Winter Giveaway Week: Win a ProPur BIG Water Filter System (valued at $290)!

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There’s no way around it: water is a vital part of our everyday lives. I love to chug down a tall glass of cold (but not ice cold, please!) water to quench my thirst – there’s just nothing quite like it. There’s also nothing quite like the taste of chlorine and sediment and general grossness that all too often comes along with tap water. Blech! I am very thankful to have access to relatively clean water whenever we want it. That is definitely not the […]

Day in the Life: Brandy (A Monday in the Life of The Marathon Mom)

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer A day in the life of who? Truth be told, I don’t claim the title of The Marathon Mom, although I totally envision motherhood as a marathon.  And yes, my blog is called The Marathon Mom.  But the reason for that is because I realized a LONG time ago, that I am anything BUT Supermom. Oh, it’s something I commonly hear when I am in public with my entourage of eight sons and my celebrity husband.  (He’s not a REAL […]

Homemade Lemon Citrus Produce Wash {Natural, Fast, & Easy}

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer It’s berry picking season and that means strawberry shortcakes, blueberry banana smoothies and berry jams & crisps but if you are like me, you make sure your fruits (and your veggies) get washed before you ever eat or make anything with them. Did you know that simply rinsing them under water does not get all of the contaminants like pesticides, bacteria or even other toxic chemicals off of your produce? You might as well not even rinsed them. In my opinion, I think produce should be washed in the […]

11 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Diligent Workers

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer About a year ago, I was exhausted by the amount of work I had to do to keep everything running smoothly with my ever growing family. (We’re at six kids now!)  And I was feeling burdened that my kids needed to […]

Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simply

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Cleaning the bathroom can be one of a homemaker’s most daunting tasks.  There are so many cracks and crevices…and the battle against invisible germs and obvious spores seems never ending. My least favorite obstacle in the bathroom is the shower/tub.  (Yes, I would rather scrub the toilet!)  It’s just so big and has a ton of surface area. However, a few years ago, I took up cleaning houses to make extra money for my family. It was during that […]

Non-Toxic Disinfectants

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If you have visited this blog regularly this month, you’ve probably learned a lot of tips for natural, healthy household cleaning.  It’s so important for our health and for our children to use safe, non-toxic cleaners. However, safer alternatives are sometimes quite hard to find when you need to disinfect your home. I advise against disinfecting every surface in your home—germ exposure is important to build a healthy immune system. However, there are times when certain areas of your home may need a good sanitizing, […]

Cleaning During Stolen Moments

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I wish that I could simply set aside an hour or two each weekday to focus solely on house cleaning, in order to keep my home in tip-top shape. Yet when I try, up pop all manner of interruptions. A toddler who needs help on the potty or simply a snuggle from mommy. A 6 year old who needs help with her math word problems. A request for a snack to bring with him as my husband runs out the door. Interruptions and distractions are a normal part of this season […]

Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshening Sprays

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I love the concept of Febreze and other products that are intended to remove odors and freshen things up. Goodness knows that our home has lots of places that can use just such a spray– the kitchen garbage can, the diaper pail, the downstairs bathroom, the minivan. When I began to switch over my household cleaning supplies to gentler versions that cleaned minus the toxic chemicals, I thought that my air-freshener days were over. Though it smells great, when you start researching the ingredients in […]