May 01

May is National BBQ Month! ~ #Giveaway!

National BBQ Month!

Whether you enjoy the a standard type BBQ grill, a fire pit with a grate or just building a fire to cook over, the possibilities can be endless! While many places all over the world, don’t have to wait for spring or summer, I am from PA and grilling in winter can be a little daunting at times. However I am one of those people who will grill all year long. Snow or not. If the sun is out and I can get to my BBQ, you can bet that’s where I”ll be cooking. But for many, May is the perfect month to kick off the grilling season because this is when the weather seems to change the most. The snow is pretty much done for the season, and the warmer weather is inviting and offers a nice transition out of our cabin fever and an opportunity to bring your friends and family together for food and fun!

May Giveaway

To help you celebrate National BBQ Month, I have an awesome giveaway to help get you started on your grilling adventures!

One Winner will have a choice of $50 Gift Card or PayPal Cash!

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Apr 09

Hair Straightener Brush ~ Straightens Curly, Wavy Hair in Minutes!

I have seen a ton of different reviews on these hair straightening brushes. My daughter seen them back in November an has been asking for one since. With all the mixed reviews, I couldn’t justify paying the price they were asking without knowing if it worked or not. I actually had two different family members who were adamant on their stance. One thought this straightening brush was the best thing they have ever purchased for their hair and the other was adamant that these were a waste of money. I honestly chalked it up to possibly having two different brands and just kept reading and researching reviews and other information.

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Then I was offered one of these straightening brushes for free in exchange for feedback. Perfect. Now I could get one and see for myself and not have to pay a penny. Yes of course I would participate..

So here’s the deal with this. I love it. It works perfect for my hair and what I like. My daughter, the one who HAD to have this, isn’t as thrilled with it as she thought she would be. I finally figured out why (in my opinion) these have such varying reviews.

First this is a STRAIGHTENING BRUSH, NOT a FLATTENING BRUSH. That is the first thing people need to understand. I like my hair straightened. This is perfect and I had nice soft, straight hair in less than 5 minutes using this hair straightening brush.

Hair Straightening Brush

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By following the instructions, we plugged the straightening brush into the outlet, and held the power button for a few seconds until the indicator panel lite up letting us know it was on. We then set it to the highest power setting. This straightening brush heated up rather quickly. I didn’t even wait. I had washed my hair and let it air dry the night before. I have naturally semi curly deeply wavy hair. I gave it a quick brush through, although the instructions say to make sure it is completely brush through and groomed. I didn’t. I’m to lazy. I gave it a quick brush through and decided to start just using the straightener like a brush. Simply brushing through my hair. While the bristle do not move, it did go through okay, but does catch a little here and there and I may have been able to avoid this by brushing my hair a little better before starting, but eeh.. Anyways. I had my daughter time me. I told her 5 minutes. She proceeded to tell me when every minute was up. I brushed one side of my hair for two minutes, very randomly. The next side for two minutes, also very randomly, then for the last minute, I flipped my head upside down and brushed the back side of my hair with the straightening brush. When the 5 minutes was up, I immediately put down the brush, flipped my head back up. Grabbed my regular brush gave it another quick brush through and asked my kids.. So… She said wow. It’s straight, actually straighter than you usually do. I proceeded to the bathroom (yes I did all this completely blind, no mirror, no nothing, just sitting on my living room floor) took a look in the mirror and thought wow. 5 minutes. Heck yeah! I love it…

The one thing about using this straightening brush vs using a flat iron, when I woke up the next day my hair was back to it’s naturally curly wavy layers.. When I use a flat iron, I have done my hair, went camping and when I came back from the weekend my hair was still straight and flat. With this straightening brush, it wasn’t. Not sure why that is.. It definitely gets hot.

I do like that it’s not hot to touch, at all. But if your brush aggressively like I tend to do at times, you can slip your finger down the side of the bristles and it does burn. A LOT. But if you keep your fingers away from it, it does not burn you in anyway. Making it easy to use on kids as well.

**The one and only negative I have to say about this brush from a personal stand point, is the way I hold my brush, and my daughter. We kept hitting the temp + button while using. Since we set this at the highest setting, that doesn’t really affect the use, but if you are not using it on the highest setting, you could potentially be turning the temp up while brushing. I mean you do feel it when it happens, but still. The placement is completely wrong.

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Now my daughter was ready to start doing hers.. She did not think my hair was as straight as she would like. I was so confused. My hair was straight as straight could be. What the heck did she mean. After spending dang near an hour trying to “straighten” her hair with the straightening brush, I could see she was visually disappointed. I asked, what her issue was. She just kept saying it doesn’t’ make it as straight as I want. I said so you don’t really want you hair straight.. You want it FLAT. She likes having her hair as straight and FLAT as possible. She likes how the flat iron, makes her edges look flat and sharp. If that is the look you are looking for this brush does not achieve that. It’s a brush. Not a flat panel. Once we figured out the difference there, the one thing she did mention was that while this does not give the effect she was hoping for, it does help make her hair straighter quicker so she can just go over it with the flat iron and still achieve the looks she wants, without taking up tons of time..

So overall if you like straight hair, this straightening brush is AWESOME!! I would highly recommend. Super quick and easy… If you want the FLAT iron look, you will still need to use a FLAT iron. Not a straightening brush.

Apr 06

#EnterToWin @Purex plus Clorox 2 Stain Fighting Detergent! ~ #Giveaway! #PurexPlusClorox2 #SocialInsiders #Spon

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Having a husband who works as a machinist, and raising kids who love to be outdoors, I have come across some of the worst stains ever. From oil and chemical dyes from my husbands work, to blood, sap, and natural dyes like grass and pollen, I can’t even begin to tell you my worst. I do know the oil based stains seemed to be hardest to get out, and using a bleach or other harsh chemical either wears your clothing out faster or is not safe for your colors. Purex® plus Clorox 2® has the added dirt lifting power Purex is known for as well as the color safe Clorox 2 to get the tougher, oil based stains easily and since there is no bleach its safer on your fabric. I have been a huge fan of Purex most of my adult life. Its a brand I trust and personally use. My personal use of Purex is actually what got me involved with the Purex Insiders program, which allows me to offer these great giveaways.


Recently my gram moved in with me and she has extremely thin skin. Seems she is always getting a nick here or there or catching herself on something. She likes using white sheets or light colored pastels. I try to change out and wash her sheets every couple days because she also has very dry skin and I feel like it flakes off while she’s sleeping, and after a couple days just feel like it needs done, but anyways, there is almost always little spots of blood. Sometimes she will tell me and I will get to it right away, but sometimes she doesn’t even notice and I don’t see it till I go to take all her bedding off. I usually use an oxy stick to pre-treat any kind of blood or other stains, no matter what detergent I use or if it has oxy in it or not, but this last time, I decided to see if I could use the Purex plus Clorox 2 to pretreat it then wash. These sheets were a light blue, so I didn’t want to use a bleach and I honestly wanted to see if it would wash out in the wash. Well, I didn’t even get it in the wash. Simply putting a few drops of the Purex plus Clorox2 and rubbing the fabric together to get it into the stain was enough. It had almost taken the stain out and I hadn’t even made it to the washing machine yet. I proceeded to wash as normal and when it was all done, the little blood spots were all gone. Next time I wash her sheets, I am going to try and remember to not pretreat with anything to see if they come out easily or not. Usually they leave a little light brownish colored stain if I don’t pre-treat and even sometimes when I do, if it’s been awhile or I missed it the first time, there was no hint of color or any indication there was ever any kind of stain there to begin with. This is one major reason I am a huge fan of Purex. Even when you don’t have time to pre-treat or mess with sorting, such as separating colors for my husbands work clothes, I can still count on the stains being removed without bleach or other additives. Purex plus Clorox 2 seems to be the trick.


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