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Living Life is about being a parent, giving tips for home management, finance, humor, love, and everything the day throws your way.

September 16, 2013

Karla’s Korner: Blending Families, Making Memories and Finding Purpose

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Blending Families, Making Memories and Finding Purpose

This week my husband and I traveled to a small lakeside community in Ohio to celebrate his brother’s wedding. We had heard so much about the Huron, Ohio community and the small town charm but wasn’t sure what to expect. Initially our plan was to stay in a local hotel and hopefully spend time with extended family at some point during the weekend. After receiving an email inviting us to share a lake house together we cancelled our reservations and prepared for a busy weekend concluding with welcoming a new sister in law to the family clan.

After nearly eight hours in the car we arrived at our destination and quickly discovered that graciousness and hospitality is not just a characteristic of the south. Our first blessing came when we realized the owners of the lake house offered it to our family free of charge. This beautiful fully furnished home was ours for the weekend and the only request from the owner was to pay it forward by making a monetary donation to the local food bank or the cancer research fund. Who doses this? Who decides to purchase a home to share it with complete strangers? Kind, caring, gracious people that’s who!Continue reading

September 15, 2013

Minecraft Birthday Cake: Stampy Cake

Minecraft Birthday Cake

Stampy Cake

Minecraft Birthday Cake

Have you heard of Minecraft?  It’s the video game that has a cult following among the younger set.  Think of it as a blend of Sims and pretty much any Atari game from the 80’s.  Despite it lacking mind blowing graphics, kids are engrossed in it.  My kid loves it and he not only plays it constantly, but he watches videos about it on youtube.  So here it is, birthday time, and my son requested a blend of a character from his favorite youtube Minecraft celebrity and the game itself.  He requested a Mr. Stampy Cat cake.  So, off to google I went, in search of what a Stampy Cat looked like and how I could make a cake to incorporate both requests.  I quickly noticed there weren’t any Stampy Cake and most of the Minecraft cakes were of the “Creeper”…the big green guy.  I opted for something different, and wanted to share it so that it may inspire you to get creative with your next birthday cake.  Another way to make dollars out of change is to skip the bakery and make your own birthday cakes!

Minecraft Birthday Cake: Stampy Cake

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September 9, 2013

6 Keys to a Successful Yard Sale

6 Keys to a Successful Yard Sale

6 Keys to a Successful Yard Sale

Having a yard sale is a great way to declutter your house and make a few bucks in the meantime, but if you don’t keep these important things in mind, you could actually lose money!  Yard sales are a lot of work but trust me, the more time you invest, the higher your financial return.  I have made over $1,000 at my yard sales just by taking the time and following these 6 Keys to a Successful Yard Sale.

Karla’s Korner: My Little Hero

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Sophie during chemotherapy—age 3

Sophie

Sophie first day of kindergarten—age 5

My Little Hero….

December 6, 2010 was just an ordinary day for me; it was a Friday. I woke that morning, muddled through my normal weekday routine which included checking Facebook and email. I noticed a friend had posted a prayer request for her little three year old granddaughter Sophie. She had been taken to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. As I whispered a little prayer I was sure it was something simple; after all she was three and in perfect health. By the end of the day the news came that Sophie didn’t have a simple tummy ache. Sophie had CANCER! I wondered how this could happen to such a vibrant, energetic little girl. Reports began to pour through Facebook, church emails and phone calls that this cancer, a Wilms’ tumor (kidney cancer) was quite possibly in stage three and the tumor and kidney must be removed immediately. There was even discussion between the doctors and Sophie’s parents that the tumor had ruptured which would make it even more severe. Sweet Sophie was in the fight of her life and as our community began to rally around her she underwent surgery the next day. How could it be that in the blink of an eye Sophie’s life would go from normal little three year old girl to battling an awful disease that could quite possibly take it all away? My heart ached for Sophie and her family as they began a journey into uncertainty.Continue reading

September 8, 2013

How to Make an Adult Tutu

Even Grown-ups dress up and this easy how to guide will have your Adult Tutu ready in a short time.

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Finding tutus for children is as simple as going into your local dollar store but finding them in adult sizes is a little harder. This simple no-sew tutorial will have you completing your tutu in no time. Plus you can select the colors you want so you can customize it for the costume or occasion you are creating it for.

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