Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
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Friday

$150 Custom Neon Gift Code Giveaway

My daughter wants me to get lights for her bedroom. I can see how she'd like these also. 


$150 Custom Neon Gift Code Giveaway

Welcome to the $150 Custom Neon Gift Code Giveaway!

1 Winner $150 Custom Neon Gift Code

This giveaway is part of our Back To School Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Michigan Saving and More

 

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This giveaway's Sponsor is:

Custom Neon

LED neon signs are an attention grabbing addition to your wedding, party or special event. In the home neon light décor is perfect for the bedroom, bar or man cave.

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1 Winner receives the $150 Custom Neon Gift Code.

$150 Custom Neon Gift Code

$150.00 RV

See review HERE.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/31/20. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Sponsors interested in joining our gift guides can see the information HERE.

 


I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Monday

School Supplies Giveaway

I have not yet purchased school supplies because I've been waiting to hear what was decided by our school board. I guess I'll have to get on it. Have you purchased school supplies already?


School Supplies Giveaway Ends 8/11

Welcome to the School Supplies Giveaway!

1 Winner School Supplies.

This giveaway is part of our Back To School Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Michigan Saving and More

 

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This giveaway's Sponsor is:

SCRIBBLE STUFF

and

U.S.A. Titanium

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1 Winner receives the below, School Supplies.

Variety of school supplies - pens and pencils.

Scribble Stuff Gel Ink Pens

U.S.A. Titanium Pencils

See review HERE.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/11/20. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Sponsors interested in joining our gift guides can see the information HERE.

 


I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Friday

Top 5 Budget-Friendly Smartphones For Your Family

I am saving up to purchase a smartphone without all the strings attached. 

Of course, these phones are either a great deal of savings or months of expense so I know I have to research well and make a wise choice. 

I've always had the Samsung Galaxy but my kids are HOPING to get themselves an iPhone anything and I do mean anything!! 
At present my son is saving up for an iPhone 7 or 8 and my daughter wouldn't mind the same, but just wants to have a smartphone. 

They are teens right now and I think it's a good time for them to have a phone. I don't expect them to be completely responsible all the time but they know my expectations and what consequences are. 

My Samsung is alright but I really want a great camera! I take pics of everything! And until I can save up for a good Nikon or Canon, I'll stick with the phone camera. 

I've been browsing on the Amazon website and really love the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I save all the things y'all! 

The top five points for me loving this phone: 
  • Camera
  • Storage
  • Battery life
  • Big screen
  • Dust-free - Please tell me this is true!! 

We are all on a budget so let's go with the top five phones you can afford on a budget: 

1. iPhone SE
  • Nice audio
  • Good camera/photos
  • You get the lower end of the iPhones with many of the interesting features

2. Moto G Power  
  • I read that it had a 3-day battery life y'all!!
  • Low price tag
  • Good performance 

3. TCL 10L
  • Nice display
  • Budget-friendly
  • Cool design

4. Google pixl 3a 
  • If you love taking pictures, then this is a good deal in your budget. 📷
  • Long battery life.
  • Just take note that there is an upgrade coming. 

5. Galaxy A51
  • A nice design
  • Quad lens camera
  • Nice display

All these listed, minus the iPhone Pro Max are budgeted between $200 - $500. I can say that is definitely manageable over a phone that costs over $1000.00! 
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I understand that you can pay monthly but not everyone can add something else to their already stressed out budget. 

Tell me, what kind of phone do you have and what are the top features that you love most? 

Tag me on Instagram - @jamericanSSpice 
Twitter - @jamericanspice
Facebook - @jamericanspice 

Or hit me up with a gift from my wishlist


I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Monday

1080P HD Streaming USB Computer Webcam Giveaway

This is the time when my kids are into the gaming and streaming. I'm sure my son could use this. Rock it. 

Giveaway gator giveaway prize.

Welcome to the 1080P HD Streaming USB Computer Webcam Giveaway!

Retail Value $34.99

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Back To School Gift Guide. Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

This would be a great time to win a prize and put a smile on your face.

Host is Giveaway Gator

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

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This giveaway's Sponsor is:

GIVEAWAY GATOR

WEBSITE ~ FACEBOOK ~ YOU TUBE ~ TWITTER ~ INSTAGRAM

Giveaway gator giveaway prize.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/20/2020. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mikesgiveawaygator@gmail.com or a new winner will be drawn. You may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below. This information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsor, Giveaway Gator, is responsible for shipping of the above prize. No blogs associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email mikesgiveawaygator@gmail.com. If you take an entry you must keep following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Sponsors interested in joining our gift guides can see the information HERE.




I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Sunday

Is It Depression Or Mental Anguish?

I read this article and could not agree more because I know that I'm in this situation too many times and I wonder what damage this consistent mental anguish has done and is doing to my mind. But I keep holding on as I seem to burn in fire and wonder if I'll just one day be unable to go on. 

There's no chemical imbalance here. Just a life imbalance that is screaming misery in all my bones. 

A doctor who makes sense:

Amen! Finally, someone says it.
...even though I was suicidal, it was from mental anguish rather than mental illness.
Claudi Wolff  

In July of 2000, my friend Ngozi, a second-year surgical resident, took her own life. She did not suffer from mental illness either, rather she had a severe case of mental anguish stemming from the culmination of a bad relationship, a stressful surgical residency, being ostracized from her Nigerian family that she lived with in New York, all combined with a unique medical training and practice system that ensures you are punished severely if and when you cry for help from what I call "overwhelmedness."

That beautiful Sunday morning while her beloved family was out at church, she did the unthinkable. I can only imagine how lonely and possibly afraid she had been that morning. How utterly helpless she must have felt. How alone, how trapped, how much pain, how much anguish.

There was no doubt that I was experiencing depression, reactive depression. No doubt, I was indeed suicidal.


However, after the third dose increase of my selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), and a change from one to another, my mood did not improve. My suicidality remained the same if not worse because my life's stressors remained largely unchanged.

I would drive up and down the highway, looking for a chance to drive off of it, wondering, "what if?"

I eventually weaned myself off the SSRI, and with the help of my extremely supportive spouse and family, I began my road to rebuilding.

The more I was able to plan out my future, the better I felt. I eventually paid off a good chunk of the loan and filed for bankruptcy, which is stressful enough, but because it was part of my plan to recovery, it didn't hurt as badly. The lingering question I have is, what dose of antidepressants would it have taken to overcome my financial situation?

When children and teens take their lives because of incessant bullying in schools or in classrooms, how many kinds of antidepressants would it take to change their reality?

If antidepressants work, as Big Pharma would like us to believe, why are suicide rates on the rise across all races, ages, and walks of life? Why are African-American children and teens attempting and dying by suicide more than other races? Why do LGBTQ+ youth have some of the highest rates of suicide? Why do Native American/Alaskan youth? Why do Indigenous Australian youth lead the pack in suicides in that country? Why would a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed resident with a promising future suddenly kill herself during her second year in surgical residency?

Until we begin to look at other myriad reasons for suicide as bona fide players in the game, suicide rates will not come down anytime soon.

We must be very careful in throwing mental illness at every suicidal person. If someone has an overwhelming traumatic life event, a prescription of antidepressants might actually be more detrimental to them.

There is no doubt that mental illness (especially when undiagnosed or untreated) is a risk factor for suicide, but so are other factors. Only 46% of individuals who died by suicide had a history of mental health issues, and many were complicated by a lack of family support, substance abuse, or sudden life trauma.

We must find out what the underlying cause of the behavior is and tackle it specifically. Diagnosing everyone with mental illness actually worsens the stigma of both suicidal behavior and poor mental health.

https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/kevinmd/83586?xid=fb_o&trw=no&fbclid=IwAR09nOS26bKIH6VutRXdBU3CRTxG8GsJRMr9iIhHsRGqSTR0rfSPFvG0H8Q



I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Friday

Silicone Kitchen Utensils 13 Piece Giveaway

To upgrade my kitchen would be a dream. What's your favorite update in your kitchen space?

Giveaway gator giveaway prize.

Welcome to the Silicone Kitchen Utensils 13 Piece Giveaway!

Retail Value $25.99

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Back To School Gift Guide. Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

This would be a great time to win a prize and put a smile on your face.

Host is Giveaway Gator

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

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This giveaway's Sponsor is:

GIVEAWAY GATOR

WEBSITE ~ FACEBOOK ~ YOU TUBE ~ TWITTER ~ INSTAGRAM

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/10/2020. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mikesgiveawaygator@gmail.com or a new winner will be drawn. You may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below. This information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsor is responsible for shipping of the above prize. No blogs associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email mikesgiveawaygator@gmail.com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Sponsors interested in joining our gift guides can see the information HERE.

 



I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Sunday

A $400 TRV Giveaway - 5 Winners!

I am trying to find a job and while I'm doing that, here's a giveaway to give you a good win. 

Sponsored By: Venture Team Building

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

About Venture Team Building: Great resources for DIY Team Building. Including 100+ Free Team Building Activities, Free Team Building Activities for Teens, and Team Building Activities for Kids. Check out our newest post on Virtual Team Building Activities and download our FREE ebook - 5 Fun Team Building Activities.

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5 WINNERS!!

A $400 TRV Giveaway!

Grand Prize Winner: $25 Amazon Gift Card PLUS Complete Toolkit + Team Building Activity Book 3 ($100 TRV)

4 Runners-Up: WIN the Complete Toolkit + Team Building Activity Book 3 ($75 RV for each prize pack)

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Open To WORLDWIDE entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 7/3 9:00AM EST through 8/3 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winners will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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How to Make the Most of this Summer

Summer vacations may look a bit different this year due to COVID-19, with most people planning to take road trips rather than flying, if they travel at all, according to one recent survey, but there are plenty of other ways to make the most of the season. 


Fly a Kite


This summer might be the perfect time to bring back activities you enjoyed as a child, like flying a kite. They aren't expensive, and it's the perfect excuse to visit one of your local parks with a big grassy lawn or the beach. Catching the breeze and releasing it into the sky is almost a meditative experience, causing stress to melt away, bringing a calming sensation that quickly turns to happiness and joy for a timeless summer activity.


Plant a Garden


If you recently moved into a new home after buying one of the Charlotte houses for sale, or a place just about anywhere else, this summer is a great time to plant a garden. Nothing says “summer” quite like getting your hands dirty and creating life. The key to gardening in this season is choosing the flowers and vegetables that will thrive during this time of year. Do some research to determine what's best to plant in your area - typically, some of the best options for summer planting are vegetables that require long days and warm temperatures like cucumbers, autumn and winter squash, corn, peppers and bush beans.


Just imagine taking your first bite of a vegetable you just grew in your own garden, enjoying the harvest of your labor. While the best part may be the end result, the entire process brings joy from planting the seeds and watching them blossom to the picking.


Go Camping


Summer is the perfect time of year for camping, disconnecting from all those electronic devices and getting reconnected with nature while giving your brain a break from the fast pace of life. In the quiet of nature, you can clear your mind while enjoying the beauty that's all around you, waking up to the songs of the birds instead of the buzz of your alarm. Spend your days hanging out at a lake or a river, enjoying walks through the woods, and your evenings around a campfire. 


Be a Tourist In Your Own Town


When you live somewhere for a while, you start to forget the many things your own town has to offer. This summer, see it through the eyes of a tourist, treating it as if it's a brand new place to visit by doing some research on all it has to offer. You could check out all the local landmarks, visit the museums, or even take a walking tour. If you aren't sure what to do or think you've done it all, head to your chamber of commerce, visitor center, or even a local motel lobby to pick up flyers and brochures in the kiosks. Talk to the staff about what they usually recommend to tourists too - odds are, you'll be surprised to find there are lots of things about your town you weren't aware of. 




I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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Wally Runnels' July 4th Beach Giveaway - Two Winners

I wish to have a real vacation one day where I just go to the beach, sleep and eat. One day. Here's to your Summer fun win: 



Welcome to author Wally Runnels' July 4th Beach Giveaway!
This giveaway is being co-hosted by Reading Author's Network/Away We Go Media.

There will be two prizes:

FIRST PRIZE: 
A signed copy of his book, " Twisted Love", 
$10 Amazon card,
 and this Beach Blanket 


                                                                READ REVIEW HERE

SECOND PRIZE:
A Kindle copy of any of his books 
and $5 Amazon Gift Card


About Wally Runnels:

Wally was born in San Diego, traveled through Mexico, and Latin America. He was raised on the border at his family's ranch, whose original deed was recorded in 1870. Hanging out between two countries, he met a lot of unusual people: Hollywood types, Border Patrol Officers, professional trackers, smugglers, and people he won't mention by name. He'll remind you no matter how weird a story can get, it'll contain some grain of truth.

Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by author Wally Runnels who is responsible for prize distribution. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the prizes. This giveaway begins July 4, 2020 @ 12 AM MST and ends July 18, 2020. This giveaway is a U.S. Giveaway only. TWO separate winners for the prizes stated above. You cannot win both prizes. All entries will be verified and winners notified via email. NOTE: You must enter at least both of the mandatory entries to be qualified. The first entry is to notify winner(s) and does not constitute an entry solely on its own.
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I am Colette. I am busy and screeching in late! I have two kids and I've always wanted 5 with the adoption of 2 to make 7. I LOVE kids! I'm a cultural mix of different countries. I love learning and sharing about everything that affects our lives. Consider me an eclectic blogger. Visit me and let's help to make life better for everyone! Please read my disclosure 

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