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Donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

I have been compensated for this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own. All statistical information and the Walmart gift card have been provided by P&G. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. As you may know, my real job is a pediatric intensive care nurse. Though I do not work at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, the hospital at which I work frequently partners with Gillette Children's Hospital which is a Network hospital. Why do we partner with them? Because, though my hospital is excellent at a lot of things, we can't be excellent at everything. Rehab and orthotics are two of the things with which we partner with Gillette. They are the Twin Cities’ only pediatric comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program certified by the Commission on the … [Read more...]

Game Day With Tide® #Spon

Game day is not a day in our house. We have four kids. Four kids in soccer, two in baseball, one in football, one in dance, and two in gymnastics. So game day is more like game week in our house! We have uniforms coming out of our ears as well. No kidding, I can do an entire load of laundry with just uniforms! My oldest son is the one that seems to put my laundry detergent to the test more often than not. In the spring he plays soccer and if you can even begin to imagine the mud and grass stains we accumulate in one soccer season you can also imagine the test that our laundry detergent is put to. He's not a kid that sits on the sidelines and refuses to play, not that there is anything wrong with that. He just prefers to get right into the thick of it. His favorite games are the ones when there has been a big rain and the fields are super messy and sloppy. I think mud, dirt, and boys must go hand in hand....I think it's in their DNA somewhere. To prepare for each game "week" … [Read more...]

The Perfect Dish Cleaning Team #Spon

If you've been a reader of our blog for a while you know that we have a good relationship with P&G.  You now also know that we have a good relationship with GE® Appliances.  What may surprise you is that P&G and GE® Appliances have a great relationship with each other!  I was so excited when I found this out.  Two of my favorite companies working together...what could be better than that? A few days ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Dan Goldstein, the marketing director for my new GE® Hybrid Stainless Steel Dishwasher.  Among all the tips and tricks he told me about my dishwasher (next post), we also talked about the relationship that P&G and GE® Appliances have with each other.  Bet you didn't know that the engineers from both companies frequently meet together to figure out how the dishwashing detergent and the dishwasher work together.  Pretty cool huh?  That's why GE® Appliances recommends using Cascade in their dishwashers...they were made for each other! Dan … [Read more...]

P & G- Have you tried this yet? GIVEAWAY #spon

 P&G’s Have You Tried This Yet? program is one we have really enjoyed sharing with our fabulous readers! We love P & Gs products and we love to share why we do! P & G is even offering up a fantastic package similar to the one seen above to one of our awesome readers! Be sure to enter below for a chance to win some amazing freebies and simply fabulous products. Ultra Downy Infusions- One good smell and you will be hooked! Downy fabric softener has always been a favorite in our homes and no with the added bonus of an incredible scent we love it even more! But more doesn't mean you have to use more....just a little cap goes a long way! Venus & Olay Razor- I will be the first to admit I was hooked on my former razor and had no intentions of switching until this little gem arrived in my mail! Oh my word my legs have never been softer, smoother or silkier! With its five blades, built-in Olay Moisture Bar and incredible scent the need for additional shave cream is wiped … [Read more...]

Mom Tips to Help Make Every Day Extraordinary

Samantha Harris, celebrity mom of two and television personality, shares her favorite mom tips to help make your everyday extraordinary. Tip #1: Schedule your mom activities like an appointment! I like to pencil in workouts, carpool duty and grocery shopping right into my calendar so I can keep my to-do list organized. Seeing it all written down is a surefire way to get it all done and allow you to rearrange as needed. Tip #2: Make "date night" a priority! As moms, we are constantly juggling many hats and it can be easy to forget to focus some time for our relationships. Ask your relatives or a friend to babysit for a night (and offer to return the favor), then hit the town. Or have a "date in", by setting up a sleepover for the kids (or putting them to bed early), and rent a movie, make some popcorn and curl up on the couch! Tip #3: Enlist the kids to help! Chores don't need to solely fall on mom—I like to get my kids involved by making a chore wheel and set up a completion … [Read more...]

Be The First To Know–Tide VIVID White + Bright

My sister actually convinced me to buy white capris this summer.  (Insert look of sheer horror)  I NEVER wear white on the bottom (and I rarely wear all white on the top)!  I'm a magnet for stains and with my tom-boyish activities, white and I don't really match.  None the less, she convinced me to buy them and I actually wore them.  (Insert look of complete shock)  Want to know a secret?  I'm STILL wearing them despite it being past Labor Day!  Yes, I bought white capris this summer, I wore them, I'm still wearing them (past Labor Day),  and I LOVE them!  (Who is this person typing and what have you done with Jamie?) My secret to helping me keep my white capris white despite high outdoor activities and the risk of getting them dirty this fall? Tide VIVID White + Bright.  Though you might not recognize the name, this is not a new product.  Tide plus bleach alternative is now Tide VIVID White + Bright!  An easier, more catchy name, with a fun new look. With Tide VIVID White + … [Read more...]