DIAL PRODUCTS FOR BABY & KIDS REVIEW & GIVEAWAY ~ 3 WINNERS! ~

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Purex Insiders  has been coming out with  many new products lately, from new body washes and hand soaps to amazing new laundry products.  I’m happy to say that they have now added products for babies and small children too.    The Dial body & hair wash for babies is super gentle for babies sensitive skin.   It won’t sting their  little eyes or cause irritation to their skin.  It has a very soft scent that is perfect for babies since they smell so good naturally you don’t really want to cover that up.  (Nothing could smell  better than a clean baby anyway, if you ask me) It’s mild enough to use every day and it won’t dry out your baby’s skin.

 

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The Dial foaming hand wash for kids is great too.   Kids love the fun foaming action and the kid friendly scents they offer.   I was given the Watery Melon scent to try and it smells so good.  It only takes a pump or so to get quite a bit of foam and it really leaves your hands feeling super clean without drying them out at all.   Truly a fun way to get kids more interested in washing their hands when they need to and anything that makes cleanliness fun is on the top of every parent’s list.  This stuff smells so good you may have trouble getting them to stop.

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Enter to win a coupon good for one free bottle of Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free bottle of Dial foaming kid’s hand soap from Bella’s Blog.  3 Winners!!  Good luck!

One of my favorite things about being a Purex Insider is that they always give me coupons to share with my readers.   This time they gave me coupons that you can use to get your choice of a free Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free Dial for Kids foaming hand wash.   I have decided to pick 3 winners and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.   Please keep it fair and enter using only one email address.  I won’t honor a win if I see that you’ve entered using more than one anyway  ( I’m happy to say that hasn’t ever happened on my page but I’ve seen it on other pages so I had to say it).  Please share this giveaway with your friends too.  I’m sure many of them would love to try it.  Good luck!

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FRAZONI DIGITAL COOKING THERMOMETER REVIEW

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I cook almost every night and even with all of that experience I still worry about things like food poisoning and e-coli.   It was drilled into my head growing up that if you don’t cook your meats long enough, especially poultry & pork,  you can become deathly ill.   Unfortunately my mother took that to the extreme and cooked everything until it resembled shoe leather.  I was convinced that I didn’t even like most meats when I was little and didn’t learn until I was adult working in a steakhouse that it was because they were cooked to death.  I am SO thankful that the cook at that steakhouse  explained to me that all meat does not have to be charbroiled to be healthy and risk free.   I still remember my first bite of a piece of prime rib that was still red….I was sort of worried because it was red but tried it anyway…and OMG!!  It was so juicy and had more flavor than anything I had ever eaten!   Right away I became a meat lover to the extreme!  BUT….I also learned that with poultry and pork products you better be worried!   You can cause some truly horrible problems if you don’t get them right.  They both have to be cooked thoroughly for them to be safe to eat, so again, I found myself overcooking both.   Frazoni to the rescue!!

meatthermometer9 This meat thermometer is perfect for me.  It has a nice, slim design and a large screen so it’s easy to read.   It’s super simple to use and I love that the cord on the temperature prong is long enough to reach from the oven to the counter top.   You can set the controls for the temperature you’d like your food to be, insert the probe into the meat, place it in the oven and not worry at all anymore.  It will beep when the meat reaches the desired temperature to let you know it is done and all you have to do is take it out.  (You can choose if you want to use Celsius or Fahrenheit on the back of the unit)

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I, of course, had to go get a turkey so I can see how well this really works.   (Plus it sounded SO nice to have a mini Thanksgiving in April LOL)  I looked up the proper temp for turkey and discovered that 160 degrees is considered safe.   I set the timer to alert me when it reached 150 degrees because I had the turkey covered with foil and wanted to allow time to brown too.   Once the turkey reached 150 degrees I removed the foil and by the time it reached 160 my turkey was a nice golden brown.   (It wasn’t as brown as I normally go though.  I am usually so worried about under cooking that I leave it in too long).  I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to be cooked all the way through but decided to trust the thermometer.  I am so glad I did….This was by far the best turkey I have ever made!  It was very tender and so juicy!!  Even my husband, who usually only eats dark meat because he says the white meat is too dry, loved it!  I will never go back to “eye balling it” again.

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I also tried it out while cooking chicken on the stove top and it worked just as well.   You end up with such juicy chicken and it’s so nice to know that it is safe from salmonella or e-coli or the many other things that can make you ill.  My husband has always liked my cooking but this has made it much better.  I am no longer over cooking meats and losing the juices, and most of the flavor, that you lose when you over cook.   It is also perfect for steaks because you can cook them from rare to well and know that they will be exactly what was requested.

I did have one issue with this thermometer though.   I could not find an on/off switch on it anywhere.  When it started beeping to alert me that my turkey was done, I could not figure out how to turn it off or how to stop the beeping.  I had to take off the battery cover and remove the battery to get it to quit.  My husband also looked and neither of us could find a way to turn it off.   Luckily there is an extra spot in the battery compartment to leave the battery when you are not using it but an on/off switch is something they definitely need to add.   Other than that though, I am very pleased with my results and would definitely recommend this thermometer.   You can get one for yourself for only $14.95 here on Amazon.  Considering this can ease a lot of food safety concerns it is more than worth the price and I think every household should have one. Food poisoning is a big deal and this will help eliminate it and many other illnesses and you can’t really put a price on that!

 

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm78e8dffe65a2898eef68a33b8db35b78

PYREX’S “CELEBRATING 100 YEARS” SWEEPSTAKES ~ 100 DAILY PRIZES & 4 MONTHLY PRIZES ~

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Enter to win a Pyrex 100th anniversary decorated 4 cup storage piece (100 daily winners) or a Pyrex 4 piece 100th anniversary collector’s set (4 monthly winners).  Good luck!

Sweepstakes Prizes:

  • 4 Monthly Prizes: a Pyrex 4-piece 100th Anniversary collector’s set. Approx. retail value: $14.99.
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PYREX Celebrating 100 Years Daily Sweepstakes is open to 50 U.S. & D.C., age 18 and older.

Ends June 29,  2015

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KID CUISINE & SPONGEBOB’S “SPLASHTASTIC SLEEPOVER” INSTANT WIN GAME (AGES 6 TO 11 ONLY)

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Enter to instantly win one of 500 SpongeBob tents and push lights or the Grand Prize of a SpongeBob pajama party for 8 people in Orlando Florida worth $10,000!  Good luck!  (Ages 6 to 11 only)

In-Pack Instant Win Game Prizes (Purchase or mail-in):

  • 1 Grand Prize: SpongeBob® pajama party for 8 people with a trip to Orlando, Florida, rooms at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, $1,000 spending money, admission to the SpongeBob breakfast, SpongeBob 4D Movie Experience, SpongeBob gift bags, and more. Approx. retail value: $10,000.00.
  • 500 Secondary Prizes: SpongeBob tent and push light. ARV: $23.00.

Online Instant Win Game Prizes:

  • 1 Grand Prize: SpongeBob® pajama party for 8 people with a trip to Orlando, Florida, rooms at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, $1,000 spending money, admission to the SpongeBob breakfast, SpongeBob 4D Movie Experience, SpongeBob gift bags, and more. Approx. retail value: $10,000.00.
  • 500 Secondary Prizes: SpongeBob tent and push light. ARV: $23.00.

NICKELODEON SpongeBob Squarepants Kid Cuisine “Splashtastic” Online and In-Pack Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes is open to 48 Contiguous U.S. & D.C., ages 6-11

Ends August 12,  2015

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L & M’S “TICKET TO TASTE” INSTANT WIN SCRATCH OFF GAME ~ OVER 13,000 PRIZES UP FOR GRABS ~

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Enter to instantly win one of over 13,000 prizes including grills, coolers and $25 gift cards!  Good luck!

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L&M Ticket to Taste Instant Win Game is open to the 47 U.S. (excl.MA,MI,VA) & D.C., age 21 and older.

Ends May 28,  2015

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WELCH’S FRUIT ‘N YOGURT INSTANT WIN GAME

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Enter to instantly win one of 250 boxes of Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt snacks.  Good luck!

Instant Win Game Prizes:

  • 125 Prizes: One 8 count box of Strawberry Welch’s® Fruit ‘n Yogurt™ Snacks. Approx. retail value: $2.50.
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WELCH’S Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks Instant Win Game is open to 50 U.S. & D.C., age 18 and older.

Ends May 15,  2015

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FREE LIPTON SPARKLING TEA FROM KROGER

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Must be downloaded to your loyalty card on Friday, April 17th but you have until May 3rd to redeem.  Costs will deduct automatically when the cashier scans your loyalty card during checkout.

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HERSHEY’S “SUMMER S’MORES GRILLING” INSTANT WIN GAME

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Enter to instantly  win a Weber Smokey Joe Grill and extension fork from Hershey’s.  Good luck!

470 Prizes.  Each winner will receive a prize pack consisting of one (1) WEBER® SMOKEY JOE® charcoal grill with HERSHEY’S BRAND logo  and one (1)
extension fork.  Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $32.49
OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES RESIDING IN THE 50 UNITED STATES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR PUERTO RICO , WHO ARE
18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.
Ends September 14, 2015

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FREE TOSTITOS DIP-ETIZERS FROM KROGER

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Must be downloaded to your loyalty card on Friday,  April 10th but you have until April 25th to redeem. Costs will deduct automatically when the cashier scans your loyalty card during checkout.

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YORKSHIRE-MAYFAIR 100% COTTON FLANNEL SHEETS REVIEW


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The older I get, the more important my bed and the bedding I choose have become to me.   I used to sleep on any old sheets and didn’t even know there was a difference, but as I got older I started noticing how uncomfortable the cheaper bedding felt and started looking for better quality. For the last few years I have mostly purchased Egyptian cotton sheets because I like how crisp they feel but sometimes I miss having softer sheets to climb in to.  When I was offered these 100% flannel sheets from Yorkshire-Mayfair to review they seemed like they would be a great choice so I was excited to try them.

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Our mattress is really thick and sometimes it’s hard to find sheets that will fit correctly.   I’ve even had to use clips or mattress suspenders to keep some of them in place. It’s so aggravating to  try to sleep on a mattress when a corner of the sheet comes off and it’s all bunched up underneath you.  I am happy to say that these sheets fit our mattress perfectly and have not budged after using them for a week now.  They are specially made for extra thick mattresses.  They also washed quite nicely.  I washed them before putting them on and they didn’t “pill up” or lose their shape at all and they came out feeling super soft.  They are also really thick and honestly it feels as good as snuggling up under your favorite T-shirt if you could crawl under it.   They feel really soft against the skin and they don’t “crease up” underneath you while you are sleeping.

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I highly recommend these if you are looking for a good quality, comfortable set of sheets.  They keep you very warm, but since they are cotton, they also “breathe” so you don’t get overly hot.  I haven’t even had to stick my foot out while I sleep this week to cool down and that’s almost a miracle.

If you would like to purchase a set for yourself, or as a gift for a friend, you can find them here on Amazon. They would make a great Mother’s Day gift too.  I do have to say that for some reason they have the wrong picture on their Amazon page.  (They are showing a set of Egyptian cotton sheets and not the flannel ones.) The order form is for flannel sheets though so you would receive the same sheets I did.  I am hoping the pic will be changed on their page soon.

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