This post is sponsored by Mean Green. All opinions are my own.
We’re in the thick of it now.
It seems like just yesterday that we were frantically trying to decide what to be for Halloween and scrounging up costumes, and tomorrow we’re going to get a Christmas tree. I know from experience that this next month, with all the kids’ performances and recitals and concerts, is going to be a little bit of a whirlwind…but I also know that one day, sooner than I now think possible, it will all be over, and the kids will be doing their own things most of the time. So I’m (mostly) relishing the chaos and appreciating the things we’re doing as a family together.
One of our favorite holiday activities this time of year is baking and cooking. For Thanksgiving, we have a tradition where everyone in the family, as soon as they’re big enough to stand and help, makes a dish. First of all, this takes the pressure off of one person to do everything. But it also teaches the kids valuable skills, and they’re so proud when their dish shows up on the table in a fancy serving bowl and everyone “oooohs” and “aaaaahs”. From our littlest kid to our teenager who now towers over me, they all get into it, and pour over recipes, and make up shopping lists, and generally have a great time.
But of course, all this cooking means we’re doing a lot of extra cleaning as well. Cleaning beforehand so we have a good place to work. Definitely cleaning afterward (I love this cooking tradition, but dang those kids can be messy…). And then – cleaning our decorations and ornaments as we bring them out after a full year of storage, and tuck them away again at the end.
The Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser is my go-to cleaner for all of these things. I use it to wipe down the kitchen. I use it to clean the accumulated dirt off our decorations. I use it to wipe down the mantel before I put those decorations on it. It’s easy and everything wipes clean and shiny again.
The Mean Green Orange Champ Multi-Purpose Cleaner is another good option, and I’ve used it as well – it smells nice and citrusy, which is a great smell to have around the house for the holidays!
I also like that the products are American-made, and Mean Green is based in the U.S. – Kentucky, as a matter of fact.
So after all the cooking and crafting and decorating…we’ll be doing all the cleaning. Think I can talk the kids into each cleaning one room of the house, along with cooking one dish? That’s a great holiday tradition, right? RIGHT???