5 Easy Steps To Spring Clean Your Bathroom

The post below is sponsored by Meijer Beauty. All opinions expressed are my own.

I admit it: I’m a bit of an organization nut. I mean, I function in chaos 99% of the time corralling three little ones, so when things are actually in my control? I kind of love it. I recently read an article showing how clutter can be linked to depression, especially among women. It went as far as to say:

Women associate a tidy home with a happy and successful family. The more dishes that pile up in the sink, the more anxious women feel.

I can absolutely vouch. My entire life just runs smoother when my house is clean and organized. My house isn’t remotely perfect, but I strive to have a picked up house {after the kids go to bed} – it truly helps me to relax and be able to focus as a work-from-home mom. I always joke that I wish we had visitors between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. because that’s the only time our house doesn’t have toys everywhere!

So, I basically love spring cleaning, and having an excuse to purge. To make it manageable, I break it up between each room and do a little each day once a quarter.

5 Easy Steps To Spring Clean Your Bathroom

One area I need to keep up with for my sanity is our bathroom, which always seems to accumulate things. I finally broke down and created a system that has worked very well for us during the past few years. So here’s my quick 5 easy steps to spring clean your bathroom:

1. Sort small items that seem to collect quickly in clear, plastic bins. Sure, wicker looks nice, but being spill proof and clear so items are easy to spot is crucial.

Spring Cleaning Bathroom Tips - Clear Bins
The bins I have: All things dental, surplus lotions/mini shampoos for traveling, adult medicines, kid medicines and first aid. I always make sure to look at expiration dates and toss what has gone bad. And the kid medicine one is crucial when you’re stumbling around in the middle of the night looking for a way to heal a crying baby. [Continue reading…]

Family Fun in March 2015 in Southeast Michigan {Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing}

Family Fun in March 2015 in Southeast Michigan

Who is excited that March brings the first day of SPRING and Daylight Saving Time? We have never felt so ready in our lives. I love snow, but at this point, I’m just starting to feel over winter.

With that said, it means things are starting to heat up with family fun in March 2015 in Southeast Michigan. Check out the events I found around Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing and be sure to chime in if I’ve missed any great ones. I’ll also keep adding them as I find them, so check back often :D

Throughout March — Flick’s Family Festival at Celebration Cinemas {Lansing and other various Michigan cities} – Features FREE movies for kids 12 and under and just $4 for adults. Showtimes are available on the Tuesday evenings the week the movie starts. Upcoming movies include: Dolphin Tale 2, Annie, The Box Trolls, The Book of Life and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Throughout March — Goodrich Quality Theaters Free Spring Movies — {Ann Arbor, Canton, Oxford and other Michigan cities} — See nine weeks of previously released, kid-friendly films for FREE every Saturday and Sunday at 9 and 10 a.m. March films include: The Box Trolls, Dolphin Tale 2, Earth to Echo, The Book of Life and RIO 2.

Throughout March — Children’s Spring Festival at MJR Digital Cinemas {Various locations throughout SE Michigan} — FREE movies for children, ages 12 and under, and just $1 for adults! Keep an eye on Facebook for the exact showtimes, to be announced throughout the month.

MJR Children's Spring Festival

March 1 — Belle’s Enchanted Tea Party {Flint} — The Young People’s Ballet Theatre are presenting the timeless story of Beauty and the Beast at the University of Michigan-Flint Theatre. For a special day at the ballet, join the characters from Beauty and the Beast at Blackstone’s Grill for Belle’s Enchanted Tea Party. This event includes tea sandwiches and refreshments, photo opportunities with characters from the ballet, premium seating for the Sunday 2 p.m. show, and a special gift from Belle. Seating is limited, $40 per person.

March 2 — READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY {Nationwide} — Check your local library for great events!

March 3 — IHOP National Pancake Day {Nationwide} — Stop into IHOP for FREE pancakes! Guests are encouraged to make a contribution to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and if you make a $5 donation, you will receive a coupon good for $5 off your next visit. {This is an annual tradition for us! I think it’s like 40 cents to add chocolate chips, too — so worth it!}

March 7 — Leslie Science & Nature Center Parent’s Night Out {Ann Arbor} — Parent’s Night Out: Creatures of the Night is designed for kids ages 6-12, and will give parents an evening to enjoy themselves while their children have fun learning about the animals that are awake all night long. Kids will enjoy a night hike, meet an owl up close, and explore how human and animal senses work in the dark. Attendees will also have a pizza dinner and snack provided by LSNC. 5-9 p.m. $25/child.

Home Depot Kids Workshop - Book EndsMarch 7 — Home Depot Kids Workshop {Nationwide} — Visit Home Depot to build bookends! Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. Kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a pin. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. FREE. Register here.

March 7-8 — Wild Winter Safari Social at the Detroit Zoo {Royal Oak} — Escape the winter “blahs” with hot drinks and cool treats at Wild Winter Safari Social. Animal arts and crafts, face painting, animal enrichment activities, talks by the Zoo’s expert keepers and a winter safari scavenger hunt add to the fun. All activities are free with Zoo admission and take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ford Education Center. Admission range: Free for 2 and under; $10-$14 for others.

March 7 & 9 — Family-Friendly Film at the Michigan Theater – The LEGO Movie in 3D {Ann Arbor} — Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. 1:30 p.m. Adults – $10, seniors/children 13+ – $8. Free for kids 12 and under. [Continue reading…]

Save Money At Metro Detroit Attractions With The D Discount Pass

The D Discount Pass

One of the questions I get often from readers is how to save money on admission to local attractions. We are so lucky to have many wonderful programs for families to save money including the Michigan Activity Pass, Healthy Blue Xtras, and more. Another program I have recently learned about is The D Discount Pass. Created by the Detroit […]

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Letters To My Children: Miles at 6 Months

Miles - 6 Months

I confess: Miles turned 6 months old on February 7th, so I’m a little behind. Cut me some slack…I’m a little busy raising 3 little humans Dear Miles, You are six months old — YAY! I am very torn about this milestone since you are my last baby. I am cherishing every single day because […]

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Michigan Dancers Calling For Votes in #MIKidsCanDance Contest from Blue Cross Blue Shield

#MIKidsCanDance

Want to hear a secret? I LOVE to dance, and grew doing ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. I enjoyed that it provided me with a great form of exercise on a weekly basis and helped to give me self-confidence. So of course I am excited to share a fun contest from Blue Cross Blue Shield highlighting some […]

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KIND Snacks in Metro Detroit for Random Acts of Kindness Day 2/17 {+Giveaway}

KIND Snacks

The post below is sponsored by KIND Snacks. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood possible. All opinions expressed are my own. As a blogger, I have a list of brands I would love to work with one day. Lucky for me, sometimes they reach out to me with information I know you all […]

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50+ Places To Go Outdoors in Winter in Southeast Michigan

50+ Places To Go Outdoors in Winter in Southeast Michigan

Disclosure: The post below is sponsored by Absopure. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood possible. All opinions expressed are my own. Recent studies show kids ages 8-18 spend an average of 53 hours a week using entertainment media. Even though I adore technology, I have big limits when it comes to my kids. I find that fact […]

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Comerica Bank and The Detroit Zoo Seeking Artists for Penguin Contest {Through 2/28}

A Gentoo Penguin at The Detroit Zoo. Get inspired, kids and create a penguin work of art for a chance to win a great prize.

Thought this was a great contest for local students and wanted to share the information I received. I am SO excited for the new Penguin Conservation Center to open — it’s my favorite part of the Detroit Zoo. Comerica Bank is launching an art contest to help welcome the gentoo penguins to the Detroit Zoo […]

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Family Fun at Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio {+ Tips, Discount Code and Giveaway!}

Castaway Bay Giveaway

I received a complimentary stay at Castaway Bay in exchange for promoting the property. All opinions expressed are my own. Last week, as I made a mental note of packing plenty of snacks and swim diapers, I read something that struck a chord. It was from The Huffington Post and was an article highlighting things empty nesters […]

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Karina’s Day at 2.5 Years Old

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My dearest Karina, It’s insane to me to think of the differences we’ve experienced between you turning two and turning 2.5. Six months can make a world of difference for a toddler! Quite honestly, this age has been a huge challenge to me as a parent. I want you to be independent, but you’re caught […]

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Fun in February 2015 in Southeast Michigan {Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing Areas}

Things To Do in Southeast Michigan in February 2015

RE-PIN HERE It’s the month of LOVE. But mostly, it’s a month of some kick butt things for families around Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing. I’m pretty stoked to check out some of this fun. Plan an adventure today  {Or, if you are in need of a date night instead, be sure to check […]

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13 Reasons To Visit Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Michigan

13 Reasons To Visit Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing

I could shout it from the rooftops: If you have kids and live within a few hours to Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Michigan, you need to plan a visit stat. This gem of a museum has been open since ’72 and is named after our five senses. Personally, it’s one of my favorites […]

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