one!)laptop 1


or, my kids love seeing family pictures from the computer up on the tv:pictures

Okay, now on to the good stuff!

BlogHer is going to give one of you a $250 gift card to Best Buy!
Holy smokes!
Here is how:

No duplicate comments. If you have already commented on my first post, you’re set. Both sets of comments will be combined to choose a winner.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment:give your best tip that helps your day run smoothly.
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) Follow this link and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt
* BlogHer is also giving away 4 laptops, plus there are other bloggers giving away the Best Buy gift cards….check it out here on the BlogHer Round Up Page!
Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010 . This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.
Good luck, friends!

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661 comments:

  1. OOOOhhh! How cool is that! My best advise for the day to run smoothly is stay organized. Plan, plan, plan. Know what is for dinner in the morning so you can prepare what you need. It is great to plan a week at a time. This helps me with the stress and I'm more patient with the kids.
    Brooke

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  2. So exciting! My best advice for a smooth day is being intentional with your time!

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  3. I don't remember if I made a comment on your first post (which post was that exactly?) either way, I wanted to make sure I entered this one! My day always runs more smoothly when I get up and shower first thing. Then I feel more motivated to get everything else done. Now as to whether I always do that, I'm not telling! :)

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  4. I tweeted!http://twitter.com/#!/chelsealeming

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  5. Oh wow, i have the same compaq laptop, but i still have all my keys! the best thing that i can do is get all my cleaning up and straightening up early in the morning before all the kids wake up. i get all the homeschool stuff out and prepared, and i do anything on the computer that needs to get done. early is key. first one up, last one to go to bed.

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  6. My best tip? Start your morning with prayer and continue with that throughout the day.:)

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  7. To make my day run smoothly I wake up before my kids and have my quiet time. By the time they wake up I'm ready to go and can be the first smile they see in the morning.

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  8. My best tip: Is getting up early(4:30am) for a good work out, some prayer and planning. I always notice a difference if I miss.

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  9. My tip is the set out everyone's clothes the night before and have backpacks packed and ready to go:) bridgetsobs@hotmail.com

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  10. Have a plan! Have a to-do list. Especially important at this time of year!

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  11. Make a written plan for the day with note of high priority items...

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  12. Plan the night before. Have the things you'll need for the next day laid out. Make a list of things you would like to see get done that day. Most importantly talk with God throughout your day. He will help keep things in perspective and calm. He has a way of doing that. Julie

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  13. The best organized day, actually starts the night before. Plan what I'm wearing to work the next day and iron it if needed, set the table for breakfast and preare the "non-refridgerator" stuff...etc. Makes my hectic mornings with the kids run much smoother!

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  14. I try to give myself an extra 15 minutes than what I will likely need in the morning. That way, I am ahead of the game all day. Otherwise, I'm always struggling to catch up.

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  15. My day runs more smoothly if I get up before my kids! Just having a few minutes to myself helps immensely.

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  16. My best tip to help my day go smoother is to have the kitchen cleaned up the night before! It is simple, but true!

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  17. Thanks for this great giveaway! My day runs smoother when I have a "to do list". If not, I feel like my mind can get overwhelmed.

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  18. I tweeted about it!

    http://twitter.com/#!/katielaw50/status/6739930109706240

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  19. My day runs more smoothly if I have a schedule written out AND follow it! The second part of that is that challenge. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

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  20. My grandma always told my mom and my mom in turn shared with me that if the beds are made each morning and the dishes are done, everything else seems to fall into place. It works. Try it. Without both of those done it feels like you are just turning your wheels throughout the day.

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  21. I take 5 minutes in the morning to plan my day - it makes a HUGE difference!!!

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  22. Wake up earlier than the family, which gives me time to get myself ready, feed & medicate(grrrr) the cat& dog. Gulp some coffee. Then I can take the family & their needs on.Oh how i would luv a laptop. I could do my ebay selling in peace, alone!

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  23. My best advice for the day to go well is to begin with a prayer and reading the scriptures. It seems like if I feed my spirit first - everything else falls into place.

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  24. Next post has to be what gadget you use to wirelessly connect your laptop to the TV. I am not that savvy and I really want to watch some shows and Netflix on the wide screen TV.

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  25. My tip is my "to do" list, I have to be able to see what it is that needs to be done!

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  26. I would love a gift card to Best Buy

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  27. Making lunches the night before. We have to leave our house at 5:30 a.m and that extra few minutes makes all the difference that early in the morning :)

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  28. My best tip: It's worth it to stay up after the kids and hubby are asleep to plan the next day! My only alone time is late at night...that's when I lay out clothes for the next day, get dinner in the slow cooker, set the coffee pot, make lunches, etc. It all takes a lot less time when there aren't any distractions!

    amberlowmiddleton at gmail dot com

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  29. I try to have some time to myself to spend however I'd like every morning. It makes my whole day better when I have some me time first, then I can focus on everyone else!

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  30. One thing that helps my day run smoothly is an excellent cup of java and a good attitude. Try to see everything as a blessing and don't waste time trying to determine if it falls under "good" or "bad." It just "is" so take another sip of your hot coffee, thank the Lord for the day and go for it!

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  31. Wow I am so far behind the times! Computer and t.v. working together? AWesome :) My tips- Coffee (even if it is half-caff, I just double up). A few minutes of alone time (I'm a horrible a.m. person).A warm fleecy robe. These are absolute necessities, without them I would stay in bed all day.

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  32. If I start the day with a prayer, what a difference!

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  33. My tip to a smooth day is to have a clean house when you go to bed at night. Then you can spend all of your time on today's things instead of trying to catch up with things that should have been done yesterday.

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  34. "Just do it!" is my tip, get it done and over with then you can move on with life! And nap time is a must around here, otherwise no matter how hard I try things will fall apart.

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  35. My tip for a smoother day is to get the dishwasher unloaded the night before so you can pop the breakfast dishes in. A clean kitchen always makes my day better.
    Michelle B.

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  36. My tip for a smoother day is to sleep enough the night before... when the mama is happy and rested, the rest of the family is too! I am also a routine person... try to stick to it when it comes to the things that MUST get done.

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  37. Stay Organized!!
    - Debbie

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  38. Get a head start!

    Seriously. Early in the morning the house is quiet and you can get a lot done!

    Early is my 'smooth start' to the day.

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  39. I write a to do list every morning and I accomplish a lot more with it than if I didn't write one.

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  40. making my list and checking it a lot!

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  41. My best tip is to do some exercise because that will leave you feeling energized for the rest of the day !!Energy=getting stuff done :) happy cleaning

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  42. My day runs smoothly if it begins right, and that usually means I get things picked up and in place before bed. When I wake up to find things messy I feel like the whole day is spent playing catch-up.

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  43. My best tip is to make sure everything is clean before you go to bed and wake up early enough to sit with a cup of coffee and some quiet time.

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  44. My best tip is to make sure that my kitchen is clean before I go to bed, and that my daughters clothes are picked out the night before. :-)

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  45. This is the best giveaway evah! Hollah! My best tip of the day is that I get up 30 minutes before my monkeys and have a cup of steaming hot coffee...it all snowballs after that. But! I can handle anything with coffee in my system :) Thanks! Marisa

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  46. My best tip is get things ready the night before, once the baby goes to sleep. Makes my day run more smooth!

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  47. I followed the link to the spreadsheet prompt and filled it out!

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  48. My best tip is to have everything ready the day before...and allow yourself extra time for everything.

    My father used to say, "If you aren't fifteen minutes early...you're late".

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  49. What an amazing giveaway! My tip would be to have my kids things ready the night before and have a list to take along if you have things to get done. I have "mommy brain" in stores without a list :)
    Marci thepetersfamily3@aol.com

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  50. wait - it's possible to have your day run smoothly? wow... i am totally doing something wrong... hahahha. actually, it helps to already have somewhat of a gameplan in mind when i start the day, but flexibility is what really makes it work. plus, a fresh pot of coffee waiting for me when i wake up doesn't hurt either Ü
    kristinmik at gmail dot com

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  51. My day runs most smoothly when I keep a running to-do list and cross things off as I accomplish them!

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  52. I check out your blog often, but I don't usually leave comments. I had to tell that our boys (ages 9, 7 and 4) LOVE Little House on the Prairie and Leave It To Beaver. Can't go wrong with the classics!

    The thing that makes my day run smoothly is not going back to bed when my husband leaves for work at 5:30 am. If I get up, make his breakfast and pack lunch for hubby and boys I am much more productive throughout the day. When I go back to sleep for the hour before the boys need to get up, I usually oversleep and we end up rushed and grouchy. Not worth it!

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  53. Making a daily "To-Do list" and stick to it, it's the best tip to run a smoothly day!!
    Thanks for the great give away!

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  54. Best advice: A "to-do" list. You've gotta do it! Mark the two most IMPORTANT things on your list, and get those done first! :)

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  55. The thing that makes my day run smoothly is to be prepared the night before. I know what I'm wearing, what time my first meeting is and vague idea of what I have going on. It doesn't always work out, but it at least gives me a good start on the day. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

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  56. Best Advice---Do not stress about the little stuff you don't get done because it takes you away from the present. It will get done.
    Lindsey@omega-ms.com

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  57. For a smooth running day nothing is better than spending the first waking moments with God! Put Him in the pilots seat and everything is smooth sailing...gotta love mixed metaphors:o)

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  58. My day goes best when I start out with a plan!
    anderson_jaime@yahoo.com

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  59. My best tip is to cuddle with your kids for a few (about 5) minutes every morning and when you get home in the evening. Do this BEFORE you start making sure they are dressed & ready for school...or before you start dinner. It sets the mood for the rest of the a.m. or p.m.. It also helps us re-connect in the evening. Everything goes more smoothly if we cuddle first!

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  60. My best tip is to have my quiet time before I start my day. One more tip that works for me is to set the alarm for 10 minutes earlier than I really have to get up and then I get to hit snooze one time. For some reason it makes me feel like I got a little extra sleep.:-)

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  61. One thing that helps my run day smoothly is to spend 5-10 minute preparing for it the night before. Is there something I need to take out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow? Anything special I need to pack in my bag for work? Am I going anywhere after work that I need to bring stuff for? It definitely makes my morning less stressful and I'm less likely to forget something I'll need.

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  62. I tweeted but I have no idea how to link to the individual tweet...

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  63. I have to clean the entire house before bed. If I don't then my day and mind is cluttered the entire day.

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  64. This is sooooooooooo awesome!!!

    moorekrystle@gmail.com

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  65. For me, a little quiet time in the morning works wonders to make the day go smoothly.

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  66. Mine is making a list. I get so much more accomplished if I write what I want/need to do.

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  67. I guess to help the day run smoothly, I try to finish my most dreaded task first. Try being the key word.

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  68. I do all my major chores on Sunday so that I don't have to do any major cleaning, shopping, etc. during the week.

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  69. Definitely need to make lists!

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  70. Wow, as we speak my laptop keeps sporadically turning itself off...and I can't get into anything without major slowness :) I could use a new laptop. Anyhow the best thing I can do to make my day run smoothly is to get up a little earlier (although sleeping in is so nice) pray and eat breakfast right away. Seem like I get so much more accomplished when I start out like that!

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  71. I find that if I get up before the kids and get showered and ready for the day it only takes 1/2 the time if they are up. The day always seems to run smoooother!

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  72. As a working mom, my best tip - get everything ready the night before - milk in sippy cups with vitamins, set up breakfast bowls, etc. I'm still learning other good time management skills - like meal planning.

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  73. I try to find time to myself every day whether its a quick run to sonic or just a walk around campus. Time to myself allows me to slow down and just breathe.

    kthornto@harding.edu

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  74. I get up before everyone else in my family so that I have some quiet time to myself. The day always goes so much better when I make the time to do that.

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  75. If I take 5 minutes in the morning to plan my day, I get so much more accomplished.

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  76. I live by my task list... doesn't mean it all gets done, but helps me to prioritize. I LOVE my lists. Feeling in control is possible!

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  77. My day goes smoother when I get up and showered before my kiddos wake up! Then I don't have to figure out how to occupy them while I get ready!

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  78. My day goes smoothly if when I get up in the morning I DON'T grab my coffee and sit and watch the news. Also, making lists for my errands helps tremendously as well.

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  79. so cool! my day always starts better when i get up early and get ready before my sweet energetic baby gets up! he's easier to catch if i'm already ready!
    Lindsey

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  80. I've been a list maker since I was in high school (a looooong time ago), and still swear by my lists, whether it is for work or home. Being able to see what I have on my plate for the day makes everything go smoother, keeps me from last minute running around or missing important events and deadlines.

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  81. I love getting up before the kids but now that I have a newborn again that is not always happening. I feel like my house is clean when my dishes are done and my bed is made so I usually start with those two things and from there who knows where the day will take me. :)

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  82. My day always goes smoother when I plan it out the night before I go to bed. I make a small approachable list (five items max) and do any prep work like lunches, clothes, gather supplies, etc. before hand. Anything done after the five items is a bonus!

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  83. Hmm, my best tip for helping my day run smoothly is to prepare as much beforehand as possible. My kids pick out their clothes, get their backpacks ready to go, and do as much as they can the night before so that mornings run a lot smoother. That makes my whole day start off right! :)

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  84. My day runs smoother when I start dinner in the morning. I don't necessarily have to have it finished but I definitely do the all of the prep work.

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  85. My day runs so much more smoothly when i get up 1 hour before my kiddo to read the bible. i have more patience throughout the day and am an overall better mom and wife. (and a faster laptop would TOTALLY help) :)

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  86. What a great Christmas gift!

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  87. My tip is to run the dishwasher at night and empty in the morning and always make your bed in the morning. Half of the battle is over if the dishes are done and bed is made!

    accoupons at gmail dot com

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  88. My biggest tip is to get up and get ready for the day. This means get up, get dressed and fix your face and hair. I know this sounds silly, but it so easy to sit around and take it easy when you're in your robe.

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  89. Stay organized by creating a routine and attempting to stick to it. Pray in the morning. Follow a list. Use an agenda.

    I NEED THIS LAPPYTOP in my LIIIIFE!

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  90. I plan the night before..
    but on the day of the event..
    I get up, get showered, dressed and follow through.
    a bite of something more than just coffee in your tummy does wonders!
    and SMILE as you follow your best laid plans!

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  91. Sunday evening each school age child fills a day of the week hanging shelf organizer with a school outfit for each day. Everyone knows what they will wear each day and saves the time that would be otherwise spent on arguing about clothes, searching for socks, trying to match an outfit, etc etc. Starts the day quietly and smoothly, comparatively.

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  92. Coffee is my best tip for a good day! Having breakfast with my husband helps too ... that little bit of time together helps us get going on the same page.

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  93. Lists & routines! I make a weekly list Monday morning and I have a weekly cleaning schedule... helps with the sanity.

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  94. It's not anything super innovative, but making my lunch at night before going to bed always saves me a lot of time in the morning!

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  95. Making a list before I go to the grocery store of what I have and what I need saves me lots of time and money while shopping, and I make schedules and set weekly goals of what I want to accomplish for the week!

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  96. My best advice for making the day run smoothly is to make a list of the priorities that need to be done. At the end of day sometimes it looks as if I have accomplished nothing, but when I look at my list and everything is crossed off I feel like I accomplished a lot!

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  97. best advice to make the day run smoothly: get up an hour before anyone else in my house!!

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  98. My best advice is to never go to bed w/ a messy/dirty kitchen. You will thank me in the morning :)

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  99. My day starts the night before. I review what is happening the next day. I plan out the day. That morning I eat a good breakfast and get started. You usually do not get everything done. You should learn to take pleasure in your accomplishments and begin the plan for tomorrow. Enjoy each day.Ginger

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  100. my best tip for having a day run smoothly is


    always go to bed with a shinny pristine clean sink, i have been following the fly lady for 2 years now and let me tell ya waking up to a clean sink every morning , makes you feel like you can accomplish anything in the whole wide world
    have a pink rainbow day
    georgia stewart

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  101. Now this is a crazy-good giveaway! My day usually goes more smoothly when I sleep in as much as possible...But lately we've been waking up early to read scriptures as a family, and that works, too :)

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  102. Keep a big calendar by your phone & make at least a weekly meal plan.

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  103. C O F F E E! okay okay.. duh right? at night I make sure the kitchen is clean so I wake up happy and the rest falls into place. Usually.

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  104. My best tip for making my day run smoothly would be drink a giant cup of coffee first thing. Without that, it doesn't run at all. ;)

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  105. My best tip for helping the day to run smoothly is to stay present in the present.

    I find when I get too caught up in later, or tomorrow and so on....that the here and now gets muddled.

    That, and to breathe.

    Thank you.

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  106. http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/6860629637857280

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  107. My advice is if something needs done, and you walk past it, you're only asking someone else to do it for you or you just have to do it later. Do it now and you'll be on pace for more accomplishments in a day rather than a massive to-do list tomorrow.
    THIS IS ONE FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY!

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  108. I really enjoy reading your blog! Anyway, I find I have a better, organized day if the house is tidy and the dishes are done before I go to bed. I know this is a simple, obvious suggestion, but it is what helps me the most. Thanks!
    Krista
    P.S. My computer is really having some issues, so I would love to win ... I can't even sign into my blog ... so my email is: krista_ruth@yahoo.com

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  109. Thanks for the opportunity! My day runs smoother if I decide ahead of time what to wear and fix my lunch the night before. If not, it seems like I just take FOREVER to decide what to wear in the mornings and that puts me behind and gets me in a bad mood.

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  110. My day goes more smoothly when I plan it out in 30 minute increments.

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  111. response to giveaway prompt at blogher...
    I would love a laptop just for editing photos on the go!

    Melissa

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  112. My tip to make the day run smoothly: make a list and stick to it! Thanks for the giveaway! :) meganbomba14atgmail

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  113. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/megans_madness/status/6869689753927680 meganbomba14atgmail

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  114. My day runs more smoothly when I take some time for myself in the mornings. As long as I am up before the kids, I can do amazing things!

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  115. Best planning tip - know what you're making for dinner and make sure you have everything you need to make it!

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  116. With 2 children my best way to make the day start smoothly is getting their clothes ready for the day the night before!

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  117. Starting my day with a Prayer doesn't always make the day run smoothly, but it does give me the strength and patience to deal with whatever type of day i'm having.

    Sherri

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  118. A quiet morning where I'm up before everyone else in the house is my key to a good morning! :)

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  119. My best tip to helping my day run smoothly... praying first thing in the morning.

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  120. To make my days run smoother I have given my children more independence - for example I put up hooks for them to hang their own coats, I have them empty their own bags from school and put their bags in the closet. As a working mom these little things allow me more time in the afternoons to enjoy my family instead of rushing around.

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  121. I complete options d. Thanks! Oh and by the way my husband is a big Little House fan so those t.v. screen shots made me laugh out loud! :)

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  122. My day always runs smoother if I have a clean kitchen when I wake up. I hate cleaning it late at night, but am so happy in the morning that it is clean!

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  123. Wake up a few minuted before the kids, drink my coffee...and breath...the best way to start everyday

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  124. When I plan out all the clothes the night before, life is just easier!

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  125. Make a to do list and accept the fact that I will likely not finish everything on the list!

    sweetasberries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. what an amazing give away! i would love to win:) the thing that helps my day start and run smoothly is to let my kids pick out their own clothes...they usually don't match, but it's okay. you have to choose your battles!

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  127. Planning out my week in my dayplanner always helps make sure things go smoothly!

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  128. What makes my day run smoothly? Ensuring that my three little boys get a nap - all at the same time if I'm lucky :) If I have an hour to myself, I'm a much happier and more loving mom. That makes for a much smoother day :)

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  129. I am lost without my daily planner! I teach music lessons from my home and need to keep track of schedule, in addition, I am an artist and there are shows and submissions to do. My planner is full of notes and reminders for the week. I keep many files on my computer too and try to keep them up to date. Thanks!!

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  130. My smoother days begin with a positive attitude, waking up earlier than the rest of family and getting things done 1st thing. It's amazing how much I can get done in 1/2 and hour.

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  131. After seeing what your new laptop could do.....(I checked out your perfect lesson for Family Nite)I think that watching a Mormon Message every morning would make any day run smoother!

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  132. Setting out my clothes the night before. It's simple but I do have to start my day off making a decision.

    ljyoung85@gmail.com

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  133. Carole said:

    The best tip for making the day run smoothly, is to make a list the night before of everything that needs to be accomplished the next day. It really works!

    johnorcarole at comcast dot net

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  134. My day runs more smoothly when I use my rememberthemilk.com list. Its a free site that has a matching iphone app. It works well with the Getting Things Done process. It also helps me with some anxiety about fitting everything in. I add stuff to my list throughout the day, but I work on things on the list each morning from 9-12.

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  135. I have my calendars on my iphone and it's linked to my email. I also set timers for things (on my iphone) for things I need to remember to do throughout the day (I think I'm getting old or something, lOL!)

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  136. With 10 kids.... it is aLL ABOUT being organized!

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  137. My best advice is to get your shower before 8am. Nothing wakes me up like a shower!

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  138. thanks! love your blog! key is ...well im still trying to figure it out but Im finding joy in the journey!its all bout perspective

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  139. Coffee helps my day run smoothly. It would run even better if I had a new, fast laptop!

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  140. Prayer makes my day go smoothly, individual & family morning prayer. (BTW, love your blog!)

    Vicky (vicky042009@live.com)

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  141. Erica ericarplayer@gmail.com11/23/10, 9:47 AM

    To help my day run smoothly, I always wake up, make the bed and throw in a load of laundry. I have already accomplished two things before I even get downstairs! Also, if I feel myself getting overwhelmed, I do my best to just slow down and pray. One of my favorite things to think about when things are getting nutty is this, "trying to solve tomorrow's problems today only steals the energy God has prearranged for you in order to enjoy today." I believe that this is from the book, "The Confident Woman" and I couldn't recommend it more! Thanks! ericarplayer@gmail.com

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  142. I have to do as much as possible the night before-helps my days go so much smoother!

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  143. To make my day run as smooth as possible I think the night before :) Like plan my ourfit, think about what Im taking for lunch etc.
    alisasanger@hotmail.com

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  144. I think my day runs best when I take my quiet time/bible time FIRST-- and then make a plan of everything I want to accomplish as the day progresses, for example: not staying in my p.j.'s all day!

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  145. With 4 children (9, 4, 2 and 1) 3 boys and a baby girl, a husband and a full time job organization is the key to my time management. I prepare everything the night before on school nights, from lunches to clothing selections. I even go as far as putting the ceral or oatmeal in the boal and putting it in fridge so there is one less step. Having this computer will continue my progress of spending more quality time with my family and still have time to do the things I want to do, which include blog watching, online shopping, blogging and crafting.

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  146. My day will run smoothly if I have made lists or planned out what I want to do that day. Usually I am so spastic and crazy I have no clue what I need to do or what I'm supposed to be doing so if I can write down all my ideas and thoughts then it helps me plan out and run my day smoothly.

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  147. a) A to do list is an absolute must for me - without it, I'm lost and irritable.

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  148. My day goes better when I know what's for dinner. I work on Mon and Tuesday so I will take out a frozen meal that I made previously, meatloaf, etc. I like something quick and easy so we can move on to homework, baths, etc. lisabracale@verizon.net

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  149. If computer is old like mine, get up early.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  150. My best time saving tip for me is to do laundry while I am starting breakfast. If you put a load in first thing in the morning it really saves me time.

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  151. What a great laptop! Good for you. :) I would love a giftcard. My day runs smoothly when I'm flexible. I find that when I have afixed to-do list, I get very uptight about sticking to it. I become the mommy monster very quickly and I'm not fun to be around. On days when I'm flexible...we're all much happier.

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  152. Hmm... following my FLYlady routine and drinking lots of tea is what helps my day go smoothly! :)

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  153. I try to keep on track and not get too distracted and finish one task before starting another.

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  154. I keep track by remembering to count my blessings and meditating each day.

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  155. Best tip is a list...each day of what I need to get done. I have a problem staying focused each day so a list helps me a lot. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  156. Google calendar is my favorite productivity tool (that helps my day run more smoothly). I read recently on the Life Hacker blog (I think that's the one) to not put a reminder on a date as an "all day" event but instead with a time so you fit it in and are reminded during the day at a certain time (more easily/specifically) and that has been a huge help. I also love the Google calendar's pop-up reminders. :)

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  157. I filled out the Blogher form. I wasn't certain what was meant by sweepstakes prompt response, so I shared what I had written in response above in my other comment on this post. Hope that was the right thing to do. :P

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  158. Definitely have a plan for dinner in the morning! Don't wait until the kids are cranky and want dinner asap! Dinner always tastes better when you put a little love into it earlier in the day.

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  159. I always have a breakfast menu set up for the school week which helps the morning go smoothly and once kids are in bed I plan out the day and go online
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  160. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/7304646515228673
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  161. setting up an excel chart of my kids chores would really help my mornings go smoothly! especially on the weekends. Love Intel :)

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  162. I guess my best tip is clean up as you cook - it is just sooooo much easier and I'm not left with a sinkful of anything other than water and a few bubbles when I'm done. What an awesome contest too. I've been trying to put together a family cookbook and whew! what a job.
    honey941@gmail.com

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  163. ohhh that was so awesome that you got that laptop! i LOVE best buy! they're my fav!

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  164. my best tip to ake my day run smoothly is to meditate for 10 minutes intime@myself.com

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  165. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/intime111/status/7464489863614464

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  166. Keeping to a routine really helps keep my days running smoothly.

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  167. Smiling no matter what helps my days run smoothly!

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  168. My best tip... is to take my time. At least that works for me. Any time that we're rushed... Let's just say it never ends well.

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  169. My best tip is to have a positive attitude and keep a smile on your face!

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  170. A place for everything and everything in its place - that's my tip. And if only I'd follow it my day would run more smoothly

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  171. http://twitter.com/#!/schnoodleDo/status/7576390983491584

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  172. Start early and take your time. It all gets done.

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  173. Make lists, stay on track, and don't procrastinate!

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  174. I am definitely a planner and list maker. I use sticky notes to help me remember one or two things that I need to do during the course of my day, and lists for upcoming and ever growing projects. : )

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  175. Having a cup of coffee in the morning makes my day run smoother! :)

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  176. I definitely use my BB calendar to tell me what is up for the day ahead. THe day before, I always look at it so I am preapred

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  177. I try to make a list when I get up and stick to my plans for the day...there's such a sense of accomplishment when everything gets checked off and I can throw that list away.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  178. http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/7664876591775744

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  179. My best tip for a smooth day is to take some quiet time in the morning for coffee and to plan out my day
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

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  180. I do one thing at a time. I got to focus or I get off track. That is it, I don't know how to do it any other way.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  181. Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/7815941723262978

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  182. MY DAY RUNS SMOOTHEST WITH ME KEEPING A LITTLE CALENDAR IN MY PURSE! IT WORKS! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  183. 2ND ENTRY TWEET twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/7914071185694720 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  184. The best way for me to organize a day is to get as much done the night before. Thanks for the contest.

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  185. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/11/win-250-best-buy-week-2.html

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  186. Best advice of the day is prpare the day before.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  187. My best advice is to make and list and don't forget it on your way out the door!

    missstamper(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  188. the thing that makes my day go the smoothiest is setting my towels on the shower wall before bed.

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  189. My day always runs smoother when the kids are happy and hubby and I work together to get things done.

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  190. twitter http://twitter.com/meliblom/status/8252903311548418

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  191. I find that a nice long walk with the dog first thing in the morning helps me to focus on the day ahead...

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  192. My tip is to get up before your children- have a few minutes of quiet time before things get wild! :)

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  193. I keep all my appointments on my dayrunner, so I know where I'm supposed to be at all times. That makes my life easier!

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  194. My best tip - sleep well the nite before, get up on time and have a routine!

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  195. Wise words to live by!!! I love love love that quote :) I am going to post it on the fridge as a daily reminder. Thank you!!

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