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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin–Review & Giveaway

CAN_AHLL_Sensitive_203LWhen you love a product you want to stick with it but as we all know price is a huge factor as to whether we continue to buy the brand we love or go elsewhere.  Fortunately, Arm & Hammer’s affordability makes it easy for me to keep my cupboard well stocked with the Arm & Hammer products I love.  Not only is Arm & Hammer either the same price or sometimes a wee bit cheaper than other leading brands, I often get great discount deals like 2 for 1 sales at my local grocery store. 

I’ve recently had an opportunity to try out the NEW ARM & HAMMER™Sensitive Skin and Sensitive scents™ laundry detergents.  This couldn’t have come at a better time for me since we’ve discovered a chemical sensitivity in my youngest daughter.  Eliminating harmful products in laundry detergent is a huge first step in helping her.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Life is Too Short

I wouldn't even be writing this except that I don't have the energy to reply to every email I get about potential advertising or articles for my blog etc.  If you read my blog then I appreciate you taking the time to and if you have just stumbled across my blog, please come back in a couple of weeks.  It won't always be silent around here.

But you see, I lost my mom on Tuesday. It was sudden and it was unexpected.  She was only 60.  It has devastated our lives at the moment.  I have a giveaway ending tomorrow afternoon and I will make sure the winner gets chosen etc.

Thoughts and prayers would be appreciated at this time.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

OxiClean MaxForce – Review and Giveaway

 Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of OxiClean for it’s stain fighting power.  From hair dye to grass stained jeans, it’s been my best laundry friend.  It’s a relationship not so easily understood by my husband who likes to buy whatever happens to be cheapest.  Not that OxiClean is expensive.  It’s not.  It’s just sometimes those no-name brands are sneaky with the price cuts and then I’m stuck with a full bottle of crap that doesn’t do a darn thing.  Arg!!

New to the Oxiclean line is their MaxForce® Pure Whites Laundry Stain Fighter & Booster available both in a liquid and a powder.  Gentle on whites and gets clothes up to 50% whiter.

Again, a great product.  I’ve enjoyed adding it to my whites, especially my light colored towels. Not sure exactly why but I find I tend to prefer the powder form over the liquid form.  It may be all psychological because with the powder spread on the stain and then when I rub it in, the slight grittiness makes you feel like you’re accomplishing something.  Like I said, it’s probably psychological.  :)


* OxiClean Soccer Ball
* 2 NEW OxiClean® MaxForce® Pure Whites Laundry Stain Fighter & Booster Liquid
* 2 NEW OxiClean® MaxForce® Pure Whites Laundry Stain Fighter & Booster Powder
* 2 OxiClean® MaxForce® Spray
* Approximate retail value: $45.00
Contest ends July 12, 2013 at 12:00 am PST.  Contest open to US/Can.

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*disclosure – I received the above products in order to conduct this review.  No other compensation was received*

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Downy Unstoppables - Review

unstopables_spring_product Laundry, Laundry, Laundry.  The bane of our existence, right?  The only thing I love about doing laundry is the smell of all those fresh clean clothes. 

I was recently mailed a bottle of Downy UNSTOPABLES™ Spring In Wash Scent Booster to try out.  I decided that our regular clothes didn’t need the extra scent, we get enough of that clean fresh smell from our regular laundry detergent.  What does need a boost; however, are our sheets and towels.  No matter what I try, they just don’t seem to stay very fresh in the cupboard.

The scent beads are very easy to use.  No waiting for that special wash cycle, you can simply add the fresh scent beads directly to your wash prior to turning it on. It works in any type of machine, even HE machines.  The Spring scent is lightly floral and pleasing.  I noticed that even while the wash was running, I would get wisps of the fresh scent every time I ventured near the laundry room.  Taking out the sheets and towels from the dryer was a pleasure and my linen cupboard even days later still carries the light fresh scent of clean laundry.

Now if you are scent sensitive (as so many are these days) this might not be the product for you.  I did notice; however, that the scent was not overly strong when I snuggled under the covers that night so it definitely wasn’t an issue for us.  My husband does react sometimes to overly strong scents and musks but had no problem with this.

Now available wherever P&G products are sold. 

If you would like the opportunity to receive your own bottle of Downy UNSTOPABLES™ please let me know in the comments below.  The first ten people will be emailed an exclusive invitation to receive their own full size bottle of Downy UNSTOPABLES™ .  Remember, this offer is available only while quantities last. 


***disclosure, I received a both of Downy UNSTOPABLES™ Spring in Wash Scent in order to conduct this review. No other compensation was received.***

The Runaway

For the record, I was one of those people really looking forward to the lazy days of summer at home with my children.  I was even a little irked to read several posts criticizing us moms who actually looked forward to staying at home with our kids this summer.  After all, why shouldn’t I be looking forward to sleeping in, easy care free lunches, peaceful afternoons sitting on the deck watching my children swim in the pool, reading blogs, gardening, planning day trips to the beach etc. 

Then reality sets in.  As our special needs daughter gets older, so do the challenges.  It’s easier to take her behaviour in smaller doses during the week and as ashamed as I am to admit it, medication has helped her be more manageable on the weekends when she’s not in school.

The only problem is we’re not happy using medication.  She is who she is and we need to learn how to parent this child without it.  While she was in school we felt more okay with medication if it assisted her in being more focused to learn and the calming down of some of her quirks helped her a little bit socially.  Now that school is out, we’re nixing the medication and turning to a Naturopath to help assist us in finding some kind of balance.

Day 1 had me trying to get her to clean her room for a showing the next morning.  She object so strongly that we ended up having to help her clean which then resulted in her actually running away.