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PostHeaderIcon Tips on Tackling Bathroom Mold

If there is one room in my home that I have become crazy with cleaning, it is the bathroom. I have two boys and if you are the Mom of little boys too, that statement should qualify as “nuff said”. Amazing how they can play a video game and get a bowling ball down a hole in the floor the size of a pea but they can’t manage to keep their stuff in the toilet. I’d like to hope that as they get older this will stop. Tell me it does!

You probably don’t want to admit it, or chances are you don’t even know it but, the ugly truth is 100% of homes have mold. This isn’t to say that you are an unclean person or that you don’t clean well enough. The simple fact is that while most cleaners can remove visible dirt, it doesn’t kill the Mold. This kind of grossed me out and made me evaluate the types of cleaners that I have been using. Want to know which one does do the job? The deep-cleaning Tilex® lineup is formulated to attack mold and mildew and cancel the mold show in your bathroom.
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PostHeaderIcon Maintain a Healthier Home with Filtrete

We try to keep out homes clean and germ free. We wash, we bleach and we scrub. Ever sit and wonder what things you over look? The small things you don’t really think about? Despite our best efforts, young children end up chewing on toys, putting their dirty fingers in their mouths, and touching, tasting and breathing things that can be potentially harmful. But because their organs and respiratory, immune and neurological systems are still developing, they may be more sensitive to harmful substances such as certain chemicals, particles and allergens.

Some of the things we used to do to ensure our home was a little more clean was to change the air filter in our furnace every 3 months. One time we were shopping and out local store had a fantastic deal on filters. We bought an entire box to stock up! People watched us like we were insane.  It was great :)

When I turned 30 I developed allergies. Mine are winter ones and I really have no clue what I am even allergic to but they are terrible! It lasts most of the winter for me. Most people with allergies develop them during childhood, Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), shares the ABC’s to help maintain a healthier home environment for children:

  • A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child’s bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
  • B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air.  These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don’t neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.

I recently discovered the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M. It captures 94 percent of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pollen and mold spores, from the air passing through the filter. It also captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary fiberglass filters. HOLY COW! This filter outperforms all 1″ filters. It attracts and captures microscopic particles like bacteria and particles that can carry viruses and large particles like mold spores and pollen.

You can also sign up for Filtrete’s Clear Advantages program, which offers healthy home living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders and more via a seasonal e-newsletter. You can manage your air and water filtration needs.

For more healthy home living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders and more, Moms can register to receive seasonal e-newsletters through the Clear Advantages program by visiting www.Filtrete.com. You can also get these and more by following them on Twitter at @Filtrete.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

PostHeaderIcon Sometimes it’s cool to be square….

When I first moved, the boys and I were doing the paper plate thing for a few months. I had been giving much thought to what kind of dishes I wanted to buy but just never seemed to get around to it. After all, I hate washing dishes so paper worked just fine! Paper got old and expensive and I started to window shop. About that time, I was  presented with the opportunity to try out the new dinnerware line Chef’s Table from Oneida. Imagine my excitement when I saw SQUARE dishes! Why?….

I have always loved the look of a square plate. It just think it makes the meal look fancier and more of a professional look. It doesn’t matter what you put on it, in my opinion, it always looks better on a square plate. I love that the bowls to this set are a bit over sized and hold more than your standard cereal bowl.

These everyday dishes are easy to care for and most pieces are both dishwasher and microwave safe. You may want to wash over sized platters or more delicate pieces by hand. Always use a gentle, non-citrus detergent. Use care when loading the machine so that no piece can rub or bump against another during the wash cycle. Allow your dinnerware to dry and cool completely before removing. Something that I didn’t know, never soak dinnerware for long periods or overnight!

The strength and simplicity of this collection are what define it. The gentle aesthetic details add subtle touches that will accentuate your epicurean creations, while ultra-durable porcelain makes Chef’s Palette restaurant-quality. Perfect for the chef-at-heart or anyone looking to enhance their table presentation, this collection can be mixed and matched with pieces from Chef’s Table for more creative tabletops. These dishes are made of fine porcelain in a warm white body color. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and come with a 3 Year No-Chip Warranty on place setting items.

This set normally sells for a whopping  $140 but you can purchase it on Oneida.com, currently reduced to $69.99 for a service for 4! If you are interested in this set, now is a great time to cash in on the deal!

Disclaimer: I was not paid any form of cash for this posting. I received the item(s) mentioned above to thank me for taking the time to participate. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and any opinion about the product should be verified by the product designer. The product itself did not persuade my personal beliefs or views. I was under no obligation to write a positive post. Read more about Delightful Chaos’ Disclosure Policy.

PostHeaderIcon What do you mean my boys can’t have a tree?

In order for you to fully understand where this post came from, I have to tell you a brief story about my current situation.

As many of you know I am in the middle of a  divorce. One of the problems I am having at the moment is being able to collect my things from the house for almost a year now. With that being said, naturally, all of my Christmas decorations including my tree, stockings, etc are there. My mom bought us a tree and we only used it last year so it’s brand new. I refused to go out and purchase a new one because to be honest, those things are not cheap and I have a new one so what’s the point? I am also not a real tree person and for just me, it would have been a  real pain! I was feeling pretty down about the boys not having a tree and well, that was unacceptable to me.

A few months back I did a review for a company for a giant tree wall decal. I was sitting on the couch one night staring at this tree. I started wondering what I could do with it. Why couldn’t I just light it up?! It was a tree after all. Then the problem came of how do get it up without ruining the wall. Command Brand to the rescue! I contacted them and explained what my idea was and if they thought they could help. THEY HELPED!

First let me list the products that I used for this project….

  • 2 Stands of white lights
  • Thin Garland
  • Fake Snow
  • Candy Canes
  • Varies FLAT Christmas Ornaments
  • Small card board box
  • Command Decorating Clips
  • Command Small Wire Hooks
  • Command Large Picture Hanging Strips

This project as a whole was really very simple. We used the Command Decorating Clips to put the lights up how we wanted them. We really had no pattern to this. It was pretty much however the lights looked like they wold fit best. We loosely wrapped the garland around the lights and put it up at the same time. We used the Large Picture Hanging Strips to stick some felt and boxes to the wall. The red felt was a cheap $5 tree skirt that I picked up at Target and cut in half. We added some dollar store flat ornaments and it was a tree!

We also bought some fake snow and through it all over the tree and on the “tree skirt”. You can’t see it very good in the picture on the tree but it shows nicely at the base. Because I had the thermostat on the right, we cut a cardboard box in half, put 4  of the Large Picture Hanging Strips on the back and stuck it over top of the thermostat. We used 3 of the Small Wire Hooks to hang the stockings like a makeshift mantle. We wrapped up some empty boxes for affect and VOILA! A Christmas Tree! When the boys came home they were SO EXCITED! I am certain they will remember this in 20 years over a stinky boxed tree ;)

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