Legacy Of Clean Product Review

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I’ve been trying to make the switch over to more natural cleaning products for a while and trying to replace them with more natural options, but hadn’t really found what I was looking for until recently. My friend Rhiannon told me about her Amway “Legacy of Clean” products and I was really interested in trying them out. She sent me a box of stuff to sample and I am totally sold. They make their cleaning products out of safe, effective ingredients and unlike many of the ‘green’ products I’ve tried they actually do a good job! I’ve tried several ‘green cleaners’ and ended up needing to put twice as much elbow grease into it just to get the same result as I’ve been getting with the Legacy of Clean products, and it does it all without the nasty harmful stuff that makes your lungs hurt when you inhale any of it on accident.

As their website puts it- “LEGACY OF CLEAN family-friendly, planet-positive products are sustainable, featuring naturally derived ingredients for better cleaning results – and concentrated formulas. So rest assured, while you’re making things cleaner, safer, and brighter at home, you’re doing the same for the planet with LEGACY OF CLEAN laundry and cleaning products.”

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Kitchen/All Purpose Wipes: They are good for smaller messes, and I found that I could even give it a quick rinse and reuse it- they smell nice, too! I found them to work really well around the stove where it ends up being a bit greasy- the citrus cuts through the grease and it got a lot of nasty stuff off of the stove-fan (yeah, I forgot to clean it for a while. Ew.) But my favorite use for them so far is in the bathroom too, I don’t mind using something disposable on things like the toilet where I can wipe it down and then just throw it away! (Especially while we were potty training…. yeah.) And now I’m gonna show you my shoes. Just what you expected, right? Well, this was literally a 10 second wipe down of my Converse.

legacyofcleanbeforeafter Not too shabby, eh? I was impressed- worked better on it than a Magic Eraser!

Kitchen Spray Cleaner: This may be my favorite product of the Legacy of Clean line- and doesn’t leave a gross residue after you wipe it up like most cleaning sprays I’ve tried. Like the wipes, they work really well on cutting grease, and also just do a really good job of getting your counters and sink really clean and don’t smell toxic and nasty.

Scrub Buds: These are fantastic for pots and pans! And the best part- they don’t rust like steel wool does, and they do a really good job of getting really cooked on gunk off of things like my cast iron enamel cookware. And apparently, if you have a dishwasher, you can clean them in there- handy, huh?

Dish Drops Soap: A fantastic accompaniment to the Scrub Buds- a nice, sudsy soap that cuts through grease well and also rinses super clean so you don’t get spots on glassware. Also, it’s super easy on your skin and has aloe vera in it, which is great- my skin needs all the help it can get these days, especially in the winter!

Laundry Detergent: I’m kind of picky about my laundry detergent, since we do cloth diapering (Well, did until we potty trained last month, and we are planning on cloth diapering again when little girl makes her appearance) and I don’t like to use stuff with scents and such that cause buildup in cloth. We’ve been using it for about a month and I have absolutely no complaints! (We had been using Charlie’s Soap before) Sam’s clothes get pretty gross (being a 2 yr old boy and all) and the color-safe bleach in the SA8 Supreme detergent does a great job of getting the grime out of his clothes.

Bathroom Spray Cleaner: A great alternative to bathroom cleaners, without all of the nasty fumes- works great with soap scum and hard water film (We have horribly hard water here in Moscow, so this has been great in the shower!) and it’s super affordable- which is great because I find myself cleaning the bathroom a lot more often because this stuff smells great (citrusy!).

Whew, sorry- that was a bit word heavy! Basically, I am really impressed- and honestly with green cleaners I tend to have a bit of skepticism, so I was definitely surprised at how much I liked them. And it doesn’t hurt that I really like their packaging. I am a total sucker for good logos and nice looking packaging. If you want to order any of the Legacy of Clean products (which, you definitely should), just click on through to here and get some!

*All opinions here are my own. I was provided with Amway cleaning products to review and to test, but all opinions are my own and I do not promote products that I do not personally use or believe in!*
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How to make fruit leather

 

This past weekend I had a hankering for fruit leather. I had a lot of plums on hand, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. First, I washed them, cut them in half and pitted them. DSC_0207

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake them for 20 minutes. They should come out looking a little carmelized on top like this:

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Next, you’ll need to puree them. This can be done if you have a good blender, or if you have a food processor. We have The Ninja, which I absolutely love. (Makes awesome baby food, too!)

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Since my plums were quite tart and not quite ripe I added about 1/2 cup of sugar for the whole lot (which was about 3lbs of plums)

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Then puree it up until it has a very smooth gloopy consistency. You’ll need to be able to spread it quite thin, so make sure everything is blended well and there are no big chunks of fruit.

DSC_0211Btw, at this point, you should taste it to make sure it isn’t too tart, if you don’t want it to be. Totally up to you how much or how little sugar you add, I wanted them to be a bit sweet, but 1/2 cup was plenty for this batch! Then take parchment paper and line your baking pan with it and make a THIN layer of puree onto the parchment paper.

DSC_0212I cannot stress enough that it needs to be thin. Mine ended up too thick in the middle and it ended up being a bit gooshy in the middle bit, still tasty, but quite a bit more messy while snacking on! Put your oven on it’s lowest setting. Mine has a “Warm” setting, and that works splendidly. If your lowest setting is 200 or above, stick a wooden spoon in the oven door to keep it slightly open- you don’t want to bake it, you want to dry it out, so if it gets too hot it will turn quite hard and crispy.

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Bake for 6-8 hrs, or as long as it takes until it’s no longer tacky to the touch. My first batch was WAY too thick and ended up dehydrating overnight to get leathery! As long as it’s not baking or getting crispy, it’s ok to let it sit in there for quite a while.

DSC_0214If you can pull up the corner like this, you’re good to go. It should peel off of the parchment paper quite easily. I left it on the parchment paper for storing it, so it wouldn’t stick together.

DSC_0215I used a pizza cutter to cut it into strips, pressing firmly enough to cut through the parchment paper as well, so I could use it for storing. If you are concerned with your pans (Mine are old and gross, so no worries there) you can transfer it to a cutting board and do it on there.

DSC_0225Then, I rolled them up and put them in a Tupperware to avoid them getting stale, since I made a pretty big batch and I’m not sure how long it’ll take us to go through it all!

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A pretty tasty snack, and WAY cheaper than buying fruit leather at 50 cents each!

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Dinner Yum

 

 

 

Since we have embarked upon our weight loss journey(Paul is biking and I am doing Jillian Michael’s workouts- whew)  I’ve been making more of an effort to cook healthy meals, ones that include a lot of veggies. It’s so much more fun to cook with lots of colors, don’t you think? I also want Sam to get accustomed to eating lots of different foods and not be as picky of an eater as I am!

A few snap shots of our kitchen over the last little while:

 

I love having a farmers market that has such good fresh fruits and vegetables. And my mother in law, Gloria’s neighbor who also shared her gardens bounty with us (squash, zucchini, cucumbers, corn on the cob, cabbage, green beans, etc! SO GOOD!)

Stuffed Peppers

I made some stuffed peppers for dinner one evening this week. And oh my word, they turned out so awesome.


Aren’t these peppers beautiful? I just love our Farmer’s Market. I am so sad that they are closing down for the winter in just a few short weeks.

I stuffed them with zucchini from my mother-in-laws garden, heirloom tomatoes and organic onions from the Farmer’s Market, ground beef, quinoa and cheese. Yum yum yum.

Cherry Picking

So yesterday we went cherry picking. I think I was a little over-zealous with my cherry picking, because now I have 10 pounds of cherries and I’m not entirely that I want to pit 10 pounds of cherries. Yeah.


And so they’re just sitting on my kitchen table. Giving me the stink-eye. Begging me to do something with them.


The good thing about all of this cherry picking was that it gave me a nice little workout yesterday (a lot of stretching and reaching, and also I think driving over crazy-bumpy roads helped too) because when I went to the doctor this morning she said that this little man is locked and ready to go.

And that I’ve gained 3/10ths of a pound!  Ok, so maybe this is a total TMI, but he’s definitely dropped and when she did my exam today she said she could feel his head wayyy down low in my pelvis (which makes my waddle-walk that much more hilarious, because it feels like I’ve got a bowling ball between my legs) and I’m dilating  (um, yay!) and things are looking good to have this baby pretty soon. She thinks it’ll be in the next two weeks. So let’s hope she’s right.

Mint Syrup

I bought a large bunch of mint at the Farmer’s Market this weekend, and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I’d love to make it into mojito’s, but until September hard alcohol is off the table… So, I decided to make mint syrup so that I can add it to my water (mmm tasty!) or save it and use it for mojito’s later on. And, it’s your lucky day, cuz I am going to show you how to make it!

What you’ll need:
1 bunch fresh mint (about two cups of leaves)
2 cups white sugar
2 cups water


Pluck all those beautiful leaves and get two cups of water boiling with two cups of sugar stirred in.


Once the water is boiling then stuff all of your leaves into the boiling water. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes then remove from heat.


It’ll start to look all wilty and slimy, but should start to smell good and minty. Let it steep for about an hour. I left mine in there for like two hours, because I forgot about it…


Then strain out the minty leaves and you’ve got yourself some delicious mint syrup. A note about this step, my strainer wasn’t quite fine enough to get all of the little bits of leaf out, so after I strained it I let it go through a coffee filter just to get all of the little floaty bits out.

Voila!

Barefoot and Pregnant in the Kitchen

Fridays are one of those days where I always want the house to be at least tidied by the end of the day… there’s just something so nice about going into the weekend with a clean house. Anyway, today I’ve been cleaning and baking. Yep, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen making cookies.


Gotta at least taste the cookie dough. Soo tasty.

Busting out of my apron… Yep. I’ll be 32 weeks on Sunday. 8 more weeks! Eek. It’s getting really, really close. TWO MONTHS AWAY! Well, two months if he decides to come on time. Two hot months. Two really, really hot months. I spent the last two afternoons at the pool, sitting in the shallow end letting the water just splash over me. Whenever I get in the water little Togglebuttons goes nuts and just starts moving around and going crazy. He’s still super active, moving around all the time and trying to kick his way out through the top of my belly. (Yay, this means he is still head down, so that’s awesome!) But I am getting anxious to meet my little boy. I think we’re pretty much prepared, or at least as prepared as I can be at this point, you know? I guess we will find out when he comes!

Ok. Also, on a completely unrelated note, has anyone ever tried the “No Shampoo” deal? I am kind of curious to try it because it seems like pretty much all shampoo dries out my hair really badly, even though I use plenty of conditioner- and it doesn’t seem to depend on the expensiveness of the shampoo, either. So, I might give it a try (maybe after the baby is born and I’m going to be staying at home alot, so if I end up with greasy hair no one will see….) So, if you’ve tried it, let me know how it worked for you.

Stolen Flowers

So, we’ve got a few abandoned apartment buildings in our complex. We call them the Chernobyl apartments because they’re completely desolate, empty and boarded up. It’s kind of creepy, there’s these empty playgrounds that have that yellow “Caution” tape all around them. Anyway, several of them have these wildflower/weeds growing around them, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to grab a few of them since these apartments are so hidden and no one else was enjoying them.

Anyone have any idea what these flowers are? (Thanks, Lyn! They’re Columbines, for those of you who wanna know!)

I am pretty sure these are just weeds, but they looked cool.

They reminded me of snowflakes!

They add a nice little pop of color to my kitchen!

Also, wanna see how big Togglebuttons is getting?

Whew! 30 weeks and a few days. He’s getting really big in there. He’s decided that his favorite place to be is curled up in a ball right up on the right side of my ribcage, and then once he’s up there he likes to dance around and poke me with his tiny little fists and kick my stomach with his itty bitty feet. Yesterday he did such a ridiculous somersault in my belly that he actually made me throw up! It felt like he was launching off of my stomach and it was like being punched in the stomach REALLY hard.  But other than that, all is going well! He’s over 3 pounds now (whoa!) and as active as can be. 10 more weeks (give or take a few weeks…) We can’t wait to meet you, little boy!

Does This Make Me A Bad Person?

So, there’s this big peony bush outside some empty apartment building in our neighborhood. Every day I walk past it, and admire the beautiful flowers. But some of them were getting so heavy that they were just laying on the ground. So today, I went on a secret mission and snipped off a few of it’s beautiful blossoms and brought them into my kitchen.

I feel kind of bad about stealing them, and then I look at how nicely they decorate my kitchen, and then I don’t feel so bad.

Have a lovely weekend. (It’s supposed to rain all weekend here. Boo)

Chocolate Pudding

Last night (around 10:30 pm, of course, because I always want something right before I should be getting ready for bed) I had the biggest craving for some chocolate pudding. I dug around in the cabinets and found some way in the back and whipped that stuff right up. And it was so delicious.

Mmm… notice the steam still coming off the top there? Oh man. There’s something great about eating something so nice and warm right before you go to bed. Although I think eating sugary things right before bed is giving me some seriously strange dreams! Another weird craving I’ve been having is for popcorn, and I didn’t even LIKE popcorn before I was pregnant! I suppose it’s better than pickles and ice cream, but strange none-the-less!