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4/30/18

Beautiful Lying Narcissist - 4Ms

What's the most useful thing your parents have taught you?

There are times when life gets so overwhelming that you cringe and want to curl up in a corner....

I'll just keep praying and give God thanks.

My seasonal job at our church is over, so I'm hoping to find a Summer job before they start up again.

The weekend was about cleaning and resting and talking to my mom who just needed someone to be there as she is going through a rough time with the other side of her family.

Hope y'all had a great weekend!
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Sharing the tunes with you! Let's dance and keep away the Monday blues!


And a rather helpful talk I found one day after listening to an enlightening video.


Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Michelle - @Naila Moon

Honorary Co-host: 
Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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4/27/18

National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

If you see it, then you are witnessing a cry for immediate help. Usually, you do not witness child abuse. It happens behind closed doors and it happens in such a sadistic way that even when out in public, you will not see it unless a story is changing.

I was abused as a child and even the caseworkers that came to visit periodically did not know. And of course, they will ask you this RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE ADULT that you are living with, who is the one abusing you! "Is everything going well?"
Guess what? A child will always say, everything is fine. Great.

I remember as a child I left that foster parent at the age of 9 or so and walked many miles to another town to the office of child care and told them I wasn't going back. I was so scared that I would hide in bushes when I heard a vehicle coming down the road.

Really, if you see something, say something. It's your business to provide help.


Child abuse and neglect are significant public health problems in the United States.

In 2016, more than 1,750 children died in the United States from abuse and neglect.

According to child protective service agencies, about 676,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect in 2016, although this number likely underestimates the true occurrence.

One in 4 children has experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives and 1 in 7 experienced abuse or neglect in the past year.

Exposure to child abuse and neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) causes toxic stress that can disrupt early brain development and harm the nervous and immune systems.

Exposure to childhood adversity can increase a person’s risk for future violence, unhealthy behaviors, poor health, and wellness, and limit life opportunities. This impact can be long-lasting and may continue across future generations.

Risk Factors for Perpetration
Parents’ lack of understanding of children’s needs, child development, and parenting skills

Parental history of child abuse and or neglect
Substance abuse and/or mental health issues, including depression, in the family

Parental characteristics such as young age, low education, single parenthood, a large number of dependent children, and low income

Nonbiological, transient caregivers in the home (e.g., mother’s male partner)

Parental thoughts and emotions that tend to support or justify maltreatment behaviors

Social isolation

Family disorganization, dissolution, and violence, including intimate partner violence

Parenting stress, poor parent-child relationships, and negative interactions

Child Abuse Prevention
The goal in preventing child abuse and neglect is to stop the violence from happening in the first place. A safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can help to prevent abuse and give children a positive future and a chance at being a successful individual.

  • Get to know the people your children interact with
  • Teach your child that their voice matters. 
  • Ask questions  that are intuitive
  • Listen when your child tells you he or she doesn’t want to be with someone, this could be a red flag.
  • You are your child's first line of defense, so listen to them and believe what they say.
  • Be aware of changes in your child’s behavior or attitude and be curious with them about it.
  • Teach your child the correct names of their private body parts.
  • Be alert for any talk that reveals premature sexual understanding.
  • Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
  • Do not discipline a child when you are angry. 

To learn more about child abuse prevention call 1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453).
The 24/7 hotline is staffed with professional counselors who offer information about child abuse prevention, as well as crisis intervention, literature, and a huge variety of other support resources.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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4/23/18

To Be Back On My Feet Again - 4Ms - #Music

I've been away for awhile. I am venturing into blogging again. God has been good and the film over my eye has dissipated just a bit and I can once again see a normal book!!!! Of course, that is with a bit of squinting, so I use my magnifying glass and limit my time online.

I have put my computer on highest contrast and big words so that I can once again use my computer. It will have to work.

I can already see that my brain has made my body adjust to a loss. I do not like it, but I kept telling myself, "God's got you, girl. It is what it is and will be what it will be."

Perhaps soon we can save up enough money for the surgery.

Miss y'all
Looking forward to visiting you. Aloha.

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Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Michelle - @Naila Moon

Honorary Co-host: 
Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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4/18/18

Posture Corrector Back Support Brace Giveaway

I need a really good back support product for my husband.

Do you wear a posture corrector? Share with me and enter below to win!


Welcome to the Posture Corrector Back Support Brace Giveaway!

5 winners receive 1 Fullmosa Posture Corrector Back Support Brace

This giveaway is part of our Mother's and Father's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
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Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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The Picture Keeper Connect Giveaway

This is such a cool gift. What's your favorite way to display your photos?
Share with me and enter below to win!

Picture Keeper Connect Giveaway ~ 1 Winner ~ $119.99 RV! Ends 6/17

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Welcome To The Picture Keeper Connect Giveaway!

1 Winner Will Receive A 16 GB Picture Keeper Connect Valued at $119.99!

This giveaway is part of our Mother's and Father's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Host that put together this giveaway is My Silly Little Gang

My co-host for this giveaway is Deliciously Savvy

Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.

PLUS a Big Thank You To All Blogs Promoting This Giveaway! I Love You All!

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from this sponsor in the last 12 months. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 6/17/18. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to silvie.mslg@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 sponsor is responsible for shipping of the above prize. No blog associated with this contest is responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Silvie Armas at mslgblog@gmail.com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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4/11/18

The Right Size Is King - OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars + Giveaways

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

The thought hit me that soon I'll have to purchase double the chocolate. Why? because soon my daughter will be needing her monthly fix of pampering! You ladies know what I'm talking about :)
These special chocolate bars make a great gift for the chocolate lover in your life.

This is why it's exciting to learn and share with you about the OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars on Rollback at Walmart. If you are going to get candy, just get the right size, the King Size!

JamericanSpice

We all love OREOS so I couldn't wait to taste this version of candy! Deliciously dunkable OREO Cookies are enveloped in (rich) vanilla flavored crème filling and coated in chocolate candy. Are you salivating yet?

It's easy to pick up these chocolates for yourself or to share with family. You can shop easily online or instore at Walmart!


My trip to Walmart was quick and easy and I had no problems finding what I needed! Especially when chocolate candy is on the list! Milka Chocolate bars are a favorite around the world and OREO is Milk's favorite cookie.

Which is your favorite variety of OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars – original or mint?

I'm an original girl. I will not choose mint on purpose :)

The delicious OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars (2.88oz) are now on Rollback at Walmart! Make sure to pick yours up today for just $1.00!

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Now here's a chance to WIN some cool prizes! Enter below and please share with your family and friends so they too can get in on the fun!

You can enter until April 27th! I-C will randomly select 7 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the 7 winning prizes.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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