Sunday, October 23, 2016

Minnie Mouse Digital Download

The other day I was finally going to check an item off of my list and create the Minnie Mouse digital come inside door sign.  It happened to be the day that a bunch of sites were taken down for a while due to a cyber denial of service attack.  Etsy, Pinterest, Twitter and a bunch of sites were down.  Ok, well I guess I won't get my Minnie Mouse done.

Well, now my son is taking a nap which is not going to be good for us come bedtime, but he fell asleep in the car after we were at a friends football game and stayed asleep on the way in.  Yesterday he fell asleep in the car too and I carried him into a store and got him back into the car, went to the mall and got him into the stroller, did what I needed to at the mall and got him back in the car and he woke up as we pulled into the driveway.  He got about a 2 hour nap in while I did all of that.  He must be growing again because that is unusual.

I always seem to digress while I write but I guess you get more insight into my life!

My point is my son is napping so I can get my Minnie project done!

So here she is, an instant download of the door sign.

You can purchase it at my Etsy shop.



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cancer

October is a month of breast cancer awareness.  It's also a month for liver cancer awareness.  Just about every month has some kind of cancer awareness because cancer seems to be WAY to common these days.  One of the things I am passionate about is prevention of all cancers.  For several years now I've educated consumers on how to have healthier homes.  We started our journey looking for safer, more effective and budget friendly household items and I have learned so much over the years.
I get excited sharing and helping others on their journey to better health!

Today's post is focusing on an ingredient, formaldehyde.  This is a known human carcinogen as cited from the American Cancer Society.  Most people think ok whatever I don't use that.  I'm going out on a limb and saying that unless you've already switched brands and stopped shopping at mainstream brick and mortar stores you do actually have it in many things around your house.

The problem is that you won't see the word formaldehyde on a label.  These are some of the alternate names for it:
  • BFV
  • FA
  • Formaldehyde Solution (DOT
  • Formalin
  • Formalith
  • Formic Aldehyde
  • Formol
  • Fyde
  • Hoch
  • Ivalon
  • Karsan
  • Lysoform
  • Methanol
  • Methyl Aldehyde
  • Methylene Oxide
  • Morbicid
  • NCI-C02799
  • Oxomethane
  • Oxymethylene
  • Paraform
  • Polyoxymethylene Glycols
  • Rcra Waste Number U122
  • Superlysoform
  • UN 1198 (DOT)
  • UN 2209 (DOT)
  • Quaternium-15
  • 2-Bromo-2Nitropropate-1, 3-Diol
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Formalin
  • Methanal
  • Methyl Aldehyde
  • Methylene Oxide
  • Morbicid Acid
  • Oxymethylene
So now we have to remember all of those when reading labels.  No problem, right?!?!  It used to take me forever when shopping for anything because I was a label reader.    

This image contains a SMALL sampling of products that contain formaldehyde.  It actually makes me very sad that we as consumers are put into so much danger all for the bottom line.  We assume that if a product is on a shelf in a store that it's safe for us.  That's just not the case.  


It's in cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, baby products, it's all over.  It's a cheap preservative that these companies use to mass manufacture and have the product sit on shelves for years.  Products labeled free and clear and other products marketed for babies still contain chemicals such as formaldehyde.   It truly makes me sad.  

The time for change is now.  



Monday, October 3, 2016

End of an Era

A few weeks ago I got an email and the subject made my heat race for a brief moment of panic.  It was notification that in 30 days my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification would expire.  For anyone that isn't familiar with project management it's like an accountant letting their CPA go.  When I quit working my 'go to an office job' I knew I would not renew when the time came so this did not sneak up on me or catch me by surprise.  However, seeing those words was a little surreal.

I did enjoy my job for the most part, the people, the company overall were really great.  The pay was pretty darn good too.  Of course you have days from H E double hockey stick but that's anything in life.  I do not miss my 'going to an office job' it at all.  I don't miss the commute, I don't miss long hours, I don't miss working on someone else's schedule and terms.  The only thing I wouldn't mind doing again is working with Microsoft Project.  I'm a slight nerd when it came to the planning aspect of projects.  I'm a planner.  I LOVED it.

This is what my favorite part was.  I would do sessions called Walk The Wall.  The end result is this beauty!  Can you follow it?!?!


Each team has a row and a special color or shape Post-It.  The monthly calendar is at the top giving a visual estimate of dates.  The plain standard yellow Post-It's in the row are the teams own tasks and duration written on them.  They put their special Post-It in another team's row indicating a dependency for a task, meaning they can't do the task on the note until the other team does something.  This particular project had 10 different teams all working together. 

It was fun to watch it come together.  People writing their tasks, going to the 'wall' and all talking about what they have to do with each other, huddling to figure it all out.  The larger projects took a while but when the teams put this effort in we had a solid plan from the start.  


After it was done I would first tape all of the Post-It's to the paper so nothing fell off or got moved!!  I'd then sit and translate it into a Microsoft Project plan.  It was tedious but the end result is what I would get excited about.

So, the end of an era for me has come.  My certification will officially expire.  I'm ok with that.  My new job of mommy has longer hours and no cash flow coming in but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Even on the tougher days there are still lots of smiles and rewards you can't put a dollar figure on.  We create our own schedule and the time freedom is unexplainable.  We do what we want when we want.  

I don't mean for that to sound like we wander around without a care in the world, we have a schedule and are productive contributors to society.  We have Stroller Strides where we attend or I'm teaching, we have swimming lessons, we have school, we have MOMS Club activities and try to squeeze in music class at the library but it's all things we do on our terms, we made the schedule and that's what's fantastic.

Good bye Lisa, PMP.