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We’ll NEVER Forget You 9/11

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I can’t believe it’s been 11 years already. I’m still so emotional over 9/11. I will never forget where I was that day. I was in 10th grade English (giving my age there). Our of us cried together, and we were so silent. The whole school was watching this unfold on the television. Our principle kept making announcements over the intercom. How could this be happening? I kept thinking. One teacher later that day, said we just witnessed something that we be in our history books for the rest of our lives. Two days later I lost my mother to cervical cancer. I was so overwhelmed with 9/11 and losing my mom 2 days later. I had the whole world mourning with me, while I was mourning over my mother. I cried more than I’ve ever cried before. Since then I haven’t cried that much. Now this is what I truly wanted to say on this day…

Someone had made a comment as to what we said the day this awful tragedy happened. They said, “Americans united as one” we all shed our tears together, we all wanted revenge, but most of all we held each other, and all of us mourned together. We agreed to stay united after that awful day, but instead we have separated from our neighboring American brothers and sisters. We’ve been split up, and we’ve been fighting each other. This is what I have to say today. Can we unite together as one on this day to remember all these beautiful people that lost their lives. Can we stop all the nonsense bickering, drama, arguing, bullying, etc. to come together for the 9/11 victims. I think this is the least we can do. Most of all let’s not forget all the courageous people that lost their life that day.  Let’s also remember all the men, and women who stood up for our country, and decided to go get the ones responsible for this cowardless act.

Today we salute you!

9/11/01

You’ll always be in our hearts, never forgotten!

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HUGGIES MomInspired Grant Program Awarding $15,000

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Are you a mommy that has a creative side to you? Do you have an invention that’s useful for other mothers? If so “HUGGIES MomInspired” is looking for you! If your selected as the winner, you’ll receive a $15,000 grant to help your invention come true! Past winners have came up with ideas such as: Nausea relief band to ease pregnancy symptoms, Magnetic baby clothing for easy diaper changing, and sleep coaching!

To find out how to apply go to www.HuggiesMomInspired.com you can also read about the stories of past grant recipients and their product ideas.

  • Grant recipients will receive $15,000 in seed capital as well as business resources to help turn innovative ideas into real-life inventions.
  • Applications for the 2012 Huggies MomInspired grant program are currently being accepted through July 31, 2012.
  • Moms can learn more and submit original, innovative and viable new business and product ideas now at HuggiesMomInspired.com.
  • Grants will be announced and awarded in fall 2012.

What will be the name chosen for "Good Luck Charlie" new bundle of joy?

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Are you guys READY??? Tonight we find out who the baby’s new gender and name!!! Make sure you tune in June 24th at 8pm EST.

Do you think your name will be picked?

***UPDATE*** We’re so HAPPY that our name was chosen!!! I knew it was going to be a …..

CONGRATS Mr. & Mrs. Duncan on your new bundle of joy!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Enjoy your new sibling Duncan children!!

Disney Channel

3 hours ago via Disney Channel

The big moment has finally arrived! Will it be a baby boy or girl?!
Don’t miss the Duncan family’s very special delivery in an all-new Good Luck Charlie tonight at 8p/7c!

Pampers Gifts To Grow Code -10 Points!

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I know you guys enjoy these codes to earn points! I hope you all have been saving them up! Remember, you can get some AWESOME things with these reward points, and even use your points to try and win prizes! You can read more here about ways to save points for great gifts!

Code worth – 10 pts

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You can go to Pamper’s Gifts To Grow website here to create an account and start entering!

I Bleed Blue *GO CATS*

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Rooting for my Kentucky Wildcat’s tonight!! I bleed blue!! Tonight is the last game to see who wins the I Championship!! Kansas vs. Kentucky!! Let’s go Cats!! Our cats love to eat birds!! Smile They already chewed the Cardinals up and spit them out!! I do believe this will be one great game!! I will admit that Kansas is a good team.

My *FREEBIES* I received in my mailbox -March 5th, 2012

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I hope you guys have been entering the stuff I’ve been posting!! Smile This is my mail week for the past couple of weeks minus a few things I’ve won (Dearfoam Boots *LOVE*, $25 Mastercard from a Survey, & Masterlock File Box).

My Glamour magazine subscription that I received for *FREE* from a gift set I got for Christmas. It had a little code inside for a year subscription, where I could choose from a few magazines.

The Tide PODS I just received today… I posted here and YES it’s still LIVE!!! Go get your sample!!

I won on the “Purex 50 Bottles, 50 Days Sweepstakes”. I didn’t even know I won, until I received this letter, and a coupon for a *FREE* bottle of Purex. This one is still LIVE also!!! Get over there & try to win you some Purex! You can enter *DAILY*…I think the best time time to enter, is after 1:00am because I think it resets.

The Glade coupons are $2.00 OFF their new “Expressions Collection” that I won from Smile A Day Giveaways!

Another *FREEBIE* I received not pictured is my mini Freestyle Lite diabetic meter. I received the meter, 10 testing strips, 10 needles, the shot thingy (sorry forget what it’s called), test solution, carrying case, & information packet. All of this for *FREE* !! The only thing is these test strips are EXTREMELY expensive for this meter. You can get help, and possibly *FREE* testing strips through your doctor for this meter.

 

Don’t Give Up!! Enter, Enter, Enter!!

I love entering things! I haven’t had much time lately, but I still take a little time to enter daily if I can. Even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes!

Devastating Week…

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First off, I want to start off by saying how sorry I am for the lack of posts. I chose this picture because it best describes what has happened this past week. I know you’ve heard me talking about how sick my father in law was from cancer. He lost his battle last Saturday on February, 25th. His suffering was like no other. Then the Lord came, and carried him home. We had funeral services Wednesday. He was in the U.S. Army so they had a beautiful burial service for him, where he was honored with great respect. The American flag was covered beautifully over his casket, then folded and given back to my mother in law. They had a 21 gun salute to him. You place 3 of the empty shells inside the American flag after it’s been folded. That’s part of their tradition and that honors the fallen soldier. They lowered the flag at half staff. He has a beautiful burial site where other outstanding soldiers lie in peace. He truly will be missed by many.

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Before the service, we were out shopping for clothes for the service (Sunday night) and someone had smiled at me. I smiled back but it felt kind of funny, like I was smiling crooked. When I got home I noticed I couldn’t smile on my right side! Like literally, I can’t even raise my lip up. The next day, when I woke up my right eyebrow was drooping really bad. I couldn’t blink my eye at all on the right side. My whole face wouldn’t move, it was paralyzed. During the funeral services, everyone kept telling me they thought I might have had a stroke I need to get it checked out. It was really scaring me because my grandma (mom’s side) died from a stroke. Then I had some of them telling me it was “Bell’s Palsy” which sounded familiar but I didn’t really know anything about it.

I made an appointment to see my doctor right after the funeral. Could you imagine how tired and exhausting? I wasn’t getting any sleep because my eye wasn’t shutting all the way, so it was like I was half asleep, half awake all night. I finally arrived at the doctors where a couple of nurses were really concerned. I really freaked them out with me telling them I thought it could be a stroke. Their around the same age as me, so I know they felt really bad for me. Anyway, the doctor finally came in and I was talking to him. He just kept looking at me, and stops me mid conversation and tells me to look straight at him. He did a few small tests and told me he really thinks it’s, “Bell’s Palsy” and not a stroke. He still ordered a CT scan to be on the safe side. I’m still waiting for the hospital to call me to see whether or not my insurance will pay for it. I’m giving them a couple of more days and then I’m calling their butts!

Basically, the doctor said Bell’s Palsy is the 7th cranial nerve that is injured. They don’t really know what causes Bell’s Palsy, but they think it’s some type of virus that basically attacks these nerves in your facial area (7th cranial nerve).  This leaves me to where I can’t wrinkle my forehead, loss of hearing in the right ear, can’t eat or drink that well, smile is partial, no blinking for my right eye, pain in my neck and under my chin on  the right side. I have to use “Artificial Tears” all day long because my eye dries up not being able to blink, I have to use a straw to drink or I’ll have it all down my clothes, I have to wear an eye patch on the right side (which is definitely aggravating & I just try to avoid that altogether), I wear a sleeping mask to bed since my eye doesn’t shut all the way. I wear my sunglasses most of the time even when I’m on the computer because my eyes hurt so bad with the light. I have a really bad slur when I talk because my lips aren’t moving on the right side. I can barely blow out a candle. Another thing is the sweating that comes with this. I really do feel like I have “Bell’s Palsy” because I have like every symptom. My left side of my face that works fine just gets so exhausted. I get so tired so easy now. I just can’t believe all the stuff I took for granted…like blinking my eyes!  I can’t really sit down and watch a movie or even an hour show. My eye is just so blurry, and hurts that it’s not even worth it! I wake up frustrated but that’s the best time of the day for me. It gets a lot worse as the day goes on. It’s just really hard to describe to someone how this makes you feel. FRUSTRATION is the biggest part! I really wish they would get everything figured out and tell me what I’m suppose to do. What exercises I should start doing. I know this is my most crucial time, and I’m not suppose to really do anything but rest. My muscles heal 2mm a day! The least time for my face to get back to normal is 3 months, but could take as long as 18 months!!!!! Please say a prayer for me and that everything gets back to normal soon. I believe in prayer, and I know God can work any miracle!!! Prayer is the best medicine I can receive.

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The nerve that is injured with Bell’s Palsy is CN-VII (7th cranial nerve). It originates in an area of the brain stem known as the Pons. The 7th nerve passes through the stylomastoid foramen and enters the parotid gland. It divides into its main branches inside the parotid gland. These branches then further divide into 7000 smaller nerve fibers that reach into the face, neck, salivary glands and the outer ear. The nerve controls the muscles of the neck, the forehead and facial expressions, as well as perceived sound volume. It also stimulates secretions of the lower jaw, the tear glands and the salivary glands in the front of the mouth. Taste sensations at the front 2/3 of the tongue and sensations at the outer ear are transmitted by the 7th nerve.

 

Okay, I know you’ve seen where Tornadoes hit Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee & a lot of the Mid-West states this Friday, March 2nd. Well here goes…

We kept getting Tornado Warnings on all the news stations, broadcasted over the television, and on the weather radio. We went to my mother in laws to take shelter since we live in a mobile home. My brother in law, sister in law, and two nieces met us there. We put all the children in the bathtub with the mattress right outside the door. It was a scary time because we kept getting text messages from The Weather Channel saying, “Tornado Warning” for our area. Our cable, phone, and internet went out. We still had our weather radios and cell phones. The electric was flickering on and off like it was going to go out. The kids were really upset at this time, and they were scared they were going to blow away. We told them that all of us adults were going to be on top of them protecting them. A guy that worked with the city, stopped by and told us there’s a shelter for us to go to if we wanted to. By this time the storm was already moving in, I mean about 2 minutes later because we were going to go. After what seemed like 3 hours finally we could turn the radios off, and find out exactly what happened. We didn’t find out what happened until the next day when our cable, and internet started working.

Our house which is about 5 minutes away from our neighboring county got hit with a Tornado. It was awful, something we’ve never seen before. All the lights were out (including our electric in our mobile home). They had all these main roads blocked and you weren’t allowed in unless you had an I.D. saying you lived there. There was 4 people who lost their lives here in this area, and a whole horse stable wiped out that killed 20+ horses.

It truly is an awful tragedy and my heart felt prayers go out to each and everyone of them. Anyone who was affected by these tornadoes, and ones before this. I send all my prayers to you. We donated some money yesterday to “American Red Cross” because I know their helping all the victims. They said that they had already fed 6,000 people yesterday which is awesome! If I can help in someway,  somehow, I sure will try. The Governor of KY came out to excess the damage on Saturday, and while he was in a video conference, Obama phoned him sending his thoughts and prayers to us Kentuckianas. He said he will do anything that needs to be done to get us back on our feet again. Altogether, there were 17 killed in Kentucky alone. I know Indiana and Ohio was hit worse than us, and it actually wiped out a few of their towns.

Here are a few pictures of the aftermath this Tornado caused in our town.

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Just heartbreaking pictures it really is. The fourth picture of the woman standing in her destroyed house is someone I’ve known all my life. I just found out her house was hit whenever I was finding pictures for this post. It’s going to be hard, and many will never live in their homes again because of it being destroyed, and not building back. This whole subdivision was pretty much wiped out. This is where we take most of our children trick r treating every year. I’ve took rugrat trick r treating every year here!! Sad smile It’s sad because their such great people, and in this town. All this town and others affected by these Tornadoes can do is take it one day at a time. We’re a small community, but this small community will pull together and help each other get back on our feet.

I need to go through my rugrat’s outgrown clothes, and other items to find stuff to donate.

If anyone would like to donate any things they’ve maybe collected from their stockpiles, like toiletries, first aid supplies, personal care products, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food, and blankets, and such would be so kindly appreciated by our community! Of course, cash, checks, & other forms of payment is always appreciated as well. You can go to the American Red Cross link below to find out more about that .

Send Donations:

Crittenden Baptist Church
215 Russell Rd.
Crittenden Kentucky 41030

 

You could maybe write a little note on the side ATTN: Tornado Donations or somewhere along the lines of that. You can find out more by going here American Red Cross

Alright, well I guess I’ve explained this devastating week the best I could. It’s definitely a lot to handle in one week. This is usually what happens in my life though. A lot of devastation in one week, but I don’t ever think it’s been this bad! I hope you guys are doing good! I miss my readers, and posting great deals for you. I promise I will be up, and running again in no time! I hope you’ve learned in this post that sometimes we take life for granted, and don’t even realize it. It makes me look at life in a whole different perspective. This is what I’m going to leave you with today. Whenever you feel like life is throwing you a curve ball, and when something might not being going your way. Just stop, and think for one second—someone else is having a way worse day than you’re. Love you guys! God Bless!

You will always be loved Whitney Houston!

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R.I.P Whitney Houston

August 9, 1963 – February 11th, 2012

Wow! It’s hard to even have words for this post. My heart is truly saddened by this. I just can’t seem to get over it. My heart aches for the family and friends of this beautiful, amazing talent! I just wish life would have treated Whitney a little different. I wish people could have been less harsh too her, but most of all I wish she could have overcome her personal demons. Whitney you meant a lot to me and so many! I grew up listening to you. I loved all of your songs, because of your unique beautiful voice! In my opinion, no one will ever be able to replace you on that level. You’ll always be my all time favorite female artist! The movie, “The Bodyguard” was a movie I’ll never forget. That was my favorite movie in the 90’s and how you sung “I Will Always Love You” was like no other! It just sent chills down my spine every time I heard you sing that song. I remember all of us girls use to sit at the end of the bus singing songs and that was one of our favorites because of you Whitney.

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What hurts the most is I know what you were going through in life Whitney minus some things. I know the feeling of fighting addiction- everyday is a struggle! I’ve had one for 8 years, been sober for 2 1/2. I’ve always hid it from everyone, but I really think it needs to be addressed. Everyone has always assumed that there was something going on with me, but I always denied anything being wrong. Just know there’s help out there! If I hadn’t got helped with my problem, then I’d probably be right there with you. I couldn’t have done this by myself either. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed that I had an addiction. It’s made me who I am today because I realize how quick something so little can take over your whole world. Your not in charge of your life anymore, that little thing is! It’s so powerful, that even if you touch it once, it can take over your whole world and flip it upside down on you. I’m living proof of that!

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Tried it for the first time, and I was hooked! I didn’t get it because I was injured. I got it because my friend had it and told me to try it. I kept saying, “No!” quite a few times. There was 3 of them that kept saying, “C’mon it’s not bad, you’ll like how you feel”. I was scared pretty much shaking because I didn’t even like taking Tylenol. I always just got over my pain without taking anything for it. I can tell you It’s no life to live! It’s pure hell! I have permanent damage now because of it. I’ve hurt myself most of all, and I’m distant from my family because of it. If I could tell someone who’s going through this it’d be, “To get help! You may be waiting to hit rock bottom but that rock bottom may never come. You can’t do it by yourself, you need help! You just have to take one day at a time. It does get better and it does get easier! I promise the grass is greener on the other side!

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Now I can look at life in a different perspective. I look forward to the little things in life now. Before I had no emotions at all! The addiction took away all that, besides the being angry and grouchy all the time! It took away everything! I sold everything I owned to get it. I’m still learning how to get my emotions back slowly. I find myself crying to just about everything now. They say that everyone who has an addiction is trying to melt their problems away with their drug of choice or alcohol. I think the biggest thing for me was that I balled all my emotions up inside after my mom passed away when I was only 16. I kept my emotions in so bad, that I didn’t even shed one tear at her funeral. No joke! I was VERY close to my mom, we were frick and frack! Then I had a few more problems I was dealing with at the time.

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Also, to parents you think your child will never do this because I taught them different. NOT TRUE! I grew up with a mother and father that didn’t drink or do anything. They raised me wonderful! I was never around anything like that all through school. Got out of school had a great head on my shoulders, and started down the wrong path in life. I wouldn’t change anything though because I met my hubby, and then had my daughter. They keep me strong, and keep me going everyday! Most of all I thank God for helping me through my struggles, and demons that I’ve overcome.

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If you have any questions, or anything please feel free to ask. If their personal just look underneath “Contact Me” and email me. If your going through this and want help but just don’t know how to go about doing it, please email me. I will help you as much as I can! Anyone with any kind of addiction I hold you close to my heart, because I know what your going through. I know how people look at you and treat you because of it. If you haven’t walked in our shoes I ask you please not to judge us, but help us. Hold our hand, don’t push it away. Smile at us, instead of the dirty looks. Talk to us, not about us. Forgive us, not forget us. Love us, don’t disown us. Get us help, don’t turn your backs. We love you, we just need another kick start in life. We don’t want to be like this, it’s just that we have to have more to be able to function. I couldn’t eat, sleep, think or do anything without it. We want to be normal just like everyone else. Not everyone steals to get what they need. Some just work everyday to support their addiction! You’d be surprised how many are fighting it, and are ashamed to get help or admit it because of how the world treats them. This is why I think we should talk about it more!

Well that’s enough about me for one day, and I might even lose a few readers because you may look at me different now. I would hope not, but it does happen.

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Whitney you’ll be missed, you had the sweetest angelic voice that no one will ever forget. You’ve touched so many lives, in more ways than you may ever know! Your legacy lives on beautiful. No bodyguard now needed, because you have the greatest protector of all.

Until we see you again…We will always love you! XOXO

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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 Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love, Mommy & Rugrat Princess

 

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! As long as I get to spend it with hubby (who’s off work) & my litte rugrat princess (school closed today) the ones that mean the world to me, I’m happy! My hubby bought me this beautiful rose made of glass. It’s really bootiful! My hubby’s gift doesn’t cost anything! I’m giving him all my love, hugs & kisses! hehe! I really like keeping it frugal style, do you think I’m too cheap? We’re trying to save every penny we can, because we’re looking for a place to buy.

We bought rugrat a HUGE pink bootiful stuffed doggie…it’s sooo cuuute! The ones they have at Wal-Mart for $10, then we got her a little bubble gum machine shaped as a heart, SpongeBob crabby patties sucker, & a little Valentine’s kitten activity book that came with a coloring book, 4 crayons, and a ziploc pouch. Those were only $0.97 not bad at all! You can always frugal shop, and put a nice gift together! Even though the stuffed doggie Laughing out loud was a little high. I just had to get that for rugrat!

If your single, just remember there are plenty people who love you!

Sometimes the one thing you are looking for is the one thing you can’t see

 

What are you planning to do for Valentine’s Day? What are you giving or wanting? What’s the best or most romantic Valentine’s you’ve had?

Disney Movie Rewards *5 Points*

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Here’s another 5 points to add to your Disney Move Rewards account. You can sign up for a *FREE* account to earn all kinds of goodies. Read more about it & other rewards to start earning, from the post I wrote here.

February Newsletter

5 PTS.

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*Remember every point counts*