Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: The Green Nursery

Welcome to another Sponsor Spotlight! The Green Nursery is graciously sponsoring a Ones and Twos Cloth Diaper for the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway May 1st-May12th!


Scott and Abby are a husband and wife duo that own and run The Green Nursery in Bloomington, Indiana. The Green Nursery was started in 2006 after their son was born and has been growing ever since. At TGN you can find a huge variety of quality Cloth Diapers, Accessories, Baby Carriers, Toys & Dolls, Teething & Feeding products, as well as Bath and Body Care!

To introduce you to Abby and The Green Nursery, I decided to put together a small interview for your viewing pleasure!

Kelsey: What makes selling cloth diaper special to you? 

Abby: I love that TGN in in the business of helping families make a healthy, economical and responsible choices.  Seeing new moms and dads step outside of the box and try something new is so fantastic.  Oh, and I love babies.

Kelsey: What was the first cloth diaper you purchased? 

Abby: Happy Heiny's One Size

Kelsey: Do you have any favorite cloth diapers? If so, what brand(s) do you like most and which color/prints do you love? 

Abby: I have way too many favorite cloth diapers and brands.  I love bumGenius 4.0's because I think they are great starter diapers, and they have an excellent fit.  But my #1 all time fave is the GroVia system.  They certainly have the hippest prints on the market.

Kelsey:  What do you think is the biggest pro to using cloth diapers?

Abby: The biggest con? Biggest pro - Seeing how much cash you save, while 'greening' up your lifestyle.  Biggest con - Hmm....Laundry I suppose.  But it seems most cloth diapering families don't mind the extra load, at all.   

Kelsey: If you could give Moms one tip to help them succeed in using cloth diapers, what would it be? 

Abby: Don't over think it.  Get a few, try them out.  Try out other brands until you find your favorite.  Our TGN Trial Pack was created to help give families a feel for cloth diapering while giving them an easy out.  Make sure to choose your detergent and diaper creams wisely, if you don't you could ruin your stash.  

You can learn more about Scott and Abby by visiting their profiles on The Green Nursery Blog!

Connect With The Green Nursery
Website: http://www.thegreennursery.com
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenNursery
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/thegreennursery
Blog: http://blog.thegreennursery.com/ 

The Early Bird Gets The Worm!
To receive 5 Bonus Entries for the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway on Rural Mama's Sandbox, LIKE The Green Nursery and post to their wall Thanking them for Sponsoring, BEFORE May 1st! Leave me a comment on THIS blog post, with your Facebook name AND the link to your Facebook post in order to earn your 5 Bonus Entries!  When it comes time to enter the giveaway, please make sure to click the Bonus Entry button so that I can add your 5 Bonus Entries to the list!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Freebie Friday 4/27/2012

Welcome to another Freebie Friday brought to you by My Memories and ME!

PLEASE note that the kit will ONLY be available THIS week so, don't forget to download it today!

Now, you're probably wondering... "What on earth is this Freebie gonna get me?"
Well here is a look at a sample of the final product, a Flower Card, and below are 2 Tutorials on HOW TO make your freebies into a Flower Card!
Flower Card Tutorial
Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Flower Card
 1. Download template file and install it into your software
 2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project
 3. Now you can print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.

TIP:
You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing.

Instead of adding the paper as a background paper, you can add it as an embellishment so that you can move the paper around.  This is especially useful when using papers with stripes or circles, so you can decide which part of the paper you want to use.

Once it is added as an embellishment, you can now select the paper and move it into the position you want it. 

Just SAVE and PRINT on card stock!

Flower Card Tutorial
How to Assemble your Flower Card
1.  Print your file on card stock.
2.  Take your card template page and fold at all fold lines.  A bone folder helps make the creases nice and crisp to help your finished card to look nicer.
3.  There should be a total of 9 folds when you are done.
4.  Cut out your card.
5.  Turn your card over so that the printed side is down and pinch the sides of each petal together until all 6 petals are standing straight up.
6.  Gently push all the petals in one direction until they lay flat.
7.  You now have a flower card.
8.  Tie a ribbon (not included) or something equivalent around the card to hold it closed.
9.  Embellish as desired.  This card was embellished with a circle cut out from a piece of background paper.

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping! USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Also, please note that the kit is saved in a format that isn't specific to My Memories Suite, so you can use them in other software as well!

Save some money by using PROMO CODE: Bunny20
to save $5.00 on your next $20.00 purchase!
Good for one use only & expires April 30, 2012

Have a wonderful day dear followers and I hope you enjoy your Freebies!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Mother Earth Baby

I would like to introduce you all to Mother Earth Baby! Mother Earth Baby is Sponsoring a Blueberry Trainer for the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway on Rural Mama's Sandbox starting May 1st! I am so pleased to be able to introduce my readers to a great business and a wonderful lady!


Lisa Emmons is the owner of Mother Earth Baby and a Cloth Diapering Mama as well! She owns two store in New York, one in North Syracuse, NY and the other in Oswego, NY. Mother Earth Baby was launched in 2008 and was "born" from her local family business Mother Earth Health Foods, which was opened in 1969 by her grandmother.

At Mother Earth Baby you can find a variety of Cloth Diapers, Diaper Covers, Swim Diapers, Training Pants, Wet Bags, Laundry Detergent, Cloth Wipes, Baby Carriers, Accessories, and so much more. They also have products from well know brands that we all love and trust!

To get to know Lisa a little better and help my readers understand the heart behind her business, I decided to do a brief interview with Lisa Emmons.

Kelsey: What makes selling cloth diaper special to you?  

Lisa: What makes selling cloth diapers special to me is the difference it makes to my customers and their babies.  Last week I had a customer come in frustrated with disposable diapers.  She said that her baby doesn’t sleep through the night due to irritation caused by disposables and wanted to try one cloth diaper to see if it made a difference.  After trying the diaper, she reported that her son slept through the night for the first time and woke up happy, dry and no rash.  This is why I do what I do.

Kelsey: What was the first cloth diaper you purchased?  

Lisa: The very first cloth diaper I purchased 12 years ago were prefolds and fitteds from a mail order catalog with some Gerber diaper covers with my first son.  These definitely didn’t work as well as today’s modern cloth diaper.  The first modern cloth diapers I bought for my daughter to try included 1 bumGenius 3.0 in hook and loop, a small perfect size FuzziBunz pocket and some Kissaluvs Size 0 fitted diapers along with some Thirsties Diaper Covers and loved them all.
Kelsey: Do you have any favorite cloth diapers? If so, what brand(s) do you like most and which color/prints do you love?  

Lisa: I still really like the bumGenius brand and now have upgraded my stash to 4.0 snaps.  I also love the perfect size FuzziBunz.  Although I have not been disappointed with any other diapers I have purchased and used over the years.
Kelsey: What do you think is the biggest pro to using cloth diapers? The biggest con?  

Lisa: I find a lot of satisfaction each time I do laundry and hang my diapers to dry on my drying rack in the kitchen and know that all of those diapers are not ending up in landfills.  There are so many pros to using cloth, my babies have never had a rash, I never run out of diapers, I save so much money and I simply think there is nothing cuter than a baby wearing a cloth diaper.  I simply can’t think of a con to using cloth worth mentioning.
Kelsey: If you could give Moms one tip to help them succeed in using cloth diapers, what would it be?  

Lisa: I think it’s important to be able to visit a store to talk with someone who is knowledgeable in person and to be able to experiment with the diapers to find the one that will be best for you.  It is so hard to read reviews on line and to make a decision about cloth without seeing them up front and personal.  

A Special Note from Lisa:

We have 4 children and all have been cloth diapered.  We have seen and experienced the evolution of cloth diapers over the years and using cloth is easier now than ever before.  I love what I do and love meeting all the wonderful people I come in contact with through the business.  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.  Lisa

I'd like to send out a special Thank You to Lisa Emmons and Mother Earth Baby for Sponsoring a Blueberry Trainer for the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway and I encourage all my readers to check out her website and social media sites!

Connect with Mother Earth Baby Online!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherearthbaby
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MotherEarthBaby

The Early Bird Gets The Worm!
To receive 5 Bonus Entries for the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway on Rural Mama's Sandbox, LIKE Mother Earth Baby on Facebook and post to their wall Thanking them for Sponsoring, BEFORE May 1st! Leave me a comment on THIS blog post, with your Facebook name AND the link to your Facebook post in order to earn your 5 Bonus Entries!  When it comes time to enter the giveaway, please make sure to click the Bonus Entry button so that I can add your 5 Bonus Entries to the list!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Key of Kileyna eBook Review & Giveaway

    "Jacob felt as though he’d been punched in the face and chest simultaneously. The wind was knocked out of him, and he fell to the floor. Bright flashes of light burst through the room, and he closed his eyes, trying to block them out. His blood was on fire, burning every inch of him as it coursed through his veins. He rolled onto his side, his body convulsing in pain as he gagged, trying to get enough air. His muscles cramped, and tremors ran through his body.
    He heard hundreds of sounds all at once and was no longer able to focus on just one. They were so loud, they pulsated in his brain like a migraine. Opening his eyes, he gasped as the bright lights flashed again, alternating with blackness. Thousands of people moved through the room at once. His body was on sensory overload. Even the temperature seemed to be fluctuating. 
    He tried to stand and right himself, but barely managed to lift his head. The walls around him would not stop spinning. He struggled to stay conscious, almost failing several times. The thought kept entering his mind that he had to remain alert—he couldn’t let the Lorkon win." -Excerpt from The Key of Kileyna


The Key of Kileyna is a captivating tale of a young man named Jacob and his journey through a different world to recover a magical key that was stolen by the evil Lorkon. But the Lorkon are not the only evil beings Jacob has to worry about. Along the journey, Jacob is faced with many trials both physically and mentally. With the help of new friends and his own bravery and determination , Jacob is able to press on through each trial and reach the Lorkon castle.

The Key of Kileyna is Book One of the Kilenya Series, which is targeted towards young adults, but as a grown woman I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can not wait to read more of the series. Readers will be on the edge of their seat wondering how Jacob and his comrades are ever going to get out of the messes they find themselves in. The author, Andrea Pearson, does a wonderful job helping the reader jump into the new world with Jacob, by including wonderful details and descriptions of each character, place, and situation. The Key of Kileyna was a very easy read, contained no fowl language, and included age appropriate interactions among characters. I highly recommend this book for young people interested in action filled science fiction adventures!

After reading The Key of Kileyna, I had a couple questions for the author, Andrea Pearson. I put together a short interview to help my readers learn a little more about Andrea and her book. Check out what she had to say:

Kelsey: What or Who inspired you to decide to write a book/series for Young Adults?

Andrea: My younger brother! I told him the ideas I had, and he told me I'd better write them down and make a series of it. He was 12 when I started getting things together. He was 18 by the time The Key of Kilenya (Kilenya Series 1) came out, but loved it just the same.

Kelsey: Are any of your characters based off of real life people? If so, who? And why did you choose that person?

Andrea: The Fat Lady is based off of a character from the movie Matilda. Though the Fat Lady is a nice person, and the character from the movie isn't. I choose that woman because of her gruff exterior and very abrupt mannerisms. I loosely based a lot of my characters off of people I know - mix and matches of my siblings and friends. It's much easier to use real people, since you'll know your characters better.

Kelsey: There are so many unique names and places in your book, how did you come up with them?

Andrea: On a lot of the names, I'm not sure, actually. It took a while to get the story written, and the names had been in my head for a long time. For some names, I used baby name websites, found ones I liked, and either used them as they were or changed them somewhat.

Kelsey: What do you think "makes" a good book?

Andrea: There are a lot of things, and it really depends on the reader. For some, if the book is cleanly written (not a lot of typos or grammatical errors), then it's a good book. For others, they don't care about the grammar just so long as the story is compelling and the pacing is good. For me and many
readers, both are important. If a book has too many errors, I put it down in frustration, and if the story isn't going anywhere, I won't finish it.

Kelsey: If you could give one Tip For Successful Book Writing, what would it be?

Andrea: Learn to self edit! And don't over edit or you'll remove yourself from the writing. I did that at one point (you can ask my editor. We had to go back several versions in my manuscript to find the right one). There's a fine line, and it took me a while to learn it. It's different for everyone. Also, learn as much as possible about the publishing world, read a lot, and let your imagination flow! Every kind of writing requires imagination. Except maybe computer science books. Those are a little difficult to get through.

You can connect with Andrea Pearson and learn more about the Kileyna Series by visiting the following sites online:
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrea-Pearson/307996157738
Blog: http://andreapearsonbooks.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/andreapearson2
Andrea Pearson's Website: http://www.kilenyaseries.com

 Interested in reading The Key to Kilenya? You can purchase print version for $12.99 as well as the eBook version for $1.99, on Amazon!

Andrea Pearson would like to give 5 of my readers a FREE eBook of The Key of Kilenya, all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Horse Fair 2012

Watching the Breed Pageant, she
LOVED the Fresians!
Last weekend I took Big Sister to the Hoosier Horse Fair at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Horse Fair is an annual event in April and horse lovers around the state flock to the event. I remember when my Aunt and Grandma took me to the Hoosier Horse Fair when I was younger. The place used to be PACKED, not just with visitor but with horses, booth vendors, and demonstrations. The program alone was like a mini book at least 20+pages long.

I remember Stallion Row, having TONS of different breeds of horses! It was a dream come true to see all the different types of horses I'd always read about in my horse books. My favorites growing up were the Thoroughbred and Bashkir Curly Horse. I was somewhat disappointed when we arrived this year and Stallion Row only included about a third of the horses that it used to. Big Sister didn't seem to mind at the lack of variety, but I couldn't help be feel bummed.

Painted Saddle Horse at the Breed Pageant.
 Not only was the Stallion Row population lacking, the variety in vendors and the amount of vendors was limited as well. I remember going home with BAGS of swag, my FAVORITE booth to visit was the Thoroughbred Racing booth, they gave away tons of stuff, including Blood Horse Magazine, which became my most prized possession for YEARS growing up. The Quarter Horse booth always had awesome posters as well, with beautiful photos of every color of horse possible. I used to plaster my room with posters I'd acquired from the fair, it was awesome!

My tired Cowgirl!
There also used to be horse items for sale of every variety and I DREAMED of the day when I had my own horse I could buy things for at the Hoosier Horse Fair. This year my mission was to find a pretty detailed blue halter for Rusty. I was also disappointed by my selection. I found a nice blue halter, but nothing like I'd seen from my childhood.

The COOLEST demonstration ever at the Hoosier Horse Fair was the 6 Horse Draft Hitch Competition! It was the HIGHLIGHT of the whole event! The Draft horses were MASSIVE in size, almost unreal, and they would take 6 of these horses and hook them together under harnesses to pull a large stag coach. It was BEYOND awesome to see the raw horse power pulling the coaches. The horses were always perfectly well behaved and acted like true professionals. They would get a least 5 or 6 of the hitches to pull around the Pepsi Colosseum all at once. The thundering of the hooves and the jingling of the bells along their harnesses made a permanent impression in my memories. This year was the second year in a row that they did not hold this epic Competition. I am bummed that Big Sister missed out on seeing the giant horses, but I can only hope that they will be brought back again in the future years.

I don't know if it just me, being an adult now and seeing the reality of places instead of looking at the world through a child's eye, but the Hoosier Horse Fair just didn't have the WOW factor anymore. I know a lot people are blaming the deterioration of the event on the economy, maybe that's it, maybe it's not. My hopes is that the organization that runs the Hoosier Horse Fair works to improve the Fair next year. It sure would be nice to walk into the Fair and have the same WOW factor that had as a child.

Thanks for reading and have a WONDERFUL weekend dear followers!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Freebie Friday 4/20/2012

Welcome to another FREEBIE Friday brought to you by My Memories and ME!




PLEASE note that the kit will ONLY be available THIS week so, don't forget to download it today!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping! USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Also, please note that the kit is saved in a format that isn't specific to My Memories Suite, so you can use them in other software as well!

Save some money by using PROMO CODE: Bunny20
to save $5.00 on your next $20.00 purchase!
Good for one use only & expires April 30, 2012

Have a wonderful day dear followers and I hope you enjoy your Freebies!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Freebie Friday 4/13/2012

Welcome to another FREEBIE Friday brought to you by My Memories and ME! I am really excited about this week's Freebie because they are so cute. I can't wait to make them myself!

PLEASE note that the kit will ONLY be available THIS week so, don't forget to download it today!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping! USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Also, please note that the kit is saved in a format that isn't specific to My Memories Suite, so you can use them in other software as well!

Save some money by using PROMO CODE: Bunny20
to save $5.00 on your next $20.00 purchase!
Good for one use only & expires April 30, 2012

Have a wonderful day dear followers and I hope you enjoy your Freebies!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Age Gracefully With The Holistic Mama

I'm not sure why, but after having my girls I've been increasingly aware of my age and appearance. I never really took good care of my skin and I'm starting to realize now that that was probably not the best idea ever. I had many reasons for not taking care of myself, the big one being that my skin, especially on my face is SUPER sensitive. If I get a sunburn, I can't even use the aloe gels because they burn. I've tried Vitamin E gel capsules, sometimes they work and sometimes not. I have DRY skin but if I use lotions I am all oily and gross, which leads to pimples.

All of the products I had tried in the past had one thing in common, they were main stream "popular" products that usually contained at least one ingredient that I couldn't pronounce. It was time I tried something new. I was searching online when I came across The Holistic Mama's Anti-Aging Facial Serum by Roxanne on Etsy. I decided I would give it a try and see how my skin reacted to this natural, chemical free product.

Here is a the product information as stated on The Holistic Mama's store on Etsy:
This skincare serum is made with all organic ingredients. You will have softer smoother skin with less wrinkles and a more even skin tone. There are no chemicals or any ingredients that you cannot pronounce in this serum, just natural botanicals and essential oils. I developed this serum for myself because I wanted to find a natural alternative to products like Retin-A.

One of the main ingredients in this serum is Rosehip seed oil. Rosehip seed oil is truly an amazing product, which has only recently become recognized by the general public. This surge in popularity is for a good reason, as it is believed to be the best oil available for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies yielded astounding evidence supporting the use of Rosehip Seed oil. Rosehip seed oil is considered a cellular regenerative oil, also regenerates scar tissue, attenuates wrinkles and age spots and helps to prevent and fade stretch marks due to pregnancy and other factors. Rosehip seed oil is a potent anti-inflammatory oil with polyunsaturated essential fatty acids and trans-retinoic acid that helps when treating dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis providing an immediate relief for dry skin.

How to use: Place a 1/4 of a dropper full of serum in the palm of your hand and massage into the face, neck, and chest in a circular motion in the morning and before bed.

This serum is organic, vegan, gluten free

Size: 1 oz.

Ingredients: Rosehipseed oil, macadamia nut oil, calendula infused olive oil,vitamin e,tea tree oil, lavender essential oil,licorice root extract, neem oil.

My challenge was to use the product for 30 days and photograph my results! So here you have it, my photos, minus make up, so be gentle dear followers!
Before Picture - Day 1
Right Side Close Up - Day 1
Chin Close Up - Day 1
After Photo - Day 30
Right Side Close Up - Day 30
Chin Close Up - Day 30
After 30 days of using The Holistic Mama's Anti-Aging Facial Serum I was impressed. My skin was soft and firm yet supple. The dryness seemed to decrease a lot and I didn't get super oily throughout the day like normal (if I tried to use lotions and what not). I liked to use it at night before bed because it seemed relaxing and the scent was calming. My skin did not burn at all when I used it, but instead made it feel refreshed.

The photos show a slight firming as well as my pores decreasing slightly, but what I enjoyed the most about the serum was not something that you can not see in the photos. I love how soft my skin is now, I don't remember the last time my face was this soft. It seems to retain the moisture and not get dry as easily as it used to, which I LOVE as well!

Overall, I was impressed with the Anti- Aging Facial Serum. I saw some great changes within a short period of time, I can't even imagine all the wonderful improvements that could take place with my skin long term!

My Rating: A+ $$
Click here to see what My Rating means!

Cost: $34.00 for 1 ounce bottle (You only use a dime size amount per application so the 1 ounce goes a LONG way! I had a TON left over for future use after 30 days)
 

Where to Buy: The Holistic Mama's Store on Etsy


Follow @TheHolisticMama on Twitter!

I hope you all enjoyed my review and have a great night dear followers!






Disclaimer: I was provided one 1 ounce bottle of The Holistic Mama's Anti-Anging Facial Serum by Roxanne to review. All opinions in the review are my own, based on my personal use of the product. I nor The Holistic Mama make any guarantees of any results or that you will like the product. However, The Holistic Mama does have a Guarantee on her products which you can find on her product's page on Etsy.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Blog Event COMING SOON!

If you hang around Rural Mama's Sandbox much you've probably noticed I added a large button on the right sidebar. I will be participating in the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Daily Mothering!
 

I am so excited about participating in this event and I can't wait to give one lucky mom the good news that she won something fluffy on Mother's Day! SO, mark your calendar and make your way back to Rural Mama's Sandbox on May 1st for your chance to WIN!  

Have a happy Monday dear followers!
 

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Commercialized Holidays

With "Easter" here, I am both pleased to be able to serve a Mighty God who gave his only Son for my sins and both saddened by the thought that so many don't know Him. I grew up with Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, but I was also aware of the real "Reason for the Season," thanks to my mother who took us to church and never gave me a reason to doubt that there was a God.

Today, I'm not sure how many generations younger than I actually know why we really celebrate these holidays. They are very much commercialized and parents don't seem to talk to their kids about God and Jesus as much as they used to. I don't know why, I'm guessing they don't know how, aren't sure about the facts themselves, or just really don't care. To me these holidays are serious and very precious. In our home we have decided not to invite Santa and the Easter Bunny in to share in our celebration. Some people think, "Oh your poor kids" or that we are "Taking away a part of childhood" but I don't think that is true. Many times kids put Jesus in the same category as Santa and the Easter Bunny and guess what happens when they finally find out that Santa and the Easter Bunny aren't real? They start to wonder what else you have made up and they start to doubt their belief in God and Jesus. The world tries to give people so many reasons to doubt, I don't want to hand out reasons for my girls to doubt the existence of God and Jesus. I want my girls to trust me to tell them the truth and to be honest with them. I know at times I will fail miserably because I am human, but I pray that the times I fail will not permanently damage them in the long run.

Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29

So, I guess the reason for this post is to ask you, parents, please sit down with your children. Tell them about God and Jesus. Tell them why we have Easter and Christmas. Take them to church, they right church for you is out there, you are meant to be part of a body for Christ. Pray and ask for Him to lead you there!

May God bless you dear followers!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Freebie Friday 4/6/2012

Welcome to another FREEBIE Friday brought to you by My Memories and ME! I was out of town due to a death in the family and I missed last Friday's Freebie, so this Friday you get a DOUBLE Freebie! Hope you all enjoy!

Click HERE to download the kit above! 

 Click HERE to download the kit above!

PLEASE note that these kits will ONLY be available THIS week so, don't forget to download it today!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping! USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Also, please note that these kits are saved in formats that aren't specific to My Memories Suite, so you can use them in other software as well!

Save some money by using PROMO CODE: Bunny20
to save $5.00 on your next $20.00 purchase!
Good for one use only & expires April 30, 2012

Have a wonderful day dear followers and I hope you enjoy your Freebies!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Around this time of year Moms around the country are starting their "Spring Cleaning." Most of the time when I think of Spring Cleaning I think of heavy vacuuming/mopping, intense window cleaning, cleaning out closets and putting away winter clothes. One thing I hadn't thought of until recently was cleaning out our medicine cabinet.

Last night I opened out medicine cabinet and it was in total disarray. There were items everywhere and they were in no particular order or in any form of organization. I felt the need to fix it and decided to add it to my "To Do List" for Spring Cleaning. As I pulled bottles and boxes of medication out of the cabinet I couldn't help notice how many items were expired. About 2/3 of everything we had were expired and I hate to admit this but the oldest had expired in 2008. I threw away everything from prescriptions to over the counter medications like Caladryl.

I realized that we had most likely taken some of the expired medications in the past and decided to look up possible effects. I found an interesting article on Helium.com that described the dangers of taking expired medications, you can check it out here. I also found an interesting article on the Harvard website, that gave some interesting information as well, which can be found here.

Based on the information I read from the Helium.com article and the Harvard article, I've decided to keep the "Medicine Cabinet" on my PERMANENT Spring Cleaning "To Do List"! I know that most of the medications were probably still okay, especially the ones that just recently expired, but why risk my family's health if they weren't? Better to be safe than sorry!

What items are on your Spring Cleaning "To Do List"?

Have a great day dear followers!

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