My Oldest & Youngest Do a Cover of Demons by Imagine Dragons

I love these two, as a parent I encourage the kids to enjoy all areas of life. This includes focusing on skills they love whether you feel they are talented or not is irrelevant, even to them. These two are just happy kids and I loved watching them do a cover of Demons by Imagine Dragons. Singing is my 11 year old daughter and on the ukelele is my¬† year old son ….

Don’t they look like they are just having fun?! I love them!

Random Poem – Long to Have you Love Me


I long to have you hug me, let me cry
Be the one who doesn’t judge nor pry
I just want you to love me for me
Even if we sometimes disagree.

I want you to experience inner happy
To see the love I see without being too sappy
I long to feel as if you love me
without treating me unfairly.

I love you dearly, so much so
That I have moved on and let go
If people are meant to have a bond
Life will allow that to become.

Written by:
Brandy Tanner
April 17, 2013

For some reason sad poetry comes to mind when I am at my most challenging moments, for this instance I am having hormonal issues so that explains the sadness and longing in a female way. This poem is not written to anyone nor for anyone in particular – it’s simply words on paper (or computer screen anyways).


Merry Christmas From Me to You

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas…. I received a nice pair of boots from the Mom…

Boots for MVL Mom

And the daughter got me some coffee and slippers …. just what I needed/wanted…

Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Now my kids are all gone off to their Dads for the day and night to enjoy special time with their other half parent. I, however, am done with Christmas day and I think I hear my bed calling my name.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Day!

Recite This Smile Today Poem Daily

I wrote this the other day and feel it could probably help more people so I am sharing it. The deal is, if you are having troubles lately in life that you repeat this as often as possible to remind yourself to 1) smile and 2) love yourself always.

Smile Today

A poem by Brandy Tanner

I will smile through the rain.

I will smile through the pain.

Loving myself is what makes me grow.

And I will smile just to let you know.

If I Were to Write a Book


I daydream often about book ideas, even come up with whole pages of what the typed work would look like inside of my own head. The topics range from the most off topics that one would think I would write about to a more personal nature of my life growing up.

I do know that poetry has always been where my heart is with writing. Short stories for children is something that heavily interests me as well. I doubt I would be able to sit and write a great children’s book on my own that would utilize the correct word usage for young ones though.

Ideally if I were to write a book I would want it to be a more personal, life learning type of book. One in which people can love me, hate me and yet relate to me at the same time. I am currently reading a book that fits all of those feelings and those are the books that I can’t put down.

I can only assume that if I were to write a book about my life growing up as a teen girl that I would offend some people in my family because there is a lot that has happened in my life that clearly would be my side of the story. You see I am a firm believer in there is two sides to every story and should I start getting into my personal life I would dig up some subject matter that I have long put to the back of my mind in order to keep moving forward.

I haven’t completely forgotten all that I have gone through but I do think a little bit more clearly and openly about the situations because I am nearing 30 years old and have lived and learned on my own. I now can look back and understand why things happened the way they did and be okay with that.

For me, a story about the struggles I went through as a teen leading up to my underage DWI at age 18 would be a story worth sharing, one that would hopefully be shared with other teens, mainly teen girls, as a way to hear a personal story from someone who doesn’t regret & feel bad about what she had done but wishes to place a “what if” in the heads of teen girls to ensure that they try their best to realize how awesome they are and that drinking, drugs and sex isn’t going to resolve their own inner issues.

If I were to write a book, I guess a personal story would suit me best. That is where my passion would shine through my writing. Passion behind writing is what makes an incredible read!

P.S. Clearly if I wrote a book I would have to hire a great editor because I tend to ramble with run on sentences often ;-)

Common Sense Needs No Government

I do not get into politics but some government laws that are tried seem crazy to me. Child abuse is illegal, period. I don’t need the government telling me I can not tap my child on the bum if they are reaching for the stove fire or attempting to run across the road. I am not a spanking Mom, I do tap my sons on the butt on occasion but it does nothing and it’s not a common practice for discipline. I am a time out and take things away kinda Mom.

I get annoyed when I hear that the government wants laws that say you can not spank your kids. When the government starts being your nanny, times get touchy. Who is to say what stepping over boundaries with spanking is? Child abuse is what it is and that is obviously not okay.

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I feel that all too often rules or laws are being put in place that are keeping us at making common sense decisions. Perfect example; NH has a motto “Live Free or Die”. In NH we don’t have to buckle up after age 18, we don’t have to wear a helmet when on a motorcycle and I am sure there are some other rules/laws in place that no other state really has in place.

These are common sense decisions. The NH state sign says “Buckle up Under age 18. Common Sense for All”. Period. That’s it. And that is how it should be.

Common sense is going down the drain and I don’t need government to waste time on petty common sense crap when they have more important issues to work with. When did adults start getting so lazy that they needed laws or rules to set them back on the common sense track? I thought children were the only ones who need to be taught good morals and common sense, not adults.