Friday, August 29, 2008

The good thing about being a WAHM

I love being a WAHM. I especially like that I can rush off anytime if my son is sick or I can stay at home with him and not have to worry about going to work. If there is one day that I can't work that is fine as long as I do what I need to pr let my clients know. I love the flexibility it gives me.

Choriço asked me to stay at home yesterday, this is somethign he does everyday and I never let him but yesterday I said yes. I can spend quality time with my son without feeling guilty about it and it feels great. Right now he is watching TV and I am replying to emails and checking what needs to be done today. Later we will play a little together and just chill.

I love being a WAHM! And if you would like to work at home as well then go for it! I'll help you with any questions you may have, just shoot me an email.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A sunny Sunday in the park

I finally managed to convince my husband that a trip to the park was just what our family needed. My husband, not being very keen on the idea at all, finally agreed and we all went, including Choriço's cousin.

At the park we saw Capivara's which C's cousin called cows, we laughed at that. The weather was beautiful and sunny and we all had ice cream looking over the river. The monkeys didn't appear and Choriço is talking about us going back again soon to see them.

We didn't stay too long at the park but next time I will make sure we have a picnic in the sun next to the capivaras :) I can't wait to go there again!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Online furniture shopping

I love going to furniture stores to see how I can improve my home and perhaps add something extra to it. The only thing I don't like is the pain my feet feels after doing it for a whole day. This is often what happens when me an my husband are looking for something new to our house, we seek out all furniture stores in town and walk up, and down, to go back up again to finally go down again and so on it goes.

When we were looking at bedroom furniture for our new house we did this walking up and down a few times. Thankfully these days many shops have their stock online so there is no need to get blisters from walking too much. eFurniture Showroom's actual showroom is online which makes it great when looking for living room furniture for example. Instead of having to find a salesman you can get all the details off the site and order when you are ready. Gotta like that! I personally don't like talking to salesmen much so I prefer this way and wish more stores would make their products available online.

When we bought office furniture to my mini office here at home we looked online to see where we could find good deals. Even if we have to visit the store later we don't mind as we already know what we are looking for then.

A few tips about buying furnitures online;
* Check that the company is reliable, do a quick online search or ask friends if they know about the company.
* Give the store a call to actually talk to someone.
* Ask a bout refunds and delivery times to make sure you know what your rights are.
* If you can, go to the shop itself and see the furnitures before buying them. deliver quality goods straight from the manufacturer to your home, offering a large selection with affordable prices.

A moment of desperation

The other day I was cleaning up in the kitchen when my husband got home. We started chatting on the sofa about something and I started, as I often do, to touch my wedding ring. Only that it wasn't there! I stopped talking in the middle of sentence and got this horrible feeling of desperation.

Where is my ring???
My husband got mad and said that I must have taken it off. I never take it off so I knew there wasn't a chance I had done that. My mother in law came by with some cooked beans and I told her I had lost it. (Later she told me that when she got home she had put a glass of water under the sink to help me find it. She has all these funny ideas about doing things.)

Well her help wasn't needed though because I found the ring just after she had left, it was on the floor. As I was drying the dishes the ring got caught in the old scruffy (but clean) towel I was using. I remember I heard a strange sound as something hit the cupboard but thought nothing else of it.

Now I know that next time I use an old towel to dry the dishes I will be more cautious.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A new start

Moving somewhere new often means a totally new start. It means getting to know new people, adjust oneself to a new environment and so on. But it also means that you have to deal with the whole moving thing; packing, unpacking, dissembling, assembling etc...

I have moved a few times in my life but not always with furnitures so some moves have been easier than others. But something that really helps when moving is to use a good moving company! You may think that you can do it all by yourself, and of course you can but you will also be more exhausted than if you had taken the help of a professional. Instead of spending hours packing and dissembling furnitures you can make sure you are taking care of the last details so nothing goes wrong. Good Movers help you with all these things, they even give you advice on how to best move your pet for you if you have one. 123Movers help you with all that and more! They help you locate the nearest movers in your area and help you with anything in regards to your moving, storage facilities, moving supplies, International moving etc.

If I ever decide to move back to Sweden I would surely invest in using a moving company, these days there are so many moving companies around so you need to make sure you use a reliable one. The fun part about moving is when you are at the new house and are unpacking, to see all your dear things makes the move easier.

New Design

I have been talking about changing the design for some time now but haven't had time but today I finally decided to do something about it. So now you can see a new header, new colors and a few other changes.

I will continue to make some changes throughout the next few days. Many have complimented the old look but I felt it was time for something new so I hope you like the new look.

If something doesn't look quite right, let me know.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A unique gift

I am unfortunately not very good at buying gifts, I really wish I was. Every time a birthday is approaching I get stressed and ask myself what on earth I should get that is special and they won't get from anyone else?

Thankfully there is this wonderful thing called gift baskets. You can buy the most wonderful unique gift baskets that surely no one else will give. No matter the occasion you can find a basket that will fit perfectly.

Chesapeake Bay offers gorgeous baskets of all kinds, a look at their gourmet gift baskets makes you wish it was your birthday soon. Not only to they contain lots of goodies, some even have wooden spoons and other fun things in them. How can you resist a gift basket like that? These baskets are not only perfect for friends, Chesapeake Bays corporate gift program makes it so much easier for companies that would like to show appreciation to their employees.

You can find small gift baskets or bigger ones, the more you spend the more you get for your money and the happier the receiver will be. It doesn't necessarily need to be a food basket though, it can be a spa basket as well. A way to encourage a tired work colleague to take care of herself. The spa baskets contain everything to make you feel energized or relaxed, depending on what you need. With wonderful soaps and lotions to make anyone smell and feel good. But don't think that it is only for women, no there are special baskets for men only so next time you are shopping for a man this might be something to consider.

I would absolutely love to get a gift basket if it was my birthday or if my employer wanted to buy me something extra. Hope this helps next time you don't know what gift to buy!

Quiet time for moms?

I believe it is important to reflect on life and what is happening in one's life regularly. I think we all should take time to always make sure we have time for ourselves.

As a mom that is not always easy. Unless you are lucky to be a WAHM then you may not have much time to sit down and go through your own thoughts. For us WAHM's it is easier to find a few minutes here and there to just do nothing, we might find it difficult as we work from home and there is no limit to when we can work but that is also a benefit.

A WAHM can take a nap during the day if she wants to, not that I ever have mind you, she can make coffee anytime she wants, I don't drink coffee any longer, she can call her friends whenever she has time and she can prepare dinner exactly when she wants. And much more.

But she might not do any of these things as she works from home, and working from home is not always easy. It's not everyone who work in their pj's, most don't. But no matter where you work it is important to find time only for you.

Me, I love going to the park, but there is no park where I live and if I want to go to one I would have to take two buses to get there. Now lucky me have English students that live just by the lake and park so every Wednesday I am close to the park but I never go there. But today I will. Today I will leave work earlier and just sit there by the lake for some time and reflect on my life and pray. It will be my quiet time only for me. Do I feel bad about it? Nah not really. Actually I feel really happy about it and look forward to it. And really I should try and do this every Wednesday if only for a few minutes.

Of course you do not need to go tpo a park to get some quiet time, some prefer to sleep or just stay at home. What is important is that it is a quiet time only for you.

Do you set aside a special quiet time for yourself when you sit and do nothing?

Monday, August 18, 2008

A blessed friendship

When I came to Brazil I was quite lonely. Or really lonely. I am still quite lonely, but only a little. Getting to know people isn't easy unless you have some kind of reason to get to know them, a common place where you can get to know each other.

Well I met M, a missionary and her husband M, and my life changed completely. M has meant more to me than I can ever express and I thank the Lord every day for putting us together. Unfortunately for me M had to leave to go back to the States yesterday. We knew their time was limited here and they have already been here for about two years.

On Saturday the church held a special memorial service for them that was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't help but crying, I even had to go out for while because I couldn't stop crying. Afterwards anyone who wanted to say something special to them could go up and do so. And of course I had to do say something. Well with me up there M started crying and I started to cry even more. And at night when I came home I couldn't stop crying either, the tears just kept coming.

But yesterday I didn't cry, they left just after service and although I feel really sad I am trying not to cry. I know they will be back next year, if only for a short while. Thankfully there is the Net! And Skype!

I wish that everyone get to meet someone as special as M and family are to me, it is a real blessing to have friends like that.

Shoe Lovers Paradise

Brazil is a wonderful place for shoe lovers! I have never been to keen on buying shoes before I moved here but here it is easy to become a shoe addict for real. Women's Sandals are everywhere and in all different styles and colors.

When we moved here one of the first things my husband did was to take me shoe shopping. It felt so great and I adored the shoes I could chose from. My husband was a shoe salesman for eight years before we met so he knows shoes so I trust him completely when buying shoes.

Finding cheap shoes is normally not a problem, the problem can be to find good quality shoes at a good price. I have a few places that I know sell good shoes at affordable prices but it would of course be nice to be able to buy more expensive ones without looking at the price. A few months ago I had to buy a par of boots, somehow walking in sneakers didn't seem appropriate when meeting clients. So I tried to find a nice pair of fashion boots that wouldn't ruin me. On a tight budget I set off to find a pair I liked. Well how lucky weren't I? The first place I went to had a pair that were perfect and to the best price ever. And there was only one pair left as someone had bought them but returned them so they were at a much better price. That was great, if it only could be that easy every time.

I am also a fan of flip flops, the more flowers and color they have the better. Here everyone use flip flops everyday so it is nice if they look good as well.

Like shoes and are planning a trip to Brazil? Well save some space, you might find yourself with several extra pairs when leaving.

If you are not going to Brazil then visiting can be an option. With a large collection for all tastes and affordable prices they surely have something you like as well.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beautiful sleep

Last night I made noodles for Choriço, he likes to eat noodles at night and even if it is against my thinking of "real food" I figure that once in a while can't hurt him. So I made his dear noodles, he complained about the water being bad- not very tasty. I told him not to drink the water if he didn't like it but he drank it anyway.

Family starts arguing about Choriço not sitting up when he is eating but instead more or less lying down. He starts to cry a bit and says he is going to throw up. We tell him to stop sulking and stop with that nonsense (reason being is that his cousin throws up when he cries and Choriço sometimes use that as a way to get out of trouble). We all go to bed and in the middle of the night I wake up and two seconds later Choriço is throwing up big time. Yes, it was the noodles.

"I told you I felt like throwing up" he said accusingly to us. We felt bad of course, guess we won't turn the deaf ear on any time soon to that kind of statement again.

After everything was cleaned up something very nice happened. We were all lying in bed, once again, and Choriço starts to sing. He starts to sing some really nice songs, I couldn't really figure out what he was singing but it sure was a real song. Instead of telling him to be quiet, which was my first reaction, I stayed quiet and just listened and fell a sleep to the beautiful hymn of his song in my head.

Poor Choriço was a bit shaken up and had to stay at home from nursery today but he is all fine now. Not sure he will eat noodles any time soon though... *lol*

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hardwood for your kitchen

Ever since we moved to our house I have been dreaming of having a new kitchen. I would love a big, spacious and light kitchen. As we all know birch is a wonderful kind of tee, one of the most beautiful in my opinion. White and soft on the outside and wonderfully light patterned on the inside. This kind of tree makes it a beautiful wood for kitchen cabinets. Imagine a big kitchen made out of birch, covered with light varnish so the patterns are still noticeable.

Hardwood specializes in custom made products made out of Aspen and Lumber Hardwood white birch. On their site you can see the different technicalities for various trees. They have a point system to tell you what is good , perfect and not so good when buying wood. This is essential information when wanting to add wooden flooring to your house or make wooden furnitures.

As this company is specializing in wood you will not have to worry about any extra trees being cut down, they care about the environment and make sure no tree is unnecessary cut down. Funded in 1987 they have grown to become the largest sellers of white birch in east Canada today.

Why choose lumber hardwood white birch? Well it doesn't have any mineral streaks, its white color is very sought after and it is fleck free. Though it is a rather small tree in comparison to others it does have its advantages considering the above mentioned.

Now, I will have to continue dreaming of my white birch kitchen but if you are thinking of redoing your kitchen and aren't sure what wood to go for I would suggest birch. It is incredibly beautiful and just can't go wrong.

Rainy days

For about a month we had no rain at all, the air became dry and allergies were more common than not. I wished it would start to rain and so it did, of course not because of me but I was glad when it started. Only that once it starts it will never end.

Now we have more wet days than dry ones, in the morning it is usually dry but only for a while, then the rain starts to fall again. The leaves are falling from the trees and swiping the pavement twice a day is common practice. Funny, cannot recall anyone swiping their pavement in Sweden. I can imagine I go back there and want to go out and sweep *lol* Could be a bit odd.

This morning it rained a lot, so today Choriço is at home from nursery and is currently watching a film while I try to catch up on some things that have been left behind for too long. It doesn't look like it will stop to rain anytime soon today...

If I didn't have so much to do it would be a perfect day to play inside and just have fun with Choriço. But well that will have to wait until my projects are over. I was supposed to have had a few days off two weeks back but that didn't happen and now I'm not sure when it will happen, I am so longing to get back to my normal working life.

Let's hope the sun starts shining soon , inside and outside.

Industry equipment

Industries requires big machines to function, but where do they come from? We get so use to seeing these machines that we forget the company behind them. SME is one of these companies that supply equipment to saw mills and engineering firms etc.

SME help both sellers and buyers to get the best out of the products, such as surplus paper machinery and other tools necessary in this industry. Through their special guidance they can help you find the best deals that will end in a good purchase. Using their online catalogue buyers can easily find the necessary information needed with an ability to contact the seller and make an offer anonymously. The same thing goes for the seller, they can negotiate through SME with the buyer and reveal all essential details.

Regardless of if it is surplus mechanical equipment or Rebuilt Pulp and Paper Equipment, SME helps not only with the negotiation and purchase but also with shipping and dismantling. They can also help with finding additional parts needed after purchase. On their site you can find links to pulp and paper, sawmills, aluminum, mines and motorized equipments, simply click on the link you are interested in and you will be able to see the chosen equipment and all details, if you have any further questions you are only one click away from their customer services.

If this seems like something you might need or your company could use then it will be a good idea go to SME to see how they can help. To find out more information about their company you may want to sign up for their newsletter and become a member to get access to their promotions.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mama's coffee FREE corner

So I have started some new healthy habits, I did a light detox and started to run. It has been almost two weeks since and I feel so good!

Coffee addiction
You see, I was tired of being dependent on the coffee and feel tired and risk getting a terrible headache if I did not have my morning coffee. And I drank 2-3 big cups of black coffee in the morning and about the same amount in the afternoon. But I didn't feel good, I started to feel that I only felt tired and that I actually got a headache after I drank the coffee. And I have never liked the idea of being dependent on anything so I thought it was time to break these habits. As much as I like coffee...

And I have had this desire to take up running again, for years I've wanted to do that. When I got pregnant with Choriço I worked at a gym and worked out four times a week. I had just decided that I would invest in my training and then what happened... well I got pregnant and I stopped training. I regret it so much, I had wonderful personal trainers available who made programs especially for me but I didn't keep it up. Now if I get pregnant again that will not happen!

I had to have a c-section with Choriço as he didn't want to turn his head down so exercising after he was born wasn't really an option. And when we moved here I didn't know my way around and my husband didn't really like the idea of me running around by myself.

Well not that has changed, Choriço is no longer a baby, I have recuperated from his birth and I know my way around. But then there was this lazy feeling hanging all over me, I had become too addicted to sweets and coffee and laziness was dragging me down.

Treat your body like a temple

Something I often think about is that we should treat our bodies as a temple. And we have to nourish and take care of it the right way or its walls will fall down.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body" 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Thinking of this has really helped to to step up and take care of myself. So what did I do?

Well I took a few days detox with only a small amount of coffee in the morning, no coffee in the afternoon and I only ate fresh and raw fruits and vegetables. Two days into this I started running so I increased the amount of food I ate and have since had only a little carbohydrates inform of rice or potatoes and not every meal. No bread, no pasta and especially nothing fried.

I have lost almost all taste for sweets and haven't had any cravings for it. I don't think I've lost much weight but my trousers are slightly more comfortable than they were before and I feel so much better. I even set my alarm to et up at 6,40 on Saturdays to go out for a run. I know this is a long term project so the weight will come off eventually.

I have never been a believer of diets really, I believe in sound advice and good eating habits and I like food to much to starve myself. And I wanted to change for good, not only for a few days!

Quitting the coffee: I thought this was going to be really hard. As I have constantly reduced the amount of coffee everyday to only a few zips it didn't turn out to be as hard as I thought. That I only had a coffee that tastes horrible as well did of course help me. I haven't felt any cravings for coffee either which is great. And I don't want it back so I am staying away from this dark drink. :)

So now, should I change the name to Mama's Coffee Free Corner? *lol*