4 of Toads treasures

Gone are the days full of shopping, traveling to foreign lands, & staying up until the wee hours of the morning just for fun. (Many of you know exactly what I'm talking about!)

For now, I just need a few simple things to keep me going. And lately, these are a few "treasures" I've found that bring a smile to my face and maybe one to yours too!:)

Not just for windows!

I knew that vinegar was good for windows, but didn't realize it can be used as a sanitzer as well! I love it because its cheap (I just add 1/4 cups to a spray bottle full of water) and most importantly I have a great cleaner that isn't harmful to my kids. (If you haven't done any reading lately, many cleaners have so many harsh chemicals that are so bad for us to breath and be around...just walk down isle at the store that sells all the cleaning supplies and you'll know what I'm talking about!)

I use it on my windows, toilets (it eliminates smells...a must when you have little boys:), sinks, and floors. It smells like vinegar for a little while, but goes away quickly and isn't any worse smelling than a regular cleaner.

I found this great little website that has some great "Green" suggestions and recipes using vinegar, baking soda, other cleaning tips. It also says this:

"White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical."

So grab a spray bottle for a buck, get some vinegar, and go for it!

No Longer Cardboard
Remember when you took your 1st bite of a Clif bar and it tasted like cardboard? Gone are those days! My latest favorite little snack are these great Kids Organic Clif Zbars that I got at Costco. They are the perfect size (not too much to handle) and they taste so good!

My favorite is the brownie one. Ethan likes the chocolate chip. I picked them up at Costco. They were around $11 for 12 or 14. I've seen them online 6 for around $4.50.

I can't wait to take these to the pool this summer!

Lovin' Soft Hands & Bums
Our little family is plagued with rough, eczema ridden skin. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I have tried everything, and this Aveeno Baby Moisture Cream is so great. This is NOT to be confused with the Aveeno baby Lotion which doesn't even come close to the moisture the cream gives.

Its the only thing (beside prescription creams) I can find to keep my babes from itching like crazy...granted I think they hooked up our water line directly to the Great Salt Lake which doesn't help. So if you don't have water softener (or even if you do) this stuff if worth a try. I also keep it my by sink and use it as handcream. I love it.

You can pick it up pretty much anywhere--Target, Walmart, etc for about $4-5.

Turn Off Your Fan!

This little treasure is for those of you running those fans to drown out the sounds of your house so your little ones (or you) can sleep without interuption. Yes, we too have gasped as we got our power bill after running our fans what seems like 24/7.

I've gotten sound machines before, but they either drove me nuts (enough with the seagulls already) or I had to use batteries (total pain). If you can relate at all, let me introduce you to the DexBaby sound machine.

This little guy was on display at the Lactation Station (anyone who knows a little about me knows the time I've spent there) and it was love at first sight. It plugs in (and comes with the 9V cord you need to avoid batteries), you can choose single or multiple sounds (we love the ocean option...without a buoy or birds), it will run non-stop all night long (not just 60 minutes), & its only $24.95!

So there go you! If you have any friendly comments feel free to post...I'd also love to hear any "treasures" you may love!


Daisha said...

I've got to get one of those sound things, or maybe two! I've been running the humidifier even without water to block out the noise in our little place. Thanks for the tips.

Lindsay said...

oooh I really like the vinegar idea, I use it for my windows and floors, but I'll try it in the bathroom! I'll also have to look for the cream. Can grown ups use it? I have very bad dry hands.

Unknown said...

Yes, its great for grownups! I keep it by my sink and love it.

Tanya said...

i know vinegar is great! i don't know what i would do without it. i think about those cliff bars sometimes. they really are good.

Lindsay said...

Yes. I need a new sound machine. Two of them actually. Does it have the white noise sound that sounds like a fan? And it does run on batteries too if you need to take it somewhere (like Lake Powell) right?

Unknown said...

Yes on the batteries. (And its super light we took ours to Oregon and it was great.)

As far as a "fan" sound...the closest thing to a fan is the wind sound, but its not as loud as the ocean.

The rain actually sounds more like white noise to me and may work for you. If you're in the area you should drop by and test the one she has on the counter at the Lactation Station...let me know if you need the address. :) And have fun at Lake Powell this summer!!:)

Tanya said...

i tried to buy those bars at costco yesterday. they didn't have them :(

McNett Family Blog said...

Love vinegar too! I just order the sound thing, thanks for the suggestion.

stacey said...

I love using vinegar!!! It works wonders in the dishwasher instead of jetdry or other rinsing agents- there's really no comparison- it just works soo much better! I love your blog!

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