Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lemon Brite Bubbles

I am one of those moms that would throw out the tv and replace it with a bookshelf full of good reads if it were an option. I would do almost anything to get my 2 year old daughter outside! My best weapon against the tv since the weather has been warm (which in San Diego was in February) has been bubbles. Both she and Diesel our aussie shepherd love it. She blows them and diesel jumps up to bite them.

A few weeks back, I had the misfortune of running out of bubbles and not having any cash on hand or in our account. Nolan had withdrawn it for groceries later that afternoon. So even my usual run up to the dollar store wasn't an option. Brylie was whining of boredom and I just knew if I didn't pull out a surprise soon, it was going to get ugly. I had already worn out the hidden area of the closet where we keep toys for just such an occassion. Even the water doodle wasn't having its usual success.

"what am I going to do?" I thought as Brylie lapsed into another boredom fit. How in the world do moms with twins handle this? lol. Then I thought... I wonder if the lemon brite will blow bubbles like other dish soaps? It is concentrated, so I thought maybe it would be too thick. But it worked! Lemon brite bubbles saved the day! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My prayer for all

Dear Lord,
I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.
Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.
I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things that are of you. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over, as it is the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak . Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those that don't believe.
I thank you that I believe. I believe that you change people and you change things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers, and for each and every family member in their household. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.
Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it.

In Christ's Holy name, Amen.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What the Magic Eraser can't do, Tub and Tile CAN!

It had been a long couple of weeks: early mornings taking my husband to work, long days of errands, doctor's appointments, and social engagements. So yesterday morning I took the opportunity to put my daughter in bed with me and catch another hour of sleep. Lo and behold, I awoke to an empty bed. In the living room I could hear the high pitched laughter of Elmo and a my daughter doing something with paper on our coffee table.

"OH NO" I thought as I catapulted out of bed and rushed to assess the damage. Pink post-it notes were stuck to every piece of furniture in the front room. As I got closer I could see a metallic scribble on each one. And the only metallic pen I own is a silver shimmer sharpie. My heart flew to my throat.

My daughter looked up and said "morning" in a mimic of our morning routine. She gave me a hug and pulled me toward my desk. Pointing to the floor, she said, "mommy, pretty?" There, shining from the wood floor was her silver LARGE art piece, a permanent mark on our rental home's new hardwood. The last permanent marker experience was on the wall and it took over three days of scrubbing with a magic eraser to get it off. I had momentary flashbacks as I considered what my next step should be. I HATED the magic eraser. It stank and made my hands burn last time I used it. I immediately began a mental inventory of all the cleaning products I had. And as soon as I did, my company's tub and tile was the best i could come up with. I sprayed it on, all the while praying it would come of. Then I grabbed a paper towel and a scrub brush. With just a few scrubs, it came off the floor as though it was nothing more then some dirt that had been blown into the house!

Just one more reason to love these products! :) Try them for yourself, just ask me how!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Deviating to chemicals wasn't worth it!

When my friend Renee moved back to Texas, she gave me all of her cleaning products and the food that was left in her freezer. I was happy for the free items, it will save me a little money. We can all use a little help in the financial department.

One of the items she gave me was a certain dishwashing soap that was supposed to "renew" the skin of the hands of the user. I had always wondered if it would work so I was guiltily and eagerly excited to try it. And of course, my hands were so used to the natural ingredients of my company's lemon brite dishwashing soap that my hands dried out almost immediately after using the chemical filled soap from Renee. I couldn't believe it!

Moral of the story: When you find the best, don't deviate!