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

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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2nd Annual Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway

Hello friends! Welcome to the 2nd annual Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway! This year we are giving away $300 in Paypal cash divided up into two winners – each winner will receive $150 in PayPal cash to help purchase homeschool curriculum for their family. Last year we were able to bless three families with extra cash to buy curriculum. All three families had a financial need that only God could fulfill! It was an honor to fulfill the prayers of these families through the giveaway.

The Heart Behind This Annual Blessing

The Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway was created to bless homeschool families who are in need of financial assistance to purchase their homeschooling curriculum. The giveaway was birthed in the heart of Carlie Kercheval, founder of Managing Your Blessings & Today’s Frugal Mom, while praying for a friend who could not afford to buy her family’s curriculum due to the unexpected passing of her husband. It was from that moment on God placed a burning desire in her heart to begin to bless the homeschool community by providing funds for purchasing curriculum.

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What Music Has Meant to Me {giveaway}

Music has been a part of my life since I was a little girl.  At the age of six years old, I stepped onto a stage dressed up as a ladybug to sing my very first solo. Imagine that! From that moment on, music has been a big part of my life.

In middle school and high school I studied from amazing vocal teachers and was a part of choirs at the University of Michigan. But it wasn’t until I gave my life to Christ that the words I sang actually became more than just words. They became an anthem to Christ. I grew to love singing and leading in worship because finally what I was doing had purpose beyond entertainment. Because of my love for music, I LOVE to discover new music! Today I am thrilled to introduce you to new artist, Lindsay McCaul.

Lindsay McCaul Music

Lindsay McCaul’s sophomore project and Centricity Music debut, “One More Step,” is artistry born of a willingness to grapple honestly with the questions that arise at that crossroads of brokenness and grace. Tag-team produced by Brent Milligan (David Crowder, Steven Curtis Chapman) and Jeff Pardo (Josh Wilson, Johnny Diaz, Matthew West), the eleven songs on “One More Step” are thoughtful pop offerings that range from the lush and layered to the sparse and hauntingly lyrical.

The project as a whole faithfully chronicles the honest journey of a young woman who has learned that if the expressions of hope and joy are to be real and strong enough to hold us, then they can’t shrink back from the sorrow, the grief, the confusion and the doubt that are also a real part of this shared pilgrim journey. The secret is that it’s all woven together, and if God’s grace meets us, it meets us in the very middle of all that messiness of life, circumstance and emotion. And it’s from that place, and probably only from that place, that songs with the power to give real hope can be born.

I love this sentiment from Lindsay and couldn’t agree more:

“I’ve observed over the last few years,” Lindsay says, “that the songs that connect most with my listeners are the ones I write from a place of wrestling through issues. I write songs about things God is teaching me and the lessons I’m learning—sometimes even from a place of brokenness smack dab in the middle of learning the lesson. A place of holding my hands open before God and asking Him to grow my faith and help my unbelief. People who connect with my songs have told me they appreciate the honesty and transparency of the lyrics, which means the world to me. We’re all struggling somehow, fighting some battle, and if we could all just be brave enough to be honest with one another about our deep, deep need for Jesus, we could be mutually encouraged, strengthened and sharpened.”

Lindsay goes on to say, “Change—especially of the life-altering variety—forces you to choose where you’re going to place your confidence and security. These songs were born out of seasons of huge upheaval and change in my life. I needed to learn to surrender my plans, my expectations, my dreams, my fears of the unknown, even my pride. As I wrestled through that process, the songs that emerged became snapshots of God’s faithfulness in different seasons, leading me step by step along this journey.”

Lindsay’s song “One More Step,” which has become a show-stopper at McCaul’s concerts around the country, chronicles the life and death of her war veteran father, Ret. Col. Larry Walter Pritchett, who passed away two years ago. It’s one more step/Blink your eyes/You’ll be home on the other side/Running down the golden streets/You’ll hear a million angels sing/So one more kiss on earth is all that’s left/Before the breath of heaven fills your chest/And you finally see His face and find your rest/One more step/One more step.

Listen to One More Step here:

I love listening to music that reaches beyond the surface and dives into the messy and real side of everyday life. Lindsay captures those moments so well in her lyrics, pulling the listener right into her story. You will find yourself relating to and reflecting on Lindsay’s honest and heartfelt songs compiled in this CD! 

You can purchase Lindsay McCaul’s new CD by clicking here.

Here is a little bit more info about Lindsay McCaul:

McCaul hails from Merritt Island, FL and began writing songs when she was only 12-years-old.  She moved to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a degree in Applied Linguistics. While attending Moody in Chicago, she began leading worship at the Bible Institute and now lives in the Nashville area. She currently leads worship as an artist-in-residence at Nashville’s Fellowship Bible Church. McCaul has enjoyed an active touring schedule with high-profile acts including, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Mercy Me, Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Sanctus Real, The Afters, and others.

Today, I am so excited to be giving away 5 signed copies of Lindsay’s debut album,“One More Step!!”

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