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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Hardest Moment I've Ever Faced As A Mom



I keep looking at the clock. The hours and minutes keep ticking by and I am powerless to stop them. Each tick of the hands brings us closer to the moment when we have to let our son go. We knew this moment would come but it is SO much harder than I thought it would be. Just thinking of it makes me start weeping all over again. He enlisted in the Army last year while still a Senior in high school so it's not like it was a sudden surprise. I have known. But now the actual day has arrived and I am not okay. I am SO incredibly proud of him, but I am going to miss him SO  much!!


I keep looking at his baby photos, his toddler years, elementary school, thinking of the high school moments, the crazy things we had to deal with for the last several months.... and I can't believe it has been all crammed into 18 years. 


It's what he's wanted since he was little. He never waived in his desire and commitment to join the military and has steadily worked towards his goal. He had studied and read books. He attended our local Sheriff's Youth Leadership Academy twice and completed two years of JROTC, excelling in all of them. He was a Captain and Company Commander in JROTC, made the Rifle Team as well as being in the Color Guard. Being Captain/Company Commander usually put him in charge and he took his responsibility serious. He put in more volunteer hours than was required for a special recognition on his diploma, was accepted into the National Honor Society as well as the National Technical Honor Society.  All while maintaining mostly A's during his Senior year.  We were proud of him for those achievements in and of themselves. We all got a pleasant surprise in learning that his work paid off in enlisting as well. It meant going in at an elevated rank and pay grade. At graduation from the JROTC program he, along with just 4 other cadets were surprised to be presented with a special award - The Hunley Award, making that evening a little more special.
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And it's all led to this moment. After 18 years, I have to let him go. Just like that. I thought I was ready. Now I'm not so sure. I've always tried to be strong for him so he would know to stand tall and be strong and keep going forward. I was the one mom excited and not crying when he started Kindergarten because I found it so exciting that he was going to get to learn. I keep reminding myself this is similar. He will be "adventure learning" and it's what he's worked towards. But I still can't stop the tears. I am trying to keep it together, but I am definitely not doing a good job this time! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Make Your Outdoor Space The Place to Be

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Summer time. It's the time for BBQ's, gardening, playing in the pool or sprinkler and getting together with family and friends. What does your idea of outdoor living look like? Is it a tropical paradise with lots of plants? A robust space where the family can play table games? An expansive lawn for rough and tumble play? Or maybe you'd like to bring a little of the indoors outside with you. That can be possible with the SunBrite| Veranda Series Outdoor 4K UHD TVs.



These TVs are weatherproof for full shade and covered outdoor living spaces such as covered patios and screened in porches. The powder-coated, rust-proof, aluminum exterior protects internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air. The large weatherproof media bay makes cable connections easy. It has plenty of storage room for many popular media players, and thick gaskets seal out moisture and the elements. They are up to 50% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing in brighter outdoor environments. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018

SkyRoll Spinner Wheeled Carry-On Suitcase & Garment Bag Giveaway (1 Winner ~ $299 RV) Ends 12/10

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Cutting The Cord Is Easier Than Ever Before

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I remember when my family got our first set top box that brought us the premium channels like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax. Of course we STILL had to trudge across the room to actually turn the knob to change the channels, but I remember thinking it was so cool to watch full length uncut movies. Over time, technology advanced to large cable boxes sitting on the shelf next to the television set and ginormous satellite dishes littering yards. As time went by the cable boxes and satellites got a little smaller, the TVs got thinner, and DVRs allowed us to record programming to watch later, but it all still kept us tied to miles of wires and limited our options to the TVs the wires were connected to.

Today, people like us are cutting the cord and gaining more freedom in their programming choices. Chromecast is one way people are cutting the cord and achieving that freedom. 

With Chromecast, you  can watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and enjoy photos streaming on your TV from all your family's devices*. You can stream content from your phone to the TV and it works with the apps you already know, use and love. With a certain equipment, you can even start streaming with voice commands**
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Cut the cord with Chromecast and explore your content like never before at a price you can afford. Check out Chromecast over at Best Buy: http://bby.me/8mht4

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** Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.

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Disclosure: While the thoughts expressed here are my own, I was compensated for this post.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

BOOK: Step-Parenting With Grace

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Blending with others can be challenging. Blending FAMILIES can be challenging times 100! I have not had to navigate this journey in the exact same way since I am married to my high school sweetheart and neither of us was married or widowed before we met. We did however have to learn to be our own family AND blend with each other's families. Later, when my Mother-in-Law remarried, we found our selves trying to blend with her husband as well as HIS whole family. It's safe to say there were some very rocky times as we all tried to find our footing, find our places within each other's lives. It hasn't always been easy by any stretch of the imagination, but through love, patience, and learning to communicate, we have managed to build a family that cares about each other and enjoys our time together.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Monday, July 30, 2018

REVIEW: Dr. Jacobs Naturals

I was fortunate to receive a selection of products to try from Dr Jacobs Naturals and I have enjoyed them so much! I received their Almond Honey Castile Soap, Charcoal Castile Soap and a bar or Minty Cucumber Mojito Exfoliating Castile Soap.
The liquid soaps are wonderful. It only takes a little on a washcloth or bath sponge and it leaves my skin clean without feeling stripped. The Honey Almond smells amazballs, so I can't wait to try the other scents!  I have used them to shave with as well and it works fantastic to give me a smooth shave with no nicks or cuts. The bar soap is also good. It lathers well on a washcloth and also cleans without stripping my skin. It's an exfoliating soap, but it is gentle too. It's not too harsh to rub the bar directly on your skin. The scent is light and fresh, not overpowering or strong. 

            





















As I work on ridding our home of harmful chemicals, I love it when I find products that help my keep moving in that direction, work well and still excite my senses. Dr Jacobs Natural Castile Soaps are 100% made in the USA of natural ingredients. They contain essential oils and are 100% vegetable based. They are non-GMO, paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, free of artificial dyes & coloring and cruelty free and vegan. 
Check out all the great "flavors" offered over at www.drjacobsnaturals.com and take advantage of their free shipping offer! Get free shipping with any order totaling over $20. Use code freeship20 


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Disclosure: The Happy Clown With A Frown received products to use for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. The opinions about this product are my own.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day 2018


Today was a Memorial Day that was quite different for us. Even as we were somberly thinking of those who have given all for this Nation, we watched our only son walk away from us with a huge Army pack on his back, on his way to his first ROTC Camp and the first time he has been truly away from us and not with someone we personally knew and trusted. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Privacy Rules Going Into Effect

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Today I wanted to share with you our new Privacy Policy that has been updated to comply with the new GDPR regulations effective on 5-25-18.

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To comply with this new regulation, we have updated our Privacy Policy for The Happy Clown With A Frown
You may read that policy Here . I also have this located on my site.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Enter The True Citrus - Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be True Sweepstakes


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Disclosure: The Happy Clown With A Frown was not compensated for this post and is in no way responsible for prize fulfillment or delivery.