Wednesday, December 14, 2011

So I am a terrible blogger...

I gave a written promise that I would start blogging more regularly starting December 1st. My aplogies. I broke that promise. It is Dec 14th already!!!!
Here's a post, none the less...

I stumbled across this toy, in my online search for the greatest gifts in 2011...



Breast Feeding Doll
Yes, it is another doll – but I am certain you will understand why I find it so disturbing. Let’s start with the product tagline: “Because you shouldn’t have to wait until you have breasts before you start breastfeeding your baby.” I beg to differ. This doll comes with a special top for pre-pubescent girls to wear that has little flowers in the place of nipples. When the doll is placed on the flower it begins to suckle. This doll is seriously, seriously wrong. It is made by  the Spanish company, Berjuan. I really hope that it is not a best seller!!! I am not against breastfeeding, of course-not at all. It is absolutely, a natural and wonderful thing for a mother to be able to feed and nurture her child with her her own body. I do however have an issue with, let's say a 7 year old little girl walking around the mall with a doll suckling at her "flower" nipple. They grow up too fast as it is!!! This really disturbs me.

Words other than WTF fail me right now...

Feel free to let me know if you disagree with my view on this doll!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yikes!!!

Ummm....is it really Nov 23rd? And I haven't posted since October 7th? I know it's so cliche but I can't believe how fast time flies by! I must come up with some fabulous posts in the near future. I really need to get my brain juices going. That sounds weird. Brain juices? Do we have brain juice? Is that another word for blood? I don't know. I need a vacation though, I know that for sure!
Here is a writen promise that I will be a better blogger...starting Dec 1st...procrastination is totally my thing!!!
Here is a cartoon to tie you over...it's the least I can do...


                             

Friday, October 7, 2011

FLYing and saying good bye to CHAOS…

                                              


                                                     
 
                                                     FlyLady's FlyToon


You may have heard of the Flylady but maybe you haven’t so I have to post about Flylady and what has done for me and can do for you!


I came across this name a few times with surfing the internet for random different things and after seeing it come up a few different times, I felt like I needed to check it out. What I discovered has ended up being something really wonderful and exactly what I didn’t realize I absolutely needed.

I was known by many family friends as a cleaning freak. Always cleaning and always had a clean house. And for the most part they were right, I did clean a lot. And to a visitor, it would look like my home was very tidy and very clean. And it was for the mostly. But behind every cupboard and closet door, any nook and cranny I could find, it was there…junk…clutter…just stuff…lots and lots of stuff! It was starting to overwhelm me and was always in the back of mind, eating at me! I also suffered from a touch of perfectionism when it came to housework. I tended to go overboard, and wouldn’t just tidy one room or do a “surface” clean…I would start ripping a part closets cleaning them or shampooing carpets no matter the time of day. I have been known to be shampooing carpets at 1:00 in the morning the day before we are to leave for vacation. This perfectionism was killing me, I was dead tired and loosing my steam for sure! I was driving myself crazy. But this clutter…my dirty little secret…albeit all “organized” in nice little baskets and tubs in closets and drawers and everywhere... it was still clutter and it was starting to creep out of its dark little homes and take over our house. And as a lot of us have grown to know, a cluttered house is very hard to keep clean. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to keep clean. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

So, as my clutter began to spread, my motivation to clean got lower and lower. I was doing the essentials but never happy with how it looked or felt. Things were still okay; I could pass a health inspection for sure but just couldn’t get a handle on things again. It seemed like I would spend a day or weekend cleaning one area of the house only to have to do it again in a day or two as the “stuff” I so painstakingly tucked away in pretty little containers and nice little piles would get scattered again. When someone was coming over, I would go into (what Flylady calls “crisis cleaning”). That mad scramble to get things in order before the guests show up. The bellowing (begging) of commands to the kids and husband for help. I most certainly was suffering from CHAOS (another Flylady term stands for “can’t have anyone over syndrome”). And it was really eating at me and my self confidence. I felt like a complete failure as a Mom and wife.

And this is when I stumbled on the Flylady site. Marla and her team are fabulous. The are few elements to the system so you would have to check it out but the basic ones I tend to hold onto are:

15 minutes of decluttering everyday (use a timer)

Shine your sink every night (sounds weird I know but it does help)

Daily routines (I struggle with this one but it is important so I keep working on it)

A load a day keep s the CHAOS away (laundry…taming the beast)

It doesn’t have to be perfect! (a huge one for me)

And of course FLYing…finally loving yourself…taking care of you, make things easier for yourself is loving yourself!

If you sign up you will get emails everyday, the daily mission, testimonials, inspirations, and all kinds of useful tips. There are quite a few emails sent each day, just a warning. I don’t read them all, just the ones I have time for or seem relevant to me.

The system works in baby steps and builds up. One of the most common thing you might here from FLYlady is “you are not behind, just jump in where you can”. I love this. Makes me feel la little better if I fall down in my housework!

If you have CHAOS in your life…swing by and check out Flylady.net! It has been an amazing resource for me. There are some great products in the Flystore as well that really do make some of the household chores easier (my fave are the rags in a bag…a cloth is a cloth right? Wrong-these are amazing!!!). The sales of the products go towards the site and allows it to continue to operate free of charge. Every day I am starting to feel lighter…15 minutes at a time I am clearing out my dark little secret and feeling a whole lot better!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Reveiced my Nielsen Homescanner

So, a month or two ago I stumbled upon an article on the Nielsen Homescanning program. For those who haven't heard about of it, it's a program you sign up for and you scan your purchases at home for reward points and they get valuable shopping info from consumers to pass onto companies. So I signed up not even thinking I would be accepted. I got an email shortly after signing up telling me that I was on the waiting list for a scanner and that once one was available it would be sent to me. I forgot all about it until it showed up on my doorstep via Purolator.
So I rip open the box,  I can't believe that they actually did send me a scanner!
So far it seems pretty simple, I plugged it in to my router, and started charging it.That was easy. Actually maybe too easy. The idea of it is that you scan your purchases at home with the hand held scanner, answer a few questions on the purchases and then put it back on the homebase after each use and it automatically transmits your info once a week. I have done this a few times now and it has only added a few minutes onto my unloading and putting away process. The scanner has always given me the message that my last transmission was successful so that leaves me to think that I am doing my part right and that the data is in fact automatically being transmitted as it is supposed to. It still is seeming very simple and easy! In the case that I no longer want to participate I put it back in the box and ship it back, it's that easy so I read in my welcome package.
I did some research on this program and did read quite a few reviews that it was not worth the time and effort and that the transmissions never went through and that the prizes aren't all that great. I also read that it takes a long time to get the points built up for anything decent but that when you quit the program it really is as just putting the equipment back in a box and shipping it to them at their cost. All of these things are in the back of my mind but I am still going to try it out for a few months at least. If it's not adding much time for me, I don't see it being a problem to let my points build up for a while (150 points a week for the first 6 months or something and then 200 a week after that) until I can get something nice. We'll see but for now, it's kinda fun (we'll see hoe long that lasts right?)! My 11 year old likes to do the scanning too so that's even less work for me!


Anyone out there had experience with the Nielsen Homescanning program, good or bad? I would love to hear it!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

dōTERRA Essesntial oils

 I was introduced to dōTERRA's essential oils about 6 months ago and will never look back.The benefits of essential oils are amazing. I had no idea there were essential oils that you could ingest for starters. This isn't the case with all essential oils (so please be careful!) but dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils are 100% pure natural aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities. Proper extraction and quality control methods also ensure that dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are free of any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
I now use them in my cooking, cleaning and use them to help keep my family healthy.
Name an ailment and I will name an essential oil that can help and maybe even share a success story about it with you.
If you could choose a safe, natural product and reduce the amount of chemicals you have in your home and your bodies, why wouldn't you?
Check out http://www.doterra.myvoffice.com/marilynmiller2/ or email me @jaksgirl123@gmail.com for more info!
I am more than happy to share my knowledge and experience with you!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Being left handed could kill me?

I just came across this strange fact...


Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!


Being a left handed person, this got my attention of course!

Now I am left to think about all the products that I use that are clearly not made for a left handed person. Also left to ponder which ones could kill me simply because they were made for right handed people...power tools come to mind right away! Most products (ummm...actually there are very few that are not) are made for right handed people and are backwards for us lefties which makes it very awkward and I guess for 2500 lefties a year, fatal!

Wow!!!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just sayin...

Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their
profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got
that shiny red bike I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if
I do!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Random confession

Every once and I while I will throw out random confession post. I consider it a cleansing of sorts. Albeit maybe sometimes an embarrassing one, a serious one, a down right ridiculous one but I will guarantee you right now, the confession will always be 100%  true...

So here is my first confession...get ready for it...brace yourself...

Sometimes I give my kids cereal for dinner when my husband isn't home. It isn't very often, I promise! Sometimes it's because I have forgotten to take something out for dinner, sometimes it's might be because it's just too hot to cook (summer months) and sometimes (I hate to admit this) it's because I just get a little lazy. Phew, there now it's out in the open. I feel a little bit lighter now! Now I am just hoping my husband doesn't catch wind of my dirty little secret...

P.S-The kids love it!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mission possible? Save money and make a little extra cash as well...

I have been on a mission over the past few months. My mission? To save money and make money. I do work full time as does my husband and we are financially comfortable and are not doing without but with Christmas coming my thoughts are very focused on getting through the season without using my credit card at all. It might be a challenge. We have a large extended family and with that comes a large list of people t o buy gifts for (and believe me, I have trimmed the list over the years much as possible!). I have already created a budget of what can be spent on each person and I am sticking to it!
So my first thought was that the best place to start would cut down our monthly spending, okay that is always challenging right? This is a work in progress! I have to admit I like to online shop and KingK likes his little weekly luxuries as well. Not to mention a preteen and a teenager in house as well! And they sure like to eat!

This brought me to coupons, of course! A fairly simple way to cut down some of the everyday, every month expenses that you can’t do without. Inspired by the TLC show Extreme couponing, I set out searching the Internet for coupons and signing up for every coupon opportunity I could find.  Unfortunately the amazing savings I see happening in the U.S just aren’t possible here in Canada as we don’t have coupon doubling and it seems like we have stricter rules when it comes to coupons but I am still honing my coupon skills. I still really believe that every dollar saved is worth it. I honestly won’t spend hours a week clipping coupons but a few minutes a day, sure! With just a little effort you can save a few bucks, why wouldn’t you?

So that’s the start of it, saving. I have done some other things to save as well. I have gone through all our monthly bills looking for ways to slim them down. I did find a few things on our cable bill that I got rid of. I found that we were paying for movie channels that I didn’t think we really watched and a charge for “extreme” speed Internet, that I didn’t think we needed. I took them off. I knew nobody would notice the movie channels but the Internet speed was kind of iffy. I didn’t tell anyone in the house what I had done and guess what...nobody noticed at all!!!  I also bundled our home phone (that was through our local provider) into our cable and Internet bill as well. In total I saved almost $50/month doing all of this. I also found a few bucks that could be saved on our cell phone bill. All together A few minutes looking over bills and a few minutes on the phone and I saved almost $750/year. Hey, I know that won’t make me a millionaire but it’s money back in our account, right where I want it! I really advise everyone out there to take a look at your bills. Are you paying for stuff you didn’t sign up for or stuff you don’t need?  Look at your bills and look at them often...if there is something on the bill that you don’t recognize or don’t need...call them and find out the details. It happens all the time that companies add little charges without your knowledge and if you don’t notice and just keep paying it, your money is lost. Good luck getting it back from them. You snooze, you loose according to them.

Anyone out there have any money saving tips for me? I would love to hear them! And stay tuned for more money saving posts, updates on my coupon adventures, as well as info on my money making endeavours!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book review

                                   The Glass castle by Jeanette Walls


This book had me interested right from the first few pages of the first chapter. This book is the authors memoir and she takes you though the childhood of herself and her siblings and recounts their poverty stricken and very unconventional up bringing. At the end of the book I had to ask myself what if that were me, would I have done what she did?
I like a quick, easy read that still gets you thinking and keeps you interested. This book definatly fit the bill for all of that for me.
I have another book in my bookshelf waiting to be read by this author. It is titled Half Broke Horses. It is the true life story of Walls grandmother. I hope to read it in the next few months. Anyone read it and care to share a review? Or have you read the Glass Castle and have anything to share about it?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Okay for real...the blogging will actually begin...




Summer is over, school is in and it's time for things to slow down around our house!!!
I love summer and am grateful for all the great opportunity's we are blessed to be able to experience in these beautiful months but I have to say that it will be just a tad little bit happy to have things slow down a bit over the next few months...just a bit of breathing room before Christmas and all that it brings!!!

I am taking baby steps to some changes in my life (for the better of course!) and keeping this blog up is a promise I have made to myself. At least once a week!

In May, BigJ graduated from high school. This was a huge deal in our family. He is the oldest Grandchild on all sides ( my side, hubby's side and both sides of BigJ's Dad's family) and so of course he was the first to graduate grade 12. I struggle greatly with the fact (as most parents do I am sure) with the fact that my baby boy is even closer now to leaving the nest. He turns 18 in under 2 weeks and my heart hurts. I don't know how to handle it...would love to hear from other parents who have advice on letting the baby go and embracing the responsible adults they are becoming...