Wednesday, October 28, 2009

febreze winner!

The $100 Visa gift card and goodie basket from Febreze NOTICEABLES and Blogher was:

Kelsey Kim, of ohholykims


Sunday, October 4, 2009

cute and clean and perty and bright

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Cheer

Twas the dawn of another busy Monday in my household. The kids were up, dressed, fed, and taken to school. I myself, was presentable, as I am the type that always gets ready and made-up – I’m just weird that way; plus I look 12 years old without mascara on and that just ain’t pretty – and I was ready to take on my house.

For Monday is my Cleaning Day. My recover-from-a-weekend-with-four-messy-males-in-it day. My let’s-set-everything-in-order-and-start-the-week-right day. My day to get my house neat and tidy and back to ship-shape.

I love Mondays. The cleanliness brightens up my life.

Well, I hate Mondays for the same reason.

But by about 10:30a.m. when I’ve swept, mopped, vacuumed, and done three loads of laundry, I feel better.

And here I was, beginning another Monday.

Wait. Scratch that. It was Tuesday. Or . . . wait . . . yeah, it was definitely Tuesday because we had gone camping all Labor Day weekend and I had Mount Washmore to tackle in my laundry room. Not only darks, lights, and whites, but towels, sleeping bags, and other camping paraphernalia.

Why is paraphernalia spelled with that ‘R’ there in the middle? Ever wondered that?

Anyway. I digress.

I love digressing.

It brightens up my life too.

So yes, it was indeed a Tuesday, but being that we’d been gone camping for the four preceeding days, I still had all my Monday chores to catch up on. And Mount Washmore was looming. I had a new bottle of Cheer to try out and I was going to put it to the test.

Boy was I ever going to put it to the test.

Because camping? With four boys? In the wild? Where we eat, sleep, play (and yes poop) in the woods? It gets dirty.

Oh so dirty.

This dirt is never more obvious and evident than it is upon our socks. Why is that? It’s not like we walk around camp without shoes on. Shoes go off when entering the tent but back on as soon as one leaves . . . so the whole reason as to why our white socks end up absolutely filthy is beyond me. And that does not brighten up my life.

So I popped open the Cheer, put in the allotted amount, and crossed my fingers. I purposefully did not use bleach because I wanted to see what the Cheer alone would do for my dingy whites.

I am sad to say, my whites came out just as dingy. Boo.

So in rewashing them in the next load, I used my Cheer and some bleach.

And my whites came out just as dingy.


I then used the Cheer on my colored laundry and towels – and everything came out shipshape. This particular load of white socks may be lost. They may have to be the martyrs of the camping experience, sacrificed to the Cause of Camping Chaos because I’ve tried pretty much everything and those white socks just are not working with me.


Ok, no worries. We all have more socks. And I can always buy more. (I love the feel of new socks. Don’t you? All snug and comfy, white and pristine. “Cute and clean and perty and bright!” 10 points if you can name that movie/play!) And then I walk outside in them to retrieve the newspaper and all is lost.

*forehead slap*

So now the fun part. I’ve told you some of the simple things that brighten my life – walking around in dingy socks not being one of them -- I’d love to hear what brightens your life and more specifically, how do you brighten the lives of others?

To enter for a bottle of detergent, leave me a comment below and tell me how you brighten the lives of others. Or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. (PST) October 5, 2009 and will end 5:00 p.m. (PST) November 5, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.


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  • This giveaway is open to US Residents, age 18 and older
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  • Please see the official rules here.

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