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5 Ideas to try out this Fall

Fall is here and in the air, well not for us Vegans. It’s still mildly hot but soon jean jacket weather and ugg’s will be upon us as soon as we can blink. There are a bunch of fun things and activities you can do this fall with and without your kids. I’ve only come up with a list of five but I’m sure you can find more near you!

#1 Pumpkin Patches

Typical I know but it’s a fun event to visit while with the littles. When visiting you can pick out pumpkins, go on rides, feed the animals, and some even have hay rides or horse riding!

I will advise this fall when done with the pumpkin patch to check the kids, cloths, and pets for ticks. There has been reports at different patches all over of people getting bit and not checking. So be safe but don’t let that scare you from having some fun.

#2 Trunk or Treats

Every school and church I know has this. Trunk or Treats are a fun way to get out of the house pre Halloween with the kids and let them ware their costumes, supporting the community, and having fun with the activities they have their. Seeing all the different themes to the trunks are a plus too!

My favorite theme by far was a car done by my friend in a skeleton theme! It was the best trunk that year!

# Throw a Costume Party

ADULT ONLY costume/Halloween party is the perfect pass time and fun way to socialize. Adults like to have fun on this holiday too so why not host a party! Have fun games, costume contest, and spiked punch!

Decorate and have a monster of a time with friends, family, or even co workers!

#4 Paint/Carve Pumpkin

Carving Pumpkins together is a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy. Picking out different kinds of pumpkins and outlines! There are so many ways to run wild with pumpkins this year.

However in my house we paint pumpkins, I love seeing their artistic side come to life. They have painted bats to mummy’s. It has been come an arts and crafts project.

#5 Thankful Jar

Getting ready for Thanksgiving is easy, Why not make a thankful jar. Everyday of fall write on a small paper what your thankful for, have the kids write some too! Then on thanksgiving or you can even go up untill Christmas, read all the cute things you are thankful for through the month(s).

So there ya have it folks! What are somethings you are going to try out this fall?

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CLEAN FREAK SERIES: Toddler Mom’s favorites

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Hey, I’m glad you’re still here reading my clean freak series. This post is a little different. Instead of cleaning hacks, I’m sharing my favorite products and solutions that I use to accomplish the hacks with. I prefer to use my homemade solutions as there are no harsh chemicals, but I do use some store bought cleaners as well. First on the list is….

Spic And Span

I use this for a quick clean on counters just to kill the germs and keep the surfaces clean and smelling good.  Yes, they have lemon scent, and yes, I have it.

Baking soda & Vinegar

If you have carpet and kids and/or animals, this natural solution is for you. This solution is a life saver when it comes to gross smells that are embedded in your carpet.
-Mix some baking soda and vinegar in a bowl until you get a paste. Apply paste to carpet and leave it there until it’s dry and then vacuum it up. OROR ELIMINATED.

All purpose cleaner

This is what I use on surfaces that my kids use on a daily basis, because it’s chemical free. Mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in spray bottle and that’s it. You can add essential oils for scent if you’d like.

Window cleaner

I definitely like this better than windex or any other store bought window cleaner.  Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol, one tablespoon of vinegar and on cup of water in a spray bottle. Use newspaper to wipe clean instead of paper towels.

Cleaning wipes

I love love love these.
What you’ll need:
– One pound coffee canister with plastic lid
– Paper towel roll
– Sharp knife
– 1/2 cup of vinegar
– 1/4 cup of water
– 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
– One teaspoon of liquid dish soap
– 10 drops of LEMON essential oils (Or your choice)
– Needle
– Scissors
-Spray paint (Optional)

Directions:

One: Spray paint in and outside of can to decorate. This will also keep the can from rusting as fast.
Two: Cut paper towel roll in half and squish half in the can and save the other half for next time.
Three: Mix together the vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and water in a small bowl. Add several drops of essential oils.
Four: Slowly pour the liquid over the paper towels. Once they are saturated, carefully remove the cardboard center and pull paper towels from the middle.
Five: Press a craft needle through the center of the plastic lid several times, then fit scissors through to cut a circle from the center.
Six: Feed the paper towel through, and secure it to the can. Add drops of water occasionally to keep wipes moist.

 

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Bar keepers friend

This stuff is amazing. You can clean just about anything this, including pots and pans. It gets them looking new again. You can clean the stove with this as well. It works amazing on the stove top.

Magic erasers

When you have kids, this is a must! This gets crayons off the wall and tables. Since my husband is a mechanic, his hands are always greasy and black, so of course, so are our walls. The magic eraser cleans all of this off of everything.

Air freshener spray

I love making my own air freshener sprays.
Ingredients:

-1 cup of water
-1/4 cup of witch hazel
-5 to 7 drops of lavender essential oil
-5 to 7 drops of lemon essential oil
-Reusable spray bottle
Instructions:
1. Fill spray bottle with water & witch hazel
2. Add essential oils and then cover with spray nozzle.
3. Shake the bottle for a few seconds before each use.

There are so many scents you can make air freshener sprays with. Of course, Lemon is my favorite.

These are all some of my favorites and I swear by them all. As you can tell, I learn more towards the homemade, natural route because I’m allergic to a lot of cleaners.
I hope you like my list of favorites. If you did, feel free to tell me which one’s you can use in the comments below.

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