Somebody Has to Say it…Trump for President…NOT!

Somebody has to say it, so I will. I never have been one to keep my opinions to myself. If Donald Trump should become the Republican nominee for president and win the presidential election next year, I am moving to another country.

I am not going to tell you if I am a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. That is not important right now.  What concerns me is that there are people in this country that are so…I don’t want to say stupid, because that is too negative and it might offend some individuals…but somebody has to say it, so I will…they are so STUPID they’d have Donald Trump be our president!  Can you imagine?   I can’t, and it scares me that there really are people who think he would make a good leader.

I believe Donald Trump would be a horrendous choice for president for many reasons.  Once reason is, he is a bigot.  He blames Blacks and Hispanics for violent crime across the country.  He said, “When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best.  They’re sending people who have lots of problems.  They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re bringing rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Well Mr. Trump, I believe more than SOME are good people. I spent the better part of my teaching career teaching some of the children of these Mexicans you are referring to, and the majority of these immigrants were honest, hard-working people that only want a better life for their children.  My grandfather came to the United States in 1916 at the age of 16, because he wanted the same thing for himself. He experienced discrimination too.  Italians were thought of as lazy, garlic-eating guniea. A guinea is a nasty racial slur. It referred to the Guinea Coast of Africa and implied that Italian-Americans were non-white which at the time was very offensive. He was also called a WOP. WOP stands for Without Papers; another insult implying Italians had no official papers in which to identify themselves.  In some cases it was true, but not in all cases.  Yes, we do need to do something about illegal immigration. But, to say the majority of people that have come illegally from Mexico are bad people is wrong.  I don’t want anyone that feels that way representing me as an American to the rest of the world.

Another reason why I would leave the country if Trump became President is that he is a Neanderthal in his thinking about women. According to his daughter Ivanka Trump’s recent statement in a CNN interview, Donald Trump is progressive in his views relating to women.  “Otherwise,” she says, “she wouldn’t be an executive in his company.”  Well… we don’t know that for sure, do we?   What we DO know is what he puts out there publically. We DO know that she is his daughter and most fathers would give the moon to their daughters.  What we DO know are the derogatory comments he has publically made about specific women during his bid for the Republican nomination.  First about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, “She had blood coming out of her wherever”, and second the comments he has made about Carly Fiorina’s face.  Do not even start me on the disgusting things he has said about his daughter.  A father should NEVER, I repeat, NEVER go there!  Joking or not. Period.  End of discussion!

Do we really want a person like that representing the United States?

(For more info on disgusting comments Trump has made about his daughter and other women click here and here.

So my card today is made using an older stamp set; For All Things.  Hope you like it.

Thanksgiving 2015

Once again, I used Stampin’ Up!’s retired spritz tool to “spritz” the background of the card.

Hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!








Mother’s & Daughters

What is it about some mothers and daughters that cause their relationship with each other to be so notorious at times? I have often wondered if as mothers we see the qualities we dislike most in ourselves in our daughters and we try to fix them.  I know my relationship with my mother was sometimes difficult, especially when I was an adolescent and again when I was a single mother.  The same holds true for my relationship with my daughter who will soon celebrate her 30th birthday. She and I get along pretty well now, but there have been times in the past when things were not so stellar.  Like me, she can sometimes be headstrong and determined to do things her way.  (Is that really a bad thing?)

I have done a little reading (enough to make me dangerous) about mother and daughter relationships and this is what I learned. According to an article I read, the three biggest things mothers and daughters usually argue about are hair, clothes, and weight.  All three things relate to physical appearance.

When I look back at the times my mother and I really went head to head, they usually but not always, centered on one of those three things. She either didn’t like the way I was wearing or the color of my hair, a dress I was wearing made me look a little “frumpy”, and well, “You’ll lose the weight when you are ready.”

“All I ever really wanted was for you to approve of me, Mom!” That was the conclusion I finally came to and when I decided I was adult enough to stop looking for mother’s approval, our relationship improved a thousand times.  She could make comments about my looks until hell froze over, and I did not care. When I stopped reacting to what she had to say, we stopped arguing.

In hindsight, looking back at my relationship with my daughter and two of the times we butted heads, they both relate to physical appearance.

When my daughter entered high school, I made an appointment for her at the Clinique counter in a local department store for a makeover. She wasn’t allowed to wear make up until her first year. She attended a parochial school until she graduated high school, and makeup was expressly against dress code until then.  I thought it would be best if someone other than her mother gave her a few makeup tips.  Kids usually listen to the advice of others over their parents at that age anyway.  The consensus among kids that age is their parents don’t know anything. I know mine didn’t!  The only grew smarter as I grew older. I thought I was being very progressive and insightful by doing this.  This would surely solve the problem of her wearing too much make up as most girls her age have a tendency to do.  It would also save a lot of confrontation between the two of us over the very subject.

In reality, all it really did was set me back about $150.00 when I purchased the cosmetics the salesperson recommended. Did she follow the makeup tips that were suggested?  Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I can’t remember the number of mornings my beautiful daughter would come down the stairs to the breakfast table OVER made up. Sometimes the eyeliner was so onerous and dark I thought a raccoon was coming to breakfast. Or, the foundation so carroty in color and thick, I could see a line along her jawbone where the foundation ended and her natural complexion started.   Sometimes the eye shadow was so blue or green that her younger brother would whisper to me, “Jenn looks gross!”   Something funky was always going on with her makeup.  To me, my daughter was beautiful (and she still is).  She didn’t need all of that stuff.  I continually tried  telling her this.  It was when she got to be my age she would need a little extra help.  I also tried telling her that boys didn’t like to be with girls that wore too much make up.  What did I know anyway?

One morning on the way to school, Jenn made the mistake of asking what I thought of her makeup. The second mistake occurred that morning when I told her exactly.

“It’s too much, Jenn. It looks a little slutty.”

“Ahhhhhhhhhhh!” she screamed. “I can’t believe you just called your own daughter a slut!”

“I did no such thing,” I said. “I said your make up looks slutty.  There is a difference!  Besides, if you don’t really want to know what I think, don’t ask because I will never lie to you!”

As she continued to vehemently screech  her dissatisfaction with my response, I gently asked her, “Are you pms’ing, Jenn?”

“No, I am not!” she  bawled.  I knew immediately that she in fact was.

After that, she never asked again about her makeup, and I never offered my opinion.

Around the beginning of her junior year in high school, my daughter told me,

“You know what Mom? My English teacher told me the foundation I have been wearing is a little too dark for me. She recommended I try another one that is more the color of my complexion.  She said…”

I smiled to myself, and thought, “What have I been saying? Thank you, Miss English teacher.  I love you!”  LOL!

Here is my card today.  I felt a little autumn-ish, so I worked on a Thanksgiving card for today.  This is what I cam up with.  Hope you like it.  I LOVE these colors together.

For All Things - 3

I always look forward to your comments whether they are about what I’ve written or created, so feel free.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


What’s in Your Bag?

I was trolling the internet and happened upon They do a feature called “What’s in my bag?” where they ask celebrities that exact question.  The celebrity then tells us what is in her bag.’

Journalist and celebrity Meredith Vieira says she carries the basics, like her personal BlackBerry, work iPhone, Starbuck’s Card, make up, and make up removal wipes. Celebrity Tia Mowry says she carries hand sanitizer; an extra pair of her son’s training pants, a book on potty training, and a DVD player for her son in her “Mom” bag.

The website says “82% of us believe the contents of a woman’s handbag reveals a lot about her personality (and what is important to us), and 42% of woman say looking inside someone’s hand bag is as personal as reading her text messages.”  I would have to agree with the 42%; I always taught my children (and my husband) that my purse was my private stuff therefore off-limits.  On the few occasions I have told either my son or husband they would find what they needed in my purse, they always appeared a bit intimidated to go into it.

According to the same article, some women carry toilet paper. Well, I guess you never know when the spirit will move you! 🙂 Others carry their iPod or mp3 players, chocolate, and money/bank cards.  They also said that 4% of women have confessed to carrying a spare pair of under ware.  Probably the ones that don’t carry the toilet paper!

So, I was cleaning out my purse the other day, and this is what I found.

  1. Another tote (You never know!)
  2. Three dirty tissues
  3. Four starlite mint candy wrappers
  4. One lipstick
  5. Two chapsticks
  6. One sunscreen stick SPF 55
  7. 1 travel size mascara
  8. 1 ½ packages of purse size tissues
  9. Crumpled up post-it note
  10. $2.77 in change
  11. One feminine hygiene product
  12. Three business cards from the salon I go to with my last three appointments on them
  13. Two used toothpicks L
  14. A package of plastic tooth picks from the dentist’s office
  15. A pair of ear rings
  16. Business card holder w/ business cards
  17. Pillbox containing Motrin, aspirin and several of each of my prescriptions
  18. Beano  🙁
  19. A note pad
  20. Five pens
  21. Two mechanical pencils
  22. Small pencil sharpener
  23. My rosary (not because I say it)
  24. Two small tubes of hand lotion
  25. Comb
  26. A zip lock bag of Dum-Dums
  27. A zip lock bag of mixed nuts
  28. Reading glasses and case
  29. Sunglasses
  30. Two rubber bands
  31. Checkbook
  32. Id card holder attached to a lanyard w/o my work id in it
  33. Whistle
  34. Expired coupons for Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Michaels’
  35. A coupon for a firearms training class
  36. Mini binder clip
  37. Two half consumed rolls of roll aides
  38. Nail file
  39. Mini screwdriver
  40. Nail clippers
  41. Eyebrow tweezers
  42. Extra business cards in case I run out of the ones that are in my business card holder.
  43. An old grocery list
  44. A small case containing rewards cards from various local businesses.
  45. Pocket calendar
  46. Smart phone
  47. Wallet w/ credit cards, debit card, and receipts from recent purchases
  48. One mis-matched white sock
  49. My car and house keys
  50. Nail polish
  51. Lens cap for my husband’s camera (He thought he lost it)
  52. Small slip of paper containing usernames and passwords

What’s in your bag?

Whats in my bag

The card I am sharing with you today features the For All Things stamp set which is found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I am very pleased with the way this turned out.  I like it so much that I’ve made multiples to send for my Thanksgiving card.

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I stamped the leaves and background directly onto a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of whisper white card stock using Hello Honey for the background and Mossy Meadow for the leaves.  I stamped the Hello Honey first.  For the leaves, I inked my stamp then stamped directly onto the Hello Honey, then stamped again onto the card stock without re-inking.  Then I repeated the process; ink the stamp, stamp onto the card stock, then stamp again.  So you are essentially stamping off right onto your card stock.  To get the loopy linen thread, I laid down a strip of sticky strip, cut a length of thread and just looped a few times and laid it down onto the sticky strip.

I cut the burlap ribbon about 4 1/2″ long.  I bannered the end then wrapped the other end around the back of the card.  Part of the sticky strip helps to hold it down.  I used glue dots to hold down the piece of Moonlight DSP.  The crumb cake card stock is 1″ wide.  I layered everything and then stapled everything to the card base using the Hand Held Stapler in the Holiday Mini.  The sequins were leftover from the August My Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


Works Cited

Lacey, Martha. “Emergency loo roll, chocolate and spare knickers: What women REALLY keep in their handbags (and why men are afraid of them).” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 27 Sept. 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2014. <–spare-knickers-What-women-REALLY-handbags.html&gt;.

“Meredith Vieira: What’s in My Bag?.” Latest News. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2014. <;.

“What’s in My Bag – Us Weekly.” Latest News. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2014. <;.

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