Chemical Free Cleaning Hack: For the Bathroom & Laundry

I recently made the switch to using all chemical-free, non-toxic cleaners. Check out the full video for some extremely easy and low budget ways to clean your sink, bathtub and shower, and an easy chemical-free fabric softener.

All cleaners use White House Foods® White Distilled Vinegar and items that can easily be found in your pantry. I also love substituting the White House Foods® Scented Cleaning Vinegar for regular White Distilled Vinegar, but both work for ALL of the mixtures used in the video and listed  below! I hope you guys enjoy this video! All cleaning mixtures and instructions are listed below!

 

Sink Bowl Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with White Distilled Vinegar, spray sink bowl thoroughly with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let the baking soda sit and vinegar sit for 30 minutes. Use warm water and a sponge to scrub and rinse sink bowl.

Drain Cleaner: Pour 2 tablespoons of White Distilled Vinegar down the drain and let sit overnight. Then in the morning, turn the water on warm and let run for a few minutes. Do this weekly for drain maintenance.

Faucet Cleaner: Pour about a 1/4 cup of White Distilled Vinegar in a baggie and wrap around the head of the faucet. Use a rubber-band to secure the baggie to the faucet overnight. After it sits overnight, remove the baggie of vinegar and run warm water. Do this monthly.

Tub & Shower Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with White Distilled Vinegar, spray the tub/shower thoroughly with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let the baking soda sit and vinegar sit for 30 minutes. Use warm water and a sponge to scrub and rinse!

Shower Door Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with White Distilled Vinegar, spray shower door with vinegar. Use a dry microfiber towel to wipe away residue.

Bathroom Floor Cleaner: Mix half a gallon of warm water with half of cup of White Distilled Vinegar in a bowl. Using a mop or sponge, scrub the floor with the mixture. For floors with tile, using a brush and the mixture to scrub stained grout. Mop or sponge and excess water. Let air dry or dry with a towel.

Fabric Softener: Use White House Scented Cleaning Vinegar OR regular White Distilled as a fabric softener replacement. Pour the same amount of vinegar as you would fabric softener. Vinegar creates the same result without all the unnecessary chemicals!

Did you miss cleaning hacks in the Bedroom and Living Room? Read HERE!

How do you avoid harmful chemicals while cleaning your home? Please share in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading/watching. Check back soon for cleaning hacks in the kitchen!

xoxo,

Brittany

Easter Egg Peeps Printable!

Looking for a way to change up your Easter Egg hunt this year? Or maybe you need an allergy friendly option? Or if I am being honest, just need something that isn’t chocolate that you will end up eating for days to come after Easter?!

I love the idea of giving quality time and experiences for gifts…so, I am using these printables to do just that! Each little peep has an activity or experience to open in an egg. Or you can personalize the activities by writing your own on the blank peeps!

Just save, print, cut, & stuff your eggs!

Link for printables:

Easter Egg Hunt Printable

Easter Egg Hunt BLANK Printable

Thanks for reading & if you use, share a picture!

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Looking for some other Easter activities…

Easter Bunny Trail Mix: Click Here!

Easter Applesauce Pouch Wrap: Click Here!

Spring Cleaning: Click Here!

Easter Bunny Trail Mix!

When it comes to food, PRESENTATION is everything. This simple trail mix recipe is literally the easiest thing I have ever thrown together, and yet I the crowd always goes wild. This is a “go to” treat at Easter Dinner and school parties! It’s delicious, looks adorable, yet requires little time and effort….always a win in my book!

This recipe is perfect for a large crowd or school party. If you want a smaller serving, cut the recipe in half! Have fun with it and change up the ratio for your preference of sweet vs. savory!

Easter Bunny Trail Mix

Mix all ingredients together and serve in an Easter Basket line with tissue paper! Remember, presentation is everything.  

If you have trouble finding these items in your store, just click the direct links for a little shopping help! And for those of you with a sweet tooth (like me) add in a little more of those Cadbury eggs and M&M’s. #noregrets

As always, thanks for reading and if you make this at home.. share and tag me @coldcoffeegrind! I would love to see.

 

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Looking for some other Easter activities…

Easter Egg Activities Printout: Click Here!

Easter Applesauce Pouch Wrap: Click Here!

Spring Cleaning: Click Here!

 

Easter Applesauce Pouch Free Printable!

Easter is right around the corner!

Applesauce pouches make a great treat for a school party, a side dish for Easter Dinner, or a fun addition to your babes Easter baskets! I buy the White House® brand because I LOVE the new clear packaging. Each flavor is made with 4 ingredients or less, naturally gluten free, and non gmo project verified. I love the transparency this brand offers!

The pouches are great alone, but I like to make them festive each holiday with these easy wraps!. Just print, wrap, and tape!

Click here to print!

Click here to purchase pouches!

If you use the printout, take a picture and share! Be sure to tag me @coldcoffeegrind so I can see.

Thanks for reading and stayed tuned for more Easter printables, activities, and recipes!

xoxo,

Brittany

Looking for some other Easter activities…

Easter Bunny Trail Mix: Click Here!

Easter Egg Printout: Click Here!

Spring Cleaning: Click Here!

Chemical-Free Cleaning Hacks: Living & Bedroom

Before becoming a mom, I really didn’t think twice about the cleaning products I was using or the chemicals they were filled with. If they smelled good and made my house look shiny, it was good in my book.

After becoming a mom, you get sent one article about how your floor cleaner can burn your infant’s skin and you quickly start to pay a little more attention.

I wouldn’t classify myself as a helicopter or Pinterest mom. I am more of you-gotta-do-what-you-gotta-do, it’s a Chick-fil-a for dinner, cold coffee drinking mom. So, when I say that I am sharing some simple replacements for your everyday cleaning products, I mean these are totally doable for the non-Pinterest mom too!

These are my go-to cleaning mixes for the living and bedroom using White House Foods White Distilled Vinegar! After doing a little research, I chose white vinegar as my base for most of my cleaning because it’s non-toxic, yet kills germs. These recipes are great for kid and pet friendly homes! I will be sharing bath, kitchen, and outdoor cleaning hacks in the next few weeks.

For a video tutorial click HERE!

Cleaning Recipes:

Carpet/Rug Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of water and white distilled vinegar. Spray desired area, you may want to test a small area if colors tend to run. Let soak for a few minutes and then scrub with a towel. Next, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on top. Let sit for an odor. Complete by vacuuming baking soda residue.

Wood Furniture Polish/Conditioner: Mix 1 cup of olive oil, 1/4 white distilled vinegar, 2-3 of desired essential oil (I use orange). Dip a microfiber towel or rag into mixture and polish furniture. For best results, polish in the direction of the grain.

Mattress Cleaner: Mix white distilled vinegar with a just a tad of in a spray bottle. Every time you change your sheets, spray the mixture your mattress down and let dry before replacing sheets. For a deeper clean (recommended once a month), sprinkle a layer of baking soda after spraying mattress with mixture. Let the sprayed mixture and baking soda sit for an hour and then vacuum mattress.

Window Cleaner: Mix half water and half white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray directly on glass or towel, whichever you prefer, and wipe down your glass for a streak-free clean!

Blinds Cleaner: Mix a gallon of warm water with a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Saturate a microfiber towel or rag in the mixture and wipe down blinds. Once you have thoroughly wiped down blinds with the mixture, rinse the mixture off with water and dry with a towel.

For a video tutorial click HERE!

White Distilled Vinegar is a perfect option to kill the germs, cut the grease, and remove the grime! If you’re worried about the scent of vinegar, I am obsessed with these White House Foods Cleaning Vinegars that come in three different scents. My favorite is lavender!

 

Check back next week for cleaning recipes for the kitchen using vinegar!

 

 

Sunshine is Coming…

Winter Blues? New Year Slump? Lack of sunshine?

Call it whatever you want, but this time of year always gets me feeling meh. All the cozy, warm holidays are behind us….yet, the warmth of Summer nights and beach trips aren’t quite close enough.

Just a few weeks ago, I was making big New Year goals full of excitement and positivity. But here I find myself at the end of March fighting the slump.

I HATE feeling blah. So, I am sharing some of the ways I fight the slump and try to stay motivated, happy, and feeling my best.

  1. Mindset. When I wake up thinking, “I am so tired” or “I am so not feeling this day,” it results in have a terrible day. So, I literally wrote this quote on a sticky note and read it to myself every. single. morning. “I radiate confidence and positivity!” Let your mind tell your body how it feels, not the other way around. I have pinned some of my favorite positive quotes, here!
  2. Personal Development. It sounds super, cheesy…or maybe super, obvious if you’re into PD. While I was pregnant, I fell in love with personal development books. There are some really great, life changing books out there. Yes, that sounds cliché, but it’s true. If you’re rolling your eyes, it’s okay. I get it. I used to do the same thing, I don’t know if I thought I was above personal development books or if I thought they were a scam. But as I write that I cringe, because now I am the biggest fan. If you’re a novicepersonal-development-reader (yes, I just made that a thing), start small. I have a board on Pinterest of some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite authors, you can find here. If you are like me and don’t have a lot of extra time to actually read, I highly recommend Audible. You can listen to audio books before bed, in the car, or while you workout. It’s like itunes for books, you can try for free here! OR there are a ton of free podcasts that focus on personal development, as well.
  3. Move your body. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Find a home workout you like. Just move. Elle Woods knew what she was talking about when she said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” It doesn’t have to be super intense, you don’t even have to know what you’re doing. Turn on some music and dance around your house, seriously..it’s the cheapest therapy you’ll find. Even better, bundle up and get outside and go for a walk…cold sunshine is better than no sunshine.
  4. DETOX. Detox from the tv, junk food, sitting on the couch. When I feel myself getting in a slump, it’s normally after a weekend of eating junk, not drinking enough water, and lack of sleep. I know what to do to make myself feel better, but sometimes in that slump making the first move is hard. So, I start with baby steps. I’ll drink more water. Seriously, water is the cure to everything…just ask any mom. I force myself to turn the TV off at 10pm. Late night Netflix’ing results in late night snacking and exhaustion. Binge watching Netflix is awesome, once in awhile…but if I let myself do it every single night, I am tired, lazy, grouchy, basically I am not the best version of myself, not even a little bit. When I go off the rails with junk food, I always do a simple, gentle Detox. I’ve talked about it plenty of times so I won’t rant again, but if you’re interested in the deets check here. This DETOX helps me get back on track focused on my health, boosts my natural energy, and clears my digestive tract of the junk. Your “detox” may look different, maybe you go into an online shopping spree or an endless candy crush tournament. So my advice is find the things that weight you down in a slump, and detox!
  5. Change it up. Change your routine. I can’t get out of my slumps when I stick in the same routine. Sometimes that means getting out of the house and doing something fun with Benjamin. Sometimes just changing my normal radio station or podcast can work. If we don’t like where we are at (insert middle of a slump), change it!
  6. Treat Yourself. What would make you feel good? For me, a new pair of leggings, a walk around Target with a vanilla latte or a pedicure. Yep, any of those

would do the trick. I’m not saying to go drown your sorrows with retail therapy. But sometimes a latte and a little you time are all it takes. Check out some of my Amazon Favorites here, including my fave leggings that feel Lululemon soft without the steep price! I am also obsessed with this brand, Rad Vibes Only, that offers apparel with positive, fun sayings! You gotta check them out! You can use the discount count ColdCoffeeGrind for 10% off your order! You’re welcome!

7. Talk about free therapy. As cheesy as it may sound, journaling is therapeutic. There’s so many types of journaling, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sit down as your 10 year old self and document the dramatics of your day. I mean you totally can, and I know a lot of people who thrive for that. For me, I love bible journaling, it’s like coloring for adults. I also found a morning affirmation journal to be helpful, each day I list 5 things I am thankful for and 5 affirmations. I’ll share with you my example for today’s entry, it doesn’t have to be super serious, but I think it’s a positive way to start the morning.

    1. THANKFUL
      1. I am thankful for the sunshine.
      2. I am thankful for a warm car to get Benjamin to and from school.
      3. I am thankful for coffee.
      4. I am thankful for Benjamin’s 3429382 different laughs
      5. I am thankful for audiobooks.
    2. AFFIRMATIONS
      1. I am strong.
      2. I am calm, happy, and at peace.
      3. I am a great mom.
      4. I choose to not criticize myself or others around me.
      5. I am doing my best and that is enough.

These are the ways I work myself out of slump. I would love to hear what helps you fight the Winter blues and stay happy! Comment below with what works for you a#nd remember, sunshine is coming! #allthepraisehands

It always sounds easier than the effort it actually takes, but the first step for me is making the decision the feel better!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Brittany

7 Day Detox Groups!

If you follow me on Insta or Facebook, you either A) see a lot about Detox Groups but keep scrolling or B) you have joined the madness! So what is the madness? In short, these Detox groups are for anyone who is interested in having fun while being part of a group who comes together (figuratively speaking…because it’s all online) once a month to do a gentle detox and feel our best!

First off, what is the Detox? We use the White House Foods® Detox drink and follow a 7 day plan. The detox drink is a pre-made, ready-to-drink mixture of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother, lemon, honey, and cinnamon. We drink 1 bottle per day, half in the morning and half in the evening. The group is totally FREE to join, you only have to purchase your 7 bottles of White House Detox® from your local grocery or Amazon! I have written about WHY I chose this Detox regimen to follow monthly and all the benefits here. There’s also a video that goes more into detail about the 7 days of detoxing here

So back to the group

Where? The group takes place on a secret group online. So whether you’re in Virginia or California…or at work or on your couch at home.. you can be preset!

When? Our monthly group takes place the first FULL week of each month for 7 days, Monday-Sunday. There’s a daily challenge posted each morning, so members are asked to check in at least once each day!

WHY? Each month, the group has a theme to keep the challenges exciting and engaging. Such as, March Madness (…coming up March 4th!) There are daily challenges that promote a successful detox, such as sharing a healthy recipe, increasing physical activity for the day, or sharing a fun selfie of you with your detox. Simple & fun, yet keeping accountability. How many times have you started something for yourself, only to quit on day 2..or maybe 3? These groups are 7 days, it’s only 7 days to commit to yourself.. plus with the community we have created in these groups, you won’t want to stop! I find myself looking forward to the group starting again to get caught back up with all the members! Did I mention we have fun prizes for those who are active and participate? PLUS, everyone who completes the 7 days receives a gift from me!

HOW? Are you READY to join us for the next group…or maybe you have some specific questions for me?  Fill out this form here, and I will send you the details!

Here are some reviews/results from current members!

“I lost 2 lbs, bloating is gone, and sleeping great! So glad I did this!”

“Less bloat, better digestion!” 

“Felt less bloated this go around! This group is amazing!”

“So much more energy, slept better, bloating gone!! I lost a pound this week!”

“I feel amazing! More energy and less coffee. I haven’t noticed a weight change but I am less bloat and not gaining any weight!”

“Feeling great! Lost 7 lbs this detox. Lost 4 lbs in December’s group. Definitely more energy.”

“Lost 3 pounds! Sleeping great, more energy, clearer skin.”

“Appetite suppression, bloating down!”

Whether you’re looking for a way to maintain a current healthy lifestyle, or you’re looking for a place to start, I truly believe these groups are the perfect place for anyone. Male or female. A regular at the gym or just trying to figure our where to start!

As always, thanks for reading! Until next time..

xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

When You’re Sick, but You’re also a Mom…

Remember the days when you would stay home, wrap up in a warm blanket, sleep the sickness away, and maybe even catch up on you’re favorite show? I used to LOVE watching old episodes of One Tree Hill. Being sick, was sort of glorious. Fast forward a few years, and being sick is not an option. Or maybe I should say, a sick day is not an option. Whether you’re a mom of babes, teenagers, or somewhere in-between, those darling, bosses of yours are never going to approve when you call in for a sick day.

We have been doing pretty-okay at avoiding too many of the sicknesses going around this year. Especially considering Benjamin is in his first year of preschool, hello ALL the germs. But last week, Benjamin got a pretty nasty head cold. I’m usually pretty immune to his germs. #momlife But this time, my over confidence got me and kicked me down real quick. So, I’m gonna share all the things that helped me be as present as possible while this nasty cold has made my throat feel like fire with a throbbing headache.

First up, hot tea with honey, cinnamon, & apple cider vinegar. I know what you’re thinking. who wants to drink vinegar when you feel sick? This little mixture is a miracle worker for kicking a cold or soothing a sore throat. Just make your favorite tea, add 1 tablespoon of ACV and honey/cinnamon to taste. Here are some of my favorite’s: Tea, Vinegar, Cinnamon, A Feel Good Mug.

Next, a good humidifier with an essential oil diffuser. You can easily google essential oil blends with your symptoms. I love peppermint for a stomach bug, and eucalyptus with orange for a cold. If you’re looking for a good humidifier with the essential oil tray, this is the one I use and love: Humidifier

Third, be comfy! Even if you typically don’t buy into the whole “leggings are pants” debate, when you’re sick there is NO debate… leggings are PANTS! Put on a good pair of leggings and a comfy top. If you can stay in, make it a pajama day at home. I’m sure you won’t hear any complaints. There are my all time favorite leggings, but I also love these budget friendly ones too! Pair it with an uplifting sweatshirt, and you’re bound to feel better soon….or at least that is what I tell myself! I love this sweatshirt, and actually everything this brand. They donate $1 from EVERY purchase to Mental Health America, which is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting overall mental health. I love the cause and think this is SO important and raising aware for those who struggle! I was able to get a 10% discount for my readers so feel free to shop and use ColdCoffeeGrind at checkout!

Next up, I may sound like an 80 year old on this one but get yourself a heating pad. Whether you’re having tummy issues or body aches from a cold, a heating pad can be your best friend. If you’re not about the electric ones, try a microwave heating pad.

I have ranted about this product for your kids before, but it totally works for YOU too. WinkⓇ Immune, an elderberry blend, does wonders for preventing a cold or stop symptoms as soon as they start. I also love their Chest Rub. I use it for sinuses and headaches before bed. I will also try a natural remedies before having to reach for Excedrin. You can shop here and get a 15% discount with the code JessicaS15 at checkout!

And because I don’t want to park my toddler in front of a tv until I am feeling like playing chase, I pull out some of his favorite puzzles, books, and this ABC Case that he is obsessed with right now. Don’t get me wrong, we will also put some TV in there too. He is currently obsessed Peppa Pig and LeapFrog’s Word Factory.

Lastly, I know not everyone has a support system close by, but if you do.. ask for HELP. Asking for help is one of the hardest things for me, so I get it. But when you’re really sick, sometimes what you need is a solid sleep or a few hours of rest. What’s that saying about not being able to pour from an empty cup? Unfortunately, there isn’t a discount code or an Amazon link to fill your cup, but there are plenty of ways to take a moment for yourself when you need it. Even if that means a little extra quiet time than normal or watching an extra episode of Peppa.

I would love to hear how you get through a cold or sick day with kids. Have any favorite products? Natural remedies? Please share in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading and following along!

xoxo,

Brittany

P.S. Check out my Winter Survival Guide for toddlers here!

Valentine Gift Printables!

Valentine Gift Printables!

I just wanted to share a few more printables before the Valentine Parties start up! Printables are an easy way to create a thoughtful gift or decorate while keeping it simple. Feel free to use these for your babes Valentines, teacher gifts, co-workers, gal pals, etc.

 

First up, the Teacher Valentine. This heart could be used for a variety of sweet treats. I kept it simple and used it to decorate a bag filled with Girl Scout Cookies, because who doesn’t love them?! You could just as easily decorate a favorite package of candy or homemade cookies!

 

 

 

 

 

Next, a Sweet Applesauce Treat!! These would be great to use for a school party or just to make your table at home a little extra special! They match the applesauce pouch printable that you can find here if you prefer pouches over cups.

And last, a fun treat for anyone! There is nothing more festive than strawberry applesauce, so pair it with a printable and voila, a Valentine! Here is the printable:  You are Berry Special!

 

Other Valentine Printables:

Wine Bottle Valentine’s

Pouch Valentine’s

 

Valentine Wine Printables

Valentine’s Day Wine Printable!

Want a fun, simple gift for a friend? Throwing a Galentine’s Party and need a little decor? Or maybe you want to make your romantic dinner a little more festive?

These printables are an easy way to turn your favorite bottle of wine into a Valentine! Just print, cut, & tape..VIOLA!

Links below to each label:

Be Mine, Sweet Valentine!

BE MINE, WINE!

You make me feel bubbly!

Cupid is Stupid!

 

What are your favorite wines? I’m not very “wine” educated, but I love tasting and I finding new ones every now and then. I was recently gifted a Bright Cellars Wine Box. This is perfect for the novice wine drinker (like myself) or the wine connoisseur. They have a fun quiz you take to match your taste preferences with 4 bottles of wine. The best part? It’s delivered to your door. You do not have to commit to monthly orders, which I love since I only have a glass now and then. BUT, for the wine lovers it is awesome because you get an awesome discount on your first order. If you need a new wine to try for Valentine’s Day or wanted to get multiple bottles to give as gifts, you can gift $50 off using this link: $50 off your order!

What are your plans for the day of love? Do you celebrate with your love, family, or galentines? Or do you totally ignore the holiday? Share in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading. It means the world to me.

xoxo,

Brittany