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Switch to Green Cleaners

Hey y’all, so I think it’s safe to say by now if you read this blog, you know I’m big on eliminating unnecessary chemicals from my life. Hearing about potential health issues from using certain products just makes me a bit leery of them, and honestly, with so many green cleaners and products on the market now, there’s no reason to keep them in your life. I’ve included some tips on how to switch to green cleaners, and some of my favorite products. Check them out!

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  1. Method cleaners. This brand is available at Target, and I must say, there are so many options! I have laminate flooring in my house, so I have to use a special cleaner for hard floors, guess what, they have one and it smells amazing! They also have anti-bacterial cleaners for the kitchen, bathrooms, etc., as well as no rinse shower cleaners, and even laundry detergents! This is a brand you’ll definitely want to try, I’m impressed with how well it works, and the fact that I’m not using a bunch of chemicals around the house!
  2. Vinegar. In case you didn’t know, vinegar plus water makes a great all natural tile and counter top cleaner. Just mix them together, and start mopping. This is something my mom has done my entire life, and it not only offers a very clean smell, but it also cleans up all the gunk that can gather on the floors as we, and our pets, walk around.
  3. Baking soda and vinegar drain cleaner. Oh yeah, say goodbye to Draino Plumber! If you pour some baking soda and vinegar down the drain, it’ll clear up those clogs. You then can flush with hot water. Now, this one may take more time, but hey, you’re using all natural ingredients, and is probably even cheaper.
  4. Nature’s Miracle for Pets. This is a product that is non-toxic for your fur babies, and as an added bonus, is an enzyme cleaner, which all pet owners know they need to have on-hand in case of an accident. The enzymes will actually break down the mess, so you’re not just disguising the smell, but actually eliminating it.
  5. Baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. This is a great combination for a sink cleaner that won’t smell bad and is something you can DIY with ingredients you likely already have! Just sprinkle it around, scrub, and rinse away.

Whether you are trying to eliminate some extra chemicals in your life or are just trying to save by DIYing your own cleaners, these are great options for you to try.

 

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DIY or Not

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Hey ya’ll, so one thing that I take very seriously is stuff around the house. Whether it’s having the proper lighting for my front door, or the proper home security system for my needs, I think it’s a pretty serious situation, and something that everyone needs. While I am a big DIYer when it comes to home projects, I also am smart enough to know when I am completely in over my head and when I need to call in reinforcements. One of those times is when it comes to installing a home security system or doing lighting in my house.

Sure, I can easily change a lightbulb, and I can generally diagnose and fix things that go wrong at my house. I was raised to be independent, and fix things myself, and because of that, I have become an expert at dryer repair, seriously, if your heating element dies, I am your girl, I have fixed mine at least 5 times, and I also am fairly good at fixing my air conditioner when it goes on the fritz, though, I definitely need to call in the experts if my tried and true fixes don’t make it suddenly start pumping in cold air again. However, with all of that said and done, lighting is the one area that I truly do struggle with. First of all, I am very much concerned with electrocuting myself somehow. I hate getting zapped by my car with static electricity from getting out of it, or when I zap myself trying to open a door in the grocery store after pushing a cart around, so the thought of dealing with large amounts of electricity, no thank you. So, whenever I have a big lighting update planned, I need to call in the experts, and I suggest you do too.

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Heck Electric is one of those companies that I would call in case of a DIY project that is simply out of my realm of knowledge and expertise. Let’s say you want to put some pendant lights in your kitchen, and let’s face it, if you have a barn door, they will go perfectly with it, but you definitely don’t want to be trying to figure out which wire goes where on your own. Instead, call in an expert. Heck Electric offers a lot of benefits, and provides a lot of security, especially for those who are a bit more wary of bringing in an electrician to do something for them. You know what always makes me feel better about a service or product? A warranty, which is what you get with all units they install. You also get upfront pricing. I know it always drives me crazy when I get hit with added fees, especially after I’ve already been quoted something else! And they’ll show up on time. If you work, or have kids, or even just have a life in general, you do not need to be waiting around all day for the electrician to finally show up, an hour after he was supposed to be there. We’ve all been stuck in that situation, and it is not a fun experience. An even better thing to know is that they are licensed, they use only professionals who know what they are doing, and their contractors are thoroughly background checked and drug-tested, so you can feel safe and secure about who you are letting into your home. They also do a variety of projects from lighting to home security set-ups to hot tubs to generators. Whatever you need that’s got electric, they can help you with it.

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I know how tempting it can be to just dive into a DIY house project, and hope that you can find a YouTube video that will help you figure it out as you go, but I promise you, electrical projects are not things that you want to mess around with. If it’s small enough that you feel you have the experience, I say go for it, give it a shot, I certainly do. But also be wise enough to know your limitations. Know when you are in over your head, and try to figure that out before the price of the service has doubled because they have to undo something that you did 😉 The house I’m currently living in, the previous owners did a lot of repairs themselves, and unfortunately, they are not what I’d call DIY experts, so we are having to undo a lot of their “fixes”, and let me tell you, it’s costing much more than if they had just left it alone, or called in an expert so we wouldn’t have to undo it in the first place. So save yourself some time, and money, and call in the experts when you need them.

DIY Costumes From Your Closet

Hey y’all, the spookiest time of the year is upon us, and if you’re trying to be frugal and put money into your savings rather than a new Halloween costume, I got you covered. There are several costume ideas you can use, all with items already in your closet!

  • Cowboy/cowgirl. Obviously, as long as you have a plaid shirt, jeans or cutoffs, and a pair of boots, you are good to go. The hat is optional.
  • Baby One More Time Britney. Grab a plaid skirt, button down white shirt, and put your hair in some braided pigtails, and add a grey sweater, boom, it’s Britney, b*tch.
  • A fanatic. Don all of your favorite team’s sportswear that you own. Wave that giant foam finger proudly as you walk around with your face painted, dressed head to toe in the team colors.
  • Cheerleader. Certain tennis skirts look just like a cheerleader skirt. Pair with some tennis shoes, a team shirt, and get some pom poms from the dollar store. Go team!
  • Dracula. No cape needed, wear dress slacks, a white button down, and use a red scarf to tie around your waist if you don’t happen to have a red cummerbund. Add some face paint, and you are ready to suck some blood.
  • Princess. If you’ve saved your prom ballgown, now is the time to break it out again. Add a sparkly tiara from the dollar store, and do your hair and makeup all pretty, and you are ready Your Highness.
  • Audrey Hepburn. Grab that strapless LBD, a string of pearls, black heels, a tiara, and black sunglasses, and you are good to go.
  • PLL. This one is great if you have a group of friends, don all black dresses, do your hair and makeup, and make sure to bring along a note from A.
  • Mime or Robber. A black and white striped shirt and a dark pair of jeans, all you need now is a face mask, or face paint.
  • Sandy. Wear some black faux leather leggings or a pair of tight black pants, a red belt, and an off the shoulder black shirt or crop top. Don’t forget the red lipstick, stud.
  • Belle. If you have a yellow dress in your closet, curl your hair, put it half up, wear the dress, and carry a rose.
  • Powder Puff Girl. Depending on the dress color in your closet, you can easily become Blossom, Bubbles, or Buttercup with a dress, white knee socks, and black shoes.
  • Frat guy. Put on some bright colored shorts, a long sleeve button down, tucked in, wear your sunglasses around your neck, and don’t forget that red solo cup.
  • Kim Possible. What’s the sitch? Save the world in a black long sleeve crop top, green jeans or cargo pants, a brown belt, black gloves, and black sneakers.
  • Elle Woods. Conquer law school in a pink dress, with a pink bag featuring Bruiser, and some amazing heels.

Hopefully one of these costume ideas will help get you out of that last-minute panic, and help you rock Halloween! The DIY costumes from your closet are easy, and you should have everything you need. Happy Halloween!

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