Monday, March 11, 2013

If you could read my mind...

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

 Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I will follow....

I don't know about you, but I'm always on a mission to find a great product to make my floors look awesome.  I have hardwood floors throughout my house, and it's an older home - so some of the floors in the rooms that have less traffic look beautiful - others, well - they need a sprucing up from time to time. 

(Plus the fact that I'm ridiculously picky about choosing area rugs and so I don't have any down just yet.  I'm working on that though!)

I've blogged about so many different floor products, and they all are good in their own right.  But I'm totally crushing on a product that I used on my garage floor in the house before this one, and it's a product that the people who clean my store use on the floors and it works amazing.  I'm not really sure why I've waited so long to use it on my own hardwood here.

Love, love, love it.
See, in my other house I had prefinished hard wood and ceramic tile, so my Shark was amazing on those floors.  I didn't even need to use anything really because it steamed it to perfection.  But the Shark isn't as good on natural hardwood floors.  I mean it cleans it amazingly, but it doesn't leave that perfect finish like it does on the prefab or tile. 


Yesterday I did an experiment.  I used the steam from my Shark to apply this product and it worked beautifully!  The floors look fantastic.  Best of all, it's not sticky and dries so quickly that there's no issue if you have to step over where you polished, which isn't always the case with the other shine products I use.  And I should've known this because seriously, my floors get done monthly in my store during work hours and we all walk on them.  After almost 4 years of heavy retail traffic, my floors still look brand new when they've been polished.

The hardest part though, is that I'm Mom - not just to my kiddies - but to a 16 year old dog and 2 cats who follow me like I'm the pied piper when I'm cleaning.  Seriously!  And the best thing is that while they're walking all over my freshly polished floors, there are no paw prints anywhere.

I'm telling you - try it.  You will love it.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Latest & greatest of what's on this girl's mind....

1.  It's about time the state of MA got something right.  Kudos to the jury for sentencing murderer Nathaniel Fijita to life without the chance of parole.  I'm really tired of these sociopathic narcissisistic types like him and Jody Arias to murder their "loved" ones in such violent and heinous ways - multiple different ways, actually - and then come up with these ridiculous excuses as to why they did it.  Just own it.  You did it, you wanted them dead - so just stand by what you did.   You got what you wanted, so now you have to suffer the consequences.  And while a monster like Casey Anthony is walking free, living off money sent to her from the cult like followers who obsess over murderers, at least the state of Massachusetts made sure that this is one killer who will never walk freely again.
1a.  The caveat to the story heart absolutely breaks for the parents of the murderer.  It must be equally as gut wrenching to lose a child this way, and to think that the baby you loved and nurtured and did all that you could for, is capable of committing such a horribly violent act.  There is no happy ending, and both sides have lost their child.  Yes, one side will get to hear their child's voice and see their face, but it will no way replace all of the the potential and possibilities that a full life would've possibly have held.

2.  We have additions to our fur family!  Hard to believe but we have two teensy tiny baby dumbo rats.  I know, crazy right?  Well, we couldn't resist.  They're littermates, hand raised from a breeder (not from a chain pet store where our other 2 are from; while they're fun, you can totally see the difference in personalities with hand raised furry friends.)  They're about 4 weeks old and only about as long as my thumb (excluding their tails).  They are absolutely adorable and affectionate and we love them.  Truffle and Stephano are what the kiddies named them, and we are just in love. 

3.  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  So the past 24 hours has been the passing of what is probably our last storm of the season.  We got about 8 inches here where I live and funny enough - it's going to be 60 this weekend so it will probably all be gone as quickly as it came!  We all were home today, I've got a turkey in the oven and it's been one heck of a lazy day.  I'm sort of digging it, actually!

4.  I thought I kicked the pneumonia but....I think I need to go back and have my lungs checked again.  I sort of have this cough that's coming back and - I just don't feel like I've got enough oxygen sometimes.  Have you ever felt like you have to keep yawning so you can get that big burst of air?  That's how I'm feeling all the time.  It's waking me up at night, actually.  Sometimes, if I'm worried about something or upset about something and trying to suppress it, it will come out that way.  But I'm not, actually.  And it's happening so much that my back muscles are tightening up and I'm really not very comfortable.  

I can't wait to get back on my mat again and stretch it all out.  I was supposed to go this morning but...the snow put a damper on that. 

So that's all I've got for today. 
What's going on in your world?

Saturday, March 02, 2013

How sweet it is....

A few months back, we gave our Breville Juicer away.
As much as we liked it - it can be messy, and we weren't using it as much as we used to.

We ended up buying a Vitamixer - which I love, love, love.

It's not great at making juices.
You have to add water to make juice, which - sort of defeats the purpose of juicing, no?
So for soups, smoothies, raw vegan ice cream, it's the bomb.
But sometimes, this girl just wants to make a juice.
Greens, carrots, the kiddies like fresh apple and orange juices.

So, how excited was I when G came home with a brand new juicer last night?
Clearly, he was feeling the same way.

And - to make things even sweeter - my yoga studio added a third morning class during the week so now I can take class 3 mornings, which I'm psyched about.  That little pneumonia bout took me off my mat for two weeks now and so it's lousy to have to start over again, but I should get back into the swing of things quicker with three mornings as opposed to two.

Spring is here, you can almost smell it.
And I'm looking forward to the recharge; in the air, on my mat - and in my glass.