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My Story After Teenage Years

   

       I grew up a Army Brat in Killeen, Texas (Ft Hood). I absolutely loved everything about growing up in a military town. I loved the merging of all types of racial backgrounds. I loved all the culture. I had my real mommy, a Black mommy, a Puerto Rican mommy, Korean mommy, and Mexican mommy. This really had an influence on the way I grew up. Another thing that had a huge influence on me was the actual Military part. The helicopters, the tanks, the cool people in Uniform, and the Flag, all these things made me smile. Growing up this way ended up permanently changing my entire future.

 

     It wasn’t too easy in the beginning. I had an awesome family and was raised the right way. I was an extremely rebellious teenager though. I made it really hard for my parents. I got pregnant with my first daughter at the age of 17. I was a high school drop out and single mommy by 18 years old. I decided to go to the LVN nursing program immediately after getting my GED and became a nurse. I had my second baby with my now husband Brian, at age 21. Brian was at the time a Sgt. in the Army stationed on Ft Hood. We got married and then of course had our third baby before I was 25. I then became a stay at home mommy. Day care consumed my entire paycheck. Not worth the kids being exposed to illness, etc. Brian got out of the Army after 8 dedicated years. We then left Texas and moved to Owasso, Ok.  It was so difficult for me to be a young mommy of three with no family or friends near by. I missed my momma so much.

 

     In near by Tulsa, off the highway, there was an Army National Guard base. It really made me miss home. When I was younger I would dream about being in Uniform. I would cry when I would see soldiers saluting our Flag.  Well this same feeling would overcome me every now and again when passing the Tulsa base. I soon found out that there was also an Air Force National Guard base. The F-16’s would fly over our heads daily. Nothing like it! Amazing. I would remind Brian at least once a year how I wished I had joined the military. One day he got super tired of hearing me regretting that I didn’t join. Our children were about 15, 11, and 8 by now. He encouraged me to go talk to a recruiter. He felt like I would be a better fit in the Air Force. I went through with it and on November 4th, 2009 I enlisted in the United States Air Force. I was too old to go active duty so I joined the Guard. I was 33. I was not in shape at all, never ran a day in my life, but May 4th 2010 I went to Lackland Air Force base to complete 9 and ½ weeks of Basic Training, then 6 ½ weeks off to Ft Leonard Wood Missouri to complete tech school. Hardest thing I have EVER done my entire life.  I cried almost everyday. I couldn’t stand being away from my family. After training I came home as Airman First Class Jenny Adamus. I am currently Senior Airman Adamus. After I came home I went straight to school. I received an Associates Degree in Education, Associates Degree in Business Administration, and an Associates Degree in Transportation/Logistics. I was a high school drop out. It was awesome! I finally got to wear a cap and gown.

 

     The best part of this entire adventure is how I now know that someday, when I am older, sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch, I will not be thinking “What if?” I did it! I succeeded! It was so hard, but I did it. I will not have regrets for not following a dream. You shouldn’t either. Don’t let anything stop you! What are your dreams?

 

The Ever-Scary “Pit Bull” Attack

The Ever-Scary “Pit Bull” Attack

     There was a women killed a little while back by a couple of “Pit Bulls”. They were locked up in a room and the others there lived outside. Ugh, that whole description irritates me so much. Why can’t the news say “Dog Attack” instead? Do you have any idea how many dogs attack each year that are not pit bulls? The real culprit of Pit Bull attacks is that most are completely unsocial zed. This means no human contact. People chain them in backyard as guard dogs. Why have a dog if it lives in the backyard its whole life. Also, what the news reports is a “Pit Bull” is usually not a Pit Bull at all. The web site below is something you should go check out. It is there for you to pick out which of the dogs is a “Real” Pit Bull.

http://bigpawsbiggerhearts.wordpress.com/bully-breeds/bully-breeds-distinctions/spot-the-pit-bull/

     So I am curious, did you get it right? I bet most of you will not, unless you are a Pit Bull owner.  This article is so important to me for many reasons. I own a Pit Bull. His name is Rocky. He is 7 yrs. old and has been with us for 6 years. Prior to that we had a Golden Retriever.  Rocky is the most amazing dog. He is extremely loving, gentle, and a ton of fun! I have three children that have grown up with Rocky. He was just about a year old when he showed up at my doorstep. The minute I opened the door, he rolled over on his back and showed me his belly. This means that he was submitting himself to me. It was love at first sight. Rocky is socialized and has great owners. We have never let him think he is in charge. He follows commands and listens extremely well. He loves tearing up toys, playing chase, playing the “growl game”. This is where we growl then turn away, then he growls back at us. This game goes on forever.

     American Temperament Testing Society is an excellent and accurate reference for those who would like to know which dogs bite the most.  What is temperament testing? “the sum total of all inborn and acquired physical and mental traits and talents which determines, forms and regulates behavior in the environment”

Here dogs are scored based on their temperament.  When it comes to the American Pit Bull Terrier, 870 of this specific breed were tested. 755 passed the temperament test. 115 failed.  That means that 86.8 Pit Bull terriers have an awesome temperament.  Now lets look at the Poodle.  71 dogs were tested, 55 passed, and 16 failed. That’s 77.5 % It may have been a smaller amount tested, but when looking at percentages, the Pit Bulls temperament is 9.3% better. The Standard Schnauzer breed had 67 dogs tested. Of those tested, 47 passed and 20 failed. That gives us a percentage of 70.1%.

     3 dogs have bitten my daughter. The first one was a Poodle, another was a Dachshund, then a Chihuahua. We live with a Pit Bull. Think about that for a bit. I am by no means telling you that Put Bulls are not dangerous. I am saying that if the news reported ever time a dog bites someone, Pit Bulls would not be at the top of the list.  I wish that the news from now on would just say “dog attack”. The only ones the ever report are Pit Bulls. Why not Poodle attack or Chihuahua? You never hear about those.  Please educate your self more when it comes to Pit Bulls. ASPCA.org, or Cesarsway.com have a ton of great information. 

     Some cool facts, there are many famous people that have owned Pit Bulls. Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, John Steinbeck, General George Patton are just a few.  There are also highly decorated Pit Bulls from participating during war. Look up Sgt. Stubby. Also, Pit Bulls are now being used as police and therapy dogs. When it comes to this article, I hope someone doesn’t feel offended. I just felt like people need to know the truths about Pit Bulls. Thanks for reading this!

Rocky Adamus, 7 years old

Tweeting Live Tomorrow at 1 PM CST

This week our featured guest is mom, blogger, and entrepreneur, +Jenny Adamus will be sharing her tips for creating a memorable prom night while still saving money.

In addition to the chat on Twitter, Jenny will also join the Offers team for a Google+ Hangout on Air on Sunday April 6th. Take a moment to join the event for reminders and updates.

Join us each Tuesday for #STSMchat on Twitter to learn from guest experts how to save time and money on everything from food to clothes to hobbies and more.

Frugal Prom Ideas

     Prom is one of the most exciting times in your child’s high school career. They are going to want the best and you will want to provide the best for them. Sometimes the best is just too expensive. This blog entry will provide some ideas on how to approach prom night on a budget.

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First things first. Do not give your child an exact amount to spend on clothing. They can not control the prices on items. You can give them an idea on amount you would like to try and stay around. That way you can put together a few ideas and choose the one that is closer to your budget.

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When it comes to dinner, there are a ton of ways to save. Some of my favorites are Restaurant.com, Living Social, and Groupon. Here you can find so many restaurant deals with in your zip code. For big groups this way can really benefit everybody. They can all pitch in and spend $40 for a $100 Gift card toward a meal. You could also entertain the kids at home. Cook an awesome meal and decorate a bit. Tada! You have a budget friendly dinner that works for everyone!

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Instead of getting their picture taken at prom, pick a beautiful spot or background to take your own pre-prom photographs. For the corsages and boutonnieres there are awesome ideas on Pinterest for this very thing. A couple great web sites for that are :

http://www.girlishh.com/how-to-make-your-own-boutonnieres/ and 

http://lovelycraftyhome.com/2012/03/27/tutorial-how-to-make-a-corsage-like-a-pro/. These are step by step instructions that are easy to follow.

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When it comes to jewelry, even costume jewelry can be expensive. I actually sell Paparazzi Jewelry and EVERYTHING is only $5. All different colors and kinds of jewelry can be bought to go along with the perfect dress that was chosen. 

https://www.facebook.com/glitzglamourandsparkles

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Now, for the gorgeous hair. Skip the local salon, which can be quite expensive and extremely busy, and call a beauty school. Students help you achieve that perfect hairstyle you are looking for, all under the watchful eye of a licensed hairstylist. Taking this road will save you a large amount of money.

These are some great ideas to get you started planning for the big day! Hope it helps!                             ~Jenny

Quote of the Day:

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.



Skin

Your skin is an organ. Did you know that? Well you do now… This post will be about taking care of your skin,

     First, you need to know what type of skin you have. Oily, Dry, Combination, Sensitive. All these types are different, therefore they need to be treated as such.

Normal Skin Type

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has:

  • No or few imperfections
  • No severe sensitivity
  • Barely visible pores
  • A radiant complexion

Combination Skin Type

                                   

A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which  may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.

Combination skin can produce:

  • Overly dilated pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shiny skin

Dry Skin Type

                         

  Dry skin can produce:

  • Almost invisible pores
  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Less elasticity
  • More visible lines

Oily Skin Type

                          

Oily skin can produce:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion
  • Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or made worse by:

  • Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Exposure to heat or too much humidity

To take  care of oily skin:

  • Wash your skin no more than twice a day and after you perspire heavily.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
  • Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. This prolongs healing time.
  • Use products labeled as “noncomedogenic.” They tend not to clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Type

                    

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.

Sensitive skin can show up as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness

Now that you have some knowledge on what is what, whats your skin type? Good, now lets talk about the places on your skin that extremely fragile. Some parts of your face (eye contour, lips, etc.) have particularly fine, fragile skin. When it comes to washing, drying, and make up, you should pat these areas, not rub.

Some things that can make the skin on your face look worn out are suntanning, smoking, dehydration, not using sunscreen ( a broad spectrum that blocks all kinds of rays ), wash your skin morning and night, don’t leave make up on when you go to bed, and moisturize. I have acne prone skin. I believed that there was no way I could put moisturizer on my face with out a wicket breakout, I learned my lesson. Using the correct moisturizer for you skin actually helps prevent breakouts.

 I hope this helps someone ;)

Quote of the Night:

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/face/whats-your-skin-type

http://www.laroche-posay.com/article/10-golden-rules-to-help-you-take-care-of-your-skin-on-an-everyday-basis/a248.aspx

Friend

A very sweet Airman that was at 138 FW with me took his own life last night. No one even knew that he was sad or having a hard time. He was smart and successful in everything he did. My prayers are with his family and friends. One thing my momma taught me is you really never knows what goes on behind closed doors. You never truly know what someone is going through outside of what you see. RIP SrA Daniel Sims. You will be greatly missed……

Date Night

How much time do you get to spend alone with your significant other? If you have

children, I bet most of you will say never. I totally understand. Been there, done that.

There a ton of great ideas on the Internet regarding stay at home dates. It may take

some planning and moving things around, but it is so important to have that special

time between husband and wife. Being together alone helps you bond. It helps you

to talk about feelings you are both having about work, kids, friends etc. It is good for

you both to get things off your chest. Share ideas, hopes and dreams you are having.

You need remind each other how special you both are to each other and how much

you love one another. It doesn’t have to be a very long date. I know some of you

don’t have the luxury of a babysitter at your fingertips, or family that can be there

at a drop of a dime. I know at the end of the day you are both exhausted. You have

to make time. Even if it is the last 30 min of the day before you drift off to dream

land. I promise it is worth it and extremely important for a healthy, long lasting

relationship. Here is a web site with lots of great ideas to help you plan some easy

dates. http://www.happywivesclub.com/top-20-stay-at-home-date…/ Go check it

out!

Something that my husband and I have done in the past is to actually have a “first

date”. We have done this a couple of times. Granted, we have been together for 15

years, but we never really had a real first date. Also in the last few years, having a

super busy life, including having full time jobs and three kids, we had totally grown

apart. We didn’t know each other anymore. We had no idea what was going on in

each other’s life. Arguments happened more frequently. We had absolutely no idea

what the other was feeling or going through. This is not healthy. You have got to

make time for each other. Try some of the easier things from the web site I posted.

Hopefully, after you have tried a few, you will realize how much better things are

between you both. Got only 5 minutes? Make it worthwhile. Make up your own

ideas for your dates. Be creative and original. Discuss ideas together. A few of the

ideas on that web page include having a kid free camp out in the living room,

karaoke night, and getting dressed up with no place to go. The last one sounds like

so much fun, specifically for us mommies. Some of us feel like we have lost our

identities after we had children. We become complacent. This includes wearing

sweat pants, our husband’s old t-shirts, no make up, and hair up in a messy bun.

Getting all dressed up makes you feel confident and beautiful. Confidence is

extremely sexy. Seeing him/her look at you the way he/she did when you first met

is a serious turn of for the both of you. I can’t wait for you to share with me some of

the ideas that you came up with. Until next time….  ~ Jenny

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.



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