Saturday, April 26, 2014

Money can't buy "rememberies"

Remember the tooth fairy?  As a young child wiggling that tooth in anticipation for the little fairy to visit you at night and leave you some cold hard cash for your old dead tooth.  I always wanted to be brave enough to tie a string around my tooth and a door knob and slam the door, this scenario always sounded so cool to me!  I was never that brave!!  I did however wait patiently for that tooth to make it's way out, and the first thing I would do was put it under my pillow for the tooth fairy!  I remember the excitement of awaking in the morning and finding a dollar under my pillow!

The world revolves around money!  We learn this at a young age.  We are not really sure why we need that dollar for our tooth or what we possibly would need to buy with that dollar, but it's exciting none the less!  As you grow you continue to accumulate dollars in birthday cards, or as a special gift from your grandparents.  Again having nothing you really need to buy the money finds it's way into your piggy bank or your first little Velcro wallet.  You carry your dollars around in your first little hand me down hand bag your mom was going to toss.  The years go on and occasionally you get into your piggy bank and decide to count your dollars.  You no longer know where these dollars came from or where the location of all those lucky pennies you picked up was.  It's just money!  No memories attached to them, just a bank full of change.

I have three children whom are in the tooth losing ages.  They have a loose tooth every week it seems!  When the tooth finally makes it's way out (they are not brave enough to do the doorknob trick either, so sometimes it takes a while), they excitedly place their tooth under the pillow in anticipation of a visit from the tooth fairy.  Now a days my kids get 5,6,7 bucks for their teeth!  I work at a school and hear of some children getting upwards of 20 dollars for their teeth, makes me want to knock some of mine out!  I guess with inflation and growing economy the price of teeth has gone up!

Recently my son had lost his tooth.  The tooth is probably his seventh tooth he has lost.  He lost it at school and came home with it in a tiny treasure chest.  These days the school nurses have cool little necklaces or treasure chests for lost teeth to insure they get home safely for the tooth fairy.  My son came home excited to show me his new empty gap in his mouth and his cute little treasure chest holding his baby tooth.  I told him, "Cool!, now go put it under your pillow so the tooth fairy can find it!"  His response, "Is it O.K. If I don't put it under my pillow?"  Hmmmm, now I was confused!  He goes on to say, "If I put my tooth under my pillow the tooth fairy will take it and just give me money, I want to keep this tooth as a remembery!"  Smart kid!!  He's right, money can't buy "rememberies".  Do not educate your child to be rich.  Educate him to be happy.  So when he grows up, he'll know the value of things, not the price.

Friday, April 25, 2014

winner winner chicken dinner...but not really a chicken dinner!

I selected the winners for the Purex no Sort for Colors detergent Giveaway today!!!  We had three lucky winners who will receive a coupon in the mail for a full size Purex No Sort for colors Detergent!!  I can't wait to hear how they liked it!  What better way to end the week than to pick winners for a giveaway!  TGIF, have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Loss of our family pet...

It was December 7, 2011 it was a Wednesday, two days before my daughters 8th birthday.  My daughter had been going over her birthday for weeks in her head as to how she wished it to pan out.  she wanted littlest pet shops, an ice cream cake in the shape of a snowman, and a pet bunny!!  The kids were home from school early this day because Wednesdays are early release.  I sat in anticipation for my husband to get home from work.  Suddenly I hear the sound of rattling keys unlocking the front door, in walked my husband with a cage and inside was a small pet rabbit!  The kids run across the room lit up with joy to meet our new pet!  I have to admit my favorite part of getting a new pet is the excitement it brings to a child's face...priceless!  "can we pet him?"  "what should we name him?"  All of a sudden there are all kinds of cute little pet names being thrown out all over the place!  "Snippy Snippers!"  There we had it!  Snippy Snippers would be his name!

We brought the new family member into my daughters room, this is where he would stay.  The kids opened the cage and let Snippers hop around the room as each one gave him a little pet as he hopped on by.  They were instantly in LOVE!!  As the weeks went by my daughter was a proud pet owner, she fed him every night and often read him a bedtime story...she said he liked it!

 My daughters Allergies and asthma grew increasingly worse as the weeks went by.  I was vacuuming her room constantly trying to keep the fur down, nothing seemed to help.  I googled Pet rabbits and allergies and found it was not the fur but rather the urine that caused allergies!  The scent of the urine gets in the air and once breathed can cause horrible allergies to allergy and asthma sufferers.  We told my daughter Snippers was going to have to find a new place to sleep.  Although disappointed, as long as Snippers was still in the family she agreed to lose her roommate.

Snippers moved into the garage.  We installed an air conditioning unit for the summer to keep him cool.  Every night five minutes before bedtime my daughter would go out into the garage, give him his nightly dinner, sometimes read him a bedtime story, give him a nice long pet, tell him she loved him, and goodnight.  This was her bedtime ritual for years.  Every weekend and sometimes in between, while we were outside we would bring Snippers out to get exercise.  Let him nibble on grass and scratch.  We would put boxes and little obstacles for him to run through or around in an octagon cage we had made out of cage panels.  He loved it!  He would always get so excited and hop around his cage when ever the garage door opened hoping it was exercise time!  Snippers always had a one of a kind personality, was very lovable and gentle with kids and knew who his family was!  We had recently revamped his exercise cage and connected it to an old aviary to give him more room to run around and shade.  He absolutely loved it!!

A couple days ago the girls working together, one on each side of the cage, carried Snippers out to his outside exercise pen.  My husband lifted his small cage over and opened the door to let him run around.  we have a little bench inside the cage, set up like a little petting zoo.  The girls sat in the pen a while and petted snippers as he hopped around and around through their feet.  little girls sound in the world!  They grew bored and went back inside the house.  The night was falling and we decided to leave Snippers outside because he was loving it and was not at all interested in getting back inside his small indoor cage.  Since the nights were not as cold we knew he would be OK.

The next day I sent the kids off to school and I went to work.  After getting off work and the kids off the bus I told them I was going to go in the side yard and check on Snippers and make sure he had water.  Upon walking up to the pen he did not hop over like he usually would do to greet me.  I started walking slower in fear of seeing the unthinkable.  I slowly walked around the aviary and saw no signs of Snippers.  I then noticed the part of the Octagon cage that connected to the aviary had been nudged out and Snippers had escaped.  I quickly began looking around the side yard for where he might be and found no trace of him.  I went into the house and told the kids Snippers got out and I was looking for him.  I went back outside by this time my husband was pulling up the drive from work.  I told him the news and he joined me in the search of our Acre for Snippers.  My oldest daughter had come out to help search.  we looked behind boards, under tables, in between things, then my husband spotted something on the back porch.

Snippers had nudged himself out of his cage.  We have a Queensland heeler dog who chases anything that moves.  Our dog had gotten a hold of my daughter's Rabbit.  Now is the tough part and the reason I decided to write this story for you.  We found Snippers  and did not want the kids to see him in this condition!  Now what do we say to our kids who are inside wanting to make missing rabbit posters?  My initial thought was to just go along with the idea the rabbit got out and ran away.  What would this do?  It would save ME the agony and heart break of seeing the pain in my children's faces.  It would save ME the sadness of seeing my kids cry.  What would it do for them?  It would have them wondering when the rabbit was going to come hopping back.  It would have them wondering when we were going to get a call from the missing rabbits posters we hung.  It would have them not be able to grieve the loss of Snippers because I was too selfish to put myself through it!

My oldest daughter was out helping us find the rabbit and was just across the yard when my husband found Snippers and scooped him up.  We were not sure if she had seen us find him so I decided to talk with her about it before telling the other kids inside.  I told her, "daddy found Snippers." " He is in Heaven now."  I then asked, what she thought I should tell her sister?  The little girl who read it bed time stories and gave it treats and loved him like no one else could.  I asked my oldest daughter if I should tell her our dogs got her rabbit or if I should tell her he ran away?  That smart girl tells her own mom as I have told her many many time in her life.  "I think you should probably tell her the truth!"  "Even if she is sad it will be better for her to know the truth."  My daughter was right!  I needed to tell her the truth.  I walked inside and sat down with my youngest daughter and told her her rabbit was in heaven now and I was very very sorry!  She said, "that's O.K. at least now he gets to spend Easter in heaven with a lot of other bunnies and Granny."  Bless her heart!

Often times we hear of folks replacing their child's pet fish with one that looks the same, or saying their dog had just run away when in reality the pet had passed. They do this to save their child and themselves the heartache of loss. There is nothing easy about death.  It is never easy to say goodbye to someone or something we love.  It's all part of life, the way the world goes round.  everything that lives dies and the hardest lesson in life is having to deal with this sad reality.  In order to deal with death and loss  we must accompany it with grief.  We must grieve before we can truly let go.  Before dinner we went to the store and we shopped for the perfect bunny statue.  We purchased some artificial flowers and a beautiful solar light shaped as a flower.  We had a funeral, we said nice things about Snippers and we prayed.  R.I.P Snippy Snippers...We will miss you

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stop Sorting Laundry With Purex no sort for colors!!!!

New Purex No Sort for Colors detergent is the latest laundry innovation from Purex brand designed to simplify your laundry routine.  Purex No Sort for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads leaving your clothes bright and clean!

I was recently given the opportunity to try Purex No Sort for colors detergent and share my findings with you!  I must admit I was a wee bit hesitant to throw an Unsorted load of laundry into my machine because it went against everything I have been taught and lessons learned over the many years of doing laundry.  One of my first early lessons as a child was how to sort the laundry.  Believe me I have had my share of whites turned pink or grey from accidental laundry sort mishaps!  When I heard of this Purex No Sort for colors detergent I was automatically intrigued!!  Could it really STOP color bleeding accidents?  can I really stop sorting my laundry?  With the dye transfer Inhibitor the answer is YES!!

Here is how it went...I scooped up the nearest pile of laundry.  I did not sort the laundry as I normally would as you can see in the photo.

 I added the recommended amount of New Purex No Sort for Colors detergent and walked away.  I was VERY nervous, because as you can see I have whites, reds, and blacks all in the same load.  EEEEKKK!!! Once the cycle was done I could not wait to see the results!  As to my wondering eyes should appear was a fresh load of laundry which was bright, clean, and had no sign of color bleeding or bleeding stains to speak of!  
 Would I recommend Purex No Sort for Colors to my friends?  Absolutely!!  I sampled and gave it the ultimate no sorting test and it passed with bright flying colors!!  I would like to say though, Purex No Sort for colors Is packed with innovation but is NOT a miracle worker!  Please follow these words of advice:  wash strongly colored fabrics or new pieces of clothing at least five times before doing a mixed color load with Purex No sort For colors detergent!

Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex No Sort for Colors detergent in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014


Product received.  All opinions are my own.

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