Friday Favorites – Household Items

This week I’m sharing 5 of my favorite household items. Tried and true, these always make the Target/Amazon list. Once we find something we like, we stick with it.

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Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry Detergent

I’m partial to the Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender scent for this. I feel like it does a better job on the smelly workout clothes than the Free & Clear. I haven’t tried the Fresh Citrus, I’m sure it’s great but our Target never has it.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Concentrate

I love Mrs. Meyer’s products. This is only one that I consistently buy. I use it in a variety of ways which is why I like having it on hand. The two main things I use it for are mopping and refilling our counter spray bottle. I love the variety of scents that Mrs. Meyer’s come out with, especially the seasonal ones. Right now I have the Radish scent and it’s wonderful. The only scent I don’t like so far is the Basil.

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Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This is effective, smells great, and lasts forever. Everything you want in a toilet bowl cleaner right?

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Caldrea Countertop Spray

Is it weird to love a countertop spray? I love Caldrea countertop sprays. They are pricey so I only buy them when they are on sale and in the Cartwheel app. So many wonderful sounding scents. My personal favorite is Hibiscus Yuzu which I believe was a Target exclusive that is no longer carried. Either way, this spray smells divine and works well which makes cleaning fun.

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Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

I finally relented and bought a bottle of this on our last Target trip and now I will never go without it. The main reason I hadn’t bought it is because of the price, at $17.99 it takes a big chunk out of our monthly household goods budget. It was always easier to buy something that’s $3.99. I’m so glad I finally bought it. This stuff is amazing, you can use it in so many different ways. I diluted it to use it as our hand soap and it’s also the main ingredient in the shaving cream that I make. I’ll share that eventually. Someday I’ll do a post just on castile soap recipes/uses. We currently have the almond scent, I like it but it’s strong so it’s not quite as versatile as I would like. If you have essential oils on hand that you like I would probably just get the unscented.

DIY Makeup Remover Pads

I just finished up a package of facial wipes and decided it was time to try making my own wipes. I had all of the ingredients on hand and the whole process took less than 5 minutes. I was anxious to see how they worked to I put some waterproof mascara on and tried one out. It removed all of the mascara and didn’t sting at all. I was able to pack about 25-30 cotton pads into a 4 ounce mason jar so this jar should last me about a month. I’m very happy that I can cross one more thing off of my monthly Target list and about 10 more ingredients out of my daily beauty routine!

Here’s the ingredient list of the wipes I just finished…

Water, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl isononanoate, cetearath-20, glyceryl stearate, glycerin, cetyl palmitate, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, ceteareth-12, phenoxyethanol, sodium citrate, citric acid, disodium edta, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid.

Here’s the ingredient list for the DIY remover pads…

Water, almond oil, witch hazel, Vitamin E oil.

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DIY Makeup Remover Pads

2 tablespoons distilled water

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

2 tablespoons witch hazel

10 drops of Vitamin E oil

25-30 cotton pads

4 ounce glass jar

Combine all of the ingredients in glass measuring cup and stir. Place half of the cotton pads in glass jar and pour half of 3/4 of the mixture over the pads. Push the cotton pads down towards the bottom of the jar with your fingers so they are getting fully soaked in the mixture. Place the rest of the cotton pads in the jar and then pour the remaining mixture over the top. Push down again with your fingers to condense the pads into the mixture.

Use over the top of your eyelids and around your eyes to remove makeup.

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I got the original recipe from whole new mom. I wanted these to be wipes so I just used the same recipe and incorporated the cotton pads into it. I understand that I could just use soap and water at night but truth be told, I’m lazy and want something easier. Also, soap and water always seem to require too much scrubbing in order to get waterproof mascara off. These work perfectly for my needs!

Gen Con 2015

Two weeks ago we drove to Indiana for Gen Con. Gen Con is a gaming convention. Basically all of the game developers (mostly board games) gather in one place to show you what they have to offer.

We drove out to Buffalo on Wednesday to stay with Colin’s grandmother. From there we drove the rest of the way to Indianapolis. After a quick search for nearby restaurants on Yelp we decided to check out a place called Spice Nation. It had good reviews and I thought it would be a good chance to try out Indian food since we can’t really get it anywhere in Plattsburgh. The food was outstanding. It was buffet style which is great because we were able to try a variety of dishes without having to commit. I don’t remember the names of any of the dishes we ate but I’m glad we were able to try some new flavors. We are definitely fans of Indian cuisine!

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Spice Nation, our 1st real experience with Indian food!

Friday was our 1st day at GenCon. There were tons of different event, demos, tournaments, etc. going on but the main attraction was the exhibit hall which is where we spent the majority of our time. Basically every major game company has a booth area where they set up the games they want to show off and let people play. Then they usually have a place where you can buy the games you just played. We had a list of games in hand that we wanted to try and just casually made our way around. We went home with 5 games from the 1st day!

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Mysterium, one of the most talked about games at Gen Con. It sold out within the first 5 minutes everyday.

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Our haul from the 1st day! Colt Express, Codenames, Warehouse 51, Telestrations After Dark, and Letter Tycoon.

After we finished up in the convention center we hit up the food trucks for dinner and then made our way downtown to the Shut Up & Sit Down party at The Circle City Market.

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Red Velvet cupcake from The Flying Cupcake food truck. This would probably make my top 5 list for cupcakes bought at bakeries.

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Circle City Market. It was closed while we were there, but I bet it would be a really fun place to check out when it’s open!

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Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

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Day 2 was pretty much the same thing, we just made our way around to the rest of the games we wanted to try. We explored a little more of downtown Indianapolis on our way to lunch at Bazbeaux. I ordered the Zombie Dust beer from 3 Floyds Brewing Company. It’s currently ranked #10 on Beer Advocate. We found ourselves with 3 more games at the end of day 2. On our way out we got dinner at the food trucks again and I made sure to get another cupcake from The Flying Cupcake. We decided to end the day with an Indy Eleven soccer game. It was the perfect way to end an awesome trip.

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Had to get another cupcakes from The Flying Cupcake, this one is Butterbeer!

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Day 2 haul

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Indy Eleven game!

We will definitely go back to Gen Con the next chance we get. Not only was the convention great but Indianapolis itself was a great city. Everyone was extremely friendly and it was clean and easy to get around. It was such a great trip!