It’s Photo Challenge Time! (#CleanWater #PGmom )

It never ceases to amaze me how many times, as a mom, I need clean water.

Change a diaper, wash my hands.
Clean up a potty training accident.
Serve a meal, wipe the kids, the table, the chairs, the floor down with a wet cloth.
Hug my kids, wonder what the mystery sticky patch on the top of their heads is… give a bath.

You see where I’m going with this.

In fact, it’s a running joke of mine (of course, I’m the only one who laughs when I make this joke, but whatevs) that within 30 seconds of me putting lotion on my hands, I’ll need to get them wet again for some child-related clean up on isle 4.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover the fact that we need water to drink! I’m lucky, I live near the great lakes where we have water a plenty to use. Even if we go days, weeks without rain, all folks around here worry about is the fact that their lawn has turned brown. I can’t even recal the last time there was a save water advisory (if ever) in my town. That’s not the case in many parts of the world.

“How many times in a day does clean water touch your family’s life? How many times in a week? In two weeks?”

CLEAN WATER2From July 18 to the 31st I’ll be taking part in the P&G / Walmart #CleanWater Photo Challenge to help support the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program.

As Canadians, we have a seemingly unlimited supply of clean water, so it’s no wonder that we often take it for granted. Yet approximately one billion people in the developing world* do not have the same luxury, and diseases from contaminated water are killing more children every day than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined*.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program helps provide clean drinking water to people in need through a water purifying technology developed by P&G. One small P&G purification packet quickly turns 10 litres of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean, drinkable water.

To date, more than seven billion litres of clean drinking water have been provided by humanitarian organizations across the globe using P&G packets, helping to save an estimated 39,000 lives in more than 75 countries.

This past spring, P&G and Walmart teamed up and committed to donating one day of clean water** for every P&G product purchased at Walmart or Walmart.ca during the month of April. During that month, Canadians rallied together and in the end, P&G donated 8.6 million days of clean water to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund as part of its Clean Water initiative. Since May 1, more than 20 P&G products, including Tide, Pampers, Duracell, Dawn and Pantene have continued to generate a donation equivalent to one day of clean drinking water**.

To help bring the program even closer to its goal of donating 25 million litres of water in a 12 month-period, P&G and Walmart will once again open the program up to include every P&G product from July 16 – 31, 2014***. Your participation can help us reach our goal!

To help remind Canadians just how lucky we are to live in this great country and to educate them on ways they can help provide clean water to those in need, P&G developed the #cleanwater photo challenge! From July 18 through 31, P&G and Walmart want you to share photos of the role clean water plays in your life and the life of our family and friends.

Starting today join me on the #CleanWater Photo Challenge for a chance to win a $250 Walmart Gift and and a bundle of P&G products! Yay!

CDW Prize Pack

How To Play

Step One: Follow the #cleanwater calendar and Tweet a photo inspired by the word of the day (ie. Day 1 – Hydrate).

Step Two: Don’t forget to include the #CleanWater hashtag and the word of the day (eg. #cleanwater #hydrate) in your tweet!

Step Three: Check out the #cleanwater Pinterest board here to see a curated compilation of the best images from the challenge. At the end of the challenge, one winner will be randomly be selected (similar to a Twitter Party) by Stacie Vaughn (Simply Stacie) to receive a $250 Walmart gift card and a bundle of P&G products.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below letting me know that you’re joining in on this challenge (along with your Twitter name!) so that I can follow your tweets!

P&G Mom ~ P&G EverydayI am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group, I have been offered compensation to participate in the #cleanwater photo challenge. The views, opinions and photographs expressed on this blog and in my social networks are my own.

*Source: World Health Organization

**For every P&G product purchased at Walmart from April 1 – 30, 2014, P&G donated US$ 0.02 to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund. For each purchase of a selection of P&G products from May 1, 2014 – July 17, 2014, P&G will donate US$ 0.02 to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund.

***For every P&G product purchased at Walmart from July 16 – 31, 2014, P&G will donate US$ 0.02 to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund. For each purchase of a selection of P&G products from August 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015, P&G will donate US$ 0.02 to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund.

Visit walmart.ca/cleanwater for more information.

Thoughts on pushing 40

40 ishI’ve been having a lot of thoughts about the fact that I’ll be turning 40 this year. I often compare myself to my favourite famous people who are my age (but not too much because that’s just depressing) to see what other people have done with their lives thus far compared to what I’ve done. More often these days, though, I think about how, even at this age, I still don’t have a clear idea of what I want to be when I grow up. There are things I want to do (so many things) and things I wanted to do that I’ve already accomplished, but there’s always that thought in the back of my (still) sleep deprived brain that’s all like, “what do you mean 40?!?, we just turned 30 like three days ago!”

I’m not sad about the fact that I’m turning 40. In fact, I love that mentally, at 39+, I’ve finally figured out what’s important in life. I have no regrets and I’d probably make (some? most?) the same decision (mistakes? choices.) if I knew then what I know now.

Mostly, I’m just happy that I’m here, (less than?) half way through my life, and I have a whole lifetime more to live. Check back in another 40 years when this blog is still running strong, but like directly zapped to your brain box because the future’s gonna be cool like that, and I’ll look back on 80 years worth of blog posts and be all like,

How is it possible that I’m turning 80 this year?!?!! I feel 40!!

and speaking of my natural hair journey

I’ve been watching a crap-ton of videos on the youtubes trying to gain some knowledge on how to take care of my hair, and this video pretty much describes every. single. video I have watched over the last year and a half, but for some crazy reason I keep watching what is essentially hair p0rn.

Don’t judge me.
I’m also hooked on journal p0rn.

Seriously, could watch these all day long. Incidentally, bullet journaling is my jam. I carry mine everywhere I go.

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Beautiful sunset after a storm.

So I’m sitting here with a bit of time on my hands, wondering what I should blog about, or rather, what I feel like blogging about. Turns out, even though I’ve set aside this time to blog, I’m not really in the mood to do it. This is not me being a bad blogger, this is me being lazy and generally preferring to live life as it comes these days and not being in the mood to document every second of it.

That said, it’s been a while since I’ve typed something not work related, and even though I don’t feel like blogging, I do feel like writing. I do love putting words to the page, as it were, and I’m not in a very “write creatively” head space right now, so a brain dump is basically what I’ve come here to do to loosen me up.

Sup?

What I have I been up to lately?

Master Chef, that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ve been watching Master Chef US from the beginning like I’m gettin paid to do it, and pretty much fake learning how to cook. I can now say I’ve seen lobster cooked 10 different ways even though I’ll never eat it let alone cook it in my lifetime (I’m not a huge fan of seafood in general) but the phrase “butter poached” sounds utterly delicious so I may, in fact, one day break my no seafood rule and try some of that butter poached stuff because, you know… butter poached.

A Song of Ice and Fire. When I’m not watching Master Chef, because there’s only so much you can watch on your tablet before your 5yo sticks his head in front of the screen while asking you to pause so he can ask a burning cooking question (him – mama, what are those pincher things? me – lobster claws? him – yeah, wobster cwas, I don’t like those things. you can press play now. me – ok sweetie) before you just have to walk away. So I’ve been continuing on my journey to re-read the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books (that’s Game of Thrones to you non-geeks out there). I’m on book 5, A Dance with Dragons, and I’m lovin it. This being my third time reading these books I’ve been able to catch all of the little subtle things that you tend to miss with stories this complex. I’ve also spent stupid amounts of time on this ASOIAF wiki and generally googling stuff because I like to read about all the world’s theories about what the hell GRRM is up to. That man is straight up genius yo.

Natural Hair Journey. I’ve been on this journey going on a year and a half now and I know I haven’t written much about it, but imma catch you up really quickly. It took me about 6 or 8 months to come up with a regimen and group of products that works for me, my working mom lifestyle and my hair. That is to say, I can do a wash and go in about 30 minutes in the morning before I have to get the kids up out of bed, including a pretty decent detangling session that make my curls to all kinds of cute things. Maybe once every other month or so I’ll do a deep condition or protein treatment. My hair is healthy, moisturized and growing as long as I do a full wash and detangle every 3 – 5 days. Any longer than that and my hair starts to resemble a brillo pad which is not cute. Perhaps one day I’ll blog about which products I’ve been using.

But more likely I’ll just fire up another episode of Master Chef. Seriously though, what the heck is chimmi churri sauce and why don’t they have that up here in Canada?

Peace out.