Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Safe & Gentle Cleaning with Dreft Cleaning Products Review + Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free sample of the above products from Dreft in exchange for a review.  I did not receive any other form of compensation
 
 
Has your little one started crawling around everywhere?  It's cute but unfortunately, it leads to them putting their little hands and mouths in some not so clean areas.
 
For years, Dreft has helped moms safely launder newborn and baby clothes without fear of allergic reactions or harsh ingredients that can irritate baby’s skin.
 
Now Dreft has introduced a safe line of cleaning products that gently clean everything from household surfaces to baby toys with a gentle and safe solution for everyone in the house.
 
I tried three of their new products:  the Odor Eliminator and Fabric refresher, the all purpose cleaner, and the all purpose wipes.
 
 
Dreft Fabric Refresher and Odor Eliminator helps get the stink out of fabric, carpet and upholstery often left behind by baby messes.  It works great with a very subtle smell.
 
 
Dreft Gentle Clean All purpose Cleaner Spray is formulated to effectively clean the surfaces your child touches. Like toys, glass, and counters.
 
Since it's safe for young ones, it has been great to use it as a way to allow older children to help with the house cleaning.  My kids had fun, and my house was getting clean without fear of them being exposed to chemicals.
 
 
Dreft Gentle Clean all-purpose Wipes go wherever little ones may wander. They’re pre-moistened and formulated to swiftly clean any surface they get their hands on. Toys, glass, counters. Use your imagination. Then go wipe down whatever you imagined because baby is probably touching it.
 
The wipes are great to keep around the bathroom and the kitchen for quick clean-ups.  They also work great to let kids help out with the house chores.
 
They are also great for on the go!

 
Overall, these products work great around the house, and it's nice to know they are safe for your kids.
 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

G.H. Cretors Healthy Gourmet Popped Corn Review + Giveaway

 
 
G.H Cretors Chicago Mix has made it's way to Florida, and I'm very happy about that.
 
I've seen the popped corn on their Facebook page for a while, and I was dying to try it.  And, let me tell you, it was as delicious as it looks!
 
G.H Cretors prides themselves for creating a healthy gourmet popped corn. 
 
Non-GMO Project Verified, completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and featuring a special “mushroom” variety popping corn.
They are also kosher and naturally gluten-free.
 
Can you beat that for a healthy snack option?
 
 
The Caramel Corn is made the old-fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch.
 
For the Cheese Corn, real aged cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown popcorn.
 
The result is a perfect combination of tastes, two-cheese to one-caramel in every bag.
 
 
The Chicago Mix was a magical combination of Caramel Corn and Cheese Corn in the same bag. 
 
I'll admit, before I tried it, I thought it was a strange combination, but the cheese and caramel actually pair together really well. 
 
The Chicago Mix becomes quite addictive!
 
 
This has been a huge hit for adults and children alike.  The kids ask me for G.H. Cretors popped corn after school every day. 

They love it, and why not let them have it when it's made with the best natural ingredients!
 

 
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Disclosure: I received a free sample of G.H. Cretors popped corn in exchange for this review.  However, all opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CampusBookRentals Donates to Operation Smile


Anyone you know graduating this year?  Are they going to attend College?

Think about helping them out with the cost of the textbooks, and introduce them to CampusBookRentals.com.  I hope most students anymore don't do like I did while in College, and paid full price for textbooks at the school book store.

On top of saving you money on textbook rentals, CampusBookRentals.com donates to Operation Smile for each rental.

Check out some of the Perks of renting textbooks:
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
Here's How it Works:



Let's get back to the fact that for each textbook rented CampusBookRentals.com donates to Operation Smile.  That's amazing on their part!

What is Operation Smile?
Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

This is such a wonderful charity, they save lives every day.
 

Disclosure: I will be compensated for this post, however all opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Host a Magic Show Themed Birthday Party

 
 
I have three birthdays to celebrate within a few weeks of each other, so I usually try to plan a joint birthday party.
 
I had to find a theme that would please three boys ages 9, 8 and 6.  One thing they all love is magic, so I decided to throw them a Magic Show Party!
 
 
I started with choosing colors for my theme, red, black and white.  Then I bought balloons, table clothes, cups, plates etc. all in my theme's colors.
 
 
I looked around my house for decorations that would fit my theme.  I found this top hat pot that we got as a New Year's Eve gift and repurposed it as a magic hat.  I also found some old cards and figured they can always represent magic.
 
I used a wood stick and taped playing cards to it, then I filled the hat with shredded paper and got myself a cool centerpiece.
 
 
I got a Magician hat from the party store as well as some cheap magic wands so the kids could play magicians during the party.
 
It was a fun party favor for the kids to have and it also served as a pretty decoration for my table.
 
 
I bought mini magician hats and filled them with Chex mix.  You could fill them with candy, peanuts or anything else really.
 
 
I've been saving Frappuccino jars for a while knowing they would come in handy one day.  I had some water bottle labels made, added some red and white paper straws, and the kids had "Magic Potion" to drink.
 
 
Of course you can't have a Magic party without a magician! 
 
I hired a local magician for a fun show during the party.  He performed tricks, and then made each kid a balloon.  It was a blast for both kids and adults.
 
 
Kids are always looking for a little parting gift so I bought simple red paper bags and filled them with goodies.
 
 
I printed address labels with a thank you note and a picture of a magic hat.  It fit well with the party, and was very easy to make.
 
Using paper crepe is always an easy and cheap way to spruce up a corner. Just use your theme colors and it will look great.
 
 
This was a fun party to plan, have a blast with it, and feel free to ask any questions.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Natural Relief to Pesky Allergies! Kid's Xlear Nasal Spray Review + Giveaway

 
It's that time of the year again, the dreaded allergy season. 
 
It's never fun seeing my kids suffer from allergy symptoms, yet I hate giving them chemicals to put in their bodies to fight these yucky symptoms.
 
I've recently learned all about the amazing benefits of Xylitol when I attend the WOW Summit last November, and I was very excited to try their Kid's Xlear Nasal Spray made with Xylitol.
 
What is Xylitol? Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar.  It’s not an artificial sweetener, but an all-natural sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. Xylitol has been researched for over 40 years, resulting in thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety.
 
How is Xylitol beneficial in a Nasal Spray? The addition of xylitol to saline nasal sprays has been shown to make them more effective at improving and maintaining upper respiratory health. Xylitol helps prevent the causes of sinus issues and upper respiratory discomfort by stimulating the body’s natural cleansing process to clear away contaminants and irritants in the nasal passages. If they can’t stick to the tissue, they can’t cause problems. Unlike many saline solutions, Kid's Xlear non-medicating xylitol nasal spray can prevent the dried-out feeling that comes from overuse of sinus medications or basic saline solutions.
 
3 Great Benefits of Kid's Xlear:
  • Drug-Free Solution
  • Hyper-Osmotic: This means they draw moisture in and keep the nasal passages and sinuses more moist and clean than saline alone.
  • Non-GMO Ingredients
For best results, use at least twice daily.
 
This product works great, it was really gentle in my son's nose and the cute elephant on the bottle definitely makes it easier to convince him to use it.
 
I love knowing that the Xylitol in the spray helps the body wash away pollutants and airborne contaminants which also helps prevent the cold or flu.
 
BUY IT: Kid’s Xlear Sinus Care Nasal Spray comes in a convenient, kid-friendly .75 fl oz squeeze bottle.
 
Retail Price $6.99
 
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Disclosure: I received a free sample Kid's Xlear Nasal spray in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Review + Giveaway #IrresistibleFreshnessThatLasts


 
Hurray for Purex Crystals!  What would I do if they didn't exist!  My laundry would be so blah, as a matter of fact, I almost look forward to doing laundry because every time I use the Crystals, my laundry room and my clothes smell so amazing.
 
I've written several reviews about the Crystals, and they are still my favorite Purex product. 
 
The New Purex Crystals ScentSplash is the next evolution in laundry in-wash liquid fragrance boosters. It contains refreshing scent beads that release bursts of fragrance with irresistible freshness that lasts!

 
You can use a little or a lot, directly into the washer or in-wash tray.
 
Purex Crystals ScentSplash is safe for regular and high-efficiency (HE) washers, and for all loads of laundry including towels, activewear, and children’s sleepwear.
 
They come in three fresh scents:
  • Fresh Spring Water
  • Fresh Lavender Blossom
  • Fresh Mountain Breeze
I've used the Fresh Spring Water and the Fresh Lavender Blossom, and they are truly the best at eliminating laundry odors from three active boys.
 
The scent really lasts a long time.  The first time wore clothes that had been washed with the Crystals, I kept looking for where the fresh smell came from until I realized I was wearing it!
 
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Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals ScentSplash in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review + Giveaway


I love that Dial brought their Miracle Oil formula to their hand soaps! 

I recently reviewed their Dial Miracle Oil body wash, and now you can enjoy the same micro oil technology for your hands.

 
The New Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap nourishes and hydrates your skin while giving your hands an amazing fresh scent.
 
How is this a Miracle Oil you ask?  Dial infuses the soap with Marula Oil and uses micro oil technology to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin damaging free radicals. 
 
All in all, it's good for your hands! 
 
It leaves my hands smelling great and they have been feeling so soft.

 
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Disclosure:  The Dial Brand provided me with a sample of Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Review + Giveaway

 

No need for the spa anymore, you can experience the luxury of the Boutique Collection with the New Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub hand soap!

I've tried the other soaps in the Boutique Collection, and the Sugar Cane Husk Scrub is the perfect addition!  With it's strong scent of freshly cut sugar cane, your hands smell great for hours, and the micro scrubbers in the soap make sure that your hands get a deep clean while still moisturizing and smoothing your skin.
 
 

I work in the healthcare industry and I have to wash and sanitize my hands hundreds of times while at work, which makes it really rough on my skin.  I love that I get to re-hydrate my hands once home with these gentle Dial soaps full of skin conditioners.
 
Even the bottle packaging is great!  The colors are so vibrant, it puts a little sunshine in your bathroom!
 
 
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Disclosure:  The Dial Brand provided me with a sample of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.