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INTENSE IMPACT!

I’m floored by this number and completely overwhelmed in an abundant way. $5,557,116 is the amount in Norwex sales that my team sold in the last 12 months. What does this number mean to me you may wonder? It means that roughly 70,000 homes were changed with Norwex and people on my Save Haven team earned 1.9 million in commission to help their families’ budgets! When I joined Norwex 6 years ago, the thought of the impact that it would all make never crossed my mind…I just didn’t know the potential of it all. There is no limit to the positive change that this gift can make on homes and the environment. I’m humbled and grateful for my family, team, customers, hostesses and Jesus for turning my “mess” into my “message”.

I’m overwhelmed at what we have accomplished and by what STILL needs to happen. People are flocking to the store for toxic cleaners everyday…not knowing what it’s all doing to their families. We have a gift in our home that we cannot keep to ourselves. One home at a time. It’s amazing how each home adds up to more and more and then the impact grows in intensity. Never tried Norwex? I challenge you to give it a whirl to replace one toxic item at a time.

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!

Instilling Helpfulness in Kids

It’s my job as a mom to teach my kids how to be productive, diligent, and have hearts that aim to serve others before themselves. They need to be prepared and ready for the world when the time comes and my husband and I aim to equip them one day at a time, one lesson at a time, and one hug and pat on the back a time. I will say that it’s a huge process that does not happen overnight! I am the first to admit that I have lost my patience in my heart more times than one when facing a 5-year-old with a bad attitude or a lazy 10-year-old that leaves her junk scattered all over the place. Teaching my children how to change their heart attitude has been a personal growing experience for myself, as God gently shows me the issues in my own heart that need pruning.

Over the last 11 years of being a mom, I have learned that patient encouragement goes a long way. Explaining the heart behind WHY we all help in our family and why we take care of our space to be good stewards of what we’ve been given is important. Here are some tips that have helped me manage my busy home and ways the kids help in our home:

  1. Do chores together! I used to wait until nap time or nighttime to clean the house. No more. We all do our chores TOGETHER.
  2. Teach age appropriate chores and have the child do them repeatedly. When my kids complain about doing a specific chore, I tell them that they will do their task until 1. They learn to master it and 2. They learn to master it with a happy heart.
  3. Have a chore system in your home. There are so many to implement and I have tried several. For my family, a simple chore chart works best. I wrote about how I go about my system here: Start Em While they are Young Part 1 and Start Em While they are Young Part 2
  4. Work before Play. We work hard and then play hard.
  5. Praise Praise Praise!

A very wise woman that successfully raised nine children once told me her story of how she flopped herself down on the couch one day, exhausted after mothering her then four children. She said that she needed to change something in her home. She was led to this book . 

I don’t want my children to grow up with an entitled attitude or a heart that is ruled by instant gratification and pleasure. Starting with honestly examining our own hearts, and then helping our children to be servants of others will bring more fulfillment and positive change in our world.

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?

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?