Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Phase In Life: Homeownership!





My house is officially complete! Tomorrow is my closing. And today is the last day of this journey and the last day that I'll officially just be a renter. I'm just so excited, I can hardly stand it!

A year ago, I didn't think I would be owning a home for a few more years. I didn't think that my credit was good enough or that I could qualify.  But all of that changed when I met Chance at KB Home. He put me in touch with Jaime, my mortgage professional, who worked hard for weeks to get my approval.

Five months ago, my journey began with the signing of a contract. Now tomorrow, I'll sign my first mortgage and officially get the keys to my new home! My girls and I are planning on spending the night there, sleeping on air mattresses. It's a way for us to celebrate it being ours!

Im sure my next postings will be about home d├ęcor and gardening, lol. Stay tuned!



Thursday, March 13, 2014

The House is Almost Finished!

My new house is almost finished. We're getting the last of the interior installed and then will begin with the touching up and tweaking. Today, this is how she looks.




We just got landscaping (happening while this pic was taken) and flooring. Next they have to stain the railing, touchup paint, install doorknobs, paint areas of the exterior that need to be or touch them up, and install the countertops and backsplash in the kitchen. She's coming along! I just love how it's all coming together. The colors and pieces I selected look really well together.

Check out my daily blog about all of that at www.raisingignacia.com.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Green Your Period

WARNING:  THIS POST CONTAINS SENSITIVE INFORMATION REGARDING FEMALE HYGIENE AND MENSTRUATION.


 
 
Ladies, today is the day! Today is the day to go green and free yourself from using pads and tampons. Start using a reusable product that doesn't land in the landfills. Use, wash, store, repeat. This is what you need to be doing and stop spending tons of money on sanitary products that aren't healthy for your body. Skip the chemicals and come see how a menstrual cup can change your period.





This past cycle for me was my first full cycle where I didn't use a single pad or tampon. Not one. I used my Diva Cup.  I admit, at night I was a little leery of using the cup completely alone, however it stood up to even my heaviest day and my bed stayed clean. I did empty it more often than twice a day on my heavy days, but that might just be a learning curve as it wasn't completely full and could have been worn longer. Perhaps it was simply the novelty.

 

I did enjoy not having to worry about having something in my purse at all times. I also liked knowing that wherever I was, I could take care of my personal needs without anyone knowing (no annoying loud noise of opening a plastic wrapper in the stall).  It was very freeing.

At any rate, menstrual cups will change your outlook about your period. Gone are the days of dashing to the store to stock up on whatever product you use. No more worrying about smell or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Free yourself up! You can still do all of the wonderful activities you did before, but now, without spending $$ each month.

There are a gazillion cups out there to choose from in different sizes and shapes and even different colors. Take a peek at http://menstrualcup.co/ for some great information. Then, when you're ready, either buy one online or at a local store and see for yourself how much better your period can be. Then, tell your friends. Together we can keep this mess out of our landfills.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Best Shark Week Ever! **FOR WOMEN ONLY**

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS A PERSONAL AND SENSITIVE TOPIC THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE. I URGE ALL MEN TO SKIP THIS POST, YOU'LL THANK ME FOR WARNING YOU.


If you remember a while back when I blogged about a menstrual cup (see? I told you!), this post is an update. This week is Shark Week for me, and so I decided to give my Diva Cup another try. Last time I tried and couldn't get it right and gave up too quick. So, I dug it out and decided to try again. Mostly because I didn't want to go to the store to buy more feminine hygiene products. 

To bring you up to speed in case you missed my last post about this, I tried to use the Diva Cup but was nervous about it because I could feel the stem poking me and it was uncomfortable. I was constantly worried about it and was not in the right frame of mind to mess with it. So I cleaned it and shoved it back into the pouch that it came with and dropped it into the basket under my sink where I toss my other feminine items.

Well, in my laziness, I must have gained some gumption because I dug it back out and decided to give it another go. This time, I trimmed off the stem completely, and tried again. After inserting it, I could still feel it at the entrance of my tutty (that's what my little girls refer to those parts as). So, I decided I needed to let it wiggle on up to where it needed to be. Once I did, I don't even feel it. No heavy feeling like a tampon sometimes gives.

Im on Day 2 and have to give it glowing reviews. It was nice to get out of bed this morning without wondering if I left the bed looking like a shark attacked me in my sleep, or worse--running for the toilet! I didn't have time to mess with it this morning so I waited until I got to work (old house, I work alone, so plenty of privacy in case I had a problem).

I read a woman's blog yesterday and she recommended to "bear down" when you go to remove it as your muscles will help push it out so that its easier to grab (I had trimmed off the stem because it was pokey). I did what she said and it worked like a charm. Once you have the bottom, rock it slowly until you get it most of the way out, then squeeze it to break the suction, this way you wont hurt yourself.

It was easy to empty and clean and reinsert. I was actually surprised at how full it was! No tampon or pad would have made it all night. That's for sure. So happy to finally have something that wont make me feel so disgusting this week.

Yay for the cup!




Ladies, I urge you all to seek freedom! Free yourself from the hassle and mess of pads and tampons. Free your wallet from being a slave to buying all of those disposable products each month. Free the earth from having all this disgusting waste in her landfills!

The average woman will menstruate from age 12-55. That's 43 years and over 500 menstrual cycles (less for pregnancy, obviously). You do the math and see how much you would spend in your lifetime on pads and tampons. Uh, yeah... I could buy a lot of shoes with that money! Now, thanks to the Diva Cup, I'll be able to splurge a little more often.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Letters From the North Pole


I originally posted this blog post last year but felt it was a good one to repost, especially for those parents of school-age children who might be questioning whether or not Santa is real. So, here it is again.
 
 
 
 
 
It's that especially wonderful time of year again! Time to trim the tree, hang the stockings and send out beautiful cards and packages to your loved ones. This year, add one more special something to those wonderful sentiments... send them from the North Pole.

That's right, North Pole, Alaska. Home of Christmas 365 days a year. Their quaint town features a 50-foot Santa greeting your arrival, candy cane light poles to guide you along and enough Christmas cheer to make even the toughest scrooge smile in Christmas spirit.
 
If you bundle up your Christmas cards in a manila envelope and send them off to the North Pole, Alaska, they will get cancelled by the post office there with a splashy stamp for the season that will impress your entire Christmas list when they see your card in their mailbox.

 
Simply mail your sealed, stamped and ready-to-be-mailed bundle to:

 
NORTH POLE HOLIDAY CANCELLATION
POSTMASTER
1 Santa Claus Lane
North Pole AK 99705-9901


 

Last, if you're looking for a way to keep the kiddos believing in Christmas, visit Santa's Official North Pole Mail. Here, you can create letters from Santa with customizable text with your choice of themes and papers. You can also add on special extras like a real wax stamp, a certificate for being on the Nice List, reindeer food, "evidence" of Santa being there and more. And, like my post above, these are mailed from North Pole, AK, too, and will feature the awe-inspiring cancellation stamp that will surely make any 'ne'er -do-well'er think twice before being bad this close to Christmas.



P.S.  Last year I ordered the letters from Santa and they were a huge hit. I took a picture of my daughter's face as she checked the mail, saw the big flashy red packaging and read who it was from. She was in disbelief when she pointed and said "it's from Santa!" She loved it! She is my good girl so along with her letter, she received an official nice list certificate and some special food to sprinkle out on the lawn so the reindeer would know which house was ours. She also received her package before my little one got hers. I planned it that way, which turned out to be for the best as my little one watched and wondered if she would get one, too, or if she had been a little too naughty. When hers came, it was a little different in the wording but special just for her.

This year, I opted for the personalized postcards because Santa is just too busy to write a long letter to every kid. Right? Im sure they'll be a hit, too.