Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Household Cleaners

How many times do you wash the windows and cough? What about when you are scrubbing the shower, tub and toilets? I know for me personaly, when I used regular 'box' store cleaners, I would cough and sneeze something awful. I also would never let the kids come close to where I was using the cleaners at.

One more thing......Do you realize that no cleaning/laundry type of product (even the empty containers) are to go into the landfill???? 

The reason? They are considered Hazardous Waste by our government!!! Now, why would we as parents want or let that around our kids?

"Our homes should be the safest place for our family."

I know we often say (myself included) the products work well, or everyone else uses them, or Natural cleaning products are too expensive, or they won't work as well.....etc. 

Believe me, I was the same exact way! That is until I started using Shaklee and learned the proper way to use it right!

Shaklee's Get Clean products are all natural, they are Always Safe, Always Green and Always Work! 

And.... they are super concentrated and super powerful! 

Just one 16 oz.bottle of Basic H2 will make 48 gallons of cleaner. It can be used for thousands of uses.....removes dirt, grease and grime from any job inside and out: walls, mirrors, windows, counter tops, floors, appliances, stoves, sealed wood work and furniture. You can also use it to clean oil on driveways, barbecue grills, ovens and more. It needs no rinse, leaves no residue and is streak -free.

That same 16 oz. bottle of Basic H2 also will equal the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26oz. Windex.

On a personal note, I myself love Basic H2!!! I love how it is strong and powerful on dirt and grime, but I also love how gentle it is on my hands. I also let the kids spray it on their hands instead of sanitizer, as this is all natural and has NO harmful chemicals in it! (Lets face it, all kids put their hands up to their face.....!)

One Final Question: If the cleaning products we use in our homes are hazardous waste.....why would we put our kids lives in danger??? 

Here is what I cleaned with in the past:

24 items total

Here is what I clean with now: (kitchen, bathroom, disinfect, laundry and all other cleaning needs included!)

6 items total 

Note: the three spray bottles behind the Basic H2 bottle on the right hand side is all Basic H2 -just mixed differently for different cleaning jobs!

Did you see that!!!!
I went from 24 (toxic) items to 6 (safe) items! 
That's a BIG difference!!!

I have LOTS more cupboard space, but the best part is that Shaklee's 'Get Clean' line is all natural! They have no chemicals in them and they are SAFE for our home and our kids!.....And they WORK!!!!

I Challenge you to a 'Get Clean' Challenge!

For a limited time, you can get ALL the products you need in the Shaklee Get Clean Kit for $99 with a FREE lifetime membership!

Start using Green, Natural, Safe cleaning products that work and make your home Clean, Healthy, and Safe!

Shaklee has a 100% money-back guarantee..... so you have nothing to lose, except a whole lot of dirt and chemicals!

Here's Something To Think About:

Stop by www.srkindred.com to learn more. If you have questions or want more info, leave me a comment and I'd be happy to get back with you!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Business Card Holder Tutorial

How many times do you put business cards on bulletin boards only to find them gone in a few days?? I found the solution..... Make your own Business Card Holder!! I think these are not only cute, but would also help your business......I found a great (very detailed) tutorial on Stitched Boutique.
I decided to make some for me! the first one that I made, I followed her steps, but with three kids running around, I though it was kinda time consuming, so I decided to simplify and it went much quicker....plus I liked the outcome better! So here it is simplified:
Fist I printed out my tops onto card stock:

Then I made one cut down the middle. (You should now have two pieces of paper.)
Next, fold the bottom of the paper in half and draw a line 3/4" from the fold at the bottom. Lay a business card on the line (centered) then draw up the sides. -see picture below

Cut out the rectangle:
Fold the bottom up like it was before you cut it. Add tape to each of the sides (you could use a staple too) On the bottom of mine I wrote: Free - Take One!

Here is the finished product:
I made 10 of these in a short amount of time! It was easy enough that my 9 yr. old could make them too. I put 10 business cards into each holder. (That will reach 100 people!!!) Now all I need is some thumb-tact's and I'll be hanging them up whenever I get the chance!
Please leave a comment and tell me what you think? Have you made these before? If so, please leave a link in your comment, so we can look at it!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Car Seats

 Everyone With A Child Should Read This.....

Car Seat Safety: The Benefits of Extended Rear Facing (ERF) 

What is Extended Rear Facing?

Extended rear-facing simply means to keep a child in the rear-facing position after the child reaches 1 year and 20 lbs. 20 lbs is the minimum requirement for turning a child to the forward-facing position (by Ontario law). While you can choose to forward-face at the current minimum of 20 lbs, it is highly recommended that you keep your child rear-facing until the upper limits of the seat are reached. Your child will reach these upper limits when one of the following conditions occurs:

1. The child reaches the rear-facing weight limit

2. The top of the child's head is within one inch of the top of the shell of the car seat. Push down on the padding and measure with the plastic shell.

Why should I keep my child Rear Facing?

It is the safest way for anyone to ride. Need proof? *From 1992 through June of 1997, only 9 properly restrained rear-facing children died in Sweden. In the United States, the number one cause of death in children under one year of age is from congenital anomalies. At the age of one, when most children start riding forward-facing, the number one cause of death is motor vehicle crashes. Rear-facing children are 500% safer in an accident than forward-facing children. It reduces their risk of death by 71% and their risk of injury by 75%. Why is Rear Facing safest? Front-end collisions are not only the deadliest of accidents but also account for 74% of all crashes.

Let’s examine what happens in a front-end collision:

Rear-facing: The seat moves in the direction of the force, not against it. The shell takes the bulk of the force and passes very little along to the child. The forces that do get passed along to the child are spread across the entire area of the back, neck, and head, which are kept aligned. The baby’s head is cradled within the shell of the seat and moves in unison with the seat, and the neck is protected from stretching forces.  

Forward-facing: In a crash, the harness straps hold the shoulders and torso in the seat, but the head and neck are thrown violently forward. A young child's spinal cord is still very immature. It contains a lot of cartilage and not as much bone as an older child or adult. Research has shown that the forces applied to the necks of a forward-facing child can cause the spinal cord to stretch up to 2 inches. A spinal cord will rupture if stretched more than 1/4". This will cause decapitation. While the head will still be attached to the body, the neck will not.

Who exactly recommends ERF?

The AAP (American Pediatric Association) now recommends keeping a child rear-facing until the upper limits of the seat are reached. Since many seats rear-face up to 30-35 pounds, many children can ride rear-facing into their second, third, and even fourth year of life. In Sweden, it is common practice to keep children rear-facing until 4 or 5 years of age.

Is it dangerous to have my child's legs bent and/or his feet touching the seat?

There are no documented reports of children breaking their legs or hips in a crash. In a crash, a rear-facing child's legs will be thrown up and back away from the vehicle seat. It's important to note that children are very flexible and do not find riding this way uncomfortable. What looks cramped to an adult is fine for a child.

My child's doctor says I can turn my child around forward-facing even though she is not yet one year old

.Unfortunately, your child's doctor is giving out very outdated and very dangerous information. Many doctors have a very brief lesson on child passenger safety in medical school. They do not keep up with the changing standards and safety recommendations. 

My child is only 9 months old, but he can hold up his head, sit, crawl, and walk.  Doesn't he have enough muscle strength to ride forward-facing now?

This is a big misconception. The recommendations on turning a child forward-facing have nothing to do with muscular strength. They are based on skeletal strength.

My child screams the entire time in the car. It is distracting to me and I think I should turn him around forward-facing. He will be happier, and I will not be a distracted driver.

This tends to be one of the biggest reasons why parents turn children forward-facing. What they don't realize is that they are taking a huge gamble on their child's safety. It is no fun to listen to a crying baby, especially in the car. However, it is MUCH better to have a crying baby than a dead baby.

Which car seats allow me to rear face past 20lbs?

All car seats currently on the market in the United States rear face to a minimum of 30lbs, most even Rear face to 35lbs. To know what the weight limit is on your seat check the manual that came with it. There are currently 7 seats in America that Rear Face to 40 lbs (that I know of, if I've missed one let me know!): Graco MyRide65; Sunshine Kids Radian 65SL; Safety 1st Complete Air; Britax Marathon 70/Boulevard 70/Advocate 70 CS; Evenflo Triumph 65; Evenflo Momentum 65; and Cosco Scenera. In addition, the Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL and Sunshine Kids Radian 80SL both rear face up to 45lbs.

For additional information you can ask me or you can visit the following website, there are a bunch of links at the bottom the page for more information if you still have questions! :)


-copied  Written by: Nikki Waring

Natural Cleaners

Is Your Home Safe?

GET CLEAN -  Safe for you, your home,
and your planet.™

The real dirt on clean.You know that good, healthy feeling you get when you’ve just cleaned house? Sorry to spoil it, but you may have just madeyour home dirtier.
Think of it this way. You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic chemicals, so why would you let the baby crawl over a floor that’s just been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than the orange juice that was just there.

How dangerous? Just take a look at these statistics.
• Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.
• Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
• Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher inside your home than out.
• A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
• Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease.
• 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma. Rates in children under five have increased more than 160% from 1980 – 1994.
• Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxicants that are present in water, food, or air.
• If your home is anything like the average U.S. home, you generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).

Welcome healthy into your home. Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep.
Try Shaklee's GET CLEAN products today! I love them and you will too!
They are safe for you, your home and your family.
They are powerful. (rivals or outperforms 20 national brands)
They are clean - biodegradable and natural concentrated products.
They are smart ...concentrated products save you money once for ounce. For example a 16oz. bottle of Basic H2  equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26oz. windex!

Your home should be the safest, healthiest, cleanest place in the whole world.

 And, as it turns out, what’s good for your home is good for the earth and everyone else on it, too. So let’s make our homes healthy. Let’s clean our hearts out. Let’s Get Clean.
Get the dirt. Educate yourself about what you bring into your home at
To find out what’s lurking on your shelves, go to the National Institutes of Health Library of Medicine Household Products Database (website above). You can search almost any brand of cleaner you use, find out what’s in it, and uncover its links to health effects. Or search by chemical ingredients (see list below for some examples) and discover what brands contain it. The information may shock you.
Chemical ingredients to look out for:
• Sodium hydroxide
• Hydrochloric acid
• Butyl cellosol (2-Butoxyethanol)
• Formaldehyde
• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
• Ammonia
• Sulfamic acid
• Petroleum distillates
• Sulfuric acid
• Lye (potassium hydroxide)
• Morpholine

 Have a clean-for-all. Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.

this page is also linked to Household Cleaners

Some of the above portions taken from: ©2007 Shaklee Corporation. Distributed by Shaklee Corporation, Pleasanton CA, 94588. 07-258 (Rev. 4/07)

Thanks to Raising Homemakers for the link-up!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Vita- C and my Baby

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"

To all you moms out there.....I have a secret! 
 My kids do not get all the colds and coughs that usually go around in the winter..... and it is because of Shaklee! I put one chewable Vita-C in each 8 oz. baby bottle and sippy cup of water for my baby. As a result she has had only one cold the entire winter.....and that was while she was also cutting two teeth! She loves the vita-c water even better than regular water! My 4 yr. old son takes 2 Vita-C chewables a day and eats them like candy! My 9 yr. old daughter perfers the swallowable Vita-C.

Each tablet of Chewable Vita-C® delivers 100 mg of Vitamin C and enhances immune function by:
Supporting the body's natural antioxidant defenses
Helping maintain cell integrity
Promoting healthy eyes, teeth, gums, bones, muscles, and blood vessels

A healthy immune system is your body's most powerful weapon in its daily battle against smog, smoke, and other environmental assaults.  Our chewable Vita-C has a fresh citrus flavor making it ideal for anyone who has trouble swallowing tablets.

* Shaklee also has Sustained Release Vita-C for adults and kids who can swallow tablets.

Visit http://srkindred.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=20096 to learn more about Shaklee's Vita-C!

Thank-you FAR Above Rubies for the link-up!

A Book Angel

Last winter, almost a year ago my sister came over to do crafts with my daughter and I one evening. We made Book Angel's!

My book angel

My daughters book angel

It was simple enough that my daughter could do everything (except for help with the hot glue gun), but was also lots of fun!
Items needed: A book (I used an old song book, my daughter used a reading book with pictures), a glue gun and glue, fake craft hair, wooden balls and scraps of lace and ribbon.

You take the book and fold the first six or so pages up.....they are the 'wings'. Do the same thing with the last six or so (the same amount) of pages.

Then go through  the rest of the book folding the pages down. (children may need some help to try to fold the pages all the same)

folding pages
 Set the book upright, glue on a wooden ball for the head, then glue on hair, lace, ribbons and bows, etc.
(my daughter added a face with a marker to hers...)

cutting the hair
 and there you have it ....a lovely book angel doll!

the finished product

We color coordinated the ribbon with the rooms that our book angels were going to be in.

*you can find lots of cheap books at yard sales and thrift shops
*these make great gifts

Someday, if I ever get my own craft store, these will also be in it!

Thanks Tip Junkie  and Take A Look Tuesday on Sugar Bee craft edition for the link -up!


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