Friday, July 31, 2015

For Sale

It's really happening, after talking about it  for months and many weeks of painting and repairs our house is finally for sale. Don't get me wrong, I love this old house. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we bought this place.



We had an inkling, but you never know until you get in there and start the remodeling process. The house is 97 years old. It's a grand old house and has lots of memories for many people including our neighbor. But it's time to move on.

We moved here two days before my youngest was born. He's now 8 years old. He has never known anything else but his beloved house. He's been there through many room remodels, painting projects, repairs, and making the house ours.

Remodeled House


 Our lives are now filled with obsessive cleaning,  house hunting,  leaving the house multiple times a day only to return and do it all again the next day. We are tired but hopeful that our next chapter in a new house will happen soon.

So please bear with me and my craziness as we continue to work on staging our house, doing minor projects, and packing up to move. There is a lot to do and I may not be around everyday, but I am here. Drop me a line on Facebook and say hi!



I'd love to hear your time saving tips on moving, open houses, and staging a home!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Amazon Prime Free 30-day Trial

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I know that Prime Day was a bit disappointing to most. I did go shopping that day, and sadly, I didn't find any HUGE deals that I wanted to snatch up. I did buy a iPad charger though. Lame I know. It's a sad day when your charger dies and your kids can't charge their iPad. I had to. That's all there was to it.


Despite, the fizzle of the sale, I have to say I love Amazon Prime! There are days that I just don't want to go to the store to get one thing. I know I will get it in two days. Even on Sunday! I'm always ordering ingredients for my lotions, salve for dogs, sunscreen, dream cream etc.  And you can't have to many cute tops, summer toys and of course craft supplies.


                                   


Shopping isn't the only perk of Amazon Prime. We also stream TV shows too! If we can't find it on other streaming portals we can on Amazon. Shows like Extant, Orphan Black, Defiance, Under the Dome, and Grimm to name a few. And we can't forget all the great movies available for rent or to buy!

                                                         


We have been a member of Prime going on two years. Ours started because we  wanted to do all of our Christmas shopping online and we soon discovered streaming TV shows, borrowing books for Kindle (yes you can borrow books!), and free two day shipping!

Want to give it a try? Get your free 30-Day Trial today! Seriously, It's worth a try. I promise you you will love it!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Whole-Brain Child Workbook Review and Giveaway

I deal with anger on a daily basis. It can be exhausting, stressful, and depressing.  Over the years,  I have learned how to calm my kids and redirect their anger while building their self esteem and acknowledging their feelings.

Wether you have a typical child or one that has special needs we all struggle with anger. It could be in the form of sibling rivalry, outbursts, tantrums, homework struggles, computer time battles etc. There is away to have emotionally intelligent children. But it takes practice. 

Lots and lots of practice.






Enter The Whole-Brain Child WorkbookBased on their New York Times bestselling book, The Whole-Brain Child, internationally acclaimed neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel, M.D., and brain-based parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., have created a workbook to help parents understand the science behind their child s developing mind and survive the everyday parenting struggles that accompany each stage of growth. 

Drs. Siegel and Bryson declare the workbook free of rules, obligations, or guilt it s simply a tool for parents and caregivers to find more help with support, move towards a deeper understanding of and connection with their children, and gain a fuller understanding of themselves as parents.

What you can find:

  • Tools for solving sibling conflict, homework struggles, screen time battles, tantrums, outbursts, sulking and more.
  • Practical, age-specific exercises and activities
  • 12 whole-brain strategies, which can become a shared vocabulary for parents, grandparents, caregivers, clinicians, and educators 
  • Interactive format that allows journaling to integrate ideas with each person s own parenting approach
  • Cartoons, graphs and illustrations

Here is peek at what you will see in this workbook. 




I spent a couple of weeks writing in this workbook and trying out the techniques. I have to say, it has made a HUGE difference in me and my kids. My kids feel validated and I am less stressed and angry.  This summer has already proven to be a happy one all around. I am not perfect and I don't always implement what I have learned. We all have those days and that's ok. But for the most part as a family we are happier, my kids feel they can tell me what's really making them upset and know that I will listen. 

That is HUGE in my book. 

I love The Whole-Brain Child workbook so much that I have decided to give one copy away! This is for US residents only. Giveaway ends July 10th. 


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Combat that Stinky Toilet the Easy Way

If you have boys you will understand what I'm talking about. You might even shout an "Amen, Sister" after reading this next sentence.

Boys are stinky and gross! 

Yep, I said it. Not only are they stinky and gross but so is their bathroom. I swear, I need a gas mask just to go in there and clean. Don't get me started on the lack of toilet flushing going on in there. Investing in Biohazard suit seems like a great idea right now.


I must be allergic to their bathroom. My eye water, my nose runs, even my stomach does a dance. It's usually one boy in particular. I use the term, usually, very loosely.  I mean how does one get pee on the walls, floor, seat, and still manage to get most of it in the toilet. What are they doing in there? 

Never mind, I don't want to know. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my boys . I really do. They precocious, curious, smart, ingenious, and very very lovable.  But I can't stand cleaning their bathroom.  I tried ignoring it. I couldn't ignore it more than 24 hours. I tried making them clean their own bathroom. That only resulted in shampoo science experiments, lots and lots of  bubbles and water  everywhere. 

I went to Pinterest, my go to place for cleaning ideas, and found a inexpensive and easy way to clean the toilet bowl and rid the bathroom of that awful smell that radiates into the hallway. Toilet Fizzies!!! 

I am in love!!! It makes my life so much easier. Especially when I can get one of them to drop on in every few days to combat the smell. Best of all, it makes being able to clean their bathroom much easier. The toilet gunk and smell is to a minimum and it doesn't permeate the hallway. I can actually clean the bathroom once a week rather than once a day. 

Best of all it is so easy to make. 




Toilet Fizzies are the Bomb!

Ingredients

1 Cup of Baking Soda
1/4 Cup of Citric Acid (you can find it in the canning section of your grocery store)
1/2 tsp. Vinegar
1 TBS Hydrogen Peroxide
15 - 20 drops of Lavender and Lemon Grass Essential Oil
Muffin Tin 
Baking Cups
Spray bottle filled with 1/2 water and 1/2 Vinegar (makes a great cleaner too)





Directions

1. Add the baking soda, and citric acid to a bowl and mix with a fork to break up any clumps. 
2. In a small glass bowl or measuring cup, mix together the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Here is where you can add your essential oil. I used Lavender and Lemon grass (approximately 10 drops each). 

3. With a spoon, slowly drip the liquid mix to the powder. If you pour it all at once, it will fizz and create a big mess. Trust me, I know!

4. Gently mix to incorporate the oils. It should clump together kind of like Moon Sand only a little more clumpy (does that make sense?). 


4. Place your baking cups in your muffin tin and spray each cup lightly with the spray bottle (filled with the vinegar/water solution). Not enough to soak the cups but just enough to lightly coat them. 

5.  Fill your baking cups about halfway full if you are using a regular sized muffin tin. If you are using a mini tin, fill them to the top.  Make sure you clean off the top muffin tin off the mixture. It makes taking them out much easier. 


6. Pack those suckers down really well and spray each one lightly on top. Set to dry overnight. 



7. Once dry, place them in a pretty jar and store them in the bathroom. Just pop one in your toilet and let it fizz for a good 15 minutes then use your scrub brush and flush. That's it!! 

It deodorizes and helps loosen the gunk off the sides of the bowl. Best of all, your nose will thank you!!

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