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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bullying: A Childhood Experience


Bullying is something that I've been through as a kid so I never want my kids to go through the same. When I started going to school, I was very little and I was the easy target of the bully kids. I remember when I was in first and second grade I was made fun of but there was nothing I can do but cry every time the other kids would bully me. I transferred school in my 3rd grade year to another school and the bullying starts again so I finally stood my ground when I couldn't take it anymore.  I've had enough that I lost my patience when I saw a broken glass on the ground and threw it to the boy who is harassing me all the time. The broken glass hit his eyebrow and it bled.  His brother came  and  punched me in my face that  I got a bloody mouth. We were summoned to the Principal's office and was warned that it should never happened again. Do I regret what I did? Maybe, but I was thankful I did it because after that, they stopped harassing me.   I told my kids the story and give them pointers on how to avoid bullying and how to address it just in case it happens.  I hope and pray that it won't happen.
Anyway, these photos were taken during the awarding ceremony of the annual  Anti-Bullying Poster contest that my daughter won recently.  The awarding was held at Holiday Inn here in Weirton.  Buffet dinner was served during the event.
All of us attended.  My husband came home early from work so he could be there as well.
I admire  the  Weirton-Wellsburgh Chapter of Credit Union for hosting  this anti-bullying event annually.  I think that it is  an important issue that needs awareness.  
The dinner served has salad,  cheese bread, chicken, potatoes, and they also served ice cream for dessert.
EJ wanted to try how hot this pepper could be, he bit into it and immediately asked for a drink lol.
It was nice meeting up with the other parents.
I always told my kids to avoid getting  involve with some type of drama.  It is better to concentrate on their studies, focus their attention to  what matters most and avoid conflict.  Glad that they belong to a school where bullying is no-no.  Bullying is such a  hard  reality that exist everywhere.  It ruins lives of people and some even  take their own  if they couldn't  take it anymore.  This is why I am very appreciative of this   companies and organization that   raise awareness for Ant-iBullying campaign.

Family Casual Wear

It's been a while since we  took a family photo so when we got ready earlier  to attend my daughter's awarding ceremony, we tried to take some pictures before going.    With the dogs, it is always impossible to get a good one lol.
 It's difficult to get a  normal photo of this little guy so when he  offered to  pose for me, I took it.
 Rylie wore the Spring dress that I got for her last year.  It finally fit and I am glad I did not get rid of it.  
I wore the bargain deals that I got from the  closed out sale at KMart and off-season sale at Macy's last year.  
  • Blue Sweater - $ 9.99 at Macy's.  These were regularly $30 .
  • Grey Top - $2.99.   Got it on a 75% sale at KMart.
  • Lace Skirt - $5.99, originally $20.

I wish we could take a family photo every monlth.  It ould be fun to put it in a collage at the end of the year.  What do you think of that idea?

How to Create a Memorable Slideshow from Happy Family Photos

 Like most people you’ve undoubtedly snapped numerous photos of the joyous times that your family has spent together. Some of those photos may be of vacations, others may be of special events, and yet others may simply be candid shots snapped on the spur of the moment.
The easiest way to compile all those happy family photos into a memorable slideshow is with the help of Movavi Slideshow Creator. As should be evident from its name, it is a specialized slideshow video maker that will help you to not only create your slideshow but also make it look good.


To get started the first thing that you will want to do is go over all the family photos that are in your collection and select the best ones to include in the slideshow. With Movavi Slideshow Creator you can also add videos to your slideshow too – so you may want to consider inserting some short clips.

Once you’ve decided on the family photos that you want to include, just add them to Movavi Slideshow Creator. By default the photos will appear in the sequence that you add them to the software, but you can always drag them around to alter the order in which they appear. Also you can use the other features to:

  • Cut the slideshow into parts and remove unwanted segments.
  • Rotate and crop photos to keep them uniform.
  • Enhance photos with a single click to improve their quality.
  • Place stylish animated transitions between photos to add an artistic touch to the slideshow.
  • Add audio tracks to insert background music from any audio files.

Part of the beauty of creating a slideshow with Movavi Slideshow Creator is that when you’re done you can save it in practically any video format that you want to. Having your slideshow saved as a video will make it more widely compatible, and with the help of the presets that are included in the software you can also optimize it for any device or platform.


Simply put, using Movavi Slideshow Creator will let you quickly create a slideshow out of your happy family photos – and then let you improve its style and overall appearance. By the time you’re finished, it will be all set for you to share it with your family and friends, upload it to social media, or even publish it on video sharing platforms.

Friday, April 1, 2016

3 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Attending a baby shower is a great way to celebrate the joy of a new life. However, trying to find the right gift can be a bit of a challenge. You want to purchase something the new parents will be able to use, but you also do not want your gift to get lost in the shuffle. If you're searching for a unique gift that will stand out from the crowd, consider one of these ideas.

Customized Gifts
There's nothing quite like a one of a kind customized gift. You can be sure that your gift will not be repeated, and the new parents will know that you care enough to order something special. If you are crafty, consider making a gift for the new baby. Crochet a blanket, decorate a picture frame or knit some adorable booties.

If crafting isn't your thing, there are plenty of companies who offer customized gifts for little ones. With a few clicks online, you can find everything from personalized wooden rocking chairs to onesies embroidered with the baby's name.

Something to Make Mom and Dad Smile
If you're having a hard time coming up with the perfect gift, spend a few moments considering the interests of the parents to be. If you know that Mom is crazy about daisies, a daisy decoration might be the perfect addition to her little girl's nursery. If Dad is a baseball fanatic, you can't go wrong with MLB baby clothes in his favorite team's colors. 

Unique Gift Cards
The parents to be will probably receive numerous gift cards to baby stores and large retailers, but you can surprise the parents by giving gift cards that will help them get back to a new normal after the baby arrives. For instance, cooking is very challenging with a newborn, so give a gift card to their favorite take-out restaurant or pizza delivery joint. 

New parents need to take time for themselves as a couple, so you can even create a date night gift by purchasing movie and restaurant gift cards. If your funds are limited, even a small gift card to an ice cream store is a welcome distraction.


Fortunately, you do not have to spend a lot of money to come up with the perfect baby shower gift. Instead, spend some time thinking about the couple's unique needs and interests, and you are sure to come up with an idea that will wow them at the baby shower!

Monday, March 28, 2016

3 Cities With The Best Parks in America

Green spaces in cities are often hard to come by, but for many they are an integral part of life, forming a place of quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. But which cities should you go to if parks are what you want? Well, whether you’re looking for a great place for the kids or the best places to retire, there are obviously thousands of options, but we’ve found four cities whose parks stand out from the herd.

Plano, Texas
Plano is no stranger to accolades, frequently being selected as one of the best cities to live in or retire, and its parks system is a good reflection of it. For example, in recent years, their Parks and Recreation department has either won or nearly won the Gold Medal for Excellence in Parks and Recreation from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) three times. The city also features 4321 acres of public parks, most of which are shaded by large trees, including one that is believed to be 500 years old. Its two main Open Space Preserves form an uninterrupted park larger than Central Park in New York City.

Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
These two cities have recently tied for the Trust for Public Land’s best city parks in America, and it’s pretty clear why: Ease of access for their park systems are through the roof, with 96% of people in St. Paul and 95% of those in Minneapolis living within a 10-minute walk of a park. This is the third year in a row Minneapolis has taken the top spot, and it’s the first time St. Paul has done the same—but only because St. Paul wasn’t considered until this year. As compared to St. Paul, Minneapolis had larger average parks sizes, whereas St. Paul had better facilities like playgrounds. Both cities, however, spent the maximum amount of money per resident on park maintenance and development in that category (more than $200 per person).

Washington, D.C.
D.C.’s oldest municipal park dates back to 1791, but that doesn’t mean it’s in bad shape by any means. No, instead D.C. spends nearly $350 per resident on their 8,500 acres of parks, thereby making some of the best ones in the country. One that seems to especially stand out is Potomac Park, which weaves you through some of the most famous memorials in the country (like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the FDR Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, for example) as you wander around the Tidal Basin. East Potomac Park is especially beautiful in the spring, when the cherry blossoms burst into bloom.

All in all, America is full of exemplary park systems—but some are better than others. Some are filled with history, others with pure natural beauty, and still others with accolades, but these four cities have most of these things in spades. You really could not go wrong with any one of them.

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