Life Made Simpler with Oreck Steam-It (**GIVEAWAY**)

Life Made Simpler with Oreck Steam-It (**GIVEAWAY**)

A Nations of Moms is having a great giveaway for Oreck Steam It. I have an Oreck Upright and love it but now that I have hardwood laminate floors all through my house I dont get to use it much so I am hoping to win this giveaway. I love the fact that it kills germs without using chemicals. If you would like a chance to win one too click on the link at the top of this post.

ABC Extreme Home Makeover brings awareness to Autism

I thought you might like a little background about the family on the show.

This is courtesy of a September 7, 2011 write-up from the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Facebook page:
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Medford, Oregon, to surprise the McPhail family with the door knock that can change lives.
As a young newly married couple, C.J. and Lindsay McPhail decided they wanted to spend their lives helping others. They started the Southern Oregon Chapter of Sparrow Clubs, a non-profit organization, which helps children with medical issues by pairing them with a school which adopts them as their school’s "Sparrow." C.J. found himself speaking to students, businesses, and anyone who would listen about the incredible power Sparrow Clubs gives to both students and Sparrows. His amazing ability as a public speaker motivated thousands of students to raise funds, perform service work, and create programs all in the name of their Sparrow. Not only were C.J. and Linsday a part of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for kids with medical needs, they were also able to help transform schools through challenging students to look beyond themselves and serve.
C.J. and Lindsay never imagined though they would one day need the help from the very same organization they devoted so much of their time to. Soon after moving http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifto Portland and running a chapter there, their oldest son Sawyer was diagnosed with a form of Autism and their second oldest son Thatcher began to start showing signs of Autism as well. With their children regressing, the family moved back to Medford to live on a 50-acre family property next to Lindsay’s parents. The boys showed great progress, but Sawyer still faced several challenges due to his lack of social cues. Much to the family’s surprise, Sawyer became a Sparrow and through his endearing personality, he helped put a face on autism and brought awareness to over 900 students in his adopted school.

Here is a link to the new digs the McPhail's got. Home Makeover

This was a great show and I think I used a box of tissues. It achieved what it meant to by bring awareness to autism. As a mom that deals with autism each day too it makes me a little jealous I can't provide my child with all the things they were given. I have days that I feel alone and isolated even with a husband that does his best to support its very hard. I am very happy for all families that get to take part in Extreme Home Makeover and glad there are shows that can help families like this one.

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What YOU should know about hair color that you stylist may fail to tell you!

I wanted to share my experience with one of the local hair salons, HairPlay. I feel like others need to know the risk of haircolor and hopefully I can keep someone from going through the same thing.
First off I felt terrible to even have to complain, I didnt want to do it but it was so bad I felt I needed to. I am sure most of you know how costly it can be to get your hair done and how nerve racking it can be wondering how it will turn out. I recently had hightlights put on my hair using the foil method. I was under the impression that I was at a professional business and could trust them with my hair. Well, after I got home and took a good look at my hair, my bangs were so brittle they just fell apart so now most of my bangs are about a quarter of an inch long and really frizzy looking. Thinking that a professional would acknowledge their mistake and take responsiblity, I went up there. Nope thats not what happened. They basically said that it was normal (this is NOT normal) to have breakage after coloring my hair plus since my hair is curly its more likely to be brittle after coloring (wasnt told any of this before coloring).They offered to cut me more bangs to help cover up the missing hair plus told me I needed to get some good conditioner. That is what I got for $80.00.  I thought for sure they would offer me half of my money back and free haircut to use at a later time, not excuses. I later talk to someone that graduated beauty school and she said that they left the bleach on too long. I called them back the next day to explain my feelings and had to stay on the phone 30 min. until she finally offered a free conditioner treatment. I told her I prefer the money so I can go somewhere else. She didnt want to do that but finally told me she would give me 30.00 and hung up on me, when I went to get the money I was met with "She doesnt want to talk to you" and the others ganging up on me, saying my hair looked fine. (of course that what they are going to say)
Now a week later and after cutting more bangs (which did not help) because mine broke off I believe I deserve all my money. My hair looks terrible and is breaking off like crazy even with conditioner. My only choice is to just wait years for it to grow out. I am looking into small claims court.
If I had known the risk I would never have done it and if I had known that they wouldnt stand by their work I would have never went there and I want others to be aware if you spend that kind of money be sure your salon is trustworthy. I believe the salon should have admitted they messed up (not made excuses), they should have refunded all my money with no problem and worked with me professionally. Hopefully my experience will save others from having to deal with years of damaged hair.

I know most of my readers are not local so there is no chance of you going to this place but I wanted to post the letter I will be posting in our local paper in hopes that others that plan on getting hair color to be sure you ask your stylist about these risk.
As each day goes by and I see more thinning spots I hope this will not happen to anyone else.

Busy Month!

I have had the most busy month ever. That is why I havent had time to post anything. We have had extra therapy sessions, field trips, and extra curricular activities. I hope to be able to post more giveaways before Christmas since for what I have read some great giveaways will be coming up for the holidays. I will also be posting some pictures of our field trips to The Biltimore Estate and the Kids Marble Museum. So please check back for more posting soon.
I dont expect things to slow down but I plan on making more time to keep up.