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Karla’s Korner: Motivation to Change Your Life

Karla’s Korner

Motivation to Change Your Life

Motivation to Change Your Life

Motivation to Change Your Life

Taking Chances; Accepting Challenges and Reaping Rewards

A little over four years ago I took the chance and began writing “Karla’s Korner”. A year into the project I was asked to review movies for Lifetime. I had always loved Lifetime movies and jumped at the opportunity to review them and share my thoughts. I enjoyed my little writing job; it became quite therapeutic for me. Two years had passed and an email appeared offering me a “spot” on Lifetime Moms as a contributor. Shocked and surprised I gladly accepted the offer.Continue reading

January 19, 2014

Tips on How to Save on Home Repairs

Save on Home Repairs

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As a tenant paying rent to a landlord, I never really thought about how much it costs to maintain a home.  You pay the rent, the electric, water, gas, and trash bills but if something goes wrong, you call the landlord.  Hopefully, the landlord cares about the property and sends a repairman out to fix the problem.

On the other hand, as a homeowner, you not only have to pay the mortgage and utilities, you have to budget and pay for various things which can go wrong.  There’s the faucet or toilet which starts to leak, the garage door or doorbell which mysteriously stops working, the washer which decides it’s not going to make it through the spin cycle without stopping dead in its tracks.  Welcome to home ownership and the repairs associated with it!

These are all things which have happened to our family.  These are things which seem to happen at the most inopportune times.  The trick to save on home repairs is to have a budget for these eventualities.  Each month, we set aside money which is solely dedicated to fixing things around the house.  Sometimes there is enough to fix the problem and sometimes there isn’t.

My husband will admit to anyone that he is not a “fix-it” kind of guy.  As a landlord with multiple properties, he called in the professionals who fixed the problem and sent him a bill.  I’ve teased him over the years about his philosophy of home repairs:  “Who do I write the check to?”

Things like a leaky faucet or toilet are generally a quick fix.  YouTube is a great resource for these basic items.  When our washer stopped mid-cycle, we looked up the problem on the internet by searching the problem along with the model of the machine.  Fortunately, we discovered it was a simple problem which was quickly remedied by following simple instructions given on a website.

The big question is how do you save on home repairs?

First and foremost, determine if it is something you can competently fix.  If it isn’t, then it’s time to call in the professionals.  Be sure the contractor you hire is not only licensed to do the work you require but also bonded and insured.  You want a contractor who will stand behind his work.  You do not want a “fly by night” contractor that is liable to do more harm than good.

Ask friends to recommend professionals they have used.  Once you’ve identified two or three contractors, get written estimates and ask to see their licenses and proof of insurance.  If they are truly professionals, they will have no issue producing this documentation.  In the end, you won’t be sorry and will most assuredly save on repairs because you won’t have to fix what the fly by nighter made a bigger mess of.

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How to Lose Weight by Drinking More Water

Drinking Water to Lose Weight

Tips on how to lose weight by drinking more water.

Does Drinking Water to Lose Weight Works?

Last year when I gave up soda and sugary beverages, I started the Drinking Water to Lose Weight method. Many people have asked over that time how I did it and what was my secret. There isn’t any secret  it is simply understanding how Drinking Water to Lose Weight. It doesn’t require money, fancy equipment, or a lot of time just simple changes in what you are doing. Keep reading below for  simple tips and take advantage of our FREE Printable to help you keep track of the water you drink.

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January 14, 2014

Get Motivated With Music

Get Motivated With Music

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

 

 I will be honest and admit that I hate working out. Just the thought of going to the gym or exercise in any form bores me. Some people recommend walking on a treadmill but I would rather go to the dentist. Even walking outside gets boring after a few days because I have seen it all before. My mind constantly needs to be stimulated and it is was very hard for me to find some way of doing that.  Then one day while trying to get work done around the house, I turned on my MP3 player and realized it helped block the random thoughts in my head about what else I could be doing. That is when I knew the only way to get excited about working out was to Get Motivated With Music.

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Snow Day Activities

Snow Day Activities

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Winter bring cold temperature and with it tons of snow for many regions. Last week we got tons of snow dumped on us in a short time and the kids ended up with several snow days. This was right after Christmas Vacation so they were already bouncing off the walls. Many people think they need to hole up in the house when the snow is falling but we are all about getting out and enjoying the weather. Check out all these fun Snow Day Activities. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: To the Beautiful You

Karla’s Korner

To the Beautiful You

To the Beautiful You

On Being Beautiful…..

Sophia Loren once said “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical”

In today’s society it seems that beauty, or the idea of beauty is everywhere. The most beautiful people show up in advertisements for everything from hair care products to antacids. It’s as if one’s physical beauty is their most important asset. As someone who has struggled with self-acceptance my entire life, I have never felt beautiful; until now.Continue reading