Clearing the air

I love having a clean home but I dread cleaning it sometimes. It’s not even the work, as many of you know I like to work. It’s the chemicals. After studying environmental science for many college years I am painfully aware of the damage chemicals cause not only to the environment but also to my family’s health. I have made my own cleaners and found it to be much more expensive or not as effective because simply locating the items, plus, I don’t have time for it anymore.

I was referred by my friend (also my physicians assistant) to this online shopping club that has a really inexpensive annual fee ($19), and everything they sell is non-toxic and safe for your home. You don’t have any minimum purchase requirements but you do get a significant discount if you order a minimum every month. I will refrain from naming the company, keep reading.

With that said, I am extremely tired of being marketed to by all the moms out there trying to earn an extra buck slinging something… some product, some concept, some this or that. I turn on my auto-pilot filter and begin ignoring them because when you have 1 firm income to rely on, anything extra is difficult to budget in. I am always very skeptical of marketing and sales pitches- and I research everything to death. I wouldn’t waste my time to inform people if I didn’t think they would benefit- how silly am I to be excited about cleaning products?

*The catch here- these are all things I am already using, but didn’t realize there are better products for better prices.

I struggled to decide whether to join because it seemed too gimmicky, and once I read a wellness guide and researched more and more and more…. then I couldn’t decide which products to try first. I went through my home and decided to simply replace the things I use heavily, or things I am almost out of. I placed my order Wednesday evening, and then called Thursday morning to see if it was too late to change my order (because I realized I should just try a whole cleaning supply pack instead of pick and choose). It was too late because my order was already on a truck, good news for expedience, bad news for mind-changing. It arrived Saturday morning.

This is a list of everything I bought, before shipping and sales tax it was about $70. I paid $84.72 exactly including shipping and CO state sales tax. I am telling you because I was skeptical of what it would cost myself- this is my gift- I am taking the time to inform you.

Cleaning supplies

  • (6) 16oz. Glass cleaner
  • (6) 16oz. Tub and shower cleaner
  • (6) 16oz. Daily shower spray
  • (1) 16oz. Toilet bowl cleaner
  • 48 load liquid laundry detergent
  • (20) whitening laundry pods
  • (6) 16oz. prewash stain treatment
  • (100) dryer sheets
  • (3) 2.4oz. wax melts

Skincare

  • 6oz. insect repellant
  • 4oz. Men’s deodorant (not for me of course)

All of this cost exactly $84.72

So far I have tried everything except whitening laundry pods and prewash stain treatment.

I am embarrassed to admit I haven’t scrubbed the tile in my shower for an impressive 2 months (at least). I sprayed the tub and tile, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. I rinsed it with a cup of water and it was like magic, you can see where it did and didn’t get. I did not scrub at all! I followed up by spraying the rest and letting it sit. The soap scum literally just disappeared. Previously, I would use Method Daily Shower cleaner (which is supposed to be all plant-derived ingredients), but the fumes would make my throat close up-  my lungs felt so contaminated afterwards I would have to close the bathroom door and turn on a fan.

So far I am sold. The products clean extremely well, the price is very affordable, and I can breathe afterwards. I feel comfortable with my kids cleaning their own bathrooms now, their lungs are safe!

If you are looking for a safe, affordable, option for your home- this is the best deal I have found.  They also have many other products I haven’t even touched on- vitamins, supplements, (2) skincare and makeup lines- I will definitely be trying these, weightloss meal replacements, many other cleaning items including sanitizers, essential oils… so many options!

When you are ready to get away from the chemical frenzy of so many products, but you don’t have the income to buy expensive “all natural” products either, this is something you NEED!

Let me know when you are ready and I will share what brand it is…..

 

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Planting Trees Is Good For The Soul

When we went to get pumpkins with our children, we decided to visit a nursery. Since we wanted to add trees to our landscape, and they were buy one get on 1/2 off, we purchased eight 5 quart trees. They sat in our backyard, sheltered against the fence for a week, until we figured out exactly where we wanted to plant them.

Since it was raining yesterday, I got to play in the mud! Anyone who thinks they know me, should also know that I love to play in the dirt. Mud is just wet dirt, so I love it too. What a fun project it was. We got to work together and put something natural in the earth that will grow and we can enjoy as long as we live in our home. I must say, my husband and I make a great team (most of the time). He let me master the soil composition ratios, depths, and locations of each tree. While he graciously dug, and did most of the hardest manual labor. I love my ox. Even though he does the brunt of it, I don’t get off easy at all. Oh no way. He expects me lift, dig, haul, and put in whatever I am capable of doing. My physical strength will just never measure up to his, no matter how determined I am.

Working with our hands and bodies is healthy, it provokes a sense of ownership to the work we are performing. Although we were both very sore afterwards, it was immediately rewarding. Now when I look out my kitchen window I see the trees I planted with my husband, and I get to watch them grow everyday.  Did I mention how it was also good for our marriage? We had to work together, cooperation is key in a marriage. We managed to problem solve and think long-term together.

No matter how stressed we can get at times, it is good for the soul to work towards something you can enjoy everyday.

Hickenlooper Tightening Belt on COGCC

Today it was a good day. I found out our Governor, John Hickenlooper, who is known for his business savvy, just issued an executive order tightening the reigns on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. See, the problem has been a conflict of interest in the mission of the agency. They are supposed to develop mineral rights, while also enforcing regulations that protect public health and environment. Let’s just put it this way, after months of in-depth research, I decided the agency is more focused on developing mineral rights than they are with protecting anything (other than the industry). Looking at the members of the board, they are all pro-industry. This means nobody cares about the public health and environment, they just do what is necessary to stay under the radar and make some serious money.

People are sick of it.
Enough people have stood up and made a stink that the COGCC is now being held responsible for their favoritism of industry. Even more amazing is that pro-money Hickenlooper is backing the public on this one, maybe that’s also a good business (ahem political) move.

The COGCC is instructed to review and adjust their regulatory framework, especially fines. Here are a couple of my favorite (emphasized by me) sections:

“The COGCC must structure these adjustments so as to hold the oil and gas industry to the highest operating standards in the nation for protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources.”

My favorite is item (6) of the penalty rules they are ordered to construct: “Make certain that any economic incentives for noncompliance with the Act and its regulations are eliminated.”

This is the biggest problem I think. There are rules, sure, of course there have always been rules. The agency doesn’t always (nor usually) enforce the rules, let’s just say they are a little “understaffed”. The amount of wells being drilled compared to the amount of people working in the agency who monitor or enforce regulations, sincerely reflects the agencies priorities. They say they can’t keep up, but on the same token, if they enforced the rules and imposed the penalties and fines accordingly, they would have more funding for staff to enforce regulations. If half the staff shifted to monitoring, rather than, I don’t know, say, approving new permits… The COGCC would be a completely different environment.

On a side note, but a very serious issue to be clear on. Mineral rights are separate from land rights. One person can own the surface, another “person” can own the minerals beneath it. Mineral rights trump land rights. This means the person who owns the mineral rights has to be allowed access to fully develop their right. In other words, if someone owns the mineral rights below your property they can pull permits with the COGCC to develop them whether or not you cooperate. Your land must be restored to it’s original condition to the best of their ability, but also “within reason”.