Life just gets no easier does it….

You think once you hit a high, you’ll stay there for a while, but there always seems to be something (at least with us) that brings you back down again. We can’t win for loosing around here. We’re caught up on our bills, we’ve got some extra money for once in our lives and are living comfortably where we can have fun and have the extras, and then it starts….The downward spiral…..

The unsure time of life when we don’t know if my husbands job is stable again or not…. We’re STILL looking to find him something else, and we’ve been looking for what seems to be over 2 years now, but no one is hiring worth a darn around here for upper level management in the tech field (my husband works in the cell phone industry), so we’ve resorted to even looking basic retail management stuff now, and still nothing…..

My husbands company has a hiring freeze going on right now where they’re not hiring anyone new, not good….. Today, they’re closing 40 stores around the country and laying off all the employees in those stores…One of the stores closing is my husbands. The only good news that comes with this, is that he’s loosing the Dayton store (closing) and they decided to take away the New Paris store as well and give it to someone else, BUT they are giving him 2 more stores that are actually doing better anyways, and he’s happy to get the 2 new stores.

It just leaves a sense of ummmmm, so the company’s not doing well, they’re closing stores, great, no real job security it sounds like for the long term, it looks like they are trying to save the company so that’s good, but it still makes us worry. He was told by one of the guys at corporate yesterday that Dale (the CEO) really likes him so he has nothing to worry about…..That’s great, but if the company goes belly up they all have something to worry about…

Sigh…..So the hunt begins, yet again, and I’m sure we won’t get far because there’s no one hiring, every company is going through the same thing right now. Sometimes it makes me wish we were not home owners, we could then just pack up and move where ever the jobs were, which seems to be no where right now….

Maybe I should use my blog to find him a job and just publically post his resume here, maybe some of my great and lovely readers know a good place to pass it along…It’s hard not to just give up when things like this come along…

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July 31, 2008 – 10:32 AM - | Posted in daily life | 1 Comment »

Daily Freebies…

July 31, 2008 – 10:10 AM - | Posted in Canadian Freebies, daily freebies, free stuff, freebies, UK Freebies, US Freebies | Comments Off on Daily Freebies…

Fizz It Up!!!!

I’m not really a big soda drinker, no one in my family is, but when I heard about Soda Club and had the chance to review their products, I was pretty excited. I mean come on, how cool is it to be able to make your own soda at home? I thought, pretty cool, so I opted to review their product.

Ever since having the Soda Club machine and flavors in my home we’ve been having a great time trying and mixing new flavors of pop on our own, and well, probably drinking a lot more pop than we ever have, but it’s so much fun, and we just love our Soda Club! The ability to fizz up our own water and make soda or even seltzers with it, is such a great concept.

The value, as equally great! The starter kit comes with your Soda Machine, CO2 tank, and a variety of soda flavors in both regular and diet (including 1 energy drink and 2 seltzer flavors), as well as 2 1L bottles to keep your soda in. The CO2 that comes with the starter kit is enough to make 110 liters of seltzer/soda.

You can also buy the refills on the website and the prices are pretty reasonable.

It’s just so fun to be able to make soda in your own home with some tap water and a few presses on a button and some loud buzzing… Yes, that’s something to warn you about. It scared the pants off me when I first used this. You pump the button a few times to carbonate your water and then you’ll hear a loud BZZ (Aria my youngest likes to say it’s tooting lol), it is pretty loud and may make you jump the first time you hear it, so be forewarned. Once you heard the loud buzzing sound pump it 3 – 5 times depending on how carbonated you want your drink, we like to do it 5x’s. Then you tilt the bottle back up and unscrew it from the unit, pour in your syrup and you’re done!

The soda’s? What about them, how do they taste? Well, with our family they were all approved by us and the kids, except for the energy drink. I think it tastes almost like cream soda, which my husband hates, and he doesn’t like the taste at all. I’m not big on energy drinks so this is the one we’ll pass up. The Cola, root beer, pink grapefruit, lemon lime, and cranberry raspberry (my favorite), as well as the orange are all a hit in our home. I’ve also mixed a few flavors as well and hmm, they’ve come out pretty interesting. We’ll be one to continue on with the club and hopes of buying another starter kit as a gift for a few family members this coming Christmas.

But for now, you can win your very own Black/Silver Fountain Jet Seltzer Lover’s Starter Kit (ARV. $100.00) from Soda Club! How great is that!!!!!!! Included in the Seltzer Lover’s Starter kit you’ll receive the following items:

  • 1 Fountain Jet Black/Silver Home Soda Maker
  • 2, 60-liter Alco2Jet Carbonators (makes approx. 120 liters of seltzer)
  • 2 Carbonating Bottles
  • Free SodaMix Taste Sampler (an assortment of Soda-Club’s most popular sodamix flavors)

All this just for entering on my little old blog…. Here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win…

Head over to the Soda Club website and tell me one of the flavors your most interested in trying.

Thats it! This giveaway is open to those with a US Mailing Address only, and is open to non bloggers, PLEASE just remember if your blog profile is private, or your a non blogger, leave an email address or your entry will be disqualified….Winner will be chosen via

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Also I’ve made a special button for this giveaway as well, if you add it to your blog you’ll gain yet another additional entry, just let me know where I can find it on your blog!

GOOD LUCK!! Giveaway ends Aug. 14 @ 11:00pm EST!

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July 30, 2008 – 10:26 PM - | Posted in Giveaways, Product review, Soda Club | 302 Comments »

The Savvy Source

Recently Savvy Source was brought to my attention by a friend and fellow blogger (thanks Lisa C), and I’m glad she pointed me in this direction.

The Savvy Source is a great site where parents can find help with different topics such as educational, toys, activities, books and many other subjects. One of the great features of Savvy Source is the great little widget they have for bloggers, check out my right sidebar on the very bottom, you’ll see it there. Take the two quizzes that are sponsored right now my Leapfrog and you’ll be brought to a page to continue the quiz where you can learn more about your child’s early language development and find out what kinds of conversations, songs, books, activities and toys are best for your kids and will engage their imagination.

That’s right, just a few minutes and you’ll be on your way to finding the best ways to help your child with their language skills, scroll down to the bottom and check out the Savvy Source Widget on my right sidebar.

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July 30, 2008 – 9:08 PM - | Posted in The Savvy Source | Comments Off on The Savvy Source

Powerhouse Wellness Probiotic Bars

On my journey to the “healthier” me, (which also includes my family) I’m always on the lookout for healthier snacks and foods. I ran across Attune by browsing the web one day, viewing their various bars they looked like a good source for a healthy and delicious snack we could all enjoy during the day, husband and kids included. Upon receiving our sample Wellness bars from Attune, I was pleasantly surprised that the kids actually took to them. These bars were great!

Attune Wellness bars are not only packed with flavor, but they contain five times the live active cultures that you’ll find in yogurt. I’m not new to probiotic’s, usually I buy the enhanced yogurts with probiotic’s in them, we have to look out for our digestive health too, but now that I’ve found these bars, it might be a nice change from yogurt for once. Not only are they yummy and contain probiotic’s but you’ll also find they are a great source of calcium, protein and each bar contains 3 grams of fiber!

My favorite of the bars, looked a little small, but the taste was gigantic! The very yummy chocolate probiotic wellness bars. You don’t think of chocolate as the most healthiest thing in the world, so I didn’t expect much out of them, I thought they’d taste bland or just plain gross like a lot of other chocolate ‘health’ bars, but to my surprise they were just GREAT, with flavors like dark chocolate, chocolate crisp, blueberry vanilla and chocolate mint, you’ll be surprised at the great flavor these pack in, and the best thing, only 100 calories per bar! The granola probiotic wellness bars are equally tasty and these are what my girls enjoyed most, with flavors such as Strawberry Bliss, Wild Berry, Lemon Creme, or Mango Peach they’re sure to please anyone, and they’re great bars for on the go, just throw them in your bag and you have a healthy snack for later during the day.

Attune Foods has hit these great probiotic bars right on the money and on my taste buds, something you can use to help with your digestive health and take with you on the go, this is much easier than yogurt!

You can find the nearest store near you that carries Attune Foods Probiotic Wellness bars by going to their website, while you’re there, check out their samples for free Attune Bars. Each day they giveaway 100 Attune Bars to the first 100 people, check it out each day to be sure you get your sample.

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July 30, 2008 – 8:19 PM - | Posted in Attune, Children product reviews, food reviews, Health Food, probiotic bars | Comments Off on Powerhouse Wellness Probiotic Bars
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