Monday, October 27, 2014

Purex Crystrals Review

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of the Purex Crystals to try out for myself and to give my opinion of the product.  However the statement below is 100% mine and is not forced upon me by any means.  What I have written are my words and not someone else unless other wise stated I.E. my family expressed their thoughts on the products.

First let me tell you that I am a huge fan of Purex.  I love the detergent, the scent boosters, and even the Fabric softener sheets.  Purex hasn't failed me yet and after having seen everything they have out, I tend to ask myself can they really out do themselves?  Well, yes they can and they have!

Purex has now come out with Purex Crystals Aromatherapy blends, and I can't say enough about them.  As usual the price is right, they smell great, and make even my kids stinky socks nose worthy.  I was given the Energy blend and everyone in my house thinks I have done something different but they just don't know what.  Truth is, I really haven't done anything different but Purex has.  

The new scents are:
Well Being brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms
Energy helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus
Serenity keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lilies

Can you imagine having something to wash your laundry with that would actually give you little boost of energy, give you the calming effect for the day, or make you just feel happy for the day?  I asked myself how do I know which boost to use?  Maybe I don't want energy that day but I need the Well Being or Serenity.  Honestly, I couldn't answer that question but I do know that any of the three would be great pretty much anytime.  Now that being said, I want the Serenity in my bed sheets just for the obviousness of the relaxing spirit it would bring, or maybe the Well Being,but definitely NOT the Energy.  When I go to bed I tend to want to sleep, although that seems to be the time I think about other things that I didn't get done that day or what I have to get done tomorrow.

Now, there are other uses for the boosters besides just using them in your laundry.  These are not things that Purex has said you can use them for so I say try at your own risk but I myself have tried them with no problems.  One use is you can put some in a sheer bag and place pretty much anywhere.  In your closet, in your drawers, or just place randomly throughout your house.  It just gives a wonderful scent to everything and nothing smells better to me than clean laundry.  If you have pets or small children you do want to keep these where they can not get them and/or eat them. I have also placed them in cabinets where I keep older books so that I don't smell the old paper but the sweet aroma of the Purex crystals.  I wouldn't recommend using them around any food products, especially any food products that are exposed (onion, apples, etc)

Have you tried the New Purex Crystals aromatherapy line?  What is your favorite part about the Purex Crystals?  Share your ideas of other ways that you can use them, and how you use them in your house!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Manic Drive CD ~Review & Giveaway!

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Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.
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My Thoughts:

When I first go the CD I was thinking about when would be a good time to listen so that I wouldn't be disturbed and could really get a feel for the music and lyrics.  Well, it is NEVER quiet in my house and I had to go get the older kids from High School, so I figured my ride there would be a good time.

I had about 30 minutes from the time I got into the car until the kids started rolling in.  After listening to the music on my drive, I thought this is really more of the younger generations music.  I was raised on the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Country music so I wasn't able to relate to this music as well as my niece and nephew.  My son bless his heart, he is as old as I am when it comes to music.  Even as a child or teen I was never the "Rock" type, so I guess because I don't listen to it here my son has just got accustomed to what I listen to.

Now that being said my 10 year old daughter, was really just all about the CD.  She asked me could she borrow it and she listens to it regularly.   This is a Christian Rock Band, so it is what it says.  Me and the girls listen to this when we are riding in the van and it gives me a little quiet time for the ride.   This is a great CD for the one's that like a very up-beat tune and you can really enjoy together!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's for Dinner?

      There are so many options out there, some take a lot of time to prepare and then there are those that take no time or skill at all.  Without asking I am almost positive that each of us is looking for more of the quick and easy recipes. Nobody wants to go to work all day and then have to come home and cook a big complicated meal.
     What is your Families go to quick fix meals?  Mine is Spaghetti for sure!  And there just is no better sauce than Ragu. You can go here and you can find Ragu recipes that are perfect for that quick fix meal and they look really awesome.

Here are some pictures of me preparing my famous spaghetti that my family loves, and if you have any recipes I would love for you to share them.  Never know I may just try it out and your recipe could be my next post!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home and Family Safety

Ensuring that your home is really safe is best done on a set schedule. Below are a few things that you should look at once a month or so. It may be worthwhile to write out a list and then put it up somewhere you are sure to see it often; this can help you get into the habit of going over the list consistently.

Surveillance Cameras

Perhaps you use alarm system monitoring to alert you if something is wrong at the house, or maybe you just have your own cameras that send alerts to your cell phone or email address. Either way, you want to check on those physical cameras once a month. Open up the live feed on your computer and check to see that the cameras are plugged in. Make sure that they are connecting to the Wi-Fi if that is how they transmit. Run a test to make sure that the motion detection is working. All of this should only take 10 minutes, but it can really give you peace of mind.

Fire Alarms

You also want to go around and check your fire alarms. They should all have test buttons you can hold down to make sure that the alarm itself is working. It may also be worth checking the sensors themselves; remember, testing the alarm just means that the siren is working, not that the alarm is really going to detect smoke. Fake smoke test kits are available that you can use to simulate smoke and see if the alarm really goes off.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Similarly, if your smoke alarms are not also carbon monoxide alarms — many new models do both tasks — you want to test those as well. Because carbon monoxide has no taste or smell, without the alarms you are not going to have any warning if it is in your home.

Window and Door Locks

Finally, go around your home and check to make sure that all of the windows, especially those on the ground floor, have been locked. Ensure that the locks themselves are still sturdy. Then, lock the doors and test the handles to make sure that they won't pop open with force, even when they are locked.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

School Memories, Good or Bad?

     Ahhh, it's that time of year again when all the kids are back in school and the weather is changing.  Do you remember your days in school?  I have to admit that I graduated High School 29 years ago, yeah I'm getting old.  but I still remember my Kindergarten teachers and I have some really great memories and then I have horrible memories of school.  I will share some of mine and my Families with you now!

     I don't really have good memories of me in school. In Kindergarten, I would get paddled everyday because I didn't take a nap until my Mother came to the school.  She informed them I didn't take a nap a s a baby and I probably wouldn't take one for them! I would sit quietly on my mat and not disturb anyone, but we HAD to go to sleep. Just so you know I was that child that stayed up late and never slept.  Guess if it was diagnosable back then I would have been treated for ADHD but back then parents just dealt with it.

     Once I got to Junior High School I was teased immensely and I struggled to make what I call true friends.  Although I had friends, it always seemed there was many more that just wanted to pick and tease me.  It was probably the longest 4 years of my life, but looking back I think those people are the reason I am who I am today!

     In High School I stayed away as much as possible and did no more than I had to. I graduated June 1994 by the skin of my teeth.  In fact my English teacher made a point to come up to me a graduation and let me know I only made a 69.5 and she gave me that one.  Hey, I'll take it because I was so ready to leave.

     College, however was a different story.  Maybe because I got to pick my classes, could take them at the time I wanted, and I had to pay for them out of my pocket that it made it so different, but I really enjoyed it. At first I went to Wayne Community College for Cosmetology.  The classes were actually taken at Mitchell's Hairstyling Academy, and I made some really great friends there.  The next time I went back to College I went back to WCC for BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training).  There I felt for once in my life that I was in control.  While I was in school or training, my ex-husband committed a felony and needless to say even though he was my ex and I had nothing to do with him, I couldn't get hired locally at the Police or Sheriff's Office.  I never let that stop me, I just continued my education in the Criminal Justice Field in hopes to one day maybe to become a Parole Officer or something like that.  I have still not finished that training but once you get older it is much harder to go back to school!

     What are your School memories?  Were you the most popular or maybe you classified as a Nerd.  Whatever it was, share! We would all love to hear your story.  You never know how your story may give someone else the strength to make it through a situation that they are going through!    

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What are your favorite Fall Activites?

     It is that time of year when we must say Good-bye to the Summer and Hello Fall!  The air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and School is in full force.  Our schedules are changing rapidly for a lot of people because they are having to get the kids to bed on time, getting up earlier to make breakfast and get everyone ready for the day.  So I ask you, what are some of yours and your Families favorite Fall activities?

     School has finally began back, and I have been thrown in a real tipsy turvy.  During the Simmer I would get up and get my little girl I keep and I could lay down and rest with her here or drink my coffee quietly while the remainder of my house slept in.  It really was nice because my day just didn't seem as pushed and rushed as it is now.  Now I have to get up at 5 a.m. to get my middle child up and ready for school because her bus is here at 6:30 a.m.and once she is on the bus my 3 year old gets here.  Then it's time to get my baby up and get her breakfast made so I can get her on the bus. Once I have all the little one's on the bus then me and the 3 year old go back to the house and and we do a little lesson with her! Of course she usually will take a nap but by this time I am working on getting my laundry, housework, and supper done, so that means NO nap for me.  but oh well, I make it work.  So now that you have heard what things don't go well for me in the Fall, I will give you my things that I love about Fall, and how our Family plans on spending these cooler days!

     One of  the first things that comes to mind when I think of the Fall is our local County Fair.  While it may not be the grandest fair, I live about 1 mile from it so I watch it as it goes up, runs for the week and a half, and then comes down.  When they shot off the fireworks I can watch them from my front porch, but I don't like the noise that comes with it.  Most people don't believe me when I tell them that I can hear the fair until you come visit, then you understand!

     I also think about harvest and we have our Harvest Sale at our church every October.  So for me and my Family Fall just lets us know you only have a matter of a few weeks to get things together
, sell BBQ tickets, and prepare to be busy working at the Church!  We start our Saturday morning off with getting plates delievered and ready for drive thru and eat in's at 11A.m. and we serve the food until 6 P.M.  We really enjoy this even even though it is an extremely busy day, we get to fellowship with our Church Family, and the surrounding communities.  I love to talk and I don't get the opportunity to have adult conversation very often so I take advantage of this time.

     The count down to Christmas, oh yes I love Christmas.  It is this time of year that I am thinking about where everything will go, and I am getting excited about all the lights that will be shown in the neighborhoods.  Every year after Christmas I tend to stock up on the clearance decorations and then the following year take those and make different kinds of Christmas decorations and crafts for other people, to sale, and for my own home.  So knowing this you can imagine that I am working on these items for Christmas.

     Thanksgiving, who doesn't like Thanksgiving?  I enjoy the cooking as crazy as it sounds, if I could just get someone to clean up the kitchen afterwards I would be a much happier cook!  I love getting together with my Family and Friends and eating lots of good food and too my Husband's birthday usually falls between the day before, the day of, or the day after Thanksgiving so I have so many things to celebrate this time of year!  And because I don't like turkey and this is one of my hubby's favorites, I get to cook a turkey just for him!

     These are just a few things that make me think about Fall. I am sad to see Summer go for many reasons but one for sure is I DON'T like the cold so I enjoy the Summer sun and warmth.  Now it is time to huddle up on the couch with the kids and watch some really good movies.  We do tend to spend more time together starting around this time of year for that reason so that is for sure one of my major pluses to it being Fall! 

     So now it's your turn, what are your favorite things about Fall?  Is it the brisk cooler days, the fair, spending more time with the Family?  Maybe you and the Family go out and look at the leaves changing.  That is definitely a favorite of mine, I think it is as beautiful as the flowers blooming in the Spring. So please leave a comment below with some of you and your Family activities that you do in the Fall, you never know you may give me or another reader some really great ideas for our Family.  I am always looking new ways to spend with the Family!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Speak to an insurance agent near you

"Speak to an insurance agent near you" is one of the most popular phrases that insurance companies use when advertising their different policies. While some people just ignore this phrase thinking it is part of attractive advertising, others take stock in it and contact agents for help. Talking with insurance agents during the process of shopping for auto insurance is highly beneficial because these professionals can help consumers find a policy that is best for them. If consumers want to get the most out of what agents offer, they need to discuss their budgets and know what they absolutely want in a policy.

Discussing the Budget

Insurance agents are usually paid commission for the policies they sell. Because their wages are based on commission, they often want to sell the most expensive policies with the most coverage. Some individuals may not mind buying an expensive auto insurance policy because it offers extensive protection as well as other outstanding benefits. However, other drivers just want a basic policy because they do not travel much. No matter which kind of policy customers want to buy, it is best that they know their budget before talking with agents. When buyers are certain of their shopping budget, they will be able to purchase a policy they can comfortably afford.

Knowing What Is Needed in a Policy

Every consumer has different needs. The auto insurance industry knows this and thus offers a wide variety of policies. Some people want a policy that contains all the bells and whistles because they travel often and are hard on their vehicles. Others want a more basic policy without many benefits because they only stay in their hometown. Whatever the needs are, they have to clearly be communicated to insurance agents to make certain policies are bought that fit the circumstances of each consumer.

When shoppers have no doubt about their budget and needs and they clearly communicate them to insurance agents from the beginning, they will be happy with their final buying decisions. There is no chance of purchasing a policy that will financially be way over their heads or offer more perks than they need.