Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pledge Multi-Surface II Anibacterial Review and Giveaway

Giveaway has concluded. has chosen number 4!
Summer is almost here!  We have a half day of school left.  That means lots of kids coming in and out of the house bringing their germs with them.  Yikes!  But I have plans for those germs.  I'll be keeping my home both clean AND disinfected with Pledge Multi-Surface II Anti-bacterial Cleaner.

I loved the original Pledge Multi-Surface Cleaner, but this one is even better.  It also kills 99.9% of germs including E-coli, staph, salmonella, and viruses like the flu.  So when the kids come in with sticky-icky fingers from playing basketball, mowing the yard, or making mud pies, I can get the cleaning and disinfecting done with one product.

It can be used on most household hard surfaces such as finished wood, glass, electronics (I love this!), stainless steel (for all of my appliances), and even sealed granite and metal. You can even use it on germ hot-spots such as door knobs, remote controls, toilet handles, and toys.  Since Pledge is a name you can trust, you can also take care of your special pieces of furniture without worrying that the product will damage surfaces.

Pledge Multi-Surface II is easy to use.  Just shake, spray, and wipe.  To sanitize, leave the surface wet for a few minutes before wiping.  Pledge MS II Anti-bacterial Cleaner is available at Target, Walmart, and most grocery stores.

I have this package to give away to one lucky reader.

It includes one bottle of Pledge Multi-Surface II Anti-bacterial Cleaner, a soft Pledge dusting cloth, a large cleaning caddy (I love this, too!), and adorable Gloveables to keep your hands and nails from getting dirty (and they are adorable).  I plan to use mine to work in the yard, too.

How to enter?  First, leave a comment on this post.
For extra entries, do any or all of the following, but please leave a separate comment for each entry:
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*Leave a comment on a non-giveaway post.  Be sure to come back here and let me know which post so you'll get your extra entry.

Giveaway will end June 8 at 11:59 PM CST.  Giveaway is open to US residents only, please.  Make sure I have your email so I can contact you if you are the winner.

Disclosure - This post was written on behalf of SC Johnson, a Family Company, who provided the product for review and giveaway.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Aloha Friday

I'm playing along with An Island Life on Aloha Friday.  Friday is the day they take it easy in Hawaii, so I'll ask a simple question, nothing that requires a lengthy answer, and you can post your answer in comments.  If you'd like to visit other Aloha Friday participants, or participate yourself, write your post and link up here.

I don't have vanity plates on my car, although I know people who do.  One of my coworkers has MS MATH on her license plate.  For anywhere from $40 to $70 you can personalize your plate (if what you want is available and isn't vulgar), and you can even add logos for sports teams, organizations, and so on.

If I were going to get a vanity plate, it should probably be this one:

But it would also be fun to get this one, and it is available!

My question:  Do you have a vanity plate?  What does it say?
If you don't, what should yours say?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

I was ironing yesterday, and I began to think about all of the things that I used to do or enjoy before the Internet came along.

1.  Ironing - Some people hate it, but it's really mindless work, yet it's useful.  I would set up the ironing board in the living room and iron while I watched my shows.
2.  Watching TV Shows - Speaking of shows, I used to watch a lot more TV rather than playing games or blogging since the Internet wasn't around to suck all my time!
3.  Writing Letters - I used to find great joy in writing notes and letters to family and friends far away.
4.  Watching Movies - I could spend a weekend watching a marathon of movies before the Web came around.
5.  Cleaning - My house was usually spotless.  Not so now!
6.  Sleeping - I definitely got more sleep before the Internet.  Everything is available at the click of a mouse, and it can keep you so absorbed.
7.  Shopping by Catalog - Before the Internet, I used to enjoy shopping from catalogs like Newport News, Fingerhut, Figi, and even department stores.
8.  Going Outside - I spend most of my time indoors now, although I do go walking with my husband several times a week. 
9.  Swimming - During the summer, I would go up to the pool for hours at a time.
10.  Doing Yard Work - Before the Internet, I did all of my own yard work:  mowing, edging, weeding.
11.  Getting to Know my Neighbors - I still know many of my neighbors, but since I don't spend a lot of time outdoors, and neither do they, I really don't talk to them very much anymore.
12.  Grading and Planning - I used to grade papers at home and plan lessons all the time.  I think the computer has made me more efficient in some ways so I find myself bringing less and less home every year.
13.  Talking on the Phone - I don't do much of this anymore.  I text more than I call.  Before the Internet, though, the phone was a convenient means of communication.

I'm linking up with Thursday Thirteen.  Come join the fun!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friday Confessional

I'm linking up with Mamarazzi today to clear my conscience!

I confess...
I think I am more ready for school to be out this year than the students are!  It's been a rough year.  'Nuff said.

I confess...
I was extremely pleased when our 23 year old remarked how when she has kids, they will not be allowed to have electronics at the table during meals.  Her uncle's grandkids were glued to their ipods (ages 6 and 13) during mother's day lunch and wouldn't communicate with anyone, much less their great grandmother who was trying to have a conversation with them.  I'm happy to say that 23 y o lived under those rules and didn't appreciate it at the time, but she certainly does now.  I'm so proud of her!

I confess...
I'm a little nervous... No.  Extrememly nervous that my twins will be 16 and driving soon!  Eeeek!  Boy twin gets his license as soon as he turns 16 (six weeks) and girl twin got her learner's permit yesterday.

I confess...
I have been in a "mood" this past week.  Irritable.  Not feeling appreciated.  One of those moods.  I'm starting to feel a little better, though.

I confess...
I'm really put off by the media these days.  When something happens, they sensationalize it, and someone accused of a crime is tried in the court of public opinion instead of in a court of law.  Then, the public gets angry when the jurors, who have access to all the facts and evidence unlike the rest of us, don't get the verdict they want and feel the need to protest it.  There.  I said it.

And I confess...
I spent too much time on last night (thanks to Mamarazzi)!  You should read her post about it and go check it out!

Have a happy weekend everyone!  I'm off to a baseball game - no - three.  The Astros/Rangers and two of my son's games.  Baseball for three days in a row!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

In the Beginning

In the beginning,
there was love… 
And fear,
and joy,
and an overwhelming sense of responsibility. 
And constant worry. 
 Am I doing this right?  What if... ?

In the beginning,
I had no idea the extreme happiness motherhood could bring. 
Or the tears,
 the serious fears,
the frustrations,
 the rewards.

Now, there is still love,
and fear,
and joy,
and overwhelming responsibility and worry. 
But there is also pride in the way things have happened,
 the lessons learned,
the trials,
the triumphs. 
Most of all,
there is unending love.
This post was written for Sunday Scribblings.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Favorite Color Swap

I received my swap goodies, and I couldn't be more pleased!  My partner, Becca at Everyday Life sent me a fantastic package.  We seemed to be on the same wave length in the items we selected for each other.
Here are my gifts all wrapped up in pink.

And here are my goodies unwrapped.

Love the pink tee shirt!  I was actually looking at one of those Sunday.  And the sparkly flip-flops are adorable.  There are two pretty shades of nail polish, bath soap petals, and a manicure kit.  Love the bubble gum and cherry drink mix!  Isn't the bag adorable?  Doesn't it look a lot like my badge?  I can't wait to use this!  She sent lotion, lip gloss, a bath sponge, jolly ranchers, and a very sweet note, too.  I love everything!  Thank you so much!

Here are the "blue" items I sent her:  Blue bag with beads, necklace, happily ever after sign, gel mask, blue candle, Ghiradelli chocolate, Cinderella lip smacker, hand sanitizer with holder, nail polish, chewing gum, flower clip, bath sponge, body wash, Oreos, and a water bottle.

This was fun!  Thanks for organizing another successful swap, Mamarazzi!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The Natural Dentish mouth rinse and Giveaway

Judy B is the winner! I wore braces as an adult and have only had them off a couple of years, so it is important to me to keep my teeth both clean and in good health.  Most typical dental rinses contain alcohol, and that burns my sensitive teeth and mouth.  So a product came along with all natural ingredients made by The Natural Dentist.  I have been using the antigingivitis mouth rinse for a little over a week now.

It doesn'sting my mouth the way most mouth rinses do.  And it has only natural ingredients, no alcohol whatsoever.  I get clean, fresh breath, and the added benefit of preventing gingivitis due to the active ingredient... all natural aloe vera.  It also contains Echinacea, goldenseal, calendula, and grapefruit extract that help calm gum inflamation.  What more could I need? 

The flavor is called peppermint twist, but it's not the same type of peppermint that usually bothers me when I chew gum or use mouth wash.  It's a mild flavor that is easy to swirl in the mouth.  And it doesn't leave a harsh aftertaste.

The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Anti-Gingivitis Rinse provides several benefits.
Protect against gingivitis
Reduce and prevent bleeding gums
Kill germs
Reduces plaque
Freshens breath

My lovely sponsor will happily ship a bottle of The Natural Dentist Mouth Rinse to one of my lucky readers.  Just leave a comment on this post to enter to win.  Tweet about this post, and come back with your link, and you will receive two more entries. Contest ends at 11:59 PM, SCT on May 11th and is open to US residents only.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Aloha Friday

Friday is a day they take it easy in Hawaii, so I am linking up with An Island Life for Aloha Friday.  I will ask a question that doesn't require a lengthy response, and you can answer in comments.  If you'd like to participate, post a question on your blog and link up at An Island Life.

So, I am friends with a few food snobs.  There are those that won't eat red beef.  Others won't eat dairy of any kind, and there are some who won't eat beef that is not grass fed.  A couple of them only eat the "Paleo" diet.  Others buy only locally obtainable, organic vegetables.  One of my friends blends green smoothies every day.

My question for you...
 Are you a food snob?  About which things?  Do you ever stray from your path?

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

I'm linking up with Thursday Thirteen today.  I do not take creative credit for writing any of these puns, but they are kinda funny, and I wanted to share.  Enjoy
1.  I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

2.  When chemists die, they barium.

3.  When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.

4.  I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

5.  I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

6.  This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.

7.  I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

8.  I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

9.  They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

10. PMS jokes aren't funny; period.

11. I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

12. Broken pencils are pointless.

13. I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

Bonus Puns!

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Velcro — what a rip off!


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