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Melissa Herrera

A lifelong resident of Holmes County, Missy's world is larger than the view off her front porch. With a keen eye for uncovering worthwhile junk, she has sifted and sorted through the thrift stores and garage sales of the area. Missy is a wife of twenty years to Antonio, and mom to three lovely and irreverent teenagers. Any given day you'll find her screaming at her kids soccer games and simply loving the life she's been given.


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The insatiable desire for order from chaos
Published: September 15, 2014

Missy is looking for order from the chaos that was once a home full of children.

Zucchini boats and a passion for cooking set free
Published: September 12, 2014

Missy Herrera explores all the recipes she was too tired to try before.

Traveling and discovering for two
Published: September 02, 2014

Melissa is moving into a new season in her life, looking forward to spending time with her husband, now that all the children are on their own.

Standing on the precipice ready to fly
Published: August 27, 2014

Missy prepares as the last of her children head off to college.

Shop wisely and go back to school with a bang
Published: August 21, 2014

Wait, did someone say back to school? I thought it was still June?

Success and failures: edition summer 2014
Published: August 13, 2014

August is half over.
I repeatóAugust is half over.

The veil is thin, at best, between this life and the next
Published: August 07, 2014

Missy looks deeply into the mysteries of life and death, and our fragile existence.

What will you do with the grains of time you have left?
Published: July 23, 2014

God never guarantees a long life, he simply asks us to be ready.

Summer days and why kids donít need to be entertained
Published: July 16, 2014

Mom can find inexpensive ways for kids to have fun during the summer, and kids can learn to be independent and to entertain themselves.

Beautiful game of soccer brings fans together through camaraderie
Published: July 09, 2014

The World Cup games have taken over Melissa Herrera's household and everyone in it.

I tried, but I canít get past the itch to feel a paper book in my hand
Published: July 03, 2014

If you have a book by your side at all times then give me a high five. Reading is a rush, but not everyone loves reading electronically. Do you?

Not all those who wander are lostósome are free
Published: June 25, 2014

Missy relives her childhood days in Berlin. Although she loved her childhood, she was happy to get out and see the world. Now, she is teaching her children to love other ways of life as well.

Adjusting myself to a new rhythm and schedule
Published: June 09, 2014

Are you living your passion? Have you taken the steps you need to live a life worth living? ItŅs one step at a time for me as I become adjusted to a new schedule.

Garage sales are Ďjumbles of goodnessí
Published: June 03, 2014

You canít see me but Iím raising my hands toward the heavens and being thankful itís almost SUMMER. Yes, I said it Ė that wonderful S word Ė summer. Iíve felt a warm breeze tickle the back of my neck letting me know itís almost arrived. This means...

I didnít grow up on a farm, but I appreciate the beauty
Published: May 29, 2014

Missy Herrera discusses growing up in the country.

Claiming your life as your own and taking the plunge
Published: May 19, 2014

The kids may be gone, but that doesn't mean there's no meaning to life. Melissa discusses her plans to reclaim her life as her own, and how others should do the same.

When party planning, itís not what you spend, itís what they remember
Published: May 10, 2014

Do you love planning parties or is it a chore? Follow Missy Herrera's tried and true tips and make your upcoming event one to remember.

A list of lists that keep me sane
Published: May 04, 2014

Do you keep lists? Do they keep you polished and together? I may not be polished but they sure help me remember things.

Ready to take on the world
Published: April 27, 2014

This week I will drive to Indiana and pick up Selena from college. Where this first year of her college life has gone is beyond me, but she has loved every minute and is working hard at her nursing degree. Her tenacity for study has astounded me,...

Being a world traveler on a dime
Published: April 21, 2014

Afraid you can't travel for lack of funds? Never fear, just get in your car and go. With careful research you can get by on a dime.

Confidently cutting the strings and grabbing hold of me
Published: April 12, 2014

For most people, confidence comes easy. They stride into a room like they belong there, not caring what anyone else might think of their swagger. People gravitate unknowingly toward them and their persona that reaches out and snares peopleónot in a...

Step away from the grind before it grinds you up
Published: April 07, 2014

When was the last time you bid adieu and went on vacation? Even for a few days? If you can't remember than it's past time. Read on for some tips.

Dollar store shopping makes me cool
Published: April 02, 2014

Quick, what is the first thing you think of when I say dollar store? If it was negative, read on. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Renewing the hidden corners of your home
Published: March 18, 2014

When you look at your home, be pleased with what you see, not anxious or fretful about what you need to change.

Spring is coming whether Iím ready or not
Published: March 12, 2014

Ready or not, spring is on the way.

Thrift-style and letting the deals find you
Published: February 26, 2014

Are you a thrift store snob only shopping at thrift stores? Open it up and find the deals at department stores because you've been missing out.

Love is found in the tiny details of life
Published: February 19, 2014

Are you missing something in your life? Look in the small details and that is where you will find it.

Training your brain to detox from rapid Internet-mode
Published: February 07, 2014

Do you have trouble focusing on things you used to love? Things like reading which takes sitting down and focusing? I'm having trouble settling my Internet-fast brain long enough to finish a book.

Losing my passion for cooking while facing a childless home
Published: February 01, 2014

Do you feel stuck when it comes to cooking? I am in a funk and I can't get out.

Stop complaining and embrace the goodness an Ohio winter brings
Published: January 27, 2014

What do you love about winter? Do you embrace the snowy bluster or do you complain your way through every day? Decide to love it today.

There are angels among us Fundraising for my sister-in-law
Published: January 19, 2014

Life is unexpected. People are generous. Thank you for giving to my sister-in-law and her fund for medical attention. Everyone deserves it.

Some things arenít worth arguing over
Published: January 13, 2014

Do you have a years-long argument that could be solved with a simple yes? I learned the hard way that some things just aren't worth arguing over.

Auld Lang Syne to expending energy on things that are meaningless
Published: January 06, 2014

What kind of energy do you expend on things you don't love? What can you slash from that agenda? The new year brings new agendas. I'm penciling mine in.

Living my passion as I greet the new year
Published: December 30, 2013

What drives you? What have you accomplished this year? I am taking stock of what I have achieved this year and what I want to do in the future. It's time to live our passion.

Stop in your tracks and let Christmas find you
Published: December 23, 2013

What do you remember from your Christmas as a child? Is it the gifts or the moments? I'm remembering a few this week as Christmas is upon us.

Do we let the Ďotherí into our Christmas joy?
Published: December 16, 2013

Do you let your holiday joy be touched by the 'other?' Anyone outside your circle of comfort? I want to feel discomfort along with joy this Christmas season.

Discovering the small places in a big-place world
Published: December 09, 2013

With Christmas season in full swing are you shopping small and local? Do you shop the big stores and find great deals? Read on to find out Missy's strategy.

Let us look past the glitter to see the grit around us
Published: December 02, 2013

Missy Herrera reconsiders Christmas preparations in the light of those who have little.

Failure and dormancy no longer hold me back from my dreams
Published: November 25, 2013

Missy Herrera begins a new project with confidence anda farewell to old fears.

The empty spaces in my house will allow me to find me
Published: November 18, 2013

This Monday morning washes over me like a warm, fuzzy blanket. Iím curled up in my chair, coffee steaming beside me, while I contemplate my life and craziness it has been lately. Soccer season, for us and our senior son, is over. We went on a deep...

Christmas in October is not for me
Published: November 11, 2013

How early is too early to start decorating for the holidays? My answer is the day after Thanksgiving - and not one minute earlier.

A dollar store and a town that I can still picture
Published: November 04, 2013

There is lots of talk about a new dollar store coming to town. Will it ruin what our town is? Or is our town already not what it used to be?

Many joys in an Ohio October
Published: October 28, 2013

ďIím so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.Ē ~L.M. Montgomery

Guilt, cooking and a well-used crockpot in the fall
Published: October 14, 2013

Are you harried and tired? Feeling guilty about not cooking every night? Rest easy, my friend, and know that your family is warm and fed - home-cooked meal or not.

Sandpaper people, blinders and a world devoid of compassion
Published: October 07, 2013

Are we moving through life with blinders on? Are the people that rub us the wrong way treated with disgust? We need to use the compassion God has put in our hearts and stop being blind in our life.

Thrift mentality is a way of life
Published: September 23, 2013

Missy Herrera talks about living with a "thrift mentality."



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