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She {hearts} Toddle Green

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Potty training is serious business.  Okay, maybe not that serious.  But I do feel like there are many choices that need to be made in how, where and what to potty train with.  With lots of advice and opinions from family and friends, I decided to let Baby C lead the way.  I chose to forgo the bribery (which I hear works wonders) and replace it with encouragement and praise.  And when it came to deciding on what kind of potty to use, that was a tough decision.  I wanted her to be independent and able to sit on the potty herself.  I wanted her feet to be grounded so she could push out her BM’s.  But the thought of cleaning out the stand alone potty grossed me out.  Until I came across Toddle Green.

Toddle Green provides eco-friendly, flushable potty liners that fits all potty chairs with removable bowls.  The potty liners are made from water-soluble, 100% bio-degradable, non-toxic material that is sewer and septic safe.  The liner provides a protective barrier so waste can be removed easily and flushed without having to clean and sanitize the potty each time.  My daughter has yet to actually do her business in her potty seat, but she has come a long way from not wanting to sit on the potty with her bare bum, to asking to sit and go potty without a diaper on.

The liner fits perfectly on my daughter’s Nuby potty seat.  And we flushed a liner down the toilet to see it in action.  It flushed with ease, just like toilet paper (maybe even better).  My husband and I are no longer afraid of when she actually does do her duty.  We’ll be super excited to use the liners.  And as for my daughter, she loves sitting on the liners.

Using the Toddle Green liners is very simple too.  Open the box and fit a liner over your clean, dry potty bowl.  Place the potty bowl back in the chair and then once the liner has been used, lift and flush.  It just can’t get any easier than that.  You can purchase a box (30 liners) of Potty Liners for $11.95 at ToddleGreen.com Stay connected with Toddle Green on Facebook and Twitter.  Toddle Green is giving away a box of liners to one lucky reader.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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She {hearts} Creating Frugal Home Decor

new_0456Being frugal doesn’t exactly make decorating easy, but it can be very rewarding. It just takes some creativity and time.

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I’ve known I wanted new bedding for a couple years now, but I never came across anything I loved more than what I already had. Recently though, we took the plunge and purchased a king size mattress/box springs {still saving for the bed frame} but for now, it’s just fine on the floor. So, I had to get new bedding.

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I’ve always loved white. It’s a happy clean color. I thought maybe if it’s in the bedroom {and not even remotely close to where the kids eat} we’ll be okay. So far, so good.

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 1. my DIY revamped lamps here

2. pillow covers made out of plain white pillow cases using the envelope technique {super easy} here

  • for the leather details on the pillows, I used re-purposed leather {old skirt, thrifted}
  • glued black velcro on the leather, then cut out triangles, and found a ‘stache {clip art} online to use as a stencil
  • sewed the white {opposite} velcro on the pillow, this way, I can wash {and bleach} the pillow cases when needed
  • they don’t look bright white because I covered some dark blue pillows I already had {for now; eventually I’ll get some white pillows… IKEA isn’t as close as it used to be, sigh}

3. coffee filter wreath via none other than Martha Stewart here

4. old used canvas found at thrift store {may have been a painting of a sunset}

  • I painted over it {sorry, artist that painted it back in the 80’s, it was time}
  • then hubby spray painted the numbers/letter using black spray paint, and number stencils found at hardware store {of course your numbers will mean something to you}

5. old frame/chicken wire, stapled on back

I’m sure I’ll get tired of my hipster pillows and add something different to them before too long, but for now I love them!

She (still) {hearts} nourish organics

 

Just about a year ago, I reviewed Nourish Organics here on She {hearts} It and I love this company so much that I’m back at it again.  Nourish Organics is an organic skincare company owned and operated by sweet Olivia, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for a few years now. Her passion for chemical-free, safe, 100% natural, nourishing skin care is so inspiring, especially to a momma of little ones.

As I’ve said before, I’ve tried just about every product in Nourish Organics‘ line and am hooked. My favorite products are the sweet orange sugar scrub (so moisturizing and smells delicious), the organic peppermint wash (so invigorating) and organic peppermint lip balm (I love the peppermint flavor and the non-waxy, moisturizing formula). I use the organic coconut balm to soothe my sensitive skinned-kids’ eczema and diaper rash.

 

I was elated when Olivia offered to let me try the new organic grapefruit wash. I am a sucker for anything citrusy, and the refreshing scent of this wash is delightful. Made with renewable, organic oils, the formula is super moisturizing and perfect for spring (who am I kidding, it’s perfect for all year long). This wash tops my list of favorite body products, and it is a daily treat to use it in the shower.

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Check out Nourish Organics‘ line of super-moisturizing, organic, amazing-smelling washes, scrubs, balms, and oils.  This skin-loving line is all natural, providing peace of mind in the care of your skin, and your babies’ skin, too.

 

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Use code “sheheartsit” for 15% off your organic grapefruit wash purchase until 3/19/13.

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Olivia is offering an 8oz bottle of Nourish Organics‘ new organic grapefruit wash to one lucky reader!

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She {hearts} NatureBox

We all like our snacks in this house. Sometimes, we like them a little too much! It’s nice to see a company like NatureBox helping a Mom like me make snacking easier AND healthier. With a monthly subscription of $19.95, you will receive a Discovery Box stuffed full of nutritionist-approved snacks. Each month is different, so your test buds won’t get bored. And they are so sure you will love your healthy snacks, they will happily issue you a refund if you aren’t completely satisfied (and you can cancel at any time!

In the sample box we received, we got the Wild Berry Bunch (a great alternative to sugar-filled fruit snacks), All Natural Yogurt Pretzels, Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars, Peanut Butter Nom Noms, Cashew Power Clusters (I ate the whole bag in one sitting, YUM!), Blueberry Almond Bites, and my personal favorite, Sunshine Chips (a great alternative to potato chips made up of sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and green beans, tossed with delicious sea salt). The serving sizes were perfect: not too much, and not too little. My hubby even snagged a bag or two to take to the office for his mid-day snacking.

In addition to the monthly subscriptions, NatureBox is offering an “EasterBox” (for a limited time) in hopes to replace the candy and high sugar treats stashed in Easter Baskets all across the country this year. If you order by March 15 it is guaranteed to be on your doorstep by Easter. Filled with SEVEN full-sized snacks and not requiring any membership, this is the perfect time to try out NatureBox.

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To see all that NatureBox has to offer visit their website or facebook page for more details.

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Use code SNACKHEALTHY for $10 off your first box.

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She {hearts} Puj

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Puj (pronounced “pudge”) is a company founded by a creative couple seeking to create products to “simplify parenthood.” As a parent, I know most of us need all the help we can get while on this crazy, challenging, ever-rewarding journey!

Puj‘s innovative products are not only appealing because of their purpose to simplify the care of your baby, but also because of their stylish and modern designs. Puj’s products include the Puj Tub (a soft, space saving, baby cradling bathtub), the Puj Flyte (an even more compact, space saving, travel friendly baby bathtub), Puj Unos (adorable, breathable, machine-washable, symmetrical baby shoes) and the Puj Snug (a flexible, ultra soft bathtub spout cover that is mildew resistant and made from recycled materials).

Puj graciously sent me a Puj Snug to try out. Not only is this soft spout cover adorable, but I love that it is non-absorbent to resist mold and mildew. My crazy kids love to splash around in the tub, so bumps are inevitable. I love the protection that the Snug provides to their baby shampooed heads! The Snug is also BPA/formamide/PVC free and made from reclaimed materials. It is flexible to fit most any bathtub spout, while still giving easy access to the shower diverter. I also love how the water still runs out of the faucet normally with the Snug, unlike other similar products that I’ve tried that make the running water spray everywhere and freaks my kids out! My kids LOVED having a new “friend” in the tub with them during bathtime, and my 3 year old daughter was sure to keep Mr. Elephant clean and rinsed. The day after their first bath with the Sung, my 22 month old son was eating dinner and announced “There’s an elephant in there!” when I mentioned bathtime. Needless to say, the Snug was a hit in our household, for both mama and babies!

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Puj’s baby care products range from $15 to $45 and can be purchased directly through their website. Also, be sure to “like” Puj on Facebook and follow Puj on Twitter to stay in the loop on new products and more giveaways of their fun products!

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Puj would like to give away a Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover to one lucky She {hearts} It reader.

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She {hearts} Metamorphic Toys

Do you write “love notes” to your family? You will often find me tucking away a cute little note in my son’s lunch box or my husband’s suitcase to remind them just how much I love them and can’t wait to see them again. So when I got a chance to review the Metamorphic Toys Everythingland Mailbox, I knew this would be an easier way to leave those little notes, and also get them involved in writing them as well.

Metamorphic Toys, the maker of Eco-Friendly Educational Art Toys must have been after my heart upon it’s conception. We are a house full of creative souls and unique artists, but we also like to keep things clean and simple too. The Everythingland Mailbox comes bare as can be, a raw and blank canvas of Made in the USA recycled materials. I love how my kids were able to exercise their minds by discussing how we were going to decorate and personalize the mailbox, before ever opening a jar of paint or holding a marker in their hands. They talked about their favorite colors and shapes, and what was going to go where on the mailbox. They even spent a lot of time picking which of the Eco-Art U-Stick’Em’s they were going to use. My 3 and 5 year old didn’t come up with a very cohesive theme, but they did work together and the end product was a creation of their own imaginative minds.

Now, the mailbox sits in the living room, where everyday someone leaves a cute little note of love and appreciation for another member of the family. I am a big fan of “warm fuzzies” and that is what you get when you read a letter or receive a colored picture, that is made especially for you, found in the Family Mailbox.

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Metamorphic Toys, maker of Green Toys that Inspire Creativity and Imaginative Play would love for you to check out ALL of their products, found on their website.

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She {hearts} homemade kitchen cleaning products

In an effort to try and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, as well as save as much money as possible, I have turned to making some of my own homemade cleaning products lately. And in the age of Pinterest, there is a plethora of recipes and instructions that can be found with a simple tap of your touchscreen telephone.

I have taken the bit of knowledge I already have had and combined it with the recipes I found and came up with some great, homemade products that are so easy to make, you may even have the ingredients already in your kitchen!

1. All-Purpose Cleaner 

Ingredients:

1 part white vinegar

1 part water

5-10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oils

5-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oils

I decided to add Tea Tree Oil for it’s powerful, yet safe disinfectant qualities, and the Lemon Oil for a fresh, citrus-y scent (and also to mask the vinegar smell because I’m not a fan of it). I put it in a spray bottle and keep it on our counter so I can get to it easily. This cleaner can be used just about anywhere, from the counters to the floors and everything in between.

2. Drain Refreshener

Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup White Vinegar

Pour Baking Soda down the drain. Pour Vinegar in on top of it and QUICKLY cover with drain plug so the foam goes DOWN your drain, and not right back up. Let sit for 15 minutes or so. Then rinse with LOTS and LOTS of hot water. I have also been told that this is a good way to unclog a kitchen sink as well (and if you are using this to unclog, let the solution sit twice as long before rinsing). Fortunately, I have not had a clog in my kitchen drain yet (knock on wood), so I only use this to help clear out any junk that might be hanging around and giving it that funky smell.


3. Dishwasher Detergent

Ingredients:

1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda) (this can be found in the laundry aisle)

1 Cup Borax (this can be found in the laundry aisle)

1/4 Cup Kosher Salt (NOT Table Salt)

1/4 Cup Fruit Fresh (this can be found in the canning section)

I will admit, this product is working wonderfully for me, but I have read  that many people have to tweak it to work just right. It all depends on if you use a separate rinsing agent or not, or how hard your water is. But believe me, once you figure out what works for you, you will be pleased at how much money you can save and how much cleaner your dishes actually end up being.

I can’t tell you how much I have learned from my favorite website, One Good Thing by Jillie. All of these homemade cleaners I mentioned were found on her site, some I followed her instructions to a “T” and some I changed a little bit.

Do you make your own cleaning products? If so, please share your secrets!