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Smile, It’s Clean-Up Time

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Let’s just say that the "disarray" in my 14-year-old’s bedroom has been an ongoing challenge. Lots of miscellaneous stuff and no place to put it. Rejected outfits. Old math homework. Camp photos. You get the picture. In my effort to find the right balance between nagging and suggesting and demanding, I mentioned to Abby the other day, "Why don’t you ask a friend to come help you clean up your room? You can play music, hang out, and I’ll get you whatever snacks you want." She laughed off my idea, saying no one would want to share such an unpleasant task. However, yesterday she announced that Sam (Samantha) was coming over to clean. It was amazing. They actually had fun. And the big girls even let my 3-year-old "help" them. A pristine desk. Three huge bags of garbage. Two bags of too-small clothes to give away. One very happy mommy. (Sam’s mom is hoping that Abby will come to their house soon.) 

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Goody Green: Eco-Cleaning Agents

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I’ve always been skeptical about the effectiveness of all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning agents. But once I tried out some of these green products for myself, I quickly learned two things: first, they work just as well as the stuff my mother used growing up (if not better) and second, the house doesn’t have to smell like cleaning agents to actually be clean!

Earth Friendly Products is one of my fave eco-brands. They’re products are 100% biodegradable, free of toxic and harsh chemicals, and 100% natural. I love the Almond Dishmate and the Parsley Plus All-Surface Cleaner – but just head to their site and you’ll find a cleaner for every room in the house, plus personal care products like hand soap and lotions (shown above). Even better – it’s all made in the USA and super affordable, so you don’t feel like you’re breaking your budget to go green.

Do you have a favorite eco-friendly product that you just can’t clean without? Share in the comments!

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

News_image_newIt might not be worth it to make your home smell good: A new study found toxic chemicals in air fresheners and laundry products. Baltimore Sun

Why it’s important to be a savvy grocery shopper: 90 percent of products marketed to kids don’t meet nutritional standards, including many that make health claims on the packaging.

Teaching parents that babies cry uncontrollably is part of a new effort to target shaken-baby syndrome. USA Today

More older children are getting diagnosed with ADHD, says a new CDC report. Yahoo! News

A New Zealand judge helps a 9-year-old girl change her name from “Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii.” CNN

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Green Clean

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

I liked this simple advice from the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World about how to clean your microwave with lemon.

Check out their other short "Healthy Bytes" videos about the benefits of taking off your shoes inside or natural ways to get rid of weeds in your garden. The organization just published a comprehensive guide to an eco-friendly lifestyle, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, which includes contributions from Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Parents advisor Harvey Karp, M.D., and others.

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We Heart Method (More Than Ever)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

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Rarely do cleaning and crafting come together. But once in a while, on a magical occasion, the stars align. On Thursday night, I crashed an eco-crafting party at the Method NYC pop-up shop, hosted by uber-cool Design Mom and Kirtsy founder, Gabrielle Blair (That’s GB in the above photo in the green shirt). She got to invite her nearest and dearest to an evening of green clean fun with Danny Seo, another painfully cool maven who preaches everything earth-happy from crafting, to cleaning, to entertaining, to decorating, to sleeping (check out his new Natural Care line of mattresses by Simmons).

Img_recyclereuserelaxlg_4aDanny chatted with the ladies about the greatness of Method products and then demo’ed a re-glazed plate project, taking dishes from a thrift store and turning them into a sleek decorating piece using a homemade stencil and porcelain paint. (This is a photo from his blog of what they look like grouped together.)

Since we’ve already divulged our eternal love for Method products, I’ll spare you more sappy details. Just a quick little shout-out of gratitude to Danny, Gabrielle, and Method for letting GoodyBlog peak in on their soiree!

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Organization Inspiration

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Img25lI haven’t done any spring cleaning yet (I always find something more fun to do instead…imagine that!). But I’m getting inspired thanks to Pottery Barn Teen, of all places. They’ve got some surprisingly sophisticated and pretty organization tools, like these sunburst canvas bins. I’m loving their dry-erase bins too. They’d be perfect for helping little kids learn to clean up: It’ll be easier for them to figure out where their things belong if you draw a picture of whatever type of toy is stored inside.

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Plug of the Week: Home Improvment Made Easy

Monday, May 5th, 2008

House_always_winsWhen Marni Jameson isn’t writing for Parents, she’s dishing out very practical and funny home-decorating advice in her syndicated column “At Home with Marni Jameson." Her new book, The House Always Wins, is about how you can create your dream home—but a real-world, budget-friendly dream home that actually works for a family, not a spartan, spotless showroom. And the book isn’t all how-tos: Marni has two daughters, one of whom wants gorillas and elephants painted on her bedroom walls and a “furry phone,” so she’s also got great tips on finding a sane compromise when your kids make crazy decor requests. You can order a copy here or enter to win one by sending her your most horrific remodeling tale.

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Genius (and Green) Laundry Detergent

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

I just finished my first bag of Dropps laundry detergent, and I’m officially sold on this product. Dropps are pre-filled packets of  detergent that you can just pop in your washer when it’s time to do laundry. This has two really great benefits: 1. Less environmental waste because there’s no giant plastic bottle to throw away, and the pre-filled packets dissolve in the wash. 2. I don’t have to carry a giant plastic bottle to my laundry room (living in NYC, this is a huge plus) or find space in my apartment to store said giant bottle. Nor do I have to measure out the detergent—inevitably getting it all over my hands and clothes and smelling like cleaning supplies for the rest of the day. So yay to Dropps for making a product that makes my life easier and the environment healthier! ($24.99 for 60 loads worth of detergent)

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