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Cold popsicle down your back…
First we washed six limes, then we put them in the microwave for one minute (I read somewhere once that limes straight from the fridge won’t yield as much juice as room temperature ones).
Next the kids gently rolled them (apparently this helps soften them up so they’re easier to juice).
Then, with several helping hands, we squeezed each one.
Meanwhile, we boiled 3 cups of water and added 1 cup of sugar (I found this a tad bit sweet so next time I’ll use a little less sugar).
We added the lime juice to the sugar water, then we filled the jug up with water and ice and voila – a super yummy, super easy, super cheap (6 limes for 97¢), fun to make summer drink.
You can also use replace some of the limes with lemons to make lemon-limeade. Yum.
A couple of weeks ago I got an email from someone who offered to send me a free sample of her product so that I could blog about it. I was flattered. It was my first email of this nature. I thought it was pretty exciting actually! It’s even a product that I would normally buy, so I figured…why not?
Well the truth is, I really agonized about whether or not to accept the offer. After giving it quite a bit of thought I respectfully declined.
I’ve been blogging for a little over 5 months now and I’ve been debating about this kind of thing since the beginning. First I was debating (and still am) about advertising. So many people who read my blog have told me that I should have ads on my blog. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, is it really that big a deal? What is the harm in having a couple of ads? Why not make a little extra money if I can? Lord knows we could use it.
(As a side note, if I want to have ads then I need to switch to wordpress.org. That presents an even bigger challenge because I don’t know if I am able to set up and maintain a wordpress.org blog without help, and I don’t have the extra money to pay someone to do it. This has been the real thing preventing me from switching to .org – which I’d really like to do regardless of whether or not I decide to have ads on my blog – so really the question of ads is a bit moot until I sort out if I can actually pull it off myself. Which I don’t think I can right now. *sigh*)
I kind of feel the same way about free stuff. None of the books or products I’ve ever mentioned here have been given to me for free; and I have never written about a product or book because someone asked me to do it. But really, would it be that big of a deal? Will people think less of me and my blog if I accept free stuff then blog about it?
I’ve been asking myself this: when I think about the blogs that I love to read, and the bloggers that I really respect, what do they do? Can I even remember off the top of my head if they advertise? Actually, no, for the most part I can’t. Do ads bother me? No, not unless a blog is so littered with ads that it is distracting – which I think is cheesy.
Can I remember off the top of my head which blogs do product reviews? Yes I can. What do I think about it? I don’t know.
I’m not sure why; I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just don’t feel right about reviewing products when I get something in exchange. I don’t necessarily think it’s wrong and I think it’s fine for other people to do it; it’s just not right for me right now.
As for ads, I don’t really have strong feelings either way so maybe one day they’ll make their way on to Family Nature, but not anytime soon.
Right now I’m working on a new logo for Family Nature – well, not me personally because I don’t have the skills or the program to create such a thing – but I’m in touch with someone who does. I’m actually really excited about the idea of a new logo and the fact that it will be done via a barter/trade arrangement with another mum! I’ll share more when the details have been sorted…keep an eye out for it!
A few years ago when I was working on a newsletter for my kids’ school, I became aware that some people were only putting one space after a period at the end of a sentence. What is wrong with these people? Don’t they know that you’re supposed to use two spaces‽ For goodness sakes, nobody cares about grammar anymore!
Okay it’s true. One space is the new norm…or the not-so-new norm, apparently. This I learned after visiting one of my favourite, newly discovered blogs: Grammar Girl. This and other fascinating grammar facts were also confirmed after I picked up a copy of her book Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Don’t believe me? Check out her recent post about it here.
So, welcome to my first ever blog post with only one space at the end of a sentence. Never mind that I’ve had to go back and delete a space at the end of almost every single one. It’s a tough habit to break. I still remember grade 9 typing. Using my right thumb only, I obediently double spaced at the end of a sentence. Again in my early twenties, when I took a Computer Keyboarding class to improve my typing skills – two spaces.
I admit it, when I first heard a couple of years ago that one space is the new way I thought, whatever. If people want to use only one space that’s up to them, but I’m going to keep on using two spaces. I think it looks better. Hmph.
But I don’t want to be one of those people, getting old and staying stuck in my ways. I want to stay on top of things. I want to be the kind of parent who knows what’s going on, and who can help my kids out with these types of things. It’s not just about grammar, it’s about everything. It’s about being flexible; being willing to change; accepting that things will not always be the same; going with the flow. It’s best to be able to adapt, don’t you think?
I’ll leave you with another lesson I’ve learned from Grammar Girl. Have you heard of the interrobang? What‽ You haven’t heard‽ Well, you know when you are asking a question and you’re surprised or excited at the same time? Most people would normally use both a question mark and an exclamation point (What?!). But according to grammarians it isn’t proper to use them together so…ta da, the interrobang is the solution. Neat, eh‽
Just trying to keep up with the times….