Blog Awards

I’ve received a blog award by Jess at Nothing But Purple. Thanks Jess! This is my first blog award and I’m excited. The blog is awarded for blog content and design. I love that others find my blog charming and they recognize that I have strived to create a diverse blog that everyone will enjoy.


Here’s the meaning of the award: ‘“This blog invests and believes, in ‘proximity’ [meaning, that blogging makes us ‘close’ – being close through proxy] “They are all charming blogs, and the majority of them aim to show the marvels of friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate?”Then let’s try to give more attention to them!”

As the recipient of this award, I must select at least 8 bloggers whose blog content and design are worthy of the Blog Academy Award. Once I make my selection, I must visit their blogs and leave a comment to notify them that they have been awarded the Blog Academy Award. Here are my selections:

Oh My Baby
Sassy Pink Boutique
A Wrestling Addicted Mom

Mommy’s Idea
Peyton’s Mamasita
The Momma Hood
My Sippy Cup Runneth Over
A Cowboy’s Wife

I’m heading over to the listed blogs to notify them of their Blog Academy Award! Be sure to visit them.

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Teen Beauty Queen Arrested

What a beautiful young lady. She’s Miss Teen Louisiana. It seems that Miss Louisiana has curves in all the right places, but a dent in her head. According to Fox News, Lindsey Evans and a few friends were arrested for leaving a restaurant without paying their bill. Lindsey forgot her purse, duh, and decided to return to the restaurant to retrieve it. She and her friends were arrested.

The bill was $46.07. Miss Louisiana was also booked for possession of marijuana that was found in her purse. This young lady is 18, so this could leave a permanent mark on her record.

After I read the story, I wondered what goes through our youth’s mind. At 18 you know that your actions are wrong. Why would you ruin your life for $46.07? My heart goes out to her parents most of all. From the photos on her web page, they have invested a great deal of love, energy, time, and money into this young lady so she could have a successful life. To have to retrieve her from jail had to be heart breaking.

This a case of beauty and no brains if I have ever seen one. Let me know your thoughts.

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Wordless Wednesday

Fall Has Arrived
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MJennings Designs Is Stamping!


MJennings Designs is stamping. That’s right Melissa Jennings has added a new product to her jewelry line. We checked it out, and it’s adorable. The above picture shows her son’s name. The design is simple, but each piece is unique. Melissa can stamp a name, date and or a phrase of your choice! The charms can be placed on a rubber or leather cord. I love the necklace.  I’m picturing it with my grandson’s name.  Nice Christmas gift for Gran, lol.  She can also create earrings or bracelets. The price for this piece starts at $15.00 and up. You can check out Melissa’s new designs at MJenningsdesigns.com.

Keep creating this beautiful numbers Melissa!  We love them.

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Is Your Child A Domestic Violence Victim?

Is your teen involved in an abusive relationship? Have you talked to your teen about domestic violence? I talked to my daughter during her teen years because I never wanted to make the assumption that she would never allow herself to be abused.

Violence among our youth is real. They’re violent on the streets, in the schools, and in their relationships. An article caught my eye several days ago, which validates this fact. Rhode Island is requiring public middle and high schools to add dating violence as a part of their health class.

The Lindsay Ann Burke Act, pictured, is behind this mandate. Lindsay Burke was 23 when she was killed at the hands of her abusive boyfriend. He cut her throat and left her to die. Her mother stated that she saw trouble in her daughter’s relationship. Her boyfriend was very controlling. Unfortunately, many women young and old don’t recognize they are being abused. Lindsay’s mother stated that education in the school would have helped her daughter recognize that her relationship was dangerous. Schools teach students to not do drugs, drink or have unprotected sex; however, domestic violence is not taught. Reading this article reminded me of my daughter’s teenage dating years. She had been visiting her boyfriend whom I disliked, but I couldn’t figure out why. There was something about him that unnerved me. I had mentioned this fact to my daughter again and again. She thought that I was being an over protective mother and no one would ever be good enough for her at least by my standards.

We were having one of our mother daughter talks one night, and she stated that she was asked by her boyfriend’s mother if he had ever hit her. I froze. I felt ill, dizzy as if I was having an out of body experience. Somehow I managed to repeat what she had said to ensure that I had heard her correctly. I had. She had just validated my thoughts of him, I knew than my instincts about him were right. I explained to my daughter that she needed to end that relationship and end it immediately. No mother would ask that question of her son unless she knew that he was capable. I could see the wheels turning in her head. Mind you she was 16 at the time. I further explained that I had 7 brothers and my mother, her grandmother, would never ask that question about any of her 7 sons. Something was wrong! I prayed that she would end the relationship. I continued to ask questions and remain as close to the situation as I could without pushing her away from me. I talked about books that I had read about abusive relationships. Two came to mind, The Burning Bed and Shattered Dreams. At that time there was no internet access, so my knowledge of domestic violence was limited and so were domestic violence resources. I had previously confided in a friend about my feelings toward my daughter’s boyfriend. She too believed that I was over reacting. On the surface he was well mannered, a high school track and basket ball star, and handsome. He was a teenage girl’s dream. After I discussed my conversation with my daughter with my friend, only than did she take my instincts seriously. Ladies please don’t assume that your daughters will remove themselves from abusive situations. If you have teen daughters, educate yourself and if you see signs help them take action. Abuse knows no limits. Thankfully my daughter left for college, out of state, shortly thereafter and the relationship faded. She is now married to a wonderful young man who adores her. Lindsey Burke was not as fortunate. I believe teaching domestic violence in our schools is a great idea. Let me know your thoughts.

Ambajam

Cupcake anyone?  You can find this adorable shirt and other hip and cute onesies, trendy baby & toddler t-shirts and pants, baby blankets, quilts, and more at Ambajam.  Ambajam invited Giggles & Sugar Kisses to review this cupcake shirt and their froggie pants. You must know they are both adorable.

We were able to test the quality of the shirt at my grandson’s first birthday party. Boy, did he put it to a test. We decided not to allow him to wear the froggie pants at the party. It was being held outside and we didn’t want him rolling or crawling in the grass while wearing them. This was a jean kind of day, lol. We also thought we had made a mistake by allowing him to wear the shirt at his party. Instead of sticking his fingers into the cake, he decided to dive into the cake (see photo below). The cake contained orange, brown and red icing. We thought the shirt was ruined. After the party, I instructed my daughter to soak it in cold water with a little Tide. It washed up beautifully.

The froggie pants are just as adorable and durable. The fabric is a stretch corduroy fabric in a yummy chocolate. They’re trimmed with a hip chocolate dot fabric and embroidered with a cute little froggie on the leg. The shirt and pants get 3 snaps, a booty shake and they go into grandma’s bag. We have our eye on the shirt with the little elephant for Christmas. You can’t go wrong with a purchase from Ambajam! We encourage you to check out their site for your next gift.

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Wordless Wednesday

A Big Bug!

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Wordless Wednesday

Birthday Boy!

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The History of the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to recognize this important fact on my blog, but I wanted to do something more than display the pink ribbon this month. As I was deciding what, a question crossed my mind. What’s the history behind the ribbon? We all know what it signifies, but how did it come about? How many people are aware of how this ribbon originated.

I decided to goggle to find my answer. It seems a lady by the name of Charlotte Haley used the ribbon in 1990 when her daughter, grandma and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She starting making peach ribbons and attaching them to cards to raise awareness of the National Cancer Institutes’ lack of funding for research and handing them out at the grocery store.

In 1991, Evelyn Lauder, breast cancer survivor, of the Estee’ Lauder Corporation and Alexandra Penney of Self Magazine wanted to use the concept in Self Magazine to recognize breast cancer awareness month. They contacted Charlotte Haley to request use of the peach ribbon; however, Charlotte declined. She believed that it would commericalize the concept, her story was personal.

Evelyn Lauder and Alexandra Penney were determined to use the ribbon concept, so they went to their legal departments. It was decided they could use the ribbon; however, the color had to be changed. They choose pink. The rest is history.

Giggles & Sugar Kisses proudly displays the pink ribbon each October. Please leave us a comment how you’re promoting Breast Cancer Awareness on your blog.
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Wordless Wednesday

Crazy Like A Fox! post signature