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Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate you! Please social distance and wash your hands. Have a great weekend! Melinda

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Happy Birthday Daddy

I’m reposting for Mental Health Awareness Month. I made peace with my father’s suicide years ago. I also understand the challenge and suffering mental illness can bring. I also have Bipolar Disorder and have been suicidal many times. I’m thankful for a great healthcare team, most importantly a doctor who listens to my concerns, and when a medicine isn’t working he is quick to make changes and continues until I’m stable again.


Today would be your 76 birthday, there are a few things to say. I don’t know if you were with God in your final hours. I can’t assume you asked for forgiveness, I can’t assume you’re in Heaven.

Granny and Gramps went to their graves not knowing the pain you inflicted on me. Granny would breakdown, I would not cause her such pain.

You told me several times you were going to kill yourself, I didn’t doubt. I chose to keep the information to myself.

Granny was never the same after taking your life.

You called delusional, hallucinationing your phone was tapped. I found the cassettes, listened to every one, it’s sad where the mind can take us.

I have an idea how difficult it must have been living with a delusional mind.

Years soften the memories and pain, time doesn’t mean forgiveness. I choose to move forward building a healthy life. I’ve forgotten those times, their packed away, never to share.

Your son doesn’t have recollections of the worst times, he hardly knew you, you two didn’t spend much time. He knows nothing of my pain, like granny, he will go to his grave knowing none.

I talked with your half-brother Michael last year, he had photos and fond memories of you, the times you shared. Thru him I learned your side of the family suffered from depression for generations back.

Until next year


Pink Peony Sugar Scrub Recipe with Bramble Berry

Peony Sugar Scrub Recipe

You may recognize Bramble Berry from the pages of Willow and Sage! We are so thrilled that they are sharing one of their latest and greatest skin-care recipes on our blog today. Learn how to make this nourishing and beautifully-scented Pink Peony Sugar Scrub below.

Pink Peony Sugar Scrub Recipe

This Pink Peony Sugar Scrub leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Skin-loving cranberry butter and champagne extract are whipped together with Foaming Bath Butter to create a smooth base for the sugar. Foaming Bath Butter lathers with water, so the scrub washes off the skin without an oily residue. To use, apply the scrub to wet skin, gently rub in circular motions, and wash away. 

A touch of Hot Pink Mica gives the scrub a lovely pink color. It’s made with Pink Peony Fragrance Oil from Bramble Berry’s Soirée Collection. The fragrance is a modern floral mix of lemon, rhododendron, honey, peony, and white musk.


Find all the ingredients here

Three 8 oz. Bail Jars
10 oz. Foaming Bath Butter
2 oz. Cranberry Butter

2.5 oz. Champagne Extract

8 mL Pink Peony Fragrance Oil

15 oz. Sugar

1/16 tsp. Hot Pink Mica


In a large mixing bowl, add 10 ounces of Foaming Bath Butter and 2 ounces of cranberry butter. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip until they’re completely combined and smooth.

Add 2.5 ounces of champagne extract and 8 mL of Pink Peony Fragrance Oil. Whip the ingredients until smooth. 

Add 15 ounces of granulated sugar and about 1/16 teaspoon of Hot Pink Mica. Use the mixer to thoroughly incorporate. 

Spoon the mixture into jars. 

To use, apply a small amount of the scrub to damp skin, gently rub in circular motions, and rinse off. Enjoy!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by TANGIE at https://www.tangietwoods. Tangine has won the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award along with many other awards for her great blog.

This a caption from one of her first post.

An “Undivided Heart,” my theme, my motif I carry forth. The etymology of my theme comes from the sundry challenges of being a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother along with burdens of employment and health issues. I am sure to be not alone wearing these various “hats” of life, or feeling divided by these necessary distractions between the spiritual and the carnal worlds desiring to live in just one, the spiritual. Does this sound like you? Can you relate?

I can relate and encourage you to check out her blog. Due to my health conditions I’m not participating in the award but wanted to introduce her to my community.