Judy Dudich

Judy Dudich

Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Mom of 10, Grammy to six -- sharing the love and joy she finds in Christ and in living an ordinary, extraordinary everyday family life is her passion.

Brain health: Writing in longhand is good for you

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Full disclosure: Because of my Mediterranean ethnicity and the fact that my paternal grandmother had Alzheimer’s, I worry about dementia. The thought of it scares me. In addition to my Nonna, I’ve known several people who suffered from mental decline in old age. In all cases, it was heartbreaking to witness. Beautiful, vibrant, funny, intelligent, [ keep reading ]

Drunk drivers: Steer clear if you witness these signs

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In my work as a legal copywriter, I often read and write about tragic motor vehicle collisions that result in fatality or life-threatening injuries. The causal factor in many of these incidents is drunk driving. I often pray for victims and their families, as well as for those whose irresponsible and reckless choices may have [ keep reading ]

Helpful learning tips: Old fashioned isn’t always bad

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Life is a learning experience. A brief review of the human brain is enough to leave me awestruck. As a parent, and perhaps, particularly as a homeschooling parent, I’m always looking for helpful learning tips. After all, one of our main goals in educating our kids at home is to help them reach their full [ keep reading ]

Creative ways to earn money: Poop alert!

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If you’re like many Hot Mess Press readers, part of your list for goals in 2020 might include thoughts about income. Are you trying to come up with creative ways to earn money? Who doesn’t want more money? I typically avoid thinking or talking about finances because I feel stressed when I focus on it. [ keep reading ]

How to set goals that you can accomplish

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Have you been having a great time ringing in the New Year? I hope so! It’s definitely hard to believe that it’s 2020. Do you feel stressed when you try to set goals for a new year? This might be because you have a habit of setting unattainable goals. When you want to set yourself [ keep reading ]

Reasons people drink: Can you relate?

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It’s definitely a time of year (holidays) when liquor stores and beer distributors make a lot of money. You might be one of millions of people who enjoy spiking your eggnog with a bit of bourbon. Perhaps, you like to imbibe when you gather with co-workers or loved ones at your annual Christmas or New [ keep reading ]

Parenting tips: Don’t underestimate the impact you have

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At 55, I often struggle with myriad, self-analytical questions. Have I been faithful to God’s call? Do I share The Good News with others? Will I live to see my great grand-children? Does anything I say or do make a difference in my children’s lives? Am I failing as a mother? I’m not sure why, [ keep reading ]

Baby names: How to choose to avoid regrets

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Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful, mysterious, miraculous and exciting experiences of a lifetime. Then again, it can also be highly stressful as well. This is especially true the first time around when you suddenly realize you’re morally and legally responsible for another human being’s life! Amid the joy of preparing [ keep reading ]

Family life and simplicity: Lessons to learn from Jesus

family life and simplicity, big family

I don’t think anyone can deny that it’s easy to feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious when life gets too busy. The issue is that, no two people define “too busy” exactly the same way. While I certainly don’t know how to achieve a perpetual, perfect, peaceful state of mind, I do know one thing. Simplicity, [ keep reading ]

Safety tips Uber and other ride share users should know

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If we were to discuss personal injury risk regarding motor vehicle or airplane travel, we might consider certain comparisons. For instance, analysts often compare overall numbers of travelers to reported number of incidents. This helps them come up with a risk percentage. This post is about safety tips for people who use Uber and other [ keep reading ]

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