Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors Review and Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I was sent a free bottle of Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. This is a new liquid detergent made to simplify your laundry routine. This detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer technology that traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads. Your clothes will come out bright and clean. However, they do suggest washing strongly colored fabrics or new clothes, especially jeans, separately at least 5 times before doing a mixed color load with this detergent. If you want to learn more about Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent, please visit the Purex Website.

I tried the Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent this past Monday in our laundry. The above picture shows the "before" washing of my mixed color load. Since my 2 sons and I have allergies, environmental and skin, I'm always wary about trying a new laundry detergent. I wasn't sure what it would smell like, but it has a nice light, fresh scent that's not overpowering. I didn't tell anyone I used a different detergent because I wanted to see what they thought.

Well, the clothes came out smelling really nice, there was no mixing of colors, and no one is allergic to it! In fact, my daughter was the only one to notice I used a different detergent. She has a strong sense of smell like me, and she asked me if I used a different detergent. I reluctantly answered yes, afraid of why she asked, but she said she liked the smell. Whew! I will definitely try this detergent on the rest of our laundry in the future.

Purex is also having a Sweepstakes with a Grand prize of $1,000! 100 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex No Sort for Colors detergent. 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 No Sort for Colors 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 04/17/14.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Son Finally Heard from Colleges!

Well, my son finally heard from both colleges he applied to. UC Irvine accepted him into the Physics program! UCSD wants him to write a 200 word essay about why he wants to attend there, and then they'll put him on the waiting list. They will let him know between May 1 - June 1 if he's made it in there or not.

So, for now, he went ahead and submitted the payment to UC Irvine with his intent to register there in the Fall. I don't know if he's going to write the essay for UCSD or not.

I'm so proud of him for being accepted into a UC school! It was definitely worth it for him to apply to both schools. If he had only applied to UCSD like he originally intended, he might not have anywhere to attend in the Fall. At least, now, he has somewhere to go! My baby's growing up!

Have any of your kids heard from the colleges they applied to?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Plans for the week

Now that my giveaway has ended, I'll go back to my regular weekly posts, until I have another giveaway. So, keep your eye on my blog! Plus, I hope you enjoy reading about my life too.

Here's this week's menu plan:

Monday & Tuesday - Penne and smoked sausage, broccoli
Wednesday & Thursday - Sweet and savory ribs, rice, parmesan zucchini strips
Friday & Saturday - Turkey pizza skillet, cauliflower

Today I think I'll give you a recipe for the pancakes I made earlier today. It made 14 pancakes, so I froze them in batches for us to have for breakfast throughout the week.

Banana Chip Pancakes

2 cups heart healthy bisquick
1 egg white
1 cup milk
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup peanut butter and milk chocolate chips

Place biscuit mix in a large bowl. Combine the egg white, milk, and bananas; stir into biscuit mix just until moistened. Stir in chips.

Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Review and Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I was sent two Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps to try. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. The bottles come in three different scents: Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar, Water Blossoms, and Coconut Lime Verbena. They have a gentle micro-scrubber formula that smooths and moisturizes the skin. The skin conditioners hydrate your skin and visibly improve dryness. The micro-scrubbers gently remove dirt from your hands, leaving them feeling smooth and refreshed. If you would like to find out more about this soap, you can visit the website for Dial Hand Soap.

I was sent the Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar and Water Blossoms. I put the Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar in the kitchen that everyone uses to wash their hands. I put the Water Blossoms in my bathroom because I wasn't sure if the floral scent would bother my son's allergies. Both soaps are very bold and vibrant colors, so they really brighten up the kitchen and bathroom.

We really like using this soap. They both smell really good and you don't have to use very much, so the bottle will last a long time. When my 7 year old son and I first tried it, we were surprised by the feel of the soap. It's hard to describe, but you can definitely feel some texture in the soap while you wash your hands - I think it's the micro scrubbers. As soon as we started rubbing the soap into our hands, we looked at each other and started laughing. We laughed until we rinsed our hands because it's a hand washing experience we've never had before! He didn't like the smell, but I think it smells really good. This soap really does what it says it will; it really visibly improves dryness. My hands are always so dry and cracked over the winter, and my cracks have actually gone away, since I started using this soap!

I would definitely use this type of Dial soap again. It was gentle on my hands, and my hands are always dry in the winter, it smelled nice, and it was fun to use.

I have been given 5 coupons for a free bottle of Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap to give away to 5 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 03/14/14.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Neighborhood Kids

Well, that was rude! Some kid doorbell ditched us while I'm cooking dinner. I went outside to see who it was and 2 kids standing there said it was their friend that was hiding. He finally came out with his sweatshirt over his head and tried to blame the other one. I knew it wasn't him because he's always says hi to us. I told him to say he was sorry and to not do it again or I would tell his parents.

Friday, February 28, 2014

St. Patrick's Day in My Etsy Shop

Here's just a couple of the St. Patrick's Day pinback buttons I have in my Etsy shop. I have plenty more, so please come by my shop and take a look. Brendashandmade on Etsy. You don't want to get pinched for not wearing green!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Still Waiting

Well, we're still waiting to see if my son made it into UCSD. I was talking to some parents at a school meeting last night and they said some schools let their kids know they were in, the next day after they submitted their application in November! Most of those are out of state schools though. I had heard that the UC's might start letting kids know next week if they're in or not. One mom/teacher said sometimes kids don't even hear until the end of March! In the meantime, other kids are hearing just about every day from other schools about how they got in and how much money they'll get from grants or scholarships. Meanwhile, we're still waiting.

Have any of your kids heard?