Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Finds - 3/11/2010

I love this Owl pillow from Spoonfull of Sugar

If only I had more free time, I'd make sure and find time to make this DIY Spring Wreath

Makes and Takes has a great little tutorial to make your own Angry Bird craft.

Have you seen Cake Journal yet? I love her tutorial on Easter egg cake pops with chocolate coating

Look at this great Date stamp gift wrap highlighted Paper Plate and Plane.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Can I give up Facebook for 40 days?

I Love facebook. It's where I go when I want to find out the latest deals, what's happening with my friends and family or just want to spend a few minutes playing a game.

The problem is a few minutes on facebook has a tendency to turn into an hour or so. I used to think the facebook games were a time drain but in reality it is all of facebook. While yes it might make things easier, in reality all the information I get from facebook can be found elsewhere. I can email my friends for life updates, I can read my google reader for the best internet deals and I can find games to play anywhere on the internet.

In honor of my "resolution" to declutter and simplify our lives this year I want to do a facebook fast. I am not Catholic but the timing and time span just seemed to work and inspire me. So in a quest to remember what exactly I did with all my free time before facebook and maybe even be productive for a while I'm logging off of our big blue friend.

I can't get rid of all my online conveniences, I can't imagine what my email would look like if I didn't check that, but hopefully this little (yet hard) change will help me spend more time on the things I find important in life and the world around me.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Soft Scrub Giveaway!

As a Soft Scrub Captain I get the opportunity on occasion to try out their new products. Just last week I received a bottle of their newest Total (bath and kitchen) and a few coupons to try out.

I’ve used the Total line before in the bathroom and kitchen lines, but this new Total product is multi-purpose. One bottle, every room, it will definitely make cleaning quicker.

There are a couple of things I really like about the Total line in general one of them being that you can use bottle upside down. Who hasn’t been trying to spray a hard to reach area only to have a bottle leak on you or quit working all together? It’s frustrating, especially if you’re working with harsh chemicals. No one wants to wear toilet cleaner on their hands or clothes. The Total bottle line works right side or upside down making it pretty convenient. You can also adjust the spray to be a sprits or foam which comes in for different areas of your home. I’m a foam girl in areas like my kitchen where I want to hit a stain on the stove and not nearby food or utensils. Then in the bathroom I’m a sprits cleaner b/c I like to make sure I’ve hit as much as possible.

You can also find out more about the Total line and the new all purpsose cleaner on their facebook page.

If you haven’t already had the chance to try the newest Total all purpose cleaning product I’m going to give you the chance right now. Take a few seconds and use the ENTER HERE form below to enter for a chance to win your own full size bottle. I’ll draw a winner next Monday and you can enter one time. Good Luck!

I try out quite a few products and only talk about the ones I really enjoy using so you’ll know when you read a review here it’s an honest opinion.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Swagbucks Birthday!

Search & Win

By now you’ve probably heard of Swagbucks it seems like everyone is talking about it, but did you know that this week they are celebrating their 3rd birthday?

If you are already a member of Swagbucks then make sure to take a few minutes this week to check in on their facebook page where swag codes will be posted all week. They’ve already given a code for 11 away this morning. You don't want to miss out on any more they'll be offering up this week.

And if you aren't sure what I'm talking about take a few minutes and read up on how you can get paid just for searching the internet in THIS post

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Put More Cash in Your Pocket: Turn What You Know into Dough

One thing I have been doing quite a bit of the last months or so is reading. I’ve saved over $513 from using If you aren’t already a member I highly suggest you consider signing up. The first book I dove into this year was “Put More Cash in Your Pocket: Turn What You Know into Dough” by Loral Langemeier.

The one major eye sore that stuck out and almost ruined the book for me was the complete lack of editing. There were misspellings, words out of place, run on sentences, just about every literary blunder you can make. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I’ve never made my fair share of mistakes, heck just the other day I used a their/there incorrectly (and didn’t notice it in time to correct it), but I’m also not publishing a book and expecting to make a few million on it either. I hope that future editions will be scrutinized a little more heavily.

For the most part though it’s a pretty good read. The average reader can get through it at a quick pace and the chapters are filled with step by step instructions on how to find, start, and get working on making some extra dough. The book itself is pretty inspiration but like many things I think most people (myself included) will find it hard to continue that motivation and stride into the weeks after reading. I could blame it on the almost seven month old who still isn’t sleeping through the night but honestly if it wasn’t him I’m sure there would be another just as time consuming commitment out there. As Zig says “Motivation is like bathing, you have to do it every day”, I’m still working on my every day.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Is it 2011 already???

It’s a good thing I didn’t set any resolutions this year huh? If I had they most certainly would have included things like working out and posting more, both of which haven’t been done.

I do, however; have some things I would like to accomplish this year, for this blog and my own personal home. And even though it doesn’t seem like it one of them will be posting on a regular basis. I can’t promise an every day post but I’m shooting for good content at the very least once a week. Now that we’ve hit six months with Owen things in our home are finally starting to settle down and I feel I can once again devote time to On Our Way and getting our finances back on track. I won’t lie they have taken a back burner these last few months and it shows.

I was feeling a little “over whelmed” with how often some blogs post and my inability to keep up with them, but over time I have realized that while the sheer number of post on other blogs have gone up actual content has not. I want to provide the readers of OnOurWay useful content.

So what are my goals for this year

I plan to spend 2011 getting our finances back together which includes:
- Increasing our emergency back to $7,000
- Opening a Roth IRA
- Continuing to save for important things (Owen's education and a car fund)
- We also need to work on paying off our student loans this year. I hope to be able to get one fully paid off.

But of course I want to do more than just work on finances this year. I also want to spend a significant amount of time reducing the clutter in our lives, on a physical and mental basis. Each month I plan to pick a part of my life and clean it out. I’ll share each area and hope you’ll join me in paring down.

So lets get started….

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Cinnamon Burst Cheerios

Pretend there is a super amazing video embedded right here.

Because there should be, had everything gone as planned, of course you know it never does. and Cheerios sent me a package of their new Cinnamon Burst Cheerios and a flip so I could tell you all about their new product. I’ve spent the last two days trying to get my video off the camera. Trust me it isn’t a problem with the camera it is all user error I’m sure. I’ve uploaded videos before, I know I can do it. Maybe it’s the fatigue of still not sleeping through the night, apparently no one has told little Owen that the hours of 10pm – 8am are for sleeping.

Anyway, video aside let’s talk about the new Cinnamon Burst Cheerios.
We eat a lot of dry cereal here, well let me rephrase that, I eat a lot of cereal. It’s simple, easy to make and even easier to eat, especially when you have a five month old who demands constant attention. I love that the new Cinnamon Burst Cheerios is flavored with real cinnamon; so many products found on store shelves in today’s market cannot make the same claims. For the many of us out there who are trying to make sure we eat more “real” foods it is a definite selling point.

Then there are the other perks, the ones that are found under the label Nutritional Facts. Over the last year I’ve been paying much more attention to this side the box on the products we eat. One cup of Cinnamon Burst Cheerios contains 110 calories. Sodium; a very important ingredient for us right now runs in at 125mg, so much lower than many other products. Seriously take a look at some of the sodium content of your favorite foods, I bet you’ll look at your cupboards much differently afterward. Yet, the new Cheerios doesn’t just boaster low calories and sodium; you can also find 5 grams of fiber in each cup, that’s 20% of your daily value. We look for products that offer 3 or more grams of fiber when shopping so it is nice to know just once cup of Cheerios meets those requirements.

But don’t just take my word for it. Give the new Cheerios a look the next time you’re in the store. Compare the side bar to that of the cereal you normally buy, I bet you’ll be surprised at what you see. And should you take a box home to try you won’t be disappointed with the flavor.

I also promise I’ll keep working on that video and once I get it up I’ll leave a link of where you can find my in-depth look into the cardboard box.

You know I would never endorse a product here if I didn’t actually find it enjoyable even though there was also a sample sent, but per disclaimers I need to make that known.