Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Go big this Valentine's Day with Tiny Prints

The month of January doesn't lend itself  much in the way of holiday decorations. My house has snowflakes and snowmen here and there. Snow has not graced us with it's presence as of yet. I am ready to put the winter decorations away. Perhaps if I lived in an area of great amounts of snowfall, cold temperatures and where wool sweaters are a must I'd be more apt to enjoy the winter decorations.

Temperature readings of 40 degree Fahrenheit just don't feel like winter.  Stores are stocking up with Spring clothing, garden supplies, and brighter colored everything. Before we head into the season of Spring, there is Valentine's Day. 

This is the  first big holiday after Christmas that is celebrated in giving and receiving. A dozen red roses, a heart shaped box of chocolates, and the cute, sentimental, even mushy Valentine' s Day card.

School children will sign Valentine's day cards and pass out to their school mates, Maybe there is a shoe box turned into a mailbox to deposit all the cards one will receive. Maybe a special someone will select a Valentine's day card for you.  Maybe you will be the one selecting a special card to give to a loved one.
These two cards are part of my favorites form Tiny Prints  Cards for kids to hand out:

there are adorable stickers to put on your treat bags, gifts or whatever you are giving:

and lovable cards to give your husband, wife, or loved one:

Will you be helping your Child's classroom this year with their Valentine's Day party?  Having a party at home? Tiny Prints has lots of Valentine's cards, stickers, personalized photo cards, labels, invitations, and more to chose from this year.

Don't delay and order your cards, and other personalized gifts for this years day of love.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Free Samples today From Purex

Starting today on Purex.com you can request a free sample of a Purex Product!  Head there today, to see when the web site opens up for samples! Just a hint, but check a few times today if they are not open yet,  You can also click the Purex Photo right here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Keep Lice away with Fairy Tales Hair Care Natural products

A few years ago there was an outbreak of lice in the girls school. Not just one case, but several cases. And on top of that, it seemed like the origin of the lice was not being treated adequately.  Had I known about Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel® at that time,  I would have seriously encouraged parents to use this product.  Find Fairy Tales Hair Care all natural, organic hair products  for you and your family.

Fortunately my children were not affected that year, but those that were dealing with numerous treatments of  harsh chemicals would have surly appreciated a Natural Organic way to combat those little lice creatures. If you have school age children, even day care age Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel is a way to prevent those pesky lice from attaching to kids hair.

 some of the facts about Lice:

The majority of reported lice cases are in children age 3-11

Lice infects people regardless of social status or personal hygiene.  Lice like clean hair because it is easier for them to attach to clean hair shafts.

Lice are human parasites and need human blood to survive

Lice can survive off a human head for 24-36 hours and can be transmitted thorough contact with hats, hair brushes, athletic helmets and other personal items.

Lice is more common in girls than boys

Pets do not carry human head lice

A nit,hatched egg is smaller than a pin head  and is very hard to remove.

Symptoms of lice include itching of the scalp, small re bumps or sores on the neck and scalp and a tickling feeling of something moving in your hair

Herbs such as rosemary, citronella and tea tree have been prove to repel head lice.

Rosemary Repel® Hair Products naturally repel lice and other insects from your children's or even your own hair. All their products are Pareben free  Pareben is that ingredient usually found in most hair products, cream, even toothpaste.  Not one of the chemicals beneficial to our health. Read the labels of products you purchase and look for Pareben Free.

Would you like to try one of these products?

Rosemary Repel®  Shampoo

Rosemary Repel®  Creme Conditioner

Rosemary Repel®  Spray and Shield

Rosemary Repel®  Leave in Conditioning Spray

Fairy Tales products are safe to use everyday as you wold any other hair product.  There is also a Rosemary Repel Gel to make that polished hairstyle for school.

Need more information? Where can you buy Rosemary Repel Hair Care Products? How much does is cost? Want more information on lice prevention? Are there other products for other hair care needs?

fairytaleshaircare.com will answer all these questions and some you might not have thought of yet!

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Facebook, you can sign up for their newsletter, get a coupon for your purchase and learn more

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 Giveaway:  leave a comment on this post telling me which one product you would like to chose from this list:

Rosemary Repel® Shampoo

Rosemary Repel® Creme Conditioner

Rosemary Repel®  Spray and Shield

Rosemary Repel® Leave in Conditioning Spray

Giveaway closes on February 10, 2011 at midnight EST. Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of these products. Your choice of ONE product from this list. One winner will be chosen by random.org. Make sure I have your email to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Finding Nemo Returns in 3D!

FINDING NEMO returns to theatres for the first time in 3D September 14th, 2012!
Academy Award®-winning Best Animated Feature “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D™. In this stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humor and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould)––who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

·         “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

·         The film won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy.

·         At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time.

·         Ellen DeGeneres won an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.

·         In 2008, The American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made

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Decorate your house this Spring with style from Hipcycle

There is something good and green to be said about re-using items we all have around our house. Make do, use it up, or up-cycle those things that are too good to drop in the trash bin. I remember making a few  pencil holders out of the frozen orange juice concentrate containers. Simple, but useful.

The growing trend in green living and design is just what is happening with Hipcycle. They are dedicated to selling innovative, stylish, and affordable upclycle products. Launched in October 2011, Hipcycle is taking something that would have otherwise been thrown in tho the trash bin and transforming it into something of greater use and value.

“Our goal is to bring the marketplace for upcycled products closer to the mainstream consumer,” said Andrew Sell, Founder and Chief Hipcycler. “Rather than only targeting people who are highly environmentally conscious, we want to reach the broader population. Hipcycle features a curated variety of products that are stylish and functional, and that also happen to be environmentally friendly.”

Many of the 500+ products featured on Hipcycle.com are made in the U.S. while others are purchased through a commitment to fair-trade practices. Products can be searched for by purpose (i.e., home, garden, office) or by original material (i.e., wood, fabric, glass). Hipcycle also prides itself on telling the story behind the product, from its creator to its provenance.

As it expands into new categories, Hipcycle welcomes contact from potential designers and vendors. Learn more at hipcycle.com

You can also follow  them in all the popular social media outlets from their site. Read their blog, subscribe to  their newsletter, and view cool upcylced products for your home. This is a company in Ocean, New Jersey.

Some of the Spring Collection 2012, and my favorite picks for Spring decorating!

Great for your backyard, or even Mother's Day Gift
Welcome the birds back from migration with this whimsical birdhouse made from carefully woven reclaimed plastic wrappers.

How about that sailor, or Father's Day Gift
This reclaimed wood clock is made from salvage from old boats, schools, homes, and other buildings in Thailand. The products are refinished and constructed by local artisans offering much-needed employment.

cute for a hostess gift, or drinks on the patio
Whether you prefer Speedway Stout or Grey Goose, choose from a wide selection of upcycled glassware made from beverage bottles that were far too beautiful to only drink from once.

dress up you sofa or covered porch area
Perfect for the rustic, nautical, or shabby chic living room, this throw pillow is made from an upcycled grain sack found in Central Europe.

red geraniums on my porch would look great in this planter
Dress up your garden with interesting planters like these pots made from reclaimed tires and recycled tins.

Like what you see?

Want to see more?

Want to buy some of these cool new HipCycle prodcuts?

Want to save some money?

 Go to Hipcyle.com and get 15% off code is HCF15. One use per customer, so fill your cart and bring a Green Spring time into your home this year.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Make your way to McDonald's tomorrow for the NEW Happy Meal

This morning I headed South to a McDonald's ®  location in Absecon, New Jersey. Nice place. Really nice place. It's sunny, it's clean, it's full of friendly employees, hard working  staff, it's busy, and the food is great.


The three hour tour, for bloggers, began with meeting a warm hearted, dedicated owner, a hard working manager, and two lovely ladies working on PR for the company.

The bloggers were served a cup of  warm, full of fruit oatmeal. This was my first try of McDonald's  oatmeal. It is good. Sure to fill you up, and good for a cold morning.

The group then learned about the company from the owner of this McDonald's, who happens to own several other locations. She is truly dedicated to the care and quality of her restaurants. You can see it in the restaurant, the employees, and customers.

The Manager of this location, also a hardworking person, gave us a behind the counter tour. The kitchen is clean and set up for efficiency. We even got to go in the refrigerator to see the fresh produce and salad mix.  We skipped going in the freezer. wouldn't you?  The entire restaurant is set up for ease of finding products and is very organized.

We meet the grill man who has been working for them for 35 years. He works fast. He is very skilled at his job, and a nice man.

On to our next event-Lunch. We were served the NEW Happy Meal ®.

Look how cute:

The french fries are smaller, one hundred calories! And All Happy Meals now come with apple slices. You can substitute another pack of apple slices for the french fries.

The New Happy Meal ® :

automatically includes Apple Slices

choice of Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Chicken McNuggets ®

Choice of beverage, and the milk is now fat free chocolate milk, and 1% for regular milk.

Chicken McNuggets sodium has been reduced by more than 20%  since 2003

apple slices, smaller fries, fat free and 1% low fat milk are all part of food groups encouraged by USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 My Plate.

McDonald's New Happy Meal is part of McDonald's commitment to offer improved nutritional choices. By adding fruit in every Happy Meal families can make choices for meeting the recommended daily consumption of fruit.

It is anticipated that 100 million cups of produced will be introduced annually into the diets of young children.  (Mom's and Dad's can enjoy this produce too!)

We also got to try the new Chicken  McBites ®, pop in your mouth size chicken bites. Available in different sizes and sauces are available for dipping. These are good! And fun to eat.

McDonald's is also committed to celebrating diversity, and committed to women.  They have the largest number of women and minority franchises in the quick service industry.They support women with career development,  advocacy, recruitment, and retention assistance through their employees Women's leadership Network and Women Operators Network.

Ronald McDonald House Charities helps children's well being through programs that directly improve the child's health. There are houses, family rooms, and a mobile program that care and help children and families during medical treatments.  Offering families  a place to rest, refresh, and reflect with out leaving the child's side.

Thank you to McDonald's of SouthEastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

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Disclosure:  The comments and views are my own, please visit McDonald's ®  for more information.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Purex Complete Crystals and Jockey Tech Terry Performance Sports bra giveaway. Yep, that's two giveaways!

Soccer shin guards are probably not the best thing to put in the washing machine, but I have, many times. From the sweat and grime of the soccer field the aroma is not pleasant. The shin guards are lined dried missing the dryer sheet fragrance. Not so good.

Purex® Crystals fabric softener are free of oils and can be used on all types of laundry. Sleep wear, towels, athletic wear, and the entire families laundry. Purex crystals are added to the wash cycle in the beginning of the first setting. I have tried Tropical Splash and Mountain Spring, the blue and yellow bottle. The Mountain Spring is my favorite. The fragrance lasts days after the wash, and even
makes my laundry room smell fresh!  This is Good.

If you find yourself doing more laundry in this month of resolutions and healthy trends of  wearing your athletic wear, Purex Crystals are great for moisture wicking fabrics such as work out clothing.

Jockey® has introduced the 2012 Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra with a 20% off coupon available at Sports Bra.

Features of Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra from Jockey®

Moisture-wicking to help keep you cool and dry
Key Pocket to keep your keys in convenient reach where ever you go
Reflective logo on the back
Breathable mesh panels
Soft bottom band for comfortable support

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Purex Crystals Fabric Softener are sold in most major grocery stores, drug stores, and places like Target. To get your coupon for 20% of Jockey, head to Sports Bra on Purex.com/jockey

Disclosure:  Jockey and Purex provided samples of  these products for this review. The comments and opinions are my own.

Free Trial membership to BJ's Wholesale Club

Free Pass for BJ's Wholesale Club .

How: go to BJ's web site to get your free pass.


BJ's wholesale club accepts manufacture coupons

They carry top brand names like Pampers, Similac, PediaSure, Safety 1st, Little Tikes, Eddie Bauer, Disney, and more.

Find products not carried at other retail outlets like Papers Cruiser +Ultra Absorbency.

Great selections from leading brands on hair care, skin care, oral cared, vitamins and select cosmetics.

Shop at BJs.com anytime.


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Friday, January 13, 2012

Swagbucks Code Extravagaza starts today

Swagbucks is making Friday the 13th a lucky day this week, as they hold a Swag Code Extravaganza, which means more opportunities to get reward points towards free stuff! It starts at 7am Eastern Time - throughout the day there will be 8 different Swag Codes, and if you can get them all, you'll have an extra 60 Swag Bucks in your account.

Progesso Soup wants to give you a makeover

The wind is really whipping around outside today. After two days of rain the sun is out, but the wind is too.  I took advantage of the soup sale at the grocery store this week. The Can Can sale!  Soup is great for lunch and those weekend meals when everyone is going different directions.

The New Year brings  many resolutions and improvements.  Soup can be one of them.  Progresso®is giving you the chance to win an ultimate makeover exxperience in Hollywood this Spring.

Progresso soup has a variety of soups to keep you on your diet and satisfy your cravings for a good lunch or dinner.  There are 40 delicious soups with 100 calories or less per servings. Chose from pasta, beans, rice, meat and vegetables to suit your taste and feel good about meal time. My favorite is the Minestrone soup. It's full of vegetables and perfect for cold winter days.

In the Souper You® Contest this year, three lucky winners will be provide with an ultimate makeover experience in Hollywood. It includes  a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, California where the winner will receive head to to makeover, including hair and make up, a guided shopping spree with $1000 gift card, $1000 spending money and 2 tickets to see live the season finale of NBC's The Biggest Loser.

To enter go to www.souperyou.com and submit a photo of yourself and a brief essay of what you love about Progresso soups and why you deserve a makeover. Submit this by February 22, 2012. rules and details are here too.

You can get a coupon for $1.25 off purchase of four cans of Progresso soup by visiting http://bit.ly/ProgressoCoup.

Take a look at the 2011 winner!

Disclosure: this information was provided to me from Progresso through MyBlogSpark. comments and views are my own.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tide for COLDWATER, say it's so!

that's the sunshine on the towel

There is a pile of laundry somewhere in my house, all the time. I could wash all day, walk upstairs and find another heap of laundry. I give up, I am defeated by the dirty clothes.

This is a photo of my Christmas Tree skirt, towels, shirts, and more towels. Why in the world would I be washing the tree skirt? It's  been claimed by our cat for the month of December as his blanket under the tree. To pack it away for the year I best wash it, don't you think?

I have been washing all our clothes in cold water for years. One day long ago I just decided to use cold water, all the time. Back in the day of powdered laundry detergent I would find clumps of undissolved powder in the washing machine drum.

Thanks to all the laundry detergent makers, liquid laundry soap began to find it's place on more and more store shelves.

P&G recently introduced Tide® laundry soap just for cold water use. Cool,  I'll buy that.

Why use Tide® For COLDWATER:

*Conserve energy
*Save on your utility bill
*Give your hot water heater a rest
*Same clean clothes as in warm or hot water
*use for whites and darks
*Fresh Scent and Mountain Spring Scents
*Clean Clothes
*(there is even a powder just for coldwater)

Join SheSpeaks on January 19, 2010 at 9 PM for a Twitter Party. Follow #tide, #washcold and @shespeaksup. The conversation will be about Tide Coldwater and saving energy. See you there!

Disclosure: I received a sample of Tide® COLDWATER from Tide/SheSpeaks. I will also receive a gift card as compensation for this post.  

Farm Fresh food at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

On Sunday we went to the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. I have been to the Farm Show many times- as a school child, with my family, and in my college days I worked there over Semester Breaks.

Those cold January Mornings my sister and I would wake up about 4 AM to drive over to the Farm Show. We would work all day-by all day I mean from the time the building opened for the Farmers to the time the building closed. It was a long day, everyday for a week. Pay Day was the best. At the end of the week we all got an envelope of cash-our payment for the week. Money to take back to college.

This year I was not working, not on a school field trip. I was an adult. I could get there when I wanted, leave when I wanted.

We arrived at 9:45 AM. We parked across the street since the lots were full. Parking is $10, the shuttle bus is free, and admission to the show is Free. A shuttle bus took us to the farm show building.

 After the few hour car ride we hit the bathrooms first. The bathrooms are clean, well lit, and plenty of pottys for women. Yep, that is important.

Interested in going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year? Show information is on their web site-http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/. We watched a cattle show and the draft horse show. The arenas have show times listed by the entrance to the arenas.

Pick up the Daily Schedule when you get there. We used it several time to navigate around. Look for people handing out the FREE schedule when you get inside the building.

For children there are plenty of free activities and coloring books to pick up. There is also an activity guide kids can do through out the show. Look for the Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt Book where you see the Big blue signs that are Historical Markers located inside the building. Children can learn about Pennsylvania History while you walk around the farm show.

Good Food is available to purchase. Pennsylvania Food.Farm Food.

This is what I had for lunch. A baked potato and a milkshake. From Pennsylvania Farmers. My husband had the same, and a mushroom sandwich made with Pennsylvania mushrooms.

There are plenty of exhibits to see such as this one on Maple Syrup.

There are animals;

Draft Horse Hitched Competition

There are tractors;

There are trailers;

Don't miss the building with samples of food and vendors selling all things Pennsylvania. We bought a bag of buckwheat pancake mix, a bag of cornbread mix, and a bottle of maple syrup for only $10.00. Great price and glad to support Pennsylvania farmers. anytime.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Purex Ultra Packs are a toss in the wash

Remember those big jugs of soap we used to lug home from the store?  The  bottles were heavy and hard to pour out the exact quantity of liquid to add to the washing machine. It would leak down the side after we put the cap back on, then the design changed.

Bottles became more compact, drip free, made out of recycled material, and are  recyclable.  The formula is concentrated, meaning less water in the bottle and not as heavy to carry and use.


But wait, it gets even better for those of us that attend to the wash!  Next month you will be able to purchase a new kind of laundry detergent.  Purex® UltraPacks™  will be available in stores.

Purex® UltraPacks™  are Triple Action liquid detergent formula in a pre-dosed pack. No need to measure, no heavy bottle, no spill, leaks, or drips. Take one out of the bag and toss it into the washing machine. Done.

What I like about Purex® UltraPacks:

It's easy to put in my shopping cart, not heavy, not bulky.
Less waste. pre-measured packs. no spills, leaks, or messy hands.
Convenient packs to add to the washing machine, even  using one hand.
Cleans the laundry in hot, warm, or cold water.
It works! Nice fragrance, and clean clothes.
Available in Mountain Breeze® and Free & Clear formulas.
You can recycle the plastic bag the packs are in.

Each Purex® UltraPacks™ contains 2X concentrated liquid detergent-double the cleaning power in every drop-as compared to traditional liquid detergent. The packs dissolve quickly once they are added to the washer as it is filling with water. Good to use in hot, warm or cold wash. You can use the packs in all machines, including high-efficiency machines. For front loading machines, put the pack in the drum not the drawer.  One pack, one load. For larger loads or really dirty duds you can use an additional pack.

My tip for using the packs, and this is from my own experience, which I need to remember-is this , make sure your hands are DRY when you take a pack out of the bag. If you handle the packs with wet hands they will start to dissolve and even in the bag they get stuck together. I do this all the time with dishwasher packs. I usually set the dishwasher timer for after bedtime, but when I load it, it's after I have washed the sink dishes, and don't dry my hands. So be sure to have clean, dry hands when you handle Purex® Ultra Packs.

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Disclosure:  Purex provided a free sample of their UltraPacks laundry detergent.  The comment and views are my own.

ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends. Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for...