6 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes We All Can Learn From

Few figures throughout history have the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood out with his gentle and soft-spoken demeanor,  but perhaps his most striking quality was his persistence. He continually fought for equal rights but never with violence. Instead, he used words to propel a nation into action. He inspired change by living by the words he spoke.

Today we remember him. We remember a person who represented kindness, acceptance, and true character during a time of cultural tumult. Perhaps, we can be the same positive interaction in someone’s life and our own society.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”1 Strength to Love, 1963

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”2 — Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”3

“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”4  —from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

“The time is always right to do what is right.”4from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it. Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it.5  

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  1. National Park Service. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Quotations. https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/learn/quotations.htm

2. The King Center. 16 Nov 2012. Blog: MLK Quote of the Week.     http://www.thekingcenter.org/blog/mlk-quote-week-sticking-love

3. Waters, Katha. 20 Nov 2012. Blog: MLK Quote of the Week. http://www.thekingcenter.org/blog/mlk-quote-week-good-and-evil-all-us

4. Biography. 17 Famous and Inspiring Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. https://www.biography.com/news/martin-luther-king-famous-quotes

5. Waters, Katha. 13 Sept 2012. Blog: MLK Quote of the Week.  http://www.thekingcenter.org/blog/mlk-quote-week-building-dikes-courage

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How to Paint New Life into Your Furniture

Everyone has an old piece of furniture they don’t like anymore, but what if you could give that furniture new life? One of the easiest and cheapest ways to spruce up your furniture is with paint.

Spray Paint

You may be thinking, “What can I do with spray paint?” The answer— everything. If you have an old book shelf that you want to look new, paint it. You can use metallic spray paint to give your book shelf a new, modern look. You can even spray paint cushions. If you have a white or beige cushion, try painting them a darker color to give your furniture a new stylish appeal. I recommend only spraying your outdoor cushions, as it may leave them a little stiff.

Chalk Paint

If you have kids, this might be the paint for you. Apply chalk paint to some old dresser drawers or an old kitchen table. Once they are dry, give your kids some colored chalk and let them go crazy. They can change what they write with the seasons, or they can doodle on the drawers or table tops when they get bored. It is the paint that keeps on giving.

Milk Paint

This paint is the least toxic of the paints because it is made with dried milk. This paint is for furniture you want to have a chic, messy look. The only down side to milk paint is that not all of it comes premixed.

Stain

Stain can be used just like paint. The only difference is that stain is for use on wooden surfaces only. Some people prefer staining wooden furniture over painting it. Staining your furniture will give it a more natural look.

Stencils

These little gems are underrated. Stencils can give your furniture a whole new look. A checkered or striped pattern can make an old end table or dresser fabulous again. Find a pattern you like, and then go stencil crazy. This is also great for making metal fold-out chairs awesome!

Paint Markers

This is another easy way to spruce up your furniture. Try writing inspirational words on your dresser drawers. Writing in cursive will give your drawers a whimsical look. If that isn’t the look you are going for, try writing in a bold print. You might also try writing your child’s name on their own special chair. It is a fun way to make an ordinary chair special.

 

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Low-cost Ways to Say “Thank You”

Whether you just received a great birthday gift, or feel appreciative for someone in your life – saying thank you can really make a lasting impact.  Sending thank you cards may seem like something your grandma did, but we invite you to send one. Expressing gratitude is not only formative to relationships, but it also can make someone’s day.

Why not brighten up the world a little bit? We’ve made a collection of thoughtful ways to say thank you. Share your thankfulness with someone today!

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Tell someone you appreciate them!

The best thing to do is to anticipate.

  • Is your best friend’s favorite band coming out with a new CD? Pre-order it and put in their room or car to surprise them.
  • Make dinner for your friend on a night when you know they are tired and don’t have time to.
  • Is a friend going on vacation? Offer to watch his/her pets, buy them a swim suit or sunscreen.
  • Does your friend have an interview or is starting a new job? Take them coffee and give them a quick pep talk. You get the idea – anticipate what your friend will need but will not expect. These make for the best thank yous!

Say thank you with your creativity.

  • Give someone a token of your gratitude. Paint a flat rock with a word you identify with your friend. It could be “thankful” “peaceful” “patient”, etc. Your friend will not only be reminded of the way you said thank you, but they also will be encouraged by by knowing who they are to you.
  • Creatively incorporate their favorite quote. Do you have great handwriting? Write it on a canvas and give it to your friend. Make them a shirt or a canvas bag with the quote printed on it. Find a magnet online that features the quote. Create a state cutout for them!
  • Make a polaroid project. Take photos of you and your friend then display them on a corkboard, in a frame, or with cute, painted close pins.
  • Give them a bag full of their favorite little item. Have a friend who loves lip gloss? Put together a variety and give it to your friend. Do they love gum? Get them all the flavors!
  • Give according to their love language. Does your friend enjoy quality time with you? Plan a day full of bonding. Is their love language service? Clean their house, cook for them, take their car to the car wash, or hang out with their kids so they can go on a date.

Stay simple.

  • Leave a post it note of encouragement on their bathroom mirror or on their car.
  • Write a thank you card.
  • Wash their dishes.
  • Pack their lunch.
  • Fill their car up with gas.

Being considerate isn’t expensive, it just takes a little thought and time. Next time you say thank you, do it with your heart. Anticipate, be creative, and keep it simple.

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The Truth about These Mobile Home Myths

Many opinions and ideas have been taken as fact when it comes to mobile homes. But as manufactured housing continues to evolve and gain popularity, it’s important that these myths are eliminated.

If you’ve seen one model, you’ve seen them all.

Maybe 30 years ago this statement had some grounds, but not now. Mobile homes are no longer built as cookie cutter copies. There are a wide variety of models with upscale layouts and materials. Mobile homes are evolving and changing.

Just look at the popularity of small manufactured homes. The whole idea of smaller homes is to provide a small, efficient space. There are mobile homes for a variety of budgets and lifestyles.

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They are starter homes.

A mobile home can now be the home you live in all your life. In the past, mobile homes were sometimes considered transitional, temporary housing. Today, they are an investment for many families.

We are often told we have to have a bigger or more expensive home and that we should not be satisfied with the first home we buy. But when it comes to your home, you decide. If you love your home, then you love it. You don’t have to have a bigger, newer home. Your home has character. Your home is YOURS.

Mobile homes aren’t built well.

Manufactured homes are built indoors, which helps to protect the home during the building process. Also, mobile homes are typically built on sturdy, steel frames. They are built to comply with federal HUD Code building requirements, which enable builders to build with consistency and quality. Check out code standards.

They are not built to withstand storms.

No home is indestructible, but manufactured homes are built with weather in mind. Manufactured homes built to HUD Code must be built according to which wind zone the home will be located in. There are three wind zones based in the United States.  Coastal areas are in the highest wind zone, Zone 3. Zone 3 homes are built to be able to withstand 110 mph winds. Wind Zone 2 are built to withstand up to 100 mph. Zone 1 homes are located in more interior areas of the country. In these areas, the threat of hurricanes is much lower, so Zone 1 homes are built to withstand lower wind speeds. Get educated about wind zones!

8 Summer Challenges to Tackle this Season

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Happy Summer!

Summer is a sweet break from the ordinary and a time to dip back into friendships, family, and reflection. Though this time is busy and packed with vacations and social events, it’s also important to foster growth within your life and the lives of those around you. Use this time to regroup and get back to basics.

Taking a moment, trying something new, and considering others are all great ways to invite the SUNSHINE in! How many of these challenges can you complete? Let’s get out of our comfort zone!

    1. Build something – Whether you’re inclined to or not, try making something with your hands. Build a table or chair for your deck, show the kids how to make a birdhouse, or gift someone with a set of corn-hole boards. Find some spare wood and get started! Or get unconventional and work on building your credit!
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    3. Evaluate a new perspective – Take time this season to learn about a culture, lifestyle, or situation different from your own. Make a friend, volunteer, invest. Talk to your neighbor, ask questions, or become a mentor.
    4. Face a fear –We’re not asking you to bungee jump if you’re terrified of heights, although if you’re willing to – GO for it! We’re just asking you to say yes when you want to say no, try the thing, or embrace the butterflies in your stomach. Ride the roller coaster, talk to the person, take the job.
    5. Follow your child’s rules for a day – Usually kids must listen to adults and fit into their schedule. Let your child rule the day. If they ask you to do something silly, jump in. If they want to go to the park and eat cheese on the slide, do it. Play in the mud, why not? Do what they want to do. You may even like being a kid again.
    6. Learn something that takes practice- Learn a sport, ask your grandmother to teach you how to sew, or learn a trade. If you have poor handwriting – try calligraphy. Take a woodworking class. Start quilting or piano lessons. Most importantly, don’t give up.
    7. Read a biography, or two – There are so many important people who have gone before us and done great things, both living and dead. Read about someone else’s life and appreciate their story.
    8. Take 15 minutes every day to write – You can journal, you can write about a topic that interests you, or you can write down the things you find hard to say. Take some time daily to reflect and sit with your thoughts. Be honest.
    9. Create an “unplugged zone” outside – Light a few citronella candles, pour some tea, and sit or play outside. Leave your phone inside on the charger. Breathe in the warm air, catch lightning bugs with your kids, count stars, eat outside, etc.

We hope you can try all of these, but we’d love it even if you tried one. It’s time to celebrate life, slow down, and learn something new. Flowers aren’t the only things to grow this season!

 

 

7 Ways to Update Your Older Mobile Home

Mobile homes are a product of variety. There are tons of styles and types to fit different people. With all these changes and options the possibilities are endless! The same is true for older models. You don’t have to have a new model to have a modern look. Want to update your home?

We’ve hit on some practical ways that you can update your home. Not only do these ideas improve the overall appearance, but they could also add value! Need some ideas on how to maintain your home and keep it looking on trend? Check out the list below!

Mobile homes are a product of variety. There are tons of styles and types to fit different people. With all these changes and options the possibilities are endless! The same is true for older models. You don’t have to have a new model to have a modern look. Want to update your home?

We’ve hit on some practical ways that you can update your home. Not only do these ideas improve the overall appearance, but they could also add value! Need some ideas on how to maintain your home and keep it looking on trend? Check out the list below!

  1. Change door knobs – Not a fan of those gold knobs? Changing old knobs can give the whole home a modern feel. Most knobs are about $10-20 per door. You can even buy one every month if you don’t have enough to get them all at once.
  2. Paint kitchen cabinets — Darker cabinets are in! Update lighter cabinets with a painting kit that is cost-efficient. Kits usually don’t require priming, and they give you step by step instructions. Most kits run about $70. If you don’t want to go dark – simply pick any color to freshen up old or worn cabinets.
  3. Alter decorative spaces— Older models often have decorative pieces or windows that aren’t always practical. You can easily paint frosted glass with chalk board paint ($20-30) or cover the area with cork to make them functional.
  4. Update vinyl flooring – Floors often show age. However, they definitely cost more than the other ideas. If you’re looking for an investment – this is the one. Costs vary depending on square feet and style. This is another place where you can do one room at a time to regulate costs.
  5. Change light fixtures – Lighting sets the vibe of a home. Modern lighting is EVERYWHERE! A simple hanging light in the kitchen or a spotlight on an accent wall can give your mobile home a fresh look! You can even add wall lights for an even more updated look.
  6. Refinish tubs— If your tub looks discolored by age or mineral water it may be time for a facelift. Bathroom remodels are an option, but they are pricey. If you’re wanting to save some of the cost you may want to consider refinishing your tub. Be sure to research this one and ask people who have had it done.
  7. Landscaping— Adding some potted flowers or lining the home with different plants is a great way to add color and youth to the exterior of a mobile home. You can even put a patio set in the yard!

 

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Ready to get started? Pick a project from the list and you’ll be on your way. This may even get you thinking of something you want to update that we didn’t list. We know it’s going to look GREAT!

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