Big News! And A Great Green Holiday Giveaway

Hubby and the girls at the National Forest near our new home. And yes, there is already snow on the ground there.
Hubby and the girls at the National Forest near our new home. And yes, there is already snow on the ground there.

Hubby and the girls at the National Forest near our new home. And yes, there is already snow on the ground there.

First the big news: I am moving! After 12+ years in our current home in Virginia, my husband and I are packing up the kiddos (and dogs and cats,) and heading to Pennsylvania.

I won’t lie. This whole process has been bittersweet. My husband got a great new job that he is very excited about, this is a new part of the world for all of us that we can’t wait to explore, and PA offers a lot of advantages for homeschoolers (school sports!) that the girls want to try.

But, oh the friends we are leaving behind. That’s the hard part. Over the last decade plus, we have made some amazing friends and enjoyed the benefits of living in a community where you know everyone and you know they’ve got your back. That’s not something you can walk away from lightly.

So we are entering into this move with open arms, but heavy hearts.

And what can all of this possibly have to do with a giveaway?

Do you know how much cleaning is involved in moving? There is the constant cleaning of the house you currently live in while it is on the market. (Pro tip: It’s pretty hard to keep a house “show room” clean and ready to be viewed by strangers at a moment’s notice when you have 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.) And I won’t even get into how a little piece of your soul dies every time someone pokes around your home and judges your life based on your clutter and whether or not you have clean baseboards.

Then there is the new house. We were fortunate in that the house we bought was professionally cleaned after the previous owner moved out. In fact, as I walked around our new space, I couldn’t help but reflect upon the fact that after my 2 kids, and 2 dogs, and 2 cats move in – not to mention my husband and myself – the place would probably never be that clean again.

But still, even though it looked great, you know I had to do a pretty good once over just to wipe away the strangeness and make the place a little more mine.

We have become some cleaning fools lately. And so this review and giveaway from the kind folks at Nordic Ultra Microfibers could not have come at a better time.

I have to admit that I was intrigued but skeptical when I was first approached by Nordic to do this review. My cleaning bucket filled with singlet socks and ratty t-shirts that have always served me just fine for my green cleaning needs – or so I thought. But let me tell you this, when you have a house full of kids and critters the dust and debris is constantly flying. Not to mention the pet hair. And while I thought my wipe downs with vinegar and water were doing the trick, I can now see the difference between moving the dust around and actually removing it from my home.

And my windows!  My windows have never been so clean. (Did I mention already that I have 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats?) That’s a lot of smudgy fingerprints and wet noses so I am constantly wiping those things down. And if there is one thing I hate it is a streaky window. Still, it’s hard to get a good streak-free clean – especially with green cleaners. But there is an Ultra Microfiber cloth specifically designed for glass and all you need to do is add a little water and viola! Streak-free, squeaky clean windows!


It's hard to capture the crud on my windows, but if you look closely you could see it in the bottom left. That was gone in a jiffy with these microfiber cloths and a little water!

It’s hard to capture the crud on my windows, but if you look closely you could see it in the bottom left. That was gone in a jiffy with these microfiber cloths and a little water!

I have never been able to get the test and pet hair off of my TV in one swipe. Until now.

I have never been able to get the test and pet hair off of my TV in one swipe. Until now.

Bottom line. I am really happy with these Ultra Microfibers. They are the real deal. And I can totally tell the difference between them and the knock-off microfiber cloths I picked up once at a big box store.

And guess what? I get to give a set away. Here’s what you will get:


  • 4 of the premium microfiber cloths (Specifically designed for glass, dusting, or kitchen grease,)
  • 4 basic microfiber cloths (For dish washing and general cleaning)

These microfiber cloths will make a great gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite green cleaner this holiday season! To enter, please enter your name and email in the form below.  I will randomly select one winner at 12pm on Friday, November 20, 2015 and will notify the winner by email.

The giveaway is open to residents of both the U.S. and Canada, but you do have to be 18 to enter.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? Check them out at Ultra Microfibers and use code 2220 to get 20 percent off of your order.



How to bond with your kids over books

Reading with your kids
Reading with your kids

Happy father and son reading book together in bed

Like many parents, I love, love, love reading to and with my kids. But I will also be the first to confess that sometimes, life just gets in the way of reading time. That’s because more often than not, we save our family reading time for the end of the day when we are all tired and ready to crash.

Lisa Cohn and her six-year old son Michael, are pros at the family reading scene. The two have written two books together (Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence (Volume 1) and Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy) and even film YouTube clips in which Michael offers book reviews of his favorite stories.

Here are Cohn’s tips on helping other parents bond with their kids over books.

  • Don’t end your reading experience at the last chapter. Make reading a hands-on adventure. Do YouTube or written book reviews. Learn about the authors’ lives. Contact the authors with questions. We do Skype interviews with children’s book authors.
  • Write with your child. I’ve found that writing books with Michael has made him a critical reader.
  • If you allot a specific time of day to read to your kids, do it with enthusiasm. Too often, parents leave reading until the end of the day, and it feels like a chore. Kids can sense this. [Guilty as charged!]
  • Encourage your kids to listen to audiobooks—or to create their own, as we have done. Michael loves how actors interpret the characters. He recently cast his friends as voice-over artists in an audiobook of one of our books.
  • Join reading groups at the local library or create your own reading group. Michael reads and shares books with two boys who live next door, and they also do YouTube book reviews together.

Do you have any tips to share?

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