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Green Smoothies Kids Love

Peeps, seriously, this protein powder that I talked about in this post has revolutionized our world in terms of the kids drinking green smoothies.  My son has always been willing to drink whatever smoothie I make, because I started him on them when he started eating those foods.  My girls are new to this world and haven't been fans.  Until now.  All 3 of them are literally pounding an entire kids cup and asking for more every time.  Here's my favorite recipe for it:

1-1.5 scoops of protein powder
3-4 cups/big handfuls frozen spinach or kale
1/4 c frozen raspberries (mostly to change the color to purple!)
1 banana
2ish cups water
1ish cup of ice

Blend with your blender of choice until it's nice and smooth and there are no green chunks!
Put in a cup with one of these smoothie straws and my kids pound them like it's candy.  I cut them in half for friendly kid sizes, then wash them in the dishwasher and reuse them.
I've got a VitaMix but BlendTec also is great.  I had a KitchenAid before and it really didn't work for these.


Winter is well upon us, but thankfully, my family has not gotten sick yet.  #knockonwood  Here are some of my favorites to have around the house, some we use on a regular basis, others just when we are sick.  The last thing you want to deal with as a sicko/mom of sick babies is heading to the store for some basics.

Kleenex Ultra Facial Tissue (8 Boxes) - these are even cheaper than the Kirkland Signature version!  $12.07 for 8 large boxes of Kleenex.  I'm a tissue snob and apparently hate to use toilet paper.  No idea why.
If you need a fever reducer, here are some options.   I know you won't need these delivered on a regular basis - but you can subscribe, select delivery every 6 months, and then push it back as often as needed.  Little Remedies Fever Pain Reliever, Natural Mixed Berry Infants, 2 Fluid Ounce - $4.19 on subscribe & save vs $6+ at any local store.  Any version with Acetaminophen will do. 
Once your baby is 6 months old, they can have Children's Advil Infant Drops, For Ages 6 - 23 Months, White Grape, 1/2 Ounce Twinpack - I've used this on the rare occasion that my baby has a roaring fever of 104 for several days and alternate between Advil and Tylenol.  Contact your pediatrician about how or one of my fav baby books also has info.

PediaCare Children's Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Liquid Cherry, 4oz - the large bottle of this is normally $7 at my Walgreen's, it is $5.36 here if you have a little bit older kids and need some of this.

Children's Advil, Grape, For Children ages 2 - 11 years, 4 Ounce Twinpack - I'm sorry, $7.67 for 2 large bottles of children's Advil?  That's what 1 would cost at Walgreen's.

And again, get it for the cheaper price, and you can push back the delivery for as long as you need.  Just go to Your Account > Your Subscribe & Save Orders > find the item, and change the schedule.  You can push the delivery out 12 months and then see where you're at.

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon and Lime Blossom, 240 Count - hmm, I think this is the 3rd time these have been on a list?  I swear we don't go through them like they are candy, but they do serve a lot of purposes!

These are my other go-to items, sadly, they are not available on subscribe & save:

Emergen-C Raspberry, 30-count  - my friend, Lacy, gave me the heads up about this Emergen-C a few years ago.  The trick is, you've got to get the raspberry flavor!  It has helped me avoid more than one cold, especially when paired with Echinacea.

Blue Disposable Underpads (Chux), Large Size 23 X 36, Case/100 2 Bags of 50 - when my baby was first sick with the vomits about 7-8 months old, these were a lifesaver.  I lined her crib with them which made for very easy cleanup.  Even now, I still line my girls beds with them.  If they get puked on, no problem, roll it up and toss it in the trash and lay another down.  If they don't get puked on, I fold them up and save them for next time.
Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.3 Gallon output per day - White - I went to college in Respiratory Therapy and worked for a little while after finishing school at our local hospital.  I'm a sucker for a good humidifier and the blue bulb syringes from the hospital to help get the boogies out.  This is my favorite humidifier.  Too bad I bought it in pink and then had a boy.  ;)

doTerra OnGuard Essential Oil Blend 15 ml - you can certainly get this from one of your local Doterra distributors, but here is a view of what it is, just in case.  We use the OnGuard regularly, but also when we are sick too.  Rub it on the feet of the babes and yourself.

Kid Soap

Over here at my house, I'm sure we've had something that none of you have ever dealt with.  My daughter was washing her hands after she went to the bathroom - which is no less than 20 times a day - and I realized she was pumping the soap a number of times.  She didn't think one pump was enough, because it didn't fill her whole hand up.  So, I got on amazon to find a foaming soap that I could get her excited over and hopefully reduce the soap usage.  Enter Method Minnie Mouse Foaming Hand Wash 8.5oz, Strawberry Fizz (Pack of 2).

It is the perfectly kid size pump of foam soap so they think that they've got "a lot" without using insane amounts of regular soap.  And since it is only $3.99 on subscribe & save for 2 of them, I'm happy to provide Minnie Mouse for them, cheap soap for me.  We've been using the same bottle for 3 months.  It really does last an insane amount of time.  Win win.

Toiletry Items: For Him

We've covered some of the basics for women already, here are some savings on basic toiletry items for the boys.
My husband is a bit of a hairy beast.  He uses these like they are going out of style.  When a set of 4 at Wal-Mart is $17.47, well, ouch.  Delivered to your door an 8 pack is only $22.39 and there is a $1.00 off coupon right now too.  Costco's 16 pack will still cost you $3 + tax/razor, these will run you $2.79.  Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual Men's Razor Blade Refills 8 Count 

The shave gel that I normally get on subscribe & save is out of stock right now.  It ends up being just over $2/bottle which beats Costco on their regular price but not when they are on coupon.  Gillette Fusion Proglide Hydra Smooth Men's Shaving Gel 7 Oz (Pack of 6) is a substitute that will cost more since it is $3/bottle.  I'll update this when/if my regular one comes back in stock!

This 2 pack is only $4.58 after clipping the $1.00 off coupon at Amazon.  That makes it $2.29 each instead of $2.59+tax at Costco.  Oh, and you'd also have to drive there and deal with the crazy holiday shopping for Thanksgiving food!  Gillette Clear Gel Cool Wave Anti-Perspirant / Deodorant Twin Pack 8 Oz
I've never seen the men line of Dove at Costco, but in general, their soap is just under $1.00/bar.  This 8 pack will cost you $6.40, making it .80/bar. Dove Men + Care Body and Face Bar, Deep Clean, 4 Ounce, 8 Count 
Or if you don't mind paying .05 more per bar, get it in this 4-pack, it will help you reach your 5 things that you need in a month to get the subscribe & save discount more often.
Dove Men + Care Body and Face Bar, Extra Fresh, 4 ounce, 4 Count

And last but not least, a 3 pack of these for $7.98 for easy bathroom cleanup.  :)  Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon and Lime Blossom, 240 Count

Laundry Detergent

I'm not the biggest laundry fan - and I'm not afraid to admit it.  But, at least we have some great options for laundry detergent to be delivered to your door on a regular basis.  I used to use Kirkland (Costco) but I was feeling like all my clothes were dingy looking.  A little google research confirmed that this was super common with Kirkland.  So I decided to look on Amazon for a different alternative.  Here's my top picks for subscribe & save on laundry detergent.
*if you've already gotten your subscribe & save delivery for November, no problem.  You can add to future months at any time.

1.Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Unscented Detergent, 50 Ounce (Pack of 2) - peeps, are you ready for this?  A great deal at the grocery store for a 50 ounce Tide is $4.99 + tax.  These guys are only $9.58 for a 2 pack PLUS there is a $3.00 off coupon.  That makes it a whole $3.29 for 30 loads.

2. Cheer 2x Ultra Liquid Detergent He Fresh Clean Scent 96 Loads, 150 Fluid Ounce - a few years ago my husband built me a shelving unit/table for my itty bitty laundry room.  We designed a shelf to fit this size of bottle so I've always stuck with the larger ones.  S&S will cost you $13.16 and it is $15.47 at my local walmart, plus tax.  I've had these coming for about 6 months now and I've been super pleased with the results.
3. Downy Ultra April Fresh Liquid Fabric Softener 23 Loads 19 Fl Oz (Pack of 3) (packaging may vary) - these are 3 smaller bottles, but still, regular subscribe and save is $6.70 for the 3 pack.  Clip that coupon that is $3 and you will have 69 loads worth of fabric softener for only $3.70.  Without ever leaving your house or worrying about them being out of stock because everyone else is also looking for the same great price.

4. OxiClean Max Force Stain Remover Spray, 12 Ounce (Pack of 2) - this isn't a screaming price, but it is just a little cheaper than Target and something that I've been happy with in terms of easy stain removal.

And last but not least, my all time stain removal friend, Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and Stain Remover, 5.5 Ounce you don't need it on subscribe & save since I've been using the same bar for the last 5.5 years and I still have 2/3 left.  At $1.09, the price can't be beat.

I need to go do some laundry now while I'm at least a little excited about it.  Strike while the iron's hot.