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I want to give a shout out and special thank you to Denee, founder and CEO of Pregnancy Piercings.
Denee has been advertising with me for about 10 years now! Our paths first crossed when she began advertising on Single Rose - the Resource for Single Mothers. Besides being my longest running customer she is one of the strongest and coolest moms I've ever met! It's a really long story, and I ask that you take my word for it.
Denee's business Pregnancy Piercings, allows a woman to keep her belly piercing throughout pregnancy.
She features a "Belly of the Month" on her website and it's a really cute thing!
Check it out at http://www.PregnancyPiercings.com
Thank you Denee! I really appreciate your business!
Tribute to Chris Kyle
Scan code with android device to download the game, American Sniper.
My husband, retired police officer (tac team sniper) is a huge Chris Kyle fan. We had the opportunity to lay eyes on him at a local Constable's event a couple years ago. My husbands not a talkative guy, so simply seeing Mr. Kyle with his own eyeballs made him very happy.
As a tribute to Chris Kyle, I created this game. If Mr. Kyle's family agrees, I'd like to sell it in the android & iphone markets & give a portion of each sale to the estate.
From the Craft International site
Chief Chris Kyle (USN, honorably discharged in 2009) is one of the top snipers in the history of the American armed forces. From 1999 to 2009, he recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Chief Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. His extensive combat experience includes sniping, close-quarters battle, reconnaissance, long-range desert patrols, personal security and the training for foreign allies. In addition to working and training with the elite Navy SEALs, Chief Kyle has also served with units from the Army, Marine Corps and other government agencies.
SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.
Chris Kyle had the dream of forming Craft upon completion of his last enlistment so that he could continue to serve this great nation by helping those headed into harm's way. When he founded Craft, he pulled together a remarkable team who share in his vision to provide the best training to those who need it the most.
Chris Kyle was murdered Feb 2, 2013.
Happy New Year! Please enjoy these two games I've developed for android. Scan codes to download.
Cougar Game is for sale on Google Play
Razzle Dazzle is a game my youngest daughter and I are working on. Try it! It's addicting fun!
Here's the Christmas card I'll do for $5. It's an animated card with falling snow flakes, customized with your text and photo.
If you want it - send me the photo to go in it and pay me the $5 - using this form
If you want this form - it's $5 for one year...
It's a paypal integrated payment form........if you make it $10 I'll turn it into an android app for you. Send photo for the android app cover image.
by Diane Chambers
The first time I went out on a real date after my divorce, I felt like a teenager with my mother sitting in the back seat. The excitement of developing new relationships with men was somehow dampened by the sense that I was a parent burdened with astronomical responsibilities -- and that I was ten times more cynical than I had been 15 years prior! Nevertheless, dating and socializing were important ingredients on my journey of post-divorce personal growth. But once I eased back into the dating scene, I realized there were many questions about how to integrate this part of my life with the parental role that dominated my existence.
"When do I introduce the children to my new dating partner?" is probably the question I get asked most often by single parents. There is no clear cut answer. In fact, much of it will depend on your gut instincts. Most experts agree, however, that introductions should wait until you have dated someone consistently for several weeks. Mainly, this is because children who have experienced divorce or the death of a parent will be sensitive to losing another significant person in their lives. Having too many adults moving in and out of their lives may affect their sense of trust and well-being. A good rule of thumb is to keep your dating life separate from your family life at least until after you have had a chance to test the relationship yourself. When both you and your partner feel comfortable the relationship will be steady and monogamous, make the introductions, but don't expect your children and your new friend to begin doing a number of activities together! Let the relationships unfold naturally. If you and your new partner truly want to foster a successful blend, your example of patience and respect toward one another in a horizontal relationship should set the tone for the vertical relationships you may expect later between step-parents and children.
Once you've decided to integrate this new person into your family life, proceed with caution and care. Don't be surprised if they keep their distance for a long time after you've made the initial introduction. Their natural defenses against loss will be very strong during this period. Children may also express jealousy toward your new relationship when they feel the threat of losing you to someone else. Having already lost one parent, they can have a difficult time dealing with the thought of losing you to someone else. When they become overly protective, express disapproval of your new dating life, or misbehave to get back at you for making dating choices, don't retaliate with anger or stop dating to appease them. Instead, listen to what they have to say. Continually assure them that you will not make a permanent decision about bringing someone new into your lives unless you feel it will be good for everyone. Ask them to trust you a! nd be especially loving toward them during this time.
It's easy to want to spend every waking hour with someone when you fall head-over-heels in love, but keep a clear mind. Create some distance between you and your new partner by blocking time to spend alone with your kids. This will give you a chance to take a step back and examine the new relationship. It will help your kids feel more secure about the changes taking place. It can also clue you in to the reaction your partner will have as you place a priority on your parenting responsibilities.
Take things slow and keep the physical relationship in front of the children at arms length. Overnight stays while the children are around are simply not a good idea. It will only cause more tension for everyone involved and will appear to the children that you are trying to force a "new family" concept on them. Save kissing and touching for when the children are not around. This will help them get to know your partner without feeling embarrassment when you are all together. Imagine sitting around the house watching your mother and a strange man necking on the couch (yuk)!
When you begin to talk more seriously with your partner about marriage, then it is appropriate to take the relationship between your partner and your children to a new level of closeness. At that point, you might want to have a sit-down discussion with everyone to talk about the possibilities of blending the family and spending more time together. Allow your kids to express their feelings about the relationship, and encourage them to be patient with your partner, just as your partner is willing to be patient with them. Remember, you were a parent before you were this person's date. Finding out how well your partner accepts the "package deal" is very important to your decision to bond your life with him or her. Observing interactions through gradually spending more time together is always a good idea. Expect awkwardness, allow for strong feelings, and don't rush the future. Relax.
Before you decide to bond your life with another person, think through what it is you owe your child and what you owe yourself. You owe your children a harmonious environment in which they are loved and accepted, not just tolerated. You owe yourself the chance to be happy and experience a healthy, loving relationship. If your new partner brings the kind of quality to your life that fulfills these needs, you can feel comfortable you are on the right track.
Diane Chambers Shearer is a divorce mediator in Atlanta, Georgia, and author of Solo Parenting: Raising Strong & Happy Families (Fairview Press, 1997). To order a copy, call 1-800-544-8207. She also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Peaceful Co-Parent, for divorced parents and the professionals who help them. To subscribe, visit nofight.com
Recently I've pieced together some memories that have haunted me my whole life. Abuse was never talked about in my house, actually nothing very serious ever was.
But I've got these memories of brushing my teeth at my uncle's house, using a cute little footstool and I remember a gold door knob.
Health, wealth and happiness are some reasons to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day, so says southern tradition. You're suppose to consume the peas for good luck - but I happen to like them year round, cooked in the crock pot with a little bacon or salt pork and onion.
My family will chow down on black-eyes in large quantities this coming New Years. What are you cooking?
Please share your New Years Day tradition/black eyed peas recipe.
The Women's Bureau has posted two job openings at www.usajobs.gov.
There are two listings for each position: one for current/former federal employees and one for the general public.
Link to DE Budget Analyst.
Link to MS Budget Analyst:
Link to DE Supervisory Management and Program Analyst:
Link to MS Supervisory Management and Program Analyst: