Monday, January 28, 2008

Giveaway time!! Win a blog design!

It is time for the quarterly giveaway over at Shannon from Rocks In My Dryer. The giveaway has only been on for 2 hours but there are already + 220 participants!

And of course I and Revka are participating wanting to make a blogger happy! Revka is giving away a Silver Design Package (value$60) and I am giving away a Gold Design package (value $100).

And if that wasn't enough, Qtpie is giving away a Silver Blog Design package from me as well! That triples your chances of winning a  make-over for your blog!

We also offer $10 discount off any purchase above $20 to those who leaves a comment on the giveaways! Your discount can be combined with our subscriber monthly discounts as well if you are a subscriber to our free newsletter.

Best of luck!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I almost got them back...- Trust/respect/honesty

Do you remember when I posted about my shoes that I never saw again? Well I almost got them back today. 4 months later. No phone call, nothing.

Monday night my friend and her hubby came around unexpectedly. The first thing she says is that she is sorry about the shoes. Of course I said "never mind". What was I supposed to say?

When they were about to leave she promised she would come by today and at the same time return the shoes. I asked her several times if she was really coming by and not just saying so pointing out that I would expect her. I also asked what time she would come to stress it extra that I would be waiting for her. She would come after lunch and if she couldn't make it she would definitely call me.

Well lunch came and went and now it is 8pm and I haven't heard anything. I made sure to stress around a little extra so that I would not have to think about everything that needs to be done when she was here.

And you know what, it is not about the shoes. It is about respect.

Why do I feel like a silly fool expecting her to come? Why did I think to myself " I bet she won't come"? I don't want to think that way about people, I want to be able to trust that someone who makes a promise keeps it. I try and try and try really hard to not believe people when they say something but I do, knowing in my heart that whatever the person promises will not happen in 99 times out of 100.

And it makes me so sad.

It is not the first time my friend has stood me up so to say, she does it all the time. And I tell you what, I really want to believe that if she had done something like this outside of Brazil, Europe for example, that person would not trust her easily again. And I really feel like saying that to her, to tell her that I am sick'n tired of her attitude and she needs to grow up and show some bl**dy respect to people! Especially her friends or those she wants to be her friends. She keeps saying she wants us to become better friends, well with his attitude she won't get closer that's for sure.

And to make it even sadder this is a Christian woman with strong beliefs, that makes me sad. I don't recall that it says in the bible that white lies are accepted or for you not to keep your promises.

Luke 16:10 - "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."

"An honest life shows respect for God;
a degenerate life is a slap in his face."
Proverbs 14:2 The Message Bible.

WFMW- A spray bottle saved my life

This is my first time in participating in Works for me Wednesday If you have never participated go to Shannon's blog and have a look at some mighty good tips from moms.

One of the best things I have bought in a long time is a small spray bottle. I got so fed up with the cleaning product that I normally buy because you had to squeeze like crazy and nothing came out of it. Then I started thinking about how good it would be to have a spray bottle instead. I bought two small bottles, one for water (to use when I iron) and another for cleaning.

In this little bottle I actually mix already bought cleaning products with water and alcohol. Now I know this might not be the most environmental friendly way of cleaning actually but I find it incredibly useful. The amount of product is about 1 part products and 8 parts water and it still cleans everything! The alcohol helps to remove fat stains etc. By diluting the products it lasts longer.

What I do is that I buy a cheap cleaning product and use that. I spray it on everything and it cleans off wonderfully and it smells fresh and clean. I would say this little spray bottle has saved my life, especially my mentality, as I don't have to fret over cleaning products that don't keep the standard and I can easily clean my home.

More WFMW here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

30 minutes = 5 hours?

At the moment I am so frustrated and angry that I could just go and throw something at someone if that was an option. I had some work to do that I wanted to finish off early so that I could spend some quality time with my son. In my world I would finish at 12 am.

It was all going according to schedule until 11.30am when my son says he wants to go to his Granny's. Sure, I left my things on the side and took him there only to be told he didn't want to stay there any longer. I tried to convince him to stay for just 20 minutes but it was impossible. Now it is 4.30pm and it is only now that I am able to finish my work.

I was already going crazy when all of a sudden an image that I needed for an header all of a sudden is no longer at the stock photo site. So an hour later after searching like crazy for this image I had to email the client telling her to find another image. After I thought I had survived that I receive another email from someone else with some rather unpleasant news really pissing me off.

Caramba! I am working my a$$ off here basically trying to get it all together and it's just not working. Grrrrrrrrr.

Now my MIL just came by and managed to convince Choriço to go over to hers for a few minutes, she tempted him with chewing gum. So now I need to go to the internet cafe and send off a contract for a job, hoping nothing will go wrong there as well.

So tomorrow I do hope that 30 minutes won't turn into 5 hours.

Thanks for listening, I do feel better now :)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Where did my day go??

It is almost 9pm and I am still on the computer! I made a promise to myself that I would not sit at night but today has been totally impossible to get anything done! Choriço has not left me alone for one minute! Simple things have taken me ages to do!

I took him over to my MIL but he didn't want to stay there so I didn't get any time to catch up on things. I still have a pile of laundry to do and a kitchen that is waiting for my magical touch and lets not forget about real work as well. *lol*

I hope tomorrow will be a more productive day.

PS: Don't forget the daily leads at Making A Happy Life. DS.

Friday, January 11, 2008

With so many ideas my head becomes empty

I am one of those that once I get my mind set up for something I just start spinning on the ideas and knows no limit to what can happen. I believe everything is possible as long as you are determined.

Well now I have a new year launch for Making A Happy Life and I have so many ideas that I'm not even sure where to begin. *lol* With so many ideas my head becomes empty.

Starting from Monday there are great changes coming up for MAHL. So if you are a WAHM or a "wannabe wahm" then I hope it will become a resource for you. There will be daily leads, fitness tips, organizing tips and much more. Read more here.

Now ideas are great to have but I still need to clean my house so I better get going before DH comes home....

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

If I were to make New Year promises...

If I were to make New Year promises I would of course wish highly unlikely things to happen. I mean; we all want o promise things so badly but how many promises do we keep? Well if I were to make promises for this year it would be something like this;

This year I will: (not)
* Be this wonderful mother who doesn't raise her voice more than twice a day.
* Play with my son all the time
* Patience will be my middle name
* Funny Mom will be my second middle name
* Have a spotless home
* Make cleaning an enjoyable task
* Happily pick up toys fifty times per day without complaining
* Change my voice to a sweet Betty voice instead of this nagging Linda voice I have started to become familiar with.
* Definitely make a birthday cake for my son on his birthday.
* Have dinner ready when hubby comes home every night
* Iron the laundry as soon as it is dry instead of seeing a big pile of clothes on the bed for days

Now will this happen? I doubt it. I am no perfect mother or wife, never have been and never will be. But I can improve and the above list is what I will try to improve. Now I'm just not sure where to begin.... *lol*

Monday, January 7, 2008

Holiday's over

So the holiday is over from today. Today was the day hubby went back to work, it felt really strange to see him in his work clothes again. And it has only been two weeks. :)

How was the holiday? Well I can't really say it has been a holiday. I had several projects left to finish and then me and Revka had the "After Christmas giveaway" at RS Design where we gave away 14 headers in total. I have gotten some writing offers that keeps my busy as well which I am very grateful for. But it has hardly been a holiday.

The Christmas spirit has been next to nil and I am dreading to take away the only Christmas decorating we have, a cute Santa stocking. Once I remove that it means Christmas is really over, or actually never came here.... Well there will be another one this year right :) *lol*

So now it's back into blogging business and I am looking forward to have more time this year to socialize on my favorite blogs.

Hope you all had a nice Holiday!

I wish you all a Happy 2008!