About Nicole Griffin Eakin

Born in Columbus, Georgia at Fort Benning, my mother and I moved back to our hometown of Scottsboro, Alabama. My mother is my hero and the best role model a person could have. After she and my father divorced, she remarried and had 2 more children. We moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia after the tragic loss of my step father, where my family still resides. I am the oldest of 7 children. We call ourselves The Brady Bunch. I began writing as a form of self expression. Married and Divorced, I moved back to our hometown of Scottsboro. I am a single mother of 3 beautiful children. Wyatt, who 14 years old and begging for his motorcycle license. Which is not about to happen! My daughter Savanna, age 7, is the child that is most likely to one day break my heart. She is my mini-me. Daisy, age 2, will probably be the most mischievious of the three. She loves to sing! Children are a gift from God and I have definately been blessed! I have saved everything ever written which chronicles different periods in my life for them to have one day. Not to be read by them until they are much, much older! I have been asked numerous times why I did not write my life story. I remember thinking – Are you nuts…..!!?? As I have gotten older, I have decided that maybe one day....... I sure do not want anyone telling it for me! .

All Of My Tomorrow’s

Today’s prompt from the Daily post: What keeps you awake at night?

 

All of my tomorrow’s keep me awake at night.  I like awake and wonder about things no matter how much I want sleep.  I toss and turn and turn again till I may as well remake the bed.  I’ve torn off all the covers with the crap inside my head.  You see, this is where I sleep but it is too where I dream.  It’s where I do all my major planning for all I wish and all I want.  Seem’s this time I need to figure a different way to use the time I’m supposed to sleep.  Sure, the time, I use wisely but I think I will set aside another time.  A time that I can dream awake and wish my dreams come true.  There’s one thing I no longer do.  I know longer think about you.

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How Do You Place Value?

To realize the value of one month,

ask the woman who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week,

ask the editor of a newspaper.

To realize the value of one minute,

ask the person who missed the train.

To realize the value of one second,

ask the person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of one milisecond,

ask the person who won the silver medal at the Olympics.

Top 10 Workout DVDs of the Year

A poll of 80 women were asked about the latest releases.

Here are the titles that will take you at-home routine to the next level.

  1. Best Total-Body Trimmer; Bob Harper Inside Out Method Pure Burn Super Strength You will need a pair of 3 to 10 pound dumbbells.  This “all business” head to toe workout shows another side of Harper, The Biggest Loser‘s good cop.
  2. Haute Yoga Hybrid: Denise Austin Hot Body Yoga. You will need a yoga mat, a pair of 2-5 pound dumbbells.  Austin has a “do what you can positive attitude,” testers say–perfect for newbies.
  3. Butt and Thigh Master: Barre Total Body Lift Workout. You will need  a 9-inch soft ball (included), a yoga mat, a chair a pair of 2 to 3 pound dumbbells (optional).  The combo of ballet barre work, yoga and Pilates uses “slow and controlled movements” to make your muscles feel it during and after.
  4. Boxing Champ. Aerobarre. You will need a pair of 1-pound dumbbells, a weighted body bar.  You’ll never be bored with this inspired mix of boxing and ballet from instructor Leila Fazel of New York City’s hip Aerospace gym.
  5. Top Trouble-Zone Tamer. Exhale Core Fusion Lean & Toned. You will need a yoga mat, a chair, a pair of 3-5 pound dumbbells.  Consider this DVD a compilation of the most requested spot toning:  The five segments are divided into upper body, thighs, core, butt and abs.
  6. Fab Ab Tightener. Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack. You will need a yoga mat, a 3 to 8 pound dumbbell.  Don’t be fooled by the title:  Your not cranking out sit ups here.  Michael’s, America’s favorite drill sergeant, makes sure “there isn’t an unused second” during either of the firm and burn circuits, between standing and on the floor exercises, cardio and toning.
  7. Best Dancefest. Dance With Julianne:  Just Dance! You will need nothing.  Instructor Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame has experience with newbies, and it shows.
  8. Maximum Flab Melter. Jeanette Jenkins Blast The Belly Fat. You will need a stability ball, a yoga mat, a pair of 3 to 5 pound dumbbells.  Testers vow to use this cardio and toning DVD “over and over.”
  9. Sizzling Circuit Workout. Amy Dixon Super Fit Bod! You will need an aerobic step, a pair of 5-pound dumbbells.  This isn’t your mother’s step class.  Celebrity instructor Amy Dixon, group fitness manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs in Santa Monica, California, keeps each of the si 4 to 10 minute mini sculpting sessions sweaty with high impact cardio, like jumping squats onto the step and high impact cardio, like jumping squats onto the step, and challenging sculptors, such as one-legged dead lifts with a lateral raise.
  10. Ultimate quickie Makeover. Personal Training With Jackie:  Xtreme Timesaver Training. You will need a pair of 3 to 5 pound dumbbells.  The star of Bravo’s reality show Thintervention With Jackie Warner shares her training secrets in this”well-rounded” heart pumping workout featuring back to back full body moves.

 

10 Of The Best Ever Shower Time Fun Pranks

Yesterday’s prompt from the Daily Post: How long can you go without taking a shower?   One thing I wanna say about that YUCK!  I really don’t like this  prompt so I am going to take the shower thing to a different level.

Fun pranks to pull when someone is in the shower.  Growing up, my baby brother used to leave the cold water running and not pull the shower lever.  What does this do?  Let me tell you what it does– It wakes your sleepy butt up at 5:00 a.m. when you get up for your morning shower because that water is COLD when you lean over the tub to turn the water on and it comes out the shower head to your head!!  You also remember it for the rest of your life and if one of your kids do this on accident you swear your baby brothers somewhere around.

With that being said here is my 10 of The Best Ever Shower Time Fun Pranks:

  1. Enter the bathroom.  Wait till the person showering has enjoyed his/her cleaning experience for at least 2 minutes then scream like you never have before.
  2. Obtain red food color.  Remove shower head and put the color in the shower head.  Listen for the results!
  3. Fill a 5 gallon bucket full of cold water.  Sneak into the shower and pour the water over the top of the shower rod.  Then run like hell!
  4. Take a shower with him/her.  Wait till they began to rinse their hair.  You take the Shampoo and squeeze a little on the top of their head while they rinse.   Repeat.   Then see how long they rinse.
  5. Sneak into the bathroom.  Turn out the light.  GRAB the person inside the shower by wrapping your arms around them shower curtain and all.  Hold tightly!
  6. Coat the floor in front of the shower with Oatmeal.
  7. Re-create your best version of Psycho.
  8. Put an electric eel in the water heater when they turn the water on it will shock them and you can call them Glow-Worms!
  9. If you don’t like the person that is in the shower stall, you could start whistling “It’s A Small World After All!”
  10. Their naked and showering.  Go turn the breaker completely off.

If you can think of any shower pranks, be sure to comment back, I would love for you to share them with me!

Top 25 Songs to Listen to When Your Feeling Down

Today’s prompt from The Daily Post:  When your feeling down, what songs do you want to hear to cheer you up?

Music makes the world go round……..  I don’t know about the rest of you but if I am in a certain mood there is certain music I do not care to hear at that time.  Music may also determine my mood.  If I sit in my bedroom and listen to “Lonesome Me” all day long, I am more than likely going to be depressed as h#)) for the rest of the day!  Music without a doubt can alter your mood or state of mind.

So, what do I listen to when I am feeling blue?  Here is my list of top songs sure to cheer me up and pick me up!  Who knows?  I may even pull a Tom Cruise in my own living room floor.  Once I get started, I might even pull a Tom Cruise in YOUR living room floor!  Never can tell………..

  1. Old Time Rock n Roll …………………………………………………… Bob Segar
  2. Wild Thing………………………………………………………………….. Tone Loc
  3. Baby Got Back…………………………………………………………..Sir Mix Alot
  4. You Shook Me All Night Long……………………………………………..AC/DC
  5. Twist and Shout………………………………………………..The Isley Brothers
  6. The Twist…………………………………………………………….Chubby Checker
  7. I Saw Her Standing There……………………………………………..The Beatles
  8. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough………………………………..Michael Jackson
  9. Ice Ice Baby…………………………………………………………………Vanilla Ice
  10. Stayin’ Alive……………………………………………………………….The Bee Gees
  11. Apple Bottom Jeans……………………………………………………………Flo Rida
  12. Crazy In Love……………………………………………………….Beyonce w/ Jay Z
  13. Bounce……………………………………………………………………………….Jay Z
  14. Save a Horse Ride A Cowboy………………………………………………Big n Rich
  15. Bust A Move………………………………………………………………….Young M.C.
  16. Get The Party Started……………………………………………………………….Pink
  17. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun………………………………………….Cyndee Lauper
  18. In Da Club………………………………………………………………………….50 Cent
  19. Golddigger…………………………………………………Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx
  20. It’s Getting Hot In Here…………………………………………………………….Nelly
  21. Slow Motion………………………………………………………………………Juvenile
  22. Great Balls of Fire……………………………………………………..Jerry Lee Lewis
  23. Jail House Rock…………………………………………………………….Elvis Presley
  24. Push It ……………………………………………………………………….Salt n Pepper
  25. Whatever You Like……………………………………………………………………..T.I.

I think my whole mood has changed just blogging about the songs.  Well people, that’s my list…..  What are some of your’s?  Comment back and share!

………………. keep on with the force don’t stop, dont stop till you get enough …. touch me and i fell on fire…………………

It’s Saturday night!  I think I am hitting to town tonight people! Have a safe, happy, and healthy weekend!!

Keep on blogging!!

What Would You Do With A Million Dollars?

Today’s prompt from The Daily Post:  What Would You Do With A Million Dollars?

If I had a million dollars, I would invest some of it though I’m not sure how at the moment.  I would definitely talk to knowledgeable people so they could tell me.  Most of the money generated from the investment would be used as my children’s inheritance.

I would by my grandmother a small house and a new car. I would also take my grandmother on a trip to anywhere she wanted to go.
I would buy my home as well somewhere out in the country.  I would like to buy at least 100 acres and my grandmothers home would be next to my own.

I would take my mom and step-dad somewhere special because they always did the same for me.

I would write that book I am going to write one day.

I would take my kids to Disney World.  I would also take them somewhere out of the country either Germany or France.  I prefer Germany because I want them to see the things that I saw on my trip when I was 13 years old.  I would buy an RV so that myself and the kids could travel across the United States and camp at every national park .

I would also take my cousin Jane somewhere she has never been because she has never been out of Alabama but she would have to fly in an airplane. She and I would also take a trip to L.A.  I would also take her to a casino(so we could take a chance and try winning another million dollars).  She and I would try something that we have never tried before like bungee jumping or jumping out of an airplane but holding onto someone else.  Then, we are Hawaii bound baby!  When I vacation in the South of France, she’s going with me.

The rest of it I would start a non-profit organization that had to do with senior citizen or nursing homes and group homes for mentally challenged adults and children.  They would also have internet access so that they could learn the computer and send photos of themselves on Bingo night to their family and friends.

Then I would hope and pray for the next million!!!!

What would you do?

How To Recognize Signs of Emotional Abuse?

The unbalanced emotions you feel can take place so gradually that emotional abuse often goes unnoticed.  Unless you have been a victim of emotional abuse yourself, you will not recognize in your friends or loved ones relationships.   Psychological Abuse goes both ways.  A man may experience emotional abuse as can a female.

How do you know if you are being emotionally abused?

  1. Are you ridiculed for spending time with your family and friends?
  2. Continues to hurt you ESPECIALLY when your down?
  3. If your loved one seems full of energy when you are fighting but it exhausts you, you are a victim.
  4. Are you ridiculed and insulted then told you can’t take a joke?
  5. Does your loved one put on a friendly face?  Well liked by the outside world?
  6. Are your words twisted then used against you?
  7. Ridicules your beliefs, religion, race, heritage, or class?
  8. Criticizes, call you names, yell at you?
  9. Humiliates you in private and in public?
  10. Ever hit or pushed you even “accidentally?”
  11. Left you stranded?
  12. Abuse something you love:  A pet, your child, an object?
  13. Harass you about imagined affairs?
  14. Threatens to leave or throw you out?
  15. Try to control your decisions, money, the way your wear your hair, or makeup?
  16. Compliments you enough to keep you happy, yet criticizes you enough to keep you down?
  17. Questions your every move or motive, somehow questioning your competence?
  18. Makes you feel like you can’t win?  Damned if you do, damned if you don’t?
  19. Tries to convince you he/she is right and you are wrong?
  20. Incites you into a rage as proof you are to blame?
  21. Sex is demanded or expected regardless of how you feel?

Your situation is CRITICAL if you are always walking on eggshells, express your opinions less often, you feel vulnerable and insecure, trapped and powerless, your afraid of your partner, and has hit you one time.

Talk to someone you trust.  Talk to Clergy, call your local battered women’s shelter, educate yourself, and seek professional help.  Emotional Abuse often leads to battery.  DON’T LET IT ESCALATE!

Click Here for Domestic Violence Information (American Bar Association)

What’s The Most Trouble You Have Ever Been In?

Today’s prompt from The Daily Post:  What’s The Most Trouble You Have Ever Been In?

Oh my God.  Are you for real?  Which time?   My mom reads my posts.  Not to mention my sweet, sweet sister who has not ever been in any trouble.  I was the rebellious child.

Thinking back to my childhood years, envisioning several minor yet, noble incidents like the time I whipped that kid in the neighborhood for calling my baby brother a name.  Then, there was the time that I got caught sneaking out.  That doesn’t include all the countless times that I snuck out and didn’t get caught.  Andrea Schmoller and I had made so many prank phone calls one day that her dad’s phone was cut off just until he came home though and could talk to the phone company.  There was this other time that was really bad.  The terrible, horrible, notebook incident that caused my mom to go into labor with my baby brother Matt. In my mind, I am seeing the event.  The one I am trying to avoid……….

I am really very ashamed still to this day and I am 41 years old.  I did most of my growing up in Lilburn, Georgia.  When we first moved there from Alabama, my parents rented a house while they had one built.  We finally moved into our new home.  The house was inside Cambridge Farms Subdivision.  It was a stuffy neighborhood at first.  You know the kind where you didn’t step in another person’s yard because your going to hurt the grass or something.  I don’t know.  My mom and dad(step-dad) were married in the new home.  The house was large.  It was beautiful.  To my mom, the house signified her own accomplishments.  My mom is the best role model a girl could have had growing up.  I am proud of her.

This particular summer I had to go to summer school.  I would not finish in time to begin our family vacation.  Everyone was on their way to Hilton Head, South Carolina.  I would have to stay behind and finish summer school.  Afterwards, I would fly to Hilton Head to meet up with the rest of the family.  My dads parents were also in Hilton Head it was to be the first time that we met them.  They were from New York.  They were to come back to Lilburn with us to see the new house.

The day my family left my parents were going to take me over to a friend’s house where I would stay until summer school was complete.  My dad had taken great pains to be sure the windows of the house were locked and secured.  He even placed chairs under the door knobs for extra protection.  Having already schemed a plan with Karen and Leigh I told my parents that I had forgotten something inside the house as we were backing out of the driveway.  So my dad pulled back up and handed me the house key.  I went inside and unlocked the back door and removed the chair from under the knob.  Picked up my bag I had pretended to forget and out the door I went.

It was only supposed to be a small party with 3 girls and 3 guys.  Leigh and her boyfriend decided to go get some Boone’s Farm.  Unbeknownst to me, they also went by Green’s Corners which was the hangout spot and put the word out that there was a party.  Back at the house, I began to wonder where they had gotten off too.  I looked out the front door and my jaw dropped to the floor.  The longest line of cars that I had ever seen in my entire life that was not part of a funeral procession was coming down the road in our nice new neighborhood.  People started filling into our home.  I didn’t know what to do.  I was 16 years old.  There were people from 4 of the surrounding schools 2 of the schools were major rivals.  There were 150 people in my parents new home.  Things were out of control so bad that at one point I started to call my parents.  The police came out twice.  The third time everyone was asked to leave.  The house was destroyed.  I feared for my life.

My friends and I tried to fix what we were able.  We nailed down the carpet back to the stairs that led to the upper level.  We were able to find the covers to the fire alarm people had taken off the walls.  I had tried to find them all night.  You could hear them going off all through the house that night.  We cleaned the white carpet.  You can’t clean the cigarette burns from the carpet.  Nor, did we have enough know how to fix the hole in the wall in my sisters bedroom.  We placed a picture over the hole.

Having flown to Hilton Head Airport, I caught a cab to the beach house.  The trip to Hilton Head was the longest trip.  The cab ride alone seemed to go on forever.  I didn’t have the guts to tell them there………..  and this is where I will end this post.  I think I will call my mom and thank her for allowing me to live……   : )