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Using a Handheld Steamer to Clean Your Couch [+ a review of the HAAN Handheld Steamer All Pro]

HAAN Steam Couch

I'm definitely still on a journey to be more green in my lifestyle choices.  That doesn't mean I'm totally and completely 100% eco-friendly in every choice I make, but that's why I'm striving for.  One of the best green choices I made in the past was to trade in my traditional mop and buckets for a steam mop. Since HAAN was the brand I trusted when I made that switch, I decided that HAAN should be the brand that I use when I made the next switch to cleaning with a handheld steamer.  In fact, HAAN sent me the HS20R Handheld Steamer just a few weeks ago [at no cost to facilitate this review] so I could prepare for an upcoming move! That's right - we've put our house up for sale in hopes of moving just a few miles away to get into a better school district for the girls.  It's a nerve racking experience and one that I was absolutely … [Read more...]

Make Bath Times Fun for Even the Most Sensitive Skin with Baby Mantra

Baby Mantra Conditioner

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I've shared a lot about the struggles of finding personal care products that work with my girls' sensitive skin.  It's been a real struggle since they were both little when I would find small patches of eczema in creases of their elbows and the backs of their knees.  It made for sometimes boring baths, with no bubbles no matter how much they begged.  That's why, when I find a bubble bath that is sensitive enough for my girls, I have to share it with you! Baby Mantra is a new-to-me brand that I'm really loving more and more as I read about their products. With natural ingredients that have been allergy tested AND that are easy to read and … [Read more...]

Achieving Blogging Freedom with the Libman Freedom Spray Mop [+an Exclusive Libman #Coupon]

Libman Freedom Mop

 It may sound a little silly to say that a mop is helping me achieve blog freedom, but it really is.  You see, just a few weeks ago Libman contacted me about my blogging habits.  They recognized the fabulous effort that hubby and I put forth in ripping up our carpets and laying down hardwood floors this past Spring.  I'm also afraid they've been spying on me while I take photographs for blog posts too because they challenged me to share Where I Blog, both before and after using the Libman Freedom Spray Mop. It's a challenge that I didn't take lightly.  Honestly I don't want you to see what my house looks like really.  I like for everyone to see the pictures that make my house look totally clean and organized - you know, the pictures that lead you to believe my 2 girls silently walk around not disturbing anything.  All their toys are … [Read more...]

Why Choosing a Green School is Important for Your Future

Green School Future

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Adelphi University. The opinions and text are all mine. My girls are still very young, but the college conversation can never start too early. Rob and I are already putting money into accounts for the sole purpose of their continuing education so we've already discussed some aspects of college for both of them. Most of us know what goes into deciding on a school for ourselves and our children - Location, Majors Available, Ranking of Schools, Cost, etc. One area that may not top your list, but is something you should start considering when it comes to choosing a college is their sustainability policies. According to The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges, "In 2008 alone, the U.S. Patent Office handed out over 300,000 trademarks to names that included "eco" or … [Read more...]

Fall Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closets

What do you do with your clothes

This conversation about Fall Cleaning and Organizing Tips was inspired by a collaboration with Savers.  All opinions expressed are my own. We often talk about Spring Cleaning, but don't give enough attention to the flip side - Fall Cleaning!  Making sure that your house is clean and organized for the upcoming Winter months is not only a great way to get ahead for Spring, but will make the transition to spending more time indoors a little easier to handle. Along with bringing more activities inside, the need for more space for living seems to come about too.  We clean up some outdoor toys and bring them inside so the girls still get plenty of gross motor play even indoors, but doing so means we need more free space.  We also need to make more space in closets for winter clothing, which tends to be thicker and bulkier than light … [Read more...]

How Do the NEW FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diapers Stand Up?

New FuzziBunz Stand Up

I've been out of the cloth diaper scene for a few months now since Moreaya potty trained.  It was really my life for the last 4 and a half years so I have a lot of experience with cloth diapers, but I swear things have really changed in just the last few months, including one of the biggest changes in one of the top brands on the market... FuzziBunz! FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers were one of my favorites with both girls, specifically their Perfect Size Diapers.  Although I loved the concept of an One Size Cloth Diaper, those perfect sizes just gave us the best fit, so I had quite a few in our stash.  Just recently, FuzziBunz changed ownership and with that decided to totally re-design their One Size Cloth Diaper and they sent me a couple to share with you! While some might call this post a review, please remember that I don't have a child … [Read more...]

Day of Good: 50 States for Good with Tom’s of Maine

50-states-logo

As a participant of the Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle, I’ve received compensation for my time and product samples for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Today is a special, special day my friends.   Today I'm declaring, right alongside Tom's of Maine, a Day of Good! Today is a day-long celebration of creating meaningful goodness across #50StatesforGood.  There are all kinds of goodness happening today, including Twitter Parties, day-long discussions to bring about awareness of the 50 States for Good campaign, and even a Twitter Chat with Miss Anna Sophia Robb and Tom's of Maine tonight [get more details on the twitter parties below]. What is the 50 States for Good? This campaign is all about growing grassroots community projects in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.  Tom's of Maine started this program back … [Read more...]

A Cat That’s Going Green: Eco Friendly Cat Litter from Swheat Scoop

Cat with Swheat Scoop

This is a sponsored conversation about eco friendly cat litter on behalf of Swheat Scoop.  All opinions expressed are my own. As a family that's been on a going green journey for over 4 years now [oh that fateful day that we decided to use cloth diapers while I was pregnant with Sophia], I've changed a lot of things in our household.  We use way less paper products and many more chemical-free products all over the house now.  One area that I hadn't really thought much about has to do with the 5th member of our family... Roxy! Roxy was my first child - as a graduating Senior in high school, I found her looking for a home and I took her into ours and she's made it through adding 3 more additions to our family since - Rob, Sophia, and Moreaya!  I once read a quote that your pets are your babies until you have babies and then they become … [Read more...]

Green Your Bedroom with Help from My Green Mattress

My Green Mattress Jumping

This conversation about chemical-free bedding options is brought to you by My Green Mattress.  All opinions are my own. In my strive to live green-er, one area that sometimes gets overlooked easily is the bedroom.  Ahem - by bedroom, I most certainly mean mattresses and sheets, of course! My Green Mattress is striving to change that - by offering quality, eco friendly products to families so they do have options for a green-er bedroom and sleeping environment.  My Green Mattress offers a wide variety of products including organic sheets, Latex pillows, and organic cotton and wool mattresses in all sizes. Speaking of mattresses, their Pure Echo mattress just happens to be My Green Mattresses' Best Seller - here's a quick look at why and how the values of this company transcend into all of their products. Chemical-free … [Read more...]

How to Save Time and Money by Switching to Paperless Coupons

Lounging with Coupons

This shop, on paperless coupons, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias I have a confession to make - I'm frugal, but I am the world's worst coupon-er.  The worst.  I tried it, I really did.  I went every Sunday and bought a couple of newspapers for a few months.  I really tried to follow the coupon blogs and match up with their ideas and triple savers.  I tried to buy a cute-sy binder and lug it with me to the store every day.  I tried... and failed miserably. I loathed the time I wasted driving to a store to buy a newspaper and I loathed the time it took to meticulously cut out all those coupons that I hardly ever used because I didn't need the items.  And I dusted my hands of the coupon craze and went about my business of not saving money … [Read more...]

Cloth Wipes and Paper-Less Towels from Gina’s Soft Cloth Shop

Rainbow Wipes

A few weeks ago, I featured Gina's Soft Cloth Shop during the Relish Reusable Event.  She gave away a fantastic selection of cloth wipes and paper-less towels and today I'm giving you a closer look at the items that you can find in her Etsy Shop! I received a package of a variety of cloth wipes and paper-less towels free to share with readers through a review.  The package was honestly a bit breathtaking.  I know, I know - it's a super weird thing to say about cloth wipes - but the variety, the colors, the soft textures - they were just beautiful! Within the package, I got to see almost all of the cloth products that are for sale in Gina's Soft Cloth Shop. 2 packs of 5 OBV wipes [20] 1-plyorganic little wipes (rainbow colors assortment) [2]  2-Ply Organic Birdseye Dishtowels (ivory edges) [10]  1-plyOrganic Birdseye … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Green Your Laundry Routine

Green Your Laundry Routine

Thanks to Simple Green for sponsoring today's discussion about 5 easy ways to Green Your Laundry Routine. It's a chore that most of us, especially Moms, do almost daily.  Lucky for me, Laundry is a chore that I really kind of enjoy?  Yeah, I said that as a question because people usually look at me like I have 2 heads when I say it.  It's true, though, stick me in the Laundry Room all day and I'll be happy... make me clean 1 shower, and you're in for it! Perhaps one reason that I enjoy doing laundry is because I really have perfected my routine.  I take pride in the fact that I've made some easy green steps with this chore and today I'm sharing with you 5 super easy ways to green your laundry routine! Wash in Cold Water Not only will you save on your energy bill, you'll notice that your clothes will come out just as clean when … [Read more...]