Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a great day with your kiddos! Stay safe and have fun!

I love making costumes for my boys! I'd love to see your costumed cuties! Feel free to comment with a link to your blog post if you write a blog!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filters Rebate

My husband and my kids really suffer from allergies so it's really important that we change our air filters often. You should change them every 2-3 months and let me tell you, my husband is ON IT! I forget about it but not him! He's ready and has a stock pile of filters in the closet. Not only does he stay on it for health reasons but also in order to save us some money. A clogged filter will make the heater/AC have to work harder therefor use more energy costing us more money! (And after a $600 electric bill last winter, we DO NOT want that again!)

Next time we buy filters I think we will try the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction filters. Here's what Filtrete has to say about these filters:

  • Captures 94 percent of large airborne particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air as it passes through the filter
  • Captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles than ordinary fiberglass filters
  • Helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to warm your home this Fall and Winter
Another reason why we might try these out, I now have a coupon for them! Well a rebate actually. And I can share it with you! (click the image to print it)

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Here are some cleaning tips for how to get your house really clean courtesy of Filtrete:
Start at the Top:  Ceiling fans, tall mantles and bookshelves, and the tops of door frames tend to subscribe to the “out of sight, out of mind” motto.  These areas often harbor dust, so it’s important to wipe them down regularly to help remove dust buildup.  Start at the top and work your way down, collecting all of the dust and dirt that falls to the floor while you’re cleaning.

Wipe Down Windows and Walls:  Don't clean windows the old fashioned way – newspaper can cause ink residue and paper towels leave lint behind.  Your best bet is to use microfiber cleaning cloths and a professional window squeegee to get a streak-free, spotless shine. To prevent streaks on shower doors and walls, apply lemon oil to the door twice a month.  This will help repel soap scum and shampoo, while also adding a nice shine.

Think Horizontally: Dust mites are nearly everywhere.  In fact, the American Lung Association estimates that roughly four out of five homes in the United States have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed.  Reduce dust mites by encasing your mattress and pillows, and wash your bedding in hot water about once a week.  Also, since dust mites are microscopic, place strips of duct tape on the mattress case to prevent the dust mites from sneaking through. 

Clean the In-between: While cleaning what you can see, don’t forget to clean what you can’t see – the air you breathe.  Use a high performance air filter in the home, such as the Filtrete 1” Elite Allergen Reduction filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter.  Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season, or every three months.

Freeze the Fur:  Stuffed animals can harbor dust mites so it’s important to pay special attention to them.  Place stuffed animals in a large plastic bag and freeze them for four to five hours.  Remove them from the freezer and plastic bag, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove any leftover dust particles.

Finish With Floors: To keep floors in tip-top shape, vacuum and clean them weekly.  You can easily make your own floor cleaner by adding a few drops of mild liquid dish detergent to a gallon of water. Hot water can break down floor finishes after time so use water that is barely warm.  Finally, don’t forget to clean the floor under large pieces of furniture, which may require you to temporarily move them elsewhere.  Corners of rooms and the back of closets often are overlooked, so be sure to clean these areas as well.

 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mmm It's almost candy time!!!

The sales have finally come around for Halloween candy! Yum! My store had Hershey's candy on sale and I may or may not have snagged a bag, or two, or possibly three!

Since my oldest trick or treater can't eat most of the stuff he will get while Trick or Treating, I am going to start a new tradition and both boys will get a little goody bag on their bedroom doors. Some fun crackers, little toys, things like that. Oh and I can't forget the chocolate! That my little man can have! I'm thinking I might share my Reese's with him. I'm not sure if I will give it in the morning or when they get home from trick or treating. But that's my plan. Kinda like "booing" a neighbor, I guess I'm "booing" my boys.

I can't wait! It will be so much fun!

I am writing this post as my entry into a contest for a Hershey’s Halloween prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Elmo's Healthy Heroes Review!

We took the boys to see Elmo's Healthy Heroes on Saturday. I think they really enjoyed it! They were both clapping, laughing and dancing to the music! The story is about Super Grover who loses his super powers. Elmo and his Healthy Heroes, Telly, Abby, Zoey and Rocky (Zoe's Rock), team up to teach Grover all about nutrition, hygiene, and exercise.

I think my boys favorite part was when Oscar the Grouch turned Elmo's World into Oscar's World. It was all green and dirty. Still today my 2 year old tells me that Oscar is dirty and needs a bath. I really think he learned a thing or two from this show. He wants to brush his hair like Bert and take a bath like Ernie.

He was mesmerized. Elmo was right in front of him!

I think it's fair to say they really enjoyed the show! They did start to get a little antsy after awhile. But nothing a few snacks couldn't fix. Most of the audience was getting a bit antsy. I was really glad there was a 15 minute intermission.
Mr. Destructo sitting still and enjoying the show.
One thing I thought was interesting was that the show was about eating healthy and they were walking around selling popcorn and cotton candy, soda, and some sort of red drink (I saw lots of little red faces afterwards). Just thought it was interesting.

The boys dressed in their Sesame Street gear.

Thank you to US Family Guide for giving us the opportunity to see this show! Thank You!!

Disclaimer: We were provided 2 tickets by USFG to go and see the show. All opinions are mine and are not swayed by anyone.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Ultimate Family Vacation! (according to me!)

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Hmm, my ultimate family vacation? Well I think that would depend on how old my boys are when we take this Ultimate Vacation. Since we have just come home from vacation, it is all fresh in my mind. Having boys aged 1 and 2, vacation was hard! I'm not gonna lie.

I guess it's time to drift off into dreamland for a few minutes. Would you like to join me?

Assuming money was no object, I think going on a vacation to say Disney World when they are 5 and 6 would be pretty awesome!
photo courtesy of Disney
We'd stay in one of the fancy Disney theme resorts for sure! The Disney Animal Kingdom Villa in Kadani Village would be awesome! The amenities in this place are amazing! Having a Savannah view room would be sweet! Blue Eyes and Mr. Destructo are animal lovers and I can only imagine how excited they would be to see giraffes wandering around in front of their eyes!

We'd probably have to stay awhile just to do all the things they have at the park. It would be great to get some pampering for my husband too at some point. Don't let them fool you, guys like to be taken care of too! Not manis and pedis but a nice massage or a soak in a jacuzzi would be perfect for him! \ He works pretty hard for us to have a pretty great life, he deserves that!

Also, I heard that dining with the characters is a great experience. Something like Chef Mickey's would be pretty cool! Mr. Destructo loves "mick mouse"! We would definitely have to do that too!

I also think it would be pretty awesome to renew our wedding vows at Disney. Have you seen what they can do there? Oh my!  We had a very small wedding at a local park here and only my family was there. I would love to be able to have my husbands family be able to attend! To have a beautiful dress, a fancy tux and my boys dressed handsomly would be awesome. But this post is about a dream vacation not a dream wedding. lol.

I think the boys would really enjoy Disney and my husband has never been. That would definitely be an ultimate vacation for my family! Ahh. Time to stop dreaming. The kids are up from nap time and the roofers sound like they are about to come through my ceiling. Thanks for dreaming along with me!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

The Libman Freedom Spray Mop Review

A few weeks ago we hosted a party at our house. I was stressing about getting everything clean and in order. The next thing on my list of things to do was sweep and mop the kitchen. Wouldn't you know at that very moment the mail man dropped off my brand new Libman Freedom Spray Mop!? I kid you not, just in time! I was hesitant to use it right then since I didn't know if I would have to assemble it, find batteries or figure out how to use it. I was in a hurry!

I don't know why I worried so much!

The mop came already assembled. Sweet!

I can use any kind of floor cleaner I want! I used some of my regular floor cleaner the first time, but I've also used water to do a quick swipe. You can also use any sort of "green" cleaner that you want. I really like that I don't have to purchase a special refill bottle. Those can get expensive over time. The bottle was really easy to fill, just pop the top and fill. Really, it was easy.

There are no batteries at all. YAY! I didn't have any batteries and I surely didn't have time to go find some as I was prepping for our party. It's just a simple pull trigger. So easy I caught Mr. Destructo who is 2 spraying water all over the place at one point.

After I was finished mopping the floor, I looked at the bottom of the scrub pad and it was really dirty. I guess that means it worked at picking up the dirt off my floor. I like that I can just throw the pad in the washer! Libman says it can be machine washed up to 50 times. That is much better than having to buy refills all the time. Not to mention better for the environment.

***Insert photo of yucky nasty scrub pad. I'm all about full disclosure, but you don't want to see that!***

I also think the price is reasonable. It retails between $19.99 and $24.99. Not to bad if you consider that you can use any cleaner, the reusable pad, and no batteries. You can also get a $5 rebate form from their website here.

I really liked the Libman Freedom Spray Mop and I think you would too!

Disclosure- I received this product free from Libman and I am a reviewer for the Mom Bloggers Club.
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