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Monday, February 28, 2011

Motivational Monday Blog Hop! 02/28/11

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.


OK, NOW BEFORE YOU LINK UP AT THE BOTTOM, HERE IS A MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO FOR YOU!



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


Friday, February 25, 2011

Today’s Word- Excuses by John Maxwell

Five Question Friday! 2/25/11




1. Can you drive a stick shift?
     No, never even tried.
2. What are two foods you just can't eat?
     Lamb and veal. Just can't do it!
3. Do you buy Girl Scout Cookies? What is your favorite kind?
    Yes I do, my daughter was a girl scout for years. If someone comes to my door I always     buy cookies in support. My favourite are the chocolate mints.
4. How do you pamper yourself?
    I don't.
5. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
     Hmmm. I don't have a nickname. Unless you count that me husband calls me beautiful, he has done that since we started dating.


Can't wait to see you're answers. Now go link up at: http://fivecrookedhalos.blogspot.com/

Enjoy a great day!
Jen McLennan

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Hump Day! (Wednesday)

Well it's mid week again, so happy hump day everyone! It's a bright sunny day here in Stratford, Ontario Canada, but it's still winter and I am looking forward to the spring.


What is Hump Day? 

The term alludes to the fact that Wednesday is the middle of the work week, meaning that one has made it "over the hump" towards the weekend.

Here is some Hump Day Quotes to make your day:
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Its Hump Day!
 
Make everyday a great day!    
Jen McLennan

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"The Power of Association" By John Maxwell

So happy to share with you video #3 in the series.


Making 2011 Your Best Year Ever”
 Video 3 of this 3-part series is available right now to enjoy by going to www.JohnMaxwellTeam.com/2011Foundation.

Video 3 – The Power of Association

 

 Associate and place yourself with an environment that is conducive to the values that you have!

The Red Hot Poker Principles:
  1. Spend time with great people.
  2. Visit great places.
  3. Attend great events.
  4. Read great books.
  5. Listen to great tapes.
*PLACE YOURSELF AROUND GREATNESS!

To your success! 
Jen McLennan

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Family Day Canada!

Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. 

What do people do?

On Family Day, many people plan and take part in activities aimed at the whole family. These include visiting art exhibitions, watching movies, skating on outdoor ice rinks, playing board games and taking part in craft activities. Some communities plan special public events, and art galleries and museums may have reduced price or free entry.
As the weather is usually very cold in February, hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies are popular snacks. Other people use the long weekend as an opportunity for a short winter break or to travel to visit family members or friends. As Family Day falls on the same date as National Heritage Day, some people use the day to explore their personal heritage and family history.

Public life

In the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan, many people have a day off work and schools are generally closed on Family Day. Many businesses and organizations are closed, but post offices may be open. Public transport services may run to their usual or reduced timetables.
In the province of Manitoba, the third Monday of February is a general holiday, known as Louis Riel Day. Many people have a day off work and school and many businesses, organizations and stores are closed. In some communities, stores are open after noon. Public transport services may run to Sunday or holiday timetables. In rural areas, there may be no services.
In the other provinces and territories of Canada, Family Day is not observed and the third Monday in February is not a holiday. Businesses, organizations, schools and post offices are open as usual and public transport services run to their normal timetables.

Background

Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year's Day until Good Friday.
Holidays to celebrate families are also held in other places around the globe. In the Australian Capital Territory, the first Tuesday of November is known as Family and Community Day. In South Africa, the day after Easter Sunday is Family Day. 


I hope you had a great day with your family!
Jen McLennan

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Motivational Monday Blog Hop! 02/21/11

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.

OK, NOW BEFORE YOU LINK UP AT THE BOTTOM, HERE IS A MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE FOR YOU!

" Do not try to live 'up to a standard' rather 'be the standard'. Living up to a standard is living up to the expectation of others. But to be the standard is being the very best of who you are."
Written in 2011 by Philemon C. Agwu --- Nigeria
It has to do with all works of life.


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


Friday, February 18, 2011

Five Question Friday Blog Hop!

Five Question Friday Blog Hop is a great way to get to know other bloggers. Other than my own blog hop: Motivational Monday Blog Hop it's my favourite.

So here we go:

1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?
Yes, if I have had no choice or if I only wore it for a few hours.

2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?
None!!!! I would never live in a large city!

3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?
All depends on the vacation. If we were staying here in Canada, I would want to drive so I could see the country. Plus I would want to camp most of the way. If we were travelling outside the country, then I would definitely fly. Unfortunately we have not been on a real vacation since I have had kids.

4. What is your idea of "spring cleaning"?
Cleaning out cupboards and doing the extra cleaning you may over look. Also donating old clothes that we done wear anymore. Cleaning out closets of the winter wear and getting out spring and summer stuff.

5. What is the best book you have ever read?
I am not much of a reader, I just don't have the time. Although I would say "THE SHACK" made a big impact on me.
 
 
 
Enjoy a great day!
Jen McLennan
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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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We should All start our day like this :)

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