3 DIY Memorable Tree Ornaments

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’m super excited for today’s post because we’re talking about creating Christmas tree ornaments that you can make yourself with the troops! I can’t wait to decorate our tree and add these cute DIY’s.

Stick to the end even if you don’t celebrate Christmas as these are some activities you can adapt to celebrate your family’s holiday!

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On to the fun stuff! Our beautiful DIY ornaments.

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1.Picture frame ornament.

My mom has ornamens that my twin sister and I made when we were younger. It’s a cute picture frame made out of popsicle sticks. With a photo of rough haired , smiling,  4 year old twins. These ornaments have lasted 22 years!

What you’ll need:

Ribbon

Popsicle Sticks

Hot glue gun with glue sticks

Photo of choice (Wallet size)

Glitter

Elmer’s liquid paste

Glue Stick

Construction paper

Deocorative stickers and charms

Permanent marker

Modpodge

Sponge brush

Paper plate

Laminator and sleeves (optional)

Stapler

 

Instructions:

1. Choose color of construction paper you want to have as a background for your photo.

2.Glue photo to construction paper using glue stick. Cut out shape you want your frame to be and place into laminate sheet. Close sheet and slowly add into ready laminator to preserve photo. (Optional, if you don’t have a laminator skip this part.)

3. Take popsicle sticks and drizzle liquid glue on them. (You can also use modpodge and sponge brush for this part.) Not too much! Just enough for the glitter to stick to it beautifully. Shake desired colored glitter on top of sticks and shake off excess glitter. (Do over paper plate for easy clean up.)

4. Allow sticks to dry completely! Once the glitter sticks are dry add a layer of Modpodge on top. Don’t worry the Modpodge will allow the glitter to stay attached and prevents shedding. Without the white pasty look.

5. Once sticks are dry, place them in a frame shape around photo making sure it fits the photo you’ve glued to construction paper earlier. Place glue sticks glitter side face down. Carefully dot hot glue on points of connection with the glue sticks. Hold in place, be quick as hot glue hardens quickly.

6. Take the  photo you laminated and fit to frame. Using hot glue around it’s boarders secure photo to frame. Add desired stickers, gems, and other decorations to customize your frame.

7. Measure ribbon to frame. Center ribbon on back of frame and staple to place. Tie ribbon into bow and wollah, it’s ready to hang on your tree.

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2. Hand Print Ornament

This is something I wish I started when Faith was a baby. But no worries, we’re starting now! A way for us moms and dads to remember our babies as they grow up and can do with the future troops.

What you’ll need

4 cups of All purpose flour

1 Cup of Salt

1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water

Paint

Cookie Sheet

Oven mits

Instructions

Mixing Bowl

Rolling pin

Cookie cutters

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Place flour, salt, and water in bowl. Knead from 5 to 10 minutes until dough is formed. If too dry add water, too wet add flour.

3. Flour surface. Once complete roll out dough onto surface . Have children place hand prints into dough. (Option cut out shapes using cookie cutter and then have children add hand prints)

4. Once you have handprints cut out desired shape of ornament. You can use the hand and shape the dough as an ornament. You can cut a heart. Use your imagination.

5. When you have desired shape of ornament add it to the prelined cookie sheet. Use straw to poke hole in center of ornament or corner. Place into oven for1-1.5 hours until set. (Keep an eye on it because you don’t want it to crack!)

6. Remove ornaments and allow to cool completely before decorating.

7.Paint frame. Let dry before adding decorations. When you finish decorating add name, age, and year of the person it belongs to on the back.  Once complete add ribbon and place on tree!

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3. Personalized Ornament

I love the monogrammed or named ornaments you can have made. But what would make it super special is customizing it at home and it’s so simple!

What you’ll need

Bulb ornament, color of choice.( I recommend getting child’s favorite color.)

Alphabet and number sticker sheets. (I reccommend the sticker sheets that have 2 rows of each letter if you can find them. Walmart and Michael’s have them!)

Stickers

Ornament hooks or ribbon.

Instructions

1. Have each member of the family grab their favorite color for their ornament.

2. Have them place their sticker name on the ornament. (Nicknames are the cutest) Caleb will have Boogey because he loves to dance lol.

3. Add their number for the age they are when they make the ornament.

4. Have them add stickers of things they love this year on the ornament.

5. Add modge Podge layer to secure everything in place.

6. Add ribbon or hook and it’s ready to hang.

 

Hope you enjoyed the post and use one one of these to create ornaments for your loved ones to look back on. You can even use these for a Christmas party activity!

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For those of you celebrating Hannukah instead of Christmas ornaments you could create shapes that represent your holiday. The menorah, dreidels, gold coins, etc. as cute keepsakes for your family.

A very happy holiday from my family to yours.

-Ashley

 

 

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3 Gift In A Jar DIY’s: 3 of 20.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Gosh I’ve missed blogging. But decided to take a mental break to focus on getting my balance back. I’m back and so look forward to December’s posts with you guys.

If you’re new to the 4mommyvibez blog series a warm hello. To my returning readers thank you so much for your love and support. Big hugs your way!

Remember, if you like what you see or have something to add please feel free to like, share, or comment. Don’t forget to hit that follow button for future content!

Note: We will be taking a step away from my normal posts and focus on posts for the holidays. We’re talking DIY gift ideas, Holiday Treats, Crafts for you and the family, and more! We’ll resume normal topics on faith, family, fun, organization, and wellness come the New Year!

On to today’s post! Christmas is approaching us quickly.

Omg you guys we are 22 days away from the big occasion. So, I thought it would be fun to share 3 DIY  (Do It Yourself)  gift ideas you could pull off for friends, family, or coworkers that won’t break the bank using mason jars to start of our Christmas series festivities!

Note: I will be doing several DIY gifts in a jar posts. Just started with these 3. Lol

Keep reading for gift ideas and quick how to’s!

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Who doesn’t love a good cookie recipe am I right? So, the first DIY are some beautiful cookie jars. This is a recipe my family have used for YEARS and they are AMAZING.

Note: You can use these cookie jars for any cookie recipe. Chocolate chips cookies just happen to be a family staple.

Supplies:

Ribbon

Jar

Cookie recipe card

Dry Ingredients for Cookie dough:

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

3 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Salt

2 Pckgs. Semisweet chocolate chips (If you’re a super chocolate lover you can use chunks instead)

(For full recipe: Checkout Toms. blogpost as we’ll be talking my favorite cookie recipes.)

Instructions:

1. Clean and sterilize jars.

2. Place flour, sugar, salt, brown sugar, baking soda, and chocolate chips in the jar in layers.

4. Decorate top with Ribbon and added recipe card with instructions on how to prepare mix and wet ingredients needed.

 

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Here’s another gift idea I just LOVE! All items can easily be found for cheap at your local Dollar Store or Target travel size sections.

Supplies:

1 Jar

1 Manicure set complete with nail file, cuticle pusher, and nail clippers,

1 Hand Sanitizer

1 Hand Cream

1 Pair of Gloves

Cute Note Card with seasons blessings

Instrusctions:

1. Neatly place the items in the Jar.

2. Place your seasons blessing note card and ribbon on the jar.

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3.Body Butter

(Disclaimer: Please make sure to note if an individual has allergies prior to gifting them this item. I would leave this item for individuals you know personally.)

Nothing beats a delicious smelling and moisturizing body butter to combat the dry skin the unforgiving cold leaves us.

Supplies:

1 Jar Sterilized

Coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Coco Butter

Essential oil of choice

Hand held blender

Large Bowl

Ribbon

Note card with special message

Instructions:

1. Take one cup of raw coco butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil, and 1/2 cup jojoba oil to pan. Melt gently on medium high heat until it forms a liquid.

2. Transfer the contents to a bowl and place in fridge until contents are softly solidified.

3. Once solidified add 2 caps of essential oil of choice. I like the vanilla scented and orange essential oils.

4.Blend until you get a whipped consistency similar to a whipped meringue or whipped cream.

5. Add contents to jar. Decorate with ribbon and your seasons blessing card.

 

Tip: Customize with names of those receiving and have fun decorating jars with holiday stickers and themes.

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick post.

Peace, love, and prayers for joyful preparations.

-Ashley

 

 

 

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Love Story

Hi guys! 

Happy Tuesday. If you‘re new welcome, if you’re a returning reader welcome back. Please make sure to like, share, or comment if you like what you see. Don’t forget to follow for future content. 

Today’s post is extremely special because November 20th is the day I married the love of my life!

Discalimer: If you are in an abusive situation please get help. This post does not support domestic abuse or violence. Please get counseling and if it’s a physically violent situation please seek protection from qualified emergency shelters. Love does not equate to abuse. Hugs and prayers for you.  

So I wanted to  take you guys on through The love journey of Joshua and I. If you are still interested please keep reading. 

In Aug of 2014 I was in a dead end relationship. I had a 1 year old and had been seeing a young man that I knew I  didn’t want to spend my life with. I had tried to shape myself around who I thought he wanted to be with. But I didn’t like who I was becoming.

So, I took time for myself and started to become who I wanted to be. I got into prayer, scripture, and even went back to church. 

One day I was sitting in church when unexplainably I heard in my spirit (if you don’t believe in these things that’s fine but I do) to have Joshua pray for me. It was a strong urge. I didn’t know who Joshua was, and I attended a huge mega church so he could have been anyone. I tried shaking it off but it came to me again. This time Josh had walked down the aisle (I still didn’t know who he was). I leaned over and asked my mom if that man‘s name was Joshua pointing him out. She said it was, I told her I think I am supposed to have him pray for me. 

I debated asking him to pray for me believing he would think that I was crazy. Church ended and I kept trying to say ok God if this is supposed to happen let a series of things happen. The series of things happened and I wasn’t going to follow through with it. In fact, it was going to be my last Sunday at that church. So, if it didn’t happen then it wasn’t going to happen. 

My mom forced me to speak to him. I told him I had heard God in my spirit to have him pray for me. I didn’t know what for and I know it sounded crazy. 

He indeed prayed for me and invited me to these classes he would be teaching starting the following week. I wasn’t driving so he offered to pick me up to attend the classes with his friends at church. We exchanged information. As I walked up the stairs that same voice told me that Joshua would be my husband. I of course thought I was going crazy. 

The first night of classes started and he picked me up as promised. Literally with in 10 minutes I gave this guy my life story. I’m like surely he wouldn’t want to have anything outside of being a mentor or prayer partner. Because let’s just say it was a STORY! He didn’t say anything to stop me or to condemn me. Picked up his friends and had a great class. 

I  continued to attend his classes and even attended church together a few times. (Always having someone with us.) Specifically as friends. I ended the relationship with the guy. Josh didn’t really say anything or even try to court me for a while. I thought it was because I was an unwed mother (though he knew my daughter was conceived of rape). I was in school online but unemployed and was going through a crazy courtcase with my daughters bio. 

He still remained to be a strong support system and friend. Nothing more and I was ok with that. 

He spent time with my daughter, family, friends,  and I. We talked about Scripure, prayers, things I wanted to know about the Bible. Eventually we got into talking about our personal lives and he was not really showing any interest in me. I thought that it must have been a sign that I was crazy though the more time we spent around each other the more infatuated I became. 

Long story short we took our friendship to a courting relationship (with chaperons with a mutual friend.) My mother tried to tell Josh I wasn’t ready for marriage, I fill guys up with hope, get bored, and then move on. Etc. Joshua decided that if we were going to continue courting that would be OUR decision.

We got engaged in July of 2015. Started planning a wedding and I kept saying I wanted to elope. We went through the process of planning a wedding anyways because he wanted to do it for our families and friends. When we finally came to the conclusion of it would be a ton of money just to please other people we decided that we should get married how we saw fit. 

We talked about it and finally decided that we would get married Nov 20th of 2015. My mom tried to talk me out of it. But I knew that this was the man I wanted to spend my life with. 

We said our I do’s. Me reciting the vows but only putting positives in place of negatives, example through sickness and health became from health and great health, richer and poorer became richer and richer. And that day I became his first and his last. 

Over the past three years we have survived miscarriage, rumors, starting a church that we ended up closing 2 years later (story for another day). We’ve experienced loss and new beginnings. Including the birth of our son and daughter. 

 

 

Though many may see a lot of the things we’ve gone through and see struggle. I’ve seen growth, I’ve received unconditional love and given unconditional love. I can say I’m married to my best friend and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

God has blessed me with 3 years of a beautiful marriage in a time marriage is scoffed at. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my love. 

Hope this post gives some of you readers hope for beautiful unions. Know that nothing worth having comes easy.

If you’re struggling in marriage I pray that you take a step back and start to love your spouse as God loves you. Offer true forgiveness, and prayer for yourself. Know that marriage isn’t easy but it can be beautiful as long as you and your spouse make it intentional. 

If you are looking for love give that desire to God. And allow Him to be the author of your love story. It may sound cliche, but marriage is a testimony of its own. If you marry the wrong person it can mean hell. 

With love, 

 

Ashley 

 

 

Thanksgiving Prep List

Hey loves! 

Happy Monday. Praying everyone had amazing weekend. If your new welcome to 4mommyvibez.If you‘re returning thank you for your support. Hugs your way.

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On to Today’s Topic: Thanksgiving Prep 

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. You’re surrounded by your family and friends building memories and reminiscing on times from your past. There is amazing food, but most importantly you have the opportunity to reflect and be grateful for the things this year has bought you. Even if they weren’t all that great at least you can be grateful that you have gotten through the year! 

Josh and I had planned on going home for the holidays. But, due to some unforeseen circumstances have decided to just spend Thanksgiving with our babies and start our own traditions. 

So of course the organizer in me wanted to make sure that if we are going to start new traditions we have to do it right. Hence this Thanksgiving Prep List. 

If I happen to miss anything please feel free to comment below. Also, comment some things you like to enjoy with your families. Maybe I can incorporate them into our new tradition. 

Ok on to the list. 

1.Menu 

Thanksgiving would just be another day if we didn’t completely forget about calorie counting and healthy eating. Both of our families are from the south and they are PHENOMONAL cooks. So I decided we should pay tribute to the wonderful women in our lives and incorporate some of their most famous recipes. 

Our Meal will consist of: 

Roasted chicken (No more dry bird) 

Ham (Josh’s request) 

Mac N Cheese 

Corn Bread Stuffing (I’ll  using my grandmother’s recipe) 

Cranberry Sauce 

Greens 

Sweet potatoe soufflé 

Cranberry sauce 

Rolls and butter 

Peach Cobbler 

Yellow Cake with chocolate buttercream frosting 

Ice cream

Punch 

Sparkling Wine 

Lemon water 

2.Ambiance 

The women in our family aren’t just beautiful and amazing cooks. But, they also have a keen eye for decorating. 

So in tribute to them I will be hittinup some of our local shops for a few festive decorations. I’ll be doing place settings for the kids and adults. A beautiful centerpiece complete with candles. We must not forget using some of those beautiful DIY fall scents for the home. (Not to be our done bythe delicious aroma of our Thanksgiving feast!) 

3. Sports 

An American Thanksgiving consists of Family, friends, food, and FOOTBALL. 

So, my family will be watching the games after the Macy’s day parade. 

Game Line Up consists of: 

Bears VS Lions (Our family happens to be Bear fans) 

Redskins VS Cowboys (Our home team) 

Falcons VS Saints

4. Laughs 

Becuase we usually have laughs from family stories I didn’t think we would let the evening go out without some laughter. So we will be tuning into some family comedies to end the night in preparation for the Black Friday Rush. 

I hope you guys enjoy making your  Prep List in time for the holidays. 

Prayers for love, laughter, and new memories to cherish. 

Ashley 

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Try It Thursday:Forgiveness

Hey loves!

I hope everyone is doing well. It’s late and for some of you it is now Friday. But I really need to get this post out if not for anyone else but myself.

If you are new welcome to the 4mommyvibez blog. For my supporters thank you for coming back. Hugs your way.

If you like what you see please make sure to comment, share, or like the post. Don’t forget to follow for future content and check out some of my other posts!

Today’s Topic: Forgiveness

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I’m going to detour from my normal recipes/activities blogs that I normally do today. Because I am genuinely writing today’s blog to uplift and inspire someone who may be going through a very difficult time in their life.

My family and I are going through a heartbreaking situation. I’m honestly hurting heavily as I write this.

But in the midst of this storm I am choosing to forgive and will pick up my pieces to move forward. I’ve learned a long time ago that only YOU can control what your outlook is. If you think on negativity, bitterness, anger. That is what will consume you.

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I have a beautiful family, my health, and you guys. I have so much to be thankful for. I’m counting what some may consider small blessings as if I have won the World Cup. I know that time heals wounds, and forgiveness though it’s hard will be what will help me through this.

You attract what you are. So I choose to be happy, I choose to trust God, and I choose to believe that all things will work together for my good. I choose light.

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So I forgive myself for allowing this situation to distract me from the goodness in my life. I forgive those who have bought about the trauma. I have to move on no matter how difficult this storm will be.

If you are hurting, discouraged, broken. I am begging you to find the light. Build on the hope of a better tomorrow. Fight for your happiness!

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My prayers are with you and I ask that you all say a prayer for my family as well.

We are stronger when we choose love. That’s what I am choosing to do.

I am actually going to dedicate this blog to my mother in love. Thank you for being my rock, my prayer partner, my guide. Thank you for reminding me of God’s love and knowing that He is with us through life’s storms no matter how big or small. I thank God for your life, your love, your wisdom. You are amazing and I love you so much.

Until next time loves.

Hugs, prayers for strength and prosperity.

Ashley

 

 

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Organizing Series: What you need in your organization kit

Happy Tuesday my loves!

I hope your week is going well. We’re 1 day away from hump day and 3 days away from the weekend. Whoop whoop lol

Before we get started I just wanted to welcome everyone. If you’re returning welcome back, if you’re new to 4mommyvibez I’m super excited to have you guys. As always if you like what you see like, share, and or comment. Don’t forget to follow for future content. Hugs

We’re close to finishing the organization series you guys!  So I thought today’s topic should be all about what you should have in your organization kit.

Just like Dr’s have their kits, and mechanics have their tools. We organizers  have our kits too. It wouldn’t be fair to leave you guys with all the information and not tell you what you need to finish the job.

Let’s get started:

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Bag or Box: You’ll want something large enough to house your measuring tape, label maker, permanent marker, snacks, water, checklist, camera, etc.

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Permanent Marker: You’ll want to have a permanent marker to label your boxes so you know where things are to go once you’ve taken them out of the space.

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Label Maker: Pretty self explanatory. But you will want to have a label maker so that you can quickly label your storage boxes, and bins. Labels are super helpful when using containers that aren’t transparent.

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Measuring Tape: Measuring tape is always good to have when deciding on the size of organization systems, drawers, bins, etc. that you’ll want to add to your space. I can’t tell you how many people buy the containers atorage systems and it is either too big or too small for the space!

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B71CFC70-3C2D-428D-A561-C7DE243D8A85Post it notes: For things you may want to come back to. Tip: Use colors to distinguish the rooms/ categories the items belong to.

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Camera: You want to have a camera (you could also use your phone) to take pictures of things that you’re going to get rid of so you can have them remembered. You also want to have a camera to take before and after photos of your space so you can think of how you’d like to redesign the space!

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Water: We want to stay hydrated so that we can keep going. Having water on hand prevents you from needing to stop. Organizing  can  become overwhelming and tiring. But it’s so worth it.

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Snacks: Same reason as having water. You want to be able to get energized quickly so that you can keep the pace to organizing your space. (Didn’t mean to rhyme, but hey. Lol)

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Gloves: You’ll want to have gloves when working in spaces you know you haven’t touched in awhile. Especially if there is dust, and cob webs. Thank me later.

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Trash bags: You’ll always want to have trash bags on hand to get rid of the junk and trash your space has acquired. Again, it’s all about keeping up the pace.

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Hand Sanitizer: In case you have something super gross you come in contact with. I don’t have to tell you children and animals can find some pretty clever ways to hide their messes.

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Cleaning supplies:  You want to have cleaners, paper towels, dusters, micro fiber towels, etc. on hand to sanitize the space when you’ve finished decluttering. It’s always easier to work as you go so that you don’t have to keep revisiting the same spaces over and over again.

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Checklist: You want to have your checklist ready so that you can mark off things you’ve completed. It helps you keep track of your time and to know what task you should complete next.

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Tools: From my experience you never know when you’ll need to put something together or take something apart. So a universal screwdriver set and pliers are always a good thing to have on hand.

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Batteries: For when you find that lost remote. Lol

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Scissors: To cut the tape and whatever else that needs to be cut loose.

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Music: Some of you can skip this step if you work best in silence. But music encourages a lot of people to stay motivated when completing tough tasks.

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Notepad and pen: To keep track of measurements for the space. Note the things that have been set aside for donation (tax purposes). Things to be sold, and things that are to go to specific people.

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Mini First Aid Kit: Accidents happen. It’s always better to be safe and prepared.

Anything else you think you may need, feel free to add it to this kit. This is my ultimate tool kit.  Because once again less is more.

Side Note: I’m working on getting videos out to you guys because I have a lot of people asking me to show them how to do certain techniques etc. So look out for my post notifying you of the 4mommyvibez Youtube Channel launch!

Thank you for your patience, and  thank you for your support. I love you guys.

Don’t forget to comment a name I can give my loyal followers.

Talk to you guys soon.

Ashley

 

 

 

 

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Our Part for our Veterans!!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. To all of my readers hugs and if you like what you see comment, like, share, and follow for future content.

First and for most Happy Veterans Day to all the vets out there. I know so many amazing vets and truly understand the sacrifices of leaving their families, risking their lives, losing limbs, and lets not even touch on their mental well being. All for the freedom of the American people. They deserve all of the honor and acknowledgment in the WORLD!

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So if any of my readers are vets or currently serving in our military I salute you, I pray for you and your families, and I pray especially hard for you if you’ve lost a member on the line of duty. Hugs your way.

Today’s post is actually inspired by my love for veterans. So many risk everything for this country. I have friends and family through out the military who go on tours for months and years on end. Most, are away from their families missing important milestones just for our freedom.

To Britt, Marques, Nigel, Terrell and Granpa Jimmy (RIP), grand daddy,Ralph Michelle, Jaliena, Jasmine, Natalie, Hope, and everyone else I have the pleasure of knowing personally. From my family and from the bottom of our hearts thank you for your courage, for your sacrifices, for your struggle, and for your service. I love you guys so much.

(Would love to post you all’s photos but I don’t have permission. So know, your beautiful faces are forever ingrained in my heart.)

I also, have met extraordinary people by volunteering. Stories so unreal and so powerful. It hurts my soul to even imagine and the lack of recognition they receive is horrifying.

So, I did a little research on ways we can support our troops, our veterans, and the families of fallen soldiers. Because thank you just isn’t enough. If you’re interested in ways we can show true thankfulness and support for our amazing hero’s keep reading.

Ways we can support our Veterans and Troops:

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There are over 21 million veterans in this country and over 2 million active duty military personel. Some may receive benefits, but there are many individuals who struggle while waiting on benefits to come through for their families once disabled or discharged. A trying time especially for low ranking officials who’s families depended on their service to provide for them.

The Military Wallet

The following link leads to charities that help provide assistance for individuals while waiting to hear if they will receive benefits. In my opinion they all deserve to take care of their families and deserve benefits but alas we don’t live in a perfect world.

Please reach out to them and see how they accept monetary donations for those families impacted by injuries while serving our country.

https://themilitarywallet.com/emergency-financial-help-for-military-families/

Vietnam Veterans of America

One of my favorite charities as both of my grandfathers served in the Vietnam war, not only accept monetary donations but furniture, clothing, and shoes for those vets who have fallen on hard times.

Follow the link below to see how you can support our vets with the extra things in your home that is no longer needed that would benefit one of our armed force members in need. It’s super easy and they can even pick up the donations right from your home.

https://pickupplease.org/donation-program/

These are just a couple of charities I am aware of. There are so many more out there. PLEASE research how to donate to the men and women who have served in our military to protect your right to freedom.

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Volunteer: 

Another, MAJOR way we can support our veterans is by volunteering! Google locations in your area that support our veterans so that you and your family can be a blessing to our vets by showing up and doing YOUR part.

You can also visit the link below find locations and programs to support our veterans by volunteering.

https://www.volunteer.va.gov

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Care Packages: 

An awesome way to show your support for our veterans and troops alike would be by providing care packages!

There’s no better way to support our men and women in arms than by giving a sweet care package.

Call your local Veterans Affairs Office to see what is acceptable to package and send off to our troops and vets. Build a team in your neighborhood, school, church, or community centers.

Set up a team to advertise that you are accepting donations for care packages. Team up with your local stores and see if they will allow you to post your drop off locations for items needed. Another team can accept and collect donations (provide reciepts so that people can claim their donations on their taxes win/win). Another team to build the packages, and the final team to transport the packages to be sent off.

My family is currently preparing to complete care packages within our local church for this coming winter with things like gloves, hats, quarters, non-perishable items, and toiletries to drop off to our local office so that they can be dispersed to those vets in need that are in our community.

Tip: Anyone willing to do this I am offering my coupon manual for free so that you and your team can purchase items at more affordable rates by using coupons. If you don’t already know how.

Email me at momvibez1120@gmail.com if interested.

There are many other ways you can support our veterans and troops year round. It just takes a quick second to google ways you can be of service to those who have served our country. You just have to be diligent.

Please comment if you have further ideas on ways for us to thank our Veterans and Men/Women who have served and are currently serving our country.

Untile next time.

Hugs,

Ashley