Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Revealing My Mop…

{Drumroll} … Rubbermaid Reveal Mop

…Ta Da! 

I have been using my Rubbermaid Reveal Mop for about a year and it works great.  I love the fact I no longer have to buy refill cleaning pads.  (Just an FYI, Rubbermaid does not know me and I'm not getting anything from them to write this post.  I just want to share what makes sense for me and the cleaner I use).

Previously, I had a Swiffer Wet Jet.  I liked my Swiffer Wet Jet until it started to spray the cleaning solution all over the place.  But one thing I never liked about the Swiffer Wet Jet was the dependency on using their cleaning solution and pads.  Expensive!

In comparison, the Reveal Mop is much less expensive.  I make my own cleaning solution and the cleaning pads are reusable.  Just throw the cleaning pads in the washing machine.  I purchased 2 cleaning pads, so if one is in the wash I have another to use in case of spills and other cleaning emergencies (which happens a lot in our house).

The Reveal Mop's cleaning pad is larger than the Swiffer Wet Jet’s.  Which means… less time cleaning because I can cover more area with each sweep of the mop.

You can use a store bought cleaning solution or homemade solution with the Reveal Mop.

Here is the recipe for the cleaning solution I use: Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Cleaning Solution

1) Fill refill bottle to “water” line with water. Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Refill Bottle

2) Add 1 to 3 Tbsp of White Vinegar to refill bottle - Vinegar helps prevent streaks and also has strong antibacterial properties (the vinegar smell disappears, but if the smell is too much just decrease the vinegar amount in your solution). Vinegar

3) Add 1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap to refill bottle.  I like the smell of Citrus Orange.  I bought online from, but lots of stores carry it, including Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap

4) Add about 10 drops Tea Tree Oil to refill bottle.  Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial and antifungal agent.  I bought online from, but tea tree oil can be found in most stores, including Tea Tree Oil

5) Put the lid on the refill bottle and give it a quick shake to combine the ingredients.  Place bottle on mop and you are ready to clean your floors! Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Refill Bottle

Quick, easy and inexpensive.  Also much better for the environment, much less waste! Rubbermaid Reveal Mop

What mop do you use?  What are your floor cleaning solutions?


Friday, November 9, 2012

Contributor Post for Poofy Cheeks!

I’m over at Poofy Cheeks today!  Thanks Kelsey, for this great opportunity to be a returning contributor to your blog.  Check out my post, which includes a New FREE Printable!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Quick Porch Update… Part 2 Quick Porch Update

In case you missed it, here is A Quick Porch Update… Part 1.  And now, here is the conclusion of our Quick Porch Update!…

The bookcase in the corner is a new addition to the room.  Originally, the bookcase was in the living room behind our TV.  I needed a place to keep some of my houseplants, but I didn’t want the plants located where they could get knocked over or attacked by the kids.  So up on the bookshelf the plants made their home.  If needed, the bottom shelves of the bookcase will hold baskets of more winter accessories such as scarves and mitts and such. Kid's Coats in Porch

On the other wall, the boys hang their coats.  They each get 3 hooks at a level they can reach, so they can hang up their own clothes. 3M Coat Hooks in Porch

I chose 3M hooks so I could reposition the hooks easily as the kids grow.  The hooks attach to the wall with the 3M adhesive sticker.  When you need to remove the hooks from the wall, they remove easily and with no damage to the wall.  I use them all over my house!  I also used a 3M hook to hang my boy’s backpack on the wall. Coat and Boot Storage in Porch

This quick little update to the entrance area makes the space more functional and gives us more space.  One of the biggest improvements… No more water bottles sitting in the corner!  To find out where my water bottles ended up, click here! Bookcase and Dresser in Porch

In addition to the IKEA Storage unit, the boys also use the 2 lower shelves of the dresser for storage.  Each boy gets a drawer to keep their mitts, toques and hats.  The dresser works really well and both my little boys can get out their own items.

Make sure to check out "A Quick Porch Update... Part 1"!




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Quick Porch Update… Part 1 Quick Porch Update

Autumn is here and Winter is soon on it’s way.  I’ve unpacked the kid’s winter clothes and coats.  With the cold weather, the boys unfortunately have to put on lots of layers of clothes to keep warm when they go outside.  The winter clothes and coats needed some organization so I changed and improved our porch/entrance area to our house.  The current system was alright, but I added some more storage and hid the unsightly water bottles!

Here is a post on how our entrance used to look.  And here are some quick before pics… Porch Before Pic
Before Porch Before Pic Shoe Storage

I moved the lighter brown chest to the living room.  We keep our firewood for our wood burning fireplace in this chest.  Originally, we placed it near the front door so we could easily load it up with wood without tracking snow throughout the house. 

I decided to give the firewood chest a new home in the living room, which makes sense because this is where the fireplace is located.  To refill the chest, my husband brings the wood to the back door in tubs and I stay inside and grab the tubs from him and refill the firewood chest.  So far, our system is working well.  It is also cutting down on the mess.  No more snow and pieces of wood tracked throughout the house.  Why I did not think of this solution sooner I will never know!

Now that I freed up some space by removing the firewood chest from the entrance area, I could add a new storage solution.  I needed a place to keep the kid’s splash pants and winter ski pants. Living Room Toy Storage Unit IKEA

I decided to move the toy storage unit that was in the living room to the entrance.  Not only would it give me more room in the living room, we would also benefit from the extra storage in the porch. Porch / Entrance Storage Unit IKEA

We can even use the storage unit as a bench to sit down and take our shoes off.  Each person in our family now has a basket to keep their winter belongings.  All I need to do now is add some labels to the baskets. Extra Kid's Shoe Storage in Porch

Under the storage unit, I’ve hidden a plastic shoe tray for the boy’s shoes.  A little extra storage and a place to keep the snowy, wet boots till they dry.

Stay tuned for the 2nd half of our Quick Porch Update!




TDC Before and After

Sunday, November 4, 2012

OMG… Sewage Backup!

Yep, I said it… SEWAGE BACKUP!  One of my biggest fears and nightmares happened late last week.  Luckily, it happened in the afternoon when I was home so I could contain the disaster in the basement. 

We live on an acreage, so at first I thought the septic tank was full and backing up into the house.  When we discovered the septic tank wasn’t the issue, further investigation lead us to a clogged sewage line in between the house and the septic tank. 

After multiple calls to plumbers, we finally got someone out to the house late that night.  All day and evening we were without water because any amount of water down the line would cause a greater backup.  Being without water is really hard, especially when we have 2 kids and now-a-days we take the use of water for granted (eg. toilet flushing).

We are now in the clean up stage and have a crew coming out on Monday to start the demolition.  Let’s hope everything is completed before Christmas… Oh, I hope so, but I'm not holding my breath!

Has anyone gone through sewage or water damage clean up and rebuilding before?  What are some of your horror stories? 

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