Mar 112014
 

3 years ago we moved to the mountains of Southern California to live a healthier lifestyle. In the mountains, we spend more time outside, take long walks and hikes and plan adventures a few times a month. Part of living a healthier life is keeping as many toxins outside of our home. This sounds easy but there are so many innocuous things out there that are toxic. Here are some of the things we have outlawed in our home:

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1. Air Fresheners: Seriously, they may make the house smell nice but the amount of toxins they have is not worth it. 14 of the bestselling air fresheners have phthalates and volatile organic compounds.

  • What we use instead: If we want to freshen up the smell of our home, we take orange peel, cloves and a cup of water and let it simmer on the stove. It smells great and is not toxic. Also, nothing smells better than opening the doors and letting the Pine Trees freshen up our home.

2. Creams and Lotions: Living in the mountains is beautiful but awfully dry. We all have to use lotion on a daily basis to protect our skin. However, most lotions are chock full of chemicals and toxins that are less than healthy.

  • What we use instead: We go to our favorite healthier stores and pick up the gallon jugs of toxin free lotion. You save on packaging and the lotions tend to work better than those that are loaded with carcinogens and toxicants.

3. Carpet Cleaners: We have two boys and two dogs and a house filled with carpet. Keeping the carpet clean is the crucial if we want a clean home. The majority of carpet cleaners out there are have ammonium hydroxide which pretty much means you should never lay on the floor and should probably learn to levitate.

  • What we use instead: If you would have asked us a few weeks ago, we would have told you how we use baking soda to pick up those nasty odors but that does very little for the stains. Now, we have experienced the results of having Zerorez clean our carpets.

Zerorez cleaned our carpets this week and the stains are gone and the house smells amazing. The best part of having them clean our carpets is feeling 100% comfortable with letting the boys sit on the carpet again. Zerorez actually uses water to clean. The water is a patented high pH water solution that is so pure the technicians will drink it right in front of you.

drinking the water 225x300 Detox Your HomePaul was suspicious so he drank it himself. No chemicals. No soups or solvents.

And it cleans very well.

 

 

Zerorez will also do the following:

Carpet Cleaning (great on berber!)

Area rug cleaning (incl wool, silk, cotton, Persians)

Upholstery cleaning

Tile and grout cleaning and resealing

Natural stone cleaning (marble, travertine, etc.)

Hardwood clean and buff

Mattress cleaning

Air Ducts and Furnace cleaning

Pet urine removal

Linoleum and vinyl tile cleaning

Counter top cleaning

Shower cleaning

Leather furniture cleaning

Patio decks, garage floors, walkways

Autos, boats, and motorhomes cleaning

Carpet stretch and repair

Commercial facility cleaning

These guys make keeping your home safer from toxins much easier.

You can find them at www.facebook.com/OfficialZerorezSocal and follow them on Twitter.

We participated in a campaign on behalf of Mamavation for Zerorez. We received promotional item to thank us for our participation. All opinions are our own.

Mar 052014
 

There is no reason to try to look older. Time will handle that for you. As people that have seen almost a half of a century, we know what it is like to look back as well as look forward. The ending events of your senior year are one of the first real times that you experience this. Of all of the festivities, prom is one that spans time. It is a celebration of the past, a singularity of your present self, and a memory that will shared over and over in your lifetime.

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To give you an idea of what we mean, we took a look at the prom dresses on JJsHouse.com and asked ourselves whether or not these dresses are something that a young woman will be proud to wear now as well as share photos thirty years in the future. Understand that your life is not a fixed moment in time. Prom will be magical but you will have so many more amazing events in your lifetime. Your self-esteem and your personality need to show in what you wear and it needs to translate into the future. Your future self will have her own self-image and will want to hear her children and grandchildren tell her how beautiful she was.

The dress that called to us was a classic chiffon. It is appropriate for an emerging adult, has style at works for today, and will translate through time. Like looking at Elizabeth Taylor in the past, chose your dress by asking if the dress would work in the fifties, sixties, and the 2100’s. That is the definition of true elegance and will maintain your beauty throughout time.

Mar 042014
 

We love our boys but they are pigs. The five second rule easily turns into the five minute rule if there is an engaging cartoon to distract them. Hell, we have seen them eat an old Fruit Loop from under the couch which means that there is a five month rule that we did not know about. We are not clean freaks in the least. We believe in mud and dirt. We know that some bacteria is good for the immune system but sometimes we just look at them and say, “Dude…gross!”

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We got the carpets cleaned the other day. With two dogs and two boys, we like to have them cleaned every few months, mainly for the smell. Yes, the five second rule may be variable but once food or stinky feet hit the carpet, the smell does not easily come out. There is not stinky candle in the world that can mask those odors. The company that came out is called Zerorez. They use a special system that does not use harmful soap. They call it Empowered Water and, yes, we think the name is cute. We are all about empowerment, even for water. Instead they ionize the water. The extra hydrogen in the water does the same thing as a soap molecule but without the residue. Our house smells nice and is bacteria depleted. (There is no universe where our house is bacteria free.)zero2 300x200 The Five Second Rule With Upgrades

Zerorez has an offer going for our readers. They will clean 2 areas (up to 200 sq feet each) for $99. It covers carpet, hardwood, tile and grout, and natural stone. They also do upholstery but that price is different. Give them a call and ask. You can find them at www.facebook.com/OfficialZerorezSocal and follow them on Twitter.zero1 300x200 The Five Second Rule With Upgrades

We participated in a campaign on behalf of Mamavation for Zerorez. We received promotional item to thank us for our participation. All opinions are our own.

Feb 172014
 

    We all throw up our hands in despair in the middle of an argument with our better halves at times, but that doesn’t mean we love them or cherish them any less than before they had overfed the fish, used the wrong brush to clean up the cat’s mess or invited their mothers over on your anniversary without asking you first.

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Not all marriages are matches made in heaven –indeed, I have yet to see one- which means some of us have to put some extra effort into our relationships and probably one of the easiest ways to do that is by booking a romantic holiday somewhere exotic, like Barbados. You can make the most out of your Barbados holidays by exploring this diving paradise with your partner on your wedding anniversary, or to celebrate the day you first met, or the day the marriage proposal came. But don’t think of your vacation as couples’ therapy. Think of it as the beginning of your new life together.
Barbados is the perfect place to rekindle that old flame because this tiny Lesser Antillean island is secluded and torrid and you’ll most like be spending the greater part of your time on the beach or by a pool, showing off your sun-kissed skin. A very inviting pastime in Barbados is the submarine expedition, which gives you the unique opportunity to marvel at the magnificent life forms that populate the ocean depths. You could also take a tour of the island’s coastline, snuggling together on the ferry’s deck, while exchanging opinions with like-minded couples.
For an unusual experience, visit Harrison’s Cave, with its myriad of stalactites and stalagmites seemingly trying to reach one another, like a symbol of the relationship between husband and wife. Then visit the wildlife reserve for the only chance you may ever have to see a real-life agouti, a caiman or a green tail monkey.
One thing you should know about Caribbean locals is that they like to take things relatively slowly. That being said, when there is so much beauty around to distract you, you will hardly feel the time passing by. Bajan cuisine is so diverse and the cou-cou, the flying fish and the tamarind balls so savory, that you’ll be coming back for more the next day. Additionally, you may find that water is scarce and expensive, so try to avoid any waste. The Caribbean is generally dry and water is hard to come by for the locals.
Barbados is a miracle of nature, with its unspoiled landscape and its lavish fauna. This awe-inspiring paradise will instil a sense of appreciation for life in its many forms and for the relationships within our families, and perhaps even for that most important one of all our liaisons, the marriage. I urge you to escape to Barbados if only for a few days and to see for yourself what an impact it has on your life.

Feb 172014
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I am the father to a twenty-one year old, a ten year old and a seven year old. In two decades of parenting, a lot has changed. I know that there are people that do not believe that parenting has changed over the millenniums but I disagree. Twenty years ago, I did not need to think about tablet usage, cyber stalkers, or the appropriateness of texts.

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When my oldest was a baby, the idea of using stem cell technology was the stuff of science fiction. By time the next child came around, eleven years later, storing umbilical blood was one of the million and two questions that we were asked. For me, everything about pregnancy was overwhelming. Lee was terrified at one point and in pain at others. Since we were older, also known as advanced maternal age, there were a whole other layer of tests that needed to be done. The bottom line is that the doctor was totally in control and needed to tell me what to do for me to say yes.

When I was offered the choice, I did not take it mainly because I had no idea what we were talking about. Also, it was ungodly expensive, which did not work well for a dad with a baby on the way. Now there is a lot more information and it is much more affordable because they have set it up to do payment plans, financing, and shared banking.

I do regret not being able to sign up the kids for this. In the last twenty-five years, they have used stem cells to treat nearly 80 diseases, including new clinical trials to treat hearing loss. If I had to do it again, I would definitely consider having my children’s stem cells stored. For any of you that are thinking about this, you can get a $200 off coupon. Click on Cordbankingbasics.com before February 24 and complete an information request . You can also get more information at www.cordbankingbasics.com

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.