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Saturday, November 28, 2015

My New Venture with Norwex

I started a new venture a few months ago as an Independent Consultant with Norwex.  The mission of Norwex is: Improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.  Essentially, creating a healthier environment for my family while saving time and money - win for all.

The core of the business is the Norwex Microfiber.  The Envirocloth is the all-purpose cleaning solution. I use it in the kitchen to clean my counters, appliances, cabinets and chairs.  My kids are super messy-ha! It's super fine microfiber picks up 99% of bacteria from a surface. It's more effective than vinegar or commercial cleaners.  Around the house, I use it on furniture, carpet, and upholstery.  In conjunction with the window cloth, it polishes mirrors and windows to a streak free shine.


These two are my reason.  The world is full of environmental toxins, and making our home safe is important to me.  Every morning they go to this window and wave goodbye to Jon when he leaves for work.  Since I clean with Norwex Envirocloths and Window Cloths, it's ok when they smoosh their little faces and hands (and sometimes snacks) on the window.  Plus, they can help me clean up.


Just in time for Christmas shopping and preparing your home for guests, I'm sharing a few of my favorites - and some deals!

The Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent - highly concentrated and free from phosphates and fillers.  So effective that you can use as little as a teaspoon in high efficiency machines.  Not just for laundry, I use it along with the Envirocloth for getting out tough stains around the house.  

Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls - If you are using dryer sheets, this is the perfect alternative.  Made of 100% wool, they reduce static and wrinkles, as well as minimizing drying time.  Dryer sheets are full of toxic chemicals that transfer to your clothes, and then onto your skin.  


The Dusting Mitt - Another way I get my kids to clean for me.  It's a microfiber mitten that produces a static charge to pick up the finest particles of dust.  Using furniture polish leaves a film of chemicals, which can transfer to your skin, and also attracts more dust.  
 If you're still with me - thank you! I'm hosting a virtual shopping party this weekend.  If you spend $75, you can get the Scrubby Envirocloth for only $5 (normally $18.99).  For more information, send me an email or check out my Facebook page.  My Norwex page is www.anngavin.norwex.biz.  The full product listing is on there.  I'm happy to answer any questions, and help you find the perfect products!






Thursday, November 19, 2015

Banana Breakfast Bars

I frequently make scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Thanks to the ever-changing moods of my little diners, there are some days I get zero eggs and other days I eat all three.  Add that to some discarded clementine sections and a few soggy cheerios and I have quite the balanced breakfast.  Feast or famine in the life of a mom.

These breakfast bars, however, are always a hit.  They are easy to make, using just one bowl and a baking dish.  They are healthy, containing no added sugar.  Best of all, they taste like banana bread.  We're lucky if a batch lasts us two days.

Banana Breakfast Bars
recipe modified from Crazy for Crust

Ingredients:
2 medium bananas; the riper, the better
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup old fashioned oats

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment or cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mash bananas.
Stir in coconut oil.
Add egg and vanilla.
Stir in salt, baking soda, flour and oats.
Spread in pan.
Bake for 18-22 minutes.  Cool completely before slicing.


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