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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Back to Work

It was definitely hard to go back to work/school this week, after having 2 weeks off. The kids didn't want to go back to school, although my 8 year old was excited to see his friends; and I didn't want to go back to work. I am grateful I was blessed with being able to continue working as a sub. the rest of the school year with the 2nd grade boy I've been working with, but it's still hard to go back. It was nice having the 2 weeks off with the kids. We accomplished a lot. We walked every morning, ran errands, and my daughter and I got caught up on several things. I balanced bank statements, caught up on other paper work, organized craft things to sell on Ebay, caught up on email, and went through some new and old recipes to clean out ones we wouldn't eat. Now that I'm back to work, I can't find any time to get any of that done! The weekends are very busy with grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc., so there isn't any time left to do "catch up" stuff. Plus, this quarter, my son has to get up at 5:30 am because his first class is at 8:00 am. That means I have to get up at 5:00 am every morning. I'm so tired every day! Oh well, that's the life of a mom. I'm trying really hard not to complain, after all that was one of my resolutions, but it's hard, especially when I'm so tired. So, did anyone else have a hard time going back to work/school after the holidays?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

We had our traditional night time snack of Hickory Farms turkey sausage, summer sausage, cheddar cheese, smoky cheddar cheese, crackers, low fat chips, pretzels, Greek yogurt french onion and spinach dip, and Martinelli's sparkling cider. We try to keep our New Year's Eve snack as healthy as possible, and it was all delicious! It's just a lot of work to slice it all! My dad used to slice it when I was growing up, and every year when I have to slice it all myself, I am always very appreciative of him for preparing all of that every year for my mom and me. My 8 year old son went to bed around 9:30. My daughter and I played a Monopoly game, we've been playing it a little bit each night all week, until 11:00. Then we watched one of my recorded shows until 11:45 and then tuned in to watch the ball drop. My 18 year old came down around 11:58 to watch the ball drop too. My husband was asleep, until midnight when the alarm he set on the weather monitor went off and woke him up. I went outside to see if any of our neighbors were out, so I could tell them Happy New Year, but I was the only one out on our street. It was a nice night at home with family, ushering in the New Year. Did you stay up and watch the ball drop?

While we ate dinner, I asked everyone what their New Year's resolutions are. The older kids just said to do well in school(which they already do), the youngest said to behave better(he's fine at school, but not at home), and my husband just said to keep his job(which he's had for 10 years, so hopefully that will continue). My resolutions are to complain less and also talk less; basically to stop annoying my family with all my talking. I also want to write on my blog more often, other than just reviews and giveaways(although I definitely want to keep doing those too). These past couple of weeks it was much easier to write on my blog because we had off from school/work. The hard part will be starting next week when school/work starts again. I am going to try really hard to post at least once a week, and hopefully more. Does anyone have any tips for how to accomplish any of my resolutions? Did any of you make any resolutions?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We Had to Buy a Third Car

We finally decided we needed a third car. We bought a 2012 Honda Civic with 32000 miles on it. My oldest son attends UC Irvine, which is about 50 miles from our house in Oceanside. Last quarter, he took the Sprinter train, the Metro train, and the bus to school two days a week. He drove my van the other 3 days because the train didn't run as late as his classes. His new schedule this quarter would have him leaving on the train at 4:30am and returning at 8:40pm a couple of days, and using my van the other 3 days. It leaves me without a car, which is o.k. sometime because the school where I work is only 1 mile away and we can walk. It can be hard sometimes though without a car, when it rains, when we have after school appointments, or just because we're tired and don't feel like walking. My high school daughter already has to walk from the high school to the elementary school with her backpack and violin, so walking home with us after our school let out was tiring for her(she's a skinny thing so she doesn't need the extra walk either). My husband and I also calculated that the cost of a car payment for 1 month and the cost of gas, is the same or less as the cost of a monthly Metro and Sprinter pass. I think it will be a lot easier with 3 cars in our household.

Friday, December 26, 2014

I Had to Close My Etsy Shop

I haven't posted about this yet, because it's been very hard on me. In September, I had to close my Etsy shop. This was so heartbreaking for me! We're trying to save as much money as we can, in order to pay for my oldest son's college, and one of the ways we decided to save money, was to close my shop. I was making some money and I was using it to buy presents for people all year long, but I wasn't making much money. I had a free year subscription to and it calculated my weekly profit for me. Unfortunately, it showed I wasn't making much profit, and some weeks I wasn't making any. I also had to go back to work(I'll post about this later), so there wasn't much time left for crafting. So, we had to decide to close my shop.

I miss Etsy so much! Etsy is much more than just selling crafts online, it's a community. I made lots of friends on Etsy and I really enjoyed chatting with them everyday, sometimes several times a day. I got to know a lot of people really well and enjoyed hearing about their lives and their families. They were also there to listen to me when I needed a shoulder to cry on. Some of us have kept in touch on Facebook, but it's not the same as chatting on Etsy. I've unfortunately totally lost contact with a lot of people. Now, I don't have many people left that I can share my day with. It has been hard.

Have any of you had to give up anything you love due to putting kids through college?