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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and the mother of a son who suffered abuse (by the hand of someone no longer in our lives), I know first hand how very important it is to spread/share Awareness, Resources, Information, and Support for Child Abuse (Prevention).

Long story, short; What happened to me was never addressed (until my early-mid twenties). No one ever reached out. I never got help, even once mental health treatment had began. It has only been the last 6 years or so that my mental health providers realized (even though I had already been diagnosed with PTSD), the abuse I suffered was as much a part of my struggle as living with my existing buddies, Bipolar 1 Disorder and Anxiety Disorder(s).  Fast forward to the last year and, I finally found a therapist that listened to everything I was saying, and explaining. Since, we have realized some of my symptoms previously blamed on Bipolar 1 Disorder, are actually symptoms of PTSD, and more importantly, Dissociative Disorder…

Minority Mental Health

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Did you know July is National Minority Mental Health Month? Here are 10 facts about Minority Mental Health to get you thinking:1. Teenage Latinas are more likely to die by suicide than African American and white, non-Hispanic female students. 2. Less than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental disorders contact mental health care specialists.3. In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.4. LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight peers.5. Native American males ages 15-24 account for 64 percent of all suicidesamong Native Americans.6. Among women aged 15-24, Asian American females have the highest suicide rates across all racial/ethnic groups.7. In a 2006 study, suicide was cited asthe third leading cause of death for African Americans ages 15-19.8. Only 1 out of 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it.9. In 2012, 14 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives …

When your T(w)een Son wants to Skip (the last day of) School...

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My son thought I was letting him take the day off... HA!  Joking, but seriously. We were planning an adventure to a destination with geological interest, and hopefully a skatepark (there, or on way there/back), but weather reports for Colorado are calling for rain most of the afternoon. ..so the wheels in my noggin started turning, and the above meme is what this smart ass mother came up with.
The options I came up with are fun, things my 13 year old son might actually enjoy, and they provide teachable moments, as well, educational - to one degree or another.
When you google "rainy day (outdoor) activities (with teenagers)" the results are mainly ideas for activities for elementary age children and younger. What about the older kiddos? You know, the children of the corn that wish they could beam lazers out of their eyeballs and kill all adults?
"Welcome to being a parent of a teenager. Prepare for large amounts of eye rolling, emotional outburst, and thoughts of running …

Mother's Day Gift Guide : Part 3

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I am NOT compensated for these posts: all links I share are shared because I believe in the company and/or (like) the products. This goes for all of my posts. I do, however, work with Pure Haven Essentials, Juice Plus+, and have my online boutique, the sam-e boutique. 

“The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” ― Sarah Dessen, Lock and KeyWhether making gifts yourself, or buying handmade gifts from an artist or craft person; handmade gifts come from the heart. Whether you or another, when we make a gift for someone it is because we love them, and when we make the gift, it comes from a place of love, care, and consideration.  “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” ― Seneca, Moral Essays: Volume III Many think handmade gifts are "cheap". This is the far from the truth, and I should know as an artist and craft woman.
Unless one buys wholesale, and in quantity, art and craft supplies add up VERY quickly! As well, we mus…

Mother's Day Gift Guide : Part 2

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“As an athlete, my health was critical to my career,” says Shannon Miller. “I needed to fuel my body for success in competition. Juice Plus+ was part of my training regimen and it continues to be a critical part of my health regimen. I am so proud to partner with Juice Plus+ as they continue to make a true difference in the health and wellness of my whole family.” Shannon is working with Juice Plus+, and the One Simple Change (Online) Community, to help families improve their lifelong health & wellness via simple lifestyle changes. She is also a mother that not only uses Juice Plus+ Products herself, she also fuels her families health with Juice Plus+ as well. 

What does Shannon Miller's story have to do with Mother's Day
We love and care for our mothers, which means we want to help them with their health when we can, and are able. Juice Plus+ is a simple way to ensure the Mom's in your life are getting healthy, balanced, whole food nutrition; bridging the gaps in thei…

Screenshot Vault Release

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Screenshot Vault Release, AKA found a file of screenshots on my computer that must have downloaded last time I connected my phone; I am "releasing" them here, and a mass deletion will follow. 😂😉

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