3/28/10

Guest Post! Ten Ways To Go Green On A Budget



Written by Pat



All we seem to hear now-a-days is recession, recession! Layoffs, and tight budgets!
True. But there are ways to "pinch your proverbial pennies and "stretch that tight budget."
And here we go!

Everyone has most of these items in their homes at one point or another. And if not, some of the t items listed can be purchased at a dollar store or basic food store for next to nothing.
And that is what it will cost you financially and environmentally. Next to nothing!

1. Baking Soda-a multitude of uses, for hard water scaling, pour it into your laundry washer, it freshens the clothes and softens the water. Clothes will last longer. Don't need commercial laundry softener that will go down the drain and corrode the environment or the water. Safe for your drain pipes too.

2. Vinegar-The miracle disinfectant, non-allergenic, and non-toxic to all little critters, kids and pets alike, who wander around on all fours on the floor. 1/4 cup to a bucket of warm water, a mop and you are ready to go. Use it also to disinfect the counter top where the cat jumps up on or somebody puts peanut butter on. :))

3. Lemon Juice-You know those fancy cutting boards made of hard plastic, or the wood ones you love to chop all your veggies and meats on, well, guess what, contamination: lemon juice will disinfect the cutting boards, and bleach the wooden ones, and keep them fresh. It will keep your dish cloth fresh and disinfect and freshen your drain too.

4. Re-usable plastic containers-assorted sizes ($$ store) -Why? are you throwing those yogurt, ice cream or other plastic containers into the garbage. They are filling land fills, and clogging up the earth and take forever to rot. The large containers can be used for potted plants, the smaller ones, maybe get creative and use them for crayons, brushes, whatever...just don't pitch them. And that big blue box-its called a RECYCLE BOX, that's where they go!

5. Newspaper, brown paper bags, (re-use from the grocery store & recyle after used), RECYCLE, RE-USE, newspaper-line the litter box, and when you discard it, much friendlier to the environment. Brown paper, RE-USE, alot of times your child will come home from elemetary school and a request to cover books, use the brown paper to cover the books. Save a tree.

6. Generic shampoo, on sale at local pharmacies-be conscientious about the amount you use, the size of a dime, per head of hair.

7. Used clothes - Buy @ 2nd hand shops, or collect at home and donate to needy. Children outgrow (so do teenagers), their wardrobes as fast as you can blink! Go through the closets and dressers, send some of them off to second hand stores, donate to needy shops and just ask your neighbor who has 2-3 little tots, if they can use them. You will be surprised, and you will feel good about it.

8. Computers- you can purchase a refurbished one- keyboard, mouse, monitor and hard- drive, for a fraction of the cost of paying 3x's as much for a new model. Ideal for school projects, games or hobbies, especially in a household that has to share everything.

9. Coupons, cut them out, keep in an envelope in your bag, bring with you to shop and save $$$. The flyer you cut them out of can be re-used (cat littler disposal, and decomposes, earth friendly, or recycled, BLUE BOX). You will amaze yourself at how .50 cents off a 2L of chocolate milk lets you buy 2 cartons for an extra treat!

10. Books-don't buy new ones, it will cost you an arm and a leg, go to flee markets, bookstores that have discounts, yard sales, you will be surprised that you may find something for every member of the family. Make it a family tradition and it will become a family outing!
Finished with those books, kids have outgrown, pass them onto schools, your neighbours' kids, or donate them to the library.

So, there you have it, one version of Going Green!
Think: Re-use, Re-cylce and how little it takes to Re-contribute to Mother Earth. I know She will Thank You!
Think Green! And be that person who is, as the old saying goes, "Green around the Ears!"


® 2010 - Patricia OCallahan for A Motherhood Experience Blog. Only to be used by A Motherhood Experience - explicit permission from the author, Patricia O'Callahan, of, "10 ways to go green!

We all like saving money on our favorite products, who doesn't. What better way to try out a product then when a company is offering free samples to their customers, coupons and other little goodies! Things like beauty product samples, baby product samples, colouring page print outs for your kids, coupons and more.

Lately I've been looking around on websites about promotional samples of new products to try out and I've found a few I'd like to share. Also, there are so many cool forums out there where moms just like us share links to samples and coupons etc so we can try them before we buy them. These forums and websites have been around for years but I thought I would share them with people who don't know about them too. Besides who doesn't like getting something in the mail that isn't a bill to pay!



Irish Spring - Add a little Irish to your game
Play a neat little Irish spring game for your chance to win one of two special edition Irish Spring T-Shirts. I figured fathers day is coming up and if he's Irish it's a cute little extra to add onto Dads gift this year.


TapOut Sport Nutrition - Sign up for free TapOut Dogtags.
Have a UFC fan in your house? Another cool little extra you can add to Dads fathers day gift this year. Sign up at the website and voila. It took about 12hrs to get my confirmation email.

L'Oreal - It's time to come clean

This ones for us ladies. L'Oreal is giving away free samples of their new Go 360 clean scrub and the scrublet. I love L'Oreal products so I can't wait to try this one!


Don't forget to sign up for the Dolphins Club over at HydraSense too!

These are a few of the forums I mentioned earlier for links to great samples and savings coupons:

SmartCanucks

Fabulous Canadian Freebies

Bargain Moose
Free Samples.ca - This ones a newsletter that sometimes has some good links, updated often.
CoolCanucks
Remember: Any website that seems bogus are probably trying to collect information for annoying spam or phishing sites. These usually have ads plastered all over them, ask you to pay a fee, unprofessional looking or free web sites urls like .blogspot.com (companies can afford their own domains!) or a website that has the word "free" in it like "freetshirt.com" for example. Always read the fine print at the bottom too.

Other than that, have a safe and fum time. If you have any favorites please feel free to leave a comment and a link to share! Happy savings hunting!

until next time...keep dreaming always...

@iDream1

3/27/10

My daughter has always had a little artist in her. Always drawing, painting and making things. Oh how she reminds me of me as a child.



Lately she's been learning to write names, like her own, "Mommy","Daddy", and lately I've noticed the name "Tommy" being printed by her in big crayon letters on the pictures she draws.

At first I thought nothing of it because she does write names of other friends, she likes making pictures for them. Tonight she asked me if she spelled "Tommy" correctly and had an impish grin on her face. The type of grin we all had once upon a time, crushing on a boy.

I asked her who this Tommy is and her reply made me literally laugh out loud.

She tells me Tommy is a boy in her class, she really likes him and if he kisses her hand she will faint!

Although I thought it was cute and funny, she was dead serious with this crushy glow in her eyes.

Since beginning kindergarten she's been talking about other children talking about "boyfriends and girlfriends" - not like a child that age really knows the definition and we have explained to her that children her age are too young to think about that stuff but oh my god...it starts. The first child crush.

Daddy dreaded hearing, I think he pretended not to to avoid another grey hair - I'm surprised I haven't gotten any myself but then again that's one option us moms have, hair dye.



- Until next time...keep dreaming... @iDream1

3/26/10

We are a catholic family. Both dh and I were raised in a catholic environment and went to catholic schools - we are beginning the same ritual for our children.

The hardest part about trying to teach your children the real meaning of celebrations such as Christmas and Easter are the myths we've made up over the generations about fictional characters who come around giving treats when you're kids are good on these special occassions.

I remember excitedly waiting for the arrival of the big bunny (we won't mention his name) and thinking about it, yes I did enjoy it but as a mother now having my own kids ask about these things I feel guilty. As if I would lie to my own kids about something as silly as a bunny.

Then again I think about it. Part of being a child is not knowing and not needing to know. There is so much heartache and terrible things in this world I guess the least we can do is give them a couple of fun characters for the holidays. Even if that means trying to figure out what to say when you're 5 year old asks where the bunny & Santa fit into all of this.

This Easter is less about the chocolate bunnies and more about the time spent together as a family, with everyone under one roof enjoying a beautiful meal Easter Sunday.

I'll anticipate the moment she figures it all out, they're smarter than we think...;-)


- Until next time...keep dreaming... @iDream1

3/20/10

March 21st marks the 1st official day of spring 2010. I love spring time. The snow is almost all melted and plants are already blossoming. Unfortunately spring time melting makes our back yard "oasis" into a mud swamp again. I think with a little TLC we can clean it up and give the earth back a small patch of life.

Last year it took nearly all spring and most of summer to get things looking nice. We enjoyed it spending quality time with good friends and family on the wonderful deck dh built out of skids and planks. Handy man at his best.

Spring also celebrates the earth with earth day so including the kids in our annual spring yard clean up can also help teach them the value of the environment we live in. Dd wants to plant flowers this year and dh has plans for more grass.

I'm looking forward to sitting out on the deck with the warm morning sun shining, coffee in hand. Taking long walks with my kids, even if we have no destination, there is no loss of conversation.

The kids are looking forward to the local community park drying up so we can spend our afternoons there maybe throw in a picnick or two.

There are so many things we are looking forward to this spring. What are you looking forward to?

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1

3/19/10

What a week it's been! Sunday we celebrated our sons 2nd birthday with a small family party, it was fun and great to see everyone come together under one roof for a celebration.

Monday marked the beginning of March break for my daughter, not much me time lately so apologies on the lack of posts lately.

My better half turned 35 Tuesday. We celebrated by having some of our close friends over for hockey, even though our sens lost we had a great time and dh had a smile on his birthday.

I am currently working on several blog projects that should be posted here within the next few days if everything goes accordingly.

Stay tuned!


-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1

3/10/10







Birthdays are wonderful. That one special day parents celebrate their children turning another year older, opening a new door on their childhood journey.

Our baby boy is turning 2 on Sunday! Another milestone in his amazing life! Can't wait to celebrate with family, cake and of course ice cream!

Celebrate your little ones birthday in a special way this year by joining the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club and receive a special coupon for a free ice cream on their birthday!

http://www.baskinrobbins.ca/

*This is a sweet deal I found through free stuff websites*

Until next time...Keep dreaming forever @iDream1

Location:Ottawa

3/9/10


People keep blogs for many different reasons. Some may just want to document their lives for family that lives far away, some may use their blog as a source of income, some may just consider it a past time and something to do. Whatever the reason to start blogging, any blog would not exist without some sort of inspiration. Great ideas are when blogs are born. Where did I get my inspiration to start AME? 

My first child was born in 2004, we had so much going on I could barely keep a myspace blog open. Several years passed, I kept online through facebook, parenting forums etc but always felt something was missing. We had our second child in 2008, again had so much going on. I had kept a msn spaces blog about my son but had to take it down because of difference in opinion with some of our family members.

I finally came back into the blogging world or blogosphere April 2009 (coming close to the one year blogaversary!). After joining twitter and realizing there are a lot of other stay at home moms out there just like me who have a passion for writing I decided to start a blog. At first I wanted to jump right in doing product reviews and things like that but it never took off until I finally found my niche. Being a mother of two what better subject of knowledge to write about than my beautiful kids, loving man and the craziness of life in between it all, through a Motherhood Experience.

I'm happy to have this blog, even if it's still in its infant stage I'm proud of it. I'm proud of it because it has gotten me the opportunity to share with other stay at home moms like myself. I'm happy to have had the opportunity so far to meet some amazing people and with their help begin to work on some projects I believe in and am proud to be a part of.

I don't know if I would be into blogging without the life I live now. It's not always perfect but it's mine and I love it. So many people have asked me if I would change a thing. My answer is and always will be no, I wouldn't change a thing. :-)



3/2/10

Every year since becoming parents most of us catch spring fever. I'm not talking about a medical condition or virus, I'm talking about the spring fever that makes you clean and organize pretty much the entire house.

Yesterday I disinfected the house, sounds fun doesn't it? Unfortunately the only thing I had left to wash the floors with was pine sol. I don't really like smell, it's a tad on the strong pine smell side. At least I feel better knowing I got rid of the army of dust bunnies accumulating under the furniture along with lost toys the kids threw under there.

Speaking of kids, today hubby and I attacked the mountains of junk, toys and outgrown clothes collected in the kids rooms over the past year. We decided to do a clean up to prepare for redecorating both the rooms, give them a fresh look.

Dd recieved a beautiful hand made quilt with matching pillow case and curtains from her aunt. DS also recieved a medival bed/curtain set including a metal shield/axe crest for his wall. So sweet of my sister in law, hubbys sister to give us these beautiful bedroom sets for the kids.



What a mess it felt like it was never ending but the result is our girl chatting a mile a minute about her nice room and our boys excited "Wow!!" seeing that metal crest on his bedroom wall. Both rooms still need to be painted or repainted and a little more decor. Ds is turning two soon time to ditch the crib too.






Hubby has always had a knack for interior decorating and I know he'll do an amazing job on both the kids rooms.

Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1