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21.1.17

Are you a Hugger? #HugDay

I am a hugger.  Are you? I love them and my children can never, ever, EVER say they don't get hugs... because they get them multiple times a day! Did you know that January 21st is #HugDay? Well, it is.. so get out and get to hugging!



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Where are My Huggers At? 12 Ideas to Help Harness the Power and Magic of HUGS

1.      HUGS... wondering what you can do to foster healthy self-esteem in your children, HUG THEM, it creates a sense of connection and belonging which they’ll take with them into the classroom and out into the world.

2.      HUGS allow us to love and to be loved, and to feel connected, some say these are the reasons for our existence.

3.      HUGS can shift our energy. An upset child can often be comforted by taking a few deep breaths, meeting them at their height and offering a hug until their upset subsides. This works the other way too, a child often senses when you’re upset, let them come in and give you a hug. Hugs can remind us what’s important and help us regain perspective.

4.      HUGS can express empathy, by saying “I’m with you,” “I understand what you’re going through,” “We’re in this together,” “You matter,” “I’m here for you.”

5.      HUGS heal. Researchers have only scratched the surface in studying the heart’s electromagnetic waves. When we connect in a heart to heart hug there’s a chance were harnessing the most powerful ‘medicine’ of all.

6.      HUGS can help put a smile on our face as well as our heart. As a friend shared, “Hugs make me smile on the inside and out.”

7.      HUGS help generate oxytocin which reduces stress producing hormones. Hugs also release dopamine which give us a feel good feeling and helps to motivate us. 

8.      HUGS ... a healthy dose, says family therapist Virginia Satir, “We need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance, and twelve hugs a day for growth.”

9.      HUGS are a one powerful way to experience the healing and nurturing power of touch, but there are others, consider a mani/pedi or a massage. Not quite ready for human touch, test out the power and magic found in hugging a tree!

10.  HUGS are perfect by design. We live in a universe of duality where we have support and challenge, happiness and sadness, health and sickness, winning and losing, though experiencing these things at different times often knocks us off balance. A HUG is the perfect gift where we share the power of giving and receiving simultaneously.

11.  HUGS connect us soul to soul. They’re a universal language we all can understand.

12.  HUGS can say “Hello” and “Good-Bye,” “I’ll Miss You,” “Thank You,” “I’m Sorry,” and more, and underneath it all every hug says “I love you.”

13.  HUGS BONUS .... your biggest benefits will come from 20 second HUGS, so extend your heart and your arms, take your time and make it count!

19.1.17

Nutty By Nature - #TheNutJob2

We thought the Nut Job was a pretty funny movie. In fact, it is one that Broxton will request from time to time and we watch and laugh like we have never seen it before.  I was excited to get an email saying they were releasing The Nut Job 2 - so I thought I would share with you.
THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, like I said, I just wanted to share.  



THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE
In Theaters August 18
 
Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.
 
THE NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie). 

Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Sebastian Maniscalo, Peter Stormare and Jackie Chan
Directed By: Cal Brunker
Written By: Scott Bindley, Cal Bunker, Bob Barlen
Produced By: Mike Karz, Bill Bindley
Distributor: Open Road Films
Genre: Animated Comedy

10.1.17

Have you heard about this? #PrayforAlbany

This might be a big rambling post, but I do hope that it brings attention to Albany, Georgia.

You probably know I am from South Georgia, born and raised.  I moved to Atlanta to go to college and now call up here home.  That doesn't mean I am not proud of where I am from and this post will hopefully explain that pride to you.

Let me tell you this, the "bad part" of Albany.
Albany is not the best city.
It was even reported to be one of the poorest cities in the nation a few years ago.
I can't lie, many people that live in Albany can't wait to get out and say they will never return.
Some leave and some never look back, some leave, only to return and others will never leave.
I go back to visit family.
There are things to do, so it isn't "that bad" as people make it out to be.
Cheehaw Park,  Flint River Aquarium, WWE  and the Harlem Globetrotters have even came before,
They have filmed movies down there like Fire Proof and Courageous and even Odd Life of Timothy Green from Disney!  Once you leave, you do start to appreciate all that is back there, you just take it for granted growing up, but looking back... you see it.

Now, on to the reason I want to bring attention to Albany.
Last Monday, January 2nd, 2017,  Broxton was out of school.  We loaded up to head down to visit family before school started back.  We were in the driveway and I decided against it.  We stayed home. That night, about 2 am, I woke up and for some reason, I got on facebook.  It was weird.  A bad storm had just hit in Albany and people were posting checking on one another and commenting about loss of power and what not.  I called my parents to make sure they were okay (they were) and I kept on looking.  Seemed that a tornado had touched down!  God was surely watching over us, as we were supposed to be down there!

The next morning, I called to check on my parents again... Seemed it was SO MUCH worse than what I was originally seeing on facebook.  Then again, it was the middle of the night and people were trying to be safe, not go patrolling the streets in the dark.  I even heard from one source that 9 tornadoes touched down, I don't know if that is true or not, but seeing the destruction, I can see it being true.

My dad's office is about 10-15 minutes from their house.  That is giving PLENTY of time.  Well, it took him over 2 hours to get there to check on it due to all of the devastation.  Trees down, power lines down, everywhere!  Luckily, his office suffered no damage, except loss of power.  Here we are over a week later and still no power, but at least they are all safe.

I called to check on my Mema (she lives in assisted living) she was fine, they had to have everyone seek safety in their bathrooms during the storm, but they are okay.
I called to check on my grandmama (She is in a nursing home) I could never get through.  My dad said they are all fine, but they lost power and are living off of generators right now.

Now, on to the city.
You know, "one of the poorest cities in the nation."
Albany, Georgia might not have much as far as money... but boy do they make up for it with love and support for one another.  
The next morning when the sun came up and everyone could see the destruction, people began to help. They didn't wait on the companies to come out.  They turned to neighbors.

People turned to facebook live to give updates.  Facebook became a message board for those in need.

People out with chainsaws trying to help one another.
Local food places cooking food and strangers loading up taking it out to those that were stuck in homes.  car dealerships driving around giving out food and water.  Companies making meals and providing gas cards/ chainsaw oil to those volunteering.
I put a post up asking for names of places that had helped, as they would love the support of the community once Albany is back up and going.  I have never been MORE PROUD to call Albany my hometown as I have been after this.  I have learned of new companies to show love to.
Cold weather was coming in, they opened up shelters to allow those with no power to come and be together, in the warm, with hot food. Showers for those that needed them.  Laundry places allowing use of their machines and free detergent to help. I believe that this was BEFORE anyone from the government came in to help.  They didn't wait around, they pulled together.

One thing Albany has been known for is our tree covered streets.  They are beautiful and as I mentioned, Odd Life of Timothy Green was filmed here.  Well, the tornadoes ripped through and destroyed them.  I have not been down yet, I just don't know if I am ready for it. That has always been such a beautiful sight.

We have been fortunate that churches are plentiful down there and all churches have been there helping where they can.  Also, Samaritans Purse has been down there and are volunteering to help out.

Here are a few video's for you to see:







It is heartbreaking, all of the damage.  You want to know what else is so sad?  The fact that the news is not really covering any of it.  I have had family and friends (even in Georgia) that had no clue it was like this. They thought it was just a small storm.  I just wonder why we can't get any news coverage for Albany.
I posted this for one thing... Asking you to pray for my hometown.  The people and the city.  They need it.  I am proud to call this my hometown and I love seeing the support they are all showing during this time!

#AlbanyStrong

What's Been Going On?

Hey everyone!  Hope that the New Year is treating you great.
I am sorry that I have not been around much lately, but it has been a bit crazy and hectic here for a while. Things are getting back to normal, so be ready!  

Just wanted to give a little update on to what has been going on around here.
(You know, to show how crazy it has been!)


The last few months of 2016 didn't have us at 100% health wise.
Savannah had a rough go at it.  She was sick for a while and we determined she had Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease.  After seeing the doctor, we finally got over that one.  Then, with the crazy weather in Georgia (that is a whole new post waiting to be written) we had her eczema flare up ridiculously bad. I was putting lotions, creams, oils on her and it just kept on.  I'm talking about up during the night screaming, clawing her skin and everything. Not fun as a mama to see your baby girl suffering and you can't make it better. We ended up taking her back to the doctor, since it was not getting better and she seemed to have some other issues going on.  Yep, she had a secondary skin infection going on. Once we got medicine in her for the skin issues, she started to heal on that, but then she was sick like the flu or something.  Let's just say, it wasn't a great end to the year health wise.  She is fine now, growing like a weed and my baby girl is officially not a "baby" anymore. TIME CAN SLOW DOWN and I will not be mad.  Add to her sickness, once school break started, Broxton was sick and just wanted to lay and rest all day. Totally not like him, so as bad as it was to see him sick, it was nice to have the snuggles and cuddles again.

Not all of the end of the year was bad though... Just a rough patch.
We had the brothers comes stay for a while and it was nice having them here.  Broxton and Savannah loved having the big brothers around and it was great to spend time with them. When you have teenagers/ twenty somethings it is hard to get everyone together at the same time, so it was a great way to spend the holidays!


So yeah, what else did we do?
There is a little area near us that has lights up for the holidays, we normally go and check it out.  It is nice to walk around and look at the lights, so we did that one day.   
We also made cookies (I need to learn how to bake, as that was a big FAIL, but it was so fun trying!)
We watched movies, read books and played games.
We decorated the tree and Savannah has had a blast with that.  I have had to move the ornaments up because I can only say no about 7 million times before I start to lose my mind and she thinks it is a fun game and wants me to say it about 9 million times.

We heard of this amazing house that has like 275,000 lights in their yard.  Of course we wanted to see that, so we headed out to see that one night and in turn found another house that had lights that went to music. (It is on my Instagram, if you want to check it out, as is many other things we have been doing!)
We went and saw a few Santa's, we went to Lanier Islands, we went to visit family, we even got a trip to Chattanooga in! 

We got back into playing Pokemon Go.  
We have been trying to do as much as we can, as you know, it is all about the memories.
Some of our best times have been doing nothing major, but to hear "that was the best day ever, mom" always makes my heart happy!


We didn't make it until midnight for N.Y.E. but we did have fun celebrating around 9 ish.  Ha ha ha. It was fun for us, so that was the point!  
N.Y.E. came and went and we were ready for school to start back.
Then, the tornadoes in Albany, Georgia happened.  Then Ice in Atlanta happened.
(I will be talking about both of those soon!)

What have you been doing lately?

6.1.17

Sesame Street K is for Kindness Tour

We are totally in love with Elmo around here.  Savannah seems to call Elmo "lalalala" for the most days, I guess because of the song for Elmo's World.  We always call Elmo by his name, but she still has her own name for him.  Well, I about FLIPPED when I received an email to let me know that the Sesame Street K is for Kindness Pop Up Tour was headed our way!   I know Savannah is going to be so excited to see Elmo and that happiness for her makes my heart smile so big!!!
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Read more about it here: 

HBO and Sesame Workshop—in partnership with local public television stations—announced the launch of the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour, a free, multi-city experiential tour timed to and inspired by the new, 47th season of Sesame Street, the gold standard in children’s television. Created especially for preschool fans and their families, this immersive, limited-engagement tour features hands-on digital learning fun, participation from local libraries in each community including bilingual English / Spanish books and activities, “meet and greets” with the costumed characters, a 15-minute interactive live stage show starring walk-around versions of the series’ beloved characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and other special surprises! 

“Teaching kindness has been at the core of Sesame Street since it first arrived on television and remains just as important today as it was then," says Dennis Williams, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO. “The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour continues in this tradition of presenting such important lessons to preschoolers.  As a proud partner with Sesame Workshop and local public television stations, we will bring the joy of Sesame Street to communities and share this magical experience with children and their families who will be able to see, touch, and interact with their favorite Sesame friends up close.”

The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour Schedule: 
Saturday, January 7th         New York (Roosevelt Field/Garden City, NY)    
Saturday, January 14th Atlanta (Perimeter Mall/Atlanta, GA) 
Saturday, January 21st Miami (Pembroke Lakes Mall/Pembroke Pines, FL) 
Saturday, January 28th Denver (Flatiron Crossing/Broomfield, CO) 
Saturday, February 4th Seattle (Westfield Southcenter Mall/Seattle, WA) 
Saturday, February 11th Portland (Washington Square/Portland, OR) 
Saturday, February 18th San Francisco (Stoneridge Shopping Center/Pleasanton, CA)
Saturday, February 25th Los Angeles (Westfield Culver City/Culver City, CA)
Sunday, March 5th Minneapolis (Mall of America/Bloomington, MN)
TBD                         Texas (TBD)

“In keeping with the Sesame Street mission, the K is for Kindness Tour aims to spark imagination, inspire a love of reading, cultivate kindness, and provide an element of surprise for children at each and every stop,” says Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop. “The tour complements Sesame Street’s kindness curriculum, which is woven throughout the new season.”

In addition to a “kindness” curriculum, the new season of Sesame Street also features everyone’s favorite furry red monster, Elmo, in a new updated, fun, and fresh version of “Elmo’s World.”  In 25 five-minute installments, lessons are taught through pre-school relevant topics, live action films, and interactive thinking games such as matching, sorting, and counting. Kids accompany Elmo and his friend Smartie, an animated cell phone and learning tool, as he uses his imagination to dive into the topic of the day. 

Elmo and the rest of his friends can be seen throughout season 47, as well as in previous episodes of Sesame Street currently available on HBO and PBS KIDS and on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. Sesame Street content continues to be available to PBS KIDS viewers on weekdays and Sundays on local stations, and on the PBS KIDS Video App.  

Is the tour headed your way?

More for $4 at @Krystal

As Atlanta prepares for the winter storm, don't worry about what to make for dinner tonight. Why not swing on by Krystal on the way home and grab their "more for $4" meal?
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From Krystal:
While other chains are trying to go “bigger,” Krystal is using its traditional “think small” philosophy to completely reinvent the quick-service standard of value. With its all-new “More for $4” deal starting on Nov. 28, Krystal is offering guests more food than ever before – two Krystal burgers, two boneless wings, a side of fries, Coca-Cola® drink, and a cookies made with premium Ghirardelli® chocolate – at a price that couldn’t be smaller. It’s a strategy the brand has been working towards for some time.

“Everyone loves the variety you can get at Krystal, and we wanted to find a way to give our guests a taste of everything we know they love,” explained Alice Crowder, Vice President of Marketing for The Krystal Company. “This is easily the most aggressive deal we’ve ever put together and we love that we can offer guests Krystals, wings, fries, a drink and a cookie all for only $4.”

The boneless wings featured in the deal can be ordered plain, or tossed in the chain’s tangy BBQ or spicy Buffalo sauce.  The newest item in the meal is a chocolate chip cookie made with real Ghirardelli chocolate for a sweet finish sure to satisfy.

“Our guests enjoy mixing and matching their favorite items,” Crowder continued.  The fact that the entire meal deal costs $4 stands in sharp contrast to average quick-service value pricing that hovers between $4.75 and $7.50 for a standard sandwich-fries-drink combo, with dessert options available at an additional cost.

“We all need our dollars to go further these days, especially with the holidays rapidly approaching,” Crowder finished. “$5 may sound like a good deal, until you look closer at what you’re actually getting for that price. We’re confident that More for $4 will be the kind of value guests really appreciate.”

More for $4 will make its debut at all participating restaurants on Monday, Nov. 28. The brand has not yet announced an end date for the promotion, which was designed to spotlight everyday value. Krystal also indicated that additional variations on More for $4 may appear later in 2017 based on guest input and response.





28.12.16

Funny breastfeeding stories? Use a breast pump? Gift Card #Giveaway

Do you remember when you found out you were pregnant?  If you were like me, you were overwhelmed with all the products out there and you started researching to find out the best for you and your baby.  Breast Pumps, diapers, toys, clothes, lotions, baby carriers and so much more. So much to look at and learn about and it is constantly changing.  What is the "best" out there today might not even be in production a year or two down the road!
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You know I like to ramble, so let me move along... The registry is being made and you need to decide what is best for you.  Did you know that there are many different breast pumps out there?  You and I both know you want the best portable breast pump for you to use. Let me go ahead and throw this out there, I am not here to judge you if you breast feed or not.  I know that there are some people out there that give you the stink eye if you don't breast feed. I also know that some people try to breast feed and it doesn't work. (I also know of others that breast feed their children way past an age that I think is appropriate to be breast feeding. I am not here to judge your situation, I am here to tell you that there are options out there.)

Okay, so now that we know I am not here to judge...
Like I said, you have been thinking about breastfeeding and yes, it can be overwhelming too.  If you want more information about breastfeeding, click the link provided and it will take you to a great article over at womens health.  I know that some women try to breastfeed and have a hard time and they end up pumping and giving the baby bottles.  I know some that breastfeed and then have bottles available for others to get to help in feeding.  You need to adjust your situation to what it best for you and your baby, no one else can make that decision for you!  Do not feel overwhelmed when it comes time to think about pumping and storing the milk, there are great resources online to help you figure it out and if you look up online, I am sure you can find places in your town that have people available to help.  Ask your doctor if you need to, they can also help point you in the right direction.

Now that my younger cousin is expecting TWIN baby girls in 2017, it is time to look and see what all has changed since Broxton and Savannah were born. We all know that each year they come out with a newer product, so its time to do more research. I know it can be overwhelming, but the internet is full of great articles to help you make the best decision for you and your family. Hope this article helped let you know that it is okay, whatever you decide to do!

Now, on to the fun part.  Remember how I said no judging and the post title said there was a giveaway???  Well here you go.  Leave me a comment telling me any funny breast feeding stories you might have heard or personally dealt with.  Fill out the rafflecopter form and you are good to go!

Want to hear my "funny story?"
I was having a hard time getting Savannah to latch on at the hospital.  The nurse came in with the breast pump from the hospital to try and get some in a bottle for her.  Still, not much luck.  So, she came over to me and said you just might not have any milk yet.  At that point she lifted my boob up to try and work with it and the breast pump and milk shot ACROSS THE ROOM.  Like, hard hitting ACROSS - THE - WHOLE- ROOM!!!!! (If you can, imagine one of those water gun games at the fair where you shoot it and it makes the guy move and then you are the winner... yeah, it was like that... but with breast milk across the hospital room!)  So, do you have any stories you have heard or experienced?  Again, no judging, just here to share that we all have our own experiences in life that make up the whole picture!  Good luck on the giveaway!

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