Thursday, December 30, 2010
This has been an exciting year, and I'm really looking forward to the new year. I hope to (and I may need your help with these):
1. get to 200 Facebook friends before the end of January (and there'll an awesome giveaway from Sweeter than Sweets when Discovering the Me in Mommy's resolution is resolved)!
2. dig deeper with the Blog Dare
3. be wise with financial resources and my time! =)
If you enjoy giveaways, take a look at my low-entry giveaway list, and feel free to add yours!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
***The picture above enters me into uprinting.com and GiveawayBlogs.com “2010 Holiday Photo Contest” for a $100 Amazon GC and 18x24 Museum Wrapped Canvas Print. Comments are factored into the judging too; so leave us a note!***
I know -- the topic of fasting for a thoughtful living post sounds bizarre, so let me explain!
Last year, my husband and I participated in a Daniel Fast, which basically involves only eating fruits and vegetables and drinking water, with our church, and we're actually preparing to do one in the new year. A couple of friends did a similar "diet" to detox and lose weight, as part of a plan to retrain eating habits and making proper portion control.
I'm really not a big dieter at all, so really restricting my diet is difficult. Yet there are tremendous benefits to cutting out sugar, white flour/rice, or processed foods, focusing more on eating foods in its pure state. When we finished the fast last year, we incorporated the meat back in but still tried to focus on lots of fruit and veggies. After Thanksgiving and Christmas and all its goodies, it'll be good to refocus on eating properly! I know we'll drop a few more pounds and maybe take several days to get used to it, but in the end we'll be doing much better!
To help me out with the meal planning, I'm trying to generate a menu to draw from. So far I have:
1. Garden Ratatouille
2. Vegetable Soup
3. Meatless Chili
4. Beans & Brown Rice
5. Curried Veggies
And I need more suggestions! So let me know what vegetarian recipes you like, and hopefully I can make it work for us!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sign up for a free Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Biscuit coupon. There are a limited number available at each location.
Locally, check your Shopper’s Extra Dec 2010, that is normally wrapped around the Grocery Ads, for a BOGO Chicken Sandwich coupon -- if you missed it this week, you might be able to get one in next week's paper! It is only valid at the Benchwood and Washington Township locations and expires 1/29/2010.
You can purchase a gallon (it's massive) of Organic Palm Shortening for $35.75. (Tropical Traditions often runs specials, which they advertise through their sales email; right now you can get it for $25.95.) Right now, you'll also be able to receive a FREE copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil, from the Referral program! Choose “Referred by a Friend” and enter User ID: 6608836 on their first online order, and the book will be automatically added to your order. If you need assistance, contact Customer Service.
Tropical Traditions is giving away a gallon of Organic Palm Shortening! This is open to U.S. To enter, you must Like Discovering the Me in Mommy on Facebook. This is required and must be done before the extra entries count! PLEASE leave your name and email address with your entry.
You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do along with you email address.
7 - For TWO extra entries, Subscribe to my blog via email.
****This is not a paid post. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Tropical Traditions who supplied the products for the review and giveaway!****
Sunday, December 26, 2010
After being sick (or feeling sick) for the past few weeks, I'm back to working out! We all know that it becomes easier to procrastinate or avoid doing anything once excuses are lived out. But I finally gave my last excuse and headed to the gym. Honestly, I'd forgotten how good working out made me feel -- I had energy and just felt good about myself!
I'd also forgotten about how sore I can get! I didn't complete the amount of repetitions I normally do because I knew I should take it easier...perhaps it lessened the stiffness at the end of the day! Nevertheless, it's back to regular exercising!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Last night I spoke with an extended family member whose Christmas is painful because they're still grieving the loss of her father. It does make Christmas and its celebrations a bit more complicated -- perhaps it leaves more hope and anticipation for a second coming.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Go to meetatpanera.com and schedule to meet with a friend by email. Just pick a date, a friend and fill out the form to send them an email. Your friend will get the email to meet up and the coupon to use on that specified date only. This deal is good through 1/31/2011, which gives you plenty of time after the holidays and once the kids are back in school.
Thanks, Denver Bargains!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
On a better note, I'm baking some goodies. I'm not a cook. I'm not a baker, but I do bake a few things all right! So I'm preparing a few things for some friends . . . and the postman. I know it's courtesy to tip your newspaper person and mailman around this time, but I always figured they're just doing their job! But our postman has really gone out of his way to be helpful, especially with the packages I've been getting from reviews and giveaways. Since the boxes don't fit in our mailbox, he'll get out of his mail truck, bring the mail and boxes to the door, and actually wait for me to get the door, not like the UPS or FedEx people. I think I'll leave some goodies in the mailbox for the postman tomorrow.
Now to find a fudge recipe . . .
Thursday, December 16, 2010
A bit of a side note -- when looking for images on Picapp, I noticed that only one of the 27 images were of women shoveling; the other 26 were of men. Hmm....
Also of note is Applied Labels LLC's opportunity for child care centers to print at a group-rate discount or even offer label printers.
Stay updated with Applied Labels on their website, but also on Facebook and Twitter too!
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Monday, December 13, 2010
It sure feels like the dead of winter around here -- blowing snow, below freezing temps, drying heat from the furnace (or fireplace for those who are lucky). And for several weeks, we were battling the onslaught of sinus issues, where we did use OCEAN for Kids to help the little one with her symptoms, since she can't really take any OTC medication.
(according to press information):
· General moisturizing during dry climates and cold temperatures, and while spending time in enclosed spaces (e.g., classrooms, train rides, air travel, etc.)
· Relieving allergy, cold & flu symptoms
· Relieving congestion by thinning mucus
· Reducing nosebleeds from dryness
I didn't realize that OCEAN has products for adults, like this OCEAN Complete, which is a 2-in-1 solution for relief from nasal congestion but also can be used for sinus irrigation, a great alternative (in my opinion) for pouring saline into your nostrils for rinsing. There is also OCEAN Premium, for people suffering from dry nasal passages, nose bleeds, nasal congestion, or allergies. This video tells you more about OCEAN Complete.
I trust OCEAN to provide excellent products to use on my child and also for myself. I also like the fact that the saline solution is formulated with moisturizers too. Especially with this winter/cold/flu season, we will all be using OCEAN's products!
You can also win ALL three bottles by liking Ocean's Facebook Page; please leave a comment with your name and email address. This is required and must be done before extra entries count!
Open to US only.
You can do any of these for a extra entries. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do, along with your email address.
1- For ONE extra entry, Follow Discovering the Me in Mommy on Twitter.
2- For TWO extra entries, Like Discovering the Me in Mommy on Facebook.
Contest ends at 10pm EST on Sunday, January 2, 2011 when I will draw a winner at random. I will notify the winner, and s/he will have 36 hours to respond.
****This is not a paid post. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Robin Leedy & Associates, on behalf of OCEAN, who supplied the products for the review and giveaway!****
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Piccadilly Circus Designs has custom baby, toddler and kids number and initial shirts and whimsical appliqued clothing for any and every occasion. You can also read my review of a toddler's custom shirt here.
The Owl & The Firefly has many whimsical and fun hand-crafted items for almost everyone in the family! You can read my review on her wrist cuff watch here.
Sweeter Than Sweets has beautiful items for little girls and also these hooded towels...which I love! She's also going to give one away when Discovering the Me in Mommy reaches 200 Facebook Fans! =)
Stay tuned for part two! =)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
As I look back at this last year's adventures, I'm so thankful for people who've believed in me and in this blog. I'm grateful for those friends who suggested and then supported me in the creation of Discovering the Me in Mommy! And I'm extremely grateful for my first few sponsors who believed in me to trust their products into my hands. My very first giveaway was a gift from a now extremely successful giveaway blogger, who referred me to the company. My second giveaway was one that I just stuck my neck out to ask the owner -- and for that, Martha at N-fini gets my Believe award! And if you need shapewear to look your best at those parties, N-fini has quite the selection -- you'll find effective and comfortable solutions there. They're also offering more of a selection for apparel too, even eco-friendly options.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Kolcraft will soon be unveiling Wally Wonderbug and friends in a new activity center, with lights, music, sound, and movement! But there'll even be more of Wally to be found on his own site, and don't worry -- Wally has a twin sister Wanda! Stay tuned...we find more out in January!
Disclaimer: I will be given a chance to win $100 for offering a sneak peak!
Monday, December 6, 2010
I "met" Joanna at a Twitter party and asked her to write about how she uses vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils to clean her house -- I figured it was fairly simply, but didn't know the exact amounts, since I'm using a product which gives me measurements to put into their containers. But it is so simple I don't need to make those kind of purchases and can save by making my own!
Baking soda so simple
You clean your home diligently and yet more and more evidence is coming to light that the mass of luminous blue, green and yellow household cleaners that huddle underneath the kitchen sink, especially those with triclosan in, may not be a good thing in the environment.
So what are you to do if you wants a dust & grime free home but without the side effects of synthetic chemical based cleaners?
Fortunately, the solution is relatively simple; baking soda, white vinegar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Bingo! Household cleaner extraordinaire.
The recipe is, depending on the size of your bottle:
A few spoons of baking soda
Cautiously add some vinegar (the combination of baking soda and vinegar can be exciting, thus add slowly!)
Top up with cooled boiled water
Add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil.
Put the lid on and shake well.
Baking soda is really effective at removing grime from ovens, baths, kitchen counter tops and I have been known to put in stinky training shoes, and dust out after a day or two. This spray cleaner can also be used on sinks, toilets and mirrors, just use an eco-cloth to remove any residue.
Vinegar is acidic and naturally good at keeping things clean. The combination of essential oils in this simple eco-friendly cleaner provides natures antibacterial agents, in the form of essential oils, and is more than enough for a normal house.
Triclosan, the common ingredient in many anti-bacterial household cleaners, was developed for hospitals and yet many American homes now have antibacterial soap, deodorants and toothpastes all containing triclosan. There is an illusion that if a little bit is good then more is best but I would disagree and say that when it comes to having a clean house, there is little substitute for soap and scrubbing, with a few essential oils.
My favourite essential oils are: organic lemon, orange and lavender. These three powerful little bottles are great for keeping your house clean but also smelling heavenly without a synthetic chemical in sight.
This winter why not aim to ditch the expensive shop bought cleaners and create your own, it will save you money as well as breathing in toxins. Are you up for the eco-friendly cleaner challenge?
To learn more about simple, effective ways to Detox your Body and our World™ with Joanna visit ActualOrganics.com
©Actual Organics 2010
Mrs Joanna Runciman, BSc(Hons), CMC
Detox your Body and our World™
Friday, December 3, 2010
**If you're new, you can learn more about The Low Entry Lowdown.**
Newly Listed Entries
$25 gift card (choice of 3) -- ends 12/4
National Geographic Kids Atlas -- ends 12/6
Spoonful of Comfort -- ends 12/7
Uncommonly Cute Tee -- ends 12/8
$25 Dali Decal gc -- ends 12/9
Coobie Bra -- ends 12/10
$25 EcoMom gc -- ends 12/10
2 $10 Victoria's Secret gift cards -- ends 12/11
Trim Tread Shoes -- ends 12/12
Previously Listed Entries
$25 Anthropologie gc -- ends 12/3
$15 Ilze's Memories gc -- ends 12/3
Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil -- ends 12/5
$35 CSN gc -- ends 12/5
Toddler Board Books -- ends 12/6
Secret Science Team Kit -- ends 12/6
Baltic Amber Teething Necklace -- ends 12/3
$50 Plastic Jungle gc -- ends 12/4
The First Years Jet Stroller -- ends 12/4
$50 REI gc & Breathe Right Nasal Strips -- ends 12/4
$25 AppleCheeks gc -- ends 12/4
KinderGlo Portable Night Light -- ends 12/5
$25 Kiki's Maternity gc -- ends 12/5
$75 Sears gc -- ends 12/6
Please only enter those giveaways that end within 2 weeks and have less than 100 entries! Thanks :)
Please only enter those giveaways that end within 2 weeks and have less than 100 entries! Thanks :)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Previously I wrote about Shutterfly's new Christmas card designs and Shutterfly even graciously offered cards for a review and giveaway (sadly that's ended). I still have to design a few more cards, and I'm going to order a few in different themes -- I like variety! Here's a preview:
Currently Shutterfly has Christmas cards discounted by 20%-30% as well as discount on some of their popular products. You can see all the specials here.
***Bloggers: you might already be aware of this promotion.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This week I’ve been thinking a lot more about attitude. For most people, Thanksgiving and the preparations for Christmas put one in a good mood, thinking more about others than our own desires. However, for others, thinking about gift giving and shopping brings more anxiety than peace. For myself, this year I’m making more of an effort to keep my sanity and enjoy this special time, because it only comes once a year! Here’s a few things I’m keeping in mind to keep the stress away:
1. Take time to differentiate need and want, and then prioritize according to the budget.
We all know this – but it’s important to keep within the budget, because once that cap is lifted, so much more stress and anxiety fills in.
2. Make a list of people to gift and the gifts already purchased and those intended to purchase.
I tend to buy things throughout the year and then forget what all I’ve purchased! So I need to double check the “gift closet” before I shop.
3. Not fret over deals that I’ve missed
This might just be me, but I love a good deal that some times I feel guilty when I can’t get the deal, because circumstances kept me from getting to it or the deal just sold out so quickly. I have to remind myself to take it all in stride.
4. Think positively about the effect of my efforts.
Why am I making those purchases?!? It’s not to impress the person I’m giving it to but to bring a little more happiness and remind them that I appreciate them. After all, it is the thought that counts (for most people)!
Here’s to a healthy mindset during a seemingly busy season!
Monday, November 29, 2010
So I'm going to keep my greed in check, sampling doses of humble pie and reality, and enjoy the shopping process -- there still are excellent deals to be had, but don't forget about shipping costs!