Karla's Korner: Soup

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I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy! AMEE Soup… Sitting alone in my kitchen with a fresh bowl of homemade vegetable soup and a handful of buttered saltine crackers, my eyes filled with ...

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Gavel Babble: The Birthday Curse, Reversed

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My friend Miranda “Mandy” is a legal wizard with a unique perspective on love, life, and the law. I enjoy reading her articles and I hope you do as well. You can see more of her articles at Gavel Babble. The Birthday Curse, Reversed For the past 8 years, something has gone wrong on my birthday!  At the 5 year point of bad birthdays, I decided to give up on the hope that “this year” will be better.  My birthdays secretly became an angry and bitter time for me—something that I regretted and ...

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Ask A Blogger: How do you build an Audience?

Okay, so you have a blog.  You have a button and the code to post so others can promote you.  How do you get people to your site now that you have decorated it with great screen shots?  You head to your newly created Twitter page and think of something good to say.  Except, you only have two followers and your mom has no idea how to log into the twitter account you created for her and the other follower doesn't speak the same language. The key is to think of something others want to hear or ...

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Ask A Blogger: How do you get your contest noticed

I have ten tips to get your event the recognition it deserves. If you want to receive prizes from companies then you have to know how to promote them. I only take products to review and giveaway that I believe my fan base will find interesting. If you take on to many items it will backfire one you. You can't focus on your contest if you have to many unless you have a strategy or if that is the focus of your site. 1) Promote it prior to starting the contest. Get your fans excited. 2) Make sure ...

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Asian Chicken Soup

Asian Chicken Soup Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Servings: Yield Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy Ingredients: 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon grated ginger (from a 1-inch piece) 1 garlic clove, slivered 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 4 ounces soba noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each), thinly sliced crosswise 1 medium red bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed), cut into ...

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Karla's Korner

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy! Lessons learned from a little boy… As I sit down to write this I am sitting in a classroom with ten ...

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Gavel Babble: Pray

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I would like to introduce a new article series. My friend Miranda "Mandy" is a legal wizard with a unique perspective on love, life, and the law.  I enjoy reading her articles and I hope you do as well.  Amee Food For Thought As my six year old and I exited church last Sunday, she stopped in her tracks and said, “Mommy, I need to ask Mary for something. It’s very important.” She pointed her small finger towards a white statue adored with flowers. I stood in the distance while my two little ...

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Working Mom What's for Dinner: Potato Bar

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I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! The bake potato bar: I bought a huge bag of potatoes for $1.. So I decided to make a potato bar. Here are my sides: Chili Brocolli Sour Cream Cheese Bacon Butter Tomatoes I just bake the potatoes and the kids fill them to eat them up. ...

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Frugal Eats: Mediterranean Fava Bean Salad

I love a good meal if it is easy and cheap even better! Sara at Budget Savvy Diva has agreed to share her Frugal Eats each week. Mediterranean Fava Bean Salad Ingredients 1 19 oz. can fava beans, drained ($1.59) 1 15 oz. can black olives, drained ($.99) 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained ($.29) 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.20) 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ($.10) 1 tsp dried basil ($.05) Salt and pepper to taste Directions Empty the beans, black olives and petite diced tomatoes into a ...

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Karla's Korner: Happiness

Happiness, defined by Webster’s Dictionary, means a state of well being, contentment and joy. As I reflected on the meaning of happiness I couldn’t help but think of the people in my life who are truly happy and who could find many reasons to choose to be otherwise. Now some would argue that we can’t choose to be happy or unhappy, that incidences in life make us happy or unhappy. I have several examples of some amazing people who have chosen to live their lives happy no matter what their ...

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