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Gary and Diane Heavin, founders of 'Curves' and the latest 'Secret Millionaires'
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‘Secret Millionaire’ Doesn’t Fail To Inspire

I just got done watching 'Secret Millionaire' and all I can say is WOW.

My dear friend Monica Lassmann had told me about the show and how touching it was so I decided to watch it. This week's show was about Gary and Diane Heavin who are the co-owners of 'Curves'.

Gary and Diane left their wealthy lifestyles behind to spend a week in Houston's poverty-stricken Third Ward. They were given $6.50 per day to use for food while they were on their journey.

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A Twenty Dollar Bill
Photo by Amory Gritta
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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on the Cheap in Victoria

One day, three meals, and a 20 dollar bill

Breakfast:
I live 10 minutes from work. This typically means that on any given day I roll out of bed about 20 minutes before it’s time to be at work. My breakfast generally consists of a cup of coffee with a side of coffee. I’m just not a breakfast/morning person.

However, for the sake of journalism and for you, dear reader, I made the sacrifice of getting up a whole 15 minutes early.

To paraphrase that beer swilling, most interesting man guy, I don’t always eat breakfast but when I do, it’s a breakfast taco. With the goal of cheap *and* tasty in mind, I jumped in my car and headed for Taqueria El Rodeo.

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Photo provided by Sarah Hawkins
Photo provided by Sarah Hawkins
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Mom’s Pearls of Wisdom

This is 'take two' for me. I was almost finished typing my blog and my 2 year old pressed the power button on my laptop. Of course, I didn’t save it and I couldn’t find the recovery file! Never a dull moment around here!

The first call I made upon the erasing of my blog was one of desperation to my mother. She is my ‘go to’ girl for anything that I need advice about. What better person than one who has been through, and survived, three children? If one of my kids does something awful, I call her. If I need motivation to clean my house (or write my blog) I call her!

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Tech Thursday: Tips and Tricks for the iPad

Last Thursday, I mentioned a few tips for Windows 7. So, this week thanks to PCMag.com, I thought I would give equal time to Apple and the IPad. So, here you go…
Yes, you can reveal hidden keyboard characters
Holding down certain keys provides additional character options. A long tap on the Comma key brings an apostrophe. Next door, the Period key offers up a quote mark too. On the numeric keyboard, shown here, the Quote Mark key hides smart quotes and other symbols if you hold it down for a second. Did you know hitting the spacebar twice inserts a period?

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Sarah's husband Brad proves to be a big help around the house
Sarah's husband Brad proves to be a big help around the house
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Housework, The Never Ending Battle

My least favorite aspect of being a mom and wife is HOUSEWORK. Yuck! I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the quote, ‘cleaning house while you still have children is like shoveling the drive while it’s still snowing’ but that is exactly how it is!

If I clean while the kids are at school, it’s much easier to get it done, but as soon as the walk in the door, it looks like an explosion of backpacks, shoes and homework. If I clean while they are here, it’s even more pointless. As soon as I have one spot clean, they swarm to it like angry bees. Needless to say my house is never clean for very long.
Luckily my kids are getting old enough to help out. My daughter has dish washing duty (loading the dishwasher). Is it wrong that I assigned her one of my least favorite things to do? My 5 year old clears the table and wipes it down after dinner and they all help out picking up their toys.

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Tech Thursday: A Few Tips for Windows 7

If you like to learn new things, here are a few more tips that might help if you use Windows 7.

Have a laptop that you connect to your home network and other times to another network? You would like to use the same IP address on your home network, but the other assigns addresses via DHCP. Well, now you don’t have to go in and change the TCP/IP properties each time to switch networks.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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The Week in Geek: My Kindle Dilemma

Every time I bring up the subject of wanting a Kindle, someone inevitably mentions, “There’s an app for that.” They’re right, of course. It’s a small download, minimal fuss to get it set up the way I want it on my Android phone, and I could be off and reading.

Therein lies the problem.

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Sarah's reasons for keeping it together
Sarah's reasons for keeping it together
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How Moms Keep It Together

My kids are always saying funny things. If you are my friend on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve seen me quoting them from time to time.

The idea for this blog comes from my 5 year old son...

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Windows Logo
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Tech Thursday: Patch For A Pack

If you are using the recently released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) then you need to apply a patch. That’s right; you will need to patch your operating system applying one of the security updates that Microsoft released...

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The view from Sara's porch
Photo by Melissa Rivera
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How Are You Spending Spring Break?

It’s Spring Break and I know many of you are taking the time off from the daily chaos to just relax and spend time with your families. Many people go camping or take a trip somewhere to celebrate their spring break while others are taking a “staycation” and keeping close to home...

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Sarah's reasons for keeping it together
Sarah's reasons for keeping it together
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The Morning Of A Stay At Home Mom

I’m a stay-at-home mom. When I tell people that, I get a lot of “What do you do all day?” I really wish I could say that I do nothing, that I sit around and watch soaps and internet shop all day long.

In all honesty, at the end of the day when I look back, I haven’t gotten anything noticeable done. I’m sure my husband wonders what I do all day, too. So I decided to write down every single thing I did for one day. Just to give you a glimpse of what I do. Here is a typical Tuesday morning.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors
Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Rock, Paper, Scissors?

Rock, paper, scissors. A classic decision making activity. It’s more reliable than the Magic 8 Ball. It helps decide who will sit in the front seat, who’s turn it is to grab a beer and who has to do the dishes, just to name a few...

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