Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

new business.

So the new business I started... actually started in April. But it really took off this summer. 
I mean REALLY took off. 
In July I did 9 parties in 16 days. And one of them was in Dallas. Each party averages about 4 hours, not including the time I spend at home. 
So, yeah... it was a bit busy. But a good busy. 

So... along with wife, mom to 3 kids, and 1st grade teacher, I've added Norwex Independent Sales Consultant to my list of job titles. It's been fun... definitely different than how I spend most of my days (surrounded by little people)... and it's easy to "sell" something that you believe in. 

"Improving quality of life by radically reducing 
chemicals in our home" 

About 90% of your house can be cleaned using these cloths. And water. For real. 
(Actually, you could just use two of them. But dusting is way more fun with the dusting mitt.) 

I sold a crate full of cleaners like this on a Buy/Sell/Trade site this summer. I just don't need them anymore.

Cleaning windows has never been faster or easier. Two cloths. No streaks. Even my kids can do it. (And they do!)

Everyone needs an Envirocloth. It's pretty amazing what this one little cloth can do.

Corey was pretty sure our glass top stove was never going to look the same after I let a pot boil over.

One hostess had spent hours trying to clean her stove burner... using all kinds of things. I had it clean in about 2 minutes. 

This hostess wanted me to get her brown grout back to it's original tan color. She was shocked to find out her grout was actually white!

Smore's a couple times this summer made our marshmallow roasters look not so pretty.

My wood floors are loving this mop. (Although I'm continually disgusted/embarrassed by how dirty my floors are!) Welcome to life in the country. With 3 kids. And a giant dog.

No harsh chemicals in any of these specialty cleaners! You and your kids can be around them worry free!

 3 different kinds of detergent. Which one would you rather use? 

I only used the Fruit & Veggie cloth on two of the apples. Can you tell which ones? 

The Fed Ex guys and I got to be good friends this summer... 

And our big kitchen island is proving to be useful for more than just cooking and eating.

I've slowed way down since school started. I said I was going to limit myself to only 3 or 4 parties each month. (So far I've done 4-5 parties each month and have been booking parties 2 months in advance.) So things have slowed down, but it's still been busy. I've had a handful of people join my team now, too, which has been fun, too.

You can check it out here: www.AmyJones.Norwex.Biz or you can email me or comment with any questions.

If making cleaning faster, easier, more fun and making it so you don't have to clean as often sounds good to you... we should talk! =)

{And... for those of you that were worried... no plans to quit teaching anytime soon.} =)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

farm girl.

 Possibly one of my favorite pictures from this year...

My little farm girl... in her fancy dress.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

gretchen {age 4.}

This little miss is going to be 5 in a little over a month. 
And there are some things I want to remember about her at age 4... 

You love to go to the library and ride on the "alligator." There's only like 5 steps to get to the children's level, but taking the alligator (elevator) is more fun. 

One of your favorite shows is "Curious the George." Not "Curious George," you always put a THE in there.

You are definitely my outdoor girl. You love to be outside.

You're pretty adorable when you're helping your daddy.

Especially when you're wearing your fancy dress...

You are a perfect mix of girly girl and outdoor girl.

You love to have your fingers and toenails painted. And no matter how many times you hear me call it nail polish, you always call it "pail nolish."

This bench is one of your favorite places to play. You've spent hours here since we moved in... playing, standing in the window and using it as your stage or drawing at the table.

Lawson is (usually) one of your favorite people.

I love to see the two of you play together. You were blessed with a really good big brother.

You've got a pretty great big sister, too. You love to play Barbies with her. She's so good to you. (Most of the time.)

Your pink cowboy boots are one of the best things we ever bought you. They are getting too small for you and you've already asked me to put brown cowboy boots on your birthday list. 

One of your favorite movies is "Spicle D'Me" (also know as Despicable Me).

Up until a few months ago you still called mermaids "mer-man-aids." See? That's why I don't correct things. Just like I knew Lawson wouldn't go to kindergarten still calling gorillas "bu-gillas." I just enjoy it while it lasts. =)

You fall down inside the house a lot. Probably because you are usually running or skipping or hopping. We can always tell if you are hurt right away, though. Usually you jump up and holler, "I'm okay!" If you are hurt, it's a long, drawn out, "Owieeeeeee!"

You became rather fond of toast with Nutella this summer...

One day this summer I was standing in front of the trash can in the kitchen. You walked over, swatted me on the hip and said, "Move out da' way." I laughed too hard to discipline you. (And now we all say that pretty often.) 

Daddy singing the "Bubble Guppies" song can still make you smile and laugh every time.

You don't like it when Daddy's face gets scratchy. Too many whit-skers.

You are my best little laundry folder. Seriously. Towels, especially.

You give me high-fives all the time. Usually just right in the middle of supper or randomly as I'm walking past you.

You love to draw. And your drawings are some of my absolute favorites.

Your writing is my favorite, too. I find random letters or your name written on pieces of paper everywhere. You love to stick them on the fridge, too.

You have kind of taken over the dining room table. We hardly ever eat out there, so it's perfect for you and your play-do and crayons and makers.

As a result, this is what our dining room table looks like 99.8% of the time. (And possibly the kitchen table, too. You like to spread your work out.)

You are still our easiest, most compliant little person. We have started to see a little bit of a stubborn streak in you on occasion, but it's rare. Usually just the threat of time out or an early bedtime is enough. 

You recently had a nail painting party after you went to bed one night. That wasn't my favorite. A couple nights later it was craft paint. You were banned from sleeping in the craft room after that. Good thing you're cute.

You are one of the sweetest and smartest little 4 year olds I know, Gretchen Jane. And I really can't believe that you are almost 5. We are so very blessed to call you ours.