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As many of you may be aware, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was not to shop at Walmart.  So far so good.  And honestly I have no temptation any more to go there.  Sure it’s a little convenient but it’s too high of a “price”.

Now for those of you who are devote Walmart fans, I use to be one, please stay with me.

Last night on the news, in the midst of all the bad news about our economy, there was the “bright” spot of Walmart sales being up 2.1%.  So my question to those reading is, is this what you want?  Do we want Walmart to get larger while other companies go out of business?  Do we want to bail out WalMart when they start to have financial trouble because we are too dependent upon them? 

If you say where will I buy things, here are a few ideas:

Clothes – Thrift Stores, Resale Shops, Independent Shops

Pet Food– Grocery Store, PetSmart or similar store, Local Feed Store

Groceries– Even when I liked Walmart, I found their grocery prices not any cheaper than my grocery store, try local markets, Corner Grocery Store, Farmers Markets, ETC

Household –  I look for coupons and just shop my grocery store anymore.  It saves me a trip which pays for any additional $$ that I spent.  It’s a wash …hahahaha

Furntiure/Decorative– Again try your local Thrift Store, garage sale, or craigslist.  Or save up for some good quality merchandise that will last longer.  Also, try a model home store.  They purchase the furniture from the model homes and pass the savings onto you.  It’s higher than Walmart but quality is WAY BETTER and will last a lot longer which is better than getting something for a year and tossing it right?

Here are a few other stores to go to – Your local Hardware Store and Office Supply Stores.  And don’t forget about ETSY..handmade stuff is terrific there!

You know, depending on where you live, some of this takes a little more time, but is it worth it?  I believe without a doubt it is!!!!  More local stores creates jobs here, creates communities, fosters creativity and equips those who produce it, less to throw out because you paid for quality, spend/ do with less because you are purchasing something that will last. 

Don’t believe me, I can’t tell you how many times that either myself or someone I know purchase something that was not on our list because it was only $3.98.  And guess what?  Not used, didn’t work, in the closet, no one else wanted it, broke, regret, etc!!  How much have you spent at Walmart doing that?  Go for the long run, shop local!

Please consider where you shop and really do something good for our economy.

Have a “Soapbox” Day 🙂

P.S. – There’s always room for another person on this soapbox.  Join me and just say no to Walmart.

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Today we have a new President.  The first African American President and history was made.  Despite differences, I am excited that our country took this stand.  I was glad to watch this history with my children and they will be able to remember this moment their children will read about.

I also have been thinking of this year for our family.  This year will be the fifth year anniversary of our youngest son placed in our home, our oldest will become an official teenager, my hubby will turn 40, and it will be our 15th wedding anniversary.  WOW!  It’s an exciting and changing time for us.

I am excited about this coming year.  Only time will tell what will happen, but I do know that it’s all flowing through the hand of God!

What does this year hold for you?  Do you see any big changes up ahead?

Have a “Changing” Day!

…Crunchy Clean.  I am very concerned about the chemicals we use in our home.  My mother died of cancer and just breathing some of the cleaners that are on the market just makes me feel like a disease is coming on.  And read some of the warning labels on most …. YIKES!!!!  Well I was really impressed with this next ETSY Shop.  So Let’s learn more shall we?  And don’t forget to enter the contest!

Bio
I am a wife and new mom of a baby girl. I started making our cleaning products over a year ago in an effort to cut down on our exposure to chemicals and be friendlier to the earth. As my zeal for living a green life has increased with new motherhood, I have worked on my recipes and made them perfect!

Crunchy Clean Homemade Green Detergents

CrunchyClean’s Shop Announcement
Crunchy: Adjective. Used to describe persons who have ALTERED OR ADJUSTED their lifestyle for ENVIRONMENTAL REASONS.
<Urban Dictionary>NEW WEBSITE at http://www.CrunchyClean.com – check it out – if something is out of stock here, its probably available there!Shipping in 5-7 days! Thanks for your patience!CrunchyClean got a MAKEOVER 🙂 Check out:
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Introducing a homemade clothes detergent!
* All natural ingredients
* Phosphate-free
* Non-toxic
* PLANET FRIENDLY!
* Gray Water Safe

This detergent works great in any temperature wash.
It is GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN and BABY SKIN (we have both and its perfect!)
It can be used to pretreat stains in paste form.

Use 1 Tablespoon for regular sized/soiled load – Also great for high efficiency washer – use 1/2 amount. Its a non-sudsing formula, so it works great for any washing machine!

Available in customized scents or unscented (can combine as well)- available are (please specify scent in message box when purchasing):

100% Essential Oils
-Unscented
-Lavender Grapefruit
-Camphor
-Lavender
-Chamomile
-Orange
-Peppermint
-Sage
-Vanilla
-Vanilla Lavender
-Lavender Chamomile
-Grapefruit
-Lemongrass Orange
-Lemongrass
-Lemon
These scents will be very light and airy.

Fragrance Oils
-Monkey Farts – (delicious smell – bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla)
-Apple Orchard
-Apple Vanilla
-Baby Bee (Great for baby laundry- smells like Burts Bees – peaches, mandarin oranges, coconut pulp, bergamot, grapefruit, tropical guava, and tangy lemons)
-Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey
-Mango Papaya
-Pink Sugar
-Clean Crisp Air
-Clean Breeze
-Crisp & Candied (orange peels, apples, and lemons; followed by middle notes of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg; and well-rounded with base notes of cinnamon bark and woods)
-Banan-za
-Cafe Mocha
-Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves (tarragon leaves, grapefruit, and lime; followed by middle notes of bergamot and jasmin; well rounded with base notes of oakmoss and bamboo)
-Buttercream Cupcake
-Nag Champa (patchouli, sandalwood, and dragon’s blood work together to create this wonderful blend)
-Coconut Cabana (cocoa butter and tropical fruits)
-Oatmeal Milk N Honey
-Cinnamon Sticks
-Caribbean (coconut, fresh sliced pineapple, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)
-Gingered Bergamot
-Pumpkin Apple Butter
-Grapefruit Mango
-April Clean (Similar to Downy April Fresh – clean, flowery, powder smell)
-Vanilla Insanity (French vanilla and whipped cream butter; followed by middle notes of cotton candy, chestnuts, and maple sugar with vanilla bean scent)

Please put the scent that you want in the “message to seller” box when you check out.

PLEASE NOTE: I have seen many other detergents claim to be “cloth diaper safe”, but they are not if they contain soap or enzymes (and borax has been said to ruin elastic, as well). Soap has potential to build up on diapers, enzymes can cause a horrible open rash on your DC. Please beware and check ingredients for your child’s and diaper’s sake!

Plenty of people use the diaper safe detergent for ALL of their laundry with great results. We use regular on all of our clothes and DD’s messy clothes, and diaper on our cloth diapers —
The difference, you ask? The regular detergent has soap in it to give it the extra “OOMPH” of cleaning tough stains as well as a few other ingredients which help with inorganic stains and dirt. The diaper detergent has safe ingredients for diapers (NO SOAP, ENZYMES OR BORAX) that are realllly great on organic waste and cleaning your diapers.

 
 
  

SAMPLE- Choose TYPE of Detergent      GREEN Laundry Detergent

This is a great prize to add to our weeks collection isn’t it? 

Do ya wanna win?

You will need to answer the question in the comments and post/link my contest on your blogPlease leave me your link that directly shows the post/link for my contest on your blog.  And remember there is only one entry per day.

Question for Week 1 – Tell me something that you do/done, individually or as a family, that really shows it is better to give than to receive.  Do you give food to the food bank every month?  Have you adopted a “grandma or grandpa”?  Tell me about it.

And if you want to see the other prizes for this week, just scroll on down the line.  There are really wonderful things up for grabs!!!!! 

Now go visit CrunchyClean at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5760585

Have a “Crunchy” Day!

Today is maybe a “Hot Topic” kind of question or maybe just some pondering.

I would like to know what you all think so you have to comment, k?  🙂

Given our economic status in the world and many traditional “blue collar” jobs going overseas, do you think there will be many careers for children without attending college?

Please comment and if inclined share the careers you think would be available, in the future, without a college education.

Have an “Educated” Day!

Last night I got a rare moment to sit and watch TV.  It has been so crazy getting ready for vacation, swimming lessons, and VBS at church this week so I enjoyed a little R & R.

We don’t have cable TV so our selections are a little limited at times (which can be a good thing most times).  I was alone, since the kids were in bed and hubby was still at work, so I had the remote all to myself.  I tried a couple of show but finally ended up with a special on PBS.

The show was Traces of the Trade.  Have you heard about it or watched it?  If not, I would HIGHLY recommend it!

It is a documentary about a family who’s ancestors happened to be the largest slave trading family in U.S. History.  They traveled to parts of the world that their family had dealings with (including the North) and learned about this horrible part of our country’s history and their own inherited history.

Here is a better info from PBS directly:

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2008/tracesofthetrade/about.html

I think it was a terrific film in that it was real emotions and facts.  It educated as well as challenged without condemning.  I loved some of the spiritual parts as well. 

I also need to mention that I recently saw the movie Amazing Grace which I would also recommend!!!  That was about the political fight, regarding slave trade, here at home.  Our 11 1/2 year old saw it and it was really interesting to him although he had questions which provided opportunity to talk about it.  (The song Amazing Grace was written by a former slave trader-on a boat that turned Pastor -Monk-and wrote the song based on that experience.)

After the show, and movie, I got to thinking about what it is that we (I) can do in the present regarding what has happened in the past.  Can you just say “I’m sorry”?  Do you not talk about it and hope it goes away?  Pretend the past has no affect on the future?  Learn about your families past in slave trade?

Everyone would have to discover that for themselves but the fact is we (personally and globally) may need to start by recognizing the benefits we may have derived, and still continue to derive, from it.  Our country is not balanced and would we be smart to just leave it that way?  And do we have an understanding of what the slave trade was and it’s imprint in the present and future?

The past is always a rebuke to the present.
Robert Penn Warren

History teaches everything including the future.
Lamartine

Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
Machiavelli

For me I want to know more.  I want to discover in-balances.  I would like to find out more about my families history.  I would like to give or help, organizations that equal the playing field.  I want to check my own behaviors and actions in the present.  But for now I will start with a public apology. 

I am sure I have benefited from our country’s slave trade in some way.  I know I don’t even understand what it was like and the bearings it has on all those that came from it.  I feel so mad at those that came in the name of God but do not know if I would have done differently if it was me in that time.  Would I have just turned and looked the other way?   I want to know more about the events to better understand what happened and how it relates to today because I don’t think I ever thought it mattered-it was the past.  I would like to be a part of healing  so that our corrected past blesses our future together.  Even if I didn’t benefit (although doubtful) don’t I at least have human compassion for those that suffered?  I’m sorry for the decisions in the past that have not been corrected. 

Have an “I’m Sorry” Day!

I received this from a friend and really enjoyed it.  I have thought about this point often as we name things (streets, buildings, etc) after people who have done great things but it doesn’t take long before no one remembers what they did and then who they were.  I hope you enjoy it. 

 

                        Charles  Schultz Philosophy  


The  following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator  of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually  answer the questions. Just read the post straight through,  and you’ll get 
the  point.

1.  Name the five wealthiest people in the world.2.  Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name  the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name  ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.  

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners  for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last  decade’s worth of World Series winners.  

 






How  did you do?The point is, none of us remember the  headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies.  Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and  certificates are buried with their owners

 

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Here’s another  quiz. See how you do on this  one:
 

1.  List a few teachers who aided your journey through  school.
 

2.  Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult  time.
 

3.  Name five people who have taught you something  worthwhile.
 

4.  Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and  special.

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Easier?
 

The  lesson:


The  people who make a difference in your life are not the ones  with the most credentials, the most money, or the most  awards. They are the ones that care  
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‘Don’t  worry about the world coming to an end  today.
 
 
It’s  already tomorrow in Australia ‘  (Charles Schultz)

 

 

 

Aren’t  Friends and Family  Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I don’t know about you but sometimes I think too “big” with ideas and such.  But what is most valuable is playing playdough with my kids or telling my hubby just how hard he works!!  Sometimes the most rewarding is what is overlooked.

Make a “Memorable” Day!  

No, you are not getting rid of me that easily.  I just have five more posts until my A-Z tips are done and my contest is over.  If you are new to my blog I am having a series of posts that are tips from A-Z.  If you link any of these tips on your blog, and let me know, I will enter you in my contest.  Check it out:

https://realworldmartha.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/wanna-know-what-you-are-playing-for/

Today’s tip is V for Volunteer

I just got an email from my brother talking about how my niece (and happens to be named Virginia -coincidence I don’t think so!), who is 17, is taking her first mission trip to Mexico.  I am so proud of her.  I think she will be going to another country so full of amazing culture but will also learn about the extreme poverty that exists in other parts of the world.  She is already a beautiful child of God, and I think this experience will just bring her closer to God.

So today my tip is talk with your family, and pray, about a possible mission trip.  If your children are too young to go abroad, find something locally.  You can try your local church for ideas.  Here is some websites as well:

www.familycares.org

Action Without Borders www.idealist.org/kt

Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.org

Food for the Hungry (offers mission trips) http://www.fh.org/

Weekend Missions www.weekendmissions.com

www.volunteerfamily.org

Have a “Helping” Day!

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