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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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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 people—not 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 I’m 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 aren’t 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 ‘other’ 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. I’m 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

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~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."

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing
Published: September 13, 2013

Are you risking it all for something God has told you to try? Or are you staying in the safe harbor that is your home? Sometimes, God has bigger plans for us.

The college years, part deux, are upon us and ready or not here she goes
Published: September 02, 2013

The college years, part deux, are upon us. Read about the preparation it takes to be ready for college. Involve your kids in the process - don't leave them in the dark!

The college years, part deux, are upon us and ready or not here she goes
Published: September 02, 2013

The college years, part deux, are upon us. Read about the preparation it takes to be ready for college. Involve your kids in the process - don't leave them in the dark!

Cereal for supper is never a bad thing.
Published: August 16, 2013

Do you plan all your meals down the snacks you serve? Or do you wing it like I do? Read on for a look at whether meal-planning is the way to go.

Time is slipping away as back to school approaches
Published: August 12, 2013

Back to school shopping is upon us and it's time to find the best deals. But where is our emphasis? Is time with our children slipping away too quickly?

Time is slipping away as back to school approaches all too quickly
Published: August 09, 2013

Back to school shopping is upon us and it's time to find the best deals. But where is our emphasis? Is time with our children slipping away too quickly?

Looking for small successes in the sweet summer oblivion
Published: July 29, 2013

With summer draining away, look inside to see what small success and personal goals you have reached. Even something small can give you confidence.

Looking for some small successes in the sweet summer oblivion
Published: July 29, 2013

With summer draining away, look inside to see what small success and personal goals you have reached. Even something small can give you confidence.

A quest for the best deal can be an fun adventure
Published: July 22, 2013

Tired of searching for a great deal? Consider how your wallet will feel as it empties. Keep plugging away because money saved on something is money in your pocket.

Relieving that thrift store itch with a five dollar limit
Published: July 15, 2013

Do you have a thrift store itch that needs to be scratched regularly? Limit yourself to a dollar amount and start digging. You may find more treasures than you would ever believe.

Never let your schedule take your freedom of choice and rejuvenation away
Published: July 05, 2013

Are sports and responsibilities making you a zombie? Feel like you can't get away even for a minute? It's time to take back your life.

Being patient in an “I-want-it-now” society
Published: July 01, 2013

Are you a patient shopper or do you have to have it right now? Read on for a success story in being patient and waiting.

People, bits of information and things are put in our path for a reason
Published: June 24, 2013

Are there people in your path you¿re meant to listen to? Does God put them there for a reason? It¿s time to take heed.

How to turn your garage sale into the hottest spot in town
Published: June 17, 2013

Leery of garage sales? Use my tips to have the best sale around - and have a blast in the process.

Why my front porch is my happy place
Published: June 10, 2013

Do you have a place in your home that is your ¿happy place¿? Do you just move through your home or do you know it intimately? Time to stop and take stock of it.

Finding yourself after the kids graduate
Published: June 03, 2013

If graduation is leaving you nostalgic for your younger years, then read on. Now that we've raised our kids it's OUR time.

Slaying that negative voice in your head to attain your dreams
Published: May 27, 2013

Do you have a negative voice living in your head? Are you ready to slay it and achieve your dreams? I know I am.

How to throw a party for dozens and keep grooving to the music
Published: May 20, 2013

Not sure you can pull off a big party? You can do it. Read on for some tips on how to tame the crowd.

Money is hiding in the depths of your home and it’s time to find it
Published: May 06, 2013

Money is hiding in the corners of your garage and home. Pull things out into the light and see what there is to be sold.

How to stop yourself from becoming a hoarder
Published: April 29, 2013

If you have stacks of stuff in your home taller than yourself, then read this article. It might be time to tame the beast.

You must remember, don’t let the clothing buy you
Published: April 22, 2013

Stop cringing when it¿s time to buy clothing. With purse in hand, walk boldly into the mall and you will find the deal you need if you take the time to look for it.



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