I Need More Time

Time. I need more time. I need more time in everything that I do.

I need more time with my son.
I need more time for having fun.
I need more time to play.
I need more time to cook.
I need more time to work.
I need more time to clean.

Okay that last one is debatable.

But I just need more time. I am sure we all do.

Lately I feel like time is just vanishing. I have so many things I want to do but I never seem to get them done. I always have this list running through my head of all the things I want to do. While I am showering I think about all the things I am going to do that day. I am usually lucky if I get half my list done. Why do I keep making these lists for myself? They just stress me out and overwhelm me. But I do it anyway. Every. Single. Day.

I try and tell myself the most important things are spending time with my son and having fun but I keep making myself silly lists and giving myself stupid expectations. But if I just had more time…

Norwex – Cleaning with Only Water

Have you heard of Norwex? I hadn’t until just very recently. I got invited to a Norwex party by a mutual friend and was like WTF is Norwex, why do I want to go to a cleaning party, lame, and ignored the invitation. A couple weeks later a good friend invited me to her Norwex party so I had to go. Right from the second she told me about it I knew I wasn’t going to buy anything. I have tons of cleaning products from my couponing days and I just don’t need more. WRONG.

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I went over to my friends house and she rubbed butter all of her mirror. BUTTER! Then she got out this pretty pink cloth, got it wet (with water!) and wiped her mirror. Next she got out this pretty purple cloth and dried her mirror. It was spotless. SPOTLESS. I decided right then and there I needed these cloths. I knew nothing else but I had to have these cloths.

Before the party I actually ended up winning the cloths somewhere else so I went to the party not sure what else they could really sell me on. Cleaning sucks. By the time the party was over I was sold. I needed Norwex everything (except the mop) and I had signed up to host my own party.

Norwex is AMAZING. So if you haven’t heard about it, what is Norwex?

Our mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

  • With Norwex Microfiber System, you will not breathe, touch or ingest chemicals – you simply create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.
  • Norwex Marine Organics and Naturally Timeless personal care products offer cutting-edge technology coupled with organic and natural ingredients – without harmful parabens or preservatives.
  • SAVE Time – the Norwex Cleaning System decreases cleaning time by 75% or more.
  • SAVE Money – An average household spends $600-$800 a year on chemical cleaning products and supplies. By using Norwex products you can realize up to a 90% savings!
  • Norwex helps make cleaning fun, fast and easy and teaches your family how to improve their health and environment!

At Norwex, our Purpose is simple but powerful: The idea that working together, with trust, integrity and honesty as our core values and radically reducing chemicals in our homes as our mission, we can improve the world around us. The Norwex Purpose touches many facets of life with the end result being the ability to collectively make a powerful and positive difference in the world we live in and the lives we touch.

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I have a few cleaners but I was never a hard core cleaning product person. I hate bleach, it scares me – I am always so worried about ruining things. But I do use Vim and Windex (mostly for cleaning my stainless steel appliances). Because of my dogs I have always been pretty careful with chemicals in the home, especially on my floors. I was already cleaning with vinegar and water, or water only when I could anyway so Norwex just made sense to me. I love that the Microfiber cloths are infused with silver, this makes them naturally antibacterial – and they clean so well. The Window cloth really is magic. I spray some water on my Windows, glass doors, stainless steel appliances, etc wipe with the cloth and they are spotless almost instantly. NO STREAKS. When I see baby licking these things I can breath safe knowing they are not covered in Windex and the cloths really do save time.

I often see people asking about natural cleaning products and people mention Method and Green Works but seriously, try Norwex! I am so hooked I have even been thinking about selling it and a two months ago I had no idea what it even was! I haven’t touched my Windex or Vim since I received my Norwex products. The only cleaning product I have used is my Cerama Bryte to clean my cooktop – but I hear the Norwex Cleaning Paste works great for that – I just don’t have any yet. I feel cleaner and almost lighter, it is weird. I actually have this itching to throw away all my cleaning products. But the OCD in me says I still might need them ONE DAY. I should probably just throw them away…

If you get invited to a party, go! Check it out – it really has changed my life. It has changed the way I think about cleaning and how I feel about cleaning. Hosting a party allowed me to try all kinds of things without spending too much money. Keep your eye on my blog for more posts about Norwex and for honest opinions and reviews on the different products I have and am trying.

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Coconut Dreams Cookies

I saw these on Add a Pinch and knew I had to make them, immediately. And they were worth it. So delicious. Side note: all recipes I have tried on Add a Pinch have been awesome. She has some great cake recipes!

I doubled the recipe because I knew 20 cookies was not going to be enough. Plus, when was the last time a recipe actually made the amount of cookies it said it did – this one was actually pretty accurate. I ended up with pretty close to 40 cookies.

Just a couple suggestions. Use less kosher salt or swap out for sea salt. The taste was delicious but I found they were too salty. At times you could really taste the salt. Also, don’t over cook. Some of mine were very hard. I cooked longer than recommended because I felt like they weren’t cooking – in reality they probably were done a lot sooner then I realized. After a couple days they did soften up. Much better when soft. So even if they don’t looked cooked take them out! I also used half the amount of chocolate chips and happy I did. I feel like the chocolate would have really overpowered the coconut if I had of used the whole amount.

A HUGE plus for these (in my books) is that they use coconut oil. I buy my coconut oil in a HUGE container from Costco so these are a great way to help use it up.

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I will be making these again and probably again and again… once I get some more coconut oil.

Coconut Dream Cookies
Yields 20
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
167 calories
20 g
11 g
9 g
2 g
7 g
35 g
82 g
13 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
35g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
15%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 82mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup firm coconut oil or shortening
  2. ¾ cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  6. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  7. ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  8. 1 cup chocolate chips
  9. 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.
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calories
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fat
9g
protein
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carbs
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I Love Cooking

I really enjoy cooking. I would even say I love cooking. I still have some days where I don’t want to cook but mostly I love it. Usually I don’t want to cook because I hate cleaning up the mess that follows the cooking, but that is a whole other story.

I mostly follow recipes and love trying new ones. I thought it would be fun to add some cooking posts to this blog – so I can share what I have made and recommended recipes to try.

It’s weird. I have always enjoyed cooking but I have really found a new love for it just in the past few months. I have been having fun trying new recipes – like homemade pasta and naan (I love carbs)! I think part of the fun is to see if baby will eat it – often it ends up on the floor for the dogs. Baby is picky, very picky. My dogs love my cooking and baby; because he throws food.

Priorities Change

Priorities change.

Maybe this is obvious to most people but it wasn’t to me.

Before baby I would shower every morning. I would then spend an hour blow drying my hair and then straightening it. After that was done I would apply my makeup. Getting dressed sometimes took 3 of 4 outfit changes. The whole process took too long (in my husband’s eyes) but to me it wasn’t that long and it was completely necessary. Now it is too long. Way too long.

I used to see other Moms with their hair in a messy bun and no makeup and think “that will never be me.”

WRONG!

Now it is me. Totally me.

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I still shower every morning, or at least at some point close to morning. That is necessary. I also still shave every single day – that is an absolute necessity and something I always make time for. I just can’t be that person who hasn’t shaved their legs in a week. It gives me the hebejebes just thinking about it. If it works for you AWESOME, no judging from this Mom – but that does not work for me. I even shaved in the hospital after baby was born.

Everything else? Well that is a different story. In the 14 months since baby was born I have done my hair maybe a dozen times and I now wear very little makeup . Usually just a little BB cream, sometimes some eyeliner and mascara. I don’t remember the last time I used eyeshadow or actual coverup. BB cream has become my new favourite product.

Things that used to matter just don’t anymore. All the things I worried about before just don’t even cross my mind. Okay, well they still do sometimes. It amazes me what a different person I have become.

I had all these plans for this blog after baby was born. I took all these pictures of products I was going to review, I even had half the posts written out in my head… obviously that never happened because priorities change. Priorities change for the better. My priority now is to love my little human as much as I can. Fill his day with as much fun as I can and just be his Mom. Obviously some things still have to happen like cooking (I love cooking) and cleaning (I hate cleaning) but not much else matters besides him. He is my whole world. I still want to blog (when I can) but I no longer have any plans for what this blog will be or won’t be. No apologies.

Mom Tip #4: Buy Vaseline

I read all the lists on what I needed to buy before the baby was born. Buy this don’t buy that. All the lists seemed long, very long. Some made sense and some didn’t. I tried to pick out what I thought I would really need in our first few days home. I didn’t buy any sorts of diaper creams because I had a basket full of free samples.

As the nurses helped us with our first diaper changes she told us to slather his bum in Vaseline. Lots of Vaseline. She explained that it would help to clean the meconium off his bum. And it really did help. A lot.

A family member thankfully picked us up a jar to have for when we got home. A few weeks later I saw a very new baby in Target, the Mom looked like she had just been discharged from the hospital. She was buying Vaseline.

Today’s advice: buy a jar of Vaseline before the baby is born!

Mom Tip #3: Take Photos in the Hospital

I was looking over hospital pictures and it really hit me that we didn’t get many photos at the hospital. I was especially upset that I never got that classic baby laying on Mom’s chest photo that everyone seems to have.

Today I was telling my Mom about how I wish I had that one photo. She pulls out her phone and goes this one? She had the photo I was after! I am beyond thrilled.

My word of advice to all expecting Moms: take as many pictures in the hospital as you can, even if you feel yucky. No one has to ever see them but at least you have them.

Others I wish I had: husband and baby and one of the three of us.

Making a list might help you remember what photos you want, I know it sounds silly but it’s so easy to forget!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Review

I am sure these have been reviewed a billion times, but here it is, review a billion and one from a new Mom.

For three years I had gel nails. I would go every three weeks and get them done; I loved them. I always feel put together with my nails done (even if I don’t have make up on). When I found out I was pregnant I knew I was going to have to stop getting my nails done, and I did, around the 6 month mark. It was a sad day, but I knew I just wouldn’t be able to step away for a few hours to get them done – also, the cost.

I missed my nails so I tried painting them. I tried multiple times. I waited between coats, I used a base coat and a top coat and nothing I did looked good enough. The polish would bubble or smudge (never have that problem with my toes!) – finally I gave up. No one has time for that and I knew once the baby came I definitely wouldn’t have time to paint my nails anyway. I am now used to seeing my finger nails bare but I still miss having them done. Site note, I guess you really shouldn’t be painting your nails too much anyway while you are pregnant… oops!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
Enter Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

A few weeks ago I was at the dollar store and saw them for $2.50. My sister uses them and loves them so I thought I would give them a try. Can you really go wrong for $2.50? The patterns are not my favourite but $2.50.

The application process was pretty simple. I was able to still text and do things while putting them on. No worry about smudges or waiting for them to dry. I did wait for baby to go to bed before putting them on but it was nice to know that if he did wake up I wouldn’t have to cover him (and everything else) in nail polish.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

I got lots of compliments on them. It was probably because of the wild print, but again, $2.50. They did start chipping within a couple days but not too bad. I left them on for about 2 and a half weeks, for picky people it was probably about half a week too long. One was chipping pretty bad but otherwise the only real issue was growth. I probably would have left them even longer but I am thinking about putting on a fresh set because we are going to a wedding.

Removal was pretty easy, I soaked bits of cotton ball in nail polish remover and let them sit on my nails for a couple minutes before wiping them off. I did have to spend a few minutes removing little flakes of left over nail strips that seemed to get everywhere, but overall they didn’t take too long to get off.

Would I spend $10 (regular price) for these? Not sure. I probably would if I wasn’t currently on a budget. But for $2.50 I will buy them again, if I can find them. I also found Essie and OPI strips. Reviews for those will come when I get a chance to try them.

Disclosure: I purchased the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips myself and I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.

Huggies Rewards vs Pampers Rewards

Huggies and Pampers both offer a rewards system for buying their diapers and wipes.

Both have plenty of rewards to choose, Huggies seems to have more. However, it seems to be easier to earn Pampers points. The diapers seem to be worth more and they often give out free points online.

A HUGE advantage of Pampers rewards over Huggies rewards is that Pampers has an app for entering codes. That is all it does, you can’t browse rewards or anything, it just makes it super easy to add codes. It would be cool if you could just take a picture of your code to make adding them even easier; maybe in the future.

Every time I want to add Huggies points I have to go to the website and log in – annoying when you are in a hurry! (You just have to tap to open the Pampers app – no logging in required!) I often find the Huggies website very slow and hard to use on a mobile device, even though the website is mobile friendly.

Collecting Huggies points seems to be a lot more work. After using both systems for a similar amount of time and buying a similar amount of diapers I have over 700 Pampers points and under 200 Huggies points.

With my Huggies rewards I can get a $15 Starbucks Gift Card for 750 points.
With my Pampers rewards I can get a Well.ca $10 Gift Card for 840 points.

Comparing just those two items the Huggies rewards seem to be worth more then the pampers rewards, as they should be though for how much harder they are to earn.

Huggies does have some ‘Play to Win’ items, you can use your points to play and instantly win. I tried twice to win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card (didn’t win), it cost me 1 point for each try. Pampers gives you gifts if you enter a product code every month, you get gifts at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.

I have not redeemed any points from either company yet to see how that process works.

Mom Tip #2: Breastfeeding Makes you Thirsty

Very thirsty.

I feel like I read this before the baby was born, probably in one of those apps or in a baby book or something but nothing really prepared me for how thirsty I would be. All. The. Time. I mean wake up in the middle of the night and drink a bottle of water thirsty. I can’t leave the house without a bottle of water or six.

My tip for you, buy a nice water bottle (if you don’t have one already) and be prepared to take it with you everywhere you go. Heck, buy yourself two water bottles. Maybe even three. I bought three.

I bought myself a three pack of Contigo bottles from Costco. They are really nice water bottles, I love them. I love them so much I have thought about buying another pack but what would I do with six water bottles. They are $20 for the pack of three.
contigo water bottles

One of the bottles is actually my husbands but I use the other two. That way one is in the fridge getting cold while I am drinking the other, assuming I actually drink one slow enough to let the other one get cold.