Monday, November 20, 2017

Ten Amazing Things You Can Give People For Christmas They (Probably) Do Not Already Have

1.  Things from Dreamfarm.

If I could only have one Dreamfarm item it would be the metal Chopula. Fortunately, the universe allows us more than one item. My solid #2 is the Smood. My only complaint about the Smood is  I can't use it as much as I would like because it works so well. They have lots of other great items. The next one I want to try is the Holey Spadle.

My cousin Cynthia calls these my 'airport shoes' because I found them in the airport when my Uggs were rubbing a blister onto my heal and they were my saving grace for the whole cruise and beyond. I still wear them pretty much every day. I have issues, foot and otherwise, and these expanded my shoe wardrobe by 50%. They are available in sizes from little kids to adult, and can be thrown in the washing machine, too! I have some of the regular Fitkicks and a pair of the Kozikicks. I need to try the Kruzers, too! 

We first tried these several years ago on a cruise. They gave us each a sample ampule. They work well and are easy to use. What more can you ask for from a tooth whitening product? I recommend the Super White Snap Packs and the Teeth Whitening Gel.

4. Moser Roth chocolate from Aldi. I love good milk chocolate, so that's my recommendation. They have quite a few varieties of chocolate from super dark to white, so it should have you covered if you love any type of chocolate. The price is right, too! 

5. Halos GoDrive 

I bought this when it was on Kickstarter and it's one of my favorite things. This is an amazing gadget which looks like a nice cord to charge your iPhone. Upon closer inspection you see you can put a micro usb into it and download things from your phone right onto the little cord. The GoDrive can read, transfer and share your data from your phone, dashcam, drone, digital camera, computer, dashcam, GoPro, etc. 

There's also an app you can use.  Rather than explain all of it here I'm giving you the link I can find for the GoDrive on Amazon.

I honestly don't think there are very many products you can buy for $24.99 which will do this much for your tech. 

Another favorite Kickstarter item, this mask is better than any mask I have every used. It doesn't touch your eyes, which makes it great. There are other masks which don't touch your eyes, though. It has elastic in the band, but it isn't completely elastic. This plays a part in the comfort. I could tell you the handful of reasons it is superior, but I wont. I will tell you it is completely customizable to you, and you can go check it out at here.

I do not know how we lived without this for most of our lives. It's like an upgraded George Foreman. You tell it what you are cooking and whether it is fresh or frozen. It guides you right through it. The grill is so smart it tells you when your food is rare with a beep, then beeps at each level of doneness - and when your food is well done it turns itself down to keep your food warm. Check it out. Easy clean up, too, because the plates are removable. 

Maybe you don't even like granola. That's okay. Me either. But this is something called granola which transcends any granola I've ever had. I'm a big fan of Kimberly's Blend because I love ginger. Fiona's blend is my #2. But for each flavor of granola she has, Ilene has people who would tell you it's the best! She does it right! When you support her you're supporting a momma who is getting it done! When I met her she was not in the granola business. I'm so glad she went into business! 

Lifetime warranty, air-tight, water-tight seal, Form, function, so many ways to make your life easier! 
Plus when you buy the measuring spoons or measuring cups you're getting the  extra sizes you don't usually get. (2/3, 3/4, etc.)  There are sets of mini goodies for kids and lots of things your mother and grandmother used all their lives. There are a lot of new things to see, too. 

Free Shipping Friday November 24th starting at 9am!   - When you buy Tupperware at this link it's my personal Tupperware website. You're supporting me, just so you know. 

The rest of the things in this blog post are things I love, but I am not getting any financial gain by sharing them with you. 

Oh, except one more thing:

If you've known me forever you know Tupperware is my love. I love the way they treat us, the way they let us treat our hostesses and customers, and I can not imagine loving anything as much as I love Tupperware. 


But a couple of years ago I went to a Norwex party and tried some of their things. I signed up as a consultant with them because their products are like nothing else I have ever experienced. I'm selling Norwex now, and will gladly take care of you if you want to get some Norwex or have questions answered about it. I don't have a Norwex website - but I can put your order in through the back office. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Help A Middle-Aged Woman Out, Will You?

I know I have touched on this before. Today, though, I want to go deeper.

They say you have to give your kids these two things; roots and wings. So I was going along through this parenting adventure working on the roots part. Building relationships, reaching out in multiple directions; safety, security, trust, morals, compassion, etc. At some point, I had to admit, I felt like "Hey, I've got this!" I mean, really, no big deal, right? You do a bunch of things right, you do a bunch of things wrong, fix some stuff, tweak things, and learn a heck of a lot along the way. This is what I did, anyway. I eventually felt like I pretty much knew what I was doing with the whole parenting gig.

Remember how when you were somewhere around 18-22 and you started to feel like you knew everything?  Then the whole universe laughed and laughed and laughed as you started learning the real lessons life teaches. Your parents get smarter by the hour and you learn you have a long way to go. 

I am going to go ahead and say that I feel like other women do not help us a lot to prepare for this stage in our lives. When we are about to get married people have all this wisdom to lay down on us. When we get pregnant other women seem to come out of nowhere to tell us everything they can think of about what is going to happen and how we need to deal with all of it. When our children are small there is a never-ending supply of advice and warnings. It never stops. Women keep tending to us: Terrible twos - terrifying threes. Potty training, We hear everything from which position a baby should be in to sleep to how to talk to your daughter about her first period and how to have 'the talk' and drinking and driving  - the schools even have programs to help us with some of these things. 

Then - all of the sudden -  one day you look at your child and looking back at you is a big version of this kid you knew. Where are all those women now? The ones with the advice. 

Why are we left to stand at the edge of the parenting cliff wondering why nobody told us where the wings were and how to fasten them? Why are we scared and alone? Why do we watch these big versions of the kids we knew packing up their stuff while we try to smile and pretend we are not afraid? We act like we aren't hurting because we are not supposed be, right? 

Where is the brigade of women with all the advice? The silence is deafening. Some of the older, wiser women will use the words 'empty nest' with a knowing smile. Why doesn't anyone speak about the actual time the nest is wobbling with departures? How long does it take to regain your composure? 

What are we supposed to do with all the fear mixed with hope and excitement mixed with trepidation?