Unique But Effective Cleaning Tips

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mean Green Products. Though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

Cleaning takes time – well at least that’s what I’ve always been told if you are doing it right. And though I agree that it does take time ..I don’t think it has to take forever. As I’ve read across Facebook, Twitter and even from friends & family I’ve came up with a list of unique cleaning tips to make the mundane a little bit easier.

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Have a hairy pet?? Put on a wet rubber dish washing glove and wipe your hand over the hairy services. The hair will stick right to it! (Be prepared to be grossed out!) a lint roller across your couch will also work – I try to use the lint roller a few times a week and the dish glove once or twice a month.

Clean with Kool-Aid. If you have a problem with stubborn stains in your toilet – use an orange Kool-Aid packet. The citric acid will clean away stains and build up. Empty the packet in, swirl it around with the toilet bowl brush and let it sit over night. It will be sparkly clean!  Use lemon Kool-Aid in your dishwasher to make it sparkle as well.

Red Wine Stains. A dab of shaving cream can actually help remove red wine stains on fabric.

Baskets on Each Floor. I have a pretty basket that sits by the steps of each floor of our home (we have 4 including the basement!) while I’m cleaning if I find stuff that belongs on another floor, I stick it in the basket and then take it up the stairs when I move up to the next floor. This definitely saves time

Need a Fresh Smelling Refrigerator? Grab a bowl and put some vanilla extract in it – dip a paper towel in it and wipe down your refrigerator walls. It will clean up the ick, and also freshen the smell.

How About a Fresh Smelling House?  Grab a pot and put some oranges and cinnamon sticks in it – boil it. Your house will now be smelling fresh!

Behind on Laundry? It happens to the best of us (especially if Mom gets sick, or super busy at work) Find a laundromat with a wash-and-fold service. They usually charge by the pound, so it’s only a few dollars per load. You can drop it off and pick it up the next day usually. Talk about getting caught up fast! If you are a bit weird about something else folding your undies (trust me, I get it!) take your kids with you and go to the laundromat yourself! You’d be amazed how much you can get done when you use 6 or 7 washers and dryers at the same time!

Re-use Old Socks and Tees. I scrub our kitchen floor and bathroom floor with old socks and t-shirts. The socks can come in handy because you can put them on the bottom of your swifter wet-jet and not have to replace the pads. You can use the sock until it needs thrown away (or washed, depending on the mess).

When in Doubt, Throw it Away. I keep garbage bags and boxes on hand always. When I am cleaning if I haven’t used something in awhile, or I’m not sure where it came from (which happens more than I’d like to admit) it goes in 1 of 2 places. 1. the garbage bag or 2. the garage sale box. When the box gets full, it gets moved to the basement and another box gets put in it’s place. By the time garage sale time comes around, I don’t have to go throughout the house looking for stuff the kids don’t play with, or what doesn’t fit. It’s already been done – all year long.

Use a Multi-Purpose “All in One” Cleaner.  Having an ‘all in one’ cleaner makes life a lot easier (and cheaper) when you are cleaning. Instead of going back and forth finding what cleaner cleans what, try a multi-purpose cleaner like Mean Green Anti-bacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner.

One of my favorite ‘easy’ cleaning tips with Mean Green Anti-bacterial MSC is to spray cleaner on a paper towel. Place paper towel in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then just easily wipe away the mess!

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5 Tips on Increasing Your Milk Supply Naturally

This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

There’s a lot that goes into determining if you have a sufficient breast milk supply.  Most of the time if your baby is gaining weight on breast milk alone – than you have a sufficient supply. If not, or if your Doctor has a concern (or even if you plan on donating it!) there are some things you can do to help increase that supply.

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Nurse Frequently and Efficiently.  If milk is not effectively removed from the breast then the Mom’s supply can decrease. If the baby isn’t latching or positioned properly, than the milk won’t flow efficiently. If the baby is having a hard time transferring milk, than you need to express after or between nursing to maintain a decent milk supply until the baby learns to latch or transfer the milk more efficiently.
Making sure to nurse frequently – as often, and as long as your baby wants. You want to remove as much milk as possible and as frequently as possible. If your baby is really having problems gaining weight, nurse about every 2 hours or so during the day, and around every 3 hours or so at night. If the baby wants to nurse in between these times – allow it. Again, the more you nurse, the better!

Get More Rest. Just like any other part of life, if you don’t get enough sleep you won’t be productive enough – and the same goes for milk production. Try to cut back on other commitments and relax, sleep, eat and nurse!

Get Rid of the Stress. While stress might not directly curb milk production, it can hamper the let-down reflex – and make it hard for the baby to get a steady supply of milk. Be sure to take care of yourself (like getting enough sleep like I mentioned above). Don’t sweat the small stuff – just focus on what’s important.

Drink Plenty of Water. Obviously to make more milk – you must drink more liquids. If you get dehydrated, or you aren’t supplying your boy with at least the minimal amount of water needed, you will make less milk. Set a goal to drink a certain amount of water per day. Keep a water bottle (or jug) nearby at all times.

Try Premama Lactation Support Drink. Premama Lactation is a berry-flavored drink mix supplement formulated with Fenugreek, Fennel Seed and Blessed Thistle to help naturally support healthy milk production. It also includes Folic Acid, Vitamin D3, Calcium, and other essential nutrients for mother and baby.  I love Premama because it’s a supplement mix for those who have trouble swallowing pills.

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Premama products contain folic acid levels similar to many prescription prenatal vitamins, and equal, or greater than most leading OTC brands, Omega-3 fatty acids and non-constipating iron often found only in prescription prenatal multivitamins. Premama isn’t just for Mom’s who are trying to increase milk supply – it’s also for those who are trying to conceive, who are expecting and they can be taken before, during and after pregnancy.

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Simple Tips For Living More Frugally

Managing money can be tough. It’s so easy to lose track of spending, and when everything is so expensive, you can find yourself with far too much month left at the end of your money. Are you looking to reduce overspending, or cut back so you can get out of debt? Luckily there are plenty of things you can do to go about it.

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Set a Budget and Stick To It

Knowing exactly how much money you have coming in, and what needs to go out is vital for working out your budget. This gives you total control over your money and means you’re never caught short. Once you know how much you have left over after essential bills, you can work out how much you’re spending elsewhere as well as work on ways to get that down. A budgeting app or tool could be useful to get you started.

 

Cook From Scratch

Buying pre-packaged food, ready meals, and fast food will always cost a whole lot more. To save money, get in the habit of cooking yourself. Not only is it healthier as you know exactly what has gone into your dishes but it’s way cheaper too. Having a well-stocked store cupboard can help your money go further. When times are lean, all you need is one or two extra ingredients, and you’re able to prepare meals from what you already have. If you can get large packs of meat or vegetables on offer, it’s worth cooking up batches of food and putting it into freezer bags or Tupperware to go in the freezer. You then have plenty of meals on hand that are quick to reheat, and cost next to nothing compared to buying ready made.

 

Save What You Can

Whether you transfer money into a savings account each week, or just save up your loose change- just save what you can. A rainy day fund can be incredibly useful; even a small amount can come in handy when times are hard. If you’re able to get some real savings behind you, when unexpected expenses crops up you’re able to take care of them there and then. Rather than having to take out credit, and pay back large amounts of interest.

 

Use Coupons

When it comes to online shopping, there’s plenty you can do to reduce costs. When you need to make a purchase only pay full price if you absolutely have to, shop around to find the best deals. Comparison sites can be useful, and always use a cashback site to gain a little back too. It takes seconds and costs you nothing, after the transaction clears a few weeks later you have a bit of extra cash you can spend or save as you need it. Make a habit of searching for sales and coupons, sites including Manycoupons have a range to choose from. Checking local newspapers and flyers and clipping coupons to use in the grocery store can save you some serious cash from your bill too.

 

Re-Use and Repurpose

Luckily upcycling is all the rage right now, which is handy for those of us on a budget or trying to live more frugally! You could either reuse and upcycle pieces of furniture you already own, or buy inexpensive pieces from Craigslist and thrift stores and give them a makeover. You get a fun craft to complete, and save a massive amount of money compared with buying new.

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You’ve Got This: Tips to Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Americans are more stressed out than ever and the pressures and tensions experienced in everyday life are causing higher rates of mental health issues, chronic illness and life-threatening events such as heart attacks. The 2015 Stress in America report by the American Psychological Association found nearly one-third of adults said stress negatively impacted their physical or mental health in a significant way, about five percentage points higher than in 2014. The report states money and work remain the top two sources of significant stress. Fostering a healthy work-life balance needs to be a priority to keep stress levels down, which in turn keeps medical costs low and positively affects those you interact with, such as family members.

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With work to do, families to take care of, health issues to deal with and seemingly never enough time to enjoy hobbies, acknowledging the need for a work-life balance is the first meaningful step to achieving one. Here are some tips for making the most of both worlds to lead a healthier and happier life.

Let Technology Assist You

Americans are interacting with their smartphones more than ever and the number is only expected to increase. If you’re not moderating the time you spend on them, you can disrupt your work-life balance. Time magazine reports Americans look at their phones an average of 46 times per day, up from 33 times in 2014. If you’re browsing social media when you could be finishing a work project, the amount of time it takes to complete an assignment could increase exponentially as your attention is constantly diverted. Using a security suite application like the Samsung Knox, available on a device like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, allows you to separate work from playful distractions since you can toggle between the standard mode and a separate secure container just for running work applications. The Flipd and Freedom apps also allow you to block specific apps during select periods of time.

If you use a wearable device such as a Fitbit Alta, you can get reminders every hour to walk around so you don’t remain sedentary throughout the day. Use your hourly walks to get some fresh air outside, catch up with a friend for a short chat or listen to your favorite music for an instant mood boost.

Care for Your Body

Those who claim eating healthily and exercising are impossible to fit into a daily schedule are only resigning themselves to an increased likelihood of developing disorders like Type 2 Diabetes, worsening their blood pressure and susceptibility to heart attacks and decreasing their life expectancy. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition projects that, by 2030, half of American adults will be obese. Stanford Health Care reports people who are obese or even overweight are significantly more likely to develop heart disease and bone and joint diseases than those who are not. Health conditions such as these negatively impact the possibility of a healthy work-life balance because of increased medical bills, the negative impact on the ability to work, increased time spent in hospitals and doctors offices and decreased time spent on hobbies and with loved ones. If your health is not a top priority, you increase the likelihood of more stressors in your life.

Besides taking care of yourself physically through regular exercise and balanced nutrition, improve how your mental health affects your work-life balance by proactively paying attention to the impact it has on your moods and actions and by working to make it more positive. The University of Michigan recommends taking the following steps:

  • Working on self-confidence by learning new skillsand engaging in hobbies
  • Surrounding yourself with people who love and support you
  • Quieting the mind through activities such as meditation

If you work for an employer who demands so much of your time that you are not able to nurture the spiritual and personal aspects of your life, it is vital to examine your goals in life and how your current career works to support them. If you enjoy your job, talking with a supervisor about how certain aspects can help you improve your work there—such as the ability to work remotely part of the time or set your own schedule—can help you achieve the personal goals to sustain a better work-life balance.

 

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Fall Cleaning Tips

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, Febreze and Swiffer was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It’s one of my favorite times of year – Fall! Though summer ending makes me sad, I love the cooler weather, leaves falling, campfires, hoodies and sweatpants. Fall is also the perfect chance to get organized, cleaned-up and prepared for winter.

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There’s a lot of things that can be done in the fall to prepare you for winter (which actually makes for an easier spring) the key is to be prepared and have a list of everything you need to get done.

Pack Up the Deck.
It seems like once summer is over – it’s over fast. So making sure all your ‘summer’ stuff is picked up and packed up is the first step. Clean and dry and items you plan to store or cover – such as outdoor furniture. Store or winterize your pool, and any toys or items that are normally left out during the summer. Get a waterproof cover for your grill, so you can still use it through the fall or even winter months. Also I would suggest cleaning out hte gutters, Trust me – you’ll be glad you did once the first snow comes!

Clean The Garage.
If you are like me you have a tendency to let things go a little during summer – after all, you’re too busy having fun right? The garage (or basement) tends to be a junk collector for us – as we clean out bedrooms and closets, so this is the perfect time to get rid of all your junk and organize. We always have a ‘fall’ yard sale, and then donate anything left to Goodwill. For anything else that you need to store, buy hooks, peg boards, and shelves to store and organize it. Not only does it make room for your car to actually fit in the garage during the winter, but it gets you a bit more organized and ready for the holidays as well.

“Refresh” Your Home. 
Again, there’s a lot of stuff that gets left for “later” when you’re busy having fun during the summer. But school is back in session – and so are the chores! Do your ‘spring’ cleaning – in the fall. De-junk, de-clutter, organize, do some deep cleaning and make the home smell good as new with products like Swiffer Wet Jet and Febreze.

The New Swiffer Wet Jet has a new pad with absorb & lock strips for improved absorption -making it easier to clean up dirt and grime.
The new cleaning solution formula is more effective for cleaning, and the dual-spray nozzle gives off a powerful spray for a better clean.

Spritz your curtains and couch (or even your car) with the new, woodsy scent of Febreze Fabric Refresher Big Sur to add a touch of fall. I love using Febreze to freshen up each week to make my house smell clean and welcoming!

 

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One lucky winner will receive a #FallReset Prize Box including  some amazing products from Febreze and Swiffer – and more! Winner will be selected October 1st.  (must be a resident of the U.S.)

 

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