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Mereadesso Twitter Party | December 7 from 7pm to 9pmEST

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 04:59:29 +0000

In November I published a post in my Holiday Gift Guide: Mereadesso Women Skincare *review and contest*.  I am still enjoying these products as much now as I was when I first reviewed them.  And now I am so excited to participate in Mereadesso's 1st Twitter Party this coming Tuesday.  You are cordially invited to participate in the twitter pary, too!!  What: Mereadesso Twitter Party  Where: TWITTER of course!  Use the hashtag #Mereadesso (make sure to spell it correctly.  just think "ME -- READ -- ESSO")  When: Tuesday, December 7th from 7pm & 9pm (EST)  Why #1: Because it will be lots of FUN (wait until you hear who's hosting it, and you'll have to agree that it will be FUN-tastic!)  Why #2:  Over the course of the party, $2,000 worth of premium skincare products will be given away!  Who:  anyone on twitter can participate, and the giveaways are open to the USA and Canada.  And who's putting on this show?   Host: @shasherslife (Shannon Jacobson-Mischuk, Founder of Shasher's Life, 38 year old avid user of this product and Mom of 4)  Co-Host: @tarasview (Tara Robertson, Founder of Tara's View of the World, Mom of 3 who turns 35 on Christmas Day and is also an avid user of this product)  Moderator: @mychaos (Tammi Roy, Founder of My Organized Chaos, Mom of 3)  These ladies are a blast, so you know the party is going to be GREAT!  Please read all the way down to the end of this post for Twitter Party entry details!  Having just recently discovered Mereadesso myself, I know that there may be some of you who aren't familiar with them or their products.  Check out my Mereadesso Woman Skin Care Review for some of my personal experience with these excellent products.  But let me tell you a little more about them.  When a former cosmetics executive grew weary of her own beauty regime, things could have gotten ugly. Instead, they got ridiculously good-looking.  Click Mereadesso Twitter Party | December 7 from 7pm to 9pmEST for FULL post.  -----------------------------------------------------------------Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD![...]

Tips for Small Business Owners – Thinking Outside the Box

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 19:33:25 +0000

You've got your business plan, your office location, your phone system, your products and employees.  Now that you've got your small business up and running with some of the basic business necessities, you can take your growth to the next level by thinking outside the box and doing things that not every other company even considers.  

Engage Social Media

(image) More and more people are doing business on the internet, and social media is a huge force for driving traffic both to your business websites and to your local brick-and-mortar locations.  Engaging your potential customers through Facebook, twitter, foursquare, blogs and other social media applications can make a big difference in your bottom line.  These sources will expose your business to a wider audience, and perhaps an entirely different audience, than conventional forms of advertising.  Many companies are finding social media to be key in advancing their businesses to the next level of growth.

Standardize Operations

In addition to growing your business, no matter the size of your company, you will benefit from standardizing how you do things.  Being able to manage both your employees and your products in the most efficient ways will maximize your productivity.  ISO 9001 certification (International Organization of Standardization) is something that will improve the operations of even small businesses, with the focus of increasing the quality of the management systems to unlock the full potential of your company.

Click Tips for Small Business Owners - Thinking Outside the Box for FULL article.


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

Staying Warm in the Winter

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 21:29:35 +0000

I grew up in a very arid, desert climate in the Southwestern United States.  Then I moved to the rainforest of the West Coast of British Columbia. Now, my chosen home is on the Canadian Prairies. This desert flower has had to learn how to survive in sometimes-harsh winter conditions, from rain to blowing snow.  Here are two things I have learned about staying warm in the winter.  

Good Gear

A friend of mine in BC once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.”  After I got my first pair of really good winter gloves I could wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Having good quality equipment can be the difference between being comfortable and being miserable.  I’ve been both (comfortable and miserable) and I will pay a little extra money to buy good gloves, toques, waterproof boots, snow pants, heavy coats, etc., both for myself and my children, just to avoid being miserable.

Click Staying Warm in the Winter to see the full post.


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

Holiday Gift Guide: Do Tell Games

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 01:52:03 +0000

On Christmas Day at our house, we have a big birthday party for Jesus all day long.  We play games and have party foods. I know we'll enjoy playing the Do Tell Family Game that I reviewed earlier in the month (Do Tell Family Game Review) with everybody. Do Tell has another game, their Do Tell Original Version.

Do Tell Original Version game

Do Tell Original Version has the same basic premise as the Family Version (or vice versa, since the original version came out first).  Using 5 different kinds of spaces on the game board - Do, Tell, Risk, Wild and Mirror - players connect with each other by carrying out the tasks or sharing the information requested on the corresponding game cards.  Play proceeds around the game board using dice and markers like most games, and the first one to make it to the center of the swirl wins.

Click Holiday Gift Guide: Do Tell Games for the full post and review.


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

Gift Idea: Creative Family Traditions

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 21:14:32 +0000


Creative Family Traditions & Ideas: A Guide to Growing Future Memories


My Review

You'll know from previous posts, especially the Christmas Series and Birthday Ideas posts, that we enjoy creating fun family traditions at our house.  So I am thrilled that I have the chance to review this great book about family traditions.

First, Creative Family Traditions gets definite bonus points for presentation and SPARKLES!  If anyone knows me in real life, they know how much I like a little bit of "bling", and this book has some bling!  The book came in clear plastic wrapping with a gorgeous ribbon wrapped around it and tied with a tiny heart charm.  And it has little faux jewels on the front cover of the book itself.  Those extra little touches yell, "Pick me, pick me!" especially if the book is being chosen as a gift.  Who doesn't like something special, and to me, nice ribbon, shiny charm and little jewels say special all over the place!

The very next thing I noticed is that the book is spiral bound with a velcro pocket in the cover.  This binding allows the book to lay flat and provides ease of viewing for the projects inside. In the past I've taken several of my favorite paperback books and had the binding cut off and replaced with a spiral binding.  I LOVE this feature of this book.  The velcro pocket allows you to tuck a few things inside and have them handy with the book - another great organizing feature that will help to keep supplies or notes together where you need them!

The content of the book is well-organized into sections: Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Easter, Summertime, Halloween, Christmas, and Miscellaneous.

Click Gift Idea: Creative Family Traditions to read Full Post and Review.


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

Holiday Gift Guide: Mereadesso Women Skincare *review and contest*

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 20:54:20 +0000


You want to be a good sweetie or friend, and get something really nice for the woman (women!?) in your life - but sometimes gift ideas for women are hard to come up with!  What will she like?  What does she need?  What's personal, but not too personal?  Jewelry, clothes, chocolate, cosmetics?

I know personally that I usually shy away from buying cosmetics or skin care products for anyone other than myself - we can be kind of particular that way, with varying skin types and brand preferences.  But I've found something that I think will be a fantastic gift for any woman! 

Mereadesso Women One-Step Skincare

I've been using the luxurious Mereadesso Women One-Step Skincare products for about a month now, and I love them! There are 3 products, and I've got some details about each one of them, so hang in here with me for a couple of minutes.


My Review

The first impression is always important, especially where gifts are concerned. Mereadesso Woman Skin Care does a great job of presenting their products well!  The plastic pouch that the Face + Neck Cleanser comes in is very stylish.  The bottles of Cleanser and Toner are also very sleek and classy.  They look great sitting on the bathroom counter, and they take up very little space.  I appreciated that there isn't a lot of excess packaging - so there's little waste.

Click Holiday Gift Guide: Mereadesso Women Skincare *review and contest* for full post and review.


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

Moose Hunt - Family Time Friday

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 06:23:52 +0000

Family Time Fridays!


My sweetie and his dad just got back from up in Northern Alberta.  They were gone for a week and had a great trip.

And they brought back 406 lbs of moose to fill our freezer!

Dad worked hard to put things in place so that he could come up from the States to go on this hunt with my sweetie.  It was their first moose hunt, and I'm really glad they got to do it together.

There were 4 other guys with them, including another dad with his 2 younger sons (20 and 11 yrs old). My sweetie was the only one to get a moose this trip and his dad was with him when he shot it.  They were both excited about that.

This goes in the history books as another amazing hunt for these guys. They've been hunting together for everything from prairie dogs to pheasants, dove to deer, elk to ducks, and now they can add moose to that list.

Read Full Post at: Moose Hunt - FTF


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

In its normal state

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 18:43:06 +0000

You know that "run around, hurry up, gotta get it done yesterday" routine that we all do when we have company coming? (Maybe that's just me..., anyway....) 

Well, we did that a couple of weeks ago before our guests arrived, and the tricky part was that the kiddos didn't know that company was coming. It was a BIG surprise for them.

So, we did our Saturday chore list on that Friday, and they weren't too pleased with me since it was Friday and NOT Saturday. They were pretty sure I'd lost my mind. But the house wasn't a wreck by any definition, so the few chores we had really weren't that much to do. And the house was indeed 'company ready' when the company arrived. Grandparents and Great-Grandma all arrived in good time, and surprised the heck out of the kiddos. It was a hoot!

Gram & PawPaw are used to just joining in to life with us, for the most part. Since they live so far away, they like to just do the things that we do (ball practice, library visits, Dairy Queen runs, etc.) and we usually try to do a few new things while they are here too. But for the most part, they fall in line with our normal life activities. This time was a bit different since we had Mimi here too, but with them here for 10 days, a lot of just normal things had to happen while they were here. I would say our guests didn't expect to be entertained so much as to just participate with us in the things that we would normally do. 

Over the course of the visit, the house got more and more, shall we say, 'lived in'.

The once-clear coffee table became the landing pad for the new Helicopter Kites that the grandparents brought for the kiddos, and the new pants that need hemming.

Read Full Post HERE


Who decides what's normal, anyway? It's OK to be WEIRD!

WEIRD Christmas? - Christmas Series

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 03:40:51 +0000

Looking for something different this holiday season?  Wanting to get down to business about Christmas instead of all the fluff?  Expecting some fun, too?

Well, you're in the right place! 

We do Christmas quite differently at our house, we focus on the real meaning of Christmas, and we have a blast for a whole month of celebrations!!!

I've shared our Christmas traditions before, and wanted to highlight the series that I wrote last year.  I'll likely write more about it this year, but all the basics are included in the Christmas-time at Our House series.  It's definitely not your NORMAL Christmas at our house!

Titles in the Christmas-time at Our House series:

part 1 - A Different Kind of Christmas

part 2 - A Christmas Tree with Purpose

part 3 - What Does Santa Say about Jesus?

part 4 - What Do You Do with Santa?

part 5 - Santa Lucia Day

part 6 - First, there was a Cow - A Progressive Nativity

part 7 - Who's Birthday Is It, Anyway?

part 8 - Fun Advent Family Devotions

part 9 - Reason for the Season Devotions

part 10 - Wise Men Still Seek Him - Epiphany Celebration

If you'd like specific information on any of these, leave me a comment here, or on the individual post, and I'll be glad to share some more about our festivities!!



A Perfect IN for Identity Theft...

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 19:09:09 +0000

None of this is my real information.  I saw this the other day and thought it was really cute... at first. 


1. Your SPY name (middle name and current street name): Sweet Tulip

2. Your MOVIE STAR name (grandmother on your dad's side and your favourite candy): Jane Aero

3. Your RAP name (first initial of first name and first three or four letters of your last name): B-Mum

4. Your GAMER TAG (a favourite colour, a favourite animal): Purple Unicorn

5. Your SOAP OPERA name (middle name, and city you were born in): Sweet Kalamazoo

6. Your STAR WARS name (first three letters of
your last name, last three letters of mother's maiden name, first three
letters of your pet's name): Mummaifid

7. Your JEDI name (middle name spelled backwards, your mom's maiden name spelled backwards): Teews Nediam

8. Your ROCK STAR name (first pet's name, the street you grew up on): Candy Clearbrook

9. Your SUPERHERO name: ("The", your favourite colour and the automobile your dad drives): The Purple Ram

10. Your ACTION HERO name (first name of the main character in the last film you watched, last food you ate): Jack Cupcake


Those names are pretty funny - they were even funnier when I used my REAL information.

Even if you don't know me, these are the things you can now figure out about me from this list:

First Initial: B

Middle Name: Sweet

First 3 letters of last name: Mum

Mother's maiden name: Maiden

Paternal grandmother's first name: Jane

Mother's maiden name: Maiden

Current Street: Tulip

City born in: Kalamazoo

Pet's name (first 3 letters): Fid

First pet's name: Candy

The street I grew up on: Clearbrook

My favorite color: purple

My favorite candy: Aero

One of my favorite animals: unicorn

The vehicle my dad drives: a (Dodge) Ram


Those look like the answers to the security questions I have on many of my bank and credit card accounts (and other places...).

Read more... Click here for the full blog post...