Friday, July 3, 2015

Natural Microfiber Duster (With No Chemicals!)

Let's talk about microfiber dusters. You're probably familiar with Swiffer, which is available at almost any big box retailer you can find. They're around $12 for a handle and three disposable dusters. Then you'll need to keep buying the replacements, because they aren't reusable (they have a special adhesive inside the fibers to collect dust) which will run you another $8-$10 for three more replacement dusters. All of these pieces will end up in the landfill when you're done, and you'll continue to buy more replacements for the life of the plastic handle. 

OR. You could get this Pure Care Microfiber duster. Like a Swiffer, it's simple to use, adjustable and soft. Unlike the Swiffer it doesn't contain chemicals or adhesives to make it "3x more effective than a feather duster" it just has thinner fibers (and millions more) creating more surface area to collect dust. It is only $17.99 for a much better product built to last much longer.

Recently, my little family made the big decision to buy a house. We found one that we loved in a neighborhood we couldn't resist. When we moved in there were still things remaining from the previous owner, including light fixtures. They were all older, but still pretty and functional, so we kept them. A good dusting is all they needed to look better and newer. I'm really glad we decided to try this product, because it worked great. Cleaning the fans was simple because the microfiber head is bendable. After each fan we washed off the duster by detaching the head from the aluminum arm and running it under warm water. Most of the dust came off that way, but I also squeezed it while running it under the water to get the remaining dust off. I let it dry before using it again, which took less than an hour thanks to the thinner fibers. 

I love having natural options available that aren't putting chemicals around my children. Cleaning can very easily be something we do as a family with this product instead of something I have to wait for my children to fall asleep to do. Even my one year old can help!

When we first received this duster, my daughter insisted that it was hers, and she wanted to cuddle it. I had no complaints about her hugging and squeezing it because there aren't harsh chemicals in it. I am comfortable with her playing with it because it's not just plastic, the arm is aluminum, so I knew she wouldn't be able to break it. It's been two weeks and we're finally getting it back from her, so I can provide a review. 

You can purchase your own here!

I received this product for free in order to provide my honest review.

A Coloring Book for Adults

There have been so many requests by friends of mine to do a coloring book for adults review here. They seem to be very popular right now among moms, and most of my friends are fellow parents as well as most of my readership. Maybe they were always popular and I just never knew until I made it to motherhood. 

I have been very selective in coloring books, I need something easy to get into for a quick color session, but also complex enough to hold my attention. Finally I found this book, which is both of those!

Some pros about this coloring book is the pages are thick, and each doodle has it's own page, front and back. The back of each page is blank. This helps me feel more comfortable using markers or watercolor without sacrificing one picture. 

Here is the product shown, I think you'll love it as much as I do!

I received this book for free to review

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Family Fun Night - Marble Run

I never had a marble run growing up. If we had them, I never remembered them (sorry mom!). When I had the opportunity to get one and try it out, I was very excited to do so. These things look so cool! 

I got the marble run, I got out all the pieces, and told my husband to do his man thing, and build us a fun marble run with the babies. He had fun looking at the diagram and trying to reconstruct it in front of us. My daughter loved helping too, and giving him the pieces he needed, and running away with other pieces. They had even more fun watching the marbles run through the tracks. It's quite mesmerizing watching these marbles dance across the tracks. The pieces are mostly primary colors so my daughter had an easy and fun time defining them and telling me where she wanted to start the marbles. She's a big fan of blue things. There were places where the marbles stuck and we had to wiggle the whole thing a bit to get it out, but that's part of the fun, right?

This system also comes with an extra 30 marbles so you can make them all go at the same time. Or if you lose one, you don't have to be done. We had a lot of fun with this! :)

You can get your own marble run here!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Build a Personalized Command Center

Command centers are sort of a big deal today. If you go on Pinterest and look them up, there are so many different varieties. Some have color coordination, or chore charts, or flowers, sometimes there are mason jars, there are even chalk boards. Each one is uniquely made for the household using it.

When I set out to make a command center, we had just decided that we were going to get out of our apartment and into a house, we were sick of the place we were living (and the fifteen stinking apartments before that) and we wanted out. When my children napped, I planned out aspects of our house, including my children's rooms and my new command center that I so desperately wanted.

I don't think of myself as a particularly original or awesome decorator. I find things I like on Pinterest and I copy them. But this was my first truly original work of beauty, and I'm so excited to share it with you.

First, you'll need a plan. I looked at my entryway, and the clutter that had accumulated there over the week. What did I need a spot for, and what did I want to have available for ease of use. I encourage you to do the same. For a week let things clutter, after you come home look at what you have available, and what do you need?

Some things that I find command centers need are shopping lists, menu plans, calendars and a place to put your keys and mail. This is all unique to each person though.

My command center has a place for my recipes, which I want to put vinyl on, but haven't yet. It also has a clip board for the recipe for dinner of the day, a calendar for appointments and such, a set of mason jars to hold pens, stamps and receipts, and a mail holder. There is a clock because it's just needed something else, and a place to put my keys and the doggie's leash. Under here is also a place for doggy bags and wallets. Below all of it is a cute reading center we created for my daughter last year. I love that it's lime green, it really compliments the purple of this room!

I spent a few months picking out my perfect pieces, and even had my father help me out by making me a recipe box. I think it all comes together beautifully!

So here's the run down:

1. Watch your clutter in your entry way for a few days, and see what needs a home. If everything has a home, you have no clutter!

2. Make a list of all the necessities. Perhaps draw a little doodle of how you want things put. But remember that this will probably change before you find all the pieces you love and have to have. It's just a rough draft!

3. Measure your area, and buy pieces that will fit. After you have acquired everything you want, lay it on the floor and change things around until you have something you like.

4. If you move a lot, like us (which if you're reading this, you probably do too!) then some good command strips will hold all of this together happily! Also, if you use command strips you can change it around later.

5. Take pictures, and enjoy! Don't forget to share them with me! I love looking at command centers!

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this helpful! Do you have a command center? Do you need help deciding what you need? Let me know! I'm happy to help!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

How to Scare Your Children Into Listening (Green Tea Face Mask!)

Okay okay, so that's not really how we parent our children. They weren't really scared, they just looked at me like I was a lunatic. My daughter kept saying "we needa clean your face mommy! What do you have on ya face mommy?!" My son. Aw, my poor son. He was really confused and upset at first. Look at this face. But he was quickly eager to touch it once he got over the shock. 

This recipe is so easy you're going to be furious at me for writing a post about it, but I really do think it helps my complexion. After I washed it all off I had very smooth, happy skin. So here's the recipe:


Matcha Green Tea.

Go ahead. Slay me. Ha! I just put it on a plate and added some water, then slathered it on my face, and reaped the benefits. I let it dry, then washed it off. It's on my face for about 20 minutes. After that I added some vitamin C serum to my face, and had even more benefits! So where can you get a beautiful face like mine? Here are the links to the products I've been using:

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Tea Powder:here
Vitamin C Serum: here

Then I add in a moisturizer and get ready for my day!

Do you have a go to face mask?

I received these products in exchange for my honest review.