6 Quick & Easy Homemade Cleaner Tips To Save You Money

6 Quick & Easy Homemade Cleaner Tips

1. USE APPS TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE

There’s SO MUCH bad stuff out there that it’s hard to tell what’s good and what’s harmful or unnecessary, especially with “greenwashing” being so prevalent. Companies are constantly trying to trick us by renaming chemicals and lobbying to have harmful chemicals categorized as “fragrance.”

If you are in our “Clean Healthy Family Hacks” Facebook group you have seen us talk about the “Think Dirty” app. It helps us avoid a lot of harmful products out there and it eventually lead to us making our own cleaning products. All you do is scan the barcode on the item or type in the product name and it’ll give you the rating for it, show you which chemicals are harmful in it, and you can see alternatives. Here’s what the app looks like:Think Dirty App

We also use another app. The Environmental Working Group’s app is pretty amazing as well. It allows you to have more than 78,000 personal care product safety profiles right from your phone. It works very similarly to Think Dirty’s app except it allows you to scan FOOD as well. That addition alone has helped us out a ton when choosing the best food products for our family outside of fruits and veggies. We get those from Misfits Market and if you want to check that out and get a big discount on your first order then you can use this code: COOKWME-SW2FUV. We LOVE saving on organic produce!

 

2. START WITH HAND SOAP

The safest way to stay toxin-free is to make your own cleaners. We use our hand soap more than any other cleaner in our home. So let’s start there. Just TWO ingredients and our soap is mixed! We like foaming hand soap so we bought foaming soap dispensers and put them in wide-mouth mason jars. We looked around a good bit to find the best deal on mason jars and Amazon had the best deal on them. We got our foaming soap dispensers and castile soap from Amazon as well.

PRO TIP: You can decorate your mason jars for the seasons and there are TONS of ideas on Pinterest.

THINGS YOU NEED:

  1. 1-2 tablespoons castile soap (choose a scent that you love – we like lavender!) 2 tablespoons for 8 ounces of water.
  2. Filtered tap water
  3. Wide-mouth Mason Jars
  4. Foaming dispensers for wide-mouth mason jars

HOW TO MIX:
Pour them both into a wide-mouth mason jar with foaming dispenser and mix well.

WHERE WE GET THEM:
Mason Jars – Amazon
Castile Soap – Amazon
Foaming Dispensers – Amazon

3. ALL PURPOSE SPRAY

The spray cleaner we use the most is our all-purpose spray and it’s super easy and super inexpensive to make too. When you compare the cost of this spray to any store bought all-purpose cleaner it’ll blow your mind how much you’ll be saving AND you are removing lots of harmful chemicals and toxins from your home at the same time.

It can be used almost anywhere EXCEPT on marble and granite because of the vinegar. We have another cleaner for that on the next page.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  1. 1 1/4 Cups Water
  2. ½ Cup White Vinegar
  3. 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (we use lemon & clove)

HOW TO MIX:
Pour it all into a GLASS spray bottle (you want to do that because of the oils).

WHERE WE GET THEM:
Glass Spray Bottles – Amazon
Lemon Essential Oil – Amazon
Clove Essential Oil – Amazon
White Vinegar – $1 Store or Wal-mart

4. MARBLE & GRANITE SPRAY

This is a super awesome and very simple mix to make. When we started using this mix we were shocked at how clean our granite counter tops turned out! Also, If you haven’t noticed yet, castile soap is dabomb.com. We use it a ton!

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  1. 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  2. 1 1/2 cups water
  3. 1 teaspoon castile soap (citrus scented castile soap is great for this)

HOW TO MIX:
Pour it all into a GLASS spray bottle.

WHERE WE GET THEM:
Glass Spray Bottles – Amazon
Rubbing Alcohol – Any Dollar Store
Castile Soap – Amazon

5. GLASS & MIRROR SPRAY

Throw out the Windex and mix up this gem! I have NEVER liked the smell of Windex. Now you can scent your window cleaner with whichever oils you want. We use peppermint.

PRO TIP: You can dye your cleaners with food coloring. We recently decided to put a drop of blue food coloring in our window and glass cleaner to help distinguish it from the others. We recommend trying out a test spray on a paper towel first to make sure you don’t use too much dye.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  4. 3 drops peppermint essential oil

HOW TO MIX:
Pour it all into a GLASS spray bottle (you want to do that because of the oil).

WHERE WE GET THEM:
Glass Spray Bottles – Amazon
Rubbing Alcohol – Any Dollar Store
Peppermint Essential Oil – Amazon
White Vinegar – $1 Store or Wal-mart

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Protein Pancakes With ONLY 3 Ingredients

I’m not the cook in our family. My wife takes the cake on that one. See what I did there? 😉 I can; however, cook up a few healthy easy-to-make things in the kitchen. One in particular is protein pancakes that I’ve had multiple times in the past couple weeks. They’re simple, quick, and don’t leave much of a mess at all. Here’s the “whatcha need” and the “how to”:

INGREDIENTS:

  1. One Scoop of any flavor shake (Vanilla is our favorite)
  2. An egg
  3. Two Tablespoons of Water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, pour in your shake, your egg, and your two tablespoons of water.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Pour into your cooking pan.
  4. Cook to desired golden or browness! 🙂

That’s it! Really… it’s that easy!

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We Are ALL IN For 2016! Are You!?

2016 New Year Resolutions AdvoCare

We are nearing the end of the holiday season and I hope that you have slowed down enough to enjoy your time with family and friends. We have been blessed many times over in 2015 including our greatest blessing, the birth of Camille!

As we reflect on 2015, we consider ourselves blessed as we remember all of the families we had the pleasure of helping pursue their health and fitness goals each and every day. In addition to helping families with those goals, we have also helped numerous other families begin to replace incomes so that they can have complete time and financial freedom so that they can live life on their terms and with their loved ones. We are always looking for more people that want the same thing. So if that’s YOU or you know someone that is looking for the same thing, let us know and we can help you make 2016 the best year yet!

With that in mind, we are ready for January 2016!  January is always the perfect time of year to refocus and rededicate ourselves to living healthy and happy. We hope that you will decide to join us in this Nationwide 24 Day Challenge.  We all know the AdvoCare products make a difference in people’s lives day in and day out. The two core products we continue to use every day are Spark and the Metabolic Nutrition System, which at full retail are ONLY $4.78 a day! Most people spend more than that on Starbucks, sodas, and junk food throughout the day.

Here are some results from some of our friends that have had success joining us in the past:

Our friend Emily has gone on to lose over 30 pounds and 3 pants sizes!

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Our friends Bert & Debbie completely transformed in just a year:

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Our friends Maggie has gone on to lose 60 pounds, 6 pant sizes, and has kept it off for over a year, and gained energy to keep up with her 3 children:

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So here’s the deal with the Nationwide All In Challenge:

The Challenge Begins Jan 11th

THERE’S FREE STANDARD SHIPPING

Pre-ordering ends 12 p.m. CT January 4, 2016.

AdvoCare All In Challenge 2016

Here’s a little run down on the “All-In Challenge”:
AdvoCare 24 Day ChallengeThe 24-Day Challenge Includes
  • 24-Day Challenge® Daily Guide
  • One box of Herbal Cleanse
  • One box of AdvoCare® Fiber
  • One bottle of OmegaPlex®
  • Two boxes of AdvoCare Spark®
  • One box of MNS® 3, C or E
  • One box of Meal Replacement Shake

AND WHILE SUPPLIES LAST AND EXCLUSIVELY WITH PRE-ORDERS!

ADVOCARE FREE EXTRAS

  • FREE Limited Edition Blender Bottle
  • FREE All-In Wristband
  • FREE Meal Prep Containers
  • Exclusive First-Look at the Digital Cookbook
  • FREE Standard Shipping

We hope that you will decide to join us and thousands of others for the All In Challenge. The more the merrier and it’s always easier to do a Challenge with a large group of people!

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Cyber Monday? NO… CYBER WEEK!

AdvoCare Cyber Monday

Whoever came up with the idea of Cyber Monday is a genius! The way everything is moving online now that was a great idea. It keeps you from having to get around the Black Friday mess (the long waits, the crowds, etc.). It also allows you to order form your own home and have items shipped directly to your front door and most of the time within 2 days of ordering. Know what’s even MORE genius!? How about CYBER WEEK! That’s right – an ENTIRE week of discounts! That’s what AdvoCare just shocked us with and we learned very early on that when they say “limited quantities” or “while supplies last” they mean it. As I’m writing this post they’ve already run out of the sale price quantity on one of our all time favorite products, Catalyst. :..( Good thing we ordered a bunch today. The latest these items will be available if this Friday, December 4th, but don’t wait around because…

ONCE THE SALE QUANTITIES ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE!

AdvoCare Spark Cyber Monday CanistersI’m a numbers guy, so when I did the math this is what I came up with: Mariah and I use Spark EVERY day (2-3 times per day each). That’s 4-6 scoops total per day. Right now Spark canisters are $7 OFF. That’s INSANE! We stocked up on Spark because knowing we are going to use it every day it makes sense to get it now instead of spending $7 more per canister later on something we know we are going to purchase anyway. We go through a canister a week at our house (4 per month). By getting them now we can save another $28 a month just on our Spark! There are 52 weeks per year and by purchasing now at $7 off per canister we can be saving ourselves $364 on just our Spark!!! Say what!?

AdvoCare Spark Cyber Monday Stick PacksSimilarly, we go through a lot of stick packs on road trips. Instead of paying for them at our 40% discount we decided to get them now while they are discounted even more knowing that we are going to buy a ton of boxes throughout the year. It just makes sense to purchase these products knowing we are going to get them anyway. It’s like purchasing super discounted groceries ahead of time knowing you’re going to eat them in the near future.

Still, always only purchase what you can afford, but also be financially wise and save yourself money on something you’re going to be purchasing anyway..

The absolute BEST deal of them all is that OTG (On The Go) is on SUPER SALE! It’s $25 off the regular price! We just loaded up on these BIG TIME before they sell out for good. Just look at that sale!!!

AdvoCare OTG On The Go Cyber Monday

Two of the other products on sale right now are the Holiday Meal Replacement Shakes and folks, let me just tell you that these are the BEST two flavors hands down! You can make SO MANY things with them including fudge, pancakes, etc. They’re $10 OFF right now and when they’re gone they won’t be back until about this time next year! Look below to see some awesome recipes with the shakes…

AdvoCare White Chocolate Peppermint Meal Replacement Shakes Cyber Monday

White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Fudge is my FAVORITE! Here’s the recipe: Protein Fudge

AdvoCare Protein Fudge
White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Pancakes!!!

AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake Protein Pancakes

We have also made Protein Ice Cream!

Protein Ice Cream

Protein Fudge Recipe! (ONLY 4 Ingredients)

AdvoCare Protein Fudge

Everyone that knows my wife knows that she’s an AMAZING cook! In addition to cooking incredible healthy Paleo meals she’s also made some Paleo desserts; however, she’s not the only dessert chef in this household! 😉 I’ve been eating pretty strict Paleo for the past 5 years now and any opportunity that I have to make a healthy or even “semi-healthy” dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth then I’m going to make it! My favorite healthy desserts seem to always revolve around figuring out ways to use more of our products and lately I’ve done just that by making “easy to make” PROTEIN FUDGE!!! This is by far the best one I’ve made yet and it only takes FOUR INGREDIENTS!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melt it in microwave… usually takes 30 seconds to completely melt it)
  • 4 scoops Vanilla or Chocolate Protein powder
    • Just a heads up… the BEST protein flavor we have tried so far is the Vanilla. IT’S DELICIOUS!!!
  • 5 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL: “Enjoy Life” Chocolate Morsels

STEPS:

  • Pick your protein flavor here first -> Vanilla or Chocolate Protein
  • In a small bowl mix all the above ingredients and stir until it’s beginning to come to a paste. It doesn’t take long, but you want to make sure that the coconut oil is mixed in really well.
  • Then pour the ingredients into an 8×8 glass baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it begins to solidify.
  • Take the fudge out of the freezer and remove it from the dish by lifting the parchment paper.
  • Place the parchment paper and fudge onto a cutting board and using either a pizza cutter or a knife, cut the fudge into your desired shapes.
  • Place the cut fudge into a cover dish or Tupperware container and store in freezer until you’re ready to eat it!

Here are some photos of the fudge from us and our friends:

 

AdvoCare Protein Fudge

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Launchapalooza 2.0 Is Where It’s At!?

AdvoCare Launchapalooza

Last year we had Launchapalooza 1.0, which was incredible! Several new products were released and all of them were incredible. This summer AdvoCare has decided to run Launchapalooza 2.0 and there have already been some awesome NEW releases and some oldies but goodies brought back!

AdvoCare On The Go OTG OnTheGo Official sports drink of major league soccer MLSThe first BIG surprise was that OTG (OnTheGo) was made available to consumers instead of just on the Major League Soccer sidelines! Let me tell ya’… DELICIOUS! I like all of them, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be Orange and I think Mariah’s would be Mango Pineapple. We went through the first few boxes so fast that we just ordered more today. We have been told that they’ll sell out for quite some time with the last remaining cases available until this Thursday June 18th. So if you’re going to order, ORDER FAST!

The next big surprise was the change to the distributor kit. When someone enrolls for the wholesale discount they now get THREE boxes of Spark instead of one box of Spark and one of Slam! That’s nearly $70 of retail product, a 20% discount. your own microsite to order whenever you want AND the ability to earn extra income for JUST $79 with ZERO monthly minimums, auto-ships, monthly fees, etc.! I have always said that it was an absolute no-brainer to enroll for the discount before, but now it REALLY is!

Advocare Distributor Kit Become an Advocare DIstributor ADVOCARE DISCOUNT
The latest product release came today in the form of the AdvoCare Peach Bars! This is the “oldie, but goodie” product! I remember these from when I started using AdvoCare products. They became unavailable for quite a while, but today they have just made a big comeback! Mariah has never had one so we made sure we ordered some of this “limited time only” bar TODAY! You do not want to miss out on these tasty snacks!

AdvoCare Launchapalooza Perfectly Peach Bar Peach Snack Bar

Green Apple Spark IS BACK!

When Green Apple Spark® was first released everyone went crazy over it (It’s what Mariah calls her “Happy Mommy Juice”). However, before we knew it the site said “Temporarily Out of Stock,” but it wasn’t why we thought. It wasn’t immediately restocked because Green Apple Spark® was coming back NEW & IMPROVED! So now, the moment we’ve been waiting for is HERE! Green Apple Spark® disappeared for a while only to come back in much smaller canisters and still in the easy to pour packets!!! It now has less volume, less calories, less carbohydrates, and still tastes EXACTLY the same and offers the identical effect of long lasting, healthy energy!  So we can get stick packs and new smaller canisters now! You mix both versions with the same amount of water and enjoy the same benefits and great taste! This will be super helpful with travel and portability.

AdvoCare green apple spark
For those of you that haven’t had Spark® yet, here’s the rundown: It sharpens mental focus, allows fast acting and long-lasting energy, contains over 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients designed to synergistically provide a healthy, balanced source of energy AND IT’S SUGAR-FREE!!! This amazing product serves as an all-in-one solution that gives you a quick boost of energy that lasts for hours.

advocare watermelon pink lemonade sparkNot only is Green Apple Spark® back in smaller canister, but Pink Lemonade and Watermelon are too!!! All the flavors are coming out in the new smaller canisters and stick packs soon and are being phased in sporadically. With it being summertime and being out in the sun, Pink Lemonade mixed with Mango Pineapple Rehydrate is my jam! I like to mix my Spark® and Rehydrate flavors just like I used to mix my Kool-aid when I was a kid. Watermelon Spark® is another favorite flavor of mine. This was yet another flavor that when first released in canisters SOLD OUT in less than an hour. I was not fast enough on the draw to score one, but now that they are back for good, you better believe we will always have this one on hand and now that they are available in the new canisters, we can enjoy the same effects and flavor with fewer calories and carbs!

advocare fruit punch sparkBUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Like I said, all flavors will be available in the strip packs soon and Green Apple was the first flavor that debuted them. Well, now they have just released Mango Strawberry and my all-time favorite flavor FRUIT PUNCH!!! Did you like the taste of fruit punch Kool-aid as a kid? Well then you’ll probably like the taste of Fruit Punch Spark®!

A lot of my former coffee drinking friends, including my wife, have completely dumped the pot of day coffee habit and now just drink Spark®.

Did I mention you can get all these amazing products at a 20-40% DISCOUNT!? It’s an absolute no-brainer because you get over $58 in retail product just for enrolling as a wholesale customer at the 20% discount without the worry of monthly fees, auto-ships, monthly minimums to keep your discount, etc. It’s much like a Sam’s Club or Costco membership except you get so much more! Knowing how much I love Spark® made it very easy for me to decide to get it at a discount.