The Savvy Path

    Print 'n Save: Tip Sheet for Cleaning with a Jug of  Vinegar

    We don't pretend to love cleaning, but we get pretty excited when cleaning becomes easier and safer! We partnered with Women's Voices for the Earth to create this lovely printable so you can keep a lovely tip sheet with your supplies.  

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    How Do My Windows Get So Clean?

     
    During the pre-launch phase of my book Little Changes, I focus groups challenged me on one particular character.  “Tell us more about Ted. What did he think? Dish! What is he like?  What did he think of your crazy antics, Kristi?”  Selfishly, my instinctive answer was, “My husband?  He will have to write his own book. This book is about me.”
     
    I suppose it’s only natural. Women wanted to have an idea of how their husbands might react to the changes I was suggesting. I listened to their encouragement but knew in my heart why I hadn’t shared more. Ted is a good man. A very private man. The strong silent type with beautiful integrity and values and I naturally try to respect that. 
    Yet, he does have a rather gregarious-social wife, which must be rather challenging. Especially on days like today, when I want to share with you a husbandly talent Ted does really, really well. And that makes me very, very happy. 
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    A Skeptic's Grand Experiment: DIY Cleaners

    Myth Busting: College Apartment Style 

    Savvy is touting that baking soda and vinegar are the magical products of the week. Yes, baking soda, like the stuff you put in cookie dough, and vinegar, like the stuff you drizzle on your fries.  They are raving about how baking soda and vinegar could be used to clean almost anything! I was hesitant to believe the whispers of the superpowers of such basic products, so I armed myself with a box of baking soda and a bottle of white vinegar. I was nervous to begin my mission and appropriately dubbed it “The Grand Experiment.” 

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    9 Short-Cuts For Cleaning With Vinegar

    Lovin' Short Cuts

    I’ll admit it – managing my daughter’s autism is more important than cleaning, and housework is a task that often can fall by the wayside. It’s important to our family, though, that our house is clean and toxin-free, so I need to keep up on it as best I can.

    But even that little bit of cleaning can be tiring – and finding safer products can be even more tiring.  So I’m on a mission to help moms like me, who are raising kids with disabilities, allergies and sensitivities, detox their family into a better life – AND find time to take care of mom. That means making short cuts that are simple and affordable. 

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    My Famously Fantastic Simple Weed Killer

    It is a Jungle Out There

    A few summers ago, when lawn services pushed warning flags of caution into suburban lawns (alerting children and animals alike to STAY OFF!) I headed out to pluck and cuss. My fingers and thumb engaged in a weed tug-of-war; with me being determined to prove which of us species was the stronger. Knowing that if I plucked only its little weed-neck, spidery roots would return with a vengeance in a matter of weeks.

    One season, I convinced myself the tiny green plants looked “quaint” growing between the bricks. I told myself I was going for the “cottage-y” look. When I returned from a vacation, my quaint brick décor was 23 inches high. Our home moved right past “cottage-y” and straight into “abandoned lot,” which I’m not sure the neighbors appreciated.

    There must be a better, and better-for-you, option than the herbicides we had sprayed over previous years. Staring at my 100-foot long brick walkway, I tapped my flip-flopped toes. How to make this…fun?

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