Monday, May 23, 2016

NEW Purex plus Clorox 2

Today I have a fabulous new product to tell you about!
Purex plus Clorox 2
*The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
If you want to learn more about this product, click here.

From the first use, I knew that this product was amazing!
My colors came out of the wash brighter than they ever have before,
my whites were so white it was amazing!

I decided that I needed to test out the stain fighting enzymes that it claims to have.
My 4 year old likes to roll down our little hill in our backyard.
My 2 year old doesn't know how to roll, but wants to be like her older sister.
She has decided that she will sit down and scooch her bum down the hill
and will sometimes slide on her knees down the hill.
My girls don't play as hard as other kids, but they still accumulate stains.

This is what her pants looked like after our playtime.
 It doesn't look too bad, but it's still a grass stain!

I put the pants in the wash without pre-treating them.
 Here is what they looked like after the wash!
They came out stain free and so clean!
You can also tell in the picture that the pants are a brighter blue than the before picture.
I love this new product!
You should definitely go out and buy this new detergent and try it for yourself!

Normally I would have a giveaway for a free Purex detergent.
This time, I will be giving them away to new or expectant mothers in my church group.
If you've had a little baby, you know how much you need a good stain fighting detergent on hand!
Let me know if you try out this new detergent and how you like it!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to make Chocolate Letters and other Decorations

A few months ago it was my mother-in-law's birthday and being the cake decorator in the family,
I only had time to make cupcakes. I wanted to do something
 special with them and decided to create chocolate letters.
Have you ever wanted to decorate with chocolate decorations?
It is really easy to do and I am going to show you how.
 
The first thing you need to do is make your cake or cupcakes.
 I made mini-cupcakes this time.
Measure the width of your cupcakes.
My mini-cupcakes turned out to be 1 1/2" wide.
Now it's time to get on your computer and pick the font or decoration that you want to use.
You can use any font that you want!
Keep in mind that the more difficult the font, the harder it is to trace it. You need to have a very steady hand to trace them and the chocolate is very runny.
But, pick the font that matches your theme or that you like.
 For this project I used a font called Lumos, it was created to resemble the Harry Potter font.
You can download it here or here for free.
Open up Microsoft Word, change your page orientation to landscape,
and type out the message you want to create.
You want to make sure that you pick the right sized font that will be big enough for your project.
If you are decorating a cake, make sure that the project will fit on your cake.
For this project I used a 115 font size.
Make sure that you bold your font as well.
Print it off and tape it to a cookie sheet.
Cover it with parchment paper (NOT wax paper) and tape that down as well.
If you don't have any parchment paper, you can use wax paper, but it is more difficult to get the chocolate off of the wax paper. The chocolate wont stick to parchment paper and it makes it easier to take the chocolate letters off.
 It's time to grab your chocolate and melt it down properly.
You can purchase the Wilton Candy Melts at any crafting store and even WalMart. You can also buy it in any color! If you can't find the color you want, buy white and add Wilton gel color once it is melted.
Follow the instructions on the back of the bag to melt the chocolate.
Be very careful to follow the instructions.
If you try to melt it on full power in the microwave, the chocolate will burn and it will be ruined.
So be cautious.

You can see that the chocolate is nice and smooth.

I like to take my piping bag (with tip already attached) and drape it over a glass.
That way it is easier to fill.

 Pour all of your chocolate into your piping bag.

Now you need to trace your letters or picture.
Excuse the chocolate blobs all over the cookie sheet.
I melted too much chocolate and didn't want to waste it, so I made blobs that I could melt another time.
 
While the chocolate is still soft, you can take a toothpick and carefully smooth out your decoration, or give it some texture.

Put your cookie sheet into your fridge for 15-30 minutes.
You can leave it out on the counter, but it will take longer to solidify.
I like to put it in the fridge so the chocolate will get nice and hard.
If you used parchment paper, the letters will slide around.
If you used wax paper, carefully pull up the wax paper and you can peel it off the back of the chocolate. I used to use wax paper and I had multiple letters break trying to get them off.
If your house is really warm, don't put the chocolate decorations on until right before you serve it.
You will want to make sure that your hands aren't too warm when you're handling the chocolate, or it will melt or even break your letters or decorations.

For my daughters first birthday, I make chocolate ladybugs to go on top of her cupcakes.
I used the same process as the letters, but I did two different colors.
I did the chocolate first, let it cool and then I did the red wings.
Working with chocolate is messy, difficult at times, but it looks great when all is said and done.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Dial Rewards Program

I have a fun new program to tell you all about.
Dial has created a rewards program!
All you have to do is create an account and you can start earning points immediately.
As a member, you will complete a variety of fun and easy activities, such as watching a video, reading articles or signing in daily to earn points.
You can use these towards chances to win Dial products, eGift cards to some of the most popular retailers or even cash jackpots!
Watching one video will earn you 500 points.
It sounds simple and it is!

If you are interested in joining this new rewards program
Go to www.dialrewards.com

Good luck and let me know if you win anything!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Single Serving Eggless Cookie Dough Recipe

I have a confession, I am addicted to cookie dough, specifically chocolate chip cookie dough. Not so much the chocolate chip part, but the dough...hmm. If I am left in a room that contains cookie dough, I will eat all of it without thinking twice. Phew, I feel better now that I got that off of my chest! I know that it is not healthy, but it is my vice.

Years ago, I created this delicious chocolate chip cookie dough recipe. Most of my family and friends have raved about it. All of the cookies and dough would be gone within a couple of days. It is that good!

The other day I had a craving for cookie dough. Normally I make a full batch of cookie dough and freeze most of it into cookie dough balls. I didn’t want to have a full batch of dough taunting me all day long, I decided to make a single serving of cookie dough based on my recipe.
It turned out delicious and it was the perfect amount that I don’t feel sick.
Note: This dough can be used for a variety of cookies!
Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Peanut butter, Oatmeal Raisin, etc.
I’ll have instructions for these at the bottom of the post.

Here is what you will need:
Main Ingredients
1 TBSP White Sugar
1 TBSP Brown Sugar, firmly packed
1 TBSP butter, at room temperature (it needs to be soft!)
½ TBSP milk
1/16 tsp (smidgen) salt
1/10 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup flour
Whatever additive you want with your dough
Chocolate chips, M&M’s, Macadamia Nuts, Walnuts, Reese’s Pieces, etc.
The sky’s the limit!

Here are the instructions:

1. Add sugars and butter into a small bowl.

Mix together until a paste is formed.

2. Add milk, salt, and vanilla and mix again until thoroughly combined. The mixture will look runny.

I had to show you a picture of some measuring spoons I received when I got married. They are so cute! That is why I put a "smidgen" in the recipe.
By definition, a smidgen is a small amount of something.
Mathematically, you need 1/16 tsp of salt for this recipe.


3. Add the flour and mix until a firm dough is formed.

4. Now is the time to add your additive and mix.
I prefer chocolate chips.
450 calories of pure bliss!
I mean, no calories and so delicious.
Hehe.

Other variations:

Chocolate Chocolate Chip
- When you have reached step 3 (adding the flour) add 2 TBSP of cocoa powder and 4 TBSP of flour. Mix until a thick dough is formed and then add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or even white chocolate chips? Or macadamia nuts and chocolate chips?

Peanut butter
- After step 1, add 1 TBSP of peanut butter and mix until the peanut butter is thoroughly incorporated. Continue with the remainder of the recipe as outlined. You may need to add 1-3 tsp more of flour, depending on the thickness of the dough. You could even add 3 TBSP of chopped of peanuts to the dough for a little crunch.

Oatmeal raisin
- 30 minutes before you start, take 3 TBSP of raisins and put them in a glass cup or dish with boiling water. They will plump up almost twice their size after 30 minutes. Strain them and set aside until needed.
- At step 3 (adding the flour) add 2-3 TBSP of oatmeal and 1/4 cup (or less) of flour. Stir until a nice thick dough is formed. Gently mix in the raisins and you're good to go.

Let me know if you have a favorite cookie that you like to make or if you found a different dough variation that you would like me to include!

Happy eating!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Two New Dial Products...and a Giveaway!!

 The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap in exchange for a product review.
However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Today I want to tell you about two new products that the Dial brand has developed.

The first is Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash
The second is Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash

Being the mother of two girls, one is a toddler and the other is an infant, I have my hands full when it comes to messes. Don’t be fooled by the fact I have girls.
They may not be as messy as boys, but they are still messy.

I love having kids washing products on hand. It helps my toddler get excited about staying clean, or at least she is excited to play in the water, but she is getting clean nonetheless.

With germs everywhere we go, it is nice to have a hand wash that will clean my girl’s hands thoroughly. My toddler loves the fact that it foams as she pumps it onto her hand.

The body + hair wash is fantastic. It is fragrance free, which I love. As a mother and a massage therapist, I am not a fan of artificially fragranced products. It is nice to have a body + hair wash for my infant that wont leave her smelling like a department store perfume aisle.
Her naturally sweet baby smell stays intact when I use this wash.

I made this video to show you more about the product.
We spend a good amount of time washing our hands and taking baths. But that comes with the territory of having kids.

If you want more information on these products, go here.

I have three coupons to give away for a free bottle of the body + hair wash or a free bottle of the foaming hand wash. If you would like to enter to win, simply comment with your email address AND what the messiest situation you have found your child in.

This giveaway will end on May 8 and 12 pm MST.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Giveaway!

I have another fabulous new product to tell you about!
Purex Crystals ScentSplash!
This product is an improvement on the crystals.
It is the crystals in liquid form!

*The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals ScentSplash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

I have towels in my possession that are older than I care to admit.
They feel scratchy, don't smell that great, and are looking ragged around the edges.
But, money is tight so I can't go out and purchase a new set.
I decided to try out the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash.
I added a small amount of the ScentSplash into the washer along with the detergent.
 My husband is not a fan of overly scented products, so I made sure to go light with it.
After the wash was done, I put the towels in the dryer, without a dryer sheet.
The towels came out smelling amazing!
After I had folded the towels I had my husband smell them to see if he liked it.
He said that they smelled really good!
In the wash I included our outdoor picnic blanket that we use once or twice a week.
One week later and everything still smells amazing!
Purex has improved a great product!
If you want to learn more about this new product, click here.

Purex Laundry Detergents

I have three coupons to giveaway for a FREE bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash.
To enter, just comment with your email address and why you are excited to try ScentSplash.
This giveaway will end on April 22 at 12 pm MST.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Inexpensive Deer Repellant...that really works!

I live on the edge of the wilderness in Montana.
We have a plethora of wildlife that pass through our yard all year long.
Bears, mountain lions, skunks, squirrels...
and most annoyingly...
DEER!!

They eat EVERYTHING they can find!
The first Spring in my house, 6 years ago, my husband and I planted tulips.
We put them in the front of our house, as well as the side.
That first year, they grew so tall and were beautiful!
We were so excited to have tulips every year.

The next year, our tulips started coming up and a few weeks later...
the deer had come and eaten everything that was sprouting.
Nothing else grew that year.
We decided to put up an electric fence the third year.
It turned out that our grounding rod didn't work properly, so again, those dang deer ate everything!

We became so discouraged!
Year after year our beautiful tulips were being a consumed by deer.
We couldn't put up a 7' fence around our house to protect them,
our electric fence wasn't working, and we were out of options!
We talked about digging them up and planting a different flower that deer don't like to eat.

I have recently started a new job.
In my conversation with one customer, we started talking about flowers
and how the deer around here eat everything.
This wonderful woman, told me that for 30+ years she was able to keep the deer away from her flowers with one simple trick...
Irish Spring Original Soap!
WHAT?!?!
She would put whole bars around her flowers and garden and the deer wouldn't touch it!
She emphasized the Original Soap, not the other varieties.

I decided to purchase some that day and try it out.
I took one bar, cut it into chunks, and placed them between flowers.
 Our tulips haven't been touched yet!
 I am so excited to finally have tulips growing!
Once a week, I flip the soap over so that a fresh smelling side is up.

Now the only problem I have, a neighbor animal (I think a dog) has found our soap and has been taking it. Hopefully that animal isn't getting too sick from eating it.

I will keep you updated on how long this trick works.
But so far, it is working fantastically!