What Does a Person on State Assistance Look Like?

There was a recent blog post spreading around Facebook about Food Stamps and that is what encouraged me to write this blog post. The post was about how judged a woman felt about using food stamps, because the man behind her uttered something negative about her using food stamps to pay for her groceries. It really is so sad that there are many entitled, judgmental people in this world that they think they can judge someone on a simple first glance of that person. I don’t think any of us  owe an explanation to anyone about our life nor our finances. All too often people feel entitled to know what you make, how much you work, what type of lifestyle you lead, what foods you choose to eat or feed your kids. We are in this world where we constantly feel judged and get reprimanded for not living in a way that others choose to or are able to live.

No two people have the same past, so therefore no two people will have the same present. Stop placing judgement and saying cruel things to other human beings. Just stop!

I ask you all this, just exactly what does someone on state assistance, such as food stamps, look like? They look like you and me, they look like the person on the side of the road homeless, they look like your child and my child. They look like HUMAN BEINGS. There is no definition for a person who receives assistance; there was a time in my life when I found myself as a single mom with a baby and guess what? I had to use food stamps. I have had to use state assistance for it’s purpose in the past and guess what? I look just like you or you or YOU.

What does someone on State Aide look like?

“Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

I am so sick of some bad apples who abuse a system making us all pre-judge someone without any history or knowledge of who they are as a person. Sure, the person you saw just used food stamps to buy food but they are driving, what you call, a nice car. Sure, someone just used aide to pay for their child’s healthcare, well do you use the Government Healthcare System? Then I guess you are on aide as well. Just stop with the “I am better than you mentality” people. WE are all human freaking beings and WE ALL deserve respect. There is no need to frown upon another human being for needing help.

Because a man or woman treated you badly in a relationship, do you shun and mutter cruel words about that gender each time you come into passing of that gender? I hope not. You cannot make everyone pay for a bad experience, ever. There are bad people, but there are a hell of a lot of good people too, just open your eyes and heart!

At some point in time in our life, everyone will need a hand up. A shoulder to cry on. A person to boost them. A bit of financial aid to get back on their feet. God forbid you, man who judged that woman on food stamps, ever need a helping hand. I pray to God you never do need to put aside your pride and get help, because it’s not easy for the majority of our world to get assistance due to people like you. Our pride gets in the way of our own self, because of people like you. We don’t want you looking down upon us, we don’t want you to treat us differently because God forbid we needed to use a form of state aide to get back on our feet.

Shame on you who thinks it’s okay to shun someone for the type of assistance they need. I know a lot of people who get state aide, and quite frankly it’s none of my business if they get that aide. I will be honest with you, 99.9% of the people I know who are on aide actually worked most of their lives and paid into that system, so why can’t they use some of those funds as a means to get back on their feet?

Next time you want to utter a cruel and mean word under your breath, remember people who use assistance are just like you and me, they are your children, your grandchildren, your elders, they are people and these people have feelings!

My Daughter Being Silly Singing her Made up Song

This past weekend we had a blast with family time, more posts about our trip on Saturday to Chuck E. Cheese’s coming soon but for today I share with you the video of my daughter singing a song that she just started singing aloud. You see, we were all seated around the dining room table playing with pretend clay when my daughter started making fruits, then a taco and a plate of spaghetti out of her modeling clay.

Apparently that was enough inspiration for her to start singing this little tune …

Can you tell that she is my daughter? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with this girl. I love her.

Giveaway – Candy Containers is Giving Away $100 Visa Gift Card

I am writing today to share a giveaway that is going on and providing the form to enter the $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway, this is in no way a giveaway that I am in charge of hosting, getting winner for, etc.

Having a daughter who loves to bake and create new things such as desserts and candies, means that in the future she may decide to venture down the path of having her own bakery or candy store. All Candy Containers is a website I found that really would benefit someone setting up shop with a bakery of their own. Such an elegant and simple variety of containers for you to display your baked goods in so that customers will just flock to purchase their own choice of dessert. I, for one, personally love the candy dispensers that are listed on the website. If we ever become a brick and mortar type family business in the future, a dream in which I sometimes share with my father, I can say having candy dispensers would be a must!

Also, to think outside of the box, beyond a family run business or a bakery; our local sports groups have a snack bar set up for use at each game event. I think local sports groups and schools could benefit from the wide range of candy containers on All Candy Containers website. To give you a boost in the right direction, for whatever dreams you may have in life, I am sharing this chance for someone to be chosen to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

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Valentine’s Day Celebrated with Peeps

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Our family is split about the enjoyment of Peeps, you know those marshmallow sweetness that most see on Easter time? Growing up we only saw Peeps around on Easter time but these days Peeps are coming out with a wide range of holiday treats for the whole family to love. Take for instance their Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Creme Flavored Chicks.

candy cane dipped peeps

Whatever the season, you will find a Peeps that you can enjoy. My daughter, middle child and fiance are all fans of Peeps at some level. While my fiance prefers the individually wrapped Peeps Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts, my middle child enjoyed the Peeps Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Hearts.

covered heart

The next holiday coming up is St Patty’s day and then Easter, I cannot wait to see what Peeps will come up with next. Learn more about Peeps and their current holiday offerings by visiting www.marshmallowpeeps.com. The average price for each Peep variety ranges from $.79 up to $2.29, depending upon which package you purchase. Be sure to check out Peeps sugar free options as well!

 

One Thing A Coffee Addict Does Not Want to Wake Up To

The other morning, beginning my week, I woke up to this lovely note by our coffee maker …

Coffee Machine Broke

I am not sure if the three little hearts at the bottom of this note were meant to make me smile? You see, I woke up with my kids before school, the worse time of day to not have a big ole cup of coffee. I was sad. Bummed. I may have even pouted.

A new coffee machine, even a cheap one, just wasn’t in our budget until his payday either, so all week we went without coffee. Okay my fiance didn’t go without because he is able to drink .. gasp .. instant coffee. Gag me with a spoon! I cannot handle instant coffee, but rather had hot tea all week long.

I survived. Now it’s end of week and I am ready for a coffee machine, just a cheap cheap coffee machine, whatever we can afford that gets that coffee caffeine flowing into my blood stream for a long weekend with my kiddos!

 

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