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$25 Spendervention again at Marshalls

I love Spring when you think about cleaning out the old, and bringing in some new and just cleaning in general. Today I headed out to Marshalls for my spendervention. I had my $25 ready and waiting to be spent on some new goodies from Marshalls. I think lots of people had the same idea for a spendervention because the store was PACKED!

I saw some great things at the store. There were some great designer jeans by True Religion, Los Angeles Lakers tshirts, house hold goods, beauty products, Ralph Lauren flip flops, just to name a few. It was pretty well stocked full of some of the branded items you’d typically find at a department store for full price.

My mission for my spendervention was to find some key things that would fit my $25 budget. I combed carefully through the aisles and came across a few great items. Remember how I mentioned spring cleaning? Well, I think the items that I picked out would certainly fit the theme.

I found a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day all natural laundry detergent. This stuff is really expensive at Whole Foods market and any other grocery store. This was a must have for my spring planning.

Next, I found some great organic cotton kitchen towels. How great are these?! I think that as I get older, I’m slowly transitioning to use more natural products where possible. These towels felt really nice and I think they’ll do the job well.

Lastly, we bought a grater because we’ve been wanting one for a while. I think this would be great for our panini grilled sandwiches that we’re having for dinner while we watch the Laker vs. Magic NBA finals game.

Check out the photo!

Marshalls

Since we are a family friendly blog, I thought that purchasing these home type items would be a really great way to showcase what finds you could see at your local Marshalls.

Happy Spendervention!!

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All Natural Gnat Killer Repellent Recipe

I have this lovely orchid plant in my house that has recently been invaded by a bunch of pesky gnats. Its really annoying when you see them flying around the house and on your plant. I’m convinced that they are the cause of my recent orchid plant baldness. I’ve lost a few of the leaves already and most of the blooms have fallen. I’m not a green thumb, but I have recently gained pride in the fact that this orchid has not died in my care. Its been a good four months since its been delivered to my house.

orchid

I went online in search of something to help my issue. I didn’t want to kill the plant in the process so I stumbled upon a recipe from all natural ingredients. I can’t remember where I saw it now, so I can’t credit the site. Please let me know if its you and I’ll add you on this post.

The concoction was made and tested out yesterday. The gnats pretty much dropped dead on contact and we haven’t seen a sign of them since. Hopefully they will leave my pretty orchid alone.

Want the recipe?

1 clean plant spray bottle

3 cups of water

1/4 cup of all natural dish liquid (I used Ecological Ecover dishwashing liquid – found at Whole Foods)

2 Tbs of crushed mint leaves (Gnats apparently don’t like this)

2 Tbs of lemon or lime juice

I added them all into my spray bottle and shook it up some.  I used it on my indoor and outdoor plants. I hope that it continues to work. Crossing my fingers. This way I don’t have to buy a $5+ bottle of poisoning spray stuff and its ecologically sound to use these products, as well as, non harmful to your plants.

If you try this and it works, let me know. I’d like to hear your stories.

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New Inventory in Puppies and Worms store

We now have two new sizes of Ecousable Stainless Steel water bottles! This includes the brand new world’s first EcH20 stainless steel water bottle with the water filtration built into the drink cap.

 

Check out our store for our new 33 oz stainless steel water bottles, and our 25 oz stainless steel water bottles with water filter. We are including a free water wrap with each purchase.  These are great for everyone’s new years resolution to get in shape, and make sure you are hydrated with these new bottles.

We are also offering an introductory 10% off this new inventory, so please take a look.

http://stores.ebay.com/puppiesandworms

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Out with the old, in with 2009 ~ Newlywed Girl

As part of our New Years festivities, my husband and I do an annual cleanup of our messy closets and get rid of unused items. Those items are either Goodwill worthy, eBay worthy, or trashed. This morning we welcomed 2009 with a cleaning frenzy.

We did several loads of laundry, cleaned our second bedroom that had recently become a storage room, and the hall and bedroom closets. He threw away several old dress shirts and other tops, while I threw out shoes, wedding stuff, and magazines.

We now have 3 large bags of Goodwill, 3 items for eBay, and we recycled 4 bags of magazines and other things. We also cleaned around the house and dusted everything.

It felt good to do this as part of the New Year festivities. Also, we were too tired to go out in public so the day was spent cleaning, Rose bowl watching, and cooking.

What do you guys have in mind for 2009 resolutions? I should probably resolve to not have to resort to only an annual clean up cycle.

Great places to donate your gently used work or casual clothes:

http://www.careercloset.org/home.html

http://www.dressforsuccess.org/

http://www.goodwill.org

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Puppies and Worms Store Happy New Year Sale!

Happy New Year and Happy Shopping! We are discounting our items in our eBay store. Everything has been marked down. You will be able to take advantage of our sale items so you can save these cute gifts for birthdays and other special celebrations.

We have stainless steel water bottles, kids gifts, and Cherry Tees!!

Click here: Puppies and Worms eBay Store

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Puppies and Worms Fall eBay Store Sale!

Shameless plug here…

The Puppies and Worms store is having a fall sale on selected items. Check out our eBay store by following the link: http://stores.ebay.com/puppiesandworms?refid=puppiesandworms

Some of our great items include:

  • Ecousable Stainless Steel Water Bottles
  • Cherry Tees
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Cute Chenile Animals and Suitcases

Check out our great items now and stock up for the holidays!

 

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Are Plastic Bottles Harming Us?

Just today we came across an article once again talking about the issues with plastic drinking bottles. In our previous post we talked about the concerns about using plastic bottles and making a switch to stainless steel. http://puppiesandworms.com/2008/08/21/eco-friendly-stainless-steel-water-bottles/

This new article by Eating Well gives 4 major facts about plastic bottles and lets you make the decision on whether or not to discontinue the use of plastic bottles. I like how they give you that data so that you can decide on your own. To sum it up, the article talks about our exposure to chemical BPA through the use of plastic and lists out some of the potential harmful side effects. While the results of BPA study is still inconclusive, we must still all be vigilant in reducing our waste in the environment, and protecting ourselves and our loved ones.

Here are the 4 facts by Eating Well Magazine:

1. Polycarbonate plastics, often used to make reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage containers and some baby bottles, contain BPA, an estrogenlike chemical also used in the linings of some food and drink cans. Studies link BPA to the development of precancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals. While BPA can leach into food and drinks, whether it actually affects human health is currently not known. However, consumer concern peaked in April after the National Toxicology Program (part of the National Institutes of Health) issued a draft report noting that, given the current science, the possibility couldn’t be ruled out.

2. What is known is that we’re all exposed to plenty of the chemical.In a 2005 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, 95 percent of people screened tested positive for BPA.

3. Hot liquids and foods exacerbate leaching in BPA-containing plastics,suggests a study published earlier this year in Toxicology Letters. When researchers poured boiling water into polycarbonate drinking bottles, it caused up to 55 times more BPA to seep out than room-temperature water had.

4. Whether washing containers in hot water causes them to break down and release BPA the next time they’re used isn’t clear:Only a handful of studies have been conducted, and results are conflicting. While heating these plastics in the microwave hasn’t been studied, it’s not recommended. Anila Jacob, M.D., a scientist with the Environmental Working Group, says that we can assume there is increased leaching with any kind of heating.

The Bottom Line:Manufacturers currently aren’t required to label BPA, so there’s no way of knowing if it’s present in the plastics or cans you use. For now, the best way to reduce your exposure is to use stainless steel, glass or plastics labeled “BPA-free.” If you’re not sure about a product contact the manufacturer for more information.

Do you have concerns or comments about this post or about the use of plastic? Please post your comments.

Stainless steel water bottles can be found here: http://stores.ebay.com/puppiesandworms?refid=puppiesandworms

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