Can’t is NOT Part of My Vocabulary!

“Can’t is not part of my vocabulary!”

Have you ever used this line? Jackson knows it well! Haha!

Maybe to prove to someone that you are determined to be the best at anything you set your mind to?

Or maybe to your children?
     – Partly because you want to encourage them to learn to do things for themselves
        (Empowering themselves!) or maybe you are just tired of hearing the word “Can’t.”
        LOL!

We all know it can be rough day to day, but one thing to always remember is that:

“Can’t is not part of my vocabulary!”

Once you realize that you can do anything that you put your mind to, you can only soar from there!

Imagine yourself succeeding in anything you choose! Whether it be:
    
     – Your Home Business!
     – Your JOB/Career!
     – Being a great parent!
     – The list goes on and on!

Just Choose and Start Making things happen Today!

I found this great pic on Facebook today and it goes well with this post! Thanks KK! 😉
 

Did you do it? Did you CLEAR YOUR MIND OF CAN’T?

If not, read the words on the pic again!

Ok, Now that you can do anything, get out there and do something great!

Until tomorrow my friends!

Have a great day/evening! 😉

Anxiety Will Not Get ME Down!

Definition of PANIC ATTACK

 
 
: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset and may occur for no apparent reason or as a reaction to an identifiable triggering stimulus (as a stressful event); specifically : one that is accompanied by usually four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms (as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality) and that typically peaks within 10 minutes of onset 

I wrote the following post in my journal while sitting at the dr’s office on a Saturday night! I am a real person! I fight real battles! Sometimes I feel like this:

I thought I would create a post about anxiety and panic attacks. This is something that happens to a lot of society, but it’s a matter of will you let it get you down?

I have posted before about my amazing grandmother who passed away back in 2008 and my mom who survived a widow maker heart attack on the way to burying my grandmother. This was a very traumatic day in my life! I understood everything with my gram because I had helped take care of her and had her live with us during the last 4 months of her life. So yes, understood, but still missing her!

Mom’s heart attack on the other hand was a complete shock to our family and the entire funeral procession for my gram! Mom had suffered a widow maker heart attack while in the limousine of the procession! The entire procession stopped in the middle of the street! My aunt performed CPR on my mom and a sergeant in the local police department “made a wrong turn and came upon our funeral procession!”

Being a sergeant in the local department, he had a defibrillator in his vehicle. He used the defibrillator on mom right before the ambulance showed up, they raced mom ( breathing at that point ) to the nearest hospital where they performed surgery immediately! Mom is at 100% and doing amazingly! God definitely watches over all of us!

Anyway, why did I tell you this story? Well, because as I said earlier it was a very traumatic day for me! I was very strong that day and trying to help figure out things for the situation at hand, but as time went on, my anxiety got me down! I ended up at the doctor in the middle of a panic attack and crying my eyes out! He tells me that I am not alone! Other people get like this too! Panic attacks are one of the scariest things for me to endure! They make me feel completely out of control of myself and sometimes even feel like I could die!

I can’t stand it anymore! As I write this, I am sitting at the doctor’s office in the middle of a panic attack! It absolutely sucks! What horrible feelings! I am writing this to help calm down, because I love blogging, and to say out loud that I am tired of letting anxiety get the best of me!

I AM STRONG! I AM IN CONTROL! I AM ME!

This is important! If you feel this way, you are not alone! Remember that and take the steps necessary to feel better! Visit your doctor and discuss it with them! I couldn’t battle the feelings on my own! I tried for a long time! I finally came to the realization that i need a little extra help sometimes!

Hope this post has helped someone today! I know writing it has helped me as I wait for the doctor to come in.

I refuse to let anxiety and panic attacks get me down! I push right through the best that I can and keep going as Mommy, wife and business owner!

Talk to you soon! Comment and give a share so I know I’m not alone! 😉

Just like riding a bike!!!

Had to share this video with you all! Jackson has learned to ride his bike without training wheels! There is one thing about children…They have no fear, they are always willing to learn something new! We, as adults, need to remember this and let go of the fears that inhibit our lives! Remember this and you will go far! Fear can be a dangerous thing. (I believe Yoda said “Fear is the path to the darkside.”) Will you join the darkside? LOL!

I am so blessed to be able to see each and every milestone that my child reaches! I am able to do this with the help of my loving husband and also the Empower Network!
Click on a banner on this page for more information about Empower or click here to watch Lawrence Tam and Dave Wood in his video that describes the business!
You can also jump right in by clicking on the CAB below! Love that pic!!!

Saving A Squirrel

To save a squirrel or not? That is the question! We believe that every living creature is valuable! That is why we always choose to save an animal…no matter what it may be! We have quite the wildlife reserve (we like to call it) here in Pennsylvania! Animals all over the place. 😉 We love animals! Well, it’s been pretty busy around here lately with baby animals being born in our yard! We had a mother rabbit choose to build her nest right under the carrots in our garden, everybody was safe and sound! Smart thinking Mama Rabbit LOL! Although lately we have had to help out a few of the creatures in our yard. We had a pretty nasty storm last week that knocked a couple of newborn squirrels out of their nest in our oak tree. 😦

They looked similar to the picture above. We found one that had already passed away and tried very hard to help the second one, but he eventually passed as well.

Tonight I let the dogs out and Daisy, our lovey cocker spaniel, was sniffing at something. I asked her what she found, she wagged her tail at me and looked back down at it. I went over to discover another baby squirrel under a our magnolia tree this time. I called for my husband, thinking it was already gone; he came to check it out and discovered that even though he was injured, he was quite lively!
 
He looked a little more like the picture above with his eyes still closed but starting to get his grey! 😉
We automatically jump into action, trying to save this little guy! While trying to keep him warm with towels heated in the toaster oven, my husband calls a woman from the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center that he has connections with at work. She tells us to put some heated dry rice in a sock and place it next to the blanketed little guy in a shoebox. We put him in a critter container with one of Jackson’s old receiving blankets, rice and a washcloth. We told her to keep everything and consider it a donation to the organization! She took the little guy with her and has already reported back to us that she thinks a cat may have gotten to him, but he is quite a fighter! So we are looking forward to the next report! 😉
This picture displays the squirrel life cycle…I found it interesting. 😉
All of the pictures in this post can be found on Google Images! There are so many! It was hard to choose! LOL!
If you find an injured animal in your area, be sure to contact your local wildlife rehabilitation center!
Let me know in the comments if you have ever saved an animal! Would you save a wild animal or not?
Also, if you like this post 😉 make sure to give it a like and a share! Thanks so much!
Appreciate you all! Talk to you soon!!!! 😉

A Random Act of Kindness

I always make sure to try and live my life according to the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would like done to you!” I also work at instilling this to my child as well. What an important rule in which to live

I’m sitting here in our mountain home, listening to the beautiful rain and reflecting on the day we’ve had so far. We are so blessed to have picked blueberries, make blueberry pancakes and enjoy a little shopping time together as a family. Yes, Jackson helped with every part of picking and making those blueberry pancakes. He cracked the eggs and everything! Boy were they delicious!!!

But anyway, back to the Golden Rule and the point of this post! While out shopping we were looking for a small pool for us and Jackson to be able to enjoy. It’s unbelievably hot and humid here these past few days! If only you could see how the humidity is effecting my hair…ridiculous! LOL! While looking for the pool, we noticed that quite a few things were on sale, so, being a bargain shopper, i asked if the pools were on sale. The gentleman, we’ll call Fred, said “no, sorry they’re not on sale yet.” I told him that was ok and then he said “well, i do have Halloween candy coming in 2mrw.” (I was confused) I said “what do you mean?” He explained, “well, the pools came in way back in March ya know. I could give you a great deal on Saturday.” I said, “oh, that’s so sweet but we won’t be here Saturday. We’re back and forth this summer.” Jackson comes around the corner to join me and Fred says “is the pool for this little guy right here?” I said “yes.” Fred then goes onto say, “follow me, let’s get you that pool for a really great deal!” I said “Oh My Goodness! Thank you sooo much!” We followed, he proceeded to grab the pool we were looking at and another pool toy…i made a face…Fred laughed and said, “you don’t even know what I’m going to do yet, I’ll ring you up on 2.” I said, “ok” and called to my husband that we were going to the register. Fred proceeded to put the pool ($30) next to me on the floor and then rang up the pool toy ($12) and put it off to the side and finished ringing us up. Wow! I couldn’t believe it! Fred smiled and said, “I believe good things should happen to good people!” I told him I agreed, thanked him and told him “God Bless You!!!!” Jackson gave him a great big thank you as well!

We came back to the house and got it blown up, swimsuits on and water filling and it started to thunder! So, now we sit waiting for the storm to stop so we can enjoy the random act of kindness from Fred! What a goodhearted man! I will always remember this day and his kindness! It is so important to do good things for others! Your one random act of kindness can be remembered for the rest of someone’s or some child’s life! What an amazing lesson to learn, teach and live by!!!

Be kind to others! It will be remembered! Even if it’s a 5 year old little boy!!! 😉 Talk to you all soon! Lots of love!!! ❤

P.S. Remember Dave and Dave are our Act of Kindness in sharing the tools to be able to make this amazing business work! Thanks Dave and Dave for sharing the Empower Network with us!!!

Hummingbird Food Recipe

It is amazing to wake up early, grab my cup of coffee and sit outside to admire my hummingbirds! I had noticed one checking out our butterfly bush one day last week and made sure my feeder was out and filled with fresh nectar by the next day! But, of course, did I remember the ins and outs of making hummingbird nectar? Nope, yet again I was searching the web looking for that recipe! LOL! I found a great site! http://www.wildbirdshop.com/Birding/humfeed.html

This site explains the best types of feeders…stay away from the drip tube feeders, they will bring bees to your feeder which will fight with your hummingbirds. Always keep your feeder clean and filled with fresh nectar!

Recipe: (from the site mentioned above! Thank you http://www.wildbirdshop.com)
In nature, hummingbirds eat flower nectar for energy and bugs for protein. Flower nectar is 21% to 23% sucrose – regular table sugar – so it is very easy and inexpensive to make. Here is the recipe for making hummingbird nectar:

  1. Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar in a pan. For example, use 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water. Do not use honey, Jell-O or brown sugar. Especially do not use artificial sweeteners. Putting hummingbirds on a diet will kill them. They burn prodigious amounts of energy for their size and need real sugar. Do not use red food coloring. It is unnecessary and can harm the little hummers even in low concentrations because they eat so much nectar. If your feeder isn’t red, tie a red ribbon on it as described in the Feeders section, above. Do not add anything else that you might think of. Just sugar and water, that’s all.
  2. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat. Stir it while it is heating until all of the sugar is dissolved. Don’t boil it for long because that will change the ratio as water is boiled off. The reason for boiling is not to make syrup, but to drive out the chlorine in the water and to kill mold and yeast spores that might be in the sugar. This will help make the nectar last longer both in the feeder and in your refrigerator.
  3. Cover and allow to cool before using or pouring into the storage bottle. We recommend making a large batch of nectar and storing it in the refrigerator in a 2 liter soda bottle (washed thoroughly first.) This makes refilling the feeder so easy that you won’t mind doing it every few days.

Also they have a guide to go by when changing your nectar vs the temperature outside as not to get your hummingbirds sick! I have never seen this on a site before and am grateful for it! I am following their guidelines and now have 2 hummingbirds that visit us very frequently! They even make it difficult for me to try to change the food! LOL! I have to sneak their feeder away and fill it very quickly! LOL! I love it and so does my 5 year old!

High temperatures Change nectar after
71-75 6 days
76-80 5 days
81-84 4 days
85-88 3 days
89-92 2 days
93+ change daily

Make sure to check out the site for more information about hummingbirds! (I had to pause to smile at my hummingbird! LOL!) Remember these are guidelines to follow, always check your nectar to make sure it looks ok as well!

Enjoy your hummingbirds! And Make it Your Life!

Live the life of your dreams and take the time to watch your hummingbirds! What amazing creatures!!!!!!!

Glacial Lake Fishing

Picture of the Glacial Lake near our mountain home
My 15 in Large Mouth Bass!

What an amazing evening! I got to go fishing in the Glacial Lake near our mountain home for the first time! I actually went through a bit of swamp to get there, but I was a trooper and it was well worth every swampy step! What a gorgeous sight to come out of the bushes and swamp to see the view!

My husband and I spent 4 hours out on that lake without another person in sight! Most people won’t make the trip through the swamp to get there….so nobody around!

How peaceful and majestic! My husband, me and a beautiful glacial lake all to ourselves!

I fish often, but have never been able to catch “the big ones” from the shore. So I do believe that the picture to the left is of the largest fish I have ever caught! LOL!

I was completely thrilled!

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