Saturday, September 20, 2014

all Kids Stain Report and all Oxi Review

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Kids are back to school and that means the stains of summer are now being joined by a host of indoor smears, spots, and blots.  With more than HALF of laundry loads heavily/moderately soiled and moms doing an average of 6.8 loads per week - getting out stains can add up! Especially when the seasonal stains (such as grass and various inks) are the toughest to get out! all wants to tackle your toughest kids stains!

all Kids Stain Report:

  • Grass is the #1 toughest and most challenging stains for moms
  • Other top and toughest stains include: ketchup, mud, spaghetti sauce, and blood
  • Food is heavily dominant amongst all types of stains with spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato sauce, and ketchup as the worst offenders.
  • In/craft stains (paint, marker, glue) are some of the toughest stains and nearly 40% of moms/dad say they have to deal with them at least once a week
To help save time and money, they offer all with Oxi that features in-wash pre-treaters, plus active stainlifters, and fresh, clean scents. Best of all, all of this comes at about 17 cents a load!!

Review: I decided to try to find some clothes with fresh stains and did not have to look for long. My favorite sweatshirt had a chocolate stain right on the sleeve. Yes, I am as messy as my children. Since I got the sweatshirt on vacation, it is not easily replaceable and I was desperate to get out the stain. I was very nervous about putting it into the laundry without a stain treatment but was absolutely delighted when I pulled it out of the dryer and could not find any evidence of a chocolate stain anywhere! The whole load of laundry looked great. The colors were as vibrant as ever and the clothes looked truly clean! The effectiveness of the detergent combined with major savings are reasons to buy this detergent in the future! 

Before washing: Dingy and chocolate stained
After washing: Like new! 

*I was provided with the above mentioned sample for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lovable Labels Spooktacular Deal!

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Lovable Labels is having a spooktacular sale 3 day weekend sale. Between September 21 and September you can receive a whopping $10 discount off ant purchase of $25 or more with the promo code SPOOKY2014. It is not too late to get some great back to school labels and you have to check out their adorable Halloween products now available for a limited time! 

*I will be provided with a complementary product in exchange for this post. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pravana Nevo Invisible Control Manipulator Mist Review

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Pravana Nevo Invisible Control Manipulator Mist is a heat-protecting styling product with medium control. Enriched with drops of the amazon and soy protein, it provides your hair with control and support.  It contains no sulfates or phthalates plus it is gluten and paraben free and 100% vegan.  
To use, you simply apply to damp hair, scrunch, and then let air dry. It can also be used prior to thermal setting for control and protection.

My daughter's hair is as straight as straight can be and she loves having her hair curled. However, her hair does not hold curls well and I hate the idea of damaging her hair with heating tools. So, I decided to see if the Pravana Mist would help hold her curls and help protect her hair. I was extremely happy with the Mist. It had a very faint, yet pleasant scent and I liked that it was non-aerosol. It did a great job of holding her curls. Usually, curls last 2 hours (at most) but this helped hold her curls ALL day! Her hair was fairly stiff with the spray; however, it did wash out well later. You can tell by her picture that she is absolutely thrilled to have a styling product that helps her have her "dream hair"! 

Buy it here: You can purchase Pravano Nevo Invisible Control Manipulator Mist from BeautyCareChoices

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Snuggle Review and Giveaway

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It is the little things in life that can really make our day. A child's laughter, a warm breeze, and the fresh scent and feel of newly laundered clothes are all simple things that bring a smile to my face! Which is why having great laundry products is so important to me. Not only do I want clean clothes, I want them to smell amazing and my family feels the same way. To enhance the great smell and softness of your laundry, I would suggest checking out Snuggle's Exhilaration line. 

Snuggle Exhilarations offers you sophisticated scents that offer you long-lasting freshness that goes beyond the classic fresh linen smell you may have become accustomed to when doing your laundry.  They offer their sensational varieties in scents like Blue Iris & Bamboo Silk and White Lavender & Sandlewood in both  dryer sheets as well liquid fabric softener. Personally, I cannot get enough of the fresh, floral scents and like to use both products which makes my laundry smell amazing.  My clothes and towels are also much softer after use and my family really took notice!  The dryer sheets also really helped reduce static cling.  I absolutely loved these products and was also glad to have the Snuggle Blue Sparkle to try out because, while my husband loved the scents, would prefer working in a garage smelling like linen rather than lavender!

Buy it here: You can find Snuggle Scent Boosters at your local mass merchant.

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*I was provided with the above mentioned products for the purpose of facilitating this post. All other opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last Chance: Dog Park Publishing Calendar Giveaway Ends 9/17

Wednesday is the last day you can enter to win your choice of Pit Bull calendars from Dog Park Publishing. There will be 3 winners! You can read my full review and enter to win here. 

It's Septem"BEAR" Snuggle Twitter Party!

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Created by the Jim Hensen Company to represent snuggable softness and fabric softener freshness, Snuggle Bear became a pop culture icon over the past three decades, appearing in 80's/TV compilations, social media memes, and sitting alongside Wonder Woman’s outfit and Jeannie’s bottle in the Museum of TV Memorabilia.  In celebration of Snuggle Bear's 30th birthday, Snuggle is throwing a Twitter Birthday Bash. Snuggle Bear will be tweeting live and giving away lots of special prizes and free "Snugs".  

Join the party tomorrow from 1-2EST #HappyBirthdaySnuggle.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pukka Herbal Teas Review

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Pukka is a brand of all-natural herbal tea that was born in the UK and is now widely available in the US. As the weather begins to cool off, it’s time to think about warm beverages. Tea is a great choice for the cooler months and it’s a healthy alternative to calorie-packed lattes. Pukka has over 30 flavors of tea available but their Three Cinnamon, Three Ginger and Vanilla Chai teas all embody the essence of fall.

A couple of months ago I had to give up coffee due to severe acid reflux. After the initial shock, I grew accustom to not having it in the AM but now that the days are getting chillier, I miss my morning warm beverage. I have always enjoyed a cup of tea when I have been sick but never regularly drank it.  I used to think that all teas are created the same.  For me, they have all had similar tastes and quality...until now. The Pukka Teas I were given were considerably better tasting and higher quality than any other tea I have ever sampled!

I was given Elegant English Breakfast, Mint Green Tea, Golden Chamomile, and Gorgeous Earl Grey blends to try.  I have had each of these types of teas before,  but my taste buds were much happier with the Pukka blends (plus, I was much happier to have organic tea on hand). My two favorite were the Mint Green Tea which was wonderfully refreshing yet calming at the same time and the Golden Chamomile which had a slight sweetness that reminded me of honey.  With these teas on hand, I am no longer engaging in self-pity over my loss of my hot coffee in the morning and am, instead, celebrating tea! 

Buy it here: You can purchase Pukka teas from the Pukka Herbs website and from Amazon.

*I was provided with the above mentioned samples in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Flourless Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprint Recipe The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide Review

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It seems like I learn about someone else I know being diagnosed with celiac disease, or gluten-intolerance, every few months or so.  Luckily, there are a lot of great products now on the market that are gluten-free and there are also a nice assortment of cookbooks available too so those who cannot eat gluten can still enjoy their favorite foods. 

The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide  is an all-inclusive, one-stop shop to gluten-free cookie baking. The book includes 50+ recipes that are packed with all the information and tips you need for baking the perfect gluten-free cookies. You will learn to make Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies, Fortune Cookies, Dark Chocolate Brownies, Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Bars, Gingerbread Cut-Outs, and all the frostings and fillings to go along. 
In addition, there are some tips that will help you:
  •  Make the perfect soft sugar cookie cut-outs
  • Quickly and easily frost or fill dozens of cookies
  • Know when to use melted butter vs. softened
  • Know what part of the egg to use to make your cookies have the perfect texture
  • Store your cookies to keep them soft and fresh (even in the freezer)
There were so many great looking cookies to try, I couldn't figure out where to start! Always a fan of recipes that have ingredients I already have in my kitchen, I decided the Flourless Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprints looked like a great starting point. 

Recipe: Flourless Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprints

1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted peanut butter)
1/4 cup of your favorite jam or jelly

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats
2. Mix together the peanut butter, sugar, egg, and salt, until smooth
3. Scoop using 1&1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop and place 2-3 inches apart on the lined baking sheets
4. Use your thumb, or the wrong end of a wooden spoon, to make an impression in the middle of each cookie. Spoon a teaspoon of jam or jelly into each impression.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack to finish cooling. 

The cookies were outstanding! I gave them to my family, never mentioning that they were gluten-free, and they were none the wiser.  Who doesn't love peanut butter and jelly?! I did find that I had to cook them about 3 minutes longer than the directions called for and they were extremely soft - so much so that they fell apart when eating. However, no one, including me, minded because they were so tasty! 

I was quite impressed with the wide variety of cookie and sweets recipes listed in this book. Each picture had an accompanying picture and, although they were in black and white, were a real help when browsing through the book and looking for a recipe to make. The Basic Information chapter in the front was wonderful and it did a nice job of explaining common baking supplies as well as gluten-free ingredients that I was less familiar with.  The recipes are easy to follow and there were many that I could easily make with ingredients I already have in my kitchen!

I was also pleased that the company, TriumphDining, sent me The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. This book is an absolute must-have if you are living a gluten-free lifestyle. There are over 44,000 products covered which can make your grocery shopping experience much easier and a heck of a lot quicker. It is clearly organized  by food type and also included are general shopping tips. So much easier than reading label after label, this is a great start to help make a gluten-free diet much more doable.

Buy it here: You can purchase The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide and The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide  from Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Chance: ForteBellezza Eye Lash Curler Giveaway Ends Friday!

Friday is the last day you can enter to win an Eye Lash Curler from Fortebellezza. You can read my review and enter to win here.