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I have some holiday money that has been burning a hole in my pocket and believe it or not I keep eyeing a Dyson vacuum. You’re probably thinking I’m nuts. I've been drooling over one for some time now. I've read the reviews; I've asked on Twitter and talked to other mom’s about them. Honestly, I felt guilt paying...
Household cleaning product –related injuries happen on a daily basis with calls to poison control centers, visits to urgent care, family doctors and to US emergency departments. The number of household cleaning product-related injuries treated in US emergency departments are estimated to be 267 a year and mostly for those under the age of 5. Bleach was the product...
When you go to the store and pick up a bottle of cleaning solution do you always know what the ingredients are? I don’t! Some of the words are too long and complicated and I can’t even think about their correct pronunciation. That is why I like to make my cleaners at home! The greener healthier way! Vinegar and Lemon...
Forever ago I wrote about bleach and eczema and to this very day it is one of my top read posts with a high number of comments. Anytime I seem to talk about chlorine bleach there is uproar on both sides of the fence. Those that inhale the strong scent and like its disinfecting whiting super powers and those...
As promised, I told you I would tell you all about the Shark Steam Cleaner; after trying the Shark Navigator. This was sent to me by the company as a thank you product to review, if I chose to, after attending a social media event Euro Pro hosted in New York City in September 2009. Steam cleaning has always...
Chemicals and back to school - it is bugging me. A friend of mine told me her daughter was spraying Lysol at school for a classroom job and my jaw dropped. Yes there is hand sanitzer all over the place and yes schools still have to disenfect and santize but should the children really be spraying a toxic substance that...
Update: After tweeting this and having my @thesmartmama, Jennifer Taggart on my team and investigating the product it has come to my attention that this product is made of PVC and contains harmful toxic phthalates that are released while we are washing our clothing. The manufacture confirmed to Jennifer that DINP (a phthalate) is released. Another example of a...
photo credit: Andrew 94 Tomorrow my son turns 5 and I'm feeling emotional. This week is a big roller coaster of emotions for me. My son had kindergarten round up so I had to come to terms that he's no longer a baby, toddler or even preschooler but heading into the school age realm where the world is much...
It has reached a mild 40 degrees Fahrenheit and I’m feeling like spring is just around the corner. This temperature probably sounds cold but in comparison to the 7 degrees below zero last week I could easily put on shorts. Growing up the rule used to be we could wear shorts when it was 50 degrees  – no joke!...
I wrote about my daughters asthma and our childcare situation and my returning to work and hiring some cleaning help. We've been blessed to have found the right people and everything is working out perfectly (so far). I'm getting so much done during the day and having time in the evening to be with my family, read and actually...
Nobody enjoys cleaning up dirt, spills, and stains, but it’s a lot more stressful when it happens on your carpet. There are many products out there that can remove all the dirt and sometimes even stench that gets trapped in your carpet. The problem is most of these products promising deep clean and instant freshness contain very harmful chemicals....
I took a few days to announce the winner of the FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Giveaway.  I really wanted to read over the comments, explore the sites recommended to me and try out some of the useful tips.  There were soooo many, thank you.  I had my interview with Dori and Val, my BBF's from More Hip than Hippie yesterday...
I’ve written about this several times, my daughter having asthma. For two months now my small little family has struggled with this diagnosis. She’s so little, only 16 months, and it just has never seemed right to give her so much medicine, steroids, Zyrtec, Singulair, and albuterol. Is it all really necessary? The doctor said we had to get...
Bugs, when I taught preschool this was my favorite topic and time of year. The children were always so excited to learn about the creepy crawlies. There were so many math, art and science lessons to choose from…I just love it! In reality, I’m not a bug person. I don’t like bugs crawling on me, flying in my face,...
Chlorine Bleach is one of the top 10 toxic and hazardous household products, sold on shelves today. Some common names for chlorine bleach: chloramine, sodium hypochlorite, bleach, hydrochloric acid, trihalomethanes, disinfection byproducts. This highly toxic cleaner is the number onemost swallowed cleaner by children causing poising. Exposure should be avoided, yet it is sold like crazy and allowed on...