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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I Am Saddened

Yes, I am saddened... 
and hurt!

Why? Because people who I thought loved me have shown that they don't really...

I have been accused of things that I did not do. I have been told that because I am of a certain religion, that I think certain ways....some is true, but mostly people have a very strange idea of what I believe or think...

I've been told I hate someone because they don't believe as I do. That is far from the truth. Sure, I might not agree with what they do or believe, but I don't "hate" them...that is a very strong word.

I have been called every name in the book because of what I believe.
And I believe good things, and I try my best to be a good person.

I love my neighbor, I try my best not to judge others, by giving people the benefit of the doubt. Before I judge them, I think...."What would I do if I were in their shoes?" or "What is the rest of their story?" When I'm in a group who starts to judge someone, I will say something like, "Well maybe there is a good reason for what they do..."

I try to serve others, I listen to others, I pray for others...sometimes that's all one can do for others...is pray...

You maybe asking yourself, "Terry, what has brought this on?"

The answer to that question is....

This stupid election!

Yes!  Because I am for a candidate that others think are evil; that makes me evil, stupid, deplorable, racist, ignorant, and other words I will not use on this blog because I do not use them...ever! 

Yes, I have been called every name in the book...and these are from people who I thought knew me, loved me....

So, maybe they didn't say it to my face, but ranting and raving on social media about certain people and how @#$%&* they are, well, it's pretty much including me. 

I know I am not alone in this...I know others who feel this same way.

I know who I am, I know who we all are...children of a loving Heavenly Father....and I'm sure he is also saddened by the way we are all acting.

Hateful to each other!
And wanting to do GREAT harm to each other...even those we love. This election has caused forever relationships to be broken up, even putting family against family. 

I see a great divide in this country...and in fact in this world. This is not good...

Ok...so I know a lot of you do not believe the same as I do...I have friends and family who do not believe in a supreme being...but!!! we can all still be nice to each other...right?

I  want to challenge everyone who reads this post...let us put our differences aside. Let us love each other for who we are, not because we voted for this person or that person. Even if we do not agree with each other, we need to put that aside. I don't think that most of us will change our minds as to who we will vote for. Some of us have already voted and sent the ballot in. 

Let us love each other no matter the outcome of this election. Who ever is elected has HUGE job on their hands, and we need to understand that. Not everything this person said they will do can happen...their hands will be tied to a certain extent, and we need to understand that. We need to show each other, and the government that we are UNITED, that we have unconditional love for one another, and that we want to better this country. 

No matter who is elected, this country, heck, this world is going to be going into hard times. We need to be there for each other. There is strength in numbers. Let us band together and help each other during these hard time.

One more thing...

Starting right now...I am not going to post another political post. Can I hear the same for all of you?! No more political posts!!!! All it does is get our heart rates up and make us angry...

Let us be happy...it is much better for our health...

You all have a wonderful day...and I really do mean that! :)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gifts For Her

Part 2! Yesterday I talked about Gifts for the guys...today...Gifts for the Gals! They are much easier...usually, unless you have too many things you want to get them, lol

As I mentioned with the guys, clothes and money are great ideas. But!!! it's kinda the expected. But you know...? $$ is probably what my daughter and daughter in law will be getting. Of course, I'll have to find them something that is unexpected...

My shop, TappingflamingoBling (facebook and etsy) has a lot of jewelry and ornaments on it.

These earrings are made using alligator gar scales and glass pearls.

Any Disney Fans?

How about pendants made from used, clean music strings?

Earrings to match!
Guitar string bracelets!

You know someone who likes to shop? Here is a
guitar string ornament with a purse charm!

Lanyards are a great gift!
Jewelry sets!
Crystal earrings....
Paper beads!

Anyway...as you can see I have all kinds of different jewelry, ornaments and even keychains available at reasonable prices. I know how hard it is in today's economy, to find nice things for nice people, so I strive to keep my prices low. 

I hope you check my tappingflamingo Instagram and youtube channel out, and TappingflamingoBling Etsy Shop and Facebook page.

Have a wonderful day!!!
and...Happy shopping!!!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Gifts For Him

This is part one of a two part blog. The holiday gift giving season is just around the corner. Have you even started your shopping yet? Many have not, so I am hear to help...

I started with Gifts For Him, because that seems to be the hardest. I grew up in a house full of girls, but am a mom of a house full of boys (plus one girl), so I know!

So...what to get that special guy? By special I mean, Dad, Brother, Husband, Son, Uncle, Son in law, Brother in law, etc....

Money is always a good thing. The last few years, that is pretty much what my kids want...and need, and that is what they got. I do like to get them a little something though, and I like to give things that are a bit different, yet something that is not a waste....something that they can use.

Ties, video games, and clothes are among various other things you can get that guy in your life, but those are pretty much the expected...but I like the unexpected, so here are a few ideas for those of you that are like me....

The first thing I want to show you is a key chain, made from guitar strings. Now these are a fun conversation piece, and could not only be given to your favorite musician, but anyone who loves music at all!

The next thing I want to suggest is also made of used, cleaned music strings....
Music String Bracelets!

A few of the guys at our local music store asked if I would make them one, and they love their bracelets.

This next idea is a Christmas ornament, but can also be used as a car ornament...you know those things people hang from their car mirror? Living in Louisiana, we have a TON of LSU fans....hence, the purple and yellow colors. I can make ornaments to suite just about any fan...weather you are a Broncos fan, Dolphin fan, or even wanting the colors of your favorite high school team.

Speaking of ornaments...here is an ornament that would be a great topper on a package, and then hang in your car. Just a drop of your favorite essential oil on this terracotta clay piece will make your car smell soooo nice! One could even hang this around their neck. I know I like to wear these, especially when I'm having respiratory issues, I just add a drop of my favorite oil to assist in breathing, and it's there when I need it. I do make these into necklaces too.

If you are interested in any of these ideas, they are available on my TappingflamingoBling Facebook page. I also have an Etsy shop and my Tappingflamingo Instagram has a ton of stuff on it. You see something you like...let me know.

So, I hope this helps you out, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season....

Happy Halloween!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Pediatrician's Guide to feeding Babies and Toddlers

Practical Answes to Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More
      by Anthony F Porto, MD MPH and Dina M Dimaggio, MD

I am a new grandma, and when I saw this book up for review I was so excited about it! The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers is a great resource for new moms as well as experienced grandmas. Anthony Porto and Dina Dimaggio, both MD's, have put together a great book with a plethora of information. The chapters are divided into age groups...0 to 3 months, 4-6 months, 7-8 months, 9-12 months, and chapter 5 addresses the toddlers. Each chapter talks about the milestones of that age group, and also some of the challenges...which they give some answers to many of the challenges that come up. At the end of each chapter are some recipes. In chapter 1, the recipes are mainly for the parents...but can be given to your baby when they are older. I can't wait to try the Oatmeal Power Cookies on page 55. I think they would even be good as a breakfast....yum! The other chapters have some pretty good looking recipes that not only your child will like, but the whole family as well!

 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."