Friday, November 20, 2015

Super Savvy Holiday Gift Guide for Her-Zabada

I have been told all of my life that I am different. I do not fit within the confines of normalcy and I definitely march to the beat of a different drum. I enjoy my eccentric life and as I grow older I find myself drawn to people who share the same passions, ideas and loves as I do.

Ever since I started this blog nearly 7 years ago, one thing that I promised to do was to share my journey of being crunchy and keeping chemicals out of my house. Once one makes a commitment like that, I find that its not all that hard to get use to. If it wasn't for ecostore and Ology products, I would have had a really hard time in the beginning. Brand trust is the key to success!

A couple of months ago I was perusing the web and I came across a Zabada. I read that their patented microfiber cloths clean better with just water than any cleaner on the market. Ok, they had my attention. How can this be? To be honest, I was skeptical...very skeptical. I went to their website to learn more because they definitely piqued my interest. Thats when I saw the video below. To say I was floored was an understatement! Watch for yourself!

Now that you have seen what Zabada can do for you, I want to tell you how easy it is to use Zabada in your life. I received the floor cleaner pole & head along with some cloths for cleaning and polishing. So here I am, looking at this rad orange and gray apparatus and I think to myself "I can't wait to prove them wrong. There is no way this is going to tackle two little boys, husband and bulldog grime-no way!" Well, here I am to happily tell you I was 100% wrong. 


This revolutionized the way that I looked at cleaning my floors, honestly. It took zero time to set up and less than zero time to get use to. Imagine, a reusable dust cloth that does everything that your traditional broom does but with zero bending over with a dust pan and a lot more finesse. Who doesn't want to look like Tom Cruise dancing/sliding around on a clean floor while cleaning like a ninja? I, for one, most certainly do. The turning power of the cleaning pole is second to none-truly!

After dusting my floor, I squirt a little water, add my high shine floor fiber and voilá my floors are shiny and clean! I know it sounds to good to be true because thats exactly what I thought too until I used it!


I live in an old farmhouse that was built in 1865. To say that it is dusty is just so far from the truth. It is uber dusty. There are always dust particles in the air. When I first used the Zabada dusting system I was absolutely blown away by how much dust was actually in my house. I couldn't believe that I was essentially "pushing" the dust around my house for years with a Swiffer rather than removing it--which is exactly what Zabada did. The glove was an absolute game-changer for my ceiling fan not to mention all of my baseboards, electronics--you get the picture!

In the spirit of honest reviews I have to say that this was the hardest product to get use to. The kitchen is a scary place to be. Bacteria and germs are prevalent not to mention things like salmonella eek! So trying to clean with only water with the kitchen handy was, to me, anything less than handy. The cloth is small {like the size of a large sponge} and I was intimidated. Shhhh don't tell anyone that I was intimidated please because I don't want to lose my street cred. I thought it would be easier to clean my countertops, sink and such with the kitchen glove. I am pretty sure that would be a lot dreamier but for all intensive purposes, the handy does get the job done and its a little more affordable, too. I should have had this review done months ago but I just couldn't let go of my kitchen hangup. I thought that maybe I would just write about the floor and dusting aspects but realized that wouldn't be fair. What I do LOVE LOVE the handy for is cleaning my dishes! Water only and my precious All-Clad non-stick pans are sparkly and clean. Kitchen handy also treats my cast iron very, very well. Cast iron is only suppose to be cleaned with water anyway so it truly is a match made in heaven. 


  • Lasts for 2-3 years saving you a lot of money over the years
  • Cleans with only water which also saves a lot of money on cleaners
  • Zero waste-keeps paper towels and other disposable cloths out of the landfills
  • Easy to use
  • Machine washable 
  • Durable
  • No harsh fumes to make you lightheaded or dizzy while cleaning=less dangerous
  • Zabada's promotions can't be beat
  • Save enough for kids to use-no more harmful toxic cleaners

  • Initial Investment 
  • Hard to ditch the cleaners and trust that water can do the trick but IT CAN and its so rewarding!

Overall I am so pleased with how amazing Zabada cleans. It truly amazes me each and every time. I also love that my kids can help me clean and I don't have to worry about their little perfect bodies being exposed to possible carcinogenic cleaners. I would EASILY give Zabada a 5 star rating! 

TIP: If you don't have the money to make the full investment right away, check out Zabada's amazing promotions that they have going on. There is always a fantastic deal but the deals change giving you more opportunities to add to your collection. 

Right now the Mini Bundles are such a FABULOUS price that it would make the PERFECT gift for that special someone in your life. If your Mom/Wife/Sister/Partner isn't familiar with Zabada, you can always print off some of their amazing stats on their site and include it in the wrapped box. Show you care by giving them a gift that is not only healthy but smart and thoughtful!

*I was sent product to review in exchange for this review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Little Firefighter-Halloween Costume Review

It is so hard to believe that in less than a week my baby will be 5 years old! Where the heck does the time go? Here he was at his Kindergarten class field trip to the pumpkin patch! Oliver is such a special little boy. He has a wild zest for adventure and he adores firefighters and ambulance drivers. He has been telling me for a couple of years that when he grows up he wants to be a construction worker, firefighter, ambulance driver and cowboy all at the same time. Talk about melting Mommy's heart!Last year, Oliver was a firefighter for Halloween. I wouldn't have imagined that he would have chosen the same hero this year but he did. Instead of wearing last year's costume (that does fit because he is a peanut) I decided to look online to see what else I could find. I found several that I liked but decided to go with the the Costume SuperCenter.  They had so many different costumes to choose from and even though I was apprehensive about picking out a tan Firefighter Costume, I went with it after all. I am so happy that I did because it is far nicer than I would have imagined based on the pictures on the website.Oliver happened to be home when his costume arrived and he was so excited to try it on (sorry, I didn't get any pictures because the pants are a little too long but its a super easy fix!) The costume comes in 3 pieces; the helmet, pants with suspenders and the jacket. The quality of the costume is far superior than most costumes that I have purchased or seen over the years. It would definitely hold up LONG after trick-or-treating is over. We ordered the size small 4-6 costume. The jacket sleeves are a little long and the pants have two sizes to adjust on the suspender part. Even though there are two sizes to adjust, we will have to made another set of holes a few inches up the strap so the buttons can be adjusted more. Oliver weighs 32.4 pounds and is 40" tall. He is the exact opposite of Dexter at this age!I would highly recommend purchasing your family's costume needs from Costume SuperCenter as they have a very wide selection and prices that can't be beat!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Belli Birthday Bash

Monday, September 7, 2015

Magical Nut Free Healthy Chewy Granola Bars

It's the day before school starts for the year and I am verklempt. On one hand, I am happy that the kids will get to bloom and grow and make new friends this school year but on the other, I am going to miss them around the house. I will miss the lack of routine and the late-night beach trips. As I stared at the fully packed backpacks I just knew something was missing. No, it isn't me trying to squeeze into the sack so I can see and participate with them constantly! Its a healthy, nut-free snack for the kids to bring to school.

Oliver's kindergarten class is a nut-free classroom and as a Mom with two kids who can and will eat everything this can pose to be a challenge. It is hard when it comes to bringing in a birthday treat and my kids wants his favorite peanut butter rice krispy treats. Its hard when he wants to bring in apples and peanut butter for his daily snack. I do understand the importance of restricting these items in the room but its not easy for me to conform.

As I thought about treats to buy for snack I kept thinking about granola bars. The kids love them and the best ones I have found for the price are the Wild Oats chocolate chip organic bars at Walmart for $2.19. That's not bad at all for a box of 6.  I decided to make my own so that the kids could not only help and learn some new skills in the kitchen but I decided to do it so I could control everything in them. Since this was my first time making granola bars, to be honest, my expectations were low. Would they be brittle, would they be hard, would they be too tough or too chewy? Only time would tell. I whipped together my own recipe based on a thousand that I found. The result was a super soft, chewy and delicious granola bar that held its shape well and was so yummy that the kids would have eaten the whole pan had I let them.

2 cups of oats (I used instant cook)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of ground flax seed (I used Wild Oats brand from Walmart)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup of flour (I used whole wheat and it was awesome)
3/4 cup of dried fruit (I used raisins, lingonberries and cherries)
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of applesauce (I used homemade)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup of coconut oil (melted and cooled)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Magical sprinkles for the top (optional)

1. Preheat Oven to 350º F. Generously grease a 9x13 baking pan (makes 1 inch thick bars)

2. In a large bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients. Make a little well in the middle of your dry ingredients and pour in the oil, honey, egg, applesauce and vanilla. Mix well using your hands as they work best. Pat the mixture evenly into the greased pan. Sprinkle with magic sprinkles for fun

3. Bake for 25-27 minutes until the edges start turning golden brown. Cool before cutting. Store for up to a week in a air tight container or ziploc bag


There are so many ways to make granola bars and if I was to make these for home I would definitely put some peanut butter and nuts in there but I am trying to be respectful at school!

What are your favorite granola bars?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Major Depression Disorder

As the society changes, so do the diseases among us. Believe it or not, most of the diseases are a product of men’s work. We are heavily influenced by our environment and all the things that surround us. This especially holds true for any mental illness. Brain is perhaps the most fragile part of the body. It regulates all the processes in our body, one way or another. When a person suffers a heavy trauma, especially during childhood, the same individual is heavily susceptible to mental diseases. In these cases,our mind shatters under the burden of reality. We are unable to accept the facts as they are so we bend the reality within our brain in order to make them more acceptable for us and to prevent a total system breakdown.

One of the most usual mental diseases that plague the men is depression. This is a condition that can be often exhibited by men and women of many different ages. Its symptoms are low self-esteem, feeling of guilt, anxiety, lack of interest for things that were previously amusing and fulfilling, problem with socializing and it can even lead to suicidal tendencies. The person in question is usually feeling really bad about the things that are surrounding him and he doesn’t show any desire to exist in certain time and place. In some cases, this condition even translates into physiological disturbance such as loss of sleep, problems with stomach and digestion, erratic breathing etc.

There are several causes for this disease such as the biological, psychological and social. Biological issues are product of erratic behavior of neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. This behavior directly causes depression. There are some people that have a high potential of depression as a product of their psyche. These individual usually exhibit negative and pessimistic behavior. In some cases, they have problems with socialization and self-esteem as part of their persona. Although these are not crucial things for developing depression, they set up a strong starting point. Lastly, there is a social factor. This is the most common factor and it is usually the trigger for depressive behavior and thoughts. Individuals that have issues in life are likely to develop the symptoms. Some of the main causes are childhood abuse, bad or awkward relationship with parents, poverty, inability to perform or give results in school or work etc.

The modern medicine and online drugstores have provided us with numerous anti-depressives that help us counter depression on daily basis. One of the best ones is Wellbutrin XL which you can find in any Canadian online pharmacy, like the CIPA certified It effectively cures major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder and it prevents suicidal tendencies. You need to consult your doctor before taking this drug if you ever had head injuries, brain tumor, seizures or any kind of brain trauma, diabetes, manic depression, kidney, liver and heart disease, problems with blood pressure or narrow-angle glaucoma. It is imperative that you take the medicine as the doctor prescribed.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

iMommy App Review

My kids are digital kids.  Dexter got his first iPad a few months before his 3rd birthday.  I honestly don't know what I would do on all of our travels without the boys' iPads.  They have a slew of apps and they like each one for different reasons.  Since they are at such different stages of development, very rarely do I find apps that they both enjoy.  

Oliver, being only 4, loves the color pink, playing with girls and he especially loves babies.  When I was first introduced to iMommy I knew right away that Oliver would enjoy this app!  I gave him my phone and asked him to play with it for a few minutes {because lets face it, I can't be away from my lifeline phone for longer than that!}  I went on to do a few chores around the house and it wasn't long until I heard giggling coming from the couch.  I looked over and I asked Oliver what was so funny and he said "I made my baby pink all over!" Sure enough, pink romper, pink haired baby was sitting in a highchair ready to have Oliver feed her!

As I got more done around the house I lost track of time but I knew Oliver had been on my phone, quietly {except lots of giggles} for nearly 20 minutes!  It wasn't until I heard Dexter start yelling to let him have a turn with the game!  How's that for a 7.5 year old macho boy?  Truth be told, Dexter enjoyed the app but had the most fun changing baby's diaper.  Come on now, who wouldn't find making farting noises on an app fun?

iMommy baby making music! That was one of Mommy and Oliver's
favorite activities!

iMommy rocking baby to sleep. Oliver loved the songs played on the mobile!

As I am sitting here writing this Oliver came over to me, grabbed my phone and asked to play iMommy again.  Seconds later I heard, "oh no, baby pooped in her diaper again!  Our neighbors are gonna think we have a baby in the house but its just a game!"

What Super Savvy Mommy loves about iMommy:
  • Interactive and simple graphics allow children to engage without overstimulation
  • Options: there are literally hundreds of ways to play with baby in many different scenarios. This helps kids not get bored too quickly. With 30 rooms available, who can get bored with that?
  • Teaches colors: you can choose your baby's skin, hair, eye and clothing color! Parents can ask their children to choose a certain color for baby's clothing, for example to teach color recognition and their ability to follow instructions.
  • Responsibility: Your child cares for and helps feed, play, and change baby as well as take baby on outings and clean up after baby.

What Super Sassy Kids love about iMommy:
  • "I can change baby's diapers and make her fart!"
  • "I can go to the beach with my baby and make the bird scare her!"
  • "The music in the crib makes baby happy"
  • "This is so much fun!"
{What do you expect from a 4 year old?}

Overall I am very pleased with all aspects of iMommy.  I even had a great time going throughout the rooms and playing with baby.  There are so many things that you can do that it really is endless amounts of fun!  

Check out the other iMommy brand apps for more virtual fun. They even have one about Alien babies!! 

Would you like to win a copy of iMommy for your little one? I have several to giveaway! Just follow the Rafflecopter Ends 8/13/15
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*I was provided with a copy of this app for review along with other compensation. I was not obligated to write a positive review. I was just asked for an honest opinion*

Monday, June 22, 2015

Minted Gift Ideas

Whenever someone comes over to my house for the first time they always seem to gravitate to my art work.  I love paintings that call to me and paintings of water, passion and nature always speak to me. Just recently I was told that my favorite online store for greeting cards and invitations, Minted, sells ARTWORK too!  I was giddy!  All I could think was "so I can sit in my PJs and shop online for art to hang on my walls!?" SIGN ME UP!!

Imagine my excitement when I actually went to check their selection out and found these! WOW I was immediately drawn in and now I will just have to make some room for them on my walls!

How do you like to decorate your house? Which print is your favorite?