It’s lovey scrubby time!


If you are like us, cleaning is not one of your favorite activities. We pull out our bright neon sponge to clean our dishes and counter tops.    Aside from the lack of eye appeal, these sponges also leave a huge footprint in our landfills. Well, we have found the solution to getting out of the cleaning doldrums.  It’s lovey scrubby time!

This phrase could not be any truer. Now thanks to TWIST we lovey to scrubby too!

Why is Twist better?bird-feeder-3-iphoto1

TWIST is Eco-friendly.  The products are made from cellulose which is source from renewable tree farms.  On top of that, TWIST makes sure that most of its waste is reused in production.  What do you usually do with the packaging of your bright neon sponges…throw them out, right?    Well the paperboard packaging of TWIST products can be turned into a bird feeder. How cool is that?

dsc08219TWIST products are durable, biodegradable and stylish.  They offer a new approach to kitchen and bathroom cleaning through innovative and effective designs.  For example, our favorite, TWIST’s Loofah Sponge is the only sponge on the market with one side absorbent sponge and one side natural loofah. Its like having a cup of coffee and and a Krispy Kream doughnut in one. Not to mention, that it offers safer and more effective scouring and scrubbing power for scratch-prone pans.

Just about every home across the country uses paper towels regularly to clean up spills and messes.  One Twist European Sponge Cloth is equivalent to approximately 17 rolls of paper towels. Check out this video!

TWIST is an environmentally responsible, functional, and fun alternative to normal house hold cleaning products that sit in our land fills today.

Reneca and Kalisha


Double + Trouble = Stress

Written by: Kalisha

For the time being I’m changing Journey’s name to Double and Faith’s name to Trouble. Because lately they have been getting into a whole lot of trouble together. I’m not quite sure who is the mastermind, but they have both been taking advantage of the fact that I have been really preoccupied with a lot of household matters. I have a feeling it is my wild-haired 22 mo. old. She came out sweet, but has become a little bit sneaky.  And I’ve noticed that Journey plays the helpful-big-sister-role to a T.  Journey will gladly help Faith unroll the toilet paper from the roll, or help her to climb up on the table to get on the laptop and “update our blog” (well, I guess if we aren’t–someone has to!) So, amidst all of this I have learned my lesson. NEVER ever leave Double and Trouble alone when they are armed with paint brushes and paints! (And it is a whole other story on the reason Journey is naked. Seems to be an everyday thing. Kind of like the dress-up-like-a-princess phase she went through–except now she’s moved on to just taking her clothes completely off. I was worried, but the doctor said it is normal three-year-old behavior. To each his own.)


I usually keep a close eye on them, but life has been so crazy around here…I have been on the phone, computer or filling out paper work non-stop. Which is something I’m not used to because my main role is to take care of Journey and Faith, play with them, clean up after them, take care of the pets, and clean and maintain the house. Doing extra things makes it all so complicated. I’m beating myself up over it because I feel so out of control. I know that this won’t last forever and by this I mean the mess that we are calling “the move.” I hope you don’t feel like I’m exaggerating, but moving happens to be one of the most stressful situations that a person can go through. I think it is just below a death in the family.  Moving has brought me to tears once in my life and not because I was sad to move, but just so over-whelmed. This time I will not cry and I know it will all pass with no problem.

I know the reason why I am upset with myself. I am a very hands-on-type-of-mom. I enjoy just being with Journey and Faith, but lately I haven’t been fully there, in the moment with them (reason they have been named Double and Trouble). I feel like my mind is always someplace else, worrying about everything. We do have times when I feel in the moment with them–like when we go to the park, read books, tell stories, dance, and just play silly…(sigh) It’s hard managing stress and caring for children. I don’t think I’m handling it very well right now and maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the stress of motherhood on top of daily stress, but the very act of being-too-hard-on-yourself actually creates more stress. Geez!

Well, I suppose I will have to add that to the top of the list on how to cope with Motherhood and Stress:

  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself!
  2. Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed
  3. Take time out for yourself on a daily basis
  4. Talk with someone who will listen and provide the support you need
  5. Laugh at any chance you get
  6. Eat more chocolate (wink)
  7. Find peace in your Faith

I will stop there because 7 is my favorite and lucky number. I can also end this post on a high note. Today we found out that we were accepted into the house that we wanted. I will let you know more once we are all moved in! It is about half an hour from where we live now and we will all have to meet new people and learn a new neighborhood, but this will a good move for us and I won’t let the latest adventure of Double and Trouble get me stressed out…where’s the chocolate?!dsc08324

And the Winner is…

Thanks to everyone who entered in our Build-A-Bear Giveaway!It was really fun and interesting to see all of the New Year’s Resolutions. It seems like we all need to work on de-cluttering, smiling more, stressing less, eating healthier and spending more time with our families. If we all accomplish all of those things then 2009 will be a good year for sure!

We had 70 entries and guess who had the honor of typing all of those names into (Me. As in Kalisha. I feel like I should get an award for that!) Well, I guess I did get a small reward this morning when I shared my ice cream sandwhich with Journey and Faith–giving Journey the “biggest” piece, as requested by my outspoken 3-year-old.  Alright, enough about that and on to our winners!

Grand Prize: Soha Molina…Her resolution is to have patience and tolerance towards her Mother-In-Law once she moves in. We wish her a lot of good wishes with that transition. It can be very stressful to have someone come into your space–hope everything goes smoothly.

1st Prize: We had to pick a new 1st Prize winner because we haven’t heard anything from Marilyn. We feel bad for taking her prize away, but a rule is a rule (dang rules!) So, our new winner is Rhiannon! Congratulations!

 MarilynHer resolution was to excersise everyday to maintain her health. Easy ways to exercise daily without really thinking about are to find ways to walk more. Even though I was made to walk everywhere (not really by choice) I found that daily and long walks have helped shed those post-baby pounds.

Congratulations to our winners!