2 months ago, I ordered some natural laundry stuff off of Amazon. I ordered some Inco Little Helpers Wool Dryer Balls & some NaturOli Soap Nuts ( Soap Berries?).
I wanted to give them some time of testing before I wrote a little post. I do 2-3 loads of laundry per week, over about 8 weeks... I thought that was a pretty decent length of time.
So the Dryer Balls are a natural way to soften fabric without any chemical fabric softeners or disposable sheets. They come in a nice drawstring bag. I definitely feel my laundry has come out nice and fluffy and not static-y which is great! The listing says they don't make any noise during drying, but I kind of disagree. While the dryer cycles I can hear them hitting against the inside of the dryer. It isn't alarming or inconveniently loud, but it's definitely something I can hear. Just like if you have a big buckle or zipper that you hear clang against the door while it's drying... same kind of thing. My dryer is in an enclosed laundry nook anyways, so it's really not obtrusive.
One great idea to freshen the scent of clothes is toadd a few drops of essential oils to these balls before tossing them in. I loved this suggestion, but found that no matter how many drops of oils I added to the dryer balls, I still couldn't smell them by the end of the cycle! I'm not sure if theorange oil I used was not good quality, or if I need to add them in the last few minutes of the dry cycle only. Do you have any tips?
Overall I am very pleased with this eco-friendly laundry purchase and will absolutely continue to use these wool dryer balls.
Stop by tomorrow for a post on the soap nuts! :o)
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I have to tell you I was skeptical when DH told me he signed up forHP's Instant Ink program. Basically you pay a certain amount of money per month to HP to print a certain number of pages. They automatically send you new cartridges as needed. I thought we were legit going to be getting ripped off every month.
(I was pleasantly surprised)
"Supposedly" there was a substantial savings to this.
We have never gone over our printing amount, and in fact when you have extra pages leftover, they are in a rollover bank, so you don't ever lose out on pages you've paid for, if you will.
I used to be scouring the deals at Staples, our local office supply store, trying to see when ink was on sale and how to use my rewards to get a discount and I definitely got some good deals, but it also took a lot of time, mental energy, and work planning when to purchase and driving to the store etc.
Now that we haveHP Instant Ink, I love it and I wouldn't look back. Based on what HP is telling me, I'm getting a good value. But even if I wasn't, the sheer convenience of this program is worth the cost to me. But I really do think I am getting a good value.
At $5/month x 12 months thats only $60. To buy a package of ink for our printer (1 XL black and 1 each of cyan, magenta, and yellow) would cost around $100 on Amazon or Staples. And I know we used to replace ink more often than once a year. So I think I am genuinely saving cash, time, effort, gas, mental energy, and more with this program.
I highly recommend it!!!
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It's been about 7 years since I first purchased a Vitamix. I did some odd jobs to save up a hefty chunk of cash to invest in this super-powered machine because of it's great reputation. On the day-to-day, I mainly use it for blitzing up smoothies and pureeing sauces and soups. I've also used it to grind whole wheat berries for flower. But I had never used it to grind spices (or even thought of it, or needed to) until recently.
I went on a muffin-making frenzy one day and after I was elbow-deep in dishes from the first round of muffins and started the second (two different varieties), I realized we had NO ground cinnamon in the house. NONE. How does this happen!?! How did I not realize?? I checked my backup spice shelf, but nope. Everything but cinnamon. How can you make cinnamon apple streusel muffins with no cinnamon? *sigh* To go out of the house at this point just felt painful. *double sigh* After all, there was probably muffin batter in my hair! You never know.. ;p
But just then I realized I had some cinnamon sticks and I've had a Vitamix for almost a decade! DUH MOMENT! I just tossed a couple of those sticks into the dry container and in a matter of moments they were blitzed to powder. When I opened the lid it was the most gloriously intense cinnamon smell I have ever inhaled! The muffins were amazing and, while it was never in question, this justreaffirmed my love of my Vitamix. <33
Do you grind spices fresh or buy them already ground? I usually buy them pre-ground, but this has inspired me to do some spice-grinding of my own in the future!
If you love Earl Grey tea.... You will love using this essential oil!
I have been enjoying it in my diffuser. I no longer need to buy chemical-laden room sprays because I can just use my diffuser with essential oils and get nice scents and health benefits as well!
This has a unique citrusy smell and comes from Italy.
It's cold pressed from the peel of the bergamot orange.
Ideas for using it from the company:
Diffuse for emotional and mental benefits
massage diluted for physical ailments
I think it would be interesting to add this to a natural deodorant for the scent and the natural deodorizing properties.
In addition to the oil uses itself, the company donates a significant amount of their profits to various non-profits. My bottle indicated 7.5%, but the company is now indicating 13%. I'm not sure if that is an adjustment and my label is not up to date, or if the % varies, but it really seems that 13% is the current rate and the cause relates to human trafficking. Helping victims as well as educating providers and people to help victims of human trafficking. It's always nice to know your purchase is helping your family and someone else.
I received this bottle for free to test and review. Still, I hope my opinion and research have been helpful!
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Leftovers or packing lunches are great ways to save money and eat healthier. These containers have three separated compartments which allow you to keep your foods separate and also to control portions. Score!
Store hot or cold foods in these containers, up to 33 ounces.
Microwave and dishwasher safe - They are actually safe up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit!
There are grooves on the bottoms so that they will rest nicely on top of each other to stack. They don't actually CLICK into place, but that is kind of a good thing because sometimes, when you're in a hurry especially, it's a nuisance to try to pry two containers apart without causing a scene.
Speaking of prying containers... don't try it with these. I was too excited to open the lid (and it was on there gooood) that I actually cracked the rim of one of them. Maybe it was a total fluke, but it can happen. It happened to me.
Regardless, I think these containers are nice to have on hand for yourself or the family, but I also love the idea of sharing a meal with someone so these are perfect to give someone a meal in and if they don't return the container... not a huge deal!
This set was provided to test and review.
Find it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TCx5fU
These shoe bags feel nice and soft. They have some stretch to them to make it easier to get your shoes in, especially if they are bulky or high heels. I tested putting a flat shoe, a very high heeled shoe, and a pair of women's leather work boots in and they all fit! All shoes were women's US size 8 and there was a lot of room at the back, so if you have larger feet, don't worry, there is plenty of space plus they stretch!
These are a good idea for traveling especially, so you don't get your nasty shoe bottoms all over your stuff. You can easily wash these bags afterwards. Also great to store shoes and when moving, I could see it being nice to give a little more protection to some of your more special shoes.
My main use for these will probably be for travel though!
This set was sent to me to test out and review.
Shooin Shoe Bag Product Link: http://amzn.to/1IjZ4zP
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These. Are. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have some magnetic spice jars on the side of my fridge and for months I have wanted to "paint" them with some chalkboard paint I had so I could keep them labeled. Do you think I ever got around to doing that? Of course not...
In comes these chalkboard labels! I never even thought about this as an option. Totally worth it for the quality, convenience, and how much time I saved! They were so easy to apply, easy to smooth out air bubbles, and surprisingly easy to remove and re-apply if needed. I used the largest sized circles for my spice jars and I love the way it turned out. It looks much more uniform (besides my handwriting) and easy to make sure you grab the right spice. You don't want to mix up paprika and cayenne pepper or cinnamon and cumin or basil and oregano. Of course they all look different next to each other but if you are cooking in a hurry and just grab too fast, you may have a mix up and that could either create an amazing new dish, or... more likely... could ruin a dish you were working hard on!
Anyway.. I really like these labels. There are 3 sheets and 3 sizes of circles. That means you get:
I think that is a nice amount and will give you the opportunity to use them for a variety of things.
It's so nice be able to wipe off and write something else when you need to later. I am really pleased with these labels.
They also gave a door hanger. This is cute. I gave it to my husband and wrote "At work" and "At play" on either side, so when he is in the office I will know if he is busy or if I should barge in. LOL
Find it on amazon: http://amzn.com/B00WTV6O3K
I received them for free to review based on my personal experience and opinions.
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I love love love love LOVE silicone baking cups. I hated always buying cupcake liners and then throwing them away. Unless you're baking for someone else where sometimes its more convenient to have a disposable liner, I think silicone baking cups are fabulous.
I love this set from BellaRona which comes in 6 colors - 2 of each color. It also comes with an adorable little silicone decorator pen which was a great bonus!
You'll notice on the bottom they have the dishwasher symbol. Hooray! Although, I will probably still hand wash them because my dishwasher is crazy.
These are BPA Free also.
Save money on buying cupcake liners.
Make a great gift for a baker, cupcake lover, or yourself! ;-)
I have used silicone baking cups not just for cupcakes and muffins, but also for rice and veggie bites, mac n cheese cups, meatloaf and mashed potatoes "cupcakes", breakfast cupcakes. Basically I love everything in the shape of a cupcake so I can't get enough of these things.
These ones I received for free to review!
You can find them on amazon here: : http://amzn.com/B010ZHPRWI
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