our cleaning schedule + toddler chores

This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as usual. 

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Alright friends, let's talk cleaning. If you're anything like me, schedules are a way of life ;) and cleaning is no different! If I don't have a plan, it just won't happen. So, here's what our week usually looks like:

- Monday: Mondays are laundry day. All laundry. All on one day - I like to just get it over with and this way it feels like there's actually an END to the laundry.

-Tuesday: I vacuum the carpets, rugs and wood floors. With an almost 3-year-old and almost 1-year-old, our floors get so ridiculously messy. Not to mention, the almost 1-year-old LOVES to find every tiny (or large) speck and put it directly in her mouth rolls eyes. So ready for THAT stage to be over hah. I also try to lightly mop the laminate wood floors - milk spills, cooking spills, you name it. Our favorite mop is the Libman Wonder Mop (gets those floors squeaky clean) and is so easy to use - which is a huge plus when you have a toddler begging to help! I want to encourage him to serve and have a helpful heart as much as possible, so I love including him. We bought our Libman Wonder Mop at Target but they are also available at Lowes, Walmart and Home Depot.

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- Friday: On Fridays, I try to do something like clean out the car (HOW DOES SO MUCH CRAP ACCUMULATE IN LESS THAN A WEEK?!), vacuum the car, declutter the kitchen table (which also accumulates enormous amounts of crap), etc.

My bathrooms get cleaned like.. every 2 weeks. Maybe. Okay, let's be honest. They get cleaned when we have guests. HAHA. Bathrooms are my WORST nightmare. I genuinely hate them. If I could hire someone to just clean my bathrooms.. that would be a dream come true. Soo until then, they get done when they get done. And we use the Wonder Mop for those floors, too ;)

Clutter and messes seriously stress me out, so our house is decently clean most of the time simply because of that. We try to wipe the kitchen counters down, put toys away, load the dishwasher, etc every night after the kids go to bed (coming out to a dirty house in the morning just starts my day off on the wrong note). But anyways, all that to say, Mondays and Tuesdays are my major days for other stuffs. And it helps me not to feel like I'm cleaning nonstop all week!

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Silas has started helping me clean (he's my little neat freak - LOVE IT SO MUCH). These are the ways he helps right now:

- Transferring clothes from the washer to dryer (as I hand them to him)

- Loading clothes into the washer and pushing start

- Vacuuming (he LOVES to vacuum and does a great job! Plus we have a Dyson cordless one, so he really can do it all by himself. I typically just give him a room or direction for where to vacuum and he goes for it!)

-Mopping (as long as it's not too wet, he does a great job! And I love how easy it is for him to use the Libman Wonder Mop). It's lightweight AND I can toss the head in the washer - how stinkin' easy is that.

- Picking up toys

- Helping me cook (we use his Little Partners kitchen tower and he loves to help stir and bake and saute. My fave).

Anyways, I hope that's insightful or helpful to someone out there! What does your family do? Do you have a cleaning schedule? What are some of your favorite products?

PS - you can sign up here for The Libman Company's newsletter to get a $3 off coupon for a Wonder Mop of your own! Click here to enter a sweepstakes (where 20 people will win a Libman prize package comprised of some of your favorite Libman products)!

Love,

B

my top toddler must-have: a learning tower!

This post was sponsored by Little Partners; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Okay, who here reading this has a toddler? 

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I'm pretty sure a good number of you raised your hands. TODDLERS, #amiright. There's almost no way to fully explain or express what life is like with a 2 year old, but just know SOLIDARITY. We're all in this together and part of having each other's backs as moms, is sharing various lifehacks and other helpful gear/ideas/tips with our fellow soldiers. I mean, mothers. MOTHERS (even though sometimes, I really do feel like I'm in the trenches haha).

So with that in mind, here's my top gear recommendation right now: a Little Partner's Learning Tower! We were sent the Limited Edition one to review and I could hardly wait for it to get here. I'd seen learning towers featured in magazines before and online and I kept thinking how genius it was! Mainly because Silas LOVES to help me cook and most mornings/evenings, he would drag one of our kitchen chairs across the floor, push it right up against the stove and climb on. I mean, not only was I slightly concerned about him being that close to an open flame, but the chair would wobble around and he came THISCLOSE to falling off more times than I could count.

Enter the Learning Tower. It's SAFE. It allows Silas to feel "independent" but still be secure. It lets him participate alongside of us, especially in the kitchen and with cooking! There are so many opportunities to create and learn with our kids and I feel like I've probably missed some of those in the past, simply because of logistics.. he literally couldn't be a part of it. But that really has changed now!

A few facts about the Tower:

  • It's made with the highest-quality layered poplar and birch and is tested to hold up to 500lbs.

  • The platform height adjusts easily and can grow with your child, from 18 months-6 years.

  • It has a lead-free, non-toxic finish that cleans easily with a damp cloth.

Another bonus about the Limited Edition version is that it comes with an activity center on the outside of the tower, so Silas can use it as an easel and draw! Listen, y'all. I don't know if it's just my boy or all boys or this specific age, but Silas has the attention span of a gnat most days haha. So, I actually really like that he can switch back and forth between being up in the tower and helping to cook and getting back down to draw and color. We've also just used in the living room as an art station! It keeps him entertained and my sanity a little further intact.

I can't tell you how cute it was when Silas pushed the tower over to the counter yesterday morning and said, "I cook with Mommy! I cook eggs with Mommy!" AND THEN DID IT (insert crying emoji). He seriously scrambled his own eggs, you guys (with my supervision, of course) and I was just so dang proud of him! And I'm sure it won't be long before little miss V wants to join him up there ;)

Both of my babies, helpin' their mama in the kitchen.. well, that's pretty much what my dreams are made of.

Love,

B