Best of the Week July 6th

weekly roundup july 6

Happy Sunday!  I haven’t done a weekly roundup in a while but I like to only share when I have some really great stuff so here are some awesome things I found, did, or read this week:

I read: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal  I had never heard of this book, or of Nasty Gal until a few weeks ago.  In one of the forums I participate in someone had mentioned this book so out of curiosity I looked it up.  As you probably have noticed by now I don’t have much time to read so I buy audio books and use my commuting time as my reading and learning time.  Wow!  This book is absolutely awesome and I recommend it to any woman whether she wants to be an entrepreneur, is interested in fashion, or just has a job that she doesn’t love love love.  I will post a full review in the near future but for now, read it!  Girl Boss

 

The Fortune Cookie Principle  Jess Van Den at Create and Thrive started a “Creative Business” Book Club and this book is our first assignment for July.  Well I started reading and couldn’t put it down.  Jiwa teaches us that we should be less concerned with the “commodity” or actual product we are selling and more concerned with our story.  It is so fascinating to see how other companies have successfully done this.

Fortune Cookie Principle

 

Coolest Thing I did this week (and probably all month): The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster (doesn’t it sound insane?)  I am a huge chicken and I hate roller coasters.  But after watching many many very small children take repeated rides I figured I would give it a shot.  It is hard to explain but you ride on your own little cart to the top of the mountain.  Then you go down the mountain on a roller coaster type track.  The best part is that you control your speed.  By the third time I actually wasn’t so scared and went pretty fast!  I wasn’t able to take pictures on the down (obviously) but hopefully these will give you an idea of how completely awesome it was:

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How was your week?  Did you do anything fun or special for Fourth of July? Did you read or find anything awesome?  Please share!!

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

 

 

 

 

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?

Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business Book Review

Book Review: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business

If you are anything like me you are one of the millions of people watching Shark Tank.  Some people watch for the arguments and fighting between the Sharks, some watch for the entrepreneurs who fall on their faces and others (like myself) watch because we are entrepreneurs who love all things business. Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business combines the tv show we love with actually business advice.

I was very excited when I saw that there was a book based around Shark Tank that discussed the process of starting a business instead of just a biography of the Sharks.  Since I am incredibly busy (school, work, and my side businesses) I am obsessed with audio books.  I can be learning and growing while driving, cleaning, working, etc… After reading reviews of the Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business I was skeptical.  The reviews from Amazon and Itunes were not great.  Most people said if you knew anything about business than this book was not for you.  I couldn’t disagree more.  I believe I know more about small business startup than the average person (through experience, learning, and researching) and I really enjoyed the book.

Throughout you will find “Shark Bites” which are quotes from the Sharks themselves.  The book takes you through a startup (product or service) from the idea to marketing and growing.  They even spend time talking about franchises, both the pros and cons and how they differ. As someone who loves all things business and is also a huge fan of Shark Tank I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being an entrepreneur or already has a small business and needs some advice or just wants to learn.

 

Have you read Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business?  What did you think?  What other business or Shark Tank books are you reading?

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