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9 New Years resolutions for mental fitness

While getting in physical shape always leads the list of New Year’s Resolutions, working on our mental fitness doesn’t even make the Top 40. The problem is, ...  Read more 

Getting in Shape for the New Year

Exercise more, eat less! It’s held the number slot of New Year’s ...  Read more 

9 New Years resolutions for mental fitness

While getting in physical shape always leads the list of New Year’s Resolutions, working on our mental fitness doesn’t even make the Top 40. The problem is, ...  Read more 

Georgia couple converts school bus into tiny house

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Georgia natives Julie and Andrew Puckett always knew the traditional pickett-fenced five-bedroom house wasn't for them. Today, they live in a custom-renovated 1990 Bluebird bus made up of less than 200 square feet.

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The big move started last year when the rent in their 1,000-square-foot Atlanta apartment skyrocketed by nearly 25 percent, essentially forcing them out.

"We didn't see the point in collecting debt for something we weren't buying equity in," Julie said. "And the idea of having so much and cleaning so much just never appealed to us."

The Pucketts were initially interested in the Tiny House movement, but soon realized the prices were much higher than they had expected.

Then Julie saw a listing for a converted school bus in Tennessee.

The pair cashed all of their savings into a cashier's check for just under $10,000 and drove up to catch a first glimpse of their new home.

"It wasn't the most beautiful thing," Julie said. "But it had good bones."

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It only took about $1,000, five months and tremendous help from family members before the bus was fully renovated and the new homeowners were ready to move in.

The bus is painted a rustic teal on the outside and white on the inside. A couch pulls out as a bed where Andew and Julie's dog, Starbuck — named after the character from Battlestar Galactica — often lounges. There's an RV-style toilet, a shower with an on-demand water heater and a small kitchen.

"We realize tiny living isn't a one-size-fits all solution to the housing crisis," Julie said. "What we do hope is that people will see our story, and realize how freeing it can be to live with less."

The Pucketts, both members of their own folk-rock band, even have a vision of one day turning the bus into their very own "tiny tour bus."

Follow their blog, House Bus, as the pair documents their day-to-day experiences in their tiny, unique home.

Florida mega-mansion Le Palais Royal hits market again for $159M

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A massive Florida mansion dubbed Le Palais Royal is back on the market for a whopping $159 million.

According to Forbes, the 60,500-square-foot Hillsboro Beach home is the second highest-priced listing in the nation, behind the $195 million Gemini compound in ManalapanThe Palm Beach Post reported in September 2014 that the 4 1/2-acre property includes an 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom main house; 465 feet of ocean front; a 492-foot dock that can accommodate a 185-foot yacht; and an underground garage with parking for more than 30 cars. It also boasts the first-ever IMAX Theater contracted for private use, featuring a 50- by 27-foot screen and seating for 18.

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>> PHOTOS: Florida mansion Le Palais Royal relisted for $159M

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The Palace of Versailles-inspired estate was originally offered for $139 million last year but was taken off the market, the Wall Street Journal reports. Project manager Joseph Leone, who has been working on the home for seven years, told WSJ that the owner, Middlesex Corp. founder Robert Pereira, decided to hold off on listing the property until the main house was nearly complete. Pereira also is building two guest houses on a smaller adjacent lot that will include an underground entertainment center with a go-kart course, ice-skating rink, bowling alley and nightclub, Leone said.

The new listing agent is Mayi de la Vega of One Sotheby's International Realty. 

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One of America’s priciest residences, $159 million,  is now listed by One Sotheby's International Realty.  The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: http://on.wsj.com/1PCNrogPosted by One Sotheby's International Realty on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Teen nearly drowns when sidewalk collapses, woman says

A Florida woman said her special-needs son nearly drowned Monday morning when the ground opened up beneath the sidewalk as he walked to his Orange County school bus.

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Lecear Garcia said her 17-year-old son, who is nearly 6 feet tall, went underwater when he fell into the hole.

"My son just dropped. He fell in a hole and went all the way completely down," Garcia said. She said that when she pulled her son from the water, he was soaked. "I know he swallowed water because he was underneath," she said. Garcia said there was no indication that there was a problem with the ground as she walked with her son to the bus. The management at the complex where Garcia lives sent an email warning residents of a water main break just after midnight Monday, Garcia said. But she said there were no warnings of possible hazards on the grounds of the complex. "No sign, no warning, no nothing to let us know, us tenants, that there was a sinkhole right there," she said. After the incident with Garcia's son, complex managers sent an email warning residents of the hole. "I almost lost my son," Garcia said. "I thank God he is alive. That's the most important thing. It could have been anybody's child. It could have been anybody this morning." A complex employee told WFTV that she had no comment on the story.

Garcia said her son was being treated at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

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