ASK A Blogger: Moving your site … is it a good idea?

You've been blogging awhile. You want to change hosts. You decide to take the plunge. Fear sets in. You know you lack the knowledge or experience to transition yourself but the price of paying someone seems out of reach. What do you do? As two bloggers that have recently moved from Blogger to WordPress, or changed hosts, we'll let you in on a little secret. We had no idea what we were doing either. Dana's Experience: After about a year of blogging, I decided to move from Blogger to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Struggling to Make Ends Meet?

This post brought to you by Fannie Mae. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with making their mortgage payments?  Are they concerned about being able to stay in their home?  Are they facing foreclosure?  If so, do they know where to get answers to their questions? In this economy, many are struggling and ultimately may find themselves facing foreclosure.  They don't know where to turn for the most basic of answers.  Facing financial hardship is difficult enough … [Read more...]

Chutzpah:The Game

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: Um That's My Fork

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Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: The cheek pincher

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Local Deal: 15% Wedding Photography and all travel fees waived

I love weddings and I love photographing weddings.  There are so many moments on a wedding day that the bride and groom can't possibly see - flower girls getting into (just a little) trouble, grandfathers slapping their knees in laughter, mothers crying while the vows are read.  I love preserving these moments on film so that my clients can look back on them forever.  For the couple portraits - that giant print that will hang in your living room - I make classic, timeless images that will never … [Read more...]