My Realtor is Better than Yours!

brentIn the 3 years that we were searching for homes we dealt with 4 different real estate agents, each not having the ability or even the want to do what we needed and keep working at it, until we met Brent that is. None of the others could give us the time and dedication that Brent has. He is truly a different kind of real estate agent and very uniquely suited to work in a more difficult market, or really any market. We are very picky people, who went into this house searching, looking for a very specific set of specifications regarding what we wanted in a house. Brent showed us so many properties and didn’t stop until he found us the perfect one. Not one text, phone call, or email ever went unanswered. Not one question was dodged or given misinformation on. There was never a time that we were to meet that Brent wasn’t right on time, and that speaks volumes to me! We were never pushed into any home that we didn’t love, he was always willing to show us more homes and was very diligent about finding more homes to show. We took up so much of this man’s time and never received any sort of attitude from him at all. Finding and buying a home is a process, sometimes seeming never-ending, but with Brent with us through the whole process it was made much simpler and far more enjoyable. I won’t be moving any time soon, but I would use his services if I did. We are some very happy customers.

If you are looking to buy or sell near the Raleigh, NC area (and surrounding, we drug this poor man all over the area and it took it all in stride, happy to oblige), please contact: Brent Ward, with Keller Williams Realty, here is his contact info:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brent.ward.733
Phone: 919-360-0055

Email: brentward@kw.com

 

My White Privilege

There is talk everywhere in the news, on Facebook, among groups, and just everywhere about white privilege. I have heard so many state that this term is a fallacy and there is no such thing. I will admit that there may have been a time or two, while sitting broke and wondering where the next meal would come from, that I thought if this is white privilege then I don’t want any. Here is the problem with such a thought though, white privilege doesn’t mean that you don’t have to go out and work for the things that you need and want. For me, my white privilege is in not having to think about certain things.

A couple of years back I was working at a bar and asked a friend of mine to come see me at work. It never crossed my mind that I was asking an African American male to come to a “biker bar”.

This is how the conversation went:

Me: Come see me at work.
Him: Pshhhh, I don’t think so. They don’t let black people in there.
Me: (With a laugh) It’s 2014 and this is America, there is no where that doesn’t let black people in.
Him: I went to a bar in (insert city here, same city I worked in) and was told that “my kind” wasn’t allowed in.

This is when I got a sick feeling in my stomach and it dawned on me that my white privilege is the simple fact that I don’t have to think about this sort of thing ever. I had no reason to know that this was an issue at all. I had never had to experience going in anywhere that “my kind” wasn’t wanted. I was floored, hurt, and embarrassed to have not had to think about this.

From that day on, my white privilege was clear. As a white woman, I can go anywhere, anytime, and not have to think about all of the things that could happen when I go there, or that I wouldn’t be welcome there. Maybe if people were to frame all of these racial tensions with wide open eyes, instead of just pretending that because we may not have to deal with something that it doesn’t exist. So while, yes, all lives matter, black lives in particular matter as well.

Sterno Smoresmaker

We had so much fun with this kit! This is an excellent way to get the outside fun of smores on the inside. You can literally use this set just about anywhere, so that means that you can take it camping OR you can use it right in your living room for those inside camping nights. Everyone loves smores and this kit is just an awesome way to be able to do them anywhere. The red plastic tray is perfect for holding all the needed items and the fuel in the can is a great idea, as long as you don’t try to blow on it, those are my words to the wise there. This kit comes with these metal fork looking things that you spear the marshmellows with and roast them over top of the net mesh screen looking thing (safety shield). This is a great addition to sleepovers, slumber parties, kid’s parties, adult functions, and any number of things that I can think of! As a member of Tryazon, I did receive this product for free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Steadydoggie Vacumn Tumbler Review

This is one of the better tumblers that I have used. This is a good size, 20 ounces and it keeps my drinks cold or hot for a good long while. The lids fit on tightly, but not so tightly that I have trouble getting them on or off. The tumbler is a good weight in your hand, no so much so that it is heavy and not so lightly as to easily tip over. I like that it isn’t easy to spill anything in this cup at all. I love that you can use this one with cold or hot liquids and it keeps either one at just the right temperature, far longer that it takes for me to drink it for sure. This cup is simple to wash and doesn’t stain. I love this tumbler and can’t see myself trading up anytime soon! I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Check it out for yourself at:
http://www.amazon.com/Insulated-Tumbler-Stainless-Spillage-Silicone/dp/B01D3Z2Z60?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

Transgender Bathrooms, Is there a Vagina or Penis Officer?

Ok, here is what I don’t get. Has there been something that was stopping anyone from using whatever bathroom they wanted already? I have never once been asked to verify my gender prior to using a restroom. It was my assumption that a man that felt he was really a woman was already using the women’s restrooms. How would I know? Is there someone standing at the door to the bathroom checking? (If so, how do I get that job? Sign me up!)

This thought brings me to my next one.

As I always say when something seemingly small gets blown way out of proportion on media, what is the government really doing that they are trying to slide by us? We live with such a sheep mentality that we don’t realize that all media is owned by the same people and they talk about whatever they are told to, so if we are told to focus on this whole transgender bathroom issue, then what REAL issue is being slide by us while we are distracted?

Furthermore, once again, we as a society, have yet again figured out a way to segregate one group of people and keep the hate going. To what end? The only way our government works is if the people are too busy hating each other to notice what else is going on. This is why the media is always filled with racial “issues”, even if they have to put that slant on the story themselves.

When it is time for my to use a public restroom, I don’t give a rat’s ass who is in the stall next to me. I rarely use them anyways, so by the time I go to one its because the situation is desperate and I must go right then. I wouldn’t care if I was holding hands with the person on the toilet next to me as long as I wasn’t peeing in my pants.

I know what you are going to say, “But Linda, would you want your daughter to walk into the bathroom and see penis hanging out?” Well, just because there is a transgender person in the bathroom doesn’t mean they are going to be standing around with their penis or vaginas hanging out for all to see. (Don’t get me started on urinals at all……..They don’t belong in any bathroom.) You want to protect your child from something in a public bathroom? Go with them! You should be anyways. There are worst things that can happen in a public restroom than having another gender in it, this much I promise you.

I was asked yesterday would I want my son seeing vaginas in the men’s room. My response? Right, wrong, or indifferent, my son is 9, I am almost certain that he has seen one before or will before long. (His birth mother has 2 little girls younger than him.) You can’t protect your kids from seeing the human body. Sorry, you just can’t. And then, that goes back again to not letting them go to the bathroom alone if you are that concerned. (They shouldn’t be going alone anyways.)

The same person asked me if I would be comfortable using the bathroom with the transgender man in the stall next to me taking pictures of me. Where in the world does the fact that he is transgender mean that he is going to take pics of me? What stops anyone at all from taking pics in one way or another? (If I am desperate enough to use the public restroom, I might would autograph the pics haaaaaaa!)

Then there are the musicians that are refusing to play in states that don’t support their opinions. Really, are we swayed by this now too, or is this a set of artists that feel that they are becoming irrelevant and they want to boost their sales????? Hmmmmm, think about that a minute.

The entire point of my post is that perhaps we should be looking a little deeper to see what actual issue is being covered up. Until next time, stay out of the bathroom all together if the place you are going to doesn’t support your thoughts. It is really not so hard to live and let live. I do it all the time.

Our House Gluten Free Baking Mixes Review

With several friends with children that have either Gluten intolerance or straight out gluten allergies, I am always on the search for products that are gluten free, so that when I entertain these friends I have something their children can eat. This company has an awesome selection of baking mixes that allow me to make the normal things that I would make, but now they can be gluten free. Their pancake mix turns out light and fluffy pancakes that my family adored! The taste is no different at all from regular mixes. My family couldn’t tell the difference at all. I love that this company has so many different kinds of mixes too, I can make biscuits to pancakes to cookies all with a wonderful taste!

Get on this site and check them out, then order some today to keep it on hand for those times when you need to cook for your child’s school or sports event!
http://www.ourhousegf.com

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Neutralyze Anti-Acne Solution Review

I could sit here and try to tell you that this is a miracle cure for acne, but I won’t insult your intelligence (or lower my reviewer cred for it), as I have not used this product long enough to swear that. What I can say is that I have huge hormone fluctuations that cause my face to look more like a pizza sometimes. That general time is right about now, and I can tell you that with this set of products I have one blemish on my face right now, opposed to the 6 or 7 that I would generally have this time of the month. I love that this system has three different layers of products to use.
1. the face wash, which removes my makeup with ease and feels pretty good while doing it.
2. The spot treatment, which by the way reduces the redness in existing acne in about an hour, which is AMAZING!
3. The synegezer, which feels really good on your face too!
All in all this is a great system that appears to be working for me, at least in this moment. I look forward to lasting results with continued use. I always tend to reach for products that contain salicylic acid as it normal works best on my skin. I did receive this product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Get yours today at:
http://www.amazon.com/Neutralyze-Moderate-Severe-Treatment-Mandelic/dp/B00YBBPGCQ

Mental Wellness Tip of the Day

You can assume control for the direction of your own thoughts. That defining moment (or moments) in your life that haunt(s) you daily can be reframed as a moment that changed your life for the better. It may not have seemed it at the time, but that time is past. You now can change that horrible feeling from that time into a positive one that changed the very foundation of who you are and made you who you are now. We are constantly changing, evolving into people that we have never before been. You can CHOOSE to make that change a positive one, just be reframing your nightmare into a stepping stone. If you are suffering please reach out.

PTSD is not a battle that you fight alone. Reach out to whomever you need to, to get the help that you need. Your battle buddies understand more than you now and it is not a sign of weakness to acknowledge that adjusting is hard. If you need to reach out to me directly, you can email me at Perrylinda76@Yahoo.com
Don’t suffer alone.

Nail File Review

These are great files for a variety of purposes. When giving gift bags or packing up travel kits for others, or yourself, these files are great as fillers and they work pretty well. I have arthritis, so they are a bit small for me to be able to grasp and use as I would a normal file, but they will work in a pinch. With a package of files this large you can stick one anywhere that you would need a file at. In your desk, purse, car, the coffee table, anywhere really. This is a great sized pack of files and they seem pretty sturdy too, I have used them on my acrylic nails and they didn’t fold or bend in any way. This is a great set of files. I received this product at a reduced cost in exchange for my honest opinion.

Get yours today or check them out at:
http://www.amazon.com/Jaylie-Mini-Assorted-Color-Files/dp/B00JOOS6VS/ref=sr_1_7?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1434146468&sr=1-1&keywords=mini+nail+files#customerReviews

Life Advice from the Studying Psychologist’s Couch

My words of advice for the day:
1. If you walk away from a person, be kind enough to let them go.
2. Every choice has consequences, make sure that those consequences are ones that you can live with.
3. Don’t show someone with nothing to lose how crazy you are. They can out crazy you on 34 levels IF they choose to.
4. Don’t walk away from something without giving it your best effort. In the end you can always say that at least you tried.
5. If you have tried and it still failed, be smart enough to walk away.
6. While walking away, remember that the kindest thing you can say sometimes is nothing at all.
7. When looking in the mirror remember that you are always harder on yourself than others will ever be on you.
8. Walk through life in such a way that people never forget you, but so that those memories are good ones.
9. When all things look down, remember to look UP. There is a reason for all the suffering, even if you can’t yet see it.
10. In the end, nothing really matters, be assured that if things still matter to you, that it is not the end.

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