Best Shot Monday – 11/12/07

NaBloPoMo – Day 12

I admit I didn’t take my camera out at all this week until Sunday. And even then, it was only because Best Shot Monday was creeping up on me and I had to have something to share. ;)

The kids were playing in the yard, and Julian, my baby toddler, captured my attention.

My best shot is Julian “getting away.”

Julian getting away - 11/11/07

And I’m sharing this second one just because I think he’s cute.

Cute boy 11/11/07

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Shopping, parties, leaves and more

NaBloPoMo – Day 11

It was a busy weekend around here (the first of many!), complete with a Lantern Walk and potluck dinner (celebrating Martinmas) at Ava’s preschool, a housewarming party at my friend‘s new (and gorgeous) house, more leaf raking and bagging (we’re finally done!), a haircut for Ava, Freecycling a table and chairs set, as well as birthday (Julian) and Christmas toy shopping.

wooden blocksThanks to a tip from my friend Melissa, I spent over an hour on Saturday looking through toys at Tuesday Morning of all places. They got a shipment of German wooden toys in and there were deals to be had! :) (They weren’t HABA – how rockin’ would that be? – but they did seem like good quality, lead-free toys.) I’m starting to believe that this desire to find good, quality wooden toys is an addiction. I’m on the lookout for them where ever I go – thrift stores, consignment stores, and now – thanks to Melissa – closeout stores as well. LOL

I hope to write about my wonderful wooden finds in the next week or two and actually compose a Crunchy Domestic Goddess Holiday Gift Guide of sorts. :) Won’t that be fun?! :)

Green tip of the week #1 – save your leaves

compost pile

NaBloPoMo – Day 10

Green tip of the week:

When raking up your leaves this fall, be sure to set aside a bag or two to keep and use as “brown” (dry) material for your compost bin/pile throughout the coming year. That way you’ll always have some on-hand when you need it.

Have any green tips you’ve recently learned? Please email them to me and I may include your tip along with a link to your site or blog in a future post. :)


Lily’s Garden Herbals natural cleaners – review and giveaway

EDITED TO ADD: This giveaway has been concluded.

NaBloPoMo – Day 9

In my opinion, there are four things necessary to make a good cleaning product.

  1. It has to be non-toxic.
  2. It has to have a pleasant smell.
  3. It has to be affordable.
  4. It has to get the job done.

Lily’s Garden Herbals natural cleaning products accomplish all of these things.

After our recent run-in with the stomach flu, I needed to do some serious bathroom cleaning. I put Lily’s Garden Herbals All Purpose Clean (All Purpose Cleaner – 32 oz. – $6.50) to the test. The bathroom was sparkling in no time and I didn’t have to worry about keeping the kids at bay while I worked for fear of toxic smells overpowering the house. Made with essential oils and distilled water, the All Purpose Clean is effective and has a pleasant, even refreshing, smell.

I also tried out Lily’s Garden Herbals Glass Clean (Non-Toxic Glass Cleaner – 32 oz. – $5) on our sliding glass door. With two dogs and two little kids in and out of the house all day long, this door needs frequent cleaning. I have to admit it outperformed my simple homemade vinegar and water solution, and smelled better too. And, of course with it being non-toxic, I don’t have to worry if Julian decides to lick the glass. Not that he’s ever done that. ;)

Lily’s Garden Herbals also offers a natural dish cleaner, a toilet bowl cleaner and a wood cleaner, as well as a linen spritzer and antiseptic room deodorizer (which also came in handy after the stomach flu went through our house).

Lily’s Garden Herbals were formulated by Kim Falcone, a mother and herbalist with a deep appreciation for the natural world. All of Lily’s Garden Herbals natural household products are homemade, non-toxic, contain NO chemical ingredients or synthetic preservatives, are biodegradable and never tested on animals.

A percentage of profits from Lily’s Garden Herbals sales are donated to local and global charities in areas of environmental protection, human rights and education.

If you are skeptical about making the switch from commercial chemical cleaning products to natural ones, consider this:

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in commercial use today. Less than one percent
    have ever been tested for safety, especially for neurotoxic effects.
  • Companies are not required to disclose their complete ingredients in household,
    personal care and cleaning products or to test for safety.
  • Over 200 human health conditions have now been linked to environmental toxins. These include not only cancer but disorders such as autism, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, immune/endocrine system disorders, asthma, and migraines.
  • Children are the most vulnerable to toxins due to their size, weight, and also risk of exposure during critical stages of development that could have life-long consequences.
  • More facts about toxic chemicals in everyday products can be found on this fact sheet provided on Lily’s Garden Herbals’ web site.

All Purpose CleanWin it!
If you would like to win a 32 oz. bottle of Lily’s Garden Herbals All Purpose Clean, please leave me a comment stating what kind of cleaning products you currently use and why you would like to try Lily’s Garden Herbals AND link to this review/giveaway on your blog. (Non-bloggers are eligible as well, but you must tell a friend about the giveaway). Deadline to enter is Nov. 19. The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on Nov. 20.

Not gonna do it

NaBloPoMo – Day 8 

Julian is not gonna do it. Eat, that is.

The boy has refused pretty much all food since he had the pukies last week. Once he recovered from the pukies, he’s had to contend with getting two more top teeth, bringing his total toothy count to 8 once this last pesky incisor comes through. He’s decided the best way to deal with the pain of teething is to stop eating. I can’t blame him for not wanting anything to come in contact with his mouth other than a soft boob or his fingers. He’s been gnawing on his hands like crazy. But, I do hope that he will consider eating again … someday.

Since he’s pretty much off the solids, his poop has returned to that mustardy new baby poop. And while I’m happy that it’s no longer odorous, it sure is messy.

Being that this is my second time around, I am not freaking out about his lack of food intake as much as I’m sure I would’ve have been if it was Ava. In fact, I recall plenty of occasions where a food strike on Ava’s part would send me into a tizzy. Why is she not eating? Is she going to be OK? Will she ever eat again? But having been through all of that once before and knowing the day will come when he will eat again (when he’s ready), just as Ava did, I can throw my anxiety to the curb and just enjoy all of the cuddly, nursing time we’re getting in these days. Still, you may see me do a little happy dance when that day arrives. ;)

The I Make Milk shirt goes to…

Thank you to everyone for sharing your favorite breastfeeding memories in the World Series contest. I really enjoyed reading them all. :)

The winners have been chosen by Random.org. The winner of the I make milk. What’s your superpower? shirt is #76 – Stacy, who left a comment at 8:39 p.m. on Nov. 3. Congratulations!

The runners up, who will receive a Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker, are #62 – Vicky who left a comment at 5:29 a.m. Nov. 2, and # 2 – Phyllis, who left a comment at 7:57 p.m. Oct. 30. Congrats!

I will be emailing the three of you soon. :)

Here’s a link if you’d like to get your own Superpower shirt. Add it to your holiday wish list. You know you wanna. ;)

Thanks again to Tanya for organizing the friendly bet and contest. :)