Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Few Changes To My Cleaning Routine

So, I recently made a few changes to my cleaning routine. I know...riveting information. ;) But I get a lot of emails about what cleaning products I use, so I always like to keep y'all informed if I discover something new. Or in this case, return to an old favorite. 

You can click HERE to see my updated cleaning post. 

First of all, I switched from Mrs. Meyer's hand soap to this antibacterial hand soap...

I put one of these in each bathroom and the kitchen. We now use this to wash our hands, but also for washing the kitchen counters and bathroom counters. 

I've always used this antibacterial hand soap in the past, but had recently switched to Mrs. Meyer's. But the whole time, it kinda bothered me that Mrs. Meyer's wasn't "officially" labeled as antibacterial and I just feel better knowing we're washing our hands and actually killing germs at the same time. I know there are a lot of opinions on this, but this is what I feel is best for my family. I did a lot of research on soaps and finally decided to go back to this Softsoap one because it's antibacterial, but doesn't contain Triclosan. You really have to read labels too, because within the same brand, there are ones that have it and ones that don't. Sometimes it's just a matter of choosing a different scent to avoid a certain ingredient. Also, if they change the label or box for a "new look" always re-check the ingredients, because a lot of the time, they also change the ingredients. This goes for food too, especially cereal. 

Riveting, right? Lol! Don't say I didn't warn you. ;) So next up, I also switched back to using Clorox wipes to clean the toilet tank, lid, seat and base when doing my weekly cleaning routine...

Just like the hand soap, I used to always use this, but had recently switched to a 50/50 vinegar/water solution. Guess I had it right the first time. Ha! Again, I just feel better knowing I'm killing germs too. I still use the vinegar for spot cleaning the toilet during the week, but use the Clorox wipes for my once a week deep clean. 

The other thing I use is Magic Erasers to clean the shower. I already did a post on these, but wanted to mention them again because they do such a good job. 

I've used both of these and they really do a great job...

I try to stay away from using a lot of chemicals when cleaning, but sometimes you just have to break out stuff like bleach, etc. you know? I mean, I clean my kitchen counters and sink with antibacterial hand soap and water. I dust with microfiber cloths. I clean the bathroom mirrors with Basic H, the bathroom counters and sinks with antibacterial hand soap and water, and use Clorox wipes on the outside of the toilet. I still use Lysol toilet bowl cleaner on the inside of the toilet and Magic Erasers on the showers. I also clean the bathroom floors with my vinegar/water spray and use Bona on my hardwood floors. 

Sometimes after I scrub the shower with a Magic Eraser, I rinse everything, then spray some of this Method Bathroom Cleaner in the shower...

I let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. 

So there you have it. My new/old cleaning routine. I say "old" because obviously I went back to using what worked the first time around. Sometimes you have to play around with things and figure out what works best for you. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 6, 2018

This and That

Just another round of this and that around here. :) 

I posted this deal on IG a while back, but I think there are still a few left, so I wanted to post here too. These tobacco baskets are only $4 at Hobby Lobby!

inexpensive tobacco basket

And the small dough bowl on top is only $20! 

Follow along on Instagram for more up to the minute deals, so you don't miss out. You can find me @texasdecor

I kept seeing ads for this pet grooming glove, so I bought one. And you know what? It works like a charm! 

It's a two pack of gloves (right and left handed) and you just put them on and pet your cat or dog (or really any furry creature, I assume) They will love it because those little nubs feel like a massage and you're grooming them (and removing a ton of hair) at the same time!

Then the hair just peels right off in one motion! Mine like this better than a brush and it really cuts down on the amount of pet hair in the house. 

Look at all of Finny's fur! And this is just from about two minutes of petting with the glove. 

My ever cautious Holly wasn't a fan at first, but quickly warmed up to it. Look at her little fur ball I collected...

The one I got is called the Delomo Pet Grooming Glove. It was about $12 on Amazon...

Just look at all those reviews! And FYI, when I bought it, it was only $7, but you know Amazon...if you wait around, the price usually goes up. Sigh...

Do any of you remember these...

Oh man! Talk about memory lane! The drive thru Fotomat. For you young things, we used to actually put film in our cameras (yes, a roll of film) take the allotted 24 pics, then drop the roll off at one of these places, then pick it up a few days later. Yep, we had to wait DAYS to see how our pics turned out. No digital cameras with immediate results. We had to take a blind pic, then hope it turned out. The horror! Lol! BTW, you might want to follow @jollyholidayjill on IG if you like to see nostalgic pics. She'll take you down memory lane on a daily basis. 

Now, I know y'all are following @whoawaitwalmart on Instagram, right? Because I told you to do that a long time ago, so I'm sure you listened, right? I'm just teasing you, but seriously, they post such great deals! Just like this CUTE gingham dress...

At less than $15, I bought it in three colors...gingham, olive and black. It's by Time and Tru and is very good quality and so comfy! I haven't worn a dress in a long time, but I'm looking forward to wearing these. I the last one on the planet to discover slip shorts? Probably. :) If you don't know what I'm talking about, these are slip shorts...

what to wear under short dresses

Just like a slip, but in shorts form. I think these are the ones I got in nude and black. They were only about $6 at Walmart. I usually don't like wearing dresses because I'm always paranoid I'll put on an unintentional show when the wind blows my way, if you know what I mean. ;) But it's amazing the confidence I have when wearing these. I'm not constantly checking to see if my skirt has blown up. Ha! Even if it did, it's just like my "shorts" would be showing, so no big deal, right? 

I often wonder how I'm the age I am and I didn't know about these things until now. Some of you may remember my post when I discovered Nude colored bras and undies and how they're perfect for wearing under light colored clothing. Up until recently, I always tried to wear a white bra with a white shirt. Nope...never worked. But the skin colored ones, yes! Why didn't anyone ever tell me that? Hmph. Any fashion advice you want to share? It'll probably be news to me, so share away! :) 

As usual, this post is all over the place, but I got a lot of responses when I posted this on IG. A lot of people weren't aware that HEB exclusively sells this Luby's fried fish in the frozen section. FYI, they also sell Luby's mac n cheese. And they taste just like the ones at the restaurant! 

Luby's fish sold exclusively at HEB

Sorry if you're not local, as this is only sold at HEB. But I know a lot of Texans read my blog, so I wanted to share. :) 

And let's end on a sweet note, shall we? I made my first ever pineapple upside down cake the other day...

pineapple upside down cake

So good! 

Here's my "recipe"...

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much from a boxed mix, but it was truly delicious! 

Thanks for stopping by!


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