Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol®, Finish®, Woolite®, and Air Wick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Is it #SpringCleaning time at your house too? Use these 5 tips, tricks and hacks to make your house clean without taking too much time! #EverydaySaves #ad

It’s officially spring(ish) in New England. Birds are definitely chirping and singing. Tulips and crocuses are shooting through the earth by the hour. We are using our pellet stove and oil heat less and less, and we’re taking some spring-worthy snoozes!

During this time of year, we want the best products to do the best job – while we let light and fresh air into our house, and work to get rid of the winter remnants. The problem? Spring has a whole new host of dust, allergens, dirt, mud, and bugs! With kids, a dog, a cat, and our baby chickens, it’s inevitable!

As you can imagine, the house gets quite messy with two kids, a light-colored cat, and a shedding dog. How do we keep things in order around here? It’s not always easy, but we’ve gained some wisdom over the years. Whether you’re handling spring cleaning, or everyday messes with a kid and pet-friendly house, Lysol, Air Wick, Woolite, and Finish will help you clean and revitalize your home, room by room. These products let us clean smart for a spring clean that saves time and effort all around the home. All purchased at Target, we really love Lysol – which kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria*.

*when used as directed

Is it #SpringCleaning time at your house too? Use these 5 tips, tricks and hacks to make your house clean without taking too much time! #EverydaySaves #ad

Here are my five favorite time saving spring cleaning tips, tricks & hacks to make you sing!

1 – Add a lazy Susan to your fridge. Growing up, we also had one on our kitchen table. It made passing dinner around to seven people a lot easier. Well the same goes for the fridge. Being able to spin it gives you access to things in the back of the fridge that you otherwise might have spilled or forgotten.

2 – Boost your morale. It’s the same as the way I work – with music, open windows and light (if possible) and maybe even a bar of chocolate. Whatever floats your boat. I even watch TV on my iPhone while folding laundry. No shame!

3 – Time yourself to save time. Yes, it works. Not only will you be more ambitious while racing the clock, but you’ll also know just how long things actually take. Maybe it only takes ten minutes to clean the shower or toilet. Maybe!

4 – Clean your windows on a cloudy day! Sunlight will cause them to dry too quickly and then they leave streaks.

5- Succumb to the greatness of Lysol products! You can choose Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner for 10X Cleaning Power* (*vs Lysol Clean & fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner), and it removes the toughest stains in seconds. Watch it destroy toilet rings and clean as it disinfects. Then there’s Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner – which kills 99.9% of harmful kitchen bacteria without the harsh chemical residue other cleaners leave. It has Dual Power cleaning functionality and a nozzle with spray and foam!

Right now, plan on every day saves to make spring cleaning fresh and easy! You can trust Lysol for ALL your cleaning needs – both in and out of the bowl. Lysol Wide Angle Disinfecting Spray can disinfect mattresses and other soft surfaces that are bacteria hotbeds. The spray can be used on couches, mattresses, curtains, and pet beds. It can cover a king size mattress in three seconds, and is available in two modern fragrances: Garden after the Rain and Lavender Fields scents. Lastly, Lysol Click Gel allows for hands-free toilet bowl cleaning. Simply insert an automatic cleaning gel to clean with every flush.

Now it’s time for Target Cartwheel coupon and promotional offers for Lysol for all your spring cleaning needs!

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Cartwheel Offer (click to get): 5% off any Lysol Cleaning item.
Promotional Offer: Buy any 3 Lysol items – get 1 FREE (available 4/9 – 4/29)
There are additional coupons available here. So get to Target and get to spring cleaning!

What are your spring cleaning tips and tricks?

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Ooey Gooey Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies

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I think if you know me, and read this blog, you know that I love pie.

Cream pie, banana pie, chocolate peanut butter pie (my true favorite), and then there’s the one fruit pie I’ve learned to love the most over the years – Raspberry Pie. My mom used to make a raspberry pie from scratch – kneading and rolling and using cookie cutters – with her floured elbows, floured turtleneck, and raspberry stains. I can still taste it after all of these years.

With my love of pie, and the kids’ fierce love of raspberries, (they can decimate an entire pint in five minutes flat) I hid two pints away in the vegetable drawer of the fridge so that I could brainstorm my new idea – mini pies. Hand pies. Bite-sized pies filled with tart and sweet fruit, and not much else. Raspberries were my first choice because they’re in season here, and they remind me so much of my mom’s homemade raspberry pie (hint to you, Mom) and then I decided that peeled apples would be a great addition as well. They bake wonderfully and will retain just the slightest amount of crispness, but will mostly just melt into the ooey gooey raspberry/sugar concoction. Did I mention the ooey gooey raspberry/sugar concoction? It’s messy!

Luckily for me, I have NEW ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges. And luckily for all of us, I have a recipe for these delicious little pies. Call them hand pies. Call them mini pies. I personally call them pocket pies. Just call them delicious!

Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies!

Ooey Gooey Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 pocket pies

Ooey Gooey Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies

These are messy, yummy, tart, sweet, party-friendly, kid-friendly, sponge-friendly, and all around awesome! Try them with your fruit of choice.


  • Circle/Star/Heart/etc. cookie cutters
  • 1 package ready-made pie crust or your best homemade pie crust recipe
  • 1 large egg, beaten in a bowl
  • 12 ounces (2 packages) raspberries
  • 1 large apple, peeled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, diced apples, and vanilla extract and blend together evenly
  4. Lightly flour a cutting board or other large surface and unroll your pie crusts
  5. Cut a round circle of dough, brush with egg, and top with your fruit/sugar mixture
  6. Then cut out a second circle and press firmly around the edges to seal the two circles into one hand or pocket pie
  7. Use a fork for decorations and to make sure it's sealed
  8. Keep going until you run out of dough completely
  9. Brush the tops of your pies with egg and bake for 20 minutes or until golden
  10. Let cool and serve

It’s time to be photo-bombed by pie photos!


pocket pie

raspberry pie

raspberry apple pie

Now let’s talk about cleanup. It’s always wonderful to be able to create delicious meals and desserts without worrying about the cleanup. Thanks to ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges, we clean our dishes without scratching surfaces. Pie is messy!

hand pie

The ocelo scrub sponges come in teal, lemon, mango, and lime colors.


ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges are great for cleaning non-stick cookware and bathroom tile, and they scrub our kitchen and bathroom surfaces without any scratching at all. My pie recipe is so messy as is, and I’m not the most organized person in the world, so I’m not sure I’d be able to make my pocket pies without ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges there to help clean.

And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get really excited about a sponge, just ask Cassidy how often I add them to the shopping list, just because I don’t think you can ever have enough. We have messy kids and pets. Maybe I’m the messy one!

And maybe you’re wondering where to get these wonderful ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges? Target, of course.

Otherwise known as one of my favorite places.

In the Kitchen Cleaning aisle!

I think you know now that I’m a domestic work in progress. I’ve had to outsource a lot of tasks over the years, or I’ve watched as Cassidy has taken over. No more! When I buy cleaning products myself, and use them, I truly appreciate the ones that work the best for me. I may not be the neatest person in the world, but I think a clean bathroom and a clean kitchen are key.

They are probably my cleaning priorities.

So whether you’re a parent, a college kid, buying your first house, or pretty much going through any walk of life, check these out. They may even help you to be more adventurous in the kitchen like I’ve been being! My first hand pies were a success!

What messy meal do you love to make? Save $0.50 off one ocelo Scrub Sponge Multi-pack!

During August 14-20, Target’s entire cleaning department has a deal! Buy $50 worth of product – get a $15 Target gift card!