Who is Charlie’s Local Hero?

My little Charlie is a sweet spirit. From the time he could hold a ball at 18 months, Marc has been playing catch with him. Charlie loves to impress Marc and hear his Daddy cheer for him even if it’s in our living room. He likes to make people smile, so he’s perfected his touchdown dance.

Part of my job at Missouri State University-West Plains is to attend the Grizzly volleyball and basketball games to run the BLUE ROOM, the Grizzly Booster Club Hospitality Room. Although I work after hours, I am fortunate that I get to bring my family along. Charlie loves it. He eats buckets of popcorn and watches basketball with his Daddy. These are memories that the kids will remember forever.

Marc gets animated when he disagrees with a referee or there is an amazing play… and so does his son. With all of the mimicking going on, Charlie has also found a favorite player… Lane Duncan. He cheers really loud when Lane gets off the bench and enters the game. Charlie yells even louder if he scores. If the announcer says, “Lane Duncan,” Charlie immediately looks around for his local hero.

After the homecoming game this weekend, Charlie grabbed my shirt to pull me close. He pointed out on the court where Lane was standing and says, “Will you take a picture of me with Lane?”

So this happened.


I know that some people wish their kids did not look up to athletes as role models, but I like that he looks up to Lane. I don’t know Lane well even though I work on the campus. I do know that he has good sportsmanship and he appears to be a humble human being. Charlie picked him for some reason to be his favorite — maybe those two qualities are why.


The Link Decision

Through my experience planning events I expect hiccups to come up. That also happens with life. Stuff happens. No doubt about it. You find a solution and move on.

Our house went on the market yesterday and today pictures were put up online. I posted the link and had several comments and shares. Then at approximately 11 a.m., the link broke. My realtor was able to fix it, but the “communicator” inside of me went into crisis communications mode and needed to figure out the solution. Do I take down the bad link or do I leave it?

I am leaving it for 24 hours and here’s why.

  1. I commented on each post with the good link.
  2. If I deleted the post, I would delete the conversation and lose some momentum.
  3. Some people were mentioned in the comments and this will give them time to view and respond.
  4. This will also give me time to review and decide what to do next

This might not be the “right” thing to do, but that’s the science behind communications. Hypothesize, experiment, results.

Now for the link: http://mymobile.flexmls.com/DEBBIEBONHAM/listings/shared/jnDs/7675CountyRoad2010WestPlainsMO65775#PhotoSwipe1486876634288

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Good and Inexpensive Skin Care

First of all, I DO NOT consider myself a beauty blogger. With that said, I was introduced to 3 products for me and my son (who has eczema) that I would like to share.

The first is Aquation. I received a coupon from Influenster and I was in the market to buy some new face moisturizer. When I tried it out for myself I realized that it did not have a fragrance. I know this is not exactly appealing to most people, but this is a BIG + for people with eczema. We have yet to find anything that works well with Charlie, so instead of my face, it went on his body. We’ve tried it for a week and his skin is actually getting softer. It’s not cracking as much. It still peels on his palms and feet, but it’s not rough.

COST: $7.94


I purchased this at Walmart.

Now for the second. A year (or more) ago I received some products in the mail from PRIM Goods. I also received an email asking me to review them. There were soaps, a lip balm and some sugar scrub. I tried them out. I will admit, I didn’t put a lot of focus on this generous gift. I put them under my sink with all the other access personal hygiene products and didn’t think about them. That was until my knees became EXTRA dry this winter. I don’t mean a little dry, like embarrassingly dry. They even cracked at some points.

That’s when the box of products came back out from under the sink. I pulled out the sugar scrub. To my surprise, it IMMEDIATELY worked! My knees and shins were soft again.

To sweeten this deal, the story behind PRIM goods is awesome. These products are made locally by women at Primrose Hill. What is Primrose Hill?

“Primrose Hill is a non-profit, faith-based organization affiliated with Teen Challenge USA. Primrose Hill is a 12-month, residential recovery center for women and women with young children who have drug and alcohol addictions. Primrose Hill Teen Challenge is one of only a few centers where children can stay with their mother during recovery.”

COST: $12


You can purchase it online here: http://www.primgoods.com/product/honey-bunch/.


The third item is back to trying to find a face moisturizer. I know many products fall in the category of “you get what you pay for,” but I can’t seem to bring myself to purchase expensive beauty products. Maybe my time will come when I’m not paying off my student loans and paying for two kids to go to preschool/daycare. However, right now I am low budget. With that said, I still want a good product. Well, I think I found one. The brand e.l.f. has been producing a line for Walmart and I’m digging it.

I recently tried their face moisturizer and it’s definitely hydrating. I have patchy skin. My cheeks get oily and my forehead gets dry. I hav texture and it’s just a mess at times. It’s only been a week and I can already tell that my face is more even and my makeup goes on smoother.

COST: $8

I purchased this at Walmart.


Those are my recommendations for skincare. I hope that helps those of you looking for good and inexpensive skin care!