October 2014

Universal Stone: Safe Cleaning for Your Home {#giveaway}

Universal Stone Review Warning! This post/review may cause an addiction to cleaning. Symptoms may include the urge to clean anything and everything in your home using Universal Stone. A scrub here, a scrub there and you will find yourself compelled to clean everything you once thought would never come clean.

So you’ve been warned and you’ve obviously decided to keep reading; good choice! I love my Universal Stone so much and for many reasons so let’s get started learning more about it.


Universal Stone is an eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning and polishing “stone”. Universal Stone is a compressed powder made from earth/polishing clay, glycerin, green soap, soap flakes, vegetable oils and perfume oils that becomes foamy when it gets wet.

Universal Stone is:

  • Non-toxic, acid free
  • Safe for children and pets
  • All natural ingredients
  • Gentle on skin
  • Allergy friendly
  • Phosphor free

It can be used on any surface and is especially effective removing lime, hard water deposits, permanent marker and grease.  Its many uses include everything from marble and ceramics to silverware and jewelry to sports, equipment, bathroom grout and outdoor furniture.


I set aside about half a day to test Universal Stone on multiple surfaces in my home. I even used it to clean and polish my wedding rings. First I started with the floor in my shower that is plastic and textured so very porous. Over the years it has picked up what seemed to be permanent stains no matter how hard I scrubbed.

Universal Stone

Though I don’t believe these photos quite do it justice, you can see my before and after. I used a sponge and brush to scrub the floor with the Universal Stone. With the naked eye you notice an instant brightness and a whiter look compared to before. Using Universal Stone has taken about three years off the look of the floor.

Next, I used it on my glass stove top. This is perhaps where I was the most impressed with Universal Stone. If you have a glass cook surface you understand how frustrating it can be to remove burnt spots. If you have a pot boil over, you could be looking at a permanent stain. That is we had come to terms with on our cook top until I polished it with Universal Stone.

Universal Stone

After trying other products, even those specifically designed for glass cook tops to no avail we had given up.  I used a softer sponge with Universal Stone and with very little elbow grease, it wiped right off. I was truly impressed!

Next I used it to remove fingerprints, dirt and grime from a painted wall surface around the light switch in our laundry room. You can see for yourselves the difference Universal Stone made. After the area dried, I double checked to make sure that the paint had not rubbed off too and I’m happy to report that it did not. It really restored the paint and perhaps saved us a paint job.

Universal Stone

I also used Universal Stone on our stainless steel appliances which resulted in a streak-free, easy clean and our painted, wooden doors to remove scuff marks. The painted wooden door is the only area I would not use Universal Stone again. I had to scrub pretty hard to get the marks out and in one spot it appeared to take some of the paint off the door.



There are other products out there that could probably do the same thing (or close to it) as Universal Stone and one comes to my mind right away. But when I make a comparison of the ingredients between the two, there is no question in my mind that Universal Stone is the way to go if not just for you, but for your children and pets too.

I loved the fact that while I was working in a small enclosed space like the shower, there were no fumes to irritate my eyes, nose and lungs. I also love the fact that all it took was rinsing with warm water to remove the Universal Stone from the surfaces I cleaned. When something is that easy to rinse off, you know it’s because it’s full of natural ingredients.


If you would like to have your own Universal Stone you can visit foamingstone.com to order. Small jars (500 g) retails for $29.95 and includes a special sponge to use with the product.


Today on City Mom, you can enter to win a Universal Stone prize pack of your own. You can enter using the giveaway widget below.

Prize Pack is valued at $60 and includes:

  • 800g Universal Stone
  • Ceramic Storage Tray
  • Linen Dish Cloth
  • 3-pack of the World’s Best Pot Scrubbers

Open to Canadian (excl. Quebec) & continental US residents. Must be 18+. The giveaway is open from October 29, 2014 – November 12, 2014 at 11:59pm.

Good luck!

Universal Stone

Disclaimer: I was given complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions shared here are 100% my own.

City Mom

The Cheerios Effect: Share Your Story to Win


Have you heard of the Cheerios Effect? It is a real scientific principle that is nicknamed after the cereal; it’s about the fact that if you drop two Cheerios into a bowl, they’ll always eventually float together and connect. How cool is that?!


Every morning, a story of connection is played out in your breakfast bowl. And just like those two tiny, floaty little Os, we’re all drawn together. We believe nothing could be more natural. So no matter who you are, where you live, or who you choose to share your life with, we believe everyone is worthy of connection – and everyone has a story worth sharing. – The Cheerios Effect

I really love Annie & Lisa’s connection story as it reminds me a bit of my own story that I created (see below):


Kelly and Melissa

When I was asked to create my #CheeriosEffect connection story so many people ran through my mind. Of course there is my husband, my daughter, my family and friends but I decided to share my story about my oldest friend Melissa.

Melissa and I met at the age of 10 when were in Grade 5. Melissa moved to London and started attending my school; 27 years later, Melissa and I are just as close. To say she is my best friend is an understatement; we are more like sisters without the fighting over clothes. :)

Melissa and I chat almost every morning where we discuss the latest dramas with our children, our shared business and living an authentic, positive life. I think we both look forward to our morning chats as it starts the day off on the right foot and it keeps us close and current.

Melissa holds a special place in my heart because she has been there for me through thick and thin. She is a pillar of strength for me at times when I need it most. She is part of my “team” of people who make life happier when things are good and easier when things aren’t so good.

For these reasons I chose to dedicate my Cheerios Effect story to Melissa. Who would you dedicate your story to?


One lucky City Mom reader will win a $100 Loblaws Gift Card and five boxes of Cheerios!

Here’s how:

  • Visit cheerioseffect.ca to create your personal connection story video (it can take less than 2 minutes)
  • Follow and Tweet your story to @_CityMom and be sure to use the #CheeriosEffect tag in your tweet (failure to use hashtag will not count in contest entry)
  • One winner will be randomly chosen using the giveaway link below
  • Entrants must be Canadian residents (excl. Quebec) 18+
  • Contest is open from Oct. 23/14 to Nov. 2/14
  • Have fun!


City Mom

Halloween Round-Up: Fun Things to Do in #LdnOnt

Halloween Round Up

I can’t believe just how fast the summer flew by; then September and now we are just 21 days away from Halloween. I don’t know about you but it has completely snuck up on me and I do not at all feel prepared.

In the case that you need a little motivation to get in the Halloween spirit, here is a list of fun Halloween-themed events to do with your kiddies around the city. Enjoy!


  • Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex, Komoka
  • Cost: Free for momstown pass holders, $5 for non pass holders per child 6 months +
  • About: Halloween games, songs, crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers!  Join momstown London with your little goblin(s) for an afternoon of Halloween fun!  No tricks, just treats!
  • For More Info: eventbrite.ca/momstown-halloween-party


  • Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: 296 Horton Street East (Directly above Tim Hortons)
  • Cost: Free!
  • About: Join momstown London for a special Halloween party for babes 0-12 months. There will be keepsake crafts, sensory bin fun, Halloween songs and rhymes to help baby celebrate their very first Halloween! Baby will enjoy lots of social play while moms enjoy some Halloween treats! Don’t forget to dress baby in their costume!
  • For More Info: facebook.com/events


  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Paper Passion Studio, 1700 Hyde Park Road
  • Cost: $5 per child
  • About: Join Paper Passion Studio for some Halloween fun!!  Treats, paper crafts and fun for kids of all ages! RSVP is requested so they can ensure there are enough materials for everyone.
  • For More Info: paperpassionlondon.com


  • Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: London Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Road South
  • Cost: Tickets are available for purchase online:
    • $10 per person
    • $5 for children under 2
    • Free for children under 1
    • Free for Children’s Museum Members!
  • About: The London Children’s Museum becomes the BOO-seum for one special night of family friendly trick-or-treating and Halloween celebration! Come and join us in a safe, warm and well-lit family environment for everything Halloween! Don’t forget to wear your costume!
  • For More Info: londonchildrensmuseum.ca


  • Date: Various dates ranging from October 17 – 30, 2014 (see more info for specific dates)
  • Time: Various times (see more info)
  • Location: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.
  • Cost: $11 per person – Advance ticket orders recommended.
  • About: Frankenstein in Upper Canada: A Play by Jason Rip. Directed by Sheri Munroe.
  • After the nameless Monster has destroyed his family and his happiness, Victor Frankenstein pursues his creation North, traversing London township on the way. A bout of illness keeps both scientist and experiment in one place for a time. A missing chapter from Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking and terrifying novel.
  • For More Info: fanshawepioneervillage.ca


  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Wortley Village (various locations in village)
  • Cost: Free!
  • About: From Pumpkin Carving to a Haunted House there is lots of fun to be had at Halloween in the Village. Check out the More Info link for a full listing of events and times they take place.
  • For More Info: halloweeninthevillage.com


  • Date: October 24 – October 30, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Storybook Gardens
  • Cost: $15 per child (Adults & children under 12 months are free with paid child admission)
  • About: Enter through the haunted castle and meet costumed characters at our Trick-or-Treat stations located throughout the park.
  • For More Info: storybook.london.ca

As with all City Mom roundup posts, if you know of an event in the city that I have not listed here, please feel free to leave the details in a comment below.

Happy Halloween!

City Mom

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