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Once upon a time there was a rich man that was driving past a farm, he looked over and saw a beautiful stallion standing in the field. The rich man thought, ‘Wow I gotta have him’ so he pulled into the farm’s entrance. He found the owner and said, “I want that horse out yonder in that field. How much do you want for him?” The farmer said, “He don’t look to good.” “Nonsense” said the rich man “I’ll pay you $1000 for him.” “But he don’t look to good,” said the farmer. The rich man sighed and said, “$2000 dollars is my final offer.” The farmer sold the beautiful horse to the rich man. One week later the rich man came back angry as ever and said, “Darn you, you sold me a blind horse!” Then the farmer smiled and said, “I TOLD YOU HE DIDN’T LOOK TOO GOOD!!!!” .
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Trigger warning: Abduction 
Courageous is not the first adjective I'd use to describe myself. I don't open up easily, especially when it comes to traumatic events in my life. But what blogging has taught me, is that writing can be cathartic. It can free us of the fear we hold onto. So I write. Mostly for me and my mental health. I don't always share the posts. I have over 20 drafts that will probably never be published. But there are some subjects that are important enough to share, so that other people don't make the same mistakes I do.  This particular situation has taken me almost twenty five years to talk about. Very, very few people, family or friends, have heard this story. I think it was something that I tucked away because I was ashamed of myself and afraid of what might have been. Let me start by saying, I knew better. I was raised with common sense and knew the dangers of the world. So the decisions I made on this particular night weren't something I was proud of, let alone, wanted to share with people... until now. One of the scariest nights of my life, which only seemed fitting to share on Halloween. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit the blog and read about the night I was almost abducted.
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Hefty® Celebrates Strong Moms

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We partnered with Hefty® to celebrate strong Moms, in honor of Mother’s Day! Here is a little bit about the lady who taught me that no matter how uncertain life can be, our strength and love will get us through anything.

I was 9 years old, sitting in front of my school nearly an hour after the final bell rang. All of the other kids had already gone home and I was still waiting for my Nana to pick me up.  It was the days before cell phones, so if you couldn’t get someone on their house phone, you just had to leave them a message and wait.  I was scared and imagining the worst, when I finally spotted her car pulling into the entrance.  I didn’t know if I wanted to yell at her or hug her, I just knew that I was finally going home.  As I got into the car, she apologized and told me that she had won the jackpot at bingo and had to stay a little later to sign some paperwork.  Then she handed me $100 and told me I had earned it for being so patient.  Was it a bribe? Maybe… but it was $100 and I was 9, so I gladly accepted it and got on with my day.

While I was so angry at the time, I look back on it now and laugh.  She was always so honest with me.  Sometimes too honest, like the time I went to see her after proudly losing 10 lbs and she said “I thought you were on a diet? You look the same to me.”

My Nana was one of a kind and a no-nonsense lady who was just as strong as she was loving.  While there was so much to love about her, the trait I adored most was her sense of humor.  She could take any situation, no matter how sad or scary and make me laugh.  It wasn’t something she tried to do either.  She had no idea she was funny… she just was.  Sometimes it was embarrassing, sometimes it was shocking, but we still look back on it and laugh because it’s who she was and she was never afraid of being herself.

She grew up in a time when you moved out of your parents home only to move in with your husband.  She never knew what it was like to live alone or take care of herself.  In 2004, my Grandpa passed away.   It was the first time, in her almost 80 years that she was going to live alone.  While we should have worried how she would handle it, we knew that she was going to rock the single life.  Sure enough, not long after she moved into her new place, she was making friends, being a social butterfly and having a blast.

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When we were asked to partner with Hefty® to celebrate strong Moms, I couldn’t wait to celebrate the lady that was there for me until her final days, even if she was a little late every once and a while. I mean, there was usually money in it for me, so…

All kidding aside, my Nana taught me so much about love, parenting and not taking life too seriously.  It’s those important lessons that I will pass down to my daughters.  As I watch them each grow into strong, independent young ladies, I know that our Nana is watching us from up above, laughing at our stumbles and applauding when we get back up again and tackle the situation like a boss (just like she would).

I love that Hefty® is encouraging us to celebrate our strong Moms. Check out this commercial staring John Cena and his Mom, Carol Cena, another ultra strong Mom:

Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags offer “Hefty Hefty Hefty” strength at a price that fits in our “Wimpy Wimpy Wimpy” budget. Their Triple Action Technology resists tears, punctures and leaks and their break resistant drawstring helps to prevent the bag from falling inside of the can.  While we can’t choose our Moms, you can choose your trash bags.  So why not choose Hefty®, the brand that gives you a 100% satisfaction guarantee, or your money back?!

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What makes your Mom ultra strong?  Comment below and let us know!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty®.

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  • Berlin
    June 2, 2018

    I haven’t tried any Sas shoes. I hope I couls find a pair or two here in our place. I like how you described it. As if you’re walking in the air. Like that feeling.

  • Angela Ricardo
    May 28, 2018

    We totally love and trust Hefty. Great brand, superb quality on products your story with your Nana is very sweet and heartwarming. PS: your daughter is an absolute sweetheart!

  • Heather
    May 16, 2018

    I love John Cena for this campaign! My mom taught me to be strong too and now I have two daughters of my own. My oldest daughter is very physically strong and it makes me so proud knowing they are growing up as leaders too.

  • Jenni LeBaron
    May 16, 2018

    I love your story about your Nana! She sounds like she was a super quick-witted lady. I had not seen that Hefty commercial yet, but it’s super funny!

  • Rose Ann Sales
    May 16, 2018

    This is such a nice post and I enjoyed reading it. A mother needs to be recognized even in a simple way. They do a lot from us and we can’t count them and I am so happy that my mother is a strong woman that never give up easily most especially in times of troubles.

  • Esther Irish
    May 16, 2018

    I love that Hefty celebrates strong moms! My mom is the best and so strong. She is caring for my dad right now in his sickness.

  • Ruth I.
    May 16, 2018

    My mom is a strong woman. She did her best to keep the family together everything was falling apart. Love this tribute!

  • Mar
    May 16, 2018

    Happy Mother’s Day! At a young age, you really don’t appreciate what your mom did and does for you. Now that I’m a mom myself, I realize just how much I owe her and how strong she is.

  • Brittany
    May 15, 2018

    So sweet, sounds like you had a great role model to look up to

  • Julie
    May 15, 2018

    Love your story of your Nana! My grandma was the strongest person I’ve ever known!!

  • sara lafountain
    May 15, 2018

    Your Nama is so gorgeous and boy did she teach you a lot. these memories are precious and you will pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

  • Jeanette
    May 15, 2018

    Growing up with a strong woman influence is great! I think that it helps me stay strong with so many things! I LOVE the John Cena commercial it always makes me laugh!

  • GiGi Eats
    May 15, 2018

    Aw! I adore this tribute!!! <3

  • Natalie
    May 15, 2018

    Your Nana sounds amazing! It sounds like she had such a zest and persistance!

  • Stacie
    May 15, 2018

    I love this so much! Our moms shape us, and we shape our daughters. And on and on it goes. That’s why it’s so important to be strong for our kids.

  • Marysa
    May 15, 2018

    It’s great that you had such a great lady in your life. Thanks for sharing such a sweet story about her. It’s such a wonderful thing to have a bond like that with a family member.

  • Ann Snook-Moreau
    May 15, 2018

    My mom is strong because she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She knows who she is and is proud of it!

  • Elizabeth Voyles
    May 15, 2018

    I love this! I too had a grandmother who taught me what it means to be a strong mom and a strong woman. Thank you for sharing about your nana, she sounds like a special lady!

  • Shoshana Sue
    May 15, 2018

    Wow, I am just amazed at how your daughter looks so much like a professional model! Seriously she should be the face of Hefty for kids 🙂
    Your nana sounds like an amazing woman. Pretty sure she read this post with pride from above

  • Raina
    May 15, 2018

    I loved reading this sweet story about your Nana! Great share. Here’s to raising strong girls!

  • Ricci
    May 14, 2018

    Your Nana sounds like an amazing lady!! I’m glad you had such an amazing role model to look up to!

  • Heather
    May 14, 2018

    What a sweet story about your grandma. It was definitely a different time back then. Things have changed so much now I wonder how our kids will manage when they step out on their own. I’m scared for them. I’m trying to prepare them as best as I can though.

  • Jenn@Engineermommy
    May 14, 2018

    That was a lovely story about your grandmother and a great message. Moms have to be so strong.

  • Alison Rost
    May 14, 2018

    Oh what a beautiful tribute to your lovely grandmother. She sounds like an inspiration and definitely a woman worth recognizing! Hefty’s campaign is awesome! I love it!

  • Carol Cassara
    May 14, 2018

    Mothers deserve to be celebrated and recognized for everything that they do and have sacrificed. I am with Hefty for doing this! I wish I could have known you nana. She’s such a lovely woman.

  • Karen Morse
    May 14, 2018

    Definitely love the fact that Hefty is celebrating strong moms. They are amazing for what they do for us kids and for the whole family. I think your nana is amazing!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    May 14, 2018

    My Mom is a big part of my life. She and my Dad are the only ones that have always been there for me no matter what. I cannot imagine my life without her.

  • Kita Bryant
    May 14, 2018

    Moms have to be strong! They got strong kids they are needing to raise!

  • Mimi
    May 14, 2018

    The facts you shares really gave me a good lol! Your nana sounds amazing, I wish I had more time with mine, she got alzheimer when I was 2 or 3 so I have no memories with her

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    May 14, 2018

    Growing up which such a strong woman must have been amazing! Your nana was hilarious!

  • Joanna Everyday Made Fresh
    May 14, 2018

    I love John Cena and that commercial. It’s great to have a such a great company behind mom’s.

  • candy
    May 14, 2018

    We use hefty trash bags and they are a great product. I have and recognize many strong women that have been in my life.

  • wendy
    May 14, 2018

    Moms are super strong-we have to be right? Love that Hefty is doing this and we use this brand at our house.

  • Melissa Chapman
    May 14, 2018

    Your Grandma sounds like a great lady and a lot of fun. I miss my mom on Mother’s Day and it turns out to be a tough day for me and my sisters.

  • Ashley
    May 14, 2018

    I am all for celebrating strong moms. Love the pic of your daughter. You are raising her to be a warrior 🙂

  • Sarah Bailey
    May 14, 2018

    What an awesome thing for Hefty to be doing! Mum’s definitely need celebrating all they can, as they are all amazing people.

  • Amber Myers
    May 14, 2018

    I love this! I also have a headstrong Nana–she’s still with us and is nearly 97. It’s always wonderful when there are strong women in the family.

  • Alli Smith
    May 14, 2018

    What a sweet story about your Nana! My mom was a very strong woman and she was such a giver. She was always cooking for people that were experiencing grief, etc. I love being able to remember all the good times we had together.

  • chubskulit rose
    May 14, 2018

    I love that commercial of John Cena. Your daughter is quite a model, love her pose flexing the muscles!

  • Tasheena
    May 14, 2018

    Happy Mother’s Day! I really enjoyed reading this post. Raising three rambunctious post made my mom ultra strong.

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