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Get a little relief from the stress of the holidays from P&G brands (giveaway ends 1/2/15)

 

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Let’s face it, the holiday season is a crazy time of the year. You have to fight for a parking spot at the mall, stand on long lines at the mall to purchase gifts, deal with in-laws, unexpected guests, tinsel all over the place, running out of tape when wrapping gifts, the onslaught of bills… the list goes on and on.

Don’t get me wrong – the holidays are wonderful! I love the holiday season. The good certainly outweighs the bad. I’m simply saying that woven in between all the good times are things you don’t anticipate that can cause a bit of holiday stress. For example, getting a stain on your party dress. Or your dog coming in from the snow and shaking off in the house (wet dog smell is not good). Stress can come in big, or small, “packages”.

P&G brands would like to help take a bit of stress out of your holiday season. As part of their #NYTough campaign, several P&G brands have come together to help make your holiday season a bit merrier (and less messy).

Speaking of #NYTough, I can’t imagine living in the city during the holiday season. New York City is a beautiful place to visit for the holidays, but I couldn’t imagine living there. I have a hard enough time lugging a gallon of milk up six flights of stairs where I live. I can’t imagine trying to carry a dozen bags filled with holiday gifts on the subway or walking several blocks back to your apartment. I couldn’t do it. Not only that, how to do you fit all your family and friends in those itty bitty apartments?

I give plenty of kudos to those who live in New York City. You have to be tough to live there.

P&G has plenty of products that can help make life in the bit city – or the suburbs – a bit easier for the holiday season.

The participating brands include;

bounty

Bounty – You need a strong paper towel to help wipe up holiday spills and messes and keep your home clean for guests. Paper towels are a must in any home. You never know when a mess is going to happen that requires paper towels.

Tide Pods

Tide: Tide Pods – With all those holiday parties you are invited to you want to make sure that you look your best. When you live in an apartment (or condo) and your laundry room is in the basement you appreciate these wonderful little pods. It saves you from having to lug laundry detergent bottles up and down stairs (especially if you don’t have the luxury of an elevator). Just pop a few pods in your pocket when you are heading down to do your laundry

Dawn Ultra

Dawn: Dawn Ultra – The holiday season means a lot of cooking, baking, drinking and celebration. Unfortunately that also means a lot of dishes that need to be washed. A little bit of Dawn Ultra goes long way. One bottle lasts a very long time.

Febreze Air Effects

Febreze: Air Effects – If you plan on having people over for the holidays you want to make sure that your home not only looks good but smells good too. I love Febreze! I use it on a daily basis, especially the fabric refresher.

This holiday season don’t try to tough it out by yourself – let P&G brand help you out and make you #NYTough.

For more information about these product please visit their social media pages.

Bounty – FacebookTwitter

Tide – FacebookYouTubeTwitter

Dawn – FacebookYouTubeTwitter

Febreze – FacebookYouTubeTwitter

Don’t forget to follow P&G too! They can be found on Twitter and YouTube.

#NYTough

P&G brand would like to give a lucky winner an assortment of P&G products AND a $25.00 gift card to help you out this holiday season. The prize package includes the products mentioned above (the Dawn Ultra bottle is HUGE!).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 2, 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 would like to win this prize package?

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 the same prize package mentioned above in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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.