Cascade Platinum Party 2 and Giveaway! #cascadeshiningreviews

 “This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

I hosted my second party for the Cascade Platinum Shining Reviews and it was a blast! You can read about my first Cascade Platinum Party to see how that one went. This time instead of hosting a late lunch, I did a brunch. It was delicious. I had a few friends and in-laws over to show them how the new Cascade Platinum worked in the dishwasher without any pre-washing.

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First, the menu. I made some yummy french toast and egg and cheese crescents.The food was easy to make but it did leave a big mess behind. I let all the dishes sit so everyone could see how they looked before. I thought this would be interesting to see if it really is the Cascade Platinum working or just the dishwasher. My first party was held at my Mom’s house and she has a much better and newer dishwasher then I do so we will see how my dishes come out compared to the ones at her house.

Cascade Platinum Party 2

As you can see from the picture above, the dishes came out sparkling clean even without pre-washing and soaking. There weren’t even any spots left on the pie pan! So even with my old dishwasher, the dishes came out great! Cascade and Marie Claire actually took a survey of people’s dishwashing habits and found that nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.

Other key findings from the study reveal that 89-percent of those surveyed did not realize that most dishwashers feature a garbage disposal, which safely disposes of any remaining food soil on the dishes. And, of all the people wasting their time pre-washing, three-quarters (74%) are experiencing daily fails with dishes that come out looking dirty, spotted or streaked after running them in the dishwasher, with nearly half of respondents (51%) re-washing their dirty dishes a second time.

After hosting the two parties I am very impressed with Cascade Platinum and so were my guests. I will be using this from now on because I really can tell a difference when I use Cascade Platinum instead of my normal dish washing detergent. You can try Cascade Platinum for free by printing a rebate at Cascade.com. Try it and let them know what you think by leaving a review on their site with #cascadeshiningreviews! Here is to cleaner dishes and less time getting them.

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I am hosting a giveaway for a Cascade Prize Pack that will include:

  • ·         1 pack of Cascade Platinum
  • ·         1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid
  • ·         Whisk
  • ·         Spatula
  • ·         Wine Topper
  • ·         Sugar Sifter

This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below. Good luck!
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The Power of the Heart Book Review #poweroftheheart

“This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/The Power of The Heart”

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I was able to review the new book “The Power of the Heart” by Baptist De Pape. I read the concept of the book and I really thought that it sounded interesting and like something that I might enjoy. Here is a little bit about the book:

The Power of the Heart shows how you can overcome limitations in your daily life to find your true potential – and reveals the heart to be a source of love and wisdom that far surpasses that of the mind.There are many different ways to connect with your heart’s power and intelligence. The book explains how to listen to your heart’s voice and hear its wisdom. It also explains ways in which you can develop your intuition, create synchronicity, clarify your intentions, and exercise the power of gratitude. All of these – intuition, intention, gratitude, and synchronicity – are also powers of the heart.

It is more of a spiritual book which is not something that I normally read but I was interested in it none the less. I was pleased to find that it was a very easy read. I could finish a chapter before bed, even with an 8 month old to take care of. The book is full of inspiring quotes from some very famous thinkers like Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Jane Goodall, and many more. The book has some of the most beautiful pictures that really help to calm you.

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I loved the quotes and the Contemplation exercises that followed each chapter. They really make you stop and think. I would take some time and “meditate” or try to quiet my mind while I would go on my daily walks. It wasn’t easy to do with everything that I needed to do running through my thoughts but each day it got a little easier and soon I was just listening to the birds and my daughter making noises in her stroller and I found it to be very soothing. I may not have come across any great ideas or epiphanies but I did get a little stress relief.

I found that the overall theme to the book was simply to take some quite time for yourself everyday and try to listen to what your heart is telling you to do. If you do that then you will be much more happy and content in your life. The heart knows what we truly want out of life and if we can stop to listen to it then maybe we will find and achieve what we truly want. That is what I got out of it anyway :) .

The Power of the Heart comes out on October 7th and you can preorder it here.

FulcrumGallery.com Review

I was looking for some cute wall art for my daughter’s nursery. I wanted something to liven up the walls and give it some color. I came across a really cool art site called FulcrumGallery.com. They had a wide variety of art and prints to choose from that I knew I would find something there.

FulcrumGallery.com has a wide selection of canvas and framed art prints as well as mirrors. You can also use your own photos to make a custom canvas. There really is something for everyone. I like that you can search by rooms, subject, style, or artist. I searched by rooms and chose “Kid’s Rooms” to start with. They have so many cute and fun things that it was hard to decide but I finally found the perfect print.

I chose the Kathy Middlebrook Play Laugh Dream print. I also chose it to be framed in a 2″ silver frame. It was very easy to order and it was shipped very quickly. I think it turned out perfect for her room. Her walls are a light lavender color and the pink in the print really pops. I love how colorful the butterflies are as well. The frame was very easy to hang. The only think I don’t like is that the frame looks more gold then a silver color to me but it still looks good in the room. I was very happy with the quality and it is not cheap looking at all.

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I think the print looks great in her room and it is something that works in a nursery and can easily be used in a “big girl” room.I had a great experience with FulcrumGallery.com and I look forward to browsing their site again in the future. There really are just so many things that it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t have something specific in mind. Be sure to check out all of their sales going on to really save.

 

Disclosure: I received a product for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

My Daddy Smiles Book Review & Giveaway

My Daddy Smiles

I was sent another book to review from Daddy & Co. called “My Daddy Smiles“. You can read my other reviews for Daddy & Co. here and here. I love the products from Daddy & Co. and this new book is no exception. This is a really cute board book for young children to share with their Daddy’s.

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“My Daddy Smiles” is written by Paige Nickell and tells the story of what makes Daddy smile. He does all kinds of activities with his little girl like going to the zoo, flying a kite, hiking and much more. The story is really sweet and the pictures are bright and adorable. My little girl loves that she can grab the pages and easily turn them.

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The book is made of great quality and can easily stand up to being thrown around by a little one. At $10.99, the book is affordable and will make a great gift, especially for a new Daddy. There are many other Daddy books written by Paige Nickell that you can find on the Daddy & Co. website as well. I highly recommend them. They are great for spending quality time with your little one.

Daddy & Co. is offering one of my readers the chance to win their very own copy of “My Daddy Smiles”. This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a book for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

Cascade Platinum Review & Giveaway #Cascadeshiningreviews

 “This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

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I was asked to host a Cascade Platinum Shining Reviews Party to introduce people to Cascade‘s premium product, Cascade Platinum. I had a few of my friends and family over to my mom’s house and we had a BIG lunch with lots of dirty dishes to try out the new product for ourselves. I’m talking roast beef, rice & gravy, mac & cheese, green beans, brownies, and strawberry shortcake! Is your mouth watering yet? It was delicious!

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I was really interested to see how Cascade Platinum would do on these dishes, we had a huge mess to clean up. We were told not to pre-wash or soak any of the dishes, just scrape out the food and stick them straight in the dishwasher. According to Cascade, it works best when food soil is left on the dishes because special enzymes latch onto the food breaking it down so it can wash away. If there is no food soil, then there’s nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn’t working it’s hardest for you.  I always pre-wash my dishes so this was hard for me to do. I wasn’t sure if they would really get all of the stuck on food off.Plus, I made the brownies the night before so we had 24 hour stuck on food to deal with too. The brownie pan wasn’t too bad to begin with since I greased it real well and the brownies came right out.

Before Washing

Before Washing

 

After Washing

After Washing

I was worried about all of the food damaging the dishwasher but there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works just like the disposal in the sink, I didn’t know that! We had several loads of dishes to do so we really put the Cascade Platinum to the test. I used both the detergent and rinse aid with each load and the dishes came out sparkling clean! All the stuck on food was gone. I love that the Cascade Platinum even works to keep your dishwasher sparkling clean as well as your dishes.

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This will save me a ton of time pre-washing. I will probably still soak the really hard to clean dishes just because habits are hard to break. Everyone at the party really enjoyed all the food and seeing how clean all the dishes got at the end of the party. They were also sent home with their very own Cascade Platinum to try out for themselves and write their own reviews. I hope this helps make doing the dishes less daunting for everyone.

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

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Cascade wants you to try out Cascade Platinum for yourself and see how well it works on your dirty dishes. They are offering one of my readers their very own prize pack that includes:

  • Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid
  • Cascade Platinum
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven mitts

To enter just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only. Also, make sure to come back for the second party post where I will put Cascade Platinum to the test again… and maybe have another giveaway!

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Smile Brilliant! Review & Giveaway

There are so many ways to get whiter teeth these days: whitening strips, pens, dentist visits, and the list goes on. I need something that will work but won’t cost a small fortune. I think I have found the answer with Smile Brilliant! This is a great service that offers customizable trays and whitening gel to give you a whiter and brighter smile without breaking the bank.

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I was sent a Smile Brilliant! kit to try for myself. It included: 3 sets of catalyst and base paste, 3 desensitizing syringes, 3 whitening syringes, and 2 trays. I just followed the directions to make my own teeth molds, one for the upper set and one for the lower set. It even came with an extra set of molding paste in case you mess up. It was really easy to make my molds and took no time at all. I then put my molds in a prepaid envelope that was included in the kit and sent it to their dental labs so they could make my very own whitening trays to fit me perfectly.

The Smile Brilliant! system is really fast! I received my finished trays in only a few days. They also kept me updated every step of the way via email so I knew when they should arrive. Once I got them, I tried them on and they fit great. Now for the fun part, trying out the gel. Each syringe contains enough gel to do three applications. I used the desensitizing gel first for about 30-40 minutes and then put in the whitening gel for about an hour each time. It says you can leave the gel on for up to 3 hours or more but that was way too long for me and my teeth starting getting sensitive.

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I used 2 full syringes, which is 6 applications, over about a week and a half. I skipped some days when I just didn’t have time to whiten. So far so good! I can really tell a difference in my teeth. It does seem like the bottom of my teeth got whiter then the rest in the picture but it really isn’t that bad when you are looking at them at a normal distance. I will keep whitening maybe once a week with the last syringe.

I like that the Smile Brilliant! system is easy to use and you can do it whenever you want, no dentist appointments! Prices start around $120 so it is affordable too. But most importantly, you see results with this system! I can’t say that about the whitening strips I have used in the past. Check out Smile Brilliant! for more info and testimonials to see if this might work for you.

Smile Brilliant! is being kind enough to offer one of my readers their very own kit to try out themselves. Just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a kit for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

21 Bundles Review & Coupon Code

21 Bundles is another monthly subscription box just for babies and expectant mothers. They offer boxes tailored to your stage of pregnancy or baby’s age month. Each box contains only natural and organic products so you know everything will be safe for you and your little one. Each box is $39.99 per month and it is a great way to try out new products.

It was very easy to sign up and I entered my baby’s birth date. I was a little disappointed when I was sent a 6 month box instead of a 7 month box. I know I entered her birthday correctly but they sent the wrong month box. Inside my box were full sized products along with a few samples of sunscreen and baby lotion to try out as well.

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Here is the list of what I received:

  • Babo SPF Stick
  • Dapple Toy and Surface Area wipes
  • Mambino Calming Baby Oil
  • Under the Nile burp cloth
  • Under the Nile bear lovey
  • Weleda Diaper Care
  • 6 month sticker

My favorites are the burp cloth and SPF stick. I love that the SPF stick is easy to apply on her face and ears and it isn’t slippery at all. The burp cloth is very soft and I love the size. It seems like a lot of burp clothes are rather small; she does make a lot of messes! My baby doesn’t really care for the lovey that much, she is much more interested in the tag on the side. I love the toy wipes, they come in handy when she drops her teethers and toys on the floor.

I like the products and the fact that they are all full sized. I also like that they are all organic and natural for my baby. I think this is a really neat way to try out new things and see what you love and what works out for your baby. I’m not sure if it is worth $39.99 every month but it is a neat gift idea. You can get a box from the time you are pregnant, all the way up until your baby turns 1, hence 21 months. Check out 21 Bundles and see if this is something that will work for you or someone you know that is expecting. Plus, you  use the code ‘FRUGALGINGER‘ to receive 20% off your first bundle when ordering the month to month plan.

Disclosure: I received a box for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

CafePress Review & $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I love CafePress! I have ordered a couple T-shirts from them in the past and they are always great quality, not to mention hilarious. CafePress is more then just T-shirts though. They have everything you could ever want personalized: drinkware, apparel, baby gear, stationary, shower curtains, laptop skins, and the list goes on. This is a great place to get unique gifts that anyone would love.

I decided to pick out a really cute beach towel for a review. I only have one beach towel so I really needed this. I was surprised out how many designs there were to choose from so it took a while to narrow it down. I finally decided to go with the Purple Blue Damask Chevron Personalized Beach Towel. I love the colors; they are so pretty and vibrant.

Cafe Press personalized beach towel

When I received the towel and showed it to my fiance, the first thing he said was “That is so you”. It is perfect. I’m tall and I love the length of the towel; it is 30″ x 62″. The towel isn’t very thick and plush but it is the softest towel I have ever felt in my life. It is very absorbent and dries very quickly. It is perfect to take to the beach or the pool because it is light weight and easily folds into a bag.

I am very happy with my adorable beach towel and the price wasn’t too bad either, it is $29.99. I highly recommend ordering from CafePress, I haven’t been disappointed yet. I look forward to ordering many more things from them in the future. Now, one of  my readers will get the chance to order whatever their heart desires when they win a $25 gift card to CafePress! This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: I received a product for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.