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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!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Purex Insiders Product Review and Coupon Giveaway- Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused w/ Marula Oil

As a Purex Insider, I was given the opportunity to try out the new Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused with Marula Oil. In exchange for my blog review, Dial provided ONE free FULL SIZE bottle for me to try in my home, and I received coupons for my readers to try a FREE bottle of DIAL COMPLETE OMEGA MOISTURE FOAMING HAND WASH 7.5 oz. No other compensation was provided.



Dial is known for having some pretty amazing body and hand soaps, so it is no surprise that the new Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap is pretty darn amazing!  Like the new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash, the Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap leaves the body and skin silky smooth! The scent that is left behind is subtle and hypnotic.

Dial states that Miracle Oil Hand Soap infused with Marula Oil "uses Micro Oil technology to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin damaging free radicals." From my personal experience, I find that this statement is true, although I can't prove that it protected my skin from damaging free radicals; however, it did leave my hands soft and smelling great!

To find out more about the new Dial products made with Marula Oil, click here.

If you would like a chance at discovering how great Dial hand soaps can be, leave a comment telling me why you love Dial hand soaps vs other brands. You must also leave an email address to be contacted at. Winners will be chosen randomly. Good luck!



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Purex Insiders Product Review & Giveaway!- Purex Powershot Laundry Detergent

As a Purex Insider, I was chosen to try out and review a new product from Purex----Purex PowerShot Laundry Detergent! In exchange for my product review, Purex provided, to me, a FREE full sized bottle of Purex PowerShot Laundry Detergent, along with coupons for my readers to try out this awesome product too! No other compensation was provided.

Purex PowerShot Laundry Detergent is a completely new type of detergent...completely different from any other laundry detergent that Purex has ever offered! Purex PowerShot is a self-dosing bottle of laundry detergent! No more messy pouring. No more "Oops! I poured too much!" No more nasty, messy bottle lids! This is the end to all of your laundry woes, when it comes to liquid laundry detergent!

Purex PowerShot is so easy to use! You simply tip the bottle over, while the cap is on. It pours the amount of detergent that you will need right into the lid. You pop the lid open and pour! It's THAT simple...it really is!


 See! No surprises! No mess! Simply pour it in, then close the lid and sit the bottle back upright until you need it again!










I have been a Purex Insider product reviewer for a while now, and I have tried just about every single laundry detergent Purex has come out with, but I have to say that THIS one is my favorite!!! I ABSOLUTELY love the self-dosing technique and idea! I give this product 5 stars out of 5 stars!
 Not only do I love this new Purex PowerShot, because of the simplicity of it, but it made my clothes SOOOO CLEAN!!!! Another great product from Purex!

If you would love a chance to try out the new Purex PowerShot Laundry Detergent, which you can now find at most Walmarts, then leave a comment below telling me why you would like to try this new product from Purex, and I will provide 6 lucky readers with either a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex PowerShot or a coupon for $1.50 off one bottle of Purex PowerShot laundry detergent! You will find out which one you will be receiving once you receive it! It's a surprise! :) Good luck! (*Please make sure that you provide an email address for me to contact you!*)

Purex Insiders Product Review and Coupon Giveaway! - Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap

As a Purex Insider, I was recently chosen to try out and review the new Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap. I was provided with a FREE full sized bottle, plus coupons for FREE full sized Dial Liquid Hand Soaps to give out to some lucky readers of this blog, in exchange for my review! No other compensation was provided!

Dial is known for giving us some pretty amazing hand soaps. Most of them have anti-bacterial products. The new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub comes via their new Boutique Collection, so it provides deep cleansing combined with moisturizing qualities for soft hands!

The Boutique Collection Hand Soaps come in vibrant scents and provide "refreshing moisture" with the combined effects of "gentle micro-scrubbers."

The first time I used this hand soap, I did not see or notice a difference in my hands. It just seemed to be like any other hand soap. However, after using it a few more times, I did notice that my hands felt SLIGHTLY smoother; however, it was not long lasting. I live in Wisconsin, and we have almost no humidity here, so my hands stay dry and cracked most of the time. (Something my hands are NOT used to! We have only lived here for a year now.) I was hoping for a wonderful effect on my hands from using this soap, but so far, it has not impressed me. The smell of the soap is very mild, but I did not really like the smell of it. It has almost a vanilla smell, which is not one of my favorite scents.

My official star rating for this product, out of 5 stars, would be 2 stars. It is an "ok" hand soap, but it is definitely not my favorite.

I have 2 coupons up for grabs! If you'd like to try the new Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub, or another scent of Dial Liquid Hand Soap, for free, please comment below in the comment section! I will send one out to the first 2 readers to comment! :) Good luck! (**You must leave an email address for me to contact you!**)


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Congratulations to "A Guiding Star"! From One Wounded Warrior Wife to Another....

As a wife of a 2-time wounded Veteran of the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars, I know all too well the challenges of loving and living with someone who has been to combat and continues to fight the battle once he gets home. My husband served in Tekrit (COB Speicher), Iraq in 2006-07. He came home totally changed. He was NOT the man I fell in love with and married. I did not know the man who the Army sent home to me. He was distant, unloving, hateful, reclusive, didn't want anything to do with me and our daughter, just wanted to sleep and play video games (war games mostly), got angry about everything, had flashbacks, attacked me in my sleep WHILE HE was asleep (night terrors), attempted multiple affairs (although it wasn't until 2010 that he actually HAD an affair, then again in 2014), etc. He was finally diagnosed with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), depression, and anxiety disorder. He had attempted to take his own life two times in a 3 yrs period (2007 in Iraq and 2010 in Wisconsin). He served, in combat, again in 2012-2013, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was blown up by a suicide bomber on March 2, 2013 and was nearly killed. He received a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and his PTSD was worsened, as is expected. He came home with a ton of health issues related to the TBI. He is almost 35 yrs old, and he now has SEVERE PTSD (so bad that the Army medically retired him at the highest rating possible for a retirement with PTSD and so bad that he's been hospitalized in inpatient psych 3 times now), multiple TBIs (one from each tour- the 1st one was never diagnosed or found until he received the 2nd one in Afghanistan), TBI-induced migraines, TBI-induced hypothyroidism (he has to take medication for the rest of his life so that his thyroid function will be managed), TBI-induced tinnitus (ringing in the ears), brain damage that includes damage to the portion of his brain that controls anger & rage (he has to take medication for the rest of his life so that his anger & rage can be controlled) and cognition & memory/recall (he has memory problems and problems with understanding information that is told to him or that he reads). The man I fell in love with 9 yrs ago and married 8 yrs ago (our 8 yrs wedding anniversary is March 28th!) was the sweetest, most caring, most faithful, most honest, most loving, family-oriented and fun-loving man I had ever met! The man I am married to now (and live separately from as of last week) is uncaring most times, is very dishonest with me, has cheated on me with other women, has abused drugs & alcohol, has told me many times he doesn't love me or that he hates me (always when he's enraged or having an affair), has evaded me and our kids many times, has emotionally neglected me and our kids many times, is emotionally disconnected from me most times, tells me that he no longer "feels" love for me, is unmotivated to get out and do things to stay active unless I make him do it, lacks initiative, can't remember to takes his meds/brush his teeth/or take a shower without my reminding him or his setting a reminder alarm on his cell phone; yet through all the bad with him, I still love him with all my heart. He may not be the man I married, but he didn't ask for this to happen to him either. His actions tell the story of his combat experiences. He killed and watched others kill. He had people trying to kill him. He was shot at. He was blown up. He had a live grenade thrown in his lap. He had buddies die. He watched children die and be tortured. He watched a vehicle (with people inside) get blown up by an IED and he saw people coming out of the vehicle while on fire. He saw people get projectile shrapnel shot into their body. He lived everyday of 2 deployments not knowing if he would come home alive or in one piece. With all the trauma and chaos that he survived, I can't (nor can anyone else) expect him to NOT be changed and a be a different person. Trauma, no matter what the cause, changes people forever. For all the problems we have had with him since his return from 2  combat deployments, we have also experienced happy and loving moments with him. He may not tell me he loves me like he used to, but when he reaches for my hand with hesitation, while we are sitting in church; or when he reaches to kiss me on my forehead like he did when we were dating; or when I catch him looking at me and smiling...then I know...somewhere deep inside this war-torn body and soul, is the man I fell in love with, and I hope that one day he will have the strength to realize how important he is to me and our kids.

My story...our story...is very common in the wounded warrior community. Unfortunately, this same story can also end in divorce or by suicide (for either the Veteran or his/her caregiver). Until our government realizes that our Veterans and their families deserve to be treated with more respect and honor than what they are, and until they realize that they have way too many Veterans not getting the help they need when they come home, yet they continue to send money to other countries instead of helping these Veterans, then this story of mine will continue to be in vain...and so will the stories of millions of others.

Please read the story at this link. Help support our Veterans and their families!

Monday, March 16, 2015

SheSpeaks product review- DRIP DROP Hydration Powder #DrinkDripDrop

As a member of SheSpeaks, I was given the opportunity to try out and review a new product called Drip Drop Hydration Powder. I was sent 4 packets of varying flavors to try, for free, in exchange for my personal opinion of their product and review.

Drip Drop is an electrolyte replacement aide that states it is "medical grade." As a nurse, I know how important it is to maintain electrolyte balance. When a person gets sick with vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration, and the person does not have IV fluids or some type of electrolyte replacement product given to him or her, it can become a very dangerous situation for that person. Electrolyte imbalance can affect the function of a person's kidneys, liver, blood production, and even brain function, so keeping electrolytes balanced is a key part of survival.

Drip Drop comes in packets that are opened and then mixed into 8 fl oz of water. (Kinda like the drink mix packets you can buy at the store.) The packets are 0.35 oz each, which equates to 10 grams. The flavors that were sent to me were lemon and berry. You can find out more about this product at their website.

The back of each packet does clearly state to only use this product under medical supervision. It also states that children under 12 mos of age should use this only under the advice of a doctor. Due to the nature of this product, and the fact that this product is for electrolyte replacement and should only be used when a person is sick, my family and I did not have a chance to try the product out. Thankfully, we have been perfectly well during flu and cold season!

I will hold on to these packets for future use, as this sounds like a great product to have on hand for illnesses.

Please check out #DripDrop! I have 2 - $3 off coupons available for 2 lucky readers who are interested in receiving them. They do EXPIRE on March 31st, 2015.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Experience Shopping @ the Children's Online Boutique #FABKIDS

Rating 10/10
5/5
modified review posted Mar-01-2015
"Just started ordering outfits for our 5 yrs old son. He now has about 4 outfits or so from FabKids. We love the outfits! He loves them too! The quality of the clothes is excellent, the choices are unique, and the price is comparable to retail stores. We are very pleased! I have signed up for the VIP monthly program so that I can start building our son's wardrobe with some really cute clothes. He's very petite, and it's hard to find cute clothes to fit him. Although he wears a 5 in boys, the clothes we get him in the stores always tend to be too long or too big on the waist. So far, all of the Fabkids clothes have fit him perfectly!"
This is my recent review that can be found on Reseller Ratings. I was not compensated, in any way, for this review or for the sharing of my review. I just wanted to share my satisfaction with FabKids.