How I Scrubbed Our Dirty Shower Clean, And What I Used!

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How I scrubbed our dirty shower clean! I finally found one product that does an amazing job of cleaning super dirty showers!

Recently I scrubbed our shower properly. I often wipe it down, but it needed a thorough scrubbing. I tend to avoid those jobs because they honestly wipe me out, but I was in a deep cleaning mood and attacked it a few weeks ago.

We have an older shower that shows the dirt easily. The walls are easy to keep clean, but the actual bathtub had a lot of grime that needed some deep elbow grease. I managed to get it looking pretty amazing, and my husband was so happy! :)

If you have a shower that needs scrubbed, here are my tips…

First, make sure you are using the proper sponge. I started out with a washcloth and that did nothing. Then I tried using a scrub brush and that still didn’t work. I finally grabbed our kitchen sponge (the yellow sponges with the green scrub part on it that you can buy at Walmart). It was the perfect choice.

Here is the secret of how I was able to get all the dirt scum scrubbed away and make the tub sparkling white and clean again (it was really bad before!). I used Mrs. Meyer’s surface scrub, and it was amazing! I had tried several different spray cleaners and nothing was working until I grabbed this scrub.

Lavender Surface Scrub

Once again I fell in love with Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products. We use almost all of Mrs. Meyer’s products in our home, and since my children help with a lot of the daily cleaning jobs I feel really good knowing they are using a safe product. I’m so not interested in making my own cleaning products, and when I’ve tried before I have not liked the results!

Do you need a new set of cleaning products? For a very limited time all new customers to ePantry can receive a cleaning caddy full of Mrs. Meyer’s products for free when you place a $20 order! 

Receive this cleaning caddy from Mrs. Meyer's for free from ePantry! But you have to hurry, supplies are limited!

I love getting all my cleaning products from ePantry, because it is delivered straight to my door! I also get all of my disposable diapers from them, because they sell Seventh Generation Diapers!

So what exactly comes in this cleaning kit? 

  • A Cleaning Caddy (You can organize all your products!)
  • Grove Kitchen Towel (Select your color)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap (You choose the scent!)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap (You choose the scent!)
  • Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponge (I want to try these!)

Get your cleaning kit with Mrs. Meyer's products in it today!

How do you order this kit? 

Go to ePantry and answer a few questions about your household. The deal will then be automatically added to your cart, and you can go adjust the scents and the color of the towel.

Don’t forget to add the extra $20 in products to check out! Based on your answers they will automatically add a few items to your cart as suggestions, but it’s really easy to go and change out those products.  I just grabbed this deal and got the Grove Soy Candle (they smell so good!), a glass spray bottle, and of course more baby diapers! The lip balm from Grove is my favorite lip balm ever, so you might want to try that also!

Mrs. Meyer's Cleaning Kit list

Here is an example of what you could get in your order! You can totally go in and change this around, it just gives you an idea of what you can get!

If you are already an ePantry customer, click here to get this deal 50% off in price

This deal is only good through January 17th, or while supplies last, so don’t delay! Last time they offered a special deal they ran out of supplies!

ePantry currently does not ship to Canada, Hawaii or Alaska.

 

 

 

 

Reflections On The Past Year And Hopes For the New!

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Reflections on the past year and hopes for the new year!

I could sugar coat this post and tell you the year has been fantastic. I could tell you that I have an amazing family with perfectly behaved children, a house that is always clean and a homeschool schedule that works for us. I might even say I’m ending this year perfectly content and happy.

But that would be far from the truth. It’s been a really rough year for me personally. I’m not sure if I should say it’s been a hard year for our whole family, but I know I’ve struggled a lot and so has my husband. I read the post from Raising Arrows on her hopes for the new year, and could relate to so many things she said.

So here goes. A look at the old year and what I hope to change for this coming year.

I should start by saying I’ve picked my one word for 2016. I have chosen the word Focus for the coming year.  If you are not familiar with the one word concept, you basically pick a work you’d like to build your entire year around.

This year I need to focus on one thing at a time, instead of trying to do 50 thousand things in one day. I’m picking different days to focus on certain things. 3 days of the week I will focus on business (I’ll listen to business podcasts, take training courses, work on creating new products, etc). 2 days of the week will be devoted to my home.

My Walk With God

This has not been a good year for spending quiet time with God. How can I stay a peaceful, rested wife and mother if I’m not constantly at the feet of my Maker? I started doing my first ever Good Morning Girls Challenge, and we are going through the book of Job! I bought the study guide book to use, and it’s so cheery and inviting.

Good Morning Girls Book of Job

Marriage

The first year of having a baby is always rough on our marriage. I’m so distracted with trying to keep up on nursing the baby, and exhausted from being up in the middle of the night with the baby that it leaves little time or energy for nurturing my marriage the way I would like to. This year has been particularly difficult because we were given a very fussy, needy baby in March and it’s only been the last few weeks that I’m starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. If I am in the room, she screams non stop until I hold her.

All.Day.Long.

And did I mention that she’s up at least 3-4 times a night?

Every. Single. Night.

It’s been draining, mentally and physically and has definitely led to me being an irritated and grumpy wife at times.

Juggling businesses, homeschooling, Sean being the Pastor at our church, six children, and living in a small rental house is a lot for us to keep up with. We are now house hunting, which is another (hopeful) adventure!

I’m going to work on having better communication with Sean, and plan on reading more marriage books this year. Whenever I read something on marriage I get super recharged to be a romantic, incredibly wonderful wife. :)

Mothering

I have a 12 year old. Where did the last 12 years go? It’s going so fast and my goal this year is to soak up more time with my children. They constantly ask me to play a game with them and more often then not my answer is “not now.” I’m hoping to turn this the year into saying Yes! Within reason of course. :)

We also have several areas of child training to focus hard on this year, more specifically character traits, like humility, preferring one another…the kind of traits that adults need to work on as well!

Sean and I have been talking about the consequence chart we use with our Character Badges system and have come up with some more consistent punishments that should be good to use. We decided a long time ago that being consistent is far better then being harsh, and that if stricter correction needs to take place it will be above and beyond the consequence chart. This will help things be, well, consistent! :)

Character Badges is a creative child training program

 

Homeschool

The children are not excited to dive back into school after our Christmas break, but I’m hoping that getting back into Tapestry of Grace will excite them more than the math lessons! They love read aloud time, and we are working on making our morning time happen every single morning. Right now our morning time consists of:

Prayer – Every child rotates getting a day to pray for devotions and meal time.

Devotions – We read a Bible Story book together

Literature – We just got done with the last Little House book. We are going to start a fun book like Mr. Poppers Penguins for a change!.

History – This is the time we do our Tapestry of Grace together, and I read the main history book that fits all the ages.

I’d like to include hymn singing (we used to do this every morning but got out of the habit), Scripture memorization, poetry, classical music appreciation, and art appreciation in this time, just using a loop schedule.

Homemaking

I was convicted of something recently. I spend money on business courses, take the time to go through them, read business books, but I haven’t spent much time in the last few years really diving in deep on any homemaking training.

Is there such a thing? Sure there is! It might be books, courses, asking an older woman to mentor you, or simply making a homemaking schedule and sticking with it.

After thinking about getting this course for a year now, I finally just did it during a sale. The Simplified Organization course looks amazing, and after listening to the first module I’m really glad I got it. It’s like she is talking to me personally! I didn’t realize that I should have gotten Work the Plan first, so I’ll probably go through that as well.
Learn to love what must be done

I’m convinced that homemaking is one of those things you are either a natural at or it feels incredibly overwhelming to do. It really doesn’t matter where you fall in that category though, it must be done. I work best when the children are asleep, just because I can think through how I’m going to clean the room. Yes, it requires a lot of brain power to get in and clean a room. I’m not sure why, maybe because we live in a small house and I’m constantly asking myself where I should put something or if I could just get rid of it?

Health

I went grocery shopping last night and didn’t buy one single thing that was bad. Hurray! Now if I can follow through with that the rest of the year. 😉 I love chocolate, and it loves me! I didn’t stress about trying to lose weight last year as I have learned my baby weight doesn’t come off easily (or at all) when I’m nursing. I am going to get back to exercising though, as I feel horribly weak and flabby.

My goals this year with health are to simply eat less sugar, eat more vegetables and fruit, and take all the Plexus products and see my health be strengthened by all the above. :)

My Short List

If you want just a very short, specific list of my goals, here they are!

Buy a house and move in 2016 (Yippee! Thankfully this is a goal our whole family has and not just me!)

Go through the Homemaking Course

Be extremely consistent in the consequences that come with Character Badges

Stay focused on the important things in homeschooling, and to keep the lessons in mind that I learned from Homeschool Made Simple DVD’s.

Eat healthy (less sugar!), exercise and take Plexus for energy and health.

I would love to hear what your goals for the year are! If you still need to write out your goals, don’t forget about our free goal planning journal

 

 

 

 

 

Free Goal Planning Printables For 2016!

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Best Year Ever Goal Planning Printables for evaluating how 2015 went, and what goals you want for 2016!

I love ending my year with taking a look back on the year and how it went, and also looking forward and setting some goals for the new year. It’s a healthy habit to get into, as long as you are careful to not discourage yourself by setting goals that are unreachable.

If you currently wake up at 8:00 AM every morning, don’t expect to start waking up at 5:00 AM beginning in January. Set realistic goals and work towards them!

This year I wanted to offer you all a free goal planning printable, and asked my husband to make a simple printable to offer. He went way above and beyond what I was expecting, and I think you all will love this amazing The Best Year Ever printable that he came up with!

Best Year Ever Goal Planning Printables for evaluating how 2015 went, and what goals you want for 2016!

The Best Year Ever has categories to fill in where from a scale of 1-10 you rate how well you think last year went, write down your goals for the coming year in each category and what number you hope to obtain with them this year. You can even include a specific word you want to focus on for each category!

This would be a fun family project to do, or a great couple’s activity!

Get your free printable by entering your email address below, and you will be redirected to the page where you can download the Best Year Ever!

Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow Mix Recipe!

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Ingredients needed to make Dark Puppy Chow Mix

Every year we have a family bake day and it’s so much fun! One item that is always made is puppy chow. It’s a favorite of mine, and I normally only have it during the holidays.

The nice thing about this recipe is it’s so simple, even children can make it! We don’t have a microwave at our house, but we normally do our baking day at my mother-in-law’s house, and she has one. :)

Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow Mix Recipe

Ingredients-
3 Cups Chex cereal
1/2 Cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 Cup peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
1/4 Cup powdered sugar
1/4 Cup red and white white peppermint M&Ms

Puppy Chow Ingredients

Directions-
1. Place your powdered sugar in a large ziplock bag and set aside. Using a bag is the fastest, easiest way to make this! Don’t try to mix it up in a bowl, just shake it in the bag!
2. In a microwave safe dish, melt your chocolate in the microwave on 50% power for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until melted

Puppy Chow
3. Stir in your peanut butter, and microwave for an additional 30 seconds on 50% power
4. Add in your peppermint flavoring and stir

Making Puppy Chow is so simple, even children can go do it!
5. Pour your chocolate over your Chex and mix carefully

Puppy Chow Mix
6. Now scoop your chocolate covered Chex into your ziplock bag and shake well, use your fingers to separate any clumps of Chex.
7. Place in a serving dish and scoop your peppermint M&Ms on top and enjoy!

We like to pass this out to our neighbors in little bags, along with other treats we make.