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Holiday Tablescapes and a $250 Gift Card Giveaway (ends 10/31/14)

 

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My family and I live in a teeny, tiny condo. I think it’s karma for something bad I did in another life or something. I NEED more space. Not just because we are tripping over each other in our home, but because I love to entertain and decorate for the holidays and seasons. It’s hard to do when you live in a “shoebox” and don’t have a yard. Oh the things I could do if we had a bigger home…

I always joke with family and friends that there is a Martha Stewart wannabe trapped inside of me. I have so many wonderful ideas I’d love to execute in our home but we simply don’t have the physical space to do them.

Take for example entertaining. I’m the type of person who would go all out making name cards for the place settings, play music in the background to create a mood, have a lot of candles lit and anything I can think of to make guests feel at home and like they are at a fancy restaurant.

My Pinterest account is chuck full of decorating and entertaining ideas. I want to do them all! Maybe some day I’ll be so lucky.

We don’t have a dining room. Well, we do but it’s the only area our family can eat so it’s more so an extension of the kitchen. We don’t have a beautiful dining room table but rather a rickety old kitchen table set that was handed down to us from our mother in law. Instead of a gorgeous, shiny, dining room set I have a set with the sheen faded off and cat scratched on all the legs of the chair. You make due with what you can, right?

I was asked to compete in a “tablescape” challenge from Corningware and Corelle. They asked me and other bloggers to create a beautiful tablescape and share it with our readers. They will also be picking the best tablescapes to be re-created in local Corningware, Corelle and More stores.

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CorningWare, Corelle and More outlet stores are the place to find everything you need to prep, cook, bake and display your handiwork this holiday season. The stores carry all your favorite brands including Corelle, CorningWare, Pyrex and Snapware.

I know I am not as talented as others, nor am I great at capturing photos, however it sounded like a fun idea. I was up for the challenge!

I was sent a gift card and asked to visit my local Corningware, Corelle and More store to pick up goodies for my tablescape. I was tempted to purchase Christmas items but I ended up going with a fall theme since it’s the fall here in the Northeast and it could be used for a fancy fall dinner, Halloween and Thanksgiving (although for Halloween I’d add some creepy accessories like spiders and severed fingers – LOL! Just kidding).

I had a vision in my mind. I went up and down the aisles of my local store to find just what I was looking for. I found some beautiful dishes with a fall leaf theme. In fact they had plenty of beautiful designs, but I wanted to keep it a “fall” theme. The next time I go back I am going to pick up a white embossed set that I also fell in love with. The other set would look great for a winter/Christmas tablescape.

I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were so many things I wanted to buy but I had to keep my tablescape a priority. If you happen to visit one of the stores be forewarned… you’ll want it all! LOL!

While I was there I picked up a few accent pieces too like a butter dish (we don’t have one) and some cute salt and pepper shakers. To complete the look I picked up some pieces I already owned.

This is what I came up with.

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I think it turned out pretty good.

I have some serving pieces too that I thought were great to serve a meal with. The bright and cheery colors remind me of fall. One of the pieces in the set (a turquoise piece) was in the fridge at the time I took this picture.

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The serving pieces, butter dish, roll dish and dishes are from Corningware and Corelle. The glasses, flatware and a few accent pieces were also from the Corningware, Corelle and More store.

The table cloth is upside down. I had purchased it BEFORE I picked up the dishes for my tablescape and it didn’t match so I flipped it upside down so it was white with faint images of leaves on it.

Someday when we finally have a dining room table I am going to play around with tablescapes until I can perfect it. Things like this make me happy. I am legitimately thrilled when it comes to doing things around my home to make it look nice and welcoming not only for guests but also my family. After all, family deserves nice things too.

If you would like to try your hand at a tablescape and would like to pick up new dishes, flatware and serving pieces, visit your local Corningware, Corelle and More store. To find a location near you visit http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/stores. You can also check them out on Facebook.

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Corningware, Correlle and More has generously offered to give a lucky reader a $250 gift card to Corningware, Corelle and More. PLEASE NOTE that the gift card will ONLY work in the Corningware, Corelle and More store. It will not work online. Please check the above link to make sure there is a location near you. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 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 kind of tablescape you would like to create OR why you would like to win this gift card?

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 gift card to purchase items to create my tablescape. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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What is it like to live and work in NY? Find out with #NYTough (giveaway ends 10/28/14)

 

Manhattan as seen from the Hudson River.

Manhattan as seen from the Hudson River.

I am a “country bumpkin” at heart. I would rather live in a place where deer and cows (or horses) roam freely in my yard rather than city buses and taxi cabs. But that is just me. I know plenty of people who couldn’t see themselves living anywhere other than a big city including one of the biggest cities of them all – New York City.

I think maybe if I was young an single I would enjoy living in the city for a few years, just to get the full New York City experience. New York City is a very exciting place. In fact my mom, before she passed away, talked about getting an apartment in the city so she could spend some time there since the kids were all grown. My mom loved to travel and experience new things. She once took a trip to China for a couple of weeks – by herself! She just decided one day she wanted to go to China and up and left for a couple of weeks.

Our son is looking forward to moving to New York City when he graduates fro high school. Sadly I don’t think he fully comprehends how expensive living in New York City is (he wants to move to Manhattan).

P&G Brands – Febreze, Head & Shoulders, Bounty, Dawn, Tide and Secret – have come together to showcase the struggles that many New Yorkers face on a daily basis and how tough they are to handle it all. The campaign is called #NYTough and it provides New Yorkers with a break from the challenges they deal with on a daily basis with brands that are tough enough to help them live and thrive in the “Big Apple”.

Manhattan as seen over the Hudson River on a helicopter.

Manhattan as seen over the Hudson River on a helicopter.

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Brooklyn Bridge under construction

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Queens, NY as seen from Roosevelt Island

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Manhattan (left), Roosevelt Island (right) and I believe that is Queens or the Bronx in the background.

The #NYTough campaign has a series of video interviews hosted by local comedian Michael Che. The videos highlight what is means to be “New York Tough” and invited New Yorkers to share their unique stories.

“I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan and over the past thirty years, I’ve seen just how tough the city can be,” stated comedian Che. “I jumped at the chance to help share some comic relief with the community through the #NYTough campaign because comedy about New York has always been a part of my routine. It’s been a wild experience getting to interview such a diverse group of people, from taxi drivers and dog walkers to starving artists and retirees, about their own New York tough stories.”

New York City is such a diverse city. There are five boroughs and many different neighborhoods. My family grew up in Brooklyn (except me and my sister) and my husband’s family is from the Bronx. It’s amazing how in NYC you can turn the corner and find yourself in an entirely different neighborhood. We’ve heard so many stories about life in the big city.

My family visits the city often. I don’t know how people deal with all that traffic. Just a minor “fender bender” on the West Side Highway (or Harlem River Drive) can cause backups that go for miles and last for hours. Just the other day going into the city there was traffic on the West Side Highway – bumper to bumper – and we were at a complete standstill. For what should have taken 45 minutes to get to (location) took over an hour and a half – twice as much time.

Manhattan Street

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Random side walk vendor with a bubble machine.

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People EVERYWHERE in Times Square

Even the inner streets of Manhattan can be a driver’s worst nightmare. I don’t know how people navigate those streets. When you toss in people who refuse to obey the street signs (“jaywalkers”), double parked vehicles, truck deliveries and on-going construction – it’s insane!

The noise in some areas of the city can be so loud too. How do you sleep with all that noise going on around you? I go bonkers if there is a cricket in our home let alone listening to people talking, cars honking, sirens and other miscellaneous sounds.

If you don’t like crowds New York City is not the place for you. There are plenty of quiet neighborhoods but when you enter the more “touristy” parts of the city, or the business locations, you can barely move on the sidewalks because there are so many people.

You also have to be rich to live in the city, in my opinion. We once ate at a restaurant and ordered two cheeseburgers, one hamburger and a chef salad plus four sodas and it came to OVER $120! We eat at the same restaurant closer to where we live and would spend half that amount on the same meal.

A few weeks ago we were in the city and spent $12 on two hot dogs, $6 on two bottles of water and $8 on two pretzels. Yikes!

Don’t get e wrong. We love the city. It’s an amazing place. It’s a “one of a kind” place. To me there is no other city like New York City. It’s packed with so much culture, entertainment, education, history and so much more. Yeah, $4 for a pretzel might seem like a lot but when  you are strolling through beautiful Central Park while enjoying that pretzel the price doesn’t matter. Yes, the construction is a nusance, but when you see the end result you know why it was necessary. What the city did to rebuilt after 911 is amazing. We saw “ground zero” a couple of years after 911 and it was nothing but a giant hole in the ground. Now there are amazing buildings and a beautiful memorial and museum.

Central Park.

Central Park.

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Only in New York will you see unique people like this in Central Park.

A guy offering free hugs in Times Square.

A guy offering free hugs in Times Square.

Take a trip to the “Top of the Rock” (the top of Rockefeller Center) and you’ll be in awe of just how beautiful this great big city is.

I want to give kudos to those who live and work in the city and for being so #NYTough. I also totally “get” why they call New York City home.

You can check out the first video in the series fro #NYTough here – “Man of the Streets” videos. Here is one of the videos for your entertainment.

 

I would also like to encourage readers to check out Buzzfeed for more interesting content – Buzzfeed.com/NYTough.

To see what others are saying about this unique campaign please check out the hashtag #NYTough on social media.

Do you live or work in New York City? Have you ever spent any time in any of New York City’s boroughs or neighborhoods? Feel free to share your experiences.

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911 Memorial Fountain

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Statue of Liberty as seen from the Hudson River.

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New York City as seen from the “Top of the Rock”.

I have a prize package to give to a lucky reader that contains products from the P&G brands participating in the #NYTough campaign. The prize package consists of;

  • One (1) Crest Complete Whitening with Scope
  • One (1) Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant
  • One (1) Bounty paper towels
  • One (1) Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo
  • One (1) Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Conditioner
  • One (1) Tide Pods
  • One (1) Febreze Heavy Duty
  • One (1) Dawn Platinum Power Clean

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 28, 2014 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 would like to win this giveaway and/or if you have any stories you’d like to share about living and/or working in NYC (in case you live in the area).

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 some free P&G products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Rethink how you use your furniture

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My family and live in a very small condo. We refer to it as a “shoe box” because it literally feels that small. We have very little storage and there is hardly room for us let alone any thing else.

Because of the size of our condo we need to take a lot of things into consideration before bringing in a new piece of furniture. Certain things are a “no brainer” like a new kitchen table and chairs (we are in desperate need of a new one). Other things, like bookcases, we have to make sure we can put it to good use before bringing it into our home.

A few months ago I was sent to review two beautiful pieces of furniture from Sauder. If you would like to read my post you can find it here – Finding the perfect piece of furniture from Sauder.com.

I received to review an entertainment center and a wonderful bookcase.

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TV Stand from the Beginnings Collection

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Bookcase from the Barrister Lane Collection

We did pick up the entertainment center for the kid’s room for their television as well as a place for them to store their school books. After all, that is what it’s intended purchase is. Most people see it and “T.V. stand and/or entertainment center”.

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I had another great idea for this piece of furniture from Sauder. I think it works out much better in our hallway.

We have a long, empty hallway. I wanted a place where we could put our car keys so that we don’t lose them, mail, and a place for the kids to put library books that need to be returned.

I did a search and didn’t see anything that really stood out to me. I didn’t want anything that was too big, or too little. Then I thought about the television stand in the kid’s room. It was just the right size and height for what I had in mind.

I ended up getting just a plain, simple piece of furniture for the television and equipment and put the entertainment center from Sauder in the hallway. Now I have a place to toss my keys and leave out mail that my husband needs to drop off at the post office for me.

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I be honest, I like this piece of furniture much more in the hallway.

The center part is where my husband keeps the CDs that he likes to listen to in his car.

In the above photo you can also see a library book on one of the shelves that needed to be returned.

I love the bookcase. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE it! Not only does it look beautiful but it also came with brackets that allow you to lable your books. You can do them alphabetically like they do at the library or any other way that makes sense to you. That is exactly how we used our bookcase from Sauder.

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I have A LOT of movies. I get movies sent to me frequently to review (check out my movie section and you’ll see what I mean). Many of the movies I donate to the local library after I am doing reviewing them. Others I give to friends, neighbors and family members. I keep some of them as well as purchase movies on my own.

Our movie collection has taken over our entertainment center in the living room, and our cabinets are overflowing with movies too. It makes it difficult to find a specific movie when they are all over the place. That is when I had an ingenious idea – why not re-purpose the bookcase in the kid’s room and use it as a place to store our movies instead. That way I can use the label brackets to make note of the movie genres so that it’s easier for us to find the specific movie that we are looking for.

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I just realized that I missed a spot dusting on the horror movies. Sorry about that. :-)

Moving all the movies from the cabinets and entertainment center is going to take a while. I work part time now so I don’t have as much free time as I used to. What I am trying to do is sort through them so I know which ones to donate, which ones to give away and which ones to keep. I also have to figure out how I want to arrange them. Currently I have a horror section (as see above) and a family friend section (also seen above). I also have drama, sci-fi, Disney and my kid’s movies.

The bookcase as 10 sections, so I have plenty of room to be more specific with my movie titles.

To be honest, I prefer the bookcase being used for our movie collection rather then it’s original intended purpose. With so may movies I needed something that was big enough and easily accessible.

I am very pleased with my choices from Sauder. We have purchased Sauder products in the past (mostly desks). I’ve always been impressed by the quality. Now I’m even more impressed because a lot of their furniture can be used in different ways.

I love being able to re-purpose furniture. I love that show Flea Market Flip where people re-purpose furniture and other finds and try and resell the for more money. I even created a Pinterest pin board with ideas for different ways to use furniture. You can find it here – She Scribes Furniture Pinterest Board.

Even our cat Bella likes our Sauder bookcase. LOL!

Even our cat Bella likes our Sauder bookcase. LOL!

Sauder furniture is pretty easy to assemble. My husband didn’t have any problem with either of our pieces and had them both assembled in a short amount of time.

Sauder also has a wide variety of furniture options in different price ranges so you are sure to find what you are looking for at a price you can afford.

Sauder furniture is designed with functionality in mind. You can use furniture in whatever way you see fit. A nightstand is only a nightstand if you make it one. That can be said about the television stand we picked up from Sauder that is now a table, and how our bookcase turned into our movie “center”.

If you are in the market for new furniture add Sauder as one of your shopping destinations. Visit Sauder.com to check out all the available furniture and collections.

What do you think of how I am now using our furniture? What other uses can you come up with for our bookcase and entertainment center/TV stand?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Things your cleaning WON’T catch

 

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I would consider myself a decent house cleaner. I will admit that I can’t clean my home as often as I’d like to. Now that I work part time in the morning I find it harder to get cleaning done. By the time I get home I’m either tired, have a dozen errands to run or I have blog posts to catch up on.

It irks me to see dust on my furniture. I’m also neurotic when it comes to disinfecting things. I’m always spraying Lysol and using disinfectant wipes to clean counter tops, door knobs, remote controls and other frequently handled items in our home.

We also have five cats, a dog and fish. Don’t get me started on the hair and pet dander.

I honestly didn’t give cleanliness that much thought until I became a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a messy person. I simply didn’t think about things like dust mites, germs and bacteria. If my place was dusted and vacuumed I felt that was adequate enough. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I gave things like germs, bacteria, mold, dust mites and pet dander more consideration.

We have an asthmatic cat too so I am always thinking about ways to keep our home and the air we breath cleaner too.

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

Here are some startling (and gross!) facts you might not know about.

  • Just one dust mine alone can last up to 70 days, laying up to 100 eggs in just 5 weeks of life.
  • Dust mites can survive in all climates, but thrive in homes, specifically bedrooms and kitchens.
  • Worst of all: dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma.

Ewww! Ewww! Ewww!!!

Knowing that makes me see dust in a whole new light.

You might think you are cleaning the dust off your furniture and belongings 100% but the truth is you can never really get rid of all of it. Plus you can’t see dust mites. You just know they are there.

Gross! My skin is crawling just thinking about it.

What if I told you there was a device that could help you clean and sterilize your home including carpets, clothing, bedding, sofas, pillows and cushions? Would you want to learn more about it?

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The device is called Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner. The cleaner uses UV-C sterilization technology to quickly sanitize around your home. The Rydis UV-C is an essential part of the home cleaning process to ensure a healthy and happy family.

When I was asked if I wanted to do a review I jumped on the opportunity.

Here is more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner;

  • Disinfect: Winner of the Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award, the vacuum features a UV-C lamp that emits ultraviolet light to help kill dust mites and disinfect 99% of bacteria and allergens.
  • Vacuum: UV-C vacuum’s 600 Watt motor suction power and high efficiency filter capture even the smallest particles, including the 2,000 fecal specks a single dust mite will produce in its 10-week life span.
  • Vibration: Vibration Pad’s 3600 times per minute strong stomping shakes off dust to be collected by vacuum suction.
  • Customize: Three easy-to-use cleaning modes; Mode One combines vacuum, vibration and UV sanitization, Mode Two combines vacuum and UV sanitization and Mode Three is strictly UV sanitization.
  • Efficiency: Patented Absorption Prevention Technology ensures fabric won’t get tangled in the suction roller.
  • Sanitize: Dust mites survive well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, with figures around 100–500 mites per gram of dust; Rydis’ UV-C lamp helps to eradicate them from your home.
  • Safety: Floor Detection Sensor recognizes the change in surface if the Rydis touches the floor and automatically turns off the ultraviolet lamp.
  • Upgrade: UV-C Vacuum Pro model includes lavender air freshener cartridge and Smart Touch sensor built into handle that allows the vacuum to operate only when you’re holding it.

The device looks like a handheld vacuum. It is but it’s so much more than that.

The device has a vibrating feature which helps to loosen up dust and dust mites while the powerful suction vacuum’s up the dust, dirt, debris and little critters.

In addition to vacuuming dust off of your furniture and belongings the special UV light sanitizes the surface, destroying 99% of bacteria and killing dust mites.

When you use the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner you can rest assure that your home IS clean after you clean it.

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I’m not a scientist so I am unable to see how much dust, bacteria or dust mites are left behind. I can only say that it does a great job cleaning and I feel confident that my home is sanitized and cleaned.

I like that I am able to use it on our furniture – even the cat tree and our pet’s bedding. It does a great job of sucking up all the hair. I just have to make sure to clean it out more frequently then I do when I am using it on the beds, comforters and pillow (places our pets don’t frequent as much).

Our asthmatic cat seems to be doing a bit better. She’s off her oral medication and only using her daily inhaler. I don’t know if the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner has anything to do with that, or the allergens that make her have asthma attacks have decreased or a combination of both. All I know is that she’s off her pills at the moment (yeah!) and I hope to keep it that way. She has a heart condition so I’d like to keep her off the extra steroids if possible.

So far I am pleased with my results. Its easy to use and easy to clean. I only wish it has a handle option so that I could use it in hard to reach places. I would love to use it on my curtains but it’s hard for me to reach the top and I rather not have to take them down every time I clean.

I like that my teenagers can use this too and it doesn’t require special equipment, cleaners or toxic cleaners. It’s safe to use around children and pets.

If you would like more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner visit http://moneualusa.com/index.php/home-direct.html/. While you are there check out the other cool products that the company offers like the robotic vacuum.

What do you think about this device? Does it sound like something you would like to use in your home?

Do you have issues with dust mites, allergies or asthma? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample 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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Back to school with Crayola (giveaway ends 9/20/14)

 

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By now most kids have started off the new school year. Some children started back week’s ago. My children started last week..

My kids are in high school now. We never know what kind of supplies they need until they attend their first day of class. We always pick up the basics before school starts (lose leaf paper, pens, pencils, highlighters…). We have to wait for school to start before picking up binders and notebooks.

I miss the days when my kids went to elementary and middle school. We always received a supply list in the mail before school started so we could get all the supplies before school starts and be able to take advantage of the great sales.

One staple that was always on the supply list was Crayola crayons. I miss those days! There is nothing nicer then a brand new box of Crayola crayons. I still remember when I went to school and my mom would buy me a box of crayons as part of my school supplies. It was my favorite supply because I’ve always love to draw, doodle and color. I even love the smell of a fresh box of crayons and how all the tips are perfectly sharpened.

Sadly high school doesn’t require crayons, but they do request students have markers and colored pencils. Crayola makes markers and colored pencils so I am still able to buy Crayola products for my teenagers.

I recently went to Staples to stock up on some Crayola products. Some were for my kids (markers and colored pencils) and the other products I am donated to my job. I work in a childcare situation caring for children at our local courthouse. The children in our care are there for a variety of reasons in Family Court (divorce, custody, paternity, order of protection…). As you can image the children all love to color, so it’s always nice to have an ample amount of crayons on hand. The children also love to paint so I pick up some washable paints too.

I was a bit “iffy” about picking up markers. Markers can be so messy. However Crayola carries washable markers. As per my boss older children often request markers so I made sure to include those in my shopping trip.

Check out all the goodies I picked up.

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I picked up three packages of Crayola Colored Pencils. One was for my son (he needs it for school) and two for my job.

The Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are new for this year. I picked up two packages – one is a bit thicker than the other. The all-new washability technology allows these markers to wash out of skin, clothing and painted walls. Ultra-Clean will allow teachers to wash off common classroom desks with ease.

In addition I picked up a larger set of washable markers and a package of Pip-Squeaks markers for little hands.

I purchased three boxes of Crayola Crayons for my job and a big box of 64 crayons for me. My husband and I love to color. I know that sounds strange but we find it relaxing. We especially love to color holiday related images. :-) We’re just big kids at heart.

The Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers are also new for this year. These are for our dry erase calender at work. These dry erase markers are designed to help maximize classroom visibility. They are also new for 2014. The Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers have improved color vibrancy, making them easier to read.

Lastly I picked up a couple of packages of Crayola Washable Watercolors paints. The kids love to paint but the paint we currently have in our room is not washable, there fore we rarely take it out (unless it’s an older child).

Crayola products are available at many retail locations across the country including grocery stores, drug stores, department stores, office supply stores and toy stores.

For more information about these and other Crayola products visit www.Crayola.com. You can also find the brand on the various social networking sites.

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Crayola would like to give a lucky reader a $25 VISA gift card that you can use to pick up some Crayola products or other back to school supplies you might need. Thank you Crayola!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 20, 2014 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 your favorite Crayola product is?

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 gift card to purchase Crayola products. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A must have for college students – AfreSHeet

 

AfreSHeet

Do you have a son, daughter or grandchild currently away at college? Do they live in a dorm or an off campus apartment? If so you will want to learn more about AfreSHeet.

College students have a lot on their “plates” between attending classes, working, doing homework and enjoying and active social life. Who has time for keeping their dorm rooms clean or doing laundry.

Many college students bring their laundry home for mom to wash for them when they pay their family a visit during school breaks. Included among the laundry are the student’s bed sheets, pillow case and blankets.

One of the last thing on most college student’s minds are their bedding. Do you honestly think that a student will be sitting in class thinking to themselves “I need to wash my sheets when I get back to my room”. Probably not.

Now it’s possible for college students to have a fresh fitted sheet every week WITHOUT doing the laundry with a handy new product called AfreSHeet.

AfreSHeet is a fitted sheet (made especially for XL sized college dorm beds) that is really 7 sheets in one. When the top sheet needs to be cleaned simply peel it off and toss the dirty one out.

That’s right – disposable sheets!

Perhaps this brief video can explain it better.

 

AfreSHeet sent me a set to review. I knew exactly whose bed to put it on – my son’s bed – aka “Hair Central” or “The Hair Bed”. All of our pets (except the fish of course) flock to my son’s bed. If we didn’t wash it constantly it would be really gross.

Four of our five cats on my son's bed (missing one cat and the dog).

Four of our five cats on my son’s bed (missing one cat and the dog).

My son’s bed is a standard so the sheets were a bit too long. It’s OK though, he just tucked the excess underneath.

Please note that my son took the photos for this review post with his cellphone. Since he was using the sheets he wanted to help me with the review.

The sheets do feel a bit different. Not like a real sheet. It’s not a bad feeling – just a different feeling. My son said it took a few nights before he got used to them.

AfreSHeet works EXACTLY like they say they will. When you are ready for a fresh sheet just peel away the top sheet and toss it out. I wanted to find a way to repurpose the sheet but really couldn’t think of something.

Each sheet layer has a special backing on it to make it waterproof. That means liquid (coffee from late night studying…) won’t seep down to the other layers.

Sheets

If you saw what was really on top of your bed sheets you would want to wash it daily. Dirt from sweat, dead skin cells, hair, dust, dust mites, bedbugs and pet dander can be found on your sheets. Ewww!!!! Lets not forget germs, bacteria and other icky stuff. That is why it’s very important to wash your sheets at least once a week.

My son went through most of the sheets already. I think there might be one or two left on the AfreSHeet. So far he is pleased. Once he got used to the different feel of the AfreSHeet he was OK with them. He says that he doesn’t notice any difference between these sheets and regular sheets anymore.

Our cat Bella loves the sheets too.

Our cat Bella loves the sheets too.

You might think AfreSHeet is expensive. They sell for $29.95 for seven weeks of fresh fitted sheets. If you think about how much sheets cost, plus the cost of doing laundry and laundry detergent these sheets might work out to be more cost effective. Not to mention less time doing laundry and always having a fresh, clean sheet each week.

I think this is an ingenious idea. Our daughter is heading off to college this time next year and I think I’ll pick up a few packages of AfreSHeet for her.

If you would like more information about AfreSHeet visit www.AfreSHeet.com. You can also check out AfreSHeet on the various social networking sites too.

What do you think about AfreSHeet? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample 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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