Once upon a time, in a land far away, moms actually took time for themselves, shopped and coordinated outfits. Excuse me, can I go there please? I seem to find myself rushing around on a continual basis, as I shuffle kids from place to place, often overwhelmed by the day itself and the full schedule. [Read more...]
You would never know from the snow falling outside that Spring is right around the corner would you? I hear birds chirping, and I can see loads of deer prints through our yard, so the activity has started but what I don’t see are clean windows! I love when the sun intensely blares through the window and the floors are warmed from the light cast onto each tile in the kitchen. Sun brings a smile to my face and makes me stir with creativity and launch into a bunch of new projects. Clean windows that don’t have a fog on them on either side make me happy. I do admit to being OCD in many aspects of life but windows brings a whole new architecture into the discussion when I look through one that is smeared, foggy, hazy or streaked. Is there a one stop cleaning source that can brighten my windows, keep them haze-free and streak-free? There actually is, but it is not the product you might be thinking of.
For years I used cleaners that were incompetent at actually doing more than smudging and no I don’t believe WINDEX is a perfect cleaner. All the knock-offs of that brand are not better they are just cleaners in a bottle that we pay at least $2.79 a bottle. Wipes were the next best thing, as these sheets each offered a new chance to clean up the windows and see things more clearly. Admittedly, I am guilty of purchasing these 24 packs of glass wipes and using them in one cleaning session as they make cleaning an obsession as they are so easy to use. However, the cost of these glass wipe sheets are hardly conducive to a frugal purchase and you don’t get more than about one car window or one small mirror out of any wipe.
There just has to be an easier way to clean up windows and make them sparkle clean without over-spending. My mom had forever used a cleaning solution that was ammonia, water and vinegar. My eyes forever burned, but her windows glistened. Not wanting to introduce that combination into my home I experimented with something my one Aunt had told me about years back when we first got married: “Dana, never throw away your newspaper, always keep it and use it with a window cleaner.” I listened to her, and I used to clean my car windows with newspaper religiously, then I looked at my hands, gloves and the mess that the paper transferred and this obsessiveness compulsive chic dumped those papers right into the recycle bin as that mess on my hands, and everywhere else drove me over the edge. I will say this, the combination of window cleaner and papers worked very well, but the mess of paper print transfer is a bit hard to deal with.
My final try has been the most FRUGAL attempt ever. Now, I will tell you the smell on this is a bit gross, but the look is impeccably clean, sensationally clear and your windows will glisten without streaks. In order to achieve the perfect, clear, haze-free, glistening window or mirror gather the following supplies:
1) 100% cotton cloth – no spandex, no microfiber junk, just good old fashioned 100% cotton, like an old sheet.
2) 1 bottle of vinegar – White – any brand
3) 1 spray bottle - empty, clean and waiting to be filled up with super solution! Fill the bottle with the vinegar, that’s right, straight vinegar.
4) Spray the window, misting lightly, top, middle and bottom, in that order, so that it can drip to the level below. (I told you I am obsessive)
5) Start at the top left or right and work your way across the window, flip your cloth and repeat all the way down.
6) When you have made it to the bottom of the window, then in a clock-wise, square motion, clean the most outer rim or the glass all the way around.
7) Repeat on the outside(if you are doing windows) or just finish if this is a mirror.
8) As an added step, I always have a dust cloth with me and I clean the ledge and the blinds, but again this is just my obsessiveness and a way I feel complete with the project.
Your windows will sparkle, the light will bless your floors, walls, counters and everything else, just be warned, light shows dirt, so you know that means I am off cleaning again, tireless but happy. The use of vinegar as a cleaning solution is the most frugal find I have ever used and the results will astound you. Get ready to put a little sparkle into your life with great, clean windows.
All I can say is WOW what a learning experience our most recent travel to the fun attractions was. While we do travel to Florida, and the parks regularly, this trip was an eye-opener as I began really paying attention to time and how we spent it. After taking my kids to Disney, Universal Orlando and LEGOLAND in the last week, I can clearly tell you differences between parks, staff, eateries and lines. [Read more...]
How often do you get to go somewhere and bring the kids for free? That is what the dealio is at the Parenting Expo in Monroeville, they don’t expect you to be a parent and then leave the kids at home, bring them. If you have kids under 14 tote them with you and let them have a blast. Parents, you will have a lot of information that you can gather and use for yourself and it’s all under one roof, but it’s only two days, so make sure to mark this as a MUST DO activity in Pittsburgh, on either March 8 or 9th or even visit both days!
As a busy parent myself, I was glad to see that the kids were free. I would feel guilty working all week and then leaving my kids behind, so the producers of this show really get family time! Woot Woot, now if only there was some way to keep them busy while we are there. Did I just say that out loud? In fact I won’t be the only one enjoying the expert speakers there will be lots of other activities that appeal to the entire family( I better watch those out loud thoughts, lol)
Giveaways? I have some inside scoop on this. What if you won this? Your kids would think you are the ultimate parent! The Parenting Expo is going to giveaway 3 55″ LED TV’s and all that has to be done is a simple registration, so make sure you register. Just think Steelers, Pirates and Pens on a brand new humongous television. As for the kids, 3 lucky winners are going to win a Baby Einstein Rhythm of the Reef Collection which includes a play gym, activity saucer, rocker and prop pillow – these kids sure are going to be fit!
Radio Disney Pittsburgh will be on-site with interactive entertainment, prizes and the hottest music from today’s biggest young artists for the whole family
Ryer Martial Arts Academy- Martial arts and anti-bully program for children of all ages
Mike The Balloon Guy amazes children and adults alike with outrageous balloon hats, wearable costumes, animals of all kinds and just about anything you can think of that can be twisted into balloon art.
Professionals from the police department, fire department, poison control center and other agencies will be available to answer your questions on how to install car seats properly to fingerprinting your kids for their own safety and much more.
Face painting- talented artists offer dozens of creative choices, elaborate or simple, including cheek art, full faces, and arms or hands.
- There will also be Exhibitors on hand with hands-on product demos from local as well as national companies.
I am so ready for this Parenting Expo and I am definitely going to bring the kids, so I don’t feel that mom guilt! See you March 8 and 9th at the Parenting Expo in Monroeville.
Giveaway ends March 5 at 11:59P – Your codes will be mailed to you so you can print them out, please note, that if you do not respond within 24 hours you will not longer be considered the winner.
If travel had a middle name lately it would be Dana, that’s right, me! I have been up and down the East Coast over the last month, seeking out fun destinations, stops, lodging and attractions so why would this weekend gone by be any different? This weekend we traveled to Niagara Falls, USA and sought out all the fun stuff to do, even when it is cold outside. [Read more...]