A New Easy Way To Support Women Owned Businesses

Choosing items made by women when you shop is now going to be easier.

This is the third post in my series about helping the U.S. economy. The first two in the Series were about How to Buy Products Made in America and Why buy American Made Products. Make sure you read them and help build our United Sates Economy back up.

Women Owned Businesses

NEW LOGO

A big thanks to Walmart and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for creating a logo that will be added to merchandise that is made by Women Owned business.

I would probably be considered biased on this subject because I owned my own construction company for years before the Economy plummeted. I remember like it was yesterday being one of very few females in a strictly male business. It was hard to get my foot in the door and we were also held at higher standards because a ‘chick’ was running the company. It can sometimes be a very unfair world.

Walmart and Sam’s Club will be sporting the new logo right away, with other retailers signing on as your reading this post.

According to WBENC your purchase of Women Owned products helps the Companies grow which then creates more employment opportunities for us. You are not just supporting the individual business, you are supporting our economy. Women Owned businesses contribute more than $1.3 trillion dollars to the U.S. economy and employ nearly 7.9 million people. Those are big numbers considering it’s hard for women to get the same treatment as a man in the business world.

Women are responsible for more than 80% of consumer decisions globally. Walmart’s states that in a recent study, 90% of their U.S. women customers would go out of their way to buy merchandise made by women. So we are not alone in this ladies (and gents too). We need to make sure we watch for the new logo and make purchases accordingly.

I know you are wondering about qualifications, it’s under control.

In an article from WBENC they stated that, “to qualify to use the logo, a business must be WBENC and/or WEConnect International certified, which means 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or group of women.” This is awesome news, I researched these Companies and they don’t just give anyone credentials. It is a huge process and not easy. So next time you see the logo be self-assured that you are definitely supporting Women Owned Businesses.

Are you as excited as me about this??

I have found a list of a few brands and companies you can look for the next time you shop that are already using the logo (I’m now excited to go buy a new bra from one of them). I know this list is not very long, but maybe soon I will be able to do an update when I find new companies showing off the logo.

Here is the list I promised you of Women Owned Businesses already sporting the new logo:

Asplund Coffee – Patricia E. Asplund

Asplund Coffee

My Brother’s Salsa – Helen Lampkin

My Brothers Salsa

Nu-Set Lock

Nu-Set Lock

Fusion Jerky – KaiYen Mai

Fusion Jerky

PBnJ baby – Stacie Blaney

PBnJ Baby

Ziegenfelder Company – Lisa Allen

Ziegenfelder Company

VAN Oriental Food, Inc. – Theresa Motter

VAN Oriental Food, Inc

Smart & Sexy – Ariela Balk

Smart & Sexy

Positively Perfect Dolls

Positively Perfect Dolls

Jelmar LLC. – Alison Gutterman

Jelmar LLC

To wrap this up I will leave you with this, next time you’re at the store make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the new logo and any of these companies I have listed. It’s as easy as putting it in your cart and making the purchase. You will feel warm and fuzzy all over knowing that you’ve done something good for our economy and your fellow female American woman. It helps that you also know you are buying a product that is high quality and unique.

If you enjoyed this post make sure you check out my other post in this Series How to Buy Products Made in America and Why buy American Made Products.

What do you think? Will you look for and buy products with the new logo and feel all warm and gushy inside?

Why buy American Made Products?

I’m glad you want to know why you should buy American Made Products!

Keep reading and I will share with you what I have learned…

It’s pretty sad that we are at a point that we have to make a choice of paying a little more for something and knowing it will be safe and is made with strict guidelines or purchasing something that can potentially harm us but pay less. That to me is a no brainer. Which is why I put together this Article about How to Buy Products Made in America. It’s an in depth list of Products and Brands Made in the USA. I also wrote an article on how It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses.

I recently read an article from the Website Made in America Forever; they sell only quality products made in the USA. The article I read stated that, “the truth is, there are MANY reasons to consider buying American-made clothing, American-made toys, and other US-manufactured goods.” They listed just a few of the benefits of buying American Made Products below:

Made in USA Forever

Top Ten Reasons to Buy USA Made Products according to Made in America Forever:

10) Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws. (I would hate to give to these unorthodox ways).

9) Jobs shipped abroad almost never return. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing. (Our economy needs our help in every way we can give it).

8) US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children. (The United States has stronger rules and regulations than other countries).

7) Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low. When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work. (I don’t want children being made to produce what I am purchasing for next to nothing).

6) The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.

5) The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. Debt isn’t good for you and it isn’t good for America. (We really need to do something about the amount of debt our country is in).

4) Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family. (I buy for my friends and family, I don’t want to poison them with no regulations regarding product safety)

3) Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of “fair and free trade”. No Western nation can ultimately compete on price with a country willing to massively exploit and pollute its own people. When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard.

2) Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy. When you avoid imported goods in favor of American-made items, you help ensure that the United States doesn’t find its access to vital goods impacted by political conflict. (Enough said).

1) As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage. (I have 3 kids and a grandchild to think about, I can’t be selfish).

To sum this list up, if you love where you live and you like breathing clean air we need to change our buying habits now. Our country can’t survive if we keep sending everything off to be manufactured.

How do you know if it’s really made in America?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “Made in the USA” means that “all or virtually all” of a given product has been made in America, meaning all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. For most products, there is no law that requires manufacturers to make a “Made in the USA” claim, with the exception of automobiles and textile or wool products, which are required to be labeled with the country where they were manufactured.

Consumer Reports

Like I stated in How to Buy Products Made in America, Consumers Reports states that, “Another type of labeling law, enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with an assist from the Department of Agriculture, requires imported goods to bear a country-of-origin label when they enter the U.S. If an import combines materials or processing from more than one country, the agency considers the country of origin to be the last country in which a “substantial transformation” occurred—for example, the place where a computer was fabricated, not the country that supplied most parts.

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for administering and enforcing country-of-origin labeling of certain foods. Large retailers must use signs, labels, or stickers to identify the birthplace of covered commodities (most meat, fish, fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, and some nuts). That’s why some brands of salmon are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.”

There’s good news!

The good news is that if you see an item that says Made in the USA they actually are regulated and have to be made in America. A few years ago when we went to the store we had no idea where our stuff was coming from. We didn’t have any regulations on labeling or tags telling us where something came from. We were just supposed to guess. I know when I am buying toys for my grandson and my kids I pay special attention to where the items are made. There are too many recalls and warnings on lead content and contamination in the products made overseas. I will not take that chance when it comes to my family.

I know one thing for sure, after researching and reading articles for this post, I am going to be more cautious. I am going to go above and beyond to make sure I am not only supporting the companies here in the United States, but not complain to myself about the bit of extra money I have to spend. My life and my children’s lives really do depend on these awesome Businesses that stay here in the United States. We all know it’s cheaper and easier to send things abroad to be made. That my friend is not the American way.

American Made

What do you think about products being made in America versus made in other countries? Will you make a stand with me and start buying American as much as possible?

If you’re interested in more to this series watch for my next post on how It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses. You can also find a list of Businesses and products Made in the USA that I wrote here in How to Buy Products Made in America. Remember this is our land; it’s up to us to keep it going.

How to Buy Products Made in America

Are you interested in learning more helpful ways to buy Products Made in the USA?

Made_In_America

You’ve come to the right place.

I am going to share with you some secrets and tips on how to buy American made Products. I will also share with you a new great way to support Women Owned Businesses in the another Post in this series It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses. Keep reading and learn how to help do your share in supporting the United States Economy.

Most of us don’t know the impact our shopping habits are having on the United States and ourselves. We have a tendency to just go to the store and just throw stuff in a cart to get in and out of a store as fast as possible. We never even stop to look at where it was made or where it came from. It is easier than you think to make the choice to buy American Made Products, you just have to know the brands you are shopping for. That is why I am helping you, I have put together a couple of list of products and Brands to look for the next time you are shopping.

My next post in this Series goes into detail about why you should buy American Made products, I will share with you the consequences of our shopping routines in the United States, but today we will focus on how and where to buy the brands made in the America.

So you want to buy American but don’t know where to start.

According to Consumer Reports, “Few products except cars, textiles, furs, and woolens are required by law to reveal their American heritage. But when any manufacturer chooses to boast of an American connection, it must comply with federal rules designed to keep consumers from being misled.” You can tell if your purchase is not from The United States because, “One type of labeling law, enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with an assist from the Department of Agriculture, requires imported goods to bear a country-of-origin label when they enter the U.S. If an import combines materials or processing from more than one country, the agency considers the country of origin to be the last country in which a “substantial transformation” occurred—for example, the place where a computer was fabricated, not the country that supplied most parts.

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for administering and enforcing country-of-origin labeling of certain foods. Large retailers must use signs, labels, or stickers to identify the birthplace of covered commodities (most meat, fish, fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, and some nuts). That’s why some brands of salmon are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.”

Enough of the technical stuff, let’s have some fun…

My new friend over at Organized 31 has compiled a very awesome and thorough list of products (with her reviews) that I am going to share with you. The links will take you to her page directly so you can see her greatness in action for yourself. Click the text links below to see her list of products (all links will open in a new tab).

Made in the USA

Reviews of American made products on Organized 31:

American Made Kitchen Products

Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

Itso Bins – Perfect for Storage

Organizing My Fridge with Binz

Kidecals – American Made Labels for Organizing Families

Organizing Hair Appliances & Accessories

My Favorite Bake-ware

Organize the Kitchen with Fresh Tape

Labeling Your Stuff for College

Re-purposed Office Organizing

Wall Decal Solution

Simple Pantry Organization

All-American Kitchen Organizing

As you can see she has put together quite a great list. Thank you Organized 31 for sharing with us.

Do you want to just see what Brands are American Made? Here is a list from Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports is my go-to when I am shopping for everything. I love using their Website for researching products before I buy them. I found this detailed list of Brands that are Made in the USA on their Website. I am truly grateful that there are companies around like this one that go through the hassle of testing and grading the items before I buy them.

Consumer Reports

 Product Companies
Apparel and accessories • Allen Edmonds shoes
• American Apparel
• Chippewa boots
• Filson apparel
• Kepner Scott children’s shoes
• Pendleton woolens (the Portland Collection and wool blankets and throws)
• Stetson hats
• True Religion and Texas jeans
• Wigwam socks
Housewares  • All-Clad, Lodge, and Nordic Ware cookware
• Bunn coffeemakers
• Dacor
• DCS
• Harden Furniture
• Kirby and Oreck vacuum cleaners
• Lasko (mostly fans)
• Pyrex glassware
• Sub-Zero refrigerators
• Viking and Wolf ranges
Tools and home equipment  • Briggs & Stratton mower and tractor engines
• Channellock and Moody hand tools
• Maglite flashlights
• Purdy paintbrushes and rollers
• Shop-Vac wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners
• Stihl gasoline-powered equipment
Others • Airstream trailers
• Annin flags
• Crayola crayons
• Gibson and Martin guitars
• Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger wooden bats)
• Little Tikes and K’Nex toys
• Sharpie markers
• Steinway pianos
• Wilson sporting goods (NFL footballs)

*Note from Consumer Report- This is a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the U.S. Note that a company’s entire output isn’t necessarily American-made. And some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country to meet demand overseas.

 According to ShopSmart Magazine™ (a sister company of Consumer Report) the brands you want to stick with are:

Clothing – American Apparel, Lands End and LL Bean

Large Appliances – Amana and Maytag

Small Appliances – Kitchen Aid and Vitamix blenders

Vacuums – Kirby and Oreck

Cookware – All Clad, Lodge, Nordic Ware and Pyrex

Kids – Crayola, Little Tikes and Tinkertoy

ShopSmart Magazine™ also recommends the Websites below for a more in depth list. If you are like me and prefer to shop online or would like a longer list and more information go to these websites that specialize in selling American Made Products only.

Made in USA – There goal is to make shopping fun and easy. From the practical to the premium, it’s all cool. Every item is 100% guaranteed to be produced in the USA. Quality, style, and Made in the USA — You have their promise.

Americans Working – The American Made Products Directory is sorted by categories of products that are Made in the USA. Many of the companies listed  in their directory feel American people come above profits at any cost as so many corporations practice today. Some say you pay more for American Made items and maybe you will, however in the long run you will almost certainly have a better made item made in a labor friendly fashion under environmental laws that protect us all. Most foreign factories operate in ways that would be illegal in the United States

Made in America Forever – They are the MadeInUSA! Product search Engine and Database. They have listings of websites with products sold on the Internet that are Made in America only. This Organization is dedicated to bringing the jobs and prosperity back to the United States of America.

You most definitely want to check out those Websites and do a little shopping from your computer. Remember, your choice is making a huge mark on our economy. Make the right choice now.

You can also read more information about Why to buy American Made Products in my next Post in this Series. Also look for my great article on It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses.

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Do you look for the Made in the USA Logo when you shop? Are you going to try to be a better Citizen now that you know how easy it is? Tell me in the comments below.

My Most Proud Moments- 30 Day Blog Challenge

The Guilt is killing me!!

Isn’t it weird that I have this much anxiety and guilt over skipping my Blog Challenge Post yesterday? We are just getting home from being Up North for a long weekend and I didn’t have the energy or inspiration to write yesterday. I spent the whole day feeling like crap over it. Stupid, I know!

Guilt and Worry

I’m going to quit feeling guilty right now…

Today I am just getting back into the swing of things so I am going to pick a different day off the list AGAIN. This might be becoming another bad habit. Ugh, just what I need! After reading through the list a thousand times I finally decided to write about my most proud moments.

The most obvious is when my 3 kids were born.

Not the actual process itself. I’m not one of those Super Moms that can have kids naturally. I walked in saying, “I want an epidural as soon as possible”. I didn’t have anything to prove. I wanted to enjoy the experience as much as possible. Not suffer through the pain like some people choose to do. The epidural doesn’t cross over to the baby and doesn’t alter your mind like the drugs they offered do. It just numbs you from the waist down so you don’t feel like you’re going to die anymore. Labor with my girls was long and grueling, with my third child Gabe it went easy peasy; aside from the fact that I was confined to the bed because the umbilical cord was in the wrong spot.

Enough about the labor let’s get on to the good part, the actual individuals I brought into this world.

Being a Mom

This is what I chose to do…

My oldest daughter Joslynn has accomplished many things.

A few are that she got her GED and she is a phenomenal singer. She gave me a perfect, spit fire grandson (my sidekick) and has another little boy on the way. He will grace us with his presence in July. She is engaged to a wonderful guy and they are a happy little family. I couldn’t ask for more for her.

My middle Daughter Paige is also a wonderful daughter.

She is a typical teenage girl with her mood swings and attitude. It wouldn’t be Paige if she didn’t have something to say about everything. She loves to read and I can always find her curled up somewhere with book. She is also awesome about cleaning and straightening up things around the house. Especially after Brayden the terrorizer comes over. That child keeps his Aunt Paige on her toes as far as cleaning up his messes. He actually sings, “Messy, messes, messy, messes” as he’s emptying all of his toys onto the ground ha-ha.

My youngest son Gabe is the entertainer of the house.

He is a very active 12 Year old boy. He plays football, rides dirt bikes (when he had one), and he is tough but sensitive. He is always looking for ways to make other people feel better. You could spend your day laughing at his comedic ways. He doesn’t even try to be funny most of the time. With his ADHD I think he is just as surprised at what comes out of his mouth as everybody else ha-ha. Seriously, I have always called him the poster child for the poster child of ADHD. Being ADHD myself I am allowed to say that. Brayden comes over to play with his Uncle Gabe. Gabe is really good at keeping Brayden busy. They destroy the house together. We bought Brayden a little Razor electric Motorcycle for Christmas (it’s too big for him). Uncle Gabe rides Brayden all over the house on the dirt bike (yes in the house) it’s really cold outside right now. Gabe struggles through school because of his ADHD but somehow remains to be positive about life (for the most part). I am always amazed at what he has accomplished so far in life. If it has to do with anything hands on he can do it and do it well.

ADHD ability

 

Another one of my most proud moments is when I personally Graduated High School.

I chose to lead a very rocky, hectic and tough childhood. Notice I said ‘chose’ it was no one’s fault but my own. I have great Christian parents, they did everything they could do to help me be a better person but I had to learn everything my own way and the hard way. I was a naughty teenager, if there was a choice I would pick the wrong one. Eventually I ended up unexpectedly pregnant with Joslynn. That is what finally got me to pull out of the bad rut I was in and get myself together. Joslynn was 2 and a half when I graduated High School, she was in the audience at my graduation yelling, “yeah mommy”. It was such a great feeling to know I accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. I owe it all to her (my angel baby) for helping me get my life together and started.

I have listed a couple of other proud mom moments below.

Joslynn was accepted and attending Eastern Michigan University. That is a great feat for someone who dropped out of school and had a baby, only to go back and get her GED and get a scholarship for her great scores.

Paige has been reading at a 12th Grade level since 6th Grade. That is totally awesome to have a daughter that advanced in reading.

Gabe started racing Dirt Bikes at 3 years old. I’m not blowing smoke; we really had him at the race track racing when he was 3 turning 4. He has won trophies bigger than himself. At 9 years old he could change the oil and rotate tires on a car by himself (I would supervise). His knowledge always amazes me.

This Video is of Gabe riding in our backyard in the snow at 4 years old… Watch it’s crazy…

These are just a few of my proudest moments; I could go on all day.

What is your most proud moment? Share in the comments below…

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 9- My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 10 Last Time I Cried- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

 I’m really living on the edge this weekend!

I had to switch things around a little bit for the Blog Challenge. I hope you don’t mind (sorry about your luck)! We are headed Up North so I had to switch a couple of the days challenges around.

I am really gonna throw you for a loop and add two quotes that I love. One of them is fun and one is serious.Motto-to-live-by

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and and screaming, “WOO HOO, what a Ride!”

This one I actually have the sign hanging on my wall. I love it. No, it doesn’t mean I don’t care about or take care of myself! It just means I like to enjoy myself in everything I do. You have to find the good and fun in everything which leads me to my next favorite quote.

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“Someday everything will make perfect sense, so, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that, EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON”

I have been through many struggles in my life. Some of them brought on by myself, read about one of the funny ones here The Hammock Incident- Greatest Hellbilly Fail!!

I CHOOSE to not let anything bring me down.

I use this quote at least a few times a week to myself, my kids and my friends. I truly do believe there is a greater purpose for all of us. God knows what he is doing. We may not see it today or even tomorrow, but eventually the reason will come forward. You don’t always know what it is. You have to pay attention, stay positive and keep looking for it.

There are times you won’t like the reason, but it’s not up to us to decide what is our fate. We certainly have choices in life, always try and make the most positive choice. But there are somethings left out of our control. You just have to roll with them and not let them define you. Let everything in life make you a better person somehow someway. It’s up to you to figure out how.

That’s my two cents! What is yours? Tell me below in the comments your favorite quote or a follow up to my thoughts on life.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

 

 

 

The Hammock Incident- Greatest Hellbilly Fail!!

What in the heck was I thinking??

Major Hammock Fail

Major Hammock Fail By: Paige

It all started a few years ago when my daughter’s friend was jumping on my brand new hammock and broke the metal stand. I have no idea why she would pick my hammock to jump on when there was a perfectly good trampoline 25 feet away, but I won’t pretend to understand what goes through a kids head.

Jumping forward 2 years, I still have a brand new hammock and no stand. I decided it was time to Hellbilly Engineer a stand so I could lie in the sun and enjoy my still new hammock (or so I thought).

My first failed attempt was trying to use two metal T-Post.

Metal T-Post

No I was Not Wearing A Hard Hat

For those of you that don’t know what these are, they are the green metal posts that are used for putting up fencing.  I asked Google the exact specifications for installing a hammock, I had dug through the junk in my garage until I found two S hooks that would fit into the tops of the post, and then I went through the trouble of pounding the posts into the ground (not an easy job). It took me about a half hour or so to get them pounded through my rock filled clay soil. I chose a sunny 90 degree day to do this; I’m now sweating profusely, exhausted and thirsty.

I hooked my hammock up to the post and slowly lower myself onto it. I didn’t want to hit the ground with a thud if something went wrong (thank god I thought ahead). Like I thought might happen I lowered myself right onto the ground. One of the posts bent in more than the other and didn’t hold my weight. At this point in time my daughter Joslynn and my friend Robin are laughing hysterically at me. I’m sitting on the ground in my hammock with the post bent like a rainbow. I’m not happy, I just want to lie down in my damn hammock and enjoy the sun.

I noticed that one of the posts actually stayed semi up right so I think to myself, “I can use that post and find something else for the other side”. I’m on a mission in my yard to find something that will work for the other side of the hammock. Bingo, I see my old A-frame wooden swing stand. You know the kind of swing that is made of logs and slats of wood. I drag the stand over to the middle of my yard and notice that I now have to pull the stupid bendy post out of the ground. Remember how crappy my soil is, it took me twice as long and more energy to get the stupid thing back out of the ground.

Log Swing

Now that that is taken care of, I drag the swing frame over to the exact spot Google told me it needed to be and used the T-Post that bent less on my last attempt for one side of the hammock and the wooden swing frame as the other side. I decided that the swing would hold my weight better if I was hooked onto the eye-hoop from the end of it instead of coming in from the front. My daughter drew you a picture, so you can see what I am explaining.

After going into the house to reward myself by grabbing a Busch Light (for my thirst and great effort), I am now convinced this is the answer to my hammock stand problem and I’m ready to give it a try. At this point in time Joslynn and Robin had gone into the house to grab something to eat and mess around on the computer. I am now alone outside and ready to relax on my ‘new’ hammock.

It’s time for round two of testing the stability of my Hellbilly Rigged stand.

I am so hopeful and convinced this is going to work that I made sure to grab my supplies needed to lie down and relax (magazine, phone, cigarettes and a lighter). Like the first time, I slowly lower myself down onto the hammock. So far so good, the post bends a little but my butt remains off of the ground. Heck yes, I did it or so I thought! I decided it was safe to fully commit myself to the hammock; I pull my legs up onto the hammock and lay down. After about ten seconds of enjoyment (not even enough time to grab my magazine) holy **** the entire A-Frame swing stand is in slow motion coming at me end over end. Since I am lying down on the hammock there wasn’t much I could do to get off or stop it.

A million things are running through my head, the one that sticks out the most is, “holy moly this is going to hurt”!

I did what any normal person would do and threw my arms and legs up into the air to try and stop it from landing on me. I’m now lying on the ground (again) with my hands and feet in the air trying to hold this stupid gigantic wooden structure up. Since I was holding up my own weight along with the swing stand my arms are shaking and ready to give out. I make a quick assessment of the situation trying to figure out my options (there aren’t many). I decide the old handy dandy let go, tuck and roll maneuver is my best option. Here goes nothing! In one swift and quick move I let go of it and flipped over so the stupid thing wouldn’t land on my face.

I was knocked out cold!

I’m now pinned underneath the wooden swing, slowly waking up from being knocked out cold trying to remember what happened. My head is throbbing and I’m already sore all over. Wow, this sucks! I have to figure out how to extricate myself from underneath the swing. I somehow manage to get out from underneath it without throwing up (I was so dizzy and sick to my stomach, this was not easy). My head is killing me so I touch the back of my head with my hand and oh crap, there is blood everywhere. I sit there for a couple of minutes trying to get my bearings straight. I decided I needed to have someone look at my head wound so I tried making it to the house; I made it as far as the deck and had to sit down. This is not a good sign! I am sitting on the deck calling for my daughter. She comes outside after a few attempts of getting her attention and I ask her the first thing that comes to my mind, “is my head bleeding”? I guess I just needed confirmation that I wasn’t hallucinating, I don’t know!

She checks out my head freaks out and goes to get Robin. She will know what to do; she works at Chelsea Hospital (in Radiology). They take me into the house run my head under water at the kitchen sink to better see the wounds (yes I said wounds as in plural). After a lot of arguing that I needed to go to the Emergency Room for stitches, I won and didn’t go (that would mean I had to leave my house, not happening)!

I knew I needed to keep ice on it.

I decided that holding a bag of ice on my head while trying to stay awake (Concussion) wasn’t my cup of tea. I had to come up with a way to keep the ice on my head without having to hold it, so I Hellbilly Rigged once again, I took the ice and a bandanna and put the ice on my head under the bandanna Aunt Jemima style. We finally got the bleeding to stop and I iced my head like I was supposed to 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

I won’t bore you with the details but this hammock fail (incident) started a whole slew of medical issues. I eventually went to the doctors because I started passing out cold for no reason, my head wounds never healed right and when the stupid wooden structure landed on me it pinched nerves in my back.

The moral of the story is that sometimes it’s good to just get off your wallet and buy what you need instead of being a Hellbilly!

Tell me what you think in the comments below!!

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If you want to read another crazy day in the life of Hellbilly Mama check out this post: 

Did I Even Sleep Last Night??

Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Let me be honest here, I had to actually look up a list of personality traits so I could pick the ones that pertain to me. Loser I know! I sat here staring at the screen for a while drawing a blank before I decided to ask Google for help. I’m really terrible at coming up with positive things about myself. I usually save my positive thoughts for other people.

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I am constantly doing silly things. I jump and dance around with my kids. No that video was not of me twerking on YouTube, and no my daughter did not upload it (I made her take it off). There are days that I talk in silly accents all morning. I have been known to lay my seat back in the car, do the lean and drive with one hand while jamming out the radio (my kids hate this). I have gone out to the bus stop and climbed the tree while waiting for my kids to get off the bus; so when they got dropped off their mom was in the tree (how embarrassing). I ride the shopping cart around the store and in the parking lot, come on you know you’ve always wanted to be that crazy lady.

As I’ve said before I am always Hellbilly rigging everything which makes me creative, inventive and resourceful. My creativity also shows up in my crafts and cooking. I love creating new things. I make my own curtains, cleaning supplies etc. I also create stuff for dinner (sometimes not so good). I will look at what we have and decide to make a pot of ‘something’. I use my resourcefulness to be inventive. Some of my inventive skills work out good and some don’t. Like the hammock Incident where I Hellbilly rigged a hammock to a T Post (metal fence post) and a wooden swing frame. I ended up knocking myself out cold and busted my head open (ouch). Another fail is when I rigged a shelf up in our laundry room only to later find the shelf and everything that was on it on the floor. On a positive note I did rig up a lot of things that didn’t fail too, like our old swimming pool. It was one of the big ones that had the air ring around the top of it. Somehow it got a slow leak that I couldn’t find but I had to fill the stupid thing with air every day (very annoying). I took an inner tube from my sons peddle bike and cut the air filler part off and super glued it to the filler hole so I could easily fill the pool with air every day. This actually saved me hours out of my summer.

I am a very easygoing, friendly and understanding person. If you read my other post about my grandson spending the night Did I Even Sleep Last Night??  You would know that I can tolerate a lot. I love to have unexpected visitors show up. I go with the flow easily. Nothing really throws me off except having to leave my house. I love making friends with people and I will talk to anyone. I am the person that people call if they have a problem, I am a good shoulder to cry on because I have been there done that. Let it out sister, I understand!

Being practical is also one of my personality traits. I blame this on the way I grew up. Everything has a second purpose. Nothing should be wasted, cherish the things you have. I see a purpose for something and do it or use it. This trait also makes me a hoarder since I save everything. It’s kind of scary sometimes the stuff that I have when someone needs something.

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My most valued personality traits are being optimistic, hopeful and cheerful. Throughout my life I have had many struggles and complications. I have managed to stay positive regardless of what has or hasn’t happened to me. I have lived through my first house out on my own burning to the ground. Then the death of my husband at 32 years old; which led to my horrible panic attacks and anxiety. Numerous surgeries and medical problems (the hammock incident caused some of them). Those are just naming a few things. Even though I have been through a ton in my 40 years I have managed to do more than just keep my head above water. I hang on to the hope that one day I will be able to get over my panic attacks, and be a ‘normal’ person again. I am always in a good mood and acting silly. I take every day as a blessing and realize life is way too short to fret about the small things.

Tell me in the comments below your best personality trait; you don’t even have to say why.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge