Saturday, November 29, 2014

Oh My Goodness, I just cleaned my oven... this is a big deal!

I have been down and out with a head cold this week; which means that I am WAY behind with my uni study and it is to the point where I feel I don't know where to start. What does one do in this situation? Jump right in and try to catch up in the rare prime studying situation where both kids are asleep and the husband is also passed out on the oldest ones bed (believe me, it is adorable!) 


One further puts off studying by not only testing out my new Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner but then writes a blog post about it!

I must admit, I have been an independent Norwex consultant for about a month now and I have continuously heard AMAZING things about the Oven and Grill Cleaner, but the entire time I have been a consultant it has been out of stock. So the anticipation and excitment to try it out has been feverishly building over the last few weeks. It finally came back into stock last week and I put in an order straight away and it arrived yesterday. So I have been itching to test it out ever since!

I do need to declare that on a scale of 1-10:

1= love cleaning my oven and do it routinely every week
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
10= Hate cleaning my oven and avoid cleaning it at all costs.

I am safe to say I am a firm 11 which equals, I down right refuse to clean the oven and when it must be done, at times of say moving house (which happens far to regularly for us)- I would rather pay someone else to do it.

It is a miracle that there is a product in existence that makes such a person WANT to clean an oven!

Any way to the point, in the Norwex consultant world there is a set 4 products that are used to do in house oven cleaning at demonstrations, and a process used to show how easy it can be done.

Step 1- fill the laundry tub and add half a scoop of Norwex Ultra Power Plus laundry powder and place the racks in the tub to soak.

Step 2- heat the oven to a warm temperature where its just warm and you can touch it with your hand then turn off, followed by spraying on the Norwex Oven and Grill cleaner and allow to sit for 10 mins.

Step 3- use the Norwex Spirinett to loosen any baked on food debri and grease, then use the Norwex All Purpose Kitchen Cloth to wipe clean.

Step 4- return to the laundry tub and use a spirinett to scrub any grease and food debri from the racks.

Step 5- reassemble and admire your oven sparkling

So I cleaned my oven this morning and it worked magically. To be honest, it left behind a stain on the bottom of the oven that was there even when we moved in, so I wasn't actually expecting it to lift and it may have had I had more time and applied some more elbow grease but other than that it did a great job and there where no crazy fumes that most traditional oven cleaners have; for example when we moved into our house everything I cooked in the oven for the first week or so had an oven cleaner smell and taste to it! Norwex Oven and Grill cleaner doesn't have a strong scent even when you are using it.

To procrastinate from studying just a little longer... I have documented the before and after pics to share with you. I forgot to take the pic before I sprayed the cleaner on so you can see that in the before pics but i'm sure the get the point. It was horrifically dirty because like I said earlier... I do not clean ovens ha ha.

So, I now am sitting at a 7.5 on the oven cleaning scale of 1 to 10 and I must say that even though I still hate cleaning the oven and it still is a pretty big job... I would do it if and when it needs to be done. Pretty good progress if you ask me.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products to try in your home, please go to my website: 

Prices are as follows-
Oven and Grill Cleaner  $33.50
All purpose kitchen cloth $20.50
The Spirinett $7.50 for a pack of 2
Ultra Power Plus washing powder $27.00

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leaning Into Technology Free Retreats- Day One

Today is Wednesday, which means that yesterday was Technology Free Tuesday. My first infact. Actually it was the second week since I announced I was doing a Technology free Tuesday but the first week I completely forgot about it until the Wednesday so... I got off on the wrong foot. Better late than never!

Curious as to how I went? Well, I'm glad you asked.

I some how remembered the moment I woke up which is a huge accomplishment for me! The biggest thing I noticed about the day was that it seemed to go slower and seemed longer, now that might seem like a nightmare to some but my brand new teeny tiny baby who is not so tiny anymore... is 6 months old (today actually) and that time went ridiculously fast. I desperately want time to slow down so that I can enjoy her and my older toddler as they are before they get much bigger. So, in saying that, this next point will seen fairly obvious but I felt like I had more time to get stuff done! It was kinda nice to stare into space and daydream for a few short moments throughout the day. It gave my brain a chance to defragment and I was more able to plan and execute what I had to do or what I would like to do next.

I went so well with only having a strong urge to jump on a couple times through the day which was so much better than I had expected. In the morning I actually got to be present and enjoy snuggling in bed with my princesses and our day started quicker without having to wait for me to scroll through my news feed.

I jumped on to retrieve a phone number, took a few phone camera pictures, wrote a few texts and kept an eye on my emails but everything was able to wait until the next day! It was so refreshing. It may have been a coincidence but I even fell asleep quicker when I hadn't been staring at my screen for the last half hour!

Piece of cake guys! This post is evidence that I survived! I am hoping in the coming weeks to be able to stricken up this even further and even increase the technology ban to a second day a week.

And the cherry on top it made checking my news feed the next day, even sweeter :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Technology Free Tuesday

Today, I checked social media...

When I woke up
When I was feeding Amelia
When I sat down to have a coffee
When I was feeding Amelia
When both kids were asleep
While I was waiting for a webpage to load
When I was feeding Amelia
Several times after I updated my "status"
and after I have finished writing this post, while I'm laying in bed about to fall asleep I will check it for the final time today.

I know I am not the only person to check in on what is happening in the world this often, even though that list is quite long. I know some others check it even more frequently then that!

What I hate most is I find I put off playing with my toddler to finish checking the news feed or constantly while I am feeding my baby. I lay in bed at the end of the day hating myself for staring at my phone instead of soaking up her perfect skin and her long, long eyelashes or admiring her amazing "newborn blue" eyes and playing with her tiny fingers! She is only this tiny for such a short time, as I know all too well by how un-uncomprehendingly fast the last 5 and a half months have gone.

I am wasting it!

I am going to wake up one day when she is a toddler and hate myself even more because I can't go back to when she is a tiny baby and re-live this, absorb her, ingrain it into my memory. I will have sacrificed these precious moments, for what? Being up to the hour with my how every many "friends" I have on Facebook and what they had for breakfast/lunch/dinner, or that they are going to they gym/Dr appointment/work, or how much they wish it was Friday. Scared that I am going to miss something, now that I am a stay at home Mum. That I am missing out.

I am missing out on my baby and my toddler!

My whole world!

The up most important things, that I would sacrifice anything for.

In my recent About post I wrote that I am leaning into a healthier lifestyle where I plan to gradually make small changes to improve our lifestyle and how I had some small goals to implement over the coming months.

This week I am introducing Technology Free Tuesday!!! Where everyone in our house must participate.

Soooooo... considering how my study and business directly rely on the computer and the internet (as does most of everyday life these days) we need some ground rules.

  1. NO tablets, apps, social media allowed! (including: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Blogging)
  2. Phone calls, text messages and phone camera accepted.
  3. You may look up a phone number/address/details if necessary.
  4. Studying and business allowed.
  5. If it can not possibly wait until tomorrow you may briefly research something but it is frowned upon! and strictly for a maximum of 5 minutes.

*These rules will evolve and change as we go along until we work out any kinks and "loopholes" but these will make the foundation and a starting point.

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Please, please, please if you see me on social media on a Tuesday- tell me off! I may have withdrawals ha ha

Stay tuned on a Wednesday for an update on how we go.