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KidKraft Kitchen Review

Why We Love Our KidKraft Kitchen

When my husband and I decided to buy my little girl a kitchen for Christmas last year, I didn’t know it then but, I had my work cut out for me.  There are dozens, probably hundreds of models to choose from.  There are wooden ones, plastic ones, non-gender ones, girly ones, ones with grills attached, and ones with seating attached.  There are kitchens that transition with age.  There are some that offer a lot of storage and some that have very little.  Some come with electronic sounds and some have old fashion knobs that click when you turn them.  The options were overwhelming!!!  Don’t get me started on accessories.  You know?  The play food, plates, blenders, toasters, dish towels, aprons…Ahhh!!!

From the picture above you can tell that I did finally decide on a kitchen.  It took weeks of researching and weighing the pros and cons.  This was the only big present we got her for Christmas and we only gave a few small other gifts so we shelled out the money for a new, fancy pants, wooden, KidKraft kitchen.  We love it!  Absolutely love it!

Because I’ve posted pictures with my daughter playing with her kitchen on Instagram and on Facebook I’ve had probably a dozen or so people ask me where I got it.  Requests keep coming in so today I decided to write a post and tell everyone about the kitchen we bought and why we love it.  For disclosure, I was not paid by any company to write about this product but I have included my affiliate links in this post so I can maybe buy a coffee with the proceeds from people who buy through my link.  It won’t cost anyone a penny more!

Now, here’s the kitchen I bought.  It’s called the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen.

Why I like it:

  1. It’s wooden and built well so it will last.  Plus, it’s heavy enough that it won’t fall over on her (but it does come with wall brackets just in case!).
  2. It doesn’t take batteries so there’s no need to replace them and no annoying noises.
  3. It’s non-gender so if we have a son later down the road he can play with it too (I know boys play with pink things all the time but I figure why plan for it when it can be avoided?).
  4. It’s attractive enough to have in our living room without looking like an eyesore.
  5. It’s not a primary color and it doesn’t have to have matching accessories to look nice (Things like that bother me. Maybe I’m the only one!).
  6. The sink was removable for cleaning. Nice bonus!
  7. It had a towel rack and pegs for hanging towels or utensils (What can I say? I like details!).
  8. It has a chalk board on the freezer and a water dispenser in the fridge.
  9. The fridge has a shelf inside so you can put two large baskets inside to hold food.
  10. The oven has a slide out cookie sheet that is removable (Two levels of storage inside!).
  11. The dishwasher’s shelf is removable too (Two levels of storage inside!).
  12. There is a detachable phone on the side of the fridge.
  13. There is a small amount of counter space for food prep.
  14. There is space behind the sink for accessory storage (We have a toaster and salt and pepper there).
  15. There is a shelf above the sink for extra storage.
  16. The sink head rotates and the handle moves up and down.
  17. The stove and range knobs click when you turn them but that’s all the noise this kitchen makes.
  18. The oven doors open to the left and the dishwasher to the right so you can play in both at once.
  19. My daughter (who was 18 months when we bought it) can play with the lower parts now and the upper areas when she gets older.  This will be a toy she can play with for a long time.

To buy it:

If you’re interested in buying this KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen you can buy it online at Amazon.com.  I bought mine from Walmart.com but they’re currently sold out of this kitchen at the moment.

The accessories:

KidKraft Cookware Set

We chose to go with different pots and pans but if you are wanting to hang utensils on the pegs in the back of this kitchen, this KidKraft Cookware Set is the only one with handles wide enough to fit.  It’s on sale right now at Walmart.com for $20.34 but keep in mind that those prices could change.

 

Step 2 Cookware Set

We have the Step2 Cooking Essentials 10-piece Stainless Steal Set.  It’s adorable!  I love that I she could really cook with them later on and we can throw them in the dishwasher when they’re dirty.  Isn’t the little stock pot just adorable?  We hung the two pot holders from the pegs in the kitchen and store the other pots and pans in the dishwasher when not being used.  Amazon.com currently sells this set for $29.77 + Free Super Saver Shipping.

 

Play Food

I bought plastic play food so it would be quieter play than if I had chosen wooden food.  It’s much cheaper too!  You can read about how I got a great deal on my play food at Aldi here.

 

Kidkraft Play Dishes

I hope to buy these plastic KidKraft play dishes soon for my daughter’s second birthday.  Walmart.com has them on sale right now for $15 and Amazon.com for $18.48 but the prices are always fluctuating.

6 Month Update: We still love our kitchen and recently reviewed out KidKraft Baking Set if you want to check that out here.

Well, I think that’s it!  I hope I gave you enough information without boring you to tears.  If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask!

13 Things to Cut in Half to Save Money

13 Things to Cut in Half to Save Money

When it comes to living a frugal life, one of the best ways you can save is to use less of the products that you do buy.

When you use less the product will last longer, which means you’ll have to buy refills and replacements less often.  Many of us use far too much of things without even realizing it.  Often we do this simply out of habit but if we’ll slow down to think about how much we’re using we can save so much!

The key is to remember is that there is no correct exact amount for these items.  You’ll have to experiment with each of these to figure out exactly how much is needed for you and your family.  Some of you may be able to reduce your usage by more than half while others aren’t able to even give up half.  These small savings may seem inconsequential but when combined together they can add up to some serious savings.

Here are 13 things you can cut in half to save money:

  • Paper-Towels/Napkins – Buy the perforated paper-towels that way you can only tear off what you need and none is wasted!  I love these!  Most of us barely use paper-towels or napkins before throwing them away.  If you’re not sick and you don’t have stains on them, why not reuse them?   I learned this trick from my grandpa.  He would always have a stack of napkins at his seat that he would reuse when my grandmother didn’t prepare the meal and give him another napkin.  Of course you could also use fabric napkins that you can throw in the wash and reuse instead!
  • Dryer Sheets – As soon as you buy the box, break out the scissors and cut your dryer sheet expenses by 50%! Or you could use each dryer sheets twice, this works just as well with less work! {Check out the other ways to save on laundry costs.}
  • Laundry Detergent/Fabric Softener – Danielle, from Family Centsibility, recommends cutting the recommended laundry detergent and fabric softener in half.  I agree with her!  Since I did this for my baby’s clothes and it got them just as clean, removing stains and all, I decided to try it on all of my laundry.  It works like a charm and I’ll never switch back to their recommended amounts!
  • Soap – You can reduce the amount of liquid soap you use by  50% or more without sacrificing clean hands.  All you really need is a tiny drop.  Trust me, the liquid soap manufacturers know this too.  You know what foaming soap is, right?  It’s nothing more than a small amount of liquid soap mixed with water.  You can make your own refill of foaming soap by mixing a tablespoon of liquid soap into a foaming soap dispenser, adding water, and shaking.  The foaming soap gets your hands just as clean as liquid soap which shows just how little of the liquid soap is really needed.
  • Sponges – Simply cut them in half before using them and only use one half at a time.  You’ll never miss the other half!  Plus, microwave them or run them through the dishwasher to disinfect them so you can use them longer. {Check out the other unusual items you can run through your dishwasher.}
  • Serving Size – Most everyone in our culture overeats on a daily basis.  There aren’t many people who wouldn’t benefit from smaller portions.  Not only will this save a lot of money but a lot of extra calories too.
  • Juice – Juice is yummy but it’s also an expensive habit if you’re not careful.  No one was meant to drink 30 strawberries or 12 apples at once.  100% juice is a lot stronger than you need to drink.  We usually water our juice down by half and while it took a while to get use to at first, because 100% is all we ever knew, we love it and are completely satisfied with it now.  If you start your children off with watered down juice they’ll never know any difference.
  • Printer Ink –  Printer ink costs an arm and a leg and this is especially true for colored ink.  While cutting your ink cartridge in half won’t help at all there are a few simple steps you can do to reduce the number of cartridges you buy. The first step is to change your printer settings so it only prints in monochrome.  You can simply change it back to color any time you need to print in color.  The next is to set it in draft mode for all your printing.  You can switch it back to the full mode when printing an important document.  These simple steps will help you save at least half of your ink!  {Check out how to save $20 a year by switching fonts.}
  • Dish-Washing Soap – It doesn’t take much dish-washing soap to make a sudsy sink.  Whether you put the dish-washing liquid in the water or directly on the sponge or dishes, you just need a handful of drops.  A few drops is just as effective as a huge squirt but will cost you a lot less over time.
  • Shaving Cream – A think layer of shaving cream is all you need.  A thick layer of shaving cream doesn’t make the shave any closer. If you want a closer shave, the best way to get this is to shave twice with thin layers of shaving cream.  Shaving twice with thin layers of shaving cream will give you a closer shave and you’ll still use half the amount of shaving cream than most people do.
  • Make Up – Contrary to what some may think little is actually more when it comes to make up.  It’s important to find the colors that are best for your complexion, face shape, and hair color.  It may take some time (and money) to find the best look for you but once you do you’ll save your self time, a lot of wasted product, and frustration.
  • Kool-Aid & Other Drink Mixes – Amy, from Savvy Saving Couple, recommends cutting the drink mixes in half for 50% less sweet drinks.  This is better for your figure and your wallet!  I like it!
  • SOS Pads – Laura, from Another Cent Saved, says that cutting SOS pads in half will not only make them last you twice as long but cutting them will also sharpen your scissors!

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MedImmune RSV & Preemie Awareness #protectpreemies #rsv

preemie awareness day

Did you know that children are susceptible to RSV even at the age of 2 years old?  RSV (Respiratory Syntactical Virus) can be a deadly virus.  It typically shows up with minor symptoms in most babies but in high-risk babies it can quickly become an infection that is very difficult for their little bodies to fight.

 

I am so blessed to have gone through a full-term pregnancy and to have a healthy little girl.  Some of my friends haven’t been so fortunate.  I know many friends who have had premature babies and a few of them had babies who got RSV.  They have had to leave their baby in the hospital for a couple of months while the babies got the care they needed.  Even after they were allowed to bring their babies home it was a while before they were considered “healthy” again.  It’s heart breaking to see such a little one struggle with the virus.

 

It’s scary to think that my daughter isn’t out of the woods yet.  She’s not 2 years old yet and I’m very cautious about what she’s allowed to touch and who she’s allowed to be around.  It’s a constant struggle for me to find balance between being over protective and being cautious.  I choose to err on the side of caution.  Check out a few tips from MedImmune on how to keep your baby healthy.

 

Here is an infographic about RSV:

 

 

RSV Quick Facts:

  • RSV is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, and severe RSV disease causes up to 10 times as many infant deaths each year as the flu.
  • RSV is most prevalent during the winter months. The CDC has defined the “RSV season” as beginning in November and lasting through March for most parts of North America.
  • In addition to prematurity, common risk factors include low birth weight, certain lung or heart diseases, a family history of asthma and frequent contact with other children.

 

Prevention is Key:
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Since there’s no treatment for RSV, parents should take the following preventive steps to help protect their child:

  • Wash hands, toys, bedding, and play areas frequently.
  • Ensure you, your family, and any visitors in your home wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid large crowds and people who are or have been sick.
  • Never let anyone smoke near your baby.
  • Speak with your child’s doctor if he or she may be at high risk for RSV, as a preventive therapy may be available.

 

Symptoms:

  • Know the symptoms of RSV and contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits any of these symptoms:
  • Severe coughing, wheezing or rapid gasping breaths .
  • Blue color on the lips, mouth or under the fingernails.
  • High fever and extreme fatigue.

 

What makes RSV so dangerous is that the symptoms are similar to those of a mild to moderate cold.  RSV is easy for any baby to catch so it’s important for all parents to be educated on the dangers of RSV.  It can be transmitted by coughing, sneezing, and simply touching.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about RSV Awareness {and I recommend that you do!}, you can visit RSVProtection.com.  There, you can find ways to bring up  the subject of RSV up with your doctor, personal stories from real parents, and most importantly, find out when the RSV season is in your part of the country.

 

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for MomCentral Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

10 Clever Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill!

10 Clever & Useful Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill!

 

Here are my personal 10 Clever and Useful Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill!  I hope you find at least some of them useful.  If you do, please leave me a comment I would love to hear from you.  Also, if you have any tips to add please feel free to share!

 

1. Plug those leaks!  Drafts around windows and doors allow heat to escape. I’ve found that sealing them with weather stripping or caulking can make a noticeable difference!  If you  have an attic, don’t forget to buy  a special seal for that too.  We were losing a lot of money out the roof when we didn’t have our two attic doors properly sealed.  If you notice a draft by a window, roll up a towel to lay at the edge to keep drafts out.

 

2. Use blinds wisely!  I bought some floor-to-ceiling blackout curtains. They reduce energy loss by up to 25% and block out any air leaks or drafts from doors and windows. The heating and cooling savings can add up quickly.  Don’t always leave them closed though.  Take advantage of natural daylight and solar heat through your windows.  This saves you from flipping on a light bulb and it allows you to take advantage of the natural warmth sunlight has to offer.

 

3. Use appliances wisely.  I always try to make sure I am running a full load in the washing machine or dishwasher to avoid extra loads that will put a strain on my energy bill.  If I do have to do multiple loads I try to do them back to back that way the dryer doesn’t have to fully reheat again.  If I’m a little chilly I’ll bake something.  I know that may sound silly but it doesn’t take but 20 minutes to have a batch of chocolate chip cookies whipped together and I can warm my house in the process.  These are great treats for my family and gifts for others.

 

4. Use your ceiling fans.  I know, I know!  This advice sounds counter-intuitive, but you should actually use your ceiling fans during the winter. A ceiling fan set that is set in reverse can draw warm air through your home, helping to keep it warm.  My mother taught me this trick and it took me years to believe her.

 

5. Insulate your water heater.  If you have an older model water heater, buy insulation wrap and insulate your water heater. It’s very simple to do and it will help the heater retain heat.  Our family has an older model and while upgrading to a high-efficiency model would probably be a good idea we’ll be sticking with this one until it kicks the bucket.

 

6. Dress warmly.  I’ll be honest, this is a tip that I don’t take too kindly too.  I know that dressing warmly through the day will allow me to turn the thermostat down a few notches but I hate being cold.  This tip works wonders for a lot of people though and I’ll admit that before I turn the thermostat up and I’ll throw on a sweatshirt and that usually does the trick.  However, I’m not going to be one of those people who live with their central heating off and has to wear a coat around the house.  I just won’t do that but maybe you’re in that situation where you have to.  I’ve been there before.

 

7. Layer your bed.  This is a little tip I learned on my frugal journey when I didn’t have money to heat my house above 40 degrees.  Layer your mattress with an extra blanket or two before putting your sheets on.  This gives you an extra layer of warmth and helps retain your natural body heat.

 

8. Install and use a programmable thermostat.  If you talk to any heating and cooling specialist, they will tell you that one of the best things to do in order to save money on your energy bills is to install a programmable thermostat. This way you’ll be able to alter the thermostat’s temperature to reduce the heat of your home when you’re away and when you’re asleep.  Just don’t go too drastically cool or you could end up paying more as your heater struggles to heat your house quickly.

 

9. Clean your furnace.  Make sure your furnace is cleaned and up to date.  This is a simple way to save on energy bills.  A quick call to the folks who installed your furnace will save you tons.  This isn’t the cheapest way to save on home heating costs but it is probably the most effective.  If your furnace is struggling due to lack of maintenance it could keel over dead and that could easily mean thousands out of your pocket.

 

10. Change your air filter. This is probably a tip that everyone knows but it’s such an important one that I have to say it anyway.  Replace your filters!  A dirty air filter will block the airflow from your furnace.  Block it.  This could exponentially decrease the life expectancy of your furnace.  I know it’s hard to remember to do every three months so put it on your calendar, set up a reminder on your phone, and set up an electronic message to remind you by email.  Do what it takes to get those filters changed to help save on heating costs and help out the allergy sufferers in your house.  By the way, I’ve recently found a good deal on Filtrete air filters on Amazon if you’re willing to stock up on them.

How to Remove Sport Uniform Stains

Here’s a great infographic that shares the secret to removing sport uniform stains!  Feel free to share any additional tips you may have in the comments below.

 


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Kids II Baby Einstein Count & Discover Treasure Chest Review

Treasure Chest Collage

My little toy reviewer was recently given the opportunity to try out the new KidsII Count & Discover Treasure Chest from Baby Einstein.  All in all, we loved this toy.

Its bright colors, blinking lights, and fun music keep my girl entertained for a long time.  Since receiving this toy she has played with it every day!  I mentioned already that it has music but it has peppy, upbeat music that is fun for kids but not annoying for adults.  There is a good variety to the songs it plays and that is extremely important to me!

When you insert the coins into the chest it will say the color of the coin, the shape on it, or it will count the number of coins inside.  It can speak in English, French, and Spanish.  What a fun way to introduce little ones to a new language!

The only thing we didn’t like about the toy is that it’s top heavy and won’t open fully.  Because it closes easily fingers have been pinched more than once.  I understand that there is extra weight to the top because of the technology behind the flashing lights and audio but I think this toy could be improved if the lid would open all the way.  That’s just my opinion though!  As I said before, all in all, we loved this toy and are very happy with it!

Here’s more information about the treasure chest:

Retail price of the Count & Discover Treasure Chest is $19.99.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Age: 6 Months and Up
Includes: Coins
Educational Focus: Shapes and Colors, Teaching Aid, Motor Skills, Letters and Numbers
Number of Pieces: 11
Dimensions: 6.0 ” H x 7.9 ” W x 6.3 ” L
Product Weight: 1.83 Lb.
Care and Cleaning: Hand Wash Only

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Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Kids II, Inc. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Just-like-Starbucks’ Frappuccino

Just like Starbucks' Frappuccino

 

I’m a huge Starbucks’ frappuccino fan!  I love them but because of their cost I’m not a frequent Starbucks’ customer.  Plus, have you noticed how many calories one of these bad boys can have?  Upwards of 500 calories!  I would have to run about 5 miles to burn that off and if you know me, you know that isn’t going to happen in this lifetime. {I’m all about exercise but 5 miles and me just don’t mix!}

 

Still having a love for this summery drink of goodness I decided to play around and see if I could create my own just-like-Starbucks’ frappuccino at home.  I think it’s pretty close and well worth the little extra effort to make.  It only takes 5 minutes to prep and 2 minutes of work.  7 minutes is shorter than the 15 minute drive to the Starbucks’ drive-thru.

 

This recipe can easily be printed too!  Simply click on the green “Print Friendly” button below this post to have a hard copy of this yummy recipe.

 

Just-like-Starbucks’ Frappuccino
2 min | 5 min prep

Serves 1

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of crushed iced
  • 2-1 ounce shots of espresso OR use 3/4 cup of strong coffee mixed with 1/2 cup of milk and increased crushed iced amount by 1/4 cup.
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite milk
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar {Use more or less to suite your tastes}
  • Whipped cream from a can or freshly made whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup {Use your favorite syrup or flavored powder}

 

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients except the whipped cream and chocolate syrup in a blender for 30-45 seconds.  Pour into a tall glass and top off with whipped cream and garnish with your favorite topping {chocolate syrup, cinnamon, caramel, etc.).  Serve with a straw and enjoy!
Other Variations: Splenda can be used in place of sugar.  A portion of the milk can be replaced with any flavored coffee syrups or creamers.  For a richer beverage, try replacing a portion of the milk with half and half of heavy whipping cream.

 

There are endless variations of this basic frappuccino recipe and I hope you enjoy experimenting with yours as much as I do with mine.  Enjoy!

 

Disclaimer: This is not Starbuck’s actual proprietary recipe. This is my own personal copycat version of their frappuccino recipe. This recipe is for a blended iced frappuccino drink similar to but not exactly the same as you’ll find at Starbucks.

Fashionable Summer Rugs

This is a post written by our friend John and we hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Red Rug

With the world of interior design ruled by the same fashionable names for the past few years, it’s really refreshing to see some new names making some headway and getting their designs into people’s homes. In some cases though they’re not new names at all, and you might already have a few of their items in your house already–in the closet. One such designer is Calvin Klein, who, though particularly famous for stylish underwear and perfumes, is hoping to get a brand new range of fashionable rugs onto as many fashion conscious floors as possible.

 

Fashion houses such as Calvin Klein are often so large that it’s a wonder that we’ve not seen this kind of crossover sooner, but the experience in clothing certainly means that they know what they’re doing whatever they set their minds to, and the new range of modern rugs really are a wonder.

Rainbow Rug

 

The new line is absolutely ideal for summer too, with bright, block colours and the large variety of styles and materials available sure to brighten up any home; even those with limited space. From the more subtle Bowery collection, featuring earthy colours like beige, brown, lighter stone, paprika and pebble; to the Lunar collection’s pastels; all the new rugs are hand loomed and made from pure wool, meaning that everything is of the absolute quality that you’d expect from a name as respected as Calvin Klein.

 

Blue Rug

 

The Sahara range may prove to be the most popular over the summer, featuring a linear design accented by faux silk, which is sure to add a little luxury under your foot. Available in sizes from a practical 3 feet 6 inches x 5 feet 6 inches to an absolutely vast 7 feet 9 inches x 10 feet 10 inches, ideal for a house with more space, many are expecting the new Calvin Klein rugs to really take off, meaning we could start to see many more fashion designers featured in people’s homes up and down the country by the end of the summer. The great thing is that the rugs that keep your home colorful in the summer will be perfect for brightening up the place when the winter comes.

Big Honkin’ Summer Fun at Target

Big Honkin Summer logo

 

Target is the destination for everything families need to make the most of summer and to prove it Target sent a few bloggers a “Big Honkin’ Summer” kit to review.  Target has items to keep your family occupied whether you are traveling to the beach, mountains, or having a staycation.  Target has all the essentials for you to make the most of your summer.  If you’ve been in a Target store recently, you may have noticed the giant beach balls, sunglasses, and sand buckets that lead you directly to their brightly colored summer merchandise.

 

Here are the items that I received to review and check out Target’s kid catalog where you can find all of these products and more for summer:

 

  • Kid Made Modern Printed Tape Set – $6.99
  • Kid Made Modern Board Book Kit  – $14.99
  • Toy Golf Club with Ball Set – $2.99
  • Giant Badminton Set – $7.99
  • Lemonade Stand Banner – $2.00
  • Lemonade Stand Money Box – $3.00
  • Lemonade Stand Sign – $4.00
  • Lemonade Stand Juice Container – $6.00
  • Lemonade Stand Ice Bucket – $6.00
Lemonade Party Collage

We fired up the grill, gathered about ten different couples and their kids and we had a big honkin’ pink lemonade party!  The Giant Badminton set was my personal favorite as it reminded me of playing in the yard as a kid.  The Kid Made Modern Board Book Kit & Kid Made Modern Printed Tape set are adorable and could keep kids busy for quite a while.  The Toy Golf Club with Ball Set was probably a favorite with the kids.  Even when they weren’t “playing”  you could always see one kid carrying it around.
Lemonade Party Collage 2
The Lemonade Stand Banner, Money Box, Sign, Juice Container, & Ice Bucket were all used at the party and will probably be used over and over again for summers to come.  I was surprised how well each piece was made for being so inexpensive.  We colored the lemons on the banner and the sign with a pink Sharpie to make them look like pink lemonade.  I can’t help it, I’m girly!  : )
Lemonade Party Collage 3
Summer is my favorite season and it always seems to go by so fast.  Sometimes I honestly can’t believe how fast time flies!  Can you believe my little girl just had her first birthday?  {She’s the one above in yellow}  In hopes that summer won’t pass me by so quickly this year I’m trying to slow down and make the most of every moment.  Our family has a few weekend trips planned but for the most part we’re staying home and enjoying homemade ice cream, watching fireflies, playing in the yard, grilling out, taking walks in the evening and well, just spending time together.  Target makes it easy to have a Big Honkin’ Summer without leaving town.

 

 

Target Summerizer App

 

Target has a fun Facebook app called “Summer-zier” that allows you to add large “Big Honkin’ Summer” icons to your favorite photos.  You have the option to share them online with your friends and you could even to order prints at your local Target Photo Center.

 

To learn more about Target’s Big Honkin’ Summer you can find more information at Target.com or follow Target on Facebook.

 

Disclosure: “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Target and received products to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin + Skin-Friendly Scent Laundry Detergent Review

Arm & Hammer

 

Maybe it’s just me but I hate laundry.  I don’t mind the task so much as the fact that it’s never, ever, ending.  Because this is a task that I’ll do over and over again for the rest of my life I want to use products and machines that make this job as easy as possible.  As a busy mom I don’t have time to soak, wash, and repeat.  I want a dependable and quiet washing machine that gets the job done and I want a detergent that gets stains out the first time.

 

When I first married I soon learned that my husband has very sensitive skin and could only use one brand of detergent.  That brand got the job done but unfortunately it’s one of the more expensive brands and often I had to soak stains before I washed them.  When Mom Central contacted me about doing a review for Arm & Hammer laundry detergent I immediately thought there was no way that I could do it without writing a negative review because I was sure it would make my husband’s skin react.  Then I noticed that it was for Arm & Hammer’s new Sensitive Skin Plus Skin-Friendly Fresh Scent laundry detergent.  Yes!  Finally a brand that I love has made a laundry detergent perfect for my family.

 

I was still nervous that it wouldn’t be sensitive enough but I gave it a try anyway.  I made sure not to tell my husband that I was switching so that it wouldn’t be in his head and would be a fair review.  One day went by, two went by, and I hadn’t heard a thing.  Then one morning he asked me if I did something different to the laundry.  I gasped.  I was nervous!  Immediately I felt a wave of guilt rush over me for making my husband become a guinea pig for my little experiment.  They he said, “It smells better!”  I breathed a huge sigh of relief!  Success!  I proudly revealed my new bottle of Arm & Hammer laundry detergent and apologized for making him an unknowing test subject.

 

We’ve used Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Skin-Friendly Fresh Scent laundry detergent for two weeks now and I’ll be honest, I love it!  I think it’s better at getting stains out, it has a light fresh scent my husband loves, and it’s an affordable detergent.  I would recommend it to anyone!  Plus, Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Fresh Scent laundry detergent is specially formulated to work with both standard and high efficiency (HE) washers.  You can get additional information at the Arm & Hammer website and you can keep up with them on the Arm & Hammer Facebook page.

 

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our posts, 9 Ways to Save Money on Laundry Costs & Beauty Tips from Arm & Hammer!

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”