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Blog Giveaway Roundup – March 6, 2015

Blog Giveaway Roundup

Welcome to our weekly giveaway roundup! Every Friday, we offer you the chance to share your giveaways. If you love to enter giveaways, be sure to browse the selection below.

Blog Giveaway Roundup

Good luck! If you’ve had any blog giveaway wins this last week, feel free to let everyone know about them by leaving a comment below.

Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day Decorations - mostly homemade or vintage

I love decorating for all holidays, no matter how small. I may not have a bit of Irish in me, but I still enjoy decorating the living room for St. Patrick’s Day. We have a huge Ikea bookshelf and I usually fill one of the rows with my holiday decorations (or in the case of Christmas, it takes over the whole bookshelf!)  Over the weekend, I got out my box of decorations and got busy.  Since the decorations were mostly small-ish, I just pushed the movies to the back of the shelves and put the figurines in front.

St Patrick's Day Amigurumi Leprechaun

I love homemade decorations, so when I saw this cute pudgy leprechaun crochet pattern on Etsy, I had to buy it.  (No affiliation, I just love her patterns!)  The little guy worked up pretty quickly, especially since my husband was out of town last week, so I didn’t have anything to do in the evenings but craft.  The leprechaun is taller than most amigurumi I have made, but I think he is just adorable.

I love all things vintage, so I have been frequenting local antique malls recently looking for St. Patrick’s day decorations to add to my display.  I found a few cute things at Antiques Village  over the weekend.

Vintage St. Patrick's Day decorations

My first find was a little St. Patrick’s Day bell.  I don’t think it’s a Jasco figurine, but it is marked as being made in Japan.  At any rate she’s a little cutie.  I also picked up this leprechaun in a pipe.  The leprechaun is plastic and I think it may be homemade, but it fits in nicely with my display.

Pat Cherished Teddies Figurine

Right as we were getting ready to leave the antique mall, I discovered this “Pat” Cherished Teddy Leprechaun figurine.   I don’t really think this qualifies as an antique, but I was thrilled to find him anyway.

St Patrick's Day Leprechaun Salt and Pepper Shaker

This year I added a St. Patrick’s Day salt and pepper shaker to my collection.  I mostly just collect salt and pepper shakers from places we travel, or vintage ones, but I will occasionally add some fun holiday ones if I really like them.  This particular salt and pepper shaker is magnetic so that the leprechaun and the pot of gold stick together.

St Patrick's Day Leprechauns with a pot of gold.

I made these leprechauns a few years ago with the kids, using this tutorial.  They were so much fun to make! If I get around to it, I would love to make some more and scatter them around the house. I have the little leprechauns displayed with a little shamrock covered pot containing some of those plastic gold coins that you can find in craft stores this time of year.

St Patrick's Day Nutcracker

Last but not least is my St. Patrick’s Day Nutcracker.  I have another one too, but never have found it since we moved.  Maybe if I would ever go through the last of the boxes in our basement…

I still have a few things I want to add, if I don’t run out of time. I want to make a few shamrock doilies for underneath the figurines, but I haven’t been able to find a pattern. I got some green thread cotton over the weekend, so I might have to try to come up with a pattern on my own. I also want to make some plastic canvas shamrocks and make a banner to hang from the top of the bookshelf.

For more St. Patrick’s Day fun, be sure to check out the rest of our St. Patrick’s Day posts or follow our St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board. So tell me… Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?

Easter Bunny Movies

5 Classic Easter Bunny Movies to share with your family this year.

Remember those wonderful Easter Bunny movies they showed on tv when we were kids? Fortunately they are now available on dvd to share with a whole new generation along with some new ones that are destined to become classics.

We have a long-standing tradition in our house that Saturday night is family movie night. We pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, settle in on the couch, and enjoy a family-friendly film. In March and April, our choice is usually an Easter Bunny movie.

These whimsical movies take me back to my childhood every time. Plus with the great assortment of television specials from the 70’s and 80’s that are now on dvd, I can share a bit of the Easter magic with my own kids. Despite the fact that some of these movies have been around for 30 years or more, my kids love them. I am a total child of the 80’s so it has been so much fun to see my old favorites through my kids’ eyes. This year, we have enjoyed watching the classic Easter Bunny movies like Here Comes Peter Cottontail, along with new favorites like Hop. With such a great assortment of Easter Bunny movies available, why not have a family movie night of your own?

5 Classic Easter Bunny Movies to share with your family this year.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

“Therefore, I have decided that whoever delivers the most eggs tomorrow, Easter, will be the new ruler of April Valley!” – Col. Wellington B. Bunny

The first Easter Bunny movie we watch each year is Here Comes Peter Cottontail. I dare you to watch it and not be singing “Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping Down the Bunny Trail” for days afterwards! Like most of the classic stop motion tv specials from my childhood, this one was produced by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail tells the story of how Peter Cottontail comes to be Chief Easter Bunny. The only thing that stands in Peter’s way is the villain, Irontail, expertly voiced by Vincent Price. Peter agrees to a competition with Irontail to see who can deliver the most Easter eggs. The victor will be crowned the new Easter Bunny. Peter is overconfident that he will win, but ends up oversleeping. With the evil Irontail now in charge of Easter, Peter must travel back through time to save Easter. The scenes where he travels back through all the different holidays of the year are my favorite.

While this film is great fun for kids, I like that there are some subtle lessons in there too. For one thing, it shows the danger of arrogance and telling lies. It shows that our actions have consequences that extend beyond ourselves. The film also demonstrates the importance of perseverance when things seem hopeless.

With its fun songs and delightful characters, Here Comes Peter Cottontail is definitely a classic worth adding to your film library.

5 Classic Easter Bunny Movies to share with your family this year.


“Hey, wait. You’re not surprised I’m a talking rabbit.” – E.B.

“Little man, my best friend is a talking car.” – David Hasselhoff

We didn’t get around to seeing it at the theater, but we made sure to watch Hop as soon as it came out on DVD. Although we rented it first to see if we would like it, I can definitely say this is one worth buying. Even my husband, who dislikes all things cutesy, was laughing at parts of this one. (And the fact that Kaley Cuoco was in it didn’t hurt either!)

Hop is the story of a rather reluctant heir to the Easter Bunny throne. EB would much rather be a drummer in a rock band than take over the role of the Easter Bunny from his father. In fact, he runs off to Hollywood to try to achieve his dream, leaving his father to pick up the pieces. Throw in a charming slacker, played by James Marsden, and a takeover staged by an army of disgruntled chicks, and you have a delightful Easter tale that the whole family will enjoy. My youngest daughter loved it so much, she watched it several times before our rental period was over.

5 Classic Easter Bunny Movies to share with your family this year.

The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town

Watching The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town is another annual tradition in our house. Another stop action special, it was first shown on TV in 1977. I remember being so excited when this special was on tv every year when I was little. My mom would make popcorn, we would get in our jammies, and the whole family would settle down to watch. Now I can watch it with my own kids!

The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town features Fred Astaire as the mailman who answers letters about the origins of Easter traditions. The story is similar to Santa Clause is Coming to Town, in the terms of the format. You have a narrator answering questions about the traditions and how they came to be. Both stories also feature grumpy town leaders who don’t want to let children have any fun. This leads to the hero of the story finding clever ways to deliver their goodies to the children.

In The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town, the town is ruled by the child king’s evil aunt. Sunny, the Easter Bunny, has to get a bit creative to deliver his dyed eggs and jelly beans to the town, but he eventually wins them over. In the tradition of other Rankin Bass tv specials, it is filled with memorable tunes. The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town has an overall whimsical feel that is sure to delight kids over and over again.

5 Classic Easter Bunny Movies to share with your family this year.

It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown

“You’ll see. The Easter Beagle won’t let us down. ” – Linus

Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and the Peanuts? My family does, that’s for sure. We have nearly all of the Peanuts holiday specials on DVD, but It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown is one of my favorites. The gang is gearing up for Easter with often hilarious results. One of my favorite parts is Peppermint Patty trying to teach Marcy about dying Easter Eggs. Poor Marcy really doesn’t have a clue! Linus, who was such strong supporter of The Great Pumpkin, is also apparently a believer in the Easter Beagle, much to the dismay of his pals. It is a delightful romp through the Easter season with all your favorite characters along for the ride. This is a must-have for any Peanuts fan.

There may be several different editions of the DVD floating around out there, but our copy also has a special Earth Day episode on it – It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, along with an all-new featurette: In Full Bloom: Peanuts at Easter.

5 Classic Easter Bunny Movies to share with your family this year.

The First Easter Rabbit

The First Easter Rabbit originally aired on television in 1976. With memorable songs performed by Burl Ives, this fanciful movie is a welcome addition to any childrens’ Easter DVD collection.

I have to admit that The First Easter Rabbit is one Rankin Bass TV special that I never saw when I was little. Unlike the majority of their other television specials that use the distinctive stop motion technique, this one features traditional animation.

With a story reminiscent of The Velveteen Rabbit, we discover how the Easter Bunny came to be. The original Easter Bunny starts as a much-loved stuffed bunny owned by a little girl. Like in The Velveteen Rabbit, the girl comes down with scarlet fever and all her possessions must be burned. Deviating from the original story though, the bunny is saved by a fairy. The fairy brings the stuffed rabbit to life to serve as the first Easter Bunny. When Easter is threatened by the dastardly villain Zero, Santa joins the bunny to save the day.

Although I am not quite sure this one is up to the quality of the other Rankin Bass productions, my kids still enjoy it and we watch it every year. I am glad we added it to our collection.

So tell me…  Which of these Easter Bunny movies is your favorite?  Do you have any others I should add to the list?

Home Movie Trailer

Home is a new adorable family-friendly film hitting theaters March 27th.

Coming to theaters on March 2th, is the adorable movie Home featuring an adorable misfit alien named Oh.  Yes, you read that right.  The alien’s name is Oh.  You will have to watch the trailer below to find out why :)  Home features the voice talents of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez and is brought to you by creators of The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon.

About the movie Home

When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Home is a new adorable family-friendly film hitting theaters March 27th.

We saw the trailer for Home when were at the movies over winter break and my girls have been reminding me ever since that I promised to take them when it comes out.  There aren’t always films in the theater that are appropriate for kids, yet still enjoyable for adults, so I was glad to learn about this one.  It looks like it will be great fun for the whole family.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for Home yet, you can watch it now.  I have embedded the video below.

If this looks like a movie your family will enjoy, be sure to come back here the week of March 9th.  I will be hosting a fun HOME giveaway that you won’t want to miss.

So tell me… Will you be seeing Home when it comes out to the theater on March 27th?

Knook Knitting – Knitting With a Crochet Hook

Have you given up on ever learning to knit? The Knook Knitting Kit will have you knitting and purling like a pro in no time.

Have you given up on ever learning to knit? I have tried to learn to knit numerous times in the past – but as a long-time crocheter, I just couldn’t quite get the hang of the needles.  I couldn’t seem to keep the yarn from slipping off the needles.  So when I learned about the Knook, I was intrigued. Unlike regular knitting needles which easily allow the stitches to slip off, the Knook has a hook which keeps your stitches in place.  The Knook Knitting Kit will have you knitting and purling like a pro in no time.

I mastered crocheting when I was a little girl, but knitting is something I have never been able to grasp. Stitches slip off the needles constantly and I just can’t seem to get how to switch back and forth between knitting and purling. Also, going into a stitch from left to right is ackward for me. Consequently, I knitted very slowly. So no matter how many times I tried to knit, I always ended up back with crochet. That is… until I found the Knook.

The Knook is a novel knitting tool/crochet hook that was recently released by Leisure Arts. The novel design eliminates the complaints I had with knitting. As an added benefit, it allows you to combine knit and crochet in the same project for even more versatility. As with any new skill, there is a learning curve. However, after playing around with it for a couple of days, I was good to go. Better tension control and technique will come with time and practice. However, I am happy with my new tool. It opens a whole new world of patterns up to me!

The Knook Knitting Kit Review

A crocheter’s experience with learning to use the Knook

I was so excited to get started with the Knook Knitting Kit. The kit comes with 3 hooks, 3 cords, an instruction manual, and 4 patterns to get you started. I love the look of knit and the Knook seemed to be the answer to all the problems I encountered on previous knitting attempts. So I got cozy on the couch and attempted to learn from the book. The book is great but I quickly discovered that I learn better if I see someone do it. Fortunately the makers of the Knook, Leisure Arts, have some great videos online.

By watching a couple of their Knook instructional videos, I was able to get the hang of it quickly. I decided to make a scarf for my daughter’s doll. It didn’t take me all that long. However, when I finished, it didn’t quite look like knitting. Plus since I was a newbie, my tension wasn’t all that great, so it looked a bit uneven.

Have you given up on ever learning to knit? The Knook Knitting Kit will have you knitting and purling like a pro in no time.

The instructions in both the book that comes with the Knook Knitting Kit and the online videos state that you have to hold the hook differently than you do in crochet. I disregarded this and that is why my stitches look twisted in my first attempt (the red scarf). I re-read the instructions and watched the video again and realized I was pulling the yarn through like a crocheter does. So when I made a simple adjustment to my technique, I was able to produce the second scarf which looks like it should.

So the moral of the story here is read the Knook instructions carefully before getting started, especially if you are a crocheter.

After I learned the correct technique, I found that I quickly got into a rhythm. Knitting with the Knook isn’t any harder than crocheting, and in my opinion is much easier than knitting with needles. I have seen comments that people who already knit may find dealing with the cord tedious. However others have also said that tricky stitches, where the yarn is likely to slip off the needle, are much easier using the Knook.

All in all, I am pleased with the Knook Knitting Kit. The instruction book included 4 simple patterns. I am planning on practicing some more by making a simple doll sweater.

Knook Instructional Video (for Right-Handed Crafters) – For all of you visual learners out there!

Sometimes it is easier to learn a new skill if you can see it in action. Although the instructions included with the Knook Kit were clear and easy to follow, I found that myself wishing to see someone actually using the Knook to knit. Fortunately Leisure Arts has several videos on YouTube to demonstrate Knook knitting techniques. Here is a video that will help you get started knitting with your Knook if you are right-handed.

Knook Instructional Video (for Left-Handed Crafters) – Lefties can use the Knook too!

Here is a video that will help you get started knitting with your Knook if you are left-handed.

Have you given up on ever learning to knit? The Knook Knitting Kit will have you knitting and purling like a pro in no time.

My First Knook Project – A simple scarf for my daughter’s American Girl Doll.

For my first simple project, I decided to create a simple knitted scarf for my youngest daughter’s American Girl doll. I figured it would help me learn to control my tension and would be great practice for the basic knitting stitch. Since I used only the knit stitch, I didn’t have any issues with rolling. I was able to finish the scarf in a couple of hours while I was watching tv. This Knook project would be a great way to teach your daughter or granddaughter to learn to knit.


  • Ch 6
  • Pick up 5 sts on foundation chain (6 sts)
  • Knit across
  • Repeat until scarf is desired length. Mine is approx. 22 inches long.
  • Bind off all sts in knit.
  • Finish your scarf with fringe if desired. I used 10 – 4 inch strands per side
If you are just getting started with the Knook, I highly suggest starting with something simple – like a dish cloth pattern.  That will help you learn to get your tension correct.  In no time at all you will have the hang of it and be able to move onto bigger projects.
So tell me…  Have you ever used the Knook?  What did you think?

Book Review: The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord Book Review

Disclosure:  I received a copy of the book The Crimson Cord to facilitate this review.  All opinions stated are my own.

Rahab’s story has always intrigued me.  What were her circumstances?  Why would a prostitute risk her life to save the enemy? And how was it that she ended up being in the lineage that led to the Messiah?  For anyone who has ever wondered about Rahab’s life, I highly recommend you read the book The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith.  It’s a wonderful story of what life might have been life for Rahab and what led to her redemption.

About The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story (Daughter’s of the Promised Land)

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

My thoughts:

The Bible mentions how Rahab risked her life to save 2 Israelite spies and help them escape Jericho.  In return, she was promised that she will be saved when Jericho is destroyed.  Other than that we know very little of her life.  There are so many unanswered questions…  What made her turn to a life of prostitution?  What made her risk her life and betray her ruler to help the Israelite spies?  After Jericho fell, how did she adapt to life among a foreign nation?  The book The Crimson Cord gives the reader a possible answer for all those questions and more in a richly woven tale of the redemptive power of God’s love.

The Crimson Cord is an easy read and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.  Even though I knew how Rahab’s story ultimately ended up, I was still captivated by the journey.  The author did an excellent job of making us feel at home in that world and you could definitely tell she had done her research into the time period.

At times I admit that Rahab’s story in The Crimson Cord was hard to stomach.  Although I know that during this time period, women were treated as property and had no rights, it was at times hard to read what Rahab was forced to endure – first as the wife of a cruel and abusive man and then as a women forced into a life of prostitution.  While I may not be able to relate to the particulars of Rahab’s story, I can relate to being in a situation where I feel totally out of control.  It has been during those times of darkness in my life that I truly realized how much I needed God’s love and mercy.

I think the most powerful part of the book for me was at the end where Rahab finally surrenders to God’s merciful love.  After all she had been through, she understandably felt unworthy of love and resigned herself to being alone.  Only after she finally accepted that God’s love is a gift, and not something to be paid back, could Rahab finally put the past behind her and open herself to the possibility of forgiveness and grace.

We will never know exactly the circumstances of Rahab’s life, but I think Jill Eileen Smith’s version might have been close.  After all Rahab’s story is much more of a testament to God’s mercy if she was at the lowest of lows.  If he can provide redemption for a former prostitute, then certainly he can extend his grace to the likes of me.  I don’t keep all of the books I read, but I am definitely going to be adding The Crimson Cord to my bookshelf and will likely read it again in the future.  It’s a must read for anyone who has ever wondered about the rest of Rahab’s story.

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No More Fumbling to Find the Right Key! Label-Label Key Caps Giveaway

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It never fails – I have my hands full of groceries and as I am fumbling to find the right key for the front door of our house, I drop the keys.  Frustrating!  If you are like me, then you probably have a key ring full of keys – house keys, car keys, shed keys, luggage keys, and more.  I counted and I have 15 keys on my key ring.  That’s 15 keys to sort through every time I need to use one.  Sorting through those keys wastes time.  Fortunately someone has come up with a solution!

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Label-Label Key Caps are a clever and affordable way to end your key sorting frustrations. Each pack of key caps contains 8 different colors so you can tell at a glance which key you need.  I used the purple key cap for my house key.  So I don’t have to fumble anymore.  I know immediately which key I need.  Quick and easy!

I have used some other key labeling systems in the past, but found they were a pain to put on the keys.  This is not the case with Label-Label Key Caps.  Their key caps are stretchy and flexible so you can put them on your keys easily.  Their key caps fit most keys.

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Each pack of Label-Label Key Caps includes tags so you can label all of your keys.  This is particularly useful for those keys that are rarely used.   For example, I have my luggage keys on my key ring so I don’t lose them.  However, these keys are only used at most twice a year so I never remember which key goes to which suitcase.  That means I have to test them all to see which key goes with which suitcase.  Label-Label Key Caps eliminate that problem.

The pack includes both pre-printed and blank labels.  The pre-printed ones are labeled with home, office, gate, and garage.  I really like that they included blank ones as well because I also have keys on my key chain for our shed, our luggage, and our lock boxes.

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Each Label-Label Key Cap pack comes with instructions for use printed on the back of the package.  However, it really couldn’t be simpler to install the caps on your keys.

  1. Clean your key with hot soapy water, then rinse and dry well.  This will make sure the label sticks to your key.
  2. Write on the label (or use one of the pre-printed labels).
  3. Peel off back to the transparent sticker and cover the label.  This will make sure that your label remains legible indefinitely.
  4. Remove the backing and stick the label to your key.  Trim to fit.
  5. Slide the key cap on your keys with the knobs at the top.

I mentioned the knobs in the last step.  These 2 little knobs don’t look like much, but they can be a big help when you are trying to open a door in the dark,  Just make sure that your key cap has the knobs situated at the top of the key.  Then if you are trying to open a door in the dark, you will be able to tell by touch whether or not your key is situated correctly to open the door.

Want to end your own key-fumbling frustration?  Label-Label Key Caps are available in many different quantities and colors.  You can get a multi-color pack, like the one I received to try, or you can also get single color packs.  That’s useful when you have multiples of one particular key.  Like in our house, there are 4 of us who have copies of the house key, plus we have a spare.  So we could use one of the single color key cap packs so that everyone can tell at a glance which key is the house key, no matter whose key ring you are using.  If you have a larger quantity of keys, they also have bulk packs.  You can order key caps online at

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The nice people at Label-Label Key Caps want to bless our readers with some Key Caps of their own.  5 lucky winners will each receive an 8 pack of key caps.  Entry is easy through the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older.  It ends February 23, 2015.

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5 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Help With Laundry

Disclosure:  I received a sample of Purex PowerShot Detergent to facilitate this post.

As a young stay at home mom, I thought I had to do all the cooking and cleaning. As our family grew to include 3 more kids, that started to get overwhelming. I mean 4 children generate ridiculous amounts of dirty laundry each week! Over time I realized that there was no reason the kids couldn’t help me with the household chores – including the laundry. I didn’t have to do it all myself.

Even 2 and 3 year old children can do simple tasks like folding wash cloths, clean out the lint catcher, or helping you match socks.  Get them involved in the process early on and move on to more difficult tasks as they get older. Gradually add more tasks and eventually the kids will be doing their own laundry. In our house, by the time they are pre-teens, each child is responsible for washing, drying, and putting away their own clothes.

If you are overwhelmed by the mountain of dirty clothes your family generates in a week, you don’t have to do it alone!  Here are 5 tips to make it easier for your kids to help with laundry.

  • Set up your laundry station to make it easy for kids to help.  For example, in our laundry room, we have a rolling clothes rack with extra hangers so they can hang up clean clothes right away.  We also have a table right next to the dryer where they can fold their clothes.  If your kids are old enough to run the washer by themselves, make sure that the detergent, dryer sheets, etc are all stored where your child can easily reach them.
  • Label. Label. Label.  Having a marked place for everything makes it easier for kids to help with laundry.  We have 4 baskets in our laundry room that are marked towels, jeans, whites, and darks.  So the kids know exactly where they need to put their clothes to be washed.  We also have drawers labeled so they know exactly where to put their clothes when they are cleaned.
  • Teach your kids to empty their pockets.  Seriously, you can’t tell them this too many times :)  I learned that the hard way after a crayon ended up in our dryer.  I can laugh about it now, but it wasn’t too funny at the time.
  • Have a place for stained clothes.  In our house we have a small basket marked stains.  The kids know that if they have clothes that are stained, they need to put them in that basket so I can use stain spray on them.
  • Make it easy for kids to use the right amount of detergent.  I have long been a fan of those little detergent pouches that contain just the right amount of soap for a load.  The downside is that they can so be expensive.  Fortunately Purex has a solution.  New Purex Powershot Detergent has a clever bottle that does the measuring for you.   It makes it super easy for kids to use just the right amount per load.

Purex PowerShot Detergent

I got to try a bottle of the new Purex Powershot Detergent and was very impressed.  You just open the cap, flip the bottle upside down, and the bottle automatically measures out the correct amount.  One flip for regular loads, two flips for large loads.  When you flip the bottle back upright, the dispenser automatically re-fills and is ready for the next load.

Purex PowerShot Detergent

I highly recommend Purex Powershot Detergent if your kids are doing their own laundry.  No fuss, no mess, and no danger of them accidentally adding too much detergent to a load. It truly couldn’t be simpler!

Laundry is no fun for anyone, but it becomes much more manageable when you teach your kids to help.  So tell me…  What tips do you have for getting your kids to help with the laundry?  Be sure to share your tips by leaving a comment below.


Think The Bouqs for your Valentine’s Day Flowers this year!

Disclosure:  I received a bouquet of flowers from The Bouqs to facilitate this post.

Valentines Day Flowers from The Bouqs

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there is no better way to say “I Love You” than a big bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers.  Fresh cut flowers always make the home so bright and cheerful.  They are a great way to let someone know how much you care! If you are planning on sending your sweetie flowers this Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out The Bouqs.

The Bouqs offers a great variety of gorgeous flower bouquets for that special someone in your life.  Unlike most internet florist companies, The Bouqs uses sustainable and eco-friendly growing techniques.  They only cut the flowers that are ordered, so you will receive the freshest, most beautiful flowers possible – delivered directly to you from the farm where they were grown.

If you have ever ordered flowers online, you probably got hit up with a bunch of hidden fees.  One thing I really like about The Bouqs is that they charge a flat rate- $40 for their Volcano Collection and $50 for their California Collection.  All prices include shipping.  They will never hit you up for any additional handling charges.

Valentines Day Flowers from The Bouqs

I received a bouquet from The Bouqs so I could see the quality for myself.  I received their Peace Bouquet – featuring stunning white roses and purple accent flowers.  Their Peace Bouquet is part of their Volcano collection, grown on the side of a volcano in South America.

Valentines Day Flowers from The Bouqs

I am not the best photographer in the world, so my pictures don’t quite do the flowers justice.   I was very pleased with my beautiful bouquet and they graced my dining room table for well over a week until they faded.  I will definitely think of The Bouqs the next time I need to order flowers.

Valentines Day Flowers from The Bouqs

If you are planning on ordering flowers from The Bouqs this Valentine’s Day,I recommend that you order as soon as possible for the best selection.   For more information or to order, visit