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Possum Kingdom Vacation

We recently visited Possum kingdom for the first time, and I have to say it did not disappoint.

The vacation rental we rented was perfect!

It was a small cottage right on the lake, like literally the lake was in our back yard.

It was so relaxing sitting on the back patio, watching the lake, listening to music and fishing.

The fishing was great, my son was the fishing champion catching 15 fish!

Ciara enjoyed floating in the lake and the house was completely accessible so our backs really enjoyed that.

We enjoyed every meal from the outside kitchen and even watched TV on the patio Television.

Now, the Wifi did not work too well so streaming shows was out of the question. But honestly it did not bother us, we got to enjoy each other as a family and never missed the Wifi.

It is also a little off the beaten path, so city folks might feel like they are in the back woods but we loved it!

If you are in Texas and want a relaxing vacation, I would definitely recommend this gem.

Here is the link Check out this Vrbo rental:
https://www.vrbo.com/4503433ha?unitId=5104779&adultsCount=1&childrenCount=0&noDates=true

We had an amazing vacation and cannot wait to go back!

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Don’t Let Your Past Define You

Recently I have noticed the younger generation making excuses for the way they behave.

Blaming every little thing they have encountered in their past for the bad decisions they make.

If everyone let their past dictate their future, we would have very little successful people in the World.

I know for me, I could sit here feeling sorry for myself for the trauma in my life.. but I chose to rise above my past to have a better future.

I see kids these days cutting theirselves because they’re parents divorced.

I see kids turning to drugs and alcohol and blaming the World for their problems.

Choosing a life of crime because they think everyone owes them for the life they were given.

I wish they all could know that the decisions you make follow you for the rest of your life, and can ruin their future.

I know I am not exactly where I want to be in life, but I never let my past define me.

I have an alcoholic father who was physically abusive to my mother and mentally abusive to us all.

My brother committed suicide when I was 5.

I had a baby at 15 and encountered a medical mistake that caused brain damage which led to her having cerebral palsy.

I could go on and on about the devastation in my life, but I choose to think about all the good in my life.

I didn’t turn to drugs or alcohol. I didn’t live a life of crime.

I live everyday for my kids, to give them a better life and to show that I did not let my past control my future.

That doesn’t mean that I never think about my past, and I do suffer from depression and anxiety.. but I am learning to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment I have on this Earth.

I know there are so many successful people out there that endured even more than I in their past. They rose above it and decided to make a better life for theirselves.

If you or someone you know is going through traumatic events, I encourage you to get help. Find a counselor that can help you talk about the pain and learn tools to overcoming your trauma.

Life is hard and there will be ups and downs. You just have to be strong. All the bad in life does not have to define you.

I know for me, everything I have ever went through has made me a stronger woman and more determined than ever to have a better life and for my children to grow up happy.

You can have a better life too, stay strong and don’t let your past define you for the rest of your life!

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4th of July Ideas

Tomorrow we will be celebrating our independence as Americans and celebrating the bravery that led to our freedom.

If you are last minute like me, you are still preparing and decorating for the 4th of July.

I have some quick and easy ideas to help you get ready for the patriotic holiday.

All these ideas are so simple, I am not a perfectionist so everything I do is very minimalist. I hope you enjoy!

Patriotic wreath

I love mesh wreaths, they are literally so easy to make and everything comes from the dollar tree.

USA Blocks

I found these super cute stars at the dollar tree and painted them with letters on them to form the USA.

Flag Cupcakes

I love how this cupcake flag turned out! I just baked my favorite cupcakes, formed my flag and decorated them with buttercream to look like a flag.

Festive Cheesecakes

Who doesn’t love cheesecakes! These are so quick and easy and add festivity to your holiday table. Just mix up the no bake cheesecake, put them in cute cupcake liners and top with cherries and blueberries.

Red White and Blue Tier Tray Decor

Want to add some red white and blue to any table? I decided to decorate my tiered tray. I put some 4th of July Garland around the tray and added little decor items like jars filled with blue candy and a red mug with patriotic straws.

Red White and Blue Strawberries

These strawberries are the cutest and so simple. Just dip them in whipped cream, leaving the tops red. Then dip the bottom in blue sprinkles or you can add blue coloring to sugar. Super quick and festive!

4th of July Table Decor

These are super cute to add to your 4th of July tablescape. The dollar tree has so many vases or jars to choose from. You just add red white and blue sand or rocks, tie some ribbon around the vase and add a flag.

Charcuterie Board

I am still getting the hang of the charcuterie boards, but I think my 4th of July board turned out pretty cute.

I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July!