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Sharing Ideas for the Coming Season

By Geniene P. (Contact)


Published August 3, 2009

I’ve spent the summer months gardening, cleaning, fixing and running around after a toddler. By the evening time to blog, one just becomes too exhausted to think straight. Now that the summer is drawing to a close, I'm making time to write again.

I've been trying to go the natural route in cleaning which does have some cost savings benefits. But, I have to say, I still love my bleach. I’ve also found some great websites for cost saving ideas which will help with the coming back-to-school frenzy. For potty training, stain removal (from whites), cleaning the floors and disinfecting, I still stand by my bleach. I have been trying to segue into the natural cleaners since having my daughter. I will say that I love the white vinegar and water all purpose spray as well as home made wood cleaners with vinegar and water. But, sorry my fellow holistic mommies, nothing cleans like bleach when it comes to the ucky stuff. Now that we are in a successful potty training mode, it is rather nasty when your child doesn’t understand not to touch everything around a toilet. I am all about spraying bleach cleansers (with door closed and window opened) to clean down child and parent toilets. I just can’t imagine using white vinegar and water for these.

However, I did find a wonderful website for other natural ideas and ideas to extend the life of products we purchase on www.tipnut.com. This site is amazing. I found out that by adding white vinegar to my fabric softeners not only do I extend the life but I save money by doing so (plus my clothes are very soft afterwards). Cut a fabric sheet in two, and save even more bucks (there are even recipes to make your own but I don’t have the time for that). Check out this site for gardening and canning advice, too!

Summer sale season is here! Not only are garage sales at every corner (or so it seems), all our retailers are clearing out the summer inventory. Stock up now! One pretty much has to regularly go to Target and other retailers (you will find clearance on the end of the aisle) and score the best deals. I grab more rather than less, look over my finds and return what I don’t need at a later time (keep receipts). It is back-to-school season but now is the time to buy basics that you will need for our very short-lived summer season (at least this year – what was up with that?). Word to the wise – purchase only sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide ingredients. They will still work next year (don’t open them) and these ingredients are healthier and safer to use than the others.

The Cleveland-Area kid’s resale events will be starting again this fall (usually in October). I’ll post the information when their website is updated. Other sites to watch: http://www.oldnavyweekly.com/ Don’t forget to register on your favorite store and brand sites! Even our local retailers have sites and will send you coupons or give you the heads up on a forthcoming sale.


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1OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Hey Geniene! Glad to hear from you again. One of my favorite things about fall is the apple harvest. Last year I bought a bushel of Stayman-Winesap apples at White House and made my own applesauce. It is very easy to make, and you can make it just as smooth or chunky as you and your family prefer. And the best part? No added sugar or other nasties that are found in the store bought stuff. Not to mention how wonderful it is to open your pantry in the winter and see all those jars filled with heartwarming reminders of warmer weather gone by! Huffman's is another of my favorite local farm markets. Their prices are more reasonable than White House, and they offer a bigger selection of blemished or "seconds" produce which is better for buying large quantities for canning.

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2ytownoptimist(86 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Does Huffman's have a website or can you share where this local market/farm is located? Great ideas!

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3OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Huffman's is located at 13075 Lisbon Rd, just outside of Greenford. I don't think they're online but their phone number is 330-533-5700

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4teachingwithtoysmomma(1 comment)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

With Christmas just around the corner, I am already thinking about purchasing gifts for my 14 month old son as well as family and friends. I just found out about a company called Discovery Toys, which I just joined as an educational consultant. The toys are amazing! They are all educational! I strive to find toys that offer more than just fun and they are often hard to find. When I signed up, I had the intention to purchase Christmas gifts (their start up kit cost was only $99 with close to $400 worth of toys! With everything included in the kit, it will cover Christmas gifts for many of the people I buy for!) After getting all of the information, I realized that more people may be interested in these toys. The new catalog not only tells what learning styles will be used with the toy, but it also highlights how they toy helps with autistic children. I have read Jenny McCarthy's books about her autistic son and thought that these toys and this company really work to teach children of all ages and in all stages of development. For more information, check out my website at www.discoverytoyslink.com/michellephi....

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