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I made a decision a few weeks ago, and it’s hopefully the beginning of a journey that I will be able to share with you all.

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I do not have a lifelong history of struggling with my weight. I was a “healthy” weight in high school, and a “healthy”-ish weight when I became pregnant. After my son was born, I gradually made it back down towards my “healthy”-ish weight. No one at my doctor’s office has ever commented on my weight, nor on my exercise habits. I love to eat and I love to cook. What I have is an almost lifelong history of a healthy body image.

I do not struggle with my weight.

I struggle with perception.

I struggle with acceptance.

I struggle with genetics.

I struggle with the media and the never-ending messages that seep into my brain and into my consciousness and tell me that my body isn’t good enough. That I need to have this shape or that shape. Larger boobs, smaller boobs, larger butt, smaller butt. Whatever, it goes on and on.

So the decision is this: Take better care of myself. Pay attention to what I’m feeding my body instead of mindlessly consuming. Focus on the wonderful parts – the parts I love and that are uniquely mine. This is my body and I know it’s awesome, and I want to treat it that way. With it I grew a child, nourished that child, hug that child and everyone else that is so important in my life. This is about recognizing that I could take better care of myself, that I deserve to take better care of myself. That I can continue to think that society’s standards on beauty and fitness, and in general what women are supposed to be/look/feel, are messed up, while still taking care of myself.

So, here’s to making a decision and the beginning of what is hopefully a wonderful journey!

Also, for the record, I think that society’s standards of how men are supposed to be/look/feel are pretty messed up too.  While I’m mentioning it, if you haven’t seen Miss Representation, I think you should.  It’s available on Netflix or to watch here for a small price.

I’d love to hear more about your own journey with health and body love!


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Lucky for you I’ve been letting my tub get especially grimy just so I could show you how I got it sparkling clean! (Yeah, that’s the ticket! LOL)

I was on one of my mommy Facebook groups recently and came across a post about how to clean your bathtub with just vinegar and Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. We have one of those “newer” tubs made from acrylic (I think) and I never know what to clean it with. I’ve had some luck with Bon Ami, but I was hoping for something easier and more effective.

Here’s my modified version of a homemade bathtub cleaner that works!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup white vinegar
  • 1 Cup Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
  • An empty spray bottle (mine is 24 oz)

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What to do:

  1. Warm up vinegar in the microwave (I put mine in for just over 1.5 minutes, adjust according to your microwave)
  2. Add warm vinegar to bottle (mine had measurement markers on the side which made this quite easy)
  3. Add Dawn Diswashing Liquid to sprayer bottle
  4. Shake
  5. Spray mixture onto bathtub, bathtub walls, faucet, shower curtain liner and anywhere you’d like to clean.
  6. Wait 1-2 hours (I forgot until 3 hours later and it still worked)
  7. Use a wet cloth to wipe/scrub the yuckies away.
  8. Sit back and admire your handiwork!

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner that Works - Marvy Moms

Some warnings:

  • The vinegar makes this VERY stinky. Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. Run the fan, open windows and doors, just get the air moving.
  • Make sure you get a spray bottle that has a “mist” setting. Mine didn’t have one, and I had to spray more to cover everything. The straight sprayer also caused a ricochet effect and I got squirted in the eye. Ouch!
  • Keep your kids and pets out of the room while you spray and as it’s setting in to avoid breathing it in too much or from getting accidentally sprayed.
  • You can use this on more than the tub, however, this stuff gets sudsy while you’re wiping it off, so don’t spray anywhere that you wouldn’t want to soak to remove all residue (like the floor which would become slippery–I learned the hard way).
  • There is still some elbow grease required with this, albeit far less than with other cleaners I’ve tried. I think it helped that I used a microfiber cloth. I got mine from Sam’s Club a few years back, but they look exactly like these from Amazon. I use them for everything! Great as burp clothes for babies too!

Bonus: I usually throw away my shower curtain liner once it turns pink with water stains, but this time I just cleaned it up and it’s as good as new!

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Just look at that sparkle!

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner - Marvy Moms

Give it a try! What works on your tub?


7/13/14 Sunday Paper Coupon Preview – 2 Inserts

July 9, 2014
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There are two inserts for Sunday July, 13th. Please note that there are no scheduled coupon inserts for Sunday July, 20th, so go have fun at the beach to get ready for four inserts on Sunday July, 27th! My top picks for this week are Colgate $0.50/1 Toothpaste 3.4oz (doubled at my local grocery store) […]

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What’s in a Name? Help Abbie Name Her Next Baby!

July 7, 2014
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My husband and I are planners. So, obviously we want to plan ahead and pick a baby name. Now, like any little girl, I thought of a ton of names that I absolutely loved and said that I will name my child that no matter what my husband says. Did you hear that whoosh? Because that […]

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DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant

July 6, 2014
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By now you may or may not have heard about this whole make-your-own-deodorant trend.  I ditched conventional deodorant about four years ago and really only wear it a couple of times a year – usually when I’m wearing a fancy dress. This recipe is super simple.  Here’s what you need:  Coconut Oil (I like the […]

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11 Resources for Preschool Printables

July 5, 2014
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Summer is here, and that means finding things to do to keep our kids excited about learning and getting them ready for the next school year. I’ve been looking everywhere for some preschool workbooks that we can use to practice things like coloring, tracing, matching, cutting, pasting, etc… Most books I’ve found have a few […]

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7/6/14 Sunday Paper Coupon Preview – P & G Insert Only

July 2, 2014
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Only one coupon insert this week, from P&G. Finally a good coupon for Head & Shoulders ($5/2 Full Size Product). And with the Tide Oxi Buy One Get One Free (Max Value $12.99), I just may have to try it! The Tampax $1/1 16ct+ is just in time since I’m almost out (Sorry, tmi). Pampers […]

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The Boulder Holder Predicament — DIY Bra Fix

June 28, 2014
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Let me set the scene. We are at a local farm and play attraction, Long Acre Farms. I bend over to get something out of my bag and I hear a weird tear/crack. I think “Oh dang, I must have ripped my tank top. No biggie.” Yeah, well I started feeling a poke under my boob […]

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6/29/14 Sunday Paper Coupon Preview – 2 Inserts

June 25, 2014
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There are two coupon inserts this week: RedPlum and SmartSource. I know it will make my husband happy if I use the Jimmy Dean $0.55/1 Any Product coupon this week! He loves their breakfast sandwiches. My favorite is the Colgate $1/1 Total, Optic White, Max Fresh or Sensitive Toothpaste 3.4oz+. It’s the only toothpaste I use […]

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Keeping Him Close

June 24, 2014
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My son has always been a cuddler. Really, since he was born, he loved being held and squeezed a bit and smooched on. It’s one of the big reasons we ended up bed-sharing, but that’s a different post. This is us, three years ago, cuddling at the play museum.   It’s been on my mind […]

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