The Hillbilly Rock Shack on Etsy!

Get ready to gaggle over these new lava stone beaded bracelets found on Etsy by the Hillbilly Rock Shack!  Made with genuine lava stone and gemstones to create prosperity, peace, and patience.  Each  bracelet is delicately handmade by this mother/daughter team and promotes positivity and good health.  The Lava Stones are perfect for diffusing your  favorite oils for aromatic purposes.  Just place a couple of drops of the oil on  the lava stone.  Believe me, a couple of drops go a long way!  Don’t have essential oils The gemstones are believed to enhance balance, strength, and patience among other healing properties.  The Hillbilly Rock Shack is new to Etsy and will be adding new designs very soon!


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Ruby Zoisite: Balance, Patience, and Healing

Prehnite: Grounding

Lava: Balancing, Protecting, and Strenghthening

Allow this bracelet to melt away stress and anxiety.  Let it bring you happiness, calm, relief, mental clarity, and a peace of mind.

Stone sizes all 8mm

Spacers silver on all bracelets

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Positiviti is infectious!

Today’s post is written by my sweet guest, Juliet.  She is a one of the team members and a co creator of Positiviti. Positivi is a a positive community created for students by students that have experienced some sort of bullying on school campus or at home.  Continue to read more about Positiviti and how you can get involved!


Positiviti, the site created for students struggling in situations at school and home, has officially been launched! Our site is an open space for students in upper elementary through high school grade levels, allowing them a place to go when their options in tough situations feel limited. On the site, students can access a ‘PositivFeed’ with quotes and messages of encouragement that have been left by the Positiviti Team and fellow students. Positiviti also has a site Mailbox page, where students can send in a message to Positiviti describing their situation at our Helpbox. Not only is the Helpbox a place where students can speak out about their situation, but Positiviti will respond with a personalized message of uplift for the student about what they’re going through. Our Mailbox page also includes a Dropbox, where students can submit positive messages for us to post onto the site.

As three students who have experienced the effects of bullying, we created this site because we know how it feels not knowing what to do about your situation. We are hoping to reach anyone who simply needs a space to receive encouragement, because feeling alone is the hardest part of dealing with what you face. Positiviti’s goal is to simply be a friend accessible to any student going through any issue. The hardest thing about dealing with situations at school and home is the feeling that you can’t say anything about what you’re going through. Positiviti’s goal is to be a webspace where students feel free to message us and get a chance to express themselves, while also receiving encouragement to keep going.

Positiviti is looking to spread the word of our site for students who need encouragement, but we are also looking for students who are willing to step up and become a part of our message of hope. Students can join us by accessing our site, where they can then click to our ‘Positiviti Team’ page. By joining the Positiviti Team, students volunteer to speak with people from their school about what they’re going through if they need to talk to someone face-to-face. To join our team, all students have to do is fill out a quick form on our Positiviti Team page so we can add them to our Team List. Members of our team are also asked to spread around the message of our site, as we want this to become as widespread as possible. We call our movement the Positiviti Virus, and we want to infect as many students as we can.

Please be sure to share these links and visit these pages listed below to help us spread the word of Positiviti!

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Pink Plush Tween Bible

This is such a beautiful Bible designed for your tween girl.  The cover of the Bible is very eye catching in bright fuchsia pink and super soft to the touch.  This is such a fun design with features that include the words of Christ in red, an easy-to-read font size, and a hard cover under the main flap.  This Bible is written in the New International Version in God’s word, including the Old and New Testaments.  There are no devotional pages included and very few footnotes.  This is a great Bible for your tween daughter to read on a daily basis and to use during Bible Studies.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Reliving the 60’s

This post is a lil different.  I would like to share with you a creative perspective on the 1960’s.  I wrote this paper for my “hippie” class.  I absolutely loved this class thanks to my super awesome professor.




My name is Tara Anderson; I am the Chief Archaeologist on this excavation of the Old America.  My team and I are particularly interested in unraveling the hidden stories of the 1960’s.  The 60’s were a time of change and political stances.  We had just come out of WWII and our country leaders were looking for political empowerment, while our people were looking for peace and equality.  Although peace was the focus, our country had to reach some milestones first.  During this time we lost great leaders but won the battle on desegregation and a new outlook among American people.  With this new sense of freedom for all Americans came great expression through art, music, clothing, and food.  It is during this era that America became more defined and this is why my team and I are so interested in knowing the stories of way back when.

Before we head back to the 1960’s, we should start with today.  We are living in the year 2325.  America has changed drastically over the last 300 years and we are forced to live at the mercy of our socialistic government. We are gathering evidence of history that can take us back to a better time, when America was booming.  Perhaps the stories can guide us to make a better tomorrow.  Our excavation has been set up around the memorials in Washington D.C.  During our dig we discovered a space mission spaceship tin metal lunch box buried deep underground near the Lincoln Memorial.  Although the metal box was in weathered condition it had preserved a story that would be told through the artifacts it contained.  As we opened the latch we discovered a letter that was dated August 28, 1963. It was on this day that Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his “I have a dream speech,” in front of nearly 250,000 citizens that had joined the protest for racial equality right there on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  The letter was written by Betty Jackson, she was one of the protestors and followed King, Jr to hear his powerful words.  She writes, “What an emotional day!  There were so many people in the crowd; too many to count and when King spoke there was not a bit of chatter in the crowd.  He spoke for all of us today.  It was as though God spoke through him and the angels were rejoicing.  Finally we would be heard and our future would change.  King’s dream is our dream and our future.”  The letter goes on and on to describe the momentum in the air during the March on Washington.  She concludes her letter addressing her dream to walk hand in hand with her white boyfriend without being shamed or arrested for not following the color law.  Martin Luther King, Jr was a powerful speaker.  This speech was one of many that he shared with the public as he led the Civil Rights Movement for people of color.  He was a peaceful man and believed that the American dream could be reached through nonviolent protests.  “He advised the crowds that “we must be sure that our struggle is conducted on the highest level of dignity and discipline” and reminded them not to “drink the poisonous wine of hate,” but to use the “way of nonviolence” when taking “direct action” against oppression.” (Stanford online, 2014)  King was shot and died on April 4, 1968 in Tennessee.  We remember Martin Luther as a man that stood up against the crowd and lived his life serving people.  (Stanford online, 2014)  If it weren’t for his peaceful efforts, diversity in America would not be alive today.


After reading the letter we find a peace sign necklace, a ticket for Woodstock 1969, a joint,  and a white banner that reads “Peace, Love, Music-Freedom Fest” in psychedelic colors.  Woodstock took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, NY and was three days of peace and music.  This revolutionary music concert took place during what we call the “hippie era.”  Over 400,000 peace loving hippies came to watch 32 bands perform over the three day music fest and it was rain or shine.  This era was all about expression and inner beauty.  The style was relaxed and yet fashionable. Hippie’s wore peace signs, bright colors, long hair, and bell bottoms.  It was also a time in which women fought against restriction and burned their bra’s to allow their bodies to be free.  It was a time of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  The lineup included Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Chicago to name a few.  Truly an inspirational time.  The only way to survive the experience was to remember that your neighbor was your friend.  (Time, 2012)  All in all there were two fatalities that weekend and two live births within the crowd.

From the tin box we pulled a picture of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  He was America’s 35th president. JFK was also the youngest president and of Irish decent.  In 1961, during his inaugural speech he promised to get America going again.  His words, “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country,” still ring true in an honorable president.   (Kennedy, 1961) Kennedy shared Martin Luther’s vision in the cause of equal rights.  He brought forth a sense of American idealism to developing nations.  Kennedy sought peace in America.  In fact his involvement in world affairs was in providing aid, but not boots on the ground.  Our involvement in the Vietnam War was slim during his short term.   He was assassinated in 1963 a few days after approving a coup that would have overthrown Diem a communistic world leader.  (White House online, 2014)

The next piece of history we discovered was a newspaper article during the US involvement in the Vietnam War.  There was much controversy revolving our involvement in the war. Lyndon Johnson pushed for more American militia on the ground.  It was not our war, we went over to Vietnam to help keep the people from falling in to communism.  Unfortunately, we were fighting a war that was not to be won and our men died for nothing.  It wasn’t until 1975 that our troops were called home and the war was over as far as America was concerned.  This was a very sad and tragic time.  When our troops came home the feeling of loss was overwhelming and Americans were very cold to our soldiers.  They were viewed as baby killers and not heroes.

Finally, we look closer at the tin box that protected so many pieces of American history for so many years.  During the 60’s America was trying to beat the clock and send the first man to the moon.  We had already lost the first man in space to the Russians and we surely weren’t going to give up the moon.  It was JFK that put his faith into the NASA program and truly believed we could be the first to explore the moon.  A few years later, in 1969 this dream became a reality and two American men walked the moon for three hours and placed an American Flag on the moon to show we conquered it first.  We dominated the space exploration program and also made a political statement.  It was Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who walked the moon and collected rock and soil samples to be studied further.  America watched in awe as the walk was aired on national television when Armstrong said those now famous words, “this is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  This came a few years after JFK’s 1961 speech that led the American people to believe that this event was a realistic goal, not a dream.

Looking back now we can see that 1960’s were a time of great change and evolving for the American people.  With great leaders came great responsibility and a world of wealth for the people.  Dreams became a reality, equality and peace filled the country, and all was good.  This was a great time in history that should always be remembered.  By studying the ways of the past, specifically the 60’s we can make a better tomorrow.  Much like King, Jr and Kennedy two of the greatest leaders we are aspired to know it takes only one voice to move mountains.  We will continue to study our findings of this great era and the passion of America.







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