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After The Review–A Holiday Gift Guide

If you've read our blog for any amount of time, you know that we've done our fair share of product reviews.  Companies send us products to try out for a week up to a month and we write our thoughts about them.  99% of the time we write positive reviews because if we don't like a something, we inform the company, and they tell us not to post a review (or sometimes they give us a different product to try).  What happens after the review though?  Do we still like and use these products months or even years after our initial post?  Read on to discover which products we're still in love with. We were not asked by any of these companies to write a follow up review and we have received no compensation for this post.  We simply thought it would be fun to share with our readers that yes, we really DO like, and still use, a lot of the products we review.  You might consider this our idea of a Holiday Gift Guide :) 1)  Urban Halo.  We reviewed Urban Halo headbands back when we were just … [Read more...]

Summer Fun Brought To You By GE® #spon

It was hot last week in Minnesota--the upper 90s with humidity making it feel like the 100s.  It was a good week to hang out in the air conditioned inside, or better yet, have fun at the pool and lake!  That's exactly what my family did... On Wednesday, we went to our friend's pool for the afternoon.  We had a ton of fun, stayed cool, got a lot of exercise, and thankfully, didn't get a sunburn.  Tottie even jumped off the diving board for the very first time! Thursday, Hubby had an unexpected day off of work so we headed out on our boat for the day.  Unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky in the sunburn department that day (I even put sunscreen on!)...Luckily, the girls were ok. Friday, was a mom's "playdate" with all of Nutty's friend's moms.  We decided that since the girls have playdates so often, we needed one.  After work, I headed to her pool for margaritas. Saturday, was fun in the sprinklers at another friend's house...Yes, our swimsuits got a lot of wear this … [Read more...]

What I DON’T Like About My GE® Dishwasher #spon

So far you've been hearing all the good things I like about my fabulous new GE® Hybrid Stainless Steel Dishwasher.  You've heard how much better it is than my old dishwasher, how quiet it is, how well it cleans, and all about the ins and outs of it.  Well, today I'm going to tell you what I DON'T like about it.  After all, what's a fair review if you don't point out some negatives? #1--My biggest compliant--it's large.  Not large as in actual size, but large in the fact that it holds a lot of dishes, 12 full place settings to be exact.  Why am I complaining about that?  Because now I actually have to sit and listen to military/war stories instead of washing dishes during family gatherings. #2--It's got the "clean" light indicator.  Now I can't play dumb and say to hubby that I thought the dishes were still dirty and that's why I didn't put them away. #3--It's quite.  I know I said in a previous post that I liked how quiet it is.  That was before I got stuck actually … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of My GE® Dishwasher #Spon

As I said last week, I had the privilege of speaking with Dan Goldstein, the marketing director for my new GE® Hybrid Stainless Steel Dishwasher.  It was a fun and informative conversation in which I learned, among other things, that GE® dishwashers and Cascade detergent are made for each other, and that I do not need to rinse my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.  I also learned that it helps to read the manual that comes with your new appliance so that you can learn all the tips and tricks for it! I asked Dan how GE® came up with the design for the Hybrid Stainless Steel Dishwasher.  He said that they actually went into people's homes and watched how they interacted with their dishwashers.  GE® asked the people what they liked and didn't like about their current dishwasher and what they would like most in a new washer.  I thought that was pretty cool. Dan's favorite feature of the dishwasher?  The true wash zones.  There are two "wash zones" in the GE® Hybrid … [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...]

Uninterrupted Family Movie Night #spon

Turn up your volume for this post because what you don't hear is the key... Growing up, Friday night was family movie night in my house. Still today, my parents watch a movie together every Friday night. Heaven forbid my sister and I (or anyone) call during movie time and interrupt it. "You know it's movie night don't you? I'll call you back when the movie is over." Now that I have my own kids, we do family movie nights. We don't do them every week, but we do have them regularly. Again, Heaven forbid something/someone interrupt our movie. One thing that used to interfere with our family nights was our dishwasher. Hubby would start it after dinner (not thinking) and eventually we'd either have to turn up the volume on our TV way loud or simply pause the movie and wait for the dish washing cycle to end.  Even when we watched our movies on the downstairs TV you could hear our dishwasher!  Not any more...my new GE® Dishwasher is SUPER quiet!!  Just listen... Yes, the GE® … [Read more...]