Little Hippo

My 6th born has acquired the nickname of “Little Hippo”. When he hears this name called from afar, a smile soon appears on his sweet face. I feel like I learn more and more about chemicals with each baby that I have. Like the fact that tt only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in personal care products to enter the bloodstream! That is CRAZY to me! Please guys, read the label on everything that you put on your baby, your children, and on YOU. There are alternatives out there that don’t cause more work for you and keep you little people healthier.

From day 1, we have used the Norwex Baby Cloths on our Little Hippo. This is a mini version of the Body Cloths. This soft microfiber will gently clean skin without needing soap (it even removes makeup really well with only water!). During dry winter months, I like to use Shea Butter on his skin where I notice any dry patches. Using a safe and clear laundry detergent is also SO important for little people skin! Know what’s in your detergent! That’s pretty much it! See, not complicated!

It doesn’t need to be more expensive and harder to be safer with what you use in our home and on our bodies. Make baby steps to improve the quality of life around you and your children will watch you as you grow in this. Happy May and Happy Safe Havens!

My 2018 Word

Determined. That is my word for 2018. My Norwex business has taught me how powerful it is to focus on an outcome that you want and the power of positive mindset. When I first began my Norwex journey, I was weighed down with thoughts of:

“Hearing people say “no” is scary and it means that they don’t like me”

“It’s going to be many many years before you get out of living paycheck to paycheck”.

“Your farming dream will never happen. It’s too expensive and if you DO get land, your desires will have to be limited”.

“I hate sales”.

“Parties are lame and booking them would be hard”.

“You can’t be a good mom AND have a thriving business at the same time”.

You get the picture. One by one, my limiting beliefs were chipped away. Just yesterday another one surfaced that I had to replace with a true one (“you can’t homeschool 6 kids and promote to the top of the company, impossible” was thrown into the gutter and replaced with “I can continue to impact more lives with reducing chemicals while involving my kids and teaching them why we don’t use chemicals and how to share this mission along with me”).

I love January because it’s a time to focus on new beginnings. If I have no parties on my calendar, I can be determined to book some. If I want to play more boardgames with my kids, I can be determined to set time aside to play some. If I want to save money for a new van, I can be determined to put my pennies aside.

I want to be determined to use everyday like it’s my last. To sit and be still. To spend focused time with each child. To serve my husband without expecting anything in return. To help my Norwex team achieve their dreams and goals. To have 120 Norwex parties and help create 600 safe havens. To loose baby weight and become strong again….

What is your word for 2018?

What are Your Dreams? A Mission That Matters

Why is the Norwex business opportunity a gift in January? What would you like to see happen in your life this year? Pay off debt? Go on a family trip? Give? Have more freedom and flexibility? Be apart of a mission that truly helps others?!

Did you know that Norwex always gives people the opportunity to try this business with just a $9.99 investment? How is this possible? Norwex mails you a kit worth over $300 (the mop and many other products as well as some business supplies) and you just pay $9.99 in shipping. Voila. Then you get to educate people on how to clean with water while earning 35% commission (40% JUST IN JANUARY!) 5 minutes after you sign up. Norwex gives you 90 days to earn your kit for FREE by submitting $2000 in sales (this may sound like a lot, it’s not, the average Norwex party is $660 so this would be 4ish parties in three months!).

When I first joined, I had no childcare and we were living paycheck to paycheck. I began going out twice a month when my husband could watch the kids to do parties and this was contributing $500ish to my family’s budget (hurray for extra milk money!!) Plus I wasn’t “selling” (scary word), I was educating!

What sounds good to you?

Some extra income?

Discounted Norwex products for your family?

A flexible schedule? Click HERE for more information on the Norwex business opportunity. I never imagined in a million years that I would be selling “silver rags” and helping others do the same…but it sure has blessed my life in so many ways.

What’s in the start kit?

The Glorious “Everything” Cloth (aka, Enviro Cloth)

I do believe it’s time for a good review of Norwex’s Enviro Cloth. I like to call this the “everything” cloth because this puppy should be used on almost every single surface of your home with JUST WATER! (no dishes for this guy though). Even think to use it on carpet stains and chocolate milk stains on your white couch (this was me at one point!). What makes the Enviro Cloth so great?

  1. The size of the little fibers. Measuring at 1/200th the size of a human hair, the fibers will remove up to 99% of bacteria from surfaces with just water and NOT spread germs to other surfaces.
  2. The Enviro cloth is PACKED full with 2,000 miles of fiber. That’s longer than the distance from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico! So the cloth is thick and durable.
  3. The fibers are infused with micro silver. Silver prevents bacteria from multiplying (making babies) inside the cloth, self cleaning it between uses. So you simply use the cloth, rinse, hang and let the silver clean the cloth between uses.
  4. Warrantee people. 2 whole years of it! That’s a lot of use for one cloth!

The Enviro cloth gets a solid 10 in my book. It’s amazing what it has cleaned in my home for 5 small kids and a huge dog. Grease, dog messes, spit up, food smears, blood, chicken juice, bathroom grime and more. I haven’t purchased paper towels (sorry, I take that back, I bought 2 rolls for them 2 years ago when we got our puppy) in 4+ years because of this cloth. I believe this product should be in every home!

Start Em While They are Young – Part 2

In our previous post we talked about how important it is to instill lessons and values into our children as soon as possible while being careful not to legalistically shove our beliefs down their throats. Really we as parents and teachers need to lead by example.

This memory stays with me from years ago, before I married and had kids. I was traveling somewhere in an airport and I remember looking over at a small child eating candy while sitting next to his mom. Each candy wrapper was nonchalantly thrown onto the floor followed the child popping the treat into his mouth. The parent did nothing. She just sat there and then left the mess on the floor. I was floored! How was this kid supposed to know that the floor/ground is not a garbage can and WHY it’s important not to litter if someone doesn’t guide and teach him?

It’s not hard to see people littering all over the place every time we leave our homes. And boy does it accumulate! We can slap fines on people for littering but I think real change comes from educating and motivating our children to help the problem.

We have woods behind our house with a walking trail that we like to utilize as much as possible. This week my oldest kid (8 years) insisted that she take several garbage bags with her on the walk to clean up the trail and this is what she came back with:

We all can take part in someway to cleanup our communities to make them better for the next generation. What’s it going to be for you?