My Favorite Norwex Products

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was hosting a Norwex party.  I was surprised at the number of people who were unfamiliar with Norwex, so here's a quick description of the company (via their mission statement on their website).

Our mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

In a nutshell, Norwex--a direct sales company--offers environmentally-friendly products that are meant to not only improve cleaning but make the process easier!  I earned around $300 in party rewards (and had so much fun shopping!) so I thought I would share a few of my favorite Norwex products thus far.

(In no way am I being compensated for this post!  Just sharing a few faves.)

First and foremost are Norwex's top three sellers: the EnviroCloth, the Window Cloth, and the Dusting Mitt (which can be purchased altogether as part of the household package  - and are shown above in the top middle), These are the three products I've used for a couple of years now.  The EnviroCloth is made of microfiber and can be used to clean essentially anything - counter tops, walls stainless steel, carpet, windows, mirrors, etc. - and is meant to do so with only water!  Included is Norwex's BacLock technology, which is an antibacterial agent designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth within the product.  The microfiber is super dense and allows the cloth to pick up particles that a store-purchased microfiber cloth will not pick up.  The purpose of the Window Cloth is to shine surfaces like windows and mirrors.  I typically use this cloth after first using my Envirocloth on said surfaces.  It also includes the signature BacLock technology.  And finally, the Dusting Mitt is the last of three Norwex top sellers.  It can be used wet or dry and is ideal for quick, chemical-free dusting throughout your home.  I will say, dusting is one of my least favorite chores, but this sure makes it a lot easier!

Now, aside from Norwex's Top 3, here are five of my personal Norwex faves!

Chenille Hand Towel - This hand towel is just fun!  I love the color (it matches our kitchen perfectly), love the softness, and seriously, it just makes drying my hands so much more fun than an ordinary kitchen hand towel!  This, too, contains the BacLock technology which is supposed to help keep germs and bacteria from spreading!

Body Scrub Mitt - Although I still use my shower poof/loofah with body wash while taking a shower  (I just can't not use soap!), I use this body mitt as an exfoliator.  One side is very rough, while the other side is soft, and the rough side really helps to sluff off all those dead skin cells.

Body Cloths - Perhaps my most favorite product of all!  I use these things twice per day in lieu of facewash.  That's right--I haven't actually washed my face with anything but water for about four weeks now!  I love how these make my face feel and it's true, they somehow take off all of my makeup with just water!  Pre-Norwex, I went through facewash like crazy (a new bottle every 3 weeks?), so these things are going to save me bucco bucks in the long run!!  (Side note: I purchased the Make-Up Remover Cloths--same idea but specific for sensitive skin faces--at an earlier Norwex party and I don't love them.  I don't feel as if they remove my make-up like the body cloths and they have a much smaller surface area.)

Mighty Mesh Pot Scrubber - Although this is a pot scrubber, I do not (or have not anyway) used this on pots and pans.  I do, however, use it on our grill.  Craig and I stopped using those stainless steel grill brushes a couple of years ago after seeing a World News report about someone who swallowed a bristle and ended up in the ER.  (Those bristles can seriously destroy your stomach!)  But I had yet to find a decent alternative.  Until now.  Although this scrubber's primary use isn't for grills, that is a suggested use per Norwex's website and the handle makes it a perfect--and safe--option doing so!

Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls - And finally, these wool dryer balls.  Actually I'm still trying to decide if I 100% love these balls, but I do love the idea behind them!  They eliminate the need for dryer sheets (which are apparently really bad for your health and the environment?).  You use them over and over again (more money savings!) and they are meant to last about two years.  What I really love is that you can drop essential oils on them to make your laundry smell super good and give yourself the added benefits of the essential oils.

So there's my Top 5 list!  There are a number of other Norwex products I got as freebies and even more on my wishlist (the Bathroom Scrub Mitt, the Mattress Cleaner, and the EnviroWand, for instance).  If you have a favorite, I'd love to hear  what it is and how you use it!

T-Ball // Year 1

Take me out to the ballgame,
Take me out to the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
I don't care if I ever get back.

For it's root, root, root for the REBELS,
If they don't win it's a shame,

For it's 1, 2, 3 strikes you're out
at the old ball game!




It's official - we have real t-baller!  Brantley has participated in Mini & Me baseball through Olathe Parks & Rec for the past two summers, but that program required parent-involvement and it taught the kids fundamentals more than anything.  But this fall brings our first official chance to play ball--actual games, on an actual team, with acutal uniforms.  Brantley (and mommy and daddy) couldn't be more excited!

These are pictures from his first (of six) games.  He's on a team with quite a few neighbor kids and all of the dads help coach.  It's really the cutest thing ever.

And he played his little heart out, that's for sure.  He loved every minute.  (Note: Whatever the sport, somehow he always ends up on the ground.)

 He was concerned only about if The Rebels were winning.  We kept telling him it was tied and he would holler from the field, "Is it still tied?!"

He was also pretty proud of his "homerun".  In actuality, he was the last batter that inning so he got to run all of the bases.  In his mind, it was a homerun.  Duh. 

He also got to play "Salvy".  Salvy is the catcher for the Royals and one of Brantley's favorites.  A 4-year old in catcher's gear??  I can't even...

 Although you'd never know, he was not a fan of my photos.  All he wanted to do was play, watch, and cheer on his teammates.

One of his favorite parts was running the bases with his teammates after the game.  I mean, look at this face. 

I have a feeling this will be the first year of many baseball seasons to come.  I'm not at all sad about that.  I love seeing him so happy--in his element.  He makes me proud to be a boy mom and even prouder to be his mom.

Team Name: The Kansas City Rebels
Team Colors: Gray and Royal Blue
League: Pre-K/T-Ball
Where: Johnson County 3&2 Baseball Club
Head Coach: Coach Wade (with a number of other neighborhood dads)


Hi, friends!  This is my fourth blog post this week.  Say what?!?!??!?!??!??!  Things at school are calming down (read: becoming more routine) and I finally feel like my head is above the water once again.  I have officially made it through my first full week of teaching - of year 10!  So today, I'm going to share five things that are all school-related!

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This year, I have five sections of Honors Integrated Math II and one section of Math II Support.  Integrated Math II is a combination of geometry and algebra II--and for the second year in a row, I get to teach the honors sections!  It's a whole lotta fun teaching kids who enjoy math and who are good at it...and with five sections, that is obviously my main focus this year!  I also have one section of Math II Support, which is just what it sounds like.  A support class for kiddos who struggle.  The support class is taken in conjunction with their regular math class.  My goal is simply to help them to better understand the concepts and succeed.  It's funny--when I first started teaching, I hated the remedial classes.  They often include the kids who are the biggest discipline problems and these classes used to be the  worst parts of my day.  However, I have slowly grown to {semi} enjoy them.  They're easy to plan for, more laid back, and not so go-go-go like my other classes.  So although there are some days (and some kids) that still cause me to want to pull out my hair, for the most part, I have it pretty good this year!  Which works nicely for my upcoming maternity leave.

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Speaking of, I met with HR yesterday to work out those details.  Assuming Baby comes on or around his due date, I will be taking ten weeks off, plus the two weeks we get at Christmas.  So 12 weeks total.  My return date is set for Tuesday, February 21 - a mere three weeks before Spring Break.  I know it's going to be a rough transition back, but I am sooooo looking forward to those 12 bonus weeks off.  Except that I don't get paid for much of that's that. :( :(

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I sure do love all of the first day photos on Facebook and Instagram lately.  Meanwhile, Brantley doesn't start preschool for another two weeks!!  We've been asking him what he wants to be when he grows up.....mainly, so he doesn't say a snowman again. ;)  Stay tuned for his answer...

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I'm on the search for a new lanyard for my school ID and keys.  My old one is not only broken, but disgusting (see below).  So far, I haven't found anything I love - for the price anyway.  This pink Kate Spade one is cute and only $20...but I'm afraid the silicone will tear.  (I constantly swing my lanyard lifeguard-style.)  I also adore this leopard print Coach lanyard (after all, we are the Jaguars), but seriously $43?!  Or I could always get a new Vera Bradley one, but I'm kind of ready for something different.  Anyone out there have lanyard advice??  I definitely need something for an ID badge...

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And finally, a few teaching/math related memes to leave you with on this fine Friday.  Happy weekend!

Happy weekend, everyone!

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