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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Motivational Monday Blog Hop (Jan 31/2011)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Now it time to start the week off with some Motivation with Monday Motivational Blog Hop! Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well. 

Motivational Mondays Blog Hop
Hosted By: What's On My Mind

The Rules for Motivational Mondays:

1. Not mandatory but please share a motivational, inspiration poem, quote, story, or video. What ever you think might bring some inspiration or motivation to others.
2. Add your blog to the list.
3. It would be great if you could grab the button & the link code to post on your blog.
4. Follow me your hostess above, then as many other blogs as you would like.  

5. After you follow a new blog make sure you leave them a comment letting them know that you are now a follower so that they can follow you back, and please follow others back if they leave you a comment that they follow you.


Today I want to share an inspirational story that comes from the television show EXTREME MAKEOVER  Home Edition on ABC. It was aired tonight and was an inspirational story of a family that lost their daughter to a TEXT and Driving accident and now they dedicated their lives in educating others in hope to save their lives.

Here's there story from:  

Remember Alex Brown

Take the pledge to not text and drive.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Brown epitomized the All-American girl -- beautiful, smart, vivacious and beloved by everyone who knew her. Tragically her life and her dream of a career in broadcast journalism were cut short: In November 2009, she was killed in a single car accident. Those left behind include Alex's brave parents and her amazing younger sister. Dedicated to making sure no other family suffers such heartbreaking loss, the Browns turned their tragedy into something constructive, and today they travel around Texas to local high schools with Alex's wrecked truck on their flat-bed trailer to remind young people of the dangers of distracted driving. Their goal is simple: They want to save lives. Join their effort by taking the pledge today.
Print out the pledge, sign it and remember Alex Brown.
OK are you going to take the pledge? I know I did, and I'm going to make sure my children do as well.

OK now link up on the Monday Motivational Blog hop and have a great day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Soldier rang home to propose... but left his message on my phone by mistake

I came across this article and found it very interesting, but at the same time sad as this women Samantha did not receive the message that was intended for her. Let's help this soldier find the love of his life! Do you know this woman? Listen to the message and pass it on! 

From: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article

Soldier rang home to propose... but left his message on my phone by mistake

By Paul Sims
Last updated at 11:26 AM on 26th January 2011
Crossed line: Diane Potts received an answerphone proposal after a soldier in Afghanistan dialled the wrong number when attempting to call his girlfriend
Crossed line: Diane Potts received an answerphone proposal after a soldier in Afghanistan dialled the wrong number when attempting to call his girlfriend
Delivered from the front line with the tenderness of a man truly in love, it had all the romance a marriage proposal should have.
There was, however, one problem with the answerphone message left by a lovesick soldier for his girlfriend.
He appears to have dialled the wrong number and, consequently, proposed to the wrong woman.
Scroll down to listen to the message
Worse still, he cannot make another call home for a month and is not due to return, it is thought from Afghanistan, until April.
The mystery soldier – he did not leave his name – left the 90-second message last Thursday. In it he tells his girlfriend, Samantha, how much he loves her and their unborn child – before finally proposing.
He begins: ‘Hi baby it’s me, I am sorry I could not call you last month, but you know what it is like out here.
‘I should be back in three months so we can be together then.
‘One of my guys has just been blown up, so I feel sad, I really feel sad.
‘I feel so sad that I did not get to speak to you just now but I will speak to you next month.’
Overcome with nerves he then says: ‘Don’t ever forget I love you, I love you so much, I love you with all my heart and I was going to ask you, don’t answer, obviously you can’t answer, but will you marry me?’
The soldier speaks more of his sadness at apparently losing a friend to a roadside bomb before adding: ‘I love you with all my heart.
‘I do not know what to say babes. I can’t wait until you give birth to my baby, my little soldier. I will do everything in my heart and I will try my hardest to fight to protect you...(inaudible)
‘I’ve got to go back out here now. I love you with all my heart, don’t ever forget that, I love you, alright Samantha, I love you, bye, bye.’
But the message was never picked up by Samantha.
Instead, it was left for 44-year-old mother of three Diane Potts, who heard it when she returned to her home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Mrs Potts, an alternative therapist, said: ‘It was about half seven in the evening when I listened to my voicemail. From the way the young chap was talking it was clear he was a soldier.
‘I could tell he was speaking from a phone booth, the line was quite crackly. I was shocked, and had to listen to it again before the message sunk in.’
Mrs Potts said the man spoke with a Sunderland accent and didn’t sound older than 18.
‘I think he probably dialled incorrectly, and that his girlfriend’s number is similar to mine.
‘He said he would not be able to ring for another month, and would not be home for another three months, but he didn’t say where­abouts he was.
‘I would assume somewhere in Afghanistan. He was asking his girlfriend to marry him.
‘I just thought, “bless him”. He sounded so young. I felt as though I should not be listening, because the message was obviously meant for someone else. His girlfriend must be having a baby and I really hope she gets in touch.’


'Hi baby, it's me. I'm sorry I couldn't call you last month, but you know what it's like out here.
'I should be back in three months so we can be together then.
'One of my guys has just been blown up, so I feel sad, really sad.
'I feel so sad that I didn't get to speak to you just now, but I'll speak to you next month.
'Don't ever forget I love you. I love you so much, I love you with all my heart and I was going to ask you, don't answer, obviously you can't answer, but will you marry me?
'I love you and I'm really sad I didn't get a chance to speak to you today, but you know I love you, don't you, I love you with all my heart.
'I don't know what to say babes. I can't wait until you give birth to my baby, my little soldier.
'I'll do everything in my heart and I'll try my hardest to fight to protect you... (inaudible)
'I've got to go back out here now.
'I love you with all my heart, don't ever forget that, I love you, all right

Life is too short, my friends. Let's make sure this proposal gets spread around the world so somehow it finds it's way to Samantha. Share, Tweet it, email it, and Stumble it. Let's find Samantha!

Make everyday a great day!        
Jen McLennan

“A Minute With Maxwell” Today’s Word: Procrastination

Enjoy a great day!
Jen McLennan

Motivational Quote For The Day!

Let us not seek perfection,
Because we are not perfect.
Let us not judge,
Because we are not gods.
Let us not dictate
Because we are not tyrants.
We are Human...
We Learn...
We Fall...
We Fail...
We Get Up...
We Reach Out...
We Help...
We Live...
We Conquer...
We Let Go... but...
We Never GIVE UP.
~Joey Junior Bones

Have a great weekend!
Jen McLennan

Fiday Blog Hops!

Five Question Friday Blog Hop
Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear on Friday morning! And the biggest rule of all...the most important rule...the one you must follow to a "T": HAVE FUN!!

1. If you had $1,000 to donate to a charity, which would you choose?
The Ronald McDonald House (Hamilton). My cousin's family used it a lot as she had a sick child that was in and out of the hospital. They did a lot for her. He died last Saturday in the hospital, he was only 11 years old. I have already donated money their and would do it again.
Hamilton’s Ronald McDonald House is located just steps away from McMaster’s Children’s Hospital . With the support of our community and our wonderful volunteers, we provide seriously ill children with the one thing they need most…their family.
2. Snow days: Do you welcome them happily or are they a pain in your butt?
Pain in the butt. We rarely get snow days, the schools never seemed to close and expect the kids to get there in a storm.

3. What talent did you wish you had and why?
I wish I could be a great singer. I wouldn't sing professionally, I just like to sing and wish I was better at it.

4. Are you a news, politics or celebrity gossip junkie?
None of the above. I regularly check the news, but I like a little of all the above. Politics usually make me frustrated.

5. What is your favorite "cocktail"? (Are you a beer person, a kiddie cocktail junkie, or perhaps your more the "Cosmo" kind?! Anything flies...doesn't hafta be alcoholic!
Well, what I drink the most of is coffee. Athough I do enjoy a coctail once in a while. I love White Russians (Kaluha,Vodka & Milk over ice). I also like Harvey WallBangers.

One more Blog Hop I follow

1. Follow "The Frugal Free Gal" and "Inspiring You 2 Save"
2. Add your blog link.
3. Follow any blogs below that you are interested in.
4. Tweet this blog hop as active so we can get others on board!
5. Grab the "Frugal Fridays" Button for your blog.
6. Grab the linky code and place it on your blog in a new post.

Have a hopping good day!
Jen McLennan

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Did You Know......?

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


"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

Need to smile? Watch this!

We should All start our day like this :)

Sheryl Crow on Motherhood & Healthy Child Healthy World