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  • Can OTC Drugs Be Dangerous?...
  • 4 Tips To Take Charge Of Your Credit...
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: Composting 101, Websites For Health Ratings, And More...
  • Trivia Challenge: 
  • Real Estate Q&A: What Mistakes Should I Avoid When Selling My Home?
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LaTania Blaylock LaTania Blaylock
Any Nation Realty Company
Phone: 310 650-2532

Dear Friend...

It’s a common way to solve most of our aches and pains – but could your medications be causing other problems? In today’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn about some possible problems with over-the-counter medications.

You’ll also learn how to help your credit score, what you need to do to begin composting – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

LaTania Blaylock

LaTania Blaylock, REALTOR®
Any Nation Realty Company

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Today's Brain Teaser . . .
There is a basket with five oranges in it. How do you divide them among five kids so that each kid has one orange and there is still one orange left in the basket?

  (see answer below)
Can OTC Drugs Be Dangerous?
When you’re feeling under the weather, it’s common to pull open the medicine drawer to find an over-the-counter antidote. However, simple ailments can sometimes escalate to legitimate problems by taking medications available in the aisles of your local drugstore.

Ailment: Constipation
Culprit: Many people rely on mineral oil to soothe bowel movements, but it can also lead to lipoid pneumonia. This is because the fumes in mineral oil settle in the lungs, which can lead to coughing and an increased likelihood of bacterial infection and pneumonia.
Try this instead: It’s best to make long-term changes to your diet. Eat a diet naturally high in fiber and drink lots of water. Fiber supplements, while safe, have other side effects.

Ailment: General aches and pain, including headaches
Culprit: Lots of OTC products such as Dayquil and Excedrin contain acetaminophen, a common painkiller. Because it is in about 600 medications, it is easy to take too much without ever realizing it. This can lead to liver damage (symptoms are yellowing skin and dark urine).
Try this instead: Look for acetaminophen or APAP on medication labels. Take the recommended dosage, and avoid taking multiple drugs with acetaminophen at the same time. Also, use preventative methods such as drinking plenty of water and getting regular exercise.

Ailment: Inflammation and pain
Culprit: Ibuprofen is also in hundreds of different medications ranging from Midol to Motrin. Taking too much can damage kidneys and increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Additionally, overdosing or prolonged usage increases the risk for strokes and heart attacks.
Try this instead: Again, taking preventative measures, such as stretching to relieve joint pain, are a much safer option. Alternatively, medicated patches can be used to target specific areas of pain.
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Warning Before You Sell Your Home...
Don’t put your home on the market without my Free Consumer Guide titled, “How To Avoid 7 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home.” My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. To request your copy, email me by clicking here.
4 Easy Ways To Take Charge of Your Credit Score
Obtaining a decent financing rate and snagging a good deal on big-ticket items like cars and a home often depends on the quality of your credit score. There are a lot of things you can do to keep yours high.
  • Get a copy of your credit report. You can review your credit report for free once a year through, so take advantage! This is your opportunity to make sure your data hasn’t been compromised and inaccuracies haven’t slipped through since you last reviewed. Look for variations of your name, unfamiliar addresses, and accounts you didn’t open. Your information may have gotten mixed up with someone else’s, or you may have caught an identity thief in the act.

  • Dispute errors. If there is inaccurate information on your credit report, file disputes with the lender and bureau(s) reporting the error(s). If you have documentation proving your case but the creditor believes the notation is accurate, a credit bureau agent will review the documentation instead of simply siding with the creditor.

  • Pay more and charge less. Paying off debt is one of the best things you can do to improve your credit score. Keep any credit balances you have to a minimum. Don’t close unused accounts if you don’t need to (especially if you’ve had the credit account for more than 3 years).

  • Always pay the bills. Payment history makes up a significant amount of your score. Pay all of your bills on time and, even if you can’t pay something off completely, at least make the minimum payment.
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Fun Facts and Laughs

How To Compost . . .

According to recent reports, almost 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, which is more than 20 pounds per person each month. Composting waste from your kitchen and yard is good way to help reduce this waste—and your garden plants will thank you.
  • Choose an outside compost container. Buy a plastic, metal, or wooden container for your yard (about 80 gallons is good). Check Lowes ( or Home Depot ( for options.
  • Collect kitchen scraps. Use a small, lidded container to collect organic matter such as eggshells, coffee grounds, leftover vegetables, and fruit peels as you prepare food. You’ll need to empty this frequently into the outside container. Additionally, twigs, dead leaves, paper plates, and torn-up newspaper can be added into the compost bin.
  • Turn the compost material. Mix it up a few times a month with a pitchfork or shovel to keep moisture and oxygen circulating. Keep it damp but not soggy (you shouldn’t see pools of water).
In a few months, expect your compost to produce a healthy, dark soil, which can then be used for plants in your yard.

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Super Facts About Superheroes. . .
  • Superman’s favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • The Hulk was supposed to be gray.
  • Wolverine was almost called The Badger.
  • Batman had eight different bat caves.
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Websites for Health Ratings . . .

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Before You Buy Online. . .

With a few clicks you can buy almost anything online. Before you make that next purchase, however, make sure you do the following:
  • Double check measurements – If you’ll be buying large items such as furniture, make sure they’ll fit! Read up on the measurements and check your space twice before hitting “buy now.”
  • Check the return policy – Even companies with generous return policies may sock you with hidden restocking or shipping fees.
  • Search for discounts – You may not have a coupon, but always type “name of retailer (plus) coupons” into a search engine to see what pops up. You may find first-time buyer or reduced shipping codes.
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Learn valuable secrets for saving thousands and avoiding costly mistakes when buying, selling or refinancing a home. Best of all, it’s FREE. Ask about my “Insider’s Free Resources” by calling me at: 310 650-2532.
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
What is the sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel? 

a) 444
b) 555
c) 666
d) 777

The answer is c) 666. Let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

What is Scotland’s national animal?

a) Red squirrel
b) Unicorn
c) Loch Ness Monster
d) Highland cattle

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Brain Teaser Answer:
Four kids receive one orange each. The fifth kid gets the basket with the fifth orange in it.
Thanks For Thinking of Me!

Did you know I can help you or any of your friends or family save time and money when buying or selling a home? Thanks for keeping me in mind with your referrals...and spreading the word about my services.
Real Estate Q & A . . .
Q.  What big mistakes should I avoid when selling my home?
A.   There are plenty of mistakes you can make when you sell your home but most can easily be avoided. Here are three important ones:
  • Pricing Your Home Incorrectly. You need to set the right price when you put it on the market. If you start high, you may keep buyers and other real estate agents away. If you lower your price in increments, it may be too late, as the home may already be viewed as “overpriced.”
  • Failing To Stage Your Property. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! Look at your home from a buyer’s point of view: clean it up, clear the clutter and get it in model-home shape.
  • Selecting The Wrong Agent. You need to hire a REALTOR® who understands your goals and will meet your needs.
Learn more about selling your home in my Free Consumer Report called “How To Avoid 7 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home.” Call me and I’ll send a copy right over to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 310 650-2532 or email me by clicking here. Perhaps I’ll feature it in my next issue!
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