Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Son's First Quarter in College

Well, since I talked a lot last year about "prep for college," I thought I would talk about how college is going for my son.

Since he took so many AP classes in high school, he was able to enter UC Irvine as a Sophomore in the Astrophysics program! Unfortunately, he didn't qualify for any financial aid, so he has to commute to school. He takes 2 different trains and a bus, 2 days a week; and that takes him at least 2 hours each way. Plus, his classes are over 2 hours before the bus comes to take him to the train. So, he's gone from 7 am to 6 pm 2 days a week. The other 3 days he takes my van to school because his classes get out too late for him to take the train, and because one day he only has one class for 50 minutes. It takes him about 1 hour and 40 minutes to drive each way, and then he has to walk from the park-and-ride, because he can park there for free rather than pay to park on campus. Those nights he comes home around 8 pm.

So far, college is going well for him, and he likes it much better than high school. He has some final projects due this week and then next week are his finals. He recently registered for next quarter, and was able to get the classes he wanted in his major, but wasn't able to get the computer science class he needed in order to double major.

Does anyone have any commuting advice or any other advice on college?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel Review

As a member of BzzAgent, I was sent a free Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel to review, however all opinions expressed are my own. This deodorant is specifically designed with fast drying ingredients so that it evaporates in seconds. It has a water-based formula that allows active ingredients to permeate sweat glands faster and more efficiently than an invisible solid deodorant. You can bid farewell to white marks forever with rub-off resistant coverage that won’t leave a trail. It is clinically tested to help stop odor before it starts and is continually working to detect odor and wetness. The pH of Secret Outlast® minimizes odor-causing bacteria for longer-lasting, 48-hour odor protection. If you want to find out more about this deodorant, you can click here.

I really like the Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel. I was a little wary of it at first because I've never used a gel before. I usually use an invisible solid, and I've tried a roll-on, but never a gel. The gel was easy to open and easy to use. I just had to give it a couple of twists and enough gel came up for me to apply. I had just shaved so the gel did sting a little bit when I put it on, but that went away quickly. The gel is a little cool when you first apply it. It does have a nice "clean" scent.

Amazingly, the gel held true to what it says and it did last all day long. I'm a substitute aid for a second grader, so I am very busy all day long. I am constantly up and down, following him wherever he goes around the classroom and outside, including for p.e., recess, and track. So, usually at the end of the day, my deodorant is gone. Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel definitely worked, and I still smelled "clean" at the end of the day. I'm sure my family appreciated that when we all arrived home.

I would like to keep using Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel, although I would really like it if it came in a different scent, like powder fresh or shower fresh. Have you tried this new gel yet?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zep Cleaners Review

As a member of CrowdTap, I was sent some samples of Zep Cleaners to review and a few to give to some friends; however all opinions are my own.

This is a picture of me with my new Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant showing how I'm strong as Zep. Zep kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 5 seconds. It'great for killing germs this cold and flu season. ‪#‎ZepCleansters‬ ‪#‎Sponsored‬ ‪#‎TryZep‬ Regular anti-bacterial cleansers sometimes take up to 10 minutes to disinfect a surface! It's nice to have a cleaner that can disinfect so fast.

I love my Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant! It's so fast and easy to use. You just spray it on, wait 5 sec., and wipe clean. I used it for a quick clean of the bathroom counter before my son's birthday party. The first picture is before cleaning and the second picture is after. My counter looked great! It's also nice because it doesn't have a strong cleaning smell that makes you cough because the fumes are so harsh. It just has a nice clean smell. I gave one of my sample Zep Quick Clean Disinfectants to the teacher I work for. We usually use wipes to clean the kids' desks, but this will be much cheaper to use, and faster, because we don't have to scrub so hard with wipes that just fall apart anyway. Our school also just started a zero waste program, so it will reduce our trash since we won't be using a lot of wipes, we'll only be using a re-usable cloth.

Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser works great at getting out unwanted stains on your countertops, carpet or upholstery. I used it to get out a paint stain that the flood restoration workers left behind. Above are the before and after pictures. This cleaner is also very easy to use. All you have to do is spray it on, let it sit for 3-5 minutes, and then wipe it with a cloth. The paint stain was about 3 weeks old, so it will even clean stains that have been there for awhile.

Zep All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser also works great for cleaning the kitchen, including granite countertops. I had made a mess on my counter while baking cookies, and the flour had left a white film. So, I sprayed on the cleaner, waited only one minute, and just wiped it clean with a cloth. It's nice and shiny now and feels smooth. I love having a shiny counter, it just looks so clean. I also like that it feels smooth, and that I can't feel that film that the flour always leaves behind. It's great that the cleaner only has to sit for one minute before wiping clean. I'm very busy all the time, so it's nice to be able to get my cleaning done so quickly. This cleaner also just has a nice clean smell, and not an overpowering chemical smell.

I really like both of these Zep cleaners and actually look forward to the next time I clean.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sleep Number Sleep IQ Review

As a member of Smiley360, I was sent on a mission to review Sleep IQ from Sleep Number. I will receive a free pillow for my review, however the opinions expressed are my own. Before heading to the Sleep Number store, I called to find out their location. I got a recording, but didn't want to leave a message. They called me back to say sorry they missed my call and how could they help! That was very nice customer service.

When I arrived at the store, it was a wonderful reception from two very kind salespeople. They were outside the store and my daughter stopped to take the above picture. They thought she was taking a selfie and were joking with her about it.

After I explained why we were there, we walked in and laid down on a bed, after the salesman put pillow liners on the pillows(as a germaphobe, I appreciated that). We experienced the range of the bed, from firmest to softest. My daughter and I both thought it was really fun lying there as the bed automatically adjusted. I found out my sleep number would be 30, for a soft bed, due to the sensitivity of my hips.

This picture shows the salesperson explaining what he's doing.

This picture shows me lying on the bed, listening to the salesperson.

The red area in the picture shows how the firm bed bothers my hips. The bottom picture shows how the softer bed is better for me.

The top picture shows how there's a gap between how my body is lying on the bed and the mattress. The bottom one shows how the bed shapes itself to conform to my body shape.

These pictures show me discussing the features with the salesperson. This bed is really smart(I assume that's why it is called 'IQ.'). It recommends options to better your sleep based on experiences, such as tossing and turning and breathing rate. You get a daily, monthly, and yearly journal on your computer that can show you how to better your daily routine to sleep better. You keep a journal of what you ate or drank each day, and you can compare it to your sleep patterns to see what bothers you and what gives you a more restful sleep; like coffee or junk food might bother your sleep, but healthy food won't. The bed also adjusts itself when you turn over. It also has a snore feature that can raise you up two degrees to stop you from snoring. The reports are for each individual, so it can let you know if your spouse's sleep patterns disturb yours.

I really like this bed and will definitely look into it more when we need a new mattress. If you would like to find out more about it, click on this link. Plus, if you click on it, it will get me points and I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

How Do You Find the Time?

I'm sorry I haven't posted on here much lately, but I'm wondering How Do You Find the Time? I used to be a stay at home mom, and now I have had to go back to work since our oldest son has started college. I have absolutely no time to get things done anymore! After work, I still have to cook, clean, do the grocery list, etc., but it's so hard to find the time to get it all done. I've had to give up a lot of things like my crafting, my Etsy shop, reading the newspaper, and many more(a discussion for a future blog post), but I still can't get everything done. I have notes and schedules for everything I have to get done in a day, but I never seem to get it all done. Only the absolute essential things get done like cooking and making the grocery list, but so much more doesn't get done, like email, etc. I am busy until bedtime, but still can't get it all done. I am absolutely exhausted at the end of the day. So, I'm wondering, for those of you that work full-time, How Do You Find the Time?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I was sent a free bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. This is a new in-wash scent boosters that stimulate your life with peaceful bliss and boundless spirit, due to their soothing aromas. You can express your mood with each unique aroma, and the scent infusion is energizing and long lasting. The new scents are "Well Being," which brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms; "Energy," which helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus; and "Serenity," which keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lilies. These citrus and floral scents are blended with essential oils. If you want to learn more about this product, please visit the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy website.

I tried the Purex Crystals "Well Being" Aromatherapy this past Sunday in our laundry. The above picture shows the pink crystals in the cap.

This product is really easy to use. All you have to do is add Purex Crystals Aromatherapy into your washer’s tub (top, front-loading, or HE) at the start of the wash to supplement your laundry detergent(see above picture). This allows the crystals to permeate your clothing with a personal expressiveness that lasts for weeks, not days.

Since my 2 sons and I have allergies, environmental and skin, I'm always wary about trying a new laundry product. I was hesitant to use these crystals because their scent is pretty strong. I went ahead and tried about 1/4 of the cup in the load of towels, and was pleasantly surprised.

The laundry came out with a nice light, fresh scent that's not overpowering. I didn't tell my husband or sons that I used a new laundry product because I wanted to see what they thought. So far, no one's said they noticed a difference and it hasn't bothered anyone's allergies. I did have my daughter smell the cyrstals before I did the laundry, and I just asked her right now how her towels are, and she said she forgot I used a new product and didn't notice anything different about the towels. That's a good thing! So, I will definitely keep using Purex Crystals Aromatherapy.

I have been given 3 coupons for a free Purex Crystals Aromatherapy to give away to 3 of you. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, fill out one option or as many as you want. The giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. eastern time on 10/16/14.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt Review

As a member of Smiley360, I was sent coupons for Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt so I could review this product. The coupons were for the vanilla bean flavor and dark fudge swirl. My parents came over so we had a Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt party with them.

We tried the vanilla bean frozen yogurt with root beer to make root beer floats. The only one that liked it, was my daughter. She finished all of hers! My sons and I didn't like it because the yogurt doesn't melt and blend in with the root beer like regular vanilla ice cream does. The vanilla frozen yogurt by itself, or with chocolate chips on top, however, is very good!

We tried the dark fudge swirl Greek frozen yogurt in between graham crackers, like s'mores, and we all liked that. My youngest son also likes the dark chocolate fudge swirl by itself.

My dad liked it so much, that he took two coupons and already used them to buy some Healthy Choice frozen yogurt. He has really enjoyed all the flavors he's tried.

We will definitely keep buying Healthy Choice frozen yogurt because it's a very good treat on a warm day. If you want to find out more about Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt, you can visit this website. Plus, clicking on that link gets me points, so I would appreciate it if you would click on it for me. Thanks!