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Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Please Take Those Rose Colored Glasses & Shove Them Where The Sun Don't Shine!

This is the fifth time I've started this blog post. I feel like I have so much to say and yet find myself wanting to defend the very thing I hate because it involves some of the people I love, I find myself wanting to be politically correct because it's the "right thing" to do but I am not going to be politically correct today and I am going to pour my soul into this post. You can love me, you can hate me and you can judge all you want but this post has been a long time coming and it's time for my soul to be a peace because I said what I wanted to say.

Do you remember the one significant event that shaped your mind about your views on race? Seems like a tough question possibly but for me it is a simple one. I was born a blue eyed, blonde headed white girl into a family that proudly call themselves redneck, who originated in a small town, that to this very day, has zero black residents  and the granddaughter of a former KKK member. From a very young age I was taught the same lies that my parents were taught because my grandparents taught them to my parents and my great grandparents taught them to my grandparents and so on and so on. In fact, it wasn't until my generation of cousins,in my immediate family, that we ventured outside of our own race.

Growing up my grandmother, whom I love and miss so much, would take my cousins and I to the store when we would stay with her and she would buy us each a baby doll but not just any baby doll. No, every little white girl in our family had to have a "nigger baby." I'm not sure where her logic came from as I never got the chance to ask her while she was still with us like I had the chance to ask her other things. It will always remain a great mystery but I credit her for why our family doesn't look like a sea of white anymore. I'm sure it was not intentional on her part. 

My parents tell a story of how I was small, old enough to walk and talk and, based on the story, comprehend at least some things. We ventured into a town that was bigger than the ones we frequented to buy some groceries. As we made our way to the check-out counter we got behind an older black woman who was also buying groceries. According to the story, I looked at my dad and very plainly said "Daddy is that one of those "jigga boos?" The story goes that my dad was so embarrassed that we left right then. I can recall going to my great grandparents house and calling one of my uncles "jigga boo" and everyone thought it was so funny. Thinking back on these two stories now, I wish I had a time machine so I could go apologize to the lady at the grocery store and even take back all the times I called my uncle anything other than uncle but when you are born into these generational lies you don't know any better than to have on your rose colored glasses. Proves racism is a taught behavior.

But God!!!!! Oh but God has an amazing sense of humor and He does things His way! By the time I was in the 2nd grade my parents were divorced, we lived in a suburb of Dallas, Texas and my mother managed a giant set of government subsidized apartments also known as "the hood." When you're a kid you don't care what race someone is. Instead, you want friends, people to play with, to ride your bike with (yes, I am dating myself but that's alright). In order to have friends I had to play with black kids. My mom never really told us we couldn't have black friends but it was understood I wouldn't be spending the night at their house and they sure weren't spending the night at mine. Anytime I would ask to inside one of my friend's houses the answer was no but I asked again the next day and the day after that. 

Remember I asked you if you remember the event that shaped your views on racism? For me it was two significant events. The first came when I was in Ms. Agee's 3rd grade class. She has always been one of my favorite teachers so her name is easy for me to remember. In my 3rd grade class were two boys: Tyrone (who I cannot for the life of me remember his last name) and Kevin G. During P.E. I would always be on whatever team they were on and we always won. Being the competitive person that I am, I liked winning but there was something about that Kevin G. I liked him and I wanted him to be my boyfriend even though I had no idea what that really meant back then. That was my very first interracial relationship, if you count 3rd grade relationships. He is currently married to a beautiful white woman and has a beautiful little girl. My parents never really knew about Kevin G.because I was in the 3rd grade.

In the 4th grade I was in Mrs. Neilson's class. It was this grade that I was given an education about why you don't mix races from my parents. See, I liked a boy named Lamon H. Lamon, Pete P. and I would get on three-way (again totally dating myself) and talk. One day my mom picked up the receiver and asked me who I was talking to so I told her. She asked me to get off the phone and come see her. I honestly thought I was in trouble for being on the phone with boys but it was then that I got the talk about black boys. Mexican boys weren't really her comfort zone either but the Bible said that white and black races do not mix. To this day I am still trying to find that in the Bible; sarcasm intended. 

By the time I got the 5th grade I didn't care what my mom said about black boys. I was attracted to them, we liked the same kind of music, we lived in the same neighborhood, we were about equal on the socioeconomic scale, we had similar views on things and I just felt a different connection with them than I did the white boys in my class. That was the first year I met one of my life-long friends who hated me in the 5th grade. 

So for three years it was about boys but then the other lies were shattered when I met Shana Y. from Detroit, Michigan. Their family had moved into our apartments and while I am not exactly sure how she and I started hanging out, we did. I stopped asking if I could go inside her house and hang out and instead I started to rebel and I just did. Every lie I had ever been told was shattered in an instant the moment I walked in the front door of their house. There house was much more clean than ours was, her parents were still married to one another and both had jobs unlike the stories I had been told about how lazy black people were and only used the system to get ahead. It was in that house that I received an education all of its own and it started by taking what was left of those rose colored glasses and stomping them into a million pieces. 

It was an environment where I could ask questions about things I didn't know, had been told or was curious about, free of any judgment on their part because they understood what I was asking and why. I learned about different types of music, how to ballroom dance, how to be honest and not two-faced, how to do things with integrity, how to stand up for myself. I have referred to Shana's house as my saving grace and my molding process but her house also confused me. Why would my family, the people who love me, who are to protect me, help shape me and mold me into a productive member of society, how, how had they looked me in the face and lied to me all these years? It also made me hate being white!

Middle school is a strange time for most people and for me even more so. There were very few white girls that I was able to hang out with other than the ones who liked black guys because I just couldn't relate to the other ones. I was always in trouble because now I felt like I needed to defy every rule my parents had. I mean after all, they had lied to me for years and now they wanted me to still buy into the lies though I was seeing with my own eyes the real truth, I was experiencing my own experiences and they were nothing like I had been told.

It was during this time that the things I had experienced at Shana's house, I would experience with another family, Meka's. Meka was that girl I mentioned from the 5th grade. By this time were were good friends and by high school she would be my very best friend, sometimes my only friend. Her mama is like my mama to this very day. Net always took me in, gave me a place to eat, to be myself, to love on me when I seemed unlovable to the world. To say Net was there for me during some of the darkest times in my life is an understatement and until now, I'm not even sure she even knew what  a light she was in my dark tunnel. I was a bad kid but she never judged me, she let her own daughter hang out with me despite the numerous times I drug her into my mess. Shawn reminded me that it was alright to have fun and live life and Big Mama, well, you couldn't tell me I wasn't one of the hundreds of other kids she loved like her own. Meka always had my back. It didn't matter if it was a girl or a guy, she had my back. She is my sister and I love her. Their family is full of love and they showered it on me always.  They made me feel like I belonged somewhere when I felt like I didn't belong anywhere.

Ninth grade was the year that really messed with my head. Not only was I not allowed to date black guys, I was certainly not allowed to date thugs. By day I had a boyfriend my parent's loved and by night, I was spending hours on the phone and sneaking to my boyfriend's house, the thug, in the neighboring city. My mom wasn't the idiot I took her for. While I had her fooled for awhile, it was just awhile and before long she knew that I had never gotten rid of Carl O. like I told her I had. In fact, I was spending more time at his house than I was at my own house. He too made me feel like I belonged when I felt like I didn't belong anywhere. He loved me for me and he really loved me not just because he wanted something from me. In a sense he opened my eyes to a different world but protected me from the one I was living in. Sounds strange and it's hard to explain.

 At school I didn't fit in with the rich white girls. I was a white girl from the hood and my friends were the black girls from the hood. It made life complicated because on the outside it looked like I should be hanging out with the rich white girls but they didn't accept me because I was "too black" and unless you grew up in my hood, I was "too white" for some of the black girls. 

My mother and I argued constantly. To this day I can remember sitting on the kitchen counter in a pair of booty shorts and a white t-shirt arguing with my mom. I can't remember what we were arguing about, possibly my relationship with Carl O. but I finally blurted out "I hate being white!" My mother was so shocked by my statement but it was true. I confessed to her that I wished God had made me any color except white and I was sure that if reincarnation were an actual thing that I was black in a former life.

I was ashamed of the history of white people, I was ashamed that by looking at myself in the mirror I could not escape the reality that I would be associated with that in some form or fashion. I hated slavery, I hated the Civil War ever needed to happen, I hated the fact that we had a reason to celebrate Juneteenth, I hated the fact that the Civil Rights Movement had to happen and that racism was alive and well and all at the hands of white people, people who looked like me. She would try to make it better by saying our family didn't own slaves but we didn't fight to end slavery either so we were just as bad.

In the 9th grade I wanted so badly not to be associated with anything or anyone white that I changed everything about myself. I changed the way I talked so that I incorporated more Ebonics or Urban vernacular, I wrapped my hair, had braids, had a finger wave (again totally dating myself), I listened to nothing but rap, hip-hop and R&B, I had zero white friends and I sure wasn't dating one of those white guys. I can't still remember Louis A. telling me that I needed to "act like a white girl with your country self."

Sure, I sprinkled a few white guys in here and there throughout my life, mostly as a last stitch effort to feel more connected to my family or to somehow make them happy but it just doesn't work for me. It wasn't until a few years ago that I became comfortable with being white. It took something from someone I don't even like as a person to make me see things through a different set of eyes regarding my whiteness.

He told me, as a white woman I have the ability to walk through doors someone with a different color skin couldn't get through even if they had a million dollars to offer. Sounds really messed up but it's the ugly truth. It's in getting through those doors that I am able to offer the people in their rose colored glasses a perspective that they have never examined before. God made me white to get to white people who needed their rose colored glasses ripped off their faces and shoved where the sun don't shine. God was using me. God allowed me to go through all the things I had gone through for His glory and His purpose! Man, that was life changing for me. 

It's taken me a little bit to get some finesse to it and I still struggle at times because racism and inequality are hot buttons for me. I can't stand social injustice. In my mind I would like to think that I would have been a Freedom Rider back in the Civil Rights Movement, I would have proudly marched along side Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, listened to speeches by Malcolm X or even joined the Black Panthers if I would have been able to.

Three years ago, I started learning on my own all the things that all my history books "forgot" to tell me. This is part of the problem. My history books, even the ones I paid for earning my first degree, "forgot" to tell me about things like Black Wall Street, about how Miami was not shaped by Latin culture only but how black people played a significant role, my books "forgot" to tell me about about Henrietta Lacks, Dr. Charles R. Drew or Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. Those books didn't tell me about the real brutality of slavery, show me actual photographs of people cheering, laughing, taunting, smiling and praising the horrible murder of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, they didn't tell me about the Algiers Motel incident or how free black men and women were taken back to the south and put into slavery as free men and women. I've made it a point to teach myself because it's vital those stories be told. I have to credit movies and the Internet for aiding in furthering my education and at the same time I hate it because it makes me think of all the horrific things no one is still telling me about or that I have yet to gain knowledge or. 

I thank God everyday for making me who He made me to be. Going into the healthcare profession carries a great responsibility for me but I am thankful for every experience, for every moment He opened my eyes to something else, for the ability to get on the level of every person I may come in contact with thanks to God allowing me to be me. I said all of that to say that I am sad, disappointed, hurt and yet, not so surprised at the reactions to this commercial.



It saddens me that this commercial even has to be made but it is the truth of what goes on every single day in households across America and it shouldn't have to. No, I don't feel this is race baiting or causing a further divide between races but exposing the ugly truth for what it is. I have seen the comments on this video on several different posts and it makes me want to cry, it makes me want to throw up, it makes me angry and it makes me want to go get a shirt that says "Black Girls Rock" so badly! If this commercial makes you think it's anti-police or it's race baiting you need to seriously need to go stand in the mirror for a long time an evaluate yourself. If it bothers you that these conversations have to take place then you need to also go get in the mirror an examine yourself and make some immediate changes.

To Proctor & Gamble, I will gladly spend a little more to buy your products for standing up, for standing out and knowing that you would receive backlash for doing the right thing. I will do my best to make up for the people who swear they will never buy your products again. I am one person and my impact is small but I stand with you, I stand with and support My Black is Beautiful. I would love to get more involved in various movements though I'm not sure how to go about it. I have looked into joining the NAACP, have my application to the Black Nurse's Association, proudly love on, support and share the posts from Black Nurse's Rock and all my social media friends who are part of this organization.

Standing by and keeping your mouth shut is just as bad as wearing that white clown costume. Standing back and doing nothing is just like watching slavery and doing nothing. I can't just sit back and be quiet. God won't allow me to.

1 John 4:21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Mark 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

No where do you see God tell you only the ones that look like you! If my family can change, so can you!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Day 4 of Self-Discovery & Healing

Day 4: What is one thing you need to work on this week?

FOCUS

I have been done with my last contract at school for over a week and I had my hours met but it feels like I haven't been to school in weeks. In the meantime, I have been looking at my work, preparing for my tests, looking at ways to make money and watching my personal life start to fall apart at the seams. This week I am going to fine tune what needs to happen when we return from Texas. One thing is getting another job because while I love the hospital, they can't give me the hours I need and I can't work the hours that they need me. We have a compromise, which works for both of us, but it's not enough.

I read an article a few days ago that said wealthy people have at least 7 streams of income. Since I have a real understanding of residual income, I know that is one or two of the ways to boost my financial portfolio which currently looks so blank there aren't even lines on it. Focus on a plan to get out of debt, to handle all the things the girls need from me, the house, Joseph and just streamline everything.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Day 3 of Self-Discovery & Healing

Day 3: What are some things you thought a lot about as a child?

I can honestly sum up most of it in one photograph.

Before there was a Carrie Bradshaw that was my dream. I was a young woman who felt trapped in her own life. I don't fault my parents anymore. Being a parent taught me that kids don't come with instruction books. I was restless. My love of written word was ridiculous. I wanted out. I would sit and dream of my life.

I was going to get done with high school and go to college as far away from Grand Prairie, Texas as I could possibly get to earn a degree in Journalism. When I was done with school I was going to move to NYC, be a writer for one of the big newspapers, live in an apartment that overlooked Central Park, meet an amazing man, have awesome friends and I was never having children. This was going to be my life; balls, galas, socialites and big city living.

I often think about writing and how much I actually love to write though my blog isn't really a good reflection of what I like to write. The challenge with writing fiction is interjecting to much of myself, my personal experiences and people from some point in my own life into my stories and thus it opens up old wounds for some, makes others upset and so I haven't done much else with it but possibly that will change one day.

Sunday, July 2, 2017





I found this awesome July Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery & Healing over at Like Kristen! It's July 2nd so I am going to include Day 1 in this post as well. I am at a place in my life where healing is vital for me to grow as a person and each day in nursing school I discover a little more about myself that maybe I didn't know before. So let's go!

Day 1: Choose a goal that you will try to accomplish this month. Write it down here! What are some steps you are going to take to achieve this goal?

I have so many goals I want to accomplish but this month I am going to make blogging everyday my goal. I will pre-schedule posts for a week at a time and have my blog content calendar full of ideas by the end of the day (day 2 - mainly because I've already started it).

Day 2: What makes you a unique person? Write about some things you like about yourself. Keep this list near you the next time you start thinking low of yourself.

There are many things that make me unique. It took me a long time to like who I was because the things that made me unique seemed to hinder me. One major example is that I am very different from many people in my family; simply look at my immediate family and you will see one reason why. My entire life I never quite fit in one place or another and as strange as it still seems to me, many people felt the exact same way. Most of the time I cheer for the underdog. I have a heart for hurting people and work my butt off to help others. I am a little bit country and a little bit ghetto...bet you thought I was going to say rock n roll. Far from a daddy's girl, I am closer to my mama but most like my Nanny in many ways. I was a mom at a young age which means I have longer to enjoy my sweet grandbabies. Overthinking comes naturally, learning is something I seek even when I'm not in school, I am a big dreamer and am really going to carve my way out in this crazy world just wait and see. My friends are as diverse as a box of 164 crayons. My mind is as open as a Walmart Super Center. I like me.


Eliana Is 1!


Dear Eliana,

     I didn't want to write the traditional Happy Birthday type of post so instead I decided I would write you this letter and hope to write you one each year. How are you 1 already? Where did an entire year go? For what will seem like a long time in your life time will seem to go by slowly and then one day it speeds up and it never slows down. The day you were born was magical because it changed me for the better. As I looked down at you cradled in my arms it was like time stood still. You were so beautiful, even more beautiful than I ever imagined you were going to be. At that moment I hated that we made the commitment to move to Oklahoma because I knew it meant I was going to miss so much. You have no idea how much you are my motivation, my push, my drive.

    My life hasn't always been pretty, I have made lots of mistakes but something opened a year ago that I haven't ever told anyone. I looked at you wrapped up in that blanket and I instantly knew it was my job to be for you what I wasn't to my own children. I was going to work hard so that you never had to know what it was like to go without anything. I wanted to be able to be a role model to you as a woman and as a grandmother, to be the one to take you on adventures and vacations, to bake cookies and let you eat all the things your mom doesn't let you have at your house. Every day when I get up I remind myself that I go to school for you, for your aunts, for your mom because we come from a family of strong women. You come from a family of strong women on both sides of your family.
 
   I want so much for you in this life. I want you to be exposed to many things, to see so much, to experience all the good this life has to offer. I want you to grow up and truly know that you can be anything you want to be no matter what life might throw in the way. I want you to know how strong and beautiful you are. I love that you stand your ground when you want something or when you are upset, I love how much you show your love to Baby Noah because your heart is so big and most of all I want you to know that you are loved. There were times in my life where I wondered if anyone loved me and no matter where I was, no matter what I was doing, I always knew that my own nanny loved me more than anything and I pray that you will always know just how much I love you.

   One day I am going to move back home to Texas so I can be there all the time for you and Baby Noah. I am going to be the crazy grandma who cheers at your soccer games or have the cheers memorized as you cheer on the sidelines. I will support you always. Eliana, I will never be able to truly put into words what you mean to me but know that you are my reason for everything I have done for the last year. Happy birthday sweet baby girl! I cannot wait to see you at your birthday party next week!

Nanny




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Hey Y'all!!!! Any big plans for the 4th of July? We are headed to Tulsa to The Folds Of Honor Freedom Fest Fireworks Display! Last year was our first year to go and I will tell you it is something else! The fireworks show is one of the best I have ever seen! You have to get there early if you want to find a good seat. This time last year we sat with some people from Jenks, Oklahoma in the grass at a Quik Trip Gas Station....I know, sounds crazy but we had excellent seats! We made the mistake of taking our two dogs who will behaving their 2nd birthday on the 4th of July! Not this year. They will be safe inside the house because they hate the noise.


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hello July!



I have patiently waited on July! Alright, I'm lying! I could not wait for June to be over and for July to get here! July is a big month for me.

I FINALLY get to go home to TEXAS. I haven't seen my mama in over a year and I miss her so much. Of course I can't forget about my other family or my friends. You never really know how much some place feels like home until you leave. I only have a weekend there but I am hoping to go home more often.

Eliana turns 1! How in the world is my little sweet granddaughter a year old already? She is having a big birthday party. We do everything big in Texas! Next year I am going to be more prepared and get one of those cute shirts that fits the party theme like "Grandma of The Birthday Princess!" Even though I will NOT be called grandma. I am good with being Nanny just like my grandmother.

Jill turns 17! Oh my gosh how is my first baby girl going to be 17? I mean I do realize this is her senior year of high school but she only has 1 year and she is a legal adult.I am going to hang on to this year like no other. Lexi turns 16! My baby, the last one, the final one. 16! They are all going to be legal to drive! In 3 years they will all be on their own. Time flies by!

I have summer break from school which I love and hate! There are some clinicals mixed in there so I will still be busy. My life is busy and I make it busier for myself but that is all part of my self-discovery which I'll talk about later this month.

Working at the hospital is amazing but they don't give me enough hours so when I get back from Texas I will be taking on a second job that works around both schedules. I have been investigating some direct sales companies but haven't taken a plunge or made a decision about which one. This week I read an article that says wealthy people have at least 7 streams of income/revenue so I figure it's time I get busy.

And then there is the never ending homework for nursing school! July is going to be amazing!


Friday, June 30, 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Reunion Tower: Family Friendly Fun!!!!



I always know I'm at home in the great state of Texas when I see "The Ball" or Reunion Tower but in all the time I have lived in DFW I have never been up in the ball mainly because I had no idea I even could unless I was eating at the restaurant that sits inside "the ball" at Reunion Tower. I am excited to tell you guys just how wrong I was. Check out this information about Reunion Tower and I even have an awesome coupon for you guys to use when you take your family.

From 470 feet up you'll experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes, photo ops and an indoor/outdoor observation deck that lets you see for miles in any direction.

The journey begins in our PIX photo experience at the bottom of the tower. Guests are able to take their photo in front of a green screen and change their backgrounds to one of six images of the Dallas skyline. Next, guests board the elevators that are ready to usher them 470 feet in the air in 68 seconds to the GeO-Deck.

This indoor/outdoor observation deck lets guests explore the city unlike anywhere else. Step up to the interactive touch screen Halo and with just one swipe discover local hidden gems, historic landmarks, museums, parks and much more. 


Ready for a different view? Head outside for a lap around the exterior deck and feel the wind in your hair as you stand 470 feet on the outside deck! Day or night, make the iconic Reunion Tower your first stop to explore interesting things to see and do in Dallas.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Yookidoo Gymotion Robo Playland Giveaway!

I am def going to be investing when my next grandbaby comes...hoping not to soon though. Guys, check this out!

Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland Giveaway! ($100 RV) ~ Ends 7/22

Deliciously Savvy Is Hosting a Giveaway in Which 1 Lucky Winner Will Receive a Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland Baby Mat & Play Gym. ARV $100.

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1 Lucky Winner Will Receive This Fabulous Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland with 3 Stages Of Play & a Retail Value of $100!

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1. Lay & Play

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Giveaway Dates: 06/22/2017 9PM EST until 07/22/2017 11:59PM EST
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Yookidoo Gymotion Robo Playland Giveaway!

Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland Giveaway! ($100 RV) ~ Ends 7/22

Deliciously Savvy Is Hosting a Giveaway in Which 1 Lucky Winner Will Receive a Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland Baby Mat & Play Gym. ARV $100.

Enter Today To Win and Good Luck!

Sponsored By:

Hosted By:

Deliciously Savvy

Co-Hosted By:

Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews // Cspierdowis' Product Review Blog // Michigan Saving & More // My Silly Little Gang // Sweet Southern $avings // Capri's Coupons // Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Plus a Big Shout Out To All Of The Amazing Blogs Helping To Promote This Amazingly Clean Giveaway!

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The Details:

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive This Fabulous Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland with 3 Stages Of Play & a Retail Value of $100!

Check Out My Review

1. Lay & Play

2. Tummy & Play

3. Sit & Play

And Now To The Giveaway!

Giveaway Dates: 06/22/2017 9PM EST until 07/22/2017 11:59PM EST
Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents Only
Any Questions Email Me At mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

National Flip Flop Day


Today was created for people like me! Don't get me wrong, I would rather be barefoot but as soon as it gets slightly warm, I'm in flip flops. I love flip flops so much that I literally keep a pair tucked in my car for when I'm off work....no flip flops in the hospital! At one point I was buying a pair every trip to the store. I mean most of the time they are super cheap! That's especially good since my one little doggie likes to chew them if she can get a hold of them.

Dollar Tree Has Them!

Old Navy Has Them (and on sale too)!

Target Has Them!

Walmart Has Them!

BUT my most fave flip flops ever came from Ross! They were Tommy Hilfiger and I had them for 6 years before I had to retire them!
#nationalflipflopday

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Garnier Skinactive Hydrating Mask Review

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Last week I got my first ever Redbook Beauty School Beauty Box in the mail. 
#rbkredbeautysweepstakes

Inside were some great things but today I am going to talk about the Garnier Skinactive Hydrating Mask. Let me preface by saying I have sensitive skin. I love trying new products but I am always a little leery because I never know what the reaction is going to be for my skin.
http://www.garnierusa.com/products/skincare/moisture-bomb/hydrating-sheet-mask/the-super-hydrating-sheet-mask.aspx

This is the one that I got in my Beauty Box. I am admitting that I am a little old school and am used to the mask you smear all over your face and then either peel or wash off. To be honest, I had never used an actually face mask up to this point but both my daughters have and they love them. With them both being gone right now I don't have to worry about sharing or them wanting to be the tester. 

I took my make-up off using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water they sent, washed my face, showered and ripped the package open, after reading the directions of course. Again, possibly because I am just used to an old school type mask but it was goopy with stuff. The directions say to open the mask with the blue side facing out. A word of advice, figure out where the fold is and open it first there. I had a little bit of a challenge but in the end I figured it out.
I never could manage to get all the wrinkles out. My nose is tiny so that part I had to adjust to be able to breath. It was cool, it felt good on my face and it smelled refreshing. The directions say to leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Joseph told me the whole time how much I looked like Hannibal Lecter from Silence of The Lambs. The mask came off easily and per the instructions I tried to rub the excess into my face with minimal luck. I don't know if my face is just hydrated or if there is just so much product that you can't rub it all in. It wasn't heavy or sticky and three days later my face still feels smooth and amazing. If you have sensitive skin I recommend it because I have had zero break outs since using the mask.

You can find it at your local retailer which for me is Walmart. I give it 5 stars!




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Monday, June 12, 2017

Why I Decided To Become A Nurse

Today our clinical homework assignment was to write a paper about why we decided to become a nurse. I decided I would share. I'm honest about some of the things I went through in life and I thank God He brought me through them. Here you go:



Why I Decided To Become A Nurse

              The road to becoming a nurse has been a strange one. I can’t say that it has ever really been a single event or even some significant event. Growing up my grandmother was an aide. I would go to work with her sometimes and I knew I didn’t want to do what she was doing. My aunt on the other side of my family was an RN. For much of my younger childhood she worked in the OR. It wasn’t until she became a home health nurse and had my cousins and I out for a week in the summer that nursing ever even crossed my mind. She gave us a bunch of medical supplies and let us set up a make shift hospital. We taped IV tubing to one another, put lotion on my aunt’s legs and scraped it off with a tongue depressor. It is one of my favorite memories from childhood but then I became a teenager and had all the answers and being a nurse was not one of them.


              Nursing didn’t cross my mind again until after I started to college to get my degree in social work. I knew I wanted to help people because I had been helped. At one time in my life I had a drug problem and I was living in a homeless shelter. My family had to give me some tough love. That experience changed my entire life and I wanted to give back to people, to help people because someone helped me and helped change my life.  During the time I was in school to get a degree in social work, I lived in a small town with a volunteer fire department. It didn’t take long for me to join the ladies auxiliary but I wanted in the truck and to go on calls. The fire calls were wild but it was the medical calls and the MVA’s that I loved to go on. It seemed like every time I got in the car I would come up on an accident scene.  I decided I would bargain with God in a way. I told God that if I was supposed to change my major to allow me to go on a call where I would know for sure. That same night I went on the call that changed things.


              It was the middle of the night and I knew I was going to a rollover accident. A man, his wife and their three children were in a car. The man was driving and he was drunk. He and the wife had on their seat belt but none of the kids did and the 5 year old son was ejected from the car that he ran up on the embankment of the highway and the car landed on top of the boy 1.5 centimeters from his diaphragm. The boy lived. The dad went to jail and I knew that I was supposed to help people in this way not sitting behind a desk handing out a voucher for a meal during holiday time. I changed my major from arts to science because I was going to be a paramedic. Two weeks into A&P I my professor asked me to stay after class. He was a retired vet. After having me explain why I wanted to become a paramedic, he suggested I become a nurse. For me, I wasn’t so sure and then my grandmother, the one who was an aide, the one who had every heart surgery and medication she could have was sick and at the end of her life.



              We were close. It was hard to see the person who took care of everyone else not being able to care for herself. By this time I had already gotten my C.N.A. because if I was going to change my major again I needed to be sure. That last day that her and I had together not only solidified my choice to become a nurse but it impacted what type of nurse I want to become. That last day we had a conversation where she told me she wanted me to be a nurse and that she wanted me to do something with my life but it was all the things I did for her that day, to comfort her and make her time here comfortable that made me know that while the adrenaline of the ER or ICU sounds like what I was looking for, hospice is my calling. Working as an aide with hospice patients made me know even more. I decided to become a nurse when I quit denying my calling.