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Thursday, February 10, 2011

I AM SO GLAD TO BE A WORK AT HOME MOM!

Today was a cold one; it was -25 degrees Celsius with the wind chill this morning here in Stratford, Ontario. I had got my youngest child Jack off to school, making very sure he had on the proper clothes for such a cold day.  I took out the recycling, and then got my dogs out for their morning ritual. 

After getting back in my warm cosy house I threw in a load of laundry, took out something for supper, and grabbed another cup of coffee and heading into my home office. I started checking my email and thought to myself I am so lucky that I work from home.

A few years ago, when I worked outside the home the days were so very different. I would get up rush to get ready for work and make the kids lunches, figure something out for supper (usually in the crock pot), kiss the kids good bye and remind them to leave in time for school. Then head out to the cold of winter and stand and wait for the bus to come. It never came at the same time, most of the time it was late, but whenever I left later it would come early and I would miss it. 

After I was done work, the same thing wait; for the bus in the bitter cold.  Get home,  ask the kids if they did their homework, made sure the kids  had eaten (no I didn’t have time to eat) and then at least one if not two had to be somewhere for a lesson, sport, or something that they were doing. Usually I was home for only 15 minutes before I was out the door taking them where they had to be.

By the time they were done their activities and got back home it was usually time to get them off to bed. The next day the same thing all over again. It never felt our family ever spent real quality time together, plus I never felt like I had any time to myself. And I did this for what?
I did it for the pay check, to help with the bills (not that I got paid enough). I certainly didn’t do it because I loved the routine. I certainly didn’t want to do a job that was labour intense. I certainly didn’t want to get tendonitis in my wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck. I just needed to earn an income.

Thankfully that is all behind me. I am so glad to be working at home and earning an income from a business that I love. I'm so glad that I am helping other moms do the same! I’m so glad I don’t have to go out in these dreaded cold days and wait for a bus, or scrape off the windshield of a car, just to get to a job that doesn’t inspire me. I am so glad to be there before and after school with my kids.  So I can properly send them on their way to school, and say how was your day when they come home. Then help them with homework when needed. I am so glad that I can plan and cook a real nutritious meal and we can all sit down together and enjoy it. I am so glad that I can plan my work around my family. Wow!!! I am so glad to be a work at home mom! Thanks Internet CEO Moms!

Enjoy a great day!
Jen McLennan

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Did you know.................
50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality (Source: 1989 State of Massachusetts Study)
AIR FRESHENERS: interfere with the ability to smell by coating nasal passages with an oily film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent! Toxins in air fresheners include: Formaldehyde: highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: can cause skin to burn, peel, and sweat. Can cause convulsions, coma, circulatory collapse and even DEATH!

LIQUID DISH-SOAPS: is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6 (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year) (contains formaldehyde and ammonia in most brands) One Million poisonings in Canada each year are due to household cleaner ingestion. Some are fatal. The #1 cause of household poisoning is dish detergent. What kinds of chemicals are in those products? http://www.rense.com/general19/chemical.htm

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING DETERGENTS: contain dry chlorine that is highly concentrated. #1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.

CHLORINE BLEACH: is a strong corrosive and can burn or irritate skin, eyes and the respiratory system. Can cause vomiting or coma if swallowed! WARNING! Never mix with ammonia as the fumes are very dangerous and can be DEADLY!

AMMONIA: is very volatile and damaging to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract!

FURNITURE POLISH: contains Petroleum Distillates, which are highly flammable and can cause lung and skin cancer!

DRAIN CLEANER: most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane, which are all very caustic. They burn the skin and eyes, and can cause liver and kidney damage.

OVEN CLEANER: contain lye, which is a strong caustic and irritant to skin and eyes. Can cause tissue damage if swallowed.

TOOTHPASTE: can contain a number of harmful ingredients, such as: ammonia, benzyl alcohol/sodium benzoate, colors, ethanol, flavours, fluoride, formaldehyde, mineral oil, plastic (PVP), saccharin. Formaldehyde, mineral oil, PVP, and saccharin are all classified as carcinogens or suspected carcinogen, as is fluoride, which has been banned in many European countries and is the subject of concern with regard to thyroid problems. In fact, as of April 1997, toothpaste is required to carry poison control information on the label as even a small amount can harm or kill a small child.

Occupational Safety & Health analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products. A personal care product is de-fined as anything we use to clean our bodies, or make ourselves look or smell good.
The results are as follows:
884 are toxic
146 cause tumours
218 cause reproductive complications
314 cause biological mutation
376 cause skin and eye irritations
778 caused acute toxicity

Over the last 20-30 years, as more toxic chemicals have been introduced in greater amounts, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies has risen. Bio-accumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Diseases that used to be rare are more frequent. For Example: There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

In one decade, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men; 82% for women-the higher rate for women is believed to be due to women's longer exposure times to household chemicals) (Source: Center for Disease Control)

Due to the increase in toxic build-up in our bodies, including the toxic build-up of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to. (Source: National Institutes of Health)

There is an increased risk for leukemia in children where parents have used pesticides in the home or garden before the
child's birth (Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute)

Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological
abnormalities. (Source): Consumer Product Safety Commission

In most cases, however, you won't find much information on the label. There are no requirements of manufacturers to actually disclose what is in a product, and there is no regulation or enforcement. All of it falls under proprietary trade secret legislation.

Today, cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35-74. In 1901 cancer was considered a rare disease. Statistics show that only 1 out of 8000 people had cancer. TODAY, according to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of every 3 people has cancer. TODAY, 1 out of every 2 people has been touched by cancer. The fear of cancer is on every-one’s mind these days. So many forms of cancer and they all had to start somewhere . . .

How Safe is My Family?
This is the question that every parent should be asking themselves.

We have no choice but to breathe the air, eat the food, and drink the water; but we DO have a CHOICE of what we put on our skin and what products we have in our homes.

I know that I personally do not ever want to believe that I caused harm to my family, when I had the choice to change it. I’d love to help ensure a safer home for your family.

For more information on how to make your home a healthier place for you and your family please go to my website and I will call you with the information. I would love to help you have a healthier safer home!
Jennifer McLennan
www.WorkAtHomeMomJen.com

QUOTES TO LIVE BY!

"To be successful, you must love and believe in what you do! You must have belief in yourself! Anything is possible with belief!"
Written in 2011 by Jennifer McLennan (ME) --- Canada
I truly think if you don't have belief in what you are doing and in yourself, there is no chance in success. But if you do have the belief, all things are possible!

"Life's like a boom-a-rang. The more good you throw out, the more you receive in return." ~Josh S. Hinds

"Treat people how you want to be treated."~Unknown

"Honesty is always the best policy."~Unknown

"No act of kindness, know matter how small is ever wasted."~Unknown

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