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Twelve years ago, I remember sitting in our trailer we bought as a repo for $6000 cash with a four month old in diapers, needing formula. We gutted the entire thing and made it ours, from paint to flooring. We were in the process of purchasing a small family business and were a family of 3, eventually 4, living on $600 a week. I quit my job making $9.00/hr at a local car dealership working as a cashier in customer service in efforts of helping my husband get this business off the ground and where we wanted it to be....

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16 and Pills   Far too often I see and read of suicide stories in hopes of prevention. Suicide is not a color, a shape, a race, a size, or age. Mental health is a disorder that can take over anyone, at anytime forever, or for a short while. The fact that it’s not uncommon to know of a friend or family member that has attempted or committed suicide is crippling. ‘According to WHO, approximately one million people commit suicide each year worldwide, that is about one death every 40 seconds or 3,000 per day. For each individual who takes...

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Matapalo - Playa Real, Bahia de Los Piratas - Guanacaste  Province No. 1 Province No. 2 Province No. 3 Province No. 4      From the hills to the beach, our fourth home was located in Bahia de Los Pirates on Pirate Bay (and some know the adjoining beach which is Playa Real). About 15 minutes (7 km) off the beaten path, this spot really is a hidden treasure. The nearest town is Matapalo (a small town that has a few stores and a small park) and only a 5-minute drive from the south end of Playa Conchal. Upon arriving,...

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Ciudad Quesada - Alajuela  Province No. 1 Province No. 2 Province No. 3  Province No. 4     Ciudad Quesada is the capital district of Quesada and is located 650 meters above sea level in the canton of San Carlos, in the Alajuela Province. Ciudad Quesada is dairy capital of Costa Rica. This province is home to mountain ranges, coffee fields and volcanoes. The grass that lay on the mountains almost always a lime green from the fresh rain. It rained almost every day during our month and a half stay at our AirBnb. The chances were either several times...

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Uvita - Southern Puntarenas   Province No.1  Province No. 2  Province No. 3  Province No. 4      We traded palm trees and sand in, for monkeys and nature. Our second home was located in Uvita, Southern Puntarenas Province. Funny enough for this house, we realized from photos after earlier trips when visiting Costa Rica, that we actually stood right next to it while trying to get the ‘best view’ of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. I can’t count the number of cars that made its way to the same spot we did in earlier visits, while renting this...

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