The Glorious “Everything” Cloth (aka, Enviro Cloth)

I do believe it’s time for a good review of Norwex’s Enviro Cloth. I like to call this the “everything” cloth because this puppy should be used on almost every single surface of your home with JUST WATER! (no dishes for this guy though). Even think to use it on carpet stains and chocolate milk stains on your white couch (this was me at one point!). What makes the Enviro Cloth so great?

  1. The size of the little fibers. Measuring at 1/200th the size of a human hair, the fibers will remove up to 99% of bacteria from surfaces with just water and NOT spread germs to other surfaces.
  2. The Enviro cloth is PACKED full with 2,000 miles of fiber. That’s longer than the distance from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico! So the cloth is thick and durable.
  3. The fibers are infused with micro silver. Silver prevents bacteria from multiplying (making babies) inside the cloth, self cleaning it between uses. So you simply use the cloth, rinse, hang and let the silver clean the cloth between uses.
  4. Warrantee people. 2 whole years of it! That’s a lot of use for one cloth!

The Enviro cloth gets a solid 10 in my book. It’s amazing what it has cleaned in my home for 5 small kids and a huge dog. Grease, dog messes, spit up, food smears, blood, chicken juice, bathroom grime and more. I haven’t purchased paper towels (sorry, I take that back, I bought 2 rolls for them 2 years ago when we got our puppy) in 4+ years because of this cloth. I believe this product should be in every home!

Start Em While They are Young – Part 2

In our previous post we talked about how important it is to instill lessons and values into our children as soon as possible while being careful not to legalistically shove our beliefs down their throats. Really we as parents and teachers need to lead by example.

This memory stays with me from years ago, before I married and had kids. I was traveling somewhere in an airport and I remember looking over at a small child eating candy while sitting next to his mom. Each candy wrapper was nonchalantly thrown onto the floor followed the child popping the treat into his mouth. The parent did nothing. She just sat there and then left the mess on the floor. I was floored! How was this kid supposed to know that the floor/ground is not a garbage can and WHY it’s important not to litter if someone doesn’t guide and teach him?

It’s not hard to see people littering all over the place every time we leave our homes. And boy does it accumulate! We can slap fines on people for littering but I think real change comes from educating and motivating our children to help the problem.

We have woods behind our house with a walking trail that we like to utilize as much as possible. This week my oldest kid (8 years) insisted that she take several garbage bags with her on the walk to clean up the trail and this is what she came back with:

We all can take part in someway to cleanup our communities to make them better for the next generation. What’s it going to be for you?

Start em While They’re Young!! – Part 1

Some people (sometimes I would think most people in our society but I want to stay real and as positive as possible here) think that it’s irresponsible to have many children. I do understand the mindset behind this…”we are in an over population crisis! People are starving all over the world!…People use and wast so much energy in our country…There are landfills popping up everywhere..” and on and on it goes. I’m not saying these points are not valid, they certainly are! However I do not believe that the solution to these problems is making sure our communities have 1.5 children. I personally have seen landfills grow and even took a class in engineering school to learn how to design one to fill MORE garbage. I personally had a grandfather that said the meanest things about me wanting a large family. But here’s the thing, there is power in patiently educating without shoving points down people’s throats.

I do believe that we need to do better. Better in taking care of what has been given to us and being grateful for this earth that we live on. We need to show our kids that these are gifts given to us and to be good stewards of them. What will happen if I shove my believes into them without patiently teaching the HEART of the issue? They’ll flee from it all.

There are so many things that I am personally learning and I’m seeing how much grace I need in this as well. (Like when I’m just too lazy to rinse out the 12th yogurt container so that it can be recycled).

One thing I want to talk about today is instilling responsibility in my kids and teaching them that they need to take part in helping diligently and cheerfully. If I do everything for them, they will grow up believing that things should come to them on a silver platter. First they learn at home so that they can go out in society and apply it there.

Every morning my children are expected to do two chores laid out for them. We have a chore chart on the refrigerator that changes every season. I’m not saying that this is easy. Goodness there are many mornings that I want to run far far away from teaching this chore thing!

Along with these chores, my kids are learning about healthy living and how we keep our home safe from chemicals. They are able to do just about every task because we use Norwex and I don’t need to worry about toxic junk getting on their hands or being consumed.

 

Using Norwex in my home has effected my kids in ways that I don’t always realize. The other day I was trying to get some supplies together to do a craft with the kids. When I asked them if we had any paper towels, my 5 yr old responded by saying “what on earth is a paper towel??! It sounds like a towel made out of paper and that’s weird”. These simple things can have huge impacts for our world and communities. We can all take part in educating in some way!

How We Potty Train Around Here

We are already on round five with the potty training process! My husband came up with an idea to train our kids from kid #1 that has worked every.single.time. Every child is different mind you, but this lovely method has worked for all of them and it really isn’t that complicated.

We start by going to the chocolate store in Richmond, VA (called “for the love of chocolate”) and buying $30 worth of eye catching animal chocolates for the kid’s #2 reward and some Jelly Belly beans for the kid’s #1 reward. A little potty is set up in a good central location and the treats are dangled in a good place for all to see. 
When ready to begin, the kid is encouraged to sit on their little potty to become comfortable with it. Then they will run around for the next few days without a diaper, pants or underwear. This is important because it gives the child the realization as to what is happening when they need to pee or poop. Of course there will be some accidents! That’s why my Enviro Cloth is always handy! (it’s nice to have one Enviro Cloth designated just for the nastiest messes).

When they pee, a jelly bean is given. When they poop, they get to pick out a fancy animal chocolate from the hanging display. See?! Simple! Wish us luck as we embark on round #5 this weekend!

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A Big Muddy Beast

I have this dog that my husband considers mine. His name is Silas and he is the breed of my choice…a lovely, fluffy, and large Bernese Mountain dog. I’m glad that we got him. Even when I notice all the scratches in the new hardwood floors or the muddy water drops on the walls from his wagging tail. I love how he greets me every morning with a lick and how he expects a walk in the woods everyday (I need some accountability when it comes to exercise!).

It’s what I consider mud season here in Virginia. Growing up in Vermont, we actually had a separate 4th season dedicated for the mud. At the end of the day this Silas dog of mine is totally filthy!!

Last night my husband was on a business trip which doesn’t happen too often but I like having Silas inside sleeping close by to be my watch dog. When I went to bring him in for the night, he looked like a swamp dog that had been prancing around in the mud all day long. Washing him in the tub is crazy, he’s just too big. An easy and quick solution just had to be an option for this tired lady (that just finished putting the 5 kids to bed) so I tried taking a 5 gallon bucket of warm water and the pet wash mitt to see just how effective it would be. Three minutes later, he was clean and ready to slumber inside (although I had to admit that my socks and pajama pants were quite wet afterward!).

On warmer days this is how we tackle such jobs:

 

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The New Chenille Hand Towel

Norwex came out with this brilliant product in August and I can say with conviction that it has improved my husband and my sanity in our household ever since we began hanging it from our oven door. It’s important to have something to dry your hands on in the kitchen. It’s even more important to have something to dry your hands on that isn’t chocked full of bacteria. This towel has Norwex’s BacLock silver agent in the fibers, inhibiting bacterial growth within the towel and allowing us to hang it for weeks before throwing it in the laundry.

Ichenille-hand-towel used to use Norwex’s Kitchen Towel for this purpose. But if you have kids, you and I both know how often towels end up on the floor! ahhh!! Norwex has outsmarted kids everywhere with this design. The Chenille Hand Towel is designed to hang from a bar, towel rack, etc. without being pulled off!

Ditch all the hand towels that you have billowing out of that drawer in your kitchen (you know what I’m talking about) and simplify things by having one of these in your kitchen. It’s a must.

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Our Dinner Table – Cloth Napkins

attachment-1Kids get real messy at mealtime. Face, hands and sometimes more. If my kids don’t have something to use to wipe their hands throughout their meal, their shirt WILL become their cleaning tool. I don’t like buying paper towels and the throw-away-after-one-use type napkins. I would rather use the money for some tasty cheese or ice-cream and I’m not a fan of contributing to my local landfill for such things. Plus with messy kids they don’t work very well anyways. I tried the cloth napkin route and that worked for a season but it didn’t 100% suite my fancy. I became tired of laundering cloth napkins after a kid only used it once.

cloth-napkinsNow I have a system that I like. At meal times, each child receives a damp mini (travel size) Enviro Cloth. When mealtime is over, I simply rinse the cloths out, hang to dry, and allow the BacLock silver agent to clean the cloth between meals. I LOVE that I don’t
have to care/worry about who gets what cloth since I have peace of mind that there will be no cross contamination. If my Claire uses pink at breakfast, my Elliott can use the same pink at lunch.

I also like using the Travel Size Enviro Cloths in the car, while I’m out and about (shopping carts, kid’s hands, cell phone, etc.).

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Join for Free with the Try it, Share it Kit

It’s back! Norwex is giving you the opportunity to join their company as a consultant for free (just $9.99 shipping). The Try it, Share it kit is valued at $74.45 and does not have the typical $2000 sales quota in the first 90 days to earn the kit for free. Seriously, no strings attached.

Try-It-Share-It-USSelecting this kit will allow you to try the products, receive a 35% discount like any other consultant, and give you the opportunity to start an at home business if you choose.

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Check out the  September Kit Enhancement.

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A Story about a Rooster

Back in March, my husband surprised me with 6 baby chicks. He set up a lovely place for them in our garage until they were ready for the great outdoors. We have a fenced in backyard along with some woods and a creek and we talked about trying to raise some hens in hopes that they would help with the Virginia ticks. Maybe they would even clean up some dog poop piles (crossing our fingers big time on that one) and having an egg or two would be a present from heaven. Anyway, the chicks grew up quickly, revealing their genders. Our yard would have 5 hens and 1 rooster! Perfect!

The kids named the chickens and learned the responsibility of taking care of some farmish animals. The rooster was blessed with the name “Gobbles”. It was fun to hear him learn his “gobble crow” as he grew into an adult rooster. Life was good for our backyard chickens.

One evening I heard our doorbell ring and ring from the shower. I ignored it, thinking it was my boys playing with the doorbell.  When it didn’t stop, I answered the door to find a sheriff standing there and a county animal control truck in the driveway. “Do you have chickens?”…”We got a complaint about a rooster”…”You can’t have a rooster here…”.  Goodness, he gave us TWO days to “take care” of our rooster problem.

After some hemming and hawing with my farmer-at-heart husband, we decided to teach our children to appreciate where our food comes from. I watched as Caleb chopped Gobble’s head off and it was emotional. It wasn’t easy but I’m so glad I experienced that. I appreciate where my food comes from more than I did before and I hope my children do as well.

Backyard farming

I think we should be intensional about teaching our kids these lessons. Our food doesn’t magically show up on our plates. Someone somewhere sacrificed to fill our tummies and how beneficial it is to learn where our food is coming from!

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What are some ways that you are teaching your kids about food and where it comes from?

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The Boston Green Fest 2016

Boston green fest

Oh New England! You need more Norwex! Here we are; getting the word out to you guys about how to reduce the chemicals in your home. My mom is here joining me because she also shares the Norwex mission to “Improve the quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in our homes”. This is a family mission of mine and I pray that more people catch this and agree to be on board because we need help.

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