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5 Problems With Social Media

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The Writer's Circle

I’ve missed 8 days but I will go ahead and begin. So here’s my thoughts on problems with social media.

1.  People tune into social medias and even if they talk to family and friends everyday via social medias, they miss out on face to face interaction with others.

2.  Raising children is such a joy and scary as well. We want to protect our children from getting bullied, hanging with the wrong crowds, being used, and anything harmful. Social media makes it easy for children to be bullied sitting in their home. It’s easy to join a group or even a dating site that may lead to a dangerous situation.

3.  It’s not hard to begin to turn to social media for validation. How many people like our selfie, how many people retweeted our tweet? Did someone comment? This happens  to everyone.

4. Social media is where people get information. The days of waiting on the local news or buying a newspaper are losing popularity. This doesn’t mean the information is correct. So many sites are bogus. Then people hit share and spread false information.

5. I know progress and technology has came a long way since I was born in 1976. It’s amazing. I think people  should take a break from having everything at their fingertips. Go shopping instead of ordering it offline. Write a close friend a letter rather than an email. Maybe I’m just being sentimental.

Does anyone else believe these things are a problem or does anyone have anything to add?

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Nice To Be Thankful

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1.   I am thankful for the new man in my life who has shown me love, made me feel appreciated, and given me hope for a brighter tomorrow.

2.   I am most definitely thankful that the weather has gotten up into the high 70’s and according to the weather report, this week is only going to get better.

3.   I am thankful that my two gorgeous daughters will be with me on Mother’s Day.

4.   This may sound simple but I am so thankful I was approved for insurance.  I have been without it since January 31st and since I’m on 5 different medications that I need, buying them out has proven to be a challenge.

5.   This applies to number 2.  I believe, but I am thankful for all the gorgeous plants and flowers that my boyfriend has bought for his flower garden and for his mother’s.  They are gorgeous, bright bulbs of happiness.

6.   I am thankful I lost 12 lbs.  Still not where I want to be exactly.  I didn’t do it on purpose or the healthy way. More like stress caused it.  It’s left me in a weird size of clothes too.  But at least it’s 12 lbs lost and not gained.

7.    I am thankful for the few people in my life that I can go to at any time, and they are glad to see me.

8.   I am pre-thankful that my job search has turned over some new leaves, and hopefully I will be working soon.

9.   I am thankful I got to spend time with my girls’ aunt, their father’s sister.  Her and I have always been close.  So, it was good to see her.

10.   I am thankful for the promise ring my man bought me.  {This should go under number 1.}

In reference to number 5, I will share pictures soon of the flower gardens and of my Wandering Jew Plant. 

This was my flower bed in 2000.  Hoping to make it better this year.

This was my flower bed in 2000. Hoping to make it better this year.

Spring List and Kids

Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop

The Prompts:

1. Write a list of your top Spring must-haves.
2. Something your kids said that made you laugh.
3. What is an unpleasant experience you had eating? Write a poem, paragraph, or something else about the experience.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Inspired.
5. Tell the story of a mistake made in the kitchen.
6. Write about someone who made your childhood bearable.

Top Spring must-haves:

1.        A pull over hoodie for any occasion since the weather in my area can be unpredictable this time of year.  I also am cold natured or need iron pills.   

2.         A very comfortable, yet fashionable pair of flip flops.  I truly dislike shoes and socks on my feet.  However, stores frown upon barefeet, plus it’s gross to walk into public places and not know what I may step in.  I want them to be cute enough to match most outfits.

3.         I always have my phone’s camera ready to snap pictures, but I’m planning on investing on a good camera.  I love being outside when the weather is warm and I adore photos.

4.          Normally for my oldest daughter some type of allergy medicine is required.  I’ve never suffered from allergies but I can tell she is miserable at times.

5.            My youngest daughter is light complected, so sunscreen is a must this time of year.

This is a short list but I really liked all the prompts.  These made the Top 5.  Right off the top of my head, the funniest thing lately my youngest daughter said to me was a few weeks ago when she needed me awake.  She put her stuffed animal in my face and was making snoring/snorting sounds.  I ask her what in the world she was doing.  Her reply between giggles was, “You were snoring like a pig so I made “Teddy” copy you.”  I couldn’t help but laugh.  Kids do say the darndest things and the truth seems to come out of their mouths with no filters.  I can’t be the only parent who has had my child say something honest and in innocence not realizing they may be hurting someone’s feelings.  I really appreciate the adults who understand they are children and just being curious.  I’ve even met some amazing adults who has answered my daughters’ without being offended.  Now both my girls are old enough to know better and not just blurt out what’s on their minds.

Anyone have any suggestions to add to my list, or has your child said something that only innocence allows?

GMO’s – Now I Know

First let me go ahead and share the article that inspired this post.  Abe’s Market shared an article about GMOs.  This article caught my eye for 2 reasons.  The 1st reason is because I had ordered from the site AbesMarket.com a cereal that promised to not only be healthy but also taste great.  I recieved my order for Honey Almond Quinoa Cereal this morning.  I had never tried a food like this.  I loved the convience of being able to eat as is, heat in the microwave for 20 seconds, or heat on the stovetop.  I chose to heat it for 20 seconds in the microwave.  My taste buds were a bit thrown off on my first bite because I prefer my cereals and oatmeal to be sweeter.  The texture was great though, and after my second bite, I’m hooked and will definitely be ordering more.  The 2nd reason, I had just read a post on Jen Kehl’s blog “I Was Against GMO’s Before It Was Cool.”  Her post made me aware of something that I hadn’t given much thought to.  So, I read this article and had to share it with her.  Which, everyone should check out her post.  It is much more informative than I can be at the moment, and she shares a link to sign a petition asking our president to take GMO’s seriously.  This probably sounds like a paid review.  I can assure it isn’t.  The only way I can gain anything from this is if someone follows my referral link to Abe’s Market, signs up for the newsletter, and actually orders something. <ahem> They do have a cool thing everyday called 2 for $2.00 which is how I ended up ordering their yummy cereal.    So, I have learned something new and beneficial.  Lucky me, my daughters love trying new things and healthy eating, so this is win, win for me!  

A Little Thankfulness

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I may have to run through this list pretty quick, but I’m thinking acknowledging some thankfulness is better than not. Sometimes, it’s a great effort, but worth it. 

1.  Thankful my daughters done excellent on their midterms!!

2.   Thankful my boyfriend’s daughter had her baby last Tuesday, Ms. Annabelle Grace.  Anyone on my Facebook page can see how amazingly beautiful this baby is. 

3.   My 8 year old’s first game, cheerleading for the same school I once cheered for, the Riverlawn Rams.  She has so much energy and loves it.  The Rams also won their first game.  Now my oldest cheered when she was 8 and she was so adorable.  But it was a hassle getting her to cheerleading practice.  She enjoyed the games, but not the practice.  The following year, she played softball and that was much more her style.  Then her little sister played t-ball, but cheerleading is a strength for her.

4.  Glad for the nice weather, although the nights are getting chilly and Autumn is settling in.

5.  With Autumn settling in, I am thankful for the mountains I live in.  The leaves will start changing and the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular.  My favorite photos have been taken in the fall.

6.  I was raised religious.  I won’t go into that.  I will only say that it effected how I feel now about religions and such.  However, my granny always said, “When we’re down to nothing, that’s when God is up to something.”  I’m finding that to be true.

7.  Thankful for some of the amazing people in my life and thankful for the ones that weren’t so amazing.  Everything can be turned into a lesson learned.

8.  The saying, “do things for others, and you will feel good inside,”  is very much true.  Just little things can really make a difference in someone else’s life. 

9.  Wanting to go to a dentist, get my license back, and a few more goals are stressing me out.  I believe I need to rethink things or stop trying to accomplish everything at once because I get so overwhelmed when I put too much on my plate.

10.  Thankful that I’m trying to step out from writing poems and focus some on short stories and other genres.  Hopefully, I will get better. 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  – John Bunyon