New Signs: We Mean Business

I grew up with parents who sold Amway, who stocked products they didn’t need but hoped somebody else would relieve them of the burden every month.

Bad taste I’ve had for multi-level marketing (MLM) & network marketing or other direct sales.  I tend to shy away from them.

Probably just like you.

MLM & Bill Gates

…..ok, so Bill Gates didn’t say that?  The quote is supposedly made by Donald Trump and he probably meant it as being a producer not as a sales rep.

But that doesn’t mean direct selling isn’t a great way to operate a company.  Revenues are huge, and their team members are making great incomes with them….if they work it.  I realize that a huge per cent of those who sign up in MLM never accomplish anything because….they didn’t honestly work it. Treat it like a hobby and it’s going to pay like a hobby.  Work it like a business and it will pay like a business.

We’ve decided to team up with a debt free company in Florida that is growing exponentially now. 1,565% growth in the past 3 years alone!!!   Started in 2001, the Direct Selling News ranked it in the top 100 for the last several years, moving up each year.  Huge revenues with less than 100,000 distributors!!  Great compensation plan that pays frequently so there’s quick cash in your pocket.  No cars to earn, just lots of big cash bonuses.  What could be better?

We don’t need a new vehicle, we want cash to fund our travels and pay bills.  You too?  If you want to know more contact me at acrazywrap@gmail.com

We have heard so many stories of people’s lives being changed through this business….Health, confidence, finances.  They seem crazy but its true.  Moms and dads being able to stay home with their kids, working from the comfort of their own homes.  Mortgages being retired.  Post secondary education being paid for– not by school loans but by cash in pocket.  Freedom to design your life the way you’d like it to be.Women in HomeBased biz

 A Crazy Wrap

Port Angeles & Going “HOME”

I grew up in Vancouver and we took many family road trips to California and Arizona.  I-5 hwy was just a given.  But living on Vancouver Island means we have different options….but planning ahead to make those options viable can be a nemesis for people who live Life on the Whim (re: summer traffic means reservations would be recommended but snooze-ya-loose, or in our situation if you didn’t plan to go until a day or so ahead the limited reservation spots are already taken!)

We attempted to head south via Black Ball Ferry but being in line by 8:45am and being told we would be on stand-by for the 3pm ferry sent us off to Sidney for a BC Ferry and that regular I-5 highway.map

But heading north….we were prepared.  We booked a reservation and headed out early from Portland to be sure we didn’t miss it.bay

We leisurely made our way up the Olympic Peninsula, unbeknownst to us the simple but thrilling event that awaited us.  A simple red mark on the map stated Mt Walker View Point.  We took the 4 mile dirt road up and up, figuring we’d take a peek, a leak, and a quick lunch break for ourselves.  But it turned into a fun lunch break for different 2-legged creatures.

Welcome

We made it to Port Angeles with plenty of time to spare, so while the children chose to stay in the van Everette and snuck out for hot drinks and a stroll around town in search of snacks for the ferry crossing.

Headless statutes where everywhere.

Headless statutes were everywhere.

Everette sidled up to a headless but busty woman!

Everette sidled up to a headless but busty woman!

It was windy and cloudy.  I was glad to see these headless statues had warm sweaters on outside the yarn store.

It was windy and cloudy. I was glad to see these headless statues had warm sweaters on outside the yarn store.

Central park?

Central park?

We loaded onto the Black Ball Coho ferry, surprised by the arrangement of autos.

Jumble of vehicles in front of us.

Jumble of vehicles in front of us.  This is looking out our front window, the exit is to the right.

The crossing was rough, which I surmise is common on this crossing of the strait.  The children enjoyed the wind, and tummies felt better in the fresh air.  windyThe approach into Victoria’s inner harbour was beautiful as the evening sun prepared to set.  But by then….my camera battery was dead and you weren’t allowed down to the car deck until the journey’s end.  No option than to burn the view into memory, unable to share with you.  Such is life.

Front Yard Gardening

I enjoy walking around the neighbourhoods in Portland where people often stuff their front yards with vegetation, often produce spilling out over stone walls and climbing partitions.  Fruit trees line boulevards,  a gift of abundance from landowners with forethought decades ago.

Between the sidewalk and the road is a Hellastrip….a little piece of land that belongs to the owner of the house it fronts.  It’s their responsibility to care for it…too big to ignore, and not big enough to do much with it.  Perfect, however, for raised beds to extend a house-owners garden; Burke’s goal for next year.

For this year Rauchelle and Seth are growing veggies in the garden near the house.  They got a great crop considering they just moved in the house in early May!

Green Cabbage

Green Cabbage

Broccoli

Broccoli

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums…most of them were removed as they were overtaking the garden.  I have always loved the roundedness of the leaves, and the addition of the flowers to a salad is lovely.

Green Pepper

Green Pepper

Sunflowers reach to the gutters

Sunflowers reach to the gutters

Kale

Kale

Black tomatoes turn red

Black tomatoes turn red

Big tomatoes

Big tomatoes

Week & Month in Review 31/8/14

J(ohnson) + (B)urke = Jurke

It was supposed to be J(ohnsons) + (B)urkes = Jurkes    

August was hot, busy, and fantastic!!  Beaches, ferry rides, new skills acquired.  The children have continued to LOVE being here at Hamilton Hobby Farm, and while we were away for 10 days or so in Portland they were torn with being with Burkes and wanting to be back at the farm doing pony rides and doing chores.  It’s great to be LOVIN’ YOUR LIFE!  So many great places to be.

Hanging with the Burkes always brings out more creativity in our kids.  As Mom I love to see what is nurtured in them, and Seth seems so at ease drawing it out of them.

Several days found us walking around Laurelhurst Park; finding shade from the heat, playing at the playground, snoozing on blankets under oak trees, walking around the duck ponds, spotting turtles.

Kids often say they don’t like maths or sciences but take them to engaging museums and it can change anybody’s attitude.  Thanks to Seth a bunch of the kids had an exciting though exhausting day at OMSI where they learned while they had fun and built memories.

The purpose for out trip to Portland was for our special girl, Marin, who turned the magical age of TWO!  Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.

Our visit in Portland was fantastic (more posts to come in the next few days) but all good things seem to come to an end.  As has a wonderful month of August.  Hard to believe this month is over but we are now entering my favourite month of the whole year.  Yeah, tomorrow is SEPTEMBER!!

What will we accomplish this coming month?

Chores chart Seth created for the kids.  Spun each morning to determine what each child's chore for the day was.  Sometimes Marin had to take herself for a walk around the block....or be sure to make the environment safe for herself by picking up sewing needles or scissors or making sure there weren't things for her to trip over!!

Chores chart Seth created for the kids. Spun each morning to determine what each child’s chore for the day was. Sometimes Marin had to take herself for a walk around the block….or be sure to make the environment safe for herself by picking up sewing needles or scissors or making sure there weren’t things for her to trip over!!

Somebody is TWO!

It’s a long distance between their place and our current-hang-out but when somebody like this…..

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is turning TWO then we all jumped in the van and made the journey to celebrate with her and her family.

She wasn’t thrilled with our singing “Happy Birthday” to her, maybe because we were all off key; maybe because we were all staring at her?  We cut the song short, quickly taking attention off of her and she seemed to ease into this celebration of her life.

Nobody remembered to bring our own little angel candle so Rauchelle made do with this.....I thought it was a beautiful idea.

Nobody remembered to bring our own little angel candle so Rauchelle made do with this…..I thought it was a beautiful idea.

A tad bit scared of the hullabaloo.

A tad bit scared of the hullabaloo.

Nestled in the lily pad is a Gluten-free cupcake, scrumptiously made by the beautiful Rauchelle and devoured by the equally beautiful birthday girl, Marin.

Gifts were opened and Marin gleefully threw things….gift bags at Mitchell, a squishy to the backyard, a plastic pouch amongst the crowd.  The panties all thrown out, she decided it was time to wear them so Marin started to put them on, one over the other.  Maybe she couldn’t decide which were her favourite Hello Kitty.

 

Anders sporting Marin's new pink cowgirl jacket.

Anders sporting Marin’s new pink cowgirl jacket.

Layering up with Hello Kitty panties

Layering up with Hello Kitty panties

Layering up with Hello Kitty panties

Happy with herself

Happy with herself

OMSI: Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

Mesmerized?  Mocking?  Admiring?  2 big guys parked side by side.  Seth thought it was cool, anyways, and he was the one with the camera that day.

Mesmerized? Mocking? Admiring? 2 big guys parked side by side. Seth thought it was cool, anyways, and he was the one with the camera that day.

Notes were taken, experiments done, photos snapped, water & potty breaks organized.  All the heads counted for.  And Marin stuck close to Mitchell nearly the whole time.IMG_3978

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There was an Earthquake section that was suppose to test structures but was more successful at testing Anders and Toveli’s patience….which was eventually shaken to the ground.  Every time they had structures just about set up, some little unattended kid would run in and press buttons because…..that’s what little unattended kids do.  It’s fun, for them.  But Tov and Anders gave up and moved on.

Toveli learning about cross bracing for structural integrity.

Toveli learning about cross bracing for structural integrity.

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Thermal energy

Thermal energy

Laars investigating Probability

Laars investigating Probability

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Creating static electricity

Creating static electricity.  Laars loved zapping people.

Harmonograph: Gaelyn was fascinated by it.

Harmonograph: Gaelyn was fascinated by it.

Water Rockets

Water Rockets

Development from Conception to….

Development from Conception to….

…End of Life

…End of Life

 

Laurelhurst Park

Here, ducky duck.

Here, ducky duck.

Certainly big enough to get lost in, the Laurelhurst Park is within walking distance of the Burkes and a delightful place to meander, feed some ducks and seek out shade.  We didn’t include ourselves in the 5,000+ attendance for sing-along Frozen movie in the park Friday night (though Everette and I did checkout the crowd for a few minutes….just because!)  But we did sneak peaks of the bride and groom, and read soap-box-messages in chalk along the pathway.

M&M familiarizing themselves with bikes.  Safer riding them in the park than out on the streets, to begin with.

M&M familiarizing themselves with bikes. Safer riding them in the park than out on the streets, to begin with.

Anders having a Quiet Moment

Anders having a Quiet Moment

Reminds me of Grain Brain

Reminds me of Grain Brain

Grandma lovings

Grandma lovings

Laars says to me, "This is you and me on a date.  This is our boat, and you're the big one (long & skinny, I wish) and I'm the little one."

Laars says to me, “This is you and me on a date. This is our boat, and you’re the big one (long & skinny, I wish) and I’m the little one.”

The ducks are coming!!!

The ducks are coming!!!

Niece 'n Uncle.  I LOVE how the generations blend one to the next.

Niece ‘n Uncle. I LOVE how the generations blend one to the next.

Marin could throw gravel into the pond for hours, even in the heat of the sun.

Marin could throw gravel into the pond for hours, even in the heat of the sun.

Converse

Converse