Sunday, June 13, 2021

When My Daughter Told Me She Was Pansexual


Honestly, I had a feeling my daughter was attracted to other girls early on. She'd tell me quite openly in elementary school if she found someone to be pretty. Heck, in sixth grade she said she went out with a girl, but in sixth grade "going out" means Facetiming and hanging out against the wall of the school. She was a bit nervous telling me this and I was just like, "Okay. Whatever makes you happy." 

Then as Middle School went on she would talk more and more about different girls she found attractive. Oh, she'd also talk about some boys she found attractive. In fact, in seventh grade she "went out" with a boy (she and the girl decided they were better off as friends) and that went okay.

But then one day she was like, "I'm pansexual" and honestly I had to look that up because I wasn't sure. There is nothing wrong with educating yourself. Pansexual basically means that a person is attracted to anyone regardless of what they identify as. Men, women, trans, etc--pan means ALL. 

Here's the Pansexual flag:


It sounds exactly like my daughter. I mean, she has a bunch of friends with all sorts of personalities. She doesn't just hang out with specific group of people. She's friends with the straight A students. She's friends with the average students. She's even friends with the students who would be considered "troubled." So pansexual makes sense. 

Oh, sure she's been told by some religious friends that it's wrong. And she tells them they are incorrect. She's been told that she's too young to know for sure. She insists that she knows. 

So what should you do if your child admits something like this to you? Be there for them. Do not make them feel bad. That can make them pull away and not want to open up. It helps that we aren't religious, but if you are, hopefully remember that God is supposed to love everyone. 

I am proud of my daughter for being who she is. And she knows I am supportive. Before I even knew about this, we were supportive of Pride, and not just for the month of June. Love is love, after all. 


When my daughter graduated Middle School, she went up to receive her award sporting the Pansexual flag. I was proud of her. I mean, this IS Texas and people can be quite close minded here. Natalie doesn't care. She is who she is. 






And I completely love it. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

How To Easily Clean Fruits & Veggies

This is a sponsored post, but my opinions are my own.


 

We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables over the summer. It's such an easy and delicious snack. 




Plus I have a nifty rainbow tray.

I sometimes worry about what is on the fruits and vegetables. Oh sure I always washed them with water. But what if that wasn't enough? I think about pesticides and other things that might be sprayed on our snack. 

Enter Fruit & Vegetable Wash from Arm & Hammer.


It safely eliminates pesticides and wax and is incredibly easy to use. It's 4 times better than just using water. Here's how it works:


First you spray:



Then rub gently:


Rinse:


And that's it! 

The Fruit & Vegetable Wash is made with pure and simple ingredients like baking soda, salt, and plant-derived cleaning agents. It is also gluten-free and vegan. You can purchase your own at Amazon and Lowe's.  It gives me peace of mind because you just never know these days. 

To learn more and read other reviews, go here


Does your family eat lots of fruits & veggies?





Monday, June 7, 2021

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.


HEY, IT'S OKAY....

 

....to have been surprised when I saw parents bring their toddler to A Quiet Place II and have that toddler watch a movie on their phone the entire time. They were in my row, but a few seats down, so the light from the phone wasn't distracting for me, but had they been closer I'd have said something. I thought it was incredibly rude. 


.....to have enjoyed A Quiet Place II! I highly recommend it. We're hoping there is a third!


.....to be tired of all the humidity. I jog in the mornings, so when I step out and it's already stifling hot, I am not pleased. But that's what Texas is like in the summer months. 


....to wish people would keep their dogs on leashes. When I am jogging, some people don't, so their dogs get in my path, and it's irritating. Plus, oddly I've noticed most people with their dogs are busy on their phones so they aren't even paying attention and seem surprised when I say, "Pay attention to your dog, please," as I jog past. 


.....to love this light up rainbow from Target. They have Pride items at their Dollar Spot, which is awesome. I am a sucker for rainbows and for Pride, so it's perfect. This was only $5 and it is gorgeous!






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