The Big Green Parenting Experiment

raising a healthy family in a toxic world

day 27: 30 days of thanks

Trees!

That’s right. Today I am thankful for trees. Trees are just amazing. They are fun to climb, they bear delicious fruits and they make the earth beautiful and interesting. And, hello, photosynthesis?! I mean, come on!

We are so lucky to have so many grand trees on our property. They really make it feel like home.

I have also been thinking a lot about Christmas and how much Schy is really going to enjoy the tree this year. We always have a real tree since they are renewable and all. We have a little family ritual of thanking our Christmas tree each year. We give it thanks to welcome it into the house. We also give thanks when we remove it. Sounds corny, I know, but it’s just something we do and something I plan to teach Schy. Trees are such an essential part of life in so many ways and it is important to teach love and respect for them.

There are just so many reasons to be thankful for trees! Now go hug one!

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Today’s thankfulness for trees was inspired by the ‘tree’ prompt for #fmsphotoaday. I got up close and personal with one of our stunning trees, seen in photo. I mean, look at that thing! Isn’t it just amazing?!

(If you are into photo-a-day or would like to try one out, I’d love to invite you to participate in the big green 365 challenge, starting January 2013! Feel free to contact me for more details.)

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green product review (& discount!): reusable swiffer wet jet pads!!

If you own a swiffer wet jet, you know just how convenient it is… and, of course, how wasteful those replacement pads are. Not to mention… what a RIP-OFF! Even the generic Target brand pads are about a dollar a piece. REALLY??

Today I am reviewing our new favorite household product. The reusable wet jet pad. I found this particular pad on ebay and after careful review of all of the other options, I gave it a go. AH-MAZING.

I was SO excited to receive this product in the mail. After beginning the journey to a chemical free home series (part one, part two), I planned to tackle floor cleaning alternatives next. I originally intended to create my own reusable pad when I discovered this wonderful product. These pads work beautifully. Much better than their disposable counterparts that we were overpaying for. We love our wet jet. Especially when we’re cleaning up after three toddler meals a day. It’s just so convenient.

On to the review:

Appearance: At first glance, I was very impressed with the product. It is well made, neatly stitched and appears to be quite durable. The pads are pretty thick and look very absorbent, as advertised. The pads are available in a great variety of colors. (I chose green.)

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photo taken after a couple of washes

Use: Initially, I was a bit concerned with the hook and loop staying fastened to the wet jet itself, but I was proven wrong. It stayed attached very well and the fit was great. The pads are super absorbent. MUCH more absorbent than the disposable pads. The floor is practically dry when you’re finished, which leaves me confident that all of the dirt and dirty cleaning solution and/or water have been picked up, rather than being pushed around the floor. The absorbency was actually quite alarming at first as it takes a little more effort to push the mop across the floor. You get used to this change quickly, especially for the trade off of total grime removal. It is a nice change from the filthy disposable pad sliding across the floor and bunching and tearing before the job is even finished!

Construction: The pad is constructed from a highly absorbent yellow core made from wood pulp, a totally green by-product from the lumber industry. The mopping surface is made from high quality (new) cotton towels which are selected for durability, long wear and quick drying time.

Cleaning: The pads are extremely easy to clean by tossing them in a warm wash cycle. They can be dried in the dryer, however we opted for air dry. They were practically dry when we removed them from the wash and were fully dry and ready to use again in no time. Many of the pads are bleachable for easy sanitizing also. We have only washed them a handful of times, but so far they have held up great!

We purchased our pads on eBay during a buy one, get one free promotion, so we paid $6.85 for two pads with free shipping! I’ll probably buy a few more for those more frequent mopping days (read: toddler meal-slinging). To purchase this fantastic product from eBay click here. The seller is now offering 20% OFF to anyone who mentions the big green parenting experiment review when they order! You can also find these pads and other great green products at www.EZgreenPRO.com.

This is an excellent green product and I highly recommend picking up a few! Our household will never go back to wasteful, disposable pads and saving money is always a bonus as well. If you love your wet jet as much as I do, order some today. You will not be sorry!

BGPE rating: A+

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I was not paid or compensated in any way for the review of this product. This review is based solely on my personal use and opinion and I am in no way affiliated with the seller of this product, just an extremely satisfied, supportive customer! Thanks for reading!

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i’ll miss my trees

I am just a little distraught. I just found out that our utility company, and ANY utility company for that matter, can cut down trees as they see fit. We just found this out since they are about to run new wires on our street and they’ve notified us that two of our trees are being cut down next week. I’m totally bummed. I love our trees and it’s going to look so strange without them.

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Those are the ones, right behind the mailbox. You might be able to see the yellow and black tape tied around them, marking their demise. Our beautiful, mature trees are so lovely and they will definitely be missed. I guess we’ll have a shiny new wire to look at instead.

Pardon me. I have some trees to go hug.

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