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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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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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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Karla's Korner : Fences

So I have a confession to make. I’m a country girl. I love country music, NASCAR and life in a small town. I grew up on a small poultry farm in rural Virginia. We had our own cow that my daddy milked by hand every day. We drank that milk without any processing other than straining it through a cheese cloth into a jar. We made homemade ice cream, ate fresh eggs from the chickens on the farm, raised pigs, processed our own beef, pork and chicken. We made homemade apple butter, canned vegetables ...

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Karla's Korner:What’s Your Resolution?

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As I began to think of a topic for this week’s article, I asked one of the wisest people I know what he thought of making New Year’s resolutions. This wise person happens to be my husband, David. I’ve known him for 23 years and so far, he’s never steered me wrong…well not on purpose anyway. As we were talking about resolutions and their importance in our lives we came to the conclusion that resolutions, when made with sincerity and genuine thoughtfulness, can be kept. How many times have we ...

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Karla’s Korner: Joy

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! Joy… As I sit down to write this, my heart is full of joy. I just finished putting away all of the ...

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Ask A Blogger: How do you capture screenshots

I stumbled upon the awesome screenshot tool JING. The best part is it is free and easy to use. I love Jing so much because it downloaded easy on my Mac and my windows based computer. I made a little movie to demonstrate how easy Jing is. I made a video on how to use our printable grocery list. I only captured a small portion of our screen. ...

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Motivation Monday

Welcome, We all need a little motivation especially on Monday. I wanted this space in cyberspace to represent more than the next deal. I mean the next deal is great but we all require a cheerleader in life. Madame Deals was started to help, motivate, and inspire the spender in all of us to do more with what we have. It is important to find balance in your life  because your bank account byline doesn't define who you are. You define who you are. ...

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Ask A traveler: What lessons did you learn

I just got back from a 16+ car trip to Florida. We had a wonderful time but I believe you need to document mistakes so you do not make them again. Here is what I learned: 10) Plan your trip so you do not arrive at your destination at 3:00 in the morning or so you do not have to debate staying at a place that charges by the hour. Deal or no deal???? 9) When looking for a place to stay after driving over 14 hours with three wide awake children at 2:00 am do not drive around to save $3.00 your ...

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Ask a wife of a Frugal Guy

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So the truth is my husband is the frugal one. This has always been the case. I am only frugal so I can buy other things that we couldn't afford if I paid full price for our groceries. I spent all Thursday trying to find my husband who spent all day going from one company to the next taking advantage of all the Veteran's Day Specials. This is his favorite holiday of the year. I figured he earned the sandwich at Subway, coffee and Dunkin Doughnuts, Onion from Outback, Free car wash from Clean ...

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