Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zach and Lily reading together

IMG_3831, originally uploaded by WeeBeaks.

Zach is working on his homeschool history and Lily is joining in for a peek at the book too!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

YES, a cleanser that doesn't give me a headache.

I suffer from severe migraines, and scents can trigger one, such as perfumes, added scent to things, etc. Home cleaning products are some of the strongest scents around. Typically I'm okay, but sometimes some products really trigger a whopper of a migraine. And I never know what products will do it, which makes me a bit cautious on some new products, even though I do love scents in my home.

Through Bzz Agent I got to try the new Natures Source Cleaners. These are FANTASTIC! Really, I would buy these again even without the free coupons. Maybe even without a coupon. Maybe even without a sale at the grocery store. Okay, maybe I would wait for a sale. I'm frugal after all. LOL

Seriously though, these cleansers are really nice. There is little to no scent at all. Your house just smells clean, as in absence of stink rather than presence of perfumey scent. There is a bathroom clean, toilet cleaner, general purpose cleaner and window cleaner. I have tried them all, and had very good results with all of them. And honestly our house gets pretty dirty. We have 3 small children, one dog and are home most of the time since we homeschool. Our house takes a beating, and these cleaners did an excellent job cleaning it up again. As an example from today I moved the chest freezer to clean under it - YUCK. It was gross down there on the linoleum, truly nasty. I spritzed on the general purpose cleaner, waited a few minutes and scrubbed it with a rag, no elbow grease or scrubby sponge required.

I haven't even mentioned that these are good for the environment, something we all need to be concerned about. Many of the older cleansers really shouldn't be in the water cycle, going down your drain to be treated and out to the ocean. These cleaners are biodegradable. So they work great, smell good and are ok for the environment. Definitely good stuff.

I know I sound like a commercial, but these are nice. Give them a try yourself - they are also often on sale at the supermarket and there were coupons in last week's paper so they won't break the budget either. :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Sewing Blog

I'm moving my sewing posts to it's own space! So, if you are interested in my sewing but not the other stuff, visit my new blog, which will be updated soon with lots of new sewing projects. I haven't been posting much, but I HAVE been sewing and am going to be getting some pictures soon. :)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

One of Zach's creations

One of Zach's creations

This is one of Zach's creations from K'Nex. He loves to build and create new gadgets and vehicles. This, per Zach, is a special type of vehicle that can go over things and stand up on its back wheels. It thought the addition of the red rubberband really added a lot.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A thought process of a 3-year-old

I forget sometimes how much is going on in the head of a 3-year-old. Really, it is fascinating. They have so many connections going on in their brains that adults just don't. Here is a funny one from yesterday I want to get down before I forget:

We are outside, I'm pulling weeds from the rose bushes and Noah is riding around the patio on his tricycle ....

NOAH: Mom?
ME: Yes?
NOAH: Do dinosaurs have butts?
ME: Well, dinosaurs don't exist anymore. But they did have butts I suppose.
NOAH: Oh, okay. Then dinosaurs rode bicycles?
ME: [pause] They could have ridden bicycles I guess if bicycles had been invented then.
NOAH: Okay.

This morning, one more serious but gives the idea his mind is always working:

NOAH: [studying the ketchup bottle] What does this say?
ME: [back turned to him doing something] Ketchup.
NOAH: [pause] K ... says kkkk [makes K sound, looks a bottle] ... doesn't say ketchup
ME: [surprised] Show me the bottle.
NOAH: [Shows it to me and points to the word]
ME: You are right, Noah. That says Hunts.

He is really reading better now and asks me all day what things say. I recall Zach doing this too at the same age as he started to read and was suddenly curious what every single sign, cereal box and book said. The 3s can be trying with tantrums, but it is amazing when I step back and realize how fast they are acquiring knowledge.

Shhhh ... don't tell Zach

Look, look, look what I got for Zach for his birthday from Buttercupbloom on Etsy. Isn't it just the cutest little owl? It is even cuter in person too. I purchased it for his birthday in June and have it stashed away until then. It even has a tiny little pocket on the back. He will love that secret little pocket, just his thing. Can't wait to give it to him! :)