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A Healthier Home with Ology

Ology  HappyFitMama.com

We are a dirty family.

With two parents who work out daily (and sweat heavily) and two kids who are well, kids, we get dirty and stink up a lot of clothes. That means we do a lot of laundry.

I’ve been using all natural, dye free, scent free laundry products for years. I started using it about 5 years ago when my husband starting getting very dry skin on his back. Once I switched detergents, the dryness went away. I stuck with the same detergent when my kids were born. It’s worked well for us plus it’s better for the environment.

I love my current brand but was interested in trying Walgren’s new line of household cleaners, paper, personal care, and baby products – Ology.

Ology products contain no harmful chemicals and are 100% tree-free. It avoids toxic chemicals while actively seeking sustainable raw materials and natural ingredients to use in their production process.

Here’s what you WON’T find it Ology:

    • no dyes, artificial fragrances or phosphates
    • ammonia, chlorine, bleach, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, and SLS/SLES
    • never tested on animals and do not contain any animal
      byproducts

What you WILL find is a product that is:

  • Endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, a national, leading independent nonprofit organization, dedicated to the protection of children from harmful chemicals.
  • plant-based and mineral-based raw materials.
  • Every Ology bottle is made from 100% post-consumer materials
  • gentle on clothes and your skin, while still fighting tough stains. It works in both HE and regular machines and is formulated to thoroughly clean all types of loads (regular, delicates, and woolens)

In addition to detergent, Ology follows the same principles with their paper products and cleaning sprays.

I never knew Walgren’s carried such a line!

So did it work in getting our clothes clean and smelling fresh?

Yes! The detergent worked on dirt and grass stains, sweat soaked tanks and beach towels that had been left out in the rain. The cleaner is perfect for every day clean up without toxic smells. I loved it!

Ology products retail for $3.99 for the cleaner to $6.79 for detergent. Not bad prices at all!

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my own thoughts and opinions on my blog.

My First (& Second) Stitch Fix

Let me start off by saying I am not turning into a fashion blogger.

I’m sure by now everyone and their brother, sister, mother, father and second cousin removed has heard about Stitch Fix.

stitch fix box | HappyFitMama.com

If not, here’s the details:

Basically, it’s an online styling service. You create an online profile with your likes and leave it up to the stylists to pick out items. Based from this information, they send you 5 articles of clothing that get delivered right to your door. You can chose to have it delivered as little or often as you like.

It’s $20 a fix, but as long as you keep one item you can apply that toward the price.  So you only lose money if you don’t keep a single thing (and you get a 25% discount if you keep it all!).

Then from there, you can try everything on and figure out what you want to save and what you want to keep. A prepaid USPS envelope is included for easy returns for items you don’t keep.

At one point in my life, I loved to shop. I had a serious J.Crew addiction. You don’t even want to know how much I would spend there each month! But then I had kids and shopping was no longer fun. In addition, I’ve never been the most stylish person either. Give me basics and I’m happy.

I felt like I was in a clothing rut so I finally took the leap and tried Stitch Fix. I needed a clothing intervention. What did I have to lose except $20?

Fix #1 was back in March (and yes I’m just getting around to blogging about it!)

first stitchfix | happyfitmama.com

White top: Super cute style but I do not even dare to own anything white. Truthfully, I didn’t even try it on for fear of getting it dirty. RETURN.

Navy/white striped maxi dress: Loved everything about it except again, the white. I kind of chuckled as my stylist wrote that this maxi dress would be perfect for chasing my kids around at the playground. Seriously? RETURN.

Navy/white striped boat neck top: Not a great picture but totally my style. Perfect for a bounce house at a 4 year old birthday party! KEEPER.

Skinny jeans in salmon + grey/white striped cardigan: I was on the fence over the jeans for a bit. They fit well (other than needing to be hemmed in length) and were really comfortable, but I couldn’t get past the brightness. For the price ($88), it just didn’t seem like something I’d wear often enough. RETURN. The cardigan was another piece that was totally me. KEEPER.

So two out of five pieces were keepers. I had heard from others to leave detailed feedback so the next fix would be even better.

Fix #2 was in May.

second stitchfix | Happyfitmama.comStriped slouchy top: Can you tell I like stripes? Love the fit and the style. I could sleep in this shirt. KEEPER.

Navy/white polka dot dress: Cute dress. Loved the polka dots and the cut. Add on a belt and it’d would have been perfect. I like to wear dresses in the summer but this wasn’t casual enough for me to wear daily. RETURN.

Blue top and Skinny jeans: The top was something I never would have looked at in a store. I don’t wear blue that often and the doily thing is not me. Once I tried it on, I liked it a lot. KEEPER. I really liked everything about the skinny jeans except the wash. The pictures don’t really show it but they had very faded legs. Not my thing. RETURN.

Plaid sheer top: Disliked everything about this shirt – color, print, fabric. I think my face says it all. RETURN.

Another two out of five keepers.

Overall, I’m really happy with Stitch Fix. It’s fun to see what your stylist picks out for you. Add in the elimination of going to the mall, it’s even better. My mom has even tried it and has been happy!

Just so you know…This post was is not affiliated with or paid by Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own.  The link included is my affiliate link, which gives me a small credit if you decide to sign up.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?