Feb 26, 2010

Plink Your Sink

After I clean my kitchen from top to bottom, I usually stand in the middle of the floor and admire the cleanliness for awhile, basking in the glow of my tremendous accomplishment...but one thing always ruins it.  That would be the unmistakable odor wafting out of my garbage disposal!!!

I've tried dumping tons of baking soda down it and grinding up lemon peels.  I even took the advice from a "professional" I found online who recommended filling the sink with hot, soapy water and then as you unstop it, run the garbage disposal to create a cleaning whirlpool inside the disposal.  But, none of these things could get rid of the smell.  I think I just neglected it for too long and now I have enough disgusting microorganisms growing in there to make a petri dish jealous.

Bed Bath and Beyond is always a good place to scout out new products to try and that's where I discovered PLINK, a garbage disposal cleaner and deoderizer.  The package of 10 little colored spheres costs $3.99 and the instructions say to drop one in your running disposal twice a week (while running hot water) to "break up fat and food particles, wash away foul odors, and freshen your whole kitchen".  I was definitely skeptical, thinking that the foul odors in my disposal would be no match for a tiny yellow ball, the size of a marble.
also comes in orange citrus and lavender
I am delighted to say that I was wrong!  I "plinked" my sink 4 days ago, and haven't wrinkled my nose since!  It fills your home with a very pleasant lemony scent for a while after plinking.  I thought for sure that once that scent had faded, the odor would return.  No-siree-bobski!  I keep sticking my head in my sink and sniffing, just to make sure, and all I smell is nothing!!!  And, nothing never smelled so good!

Feb 20, 2010

Sassy Training Spoon & My First Blog Award

I don't know about you, but watching a baby first learn to feed himself with a spoon is difficult for me.  I mean, I really feel badly when he's worked so hard to get darn thing into his mouth, only to realize that it's empty because the contents fell off a split second before entry!   I've seen and tried several different training spoons with my kids, and haven't been particularly impressed with any of them...until now.

I don't know how long Sassy has been making the Less Mess Training Spoon, but it's new to me and I love it...and so does my babe!
 (That kid will NOT wear a bib!!!)

It's unique design first caught my eye in Target and as I studied it, I realized that it had several features that other training spoons lacked.  For starters, baby can grasp it from either end or with either hand because the spoon is on both ends.  The large guard acts as a visual cue to help the baby guide the spoon to his mouth and then keeps him from shoving it in too far.  The holes in the spoon keep the food from sliding around and falling off.  And, it's made from a soft material that won't hurt baby's gums.

Gerber and Babyhuman sell spoons with a similar guard on the end, but the spoon is only on one end and there are no holes in it...plus, they're more expensive.

The Sassy Less Mess Training Spoon cost me $2.59 at Target and sells on Amazon for $2.49 (it's also eligible for free shipping).

Not to change the subject, but.......it's my very first blog award!!!
Shelley of Shelley's Swag choose to pass this award along to me and I am truly flattered!  

Since starting this blog, I've discovered that mommy bloggers are a community of 
I'll-scratch-your-back-if-you'll-scratch-mine gals who enjoy sharing wisdom, followers, and awards and I am so glad to be a part of it all.  

I'll be passing this award along to some fellow bloggers that brighten my day in my next post.  Have a lovely day!!!

Feb 11, 2010

"Out D@!# Spot!"

A humongous "THANK YOU" to my good friend, Megan, who told me about this product.  She and her husband own a carpet cleaning business and swear by this stuff.  If I had known how awesome it is, I wouldn't have passed it by a million times in the grocery store.

I'm not going to go on too much about my experience with Folex because it wouldn't do it justice.  Just hop on down to your local supermarket and pick up a bottle ($5.99 on sale at Albertson's) to try for yourself.  You'll be glad you did!!!
Here's a little info from Folex Company's website about this impressive spot remover:

FOLEX is not a soap, so you do not need to add a defoamer.
FOLEX will not leave a sticky residue, so you do not have to rinse.
FOLEX is not a solvent, so your carpet backing will not be damaged.
FOLEX is “Non-Ionic”, so it will not attract dirt back to the cleaned area.
FOLEX is “Non-Toxic”, so your newly cleaned carpet is safe for your children and pets.
Removes: FOLEX is effective on these and many more spots and stains...

Ashes Crayon Grass Many Inks Soft Drinks
Auto Oil Dirt Grime Pet Accidents Tea
Beach Tar Fireplace Soot Household Grease Potting Soil Tobacco
Blood Food Ice Cream Road Tar Toothpaste
Car Grease Food Oil Ketchup Rust Urine
Coffee Fruit Juice Lipstick Sauces Varnish
Copy Toner Furniture Polish Makeup Shoe Polish Vomit

Works on:
FOLEX is not just for carpets! FOLEX is safe for any material that is both colorfast and color stable, including hard surfaces, that can be safely dampened with water, such as...
Upholstery, Clothing, Draperies, Car Interiors, Walls, Woodwork, Floors, and More!

Your Safety and Comfort: FOLEX is...
completely non-irritating to normal skin
Non-Flammable, contains no solvents of any kind
Odor-Free, no unpleasant chemicals
CFC and Petroleum Free

Feb 9, 2010

Want Shine Free Skin??? Try MOM

Just a quick FYI.  
Did you know that applying a small amount of Milk of Magnesia to oil-prone areas on your face (after the moisturizer and before the makeup) will keep you mattified and oil-free all day??? 
Neither did I, until I tried it, and low and behold...it actually works!!!!  I feel so foolish for spending so much $$$ on skin care products and cosmetics that promised to do the same thing, but never delivered.  I guess it just goes to show that the only one we can always count on, is MOM.

Feb 8, 2010

Giveaway Winner Announced

A great big THANK YOU to all of you for entering my giveaway and letting your friends know about my blog.  I'm hoping I can begin having these more frequently, and since my following is still pretty small, your chances of winning one are pretty darn good. 

So onto the good stuff.  The winner of the Original Sprout Miracle Detangler is...

Shelley of Shelley's Swag, an awesome blog for frugal moms.  
If you like saving money, check out her blog when you have the chance.  Watch for my email, Shelley.

I'll be reviewing an amazing spot cleaner for carpets and upholstery within the next day, so be sure to check back to find out what it is.  Have a fantastic day!!!

Feb 7, 2010

Last Day for Original Sprout Miracle Detangler Giveaway!

Just a Reminder

Thanks to everyone who has already left their comments.  For those of you who haven't yet, please leave your comments by midnight tonight (Pacific Time Zone).  To be eligible for this giveaway: 
1.   Be a follower AND
2.  Become a new facebook friend, or add this blog to your blogroll or, add my button to your blog, or  tell a friend about this blog. 

Please leave me a comment indicating which of the above makes you eligible and include your email address so I can contact you if you win.  I'll announce the winner tomorrow!
Good luck!

Feb 4, 2010

Soup's On!

I loooove beef and barley soup.  I really love just plain barley, but the combination of the flavor from the beef paired with the earthiness of barley is sheer heaven.  Not to mention, barley is an uber nutritious grain that's high in soluble fiber, even if the bran has been removed.
A few years ago, a friend taught me how to make an easy beef and barley soup.  She even came over to my house with all of the ingredients and showed me every step, while I watched and took copious notes.  Since then, I've made her wonderful recipe...hmm, let me see.....carry the one....oh, that's right, NEVER!!!  You see, I have a love-hate relationship with cooking.  Love to eat, hate to cook.  Maybe hate is too strong a word.  I think I might actually like to cook if I had a kitchen with easily accessible ingredients, the proper equipment, ample counter space, and without four needy kids bugging me the entire time I'm trying to prepare dinner.  But alas, that is not to be.  So at this time, cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure.
So you can imagine my delight, when I discovered a way to make beef and barley soup, with very little effort, and for only a few bucks.  Streit's is a food company that's been making kosher products since 1925, but since I'm not Jewish, I'd never heard of them until I stumbled upon their dry soup mixes in the grocery store.  I bought the Barley Mushroom Soup Mix after I read the label and discovered that making it involves simply simmering the contents of the box for 45 minutes.  Well, that's not entirely true.  At minute 30, you add the contents of the seasoning packet and then continue to simmer.  Whew!  That part was tough!  Striet's also makes other soup mixes like Split Pea and Minestrone, which I haven't tried yet, but intend to.

Horrible picture, I know..but it's the best I could find since I didn't take pic of the package I bought.  So sorry!

During the last few minutes of cooking, I threw in some left over flank steak from the night before and my lovely husband chopped up some carrots (more effort than I would have made) and steamed them a bit before throwing them into the soup pot as well.  The result?  An incredibly filling and delicious beef and barley soup, and all I had to do was boil water...which I can handle.
See below for the nutrition facts and ingredient list.  The sodium content is quite high, but it's all in the separate seasoning packet so to cut back on the sodium, just add less than the whole packet, or simply leave it out and add your own seasonings.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 0.25 pack
Servings Per Container 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g1%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 113mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 22g7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 21%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A1%
Vitamin C2%
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g80g
  Sat FatLess than20g25g
CholesterolLess than300mg300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g375g
  Dietary Fiber25g30g
Ingredients: Barley, Green & Yellow Peas, Dextrose, Salt, Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots, Canola Oil, Natural Flavor, Turmeric.
Usage Directions / Dosage: In a medium sized pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add contents of the large bag containing peas and barley. Cover pot and simmer over Low heat for 30 minutes. Add the contents of the seasoning bag and continue to simmer 15 minutes.
Warnings/Caution: Process on equipment used for wheat.
©2010 Aron Streit Inc.
New York, NY 10002

*Just a quick reminder about my Original Sprout Miracle Detangler giveaway that ends on Feb 7th.  Click here for more details.
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