Friday, September 16, 2011

A Fun Way to Make Extra Cash!

A great way to earn some extra cash is by completing online surveys. One of my favorite survey sites is Pinecone Research. You are paid $3 for each survey that you complete. And the great thing is you are automatically qualified for the surveys that are sent to you. No time is wasted completing half a survey only to find out you are not eligible to finish it! 

I have my Pinecone account linked to Paypal so that the money I earn is automatically deposited into my paypal account. I then use the money towards online purchases!

Check out the link above to register….and Happy Surveying!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Let's Get Healthy

So lately I am hearing horror story after horror story of people I know and love getting ill….sometimes with very strange and unfamiliar diseases. This has resulted in a stronger personal commitment to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, a desire to eliminate a majority of the harsh chemicals in and around my home and a overwhelming belief in creating balance and harmony in my life.

I am going to share with you my journey…things I have recently done and new discoveries just around the corner. Of course not all at once though! Today, I want to talk about eliminating those nasty chemicals in and around your home….they are lurking EVERYWHERE!

The first major step I took in attempting to create a healthy environment for my family was to eliminate children's bath and body products containing Parabens. These have been linked to reproductive health issues in children and may cause long-term health problems. Many newer products marketed for children and babies have eliminated Parabens in their products. These products are generally all-natural or organic. In order to be sure there are no Parabens in a particular product make sure the front label states "Does not contain Parabens".  Such products include (but not necessarily limited to) shampoos, conditioners, detangling products, sunblocks and body lotions.

Since eliminating the products with those ingredients I have been on a major chemical purge. I have switched to Laundry products containing plant-based ingredients and biodegradable ingredients. I have also switched to eco-friendly cleaning products and purchased a steam mop to eliminate the need for chemical floor cleaners. I am also considering making my own laundry soap….More information to follow….

Lately, I have started purchasing shower products for myself that are free from sulfates and parabens. I am also trying to eliminate products in my home that contain Pthalates and BPA. I even recently switched to all-natural deodorant (I never thought I would do that!!!) I try to refrain from heating up foods in plastic containers and refrain from drinking out of plastic water bottles whenever possible. I have invested in a Brita water filtration pitcher for our home and refill it continuously. I have eco-friendly and family friendly cups and bottles for drinking water and other beverages.

I have also switched to PVC-free products in my home. My new shower curtain liner and vinyl tablecloth are both PVC-free. I seek out such products whenever possible.

My family also started our organic vegetable garden this year to help eliminate our dependence on chemical and pesticide ridden foods. I weed all my gardens by hand and use all-natural and environmentally and pest friendly methods of gardening. I do not use any chemicals on my plants or in my yard. I try to plant pest-repelling plants to keep the various woodland creatures in my area from nibbling on my perennials!

So anyway, I was prompted to share this list with you because I am thinking of sending my mom a "care package" of sorts containing some everyday products that are healthier alternatives to the ones she currently uses. I don't know if it will make a difference for her but I think it is the best way I can think of to show her that I truly care about her. I think any of you out there who have a loved-one with health concerns should consider doing the same. I am not saying that eliminating these toxins will make a drastic difference in their life but I do not think it could hurt and I do believe it is definitely a step in the right direction…

With that said my next blogs will either extrapolate on these thoughts or share some of my other endeavors….

Oh, and check out that link above for a great deal on some all-natural products. I will continue to share all the new ones I come across and current ones that I cannot live without! Happy Shopping and may peace and health be yours!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's Been A While!

So my most faithful follower, Rory Bore, gently reminded me that I have been MIA for awhile. With that in mind I decided it was time that I share what I have been up to…..

Well, once Spring finally sprung I found it increasingly difficult to keep myself indoors long enough to write a new blog post! I have been busy working in the gardens and completing odd jobs around the house and yard. My husband built a raised garden bed for us to start our very first organic vegetable garden. Currently we have two very small cucumbers and a few green tomatoes…we are looking forward to reaping the benefits of fresh, all natural vegetables.

Of course I have also spent plenty of time with the kids playing in the yard. Lately, we have spent many hot and sunny afternoons lounging around the kiddie pool or running through the hose and sprinkler. Today we took a trip to a favorite local bay beach….. we had a great time playing in the water and searching for crabs. The kids LOVED it.

Last week we took our yearly family vacation to the Jersey Shore. My family is from New Jersey and every summer my mom rents a house near the beach for a week. This year my brother and his family joined us. We spent our week hanging out on the beach playing in the sand and jumping the waves. We also spent ample time strolling the boardwalk and riding the amusement rides. The kids were overtired and undernourished for a week but had a blast!

I have also been keeping up with my book club, spending time with friends and family and have even spent some time doing a little soul searching…..but I will share more about that later…..

I definitely have more things I want to share with you all, so until next time….peace, enjoy and be happy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Wow, it has been over a week since my last post! I am really slipping! It has been a good week though, pretty nice weather, lots of gardening being done, my oldest daughter's 6th Birthday and my dear cousin's Graduation from Culinary School! Lots of lovely accomplishments all around!

I have also been pondering lots of thoughts this week. One of which is, have I been a good enough friend to those I love? I am not very good at keeping in touch with people, never have been. Not much of a phone talker. But I do think of those I love often and need to find better ways of including them in my life. Perhaps sending cards now and again would be a good start. Or at least emailing somewhat regularly with pictures and stories. I realize that most of my friends know little about my daily life and the things that have been building on my mind as of late. Unfortunately, most of my closest friends live pretty far away...New Jersey, California, and Ecuador. I have found lately that I am really missing them. Missing those long heart-to-heart talks and familiar stories and memories. I have found myself stuck in something of a rut lately. Not truly at peace with my life, struggling with the ups and downs of being a SAHM. I have also come to realize how very difficult it is to find those true one-of-kind friends who know you inside and out and never judge or question your intent but instead are happy to listen to your worries and concerns and give you unconditional support. I know that I tend to complain a lot in my daily life….more of an act of venting than any true disdain for a person, event or circumstance. I have found that I am a better listener and supporter than a person who can relay her own thoughts and feelings well. I am better at the written word than the oral one. It does take more time to write though than speak. Maybe this is why I am so bad at keeping in touch.

I realize that there are many things I need to continue to work on in order to find true peace in my life. There are so many skeletons in my closet that I need to work through and I know I need to start somewhere. I think I will start with reminding those I love how much I miss them and appreciate them….and even though we are far apart in distance they are never far from my thoughts and I am beyond grateful that they are a part of my life!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

A Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! I am wishing you all a relaxing, fun-filled day full of love and happiness. I am wishing all the mom's out there who have experienced loss or are struggling to fulfill their dreams of becoming mom's a peaceful day. You are all in my thoughts!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Some Thoughts to Ponder

I do not rejoice when people die, enemies are conquered, or "justice"is served. I tend to feel conflicted inside. I do not believe that murder is the answer for anything. I do not believe that death is a justified punishment. I do not believe that anyone has the right to decide the fate of others. I will never feel comfort or solace in the wake of violence.

I am saddened when people die needlessly and conflicted when people rejoice the death of known enemies. I will never judge the emotions of individuals directly affected by violence and terror but do not believe that more violence can ever bring about a sense of peace. Does violence not beget violence. Shouldn't we show compassion and acceptance to move past the climate of violence.

I feel frightened and saddened when scores of people are cheering and chanting in the streets. It seems at these times that our world has taken a terrible step backwards. I, instead, worry what our "victory" says about the American spirit and how it will continue to affect the lives of innocent people. Should I now be more worried about retaliation and American hatred? If we instead showed signs of love and peace would we still have to live in fear of hatred and violence?

As I continue on my path to spiritual enlightenment I am continuously reminded that my values and beliefs are those of a small minority. But I will continue to believe in the worth of individuals, the value of sharing my time and spirit with those around me, and compassion and acceptance for those who are "different". If we took the time to listen, understand and acknowledge would our hatred and rage then be replaced with feelings of acceptance and peace? I do not know, but I do believe it is worth a try…...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Save The Children

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Think Positive Pin

My Think Positive Pin arrived in the mail yesterday! I am very excited to have it and just need to decide where to put it. I would like to have it with me at all times so that when I become muddled it might remind me to relax and apply an optimistic attitude! Perhaps I will pin it to my purse….any other ideas?

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Rory over at Time Out For Mom for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Be sure to check out Time Out For Mom…it is a wonderful blog full of funny, inspiring stories!

The rules for my accepting this award are as follows:

~Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post
~Tell you seven things about yourself
~Award 15 Bloggers of my choice

Ok…so for seven things about myself:

1. I was once a Vegetarian. I feel very strongly that Factory Farming is unethical and unhealthy. I wanted to take a stand against this practice and also be more careful about the things I put into my body. Although I am no longer a Vegetarian (found it to be very difficult for me) I still do not eat Veal. 

2. I won the Easter Seals Spell-a-Thon to raise money for the Easter Seals when I was in Grade School and as a result earned a spot on the Telethon with 2 of my schoolmates. I correctly spelled 100 words!

3. I am afraid to fly! I had a scary flight on the way to my Honeymoon in Jamaica and have never been the same since! I used to love flying but now am reduced to fits of panic when I even think about airplanes and being on them!

4. This is a huge confession for me….OK….here it is…..can't believe I am putting it in writing….I regretted buying my wedding dress. I got caught up in the moment of it all and allowed myself to believe it was the right dress but in actuality it really wasn't. I should have waited and tried on more…I was never in love with my dress. I dream of renewing my vows someday in a dress I really love!

5. I love cheese fries! Probably my favorite food of all time. One of my favorite meals is a slice of pizza and an order of cheese fries! Terrible I know but so so so good!

6. I love live Theater. I love the music and dancing and acting…..I like to imagine myself with that much talent, being in front of an audience. I also like to imagine the real lives of the people performing. Theater is brilliant and engages every part of me!

7. If I could have one talent…I wish I could sing. I would love to have a beautiful voice and be able to sing the songs I love. I find music so inspiring and freeing. My favorite therapy is my car, with the windows down and the music loud!

So for my 15 nominees: