Cure Me by Shopping! aka AmazonSmile

This year Amazon rolled out a new program called AmazonSmile that will donate a portion of your purchase price to the charity of your choice!!! If a lot of people simply click to use this program, the donations can add up, costing you nothing extra!  I really want my family and friends to use this program, so here it is, very simple!  Open Amazon in another tab or window so you can set it up side by side with my screen shot instructions.

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If you are already an Amazon.com user, chances are your computer automatically logs into your account.  To sign up for AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com 

You will see this window that tells you how Amazon gives 0.5% of your spendings toward the charity of your choice.  Find the space that asks you to type in your charity’s name

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**SHAMELESS PLEA*** Please consider supporting Foundation Fighting Blindness to help find a cure for my Retinitis Pigmentosa!!!

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Once you are done with the process, you will now see this in the corner: Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 4.31.16 PMbbb

Thank you!!! Now every time you buy, a donation will be made on your behalf!  Lets help each other make the world a better place, even if it is only 0.5% at a time :)

Because I want free stuff and I actually care about water!

We live in a beautiful city in the United States.  I should be FINE drinking tap water, but two things keep me from doing it – it tastes kind of gross, and 2 days ago there was a local water advisory only a few miles away due to the possible presence of Coliform bacteria.  Gross! We have recently taken to buying Sparkletts dispensers at the grocery store (after trying Kroger, Arrowhead, etc. Sparkletts passed my picky taste test) that are easy to keep in and dispense from the refrigerator.  As a former member of the BYU recycling club (ahem, yes really), I should know better than to use 1-2 containers per week.  Even though we recycle them, here is a list I found on “Ban the Bottle” why just recycling is not enough:

  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year1. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes2.
  • Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.3
  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.
  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
  • Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.8

Do you guys use Brita or PUR?  I am trying to win the new PUR Ultimate 11 Cup Pitcher with “Maxion Technology” to see if that can kick the bad practice of buying plastic containers.

Here’s to hoping I can win the PUR and I’ll give you an update as to the taste and quality!!!

Birthdays and Bosses 2014

I often feel in the mood to blog as a way to reach out and update a few of my close friends all at the same time, but I always feel like each post has to be grand and significant.  This one might not be, but I feel I need to write tonight :)

But then, when is life ever dull, even if we think it is dull??

Two weeks ago I celebrated my 28th birthday on vacation in Charleston, South Carolina.  It was a lot of fun and we got to experience a lot of southern things like sweet tea, afternoon thunderstorms, alligator swamps on a plantation tour and more.  Even though I am approaching 30, a milestone which is the first that usually makes young people feel old, I will always feel young BECAUSE  yesterday we celebrated Dave’s 35th birthday.  Twenty Eight sounds really young next to that ;)  When I turn 50, I will feel young because Dave will have been in his 50’s for seven years by then.  Dave’s family babysat for us while we had a great night out.  We will be celebrating the kids’ birthdays in just a few weeks.  I need to start planning!

Possibly the biggest news is that my title will soon be changing.  I have been a “SAHM” for 3 years now but am now officially a “WAHM” – Work at Home Mom.  In my pre baby life, I worked as an Executive Assistant and gained a lot of personal satisfaction crossing off to-do lists and organizing my responsibilities.  In my years “off” I have fantasized about someday becoming a Virtual Assistant with 3 or 4 clients so that I can walk my kids to elementary school, go home and work from my computer on my hours, then picking them up and being there for them, like my step mom was there for me after school when I sat down for a snack and got to homework.  I always thought this fantasy was several years at best, if not just a permanent fantasy.  WELL … I do a few hours of work for my Father in Law here and there, and last week an old friend of Dave’s called to ask if he could hire me for 5-10 hours a week at a good hourly rate.  These two clients will be all that I can handle for now while my children are still at home full time, but after I accepted the offer, I realized how exciting it is that my someday fantasy is here, now!  I am now an Independent Contractor who provides support for self employed professionals who prefer to outsource their office management tasks. IT Support, Post and Electronic Mailings, Social Media development and management, Web and Video editing, PowerPoint and Document editing, etc.  It is work i REALLY enjoy!

So that is my big update, please comment or email me with your updates too!