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strolling through the city

through the garden gate….

Savannah gardengate

past the red door at #11

Savannah walk

round the corner and up the street

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enjoying all the rich scenery….

 Savannah riverwalk

as we stroll the city streets.

what a fun way to get in the daily 2 miles.

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Uncluttered

Life can be messy. Keeping track of what is important is key to being at peace.

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The more clutter, the less time to focus on important stuff. What brings enjoyment is often postponed because the clutter overtakes life and time is spent on keeping track of all the clutter.

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Clutter can be possessions, debt, anger, fear, worry; anything that prevents us from living a life of fulfillment, joy, peace of mind, financial success, and simplicity.

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The big question is how can clutter be controlled?  How can clutter be eliminated? Sometimes a step by step process is the best way to take action against clutter.

“7 Simple Steps to Unclutter Your Life” by Donna Smallin is a great resource for getting that process started. The practical steps outlined in the book are simple, easy and sensible. There is no magic formula for removing clutter; however, a plan of attack helps move the process along. 

This book has been in my library for several years. It really is a practical step by step process that works. The positive advice in this book is inspiring and challenging. Each chapter is set up to offer ways to make changes that will have long term benefits, and help form better habits for life. Going through the step by step process and applying what fits the individual life will reveal a clear path to clearing clutter.

***The only thing I would add to this book is to put God first, because He makes life much better. This review is not compensated and is the opinion of the writer of this blog.***

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letting go of clutter brings simplicity 

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the ordinary life…

“Take your everyday, ordinary life—

your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—

and place it before God as an offering.  

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 Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

Instead, fix your attention on God.

You’ll be changed from the inside out.

Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

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Unlike the culture around you,

always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,

God brings the best out of you,

develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Romans 12:1-2 The Message

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Simple living

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Spring is my favorite time of the year, and I would much rather be outdoors than in the kitchen. So, I have been looking for easy dishes that require little preparation and cleanup. 

This recipe http://www.anoregoncottage.com/cranberry-walnut-feta-broccoli-slaw/ sounded delicious, and after a quick trip to the grocery store I mixed it up with a few changes.

Cranberry-Walnut-Feta-Broccoli-Slaw

  • 1 package. shredded broccoli-carrot slaw (10-12 oz.)
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 c. crumbled feta (optional)

Toss this mixture with balsamic dressing and serve.  I used a store bought balsamic dressing, but the recipe includes instructions for homemade. I forgot to get the cheese, but the next time I make this I will try the cheese. Super easy and delicious…not sure why I haven’t tried the broccoli mix before.  

Hope you like this…let me know, and drop in at http://www.anoregoncottage.com for more recipe ideas.

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Being outdoors enjoying beautiful weather and God’s creation is always a good thing.

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