What an amazing night, and season for that matter, watching the Chicago Cubs win the World Series! I’m getting ready to go buy some Cubs gear for our family – click below to get yours too!! Go Cubs Go!! #flytheW
Lately I have been going through our family expenses and the amount we pay for things like: Satellite TV, cell phones & internet are crazy expensive! So I started calling each of our providers and asking about different options that might lower our monthly bill. When I spoke to our internet provider the customer service rep I spoke with was extremely nice and helpful. She informed me that there was a new offering I qualified for that would lower my monthly bill by over $75 AND increase the amount of Wi-Fi data we receive!! The increase in Wi-Fi data was significant! I was really shocked so I asked her multiple times if that new price was the entire bill – that the offer was really true, etc. She confirmed each time, giggling at my excitement. Bring on major happiness! Maybe there is such a thing as customer retention!
But, my happiness soon turned to grouchiness the next month when the bill arrived. The bill was lower than it had been previously but it was no $75 cheaper. I call them up and tell them about my previous months conversation about the new price of my bill. The customer service agent actually laughed at me. I mean, not a cute giggle like the previous month, but full-on laughter. She proceeds to tell me there is no such offering and that the agent had been wrong to make me that offer. I expressed my frustration and anger but the agent’s only reply was that I was still receiving a much lower monthly bill.
No Focus on Customer Retention
So here is where I really get angry – every single day I see commercials for this internet service provider offering new customers a substantially lower price that what I, a long-time customer, can’t receive. Why is it that getting new customers is the only thing these companies seem to care about?? Where is the reward for long-time loyalty?? The same exact story goes for the cable TV, satellite TV & cell phone providers. It’s just all about the new customers… I attempted to lower our cell phone bill by reducing the amount of data we purchased each month only to find out that would make our bill higher than before. WHAT?? Well, it’s because of new fee structures you see.
I’m glad that most businesses don’t operate that way. Small business and even big-box-stores seem to care about customer retention. Too bad it wasn’t that way for majority of businesses…
I know its been forever since I last posted. I had great expectations of posting in January and talking about what my goals were going to be for 2016 but it just didn’t quite work out as planned! Oh well..
So today I’m writing to you about Young Living Essential Oils. I have been using them for about a year but just in the past few months I have been much more focused on using them for everyday life. There are a lot of products that claim to have certain ingredients in them. Awhile back I was using a lotion made for kids to help them sleep at night – the label said it had Lavender in it but each time I tried to apply it to my daughters legs she cried that it burned. When I looked at the label lavender was not even an ingredient!! There are a lot of claims out there – be diligent!
I’m Learning a lot About Essential Oils
- The most important thing I’m learning is that if you don’t use them – you won’t learn very much!!
- Don’t be afraid to contact your fellow Young Living peeps for guidance
- Pinterest has been a great resource to find information about essential oils
- The more I incorporate oils into our daily family life, the better we feel and the easier it becomes to continue to try new things
For Me – Community Is Key
I’ve really found that community is key when starting on an oily journey. I’ve joined several essential oils Facebook groups that have been invaluable and I’ve attended several virtual Facebook classes where I have learned a ton of information and practical uses. This is the area where I hope to grow – my community. My plans, although in the early stages, are to create a community of my own where people will feel welcome to ask questions and the members feel inspired to answer. I’m also hoping to have monthly in-person meetings in my local community where we can learn about toxin-free living together.
Now Is The Time To Act
At the moment, there are only a few days left to join Young Living Essential Oils and receive a 10% discount on the Premium Starter Kits. This offer does not come around very often so don’t delay – ORDER A PREMIUM STARTER KIT TODAY!
Yay! I just finished my very first Periscope! It was scary yet a lot of fun too! I have been watching other scopes for awhile now and thinking about the idea of creating my own but that’s as far as I got! So last night I just decided that today was the day that I would create my first scope. So I thought about what I wanted to say, what tips I wanted to provide the viewers and then created a basic script.
So here are the tips I provided for beginning scrapbookers:
- Get some basic supplies first: Paper cutters, tape-runner adhesive or liquid glue & plain colored cardstock
- Select the photos you want to scrapbook by common theme – like a day in the park, trip to the zoo, kids playing in a pile of leaves etc. I wouldn’t advise starting out with your 7 day dream vacation photos because that would be really overwhelming!
- Next select your embellishments. Those could be patterned paper to match the theme, stickers, rub-ons, ribbon and so much more! Or you could just go with a simple theme choosing cardstock in complimentary colors of your photos.
- You should also purchase an expanding file folder to start keeping all of your paper scraps in. Use each divided area for one color and I also have a section for patterned paper. This helps you save some money by not having to buy as many new supplies and it’s an organized way to keep them.
So those were the tips for today!! Be sure to follow me on Periscope to learn more tips! You can also “Katch” my replays! If you want to ask me a question or request a topic for a future blog post or Periscope just let me know by leaving a comment to this blog post.
Replay From My First Perioscope
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I have been a follower of Dayna Abraham over at Lemon Lime Adventures for a long time now. Mainly because she blogs about her life with a kiddo that has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), the same diagnosis as my daughter. It’s a difficult disorder to understand and knowing there are others out there dealing with it too makes me feel not so alone!
But there is an exciting reason for my post today – her new book Sensory Processing 101 has just been released!! Dayna, along with her co-authers have been writing this book for the past year and a half. It’s an easy to ready guide on all things Sensory Processing.
About the Book
- Sensory Processing Explained: An explanation of each sensory system from a therapist’s point of view and from the perspective of a parent and educator.
- Sensory Activities: Step-by-step instructions for activities you can use in everyday play with kids at home or at school to support the development of each sensory system.
- Sensory Resources: Resources related to sensory processing, including support groups for parents and caregivers of children who have sensory needs, cheat sheets with quick overviews of each sensory system, and more.
The one thing that I am super stoked about is the color coded index by behavior, where you can pair any troubling sensory behavior with helpful resources in the book! I can’t wait to get my hands on that!
“Whether you are a parent, educator, caregiver, or therapist, this easy-to-read guide is your starting point to gain a better understanding of sensory processing and the body’s sensory systems.” Dayna Abraham
My daughter has something called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a neurological disorder in which the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. Those signals of sensory information that my daughter perceives often results in abnormal responses. Those with SPD perceive and/or respond to sensory information differently than most other people. People with Sensory Processing Disorder do detect the sensory information; however, the sensory information gets scrambled in their brain and therefore the responses are often inappropriate for the situation.
I’ll post more information about SPD another time but for now… back to my original story!
Many daily routine functions are extremely difficult for my daughter. One of them that she has fought with since she was very little is having anything on her feet. She HATES socks..and shoes. Living in the mid-west that becomes a huge issue for many months of the year!! So this particular morning before school she was going to wear her new shoes for the first time. She put them on and they felt good but once she tied them the real frustration began. She started yelling “MY SHOELACES ARE TOO LONG!” Oh boy, this is going to be a tough one to get through. I know from past experiences the end result will most likely be wearing a different pair of shoes. Which, alone, is no big deal but the path to just putting on a different pair of shoes is very frustrating.
For some reason my daughter can “feel” those loops in her shoelaces and she does not like them! It takes her a really long time to tie her shoes. Not because she doesn’t know how just that she is very particular how the final product looks and feels. Since the shoes are new the laces don’t have much give in them and as you can see in the picture, they are pointing straight out from each side of her shoe. In her world, this just simply can’t be. I tried to scrunch the laces, I rubbed them in between my hands to soften them up, I double-knotted them to make the bow smaller. None of these things helped (I knew they wouldn’t.) So after many tears and throwing herself down on her bed in anger she ripped off the shoes and threw them across the room. Then all-of-a-sudden her socks were just way too tight and she needed a different pair. She is in “Sensory Overload.” She eventually found another pair of socks & shoes she could tolerate and off to school we rushed.
One of the many difficult aspects of having a child with SPD is that on another day, another time, those shoes might not have bothered her at all. I try to anticipate things that will bother her but it’s very challenging. What types of things do you and your family struggle with?? Share them in the comments and lets try to support each other on this life journey!!
For several years now I have grimaced every time I had to buy new razors. That commercial where the guy gets punched in his privates for asking to purchase razors sums it up nicely. So why has it taken me so long to question why its so expensive and what my other options might be? I’m really not sure! So, thanks to social media I learned about the Dollar Shave Club. I saw the ads and wondered “Huh, wonder what that is all about?” Let me tell you people, don’t just look at the ads for a year!! Click on one for petes sake!
When I finally got smart and clicked on an ad it didn’t take me long at all to sign right up. For my initial order I got one handle and four blade refills (called the 4X) for $6 and I added an extra handle for just $4!! Then each month I’ll receive 4 more replacement blades for only $6. Did you all hear me type $6?? You seriously can’t beat that price!
When my cute little package showed up in my mailbox I was so excited! So now I have used my new razor several times and let me tell you I had no idea that there could be such a difference in how shaving feels.. It shaves so incredibly smooth its amazing! I was super impressed!
So, what should you all do now?? You should check out Dollar Shave Club for yourself and get signed up ASAP! Start saving money and get a silky smooth shave. Another awesome thing that Dollar Shave Club does is credit my account with $5 anytime someone signs up using my link! So when you sign up, you’ll get that too because I just know you are going to tell everyone about it!
Are you ready for some football?? Our family is! Well, most of us anyway.. For the most part, we are a family that loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. We try to gather together to watch them and when we aren’t able to be together – there is a lot of texting “Did you see that catch?” or “Man I can’t believe he dropped the ball!” type of activity going on. Watching the games on TV is always something we look forward to. We wear our jerseys, sweatshirts or whatever else we have and we cook a pot of yummy chili. We sit under black & gold Steelers blankets and drink from Steelers cups.
This year I would like to buy my own Steelers sweatshirt. For the past several years I have worn one of my husbands and I think it’s time for one of my own! Don’t you agree??
So what type of activities bring your family together? Share them with me below!
My daughter and her friends love to play the game Hide & Seek. They go through these phases where that’s all they want to do. However, when I hear them say that phrase “Hide & Seek” I secretly cringe.
I’m not sure why, but this game almost always leads to arguments, pouting, crying or yelling. I hear things like “You didn’t count long enough” or “I can’t find a good place to hide” or “We just can’t find her” and there are more.
They finally moved on to other games the past few months and I have been so happy….until 3 days ago!
What are Random Moosings you ask?? Well, I’m figuring it out along the way! I’m going to share with you a range of topics from social media management, websites, making projects from reclaimed items, scrapbooking, learning all about essential oils, gardening, raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), blended families, faith and more!
I’m sure there will be laughs, probably a few tears and hopefully lessons learned along the way.
Feel free to ask a question or tell me a little about your journey in the comments below.