Thursday, April 10, 2014

Expo Tryology Product Review: Finish Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster

As a member of Expo's Tryology panel, I was recently chosen to try out the new Finish Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster. I was sent a full-sized sample of the product to use in my home in exchange for my product review and blog post. The opinions in this review are my own.

Upon receiving my bottle of Finish Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster, I immediately put it to use. (Good thing I had some messy dishes to wash. Definitely a great challenge for this product!) I loaded up my countertop dishwasher with all of the messy dishes from our barbeque dinner the night before (yes, I know, I should have washed them the night before, but if I did that, then I would not have had the messiest dishes possible, for this review! Sometimes you have to think positively!). Once I got the dishes loaded, I poured in the Finish Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster and then I poured in our gel dish detergent. I honestly did not know what to expect from this product. I have used other brands of detergent boosters in the past, and they did not really do what they advertised, so I was not holding my breath!

After 1 hour and 25 minutes of cycling, our dishwasher stopped, and the results were in....

No more barbecue sauce!!! It worked!!! If I had washed this load of dishes, with barbecue sauce stuck to the dishes, I know the dishes would have still had barbecue sauce on them. However, with the added bonus of adding Finish Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster to our regular gel detergent, it definitely did its job! I was very impressed!
If your dishes seem to never get as clean as you want them, or you are looking to boost the cleaning power of your regular dishwasher detergent, I highly recommend giving this product a try! I doubt you will be disappointed! I wasn't! Finish Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster definitely gets 5 out of 5 stars from me! *On a side note, I am unsure of what type of water we have in our community, but I do believe it's hard water. Results may vary with different types of water.*

Monday, April 7, 2014

Chatterbox by Product Review- Mable's Labels

As a member of, I was chosen to try out and review adorable products from Mable's Labels. I was given the chance to place a FREE order to try out a Basic Kit of Mabel's Labels, at no cost to me, in exchange for my product review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I am the busy mom of 2 kids, ages 12 and 4, and they are very active. They go to school, do sports, do clubs and after-school activities, and they are constantly on the go. To know that I could properly identify an item of theirs with a simple tag, if needed, in the event that they left something behind somewhere, is ingenious! I loved the idea! However, I have never been too keen on putting my kids' first names on anything that they take outside of the home, for the simple fact that I would not want someone to call them by their names and make them think the person knows him or her. I got around that idea though and used our last name, which most people can't even pronounce. LOL Using our last name also means that the labels could be used on items for the whole family, too.

The package has arrived!!!
Look at all the goodies!
 The standard kit, that was sent to me, included a booklet of a variety of labels. There were Skinny-Minis (designed to identify even the smallest school supplies, etc), Tag Mates (laundry-safe labels for clothes that require no ironing or sewing), Shoe Labels (extra-tough labels that peel and stick to the insoles of footwear), and Bag Tags (tough, waterproof metal tags for backpacks, sporting equipment, luggage, and more). My kit also came with 5- $10 off coupon cards for me to give to my readers!!!

Here are some shots of MY labels!

Mable's Labels are very durable and can be used on pretty much anything! These are just 2 ways that I have used them for my kids!

The above pictures show the Skinny-Minis being used on my daughter's craft box and on my son's Leap Pad Ultra. There are so many uses for these adorable labels.

To learn more about Mable's Labels, check out their website! If you are interested in receiving a $10 off $50 or more coupon card, please comment below with an email to be contacted at. I will request your mailing address via email.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Movie Screening Review- "Moms' Night Out"

As a member of MomSelect, I was invited to a private movie screening of an upcoming movie called "Moms' Night Out." This was my first movie screening, and this is my first review on a movie screening. I was not provided any monetary compensation. I received 2 free tickets to the screening, and once we arrived, the marketing team for the movie had swag bags with marketing gifts in it for the bloggers and guests to enjoy. I'm so excited! All opinions within this review are my own.

I attended the screening last month, with my 12 yrs old daughter, and we had a blast! This movie is keep-you-on-your-toes funny! Not one single person could stop laughing throughout the whole movie. I have never watched a movie that kept me laughing the whole time. (I laughed so much that I ended up triggering my asthma and had to use my inhaler during the movie. LOL)

"Moms' Night Out" features many well-known names in acting and the music industry, such as, Sarah Drew (from "Grey's Anatomy"), Sean Astin (from "Lord of the Rings" and "Goonies"), Patricia Heaton (from "Everybody Loves Raymond"), David Hunt (from "The Dead Pool"), Andrea Logan White (from "Marriage Retreat"), Robert Amaya (from "October Baby" and "Courageous"), Abbie Cobb (from "90210" and "Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas!"), Harry Shum, Jr. (from "Glee"), Kevin Downes (from "Courageous"), Alex Kendrick (from "Courageous" and "Fire Proof"), and Trace Adkins, country music sensation. This movie is directed by The Erwin Brothers (who also directed "October Baby"). "Moms' Night Out" was filmed entirely on location in Birmingham, Alabama. This movie was given a rating of PG due to some action. I can PROMISE you that there is not one single curse word, profanity, or sexual content in this movie. It is the perfect movie for the whole family!

"Moms' Night Out" encompasses what every mom's life is like: full of chaos, errands, messes, and headaches. The one thing every mom would just love to have is a night out with her friends! Well, in order for most moms to do that, someone must tend to the kiddos. In "Moms' Night Out," the fathers are left to care for their children, and every single fear that a mom could have about leaving her kids in the care of anyone, eventually comes true during this movie! Watch as these fathers try to figure out how in the world their wives, the mothers of their children, tend to all the chaos on a daily basis. Since the movie is due to come out on Mother's Day, May 9, 2014, I am not going to give too much story line away, but I guarantee if you take your mom, wife, or just yourself to watch this movie on opening day/night, you will have a blast! (I loved it so much that I'm going to drag my husband out to watch it!)

I can honestly say that this movie is the best movie I've seen in a long time! I rarely get out to watch movies at theaters because I tend to fall asleep during the first 5-15 minutes of the movie. This movie had me laughing so much that I did not fall asleep even once!

You can find out more about "Moms' Night Out" by checking out the IMDb page about the movie. You can also check out the trailer for the movie. You can also find out more about the movie and the learn about the behind the scenes stuff when you check out the website!


#DisneySide @ Home Celebrations Party

A while back, I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @ Home Celebrations Party thanks to MomSelect & Disney. It was a blast! I collaborated with my son's preschool and hosted it as part of a Valentine's Day event at his school. I used most of the items that were sent to me for the party. Some items I was unable to use (mostly decorations) due to the school being set up for their own event that was planned ahead of time, however, I donated those decorations to the preschool to be used in the classrooms and future events. The preschool was so excited to receive them.

During the event, I explained to the families about being a product reviewer and blogger and spoke to them about the wonderful sponsors of this event and how I was chosen for this party. All of the families and staff were so interested in finding out more and even requested that I do a class specifically on product reviewing and blogging so that the parents could try their hand in blogging!

I purchased Valentine's Day snacks and drinks to incorporate into the party since the preschool has a policy against bringing in home-made treats. I really wanted to make Mickey Mouse-themed snacks, but due to this policy, I was unable to. We set up a photo shoot spot where I took Valentine's Day photos of the parents with their children. I am going to be making prints of all of the photos and giving them to the families.

While I spoke with the parents, the children were doing fun activities in the classrooms. My daughter, who is homeschooled, volunteered to help out with the party. She did hand paintings (instead of face paintings) for the children. The photo below is of my daughter painting my son's hand. (This is why his face is not blurred like the children's faces below.)

The party was a great success, and everyone enjoyed receiving the sponsored goodies that I handed out.

*Due to preschool policy, I am unable to post photos of the children's faces online (per preschool request), so they are blurred out. Due to this same policy, I was not allowed to video record the event.*

 (This one is my husband and our it's ok to show!)

As a member of MomSelect, I was sent free products for personal use and to give to my party-goers, in exchange for my blogging efforts and reviewing efforts. All opinions herein are my own.

Product Review- Natural Goddesses Warming Tarts

Recently, I agreed to do a product review for a natural product company called Natural Goddesses. I received samples of several of their products to try out and review. The opinions in this review are my own. I received no monetary compensation.

Natural Goddesses sent 2 scents of warming tarts to be reviewed: Blueberry Pumpkin Patch Tarts and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Tarts. I had never experienced using tarts or a tart warmer prior to this review, so I had to set out to purchase a new tart warmer! That was fun! :)

First to review is the Blueberry Pumpkin Patch Tarts. When I smelled this pack of tarts, I was in love. It smells like a pumpkin pie with a hint of blueberries. I thought it would smell the same way when it as melting in the tart warmer. However, it did not. The scent was very faint, and I could not really smell it in my kitchen where I had it warming. I had to get close to the warmer to be able to smell it. I like stronger scents, so for that reason, this was not my favorite. The second scent is Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. This one smells very chocolaty in the package and because of that, I thought that I would not enjoy the scent; however, I was wrong! I loved this one! When it was melting, it had a decadent scent to it. It was not too overpowering, but I could smell this one a lot more than the Blueberry Pumpkin Patch one. All in all, both of these tarts were great! Plus, with these tarts, which are made of soy wax, you can reuse the melted wax. Simply pour the melted wax into a small container. Let it stay in the container until you want to reuse it. I used an empty pill bottle, which worked perfectly, and then when I was ready to reuse it, all I had to do was simply push the bottle on the sides to loosen the wax, then it fell right out (in the shape of the bottle). You could use any small container though.

I timed the tarts to see how long it took them to melt. It took on average about 20 minutes for these tarts to melt.

To check out or learn more about Natural Goddesses' products, please email them, check them out on Facebook, and you can also go to their Etsy store!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Attention Military Spouses!
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Spouse fellows can serve their military communities as:
  • financial counselors at family readiness and support centers
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Fellowships are available to current or surviving spouses for active duty or retired members of all seven uniformed services.
The application period runs through April 18, 2014.
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The Military Spouse Fellowship is administered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Association.

Purex Insiders Product Review- Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

As a member of Purex Insiders, the Dial Company sent 2 full sized samples of the new Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap to review. The opinions given are my own. I was also given coupons to give to my blog readers.

I was sent 2 different scents to try out, Water Blossoms and Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar. The Water Blossoms has a very clean scent to it. The Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar has a citrusy scent to it and has an exfoliating feeling to it. Both soaps made my and my family's hands very soft feeling after each wash. These soaps not only clean very well but moisturize also.

I have always been a fan of the scented hand soaps with the moisturizers and exfoliants, that can be purchased at one of the high end retailers that focuses on handwashes and body washes, and I would definitely say that Dial has exceeded my expectations with these 2 products. These products, in my opinion, are just as good if not better than those from the high end handwash products company.

I will be hosting a Facebook giveaway for this product. You can check it out here.
To find out more about the Dial products, please visit Dial's website.