Norwex Review

norwex clothsA few weeks ago I did a review on JuJuBe, which since then I have added even more to my stash, and wanted to  continue that idea with another product review.  With the holidays around the corner with gift giving at an all time high, I’m hoping these reviews may sway a few people.  I understand cleaning products are generally frowned upon for gifts, but some people would really love and appreciate these items.  So, let’s get down and dirty with some of the Norwex products I have used and instantly fell in love.

norwex cloth 2The enviro cloth.  I have used a large amount of microfiber cloths over the years and they all fall apart or get this weird gritty feeling.  I’ve even used the e-cloth brand which is similar to Norwex but slightly lower quality.  The Norwex cloths feel amazing and everything gets trapped in the microfiber.  It takes no time at all and only water to clean my very messy 1 year old and the table surrounding him after spaghetti dinner.  I just rinse the cloth clean and use again with the next mess.  I can do that with the Norwex cloths because it contains silver which kills germs so I’m not spreading bacteria.  I’ve removed all of the other cloths from my cleaning supplies and only use Norwex enviro cloths for my house.  They come in a variety of colors so I’ve labeled specific colors for their intended use.  Although they have the bacteria killing ability, I am still not using a cloth on my toilet one day and then on my kitchen counter the next.  Labeling allows me to keep them very organized.

Next, I purchased the mop pads.  I completely understand the hesitation for not mop norwexpurchasing the mop system.  It is a steep price tag.  But, I already had the BONA mopping system and the cloths fit fairly well on that handle.  I can now quickly sweep my floors with one cloth and just brush the dirt into the trash.  For larger piles of dirt from dog hair, I use my Dyson to vacuum up before mopping.  The mopping pad uses just a little water and the same handle.  I love being able to clean my house with just water and know that I am collecting the germs that are lying around in the cloth.

Finally, I use the mattress cleaner.  I purchased this due to my daughters allergies.  It was recommended we get rid of the carpet and stuffed animals to cut down on the dust that collects.  However, the cost to remove carpet and replace with good quality flooring is a bit much at this time.  We will do this in the near future.  Plus, asking a 3 year old to give away her mountain of stuffed animals is a little tear-jerking.  So, I bought this spray.  I am able to spray all of her stuffed animals once a month as well as the mattress in her room and the little chair in the play area.  It deep cleans the items, leaving them free of body oils, dander and other contaminants.

Now, those are the products that I am currently using as well as hand towels in a few of my bathrooms.   My wishlist, on the other hand, is actually quite long for Norwex products.  The products save time and money, not to mention the amazing benefits for my family.  They have child sized products to allow the little ones in your life to assist in the cleaning.  I actually find myself cleaning more frequently because of the ease with the products.  I should also mention that I am not a seller for Norwex nor am I going to link any one seller to this post.  The reason, I want you to have your own gathering.  Invite one of the sellers in your area over to show you how amazing the products are in real life.  If you are going to invest in these cleaning products, you want to be able to touch them and use them in areas of your home prior to buying.  As for gifts for the cleaning and organizing person in your life, maybe a gift certificate in a stocking or one of the cleaning cloths just to get them introduced to one of the best products on the market.

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JuJuBe Review

 

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Monarch Be Classy- This and my Nantucket Be Classy are used for work bags. They hold file folders and my laptop perfectly!

Todays post is all about an obsession of mine.  I even received a new one for my birthday this past week!  It started when I was seriously over my cheap diaper bag with my first child.  It barely lasted a year before it was falling apart and nothing was easy to find.  It was like digging through a bottomless bag and took way to long to get what you needed.  It was at my fed up point that I started asking for opinions on new diaper bags.  I heard good thing about a few brands and decided to watch some YouTube videos to get some reviews and really see what the bag can hold.  It was at that moment I fell in love with JuJuBe.  These bags were magical, or so the person made them seem.  They could hold a million and one items and everything would be super easy to locate.  They are machine washable, teflon treated, Agion® treatment, has a mommy pocket and memory foam change pad.  Then there came a sticker shock.  They weren’t cheap.

It took a lot of YouTube videos, talking with others, visiting a local BuyBuyBaby and joining the Pink Lady Chat Facebook group to push me over the edge and buy my first bag.  It was seriously love after that purchase.  There are so many bags and they can be used for more than just diaper bags.  So, when I look at the bag, I don’t see it being used for just a few years while my children are in diapers.  I use them for work bags, I used one for a pump bag (which spoiler alert JuJuBe now makes pump bags), I use them for organizing my bags, I use them for purses when I just need something quick, I have a BeSpendy (wallet), wet bag and fuel cell (small cooler bag).  Honestly, I have a good bit.  But, I almost always want more.  These bags are amazing and can seriously hold a large amount of items.  They were completely worth the price I paid and the awesome thing is they will hold the value.  Some of the more iconic or hard to find prints even sell 3x the original price used.  I personally don’t own those prints because they are insanely hard to come by and most of them are not for my taste.  I don’t have time to flip them and don’t feel it right when someone else truly loves the print.

5 Reasons I love these bags:

  • I can pack them for two kids- one in diapers and one that is struggling with potty training and the bag still feels pretty light with room to spare.
  • I can use the bag as luggage when taking a weekend trip or quick trip for work and it still looks fashionable.
  • I am able to organize the bag the same way every single day which makes it easier for anyone watching the little ones.
  • They are insanely durable.
  • There is a bag for everyone.
  • Not featured in these images: Classy in Nantucket, BRB in Admiral, Medium set piece in Rad Hearts, Small and medium set piece in Royal Envy, Royal Envy Fuel Cell, Be Organized set in Duchess, and Be Spendy in First Lady.  I told you I have quite the obsession.

Honestly, I would seriously recommend these bags to anyone looking for high quality.  They aren’t just for moms with children in diapers.  They have bags for every single person out there.  They even carry Super Toki prints and a recent collaboration with World of WarCraft.  I may even have convinced a few others to start their own obsession with JuJuBe bags *wink*.

 

Life Relapse

I could blame my lack of fitness, healthy eating, organization, and motivation on a whole slew of things.  I have two kids. My husbands commute time is 15 hours a week.  I work full time. But, the reality is, I just fell off the wagon.  I stopped waking up at 4:45am because my kids don’t sleep through the night.  I stopped packing my lunch and prepping my meals for the week.  I just stopped caring.

Eventually, I hit a wall.  I started getting extremely frustrated with myself and my control with sugar. I was missing running.  Even running on my treadmill <gasp>.  My life was not in order and routines were missing to make things feel like they were running smoothly.

It was about two weeks ago when I swore to myself I was going to get up 3 days that week to walk/jog on the treadmill in my basement.  I was successful.  Then I made it another week and my walking was slowly decreasing and my running was slowly increasing.  I was getting back into my game.  I started back with my morning routine of quick kitchen clean up before leaving the house.  I started a routine for sweeping/mopping and vacuuming my floors.  I started a new bedtime routine to help the kids have a better rest and less frustration for mom and dad. I was BACK!

With each success added back into my routine, the better things were running day to day.  I was becoming less and less frustrated with how things in my life were moving.  I no longer felt like I was being tackled by a 350 lbs. lineman.  I was inching up the field.  There is still a long way to go to getting back to where I want to be with my health and fitness.  But I’ve started the process and am more determined than ever.

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

Resolution Recap

The new year is upon us.  I decided to do a recap of my resolutions/ goals were for 2016 and see if I even came close.  Spoiler alert: I FAILED miserably.  But, I am not upset about that fact at all.  So, quickly, here is what was posted a year ago:

Therefore, my goals include the following:
1. Blog once a week (topics may vary depending on what I’m feeling)
2. Exercise a minimum of 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes
3. Create short (15 minute) workout videos to post to Youtube
4. Continue to work on my healthy eating habits

I clearly failed at writing a blog once a week.  The positive is that I branched out and wrote about a variety of topics and had good feedback on the posts involving “field trips” with my family. 

The exercise plan and the workout videos did not happen.  Right at the end of January 2016 I found out I was expecting our second child.  This little babe was taking all of my energy.  I literally was napping daily.  I was happy to workout 3 days a week.

Finally, the eating.  Welp, I was pregnant.  That is not an excuse but a reality.  With my first I craved fruits and ice cream.  However, with this little one I craved queso and chips.  I probably had that for dinner 4 nights a week for the entire second trimester.  The October hit, I had baby B and then began wedding and birthday festivities.  Of course cake was abundant during this time!  I have become addicted to sugar.

NOW…to make plans for 2017.  For this upcoming year I am going to improve what I’ve already started the last quarter of 2016.
1. Continue to increase number of workouts and intensity of workouts
2. Continue to use my planner to schedule dinners, cleaning and workouts- I found creating schedules really helped me feel less stressed about returning to work after baby B was born.
3. Attempt a technology detox while my kids are awake- this needs to happen so I can remember all of the fun things my kids do since I only get a few hours a day with them.

I will use these resolutions as guides for the year.  If I am feeling as if I have accomplished the goals, I will re-evaluate and write new goals. What are your plans for the upcoming year?  Did you accomplish what you wanted for 2016?

Home Organization

Some may call it Nesting, others a turning 30 this year need to get my life in order crisis, but I simply call it reality.  It dawned on me a few months back that if my toddler operates best on schedules and routines, then by george, I need to as well.  Those schedules and routines seem to help her remain calm during transitions, realize that play time will come again and that when she helps mommy and daddy things go much smoother.

Like all people attempting to make life changes, I took to the internet.  I scoured Pinterest and YouTube for ideas and tips to better organize my life and schedule.  I found a few people that really make the task of organizing and clean simple and enjoyable.  For those that knew me when I was a preteen, my parents referred to my room as an archeological dig.  You would never find food or plates and cups in my room, but I held onto EVERYTHING. My mom loves to tell the story of the memory holding envelop that simply had my name on it, but I couldn’t tell you anything else about that white letter holder.

After watching and pinning numerous ideas for organization binders, car organizers, and daily household tips, I got to work.  I will make subsequent posts, with pictures, of what I have found to work for me.  My biggest tips (at the current moment):

  • Make your bed as soon as you get out of it in the morning.  I never did this as a kid because I was just going to get back in it and sleep again the next night.  However, having the bed made when I walk into the room makes it seem cleaner and tidier.
  • Never leave dishes in the sink.  If the dishwasher is empty, put them right in.  When it is full, run it.  I unload before I leave for work so that I can reload anything used that day.  I absolutely HATE dishes (there is another fun story my mom would tell) and keeping them out of my sink has really helped my sanity.  For some reason, dirty dishes really stress me out.
  • Keep the car clean.  I’m sure my husband would laugh if he saw I wrote this as a tip.  However, after cleaning out my car a month ago, I don’t think I can go back to having it be a mess.  When I’m at a gas station or when I get home, I take any trash out immediately and throw it away.  Then, I have a bag of supplies for Hailey when we are at restaurants or other places she may need some entertainment.  That stays right under her car seat.  I have a second bag for work materials.  I feel like I live out of my car during the week, just rotating materials for the family programming.  My trunk contains just the essential emergency kit and window scraper for the pesky winter months.

Start with one task at a time and slowly, your life will become more organized and therefore seemingly less stressful!  If you wish to get started on the journey to organization or are looking for more tips, check out these people on YouTube.  They’ve really encouraged me to change my habits!

Clean My Space

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Happy organizing!!!

 

Yes, my toddler does chores!

First off, my disclaimer.  She does not do things that would be inappropriate and there is no chore chart for her to follow and earn stickers or rewards.  She simply showed a lot of interest in helping out around the house, so we are teaching her ways she can feel important.

At the ripe age of 18 months, the little lady wanted to help with the laundry and dishes.  I knew I should capitalize on this learning experience and teach her the importance of cleaning up after herself.  So, I started by having her help me load the clothes into the washing machine.  She loved being able to close the door, but she wasn’t quite tall enough to turn on the machine (which I was thankful for because, well, buttons).  As for the dishes, I was able to designate her as the tupperware lady.  She would put all of our tupperware away.  This was all plastic pieces that I barely use anymore because I had switched to glass and that is kept higher up out of reach.

As she continued to grow and want to help more, Mimi (or grandma) got a step stool for little lady to use to unload their dishwasher.  Since she is over there while I am at work, they are also teaching her the importance of cleaning up after yourself. She simply puts the dishes on the counter for Mimi to put in the cupboard.  All knives have been removed from the washer before she can accidentally cut herself.

Now, at the age of 2, little miss can help with almost any chore.  She picks up apples at Gamma and Popeyes, she sorts laundry by darks, brights, and whites, she helps wipe down baseboards and sweeps the floors, wipe down coffee table and end tables, and my favorite vacuuming with her own little Dyson! She also wipes her spot at the table with a *clean* wet rag after wiping her hands and her mouth.  The entire time she is helping we are thanking her and praising what a good job she is doing.  We want to continue to encourage her to clean up after herself and help around the house.  I should also mention that she will clean up her toys as we sing one of her favorite Daniel Tiger songs, “Clean up, pick up, put away. Clean up, everyday!”

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Dyson! We found ours at Toys R Us! It is parked by mommy’s Dyson in the closet.

Toddlers naturally want to be around mommy and daddy and doing the things they are doing.  So, encourage them and praise them for their efforts no matter what!  Even if you have to go back later and re-wipe or sweep, you are building their self-help skills.  It is important to not “fix” their job until they are no longer in sight.  I’m just hoping she maintains these skills and desires to keep cleaning, because mommy and daddy sure didn’t as they were growing up!

Wow! It has been F-O-R-E-V-E-R

I can’t believe it has been 6 months since I wrote my last blog post.  I’m slightly ashamed at myself for throwing in the towel so quickly after finding out we were expecting baby #2. I could have used this blog to encourage and inspire other pregnant moms to continue on their workout journeys.  Instead, I became a statistic.  I all but plopped on the couch day in and day out after putting Hailey to bed at 7pm.  I was exhausted and I didn’t think I could do anything else at the time.

After awhile, I figured I couldn’t write a blog post under this domain name because I would be considered a hypocrite or the topic would not be about working out and staying confident.  So, I avoided this website out of embarrassment.  I’m still two months away from having baby #2, and I’m still not working out, but I’m making a change.  I’m going to change this blog just a bit to include topics regarding educational activities I do with my adorable toddler, reviews of places we visit (museums, festivals, etc), how I am changing my hoarding and piling lifestyle for organization and purging, and continue with the health and fitness to get my body back after the green light is given by the OB.

I’m excited to recreate this blog a little and include a wider variety of topics.  I will be excited to rejoin the fitness community as soon as I am cleared, but I can start with simple things that make me feel rejuvenated and refreshed in the mean-time.  Plus, you can experience the crazy world of “nesting” with me as I enter the home stretch of this pregnancy. I may even post a photo of my growing belly… for now I’m just sharing my thumb sucking baby!

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Only time will tell what this blog will morph in to.  I hope you continue on this journey with me and enjoy what I have to share.