A New Adventure!

I’m so excited to say that I’m officially an independent sales consultant for Norwex! I’ve been using their products for a few years now and absolutely love them! If you haven’t heard of them, you’re not alone…they’ve only been in the US for a few years now, but their cleaning cloths are revolutionary! I can clean my whole RV with NO CHEMICALS….just water! More over, the cloths are lined with micro silver, making them self-purifying! AKA…I can use them much longer than normal microfiber without having to wash them! (And that’s pretty huge when you do laundry at a laundromat.) I take them with me and use them to wipe down door handles, grocery carts, and germy hands rather than using harsh hand sanitizers or soaps that strip the natural oil from my hands. For someone who suffers from eczema and constantly deals with dried cracked hands, that is HUGE! I’ve used them to wash babies so I didn’t have to use soap on their delicate skin. I can clean raw chicken juice off of the counter, and then use the same cloth to wipe down the cabinets and there’s NO CROSS-CONTAMINATION!

But probably the best part is that I don’t have to load up my house with chemicals that my littlest explorer would be sure to get into (I say this as she’s eating paper while simultaneously trying to stand on a watermelon…excuse me for a moment….


ok I’m back!) So yea, there’s no issue with her chewing on my cloths, which she does all the time. Saves me loads of time and headache on having to call Poison Control all the time! Bonus!

Soo…have I peeked your interest? Need some real evidence from a non-affiliate? Check out this lab test done comparing Norwex microfiber with other microfiber cloths and even all-purpose cleaner:


Interested? Want to know more? Contact me for this month’s specials as well as info on how you can get FREE PRODUCTS!

And we’re back!

Sincere apologies for being absent while we had a death in the family. While we are still mourning, we are finally getting back into a normal flow of life again and looking forward to the days and weeks to come! I’m taking a break this week from any kind of pre schooling to try to get back into a flow…aka my RV is a disaster and I feel the need to do some extensive cleaning.

In about 10 days time, we made not one but 2 car trips up to Boston. The first to say goodbye, and 2 days later to go to his memorial, which was more like a party than a memorial. My father-in-law was a very loved man, as evident from the people who came from all over to pay their respects at his party. He had a short, fierce battle with alzheimer’s. My sister-in-law put out jars of Worther’s candy all around, his favorite. In his last month, my mother-in-law would bring the candy to him all the time, the jar constantly running empty. Finally the nursing staff asked her to stop. She inquired if it was too much sugar for him, which they replied no, but he kept throwing the candy at them whenever he got upset. This will always make me smile.

My favorite picture of my father-in-law holding my firstborn.
My favorite picture of my father-in-law holding my firstborn.

The girls were amazing during our 2800-mile-trip that spanned the course of 4 days. A-MA-ZING! To stick a toddler and a preschooler in the car for that long is torture for everyone, but they really did so good! And I got to see NYC, though we weren’t too happy about the $14 toll to go through the Bronx during rush hour. Then again, is there ever an hour in NY that’s not “rush hour”? That’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to the city, and I think I’m ok with that….

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Somehow we passed right by Hershey, PA 3 times and never got a chance to stop. Being that that is unacceptable, The Hubs made it right.

20150712_095725I’m excited to get back into the swing of things again! July is looking to be a very exciting month indeed!

A Brief Break In Bloggin

My apologies for the break in blogging as of late. I’m heartbroken to say that my beloved father-in-law passed away after a fierce battle with alzheimer’s.  As such, we’ve been traveling more than I ever have before to make arrangements. My youngest is now 14 months and has been to 21 states….which now that I think of it is how many I’ve been to.

So I am sorry for the lack of blog posts. As soon as things get a little more settled we’ll be getting right back into preschool activities, exploring Virginia, crafts and recipes. But for now, you’ll have to settle for pictures of my youngest experiencing her first New England lobster.


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Ocean-Themed Preschool Week

I’m on a roll lately with starting up a homeschool/preschool routine. It’s not very structured, and it’s pretty basic, but it basically involves a lot of themes, crafts, field trips, and fun! It’s my way of testing the water towards homeschooling, and thus far we’re loving it!

This week was Ocean Week (click here to read about last week’s theme on camping). And what is the ocean without sand? I’ve been wanting to do some sort of sensory board/water table/sand box for a while, so I finally did…trailer park style. I got a storage bin and filled it with sand. Then I got the girls some small ocean animals and sea shells from the Dollar Tree and just let them go to town.

DSC_0114 DSC_0116 DSC_0121I’m loving this because it’s easy and I can reuse it again and again in virtually every theme and then some! There’s so many things you can do with a sand box!

Every animal my preschooler found in the sand was an opportunity to learn. We found some educational videos for kids on YouTube:

I also tried to get a little creative with snacks (and when I say creative, I mean that I looked up what other people did on Pinterest and copied that….that’s about as creative as I come).

If you can’t tell, that’s a cheesestick octopus, a PB&J Jellyfish sandwich with turkey tentacles, and some banana sand dollars. (Ok, you might have to stretch to really see it all, but kids are supposed to use their imagination, right?)
This one was a mistake to make. Simple bananas are no longer good enough…they must have eyes and be playing some kind of game. No exceptions!

We did a lot of crafting too.

That is a crab, in case you couldn’t tell…and the green circle thing is a sand dollar. I’ve found that with ocean week you can pretty much call anything circular a sand dollar.

DSC_0273And finally, a field trip. Actually two field trips. The first was to the Science Museum of Virginia, which was amazing. However we went there to see a movie about Humpback whales, and silly mom didn’t really think through about a documentary on whales in a giant dome theatre is probably a bit of an overkill for the first movie theatre experience. The poor girl thought for sure the whale was going to eat her alive. We left after about 2.5 minutes. Fail. However, the following day was Shark day at the Nature Center in Henrico. A friend of mine invited us to go and I’m so glad she did! I cannot believe there are places like this that operate for FREE!

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This lady was fascinating! She knew so much about sharks! They had molds of shark teeth as well as a real baby shark in a jar! People are so amazed at sharks, there’s even a saying in show business called “Jumping the Shark“, in which they throw in some shark stuff whenever they need to boost ratings. I now understand the point of “Sharknado“. People love sharks!DSC_0255DSC_0230

This place was so neat! It had a plethora of stuffed animals throughout, but the biggest attraction was the aquariums. Mostly it was turtles, but the larger aquarium was inbedded into the deck and could be seen both inside and outside and hosted a few dozen species of fish.

We also had a lot of fun learning ocean words in sign language and doing ocean-themed yoga!

I’m having a blast with this, but after two weeks I can already feel how difficult it’s going to be to keep up this learning momentum. Thank goodness it’s summer, and it’s just preschool, so there’s no pressure to keep this going full steam. For every craft, there’s probably an hour of planning and getting set-up, then about 5 minutes of crafting and another 15-20 minutes to clean up. It’s exhausting!

Teachers and homeschooling parents…I’m afraid you are drastically underpaid and under appreciated!
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