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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

Lauren Fix

About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

• Seen and heard coast to coast on major TV, print,web and radio.            
• Winning professional race car driver and alpha mom.
• Educational background in engineering and marketing.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.

Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.



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Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts. logo

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Do It Yourself

On any given day, we see things around our home that are begging for a little love and attention. It may be a wall that needs painting, an air return vent that's oozing with rust, maybeit's the black mold forming on your bathroom ceiling, or backsplash of your kitchen sink.

Whatever the items may be in your home, we all have something. For example, I had an oven hood that was old and rusty. Furthermore, it was a real eyesore for
a long time. I wanted so much for it to be replaced by a new one. However, year after year there it stood staring me down, pleading for a makeover. And so in that moment, I decided I would do something about it myself.

For a great number of us, fixing or replacing something in our home, is a scary thought. We automatically tend to think that we need to hire a professional or ask a handyman, if we happen to be single or our spouse is not willing and able. Well, I want to encourage you to have a little faith in yourself. There's something that is worse than making a mistake, and that is allowing the fear of being incapable, to hold you back from trying. Fear can be a very crippling adversary.

Rather than allowing yourself to be stifled, and go on day after day facing the areas of your home that have been neglected, just go for it!

In this day and age, with all of the technology right at our fingertips, you can learn to do just about anything. Let nothing stand in your way of getting the job done. While this can sometimes apply to men as well, typically it speaks to women. Women are more prone to hesitate doing any kind of labor around the house, or yard which they are unfamiliar with.

Lay down the fear, and do it yourself. “What about that oven hood?” you ask. Well, great question! I took sandpaper to that baby and cleared all the rust off. Then, I got some nice heavy duty spray paint and covered her with a shiny black skin, to match some of the other appliances in my home. Boy, she was shining like brand new. It makes me have to wonder, “what took me so long?”

Recently, I asked my 10-year-old to help me take off and replace a door knob. We both researched how to do it, and then we went to work. Not only was she a phenomenal assistant, but soon after I also taught her how to change a toilet seat. Boy...these hands-on lessons certainly gave her self confidence a real boost.

I believe we should aim to raise our children to be self sufficient. Whether male or female, they need to learn that they are capable of doing above and beyond that which they dream of or imagine. Yet, teaching this to our children begins with the person you see everyday in that mirror. The best way for us to teach our child or children something, is to role model it in our own lives.

Well...what are you waiting for? Begin learning and practicing your new experiences now. Next time you have something broken, old, or simply in need of an overhaul, stare that sucker in theeye and say, “I'm coming to get you.”


O’Connell & Company in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents THE BETSY CARMICHAEL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. This World Premier original comedy Based on a character created by Joey Bucheker conceived & written by Mary Kate

This World Premier original comedy Based on a character created by Joey Bucheker conceived & written by Mary Kate O’Connell & Joey Bucheker, opens on November 17th and runs through December 18th, 2016.
Join the fabulous Betsy Carmichael as she hosts an unforgettable Christmas Special at The Bingo Palace. Betsy and her cast of characters bring bring you Games, Carols, Prizes, Fa La La Fun, and, of course BINGO! The Christmas Special the whole family can enjoy. Don’t miss a moment of the H, Ho. Ho Hilarity. 

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OPTIMISM….Time to Get Yours On!



Are you going into this fast-approaching holiday season armed with the Big “O”?

The Big “O” is Optimism.  Life can be so much better, when we consciously choose to be optimistic!

Optimism is best defined as a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.

Optimism is also about Positive Thinking. Optimists have a tendency to make lemonade out of lemons, and to then see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. It's an admirable quality, one that can positively affect mental and physical health…one’s overall well-being.

“Bahh, humbug” you say?  Feeling more pessimistic than optimistic?  Worrying and fretting about the holidays?  Feeling more scrooge-like, than happy? Well, listen up!

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Mary Flynn

Mary Flynn

Writer/Watercolor Artist

Owner/Back of the Moon-Gifts & Gallery

Wilson, New York

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Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

Her coaching/consulting focus can be viewed at Lights On! is created especially for women:

Presentations, Consulting, Coaching, Retreats, and Facilitations.



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