Hey Mom, Dad – Look, I’m Suing!

My promise to kids

By now you’ve all heard the story about New Jersey teen, Rachel Canning.  Miss Canning is attempting to sue her parents for financial support, among other things, after moving out of their home because she didn’t want to abide by their rules.  There has been a lot of commentary about the situation, with many folks recalling their own childhood and how their parents would have handed their butts to them if they had tried to pull such a stunt. (more…)


What’s Going on With These Kids?!?!

Little Criminal

 Okay, I am the first to admit that my little angel is a hand-full.  I have a 2-year-old that’s very strong-willed, who tries to be slick, and who tries to out-smart her parents.  We don’t turn a blind eye to her behavior, nor do we make the “she’s just a baby” excuse.  She just turned 2, and we figured that since she’s in that stage of learning right from wrong, instead of us apologizing on her behalf while she runs off unaware of her actions, we teach her to apologize on her own and treat others nicely.  If I can “check” my 2-year-old, why can’t folks check their 5-year-old, their 10-year-old, or their 15-year-old???

What’s going on with these kids today?  I’ve been following the bullying story of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, the 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide last month after being bullied by a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old.  Both girls have been arrested and charged with felony aggravated stalking.  But here’s the kicker, the 14 year old allegedly posted on her Facebook page, “Yes ik [I know] I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF [I don’t give a (expletive)]”.  Are you kidding me?!?!  So that’s how a 14-year-old is operating these days???  According to the arresting sheriff, the parents of the 14-year-old are in total denial that their daughter would ever do such a thing.

I live in an area, where crime is unfortunately a regular on the local news.  Too many times I have seen parents whole-heartedly defend their child who has just been charged with a serious crime – trying to place the blame on the other suspects.  The usual tune is, “My child is a good boy/girl, they would never do anything like this, they just fell in with the wrong crowd…” And this is even when the child has been caught in the act, caught red-handed, without a shadow of a doubt, etc. 

It seems like many young folks have such a cavalier attitude about life.  When I’m out in public I see kids that are just down right rude and mean for no good reason, and that’s even when the parents are present!  No one wants to see their child in trouble or going to jail, but at what point do you admit that your child has issues?  At what point do you put your child in check for their disrespectful, poor, or bad behavior?  I refuse to believe that a child just wakes up one day and decides to start raising hell out of the clear blue.

Oh yeah, and in that bullying case, the sheriff department is trying to determine if they can also charge the parents of one of the suspects.  

What are your thoughts?  What do you think of the Sedwick bullying case?  What do you think of parents that are in denial of their child’s negative behavior?


Happier, Healthier & Wiser – That’s Me!

Today, Kimberly over at Being A Wordsmith blog has asked us what are some things that we do to be Happier, Healthier, and Wiser.

I spend as much quality time as I can with my daughter.  I want to build many memorable experiences with her.  We really have a lot of fun together.  (See bounce house post for proof.)  When we’re out I try to take as many photos as I can.  Not to embarrass her, but so that when she’s older, I can say “Look Petunia, you rode the cow train!”

When I decided I was really serious about taking the plunge into motherhood, I began to eat alot healthier.  I cut out the fast food, cut back on the fried food, added more green vegetables, and began to cook more.  I discovered I loved trying new dishes, and I developed a love for baking from scratch.  I’m happy to say the Petunia LOVES green vegetables.  Brocolli is her favorite, but she can put a hurtin’ on some collard greens!  LOL

I know this is home-made whipped cream Petunia and I were whipping up may not count as healthy, but it was good!  LOL

Another thing I am seriously working on to improve my health, outside of drinking more water, is getting more sleep.  It’s been a struggle.  I tend to get to bed somewhere between 11pm and midnight, but then my alarm goes off at 5am.  This is everyday, and by the time Friday gets here, I’m seriously dragging. 



I wish this was me right now…

Letting stuff go!  I’ve realized that you can be walking around carrying years of past hurts, slights, and disappointments, and the only person still upset about it is YOU.  You’re mad while the other party is enjoying life, not thinking a thing about you.  Let it go, move on!  You’ll feel so much lighter – I know I do. 
Another thing I’ve done is to let some people go.  If you always have some kind of mess brewing, negativity, or you’re a contibutor of gossip, than you can keep it moving!  I want no parts of it!  I have no time for it, don’t want to hear it, because nine times out of ten, if you’re calling me to gossip about “So and So”, then next week you’ll be calling her to gossip about me.  Folks like that will block YOUR blessings!


What about you?  What do you do to be happier, healthier, and wiser?
September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:  What are 3 things that make you Happier?  Healthier? Wiser?


How Do I Get Myself Into These Situations?

Last week I chaperoned a field trip with my daughter’s daycare center.  The trip was to a “bounce house”.  In other words, a commercial space that was filled with various bouncers (those inflatable things that kids love to jump in).  Well, the daycare provider had a sprained ankle, and I was the only other adult chaperone, so guess who got to partake in all the bouncing fun???

Lets just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  When we arrived I was looking pretty decent – if i say so myself.  Had on my casual jeans, t-shirt, and blazer.  By the time we left, my shirt was wringing wet and my hair had turned into an afro.  The daycare provider and the other parents thought it hilarious the way I was being pulled in 50 different directions by the kids – all of whom wanted me to slide on a gigantic inflatable slide with them exclusively.  Humph, the nerve of those folks to laugh at me!  But I will admit, I had a TON of fun!

I don’t know how I manage to get myself in these type situations.

 September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:  Describe today, a typical day, or a recent day with pictures.
Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Wednesday Humorous


Birthday Memories

Beignet Mamas 1st Birthday

Yes, that’s me celebrating my very first birthday.  Please don’t tell my mom I posted a picture of her with that huge afro.  🙂  Actually, my most favorite birthday memories actually are of my daughter’s birthdays.  She just recently turned two, and had a fabulous Strawberry Shortcake themed party.  I love watching her get excited over having a house filled with her little friends.

Now, let me give you some background.  My daughter LOVES company!  I mean really love it.  When folks come over she actually cries when it’s time for them to leave – adults or children, it doesn’t matter.

On the afternoon of her party, she was napping on the living room sofa when the first guests arrived.  When she opened her eyes and saw two of her friends from daycare, she leaped off the sofa and gave them both big hugs.  From there the screaming, squeeling and giggling commensed.  I escorted the three little ladies out into the backyard only to be greeted by a gigantic Strawberry Shortcake bounce house.  Their little eyes became big as saucers – followed by more screaming and squeeling.  They jumped until they could jump no more.  In all we had a total of 6 kids ranging in ages from 2 to 4 – which was perfect.
One of my aunts baked her the prettiest and tastiest strawberry themed cake – which was a big hit!

I have another aunt with whom my Petunia shares the same birthdate.  She lives in Las Vegas, and flew all the way out to the East coast just to share her special day with her great niece – making the  occasion even more special. 

Clockwise from top: Petunia & Vegas Auntie, bounce house, strawberry-theme cake, Petunia in bounce house

I know I have had plenty of cool birthdays, but watching the excitement on my little one’s face makes me happy.

September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt: Share some of your favorite memories.


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