.:The Safety of our Children:.

Hi my darling loves.  Todays post is stemming from an article that I saw and want to share with all of you.  Especially you parents out there.  You can find the article HERE.

The article talks about an 11 year old boy walking home from the school bus and being approached by a man in a van.  The man asks for directions, but acted like he couldn’t hear.  So the boy moved closer.  When he did, the side door opened and another person tried to grab the boy.  Thankfully the child got away by slipping out of his backpack and ran home.

I do want to say that there is a bit of controversy with this story because the boy was able to give a very good (and I mean VERY good) description of the person he spoke with, along with a detailed description of the van itself.  They were detailed enough to be used by a sketch artist to draw a picture of the attempted kidnapper.

Now, I can understand the controversy.  How could a child possibly remember so much?  To answer this question, I went to my informant.  She is trained in the art of Kid-Fu and is knowledgeable in the ways of the Force.  She is…. *dramatic music inserted here* My 13 year old.  Our conversation follows:

Me:  “Oh great child o’mine.  Lend me your wisdom in the ways of Kid-Fu.”
This of course garners the raised eyebrow and the eye-roll that is so prominant in this ancient art.
Her: “Really mom?”
She shakes her head and facepalms at this point. Her powers are indeed… um… Powerful.
Me: “Oh wise one, keeper of my heart, the bes…”
Her: “Mom, stop it.”
Me: “Fine then. Geez. Sit down, I need to ask you something.”
This receives another of the eye-rolls and she sits. I proceed to tell her about the article.
Me: “Due to the fact that you are only two years older than this kid, give me your opinion about this. If this happened to you, do you think you would be able to remember details like that?”
Her: “Since it is something like that, and scary, then yes, I would remember. Kids have the ability to see things clearer Mom. We aren’t stupid.”
Me: “I know you aren’t stupid pookie.”
This got the eyebrow raised again. Her skills are off the charts now.
Her: “Don’t call me pookie.”
Me: “But you are my pookie, you have always been my pookie.”
Another head shake.
Her: “But to get back to what I was saying. If it is something so,” she pauses at this. “Traumatic, we remember. I can still remember the Chucky Cheese incident and what the guy looked like and was wearing.”

*The chucky cheese thing:  My daughter caught someone trying to kidnap a kid.  They soon after brought in markers that they would mark the parents and kids with.  This was 6 years ago y’all.*

So basically, the Wise-One of Kid-Fu said that they can remember details such as the one described in the article.  And I am going to believe her on that.

Which brings me to what I wanted to talk to all of you about.  This will be in BulletPoint mode okay?

  • Always teach your children not to talk to strangers.  If they are approached, they should run to you immediately.  Then and only then should they talk to someone they don’t know.
  • Always teach your child the “Scream.”  I know that screaming is annoying as hell.  But in the case of being Kidnapped or harmed, a scream can work wonders.  Explain to them to make as much noise as possible.  Scream as loud as they can.  By drawing attention to themselves, and their attacker, the attacker can get caught much easier.
  • Always teach your children the “Dead Weight.”  Dead weight is so hard to explain.  It is the action of relaxing all of the muscles in your body at once, causing you to become heavier and more unwieldy.
  • Always help your children with memory.  Explain to them that they need to remember as much detail as possible in the case of something happening.  Make a game out of it.  Have someone in the family stand in front of them and allow them to look at them for a set time limit (like 10 seconds) and the person leaves the room.  The person then changes on thing about themselves (like removing a sock or putting their hair up if it was down,) and then they return to the room.  For each one your child gets right, they get a point.  At the end of the “game” they get a prize.  By doing this, they can learn that details are important.  They will be able to spend just a split second getting the full picture.
  • Always watch your children.  Yes, we should be able to let our children play outside and not have to worry about some sicko getting their grubby nasty hands on them.  But unfortunately, that isn’t how the world works anymore.  Get together with your neighbors and set up a “Watching Tree.”  One family takes guard duty every day.  And keep in touch with them.

Friends, do you have any ideas of more things we can do to protect our children?  Anything that we could add to this list?

By all means, share in the comments below!  And share this post with everyone.  The more that see it, the more help we can provide to families everywhere.  By all of us sharing our thoughts and ideas, we can save a child’s life.

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.:Saturdays Thoughts:.

Hello Friends.  I hope that all of you are doing wonderfully this weekend.  And yes, it is 3 o’clock am on Saturday and I am up thinking about things.

As many of you know, I lost someone that was dear to me.  While I am still shocked, devastated and generally blah, it brings up some thoughts that I feel I need to get out.

I have talked about Loss before, on how to deal with it in healthy ways.  So in a sense, I am adding to it.

When we lose someone, we feel that our lives just stop.  For that split second, the world stops spinning and everything just shuts down.  For that moment, you cannot feel anything but pain and heartache.  The tears flood out and drown you in the deepest pits of sorrow that you feel you will never breach the surface again.

Well my darlings, there is one thing that we all need to remember during this time.

Those that are living are counting on you too.  You still have people around you that need your love and your support. You will all need support during this time.  Now don’t misunderstand what I am saying.  I am not saying that you need to act all strong and unbreakable.  I am saying that you need to use ease others shoulders, share your sorrow and allow others to share yours.  Remember that life does go on, even if those that have passed are “gone.”  Take your time to grieve and shed those tears, but don’t let it overtake your entire life.  Remember that you still have people around you that love and cherish you.

.:Product Review- Dermasil Moisturizing Lip Treatment:.

Hello my friends!  I hope that all is well with you and yours.  Things are still in a state of shock and sadness here. But I know that Michelle wouldn’t want me to stop doing what I do.  While I will miss her terribly for a while, I must work through this and make her proud.

Today I am going to tell you a bit of a story alright?

After my blog about Dermasil Advance Treatment Creamy Lotion (You can find it HERE if you’d like,) I contacted Dermasil themselves.  I told them that I truly enjoy their products and that I had written a review about it.  Well, they ended up sending me some samples to try as well and y’all let me tell ya.  They are amazing.  And they aren’t samples either.  They are FULL SIZED!  I will be posting about all that I gotten for the next little while, because I want all of you to know how I feel about them.

In other words, this review is brought to you by the wonderful people of Dermasil.

As you can see from the title of this post, I am going to be talking about the Lip Treatment.  And boy is it a treatment. The package it came in was pretty simple.  Just white and blue with all of the information about the product on the back.  I love the simplicity of it, as I do with all of their products.  It shows that they have put more thought into what they are creating for us, than they are on some flashy packaging.

The treatments come in a pack of one or two, so it is a pretty big bang for your buck.  The “bottle” itself is pretty simple as well.  It is a white tube, with a simple blue lid.  The tip of the applier is tilted with a small hole to allow the product to come out.

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 The lettering on it,  is written in blue as well.  But the good thing about it is that on the back of every tube, it shows the ingredients.  The weight is a good amount at .35 oz (10g) so you get 20g in one package.  On the front it states that it is meant to help prevent and relieve chafed, chapped or cracked SKIN and LIPS.

Now the product itself, it is a thick clear liquid.  The coverage is great, and not much is needed.  If you use too much, you lips will feel greasy and slimy but it is all about moderation. It glides on smoothly so the ease of use is pretty good.

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Now, the flavor is… interesting.  It isn’t bad, but you can “taste” the medicated side of it very distinctly.  It reminds me of Carmex honestly, but not as BAM IN YOUR FACE.  It has that slight burny feeling as well that Carmex has.

Now the one problem I have with it. The packaging is great, don’t get me wrong, but the product as a tendency to bubble from the top if you have it laying on its side, or in a purse.  I have to leave it standing lid side up so it won’t do it.  It is like the hole where it comes out is too large, but it might just be me and my OCD.

I need to also explain that a little goes a LONG way.  If you squeeze the tube with any force, you will get way too much product (which kind of ties into my previous paragraph a bit.)  All you need is a tiny itty bitty little drop and poof lips!

Now for the use.  I have been using this stuff for about a week and a half.  And I can really tell a difference.  I have dry lips frequently. But this stuff for the past week, has plumped up my lips, made them a lot softer and for a lack of a better term, more kissable.  It sounds weird to put it that way but that is the only way I can describe it.  I should have done a before and after pic y’all, but hindsight is 20/20 and I was just too excited to try the stuff before really thinking it through.

So my thoughts are that if you have a problem with chapped lips, you need to try this.  It definitely works, and is not costly at all.  You don’t need to spend a fortune on designer foolishness y’all.  This product gets the job done, and works on any budget.

So it is a big two horns up!

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.:Live Life To The Fullest:.

My friends.  I do apologize for my lack of posting the last few days, but with the death of someone very dear to me, I have just not had the get up and go to post anything.  I am still wading through the shock of it all honestly.

Look y’all.  This is important.  All of you deserve to live your lives fully and to the greatest potential. All of you deserve to know what truly loving who you are is.  Too many of us get stuck within that realm of Self-Hate and Self-Pity.  Many of us get stuck within our every day lives, doing the same routine over and over again, and it isn’t because we want to, it is simply out of what we see as necessity. But lets really think about what that drive is?  Is it just so you can have a better house than your neighbor?  Is it just so you can drive a better car than your brother/sister?  If you spend your life living just to show another up, then you aren’t living.

It is time for all of us to shed that doubt; to open up who we are as a person deep inside.  Do you feel like you would be happy to adventure different places? Then venture out my friend.  Do you feel like you want to dress “differently” but can’t due to social standards? Hell with those standards!  BREAK THEM and be who you are.

It is time for us as a society to break down the walls of trends, stereotypes and all of that foolish bullshit that comes along with it.  We need to take the road less traveled, evolve into beings of happiness.

If you feel stuck, dig yourself out my friend.  I am here to help you along the way.

Love all of you!

Lilly

.:No Posts Today:.

My dearest friends. I know I have made it a goal to send out Monday Make Stuffs blogs, but today, it isn’t going to happen.

For many years I have been “mother” to a woman that I have known for a long time.  She and I were close but sort of had lost touch.

Well today, I got a call from her sister and found out that on Saturday night, she had a massive heart attack and passed away.  My heart is sick and the happies are just not in me tonight.

Please everyone, reach out to your loved ones and those you care about.  You never know what might happen.

Michelle, no matter what, I will miss you.

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And friends, know that I love each and every one of you.

Well Done Ireland!!!!

Ireland has taken a step forward y’all, and I am so proud that I can hardly contain myself.

The majority voted for marriage equality!!!

Y’all this is a huge step in the right direction.  Everyone has the right to love and marry who they want.  It is our right as human beings to love and be happy in our love.  We should be able to openly show our feelings towards the one that has our hearts.  It is a freedom that all of us should be able to have.

Support Marriage Equality people.

Love is love no matter what gender.

.:My Darling Friends:.

I hope that all of you are doing wonderful today.  It is a bit chilly here where I am, which is weird considering it was in the 80s just yesterday and now it is like 60 something.  *sighs*  The glory of weather.

I know that I am supposed to give you amazing people a review today. But unfortunately, all I am able to review is the cast on my arm.  Yes, my friends, I had a bit of an accident and it is making it nearly impossible to write.  *sighs again*  I will do my best to bring you something tomorrow, some advice, perhaps a review.  All depends on how I am feeling.

I am sorry friends.  But everything happens for a reason, not sure what it is right now, but I will keep that smile on my face.

Love all of you,

Lilly