Thursday, May 31, 2012

Parenting Tip Thursday (No. 9)

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Hey guys! I’ve finally made a return to my parenting tip posts. School was getting overwhelming at the end and a reoccurring post was stressing me out. :) So I am back to get these puppies finished. I have learned so much from this series that I want to continue sharing it with everyone reading!
Today is going to be about Correction and Accountability.
You need to speak with authority, nut not as a dictator. Remind your children that you are here for them to succeed. Gird them up so they can be their best!
There are four main words that we need to use to communication for correction and accountability. They are obey, self-control, honor, and patience. (These words are found in the Bible, a lot.)
1. Obey
Remind them to obey immediately before doing anything else. Look them in the eye and say “obey!” When they want to squabble with you, look them in the eye and say “obey!”
2. Self-Control
Do not let your kids scream to get their way. They need to learn self-control and this is where it starts. You should do this the same way you did with obey. Look them in the eye an say “self-control!” Don’t let kids scream their guts out getting attention (especially in public). When we respond to their hysterics and their drama, they know how to gain your attention. They know how to push your buttons. This is manipulation. And, guess what? They will use that in high school, college, and even as an adult.
3. Honor
Instead of them saying: “I’m sorry for calling you a baby.” or “I’m sorry for calling you stupid.” or “I’m sorry for saying that you’re dumb.” Have them say: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me for not honoring you.”
4. Patience
Now there’s always going to be a 2-year-old or even a 16-year-old that wants to interrupt you when you’re talking to someone else. They’ve got an urgent scene or they have to do something right now. This is when you ask, “Can you be patient?” I’ve been trying to get Tryp to put his hand on my arm and to keep his hand there and that lets me know that he needs to tell me something when I’m engaged in a conversation with someone else. When I get a moment I can address him and then tell him what a wonderful job he did at being patient. Like I said, we are working on this. But if they come to interrupt, you should say, “You’re interrupting. Try again.” Then take their hand and put it on your arm and say, “Put your hand here, okay, and wait patiently.”


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Parenting Tip Thursday (No. 9)

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Hey guys! I’ve finally made a return to my parenting tip posts. School was getting overwhelming at the end and a reoccurring post was stressing me out. :) So I am back to get these puppies finished. I have learned so much from this series that I want to continue sharing it with everyone reading!
Today is going to be about Correction and Accountability.
You need to speak with authority, nut not as a dictator. Remind your children that you are here for them to succeed. Gird them up so they can be their best!
There are four main words that we need to use to communication for correction and accountability. They are obey, self-control, honor, and patience. (These words are found in the Bible, a lot.)
1. Obey
Remind them to obey immediately before doing anything else. Look them in the eye and say “obey!” When they want to squabble with you, look them in the eye and say “obey!”
2. Self-Control
Do not let your kids scream to get their way. They need to learn self-control and this is where it starts. You should do this the same way you did with obey. Look them in the eye an say “self-control!” Don’t let kids scream their guts out getting attention (especially in public). When we respond to their hysterics and their drama, they know how to gain your attention. They know how to push your buttons. This is manipulation. And, guess what? They will use that in high school, college, and even as an adult.
3. Honor
Instead of them saying: “I’m sorry for calling you a baby.” or “I’m sorry for calling you stupid.” or “I’m sorry for saying that you’re dumb.” Have them say: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me for not honoring you.”
4. Patience
Now there’s always going to be a 2-year-old or even a 16-year-old that wants to interrupt you when you’re talking to someone else. They’ve got an urgent scene or they have to do something right now. This is when you ask, “Can you be patient?” I’ve been trying to get Tryp to put his hand on my arm and to keep his hand there and that lets me know that he needs to tell me something when I’m engaged in a conversation with someone else. When I get a moment I can address him and then tell him what a wonderful job he did at being patient. Like I said, we are working on this. But if they come to interrupt, you should say, “You’re interrupting. Try again.” Then take their hand and put it on your arm and say, “Put your hand here, okay, and wait patiently.”


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Reading the Bible in a Year

So recently I made a decision to spend more time in the greatest book ever written. The Bible. On June 1st I am going to start and I would love to have people join me! :)

I am going to start with the New Testament first and then head to the Old Testament.
Here is the link to the plan I found online.

In other news, there are only 2 days left to take advantage of our free membership when you order any product. Click this link to browse Shaklee products.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Starbucks Gift Card Winner

Congrats to Morgan Chandler  for being the winner of the gift card! :) Morgan please email me your address so I can get this mailed out to you! I hope you enjoy it!

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Starbucks Gift Card Winner

Congrats to Morgan Chandler  for being the winner of the gift card! :) Morgan please email me your address so I can get this mailed out to you! I hope you enjoy it!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Guest Post: Organize Your Life


Meet Mary from Organization Matters. We met through Shaklee and come to find out she also lives in NW Arkansas. Her blog gives me so much inspiration and I am blessed to know her! Today Mary is going to show us how to plan our days and stay organized and on task. I love her easy and stress free strategy. Thanks Mary!

As a professional organizer, one of the services I offer my clients is life management consultations. I help clients sort through the demands on their time, identify priorities, and develop a plan that will reduce stress and increase peace. Most moms I work with suffer from feeling overwhelmed. 
I’ve noticed a few things these moms have in common.
-To do lists are unreasonably long for the amount of hours in the day. Often these lists are stored in the brain. .
-With many various obligations vying for time, there is no obvious place to start.
-Avoiding things that we just don’t want to do, but need to be done.
If you can relate to any of the above statements, follow these steps toward a happier, peaceful, and more fulfilling life. During this high-level overview, I will reveal to you my trade secrets on how I help my clients. Each step of this process could be an entire chapter of a book, but I’m summarizing it for you in one blog post.
Step 1) Brain-dump
Take the time to write down every single thing you need to do that is on your mind. These can range in size from go back to college to call your sister. You spend so much time trying to retain the mental list, you lose valuable productivity. All of these things are taking up good space in your brain and when your brain starts to feel too full, you go into stress mode and things start falling through the cracks.
Step 2)  Sort
Items on your list will fit into one of the following quadrants. Go through your list and number each with its corresponding number. This list is now your master to do list that you will use nightly to plan your next day, but not the list you’ll look at throughout the day.

Step 3) Plan Each night, plan your next day. See the form below that I use to guide myself through the day. It is a pretty simple form – one page covers 2 days (I cut them apart). Let’s walk through this planning process while you fill out a form for tomorrow. Making a daily habit of this could change your life.
1. Put the date on the top line.
2. Start with filling in tasks and appointments that have a pre-defined time. Block off the amount of time each takes. For instance, if your child’s sport activity is from 4-5, block off a little bit before 4 until a little after 5. Block off the time it will take for meal times, bed times, and other daily routines.
3. If there is anything important that you have been putting off, plan that into your day first. Maybe it is a big project that can’t be completed in one sitting. Commit yourself to do it for an allotted time, like “work on taxes for 1 hour.” Getting started is often the hardest part!
4. Schedule into your day the important tasks from quadrant #2. This may surprise you that we aren’t starting with #1. If we don’t plan on these quiet, but important things, they don’t get our attention. Any of these things ignored over time, will wreak havoc on every other part of our lives. Even block in time with your kids and time with your husband. Again, set aside the entire time so it is obvious other things can’t be planned in that time-frame.
5. Schedule into your day the items from quadrant #1 that are urgent and important. If an important thing is paying bills, estimate the amount of time and block it off. Do not overfill your day! If you have already run out of room in your schedule, make sure you picked the most important things to focus on and save the rest. Most things aren’t as urgent as we feel.
6. Consider carefully the tasks from quadrant #3 and plan into your day what you can. Often the sense of urgency for these items is coming from an exterior source, and because of pressure to please someone else (like promptly replying to an email or phone call), some quadrant #3 tasks can go parading as #1. If left unlimited, these tasks can often steal our entire day. Be wary of quadrant #3!
*Schedule time to purge your list. Go through the entire master to do list and highlight the things that will literally only take a few minutes. Set aside an amount of time (maybe an hour) and do as many of those tasks as possible, even the unimportant ones. This helps reduce the clutter on the master to do list and consequently reduces the mental clutter.
An example day:

Step 4) Rinse and Repeat
Use up those lists and then start again. I renew my master to do list every Saturday night, so I can feel the peace of a fresh start every Sunday.
I love crossing things off as I go throughout my day. I especially love when something takes less time than I expect and I find myself with an extra few minutes to do something I enjoy. Sometimes things come up in our day that we cannot plan for, like the school nurse calling you to pick up your sick child. The list can wait – your sick child cannot. Toss aside any guilt when these valid excuses come up. Enjoy your time snuggling on the couch! Just be sure that you know the difference between those interruptions and the un-important ones.
Quit living in a frenzy. Make a plan and live it. Adapt throughout the day as necessary. Just keep trying and you will get better with practice! Once you get the hang of planning your life one day at a time, you will drastically increase your productivity, which will give you more time for the important things in your life.
-Mary
{Join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrganizationMatters}
 
 
 
Thanks so much Mary!! This post really hit home for me and I decided to make a daily schedule printable to help me organize my days! Mary has used this printable and she gives it two thumbs up! Wan to download this printable? Go HERE to get it.
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Guest Post: Organize Your Life


Meet Mary from Organization Matters. We met through Shaklee and come to find out she also lives in NW Arkansas. Her blog gives me so much inspiration and I am blessed to know her! Today Mary is going to show us how to plan our days and stay organized and on task. I love her easy and stress free strategy. Thanks Mary!

As a professional organizer, one of the services I offer my clients is life management consultations. I help clients sort through the demands on their time, identify priorities, and develop a plan that will reduce stress and increase peace. Most moms I work with suffer from feeling overwhelmed. 
I’ve noticed a few things these moms have in common.
-To do lists are unreasonably long for the amount of hours in the day. Often these lists are stored in the brain. .
-With many various obligations vying for time, there is no obvious place to start.
-Avoiding things that we just don’t want to do, but need to be done.
If you can relate to any of the above statements, follow these steps toward a happier, peaceful, and more fulfilling life. During this high-level overview, I will reveal to you my trade secrets on how I help my clients. Each step of this process could be an entire chapter of a book, but I’m summarizing it for you in one blog post.
Step 1) Brain-dump
Take the time to write down every single thing you need to do that is on your mind. These can range in size from go back to college to call your sister. You spend so much time trying to retain the mental list, you lose valuable productivity. All of these things are taking up good space in your brain and when your brain starts to feel too full, you go into stress mode and things start falling through the cracks.
Step 2)  Sort
Items on your list will fit into one of the following quadrants. Go through your list and number each with its corresponding number. This list is now your master to do list that you will use nightly to plan your next day, but not the list you’ll look at throughout the day.

Step 3) Plan Each night, plan your next day. See the form below that I use to guide myself through the day. It is a pretty simple form – one page covers 2 days (I cut them apart). Let’s walk through this planning process while you fill out a form for tomorrow. Making a daily habit of this could change your life.
1. Put the date on the top line.
2. Start with filling in tasks and appointments that have a pre-defined time. Block off the amount of time each takes. For instance, if your child’s sport activity is from 4-5, block off a little bit before 4 until a little after 5. Block off the time it will take for meal times, bed times, and other daily routines.
3. If there is anything important that you have been putting off, plan that into your day first. Maybe it is a big project that can’t be completed in one sitting. Commit yourself to do it for an allotted time, like “work on taxes for 1 hour.” Getting started is often the hardest part!
4. Schedule into your day the important tasks from quadrant #2. This may surprise you that we aren’t starting with #1. If we don’t plan on these quiet, but important things, they don’t get our attention. Any of these things ignored over time, will wreak havoc on every other part of our lives. Even block in time with your kids and time with your husband. Again, set aside the entire time so it is obvious other things can’t be planned in that time-frame.
5. Schedule into your day the items from quadrant #1 that are urgent and important. If an important thing is paying bills, estimate the amount of time and block it off. Do not overfill your day! If you have already run out of room in your schedule, make sure you picked the most important things to focus on and save the rest. Most things aren’t as urgent as we feel.
6. Consider carefully the tasks from quadrant #3 and plan into your day what you can. Often the sense of urgency for these items is coming from an exterior source, and because of pressure to please someone else (like promptly replying to an email or phone call), some quadrant #3 tasks can go parading as #1. If left unlimited, these tasks can often steal our entire day. Be wary of quadrant #3!
*Schedule time to purge your list. Go through the entire master to do list and highlight the things that will literally only take a few minutes. Set aside an amount of time (maybe an hour) and do as many of those tasks as possible, even the unimportant ones. This helps reduce the clutter on the master to do list and consequently reduces the mental clutter.
An example day:

Step 4) Rinse and Repeat
Use up those lists and then start again. I renew my master to do list every Saturday night, so I can feel the peace of a fresh start every Sunday.
I love crossing things off as I go throughout my day. I especially love when something takes less time than I expect and I find myself with an extra few minutes to do something I enjoy. Sometimes things come up in our day that we cannot plan for, like the school nurse calling you to pick up your sick child. The list can wait – your sick child cannot. Toss aside any guilt when these valid excuses come up. Enjoy your time snuggling on the couch! Just be sure that you know the difference between those interruptions and the un-important ones.
Quit living in a frenzy. Make a plan and live it. Adapt throughout the day as necessary. Just keep trying and you will get better with practice! Once you get the hang of planning your life one day at a time, you will drastically increase your productivity, which will give you more time for the important things in your life.
-Mary
{Join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrganizationMatters}
 
 
 
Thanks so much Mary!! This post really hit home for me and I decided to make a daily schedule printable to help me organize my days! Mary has used this printable and she gives it two thumbs up! Wan to download this printable? Go HERE to get it.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

100th Post Giveaway

Okay y’all, here it is!

Because I love my readers SO very much AND because I love blogging I am giving away a $5 gift card to Starbucks! I love me some Starbucks!

You could get my favorite: a tall white chocolate mocha. Yummmmmm!

So here’s how you can win this lovely gift card…

Enter a comment when you complete each of these…

-Follow my blog of course. (1 entry)

-Like my Facebook page. (1 entry)

 

Simple and easy! Good luck and I will close the giveaway out on Wednesday May 23rd at 10 PM.

100th Post Giveaway

Okay y’all, here it is!

Because I love my readers SO very much AND because I love blogging I am giving away a $5 gift card to Starbucks! I love me some Starbucks!

You could get my favorite: a tall white chocolate mocha. Yummmmmm!

So here’s how you can win this lovely gift card…

Enter a comment when you complete each of these…

-Follow my blog of course. (1 entry)

-Like my Facebook page. (1 entry)

 

Simple and easy! Good luck and I will close the giveaway out on Wednesday May 23rd at 10 PM.

Friday, May 18, 2012

An update…

I have been a little MIA lately and it’s because life has taken over and left very little time to jot things down a.k.a. blog.
 

What’s been going on lately?

-School has officially come to a close as of yesterday at 12 PM. I am finished with my second year of teaching. I hope those fourth graders learned something from me! :)

-Hank’s job is talking about going to rotating shifts. You may not be familiar with that phrase but basically it means that they may switch shifts as frequently as 3 months, 5 months, or even 3 years. We don’t know exactly what is going to happen yet but I just know that it’s going to drive this planner/scheduler INSANE. :)

-Hank has made TONS of homemade baby food in some really fun flavors and he was even awesome enough to take pictures so I’ll have to work on getting those posted to the blog! Love him!

-Mother’s Day was a hit. My sweet husband and kiddos got me two new pairs of workout shorts for Crossfit and a gift certificate to get a pedicure. I will be going to do that next week! I am so blessed to have two precious babies.

-The big news that I’ve been wanting to share but was not able to is that I’m NOT pregnant but that I got a teaching job in Arkansas! I am beyond happy about this because it’s 20 minutes from my house. It’s in Bentonville at a school with a nontraditional calendar (also known as a year round school). Yes, they still get a short summer break. I will be teaching 3rd grade! This is such a huge blessing for our family and we are grateful for it!

-Next week I’ll be heading to L.A. to meet some more Shaklee girls. (Erin, Jennifer, and Allison)

-My very sweet friend, Elaina, is about to have her second baby in July and I’m hosting her baby shower tomorrow. So I’ve been preparing lots of things for that, which I will hopefully find time to post pictures of! (Summer break=more time)

-My Parenting Tip Thursday posts will be returning again next week but if you are dying to learn more you can get the home study program here. I promise this information won’t let you down!

-I love doing blog design on the side. It’s one of my million hobbies but I love doing digital things on the computer. Check out my latest design: Healthy Branscoms. Yes, you may have noticed that I changed my design too. It may change again soon. I’m not completely happy with it so I’m going to keep messing around with it. Bear (or is it bare?) with me! 

 

Well that’s pretty much all of the update I can give. My memory is pretty much shot. Why didn’t someone tell me that happens after you have kids?

An update…

I have been a little MIA lately and it’s because life has taken over and left very little time to jot things down a.k.a. blog.
 

What’s been going on lately?

-School has officially come to a close as of yesterday at 12 PM. I am finished with my second year of teaching. I hope those fourth graders learned something from me! :)

-Hank’s job is talking about going to rotating shifts. You may not be familiar with that phrase but basically it means that they may switch shifts as frequently as 3 months, 5 months, or even 3 years. We don’t know exactly what is going to happen yet but I just know that it’s going to drive this planner/scheduler INSANE. :)

-Hank has made TONS of homemade baby food in some really fun flavors and he was even awesome enough to take pictures so I’ll have to work on getting those posted to the blog! Love him!

-Mother’s Day was a hit. My sweet husband and kiddos got me two new pairs of workout shorts for Crossfit and a gift certificate to get a pedicure. I will be going to do that next week! I am so blessed to have two precious babies.

-The big news that I’ve been wanting to share but was not able to is that I’m NOT pregnant but that I got a teaching job in Arkansas! I am beyond happy about this because it’s 20 minutes from my house. It’s in Bentonville at a school with a nontraditional calendar (also known as a year round school). Yes, they still get a short summer break. I will be teaching 3rd grade! This is such a huge blessing for our family and we are grateful for it!

-Next week I’ll be heading to L.A. to meet some more Shaklee girls. (Erin, Jennifer, and Allison)

-My very sweet friend, Elaina, is about to have her second baby in July and I’m hosting her baby shower tomorrow. So I’ve been preparing lots of things for that, which I will hopefully find time to post pictures of! (Summer break=more time)

-My Parenting Tip Thursday posts will be returning again next week but if you are dying to learn more you can get the home study program here. I promise this information won’t let you down!

-I love doing blog design on the side. It’s one of my million hobbies but I love doing digital things on the computer. Check out my latest design: Healthy Branscoms. Yes, you may have noticed that I changed my design too. It may change again soon. I’m not completely happy with it so I’m going to keep messing around with it. Bear (or is it bare?) with me! 

 

Well that’s pretty much all of the update I can give. My memory is pretty much shot. Why didn’t someone tell me that happens after you have kids?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy 10 Months Audrey!

Oh Audrey girl…you have made great gains this month! You are so precious and I know I say this all the time but we LOVE watching you grow. You have two precious bottom teeth and love to show them off…10MonthsAudrey

You weigh at least 19 pounds but I don’t have your latest stats. You eat…ALL THE TIME. We are buying 2 cans of formula a week. For each meal you are consuming several cubes of veggies AND fruit. You take 4-6 oz. bottles regularly and we do not see a sippy cup in your future. Daddy tried one a week ago and you weren’t sure of it. No worries. I won’t have a two year old with a bottle. :) hehehe You are wearing 12 month clothes now and it doesn’t seem like you will ever be in the right size now. You are a chunker!IMG_8863c

In other news, you have two top teeth that are trying to make their appearance and you can clearly see them in the picture below. Your gums are swollen and white and the teeth are SO close! We have been losing sleep around here because of these little toofers so we are eager for them to come in. I think one night you were up every two hours but we haven’t had another night like that since so maybe it’s not the teeth?! Who knows. IMG_8867cAudrey, oh sweet Audrey. Your personality is awesome. You are so happy and laid back and going with the flow of life. And not to mention, you have the absolute cutest expressions ever! You like to mock us now…so I’ve had this horrible allergy cough lately and you think it’s funny to fake cough. You are getting so good at walking when holding on to our hands.

 IMG_8871c

You have started sort of crawling. You rock back and forth when on your hands and knees and then you throw yourself forward and get up on your hands and knees again so you are crawling similar to a caterpillar. Which pretty much equates to you being into everything. EVERYTHING. Nothing is safe now.  IMG_8874cIMG_8875c

Then of course when I tell you no (not to get into that), you look at me like this…IMG_8878cYou are precious Audrey and we love everything about you. I’m scared to think that in just two short months you will be a year old. A whole year. Stop the clock. We Love you princess. (Even though is pretty clear that you love daddy more than mommy but I’m not jealous or anything!)IMG_8889c

Happy 10 Months Audrey!

Oh Audrey girl…you have made great gains this month! You are so precious and I know I say this all the time but we LOVE watching you grow. You have two precious bottom teeth and love to show them off…10MonthsAudrey

You weigh at least 19 pounds but I don’t have your latest stats. You eat…ALL THE TIME. We are buying 2 cans of formula a week. For each meal you are consuming several cubes of veggies AND fruit. You take 4-6 oz. bottles regularly and we do not see a sippy cup in your future. Daddy tried one a week ago and you weren’t sure of it. No worries. I won’t have a two year old with a bottle. :) hehehe You are wearing 12 month clothes now and it doesn’t seem like you will ever be in the right size now. You are a chunker!IMG_8863c

In other news, you have two top teeth that are trying to make their appearance and you can clearly see them in the picture below. Your gums are swollen and white and the teeth are SO close! We have been losing sleep around here because of these little toofers so we are eager for them to come in. I think one night you were up every two hours but we haven’t had another night like that since so maybe it’s not the teeth?! Who knows. IMG_8867cAudrey, oh sweet Audrey. Your personality is awesome. You are so happy and laid back and going with the flow of life. And not to mention, you have the absolute cutest expressions ever! You like to mock us now…so I’ve had this horrible allergy cough lately and you think it’s funny to fake cough. You are getting so good at walking when holding on to our hands.

 IMG_8871c

You have started sort of crawling. You rock back and forth when on your hands and knees and then you throw yourself forward and get up on your hands and knees again so you are crawling similar to a caterpillar. Which pretty much equates to you being into everything. EVERYTHING. Nothing is safe now.  IMG_8874cIMG_8875c

Then of course when I tell you no (not to get into that), you look at me like this…IMG_8878cYou are precious Audrey and we love everything about you. I’m scared to think that in just two short months you will be a year old. A whole year. Stop the clock. We Love you princess. (Even though is pretty clear that you love daddy more than mommy but I’m not jealous or anything!)IMG_8889c

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Save your money!


I just realized that my last post was my 100th post! Holy smokes! I feel like it's time to do a giveaway! Who likes giveaways? This girl! :) So after today's post I'll tell you more about the giveaway!


Recently my husband and I have been super serious about saving money and getting healthy. You already know about how we've been getting healthy in our home and guess what? Getting healthy is also helping us to save money! I want to share with you lots of details about how we spend too much money! We are so guilty of it too.


Being frugal isn't a day and night change, it is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle choice. Either you choose to be frugal and thrifty or you don't. I still struggle to make this lifestyle change but I love when I make good choices to be frugal and become a minimalist! :)


Generally people like to have the best of the best. I was the same way and this includes cleaning supplies too. Now of course, I realize that I DO have the best of the best and it saves me money and is helping me and my family!


One question I get from friends and family when they are interested in making the healthier switch to Shaklee is "Where do I start?" I am going to show you where to get started. When you "Shakleeize" your house with safe cleaning products, it is a lifestyle change. You will change your health and your budget.


Let's talk laundry…

 

Before the start of this year we used to be exclusive Tide users so I speak from experience with this particular brand. And I even fell for the little .25 coupons. It doesn't make much of a difference. It is still ridiculously expensive and definitely a luxury. Don't even get me started on the health and safety factor!

They are really brilliant marketers. They come up with fun stuff like this! Is it really hard to just pour some soap in? Does it have to come in a "pod?" This is a luxury folks. And if you have ANY debt whether it be a mortgage, credit card debt, or whatever  (like me) we need to AVOID luxuries (stupid luxuries I might add)!

Honestly, is that even safe for us! Did you know that whatever you wash your clothes in leaves residue and can be absorbed into your skin and into your bloodstream. So scary!
Here is the cost breakdown:


Pods $19 per 77 loads which is .24 per load.
Regular tide $18 per 72 loads which is .25 per load.
Shaklee Laundry Soap is $40 per 224 loads which is .17 per load.


I KNOW what is in Shaklee and how safe it is. Save your health and your wealth! You can click HERE to purchase the Shaklee Laundry Soap.


 
shouts

Shout is something I used to use before we found Shaklee. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. But now that I know now what I know about the chemicals, it scary to think about what we put our kids around! Plus I did find a more economical alternative so this helps. $5 to get out stains?? Seriously? You KNOW people fall for this. And if you aren’t using this all the time it can loose it’s effectiveness over time. You can purchase the Nature Bright HERE. One container of the nature bright can be used for carpets, laundry, upholstery, and tons of other uses! My friend Julia used it to get nail polish out of her suede couches!
oxyclean

I do not have experience with oxyclean. However I did notice the price and it made me almost want to puke. We have a $100 grocery budget. And that includes cleaning supplies, diapers, and food. If I blew almost 10% of my budget on oxyclean, what do you think that does for my family food budget?
I purchase the Nature Bright from Shaklee  for nearly the same price and it lasts me several months. I  get tons of stains out with it! It’s crazy! (Spaghetti stains, marker, formula, etc!) It is safe for the environment and my family's skin.
downy1

$10 for Downy? We used to be Downy people. I was the girl that spent probably almost $300 every week at Wal-Mart in groceries because MOST of it was cleaning supplies. Ridiculous!  I am SO glad that I no longer spend money like that!
downy2
I also hate seeing this: Do not use on children's sleepwear, fluffy fabrics, fleece, velour, chenille, or terry cloth. Do you actually sort your laundry and wash your children's jammies separate? If it isn't safe enough for my kids jammies, I don't want it! This is just more chemicals to be put into their bloodstream via absorbed into their skin anyway.I just want to use ONE product that is good enough for every type of clothing! I don't have time to think about fleeces, velour, jammies, etc. :)
bounce

To be honest, when I did a price comparison on Shaklee vs. Bounce and Downy, Bounce and Downy were cheaper. However I remember reading a study awhile back about how when lab rats were exposed to bounce dryer sheets they died after a few days. Gross. I don't want that in my kiddos bloodstream via their skin. There are some scary chemicals in there!

Shaklee dryer sheets are .10 cents per load or .05 cents if you cut them in half (which I do). You can click HERE to purchase the Shaklee dryer sheets.

Onto the bathrooms… (my least favorite chore)

cloroxfoaming1
Sorry I didn't get the price on this one. I can't remember what it was either but I am guessing around $3 per bottle? I was just so freaked by the contents that I forgot! I hate how it says "keep out of reach of children." Did you know that with Shaklee's products, my kids clean all of the time? I always wonder, if you use it to clean your bathtub and then your child bathes in it, you KNOW it is next to impossible to bathe your child without exposing them to the residue. With the basic h2 I don’t have to worry one bit! You can purchase the Basic h2 HERE.
cloroxfoamingcleaner
Use only in a well ventilated area…I don’t know about you guys by our bathrooms are not well ventilated. Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors? Wouldn't it be nice to purchase products to clean with that don't have warning labels like this on them and are safe for your kids?
comet
This is the back side of a Comet bottle. Don't you love the term they throw in there "Moderately" irritating to eyes, skin, and mucus membrane. Why don't they just say, this will definitely harm you? Comet is only .97 cents by the way. But are you ready to scrub your tub with it and then bathe your kids in it? Is that .97 worth it to you?

 

I just use the heavy duty scour off paste. It is made from cherry pits and is super safe to use! You can purchase that HERE. The paste will last a long time! Want to see how I cleaned my utterly disgusting tub? Go HERE.
bleachdirections
This is the back of the bleach bottle. Did you know that bleach is the most common household cause of poisonings in children and adults in the home? It is highly carcinogenic. Most people are falsely under the impression that bleach is a good cleaner. It is very dangerous, not only for people but for drains and our water system. A great safer alternative is the Basic G {Germicide}. LOVE this stuff! My kids help me clean with it and it is what I use for my bathrooms and trash cans and for mopping floors where pets are around. You can purchase the Basic G HERE. Did you know that to create a 16 oz. bottle of cleaner you only need 1/8 of a tsp.? VERY frugal. One bottle can make over 64 GALLONS of cleaner and last for several YEARS. The basic G is Shaklee's only toxic product and it is only toxic in the pure form. When it is properly mixed with water it is safe for kids to spray with Mom's help :). This is the only product I keep up because the rest are safe for the kids to spray and this one is too in the spray form. Oh and did I mention it kills over 40 pathogens while Lysol and bleach only kill 9?


 
scrubbingbubbles

 

To get you to buy 3 you get a $5 gift card. So what are you going to do with 3 cleaners? They will sit on your shelf and you will never remember how many you already own and then you will buy MORE. So if you spent $21.87 on BATHROOM cleaner you get $5? I used think this was logical and now I see it as total waste. And unhealthy waste.Unless you own a housecleaning business WHO is going to use this much in a reasonable amount of time? It is just wasteful and not to mention harmful.


And onto the kitchen...
dawn

I’ll admit it. I was a dish soap snob. I used to ONLY use Dawn. Why? Because it made the best smells and I thought it worked the best. Nearly $6 and I was going through it like crazy!  Did you know that Shaklee dish soap is 4x as concentrated and foaming? Meaning it lasts 4x as long because you don't need to use as much. Plus its completely safe for the environment and for your family to safely eat off of dishes washed with it. You can purchase it HERE.
 

 Onto the floors (I’m the world’s worst about floor cleaning and the floor is one of the most disgusting places! Since I’ve joined Shaklee I’ve gotten so much better!) :)
bonamurphy

I have heard some people RAVE about Bona. Once again, does it get the mop out and clean it for you too? Because for $10 You can buy a cleaner that will make 48 GALLONS of cleaner that is safer and WAY more economical than Bona.

Bona is $5.99 per 16 ounce spray bottle
Shaklee is .22 cents per 16 ounce spray bottle. I even throw in a few drops of essential oil to make it smell like lemons! :) Then I drop mop my floor with it and it is SO clean and safe for ANY type of flooring. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that people actually buy that for $6. Who would pay $6 for a spray bottle when they could mix their own for 22 CENTS and it is completely safe? Click HERE for the basic h2 for your floors.


 
carpetcleaner
 
You can just use the nature bright for the tough stains. We have leather and we just use the Basic h2. Spray and wipe! :)

getcleanfloors

Please don't waste your money. Just email me your address HERE and I will send you a sample! You will NEVER go back to these ridiculous expensive cleaners.It makes me sad people are wasting money on ALL of these products when 2-3 products can do the job of EVERYTHING in your home!


 
swifferwetjet
 

Not only do you need batteries to use this but you need the replacement pads, the spray, and the MOP. Swiffer makers are making a fortune off of you! How do you feel about that? They are laughing ALL the way to the bank because everyday people are paying tons of money for all of these expensive pieces to go with this product that they will constantly need to continue purchasing. And the chemicals inside are not even safe! Do yourself a favor. Get a regular mop and a bottle of basic h2. You will save TONS!
mrclean

 
And who uses Fabuloso and Mr. Clean? Just get the basic H2!! By the way it smells like nothing. It is just pure and clean. If you want to add any type of essential oils you can. I love adding citrus scents like lemon and orange to my basic h2 to make our home smell fresh. But sometimes I just leave it out and let it be fragrance free and that is just fine too. Just remember that the "smells" you are smelling are just more added chemicals that you and your family do NOT need to be exposed to!


 
windexgreenworks

 
Check out this price. $2.49 and you get a free dish soap when you buy 3. SERIOUSLY. Please do not tell me you fall for this and actually spend $7.47 to get a stupid free dish soap? Because how long will it take you to use up 3 glass cleaners? They are taking your MONEY and your SPACE on your shelf. Oh and did you KNOW you can make Shaklee glass cleaners for pennies for a bottle? You only need TWO drops of basic h2 to make a 16 ounce bottle. Keep your $7.50 and get a bottle of basic h2.

 

There are so many more things I could go on about but I’ve given you PLENTY to read!
I just hate looking down the cleaning aisles any more. So many items for so many things that people buy monthly when you can purchase items that will last you for YEARS and save you tons of money. A bottle of basic h2 (all purpose cleaner) can last for up to 10 months before you have to buy more! The basic h2 costs a little over $10 but think about that divided by 10 months is a little over a dollar a month for a healthy cleaner that is safe for you and your kids!!


If you are SERIOUS about saving your family money on cleaning supplies and making your home healthier, these are the following items I recommend for you.


The Basic G {Germicide}


The Get Clean Starter Kit


The Heavy Duty Scour off Paste


These three items will change your home and the way you clean. These are my 3 favorite products to help families save money and get healthy!


Email me for a free sample of basic h2! :) 


What are you doing to save money on cleaning products?