Who thought I would ever love to clean?

I have lived in this house for over 7 years now. In that time there were areas that I would clean only when forced to and others that I would scrape by with a bare minimum to cleaning. This is not because of laziness or even a hatred of cleaning in itself. This is because I have hated cleaning products!

I would try product after product and would easily be discouraged by their cleaning power or overpowering fumes. Disappointed in nearly every product right off the bat, or discouraged because I couldn’t really use them without going into coughing fits.

In our home the bathroom is only ventilated through a fan in the ceiling or having the door open. In order to clean the bathtub, I would turn on the fan, spray it down, run out closing the door behind me…. wait ….wait… wait. Checking in 20 minutes to see if the fumes died down enough for me to go back in the wipe, rinse and move on. There is a pretty major flaw with this method of cleaning… we only have one bathroom.

I have read post after post, book after book on natural cleaning products and other natural ways to clean. I struggled with these methods as well. I work full time outside of the home, I have two young boys, a husband, and I don’t have time or patients to make my own household cleaners. Many of these cleaners were also comprised of vinegar, which also bothers my body, or harsh natural soaps that irritate my skin.

I know it may seem like I am making a lot of excuses as to why I didn’t clean my house frequently. What  I am really getting to is how I finally found my way to a product and product line that I fell in love with. I fell in love with the idea, the application and the mission of these products.

A friend of mine commented on how she has stopped using paper towels and is not cleaning with water. WHAT!?! How is this possible? I had  to check it out. I felt very skeptical that you could sufficiently clean with water, but had to see. I invited her over so I could see what this was all about, sure enough she was using a cloth and water.

I learned quickly that this was not just any cloth, it was a Norwex  Enviro Cloth, a microfiber cloth. Then I was hesitant because I have used microfiber cloths before and they weren’t great at all and I hated the way they felt on my skin. After watching her explain, she held the cloth to me, “Give it a try” she said. I did. I am forever changed.

The are some pretty major differences with a Norwex cloth and ones you would pick up from just about anywhere. I won’t go into the science of it all, though it is important, it wasn’t was caught me when I first felt that cloth. A Norwex Enviro Cloth is thick, and soft. It was a gentle touch, it wasn’t sticking to my hands and the general weight of it was heavy in comparison.

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My friend explained how the cloth is used and how it traps bacteria and other things you clean off your surface inside the cloth. How easy it is to use and reuse, just wet with water, wring to just damp, go to town, rinse wring and hang to dry until you need it again.

This simple cloth and simple cleaning process had me sold! Though the cloth is soft and gentle in my hands it had some major scrub power to it! One cloth and I was ready to tackle just about every cleaning job in the house.

I eventually realized I wanted to support the mission of this company and do more with it myself. I joined as a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant. I am so passionate about these products, I often ask people if I can come clean their homes, to show them how well these products work, and how no scent is a real clean.

 

Finding your confidence, when it feels like you need it most

Confidence can be a tough thing to master. I am in constant battle with my own confidence. Though I am getting better at displaying confidence when it is needed, I am shaking and crying deep inside until it is over and then I am reviewing every word I said and movement I made. Why did I respond with that comment, I should have said…

There are so many reason people lack confidence but much stems back to something that made them lose it once or maybe over time. Kids can be cruel with their words and make you question if you wore the right clothes or have the right haircut. These are the things that have stuck with me for years and years.

I drive my husband crazy when he tries to compliment me on my outfit or really any compliment at all. I do not take them well, a learned habit from many years ago when I was weary of what the words really meant.

It can be tough to talk about things like this as they can still be painful. Reopening wounds is almost worse than the first time you were hurt. I have been working diligently on improving my confidence in different ways. I started to do more presentations at work, I attend more social events and make a point to initiate more conversations. This is another hard one for me as I always felt like an outsider, the one that didn’t belong.

Tricia Lott Williford’s, You Can Do This really hit home with me on all these issues. The opening of this book is so inviting, literally she talks through setting up a table to sit and chat. I felt as I was reading the book as though I was just having a conversation with a friend over tea or coffee. Her writing may be about self improvement but her tone is not. I felt guided and comforted through similar situations that I lived through.

Williford has so much practical advice throughout this book that is seems like it should be obvious, but somehow I needed all of these pages. ALL of the words she wrote. I felt like she wrote them to me and they found me in the right time when I needed my confidence.

If you are struggling with your confidence, please pick up with book and read the encouragement she offers. I believe you can do anything you set your mind to, but you have to set your mind!

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Great Love Stories, never get old

What is it that makes a good love story? Is it the way they meet, creating a story to be told for ages? The trials of figuring out they are meant to be? Maybe it is the idea that there are rough starts, and patches along the way to a happy forever, this is what really gets me.

I love all the love stories, really how could you not? Love is such a tremendous emotion, it can be happy but it can also come with grief and struggle. The thing I truly love most is reading through those struggles and seeing the movement forward and away from hardships. This feels more real to me.

I am by no means a perfect person. I have done many of things wrong. I am an emotional being and may have a tendency to overreact in certain circumstances. Knowing that my love will follow with me through that path (of craziness) and never walk away, this is why I know he is my true love.

Reading through Courtney Walsh’s recent novel, Just Look Up, I was struck by how much I felt I could relate to the main character, Lane. From the first page in describing that need to achieve and the waves of anxiety that go along with it all. Walsh is able to pull those feelings into words in a way I felt I was living all the things as I read them.

I must admit, if it wasn’t already obvious, I am a sucker for a good love story. I really love the not so obvious at first types of love though. This was how I fell myself, so there is a bit of nostalgia in that.

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Another great read from Amy Matayo

If you haven’t picked up a book by author Amy Matayo yet, please do so. She never disappoints.

I recently had the great pleasure to receive an advanced reader copy of her latest, The Whys Have It and, wow! I fall in love with these characters and want to keep watching over them.

I love how easy it is to get wrapped up into the books and stories. She has found a way to deliver on the heart strings of love and loss without getting too far into a romance category.

Are looking for a book with deep detail in characters. A book written to give vivid images in your mind as you read through the pages? A book that will roll you through emotions like a well designed rollercoaster?
If that is the type of book you are looking for, read this book. This book offers you all of that and so much more.
The emotional tie that Amy Matayo is able to deliver in these characters is amazing!

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Time to start sharing the real stories

It seemed like every parenting book, pregnancy to teenagers seemed to provide this near perfect world theory on how things go. Then you add in the stories of how people have it all together and accomplish amazing things while their perfect toddler sits and watches. These are not real. There it is out there. This is not how the majority (if anyone) makes it through life as a parent.

I was so in love with Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNiel from the very first page. This is real, really real!

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This book offers peace of mind that you are not alone. The things you go through in a day are normal and it is ok. I found a real connection to the things that Catherine McNiel wrote about. I felt like I could have been sitting with a friend and chatting about what is going on in our crazy houses.

This was a fast read for me. I would love to see more from this author in the future. I also hope that this is the beginning of real stories of parenting to come. It is time for people to talk through the real things.

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A little bit of happiness inspiration, when you need it most

Some days it is easy to get sucked right into the thoughts of all the things to do, the lack of sleep, or really any other not perfectly happy thought. Some days you may need a little more to help fuel you in happiness for the day.

When I started to reach 60 days of Happiness, I thought it would be a great way to start my day. Read a short snip-it type chapter and be ready to go.20170129_064942

As it turns out, that type of reading does not suite me well at all! I found it very difficult to read just a page or two in the morning and often forgot to read at all for days at a time, maybe longer.

The beginning of the book explains that it can be read in a daily ritual type format as it is displayed or it can be read straight through. So as it was not working to read in daily format I tried to read it cover to cover…. nope, too much.

 

This book sat on my nightstand and stared at me… I wanted to read it. I enjoyed the writing,but wasn’t finding what I needed in it to read consistently one way or the other. After a while it became buried in the stack of things on my nightstand and I stopped seeing it daily.

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After a hard day and trying desperately to clean up the clutter in my bedroom in a fit, I found the book. I stopped what I was doing and flipped through to a random page. I read that page and felt comfort and relief in the craziness of the day I had just had. I had also found my way to read this book.

I needed this book for the occasions when the messages were needed, not a preemptive way, but it was working. There was something to this.

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Looking at this book in a new way gave me a place to go when I needed it most. These reminders were inspirational before a hard day I knew was coming or a gentle reminder to breathe and it go after a long day.

Each daily entry offers something different, but none disappoint. I found some great humor throughout the book and deep thoughts as well.

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How can you go wrong with a book that quotes The Princess Bride?