Friday, July 26, 2019

Amanda Topinka: When You're the Victim of Libel, Harassment and Public Humilation

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I’ve pinned this post at the top of my blog for a reason.  A reason that I never thought I’d have to deal with.

I have recently been the victim of libel, harassment and public humiliation.

Friday, November 11, 2016

I am Catholic. I am Republican. I voted for Hillary Clinton. And I'm not going to 'get over it'. Yet.


I am a Catholic.  I am a registered Republican.  I did not vote for Trump.

And because of that, I am being called a baby killer, a liar, a thief, a stupid bitch, and so many other names.  I have been told that because I’m only in my 30’s, I’m just not smart enough to know better.  I’ve been told that I was not thinking about my boys when I placed my vote.  A baby killer.

And the worst part of it all is, I was told this stuff by some of my closest friends and family.

Them calling me an uninformed, idiotic, baby killer because of who I voted for …… is like me calling them a racist, misogynistic, bigot.  It’s simply not true.  Let me clarify.  I, personally, would never get an abortion. Ever.  I'd jeopardize my own life for my children. Unborn or not.  But it's not up to me to make that decision for somebody else.

I’m not going to go into the why’s of whom I voted for.  Nor am I going to debunk any of the rumors and opinions about Mrs. Clinton on here.  I’m also not going to tell you my real feelings of Donald Trump. I’m simply saying that he was not my choice and I’m not ready to “get over it”.  This one stung. Telling me to ‘suck it up’ is like sticking a Band-Aid on a stab wound. For the first time in my life, I cried when I realized my candidate was not going to win.  I’ve cried everyday since.  And to me, that’s okay.  We’re all passionate about certain things.  I vested a lot of time and emotions into this election.  I researched facts on not just my candidate’s side, but ALL of the candidates. I ignored memes and biased websites that were spewed across the Internet.  I kept my eyes, ears and mind open.  That’s not saying you didn’t.  That’s just saying that I did.  I cringed when someone who I was close with, who was voting for the same candidate as I, posted something vial towards someone who felt differently than them.

I have not called my Pro-Trump friends and family bad names nor did I even ever think they were anything evil.  Maybe crazy.  Wink, wink.  But definitely not evil.  All I’ve done is simply defended WHY I voted for her.  I feel/felt she was the best person to lead our country. And if she ever ran again, which I don’t see her wanting to, I’d vote for her again in a heartbeat.

People ask why I didn't vote for Bernie.  In all honesty, Bernie sat in the Senate for 30+ years on his thumb.  I couldn't do it.  Even though I agreed with more of his stances than Hillary's ... I just couldn't do it.

The Americans who won on November 8th say they want change.  And they’re going to get it.  I don’t know in what form.  But it’s coming.  Donald Trump made sure to say he wants to "Make America Great Again".  I wish I knew what era he was referring to because I already thought America was pretty great.

But this is the Republican’s time to shine.  They have the Office, the House AND the Senate.  And last time that happened, well, it didn’t pan out so well for our country.  So forgive me if I’m a little concerned.  But you’re optimistic and so I can do my best as well.

The worse thing I said on November 9th is that Donald Trump will never be MY president.  And if I could eat my words, I would.  Fact is, he IS my president now.  I don’t like it.  But I don’t have much of a choice.  You told me I could bitch later as long as I voted.  So I voted.  And now I’m bitching.  And because I voted differently than you, I’m now in the wrong - according to you.  Where’s the democracy in that?  All I can say back to that is, I will maintain my composure and class and treat him with more respect than I saw a lot of my anti-Obama friends and family treat our current president.  I wish my fellow Democratic friends could do so as well but I don’t control them.

If the shoe were on the other foot, you definitely wouldn’t see me gloating about my candidate winning.  I’d tread lightly.  Especially when we all know who got the popular vote.  I’d be scared shitless that she was going to fail our country and I helped put her in charge.  But she didn’t win.  And I’m tired of that being rubbed in my face with disgusting memes and biased web-links.  If you support your candidate, that is fan-fucking-tastic.  It’s one thing to be supportive … it’s another thing to be an asshole about it.
Quit adding fuel to the fire and just let things be.  You wanted change.  So be the change.  Freedom of Speech is something I’ve said that can do a lot of good, and it can do a helluvalot of damage too.  So use it lightly.  Don’t abuse it.

I’m sorry if I’m worried for our nation. I can’t say that I’m very optimistic about this one. And that’s not like me at all.
However.  While my kids are going to watch Mr. Trump be President and make said changes … I am going to continue teaching my kids about love and acceptance of another human being.  Just in case.  In case they see things or hear things.  Like I said, I'm concerned.

If the world turns their back against the LGBTQ community, the African-Americans, the Muslims, the immigrants, and the women … and our new president just sits back and does nothing … I will be there with my arms open, standing beside them, fighting for the same rights for them that I have.  Because they deserve it.

I’m sorry if you feel ill feelings towards me.  Please understand that I am still me.  I love all.  I am the most faithful friend you’ll ever have.  I don’t judge, and I don’t compete. That's hard to find these days so don't take advantage of me.  We are all the same, regardless of our stances.
I still love you.  Whether you like it or not, I do.  But please stop telling me to “get over it”.  Let me ‘get over it’ in my own time.  And definitely don’t make me start to think you’re not who I thought YOU were.

I am sad.  This you know.  I am scared.  This you know.  But know that I know that these feelings are probably the same feelings that you {Trump supporters} felt leading up to November 8th.
So let me say this.  Congratulations Trump supporters.  I sincerely hope he doesn't let you down.

The path of our country is curvy but one thing remains the same... We’re all on the same team. We all love our nation. 
So I’m going to lick my wounds.  I’m going to move forward.  I’m going to keep raising my boys the way I have since they were born.
And I’m also going to pray that every person that has voted for Trump eventually won’t have to eat his or her words.  But if they do, I’ll be right there to help them stand up, brush themselves off, and figure out where we need to go from there.  Because this is a nation that fights for God’s dreams where the last are first, the enemies are loved, and the poor are blessed.
This is a nation where mercy reigns supreme.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FREE State Park Day in Kansas is Encouraging Healthy Recreation Outdoors


Photo Credit:  Travel Kansas
The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to sponsor Healthy Trails Adventure Day on Oct. 1 with free admission to all 26 Kansas State Parks.

Did you know… 
Kansas State Parks include more than 500 miles of trails, 32,200 acres of land, nearly 280 miles of roads, 10,000 campsites that include utility hookups and cabins, and access to more than 130,000 surface-acres of water.

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, or exploring, there’s a Kansas State Park that you can enjoy!

Take a tech timeout for the day and enjoy a healthy dose of recreation.  Spending time outdoors cannot only make you happier and reduce stress and anxiety, but it also promotes a healthy body and even helps you live longer.  Not to mention the family bonding that you’d experience!

“Our Kansas State Parks offer unique terrain, amazing trails, and scenic landscapes for everyone to enjoy,” said Robin Jennison, secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. “We’re pleased that for a second year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has chosen the Kansas State Parks to serve as the centerpiece of this campaign."

To help kids get out and enjoy the outdoors, BCBS is offering a coloring book at all state park locations, rest stops, local tourism offices, and the Kansas State Fair. It features a map of all 26 state parks, information about the parks and educational tips.

If you’re free on October 1st, there’s really no reason not to get out there and check out some of what Kansas has to offer – for FREE!


When you hit the trail Oct. 1 make to tag all your adventure posts with the hashtag #HealthyAdventure.

Photo Credit:  Travel Kansas


To learn more and pick the perfect state park for your next adventure head over to the Healthy Trails Adventure Day page!

 
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Amanda Topinka: The Kansas State Fair is COMING up soon!!



See the blue-ribbon winning animals, stroll around exhibits from across the state, take a ride down the Midway, listen to live music, and top it all off by indulging in an eclectic menu of fried cuisine.  Where can you do all of this?
The Kansas State Fair! 

The annual Kansas State Fair begins the Friday following Labor Day and lasts for 10 days at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.

This 10-day event packs non-stop fun for all ages in Hutchinson each September and attracts the largest special event crowd in the state, totaling more than 350,000. For more than 100 years fairgoers have enjoyed seeing the blue-ribbon animals, strolling around exhibits, riding down the Midway, hearing live music, and topping it all off - indulging in an eclectic menu of fried cuisine.

You don't want to miss it!

Photo Credit:  Amanda's Photocreations - 9/8/12 - Thanks, Mandy!
ALSO...
Don’t forget to take a photo at the fair and post it to Instagram, Twitter or on the Kansas Tourism Facebook page and use the hashtag #KSBucketList (one entry per person per location) for a chance to win!


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Amanda Topinka: The Procrastinating Mommy's Target DEALS of the Week!



This post contains affiliate links.


Here are the Target deals that started today8/14/2016

This week, Target is having a {save} $15 OFF a $50 purchase on Household Items In AdCoupon which makes for some great deals on our favorite brands like Gain, Downy, Bounty, Charmin, Tide, Clorox Wipes, Glad Trash Bags, and More!

For a limited time, Target is offering FREE shipping on apparel orders of $25 or more. Click the banner to see how!



Plus, Target has a lot of good deals on Always Pads, Tampax Tampons, Capri Sun, General Mills Cereal, Gillette Deodorant, Oral B Products, Schick Razors & More! Take a minute to print the newest Target Printable Coupons before you shop, and leave a comment if you find any deals I’ve missed. 

Don’t forget:

  • Target accepts one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item.
  • Your Target may limit your store coupons to one store coupon per trip.
  • Target does not double coupons.
  • If you’re able, grab a bunch of these deals for your own family, and one to donate to your local food pantry, church, or school!

HAPPY SHOPPING!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Amanda Topinka: Towne West Square's “ARRIVE IN STYLE” Back-to-School Shopping Event Going on NOW


Back-to-school preparation is around the corner and Towne West Square, Wichita’s family friendly mall to shop and dine, is taking the lead to make sure that students are fully prepared with the latest fashions for the new school year ahead. From now through August 21, Towne West Square will be hosting “Arrive in Style,” its premier back-to-school shopping event series featuring style tips, fashion displays and a sweepstakes for a chance to win a shopping experience with celebrity stylist Lo VonRumpf.

A highlight of Towne West Square’s “Arrive in Style” program is the “Arrive in Style” Sweepstakes open to guests of all WP Glimcher Malls, nationwide. The contest offers a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree with personal recommendations by celebrity stylist to the stars Lo VonRumpf. For a chance to win, shoppers should complete an online entry form at townewestsquare.com/arriveinstyle from now through August 21.

Lo VonRumpf is best known for his stand-out looks on numerous high profile Disney channel and Nickelodeon teen stars plus recording artists and A-list actors. From on-screen to red carpets, his expertise in the industry also shines through the pages of the top fashion magazines. He continues to evolve with his L.A. based consulting company, LVR Style, where he thrives consulting, styling, writing and lending his skills as a celebrity stylist and correspondent on the red carpet.

In addition, Towne West Square shoppers will have access to Lo VonRumpf’s exclusive back to school fashion forecast with several style tips to help shop for back to school. These tips will be available at Towne West Square and on the mall’s social media pages.

“Towne West Square is ready to kick-start back-to-school shopping with great store deals and the chance to win a shopping spree with celebrity stylist Lo VonRumpf,” said Caitlin Kozak, marketing director at Towne West Square. “We are in high gear to welcome everyone to Towne West Square to complete all of their back to school shopping with the added benefit of style tips from a highly regarded celebrity stylist so our kids can put their best foot forward."


For more information about Towne West Square, please call (316) 945-1236 or visit www.townewestsquare.com.
Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TowneWestSquare 
and follow along on Twitter @TowneWestSqMall 
and on Instagram @TowneWestSqMall.



Good luck and Happy Shopping!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Amanda Topinka: Towne West Square is Kicking-Off the KidX Club Event with 'X' Marks the Spot!

Towne West Square, Wichita’s family friendly mall to shop and dine, will kick-off its new KidX Club program with its first event “X Marks the Spot” on Saturday, May 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. This exciting children’s event to be held in North Dillard’s Court is one of many to be held throughout the year.

“X Marks the Spot” will challenge attendees with a mall-wide treasure hunt to search for X’s hidden around Towne West Square. The goal is to gather letters and figure out a secret word to redeem a special prize. There will also be live entertainment, face painting and balloon art.