Tuesday, February 16, 2010

So I Changed the Look Again and Something for Fun

I don't know if you feel this way...or even view my blog look or read it through a program like Google Reader...but I've upped and changed the look yet again.  I feel like I do that about every second entry, haha...but it just goes to show how varied my taste is.  LOL.  Let me know if you see any problems with text color or any of that.

Now for something just for fun.  I came across this on another blog, someone I met through a swap on Swap-bot.  I hope they don't mind that I sorta decided to use it too.

So here is what you do...you answer the following Questions with only a ONE word Answer.  Sounds easy...but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a little challenging.  I'm like the queen of rambling.  LOL

YOUR CELL PHONE? - Red
YOUR HAIR? - mEsSy
YOUR MOTHER? - Caring
YOUR FATHER? - Stubborn
YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? - Avocado
YOUR DREAM LAST NIGHT? - none
YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK? - Coffee
YOUR DREAM/GOAL? - married

WHAT ROOM ARE YOU IN? - Living
YOUR HOBBY? - computer
YOUR FEAR? - unknown
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 6 YEARS TIME? - working
WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT? -
home
SOMETHING THAT YOU AREN'T - outgoing

MUFFINS - yummy
WISH LIST ITEM? - debt-free
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? - Halifax
LAST THING YOU DID? - typed
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? - pj's
YOUR TV? - blank
YOUR PETS? - none
YOUR FRIENDS? - blessings
YOUR LIFE? - rollercoaster
YOUR MOOD? - sleepy
MISSING SOMEONE? - roommate
VEHICLE? - feet
SOMETHING YOU AREN'T WEARING? - bra
YOUR FAVOURITE STORE? - etsy
YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? - ALL
LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED? - *shrugs*
BEST FRIEND? - special
ONE PLACE YOU GO TO AGAIN AND AGAIN? - mall
FACEBOOK? - addicting
FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT? - FOOD 



Now see, wasn't that fun.  Now you try.  :o)  I dare ya!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Swag Bucks, Amazon.ca, and My Fitness Coach for Wii

I've decided to take a week off from Thankful Thursdays and yes I know I'm posting this on a Friday...apparently I don't know my days of the week...lol.

You may be wondering, or not, how all the things in my title relate...and let me say...they do relate.

If you've been to various blogs and locations over the internet you have probably heard about SwagBucks.  I know it seems like every 2nd or 3rd blog I read there is reference to it somewhere on the page. 



Search & Win


I know that's how I found out about it. Someone, and I forget now who, had written a review and that got me curious. So I decided I'd check it out too. I haven't had the best of luck in the past with these kinds of sites so I was skeptical...however I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't take long at all to earn enough points to start redeeming for items. I've donated some of my bucks to various charities but I've also redeemed for quite a few $5 Amazon.ca gift cards as well. It only takes 450 Swagbucks (edited September 5, 2010 because of changes to swag bucks) to get a $5 gift card.  You can redeem for Amazon.com as well as a host of other prizes.  Anything from posters and trading cards, to gift cards, to electronics, and way more.

 

I saved up $20 worth and went to see what I could find.  I ended up ordering My Fitness Coach for the Wii.  I've been trying to increase my activity level but am not confident enough to go to the gym and really get annoyed with just walking so after looking at the reviews and comparing to a few other Wii fitness games I settled on this one.  It was among the cheapest with the best reviews so I figured why not.  I was able to stack my gift cards together and then put the last little bit (some tax and shipping costs of approximately $7) on my credit card.  I could've waited until I earned another $5 card but I'm impatient like that.


 
It didn't take long at all to receive in the mail...and I surprised myself by checking it out that first day I got it.  I've used it almost daily for about a month and have seen a good amount of progress.  It takes about 30 minutes to set it up properly and that involves various fitness and flexibility tests as well as measuring your arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, so that you can track your progress.  You also have the option to use your own hand weights, step, stability ball, and heart rate monitor if you have one.  I like a lot of the options that are provided and that there is a good amount of variety.  I haven't been active much over the last few years so I find this to be a really good challenge, however if you are in pretty good shape you may find things too easy.  I like that you can concentrate on different types of workouts but still keep with your long-term goals.  You can do yoga, cardio, upper body, lower body, or flexibility.  The only one I didn't care for is the yoga option because I found it more frustrating then relaxing to follow along.  I also like that you can change your scenery and music based on how you feel.  The only real con that I found with this is that if you are someone that has knee problems this probably wouldn't be the fitness game for you.  The initial testing and progress checks involve jumping jacks and squats.
All in all though I'm really happy.  I was able to get a great product, for almost free (would've been free if I had more patience) and all I had to do was do searches using SwagBucks instead of Google and had almost the same results.   

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thankful Thursday (on Friday)

 

Opps, I'm a day late.  I'm sorry...can we just pretend it is Thursday for a few moments?  Hehe. So, what am I thankful for this February 5, 2010?

  • I'm thankful for a new month
  • I'm thankful for running water and showers
  • I am thankful for good deals, discounts, and freebies
  • I am thankful that there are people around who help support me...who knows where I'd be today without some of them
  • I'm thankful for chocolate...some days you just gotta have it.  :P
 

* I can't take credit for either photo, they're both from the internet. If you're the owner and would like credit or for me to remove them just let me know. 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Homemade and/or Baking Soda Toothpaste

I've heard a lot about the different uses for Baking Soda, especially for whitening teeth.  I've also been using Arm and Hammer Toothpaste for awhile now but a little while back I came across a recipe for homemade toothpaste and we had the main ingredients in the house so I decided I'd give it a try.  The blog I originally found the recipe on seems to no longer exist (A Dash Of Wife And A Pinch Of Motherhood) but I did find another blog that had it...over here.

Basically here is the recipe:
Mix together:
~2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
~3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
~5 drops Peppermint Essential oil
~5 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
~a pinch of Stevia powder

I only had the first two ingredients here, the Coconut Oil and the Baking Soda, but decided to give it a try anyway with the knowledge it probably wasn't going to taste very good.  Haha...I was right....I would definitely recommend using some Peppermint or Spearmint Essential Oil if you have it.  I can't bring myself to use it every single time I brush but I've been alternating between that and the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda one that I was using anyway.  Even with the limited use of the homemade toothpaste I am finding it makes a big difference...I probably use it every 2-3 days. 

I used to always have problems with my gums bleeding and getting inflamed, I've noticed that doesn't seem to be an issue anymore, even when flossing afterwards it seems so much better.  Also, my mom said to me that she thought my teeth looked whiter!   She has been mentioning my yellow coffee stained teeth for awhile now and even went so far as to buy me whitening strips for Christmas.  I tried the product once and couldn't even handle leaving it in my mouth for the recommended time, it was awful so I much prefer the homemade toothpaste option....even if it's not very good tasting without the oils...at least I can tolerate it and to me it seems like a far better option.

Have you tried any homemade toothpaste recipes?  Or any other homemade recipes for common every day products?  What was your experience?

I'm know I'm definitely interested in learning more about simple homemade alternatives that are both inexpensive and natural.