Friday, May 27, 2011

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip

You NEED to try the Lilla Rose Flexi Clip.....
........you WILL LOVE it!!!

Lilla Rose offers beautiful and stylish hair accessories that are unique and strong. No more frumpy hair clips or claw clips that give me terrible headaches.

 I Love that you can put your hair in so many different styles, using just one flexi clip.....so cool! 

The Flexi comes in 7 sizes all the way from Mini to Mega for all hair types and lengths!


Lilla Rose  also has beautiful  Hair Sticks  

Lilla Rose also has other beautiful hair jewelry such as Bobby PinsHair Bands, and O-Rings, plus a selection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings and more - that cordinates and fit perfectly with numerous Flexi-Clips!

So go check them out and tell Paula I sent you!!!

     This post is my own personal veiw - I was not compensated in anyway.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review......Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day by Bonnie Jacobson and Alexia Paul


Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day
by: Bonnie Jacobson and Alexia Paul
"Simple Strategies to Transform Your Relationship"
Rating: 2 Stars

Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day is about quick (5 minute) methods of improving a relationship that can be used by anyone. By incorporating these small gestures into each day, one can make a great difference in their marriage.

The book is broken into sections that addresses issues such as communication, children, physical and sexual relationships. 

The Authors often include a possible dialogue for each technique they recommend. However, it seemed that the way it was worded was how you would speak to a child, not a spouse and I don't see the conversations happening in real life. In these "Say This" sections of the book, the spouse who is being confronted with something immediately agrees with what the other is saying and they 'ride off into the sunset, and live happily ever after'!

In one of the chapters, a marriage is described in which the wife has an affair. In my opinion, the book tends to make light of the affair, like it was/is acceptable. I don't think there is ever a time that an affair in marriage is ever acceptable! 

I have to say that I was disappointed with this book as a whole. When I received it for review, I was looking forward to reading it and seeing what ideas were offered, as I am always interested in ways to make my awesome marriage (that God has blessed me with) even more fulfilling! Sadly, I felt like the book was lacking in depth and didn't offer anything that would truly 'Save a Marriage'. 

On a personal note, little things DO matter in marriage..... communication, respect, trust, love, intimacy.....it's all important, but I don't feel that I learned anything from reading this book. I would not suggest this book to anyone. I give it 2 Stars.

If you are interested, you can purchase the book from Amazon

I have received a complementary copy of this book through the blogger Booksneeze.com program. I am not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.





Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Our Family's Favorite Shaklee Products

Here are just a few of our family's favorite products: 

Rx for a Healthier Life™ Exclusive. Effective. Powerful.
Shaklee's Rx for a Healthier Life features 25 patents and patents pending on formulations and delivery system. It is supported by 26 scientific studies and is packed with more than 100 powerful vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols, omega-3s, probiotics, protein and fiber. It's the world's best foundation for health - includes Vivix®. Vivix is the worlds best anti-aging supplement! Laboratory studies found Vivix to be 10x more powerful in slowing a key mechanism of aging than resveratrol. Shaklee Vitalizer™. In one daily packet, I get foundational nutrients I need, including sustained release B and C vitamins, minerals, probiotics, Omega-3s and more. NutriFeron®. - is "a clinically supported blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts." It boosts immune system defenses. Cinch® Shake - with tons of protein so you feel full. Leucine so you don't lose muscle. And a creamy flavor so you don't lose your will. You get all the benefits of a meal. Except it tastes like dessert. 


We promise you..... if you take Rx for a Healthier Life (This would be like having 'full coverage' insurance on your health!) for 30 days..... You will feel like a different person! You will feel younger and have more energy.....you WILL notice a difference and you will want to share it with everyone you know! 

Alfalfa Complex - Alfalfa is a storehouse of nutrients. Its tap root reaches down as deep as 20 feet, searching out nutrients and minerals from deposits in the soil, while its leaves gather large amounts of chlorophyll through the natural process of photosynthesis

Joint & Muscle Pain Solutions -A Comprehensive Approach to Joint & Muscle Pain Relief. It is designed to keep you moving! Joint & Muscle Pain Cream targets the source of pain for quick relief with deep penetration. Pain Relief Complex* is designed to provide powerful relief from discomfort caused by overexertion. Joint Health Complex supports the body's gradual ability to build cartilage, sooth and lubricate joints, and help improve overall joint function

For the Kids..... 

Meal Shakes® (French Vanilla) These great-tasting, easy-to-mix drinks pack extra nutrition into any meal or snack. They provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals, and they’re a rich source of calcium and an excellent source of protein. (Adults love Meal Shakes too!)

Vita-C (chewable) has a fresh citrus flavor. A healthy immune system is your body's most powerful weapon in its daily battle against smog, smoke, and other environmental assaults. My kids love these and eat them as candy! I put a chewable Vita C in the baby's bottle and in each sippy cup of water and baby hasn't had any colds or ear infections...(something my other kids got evey winter as a baby)! 

Vita-Lea® Ocean Wonders® -is a kosher-certified chewable multivitamin for kids. It's packed with 19 essential nutrients and provides 100% of the Daily Value of vitamin C, vitamin D - 600 IU per serving, that's 150% of the daily value! - as well as calcium, magnesium, and more to help support strong bones and a healthy body. - natural orange, grape, and mixed berry flavors. Nutrition Your Kids Will Love!

Get Clean® Water - is a revolutionary new water pitcher filtration system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead 1—as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants that can turn up in your water and may be harmful to your health. Does not need to be refrigerated to kill bacteria, unlike many other brands.

ProSant√©® Hair Care - For Healthy, Gorgeous Hair – Revitalizing Shampoo, Replenishing Conditioner, and the Long-Lasting Finishing Spray is our personal favorites! (No more tangles in my daughter's long hair since we stated using this! We all love it!)

Get Clean® Starter Kit - Fragrance Free - The 'Get Clean'™ Kit contains all the products you need to start making your home cleaner for your family and the planet. You'd have to spend more than $3,400 to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit! With cleaning choices that are SAFE, POWERFUL, GREEN, and SMART, Get Clean is the safe alternative to traditional household cleaning products. I challenge you to toss out all your old bottles of cleaners (chemicals and hazardous waste ) and replace it with the Get Clean® Starter Kit - you will love it! “Your Home Should Be The Safest Place For Your Family!” (These kits make great gifts for anyone with kids, college students, newly weds, expecting moms, house warming gift, or someone with allergies or asthma!)

Hand Wash Concentrate -"Go take your hands to the spa!"Shaklee's Hand Wash Concentrate has wheat germ oil and algae extract to moisturize; soy protein to condition; aloe, marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), and linden flower (Tilia cordata) extracts to soothe; and rosemary and arnica extracts to energize. "A little goes a long way - I LOVE this!"

Scour Off™ Heavy Duty Paste Here’s an exclusive scouring cleanser that sets a new standard. It’s a paste, so it doesn’t form dust clouds. It cleans stuck-on messes. It even cleans burnt-on food in your oven. And it doesn’t burn off your nose hairs in the process. I promise, you will love Shaklee Scour Off…. And you won’t be gagging every time you clean the oven!

Also ideal for standard washers. Prespot your laundry with the same thing you use to wash it. This two-for-one concentrate outperforms leading detergents and big-name spot removers! And it does it in both high efficiency and standard washers while protecting natural resources. Super Concentrated....I LOVE this and use it with Nature Bright (below)!!!

Nature Bright® Laundry Booster and Stain Remover. This stuff is like gold in my laundry room. I use it on grass stains, dirt, even stains on upholstery in the car or home. You name it. It cleans with "natural enzymes and active oxygen" so it seems to keep my clothes bright without fading, but still clean. -Can also use it to clean toilets with…..Awesome stuff!

Basic-H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate. - I love this because I can use it has so many different uses. I clean my whole house with it. A 16 oz bottle creates an unbelievable 48 gallons of super-safe, really powerful, all-purpose cleaner. It’s concentrated, nontoxic, and safe around kids and pets!


Other Shaklee products we use daily and would not do without:

..........and much, much more!

You can see the full product line by clicking the "here" !

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Energy

How many us us could use alittle extra energy? I know there are time when I do! Well, here is your chance to try Shaklee Energy Chews FREE!

Get FREE Shaklee Energy Chews! ($20 value) - 'Like' Shaklee Corporation on fb....and just pay S&H $4.98.

If you are not a shaklee member, you will need to say what member referred you and our ID:  (Stephen Kindred - XF05420).

 To get your promo code -Click on a link on the page wall or on the left side of Shaklee's facebook page, click 'more', then 'promotions', then 'Get Yours Now'. or click on the picture below!

(IMPORTANT - You must like/be a fan first)

  

 
This promo ends 06/01/11

Each Shaklee Energy chew contains scientifically proven ingredients that work: L-theanine and L-tyrosine to help promote focus and alertness, energy-releasing B vitamins, natural caffeine from green tea, and vitamin D. And, there are no artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives

Here's how to get yours:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Shaklee Get Clean® Soft Fabric Concentrate

Introducing New and Improved Get Clean® Soft Fabric Concentrate


Cozy up to even more softness! Get clean-smelling, silky soft clothes with Get Clean Soft Fabric Concentrate. This new and improved biodegradable formula, with a special plant-based softening agent, delivers even more softness while reducing wrinkles and static cling.
Get Clean products are safe, powerful, green and smart. As always, this biodegradable formula is concentrated and made with sustainable ingredients from natural sources. It contains no phosphates, nitrates, borates or dyes. Get Clean Soft Fabric is great on fabrics and better on the environment, with extra softness everyone will love.
  • Improved performance, just as effective as Snuggle® and Suavitel® in softness and static reduction
  • Superconcentrated—32 ounces soften 64 loads
  • Naturally softens, reduces wrinkles, and controls static cling
  • Biodegradable
  • HE compatible
  • Perfect with Get Clean Fresh Laundry Concentrate and Get Clean Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets!
Get Clean® Soft Fabric Concentrate (32 fl. oz.) #00307

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cleaning Challenge #1



I recently received a copy of "31 Days To Clean: Having a Martha House The Mary Way" e-book FREE! (Thank-you Sarah Mae!)

I am enjoying the homemaker's challenge so far and thought I'd share my journey with you all!

You see, I have always kept a clean house!

After baby #1...... it was always clean.

After baby #2...... it was getting more messy, but manageable.

After baby #3 (add in homeschooling, piano lessons, speech therapy, a hobby farm, and a home business)....... I can't seem to keep my house clean, ever!

And if and when (by chance with the hubby and kids help) it is CLEAN....no one ever stops by!

But, some days - when there is laundry piled, dirty dishes, crumbs all over the floor, toys scattered in every direction, and you can't see the desk.... those are the days that folks magically 'stop in'! (Here's a dirty little secret..... the first two times our Pastor came to our house, I refused to let him in any further than the garage, because of my messy house! Isn't that awful!)

The Mary Challenge: My mission statement for why I want a clean house!

1. To bless my husband: My husband is a very kind man, who never complains about how I keep house. With that being said, I know my husband appreciates a clean, organized home, with everything in its place.

2. I want to be a good example for my kids. As a mom, I have a big influence on my kids and I want to be a GOOD influence. I want to diligently care for the needs of my family with a happy spirit, not lazy or complaining.

3.To create an atmosphere of peace and order: Having a cluttered, messy home makes me feel overwhelmed. It stresses me out. I get distracted by the mess and trying to keep up with it all day long. I am a much happier wife and momma when there is order and harmony in our home!

4. So that I am not embarrassed when company unexpectedly 'drops by': My husband and I love to have people over, but often don't because the house isn't clean! It is not fun to clean like crazy before company comes and I often don't enjoy the visit as much, as I should've because I was too worried about my messy house.

5. To have more time for things I enjoy - taking time for my kids, husband, business, hobbies, and quiet time with God: I have a quite a few different hobbies that I enjoy. Special singing, writing poetry, playing the keyboard, crocheting, crafts, re-purposing old items, antiques, auctions, family history, gardening, canning, cooking, baking, reading, and most of all - working in my many perennial flower beds!

I want to spend more time with my family, taking walks, riding the 4-wheelers, sitting at the campfire, telling funny stories, making smores, going on bike rides, playing with the kids and just being together -not worrying about the messy house that still needs cleaned!

A clean house will help me focus business hours on the business, instead of what all I still need to clean, pick up or put away. (-and the same for school, when we are in class.)

I often try to start my mornings with alone time, so I can have my devotions. However, there are many times the messy house distracts me, and I start cleaning instead of spending time with God! (It's so much easier when the house is picked up every evening and is clean when I wake in the morning!)

The Martha Challenge: I took inventory of all my cleaning supplies. I use Shaklee safe, natural cleaning products (you can see more of our story here).

Here is what I cleaned with in the past:

24 items total (without hand soap)

Here is what I clean with now: (kitchen, bathroom, disinfect, laundry and all other cleaning needs included!)

6 items total (7 if I add hand soap)

Note: the three spray bottles behind the Basic H2 bottle on the right hand side is all Basic H2 -just mixed differently for different cleaning jobs!

Did you see that!!!!
I went from 24 (toxic) items to 6 (safe) items! 
That's a BIG difference!!!

Shaklee simplify's our life and makes cleaning much easier! 

I have LOTS more cupboard space, but the best part is that Shaklee's 'Get Clean' line is all natural! They have no chemicals in them and they are SAFE for our home and our kids - And they WORK!!!!

I Challenge you to a 'Get Clean' Challenge!
Start using Green, Natural, Safe cleaning products that work and make your home Clean, Healthy, and Safe!

Shaklee has a 100% money-back guarantee.....so you have nothing to lose, except a whole lot of dirt and chemicals!

Something To Think About:

Friday, May 6, 2011

~ Photography by my 9 yr. old ~


My 9 year old daughter has always loved taking pictures (something she gets from me....). However, this year she is really doing a great job at getting unique, good quality pictures!

 I thought I'd share a few......


Dandelion's.....I personally have never thought of taking a picture of dandelions, but then, -they are the 'flowers' that mommas get the most bouquets of!




I thought this single dandelion was so pretty!



This whole picture shouts out...."A beautiful Spring Day!"




Rocks, even they look good in a picture!




OK, so I thought this picture was so cool! -she has always had a 'thing' for clouds!




We love our sunsets!




Yes, she wouldn't be herself with out her cats!




 Crab Apple trees in bloom on the hill -(again with the clouds!)




Phlox....
she may not like perennials the way I do, but she does enjoy taking pictures of them!




And..... this is my absolute favorite!!!!! 
 ....my raspberries at night (-I may have to frame this one!)



I thought she did really great for a 9 yr. old and who knows? This could be a start at a fabulous career in photography!

If you enjoyed the pics, please tell her in a comment below. Thanks!

*please do not copy these pics without permission.


Goats

We have three of the sweetest, Registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats ever!!!




We have been wanting goats for a long time and decided on the Nigerian Dwarf Dairy breed for a lot of reasons.
  • Their milk has a high butterfat content
  • They are sweet, not trouble makers
  • They are more like sheep (they want to be with you) I've even had one (Willow) follow me into the house!
  • they are small, so they consume less feed, hay etc.
  • they are light enough that I can pick up a full sized doe and hoist her over a 5 ft fence!
  • they give a surprisingly large amount of milk for their small size
  • Goat poo is one of the best fertilizers there are - it is not hot, so you can put it directly on/around plants
  • they are multi-purpose (we plan to butcher the extra weathers for meat)
and last, but not least....
  • they are just plain CUTE and so fun to watch!!!!

So here they are:

~ Willow ~



-she's the boss!
Willow is a 4 yr old doe and has a lovely coat! She loves to be brushed, but is more into adults than little kids. In fact, she runs to get away from our 1yr. old! Willow likes to jump! She can leap over a 4 ft. fence if she gets a running start! Oh, and she loves eating my perennials! (bad, bad, goat!)

~ Jelly Bean ~



-she always wants attention!
Jelly Bean is 2yrs. old and is bred. We are expecting kids in Sept! (-hopefully)
Jelly Bean is Layia's goat! Layia loves to pet Jelly Bean and Jelly Bean don't seem to mind it at all! Jelly is always the first goat to the feeder at chore time! Jelly likes to climb and loves to be put on the leash for walks! Jelly Bean loves to eat my red twig bushes. She can devour a whole section in a matter of minutes. Jelly Bean's favorite past-time is un-tying shoes! 

~ Snitch ~


Snitch is a 3 mo. old weather.
 Snitch is Faith's goat! We got Snitch as a baby, so we had the fun of bottle feeding him! He loves to jump, and run and play! He thinks that everything needs to be sucked on! Snitch is having a hard time weaning from the bottle, so right now he gets a good dose of Shaklee Vitamins to keep him healthy!

Our goal is to rotate the two does, so we can always have a nice supply of fresh milk. Snitch will be the 'fill in goat' for when ever, one goat needs a companion.

I want to make homemade cheese, butter and goat soaps for ourselves, to give as gifts and to sell.
Someday, in the far off future, I'd like to expand our herd (after I learn more about them and their needs!) and maybe even sell some high quality registered does!

Our goats came from a local farm - the 'Lil Red Barn.  The owner, has an awesome selection with some really good breed lines. She is all about helping people who want a small hobby farm, to get started. She is not in it for the money, but rather because she enjoys it! She is great at answering all of  our many questions - (in fact, I just called her this morning with a question I had with Snitch!) She has showed us how to de-horn, tattoo, vaccinate, trim hooves and knows all things goat! She let the kids (my children) hold her many goat babies, and wander around her farm. She also has chickens, ducks, turkeys, guineas, and a sweet, huge, awesome, Anatolian Shepherd LGD! (and other dogs too!) I would very highly recommend 'Lil Red Barn if you are looking for high quality Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Review....Max On Life by Max Lucado

My First Ever Book Review!!!!!

Max on Life:
Answers and Inspiration for Today's Questions
Rating: 4 Stars

Max Lucado is no doubt one of the most popular non-fiction Christian writers of today!

Recently, I have had the chance to review Max Lucado's new book, Max on Life - Answers and Inspiration for Today's Questions

This book is kinda like a Q & A session in which Max Lucado gives the answers to some of the most important questions that Christians today have. If you have questions about God, salvation, faith, home, etc., and are searching for answers -you need to read this book!

This is a great book that addresses some very important and very common questions that the Christians today might have. 

The book is divided up in to a few main sections: Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter. There are a variety of questions pertaining to that particular subject within the main sections. There is also a scripture index at the back of the book for reference. 

This book is a very informative read. Definitely a keeper. The only downside, was that I became somewhat bored reading it, as many of the questions was not a question that I personally had/have. Aside from that, it is a great book!

I think a new Christian would definitely benefit from it! I give the book FOUR stars.

If you are interested, you can purchase the book from Amazon

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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