Dawn Direct Foam

Got dirty dishes? Well, get Dawn Direct Foam?

If you’ve got to wash dishes by hand–and, yes, some of still have to; or, in my case, some of still want to–Dawn Direct Foam is an excellent new product to use.

Though I have a dishwasher, as a self-professed neat freak and germ-a-phobe, I prefer washing my pots and pans by hand, so when I got an offer for a FREE new product to try, I was game.

The specs:
Dawn Direct Dishwashing Foam
400 mL
12.5 Fluid OZ
250 pumps

Get a free coupon here, plus an additional $29.00 in savings.

Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly:

The Good:
It smells fantastic and does an excellent job on cutting grease. Your pots will be squeeky clean with very little effort.

The Bad:
It’s a bit more expensive than a regular dishwashing liquid.

The Ugly: (At least, for me)
Because I’ve got OCD (Obssessive Compulsive Disorder), when it comes to pumping dishwashing liquid–I’m afraid I can resist the pump. Something inside of me–probably the germ-a-phobe–says pump, girl, pump. And, when I do, it is exhilirating. Therefore, the fact that you “don’t need to pump” but once, doesn’t exactly do it for me. However, if you’re not a pumper, I can see this product being a dream come true. Me, I’m use to pumping, so I will probably stick to a cheaper product…simply because I’m a cheap thrills kind of girl.

Peace, Love and Blessings
Ms. No Single Mama Drama

Why I hate Child Abuse!

I hate child abuse–as a child, I experienced various degrees of abuse, so I can’t stand to see any child abuse in any way.   And, there’s absolutely no excuse in the world for it, except in cases like mine where my abuser was/is mentally ill.  However, even then, there are resources availble to families of the mentally ill to ensure the child(ren’s) safety. And, if a child is being abused, by a mentally ill parent, they should be removed from the household. Period. Why? Child abuse leaves emotional and mental scars that remain long after the physical wounds have healed.

Please watch the video below. Please note: The video is not suitable for children:

Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if no child were abused.  Would we rid ourselves of career criminals, serial killers, etc.? Sandra Hanks Benoiton blogged about an Web site that makes the assertion that kids that are adopted (and probably those that have been victims of child abuse), have a higher rate of becoming serial killers than the general population. 

If that’s true (and I’m not saying it is), but if it’s true, could we completely change criminal behavior by just protecting our children from abuse?  Tell me what you think? 

Also, I’m looking for information related to single parenting and child abuse stats and, more specifically, infanticide (where the parent takes the life of his/her child(ren).  If anyone has information, please send me the link by leaving the informaiton here.

Thank you,

Peace, love and blessings
Ms. No Single Mama Drama

Single Parent Adoption

Single parenthood isn’t something that comes highly recommended. In fact, I wouldn’t recommended it for most people.

And, throw in single parenthood adoption and most might think that it is an invitation to drama. And, you would be right–partly, that is. The other part would be dead wrong.

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New Year, New Goals!

Happy New Year (and, Happy Birthday to me!)  Yup! I’m one of those unfortunate holiday babies–but for the first time, in a long while, my mom actually remembered to call me for my birthday (without me having to remind her, like I do everyone else. I chock it up to alcohol-induced parties from the night before and not that people don’t love me–well, at least it makes me feel better:)

Like most people–I usually make resolutions, only to lose steam before Valentine’s day.  Not this year.  This year, I’m not making a single resolution; instead, I’m just setting goals–small, do-able goals.  Nothing fancy or too grand to accomplish.  For instance, one of my goals will be to excercise three times a week (one (1) weekday and Saturday and Sunday), which is much more realistic for my single mom lifestyle. 

Here’s is a list of my top goals for 2008:

(1) Spend more quality time with my son, if he lets me.  
Since he’s teenager (15), he’s not spending too much time with mommy; most of his time goes to the fabulous PS3 I bought him for x-mas, his sports and his friends–go figure!

(2) Adopt a child, preferably a girl. 
I’ve got the kid, who’s going off to college in two years–and, I’m not ready to give up on motherhood–heck, I’m not even 40 yet.  But, most of all, I really enjoy motherhood–it has been the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done, and I still have a lot of love to give.  I’ve already initated the process, so I’ll keep you posted on how the adoption process goes, especially for a single mother.

 (3) Respect God’s Temple
Besides excercising three (3) days per week, I also want to try to drink more water and eat more veggies.  I’ve had a host of minor health-related issues that I’m determined to avoid this year.

(4) Blog more often.
For some reason, I feel really good when I blog.  Maybe it has something to do with having some alone time and a purpose; whatever the case, I really enjoy the connection with people and words, so I need to find the time to do it more often.  Today starts my 30 posts in 30 days challenge. 

(5) Be more social.
I’m not a social butterfly, but I think I need to be.  I do enjoy other folks company–just not all the time.  However, I do really value the relationships I have in my life. So, I need to show it by spending time with the people that I love.  And, that’s what I aim to do.

(6) Pay off my car.
I’m determined to pay off my car by June.  I’ve started looking for a job that pays more money and for positions within my organizationm where I can make more money. I’m already earning extra money with my side hustles. But I also want to pay off my house in five years, so I know I’ll at least be working five more years and need a bigger paycheck to make that happen. Also, I’ve cut out a lot of unnecessary spending –and guess what? I feel a sense of accomplishment that is unreal.

These aren’t all of my 2008 goals, of course, but enough, for now.

So, what are your goals for 2008?