Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I don't do Wordless - Terry Fox Run

...but I thought I'd share some pics of what happens when a mom dresses silly and signs up to volunteer for the school's Terry Fox run!

Like I did last Friday....yes, the other volunteers were too intimidated to stand next to me.

Yes - I totally sparkled it up.

My trusty cheer kit in tow.

But the kids loved it...especially mine.   And I don't care if the other parent and grandparent volunteers were too embarrassed to work with me.  They could have been shaking their pompoms, cheering at the top of their lungs and BEING THERE FOR THE KIDS not for their vanity.   Kids love colour and I am one hell of a colourful person.  I'd rather not stand next to someone who is only volunteering for the sake of volunteering and not actually giving their heart to be there.

and fourth grade boys are ROUGH.  I ended up with bruises on the palm of my hand from high fiving.

I loved it and I'll do it again and again and again.  and if it embarrasses my teenage kids to have me do it - I'll go volunteer with the littles.  But, knowing my girls, they'll be the teens in the sparkle skirts having a ball out there.

Countdown to Half

Harvest Half is this weekend.

WHAT?  I know what your thinking "oh - the long run reports stopped so she must have given up." haha.  Nope.  Just too busy to write them.  I mean there was the run in the torrential downpour.

Then there was the run where 3k in, this happened...

but at least it wasn't in the rain...

and Tina met up with me for the last 5k or that was awesome.

Then, of course, I got incredibly sick so ended up skipping my longest long run.  If I hadn't gotten in nearly 19k the weekend before, I would have felt worse about skipping it...instead, it meant I got a longer taper...

This past weekend, finally sickness-free, I headed out and did a final 11k around Chestermere Lake and hopefully shook out all of the bad run demons.   Heck - my sunglasses even broke so surely that won't happen to me again this Saturday!

New iPod FTW!

2k in on the brightest day ever...thank goodness it was just a screw.

Um ice around here...

Am I ready?  Oh gawd, who knows.  I have my race kit so I guess I've told them I'll be there.

I've been good at my long runs on the weekends. Weekday runs? Not so much.   But I'm okay.  I'll go out there and do the best I can for right now.  I won't be breaking land speed records, but I'll git er done...and then I can move on from there.  And it will be a pretty of my favourite races.  I'll just plug in my headphones, ignore the world and run to the finish.

Norwex - Venturing into Direct Sales

Even though my hubby tells me that we are fine and I don't need to stress about adding more to my plate to earn extra income - my brain is still wired on "I'm not working full time so I have to earn my keep!"  I've been doing contract social media work, building and managing Jot, and now I've added one more thing to my plate...and become a sales rep for Norwex!

I've thought about joining the Norwex team in the past and just never pulled the trigger.  When I saw they had a promotion to join for free in September - I figured "Why not!"  I love Norwex.  I've used it for years and really love the product.  At the very least, I can be a "Norwex lady" for family and friends across Canada.

What is Norwex?  It's a new way to think about cleaning your house.  In this time of fear of supergerms, traditional cleansers are becoming more and more harsh and that is what we are wiping the tables that our kids eat off of and the floors our pets walk across.   Norwex turns that thinking on its head by providing a way to clean with microfibre and water...that effectively cleans better than most products AND kills germs using the natural power of silver.

Pretty cool, right?

So, if you want to try it can consider me your Norwex lady.  I have a website that you can order from easy as can be.

And, if you already love the products and want to join the team - there is a great promo for the month of September where you can join for free with no sales ends tonight but getting signed up is easy and you can do it online.

Ok - soapbox done...haha.  I won't spam you all on my blog with this but I wanted to make an announcement.  A link to my Norwex shop will always be on the sidebar- ready when you need it.

Monday, September 28, 2015

MOMday: (Product Review) Nitview LED Lice comb and Nyda Head Lice Treatment

School has been back in for almost a month now and, with it, the scourge of every parent...fear of lice outbreaks.   Seriously - this is my second biggest fear.  That my girls will come home with lice.   So, when the generous folks at London Drugs offered to send me a toolkit to help me out - I was quick to accept.

What is Head Lice?

Printable: Alberta Health Services Head Lice Fact Sheet

Lice are tiny insects that live on humans and feed on blood. When a large number of lice live and multiply on a person, it is called an infestation.

Scientists have found that head lice are becoming immune to the most common treatments used by parents.  In a report presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, researchers revealed that lice populations throughout the US have developed resistance to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by schools. That means many parents and teachers will be fighting a losing battle when it comes to lice outbreaks unless they are properly prepared.

“There are prescription drugs available, such as Spinosad (Natroba) and ivermectin (Sklice) to treat lice. But prevention, early detection and immediate action are your best bets to fight lice,” says Jason Chan-Remillard, Pharmacist at London Drugs.

It has been estimated that over than two million Canadians experience head lice per year, and the Lice fact sheet from Alberta Health Services states that at any one time, 10 per cent of elementary school children can have head lice. Throughout the year, many schools report head lice cases to parents so they can take preventative measures at home.

“If a note gets sent home that another child has it, parents should immediately inspect their children’s clothing – especially hats and scarves – sporting equipment like helmets, and pillows. They should look for eggs.”

Eggs are yellow, brown or tan objects that look like tiny seeds. And They can be difficult to spot. However, a new medical device launched in Canada this year, helps parents easily spot lice and remove them without the use of chemical based products. The Nitview LED Lice Detection Device incorporates ultraviolet light and a detachable comb with micro channelled teeth for removal of both lice and nits. The lice and their eggs grow under the UV light making them very easy to find amongst the hairs and remove them with a comb. The device can also be used to check clothing, towels and bed linen.

“It’s important to remember that head lice are more of a nuisance than a serious health risk. They don’t carry disease. Chemicals and antibiotics should be considered a second line treatment,” says Chan-Remillard.

Common signs of head lice are an itching or tickling feeling on the scalp, as well as visible small white objects in the hair. If you notice any of these signs, Chan-Remillard says, “manual removal using a tool like Nitview is preferred. If lice are noticed before they multiply exponentially, the removal process will be far less tedious.” 

NitView LED Lice Detection Device

The NitView LED Comb is fairly compact.  It fits within the palm of my hand.

The device takes 3 AAA batteries (not included) and turns on and off with the press of a button.  Couldn't be simpler.  The comb has two "blacklight" LEDs on either side of the comb.  The idea being that the exoskeleton of the Lice will glow in the light.

My daughters, while lice free, were excited to help me try it out.   And I was excited to have some peace of mind in my hand.

First up, Buggie.

The comb ran easily through her hair.  We dimmed the lights in room to make the light even more noticeable.

Oh crap - something glowed on the third section of her hair.  Do you see it?

It's not lice, though.  Just a little fluff.  But it makes it pretty easy to see how the lice would light up with this device.  And the comb made quick work of the fluff.

Then on to Doodle, who has longer hair.

No lice.  No fluff.

Both of my girls are honey blond, so I wanted to see how it might be on a darker hair colour.   So enter me. Just to give you a visual of the light against dark hair.

So - even with the lack of lice on us, I find just having this little device on hand is bringing me some peace of mind in knowing I am now prepared to diagnose at the first sign of itching so I can take care of the little buggers before they can creep us out more than they have to.

I also like the fact that you can also use the light to check bedding and furniture.

The device retails for $44.99 on the London Drugs website.

NYDA Head Lice Treatment

Also in my package, was a bottle of NYDA Head Lice Treatment.

From the London Drugs website: NYDA® does not contain any neurotoxic chemicals. NYDA® has a UNIQUE dual action dimeticone 100 cSt allowing it to penetrate deeply into the tiniest parts of the lice, larvae and also the egg’s breathing system, replacing the air. This prevents the exchange of gases, provoking death of head lice and its eggs in a physical fashion within 58 seconds.

I could not test this product and I want to keep it read and waiting in case I do need it, but I love the fact that this stuff doesn't contain any neurotoxins.  Instead, it is a silicone product that basically suffocates the nits and lice.  And, because of how it is formulated, the lice will not become resistant to the formula.

A 50ml bottle of NYDA retails for $33.49 on the London Drugs website.

Please note:  All prices are as of the time of publication and may increase or decrease over time.  I was provided with these products for review, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Child Abduction - a Social Experiment

A mom from my girls school recently told me about this video.  I think every mom should watch it.  It'll change the way you talk to your kids about strangers.

Child Abduction Social Experiment (One Share Can Save a Life)Like my page Joeysalads for more shocking experiments.
Posted by Joeysalads on Saturday, May 2, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

I had 88 entries to the Coffee Rant Giveaway and the winner is...SARAH!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I have emailed her to tell her the good news in case she doesn't see it here first.   Thank you so much to everyone who entered and took the time to enjoy my bloggy coffee rant!

Now, for the rest of you - the coupon code to my shop is still good for another week or so (until Sept 15.  So COFFEETIME will save you 25% at checkout.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

First Day of School

I am officially a mom of first graders.  Yesterday marked the first day of school - something that is insane for me.  How did my kids get so old already?

And HUGE!  Look at how big they are now!

Abner HAD to be in the verandah photo.  He insisted.

How identical do they look here?  It's a little freaky.  I mean - I don't see them looking at all alike to me, but comparing features in these shots - there is no doubt about why other people have trouble.

Ugliest backpacks ever...but they love them.  First broken strap and we are heading to MEC.

Ok - so you can't see it.  Well, here is compared to first day of Kindergarten last year.

Now do you see it?

I must admit - I was a little misty at school drop off.  These little missies are my best friends and we are pretty close.  Being home full time has been so good for us all.   So, the house was a little too quiet and I was at loose ends on my first full day alone.   Luckily I have more than enough work to keep me busy that those hours they are away will speed by.  Especially now that I have some big things happening with my shop and more contract work coming in.  I think I may be working more now than when I had a full time job!

Ok - back to work with me.  I just wanted to share my cuties on their first day of grade school.  I'm so proud of them.