Sunday, April 6, 2014

It Really Works!

You know how you hear of things that sound just too good to be true?  Are you a skeptic?  Well, let me tell you about two things that really work.  Seriously.

If you got something in the mail that said, "never buy laundry detergent again with a snap-on washer attachment," would you believe it?  "Cleans and disinfects clothes without detergent, bleach, softener or even hot water."  You would probably think - yeah, right.  But I'm here to tell you that the pureWash works.  My dear grandfather orders (way too much) stuff from catalogs and television.  Because of this, he gets his fair share of advertisements for random things in the mail.  He brought some info to my parents and told them that he just knew it would work because he's bought stuff from this company before.  ha!  So, my parents bought one to test it out.  My mom was amazed when it got my dad's work clothes clean and fresh.  That was enough to make me a believer, so we ordered one.

This is it.  The info page says that the generator produces Hydroxyl Radical Molecules which are one of nature's most powerful cleansers.  It was developed for hospitals because detergents were causing many problems.  We know how detergents are filled with chemicals that can't be good for us.  So, no more chemicals?  Save on the cost of detergent and hot water?  Yes, please.  

The next thing that really works is essential oils.  They are becoming more mainstream these days, but many people still don't know much about them.  Essential oils are natural oils from plants that have great medicinal and emotional benefits.  I have to believe that God gave us what we need to keep our bodies healthy.  For the past few months after a friend introduced me to oils, my family has been using them on a daily basis.  I am not anti-medicine.  But I like knowing that I can do something naturally first!  I apply these oils, I diffuse them, and I even take them internally.  I have been very pleased with the results I've witnessed.  And even if they didn't work (but they DO), I love the smell when I diffuse them.

This is my growing collection of oils.  If you could read some of the labels, you'd see - lemon, lavender, peppermint, oregano, lime, cinnamon, frankincense, and more!  I use doTERRA brand because they are 100% pure and potent.  I could give you a whole lecture on this, but I won't unless you want more info.  doTERRA sources their oils from plants in their native lands to ensure potency that will reap the most medicinal benefits.  Please let me know if you want to know more - I'm happy to share!

So, anything you're using these days that really works?!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Let's Wrap Up the Day With a Little Bit of AAHHHHH!!!!

I mean, it only make sense for the rest of the day to end with a touch of craziness, right?  For those of you who read about my afternoon, you know what I'm talking about.

So when I say that my house is a disaster, it's no exaggeration.  The kids pulled out every crayon and marker and piece of paper they could find.  There is a car seat sans cover sitting in the middle of the walkway.  I left the house in this horrible state before going to church, because, afternoon.  I tried to pick things up only to turn around to see that it had been destroyed.

Then the rush to get ready for church began.  I had just walked into my bedroom to change clothes when I heard a crash.  And then a scream.  I go to the kitchen to find that Harrison had pulled an empty jar out of a cabinet and it shattered into many little pieces.  I thought the cries were just from being scared.  I picked him up and took him to get dressed for church.  Then I saw blood.  Lots of it on his hands.  Looks like he cut himself in several places.  Thankfully no deep cuts, though.

We make it to church, and it was just as fun as you can imagine trying to feed two kids without any help (we eat dinner at church on Wednesday nights).  I got the kids' plates ready, up and down, up and down.  I finally sat down to try to eat a bite myself.  Before I knew it, it was time to move on to the next event.

Choir, AWANAS, time to go home.  Whew, glad to be going home!  Unfortunately, I knew Kris wouldn't be waiting on us.  Instead of Kris, a police officer was waiting on us at the front door.  Always gives you a warm fuzzy.

As I was pulling into the driveway, my phone rings.  It was the police department.  My alarm had gone off.  The officer comes up to my window and shines his flashlight into my vehicle.  Remember how I left a car seat in the middle of the walkway in my house?  Yeah, I let Sadie just buckle up to go to church (only because it's exactly one mile from my house on residential streets - please don't give me a hard time.  I never would have gone anywhere far away or on major roads without her in a car seat.)....but she'd unbuckled and was standing in the seat for the officer to see.  Great.

The officer on the phone was asking me questions - like make/model/color of my car, where are you, have you made eye contact with the officer, blah blah blah.  They finally let me off the phone and out of my car.  I go inside with the officer who got to witness the state of my house.  Harrison is crying in the car while Sadie is bouncing around turning on all the interior lights in the car.  The officer went outside to search the back perimeter of the house and said all was clear.  However, it didn't leave me with a good feeling.

I got Harrison ready for bed and nervously took him upstairs, just knowing some intruder was going to jump out and attack.  Had to go back outside to turn off all the interior lights of my car and move it into the garage.  But what if the attacker was hiding in the garage rather than upstairs in the dark?

What time is it?  Time for Kris to come home and for everyone to go to bed.  The End.

How a Peaceful Day Can Change in a Span of Twenty Minutes

Today was school day for the kids, which means I got to do things I normally put off.  I worked around the house a bit this morning before heading out to run some errands and do a little shopping for myself.  On the way to pick the kids up, I bought a milkshake to share with Sadie.  I "needed" just a little something sweet and thought I would take a few sips and leave the rest to surprise her with when she got in the car.

2:00 - I went to my boy's class to pick him up.  Along with my active child, I picked up his nap mat and bag.  His teacher told me that he had a big dirty diaper and his bottom was really red.

2:02 - Went to Sadie's classroom, but they weren't quite finished with show and tell, and she didn't want to leave.  That's fine.  You stay there while I chase your brother.

2:04 - I pick up Sadie's stuff out of her box - nap mat, lunch box, backpack.  I smelled something.  Harrison.

2:05 - Sadie is dismissed.  I told her that I could not carry everything and she had to help.

2:06 - I had to park far away, Harrison didn't want to be carried, he's wiggling so much I almost dropped him on the way to the car.

2:08 - Get Harrison into his seat just as he begins to throw a major fit.  He kicked off both shoes, pulled off his socks, and was screaming.

2:09 - Sadie gets settled and I give her the milkshake.  Sadie is happy, and Harrison stopped crying.

2:10 - on the way home we talked about Sadie's day.  She ate all her lunch, she played in the gym, she saw her best friend Candace, all is well.

2:12 - "oh no, Mommy!!"  She had poked the straw through the bottom of the cup - milkshake was everywhere.  EVERYWHERE!  Thankfully we were pulling into our driveway.  I grab the cup and it proceeds to drip all over me and my seat.

2:13 - I jump out, grab her, she's crying because she's soaked and cold and sticky.  I run her inside and strip her.  I hear Harrison screaming in the car.

2:14 - Sadie is naked and crying as I bring Harrison in to change his diaper.  Remember how I smelled something earlier?

2:14.5 - Everyone is crying while I'm cleaning Harrison.

2:15 - As I was wrapping up the diaper, he escaped (the boy is FAST).  I hear something.  He's peeing on the floor.

2:16 - I'm cleaning him AGAIN and putting clothes on him.  Sadie is still standing there naked and crying.

2:18 - Harrison is in bed, I put panties on Sadie.  Go to get the carseat out of the car.

2:20 - bring in the carseat and a bag of purchases.  In my haste, I just dropped the bag on the floor, forgetting about a mug I'd purchased in the bottom of the bag.  I have yet to check and see if it is broken.  Didn't sound promising when the bag hit the floor.

2:21 - I sat on the couch, let out a sigh, and looked at the clock.

Wow, that was a crazy 20 minutes.  Let's hope the rest of the afternoon isn't as exciting.