New Product Review – Citrus Magic!

If there’s one thing I can’t STAND…it’s a foul smell. And if that foul smell is originating somewhere within my house?! Um…NO. It must be found and eliminated. Immediately!

I have emptied entire refrigerators looking for a smell. I have crawled on my hands and knees through an entire room looking for a smell. I have cleaned and bleached and scrubbed and swept away any and all foul smells I’ve come across in my house.

And that’s all pretty easy to do when it’s just you and your hubby, right? But then, we got one of these…

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Now, when we first got CoCo the Black Kitty, I had found a lovely little air freshener in the pet section of Walmart.

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We are scoop-the-litter-box-daily people, but still, I would grab one every month or so, and I kept it by her litter box, just in case. Sometimes you can walk into a house and immediately know: there is a CAT who lives here. I really didn’t want that to be our house!

For almost 6 years I had been buying a Citrus Magic air freshener once a month, and putting it by the litter box. Never had a foul odor issue!

And then we got one of these…

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Why I Want a Central Vacuum System

I’m always on the hunt for things that will help ease the allergies we have in our little family. I think my poor husband has the worst of them, honestly. The guy mows the grass after taking allergy pills and putting on a mask, and still spends the rest of the weekend sneezing his head off. So since getting married, I’ve changed a lot of our “normal” habits to be more “allergy friendly”. Things like diffusing essential oils instead of burning candles, etc. But a central vacuum system?! 

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A central vacuum system will reduce the amount of allergens in your home by getting rid of every form of dirt, sending the allergens through a system of hidden tubing in the walls of your home and out of your house! Using a good central vacuum system to clean your home will rid it of most potential harmful irritants, unlike the portable vacuum cleaners that will end up leaving lots of fine dust recirculating in the air.

How the central vacuum system works

The system is composed of individual components, each playing a vital role in reducing the job of the user. The motor is immobile and therefore does not need to be carried around when in use. The lightweight hose attached on the system makes it an easy task to plug into an inlet and start cleaning the debris and dust from your living room or anywhere you want to clean. Additionally, since the dirt is released outside there is no recirculation of dust or release of any unpleasant smell into the room.

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House Cleaning With Children: How To Make It Fun And Easy!

I have to laugh at my girls. 

When it’s time to vacuum, and I turn on the vacuum cleaner, I have one twin who shrieks in excitement and crawls around after me, watching me vacuum. Then I have another twin who bursts into tears and must be held while I’m vacuuming, trembling the entire time.

Some may say that one year old is a little soon for me to be able to notice their preferences and tendencies, but I’m not sure that’s the case. After all, the one who loves the vacuum cleaner is the one who IS like ME the most! But I feel like, eventually, I’m gonna have to talk the other one into helping out around the house. 

Do YOU find it hard to get your kids motivated to help clean the house? I think the key is to have a little fun along the way!

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Let’s be honest here – cleaning your home (or anything for that matter) isn’t exactly a job that fills you with excitement, so why should your kids feel any different? Most people would rather be doing a million and one other things than scrubbing and dusting surfaces, but these jobs still need to be done. So, if you sometimes struggle to get motivated to do the housework, how are you meant to entice your kids to get involved too? Make house cleaning fun and easy, of course!

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Just Sharing Some Tools for Success!

Most anyone reading this knows that we recently became parents. Well, I guess we’re still considered recent, right? The girls are almost a year old – does that count us as “new” parents still? Golly, it sure does feel like it some days!

As sweet and cute and wonderful as our 11-month-old twin girls are – I mean, seriously – aren’t they the cutest?!

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(Let me explain the expressions here: Bug (left) was OVER the photo shoot. She was tired of being made to jump through hoops. That’s about it. Boo (right) was hot. And a little tired. But mostly just hot. Lots of sighing coming from her. Don’t worry. This was the last picture we took before I took off their headbands and popped them into their shady stroller with bottles of water. They lived to laugh at this photo. As they laugh at all photos of themselves.)

Anyhow…slight rabbit trail…

As sweet and cute and wonderful as they are, I’m still constantly looking for answers about them. Answers about what makes them tick. Answers about what foods are best for them right now. Answers about their behavior. Answers about their milestones.

And I happen to be pretty picky as to who I take my advice from. I’m just sayin’! There are a LOT of answers out there, but are they the RIGHT answers?!

In the end, there’s one thing I already know.

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Perfecting An Action Plan for When Your House is Showing! (FREE PRINTABLE INCLUDED!)

If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve seen the action: you know we recently sold our home, bought another one, and moved. I have to say, I’m SO glad that’s over with!!! Soon you’ll start to see projects from the new house pop up here, but right now, I’m still touching on a few things related to the selling process!

If any of you has ever had your house on the market, you know one of the most stressful parts of the details is when you get a showing. 

Now, you WANT the showings. You WANT the action! You want someone to walk through your house and look at it and comment on it and want others to see it. You want someone to LIKE your house – because you want someone to BUY it! But, when you’re in the middle of a busy day and you get a call from a realtor that says, “Can a buyer see the house in 30 minutes?” – WOAH. That is enough to throw you for a major loop!

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If you’re a single person, or even a couple, this kind of thing can be worked out fairly easily. But, if you’re a couple with infant twins and a dog and a cat and childcare folks coming and going and home maintenance folks coming and going and cleaning folks coming and going (because you can no longer handle things on your own anymore), well. That kind of action complicates things quite a bit! 

When our home was on the market and showing, the girls were 8 months old, I was working part-time, my hubby was working full-time, and we had childcare, home maintenance and cleaning folks all in and out all week long. So one never really knew what any given day might hold. I got everyone together and made sure we were all straight on “the showing plan”. Here’s what mine looked like:

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