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5 Best Specialty Pet Products

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With the holiday season around the corner, pet lovers often find themselves looking for gifts for their furry friends, or friends and family might be looking for gifts to get their human friends, who happen to be obsessed with their animals friends. Whether you're shopping for a human or an animal this holiday season, these specialty pet products will be well received by virtually any animal lover on your list. 

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The Best Specialty Pet Products

Pumpkin Treats From Fruitables:

If you're a pumpkin lover and need all things pumpkin spice in your life during the holiday season, you should definitely project those feelings onto your dog, right? Fruitables places a huge emphasis on fresh ingredients and animal health. Their Pumpkin Spice Skinny Minis are made with pumpkin, baked apple, and cinnamon, and are a low calorie indulgence for your pet you can feel good about. 

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The Pumpkin and Cranberry treats smell like muffins straight from the oven. We had so much fun playing with Chester and letting him try these treats. Our dog is actually extremely picky when it comes to dog treats (we've literally never found one he likes before these), and he ate several of these very quickly after we opened the package. I'm so glad to have found something he enjoys that also happens to be made with wholesome ingredients. 

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Best Pet Vacuum Cleaner:

If you're in the market for the best pet vacuum cleaner for hard wood floors, we've been loving the FloorRover Dash from Eureka! When we moved into our new home this summer, we realized how hard it was to keep hard floors looking clean. We'd always had carpet in our main living areas previously, and quickly learned that it must have been hiding a lot of our messy sins.

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Our hardwood floors show all the dirt and dog hair really easily, and I found myself going crazy with sweeping and trying to stay on top of it all. The FloorRover Dash from Eureka is perfect for pet owners who need a deep clean on all of their hard floor and carpeted surfaces. 

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Some of my favorite features are the HEPA filter which traps allergens that can stay in carpets and in the home. I also love the 12ft cord making it effortless for me to vacuum large open spaces without plugging and unplugging repeatedly. The FloorRover Dash is the best pet vacuum cleaner in my book, and is available at Walmart for only $159 which is an amazing price for this high quality vacuum cleaner.

Disinfecting Wipes from LemiShine:

I used to not be a huge fan of disinfecting wipes until I bought some on a whim a few months ago, and after having the luxury once I've become too comfortable and want them in my life all the time. I love the disinfecting wipes from LemiShine because they kill 99.9% of germs, including bacteria that cause Covid-19. LemiShine disinfecting wipes have been used in hospitals nationwide for over 10 years, and are now available to consumers at HEB and Kroger stores, and soon to be nationwide. 

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I love that these eco-friendly cleaning products are made from plant-based ingredients and don't leave harsh toxic chemicals on our home surfaces long after they've been used. As a mom to both a fur baby, and real human babies, this is a huge priority for me when bringing any disinfecting products into our home. 

Stain and Odor Remover From Kids 'n' Pets:

Lets's be real: kids and pets are both super messy. Whether it's your child spilling something on your couch, or your puppy bringing in muddy paws from outside, messes are inevitable. We have been longtime fans of Kids 'n' Pets. I love that their natural, non-toxic enzyme based formula breaks down biodegradable messes such as dirt, grass, blood, urine, etc... without the use of harsh chemicals, making it safe for your pets and children, while also not having to worry about it ruining the integrity of your carpets, sofas, or hard surfaces. Kids 'n' Pets can be purchased at Walmart and Home Depot.

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iDig from iFetch:

We shamelessly have one of the laziest dogs in the world. I know a lot of people have dogs that are super high energy and need to go on walks for miles and miles each day, but that has never really been our dog... thankfully. In an effort to help him get some more exercise we tried out the new iDig from iFetch with him and it was actually a pretty big hit! The iDig is a digging toy that has three flaps that you can hide toys and treats inside, and it stimulates your dogs mentally and physically, while satiating their innate desire to dig.

I was actually surprised by how fast our dog caught onto the idea and he may or may not have eaten quite a few dog treats in the process. This would be such a perfect dog gift for anyone you know who might be getting themselves a cute puppy under their tree this holiday season... or anyone with a dog for that matter! 

Use the code BABBLE15 for 15% any iDig purchase at goifetch.com

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How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen Sink

This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its Colgate-Palmolive® and Scotch-Brite®​. All opinions are mine alone. #GreatTeamEasyClean 

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Cleaning is one of my favorite past times. I know that sounds weird, but I get great satisfaction out of cleaning my home from top to bottom on a Saturday afternoon. I would claim to be more of a master tidier than deep cleaner though. There are parts of my house like the baseboards, blinds, appliances etc... that only get cleaned once a year when we're typically moving out of one home and into another. 

Because we swear and promise that this house we just bought is our final last move ever, I figured now would be a great time to get into a good "deep cleaning routine", where I pick one part of the home each week to give a little extra care and detail to so that these once-a-year duties become a more regular part of my life. 

Best Tools for Cleaning Your Kitchen Sink: 

While we do rinse out the sink each time we load the dish washer, I've been trying to get in the habit of doing a deep clean and scrubbing it down a couple times a month so it doesn't get out of hand. The best and easiest way for me to do this is with Palmolive® Ultra Oxy and Scotch-Brite® Advanced Scrub Dots Non-Scratch Scrubbers. 


Click the image above to add this powerful duo to your Walmart Online Grocery cart. 

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The combination of Palmolive®​ Ultra Oxy and Scotch-Brite®​ Advanced Scrubbers makes it so easy to lift away food and debris on many of your surfaces like cast-iron pans, Dutch ovens, outdoor grills, and even kitchens sinks! The Scotch-Brite®​ Advanced Scrubbers are amazing because the sponge has anti-microbial†​ agents that protects itself from bacterial odors. These scrubbers have powerful non-scratch scrubbing power, making it safe for non-stick cookware and other products. 

Palmolive®​ Ultra Oxy is perfect for this job because it's tough on grease, soft on hands, and attacks grease and hard to fight surface stains, like coffee. 

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How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen Sink: 

The first thing you need to do to clean your kitchen sink goes without saying: take out all of the dishes (either wash them or load the dishwasher). The next thing I like to do is give the sink a quick rinse just to wet the surface. 

Then I take my Palmolive®​ Ultra Oxy and pour just a little bit into the sink (a little goes a long way). Next I take my Scotch-Brite® Advanced Scrubber and lightly scrub the sink using a circular motion all the way around. 

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Usually at this point I'll let it sit for a minute or two while I spray down and wipe the counter tops or clean something else. When I'm ready to come back to it I spray away all the soap and rinse the sink completely. 

Finally I take a dish towel and buff the sink dry. This gives it the best shine and seriously makes your sink look like it's brand new again. 

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Do you have any simple cleaning hacks that you do regularly in your home? I'd love to know in the comments below! Be sure to pick up Palmolive®​ and Scotch-Brite®​ on your next trip to Walmart! †​

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The Best All Natural Cleaning Products

This post was sponsored by Art of Green® and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

Since moving into our new home we've already have painted and remodeled three rooms in the last two months. With all the effort that we're putting into this house we want to make sure we're using products that will not only clean these new surfaces, but also keep them safe for our children and dog, while not being too harsh and breaking down the new paint and spaces as well. 


The Benefits of Natural Cleaners: 

As a parent the obvious benefit to natural cleaners is their safety for use around children and pets. I love that I can easily wipe down the table while the kids are still sitting at it, and I don't have to worry about what they're touching or inhaling. I also love that it's safe around pets so I don't have to worry about our dog licking something he shouldn't after I clean up a mess on the floor or clean some baseboards. 


The Best All Natural Cleaning Products: 

Art of Green is a new-to-me product line that is available at HEB, Target, and Sprouts. I love that their cleaners are derived from 98% natural products and that they use no harsh chemicals in their formulas. Art of Green products are also much more cost effective when compared to other natural cleaning lines, making them a great option for common household use. Art of Green is tough on dirt, grease, and grime, which means they're up for whatever challenging mess your children send their way. 

My Favorite Way to Use Art of Green Cleaning Products: 

I'm a sucker for a good multisurface cleaning spray. I love using their Citrus and Lavender scented sprays on my counter tops, tables, and appliances for general cleaning during the week when I need a quick clean in between meals and activities. They're the perfect grab-and-go cleaner that gets the job done quickly. 


I'm admittedly terrible at keeping up with bathroom cleaning. I'm usually good for one scrub down on the weekend, but that means it sees a lot of action the other six days of the week. I've been leaving these Art of Green Multisurface Cleaning Wipes on my bathroom counter, and they make it so easy to wipe up make up spills and little messes throughout the week when I'm in a hurry and trying to leave for work. Have you used Art of Green Products in your home? I'd love to hear about your experience in the comments below! Be sure to keep your eye out for Art of Green on your next trip to Target, Sprouts, and HEB, or try out the Store Locator to find the closest location to you!


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How We Handle Chores and Money

When Kyle was about 2-3 years old I made an online chore chart, bought some stickers from the dollar store, and even wrote an entire blog post about my amazing parenting skills (eye roll), and how I planned on doing chores with Kyle. The thing is though, when you're implementing anything into your home, it has to be sustainable. Maybe chore charts work well long term in your home, but for us, Derek and I don't have the energy to keep up with rotating zone charts, stickers, or anything super regimented.

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What We Do Instead of Charts:

I really don't have a name for this other than "expectations". I think the kids know really well what the expectations are in our home and how we do things. The fact that Kyle has been around for eight years means that he knows the rhythm of our home really well and just knows what he needs to be doing at any given point in the day. 

If Kyle just ate breakfast, he knows to put his dishes in the sink, put the food away that he got out, and clean up any mess left in his space. Same with snacks and other meals. Before bedtime every night he knows he needs to clean his room. He knows at some point during the day I'm going to ask him to take out the recycling. And that while Derek is getting Kinsley in bed, I'm going to have him help me clean the main floor of the house and get things tidied before I read him a story.

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Progressing Chores with Age:

As Kyle has gotten older we've obviously given him more responsibilities. When he was 18 months until he was about 4 he mostly just helped clean up toys before bed. When he was 5 we started having him clean his own room and make his bed. Sometime last year we put him in charge of taking out all the recycling. When we've lived in a home with a backyard, we've had him be the one to pick up all the dog poop. This year we had him start taking control of putting his own laundry away. 

As Kyle gets older we'll just keep adding more tasks such as doing his own laundry, mowing the lawn, doing dishes, etc...  

I think that your home can have a natural flow and energy where everyone knows their roles, and just by living in that home, your child will learn your personal family culture and fall in line with whatever method you decide to implement in your home. 

How to Handle Chores with A Physically Disabled Child?

Honestly if you have a child with a physical disability I'm sure you know the challenge that comes with trying to make their "expectations" in the home fair, especially when compared to what the other sibling(s) are doing. 

Right now with Kinsley we're focusing on just a lot of her own self-care tasks. Can she brush her own teeth? Can she get herself dressed? Can she brush her own hair? Those things are hard for her and I think those basic things count as chores in their own right. (She still needs assistance to do these things, but we're working on that independence). 

Other things we have her do is wipe her own face and hands, and spot at the table after each meal. If she has a pile of laundry ready to be put away she will crawl back and forth from my room to her room with each piece of clothing and put them in the right drawers. Are they put away neatly? No, but she did it herself and that's what counts more than anything. (Also typing this made me question why we don't just put the basket of her clothes next to her dresser to make it a little easier on here. Proof I'm not a perfect human, and have never claimed to be one).

Other things we have Kinsley do is put all her toys back in the right bins when she's done playing. She has a box full of occupational therapy toys that she uses daily, and she knows to clean them all up and put them away when we're done. 

This is obviously going to be so specific to whatever your child's current abilities are, but I think anything you can do to help any child contribute to the housework and chores and be a part of the family culture is so important for them to not only learn how to do those things and become independent, but also to feel like they're a part of the family.  

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Do we Compensate Our Kids for Chores?

Honestly we don't. It's something that we've tried to keep up with in the past, and again, call us lazy but we just don't have the energy to keep up with it. It is something that I really want to get better at though because I think there are so many important money management skills that can be taught with this. 

I will say though that I only remember a small handful of years that my brother and I actually got a weekly allowance and then I remember that getting phased out pretty hard when we were around middle school. (My parents are divorced, so when that happened we pretty much just went to our dad's house on the weekend and he just gave us money for whatever, not saying that was ideal but it was the situation). I also worked from 9th grade all the way through high school so by then I pretty much had my own money anyways. 

All that to say I don't think "allowance" money is the only way that you can teach your children about money because it wasn't a huge focal point in our home and I think my siblings and I left home with enough money sense to avoid debt, don't spend what you don't have, and save what you can for a rainy day. (My brother did that last part a lot better than me).

How Our Kids Get Money:

As far as money that the kids do get, we have grandparents that send them money in the mail a few times a year, and whenever we find change in the car or around the house, we tend to dish that out to the kids. In fact, during quarantine Kyle said he wanted to spend the money he had, and when we added it up he had about $76 in coins. So for a kid who doesn't get a weekly allowance, our system of handing out loose change as a reward for being a functioning member of the family had worked out pretty well. 

From there we were able to talk about how much money he had, what he wanted to spend it on (he bought two toys, one for him and one for Kinsley and had $20 left), and we went to the store where he took his own money, counted it out, and paid for it on his own. 

All of this to say is that we have pretty loose systems in our house when it comes to chores and money, but I think it also proves that you don't need to have super regimented systems in place to teach your children the skills you want them to learn. Every family works differently and as long as you have something in your home that is working for your family, that is all that really matters!

I would love to hear in the comments below what chores, allowance, and expectations all look like in your home! 

As a side note, after writing this post, I found this article from Positive Parenting Solutions about Why Chores and Allowance Shouldn't Be Tied Together, and all I can say is YES. Ten fist bumps. 

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The Best Way to Clean Your Oven (Six Simple Steps)

If you happen to have an oven without a self cleaning feature, you may find yourself looking for the best way to clean your oven and remove dirt and grime. Here are six easy steps to help you out. 

Several months ago I made some muffins, and when I went to put the pan in the oven, it slipped out of my hand and spilled batter everywhere, including inside our stove. I cleaned up as much as I could, and then figured I do a self clean cycle on the oven and we'd be fine. Until I realized that despite our house being built in 2017, the ovens are not self cleaning ovens. I didn't even know they still made ovens that did not self clean at this point in time. 

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At that point I washed my hands of the situation and decided to figure out my problems when we moved out of here. Well we move out in five weeks, so I decided now was as good as any to get this oven situation figured out. If you need tips on how to clean your non-self cleaning oven, let this be your guide.

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The Best Way to Clean Your Oven:

Cleaning Supplies to Clean a Stove:

  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Sponge
  • Scrub Brush
  • Straight Edge Razor
  • Chisel

Step One: Get the Inside of Your Stove Wet

I used a dish sponge loaded with water, and then squeezed the water into the oven and onto the door. I got about 3-4 sponge fulls of water in there before calling it good. 

Step Two: Squirt Dish Soap and Sprinkle Baking Soda Everywhere

I took the bottle of dish soap and squirted it very liberally all over the door and the inside of the oven, and then sprinkled lots of baking soda all over the dish soap. I let is sit an absorb and work it's magic on all the grime for a good 10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Scrub the Oven Down With Your Scrub Brush

I took my scrub brush and worked in a circular motion all over the inside of the oven and the door. I did this for about 5-10 minutes, really working hard to break apart as much of the grime and caked on debris as possible. 

Step Four: Wipe Everything Down With a Wet Rag

I took a rag and got it wet with super hot water, and then wiped out as much of the baking soda and soap as possible. I think I used a total of three rags to get everything wiped out and cleaned. 

Step Five: Bust Out the Razor Blade and Chisel

Scrubbing did remove a lot of the debris, but there was still so much stuff caked onto the door and the bottom of the oven. Derek disassembled a bic razor to remove the blade, and I rubbed that all over the door. It did an amazing job at breaking up all the little specks and didn't leave any scratches on the glass.

The bottom of the oven was basically unphased by the razor blade and we had to use more extreme measured, a chisel. Again, I ran this back and forth on all the black caked on spots until they eventually came off, and again, it left no scratches on the surface. 

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Step Six: Use a Dry Towel to Wipe Out All the Leftover Dust and Debris

When I was done with the chisel and razor blade I wiped everything out with a dry towel, and then swept the floors to get everything actually cleaned. The glass door was looking a little streaky so I wiped that with Windex and then it was done!

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This entire process took me less than an hour and really wasn't that bad at all. It's funny how something I had been dreading for months really wound up being a stress free process once I finally did it!

I do realize that the stove is still not perfect. I could probably get the corners better, and there is stuff trapped between the glass on the door that I'll never be able to get, but it is still 100 time better than what it was!

Do you have a self cleaning oven, or an oven like mine? Do you have any tips or products you love for cleaning the inside of your stove? I'd love to know in the comments below! 

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Best Products From Grove Collaborative

For the last year we have been purchasing all of our household cleaners and a lot of our beauty and hygiene products from Grove Collaborative. I love shopping here because their products are all natural and it's a one stop shop to get basically any non-food household item I could possibly need. We've been slowly converting our home to a more all natural/organic/sustainable home, and so Grove has made it really easy for us to slowly transition these things into our home. I thought it would be helpful to share which products we've really loved, and at the bottom, I'll share with you which ones we haven't liked as well. 

Before we get started. You can get a free Mrs Meyer's 5 piece holiday bundle on your first order from Grove when you place an order of $20 or more! The bundle itself is $45 so this is an awesome way to get free products, and try a bunch of new things for your home! You must click on this link to get the bundle! 

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Best Products From Grove Collaborative

Walnut Scrubber: We've been using these sponges exclusively and they are AMAZING. They're super thick and durable and are great for scrubbing dishes, and my glass top stove! 

Babyganics Sunscreen: We bought this when Kyle broke his eye socket and had a really large scar. The doctor said to keep sunscreen on the scar to keep it from getting worse, and this has really helped! It has great coverage, and no nasty sunscreen smell! 

Dish Brush: I love this dish brush because you keep the handle and just replace the heads as needed! The wood is beautiful and it's held up really well for the entire year we've owned it! 

Brush head Replacements: These are the replacement heads to the dish brush and I love that they aren't crazy expensive and come in a two pack. 

Method Toilet Cleaner: I'm not the one cleaning toilets over here, but Derek seems to be doing a great job and like his products aren't effecting quality standards over here. 

Method Good For Wood Cleaner: If I could only have one fancy cleaning product for the rest of my life it would be this wood cleaner. We bought a new wood table when we moved to Utah, and after using harsh chemicals on our table in Georgia and destroying the finish, I was determined to not repeat the same mistake. This cleaner smells amazing, cleans our table excellently, and has kept the finish looking amazing. 

Method Stainless Steel Cleaner: We use this on all of our stainless steel appliances and it cleans like a dream! No streaks!

Microfiber Towels: I've been using these a lot more this year to cut back on paper towels and really love them. I use them to clean all over our kitchen and other surfaces in our home and just toss them in the wash when I'm done. They've held up really well and reduce waste!

Hello Flouride Free Toothpaste: I bought this for the kids, they liked it, and still don't have cavities, I'll call it a win. 

Fresh Monster Shampoo and Body Wash: Again, bought it for the kids, they liked it, they didn't stink... job well done. 

Canine Organic Dental Solutions Kit: We mostly only bought this so we could brush our dog's teeth because he needed a toothbrush, and it served the purpose well. 

Method All Purpose Cleaner: I alternate between this and Mrs Meyers. I think this cleans well, and I love the pink grapefruit scent!

Method Body Wash: This has been my favorite body wash ever. I love the "energy boost" citrus scent, and have gone through several bottles of it this year!

Recycled Plastic Loofah: I don't know what it is about these loofahs, but they're amazing. My favorite ones ever. They're incredibly soft, and even better when paired with the Method Body Wash ;) 

Alba Botanica Shampoo and Conditioner: Again, one of my all time favorites. I've repurchased this several times and my hair has never been softer. I didn't have this for a month when I bought something else, and I couldn't wait to use up the other stuff so I could go back to this! 

Microfiber Makeup Removing Towel: This thing is magic. Just get it damp and wipe your face, and all your makeup disappears. 

Mrs Meyers Holiday Bundle Peppermint Scent: This is one of my favorite holiday bundles yet! I love the fresh peppermint scent, and then candle has been burning in our kitchen all month long!

Burt's Bees Mattifying Foundation: I purchased this in the bamboo shade last week to use as a setting powder and it works well for that, and as a light coverage foundation as well!

Preserve Toothbrush: Made with recycled plastic, dentist approved, and an ergonomic shape that helps you brush at 45 degrees. I've been using this for a week now, and it totally does the job. 

Method Laundry Detergent: I just used this for the first time last night but I really like it. We always get dye free detergent simply because we've had too many instances of blue dyed detergent staining our clothes. This one gets things clean and does it without staining our clothes! 

Tree-Free Paper Towels: Made from bamboo pulp instead of trees. We've used these many times and always have at least one pack in our order when purchasing from grove. 

Products we don't like:
Just a quick note. The garbage bags are literally the worst garbage bags ever, and the garbage disposal pods are not worth the money. Everything else we've tried we've totally used and loved! 

What are your favorite products from Grove? I'd love to know in the comments below! Don't forget to Click here to get a free 5 piece Mrs Meyers gift set ($45 value!) on your first $20 purchase! 

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Our Nighttime Cleaning Routine

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

One thing that is very important to me in our home is that everyone pitches in with the cleaning, no matter their age or abilities. I hate waking up to a messy house in the morning, so after we eat dinner each night, it's all hands on deck to get the house back to normal before we head upstairs to have family time before bed.


Mom Mops The Floors: 
Since Kinsley cannot walk, and spends a lot of time crawling around our home, it's really important for me to have our floors as clean as possible. We've been huge fans of Bona mops for years now, and love how quick and effortless it is to get our floors clean each night with the Bona Express Disposable Wet Cleaning Pads. The wet pad is extra large, and attaches to the bottom of the Bona Mop for quick and easy cleanup each night. 


Kyle Gets The Counters: 
It's kind of novel to have a kid who can see over the counters nowadays. Kyle's main job is to clear all the food and dishes off of the counter tops, and then to wipe them down with one of our favorite cleaners. I always have Kyle wipe the counters down before I mop so that anything he wipes onto the floor will get cleaned up when I go through with our Bona mop. 



Derek Does The Dishes: 
We like to follow the rule of, mom makes the dinner, and dad does the dishes. This works well for our family and it's something that we've done the last several years. I also really don't like doing the dishes, and Derek doesn't mind, so it's a balance that works well for us. 


Kinsley's Jobs:
Since Kinsley can't walk, we often have her do chores that are more on her level. She's really great at cleaning up toys, putting them in the right bins, and putting them away in the cabinet where they belong. We also have her work on PT skills by pulling to stand and wiping down the coffee table, or cruising along the couch and fixing the pillows. The more we can sneak "therapy" into our everyday lives, the better! 


I'd love to know what chores you delegate to certain family members, and what cleanup looks like in your home! Let me know in the comments below!

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Our Weekly Laundry Routine

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Up until a few weeks ago, laundry has always been a major struggle in our house. I never saw the value in doing it each day, because it felt like there weren't enough dirty clothes to run a load, which resulted in me doing everything one day a week. The problem was that it would take hours to get all the laundry done, and then I would never want to fold it. So, we would pick clean clothes off the laundry room floor for an entire week before it was time to repeat the cycle all over again. Luckily, we've finally broken that cycle and I'm excited to share what's been working really well for our family.


Use Good Detergent:
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Get On A Rotating Schedule: Get on a rotating schedule with your laundry. Start with your whites one day, your colors the next, and then your towels after that. By doing each of these categories every three days, it means that you'll have three days worth of each category when you run your load. That makes it worth it to run the machine, but small enough that it's manageable and not taking over your life. I've found doing one load a day has really helped to keep everything at a manageable level.

Fold The Next Day:
I typically like to put a load into the wash, switch it to the dryer, and then I'll typically let it sit in the dryer overnight with no guilt. When I go to do my load the next day, I'll put the new day's load in the washer, fold and put away the clothes that are sitting in the dryer from the day before, put the new load in the dryer, and then repeat the same routine the following day.

What tips do you have for managing laundry in your home? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below! And don't forget to shop all® laundry detergent at your local Walmart.

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Practical Pantry Organization Tour

If you know me, you know that I thrive on order and organization. I like everything to be tidy, and have it's own spot, and if it doesn't then my brain gets super jumbled, and I'm kind of a mess until the issue is resolved. In as much as I would love every part of my home to be super organized, it's not. The kid's rooms continue to be my greatest downfalls, but if I can have my bedroom, living room, playroom, bathroom, and kitchen organized, I feel like I'm doing pretty well for myself. 


Our pantry in our current home is literally a small closet with shelves off of the kitchen. Everything always just got shoved in there, and it was hard to have any real organization in there. Finally this summer I decided enough was a enough and found some inexpensive and simple solutions to make this a practical space for our family, and I've never looked back. 

How to Organize on a Budget:
Lets be honest. There are a lot of pantry tours on the internet that look beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Every grain of everything has it's own fancy jar, with a beautiful label, and it looks like The Container Store and Restoration Hardware made a baby and created the most glorious pantry of all time. And there is nothing wrong with that. Those pantries are beautiful, but they're certainly not practical for every family. 


I bought these Sterilite bins on Amazon (although they sell the same size white bins at Dollar Tree for $1 each, that I've used in many other places around my home, so if you don't have an Amazon gift card like I did, check your local Dollar Tree!), and they fit perfectly side by side in the small closet space that I was working with! I think being able to group like items into bins instantly makes your pantry look, and feel so much cleaner! 


Everyone loves cereal containers in their pantry, and I'm certainly no different. The OXO brand are the most popular for this, but they're also the most expensive. I bought these ones at Target for $14 each, and they get the job done just as well as their more expensive counterpart. The OXO brand are $9 more at $23 each!

How to Organize Your Shelves:  
I personally feel like cereal is something that always belong on the top shelf, my brain just works that way, and I feel like there is something about looking up to the top shelf and seeing those cereal containers all lined up together. It just makes my heart pitter patter. 

On the next shelf, I put things that I reach for on occasion, but not all day long. On the left hand side I have things like canned corn, green beans, and peas. These are items that I look for 1-2 times a week when I need a quick side dish to go with dinner. In the bin next to them, I have cans that are used for dinners through the week, like sauces and such. I also keep things for school lunches like some canned fruit and olives. This is where the all the random cans get congregated to that we use through the week. 


On the next shelf we have the things that we use the most often. This shelf is right at arm level, so I know I can walk in, grab something super easily and quick, and get on with the rest of my cooking. In the basket on the left I keep all of our grains. Things like pasta, quinoa, and rice. These are things that I make for sides throughout the week, and so I'm constantly reaching for these come dinner time.  On the right I have my cooking spray, various oils, peanut and other nut butters, and breakfast syrup. Again, things that we're reaching for on a very regular basis. 



On the final shelf I keep things that we don't use nearly as often. In the basket on the left I keep all my workout supplements, like protein powder, energy gels for long runs and bike rides, pre-workout, and my PB2 powder. I only use these things a few times a week, and so storing them on the bottom made the most sense for me. In the other basket we keep our root vegetables. Things that don't need to be refrigerated like potatoes and onions. 


And that's it for our pantry tour! I love that all of the organizational things came in at $64, and really isn't too expensive. To be fair, I had a gift card for the white baskets, and a gift card for the cereal containers, so I actually didn't spend any money of my own on this. However, if you were doing this on your own, the cereal containers would run you $42, and the white baskets from the Dollar Tree would be $6, making all of this come in at under $50! 

Let me know in the comments below your favorite ways to organize your pantry, and what systems help you to keep things organized!