Hello and Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m linking up with Erica, Narci and Andrea again for their Friday Favorites link up.
Entryway Table Makeover
Several months ago, I was inspired by Pinteresting Plans Entryway Table and my own make over has since been in the process. Finally, this week I got sick of seeing half of the table bare and I enlisted the help of a friend and I successfully completed the look!
If I’m being honest, I actually bought these for Jared as a stocking stuffer this past Christmas. He LOVES brownies and ice cream but only loves them when they’re fresh out of oven leaving me and my not so great willpower to stay away from the rest of the pan. I thought these would be a good alternative to making a whole pan of brownies. While fresh ones from the oven are definitely better, these were pretty good too!
I have had these shoes for a couple of years and love wearing them with just about during the spring and summer, they’re a great transitional shoe. They’re currently on hiatus again as we recover from yet another winter snowstorm here in MN, ugh!
I bought this backpack last spring before we went to Disney World. I thought it was cute and functional, I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up considering it’s price but a year later it’s still going strong! Many times, I ditch my handbag and just have this backpack to hold #allthethings. #momofthree I got it off of Amazon, you can see it HERE. There are several other colorways to choose from as well!
Call me crazy ladies, but these things are on my Favorite list this week. #notyourmamaspressonnails A couple of months ago one of my good friends randomly said she needed to “do her nails” and pulled this package out. They are a set of gel press on nails that you can apply at home. Don’t get me wrong, there’ s nothing better than going into a salon and getting pampered but these are totally awesome if you’re short on time or don’t want to spend the money on regular nail appointments. The package costs around six dollars and there are 3 applications worth. I found them SUPER easy to apply and have seem them in several different colors. I’ve seen them at Amazon, Target and CVS. Has handout else tried them? What did you think? This being the first time I’ve tried them, I’d love to hear any tips you have on filing them down and perfecting your at home manicure!
That’s it for my favorites this week! Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!!
Happy Monday everyone, I’m linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah and Tanya today and recapping our weekend! We kicked off the weekend with a hockey game Friday night, #ofcourse and while Parker and Jared were away at the game Delaney was having a playdate at our house! I didn’t take any pics of Friday evening but here’s one of Camryn snoozing away before the big kids got home from school. #bestillmyheart
On Saturday morning we went to see the Easter Bunny. We always visit the bunny at the community center within our housing association. They always do a great job with photos and also have crafts, a petting zoo and refreshments for everyone to enjoy. The photos of the kids with the Easter Bunny were too funny. Even before it was our turn, Camryn caught a glimpse of the bunny behind the sheer curtain. The moment she saw him, she began clinging onto Jared for dear life and she absolutely WOULD NOT let go. Ha! Her smile says it all, her teeth are clenched and she’s doing a funny half smile…poor girl. The girl’s dresses are from Matilda Jane and their bows are from One Stop Bow Shop. If you have little girls and haven’t tried their bows yet, you’re missing out! They are very well made and come in every color under the sun as well as a zillion different patterns.
After we had our picture taken, the kids enjoyed petting the baby chicks and coloring pictures for the coloring contest.
On Sunday morning we went to church and then went to the pet store. Parker started asking for a pet lizard a few months ago. My answer had been a consistent “no” for a long time but then he started asking for one again. I explained to him that he would have to save up for and purchase the lizard himself. Well, he was able to pull together enough money and we ended up with a new family pet. Ha! I’m actually not really thrilled about having a reptile in our house but I remember my own parents being willing to allow me to have a pet hamster as a child and because of this I was willing to allow Parker a pet I didn’t really want as well. Parker is very excited to have his new pet 🙂
We spent the rest of the day watching football and enjoying the nice weather! It’s supposed to get really cold again this week in Minnesota, ugh! Have a wonderful week!
Before I knew better, I went about choosing what I purchase for our family with regards to household products by what was easily accessible, inexpensive or familiar to me. More often than not, the choices I used to make were carried over from what I grew up with. Over the last several years, I’ve made more of an effort to bring products into our home that are safer my family and for the environment. With so many different products to choose from, we’re often faced with a wealth of misinformation and while we might be thinking we’re making a safe product choice we’re often tricked by “green washing”. Green washing is often used when companies attempt to capitalize on the consumer’s desire to purchase “organic”, “safe” and “environmentally products” by using deceptive advertising strategies. One of the ways I get through all of the misinformation is by using the EWG app on my phone or by going to their website www.EWG.org. The Environmental Working Group provides a wealth of information when it comes to safer options for food, household and skincare products, cosmetics, etc.
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Pods ~ these guys score an A+ on the EWG app, meaning they are one of the cleanest options when it comes to washing your clothing for your family. Why choose a “clean” laundry detergent for your family? Most laundry detergents on the market are petroleum based, petroleum is a know endocrine disrupter which can impact our metabolism, hormones and reproduction. Many laundry detergents also contain fragrance, which are made of phthalates. Not only are phthalates endocrine and hormone disruptors, they are harmful to our air and water supplies. It’s important to note that just because a brand has one A+ rated item, it doesn’t mean that all of their products are rated that way. Adding fragrance significantly reduces how “safe” or “clean” a product is.
This brings me to the second way we’ve switched to safer. We use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. While I sometimes miss the “fresh” smell of Bounce or get frustrated by a little extra clinginess in our clothing, it’s worth it knowing I’m not using products that are both damaging to the environment and harmful to our bodies. I got our dryer balls off of Amazon awhile ago but I know Norwex has them too! In order to get a little extra scent into the laundry, I add a couple drops of Essential Oils to the dryer balls.
Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Pods~ another A+. Choosing a healthier option for your dishwasher detergent will help your family avoid the list of harmful chemicals that are normally used to create detergent, like bleach, fragrance and dyes. These chemicals can potentially cause adverse side effects like endocrine disruption, respiratory issues and carcinogenic effects.
Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner~ A+. I recently placed an order from The Grove and purchased this floor cleaner for both our hardwood and tiled floors. I love the smell and the fact that it’s not leaving behind harmful chemicals.
Seventh Generation Multipurpose Disinfecting Cleaner~ A+. With cold and flu season nearly behind us, this stuff was a lifesaver for us this winter. There are many multi-purpose disinfecting cleaners that score really poorly, for something that you’re spraying all over every surface of your home this is one I’d want to be sure is safe for my family.
This post was just a short round up of some of my favorite household products and how they rate on the EWG. Through this process, I also found out some of our products were not so great (dish soap and hand soap being two of them!) If you haven’t checked out your products before and how they rate on safety, I’d encourage you to do so! We use Amazon’s Subscribe and Save and The Grove to purchase our products. I included a referral link for The Grove it you want to check it out!