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March 30, 2015
Latest Entry: Guidelines for a Successful Remodel
Remodeling can be intimidating, especially if you are not prepared for all that comes with it.  Many homeowners choose to simply sell their home and buy a new one instead of remodel their current home because of the stress, cost and horror stories that seem to tag onto the idea of remodeling.  In all honesty, there are a lot of remodeling disaster stories, and people are quick to share them when their friends and family consider remodeling, but we live in a day and age where remodeling does not have to end in disaster.  Believe it or not, remodeling can be done in a timely manner, on a tight budget, and leave you with the home of your dreams.  Here are some tips that can help your remodeling project start and end successfully.

Make a plan

Obviously you are excited for the finished product, but do not be so quick to jump the gun.  Remodeling is only successful when a solid plan is in place.  Spend as much time as possible doing your research about projects that will increase your home's value as well as not clean out your savings account or put you into deep debt.  Once you know what you want to do to your home, plan ahead for mishaps and leave a little leeway in your budget so if surprises come up you are prepared for them.  Better Homes and Gardens warns homeowners to know what they are getting into before construction begins.  Do not expect a major project to be completed in a short amount of time.  Plan on delays, snags and inevitable inconveniences like weather conditions.  The more prepared you are before construction starts, the smoother the project will go.

Advice for hiring help

We live in a world of DIY projects, but do not be afraid to hire help where it is needed.  You want your project to end up perfect, so let a professional make sure it gets done perfectly.  Hire professionals who have at least three years of experience so you can rest assured that they know what you are doing.  Do your research to see what other people say about certain professionals, and conduct interviews to find the best fit.  Once your remodeling professionals are hired, treat them well.  Do not treat them like hired help who work for you, rather consider that they are also human beings with lives and the better treated they are, the better your remodel will end up.

Spend money wisely

When creating your plan, make sure you have a solid budget in place, and do not stray from it for extra upgrades that you may not need.  If you prefer showers over baths, do not spend your money on a luxury jetted tub.  Be careful where your money goes, and save money for the end of the project when you will want to purchase furniture, decor and other items to bring the project together and leave you loving your home.

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March 28, 2015
Latest Entry: 20/20 diet book
I bought Dr. Phil 20/20 diet book. As I was reading it I found a problem. I am allergic to black beans, lentils, chickpeas, and all other beans. the only beans i can eat are green beans. Is there any other foods that can replace them.
March 27, 2015
Latest Entry: To Dr. Phil show
I realize not EVERY case turns out successfully but I'd sure like to see more follow ups of previous shows.
March 27, 2015
Latest Entry: 20/20
My coach, doesn't believe in diets, so she changed the jacket to read "The science of Thermogenics and the human eating experience"
March 27, 2015
Latest Entry: losstimes2
Wow, I am so beyond from not grabbing my daughter by the hand and keep her with me all the time.... She thinks she has me fool that she is clean and going to meetings,  Not!!!!!!   She acts the same way and looks the same when she was using.  About 4 years of hell, my babygirl is a herion user...  and has took everything from me..  my life is the only thing she has not took. I have begged her to let me go with her to a meeting, but she tells me " my friend is going with me".  Well the friend is going with her to buy the dope is what they are doing.  She has been in rehab and swear that it worked, almost a year and she still is doing the same stuff, always lying about money and where she is going.  I know she will be 23 yrs old, but I wont just let her kill herself.  But I hope this does not kill me....  so loss!!!!!!  :(
March 26, 2015
Latest Entry: Caring for Your Car
Caring for a car is a lot of work, but it is something that must take place if you want your vehicle to work well.  Insurance companies take into consideration the value of a vehicle when they estimate rates, so if you are looking for a good deal on car insurance, make sure you are taking care of your car and keeping its value high.  Car maintenance is a lot more important that people think, especially if they want to save money.
Maintenance schedule
Most owner's manuals have a car maintenance schedule in them, but if that is not the case for your car, create your own list.  According to Car Care, lights, tire inflation and condition, and fluids should be checked frequently.  Make sure you regularly get your oil changed and monitor filters, belts and hoses in order to avoid costly repairs.  Your maintenance schedule should be categorized into maintenance that needs to be taken care of frequently, every 3 months or 3,000 miles, every 6 months or 6,000 miles and yearly.  If you stick to the schedule, all of this maintenance will not have to take place all at once and cost you a lot of money.
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March 26, 2015
Latest Entry: In the Beginning...
OK, so I just bought THE book! The reading begins. Stay tuned. :)
March 25, 2015
Latest Entry: new
Im new here, I have learned a lot just by reading other folks blogs. It's much more interesting than I thought it would be. 
March 25, 2015
Latest Entry: Thank God For Dr.Phil.
My life has been just aweful, I spent my life just wanting to have a "normal life" but it did not go that way, it seemed the harder I tried? The more life and abusive people just knocked me down time and time again. People like him are just how I always wished I could been had it not been for all the doubts that I had about myself, We just do not have enough Dr.Phil types to go around, But thank god he existed to show me that my efforts to just have a normal life were not messed up or wrong.
March 23, 2015
Latest Entry: Desperate for advice
I have a grandson who is 25 and as of this week he is staying with me till he gets back on his feet, AGAIN.  After years of troublesome behaviors,many arrests, a little jail time, a seriously dysfunctional and toxic home life, and just when I thought he just may make it, his life has come crashing down on us again.  I say us because since he was a teen ager I've tried everything I can think of to guide him on a better path. We went through drugs, drinking, gambling, job losses, lying, and then a pregnancy.  Neither of them were ready but both were opposed to terrminating the pregnancy. They didn't marry, but did live together for just over a year during which time he often had very good weeks but eventually would revert to his old ways until she tired of it and had him move out.  He was devastated, had what I'd call a breakdown, attempted suicide, lost his job and got arrested again. Sadly he lacks the tools taught or learned growing up to function in the world at his best yet speaks often of wanting to be the best Dad ever. All that and he does have a really good heart. A psychiatrist who saw him after the suicide attempt diagnose him with PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder.  He started seeing a psychologist immediately after who he likes, but since the job loss and subsequent insurance loss he is floundering again, just cannot get back on track. Th Does anyone have experience with BPD?  I did look it up and see he does have most of the symptoms.  Now he is back with me, homeless and broke, agrgues with me whenever I try talking to him and is very defensive. I am over 70 and took him as he has burned every other bridge in his life.  I felt for him as he just does not see that he failed badly, his self esteem is gone.  I am afraid for him, and also very tired of the stress which is almost daily. I can barely support myself and just wish for a miracle for him, and for myself.  Any suggestions are more than welcome.
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