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.