20 May 2015

5 Ways To Maintain A Sanitary Kitchen

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I'll be honest and admit that I haven't always been the best, more thorough cleaner in the world. I do the minimum and call it good. But recently, i've actually been working harder to keep my house cleaner, and a more sanitary place to live. Yay me! ;-) But seriously, it's about time I put a little bit more care into the space that I'm raising my family.

I don't know about you, but the kitchen is the center of our household. People just seem to congregate there, even when we're not actually cooking or eating. I would venture to say we spend more waking hours in the kitchen, than anywhere else in the house. But I think this is normal, yes? No?... just us?

And the Kitchen is the dirtiest place in the house, filled with dirt, bacteria, grease, and allergens. So given how much time we spend in there, it only makes sense to be extra thorough and thoughtful when cleaning the kitchen. So with my new found determination to keep my house a cleaner place, I've compiled a list of things that help keep the kitchen spick & span!

1. Sanitize Your Sink.
This should go without saying, but often times I forget to do this after I do the dishes. I actually read that the sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Gross, huh? So to disinfect your sink, clean with soap and water (which is usually where I stop). But the best thing to do, is follow that up by spraying a mist of vinegar in your sink. Then, a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let it air dry. Note: Do not mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together.

2. Disinfect Your Disposal.
The disposal can build up odors and tons of residue over time. So here's what you can do to clean it. Grab some ice cubes & salt (to combat the residue) and cut up some lemon (to deodorize)... then throw them in the disposal. Viola! It will clean it out, and smell better, too!

3. Heat Up Your Sponge.
Sponges are are chock-full of bacteria, and I've never really known how to clean them, so I just throw them away when they get gross. But this is a new trick that a friend told me about this a few weeks ago, so I thought I would share the wealth. Or maybe everyone already knew this but me? lol. Anyway, you can disinfect your sponge by microwaving it on high for 45-60 seconds! Make sure to squeeze it out first, though. Your sponges will last longer this way! Boom.

4. Clean The Stove Last.
I used to always start with the stove when I cleaned the kitchen, but I learned recently that you should actually clean your stove last. The reason is because the stove can often be the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so you want to leave it until the end so that you don't spread around dirt and grease.

5. Keep Your Floor Clean And Free Of Allergens.
Our hardwood floors get so dirty, so fast. Dirt, dust, food particles, sticky residue, and whatever else we drag in from outside. Gross. I am sweeping constantly, but deep cleaning your hardwood floors is super important. I use Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner on my kitchen floor.

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Hope these tips helped to inspire you to keep your kitchen a little cleaner and more sanitary!

18 May 2015

May FabKids - Rockstar

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! We definitely did. I got to spend some time with a good friend on Friday night, which is always important to refill my tank. We went shopping for a cute dress  to wear to an event we're attending next month. I didn't have any luck, but I think I might have found the perfect thing while I was browsing a few online shops yesterday! :-) Also made it to the gym, cleaned the whole house, and had some of my Husband's friends over for dinner on Sunday.

So here we are, back to Monday! I don't think I'm going to mind this week at all, though! The weather is supposed to be 75 degrees and sunny most of the week, and we leave on Thursday on a little mini vacation to Lake Chelan! We went last year and the kids had an absolute blast, so we're really looking forward to it again this year.

But let's talk about Bennett's outfit today!! He's wearing this to school, and he's really really excited about it. I have to admit, I get kinda giddy that he gets so excited about new clothes. I think as Mother's we kinda tend to feel a little let down when we get them something new, and they don't care. Like at all. lol. But Bennett is always super super happy about his new outfits from FabKids.

*I was provided this outfit for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.
 Let's talk about FabKids for a minute!

FabKids is JustFab's newest fashion club, started by a team of parents, including mom and actress, Christina Applegate. FabKids makes it super easy & convenient for parents to shop because you get monthly selections of affordable, high-quality fashions that are personalized just for your kids.

You can order through their website at anytime with a regular membership, but the awesome VIP Memberships include tons of perks! Such as:
  • First outfit is $15 plus free shipping!
  • Save up to 50% off retail prices
  • Skip any month you want
  • Exclusive VIP pricing
  • Earn FabKids rewards points
  • Cancel anytime!
So now all you need to do is head over to the FabKids website and take a style profile quiz about your kiddo, so that they can get to know your child. And then based on those results, FabKids will give you outfit suggestions. You can buy an outfit, or not. Or just shop around the site. But I dare you not to buy something.

I mentioned in last months FabKids post, that I have been loving orange lately. That hasn't changed quite yet. I think it's such a great color for Spring & Summer!! So bright & happy! And, in public, I can always find my kids ;-)

What do you think of Bennett's new outfit?? Have you ever heard of FabKids? If not, you should definitely check it out, so much cute stuff!! 

15 May 2015

Make Tooth Brushing Exciting With Firefly Toothbrushes

*I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Firefly® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Personal hygiene is something that I feel like should come so naturally, but like everything else, it needs to be taught. And actually, statistics show that 90% of parents have trouble getting their children to brush their teeth. And for something as essential as tooth brushing, I don't know about you, but I want things to go smoothly. No way am I going to deal with that battle every time. And as a Mom of two little kids, I don't mind (in fact I love it) when companies go out of their way to put thought into their products, to make them enjoyable for my boys. Like, these Firefly® toothbrushes for instance.

These particular Firefly® toothbrushes are Star Wars themed. But they also have Hello Kitty, Angry Birds, Marvel and more! 

They came equipped with an light-up timer, interactive flashing lights that help to guide your kids through brushing 60 seconds on both their top and bottom rows of teeth. They also come with protective caps to keep the brush clean, and are ADA approved. Sounds good to me, honestly. 

So, it's safe to say that my kids were pretty stoked when I showed them their new tooth brushes. They were wiggling around and begging to go upstairs and literally couldn't wait to brush their teeth. Bennett chose the blue ObiWan Light Saber brush, and Easton wanted the Red Darth Vader Light Saber brush. Thankfully there was no arguing, they were both just impressed when they pushed the button on the front and saw them illuminate. 

Honestly, I had a hard time getting them to STOP brushing their teeth, which isn't a bad problem to have I suppose ;-) But I'm happy to have these to help get them excited about not only brushing their teeth, but also bedtime. Because we all know how important bed time is, right??

And here's something fun, head over to the Firefly® Facebook page and take part in the #BrushBattle sweepstakes! Enter your info, and you will have a chance to win a trip for four to a California Theme Park!! I'm totally entering. :-)

I highly highly recommend these toothbrushes for people that have kids that don't enjoy brushing, they are sure to encourage them and make the experience more enjoyable. I mean, I recommend these for anyone really, kids love them!

11 May 2015

Another Year Older & Wiser

First of all, I hope that all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!! I think we all deserve a day with a little extra praise and thanksgiving. Being a Mom might be the most rewarding job on the planet, but it's also the most challenging. So whether it was a chance to sleep in, a day of pampering, a special dinner, chocolate & roses... I hope your Mother's Day was amazing.

Mine definitely was. My Husband gave me exactly what my heart needed. And that was the freedom to to whatever I wanted, with no expectations. I got to roll out of bed at 8:00 (which is sleeping in for me!), spend the morning with my kids and Husband, soak up some beautiful sunny weather, and then enjoy a special dinner with just my sister & my Mom. I felt totally content all day!

And this morning? I woke up another year older. THIRTY TWO. I am 32 Years Old now. So weird. I remember when I used to think that being in your 30's was old. But now that I'm living in my thirties, I have never felt better, and never been happier! It's true what they say, things do get better with age :-)

^^ Here's a photo of me and my Husband and I on Saturday night. We went out to Palisade for dinner to celebrate my birthday, it was so freaking yummy. It sits right on the Marina in Elliott Bay and has such a gorgeous view! After dinner, we drove to Kerry Park to watch the sunset. The view of Seattle is exceptional!

I'm actually really looking forward more Birthday's! Bring it on!

So, cheers to another year of getting older, wiser, and happier! :)