In 1988 the United States voted for President. I was six years old and in first grade. I remember my teacher giving a class assignment – each student had to draw a poster in support of a candidate. I didn’t know anything about the candidates. I didn’t know anything about politics at all. I chose the shorter of the two names just to make it easy. Plus, the other guy’s name made me think of poop and I was six. I chose George HW Bush.

I distinctly remember going home and telling my parents about my day, and the horror on their faces when I told them I voted for the Republican. I remember them telling me, “oh no. We vote Democrat. Always vote democrat.” I don’t ever remember them telling me why. Neither the teacher who created the assignment or my parents who disagreed with my choice told me anything about the candidates beside their party affiliation. I remained ignorant of the process and confused why it really mattered what a six-year old thought.

In High School my history teacher passed out voter registration cards. This was when I registered to vote. I checked off “Democrat” and turned it in. My mom took me to vote that year and I chose Al Gore. In my excitement to make such a decision I didn’t vote on anything else on the ballot. I didn’t even notice there were other things to decide or other people to choose. Nobody told me. Nobody ever explained to me how to vote. Everyone assumed I would know the candidates and what they stood for. I was just mailed a little paper card and expected to understand the process. I didn’t.

My next presidential election I knew better. The sample ballot actually made it to me and I read it. I looked up the candidates, both for president and for local offices. I tried to decide who of my choices thought like me, wanted what I wanted, and wasn’t a total tool. My sample ballot was covered in little notes and eventually names were highlighted as my final decision. I voted my heart. My heart wasn’t  Democrat across the board. My heart was a mixture of parties specific to what was important. My heart lost most of its choices, even for President. It was the first time I had ever heard conspiracy theories about rigging elections. It was the first time I realized politics are crooked. It gave me all the more incentive to stay involved.

2008 was an amazing year. The Democratic party nomination was between a woman and a black man. It was exciting and the debates were heated. Both nominees attacked the other, because that is how the game is played. You needed to look past the petty attacks and really examine the nominees and what they were saying. I remember sitting in my living room with my mom and my young niece discussing our options. My niece thought it would be cool to have our first female president. She didn’t even know we had also never had a black president – a glaring example of how the younger generations are so much more accepting and open. I liked them both. I chose Barack Obama. My defining reason was simple – I didn’t think our country was in a place just yet to let a woman win the job. I was scared of another Republican president and was certain a black man could win overall. He won the party and, as you all know, the presidency. He won the presidency twice.

I could go on and on about why Barack Obama has been a great President of the United States. It’s crazy to me that people still try to argue against that fact. Of the few people who can actually give me reasons as to why they don’t like him – almost all of them should be placing the blame of their particular grievences on Congress. I would vote him in for a third time if it were possible. We would all be better off.

It is now 2016 and I find myself having political discussions with my children and their friends, who are the most receptive to what is important for the future of our country and our planet. I love listening to their thoughts on what is going on within our country and why it is important. I have yet to find the need to give my own opinion, because they all seem to say what I think for me. They need to learn now how to make these choices and they are already so far ahead of me at their age.

I find myself inclined to teach every adult everything I can to avoid a potential catastrophe. I find myself compelled to make sure others truly know their role in our government. I find most adults won’t listen to me.

People are stubborn. People have underlying and veiled prejudices. People are lazy. People are easily swayed by the media. The common people are ruining this country. Yes, you read that right. It’s not the politicians making us a laughing stock. It’s us. It’s you. It’s everyone. If you don’t do the research you are the problem. If you let your husband, wife, teacher, pastor, or friends make your decisions you are the problem. If you blindly cast your ballot out of party loyalty you are the problem.

In the 2016 Primary Election for the Democratic party I chose Bernie Sanders. I believe in everything he stands for. He lost. I looked at my other options.
– Follow party and choose the Democratic nominee, who I don’t love, but I agree with.
– Take a stand against corruption and choose a third party nominee, who may be gaining steam but won’t gain enough support to win this year, no matter what you think.
– Choose the Republican nominee, which normally would not be out of the question for me but is this year since he may  be the anti-christ (if you believe in that sort of thing).

I guess you know my choice. This year I choose Hilary Clinton.

To quote myself from a Facebook comment, “Since nothing is completely up to the president I can only choose the candidate I feel not only understands politics, but has a good enough relationship with others in power, both foreign and domestic, to get at least a fraction of the changes done that I want [or continue on the positive paths already begun]. One thing has become clear to me in just this past week and that is that Clinton has her supporters in all political sides and that means a far greater chance of ending all the childish stalemate we’ve dealt with the past eight years. I’ve only heard Republicans backing Trump, only Independents and a few Democrats backing Stein, only Libertarians and a few Independents and Democrats backing Johnson. However, I’ve heard and read support of Clinton from Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, and Republicans. That means something to me, especially when our country’s biggest problem is we spend far too much time, energy, and money fighting each other in Congress instead of working together.”

You can try to sell me on sensationalized reasons not to vote for her, and I can show you facts. You can try to tell me Trump will “make America great again”, and I can ask you for examples as to how he will do that and then wait while you say nothing. You can explain to me how important it is to stand up against the big business of politics, and I will stand my own stubborn ground that while your intentions are correct this is not the year to take that final blow. Continue building steam and know when to strike. I do not feel it is now.

Nobody can tell me I am uninformed. Since my first vote at age 18 when I realized I didn’t know what I was doing I have read, I have researched, and I have kept myself informed. Have you? I truly hope you have and if you haven’t, I know someone who has been trying desperately to teach you…


FB Political Posts, July 2016

July 29, 2016

I do not apologize for my political posts. Elections are very important and it’s our duty as citizens to read facts and discuss opinions to make ourselves better informed. I have found discussion leads to finding more opinions in common than disagreements when it comes to specific issues and not just generalizations. The presidential election is not the only time we should be voting. Remember your city and state elections are just as important, because they are meant to represent your voice in big government. Make informed decisions.
Please read my posts and don’t scroll past every time. I read yours. Eventually I’ll go back to meaningless humor posts.

July 29

Both Trump and Clinton have released economic plans. Both were evaluated by reputable organizations and guess which one would destroy the progress (yes, no matter what you think, our economy has improved) we’ve made and send us right back into a recession? If you think Trump actually has a clue about how anything works you are grossly misinformed. He flat out admitted he gets his foreign policy information from “the shows”, as in television news programs. He knows nothing. He has no common sense or skills necessary to lead our government. It hurts my heart that some of you don’t even read what I write or can’t give me proof he’s a better choice. What is your reasoning?

July 27

Who says he’ll be good for the economy? Not Moody’s.

July 27

Please please do everything you can to keep this man out of the White House.
If you don’t care that he’s ruined small businesses, or has been accused multiple times of sexual harassment and rape, or that he repeatedly mocks women and the disabled, or that he won’t release his tax records, or that he’s been caught lying about charitable donations, or that he’s been fined for tenant discrimination, or that he’s only maintained his personal wealth by bankrupting his companies, or that he’s a fraud and swindler, or anything else that has or will come up about him….at the very least you should care that he thinks it’s okay for a foreign country to wage a cyber attack on a US organization. No matter your political party, it is never “okay” to invite espionage against your own country or countrymen.

By all means continue the fights against the shady practices of our government and politicians, but look at the bigger picture. Do the things you want stand a better chance of making progress with Trump in office or with Clinton? In four years will the candidates you truly want have a chance if you let him win? Which has a better understanding of policy and won’t destroy our relationships with other countries? Over four years we can take back local and state offices, take back Congress, keep the Supreme Court unbiased and fair, and actually continue the progress we’ve already accomplished – but only if you keep Trump out. If he wins we’ll have far too many new problems to fight before any chance of progress. If he wins you’re showing the world all of our weaknesses.

July 22

For someone who claims he wants to help small businesses, there sure are a lot of proven times he totally screwed over the small businesses he’s dealt with…

July 21

…and this doesn’t even include the charges filed against him for allegedly raping a minor.

July 14

Please watch this video.

July 9

Senate Approves Bill To Outlaw Vermont GMO Labels, Replace Them With Barcodes
Why does our country keep voting these people in?



I’m a believer in “you do you” as a motto for how to live happily with people of differing opinions and interests. That doesn’t mean I’m not often annoyed by others, but I do try very hard to bite my tongue and brush things off. Often, especially during periods of mass tragedies or politcal agendas, things get shared online that I can only brush off so many times. This post is about religion.

To clarify, I am not religious (surprise surprise). I also don’t care if you are religious or what religion you follow. You do you. I’ll be me. I do want to point out a common theme I see in Facebook memes posted by people I know. It seems to be a common trend to imply a lack of religion is the cause of terrible acts. It’s not. You’re free to believe it does if that makes you feel better just as I’m free to look back on history and acknowledge all the atrocities that were brought upon humans in the name of different gods. Maybe you just haven’t thought about what you’re saying about some people you know in life. I know I’m sometimes guilty of not filtering my thoughts. We’re only human. So I’m just going to point it out here; just in case.

To repeat, I’m not religious. I think religion is a crutch. I believe you shouldn’t need the fear of a deity or rules in a book to know how to be a good person. It is absolutely not necessary to believe in god in order to have morals and ethics. Every time someone I know posts something implying school shootings or terrorism happen due to a lack of god you are implying I or my children are capable of doing such things. Every time someone posts a call to bring their particular god into schools you are attempting to force your religion onto everyone who does not believe the same. Why is your religion more important than mine (or my lack thereof)? Is it so easy to forget our country was founded by people looking for religious freedom? Did you not know “In God We Trust” didn’t become our country’s motto until 1956 (to distinguish from the Soviet Union’s motto during the cold war)? Is it too difficult to accept “public” means for everyone and including only one religion in a public school or place is discriminatory and against why our country was founded? I’m not attempting to take away what you practice in your own life, so don’t try to force it into my life. Even that, the attempted force of a religion I don’t want into my daily life, I can overlook. It becomes more and more difficult, however, to overlook the constant implications that I or my children are destined to commit horrible acts from a lack of god.

I was forced to obtain the basic milestones of Roman Catholicism in elementary school. That is the extent of my religious upbringing. I like to joke how I failed fourth grade CCD (twice) and I’m always met with the same question of, “how is that even possible?” It’s possible because even then I knew I didn’t need a book written by men to tell me how to be moral. I didn’t need that baptism that was forced upon me just so my dad’s family would be more accepting of me. I didn’t need to eat a piece of cardboard flavored bread or take a sip of wine to know my heart was good. I didn’t need to memorize the life of someone who may or may not have been real in order to live a life full of love. I also didn’t need to make my parents, who each worked multiple jobs to keep food on our table, buy magazines so I could clip articles approved by the CCD teacher (honestly, she failed me for refusing to waste money on something so frivelous). Once I’d met the minimal requirements my parents no longer took us to church. Best decision they ever made regarding my soul.

My mom later became a born-again Christian, but allowed us to choose for ourselves. She has never forced her god upon me and yet she still loves me. She still believes I’m good. She still knows my children are respectful and full of love. She doesn’t post things online claiming Christianity is the only answer and those who don’t invite Jesus into their lives are what’s wrong with the world. I love my mom for many reasons and this is just one – her ability to accept the differences in people are not threatening her own beliefs.

So the next time you post that meme implying the world is shit because we don’t force prayer in school try to understand exactly what you’re implying. You’re overlooking mental illness and bad parenting, and saying you think I’m a bad person raising bad children capable of the bad things you see in the world. If you think that, then you are not actually my friend or family and are encouraged to delete me now. If you don’t think that I only ask you keep it in mind before you click “share”.

As a disclaimer – not all the religious posts imply these things. Again, you do you. I’m free to keep scrolling or sometimes I’ll even “like” your post if the underlying sentiment is something I believe. Only sometimes are the posts saying things I just can’t ignore. Only sometimes are you unintentionally (hopefully) blaming the world’s tragedies on me.


It Works! Product Descriptions

*For any product I have personally tested below I will include a note for “How do I use it” with my own methods and opinions.
* All It Works supplements (except EstroRhythm) can be cut or crushed if you have trouble swallowing pills.


Ultimate Body Applicator – body contouring wrap
Expect ultimate results in as little as 45 minutes with “that crazy wrap thing” – the Ultimate Body Applicator! This non-woven cloth wrap is infused with a powerful, botanically based formula that delivers maximum tightening, toning, and firming results wherever you need them most!
– Tightens, tones, & firms – Minimizes cellulite appearance – Improves skin texture & tightness – Mess-free and simple to use – Results in as little as 45 minutes – Progressive results over 72 hours – Made with natural ingredients

How do I use it?
Take a before picture (front & side). Clean the area you want to wrap with warm/hot water to open your pores. Do not use soap with lotion (such as Dove). Unfold the wrap completely and place directly on your skin (you can cut the wrap for smaller areas and save the extra piece in a ziploc bag). Hold the wrap in place using plastic seran wrap and continue on with your day. Leave it on for a minumum of 45 minutes or a maximum of 8 hours. After you remove the wrap, rub any leftover lotion into your skin. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day (for example, if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces per day). 72 hours after you wrapped, take an after picture and compare results. One wrap is a treat, four wraps are a treatment.

Cleanser – facial cleanser gel
Wash the day away with the beautifuing botanicals of this soap-free, clean-rinsing gel. Cleanser gently removes all oil, dirt, and makeup (even waterproof mascara) without stripping your skin of it’s natural moisture. It’s even ideal for shaving!

Defining Gel – body contouring gel
Enhance your tightening, toning, and firming results with this deep moisturizing, body contouring gel. Defining Gel helps to firm problem areas, such as the abdomen, legs, and upper arms, while fighting the appearance of cellulite and improving skin texture.
– Minimizes cellulite appearance – Diminishes appearance of varicose veins – Improves skin texture & tightness – Softens and hydrates – Made with natural ingredients

–How do I use it?
Defining Gel is great to use in place of a body lotion or just on your problem areas. It can be used daily. It does feel a little sticky at first, but the feeling quickly disappears. Be sure to massage the gel into your skin for best results.

Exfoliating Peel – take it all off!
Boost your skin’s natural renewal with a bounty of botanical and fruit extracts that strip away the dead skin cells, excess oil, and daily debris that clog your pores and age your face. Take it all off to reveal softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin and let the more youthful, luminous you shine!
– Gently peels away excess oils, dead skin cells, and pore-clogging debris – Lessens the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles – Cleans and clears for a healthier complexion – Rejuvenates skin with a burst of refreshing botanical and fruit extracts – Leaves skin softer, smoother, and with a more youthful glow.

–How do I use it?
I recommend using Exfoliating Peel before bed, because the first few uses can cause your skin to appear red and hot for about an hour. Clean your face to remove oil, dirt, or makeup. Apply the peel over your face, avoiding your eyes, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. I use the Exfoliating Peel once a month.

Facial – deep hydration mask
Tighten, tone, and firm to give your face a lift in as little as 45 minutes. This cream-infused, deep hydration mask soothes skin and softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles while continuously hydrating for a more beautiful you!
– Tightens, tones, and firms to give your face a lifted look – Softens the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles – Soothes and smooths through continuous hydration – Wakes up tired skin with a burst of refreshing botanicals

Lip & Eye – moisturizing cream gel
Say goodbye to laugh lines with the smoothing, natural botanicals of this targeted moisturizer. Lips & Eye lessens the look of fine lines, wrinkles, bags, and puffiness by creating a tensor effect to give your delicate lip and eye areas a youthful lift. Now that’s something to smile about!
– Lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles – Smooths skin tone and texture through a beautifying botanical blend – Reclaim that youthful look with a lifting, tensor effect – Banish bags and puffiness with tightened, firm skin.

–How do I use it?
I dab a small amount of this gel around my eyes and on my lips. Simple.

PreventAge – day cream gel
Start the day fighting the signs of time with this moisturizing cream gel. PreventAge helps to lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun exposure and environmental pollutants with its soothing blend of beautifying botanicals and vitamins.
– Lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – Helps to counter the damaging effects of solar rays and pollutants – Softens and soothes skin with beautifying botanicals and vitamins

RepairAge – night cream gel
Wake up fresh faced and glowing after overnight moisturizing with this cream gel. RepairAge uses a unique blend of botanicals and herbs to boost your skin’s tone and texture and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful-looking you!
– Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – Boosts skin’s natural tone and texture for a healthy glow – Produces a tightening effect to leave skin feeling firmer

Stretch Mark – moisturizing body cream
Experience luxurious skin hydration while minimizing the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, and other skin scarring with this moisturizing body cream.
– Lessens the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, and scarring – Balances skin tone with beautifying botanicals – Experience luxurious skin hydration in a non-greasy formula – Recapture that glow with soft, smooth, more radiant skin.

Toner – pH balancing mist
Refresh, restore, and rebalance your skin to its natural pH level with this ultra light, hydrating toner. This alcohol-free, botanically based formula soothes and softens without stripping skin of its essential moisture while minimizing the appearance of pores and improving your skin tone and texture.
– Restores skin to its natural pH – Tightens and lessens the appearance of pores – Hydrates and nourishes skin with beautifying botanicals – Reduces the sting of sunburn, bug bites, and other minor irritations

WOW – Wipe Out Wrinkles
–How do I use it?
Be sure your face is clean and moisturized. Place a small amount on your fingertip and wipe gently over wrinkles in one direction. Dab gently with fingers until fully absorbed. If you do not notice a difference within 1 minute, use a little more gel. Sometimes a white residue will appear if too much WOW is used – dab on a little Lip & Eye Cream, if available. If you don’t own Lip & Eye, use a damp cloth to dab the area to remove the white residue. WOW can be worn under your normal makeup. It can last up to 8 hours or until you clean it off.


Advanced Formula Fat Fighter – with carb inhibitors
Have a sweet tooth? A carb craving? It’s okay to indulge every once in a while when you have Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors. Simply take up to an hour after eating, and it will absorb some of the fat and carbohydrates from your food so that your body doesn’t. Powered by NeOpuntia (a naturally based ingredient made from the prickly pear cactus) and the It Works! proprietary blend, Fat Fighter delivers dynamic, clinically tested results for both men and women.
-Blocks some of the fat & carbs from meals – Helps balance blood glucose level and reduce cravings – Designed to be taken up to an hour after meals – Cactus based formula – Does not contain shellfish.

–How do I use it?
Take 2 tablets 15 minutes to one hour AFTER your biggest/fattiest meal of the day. It Works products are meant to compliment a healthy lifestyle, so I always recommend people try their best to eat healthy each day and use Fat Fighters as a backup for “cheat day”, but it’s completely up to each person to decide. It can be taken daily.

Confianza – anti-stress formula
Improve your focus, fight fatigue, and help your body cope with all the stress life throws at you with Confianza. This naturally based supplement increases your energy levels, and it’s special blend of herbs provides a safe way to enhance your body;s ability to cope with all forms of stress: physical, emotional, and environmental.
– Improve mental focus & concentration – Helps the body cope with physical stress – Provides energy and reduces fatigue – Helps restore body balance

–How do I use it?
Some people feel Confianza provides energy, so they take it in the morning. I have found it relaxes me too much for the morning, so I take it before bed. A good night’s rest is essential for a good mood and healthy body.

Energy – bring it!
Blended with a proprietary formula, Energy is packed with natural stimulants free of the jittery effects caused by today’s leading energy drinks.
– A full spectrum of phytonutrients – Potent antioxidant rich polyphenols – Packed with Vitamin B to support brain function – Proprietary Energy blend – Helps support the body’s ability to sustain natural energy levels

–How do I use it?
Honestly, I don’t drink energy drinks. I drank one can of this product on a day I was completely exhausted and found it gave me a good pick-me-up without feeling weird. I’ve given away free samples with rave reviews!

EstroRhythm – support for menopausal symptoms
EstroRhythm is the world’s first naturally based, single-use daily system for menopausal symptoms. Its superior formulation uses natural ingredients to help you get your rhythm back without the worries associated with synthetic solutions.
– The world’s first precise daily system of its kind – Helps relieve menopausal symptoms – Safe, effective, and naturally based – simple, easy-to-use system
EstroRhythm is a two-part daily solution that includes a supplement and conveniently pre-measured, daily balancing cream application for no mess and no guess.

Greens – alkalizing drink powder (orange or berry)
Help detoxify, energize, and balance your body’s pH levels and get the nutritional boost of 8+ servings of fruits and vegetables with every glass of Greens. Greens’ pH balancing blend includes an acidity-fighting combination of magnesium and potassium for an alkaline body that’s healthier and more energized. A cutting-edge probiotic helps you maintain that healthy balance by keeping your digestive system regular and toxins flowing out. With 8+ servings of fruits and vegetables and a blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods, Greens provides naturally occurring, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes to give your already well-balanced diet a nutritional boost. It’s maximum support for your best health.

–How do I use it?
Greens are a part of my morning routine. If I’m running late, I use a Greens-to-go Berry flavor in 8 ounces of cold water and drink it quickly. Other days I like to blend Greens (either flavor) with ice or frozen fruit, almond or coconut milk, and vanilla protein powder for a healthy and energy-packed breakfast. I’m not hungry again until a few hours later. Berry, in my opinion tastes better than orange.Please read the ingredients on the It Works website before ordering if allergic to any foods, because Greens are jam-packed full of different fruits and vegetables.

Hair Skin Nails – nourishing complex
Be a more radiant, youthful looking you with support for stronger nails, softer and smoother skin, and shine-worthy hair! With essential vitamins, minerals, and plate-based nutrients, Hair Skin Nails enhances your own natural collagen and keratin production, supports healthy cell growth, and boosts your body’s free radical fighting defenses. It’s optimal nourishment to look your beautiful best from the inside out.

It’s Essential – weight loss energy bars
Dark chocolate berry. Satisfy your sweet tooth and support your weight loss goals with this healthy treat filled with the dietary fiber of powerful ancient grains plus a boost of antioxidants and omegas, all in a delicious dark chocolate and berry snack.

New You – body revitalizing formula
Stimulate your body’s natural human growth hormone production to improve lean muscle mass, enhance your exercise endurance, and turn back the hands of time from the inside out with New You! Through natural polyphenols, New You also supports your muscles with improved blood supply and fights the effects of free radicals.
– Stimulates the natural production and release of HGH (human growth hormone) – Boosts lean muscle mass – Enhances exercise endurance – Helps improve sleep quality and memory – Fights the harmful effects of free radicals

Regular – support for colon health
This life-changing, naturally based supplement is designed to aid in elimination and restore and support normal colon function naturally. Using Regular ensures daily removal of tocins and waste material and offers a gentle way to cleanse the colon.
– Promotes regular colon function – Supports healthy liver and gallbladder function – Safe and gentle (no urgency effect) – Cleanses toxins from the colon – Balances colon pH level

Relief – support for healthy joint function
Promote healthy and flexible joint movement while strengthening the cartilage in your joints with Relief. This glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate formula helps to fight inflammation and supports the formation of new joint cartilage.
– Fight minor joint inflammation and stiffness – Boost your body’s own formation of joint cartilage – Experience greater joint flexibility and movement – Naturally based glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate formula

–How do I use it?
This is a very large pill, but don’t let that scare you. It can be cut or crushed. I take Relief before bed, because I have found too many supplements at once can upset my stomach so I like to leave the larger supplements for bed time. I’ve noticed less “snapping” in my knee when I take Relief regularly.

Ultimate ThermoFit – thermogenic weight loss formula
Fire up your metabolism with this naturally based, thermogenic weight loss formula! Powered by the antioxidant superfood acai berry and the metabolism-boosting properties of Capsimax (red hot pepper blend), Ultimate ThermoFit:
– Promotes increased calorie burning – Helps boost metabolic rate – Reduces appetite – Provides energy – Thermogenic weight loss formula – Antioxidant benefits of acai berry


Your refusal of electronics doesn’t make you a better parent

It’s true. You are not a better parent than I am just because you don’t let your kids play video games, or watch television, or use an iPad, or own multiple styles of shoes. I am not a bad parent because my kids watch YouTube videos, have a full schedule of activities, get a medal for participating, or eat take out food.

Far too often I see blogs and Facebook posts mocking one type of parenting in order to make another type look better. You’re not better.

The blogs comparing kids of today versus our own childhoods are equally ridiculous. You know why I played outside all day? It wasn’t because life was better and my parents only let me do so; it was because the technology of now hadn’t yet been invented. We still played Nintendo and watched tv. I still turned out fine. You know why we sat in the back of pickup trucks? Because people didn’t know any better and made terrible decisions. You know why there are now laws governing how your child sits in a car? Because the human race advances and learns from its mistakes, not because you were any “tougher” when you were a child.

My kids play video games almost every day. They also watch videos on YouTube and the television stays on in our house the entire time someone is home and awake. They take their handheld games and iPad in the car or on appointments. They have been using computers since before they were two. I kept them in a 5-point harness until they no longer fit and then a booster until age 8. I even make their friends sit in a booster in my car. Between the two of them they play soccer, learn karate, take piano lessons, are scouts, and are part of a musical group. Are they overscheduled and not given a chance to “be kids” as so many opinionated bloggers claim? No. Hell no.

They get to do things that interest them and grow as human beings in the process. The things I let my children do and the things I let them play have helped them stay relevant in a very technological world. They are Honor Roll students. My daughter reads a grade ahead. My son can figure out any game you put in front of him.

People claim letting kids own too many material things spoils them. No, not teaching responsibility in owning those things spoils them. My kids pay for things. They save their chore money, birthday money, and Christmas money for months to save for what they really want. So what if my 7 year old owns her own iPad, she paid for it. She earned it. She wants to buy herself an ice cream? Go for it. I buy her gifts for special occasions and clothes. She owns a lot of shoes. Why? Because she likes shoes, but she tears them apart from running and climbing. It doesn’t make her spoiled or unappreciative. It makes her a kid who has shoes.

People argue against the “participation medals” as if they are ruining the children of today and making them weak – making them think everything they do will be rewarded without having to try. No. There are multiple karate medals hanging on our wall and most were just for participating. You want to know why I celebrate those participation medals? Because my kid started karate to gain confidence. He has worked for years not only to earn higher belts, but to gain the confidence needed to get up in front of strangers and compete. Usually other kids are just better than him that day, but he gives it everything he has every single time. He not only tries, but he tries hard. He needs that medal to remind him hard work does pay off, even if it’s not as big a pay off as he wanted, and he uses it to work himself harder so next time maybe he will earn that gold. The participation medals don’t stop kids from trying. Laziness stops kids from trying.

People claim letting kids use technology stunts their creativity. I say those people are idiots. How do you think people managed to invent these technologies without creativity in the first place? It takes a highly creative mind to even imagine something let alone turn it into a reality. If my kids’ creativity was being stunted things like this wouldn’t happen in our house:


A “space command center” made from a random piece of cardboard. This was our Saturday afternoon activity in-between karate, rollerskating around the neighborhood, going for a nature walk, playing in the sprinkler, working in the garden, laughing together over an episode of Teen Titans, learning about our new pet on YouTube (a ball python), and Minecraft. You can’t claim my children aren’t well-rounded and lacking “childhood” activities and don’t dare think your kids are better than mine just because you limit them to only paper and crayons every day.

Girl Scouts – Rollerskating Overnight

APRIL 2015

Tour of Ronald McDonald House – Camden

As many people know you can buy a box of cookies from Girl Scouts, but instead of receiving the cookies the box is donated to the military. It’s a wonderful program that I support. However, our Troop’s issue was what to do with the boxes we have not sold by the end of the cookie season. The military donations don’t come from our individual troop’s supply (they are just allocated and we pay for them, but they’re shipped directly from the manufacturer) and whatever cookies we take from the bakery we are responsible for selling. We decided to support a local organization that could also use the pick-me-up of Girl Scout Cookies. During our cookie season customer were able to “buy a box for charity” and we set aside those boxes from our inventory. At the end of the cookie season we brought those customer-donated boxes plus the rest of our inventory and donated them to our local Ronald McDonald House Charity. If you don’t know about RMH – they provide living space for families traveling to receive specialized medical care in major cities. If your child needs to see a specialist in Philadelphia, for example, but you live in Detroit you can stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Camden.

The RMH Camden invited our entire troop to tour their facility and fully understand what they do. The building has a real “home” feel to it, is clean, provides fun activities, and volunteers provide meals. Our cookie donation provides a fun treat to children and their families and the girls could not have been more proud to help.

Meeting –

A simple meeting in which we practiced a song to sing at our Bridging Ceremony. The girls enjoyed teaching it to Co, who was not at the previous meeting.

Outing –

Council sponsored rollerksating overnight! We were at a loss for what to do. The girls have wanted to go camping for a long time, but I didn’t get my training completed in time to book a campsite. Instead we participated in an overnight adventure at a local skating rink sponsored by our Girl Scout Council. It was fun, but I would never do it again. There was not enough space for people to sleep on the carpet, so many (like us) had to setup on the skating rink. It was freezing cold to sleep and difficult to see the movie that was playing on the screen. However, all of the activities prior to bedtime were very much enjoyed by every girl. They had a craft, ice cream, sports activities, games, and skating.