Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Easy Life

Life is not easy. It is hard. Being a mom is hard, being a wife is hard, being a friend is hard. Life is busy and there are a million things going on all the time. Because of this fact of life, I am always searching for things that will make my life easier. I am a sucker for any product that seems like it will make a necessary evil easier, or will improve my life. I am open to trying now things and if you tell me it is great chances are I will try it.
A few years ago I discovered the magic eraser. I know many of you have heard me go on and on about the wondrous joy of this cleaning product. I cannot say enough good things about how awesome it is. I know that it is advertised to clean marks off the wall, but don't even bother. If your paint is not gloss it will leave marks. However, the eraser has other much more impressive talents. It will clean a bathtub like no body's business. We live in an old house with an old porcelain tub. The easiest way to clean the grime off the bottom (which has gotten worse since a little person takes an actual bath all the time) is the eraser. You can see the scum balling up like pencil eraser refuse. I really heart instant gratification cleaning. I like to see that I am making a difference. Cleaning something that looks clean already is not high on my priority list. When I clean with the magic eraser I can see the magic happening! It also works great for cleaning the sink (kitchen and bathroom) especially the stains in the kitchen sink. I basically use it for everything and the best part is they now have generic ones that work just as well. Win, win.
My number one easy, time saving product is the Intuition razor. Again, I have often spoken of the joys of this one to friends, family, basically anyone that will listen. It is awesome. It has the shave cream right on the razor so all it takes is some water. Cuts down shave time by 3/4. I thank you, my husband thanks you, anyone who sees me in a skirt thanks you. It is not the best shave, but it is certainly the fastest. The other downfall is that it is not cheap, but these days, saving a few bucks on my razor is not high on my list. Taking a shower as fast as possible is. I can save money on generic waffles but I have to get in and out of the shower before a one year old tears my house apart.
My new great find, thanks to my mother, is the Mrs. Meyers cleaning spray. Not only does it work well to clean the kitchen, it smells awesome. One product, two objectives. Cleaning and making things smell nice. I personally like the lemon verbena scent, and I love walking into a clean kitchen and it smells like a nice candle has been lit. Since I would have to buy a candle to have one, it seems easier just to clean the counters and enjoy the aftereffects of that. I have not tried it in the bathroom to clean yet, but I would imagine it would work fine for counter tops and fixtures. Bonus, your bathroom will smell great!
My last awesome product that I love is not a time saver but it is awesome and I would be remiss not to mention it. Well, technically it is a time saver because it keeps you from having to go to great lengths to freshen your house. We have two cats and a dog, a litter box, an old house with windows that don't open, a baby, a diaper genie, and several pairs of smelly shoes. All of these things can cause a house to become a little smelly. Enter Freshwave gel to save the day. I happened upon this stuff at Bed, Bath and Beyond and the sales girl, seeing an easy target, immediately sold me on it (she didn't have to try hard. I liked the container). Fresh Wave is this gel/jelly stuff that looks like tiny gooey blocks. Weird, I know. You open it and put it around your house and it absorbs odors. We keep it by the litter box and I have been very pleased with the outcome. When things are smelly in that area I just give the jar of stuff a little shake and it does its thing. The only way to totally get rid of litter box funk is to throw the litter box away, and in turn throw the cats away. Since that is a non option (much to my husband's dismay) I am always on a quest to find something that helps. Freshwave is not cheap. But, it does come in a big jug for a little discount and then you can refill your containers. Also, if you get those nice coupons in the mail for Bed, Bath and Beyond, they are helpful. I have also used it in the Little Lady's room when the poop smell is overwhelming (amazing how that can hang around) and in other rooms when they smell stale or stuffy. Also, it is nontoxic which in this house is a plus!
I am sure there are other things that will come along that I will fall in love with. These are just a few that I am always telling people about and thought I would share. I am not one to only use the tried and true standbys...I like to try new things and am always on a quest for something that will save me time and energy (two things which are a commodity these says!)


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