Casper Mattress Review

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that we bought (with our own money, full disclosure) a king-sized Casper Mattress for our 10th wedding anniversary in April.

The Casper mattress is constructed of four types of foam in separate layers to provide support, breathability, and to keep you cool. Each mattress with a 100 night trial period, a 10 year warranty, and free returns within 100 days of when you receive your shipment.

We just passed our 100 days (today is 108 to be exact), and we are still in love with it! It’s the hottest part of the summer right now, and I don’t feel like it holds body heat (a common complaint about foam mattresses) more than our old spring mattress.

It’s firmer than our previous mattress, but super comfortable. The best part is, unlike a traditional mattress, I don’t feel a lot of movement if someone else is in the bed. My husband and I both used to wake up with neck and back pain, and that’s very rarely an issue now.

In fact, we are so happy with it, we bought (again, with our own money lol) a full-sized Casper for our 5 year old son, and he loves it, too!

So, if you’re in the market for a new mattress, give the Casper a try. With the 100 day trial period, you don’t really have anything to lose!

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Save Money with Green Home Upgrades

The following is a guest post.  No compensation was received. 

Green home improvement is a hot topic these days. With the cost of water rising throughout much of the country and energy policies facing an uncertain future, more homeowners than ever before are showing an interest in energy-saving remodeling projects and upgrades. The following infographic explains energy saving upgrades that will put money back into your pocket within two years.

 

Natural Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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More than 150 chemicals found in your home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and physiological disorders. The majority of these chemicals are used in routine bathroom cleaning. There are many DIY “recipes” that combine household ingredients to create a natural cleaning solution, and eliminate harsh chemicals. For example, you can combine baking soda and vinegar to create a tile cleaner. The following slideshow displays different recipes and methods for cleaning your bathroom without using harmful chemicals. Try these solutions to help clean your house safely.

How to Clean Your Bathroom…Naturally by Modern Bathroom, a company that offers sinks, faucets, and wall-mounted vanities.

 

Our New Toy Storage Solution

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When we first started house hunting last year, one thing at the top of our must-have list was a playroom for DS. We were fortunate enough to find a house that has one, but (not surprisingly) the toys still migrate all over the place. Since DS’s toy collection has become large quantities of small action figures with tiny little pieces, I knew we needed a new system to get things organized.

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I started with Sterilite Tall Weave Baskets that fit perfectly in our existing Ikea shelving unit. Then, I had to figure out how to label them. Sticking a label to the bin didn’t seem like a good plan because the bins are textured.

After browsing for ideas on Pinterest, I decided that I definitely needed hanging labels of some sort. So, I ordered these horizontal badge holders. (The colors are so fun!) I used free online clip art for the pictures, and Sharpies to add wording.

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The labels are attached to the handle with simple zip ties.

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I’m not a super crafty person, but I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out. The toys are all sorted by category, making it really easy for my 3.5 year old to find what he’s looking for. (We all know how preschoolers get when they can’t find the ONE toy that they want!)

I hope this post gave you some ideas for controlling the toy clutter in your own home! Happy Organizing!

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How to Find Safer Cleaning Products for Your Home

The following is a guest post from Hannah at Wild Mint.  No compensation was received. 

Hello, The Practically Green Mom readers! My name is Hannah Helsabeck and I reached out to Allie recently after finding her blog and falling in love with her “green(ish)” attitude and advice. I couldn’t agree more with her motto of doing the best you can and trying new things when it comes to green living, which really aligns with the inspiration behind my company Wild Mint. I’m obsessed with researching all the ways to live a more toxin-free life and sharing what I learn with others. On Wildmintshop.com, I provide all the information and products that I use to do just that.

Today, Allie was gracious enough to let me share my knowledge about green and natural cleaning products, a big topic for anyone else who is a clean-freak like me! Harmful, chemical-based cleaning products have been the norm for so long that even the most dedicated toxin-free individual can have trouble finding the best types of solutions to use at home. The unfortunate practice of companies “greenwashing” products only adds to this confusion. If you haven’t heard this term before, greenwashing refers to companies claiming to be environmentally friendly by marketing products with misleading information.  These companies can mislead consumers by falsifying claims, using vague terms, and exaggerating green practices, just to name a few.

My team and I at Wild Mint strongly believe in the importance of transparency, awareness, and education so you can make your own informed decisions.  Alongside awareness, we suggest the following tips when looking for safer cleaning products:

  • Be a Label Checker – A good line of defense is to buy products from brands that list all of their ingredients on their label and are transparent both on their website and in their product offerings. A product should clearly state what is and is not used in its production in a way that is easily understood. You should also look out for and avoid products with the following terms listed on the label or packaging:
    • Fatal if inhaled
    • Fatal if swallowed
    • Watch out for terms like “poison,” “danger,” or “fatal”
    • Vague terms like surfactant or solvent
    • Skip phosphate additives
  • Be a Certification Critic – Some companies go above and beyond to certify their products and make their brand even more reputable, with certifications such as USDA Organic, Fair Trade, Cruelty Free (PETA), Energy Star, Green Seal Certified, and so on. Take a look at the certification on a label, and do a quick search on your phone or at home to see if the certification is valid.
  • Vague Terms – A prevalent greenwashing tactic to look out for is “vagueness”. Some common phrases to look out for include Eco Friendly, Environmentally Friendly, Earth Friendly, Environment Safe, Harnessing Nature, and Eco Chemistry. Remember, transparency is key; a company should be able to prove their products are indeed safe.

So what brands can you trust? Well, some of my favorites include Better Life, Dr. Bronners, and Eco-Me, which you can find here.  I use this all purpose cleaner and this multi-area scrubber cleanser by Better Life regularly.  I love that the Better Life products never leave a toxic smell after cleaning (like some chemical cleaners do!), are plant-based, and made without the use of harmful chemicals, making them safe for people, pets, the surfaces in your home, and the environment.

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You can also try your hand at making natural cleaning solutions yourself! Try Allie’s homemade air freshener made with essential oils or a combination of vinegar-based solutions.

Thank you to Allie for letting me guest post today and feel free to send me any of your questions about toxin-free living at hello@wildmintshop.com!

~ Hannah Helsabeck

President, Wild Mint Shop

Hannah Helsabeck is President and Co-Founder of Wild Mint, an online shop dedicated to helping families find toxin-free and eco-friendly products for healthier lifestyles.  She is passionate about educating others on the benefits of healthy living and the importance of taking small steps towards eliminating exposure to toxins in people’s daily lives.  She also enjoys finding new ways to be eco-conscious and is often found in the kitchen cooking up simple meals with real, whole foods. Hannah is the oldest of six kids, has amazing parents as role models in business as well as life, and currently lives in South Florida with her incredibly supportive husband.

Pinterest Project: Daily Routine Chart

A few weeks ago, I posted our new daily routine chart on Instagram.

This was one Pinterest project I told myself HAD to be done ASAP when we moved, because Little Man was used to a routine at daycare, and I needed to make sure that we didn’t just sleep until noon and watch TV all day now that I stay home with him. (Though, for the first couple of weeks, that was happening more than I care to admit…)

So far it’s working out…ok. I’m not really sure what I had planned on happening. He’s not even three, so he obviously can’t read it (though my awesome art skillz are a nice touch, no?) If anything, it keeps ME more on track than him. But he still falls asleep any time we’re in the car (even if it’s not naptime), and outside play is always cut short because after five minutes he’s complaining about how hot it is. (Like mother, like son!)

Next week, the neighborhood pool will finally be open on weekdays and the library starts toddler story time again, so that will give us some variety in our daily activities. But, I do need to find some more things to keep him busy at home, because he gets bored easily. If you need me, I’ll be browsing Pinterest. 😉

Do you and your toddlers/preschoolers have a daily routine? Feel free to share your typical day, and throw out any ideas for keeping kids entertained all day in the comments!

One Word Wednesday: PACKING!!

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for a bit here. I kind of alluded to some big news on my Facebook page a while back…

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Yes, we are moving!

(So much for my #OneWord365 this year, right?! lol)

I’ve been hesitant to post about this because…well, there’s just not much to tell right now. Our main objective at this point is to pack up everything we can and move it to a storage unit, so we can stage our house and list it (t-minus 20 days until our planned “on the market” day!) We do have a general area where we are house hunting…a different suburb about 45 mins. away from our current house (closer to my family, easier commute to husband’s work, etc.)

Fingers crossed that this whole process goes as smoothly (and quickly!) as possible. There may not be many updates on the blog until we get settled in to our new home, but I’m always on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Super Simple DIY Air Freshener Spray

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I’ve had this recipe pinned forever. When we ran out of our previous chemical-filled spray this weekend, I decided there was no reason to buy more, since I had all of the ingredients for this one in my kitchen! My home smells so lemony fresh – even my husband commented on the clean scent!

The recipe gives you some ideas for oils to use, but I found this Cleaning Synergy Blend that I just love. It contains Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Tea Tree – but I notice the lemongrass more than anything else.

I also put a few drops of this essential oil in the toilet paper rolls in the bathrooms to keep things fresher!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils and their uses, download this FREE book: Essential Oils: 60 Oils That You Need and How to Use Them Now! (This is the Kindle version, but if you have an Android phone, there is a free Kindle app in the Google Play store.)

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