Monday, February 04, 2008

A few of my favorite things.....

Happy Monday! As I have been knee deep in heavy cleaning these past few days, I thought it might be a good time to share some of my favorite "household" items. Maybe favorite isn't the right word, essential, might be more appropriate.

1. Kaboom Never Scrub toilet cleaner

When I first heard about this item, I thought for sure it was too good to be true but I had a coupon. Now, several months later I don't know how I live without it. I swear this is the best housecleaning item I own. I have not had to scrub my toilet bowl since I have owned it - for real! Any of you living with a man will know what a valuable asset this is. I have even considered building a shrine to pay daily homage it, that is how much I love it.

2. Swiffer Sweeper Wet

With mainly hardwood floors and tile in my house, I would have lost an arm with all the mopping I would have done without this. I have owned this for a long time and it continues to serve me well, especially with two little animals (sorry, I mean kids) that manage to make messes I never thought possible. So, instead of hauling the mop, bucket and water around I just whip out my littler swiffer stick and wet pads, do a quick sweep and I am no longer stuck to that glob of unknown sticky stuff on the floor.

3. Lysol Disinfectant Wipes

I will admit it, I am super cheap, at least when it comes to household shopping. So, this item was a hard one for me to buy initially. I thought I could just as easily wipe something down with my Lysol disinfectant spray and a paper towel. Oh how wrong I was. Again, a coupon encouraged me to venture into new territory with this gem. Of course it comes in super handy when I need to wipe the kids table down quickly or wipe the bathroom down before people come over, but it was a certain incident that really sealed the deal. Let's just say it involved a little boy, a bathroom, a missed potty and some MAJOR bacterial issues. A story for another time.

4. Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum

I think most people have a handheld vacuum but I can not have a "favorite" post and leave it out. Honestly, I don't think I would have survived these past five years without it. My dirt devil has never gone hungry, it has had a steady diet of cheerios and goldfish since we brought it home. I will also admit that I don't even know how to use a dust pan. I sweep then vacuum my little piles. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to see all that dirt sucked up in one little swoop.

5. Coffee Maker (any model)

If you are a fellow mom, enough said.

Now it is your turn - let me know what a favorite is of yours. I can use all the help I can get around here!

Something New

The following is a new feature, "What am I doing?" I will share what I am reading, watching, listening to and clicking on for the upcoming week. Please use this information wisely.

What am I clicking this week?

My friend Amanda over at Those Dandy Dillards shared a favorite site of hers and I thought it was such a great idea I am going to do the same. Her first one on Google Reader is a must have, so make sure and read it. As for my click it is very useless. If you don't know, I am obsessed with celebrity gossip. At one point before our starving student days I subscribed to US Weekly, Star and People each week. I just get US now, so to keep up with all the news I read several sites to keep me informed. One of my favorites is Celebrity Baby Blog. It has really great posts about celebrity moms and moms to be. They have great interviews, pictures and info on must have baby products.

What am I reading this week?

Nothing. It is a little sad but I haven't gotten into a book lately. I still have my First magazine to read and hopefully more will start coming in the next week. I do have some things on my nightstand but have been too busy to start any of them. Hopefully next week I will have something better for you.

What am I watching this week?

Another new episode of Lost comes on Thursday, but other than that the schedule is bare. This writer's strike is killing me. I have even stopped watching Days of our Lives because the scab writers are writing off my favorite couple. I read today that a resolution is coming soon, please let it be true!!!

What am I listening to this week?

Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield. This song has been the most requested song lately by Jessie's little girl around here. I am not joking, she loves this song and asks for it by name every time we get in the car.


Brit and Heath said...

Mine is Oxyclean. I couldn't live without it. Takes spots out of carpet, clothes, whatever! I'm sure it would clean the oven too, just haven't tried it:) I will have to try the Kaboom thing, good call!

I also love method brand cleaners, not because they clean well, because they smell nice. And my house isn't clean until it smeels good too!

Michelle said...

My new favorite cleaner is Dr. Bronners peppermint cleaner. LOVE the minty fresh smell and that it is quite natural and green. Because I'm crunchy like that...

ASC said...

I'm a new fan of the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. I also love this mop system - - it's like a Swiffer that you can wash!

Suzanne said...

I can't live without...
- Seventh Generation Cleaning Products which are green and safe
- Mr. Clean Eraser Pads
- Swiffers