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Spring Cleaning with Lemi Shine

*This post is in partnership with Lemi Shine, all opinions are my own. 

I love when new products make household chores safer AND more effective. There's absolutely no reason in this day and age to subject our families to toxic chemicals, and I was thrilled when Lemi Shine reached out for a collaboration. Sharing fun things with My Life at Playtime readers is something that I get very excited about. Almost as excited as I get about spring cleaning. No, I'm serious. I kind of love big, deep cleaning jobs. There's a lot of satisfaction and 'feel good-ing' once my house is spic 'n span, at least for the few seconds it lasts anyways. 

Especially when things are not in my control, that's when I concentrate on the things I can control. And cleaning is one of them. When I'm stressed out or worried about something, I get to cleaning. It's therapeutic. So is list making. Here, I'll demonstrate. 

Spring Cleaning To Do List in our home includes:

  • closet clean outs for the kids
  • vacuum mattresses
  • deep clean of dishwasher
  • bathroom deep clean-wipe down all surface top to bottom
  • change A/C filters
  • deep clean garbage disposal
  • clean out HEPA filters in air purifiers
  • deep clean washing machine

Don't you feel better already?! :)

Lemi Shine has a whole range of products that helped me this spring cleaning season and I would love to highlight a few favorites! How can you not be excited about cleaning with this lineup?!

  • Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner- this product had me at the first spray. It smells like I just squeezed a fresh lemon all over. I love the natural ingredients in this, but I don't have to sacrifice power or effectiveness. Thanks to their trademarked GunkGuard it creates an invisible protective barrier which makes surfaces last cleaner longer. And we all want our spring cleaning to last as long as possible!
  • Lemi Shine Dish Detergent Booster- my kids unload and load the dishwasher on Saturdays. Since I do this chore every single other day of the week, it's only fair. The problem is they often leave a good amount of dishes and glasses IN the dishwasher complaining "they're not clean enough". In comes this little green product(I have it there on the counter in the first photo). If you've got hard water like we do, the minerals cause a film to remain after your regular washing cycles. This booster along with Lemi Shine Dishwashing Detergent Pods have solved our Saturday chore complaints and our dishes are clean freak clean. 
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  • Lemi Shine Concentrated Dishsoap- I'm a bit of a dish soap snob, it's hard for me to change when I like something, but just like the Everyday Cleaner, I cannot help but LOVE the Lemi Shine Concentrated Dishsoap. You guys, the citric extracts in it are amazing! Not just amazing in smell, but in the soapiness and effectiveness. If I use a drop of this stuff, it really lathers. I've used dish soaps in the past where you have to use an entire tablespoon to get a good lather going, but not this one. Two soapy thumbs up!

I am also a huge fan of their appliance deep cleaners, they have one for the washing machine, dishwasher and garbage disposal. I'm all about preserving our appliances, and taking good care of them is the best way to stretch out their lives. Just run a wash or a load with one of their cute little deep cleaners and your appliances are good to go. 

Don't take my word for it though. Click on any of the Lemi Shine products I've linked to and will take you to their site where you can find coupons and find the store nearest you that carries them. 

Happy Spring Cleaning friends! Let me know what you try and what is on your spring cleaning list! 

At Home - A Photo Shoot

I'm pretty excited to share this photo shoot with you. Aaron and I won an Instagram contest for an in home photo shoot last month, and I think I danced around for days at the thought of a morning spent with this guy and documenting some time together. Dee was extraordinary to work with, and she is just lovely inside and out. I cannot recommend her enough. She was interested in capturing us doing what we do normally, making coffee, snuggling, lounging, laughing. And that's just what we did. We haven't taken photos of just the two of us since our wedding day, although I do try to always squeeze in a few whenever we do family photos. But I have to say it was so wonderful, and these are gems that I will treasure forever. A few of our favorites... And I'm sure more will trickle out over the next few weeks, I've shared a few on Instagram already(@mylifeatplaytime). Thank you Dee! You are a gift! This a is a gift! 

Home Organization with Cottonelle

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, as usual, all opinions are my own. 

I'm so excited to partner with Cottonelle Megaroll again and discuss a little bit about home organization and household supplies. Last month we talked about chores in this household and how we manage three kids and a tidy house. 

Today I'll share more about storage and solutions. What tips we have learned to keep our home organized and functioning at it's best. 

As our family has grown we've had to get creative with our storage solutions. The larger the toilet paper roll is, the more likely we are to buy it. More toilet paper on a roll means less changing of the roll, and less trips to the store. Not to mention the fact we have 4 bathrooms in our home and that's a lot of up and down stairs to get what we need. 

Creative solutions don't have to be complex, sometimes they're the most simple and basic that make the most impact. Little things we do to solve big problems:

  • Remove excess packaging and store just the items themselves.

As soon as we buy toilet paper or paper towels, we head back to our storage cabinet and remove it from the packaging. We can fit more rolls on the shelf if we stack it one particular way. And that's exactly what we do. 

  • Don't buy more than your space can fit. 

I know those special deals at the store are so tempting to bring home 18 of the exact same item, don't do it! It'll cause clutter and disorganization if you don't have an entire basement dedicated to storage. 

  • Store extra where you need it most.

t's not always necessary to schlep into another building or down a flight of stairs for something you need, don't make it hard on yourself unless you're looking for some extra exercise! Store things like extra hand soap or 1-2 extra toilet paper rolls in the bathroom itself. Get creative with a cool basket on the toilet tank, or beneath the sink. 

Little tricks like these have made a difference in our home. And I'm curious if you have any tips that you use to help keep storage problems at bay. I'd love to hear in the comments. And don't forget to stop by Cottonelle's site to get coupons and information!