There’s No Such Thing as a Food Addiction…. — Visions and Giggles

Most of us in some way, shape or fashion are battling an addiction to something – in the post below, read fellow blogger rudymariee of Visions and Giggles journey on her traumatic battle with food addiction and her breaking point that lead her to declare “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!” Putting behind her bad food choices of cheese pizza, two liter soda’s and pasta to embrace a lifestyle of health and fitness.

Follow the highlighted link Below to read more of this Inspirational story…

There’s no such thing as food addiction…. oh right, that’s why I’m hiding upstairs trying to ignore the very tantalizing slice of leftover birthday cake in the fridge. Why are people always so quick to discount things they don’t understand? I didn’t always struggle with food; don’t get me wrong, I have always l o…

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EnSpired: Hairdresser Spends Well Over 8 hours on Depressed Teens Hair

picture above and below courtesy of Daily Mail UK

This month as we talk about having an Attitude of Gratitude, there’s a 16yr old teenager who’s ever grateful for the time and patience a hairdresser took in taking care of her distressed locks. 20yr old student hairdresser Kayley Olsson of Waterloo, Iowa must have seen many clients and completed many hair transformations but none of them could compare to the client in which she was about to see on a Tuesday morning.

Probably thinking her day was going to be a breeze; it quickly turned into a tornado when a depressed 16yr old young lady (name withheld) sat in her chair to get her hair done, the teen’s hair was so matted and damaged – Kayley had to clear her schedule for the next day and a half.

According to media site Daily Mail UK the teen whom had been battling depression, was so depressed she couldn’t even brush her own hair and came to the salon to intentionally ask for her hair to be cut off.  But Olsson wouldn’t have it and decided to spend the hours needed (13 to be exact) to fix the teens hair whom also had picture day coming up at her school.

‘It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child’s hair for her! At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people.Kayley Olsson

After spending a full 8 hours one day and 5 hours the next day – Kayley was able to turn the teens stressed tresses into a Cinderella story that had a very happy ending. So happy until it even surprised the teen, whom stated:

I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again“.’ 

The picture above is the before and below is the after transformation!

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Kayley, touched by the incident in regards to the teen – shared her story on her Facebook page in hopes that the situation would raise eyebrows about mental illness and how it affects our children, at the end of the day – Olsson just wanted to make the teen feel special again, stating:

A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair. After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this beautiful girl smile and feel like she IS worth something! 

Since posting the occurrence, Kayley has been praised by many for her tremendous sacrifice and work, the post has been viewed over 1.9K times and has also been shared by millions. Way to Go Kayley! What a great way to show and spread gratitude ~

 

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire Often & Love Hard!

To The Victims & Families of Las Vegas…

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Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.

Amen

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I wanted to start with the Lord’s Prayer because it’s a montage as to what we should pray in times of despair, need, understanding and forgiveness. I can’t say that I understand what you are going through because I don’t and I can say that I have empathy for what you have experienced, but I can’t even begin to say that; because there’s nothing in the world that you can say about something so tragic in which you’ve experienced and/or have gone through within the last couple of days.

It hurts to constantly see things of this nature being committed within our world, it’s also hard to believe that we’ve had 50yrs of mass shootings, taking out over 949 people including innocent children and teenagers. As you watch the news you can’t help but to think “Really?, Again?” – And each time gets harder and harder as the number of precious lives whom had so much to live for, so many things to accomplish and so many goals to reach, be taken out without warning or notice. In times like this it almost makes you feel like going in the house and not ever coming out again…but, then that gives the culprits the upper hand in having control and dictating how we should live our lives and we cannot, shall not, live this life in FEAR!

As you try to piece life back together as you know it, I pray that your heart heals daily and that your thoughts are overshadowed by good memories and thoughts of the countless people that put their life on the line to stop and grab someone to safety, either by pulling them or driving them; there were people that made sure no one (as much as they could help it) was left behind; in which despite tragedy, shows the strength and courage of our country . I’m a firm believer and it’s my motto that every negative situation has a positive one, it might be very hard to find at first but it’s always there. And believe it or not there is a positive in this tragedy.

A lot of times we don’t understand why people choose to be evil and mean or even why they do bad things and it makes us sad when you hear someone has done something that was wrong or mean to someone or to people that did nothing to them, But God is in control even of people, God created people to be good and very good and everything he created was a Blessing but it’s the road that people choose to take in life that can either lead them to be good or bad – it’s their choice and sometimes their choices are not good.

But don’t be discouraged, for in the midst of chaos and despair, know that God loves you and has a plan for you, there’s a scripture in Jeremiah that states:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This scripture has helped me through some really tough times and it just lets me know that no matter what, God has my back and through my tragedies and many disappointments he still has plans for me no matter what has happened or what I may have done, God has a future for me and I know he has a plan and a future for you in the midst of all you’ve gone through and while you may be shakened, I know you’re going to be okay.

My prayers and daily thoughts are with you. Be Blessed and know that God and a whole nation of good people with you, supporting you and praying for you during this time.

 

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Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire Often & Love Hard!

 

Whose the SCAM NOW!!

2017 came in so fast and with the blink of an eye, it looks as if it’s leaving us as fast as it came in. Summer is officially over, Fall is on the way and the next thing you know we’ll all be singing “Jingle Bells” as Christmas will be here and Uh-Oh, another year has snuck upon us. But, let’s slow things down a bit, even if it’s in our minds. Speaking of Christmas, this is the time of year in which layaway’s get full; its also the time in which Wal-Mart (at least they used to), open up the layaway option for people to put items away and pay for them until 2 or 3 weeks before Christmas (could be a little earlier)….

With that being said and while the Holidays, Gifts and Saving are on people’s minds right now, so is getting a second job. You see, this is also the time of year in which stores like JCPenny’s, TJMaxx, Wal-Mart and/or the Mall start looking for and hiring temporary employee’s for the upcoming season; in some places this starts in October. There are a vast amount of people who look for second jobs in order to splurge big for Black Friday and/or have a little extra income to be able to get their kids or loved ones nice gifts.

While the hunt for a second job gets underway, whether to buy more presents before Christmas or to supplement an existing income; there are also people out there whom are looking to increase their pockets as well, they’re called SCAMMERS. You see, while you may have all the good intentions in the world regarding your financial situation, you have people out there whom offer “To good to be true” job offers that promises a big payday for little to no work on your part. These ads look something like this, (see below)

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If you’re not careful and I’ve fallen for it many times myself, you’ll fall prey to such ads. I see it all the time on Facebook and you might have too – with people showing pictures of wads of money, saying things such as “Wanna know how I make this in a Day?, just message me to find out how” and depending on your current situation, you’ll begin to get tempted by what they offer, I mean after all, who wants to work a second 9-5 punching in a clock only to make no more than what you bring home on your first job and let’s not even get into how much money Uncle Sam (The IRS) will take out of it, so it’ll feel as if you’re really not breaking bank and suddenly the excitement, goals and aspirations you had with getting a second job, begin to make you agitated. So, when you see ads like above or a social media post of someone flashing all this cash, in which according to their claims, was made in a day; Our eyes see instant opportunity, Our minds get filled with excitement and our heart becomes greedy, next thing you know our fingers have hit the button to contact this supposedly great opportunity.

I’ve been there and while that money does look good and I can think of many things in which I could do with it, I had to come to my senses and ask myself a couple of questions; “Who’s really making that much money in a day?” “How are they doing It?” and  “Is it Legal?”  and let me tell you, there’s always a catch to that madness because, if it sounds to good to be true – then it usually is. You better watch out because up under that hundred dollar bill could be a boat load of one’s and fives. People display things like that to get your attention; their overall intention is to never actually show you how to get that sort of money but to take you on a roller coaster ride of options in which you yourself may have to invest money into, to get some sort of course that promises to get you thousands or even millions of dollars. The talk is good, but in actuality you’ll become a mouse who’s following the cheese….but never gets to eat it.

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My suggestion to you would be to forget those “Get Rich Quick Schemes” and go after jobs that are legit. Yes, you may have to work a couple of hours but at least your check will be honest and the only thing you would be out of, is the time it took you to complete the application. I recently looked into getting a second job and found great success on Sitter City – this website is for people whom want to take on a nanny role; in which includes babysitting, pet sitting and elderly care. There are people on there all the time looking for people whom can help them out, for instance; you may have a couple whom want to have a date night and need someone to watch their kids for a couple of hours or you may have someone whom needs a sitter to care for their pet, either to walk them or look after them while their out of town and If you love elderly people (like I do) then you’ll even find people whom may need you to sit, read or help take care of their special loved one.

The only thing you’ll have to do is complete an online application for either one or all services; you’ll set your own hours and indicate how much you’ll charge. All of this is free of course unless you choose to attach a background check to your application (now that will cost you a little something) but it won’t break your pocket, however; it does give great comfort for whomever choosing you to see that you are the real deal. If Sitter City sounds like something you’ll be interested in, then maybe you should give it a try. I have to warn you, just because you complete an application doesn’t mean, people will respond right away and please use your best judgment and instincts when it comes to potential clients because everyone is not in their right mind and can use such sites to seek out innocent people so, use your head. If Sitter City is not you thing, then check out the link below in which was first aired on The Mom’s Everyday Show and discover how to avoid a scammer when looking for secondary employment.

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  1. If the proposition is to good to be true?, It usually is.
  2. Always check the business out with the Better Business Bureau.
  3. Check to see if the building is a Brick and Mortar place and not out of someone’s garage or other place in which you have never heard of or seen.
  4. Applications for employment are always FREE!!!! Never send money to anyone to complete an application – that’s a RED FLAG!!
  5. Don’t send your resume to a fax machine or an undisclosed number, if possible you can look the number up on Google to verify where it’s from and sometimes who it is.
  6. If someone is flashing that they made 1000.00 in a day and want you to sign up?, Disregard it, because that’s a SCAM!!

As stated above you can view more of these tips and stories on The Mom’s Everyday Show – Check it out and get wise about your job hunt.

Happy Safe Job Hunting!!

 

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

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Lunch on a Budget for $20 or Less

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I absolutely love to eat, but when it comes to having lunch, I don’t always have the money to go out and grab something at the local fast food chain. Sometimes, all I have is 10.00 for the whole week for lunch and you know (depending on where you go), you can spend that and then some in one sitting.

I am so guilty of that….Just look at my face. GUILTY!!!

I was making eating very expensive when it really didn’t have to be. If you’re anything like me then you’re on a budget and after taking care of the kids, the house, the bills, getting groceries and filling the tank with gas – I’d really only have just about $20.00 or less left over to have for lunch the rest of the week. What makes that whole scenario even worse is that I would go to work and spend half of it on lunch and it was just Monday. I had to get through the rest of the week on 10.00 or less….

Eating lunch used to be my most expensive meal of the day and to kick it up a notch, the food I purchased would make me sleepy and sluggish for the rest of the day. What was I doing to myself?, What was I doing to my pockets!

When I realized that I was spending way too much money on lunch, I decided that I had to come up with a plan where I could eat more for less as I was spending way more money on lunch than breakfast and dinner alone. Not only was eating out breaking my pocket each and every week, sometimes it left me hungry and money-less for the rest of the week without having any money to buy me anything to eat after Tuesday.

So, I came up with a plan that helped me save money and could help you too, Especially if you don’t want to eat the infamous PB&J everyday or Ramen Noodles, in which is nothing wrong if that’s what you choose but I love variety as I get bored with the same ole, same ole easily.

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Listed below are a couple of suggestions on  how you can not only save money but have a different variety to eat everyday of the week. At the end of the tips, I posted a short video of the things I look for when I go to the store. 

A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR MY LUNCH CREW!!

 

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I absolutely hate cooking and only do it because I have two kids and a kitchen (seriously)…but I noticed that when I would cook, I would never bring leftovers to work the next day. If I had money, I would just use that to pick me up something but why do that when you have leftovers. I know quite a few people may not like them as they have to have something freshly cooked everyday (I knew someone like that) but leftovers are a great way to save an extreme amount of money that could be used on something else, like dish soap to wash the dishes or other things. So, utilize and start to pack you up a lunch when dinner is over. Your pocket will thank you later..

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Okay, I love the dollar tree and it has really evolved since the 80’s and 90’s – do you know that now you can buy steak strips for a dollar at the dollar tree?, YES HONEY!!! STEAK!!! who would have thought. If you’re a big breakfast person that has to have something to stick to your bones then you can buy the pancake and sausage entree’s for a dollar. And they have a variety of other things that you can buy as well, from chicken and rib sandwiches to french fries. Why eat PB&J when you have the dollar tree. If you’ve been sleeping on the dollar store, then I would advise you to WAKE UP & SHOP! plus the food is actually delicious, trust me – it doesn’t taste like it’s only a dollar.

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You can find some great deals at your local Wal-Mart Store. As you’ll see in the video below, I shop for quantities that last me a whole week. I’m not a big breakfast person so yogurt, fruit and granola are fine with me. I usually find the better deals in the evenings when things have been marked down from the morning. I can get a sandwich, burrito, a salad, yogurt for the week, cheese sticks and nuts for snacks and let’s not forget those Michelina meals that are only $1.00 and if you catch them on the right day, they may even be marked down to $.88 cents. Buy you five of those and that’s your lunch for the week. As far as something to drink, I’m a big fan of the Sam’s Choice Sparkling waters, they come in so many different flavors (mine is Blackberry Lemonade and Orange Cream) plus they are cheap, $.60 for a 33.8 fl oz bottle. I checked my Wal-Mart last week and they were marked down to $.50 (guess it’s time to stock up).

Sometimes I even buy a case of water, in which is really cheap – You can get 32 bottles of the Wal-Mart Great Value brand for less than 5.00 and you can head on over to the dollar tree to buy you a box of 10 flavor packets for 1.00.

So as you can see, Lunch really doesn’t have to be expensive at all. It’s all about your mindset and how that mindset views saving. I wish I had took the time to really sit down and figure all this stuff out earlier, I could very well be on my way to Paris right now.

But we live and learn and as GI-JOE says; “And Knowing is Half the Battle”

How much money are you spending on lunch a week?

 

(Please forgive any errors, it’s my first live vlog video I’ve posted to the page so it’s as professional as my phone would allow) 

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

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P.S. I am not sponsored nor have I been paid by Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart – these are just my observances and opinions.