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Recently Niagara Conservation contacted me with an offer to try out their Deluxe Water EcoKit in our home. Needless to say, I was PUMPED! I am always looking for ways to save money and our environment, so I jumped at the chance.  We have a Niagara low flow toilet, so I already knew that anything Niagara made I was going to love.

Saturday morning found me sick as a dog and my hubby working hard to save water and money with the Deluxe Water EcoKit.  If I thought I was excited about the EcoKit, my husband was beside himself with joy. He woke me up with “Do you realize what Niagara sent us?? When can I put it in?” I giggled to myself and “grumpily” told him “Go ahead and let me sleep in.”  deluxe Water Saver EcoKit

I’ll admit though my interest was peaked, I had to know what was in that box. In the adorable house shaped box was
* HANDHELD EARTH® MASSAGE SHOWERHEAD 2.35 GPM
* TEFLON TAPE
* LEAK DETECTION TABLETS AND TIPS
* KITCHEN SWIVEL AERATOR
* (2) BATHROOM AERATORS
* FLOW METER BAG
* TOILET TANK BANK
* TOILET WATER SAVER (Fill Cycle Diverter)

My husband immedately filled the Toilet Tank Bank, which looks like a small hot water bag, and put it in our toilet tank. Just by putting this in our toilet we can save up to .8 gallons each flush.  He also installed the Toilet Water Saver in our toilet which takes excess water from the bowl and diverts it into the tank saving up to 1/2 a gallon each flush!! Both of these were super to easy to set up and install and will go a long way to saving us money in the future.  The showerhead and sink aerators were a little more time consuming to install, but my husband would say it’s easy for a “real man”.

Just by making some really easy and cheap adjustments to your household items, you can save money and water.

The wonderful people at Niagara Conservation have offered to give one of my lucky readers a Deluxe Water EcoKit (valued at $60) to use in their home!

The rules for entry are simple:

* Head over to Niagara’s Conservation site, look around, learn something, and come back here and comment on your favorite item and why.

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As many of my favorite bloggers have been doing, I have decided to put into writing our family’s goals for 2009.  We are very excited about getting started this year, as last year we were able to meet so many of our goals.  Not as many as we would have liked but it was a start.  We were able to buy a house (only by the grace of our Almighty God) and paid off our car, but we were unable to pay off as much on our school loans and credit cards as we would have liked. A couple of our major goals for this year is to reduce our consumer debt/spending, as well as save $2000 ( doesn’t sound like a lot I know).  Wonderful Hubby wants to get a couple more certifications in the computer field and I would like to generate at least a part time income from home.

One of my biggest personal goals for the new year is to stop yelling.  This one is kind of a embarrassing one for me to publish.  I HATE that I yell, in fact my children may listen less BECAUSE I yell.  KG is so sensitive and the yelling really seems to wound her.  So this is a big one.  I would also like to lose the last 10 pounds of post baby weight (everyone has this goal I think).  I want to keep my house a smidgen cleaner than I do currently…I hate doing dishes and laundry.  I want to keep blogging, but do it daily and expand my horizons. I also want to make some new bloggy friends.  I want to continue to teach KG outside of her public school and expand her horizons more this year by introducing her to fine art and theater, as well as her father teaching her more about computers and electronics. I want to spend at least 10 minutes twice a day in the Word and grow my relationship with my Savior.  This is  another BIG goal for 2009.  My last big personal goal for this year is to expand my missions.  I want to help people all over the world, but I want to start right here in the state of Kentucky.  This will take a major “God” movement, as my church is not currently a missions focused church.  I currently teach 2-5 year olds about Missions, but I haven’t personally been on any mission trips…I desperately want to change this.

Financial Goals:

  • Save $2000 in high-interest savings account
  • Pay off credit cards
  • Pay an extra month’s mortgage this year.
  • Control consumer spending, by cutting grocery bill from $200 a month to $100.
  • Reduce school loans by half (they are currently at $10,000)
  • Generate income online
  • Tithe 10%
  • Continue giving outside of Tithing

I plan to post my specific Goals for this blog tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

What are you goals for the New Year?  Feel free to link to your post in your comments.

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As many of my favorite bloggers have been doing, I have decided to put into writing our family’s goals for 2009.  We are very excited about getting started this year, as last year we were able to meet so many of our goals.  Not as many as we would have liked but it was a start.  We were able to buy a house (only by the grace of our Almighty God) and paid off our car, but we were unable to pay off as much on our school loans and credit cards as we would have liked. A couple of our major goals for this year is to reduce our consumer debt/spending, as well as save $2000 ( doesn’t sound like a lot I know).  Wonderful Hubby wants to get a couple more certifications in the computer field and I would like to generate at least a part time income from home.

One of my biggest personal goals for the new year is to stop yelling.  This one is kind of a embarrassing one for me to publish.  I HATE that I yell, in fact my children may listen less BECAUSE I yell.  KG is so sensitive and the yelling really seems to wound her.  So this is a big one.  I would also like to lose the last 10 pounds of post baby weight (everyone has this goal I think).  I want to keep my house a smidgen cleaner than I do currently…I hate doing dishes and laundry.  I want to keep blogging, but do it daily and expand my horizons. I also want to make some new bloggy friends.  I want to continue to teach KG outside of her public school and expand her horizons more this year by introducing her to fine art and theater, as well as her father teaching her more about computers and electronics. I want to spend at least 10 minutes twice a day in the Word and grow my relationship with my Savior.  This is  another BIG goal for 2009.  My last big personal goal for this year is to expand my missions.  I want to help people all over the world, but I want/have to start right here in the state of Kentucky.  This will take a major “God” movement, as my church is not currently a missions focused church.  I currently teach 2-5 year olds about Missions, but I haven’t personally been on any mission trips…I desperately want to change this.

Financial Goals:

  • Save $2000 in high-interest savings account
  • Pay off credit cards
  • Pay an extra month’s mortgage this year.
  • Control consumer spending, by cutting grocery bill from $200 a month to $100.
  • Reduce school loans by half (they are currently at $10,000)
  • Generate income online
  • Tithe 10%
  • Continue giving outside of Tithing

What are you goals for the New Year?  Feel free to link to your post in your comments.

For More Blissfully Domestic posts, be sure to check out I am Blissfully Domestic and leave a comment!

Let’s take a look at what we can do to make your PC quicker & more secure.

Visit the Microsoft Update website often.

Security patches, which are released on the second Tuesday of each month, are the first line of defense against badware, aka Malicious Software.

http://update.microsoft.com

Clear Registry errors & remove items from startup to speed up your PC.
Download & install CCleaner.

To clean the Registry:

Open CCleaner, click ‘Registry’ & ‘Scan for Issues’.
Once the scan completes, click ‘Fix selected issues’.
You will be prompted: “Do you want to backup changes to the registry?”
Select YES and save the .reg to your C:\ for easy reference. In the event that something goes wrong, running the .reg file will re-apply the changes made w/ ccleaner.
On the next screen, click ‘Fix All Selected Issues’.
‘Are you sure you want to Fix all selected Issues? ‘OK’, ‘Close’.

To Clean the Startup:
Open CCleaner, click ‘Tools’, Startup.
Click a program that you do not want to start when Windows Boots & click ‘Delete Entry’. You will be prompted: “This will permanently remove this startup entry for the program. Are you sure you want to do this?” OK or Cancel.
* Carefully select the items to delete from startup. Don’t delete anything without first knowing what it is.

Do you have an Anti Virus…Is it up to date?
If you have no Anti Virus software or outdated anti virus software that wants a ransom to update the virus definitions, you need Avast.

After installing Avast, allow the software to scan your PC at the next restart. Avast will clean your PC of viruses/trojans & it updates free daily.

For more great ideas be sure to check out Hubby’s blog at http://fixthiscomputer.blogspot.com

My wonderful and ever intelligent Hubby has started his very own blog!  *applause*  We’ve only been discussing this option for 6+ months now…but I am so proud of him!  Bear in mind he has only posted once, at 2am this morning, to make sure it works…but anything he does is well thought out and well put together.  As many of you know already, Hubby is a computer technician by trade and is an ever expanding wealth of knowledge concerning all things computer related.  Hubby is planning on covering many different computer problems and their solutions in the coming weeks/months.  I have also asked that he do a guest blog for me on Fridays, tentatively called “Fix It Friday”.  If you have any computer related questions, please leave them as a comment or send me an email and he will be answering these on Friday mornings.  In the meantime, Please check out his new blog, Fix This Computer! Feel free to leave him constructive comments with ideas of what you would like to see covered.  A link to his blog will aways be accessable through my blogroll.

I absolutely LOVE holiday weekends…that is until Monday morning when I wake up to an early morning doctor’s appointment for KG and a house that appears to have been turned upside down and shaken.  Sigh.  It’s after noon now and to be honest all I have managed to accomplish today has been the doctor’s appointment and some minor business call and some work on the computer.  KG is at my Aunt’s again to swim and KJ is in bed napping.  As this will be her only true nap for the day, I am taking advantage of it and get all the computing done now.

We managed to get the house inspected, kinda, have a yard sale, go to the play ground, teach Sunday School, visit with family, go grocery shopping, do a mystery shop, and we managed to find the time to sit down and watch two movies just me and hubby.  However, we did NOT find time to clean up.  I cannot even begin to discribe to you what our home looks like right now.  Oh my.  I would be embarrassed to allow anyone to come over with it looking the way it does.  My aunt will be bringing Kyla home later, so it will have to be picked up soon..and I have to walk up to the realtor’s office to day to give her the “Good Faith Deposit.”

We picked up a couple of new surge protectors to use in the new place.  We want to be able to just hit a couple of buttons and all of our electronics and appliance will shut down immediately.  We’re lazy and we just want to be able to do it as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have also purchased a water filtration system to put under the sink so we don’t have to keep using just our pitcher.  I know it sounds like a lot of purchases already, but everything we have bought was on clearance and will be money-saving in the long run.  I don’t think we have spent over $10 on anything…so I feel like we’re doing okay so far.  I know we also really needed those things to help us be more energy conscious.

At the yard sale on Saturday, it rained on us, it was overcast and gloomy all day, we didn’t have much traffic…but I still managed to make $75 and acquire some great items for the new house.  I got the cutest toilet paper shelf for FREE, a shelf for the utility room and a tea maker for $2.00, and a shelf for KJ’s room for FREE also!  Aside from the money and goodies, I had a great time hanging out with my dad, ex-stepmother, and aunt for 8 hours.  It was a lot of fun!  My aunt and I always manage to have a good time together…we’re a lot alike I think.  She has always been like a mother to me, since I was small…She is like a grandmother to my girls.  We’re goofy. All of us.  All of our combined left over “stuff” was taken directly to our local Goodwill and donated that day.

What did you all do this weekend?  Did you have a yard sale or a cookout?  Did you travel or stay close to home?

To give! As we’re all focusing on what to get our loved ones for Christmas, families all over the world are focusing on how they will eat tomorrow or how they will get clean water for their family. You know, as a mom, my children are my first priority. I am also struck by the need to help another mother provide for her families basic needs. Worldvison.com is a wonderful website that allows YOU as a family or individual provide much needed help for a family or child in need. You can provide an alpaca or a share of an alapaca for an Peruvian or Ecuadorian family or you could help to build a well for many impoverished communities. What a great gift to give! When you purchase a gift through The Hunger Site store, every item you purchase sends at least 25 cups of food to the hungry! This site offers beautiful jewelry, clothing, pottery, and many other gifts.

Do you know someone how has everything? Like your father in law? or that aunt who seems to have too much of everything? Why not provide $325 worth of necessities to an impoverished child in New York City in their name? I hope that this year we are able to touch someone’s life in a positive manner rather than only padding the pockets of credit card companies.

While you’re at it take a few minutes and scan these websites for other great gifts that go along way to helping others.

Worldvision.com

The Hunger Site –With this site, Starting on November 12, 2007, and for a limited time, every completed Hunger Site order will provide eight meals through America’s Second Harvest — at no additional cost to you!

Edited to add: For a limited time only The Hunger Site will feed a family of four with every order placed in The Hunger Site store through the work of America’s Second Harvest-The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Offer Good until Monday, November 19, 2007.

SaveDarfur.org

The Hunger Site Just one click here and you can donate 1 cup of food.


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