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Bob Sandlin Lake Vacation

My family and I have a goal to visit every Lake in Texas.

We have marked off another Texas lake, Bob Sandlin Lake in Pittsburg, Texas.

Once we arrived to our vacation rental, we were stunned at the amazing scenery and beautifully decorated, cozy cabin.

After unloading and unpacking, we decided to pick up a grocery order I placed at the closest Walmart, 21 minutes away. But, we got to see more of the area and even some deer crossing the road.

It was so nice getting away from the hustle and bustle of Waco traffic and construction. We enjoyed scenic views and no traffic jams!

Our first night, we just lazed around the cabin and the boys did some fishing.

On our first day on the lake, we took advantage of the canoes and Lily pad the owners graciously let us use during our stay.

The Lily pad was great! I’m not a big fan of squishy mud going between my toes, so lounging on the Lily pad was my favorite pass time of the vacation.

After a long day on the water, we enjoyed the many decks of the cabin. We sat and played games, enjoyed burgers and smores, with the lake sparkling in the background.

As soon as the sun went down, we headed to the boat dock for some night time fishing.

Leland caught the biggest fish, but I caught the most fish. Ciara even tried to kiss her fish she caught.

After a long first day of fun, we settled into the most comfortable bed. Seriously, I didn’t want to come back home to my not so comfortable bed.

I slept like I haven’t slept in a year, I got so much needed rest and didn’t have to set any alarms!

Our next day started with a nice breakfast, while gazing at the amazing view from the living room window.

We enjoyed the lake for a while, until the sun was a little too much to handle. Then we headed inside to the wonderful air conditioner and played games, listened to music, and baked cookies.

After the sun went down a bit, we headed back outside to enjoy ice cream floats and watching TV on the deck.

I loved this cabin so much, I felt sadness leaving. But our dogs, friends and family were waiting for us back in Waco.

So, we had to pack up and take in as much as we could of this fantastic location.

I would definitely recommend this vacation property. My only disclosure is that the hill to the water was a little steeper than I expected, making it a bit of a struggle getting Ciara down to the water and back up to the cabin. And there was quite a bit more steps than expected but that was my bad, for not paying more attention to the listing.

Other than that, this property had everything we were looking for. Seclusion, amazing scenery, clean and inviting cabin.

I would love to visit back in the Fall, I bet it’s even more gorgeous.

Thanks for checking out our vacation at Bob Sandlin Lake. Below is the link for Pinehill Cabin.

https://www.vrbo.com/878762?adultsCount=4&childrenCount=1&haExternalSourceId=61ee7c3e-8f65-41e4-b670-18ac9193071f%203a78e26b-8c79-4d62-8642-3ca4d5474bbf%20hasc%20email&unitId=1426701&utm_campaign=VRBO_TRV_RES_HASC_replyReservationBlank_PPS&utm_content=listing-id-321.878762.1426701&utm_medium=email&utm_source=SYS&utm_term=20220717

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Be Still and Know He is With You

This post is very hard to write. This post will expose my weaknesses and allow you all to see my life, beyond social media.

I suffer from anxiety and depression. I take medication, but sometimeslife” takes control and my depression and anxiety take over.

Recently, I have fallen into a hole of “self pity” and questioned MY worth.

I fell deeper and deeper into a pit of sorrow and I could not find my way out.

Feelings of aloneness, resentment, and feelings of being “unlovedsurrounded me.

I finally got to my breaking point, after months of the constantrush” of life and people letting me down.

After, one very long day of scorching Texas heat, appointments after appointments, coming home to a dirty house and having to cook dinner, I broke.

I lost control of my emotions. I could not stop the flood of feelings. Anger, sadness, loneliness and exhaustion encompassed me.

In pure weakness, I tried to take my own life. It was like everything I work so hard for everyday, didn’t even matter. In an instant, I regretted my actions.

My husband stopped me from making the biggest mistake of my life, and I’m grateful for him, but I immediately knew I just made a huge mistake and I couldn’t take it back.

The damage was already done. I had scared my children and my husband. I made them question why their wife and mother would leave them. I instantly felt ashamed of myself and broken hearted for what I just did to my family.

How could I be so strong, for so long, then in a moment of weakness, take everything away from my family.

I knew, the only hope for me would be from a higher power, God. I was so consumed with shame, I couldn’t ask God for help.

I ran across a daily devotional that stopped me in my tracks. It said “quiet your mind and listen for God.” “Pray for God to quiet your thoughts, so you can hear God’s words. ”

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. My thoughts encompass me, so I feel alone from God, because I can’t hear his Words to guide me.

I immediately prayed for my mind to be still and let me hear the Words of my Creator.

In an instant, my mind went calm, and I could hear my Lord and Savior comforting my soul.

He said to me ” Do I get all the love and appreciation for all I do?” ” Does everyone I love, love me back?” “Do people I love not disappoint me?” “But I continue to love them And I will never give up on them. ”

I came to a realization, we don’t have to be love or appreciated in this World. We do these things and love one another because our God leads us to do so.

Not for money, popularity, fame or recognition. We do it for our Lord Jesus Christ, because He appreciates us and loves us. That’s all that matters.

Jesus suffered immensely, for each and every one of us. He was not popular or recognized for all of His generosity and love. But He never gave up and still does not give up, even when the people of this world let Him down.

God didn’t promise everything would be easy. Life gets hard, people let us down, but we push through for God.

This world is not our home, there is a grander place waiting for us. A place without hate, a place without worry.

I can’t wait to go there and be with My Lord, but only when it’s God’s time, not mine.

I will continue to walk the path of righteousness. I will love others, even if they don’t love me back. I will help others without expecting anything in return.

I don’t claim to be a “goodChristian. I have a lot of work to do to transform me into the Christian women I am meant to be. But I pray God will mold me into the ” child of God“, I am meant to be.

Always know, God is with you and he loves you. You just have to quiet your thoughts and listen to His Words.

Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

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My Top 10 Amazon Prime Day Deals

Amazon Prime is having Prime Days July 12th and 13th. The website is full of deals, but it can get a little overwhelming, looking through all the deals.

I have decided to pick my top prime day deals, under $25.00, in hopes that you can get some of these amazing deals.

This post contains affiliate links and every purchase helps me to provide for my family.

Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Charcoal with Sengled Bluetooth Color bulb | Alexa smart home starter kit

The list price is $64.99, but you can get this for $19.99 during Prime Days.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder, 9.33 oz, Unflavored with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C

I love this Brand of Collagen. The list price is $27.00 but on Prime Days, you can get it for $17.49.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless In-Ear Earbuds – Golden Orange

These earbuds are adorable! They list at $26.99 but you can snag them for $19.49 during Prime Days.

CamelBak eddy Kids BPA Free Water Bottle

I am a sucker for good cups for my daughter, and this cup looks perfect for “no spills“. The list price is $13.00 but for Prime Days the price is $9.10.

Yankee Candle Iced Berry Lemonade Scented, Signature 20oz Large Tumbler 2-Wick Candle, Over 60 Hours of Burn Time

Yankee Candles smell amazing. Normally, I wouldn’t pay over $20.00 for a candle but for Prime Days you can get it for $16.09 instead of $30.99.

Victoria’s Secret Pink Honey Nourishing Body Scrub with Pure Honey

I love me some Victoria Secrets body products. This Honey Scrub looks so nourishing and I bet it smells delicious. It lists at $17.95 but grab it on Prime Days for $9.11.

Bentgo® Salad – Stackable Lunch Container with Large 54-oz Salad Bowl, 4-Compartment Bento-Style Tray for Toppings, 3-oz Sauce Container for Dressings, Built-In Reusable Fork & BPA-Free (Purple)

This Salad Container lists for $29.99 but for Prime Days it is only $11.99! This would be a great buy.

TIKI® Brand 2-Pack 7 inch Decorative Tabletop Gnome Torch

These little Gnome Tiki Tabletop Torches are too cute! They list for $29.99, you can get these adorable Gnomes for $16.80 during Prime Days.

Refrigerator Organizer Bins, Clear Plastic Fridge Organizer with Built-In Handles for Freezer, Cabinet, Countertops, Cupboard, Kitchen Pantry Organization and Storage Bins(Set of 6,3 Large & 3 Medium)

This item is going fast so you better grab it soon! These containers list for $46.99 but you can get them for $24.58!

Peripera Ink the Velvet Lip Tint | High Pigment Color, Longwear, Weightless, Not Animal Tested, Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free | #030 CLASSIC NUDE, 0.14 fl oz

This Velvet Lip tint looks amazing! Grab it for $5.90 during Prime Days, regular price is $9.99. There are different colors to choose from as well.

Ello Cru Stemless Wine Glass Set with Silicone Sleeves

These Wine Glasses have a silicon sleeve for easy carrying. These glasses list for $24.99 but you can get them for $19.99 during Prime Days.

Don’t forget to snag you some good deals July 12-13, I know I will be doing some shopping myself.

Happy Shopping!

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Lake Vacation Must Haves

My family and I will be getting ready this week for a much needed Lake Vacation.

Every year we try to visit a different Lake in Texas. We have visited so many wonderful places and really enjoy the relaxation and unwinding by the Lake.

If you are planning a Lake Vacation soon, I have some Must Haves that I have found useful for our Vacations.

This post contains Affiliate Links and every purchase, through the link I provide, helps me provide for my family.

If you order through Amazon’s Prime Days July12-13, you may get a better deal than I did when I ordered these Lake Vacation Must Haves.

Marshmallow or Hot Dog Roasting Sticks

Marshmallow Roasting Sticks kit-Telescoping Stainless Steel Cookware Set Forks for Smores & Best Camping Accessories for Kids Over Campfire & Hot Dog Fire Pit Cooking

https://amzn.to/3aAvOK2

These come in handy when you are roasting marshmallows’ or hot dogs over the fire.

Soda Can Covers

Clear Soda Can Lids (6 Pack) | Superior Can Covers For Soda, Beer, Energy Drinks, Juice, Seltzer | Must-Have Picnic Accessories & Beach Gadgets | BPA-Free Reusable Fizz Lids | By Smart House Inc

https://amzn.to/3Obg9ip

These are great for keeping bugs out of your drinks.

Shower Bag

Shower Bag, ULG Mesh Shower Caddy with Waterproof Bag and Slippers Pocket, Large Hanging Portable Shower Tote Beach Bag with S Hook for College, Dorm, Gym, Camp, Beach, Pool

https://amzn.to/3bY9zy9

This bag is perfect for camping at the Lake. If you have to go to a public shower, this will save you a lot of hassle.

Water Shoes

ANLUKE Womens Mens Water Shoes Barefoot Quick-Dry Aqua Socks for Beach Swim Surf Water Sport

https://amzn.to/3uDvLE5

Water shoes are a major Must Have for swimming in Lakes, they protect your feet from rocks, glass or any other sharp objects waiting to stab your feet.

Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Clip 4 – Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Big Audio and Punchy bass, Integrated Carabiner, IP67 Waterproof and dustproof, 10 Hours of Playtime, Speaker for Home, Outdoor and Travel – (Pink)

https://amzn.to/3OTsZ5Q

This Mini Bluetooth speaker is perfect for lazing on the Lake while enjoying some good tunes.

Flashlights

EverBrite 9-LED Flashlight 6-Pack Impact Handheld Torch Assorted Colors with Lanyard 3AAA Battery Included (Hurricane Supplies, Camping,

https://amzn.to/3Rp5nYl

Flashlights are very useful for night fishing or camping.

Lanterns

MalloMe Lanterns Battery Powered LED – Camping Lantern Emergency Hurricane Lights – Portable Camp Tent Lamp Light Operated at Home, Indoor, Power Outages

https://amzn.to/3IpZNB7

Lanterns are a must have, whether you are camping or lodging.

Chairs

Coleman Camping Chair with Built-in 4 Can Cooler

https://amzn.to/3yCGC2v

Chairs always come in handy, especially with the cooler attached. You can relax by the water with you drinks staying chilled.

Towels

BolBom*S Beach Towel 100% Cotton Bath Towel, Pack of 6, Cabana Stripe Beach Towel, Large Pool Towels (30″ x 60”), Highly Absorbent, Light Weight, Soft and Quick Dry Swim Towels, for Parties, Guests

https://amzn.to/3P73caC

Towels are definitely a must have. Vacation rentals usually only supply towels for showering or baths, not for outdoor use. We bring a lot of towels with us on every vacation.

Floats

Intex 58837EP River Run II Sport Lounge, Inflatable Water Float, 951/2″ x 62″

https://amzn.to/3yABY51

This Inflatable water Float is perfect for lazing on the river or in the lake. And it even has a cooler!

I hope you enjoyed my Lake Must Haves, I know all these products have been a lifesaver for my family.

Leave me a comment and tell me where you are Vacationing this Summer.

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Let’s Normalize Disabilities

Over the last 22 years of being a special needs mom, I have met so many wonderful people with disabilities. I have learned from them and they hold a special place in my heart.

Many people don’t get the opportunity to meet these “special people“, or get to know them. I wonder, if I would have ever gotten the chance to know them, if I didn’t have a special needs child.

The other day, while shopping, I noticed an elderly man just standing in the middle of the isle. I looked over and saw Ciara next to me in her wheelchair. He had plenty of room to pass her but instead he stood there, baffled at what to do. I ushered Ciara to move, and she preceded to move as close as she could to the other side of the aisle, he then proceeded to say “thank you” and walked pass her.

I got a little irritated, that first of all, he didn’t just say “excuse me” or just simply walk pass her. Instead, he chose to just stand there until she moved.

I’ve thought about it, and maybe he just didn’t know how to handle that situation because he had never encountered someone with a disability.

Back in the older days, people with disabilities were hidden away or institutionalize, as if they didn’t exist.

Today, we know so much more about disabilities and we know their lives are worth so much more, but we still have to teach the world how to love and accept them.

I take Ciara everywhere, and have always taught her to never let her disability stop her from living a full life, but I have to admit, there are days when “people” get on my last nerve.

There are certain people that have no patience, and can be very rude at grocery stores or shopping centers. They tend to act like we are burdening them by having a wheelchair in their way. I usually apologize and move Ciara out of their way. But why must we cater to them? Ciara has the right to shop and exist without their permission.

We, as caregivers, have to stand up and show this world our loved ones have just as many rights as anyone and have so much to give to this world.

The staring use to bother me but I have come to a realization. People stare at everything, whether it’s a person with a disability or someone with a big butt. People will be people and not all staring is a bad thing.

If a beautiful lady was being stared at, she would chalk it up to her beauty being admired. Not all staring is about being different, sometimes people are just curious or are in admiration.

We need the world to see our “special” human beings and let them see all the amazing things they can do, instead of hiding them away from the world out of fear of not being accepted.

Let’s normalize people with disabilities, encourage others to know your loved one, teach them, and be patient.

Get them out into the world, take them places you normally wouldn’t go, and let’s show the world how they deserve to be treated.

If you don’t know anybody with a disability, I encourage you to get to know them, you won’t regret it!

Children and adults with disabilities should not be hidden from the world, let’s show everybody what they can do!

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Plus Size 4th of July Outfit Ideas

Independence Day is approaching and, if you are like me, you want the perfect stars and stripes outfit to wear for the festivities.

Texas is hotter than H-E- double hockey sticks right now, so I will be spending my 4th in the pool. I was looking for a patriotic swim suit, when I decided to put together a 4th of July outfit guide for my curvy girls.

Upon, browsing the Patriotic outfits on Amazon, I found so many cute clothing pieces, until I read the reviews. There was so many I had to turn down, due to bad reviews.

Every item on this list has at least a 4 star review, great fabric and good quality for us big girls.

So, here is my Amazon Plus Size 4th of July Outfit Ideas.

Perfect Back yard BBQ Outfit

Whether you are enjoying a nice backyard 4th BBQ, or heading out for a picnic at the park, these outfits are comfortable and festive for your Holiday.

ROSRISS Women’s Plus Size Raglan Short Sleeve Striped T Shirts Leopard Print Casual Tee Tops

https://amzn.to/3OJrGpw

Rubugil Womens Plus Size Denim Jean Shorts High Waisted Stretch Denim Shorts Frayed Folded Hem Short Jeans

https://amzn.to/3Otl4vR

These patriotic shorts and red, white and blue top would be perfect paired with a pair of sneakers, for you’re backyard BBQ.

The shorts run true to size and the size goes up to 26.

The top runs true to size and the size goes up to 28.

Plus Size 4th of July Tops for Women American Flag Striped Star Graphic Shirt Independence Day Tee Blouse

https://amzn.to/3bu1SQa

This top is so American! You will be the “star of the show” in this top!

Runs true to size and the size goes up to 4xl.

DOLNINE Womens Plus Size Tops Short Sleeve Striped Raglan Tunics with Pockets

https://amzn.to/3ymsrzD

This T-Shirt has pockets! How cute would you look wearing this top with some white shorts, and a pair of flip flops?? This would be perfect for a 4th of July family picnic.

This top runs true to size and goes up to a size 28.

ROSRISS Women’s Plus Size Raglan Short Sleeve Striped T Shirts Leopard Print Casual Tee Tops

https://amzn.to/39UjiVy

This is the last T-Shirt, I promise, but look how cute this top is! It has a subtle patriotic look and would go with shorts or a skirt. I could see myself in my favorite lounge chair, enjoying BBQ and Fireworks in this beautiful top.

The size runs true to size and goes up to a size 28.

4th of July Swim Suits and Cover Ups

If you are like me, and enjoying the swimming pool for your 4th of July, these swimsuits and cover ups would be perfect for relaxing in the water this Independence Day.

Sovoyontee Women’s 2 Piece Plus Size High Waisted Swimsuit Bathing Suit

This swim suit would not be good for me, since I have a bigger belly, but I know some of you beautiful, curvy girls that will rock this!

I will have a swim suit option for my big belly girls, later in this post.

Runs true to size and goes up to a 4xl.

https://amzn.to/3NipoMZ

Wolddress Womens Casual Sleeveless Plus Size Loose Plain Long Maxi Dress with Pockets

https://amzn.to/3nhiyNd

This Maxi Dress would be perfect over your bathing suit for a fourth of July swim party.

This fits true to size and has a variety of colors. You can go with blue or white with this versatile dress. The size goes up to a 4xl.

Yonique Plus Size Tankini Swimsuits for Women Flowy Bathing Suits with Shorts 2 Piece V Neck Swimwear

https://amzn.to/3u6oeh4

This swim dress is absolutely adorable! It has just enough patriotisms, with a hint of retro. I absolutely love it!

If you have a bigger belly, like me, this swim suit would be perfect for relaxing in the pool for your 4th of July holiday.

This swim suit runs true to size and goes up to size 28.

Aqua Eve Women Plus Size Tankini Swimsuit Two Piece Flowy Swimdress Bathing Suits with Shorts

https://amzn.to/3uhRMIs

This patriotic swim suit has won my heart! This is the one for me, it’s perfect for camouflaging my big belly as I float the day away in the pool.

This swimsuit runs true to size and the size goes up to a size 26.

disputent Womens Swimsuits Cover Ups Crochet Chiffon Beach Cover Bathing Suit Bikini Wear Coverups Dress

https://amzn.to/3AABZbZ

So, usually I do not even considerone size” clothing, but this cover up has the option for “one size regular“, andone size plus“.

It also has good reviews from other “plus size” women, and it is absolutely perfect for those of us who are not completely comfortable with our swimsuit body.

Going Out 4th of July Outfits

If you have plans on hitting the town for a night out on 4th of July, these outfits would be perfect. Whether you are going out for drinks or attending a 4th of July soiree, these pieces are sure to make a statement.

RITERA Plus Size Basic Versatile Stretchy Elastic Waist Flared Casual Mini Skater Skirt/Pleated Plaid Skirt for Women XL-5XL

https://amzn.to/3I77QlY

Now, if you really want to “dress to impress“, this skirt would be a show stopper for your 4th of July party.

There are so many options to pair this with! Plain red tank top, white T-shirt, or even wear it over your swim suit. The options are endless.

This skirt runs true to size and goes all the way up to a 5xl.

Nemidor Women’s Cold Shoulder Plus Size Casual T-Shirt Swing Dress with Pockets

https://amzn.to/3I9aB6D

I am usually not a fan of “cold shoulder” dresses, but this one is adorable and has pockets!

This dress goes up to a size 26 and runs true to size.

Nemidor Women’s Round Neck Summer Casual Plus Size Fit and Flare Midi Dress with Pocket

https://amzn.to/3nylCos

If you are looking for a more subtle option for your festivities, this Midi Dress would be a perfect subtle look.

This dress comes in other colors and the size goes up to a 26.

Plus Size Skirt Sets – Stretchy Two Piece Dresses Bodycon Tanks Crop Top + Bandage Midi Skirt Suits

https://amzn.to/3NwTjRH

If you want to flaunt them curves for 4th of July, this Bodycon tank crop top and Midi Skirt would be perfect for showing them beautiful curves.

This top and skirt combo runs true to size and goes up to a size 5x.

Plus Size 4th of July Tops for Women American Flag Striped Star Graphic Shirt Independence Day Tee Blouse

https://amzn.to/3IaJGac

This American Flag inspired tank top could be perfectly paired with a Maxi skirt or a cute skater dress. You can dress it up or down this tank top.

The size goes up to a size 4x.

I hope you enjoyed my Amazon Plus Size 4th of July Outfit Ideas, I hope you a have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

This post contains affiliate links. Every purchase helps me get closer to getting my patriotic swim dress.