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Happy National Crayon Day!

 

Crayons

Guess what today is? If you read the subject line you’ll know that today is National Crayon Day.

I have always loved to color and draw with crayons. I loved receiving brand new boxes of crayons with the perfectly pointed tips and all the paper wrap intact.

I may be an adult but I still enjoy coloring. In fact my husband and I both color. We find it very relaxing.

It’s an ongoing tradition that I buy my husband a new box of crayons (64 count) with the sharpener in the back for Christmas.

There are plenty of crayons on the market, but for me, nothing compares to Crayola crayons.

In honor of National Crayon Day (March 31, 2015) here are some fun crayon facts, courtesy of Crayola.

  • The most popular crayon box is Crayola crayons 24-count box.
  • 13 Million – The number of Crayola crayons produced DAILY.
  • The most popular crayon color is blue.
  • 223 BILLION – The number of Crayola crayons produced to date.
  • The world’s largest Crayola crayon is 15′ high, 16″ wide and weighs a whopping 1,500 pounds. It’s also the popular color, blue.

Here are some interesting historical facts about the world’s most popular crayon brand, Crayola.

1903 – The Crayola brand is born

The Crayola name was coined by Alice Binney, wife of company founder Edwin and  former school teacher. It comes from “craie,” the French word for “chalk” and “ola,” for “oleaginous,” or “oily.”

1958 – Name Change

Prussian blue, the first Crayola crayon color to get a name, becomes “midnight blue.” Teachers prompted the change, as children could no longer relate to the Prussian history.

1962 – Melting Pot

The company renames the flesh crayon “peach” to recognize that not everyone’s skin color is the same. 

1990 – Eight Hues and a Cry

For the first time in Crayola history eight colors are retired. Maize, lemon, yellow, blue gray, raw umber, green blue, orange red, orange yellow and violet blue are enshrined in the Crayola Hall of Fame. 

1999 – What’s in a Name

For only the third time in Crayola history a crayon is renamed. Indian Red becomes “chestnut.”

In honor of this day Crayola sent me a delightful package of Crayola products. Crayola has come a long way since it’s original box of crayons. Now you can find coloring pads, window crayons, markers, glitter glue and so much more.

Crayola sent me goodies in an adorable Crayola crayon box. It looks like a giant box of crayons.

Box

Which is the REAL box of crayons? LOL!

In addition I received the cutest COOKIE made to resemble the iconic box of crayons. This is just so cute, I don’t think I could eat it.

Cookie

Check out the other goodies I received.

National Crayon Day

The box contained a large box of crayons, an 8-pack of crayons, Disney’s Frozen Coloring Pages, Marvel’s Avengers Color and Stick and really cool looking Window Crayons that can be used on windows, car windows and mirrors.

I’m keeping the large box of crayons for me and my hubby. I am also keeping the Window Crayons because I want to use them to decorate our sliding glass door for holidays and seasons.

I am bringing the other products to work with me to share with the kids. They are going to go crazy for the Frozen coloring pages. I also know that the boys will love the Avengers coloring pages too.

If you would like to learn more about Crayola or their products visit them online at www.Crayola.com. You can also find the brand on the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom of their home page).

You should check out their site for FREE coloring pages, lesson plans and craft ideas.

I hope you and your family enjoy National Crayon Day. I hope you have a colorful day.

Crayola logo

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in exchange for my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Take care of all your holiday needs at JCPenney

 

Easter

I can’t believe that Easter is less than a week away. It’s almost April! Wasn’t it just Christmas yesterday? It would seem that way.

It’s time to shake the snow off our boots and pack them away. It’s spring time. I am so looking forward to nicer weather.

Did you know that you can find many items to complete your Easter, or freshen up your look for spring, at JCPenney?

JCPenney was kind enough to send me a few items from their fashion and home collection that are ideal for both Easter and spring.

Whether you are looking for the perfect Easter ensemble, or to update your spring wardrobe, JCPenney has got you covered. From beautiful Easter dresses to sheer pastel blouses – JCPenney has something for everyone.

Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse

I received a beautiful lightweight spring blouse that would also be great for Easter. I received the Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse. I absolutely love the floral appliqué. It makes the flowers have a 3D look to them.

The blouse is sheer and comes with a matching tank top. This top could be dress up or dressed down. It would look equally as nice with a matching skirt or your favorite pair of jeans.

Sadly the blouse wasn’t in my size so I am unable to wear it. I did pass it on to my stepmother. She really liked it.

To go along with the blouse I also received a beautiful, and colorful, necklace – Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace.

Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace

To round out the look I received a bag, also from Liz Clariborne, that I can’t stop looking at. I love it! It’s so pretty and perfect for the spring time.

I received the Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel. The bag is available in different colors including black, white, petal (an peach-like color), clear water (a light turquoise color) and in a print. I received the print.

Look how lovely this bag is. I love it! Love it! Love it! Not only is it so pretty it also has A LOT of pockets and places to put things on the inside. It’s more than enough room for what I need.

Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel

In addition to great fashions, JCPenney has plenty of great items for your home, including items that can be very useful for the Easter holiday, such as the JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate.

I really wish that we had the opportunity to dye Easter eggs this weekend. They would look so nice on this charming egg plate. I can picture using this as a centerpiece on our holiday table decorated with colored eggs.

This plate is also a great way to serve deviled eggs which is a popular dish at barbecues, picnics and backyard parties.

JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate

Another delightful product that would look nice a holiday table, or simply enjoy year round, are the Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers.

My photo didn’t turn out so well so I included another photo for their website.

Not only do I plan on using these colorful tumblers for Easter I also plan on using them year round to serve orange juice (or any kind of juice) in.

I just love the colors. They are so pretty.

Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers

Tumblers

Lastly, if you are planning on hosting family or friends for the Easter holiday, or any time throughout the year, you’ll want to make them feel right at home and provide them with everything they might need for their visit. That would include freshly washed sheets, comfortable bedding, clean towels and maybe even all the little things they’ll need such as toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.

I think it would be a nice idea to put all the things your guests would need in a pretty baskets, such as the Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket. I also received one from JCPenney.

The basket is currently available online in Espresso (the color I have) and natural.

Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket.

I plan on putting hand towels in our basket, or maybe fill it with shampoo, conditioner and body wash and put it in our bathroom closet to make things look more neat and organized.

Our cats even like it. They think the basket is for them to sleep in. LOL!

I love all the wonderful items I received from JCPenney. Of course they offer consumers so much more than Easter items and things for spring time. They have plenty of items for house & home, great fashions, jewelry, shoes and so much more.

To find a JCPenney location near you visit www.JCPenney.com. You can also find them on all the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom left of their website).

Do you shop JCPenney for the holidays?

Are you looking to spruce up your fashion or home for the spring?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Laptops and desktops at affordable prices – plus a $100 gift code giveaway (ends 4/12/15)

 

Electronics

It never ceases to amazed me just how much we rely on technology these days. Growing up the idea of a handheld device you could watch movies on, or make phone calls wirelessly from on top of a mountain were not even a thought. The big thing when I was a teen was cable and Sony Walkman portable players.

I also cannot believe how far computers have come. When I was young I had a massive IBM computer that was so heavy it took two people to move it. Back then we only had a black screen and a little square that appeared on the screen (curser). These days computers are small and lightweight and you can take them everywhere with you.

Many of us “need” our computers whether it’s for work or for keeping up with family and friends. Sadly computers “die” and we find ourselves in need of a new one.

Computers have come down in price considerably, but for many their prices are out of reach.

When my previous computer was dying I needed a new one ASAP but I didn’t have the money for it. Thankfully I had a gift card and a little money set aside so I was able to get one that was on sale. It wasn’t the laptop I wanted, but I was desperate for a new one so I purchased it (I like my laptop now. It’s a nice little laptop).

Recently my husband’s laptop started to have a  lot of problems. It’s about 8+ years old – a “dinosaur” by today’s standards. He does so much for me and our family that I wanted to find a way to get him a new laptop to surprise him with. Unfortunately I don’t have the money for a brand new laptop, but can afford a refurbished one.

A refurbished computer is usually a computer that has been previously leased to corporate customer, used as a display/sample unit or returned by customers for a variety of reasons. They are not old or damaged computers – although some might have a scratch or blemish that doesn’t affect it’s functionality in any way.

Refurbished electronics cost much less than their brand new counterparts and work just as well. They are not “rejects” or junk.

The key to buying refurbished electronics is to know the computer you are buying from and see if they offer any kind of a warranty on their products. Also look for companies that are certified to offer refurbished products.

I really wanted to get my husband a “new” computer, but I knew a brand new one was not feasible. I knew I had to go with a refurbished laptop.

Refurb.io-Logo

I found a great buy on refurb.io (spellend with a lower case “r”). Refurb.io offers consumers refurbished desktops and laptops from such brands as HP, Dell, IBM and Lenovo. My husband previous had a Dell but has been borrowing an HP from his job. I know he likes the HP so I opted to get him an HP laptop.

I purchased an HP Elitebook 8440P laptop for my husband. It features a 14.1″ screen, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. It sold for $249.00 on refurb.io. The same computer sells at Kmart for $399.99. That is almost a $150 savings!

Reburb.io is both Microsoft Certified and Microsoft Authorized to refurbish computers.

Purchasing refurbished computers is great for college students, families, parents and those who like a great deal.

I should note that my husband is a computer tech. That is his job. He’s been working with computers for almost 20 years and he’s familiar with popular brands like HP, Dell and IBM because he works with them all the time.

I placed my order for the laptop for my husband (shipping was affordable too). The laptop arrived at our door four days after I placed my order. Talk about speedy! I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly refurb.io shipped out the laptop.

My husband LOVED his gift. He’s been using it ever since he received it. So far, so good. He has not noticed anything wrong with the functionality of the computer. After he set everything up (putting the computer on our router, bookmarking his favorite sites, adding our virus protection…) he was all set to go.

I asked him if he noticed anything wrong or if he’s had any issues with the computer. He said “no.” I asked him, as a computer tech, what does he think about the computer. He told me that it’s a really nice computer, it’s in great working condition and it’s just as good as a computer I could have spent hundreds more on.

HP

The only “flaw” he noticed was a very small dent on one corner. To be honest I didn’t even notice it until he pointed it out. It’s not noticeable unless you are looking for it. I had him purposely look over every inch of the computer – inside and out – that is why he found it. I think if you were not looking for it you wouldn’t even notice it. It does not effect the functionality of the computer in any way.

Another benefit to buying a refurbished laptop or desktop from refurb.io, aside from saving a lot of money, is that it helps to keep the devices out of landfills. Refurbishing the computers and laptops give them new life and they are able to be enjoyed again and it keeps them from ending up in the local dump. I’m all for recycling, repurposing and giving new life to things to keep them from sitting in landfills and destroying our planet.

Buying from refurb.io is a “win-win” situation – you get a great device at an affordable price and it keeps the devices from wasting away in a dump.

If you would to check out what refurb.io has to offer visit refurb.io (type it in you brower exactly or click on the link). The link will take you to the U.S. refurb.io site. You can also change to the Canadian site by clicking on the flag at the top right of the screen and then clicking on the Canadian flag.

Be sure to check the site often as their inventory is constantly changing.

You can also find refurb.io on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Reburb.io is currently offering 10% off of laptops using the discount code LAUNCH10.

Refurbio Gift Card

In addition, refurb.io would like to give a lucky reader a $100 gift code towards the purchase of a laptop or desktop on their site. Thank you refurb.io! 

This giveaway is open to U.S. AND Canadian residents only and will end on April 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you want to win the $100 gift code to refurb.io?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Febreze, Jane Lynch and Instagram dog star @ToastMeetsWorld want to help you tackle “noseblindness”

 

Jane Lynch 2-25-15

Do you have pets? We do. We have five cats, a dog and a set of Goldfish.

My home, and family, would not be complete without pets. I grew up with dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, birds and even a horse (my sister had a horse). I love animals so much that I dream of having a farm or an animal rescue site.

I don’t mind the pet hair, pet dander, or the pet products (toys, beds, cat tree…) all around my home. But there is one thing that does worry me – pet odors.

A couple of years ago we had our home on the market. I was so afraid that our home smelled like we had pets – especially the kitty litter smell. I make sure to keep my home clean and tidy, but sometimes you can’t masked odors, most especially those you have gone “noseblind” to.

What is “noseblind?”

#Noseblind Febreze

Noseblind is when your nose is so accustom to a scent/odor that you don’t even realize it.

Have you ever walked into someone’s home and notice that is has it’s own unique scent? It’s a combination of a lot of things (pets, cooking smells, people smells…). The owner might not realize their home has a scent but visitors can.

I think everyone goes noseblind to some degree. For example, I LOVE scents. I love to use scented oils, plugins, candles and the like. When I first use them I love the way they make the room, and my home, smell. But after a few days I don’t smell them anymore. They are working just as well as the first time I lit the candle or inserted the plugin – it’s just that my nose has become used to the scent that I no longer smell it. For this reason I make sure to swap out scents every few days. That way I have something pleasant to smell in my home.

Our "mini-zoo"

Our “mini-zoo”

When we had our home on the market I asked not only real estate agents, but also neighbors, to come into our home and tell me what they smell. My main concern was the litter box. I also worried that our furniture could harbor “wet dog” smell because our dog LOVES to rub up against the furniture dry himself off when he’s wet. Thankfully everyone told me that they couldn’t smell that we had pets at all (yeah me!). They said they wouldn’t even suspect that we had pets if it wasn’t for the big cat tree in the living room, pet beds and the litter box. Oh yeah, and two of our cats acting as the “welcoming committee” and following them around.

I take pride in my home. I try my best to keep it clean. I also use Febreze Fabric Refresher on our furniture, pet beds, bedding and even the curtains. I also use Febreze Air Effects in the air to cover other home smells. I think the Febreze has a lot to do with the fact that people who come in my home don’t smell the pet scents (and other scents) that my family has gone noseblind to.

Last month I attended an event in New York City hosted by Febreze and the ASPCA to discuss how pet owners can go noseblind to their pet’s scents/odors and what can be done about it. The celebrity guest hosts were actress Jane Lynch (Glee, 40 Year Old Virgin, Wreck-It Ralph) and Instagram star Toast (@ToastMeetsWorld). I have never heard of Toast until now. She is SO CUTE!!! I love how her little tongue sticks out.

#noseblind

In addition we also met some beautiful dogs that were currently available for adoption for the ASPCA. I hope by the time this post goes “live” on my site that these amazing dogs have found their “forever homes.”

The event was kicked off a year long effort between Febreze and the ASPCA to help find home for animals in need and to eliminate a significant concern that often prevents people from adopting pet – pet odors.

A recent survey found that 49% of Americans dread visiting homes with pets because of the not-so-pleasant smells. Remember, just because YOU don’t smell the pet odors doesn’t mean that your home doesn’t reap of kitty little box smells and wet dog smell.

Pet odors rank just  below cigarette and garbage as the most offensive odors.

Febreze ASPCA Noseblind

Febreze can help your home be “guest ready” with a variety of products that can quickly eliminate odors and make your guests want to visit. Some of the products Febreze offers are the Air Effects, Fabric Refresher and their Car Vent Clip. After all, pet odors can be lingering in your car too.

I’ve been using all of these Febreze products for years because I know they work well. That was proven to me when we had our home on the market and the real estate agents and potential buyers didn’t smell didn’t smell our “mini-zoo.” Not a day goes by where I don’t use a Febreze product. My cabinet is filled with Febreze products.

 “I’ve always been an animal supporter and I love my dogs dearly but they can be smelly little creatures! They literally spend their days with their faces in other dogs’ behinds,” said Lynch. “While I get used to the smells from my furry four-legged friends, I don’t think my guests want to or should have to. I keep Febreze on hand to help eliminate curious pet odors from my home before opening my door to friends and family.”

I totally agree with Jane. The first thing I want guest to notice is my smiling face – not my cat’s “potty business.”

Here is what else Jane had to say about the subject of noseblindness. Please excuse the horrible quality of the video. The light was behind Jane so she came out too dark.

 

Febreze products work because they contain proprietary mal-odor elimination technologies, including cyclodextrin, the patented molecule that gives Febreze the ability to truly eliminate odors and replace them with a pleasant scent. In addition, Febreze products also contains pH neutralizers that adjust the pH balance and structure of pungent odors.

As part of this year long partnership with Febreze and the ASPCA, Febreze will be donating “Noseblind Prevention Kits” to pet adopters through participating ASPCA shelters across the country.

“Each year, more than 7 million cats and dogs enter shelters across the country and are in need of loving homes,” said Christina Wyman, director of strategic cause partnerships for the ASPCA. “We thank Febreze for their generous product donation to help new adopters who are welcoming a pet into their family.”

These beautiful dogs are available from adoption from the ASPCA

These beautiful dogs are available from adoption from the ASPCA

Febreze ASPCA

The super adorable Toast was on hand to lend her support. She approves of this wonderful partnership too. She’s so cute! I’m glad that I had the chance to meet her.

The super adorable Toast!

The super adorable Toast!

All of our pets (except one cat) we adopted from the local animal shelter. One cat was a stray kitten we took in. We would never get a pet from the pet store (with the exception of Goldfish, which we have too). As an adoptive pet mom and a huge fan of the Febreze brand I fully support their efforts.

Don’t let pet odors prevent you from adopting a wonderful pet who can bring you and your family many years of unconditional love and friendship. Keep your home and pet clean and use Febreze products to destroy the odors that can offend your guests. In additon, don’t forget about “noseblindness.” Just because YOU don’t smell your pet doesn’t mean that others can’t smell them.

For more information about the Febreze/ASPCA partnership please visit ASPCA.org/Rescue/Febreze.

Please also visit the ASPCA at ASPCA.org. You can also find them on social media.

If you would like more information about Febreze and Febreze products visit Febreze.com.

Before I left the event I had the chance to see the Febreze Noseblind “Dog Car” parked on the road in front of the building. Cool!

Do you feel like you might be noseblind to odors in your home (pet odors or otherwise)? Have you ever visited someone’s home and smelled a very offensive odor? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Car

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Febreze to bring your this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also received free sample products. 

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Soft and luxurious sheets from PeachSkinSheets (giveaway ends 4/4/15)

 

PeachSkinSheets

I’m not sure if I have mentioned it on my site before, but my husband and I don’t have a regular bed. We used to. In fact we had a beautiful queen size bed at one point. Sadly, living in a tiny condo meant that we had to give up our bedroom (oh the things we do for our kids). As a result we have been sleeping on a sofa bed in the living room for the past 14 years. It is, by far, the WORST sleeping arrangement, but you do what you’ve got to do.

If you have ever spent any time on a sofa bed you know that it’s probably one of the most uncomfortable things to sleep on. I try to compensate for this with fluffy, snugly pillows and luxurious bedding.

I was recently sent a new set of sheets from a company called PeachSkinSheets.com. They asked if I would like to try out and review a set of sheets. I was happy to take them up on the opportunity.

I was impressed by how many colors PeachSkinSheets are available in. For the full size sheets (the size I needed) there are 13 colors to choose from including Chocolate, Crimson Red, Beach Blue, Midnight Black and Harvest Gold. I opted for the Sage Green sheets. Our living room is green and green is my favorite color.

Random color samples

Random color samples

The sheets arrived in a box wrapped in tissue paper (a nice touch). The sheets were inside a plastic package with an adorable little peach keychain charm. I wish I knew what happened to the charm. My daughter took it (she thought it was cute) and forgot where she put it.

Later on that night, before crawling into bed, we put the sheets on. I was impressed by just how incredibly soft the sheets felt. That is when I made a connection to the lovely texture of the sheets to the company name – Peachskin! The sheets kind of do remind me of a peach (just not that hairy/fuzzy part). LOL!

The sheets are so nice to sleep on. Even my husband -who doesn’t really think about things like sheets – commented on how soft they felt. He also said that they kept him feeling a bit cool at night. That might be because he’s used to sleeping on the flannel sheets we sleep on in the winter.

These sheets feel so nice that I look forward to going to bed at night just so I can get under these sheets and our big comfy comforter.

Sheets

PeachSkinSheets.com sheets are not your average, everyday sheets. They are so much more!

Here are just SOME of the benefits to sleeping with PeachSkinSheets.com sheets.

  • They are made from a 21st Century SMART fabric – the latest high performance sleep technology textile.
  • The sheets have special temperature and moisture management properties which mean warm sleepers stay cool and cool sleepers stay warm.
  • Athletic grade performance fabric wicks away moisture. It doesn’t absorb it like cotton does.
  • PeachSkinSheets.com sheets are 50% more breathable. They breath like workout clothing to keep you comfortable all night long.
  • 1500 thread count
  • Anti-Pilling which means you won’t find those little “balls” all over them.
  • The sheets are soft right out of the package. You don’t have to use them and wash them several times before feeling just how luxuriously soft they are.
  • Rough skin and callouses won’t snag on the sheets.
  • Hypoallergenic and anti-microbial which helps people with skin issues and sensitivities.
  • Colors will not fade and the white won’t turn gray and dingy.
  • Deep 18″ pockets and elastic all around to fit custom number, double pillow top and memory foam mattresses.
  • Stain resistant.
  • Dries quickly and will not shrink.

There are even more reasons why PeachSkinSheets.com sheets are exceptional. For more information about the benefits visit the About Our Fabric page.

PeachSkinSheets sell for $69.95, however every month the brand selects at least two colors as the “Colors of the Month” that are specially priced at $50 for any size sheet set. The find out what this month’s “Colors of the Month” you can visit the Color of the Month page. Be sure to check back monthly as the colors change each month.

PeachSkinSheets also has a Free Swatch program.

If you would like more information, or would like to check out the sheets and other products offered at PeachSkinSheets please visit www.PeachSkinSheets.com. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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PeachSkinSheets would love to give a lucky reader a set of their wonderful sheets (winner can choose size and color). Thank you PeachSkinSheets.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what color sheets do you think you would like to win from PeachSkinSheets?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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National Poison Prevention Week – Keep Your Detergents “Up, Up and Away”

 

Poison

Did you know that March 15th – March 21st is National Poison Prevention Week?

National Poison Prevention Week was created to remind people to consider the risks of poisonous and hazardous products and materials around your household and the potential risks involved. Those especially vulnerable are children and pets who can’t read or understand labels.

There are many products in your home RIGHT NOW that are poisonous and could make someone seriously ill, or worse yet, died from complications. Such products include household cleaners, pesticides, plants and medications.

90% of poisonings occur in the home. That is a very scary statistic.

When my children were younger I was very conscientious about keeping potentially deadly products out of their reach. I had child safety locks on the cabinets and door knobs (so they couldn’t open up certain doors). I also made sure to keep many products high up the top shelves in the cabinets out of their reach. In addition I had the number for the Poison Control Center prominently displayed on our refrigerator.

Poisonous

Tide and Gain have partnered with parenting & lifestyle expert, Rosie Pope, best known for her Bravo reality show Pregnant in Heels, to help parents across the country create safe (homes and) laundry rooms.

My family uses those “pillow” like laundry detergent products. I never thought about how potentially deadly they could be for children. I never thought about how tempting they could be for a child to play with or put in their mouths.

I took a look at the pods/”pillows” and realized that they had the look and feel of a gummy-like “candy.” They are also fragile so a child could easily squeeze the fluid on the inside all over themselves or worse yet – in their mouth!

Now I’ll never look at laundry detergent “pods” the same way. I’m glad my kids are teens and know better but we still have a curious dog and cats. I wouldn’t want my dog to eat one of these either.

Pods

Rosie has some great tips that parents, grandparents and caregivers should really take to heart.

Up Up Away

If the graphic is hard to read on your computer you can pull up a larger image (one you could save and print out) here – Up Up and Away Tips.

Additional safety tips can be found on the P&G website, www.PGEveryday.com/tag/Safe-Home.

These are some really great tips. Some tips seem obvious, like putting laundry and cleaning products high up on a shelf, but you would be surprised at how many people still continue to store poisonous products under their sinks or on low shelves.

Even if you put things on a higher shelf a child could still gain access to it. That is why it’s important to put a safety lock on all doors and cabinets regardless of how “out of the way” you think the products are. Children are crafty and resourceful. It doesn’t take a child long to realize that they can step on a chair or climb up on the counter to reach for something that interests them.

I like the tip about keeping products in their original containers. That is  great idea. That way you have all the necessary information about what the product is made of to give to the Poison Control Center in the event you ever need to call them (which I hope NEVER happens).

I also like the idea of getting down to a child’s level to look at your home from their eyes at their level. That can help you pick up on potentially dangerous situations such as uncovered outlets, plugs, wires and more.

Cabinet locks and other safety products are found at many retail locations.

Cabinet locks and other safety products are found at many retail locations.

In addition, the tip about doing a safety check every few months is a great idea. I think people should get in the habit of doing that at least 2-3 times a day. Perhaps you can make note to do that when the time changes, just like you would the batteries in your smoke alarm.

Now that I have you thinking about poisoning prevention I hope that you’ll take some time today or this week to look around your home for potential risks and quickly remedy the situation to avoid accidental poisoning.

For the National Poison Control Center please called 1-800-222-1222. Write this number down and display it someplace prominent in your home such as on the fridge or near you home phone. You can also add it to your contacts in your cellphone that way you have access to it when you are away from home or on vacation.

You can also visit Poison.org for more information.

Is your home protected? Do you keep your cleaning, laundry and other poisonous products high up on a locked shelf? If not, will you make sure to do that ASAP?

Do you have any experience with accidental poisoning? Feel free to share any tips you might have.

Poison Help

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a few laundry samples and a safety lock in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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