How to Clean Your Home and Body Naturally {Norwex review & giveaway}

Okay, I have been just waiting to share this gem of a company with you! Have you heard of Norwex?

Norwex is committed to radically reducing chemicals in our homes to promote the health of your family and of the environment. Norwex’s line of effective and green cleaning products will save you time & money and contribute to a better environment. Norwex microfiber goes beyond “surface clean” with the innovative use of silver particles integrated into synthetic microfiber cloth.

My local friend Kayla introduced me to Norwex a couple of months ago and I am hooked! Now the trick for me is how to explain it to you in basic terms (at a party you see an entire demonstration). So let me give you a rundown of just one of the demonstrations she did. Kayla took a piece of raw chicken and wiped it on a plate. She tested the plate for bacteria and the liquid in the vial turned purple which indicates bacteria. She then took Norwex’s Enviro cloth and wiped the raw chicken juice with the cloth (I know….yuck!). Again she tested the same plate for bacteria and this time the liquid in the vial remained clear, indicating bacteria was no longer present. Whoa! This was just one of many awesome things Kayla showed us. Here is a video of Kayla doing a short demonstration.

In the “raw chicken demonstration” the bottom line is the Enviro cloth can be used in your kitchen, bathroom, at the table and really anywhere you choose to clean… with water…that’s it! AND it kills bacteria! I know that sounds really strange because it did to me too. You can use this rag over and over, only washing every couple of weeks. Surprisingly, it won’t get that yucky musty smell either!!

Enviro Green Norwex

Here is what Norwex says about their Microfiber and Envirocloth:

At only 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair, Norwex Microfiber is one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. When combined with the unique Norwex knitting process, Norwex Microfiber becomes a highly effective cleaning agent and can hold up to seven times its weight in matter. Unlike cotton cloths that will simply spread the dirt, grease and other particles around, Norwex Antibac* Microfiber lifts these particles up into the cloth and away from the surface. Once inside the cloth, the Norwex MicroSilver in the cloth goes to work with self-purification properties against mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours, so that it is ready to use again. http://www.norwex.biz/pws/kaylagulick/tabs/microfiber.aspx

Here is the technology behind it that makes it work so well:

Silver Kills Germs: People have known for centuries that silver kills germs, but only recently have scientists discovered how the white metal does it’s work. One question that has eluded scientists is why silver is harmful to bacteria but doesn’t hurt humans. Albert T. McManus former Chief of Microbiology, USA Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, says that silver interrupts a bacteria cell’s ability to form chemical bonds essential to its survival. These bonds are integral to the cell’s physical structure, so bacteria in the presence of silver essentially falls apart. Cells in humans and other animals have thick walls and are not disturbed by silver. Using powerful electron microscopes, scientists at Tsinguha University in Beijing, China, can actually see silver react with bacteria. Using a common E. coli bacterium — often the culprit in food poisoning — researchers can watch silver destroy the cell wall and alter the nucleus, or center of the cell.

Here are a few of my favorite items from Norwex!!!

Enviro cloth and Window Cloth: This is the cloth I was referring to above, along with the window cloth. With the duo you can clean windows with water alone! You can order the Basic Package for only $31.99 here.

Deodorant: I have tried sooooo many kinds of natural deodorant and this one WORKS! No, really it works! You can read more about the deodorant and order for only $13.99 here.

De-scaler: We had hard water when we first moved into our home and had some calcium build-up over the last year on our ceramic tub. This De-scaler literally wiped it away! I had tried everything and nothing compared to this! You can order the de-scaler for only $29.99 here.

Body Pack: Okay, are you ready for this? No soap needed to wash your face. I am a facial routine girl who uses amazing products to take care of my skin. This facial cloth takes makeup off better than any facial wash I have ever used. It also takes away the need for shaving cream or body wash in the shower. You can order the body pack (3 cloths) for only $19.99 here.

Now this of course, is just the tip of the iceberg and I sincerely hope you will take some time to look over the company of Norwex and their amazing products. You can visit my friend Kayla’s Norwex website and view all the products by clicking here.

Today I am thrilled to be giving away a bundle of Norwex products valued at over $100!

Included in the bundle:

1. Enviro Cloth (pictured above)
1. Window Cloth
1. Make-up removing Cloth
1. Optic Scarf
1. Kitchen Scrub Cloth
1. Car Cloth

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Blessings,
Ruth Schwenk

Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling

Okay, so by now you most likely have read one of my past posts on Craftsy. I have to say, as I continue to take their classes and share them with you, I am more and more impressed.  I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information and I am learning so much along the way!

Family Photography

As moms we are constantly trying to capture the moment with photos. Whether it is a soccer game, ballet recital or family birthday party, we are scrambling for our camera to catch a quick shot of the memories we are making. I see more and more moms (including myself) with these big “fancy” cameras. If you are anything like me, we know very little about how to actually use it for all it’s worth! In this class, Family Photography instructor Kirk Tuck, literally takes you step by step through the basics of your camera and what each camera setting means. He then shows how to use your camera settings for different types of landscapes and events. This class is really such a great tool for anyone wanting to start right from the fundamentals of working with your camera to learning how to capture a story with your photos. It even includes an entire section dedicated to the editing of your photos and putting your final story together. Kirk is so easy to understand and follow along with.

My favorite overall aspect of this class is just how thorough it is in covering all of the basics of shooting successfully. Craftsy’s, Family Photography Class is really a fantastic class!

How to take candid family photos

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today Crafty is offering a deep discount on this class for The Better Mom community!! You can get 50% off on the class through 9/16/2014 (the discount expires at midnight MT on 9/17/2014), which means the discount is only valid through 9/16. The total class price will be $29.99 during this limited time.

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> claim your discount for the Family Photography class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Slowing the Rhythm of My Rush

slowtherushThis post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. 

I would venture to say that 99.9% of our community here is rushing.

We are rushing to get our child ready for school while desperately trying to figure out what said child did with the soccer cleats that are needed for practice tonight. Meanwhile, we scramble for any sort of edible item that we can call “breakfast” for ourself while trying to figure out how we can make our toddler’s diaper last just one more hour until we can get to the grocery store to buy more. All this, and probably more, while listening to the ding ding ding of the notifications on our phone from texts, calls and Facebook.

In all of our rushing, I fear we are missing out big time. Missing out on the moments God intends for us to delight in and learn from.

What has rushing stolen from you?

For me, rushing has caused me to miss some of those quiet and alone times when God is speaking to me. I have had to make an intentional effort to focus my time and mind daily on the Lord, to keep in step with the Spirit. Unrush me Lord. Unrush me.

For me, rushing has made me miss some of the moments as a mom that God has wanted me to revel in with my children. I have had to make an intentional effort to unrush my mind and unrush my daily life so that I can focus on four precious little faces that God has planted right in front of me. Unrush me Lord. Unrush me.

We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge. ~Lysa Terkeurst

As I read that quote I lose my breath. I lose my breath because this busy mama knows that the only way for the best of who I am to pour out to my family and in my ministry here is to sloooow down. Make time for the moments that unrush my life. Not only do I need to unrush for the sake of God using the best of me in the places and people He has called me to now, but if I am not careful I can rush my way right out of hearing from God and following His lead.

In The Best Yes Lysa writes,

I asked the God of the universe to intersect my life with His revelation, then got up from my prayers and forgot to look. Forgot to seek Him. Forgot to keep my heart in tune with His voice and His invitation. 

All because of the chaotic rush of my day.

When all life feels like an urgent rush from one demand to another, we become forgetful. We forget simple things like where we put our car keys or that one crucial ingredient for dinner when we run into the grocery store. But even more disturbing, we forget God.

What has rushing stolen from you?

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If you want to learn how to rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your Best Yes today, this book is for you. You will find yourself highlighting every page, nodding your head and audibly saying, uh-huh! “The Best Yes” is that good. You can grab a copy by clicking <HERE>!

I am thrilled to be giving away 5 copies today to our Better Mom community!

You can enter to win below!

 

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How to Make the Very Best Pie Crust

Okay, so by now you most likely have read one of my past posts on Craftsy. I have to say, as I continue to take their classes and share them with you, I am more and more impressed.  I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information and I am learning so much along the way!

Click here to see the class I took with Craftsy and enter to win a class for yourself!

I really cannot wait to tell you about the latest class I took, Perfecting the Pie Crust. I LOVE pie, but I have to admit the very best part of the pie to me…is the crust.  I need a really good crust to have a really good piece of pie. I know…it sounds so simple. And really, why would you need to take a whole class on making a pie crust?! But I have to tell you after taking the class and making the crust myself, I am not exaggerating when I say in all of it’s flakiness and rich flavor, it was the best pie crust I have ever had. Oh my word!

How to Make the Very Best Pie Crust

So my favorite thing I learned from this class is just really how simple and quick it is to make an amazing pie crust. The instructor was so easy to understand and just walked step-by-step through the making of the crust – ingredients, tools and what she calls a 1-2-3 ratio that will help you remember the ingredient ratios from now on! The icing on the cake for me, or the filling in the pie, :) is the extra class section at the end called The Ultimate Apple Pie. I was so enticed by her amazing pie that I immediately made the crust and the pie. It was SO quick and simple and it was delicious!! Two pieces later my husband was complaining that maybe he had eaten too much! Ha!

Just take a look at how well my husband liked the pie I made (this was almost the end of piece #2).

How to Make the Very Best Pie Crust 2

Craftsy’s, Perfecting the Pie Crust is really a fantastic class! I feel so much more confident in my pie making skills and I can’t wait to share The Ultimate Apple Pie with friends and family. Here is the recipe for the pie crust (although the technique learned in the class is what really puts the finesse on the crust!).

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today we are giving away Perfecting the Pie Crust class away to one of you!!!

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> enter to win your very own Perfecting the Pie Crust class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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