5 Ways To Save Money In Your Bathrooms

This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Let’s be honest: we are all always looking for ways we can save money. I try to save money at the grocery store, when buying the kids an endless supply of clothes they seem to outgrow every couple of months, and I especially try to save money at home. By being efficient and a little creative, it’s easy to save money for your family. You can make your own cleaning products, learn how to cook once a month in bulk, clip coupons (or use electronic coupons) when shopping, and even regrow veggies and herbs that you use often.

Whether you realize it or not, you regularly spend a lot of money in the bathroom. From water and shampoos and conditioners, to soap, razors, and toilet paper…that’s a lot of money we spend for the bathroom! So I thought I’d share 5 ways to save money in your bathrooms that you can start using today.

5 Ways To Save Money In Your Bathrooms

Make Your Own All-Purpose, Shower, Glass, and Toilet Bowl Cleaners
It doesn’t take much time and it’s worth the effort, trust me! Once you start making your own cleaning products you won’t every buy them again. They work and they will save you a ton of money. And although some of the ingredients (like the essential oils) may seem expensive, you use such a small amount of them each time you make the all-purpose cleaner that it will last a very long time.

A Natural House Cleaning Recipe that will allow you to make your own all purpose cleaner.

This is really the world's best shower cleaner. It removes tough soap scum with almost no work on your part. You make it yourself with just 2 ingredients!

Make Your Own Streak Free Glass Cleaner: Mix 2 cups of water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 1 tbsp. of corn starch.

Make Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda all over the inside of the bowl and add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Leave it to work it’s magic by foaming up for a few minutes. Scrub it down with a toilet brush and flush it.

I’ve got lots more make-your-own ideas and recipes on Pinterest, too!

Buy Razors On the Cheap
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Consider joining the Dollar Shave Club that will ship razors really good razors to you for as little as a dollar a month! Not sure it’s legit? There are no fees, no commitment, and you can cancel anytime. Satisfaction is also 100% guaranteed. This one was a game changer and money saver for us…I highly recommend you check it out and try it!

Use Your Bath Towel More Than Once

When you get out of the shower or bath, you’re clean! Really you are just wiping clean water off of your clean body, so don’t be afraid to use that towel for more than one shower. Switch it out after every couple of showers and you’ll save yourself time and money when it comes to doing laundry. You just reduced towel laundry by half!

Buy In Bulk
Yes, it may seem like your shelling out a ton of money at once, but buying things like soap, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, tissue, etc. really does save you money in the long run. Especially if, like our house, the kids tend to use way more than they need to.

Use Toilet Paper That WORKS!

Believe it or not, you spend a lot of money in your bathrooms! I'm sharing 5 ways to save money in your bathrooms, including using Charmin Essentials - the toilet paper that WORKS!

We go through a ton of toilet paper in our house, and all of us prefer soft toilet. We use it on the toilet (obviously), to blow noises (allergies galore here), and to wipe away tears and makeup and even for little bathroom spills. We buy Charmin® Essentials Strong because it’s the soft that Charmin® is known for, and is so strong that you don’t have to use a ton of it to get the job done. That means you use less toilet paper than you’d have to use with other, cheaper brands. You’re already saving money!

Believe it or not, you spend a lot of money in your bathrooms! I'm sharing 5 ways to save money in your bathrooms, including using Charmin Essentials - the toilet paper that WORKS!

Growing up, my mom used to buy whatever toilet paper was on sale, and we’d have to use a ton of the cheap stuff because it was so thin. And it wasn’t soft. So while I’m not loyal to many household brands, I am loyal to Charmin Essentials because the products always work just like you expect them to. Charmin® Essentials Soft and Charmin Essentials Strong are two new products designed to provide you with more of what you want at a comparable price to the product that you currently use.

And check this out…

Believe it or not, you spend a lot of money in your bathrooms! I'm sharing 5 ways to save money in your bathrooms, including using Charmin Essentials - the toilet paper that WORKS!

Charmin Essentials rolls are HUGE! 6 Charmin Essentials rolls are the same as 24 regular size rolls. And Charmin Essentials rolls are even bigger than other brand double rolls. So you are definitely getting more bang for your buck with Charmin Essentials.

Don’t worry about breaking the bank; Charmin Essentials is just as affordable as your current toilet paper. Charmin Essentials Soft provides Charmin-­like softness at an Angel Soft®- like price, while Charmin Essentials Strong provides a big Charmin roll at a Scott® 1000- like price. No compromising quality for price!

Believe it or not, you spend a lot of money in your bathrooms! I'm sharing 5 ways to save money in your bathrooms, including using Charmin Essentials - the toilet paper that WORKS!

Still not sure? Charmin is inviting shoppers to upgrade their Angel Soft® for Charmin Essentials Soft and Scott® 1000 for Charmin Essentials Strong. It’s simple to participate. All you have to do is Tweet their TP swap out request to @Charmin using the hashtag #CharminEssentials and #Promotion, and Charmin will send you a free roll. Yep, a free roll!

You can find Charmin’s TP Swap Program Terms & Conditions here. What are you waiting for?  Give Charmin Essentials a try and see for yourself why our house is so loyal to it!

Which ways to save money in your bathrooms do you have to share?

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My Life In Pictures: August 1 – 31, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

August was one of the most fun months so far this year! From Mia winning a jackpot to the first day of school and a week in Hawaii, we kept ourselves very busy and are still trying to catch up. Since Hawaii was an amazing first “big” family vacation, it deserves it’s own post so you’ll see that soon. But for the rest of August, here’s what we were up to…

We got to visit Adventure City in Anaheim, CA!

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I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life and never had been there before. There were lots of rides, and it’s quite literally a little city. There’s a police station and a fire department and much, much more. If you’re local, check it out!

While we were there, I was videotaping Mia playing a video game (at her request) and she just happened to hit the jackpot!

The ladies decided to pool their winnings together (yep, Lila is really smart and Mia is so generous she doesn’t care that she got the short end of the stick) and decided to buy “noise putty,” which is a nice way to say it’s putty that makes fart noises. This video was also taped at their request.

Lila lost her second top tooth, so she is toofless and has the cutest smile!

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Obligatory first day of school picture. Ethan started 4th grade and Mia and Lila started 2nd.

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Jason took Ethan to see Jason’s brother Adam’s memorial at our old high school. Jason always says Ethan is a lot like Adam. I told Ethan that some of his Uncle Adam is alive in him. Ethan said he was proud to be like his Uncle. We are very proud too.

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We celebrated birthdays! The girls turned 7 and Ethan was lucky enough to celebrate his 9th birthday in Hawaii! This is a picture of him at his favorite beach.

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It was a great month and we all agreed it was our favorite month of summer.

I mentioned in my last My Life in Pictures post that I had started Weight Watchers and exercising. Since June I’ve lost 15 pounds and 13 inches! I’m halfway to my goal weight, which I hope to reach by December. I found this comic and it really made me laugh since I’ve been walking/running at all times of the day…but not at fy vay em! Just call me Bob.

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Eat Healthy and Don’t Forget To Take Your Vitamins!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Over the summer, I decided I was tired of being tired, feeling terrible, and eating terribly. So I started Weight Watchers and so far I’ve lost 15 pounds! Making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle sounds easy, but putting it into practice on a daily basis for, well, the rest of my life has proven to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be.

Our busy schedules also interfere with all of my efforts and good intentions to eat a more balanced, healthier diet. But it’s working. There’s not as many sugary snacks or processed foods in the house, and the kids are learning that fruit does indeed qualify as a sweet snack…especially with a bit of peanut butter. We’ve all started walking everyday; the kids are in the 100 Mile Club at school and also walk in the evenings with me several times a week.

Because health and exercise are becoming priorities for all of us, I thought it would be a good time for everybody to start talking a multivitamin. So we headed to Target to see what would be the best choice for the kids and for Jason and I. Turns out, Nature Made® vitamins fit the bill for all of us.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need. Pick yours up at Target today!

We settled on the Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® multivitamin and fiber vitamins for the kids. My kids are picky about vitamins – they don’t like the hard, chalky ones or any vitamins that taste like vitamins. These are great because they are easy-to-chew, yummy tasting gummies.

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They come in 3 all- natural fruit flavors like Orange, Cherry & Mixed Berry. I like that the colors are derived from natural sources, so no synthetic dyes. They also do not contain any preservatives or yeast and are gluten free.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need!

Now as healthy as I try to make sure the kids eat, they still like junk food and would prefer candy over a plate of broccoli. I know they probably don’t get all the nutrition that they need each day, so the KIDS FIRST® multivitamin really helps ensure they’re getting the important vitamins they need like vitamins A, C, D, E, and B as well as minerals like iodine and zinc.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need!

The KIDS FIRST® fiber gummies provide a good source of fiber for the kids’ diet, which helps support healthy digestion†. Fruits, veggies, legumes (beans), whole grain and cereals are great options…and while the kids do eat those things each day, I’m still not sure that they’re eating enough fiber. And just like with the multivitamin, these gummies are gluten free, contain only all natural flavors and colors, and contain no preservatives or yeast.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need!

The Adult Gummies are good! Jason and I take the Fiber gummies, and like the  KIDS FIRST® gummies, these also come in all natural flavors with fruit flavors like mango, peach and strawberry. Not sure if Adult Gummies really work as well as other adult fiber and multivitamins? Give them a try. Nature Made® is so sure you’ll love the taste that they guarantee it with their “Love Them or They’re Free” gummy guarantee. Check it out! It says so right on the band when you buy a bottle of them.

Now that I’ve talked about trying to feed the kids delicious, healthy foods, let me say it’s been a challenge and they’ve fought me almost every step of the way! Here are a few healthy snack recipes they all have given thumbs up to.

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They love these Caprese Bites, and ask for them at least once a week. They’re so simple to make that I can’t say no when Lila asks if she can make them!

568de16c-3c5f-11e5-9acb-22000af93a2d Mia’s a fan of this Tropical Fruity Yogurt, and likes to change up the fruit we put in it.

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By far, Ethan’s favorite healthy snack is Crispy Kale Chips. He will eat an entire bag of kale when I make it this way!

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And all of us agree that these Peanut Butter Apple Slices make a great dessert. And if you’re doing Weight Watchers like I am, this dessert is only 5 sp!

Head over to Target now to get Nature Made® vitamins and supplements for your family. You’ll be glad you did, and everyone will love how delicious they are!

How do you ensure your kids are getting the vitamins and nutrition that they need each day?

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Dramamine for Kids Really Works!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

We are back from Hawaii! We had an amazing trip, and we can’t wait to go back. We ate delicious food (mom and dad even enjoyed some local adult beverages like a Lava Flow and Kona Brewing Company beers), we swam in beautiful warm waters, and drove through the gorgeous windy roads from Kona through Waimea and to the other side of the island to hike to incredible waterfalls.

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Akaka Falls, The Big Island of Hawaii

It was our first “big” family trip, and it’s one we will never forget. The kids had a blast, Jason and I had a blast, and we are all wondering when we can go back.

Remember I mentioned I was worried that the kids or I might get some motion sickness? Mia and I both seem to be affected by it, and so I dreaded the possibility. We had plans for a trip to the other side of the island (and those roads are windy.) That’s when Mia normally gets sick, in the car. So I was worried that the other two might as well.

We also had a trip to take a boat out a few miles off shore to snorkel with dolphins. We went out early morning – when the dolphins come in from feeding all night – and hoped to catch them in their resting spot for the day. I was concerned about Mia being on a boat since she gets sick in the car. She was also concerned that she might get sick and told me that her tummy hurt from the car ride. So before we headed out on the boat, I gave all of the kids Dramamine® for Kids in the hopes of staving off any potential sick issues and having to help her puke over the side of the boat!

Do your children suffer from motion sickness? Taking an adventure by car, boat, or train and not sure if they do? Don't forget Dramamine® for Kids - it WORKS!

There are other over the counter medicines out there, but we choose Dramamine® because it’s the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for treating and preventing motion sickness. I like the ability to be proactive and give it to the kids before, but if they start experiencing motion sickness when we aren’t expecting it, I can still give it to them if they get it and it helps mellow out the symptoms.

Dramamine® for Kids is the only medicated motion sickness relief product just for children ages 2-12. Since I have three in that age range, it’s perfect for our family. Just like the adult Dramamine®, it can treat symptoms of motion sickness on the spot, or you can use it before an outing to prevent nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness. One of my favorite things about Dramamine® for Kids is the convenient travel case that it comes in that I can just toss in my purse or bag. Each tablet is a precise dose (no measuring needed) and the kids said that the grape flavor was really good…no complaints about taking yucky medicine!

And we got to see, hear, and swim with the dolphins! Bear with the terrible underwater pictures; they were taken with a $13 underwater camera and dolphins move FAST!

Mia didn’t want her picture taken underwater, but you can see her watching the spinner dolphins as they spin out of the water. They put on quite a show! The first (blurry) dolphin picture shows a dolphin who thought it was fun to zip past me – look how close we were! The bottom picture was of a mom and her baby. The baby was doing all kinds of spins in and out of the water. As a scuba diver who has often heard dolphins while diving but never got to see them, this was a really special experience for me. And it was made more special because the kids got to be a part of it as well.

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Now that we are home and out of vacation mode, I still keep Dramamine® for Kids in my purse for those “just in case” moments we decide to take another adventure! The L.A. Fair is here…I’m sure we’d all need some Dramamine® for all of the roller coasters and fast rides!

Do your children suffer from motion sickness? Taking an adventure by car, boat, or train and not sure if they do? Don't forget Dramamine® for Kids - it WORKS!

We were so happy with how well that Dramamine® for Kids worked, that Mia and I have given it the Mommy of a Monster stamp of approval!

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Do your experience motion sickness? Next time you travel, you can try Dramamine® too! Sign up for the latest news and promotions, and receive a $1.00 coupon towards Dramamine® products.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

 

Do your children suffer from motion sickness? Taking an adventure by car, boat, or train and not sure if they do? Don't forget Dramamine® for Kids - it WORKS!

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Happy 9th Birthday Ethan!

This is one lucky kid. We are celebrating Ethan’s birthday in Hawaii! Since I was late posting his birthday post last year, I wanted to make sure that I posted on the day of his birth this year.

I can’t believe my miracle baby is already 9 years old. He’s changed my life in so many ways.I love you to the moon and back and then back again, buddy.

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All boy

Daring

Self Confident

Bookworm

Smart

Curious

Still a Minecraft Lover

Funny

My favorite boy in the whole world