Friday, March 26, 2010

Product Tips!

Over on Kelly’s Korner, its cleaning tips day! I’m a self-obsessed clean freak and I always try new products in hopes that I will find something that reduces effort and time. Needless to say, I waste a lot of money on products that promise a lot but delivery very little!

These are a few of my favorite cleaning products and tips:

My favorite laundry soap is from Charlie’s ( This stuff is wonderful! It’s hypoallergenic and safe for children. It gets some of the toughest stains out and has a nice refreshing smell. Plus, its only 12 cents for each load! I’ve actually turned a few of my friends onto this detergent. My Mom has a front loader and it works great in her machine too. A quick tip…you can usually find it cheaper on Amazon with free shipping!

I’ve tried plenty of window cleaning products and usually get frustrated by the streaks they leave behind. I’ve tried every tip…use cheaper paper towel, newspaper, etc but I always ended up with streaks. Now I use Dirtex spray. You can buy Dirtex at Lowes and it’s usually in the paint section (not with the cleaning products). Dirtex works wonders on windows and glass. Plus it removes sticky, sticker residue that may be on picture frames, plastic containers, plates, etc.

My new favorite product is Kaboom's Foam-Tastic and can be found at Target, Wal-Mart, or other similar stores.  I have spent tons of time scrubbing my shower to remove soap scum. I’ve bought many products and nothing seemed to make this task easier. Recently my curiosity was peeked by the Kaboom’s commercials. Sure enough…this stuff is amazing! You spray and when it turns white, you simply wipe down. It makes cleaning the tubs and showers so much easier! My only complaint is that the spray can is a little messy.
These are just a few of my favorite products. Cheers to happy cleaning!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hola Quito!!

I just got back from my 3rd visit to Quito.  I made the trip for my husband's b-day.  My in-laws were also visiting at the same time.  We had a great time exploring the city.  One of my favorite things that we did was the Teleferiqo.  It's a cable car that takes you to 13,400 feet with a beautiful view of the city!  Although I was a little uneasy to be on a cable car in an earthquake prone area, it was such an amazing experience.

(You can't see the fear in my eyes!) 

Once we got to the top, you could see for miles.  We actually looked down to see the planes landing at the airport.  I was afraid that the altitude may get to me but it didn't really bother me at all.

(At the top and surrounded by clouds)

We also took a day trip to Otavalo.  This is a small town that has an enormous market.  You can but jewelry, clothes, hats, and many other craft items.  The drive was beautiful although a little scary at times.  This could have been my hubby's driving too! 

Although I'm not a huge fan of Ecuador, I have to admit that it was awesome getting to know the culture and its simplicity! 

Friday, March 12, 2010

Show Us Your Life: Favorite Charities

Kelly's Korner is hosting Favorite Charities this Friday.  I think giving is so important and I love donating to various organizations!  When my husband and I were married, we agreed that we wanted our guests to donate money to their favorite charities in lieu of gifts.  It was so wonderful to hear about the different charities that received a donation because we got married!  That was truly a celebration!

( crazy cat!)

The charities closest to my heart always involve animals.  I'm a huge animal lover!  I have to admit that I cry when I see the SPCA commercials.  Its hard for me to understand how someone could mistreat or abuse an animal.  Its amazing to own a pet and experience unconditional love from them.  In our area, we have a wonderful non-profit animal adoption center called Briggs Animal Adoption Center.  These animals are treated with care and compassion.  Its an amazing place to tour and I often laugh that these animals are living at the St. Regis of animal shelters!  I am so happy that there are non-profits out there that are dedicated to helping animals finding wonderful, loving homes!