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Monday, July 20, 2015

Purex Insiders- Step 2 "Backyard Fun in the Sun" Giveaway


As a Purex Insider, I have been chosen to help spread the word about a current giveaway that is underway! In exchange for my help, I have a chance at winning a prize. No other compensation has been provided.

Step 2 is very well known for amazingly well-built and awesomely adventurous toys for toddlers. As a mom of two kids, I can vouch for these great toys that Step 2 makes. My kids have owned and experienced many of them. (I'm not endorsing Step 2 products, but I am speaking from personal experience with them.)

Purex Insiders, along with Step 2 and Dial, is offering an amazing opportunity for readers to have a chance at winning one of many great prizes:

One grand prize winner will receive Step2 prize suite worth $1000, a year’s supply of Dial® Baby Body + Hair Wash™, & Purex® Baby laundry detergent. 

Ten second-place winners will each receive a bottle of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and a bottle of Purex Baby laundry detergent.
 To enter this great giveaway, click here! Good luck!

Monday, June 15, 2015

[Giveaway] Giveaway Botanica Science

Friday, June 12, 2015

My Experience with a Baby That Got Out

Yesterday, my friend and I were driving through a neighborhood and saw a little girl, who was probably between 2-3 yrs old, walking in her front yard all alone. There were no adults or other children outside or near her. My friend and I thought it was odd. I remembered when my son, who was around the same age, opened the front door of a previous home we lived in and decided to walk down the road to play with another toddler who had escaped her home, too. We were asleep at the time, because it was around 5 a.m., and the other child's parents were still asleep too. I woke up to see my front door wide open and my baby gone! It was the scariest thing to experience. I immediately ran outside and screamed for my son. Luckily, we lived in the country, and he was easy to find. Unfortunately, this little girl lived in a busy neighborhood where there is a good bit of traffic. This baby was all alone and could have ran into the street or been picked up by a stranger. I stopped my car and told my friend that I didn't think anyone knew the baby was out there. She was in front of a specific house and the screen door to the porch was open, so I walked up to the baby and asked her if anyone knew she was outside. She just looked at me like she didn't understand what I said. I noticed that through the porch door was a door to the house, and it was cracked open, so I yelled asking if anyone was home. I yelled several time and then finally a lady comes running out yelling for her baby. The mom came out, and I told her that her baby was outside playing by herself, and that I had a toddler do the same thing and figured that no one knew she was outside. The mom was panicked and said she turned her back for one minute to go to the restroom and didn't realize her little girl went outside. I reminded the mother just how close I was to her daughter and how I could have easily kidnapped her and then I suggested that she put a top lock on her door. She pointed out that she already had one but had decided to leave it unlocked since she had a family member on her way over. The mom kept thanking me over and over and apologizing to me, although I told her she didn't need to apologize to me for anything. I was just being a concerned mother. Even if it's not YOUR child, it doesn't mean that you can't still protect the child. The old saying is that it takes a village to raise a child. Not only could that baby have gotten hit by a car or kidnapped, but she could have ended up at someone else's house and possibly molested or harmed. All of these horrible things COULD HAVE happened simply because this mom took one single short cut and ignored the one safety feature she already had in place for her baby! I could have also just kept driving and not stop to inquire about the child's safety. Some people would have felt like they were being nosy. You have to think though---what if it was YOUR child? Would you not want someone to help you protect your baby? I know I would! smile emoticon

School's Out for Summer! Ways to Stay Active & Have Fun...for FREE!

Spring has passed us once again, and now it's finally that time of year...where the sun is hot, shade is hard to find, mosquitoes are everywhere, grass is growing like crazy, city swimming pools are at full capacity, everyone is wearing flip flops, shorts seem to be a little too short sometimes, kids are running around outside, sprinklers are on, the air is filled with the scents of get the idea---IT'S SUMMER TIME!!!

With summer time comes the end of school year. Now the kids are at home all day long. They are driving you crazy. Every one is getting cabin fever. Some families are planning vacations or going on them. Some families are doing stay-cations where they do things locally. Regardless of what your plans or lack of plans are, there are TONS of things that you can do with your kids this summer...and a lot of them don't even cost a dime!

Here are some ideas of things that you can do with your kids this summer:

*Don't have a local swimming pool to visit? Get the water hose out! Remember back in the day when WE were kids, what did we all do? We played with the water hose! Get it out, turn it on, and let the kids spray each other! Give them some balloons and let them make water balloons to throw!

*Visit museums! Some are free, some will cost you. It depends on where you live or where you are going to visit the museum. If you are a military family with active DOD ID, check out Blue Star Museums! We do this every summer! There are tons of museums around the USA that participate, so no matter where you live, you should be able to find at least one that you can visit for free with your DOD/military ID.

*Go on nature walks! Nature doesn't cost a thing (unless you are visiting a national or state park...sometimes they charge for visits). I found a site that you can use to help locate nature trails near you! Exploring nature can be both educational and healthy! Your kids (and even you) can learn about wildlife, habitats, and the environment, while you enjoy the health benefits of being active with your family and enjoying the fresh air!

*Visit the beach! If you are like me and my family, and you live near a beach or a lake, pack a lunch or picnic, grab a frisbee, put on your swim suit, grab your flip flops, get the kids dressed for some sandy and watery fun and load up the family to head to the beach for the day! Walk the beach, play frisbee, etc...stay active and enjoy the sounds and scents of the beautiful beaches!

*Go on a family walk around your neighborhood! Explore new neighborhoods (just be safe about it). Check out the local mom and pop stores. Eat at a new restaurant. Just get out and enjoy a nice family walk!

*If you have a bicycle, use your bicycle this summer instead of driving locally. If you want to plan a bike route in your area, check out this site!

*Plant a family garden! This may cost money initially, but in the end, if you plant edible plants, you will save money by growing your own foods!

*Check out your local library for summer reading programs for the kids and adults! You can also find out if your local library has any summer events planned. Some libraries, like ours, will host movie nights, family nights, etc.

*Look for volunteering opportunities that you can include kids in! What better way to teach children to help and appreciate what they have than to have them help others knowing they will not receive anything in return...other than mere enjoyment that they are helping!

*Keep an eye out for local festivals. Sometimes they are free. Sometimes they cost money.

*If you follow a certain religion, or even if you don't but you want your kids to do something free, check out the local churches and find out when registration dates are open for Vacation Bible School.

*Host a camp out in your back yard and let your kids invite some friends over. If you have a tent or a canopy, set it up in the back yard, then let the kids camp outside!

*Host a family movie night at your house! Grab a movie from your collection of movies, use Netflix or Hulu if you have it, or spend $1.50 to rent a movie at a local Redbox. Make some popcorn. Sit back and relax with the kiddos!

*Pull out those board games that have collected dust throughout the year! Host a family game night!

*Host a mini-marathon or obstacle course in your neighborhood or in your own yard. Let the kids have fun while competing for prizes or goodies!

There is so much to do during the summer! Just don't let kids sit around and play video games all the time. Encourage them to get out and enjoy their summer. Don't forget to continue educating them during the summer too. Research shows that kids lose what they have learned during the whole school year, as soon as summer comes! Keep them educated and make sure they don't forget what they have already learned.

Have a great summer! Be safe and have fun!

Here are some pics of my kids enjoying the great outdoors near where we live!


Lake Michigan Harbor, Kenosha, Wisconsin
The lighthouse on the pier at Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin

My kids playing in the sand at Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was pretty darn cold that day! LOL

My little boy checking out our garden plot that we built, as a family, last year. He is so excited that we will be putting together another family garden this summer!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Purex Insiders Product Review- RENUZIT PEARL SCENTS

As a Purex Insider, I was recently chosen to try out the new Renuzit Pearl Scents room freshener. In exchange for my personal opinion and product review, I was provided with one FREE full size product and coupons for free products to give to my blog readers. 
I must admit, when I first received this product to try, I was not really sure of how great it would be. I have tried other brands of room fresheners that are made from similar beads, and they never quite impressed me. Honestly, my expectations were not very high. However...that soon changed!

Upon opening the seal on the Renuzit Pearl Scents, I was taken back by how strong the aroma was. It was strong, but in a good sense. It made me feel hopeful that I would soon be impressed by its performance. I left it sitting on my counter top, and then I left my house for the day. I had several errands to run that day, so my house had many hours to soak up the amazing smell of the Renuzit Pearl Scents. I had this product in my kitchen. My kitchen and dining room are very large, and then my living room is connected, which is also very large. I can't say that the Renuzit Pearl Scents is meant for large areas; however, my portion of my kitchen that it was sitting in smelled so good! The smell was uplifting and smelled like a beautiful rain garden.

I have had this sitting in my kitchen for about a week, and I do have to say that the scent has vanished. I have tried to shake the beads to possibly reactivate them, and although I can smell it standing in front of it, it no longer spreads the aroma through my kitchen, so in my experience, the aroma is short lived.

If you would like to learn more about the Renuzit Pearl Scents, you can check out the Renuzit site here.

If you would like a chance to receive a coupon to try the new Renuzit Pearl Scents for FREE, simply comment on this blog post by answering this question:
**Two winners will be chosen randomly.**

Friday, April 17, 2015

Purex Insiders Product Review & Coupon Giveaway- Purex Crystals ScentSplash

As a Purex Insider, I was chosen to try out the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash. In exchange for my blog post and product review, Purex sent a free full-size product for me to try out and also sent coupons for some of my lucky readers to try out this amazing product for free! No other compensation was provided.

Purex Crystals has become a common household staple for most families who love Purex products. We all know how wonderful the Purex Crystals are! Those tiny colored and scented pebbles of goodness can smell up a whole room and make clothing smell delicious! Well, now Purex has introduced a whole new concept for the Purex Crystals! It's Purex Crystals ScentSplash, which is the Purex Crystals product in LIQUID FORM!!!

Purex Crystals ScentSplash smells just as amazingly delicious as the standard Purex Crystals! (Maybe even better!) Purex Crystals ScentSplash became available, in April 2015, in stores like Wal-Mart and other stores that sell Purex products. This wonderful product comes in 3 scents: Fresh Spring Waters, Fresh Lavender Blossom, and Fresh Mountain Breeze. I received the Fresh Spring Waters scent to try out, and this is also the only scent that my local Wal-Mart carries.

Purex Crystals ScentSplash is an in-wash fragrance booster that fills your clothing with a beautiful scent of freshness! You can use a little or you can use a lot! It is your choice! Purex claims that this product provides for 35% more wash loads than the 18 oz Purex Solid Crystals. I can't verify that, but I would think it depends on how much you choose to use.

In my personal opinion, this stuff is amazing! It smells sooooo good! This is really just a product to make your clothes smell better than with just normal detergent. It's not a fabric softener. It definitely kicks up, the laundry freshness smell, several notches! I highly recommend this product!

If you would like the chance to try out the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash, please comment below and tell me why you would like to try this product. Please include an email address to be contacted at. Those entries that don't answer the question and/or don't provide an email address aren't accepted for selection!