Monday, June 23, 2014

Last Week for June Special

When school ended on May 27th I really thought I was going to have a nice relaxing summer.  Ha!  The joke was on me!  It's all good, though.  We've been busy, and for the most part it's been a good busy.  I just can't believe it's already the last week of June!

Have you seen the June special from Shaklee?  I've been really excited about this one!  For the month  of June, if you sign up as a new member you get a free Stress Relief Complex with a 50 PV purchase.

This stuff is great!  I have some on hand for those busy days I know will push me to the limit.  It just allows me to get through the day a little easier and be fully productive.  My husband will take it on those days at work that are full of meetings and crazy schedules.

We've also had some extreme times when this little pill has helped.

This first example calls for a little background.....

Two years ago we started getting flu shots.  No big deal, for the most part.  I realized it wouldn't be easy with me taking all 5 kids by myself; however,  I didn't plan on my oldest daughter's fear of needles.  While she was cowering in the corner, I had the nurse give the shot to the other three kids.  (One of the kids was sick, so she couldn't get it.)  When it was time to give the last (and oldest) child the shot, I had to pick her up off the floor and hold on to her.  Not an easy task when her adrenaline is pumping and she is fighting and screaming with everything she has to get loose.  At some point we called another nurse in to help me hold her so the first nurse could administer the shot safely.

A year later I told my husband he was going in with us to share in the 'fun' of flu shots.  This time I had to talk our oldest out of the bathroom she was hiding in.  I then had to herd her down the hall to the room where the rest of the family was waiting.  This time my husband was the one to hold on to our daughter who was fighting and screaming once again.  As soon as he had her in a solid hold so she wouldn't hurt herself or the nurse giving the shot, she went really quiet.  We thought, Great! She has decided to cooperate and just get it over with.  Um, no.  Poor baby passed out before the needle even touched her.

A few months later, this same daughter has to go in to the doctor for her well visit.  Guess what she had to get.  Boosters!!  I was proactive this time.  I called to office up a month before her appointment, explained the situation, and asked if there was anything I could give her to help the visit go a little smoother.  Their answer, in short, was 'No.'.  I was trying to think of anything and everything I could do to help my daughter through this.  I even tried to talk with her to see if she had any ideas that would help her handle the situation better - ignoring it wasn't going to work and talking about it with her seemed to make things worse.

I'm sure you know where this is going.  I had her take a Stress Relief before we left the house that day for her appointment.  Did she take the shot with a smile on her face?  Not at all!  We still had a few tears and a lot of mumbling to herself.  But, I didn't have to physically restrain her.  I didn't have to worry about her hurting herself or the nurse.  And she didn't go into full panic mode when she saw the needles.  That's right.  NeedleS.  Plural.  It worked!
 My son was with us and took pictures.  She really did such a good job!  She's already told me to have the Stress Relief Complex on hand when we go for flu shots this fall.

After all that information above, you will understand why we gave our daughter more Stress Relief just last week.  While we were swimming, she decided to see if her teeth were strong enough to take on the concrete.  Which do you think won?

Poor girl was missing 1/3 of her front tooth!  You would think she would be worried about the aesthetics of a broken tooth.  Nope.  Her first thought was the needle the dentist was going to have to use to fix the tooth.  She was shaking and scared out of her whits about the possibility of a needle being used to numb her.  Once more we gave Stress Relief to her to help her through.  We also paid the next day to have nitrous oxide given to her.  I think her dentist would like to keep his fingers.

Much better.

So.  Anyone signing up as a new member in June with a 50 PV order will receive a bottle of Stress Relief Complex FREE with your order.  Anyone signing up as a new member or distributor with a 200 PV minimum order gets the Stress Relief Complex AND 180 Mango Energizing Smoothee FREE.  This is a retail value of over $80 and a couple of great products!

Even better, Shaklee is giving a loyalty reward!  Those who take advantage of the June special as new members and place minimum orders of 50 PV in the second and third months, they earn another free product of their choice in the fourth month!

One of the best ways to become a new member and get the June special is to order Vitalizer.  This item will get you the PV you need, is the best supplements on the market, and you will receive FREE lifetime Shaklee Membership!

Anything I can do to answer questions or help you find items that will make your life healthier, please don't hesitate to contact me by email or message me on Facebook.  Helping others improve their health is one of my favorite things to do!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Painting Tips & Tricks: Put It Under Wraps

How often do you get to do a big project start to finish?  I always have to allow time for unscheduled breaks.  Always.

This can be difficult when painting a room.  Not only is there a paint brush for doing the trim work, but you have a wet roller once you start the main area of the walls.  Leave either the brush or the roller out for too long and both will start to solidify and be impossible to work with.

Here's a tip I learned from my mom when I first started painting.

Put a plastic bag around a wet roller when not in use, and plastic wrap around an idle paint brush.
The paint will stay fresh for several hours and sometimes even a couple of days.  Just try to get the plastic tight with little to no air around the paint.  Next time you are ready to paint, just pull one of them out and get to work.

Once the project/room is finished, then you can wash everything up one time.  Much easier than washing  everything up multiple times while working.

Here are links back to the other tips and tricks posts:
-Prepping Your Space
-Protect Your Throne

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Painting Tips & Tricks: Protect Your Throne

So, what's up with the big delay between posts?  I decided to head out of town for several days and left my laptop behind.  Such a typical thing for me to do, but I'm back now to reveal my next post in my painting series.

As I stated in my previous post, I've been painting for years.  I started helping my parents when I was a teen, and that was several years ago.  I know there are lots of people out there who would rather do anything BUT paint - my husband is one of those people.  (And, to be completely honest, I would rather he not paint.)  I'm not one of those people, though.  I actually really like to paint!  It's a relatively cheap home improvement that can change the look of a room in a short amount of time.

Here's a little secret for you, though.  Ready?

I HATE painting bathrooms!

It's my absolute least favorite room to paint - I try very hard to avoid it.  All those corners and tight areas!  The fixtures that have to be removed or meticulously painted around!  There are also all those spots that a step stool or ladder just don't fit in to allow easy reach to the top of the wall.  Total frustration!!

My biggest problem with painting in a bathroom?  The Toilet!!

How are you suppose to get behind that without making a mess?!  You could always just get as close as you can without actually painting behind it, but then you will always know that there is this big white spot behind the commode.  Or, even worse, someone might see said big white spot and question your mad painting skillz.  Nope.  It just won't do!

What to do?  I've already avoided painting the two upstairs bathrooms for the past five years. However, with the walls looking like they do in the kids' bathroom, it was time to suck it up and get it done.

Then a moment of genius struck.  I can cover the back of the commode with a  kitchen trash bag to keep it clean!  Sweet!

So quick. So easy.  Plus, my type of trash bag was stretchy with a draw string so it really hugged the tank and stayed out of my way.

I used an extra little piece of tape to get the bag a little tighter around the tank.

I also put a hole in the bag so the toilet could be flushed.  With all my interruptions, we never know how long a project will take.

The whole thing worked out perfectly!  I didn't have to be careful when using the paint roller - even though I had a much slimmer profile roller, it still got paint on the bag.  The toilet was still functional until I was able to finish painting.  And... clean up was a breeze!

Other ideas:

  • split open a paper sack and tape it to the tank so the back is protected.
  • use wide tape and use several strips to tape the back of the tank
  • do nothing and just be really careful
  • put pre-painted panelling on the wall behind the toilet  
  • hire someone to do it for you 

Those are my ideas.  What do you do when painting in tough spaces?  Share here in the comments or on Facebook.

Did you catch the first Painting Tips & Tricks post?  If not, or if you want to read it again, here's the link Painting Tips & Tricks: Prepping Your Space.
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