Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash #Review and #Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I was sent a bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash to try. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. This is a new body wash that's infused with caring Marula oil for beautifully, soft skin. It's formulated with Micro Oil Technology that gives you a luxurious, clean-rinsing lather that leaves skin feeling clean, soft and smooth. Marula oil is known to deeply hydrate and nourish sin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals. Caring oils are a major trend in hair care and cosmetics. This fresh body wash has an advanced moisture-attracting formula for lasting, lightweight hydration. Dial wants you to have healthy skin, and this restoring body wash can help you do that. You can learn more about this family body wash and how to get soft skin by going to

I've been using the Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash for the past week when I take a shower. I really like it! The lid opens easily and the body wash comes out easily too. It's nice and thick and you don't need a lot - I love that because I like making things last as long as they can to save money. The body wash lathers up really nicely, as you can see from the above pictures of the restoring body wash on my purple scrubbie and on my arm. It has a light, perfume scent, and it smells really nice! After I rinse off and get out of the shower, my skin feels silky smooth and I feel clean and refreshed. I also smell nice for quite awhile. I have sensitive skin and this body wash doesn't bother me at all. I will definitely continue to use it in the future.

I have been given 3 coupons for a free bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash to give away to 3 of you. This is open to residents in the U.S. only. 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 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 03/08/15.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Good Last Week Off

We had this past week off work/school, so that was nice. Well, at least 3 of us did and 2 didn't. My daughter, youngest son and I had it off; and my husband and oldest son did not have it off. So, I still got up early to make my son's breakfast and his sandwich for lunch, but at least then I didn't have to rush around getting everyone else ready to go. We actually had a very productive week.

On Monday, my daughter went to work with my husband for a Girl's Fair. It was for Junior and Senior girls to inspire them to go into technology jobs. So, since my 8 year old son and I were home alone, I tried to do some fun things with him. In the above picture, he traced shapes I already had cut out from manila folders, and then glued them on paper to make a picture. One picture is of a Ninja Turtle and the other is of an angry man. After that, we played some board games.

On Tuesday, I had a dentist appointment, no cavities, yay! We worked on my son's sea animal project for school. He had to type up 5 facts about a sea animal, and then put it on a poster, and also add some pictures. He has to memorize the facts and present them on Monday when they go back to school. I also uploaded and ordered all of our pictures that we took on our camera during 2014.

On Wednesday, we ran errands, worked on our Sunday School lesson and I wrote up some reviews for a blog where I'm a guest blogger. I also tried Jamberry for the first time, as you can see in the above picture. I won a set of Jamberry nail wraps in a giveaway on a blog, and I was excited to try them. I think I did a pretty good job applying them for the first time.

On Thursday, my daughter and I both had eye dr. appointments, so my parents watched my youngest son. My eyes only went up a little, but my daughter's went up a little more so she needs new glasses. She also had to have her eyes dilated for the first time. When we got home, I worked on the grocery list and some more reviews for the other blog.

On Friday, my daughter had an appointment with a scoliosis dr. Luckily he said the curve in her back is a normal angle and she doesn't have scoliosis! I also worked on more reviews and a recipe article for the other blog, reconciled my Jan. bank statement, and my 8 year old son and I played outside in the backyard.

On Saturday, my parents came over for dinner, so after grocery shopping, I spent all day cleaning and cooking.

Tomorrow we all go back to school/work, and I'm not looking forward to it, but oh well, that's my life now.

How was your week?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Look Back on Last Week

Last week was pretty busy at home and at school. At home, I am reviewing several products for several different companies, so I've been busy working on that. I am reviewing Blue Apron foods, 3 face products, and 1 makeup product for another blog. It's been fun reviewing these, and I'm learning about how to make a video for the Blue Apron review project. The InkJoy pens, that I reviewed on my blog, that project for Smiley360 ended yesterday. I'm also reviewing Quaker Popped Rice Cakes for BzzAgent. On top of all that, I'm doing all my usual cooking dinner, baking, and cleaning. My daughter and I also worked on preparing the Sunday School lesson for the teachers this week. I haven't had a lot of time to catch up on email or other stuff around the house. Hopefully I'll have a chance to do that this week because we have the week off school. Although, my college son doesn't.

Work at school was busy this past week too. A week ago Friday, we had a field trip to the Aquarium, Tuesday we had a field trip to another elementary school to watch a play, and then on Friday we had Jump Rope for Heart and Valentine's Day celebrations. It was an eventful week for the kids and busy for us coordinating everything. It will definitely be nice to have a week off.

How was your week?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Paper Mate InkJoy Pens Review

As a member of Smiley 360, I was sent a sample of Paper Mate InkJoy 300 RT pens to review and a gift card to Walmart to purchase some more. However, all opinions expressed are my own. The InkJoy 300 RT pens are retractable and feature a revolutionary ink system for effortless writing. The pen starts quickly, doesn't drag, and requires minimal pressure from your hand. It delivers crisp, clean lines every time. These pens have an extended rubberized grip for optimal comfort while writing. The body of the pen is a translucent color-tinted body and has a metal clip for long lasting durability. They named them InkJoy because they wanted to bring back the joy to writing. There are other versions of the InkJoy Pen, a 100 series and a 500 series. If you want to learn more about these pens, you can visit Paper Mate's website.

There are 8 different colored pens in the 300 RT series, so there's plenty to choose from to use for whatever project you're working on. I used 6 different colored pens for my planner. I am trying to be more organized this year for my blog and other projects I'm working on, so I decided to buy a day planner. I saw this idea on another blog, about using a different colored pen in a planner for each project. I loved the idea and decided to try it myself. I used 2 different colors for my blog regular articles and reviews/giveaways, 2 different colors for a blog I'm a guest writer/reviewer on for regular articles and reviews, 1 color for our Childhood ministry at church that my daughter and I lead, and 1 color for miscellaneous things.

You can see how colorful my whole month looks. I've been using this system for 3 weeks now and it's definitely made my life easier. It's very easy for me to see what I need to do when, and for what project.

This picture shows my Sunday - Wednesday schedule for February so far.

This picture shows my Thursday - Saturday schedule for February so far.

These pens are definitely easy to write with. They write very smoothly and as you can see from my pictures, there aren't any drag marks, just like they said. I didn't see the statement on the back of the pen container that said they are sealed for freshness, so you have to remove the little ball of wax from the tip before use. So, when I started writing with the first pen, I was surprised when the ball of wax came off! Once I was aware of that, it was easy to remove from the rest of the pens. I really enjoy using these pens and love all the colors. Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved different color pens, so these are perfect for me. You can also use these pens for your shopping lists, wish lists, color coding schedules, to do lists and for your kids' homework and school projects. I also think these will be a great tool for me to use in the classroom. I can use the red one for correcting papers, and the other colored ones for notes to parents, notes on the student's chart I work with, notes on my reading group, and so much more. I definitely love these Paper Mate InkJoy pens and look forward to using them even more.

You can also click on this link to learn more about these pens (plus you'll be doing me a huge favor because I earn points toward my Smiley360 mission for every click). Thanks!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Purex PowerShot Detergent Review and Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I was sent a free bottle of Purex PowerShot Detergent. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. This is a new liquid detergent made to simplify your laundry routine because you don't have to guess if you're measuring the right amount! The detergent bottle is the only one that automatically dispenses the correct amount of super concentrated formula, and it's really easy to use. You just have to open the cap(away from your face), flip the bottle upside down, and pour it into your washer. When you flip the bottle back upright, it automatically refills and is ready for the next load. The detergent also has 50% more stain fighting power in every drop, so your clothes will come out clean. If you want to learn more about Purex PowerShot Detergent, please visit the Purex website.

The back of the bottle is very helpful. It gives you step-by-step directions on how to use this new detergent. It's very easy to follow.

This is what the Purex PowerShot Mountain Breeze detergent looks like in our washer. It is also available in Linen & Lilies.

I tried the Purex PowerShot Detergent this past Sunday in our laundry. The above picture shows the "before" washing of my towels. I knew the Mountain Breeze scent wouldn't bother any of my kids' allergies because I've used this scent before. It really is an easy measure liquid detergent in a no-spill detergent bottle, just like it says! I'm pretty clumsy with things and I was afraid I would spill it. I was careful, and read the instructions step-by-step, and I didn't have any problems.

Well, the towels came out smelling really nice and refreshing! I will definitely try this detergent on the rest of our laundry in the future.

Purex is also having a Sweepstakes to celebrate it's new detergent, with three grand prize winners of a Whirlpool washer & dryer set. 300 second-place winners will receive a bottle of PowerShot. When you enter my giveaway, one of the options is to click on the link to the sweepstakes.

I have been given 3 coupons for a free bottle of new Purex PowerShot Detergent 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 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 02/05/15.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eventful Week

This week was rather eventful both at work and at church! At work, one of the other sub teacher aides is no longer working at our school, so I gained her tasks. Now, besides being a sub teacher aide for the student I work with, I also go to another classroom in the afternoon and lead a couple of reading groups and also watch over her class later in the afternoon while she runs an academic intervention group. I am really enjoying the reading groups. It's fun working with the kids in a small group.

I help out in the computer lab before school with some kids that need some extra work on the reading software program, and I was able to solve 2 problems this week. The computers in the middle of the room weren't working because of a network connection problem, so I found the router and saw that it was unplugged, and plugged it back in. I was able to start all the computers then and get them running. I'm sure this doesn't seem like a big deal to you, but I'm not very technologically savvy, so I was pleased I was able to figure out the problem. The dad in the lab, mentioned to me that even with the extra time on the computer, one girl still isn't progressing, so I asked the V.P. if I could sit with her and work with her one on one in the lab to try and help her improve, and he said yes! I'm looking forward to starting that this week.

Two times this week, we were short subs at school, and I was able to sub teach! I subbed in the classroom I am an aide in, and I subbed in a Kindergarten class, while a sub, subbed for me. It was nice to be able to do something different. The best part was, when I returned to my regular class, the kids were so happy to see me that I received some big hugs and smiles!

Last week, I told you about becoming the Benevolence Team Leader at our church. Well, this week, my daughter and I decided to take on another task. We are now the Childhood Leads at our church. We are in charge of the K - 5th grade group. We will coordinate all the leaders and helpers, next time we'll get to pick the curriculum, we organize the lessons and crafts every week, and make sure everything is in order. We have a huge amount to do over the next couple of weeks to get it all organized, but we are enjoying it.

So, how was your week?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Better Week

This week was much better. I'm getting used to getting up so early with my son. I'm still tired, but we're getting more used to the routine. This week at work was pretty good, and I was able to help the teacher get a lot of kids caught up on tests and get a lot of classroom projects finished. She also had a lot of fun teasing me because I had trouble with the scotch tape, and got it wrapped around my thumb, and then I couldn't get it to rip off the holder. Apparently I was quite entertaining to watch, and she got a good laugh, and so did the 2nd grade student sitting at our table. Then, the whole rest of the week, they teased me about the scotch tape. It's good to be able to laugh at yourself.

Yesterday, my Pastor called me, and we talked about my passion for benevolence and so now, I'm the new Benevolence team leader for our church! I'm so excited about this new position! Since I save money grocery shopping, I always find good deals and am able to get some free products and products less than a dollar, so I put them in a giveaway box in my garage. Then whenever anyone has a need, I give that to them. So, now it will be great to be able to help even more people at our church through my new position.

Last weekend when I was catching up on my email, I saw a lot of great ideas on blogs for my home that inspired me. One of them was a magnetic days of the week whiteboard for the refrigerator, that I would use for meal planning. I would love to have one of those because I'm always looking at ways to save money and time, so it would save paper(what I use now every week) and time(I wouldn't have to draw up all the lines on the paper anymore). I'm having trouble finding the kind and size that I want, though. If anyone knows of one, please let me know. I also read about people using containers in their/their kids' lunchboxes instead of plastic bags, so I started trying it out for my own snack and lunch on Thursday. I'm going to use the same 2 containers, 1 for snack and 1 for chips, for a week or for as long as I have that flavor of snack/chips, whichever comes first. That should help us save some money on sandwich bags and washing dishes. I'm excited about these new changes and am looking forward to catching up on my email this weekend to see what other new ideas I find.