(needs a skirt!)
(needs a skirt!)
I try to stay clear of toxic cleaning products these days because with a toddler running around, everything is fair game to touch/eat/play with.
There are lots of “recipes” floating around for homemade cleaning products and I’ve consulted this site for solutions for specific messy problems.
The solution I always have made up is as easy as can be:
Spray it on, wipe it off!
I use this for everything! Counters, high chair, fridge, bathroom…
I’m currently experimenting with floor cleaners. My wood floor is so dull! I pinned this recipe because if the pictures are accurate, it makes the wood floor shine like… like something spectacularly shiny! It uses water, vinegar, isopropyl alcohol and a few drops of dish soap. I’m testing this one out as soon as I get my hands on a bottle of alcohol (the only alcohol I have is not appropriate for this use, wink wink!).
Do you make your own cleaners? Any tried and tested solutions you would recommend? Do you consult recipes or just experiment?
Earlier this year we spent some time in Aspen, CO while the X Games went down. It was nuts up there but we loved it. Aspen is fabulous and a gorgeous place to wake up in each day. The papa of our family trio spent much of his time tattooing so Everleigh and I did our best to explore and stay warm (hello, Sorel boots!).
We haven’t traveled much since E was born but we’ve kind of made it a tradition to buy a locally-themed book whilst we’re there as a memento of the trip. We always leave a little love note in the front cover so we can remember where we were, what we did and why we chose that specific book.
We took a babymoon (I seriously dislike that term) to Maui where we started this tradition, purchasing Over on The Island by Sarah Tupou and Yuko Green.
We visited Kauai with a four month-old Everleigh where we bought The Story of Hina by Patrick Ching. This one felt like a special reminder since we saw a monk seal on the beach our very first morning on the island. Have you ever experience this? It was initially quite distressing. We thought for sure this poor seal was dead because it was slumped over, unmoving, in a roped off area. What a bad omen for the first day of our tropical vacation! Our spirits were soon lifted, however when the Hawaiian Monk Seal response team arrived and explained that she was simply resting and they sat and watched over her until she went back into the ocean.
Oh goodness, back to Aspen!
Our souvenir from Aspen was The Furry Mountain Monkeys of Aspen Colorado by Vince Lahey.
Everleigh loves this book, even if the length is a little much for her 16 month attention span to handle sometimes. It’s a charming tale!
Do you buy souvenirs? Is there any theme you follow or do you buy whatever local goodies they have?