Summer Creative Bucket List

Between the warming weather and reviewing April Bowles-Olin’s 101 Creative Habits (which you must check out)  I have been inspired to spend my summer creating and trying new things.  Warm weather gives me much more flexibility and inspiration for making and creation.  You can find supplies all around whether it is leaves, pretty feathers, or beautiful flowers.

I have an ongoing regular “summer bucket list” so that I make sure I don’t forget any of the fun things I want to do but here I am sharing my “creative bucket list”.  These are a few of the things I want to do to work on my creative process and keep my inspiration nice and sharp.  The first one is mine with the activities that I want to accomplish.  The second is a free printable for you!  It is blank so you can use my ideas, check Pinterest, or read the article mentioned above.  Enjoy and make the most of your summer!

Summer Creative Bucket List

 

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Creative Bucket List Blank

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I would love to hear what is on your “creative bucket list”.  Please share in the comments!!

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Supply Review: Method Glass and Surface

Method Glass Review

 

*This is NOT a sponsored post, I pay full price for all my products and I am a regular paying consumer just like you*

Cost: $3.99 at Hannaford for 28 fl oz ($.14/oz vs Windex at $.11/oz)

Method products are advertised as eco-friendly appealing to customers wishing to inject a little “green living” into their homes.  This particular glass cleaner is said to have “ammonia-free plant based powergreen technology”.  When first picking this up in the store I had absolutely no idea what that meant (as most people probably don’t).  So… I did a little research and according to methodhome.com it means:

“powergreen™ technology is cutting-edge green chemistry that harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to deliver a mighty cleaning punch.  In our glass cleaner, a corn-based solvent eliminates dirt, dust and pesky handprints, so ammonia is but a distant memory”

I’m still not 100% sure what it means but it is better than using nasty smelling ammonia.  From what I have researched so far I can tell that the Method Home company does in fact try to make the world better and does take steps to create products in a more sustainable way (at least according to them).  Their bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (that’s good), they never test on animals (also good but not sure it is relevant to glass cleaner), and they seek to reduce their carbon footprint (good if they ARE reducing their carbon footprint).

Now, back to the product.  As far as glass cleaners go this one does work.  It does not streak and does a great job of cleaning glass and mirrors.  It is also labeled as a surface cleaner but it doesn’t necessarily have any anti-bacterial power so I personally wouldn’t use it there.

This product is mint scented.  I found that incredibly odd at first.  I don’t think I have ever bought any cleaning product with a mint scent before this one.  Personally I really don’t like the smell but it doesn’t linger and if you like mint I highly recommend it.  It also smells WAY better than Windex or ammonia.

Grade: B+

I give this a B+ because it does work.  However, it is $3.99 (compared to using vinegar at $.50 for the same amount) which is a little high for cleaning windows and mirrors.  I also really did not like the scent but I am going to be trying their other products soon and those scents look amazing!

If you have an extra $3.99 to spare and are in need of glass cleaner go ahead and buy this and know that the recycled plastic and lack of ammonia are doing just a little bit more to help “green” up the Earth.  Also if you like the scent of mint than definitely buy it!!

 

Have you tried any of Method’s products?  What are your thoughts?  Which ones would you like to see reviewed?

 

Other Related Posts:

Cleaning Product Review: Krud Kutter

Clean Your House Like the Pros Do

Green Living: Baby Steps to an “Eco-Friendly” Life

 

 

 

 

Green Living: Baby Steps for Living an “Eco-Friendly” Life

Green Living

 

 

Eco-friendly, sustainable, green… they all seem to be “buzz words” these days.  I have always had an interest in environmental science and conservation but living “green” can be overwhelming and expensive.  It is incredibly hard to change how you live overnight especially when you don’t necessarily see the effect easily.  Even if you are not passionate about the “saving the world” there are small changes you can make that won’t break the bank or turn your life upside down.

I have researched this topic quite a bit and here are my thoughts and best advice on getting your feet wet in the new “let’s get green” world.  You may not fix the whole in the ozone layer but every little bit really does make a difference.

 

Baby Step 1.

Recycle

Duh!  We have been hearing this for decades now.  I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t recycle at all until about 3 years ago.  Since recycling soda cans, cardboard, and glass I have saved hundreds (at least) of dollars on my trash costs.  Recycling is free in most (if not all) neighborhoods and some even offer “No Sort”.  This means that anything you have that could be recycled is all just thrown together and you can dump it all in one place (glass usually needs to be separated).  If for no other reason than saving tons of money this is a very easy way to head towards “green living” and makes a big difference in the health of our planet.

Baby Step 2.

Read

Get into the habit of reading the labels of items that you buy.  I am not talking about all of a sudden switching to grass-fed beef, cage free eggs, and organic veggies.  I just want you to be aware of what you are bringing into your home.  This applies to everything that you purchase.  Food, clothing, home goods, furniture and cleaning supplies all either contain multiple ingredients or are created through an extensive process.  The ingredients and process can be unsustainable, toxic, or just plain gross!  Know what you are buying.  Know what you are eating.  Learning about products can often be enough to encourage a change.  The documentary “Food, Inc” is awesome if you are at  all interested in learning more.

Baby Step 3.

Reuse

This is my favorite!  Not only will it save you tons of money but it is super easy.  Reuse what?  Start off by buying less stuff!!  Stop buying hundreds of rolls of paper towels a year and buy reusable cloths (shameless plug for my items here).  If you do HAVE to use plastics bags save them and bring them back with you the next time you are shopping.  Clean out candle jars and find new fun uses.  I use an old candle jar with a nice lid for Q-tips and cotton balls.  Not only is it great for the Earth but it is pretty!  If you enjoy crafting this can be a lot of fun.  Check out Pinterest for inspiration.

 

You may not save the world by implementing these tips but I promise you will be making a difference!!!  Stay tuned for posts on homemade, inexpensive, and effective cleaning supplies.  I am also launching an eco-friendly line of home and baby goods so keep an eye out.

I definitely did not cover all the easy ways to implement small change but here are some resources you may find helpful:

Mother Earth News  I love this magazine and website.  They offer tons and tons of resources and tips on making changes in your everyday life.  I find self sustainability completely fascinating.

Worldwatch Institute  More ideas on going green while saving green!

The Green Guide  This site will help when doing your shopping.  Find out what large companies are doing to be “greener”.  How can you make your beauty routine eco-friendly?

What are you already doing that is eco-friendly?  Do you shop and eat organic?  I’d love to hear more about how that is fitting in with your life!

 

 

 

Cleaning Products Worth Buying

Cleaning Products

I have a confession to make.  I am completely addicted to buying cleaning supplies.  Whenever a new one appears at the stores I have to have it.  I don’t know if it is the magic that they promise or the smell of the cleaning aisle but I just love them.  So I am starting this series to share my thoughts with you so that you all know which ones are worth purchasing.  I test these in not only my one home but I also use them in other people’s homes.  I wanted to begin with one of my favorites… *These are not sponsored posts, I have paid in full for these products and they are my honest opinion*

 

Cleaning Product Review #1:  Krud Kutter

Krud Kutter… Oh Krud Kutter…. A few years ago my boyfriend and I were moving out of an apartment and doing the “get your deposit back” deep clean.  My mom said I should buy some “Krud Kutter”.  Um, what?  Well I gave it a whirl and I am completely addicted to this product now.  I buy it by the gallon and refill the spray bottle at my house and at my client’s.
Krud Kutter

Cost: $5.98 for 32 oz or $12.94 for 1 gal at Home Depot (I live in NH and Home Depot is the only place I have ever seen it)

Grade: A+

 

This stuff is absolutely amazing and is always my go to when cleaning up tough messes.  Although it is concentrated I don’t usually dilute it (unless I am mopping with it).  I love it for cleaning walls, cupboards, and floors.  I haven’t found anything that is too tough for this product.

It doesn’t really have much of a smell which is unusual with products like these.  It is also “non-toxic” and “biodegradable” which makes me feel much better about using it everywhere.  In my opinion, buy it!

Have you ever tried Krud Kutter?  Which cleaning products would you like to see reviewed here?

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