February 07, 2011

Project 52
Update #1

Seeing as how we're 38 days into the new year, I think it's time to update you on my Project 52. In some ways, I feel like I'm failing miserably. In other ways, it feels good to even have one thing checked off my list. Something's always better than nothing, right? Well, unless we're talking about explosive diarrhea. That's never a good thing.

1. Read 30 books. (3/30)
After taking forever to finish The Host, I find myself on a roll. I'm currently on my fourth book.

The Host, Stephenie Meyer - 3 out of 5 stars
Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick - 4.5 out of 5 stars
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen - 3 out of 5 stars
The Girl Who Played with Fire - in progress

If you'd like to keep up with what I'm reading and check out my reviews, you can follow me here on Goodreads.

16. Complete at least 1 craft project. (2/1)
I always joke that I don't have a crafty bone in my body. This isn't entirely true. I'm just lazy and don't have the patience for craft time. I'd rather buy stuff that's already made or have someone else make it for me. This past weekend, I got my craft on with my girlfriends while our kids played. My bestie is undoubetdly beaming with pride right now because she's totally rubbing off on me. My first craft project included one crafting fail and one success. I cut. I painted. I learned how to decoupage.

31. Potty train Little Bit. (in progress)
I purchased a Dora potty seat for Little Bit. She loves it, but currently thinks it's a toy and not a place to go to the bathroom. We've only put her on the potty a handful of times. She thinks it's funny, but won't actually use the bathroom. We're ok with this. She'll go when she's ready. The transition did help her learn a new word though. She points at the potty and says 'pee pee'. So, progress has been made!

37. Implement 3 things at home to live more green. (1/3)
I'm always looking for great household cleaners that don't have harsh chemical fumes. My sinuses simply can't take it. I end up blowing my nose the entire time I'm cleaning. I recently tried products from two different cleaning lines that I purchased at Target.

The first line is from Seventh Generation. They have a large line of natural cleaning products including kitchen and bathroom cleaners, disinfectants, laundry detergent, and baby wipes. I've used their Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfecting Wipes. Both do a great job of cleaning up messes and disinfecting surfaces. They don't leave a sticky residue behind either. When I use either, Little Man comments on how good the house smells. I have to agree. They have a light, clean scent that isn't overpowering.

The other product I used is from Clorox's natural line, Green Works. "Green Works is a line of naturally derived laundry and home cleaning products that contain no harsh chemical fumes or residue." I've only used the All-Purpose Cleaner, but I have to give it two thumbs up. It's great because it cleans like a regular Clorox product without the typical strong smell. This is what I use to clean up puppy accidents. It cleans the floor without streaking or leaving a residue behind. It also has a nice scent that doesn't overpower and neutralizes odors. It's not marketed as a pet cleaner, but I highly recommend it for that as well as other messes in the kitchen and bathrooms.

If you're looking for a natural household cleaner, I'd recommend either one of these lines. Target's website doesn't have the prices listed, but neither of these were expensive. I think they were both around the same price.

It's a small step to living more green, but a step nonetheless.


A Real Housewife said...

the year has just begun and already i feel incredibly behind on my goals! i need to do an update post like this. good idea!

i knew you would be a lover of hush, hush! i recently finished crescendo (the sequel) and am salivating after the cliff hanger. i want the third book now!

Blondie said...

Love this!!!! Sounds like you are on your way!!! Kori xoxo

Christine said...

I've read "The Host". I walked away from that one with a bit of a question mark over my head.

I tried to read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", but was so bored with the first chapter, I just walked away.

I use Green Works! I love their products. This is going to sound funny, but I really like their toilet bowl cleaner. Works great and smells wonderful too!

Anonymous said...

I've heard mixed reviews on Hush, Hush...I'm glad to hear you liked it. I may just have to rent this one from the library after all!

Nikosmommy said...

Your project 52 list is amazingly ambitious! You are a better woman than I as I KNOW that I wouldn't finish even HALF the list. But still its a great idea!!!

I heard "water for elephants" is amazing and it was going to be the next book i was going to read, but after seeing your 3/5 stars I'm not so sure!???

Shell said...

I had the hardest time getting through The Host. I ended up liking it, but it took me 300 pages to get into it. That's too many.

Cathy said...

Woo! You're rockin' it!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

So, so, so excited to have finally gotten your crafting it up!!
I finished my craft yesterday, it's super cute!! I may share it tomorrow.

MiMi said...

I saw those pics of you craftin' it up and was in complete shock!:)
Can't wait to see what you made.
And those green cleaners really work??? I'm always thinking if it doesn't stink it won't work.

Clare and Gary said...

Oh I wondered how you were doing... keep going girl!

Janet said...

Stopping by from the link up on Karen's blog. I have used the Clorox products, but never Seventh Generation. I'll have to try those.

Darlene said...

You've got plenty of time to work on your goals...it's only February. Good luck on the potty training. That's one that you don't want to drag out!!

Impulsive Addict said...

Do you really like the Green Works brand? I've been wanting to try it but I haven't heard great things about it.

You're making some progress. I am too and I'm so glad that I'm doing this. It gives me motivation to quit being lazy!

I'll have to add your book choices to my NEW kindle!

Hutch said...

I really want to read Water for Elephants before seeing the movie, but I'm just not sure. The reviews have been so mixed from loved it to hated it.

Karen Peterson said...

Water for Elephants is on my list. Can't wait to read that one.

I need to try some new cleaning products. I have the same issue with my sinuses, so I'm definitely going to try these recommendations. Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

I have two TEENAGE DAUGHTERS and I can say unequivocally that potty training has been the single hardest part of parenting so far. Good luck!

Sherrie said...

Good for you for making progress. Yeah for going green! I actually joined up with a company that sells green products (can actually reduce the use of chemicals by 90%). Shoot me an email if you're interested in learning more. It's worth it for the savings to your wallet, your time, and the earth. :) I used the Green Works and Seventh Generation before this stuff, too! :)

Shana said...

Congrats on the progress.

I use both of those cleaners as well and love them. The other stuff was too smelly for the dogs and they would freak if I used it.

Jennee said...

I bought water for elephants last year. Haven't opened it yet but maybe I'll get to it soon. You're doing great!