Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Biggest Baby Shower + Giveaway

Hello everyone!  Hope you're doing well and having a great week!


Last week MB Green Cleaning participated in a huge event here in New York. The Biggest Baby Shower NYC organized by Big City Moms.  This event takes place here in the city and also Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Miami among other cities.
It was a great experience and looking to all those beautiful moms-to-be being so excited with the arrival of their new baby reminded me when I had my baby almost twelve years ago (wow, twelve years)!
Below are some pictures from the event and our booth. Hope you like them!








2 / 3 / 5 / 6 / 7 via Big City Moms
1 / 4 via MB Green Cleaning

A big thank you to Big City Moms and all the mommies who stopped by our booth for this amazing event!

And last but not least, we gave away a FREE CLEANING and the lucky mom who won is….

Rebeca Lodhi from the Upper West Side. We already have scheduled a cleaning visit and she will enjoy of a freshly clean home. Congratulations!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving tables

Hello everyone! Hope you're doing great!  I'm late with this week's post, you probably saw where I was on Wednesday on Instagram (I'll tell you all about that soon). 
Painted pumpkins with studs

I've always loved how people get so creative arranging their table for the holidays.  That is something that I just loooove! And even though we won't host a formal dinner for Thanskgiving I will probably still set the table nicer during that week, you know to get in the mood of Holidays. I'll be using these pumpkins my daughter and I made for hollowing.
Here are a few ideas I got from around the web, hope you like them and get inspired too!
PS: All pictures can be found on Pinterest



Fall Tablescape
Holiday cards for table setting

 


Make a Metallic Pumpkin Table Runner

DIY Garland- Give Thanks

How about you, are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner? How do you set your table? We'd love to hear from you!!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to clean your Dishwasher…

Hello everyone. Hope you all are having a great week!


Before being in the cleaning business it never occurred to me to clean some items around the house.  
After questioning myself if we should clean machines that are suppose to wash I've learned a few things, like you MUST wash your dishwasher and now it is a regular part of my cleaning routine.You see, often we take these machines for granted, thinking they do the job so why should we even bother, right? But the truth is that they build up dirt, food from dishes, minerals of water, etc, food and dirt gets stuck in every crevice of it making it not only unsafe for our health but also not performing at their best and leaving dishes dirty after each cycle.


Washing a dishwasher is a very simple process, just make a paste of baking soda and water and with the help of a sponge and a brush you can start scrubbing. Sometimes it requires a little more elbow grease depending on how dirty it is. 


I like to pour some vinegar in the detergent compartment to use while brushing.

Using a brush will help you to get to hard-to-reach places like this…

You can also use a toothpick for even harder-to reach places…
And don't forget the utensil container…
Also, the corners of door…
Add a cup of white vinegar on the bottom and run it on the hottest cycle. I also like to pour more vinegar in the detergent container to give a little extra when it opens during the cycle.

And here you go to a fresh clean dishwasher ready to to its job!



How about you… Do you have a different process to clean your dishwasher?  We all would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{very} Easy Halloween Project…


When my daughter was younger we used to DIY something together during the holidays and bring it to school so she would give it to her friends.  So every year during Valentine's Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc it meant craft time!  But since she is no longer a little girl and as she point it out she's now almost a tween that means no more craft to bring to school.
I love crafting/diy so much that I asked her if she would help me to make some Halloween candy boxes and give it to my team, so they can bring it to their kids this Friday! So we headed it to Michael's and grabbed a few items.


They had this pre-cut boxes, they were even pre-folded!



It was a very easy project, just assemble the pre-cut/pre-folded boxes, wrap the the pre-cut/pre-folded black paper and add the pictures and that's it. Then just fill it with candies!!
I think they look really cute and I'm hoping the kids will be happy when they receive this little boxes full of yummy candies.




Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!!!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Household products you should avoid… And how to replace them naturally {Part I}


Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week!  
People ask me all the time if the traditional cleaning and household products are really dangerous. The answer is definitely: Yes!  There are some items we use at home and don't realized how bad they are for our health. So here we go with the first one:

Air Refreshener

Let me start with a story, this is what happened to me… Many years ago I went to my friend's house and her home smelled really nice so I asked her what she used. She showed me a plug-in air refresher, so I got one immediately. BIG mistake! After a couple of weeks I couldn't understand why my daughter was just fine outside, at school, at the park, even in allergy season. But as soon as we got home she would start sneezing and got congested. I was like "this is so weird". Then it clicked me that this symptoms started just when I got the plug-in refresher so I checked what was inside this product and got rid of it as soon as I could.

According the EPA (Evironmental Protection Agency) the main ingredients in air refreshers are: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dicholrobenzene and aerosol propellants.

Formaldehyde:  exposure to this chemical may cause respiratory symptoms and eye, nose and throat irritation. 

Petroleum distillates: The exposure to this chemical may also cause eye, nose, throat irritation and also dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, dry skin, 

p-Dicholrobenzene: Exposure to this chemical may cause irritation to the eyes, skin and throat. Chronic exposure may be more harmful as it may result in effects in the liver.

Aerosol propellants: This is a type of dispensing system. Basically the liquid is under pressure allowing to get out only in small amount or mist. If it's near fire or high temperature it could exploit.

Now the good news… You can replace it with an all natural air refresher using only TWO ingredients: Water and essential oil.

You will need:
Distill water
Essential oil
A spray bottle



1. Mix distill water with 15 to 20 drop of your favorite essential oil
2. Shake


3. You already have your Natural Air Refresher


Yes, it is that easy :)


Do you have an idea to make your own air refresher?  Please share it with us, we all would love to learn from you!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkins…

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week so far!


I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner! And even though I do not like the cold weather (I'm a summer kind of girl :)  I do love the holiday round during this time of the year. Starting with Halloween! It is my daughter's favorite and she starts planning on her custom the same day, Oct 31st… for the following year!!
She and I did a little project with pumpkins this week and we both love how it turned out!

First we washed them (I read on the internet it preserves the pumpkin life)

And a quick trip to Michaels to get some paint and decoration. Although, trips to Michaels are never 'quick' with her, ha!

We painted one of each color and decorated them with the studs making different patterns…




It was a very simple project and we had so much fun doing it together! I especially love the white and light gray… Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela