Thursday, January 12, 2017

Get organized with Clever Container

I have been super tired this week due to an unexpected ER trip with our 4-year old, that threw my whole week off.  I was supposed to host a Clever Container party last Saturday at my house, but after being up all night in the emergency room, I decided to reschedule it for tonight.  If you have never heard of this company, I want to let you know that you are missing out.

Clever Container is a direct sales company that is fairly new to the game.  They offer products that help you organize your home, garage, car, and office.  I love that their products are reasonably priced and multi-functional.  Some of my favorite items are:

  • Shelf Help: This is available in two different sizes and two different colors.  It helps utilize space under an existing shelf.  We use one to hold our bread products in the pantry.  It is great to prevent it from getting squished without having to take up an entire area to store it.  I also use one in my linen closet to keep my Norwex cloths separate from my other linens, making it easy to grab a cleaning cloth when I need one.  

  • Clever Shopper: This is available in several patterns and colors.  These reusable shopping bags can hold a tremendous amount of groceries.  I love that they can stretch across the shopping cart, allowing you to load them up as you shop.  

  • Hang-Tough Headrest: These come in a set of two.  These are great for holding bags on the back of your seat.  These could be garbage bags, handbags, shopping bags, or bags of activities or snacks for your child.  We also have one over our rear-view mirror to hold our sunglasses.

If you are interested in ordering any of these products, or seeing what other great products they offer, you can visit my consultant's (Gretchen Fatouros) website.  If you do order in the next few days, please choose Danielle's party before checking out.  If you order afterwards, that's ok, too.  You will love their products. Thanks so much!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Help requested

I am still trying to figure out exactly which direction I want to go with The Happy Wife.  I am considering sharing my monthly goals with you at the start of the month, with a follow up on them the next month; recipes that I am making, modifying, and creating; activities we are working on, including crafts and some homeschool things.  In addition, I may return to reviewing books and products, but I am not sure when that will happen yet.  Is there anything you want to see or don't want to see?  I am also planning to share a weekly post about things I have come across on the web, such as giveaways and blog posts; a monthly collection of things I find online that fit within the theme I have chosen for that month,; and an occasional Pinterest post of collections I put together.  I want this to be both a place where I can write about the things that bring me joy, but I also want to share information that you want to read.  Thank you for all the support you have given me over the years.

Monday, January 2, 2017


Wow!!!  I knew I had been away from this blog for a while, but I did not realize it has been just over 2 years since I have posted anything.  My life has been crazy as I have been raising my family.  We are still homeschooling our 6 amazing children and they are keeping us busier than ever.  On a health/family note, I experienced a miscarriage in October 2015 and another one this past November.  They were both difficult experiences in their own ways and equally differed from the one I had back in March of 2000.  Just like every pregnancy and every child is different, I have learned the same is true with every miscarriage.  One thing that did happen as a result of the October 2015 miscarriage, is that it propelled me to pursue my certification to become a doula and drove me to Stillbirthday and their doula program.  I am excited to share that I finished the program shortly after learning I was pregnant again this fall and received my certification just after experiencing the miscarriage.   The program means I am trained as a Birth and Bereavement Doula, which means I am certified to assist the family in uncomplicated/"regular" births, as well as births where there is a known complication and/or expected loss or NICU stay.  I am also certified to provide support during miscarriages and still births, no matter at what point in the pregnancy they occur.  I am looking forward to being able to work with moms and families as they face the blessings a baby brings and the trials that will be unique to each situation.

As for my living children, my oldest celebrated her quinceaƱera this past February and is getting ready to take her written test to get her driver's permit this February.  Her sister will celebrate her quinceaƱera this July and my third daughter just turned 10.  My boys will be turning 3, 5 and 9 in a few months.The past 2 years have introduced music lessons to our lives as well, as my oldest two started with piano lessons, but had to stop when their teacher moved back to Canada :(  The three girls, and my oldest son, are now participating in a fabulous program called ROC Music.  They are learning to play the cello (Chloe), violin (Cameron and Yasmin) and the viola (Janelle).  Cameron is currently debating if he will continue with the violin next year or if he will move up to the bass, if he is able to.  

I am so excited to be returning to blogging and have lots of ideas that I am still working on getting together.  You have always been so supportive and I ask that you hang in here with me as I redesign and refocus on my blog.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Toy sale on Amazon (and a quick update)

I am still running on limited computer time, but that will definitely be resolved over the weekend, so be sure to look for regular posts to return in the next week.

However, I wanted to be sure to share this sale with all of you. The following links are affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and make a purchase, Amazon may pay me a very small percentage of your total.  This is at no additional cost to you and is the main way I get any sort of payment through my blog, so it is greatly appreciated when you do it :)

Amazon is currently holding a toy sale, with up to 50% off Fisher Price toys.  Here are some of my favorites:

Fisher-Price Imaginext Mega T-Rex (list price $44.99, sale price $22.49, free shipping with Prime or $35 purchase)

Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Garage (list price $27.99, sale price $13.99, free shipping with Prime or $35 purchase)

Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup-E Vehicle (list price $15.99, sale price $7.99, free shipping with Prime or $35 purchase)

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magic Scan Market (list price $31.99, sale price $16.79, free shipping with Prime or $35 purchase)

Mike the Knight: Glendragon Castle Playset (list price $34.99, sale price $16.98, free shipping with Prime or $35 purchase)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Another short break

I need to apologize again for my disappearance and also wanted to let you know it will be a few more days before I can posts up again.  Due to our computer situation, I still have limited access to the computer, so I can only get on for short periods of time.  I will be back to regular postings as soon as possible.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

5000 Seed Giveaway

Seed Giveaway

On Thursday, I told you about a giveaway from My Seed Cellar for The Emergency Survival Seed Bank.  This kit contains about 5000 non-GMO heirloom seeds from 30 different varieties of fruits and vegetables and instructions for planting, harvesting, and reusing the seed stock.  This would be a great addition to any emergency kit, but don't wait for an emergency, start growing your own fruits and veggies now (well when seasonally appropriate) and save their seeds to use the following year.
Good luck!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Things I Love Thursday: Emergency Preparedness

(Disclaimer- This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.  None-the-less, these items were chosen because I truly love them and not every link is an affiliate link.)

September was  Emergency Preparedness month, and although I am late by a few days, here are the Emergency Preparedness items I love.
LuminAID solar light

This first item is straight off my wish list.  The LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light folds up and attaches easily to a backpack for easy charging during the day.  It is lightweight, too which is always a plus when you need to carry things in an emergency.

4 in 1 utility shutoff

In addition to being lightweight, it is helpful if emergency items are multifunctional.  This On Duty 4-n-1 Tool is a utility shut-off tool (gas and water), and can also be used to dig through debris and pry open doors during an emergency.

Life strawI am not the only one that loves the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, it is a Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner.  It can be used directly from puddles and streams to make the water immediately safe for consumption without the use of chemicals.  It is also available in a family size model, LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier.

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness

It is important to know what to do during an emergency, so a good book is necessary to help you prepare.  The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family covers a variety of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, financial collapse, pandemics, and more, allowing you to be prepared for a variety of emergencies should they occur.

Portable fishing kit

In an emergency, it is important to have a way to eat, but storing and carrying a lot of food can get cumbersome and eventually it will run out.  It is important to have a way to access food during those times and this fishing kit by Josh at First Line Survival (1stLineSurvival)is perfect, as it is small, lightweight and can easily go with you.
temporary phone number tattoos

Sometimes, the emergency we face can be on a more personal level, like a lost child.  I love the idea of using these temporary tattoos when going to fairs and other places where a child can easily wander out-of-sight.  They would also work as a learning tool to teach a child your phone number.  These are made by Ashley at TealAsh.

Paracord first aid kit
Everyone should have at least a few first aid items on hand for emergencies and paracord is another multiuse item that is good to have in in emergencies.  At TeamOTGSurvival, they have tied up over 4 feet of paracord, stuffed it with first aid supplies, and attached it to a keychain, giving you a bunch of emergency supplies in one small package.  This is something I would carry on my daily keychain.

Heritage SeedsFood is so important to have on hand, but food will eventually run out and fresh produce just does not store for long.  Having a good variety of seeds on hand can truly mean the difference between life and death in a long-term situation.  At Myseedcellar, you can get this set of non-GMO heirloom vegetable seeds.  It contains 30 varieties of vegetables including peppers, corn, tomato, beans, peas, okra, lettuce, zucchini, eggplant, beefsteak, broccoli.  Each set has about 5,000 seeds that are easy to grow and can be planted time after time (well, you can plant the seeds from the next plant.)  They have also graciously offered  a giveaway for a similar set, but I will share that tomorrow ;)