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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tackle Messy Husband Stains with Purex plus Clorox 2 #PurexPlusClorox2 #SocialInsiders

Disclosure: 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. 


Alright, all you married ladies. Show of hands if you married a messy man. *Waving wildly over here!*  Judging from his laundry, I'm pretty sure my husband is the king of messes. He spends a lot of time on yard work and is pretty proud of how well he keeps it maintained. If only he had that much pride in keeping his clothing clean, it would be all good in the hood.

Don't even get me started on food messes. He claims his belly is just an extra table that is a magnet for food and it doesn't even phase him when greasy globs drop onto his clothing. Instead of trying to gently lift the offending blob off his clothes, he'll take a napkin and vigorously scrub up the mess while I grit my teeth because he's only embedding it further into the fabric. Here's one of his offending food stains from this week.

Exhibit A: Mustard:

Purex plus Clorox 2

Normally, I would scour the internet looking for remedies to remove mustard stains, but I don't have to do that anymore since I am now stocking Purex plus Clorox 2® in my laundry room.

Purex plus Clorox 2® is the newest stain-fighting detergent in the Purex family of laundry products. Formulated to remove the toughest stains, but it is also safe for colors and bleach-free fabrics.The detergent contains 3 stain-fighting enzymes to remove 100 stains, so you don't have to scour remedies to remove specific stains.

Purex plus Clorox 2® detergent removes:

• Starchy stains like chocolate and tomato sauce
• Protein-based stains like grass and blood
• Food stains that use guar gum like ice cream and BBQ sauce

I just put it to the test for myself on the pesky mustard stain by pouring a bit of detergent over the stain, rubbing it in with an old toothbrush, then letting it soak for 5 minutes before laundering.

Purex plus Clorox 2® detergent

I was happy to see that the stain disappeared with no elbow grease on my part, leaving nothing behind but a bright clean. Yay! Makes me wonder how much time I could have saved over the years if I had this detergent in my life back then!


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Shiojiri Garden in Spring

I love how spring makes everything seem to come to life. I wish the gorgeous trees that flower each spring would stay that way year round. Right now, streets are lined with such lovely hues of white, pink, and purple, I can't help but find any opportunity I can to be outdoors. We are pretty lucky to have some amazing parks and gardens in my town, but one I find myself gravitating to this time of year is Shiojiri Garden, located in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Shiojiri Garden

This Japanese strolling garden is a tranquil place to explore the beauty of nature. Brides flock here in the summer because it offers the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos, but I prefer its beauty in the spring when the trees are in bloom. Regular readers have probably snatched glimpses of some of the garden here since I frequently use it myself for photos on the blog.

Shiojiri Garden

Shiojiri GardenShiojiri Garden

Shiojiri Garden

 Relax under trees on natural wooden seating...

Shiojiri Garden


Shiojiri Garden

Or take a stroll over one of several bridges...


Explore the various rock gardens and statues located throughout the garden...

Shiojiri Garden

Shiojiri Garden
 
Have a seat in the pavilion, where you can take in the beauty of the gardens while resting comfortably out of the sun.


Shiojiri Garden isn't very big. You can circle the entire garden in about 10 minutes if you are looking to zip in and zip back out. But for nature lovers, it's the perfect place to kick off your shoes and enjoy a little peace and tranquility. 


Do you have a community garden that you like to visit in your town?


Friday, April 29, 2016

Broiled Pink Grapefruit

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

We've done a lot of remodel projects to our home the past few years which have kept us pretty busy. In addition to the few that I've shown here, last summer Jason also decided to tackle ripping out our old deck and building a larger one in its place. It took up a lot of our summer, which really irritated me at the time, but now that the warm weather is finally here again, I love walking out onto that deck with plans of relaxing with a good book and a light snack. A good book, a cup of tea and some refreshing snacks are all this girl needs to be happy. This Broiled Pink Grapefruit is one of my favorite snacks to eat outside on a warm spring day, and thankfully now that the deck is complete I can stop being irritated and start enjoying the fruits of Jason's labor. 


Pink Grapefruit is a light and refreshing breakfast or snack, and I like that it's a cinch to prepare. The addition of Golden Blossom Honey drizzled over the wedges adds a really pleasant touch of sweetness

Ingredients
2 large grapefruit
2 Tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY


 
You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.



If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!
 
  
What's your favorite light snack for a warm spring day?

  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bathroom Makeover Reveal!

For the better part of this year I've been a little M.I.A. in the blogging world. After the holidays, Jason and I decided to tackle renovating our bathroom. To say I hated our bathroom from the moment we bought our house would be a complete understatement. I despised it. Loathed showering in it. Many times I would use the girl's bathroom just so I wouldn't have to look at ours. It's been at the top of my home renovation bucket list since we bought our house 9 years ago, so I was thrilled to fianlly tackle the job, even though it ate into a lot of my free time this year. But, the time spent was well worth it!

Before:


Now, it doesn't look too bad from this picture, just a bit drab and boring. Some of what I hated was the huge white tiles on the floor. They showed every speck of dirt and piece of lint, I felt I was always having to sweep to keep it looking clean. The mirror over the sink is just a slab of mirror glass. No frame and it had icky brown lines forming though the glass. The sink got the job done, but there is no storage whatsoever in the bathroom. We had to keep our towels in the linen closet out in the hallway. Plus, I hated looking at the plumbing behind the sink since it was exposed.


The extra mirrored medicine cabinet by the sink was a huge eyesore. So was the ugly wood door and outdated gold handle. I'm pretty sure the lighting over the sink was the cheapest money could buy, and it was starting to tarnish.


I think the shower was original to the house. I seriously hated everything about it, from the ugly biscuit color to the size. You could hardly turn without whacking your elbows into the walls or glass.

Additionally, there was no air vent, so the hot steam did a lovely number on the paint.


After:

Bathroom renovation marble

We ripped out the walls and put in new drywall. I decided to put marble tile on the bottom half of the walls, then painted the top half about the same silvery gray color that the original had. We took out the pedestal sink and replaced it with a larger one that could accommodate our storage needs. We hung a matching mirror and replaced the old stainless steel lighting and fixtures with brushed nickel. We removed the mirror from the old medicine cabinet, and I stained a wood panel door to take its place.


I painted the door by the sink white and added brushed nickel hardware to go with the flow of the room. I laid a wood grain looking ceramic tile on the floor, and we added a vent for air circulation so we don't have paint chipping issues in the future.


We found an amazing bargain on this steam shower, snapping it up for under 1/2 its original price (less than $1,000!) though we did have a lot of issues getting it installed to drain correctly. We had to jimmy it around, therefore, it doesn't line equal with the door on the left which is irritating, but livable. Also, you can't tell from the photo here, but we removed the door on the left and turned it into a sliding pocket door for more space in the bathroom.

bathroom renovation before after

Overall, I am so happy with how it turned out, I won't be sneaking into the girl's bathroom to shower anymore.

What projects do you hope to knock off your home renovation bucket list soon?


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*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Summer is definitely my favorite season. The sunshine, the beach, the cookouts. What's not to love? Oh, yeah. Those darn pesky mosquitoes that like to party crash. If it weren't for those little buggers, I'd say every month in summer would be perfect. Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, the diseases they carry pose quite a few health risks. Right now, the Zika virus is weighing heavily on our minds, especially with summer right around the corner. My family is taking every precaution to keep mosquitoes at bay, from stocking up on bug spray to having our yard treated. If you're as concerned about mosquitoes as we are, there's experts at Orkin that can help keep them out of your home this summer. Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that is right for your needs. 



                   


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Mom Will Love Personalized Photo Cards From CVS This Mother's Day

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

I'm just going to say it. I hate shopping for greeting cards. I spend so much time standing in the greeting card section picking up a card and putting it back. Picking another, putting it back. I repeat this process about a million times because I can never find a card that says exactly what I am looking for. In the end, I usually just settle on a card I feel is mediocre just to get on with my life. 

I've heard of personalized photo cards before, but I've never given them much though because I always thought they would take too long to put together or would be really expensive. Boy, was I wrong! I was recently using the CVS/pharmacy photo website getting some of my photos printed, and decided to browse the Mother's Day greeting card section while I was there. My mom is one who does not like for her children to spend a lot of money on her for Mother's Day, but she's a sucker for anything personalized, so I thought I'd splurge a little and create a personalized Mother's Day card for her this year. 

Splurge may not be a good word, because I quickly realized that most of the cards fell in the $2.99 range, which was such a bargain, I ended up designing 3 cards!



My thoughts of card design being time consuming were completely unfounded. With just a few clicks, my cards were complete in under 5 minutes each. The hardest part was picking a favorite design from the many options available on the CVS/pharmacy photo site. Simply pick the design of your choice, upload your photo, type in your text, preview your creation, then VOILA! All done! 

I had the girls design one for me, then we created one for both grandmas. There are several different layouts for inside each card. You can choose to simply add a text message, or you can also add more photos to the inside of the cards for even more personalization. 



The designs we chose: 

Rustic Mom

Best Heart Gran

Brushstroke Triangles 




The cards come in a flat sheet with a perforated line down the center that you'll fold yourself. Do keep in mind that the cards did not come with an envelope, so you will have to use one of your own. With same day pickup, you don't have to worry about not receiving your cards in time for Mother's Day. Best of all, no more standing in the card aisle looking for that perfect card. Simply create exactly what you want with just a few clicks!



If your mom is anything like mine (or me for that matter!) she is going to love receiving a personalized photo card from CVS this Mother's Day! It's something she will proudly display for all to see. Head over to CVS.com/photo to start designing your cards today!


Would you like to receive a personalized photo card from a loved one?




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