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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Weekend

Miranda and I had a pretty good weekend.

It started with me getting paid for some work I did last week. I helped an old friend insulate a room in Madison Thursday and Friday. It was some HOT work. I sweat so much I stopped sweating. Ever done that? Its scary. When you quit sweating, you start shaking and getting weak and your heart beats faster... I guess its the beginning of dehydration. But with me being in the medical field, I recognized it quickly. I stopped, went to a cooler downstairs room, drank a bottle of water and ate a banana. Within 5 minutes I was ok. Whew...

We rented two movies Friday night from redbox.com. We got "From Paris With Love" with John Travolta. AWESOME action movie. Travolta is a BADA$$ and he's hilarious. We also got Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. Very good movie. We recommend both of them highly.

Saturday I got out in the inferno we call the great outdoors and cut the grass. Wow. Please refer to the paragraph before last and reference the sweating part. :) After I finished, showered and recuperated, Miranda's twin sister, her husband and their two little munchkins came to visit. Wes and I grilled hotdogs and drank some ice-cold Coors Light. After dinner it was time for the fight... the UFC fight, that is. What better wat to spend a relaxing Saturday night than to watch a bunch of men go toe-to-toe and beat the dog out of each other?

Well, Saturday came and went and Sunday peeked its head into our lives. We left the house and went to my parents place where Daniel, my photographer step-brother, took our pregnancy pictures. He's pretty good. We got some great shots of 'the belly.'

We came home, watched some TV, Miranda napped, we went and visited some good friends at their new home, came home again, played Phase 10, ate dinner, watched Transformers, and here I am... finally arriving at the present.

Sorry this post wasn't as humorous as they usually are. After this weekend, I just didn't have any comedic energy left after using it all on a "uh-oh'ing" 18 month old. The bring side is that I usually refresh fairly quickly. I'll post again in a couple of days and make you all giggle.

Word to your mother...


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Seventh Generation Review & Giveaway


Recently, Meghan at Seventh Generation (SG) sent me 2 boxes of full size SG products to test and review.

Miranda and I have been trying to be as green as possible lately by switching all of our light bulbs from regular bulbs to the new CFLs, we switched to a tankless water heater and got new central heat and air units. What better way to keep the green trend going by trying and using green products from a reputable green company?

I was sent the following items:
Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Pacs (15 ct) (F&C)
Disinfecting Wipes (35 ct) (F&C)
Natural 2x Concentrated Laundry Detergent (He) (F&C)
Natural Fabric Softener (F&C)
Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner (F&C)
Natural All Purpose Cleaner (F&C)
Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
Natural Dish Liquid (F&C)
Natural 100% Recycled Paper Towels
SG Tote

In case you are wondering what the (F&C) means on most of the above listed items, it stands for Free & Clear... it MEANS that these F&C items are truly free and clear of fragrances and dyes. Let me tell ya... they mean it. :) The unscented items really are unscented. Unlike some of the other fragrant 'unscented' items you can buy.

Here's a picture of all the items that were sent to my home. Well, almost all of them. The paper towels are all gone and the tote is in use. I'll post pics of all the items as I review them so you can see them.

Below I will review each product, give an overall statement and finally I'll rate each one on a 10-scale.
Let's begin...

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Pacs (15 ct) (F&C)
The picture shows a Lemon scent, but mine was F&C. 
They look and feel like other detergent pacs and they work pretty well.
The first time we used one we noticed that our dishes weren't clean after the first - and second - wash. We initially thought they didn't work, but we quickly realized that they worked fine, we just forgot to rinse out an exceptionally dirty dish.

Overall: These are great. They don't clean any better then other pacs, but they are green. That makes them worth it. Thumbs up!
Rating: 9/10

Disinfecting Wipes (35 ct) (F&C)
These are great! They have a slight Lemongrass and Thyme scent. If you aren't a fan of those scents, don't fret - the scent fades very quickly. Scent is usually gone in less then 3-5 minutes. Don't let that fool you... these wipes kill 99.99% of household germs. Especially Influenza A, Salmonella and Pseudomonas.
How awesome is that? With twin sons coming that is a HUGE plus!

Overall: Love them! 
Rating: 10/10

Natural 2x Concentrated Laundry Detergent (He) (F&C)
Free and Clear! Absolutely no scent here. 
Cleans just as well as your normal detergent but is WAY safer for the environment.
I cut grass one day and my socks were tinged green when I was finished.
I popped them into the washer with this detergent and 50 minutes later my socks were actually whiter than if I would have used my normal detergent. I'd say that's pretty good.
If you are one of those who just HAVE to have a fresh clean scent, this may not be for you.
But there's always perfume or cologne. :)

Another good thing... this item is safe for High Efficiency (He) machines like ours.

Overall: Love it! Plain and simple. I do like fragrance though. The lack of scent is the only downside to this item.
Rating: 9/10

Natural Fabric Softener (F&C)
 This fabric softener actually does what it says. It makes your clothes softer. Most fabric softeners nowadays just take out static and leave a nice scent. But that's all you're paying for with those items... scent and lack of static electricity in your clothes. But these... these actually soften! I was shocked.
This item is a must. Its F&C, but it does what it says! And in a world where products DON'T do what they say they do, this item is a keeper!! Not to mention that this item is also safe for He machines.
Overall: Amazing. Does what it says. A true must-have!
Rating: 10/10

Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner (F&C)
 This plant-derived solution cleans glass pretty well, although sadly only about 90% as good as another un-named brand. I do like that this item is F&C. I hate chemicals and their smells. So, in all honesty I think I would possibly switch to this product. We ARE all about 'green' and natural these days. Safety has become a priority in the household now that we're expecting twins.

Overall: Doesn't get glass quite as clean as other products, but the F&C aspect of it puts it ahead of the other glass cleaners out there.
Rating: 8/10

Natural All Purpose Cleaner (F&C)
 Great as a degreaser! Compared to other products of its kins, this one really holds its own.
Our flat-top stove is constantly greasy. This item, coupled with the paper towels I'll review in a minute, is a slam dunk. Its also F&C which is a HUGE plus in the all-purpose category. You all know how other products like this are overpowering. Not this one. Its also biodegradable and non-toxic! How can it get any better??

Overall: Wonderful product. Will most likely switch to this item.
Rating: 10/10

Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
"Kills over 99.99% of household germs, specifically: Influenza A, H1N1, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli" 
I thought I'd start out with a quote on this one. Straight from the SG website.
This item has the Lemongrass/Thyme scent but again, it only lasts a couple of minutes. Personally, I really like the fragrance. It smells natural and clean.
Of course no one has a household germ tester. At least we don't. But if it cleans and kills germs as well as it says, we have found a new multi-surface cleaner.
The naturalness of this product plus its ability to kill all that it does is a winner!

Overall: Great product. May become a staple in our home.
Rating: 9/10

Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
 Personally, I did not try this item - Miranda did.
I asked her how she liked it and she said it was fine. She said it cleaned just like our other bathroom cleaners did but without the harsh chemical smells. That's all I needed to hear. Cleans just as well without searing your nose hairs! Beautiful.
Overall: If my wife likes it, I like it. :)
Rating: 10/10

Natural Dish Liquid (F&C)
 I love this one. 
It cleans better than our regular dish detergent. How about that??
It's amazing that something green can do what it does. Mother nature is a beautiful woman!
Its very slippery - way more so than regular dish detergents. So be careful when handwashing your plates and such. It also cleans very oily (read: car oil) hands very well. I was truly amazed at its ability to do all that it did.

Overall: It tempts me to start handwashing our dishes more often. Great item!!
Rating: 10/10

Natural 100% Recycled Paper Towels
 Now, I was just sent one roll, not 8. And the roll I got was brown in color, not white.
These are really good. Like a friend of mine said... they don't look like much, but they work quite well.
They don't soak up liquids as much as other brands and that's a little on the negative side.
But they are 100% recycled and that's the main point, right? GREEN!!

I've got to give them a slightly lower rating ONLY because of the fact that they need to soak up more liquids. But other than that, I like them. And the brown color is a conversation piece. :)

Overall: Be a little more absorbent and you've go a customer for life.
Rating: 7/10

SG Tote
 Not really sure if I was supposed to review this item but I will anyway.
A great item to have. Its very strong and the best part is, it keeps excess paper and plastic out of our landfills.
In that respect, it could possibly be one of the more important items I reviewed. :)

Overall: What can I say? It's a tote alright. (wink)
Rating: 10/10 (as far as totes go)

I want to thank Meghan and Seventh Generation for allowing me to test and review these items. You have a plethora of great items in your inventory. All of which are as good or better than the current name brand items. Your company is doing so much good for our environment. I hope you continue to do so and never forget what your mission is. Keep the earth healthy for as long as we can.
I invite EVERYONE to go to the SG website and read all about them. This truly is a pioneering company.
Long live Seventh Generation!!

Now... for the moment you've all been waiting for...

Its Giveaway Time

Up for grabs is the exact same two boxes of items that I reviewed.
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I don't know what the retail value of this package is, but I can tell you its a good chunk.
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