Wordless Wednesday: He Woke Up Mid Night like This from Bite #ww

He woke up at 3am screaming crying and I watched as his eye swelled up shut …. his Dad brought him to ER and it was some form of bug bite they say ….

First thing in morning

First thing in morning


Still swollen up mid day

Still swollen up mid day


Black eye from bug bite

Mid afternoon

It went away within day

It went away within day



Early evening

Early evening




Wordless Wednesday: My StrongMoms Manifesto #ww {with linky}

Brandy Ellen StrongMoms Manifesto


Kings Hawaiian Project Mahalo Giving Thanks With Homemade Cards #ProjectMahalo

Teaching the importance of giving thanks is something I have thrived to do as a parent with all three of my children. Every year when my oldest had her family birthday party I would make note of which gift was from who on a piece of paper. This list of gifts with who they were from would later be used as my daughter and I sat down with construction paper, glitter glue, stencils, markers and crayons to create our own thank you notes. It’s a simple craft project that is also teaching a valuable life lesson; to give thanks for what we have and for those who give us gifts during any gift giving event.

With my younger two, who are now four and six years of age, I have taught them the skill of thank you through immediate family situations. For example, if my sons big sister gave them something cool as a gift or did something special for them, in turn they must say thank you of course, but also color a pretty picture for sissy’s wall in her bedroom as way to show they are appreciative and thankful for what she has done for them or given to them. It’s a simple skill really and super easy to teach as long as you incorporate this thank you card creation from day one.

Once your children are old enough to create crafty thank you notes it’s easy to make giving thanks a fun ordeal with the kids. Each year my daughter still has that habit instilled within her, at age ten, to give thank you cards to anyone who has given her a gift at birthday time. By teaching the importance of giving thanks, you are teaching your children to be grateful children who will appreciate more in life and in turn brighten other people’s days with the simple process of saying thank you.

I have never been to Hawaii but I love the word Mahalo because it means thank you and as I just shared with you all, saying thank you can be done in a creative way which makes others smile. King’s Hawaiian Project Mahalo is a project that I am sharing with you today as part of this story to help show you that I am not the only one who tries to give thanks. Project Mahalo is asking you to go vote on the King’s Hawaiian Project Mahalo website for the charity that you think best embodies the spirit of giving generously to others while also honoring family and community. From Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America to Meals on Wheels Association of America, Project Mahalo wants you to take a moment to place your vote and share this with your friends and family. Giving thanks with this project is as easy as voting and sharing online with others, a simple task to give back without having to spend money.

Once again I will say, I have all of the time in the world to share information like this with you to help support charities, but I don’t always have the money to donate. This is my way to give thanks and give back to charities that are important to me. I thank King’s Hawaiian for creating Project Mahalo.

Mahalo is the Hawaiian word for thank you. You can say thank you to these wonderful charities- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals On Wheels Association of America, Family Caregiver Alliance, and One Warm Coat by voting for them on www.kingshawaiian.com/project-mahalo.

All charities will receive $10k, but the winner with the most votes will receive $25k.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian® Project Mahalo. The opinions and text are all mine.

Medical Alert Systems for your Loved Ones

I am sure you all have seen commercials for the medical alert system, what sticks in my mind is those commercials that say “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”, while I am not 100% sure if that commercial is the same product, it is what comes to my mind while writing this.

Alert 1

What I love most about the medical alarm devices is that it allows some freedom for our loved ones, as we get older the last thing we probably want to admit is that we are aging and have to have help. I firmly believe that the longer a person can stay in their own comfort zone, live in the familiarity of their own home, surrounded by things they have grown to call “home”, then they may just stay independent and healthy a bit longer.

I have an older grandfather and my great grandparents are still living who are, I believe, about the same age as my Grampa on my Dad’s side. These few loved ones in my life are pushing into their 90′s now and while they are getting older and showing signs of aging, they are still living in their normal surroundings, heck my Grampa still goes to the farm to try to cut wood or run the tractors. I firmly believe my grandfather and great grandparents are living longer into their 90′s because of the way they are able to live independently or with little assistance while enjoying their homes they have lived at for years.

Keeping the normalcy around for the elders while still giving them devices to alert medical staff with a push of the button or an alarm situation that goes off on it’s own with a certain situation that triggers it, is the perfect compromise for you and your loved one to meet in the middle with. They wish to stay at home and be independent but you want that security of knowing your loved one is safe, that is why medical alarm devices would be a fantastic compromise for any of you facing what to do with aging elders.

I am all for enabling elders to live as long as possible in a way that makes them happy, obviously I want people to live happily, that’s my family motto “peace, love & happiness”, just ask the kids.

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