I have been a huge fan of Purex Crystals since they first came out.    I have used them for a few years now and didn’t really think they could get any better until they came out with this new liquid form.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the crystals.   I especially like that I can use them in my wax burners and make my entire house smell wonderful, but the liquid truly works better for laundry.  It leaves a much stronger scent on your clothes than the crystals do.   All week, I have been enjoying the fresh smell every time I pull a clean shirt over my head or lay my head on my freshly washed pillow and the scent hasn’t faded at all.


I love that the smell also blends perfectly with the scent of the new Powershot detergent since that is my favorite.  Together they really leave your clothes smelling fresh, clean and wonderful!  While  doing laundry you can smell the scents all through the house and I love it.   There’s nothing better than a great smelling home and it makes it sort of pleasant to have to do the laundry.  (Sort of….it IS still laundry though)  I am really looking forward to trying the other scents they offer and if it’s anything like normal,  I will have a hard time picking a favorite!  Purex products always smell so good and I love how long they last.





Enter to win a coupon for a free bottle of Purex Crystal’s ScentSplash from Bella’s Blog.  Good Luck!

One of my favorite perks of being a  Purex Insider, besides the great new products to try, is that they always give me coupons to share with my readers so they can try them too.   If you would like to enter for a chance to win a coupon for a free bottle you can enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Please keep it fair and only enter with one email.  I will not honor the entries if I notice more than one being used.

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I have been a  Purex Insider  for several years now and I still get just as excited to try their new products as I did the first time I got a campaign.  They are always coming up with great, new ideas or changing up their already popular items  so there are always new versions and new scents to try.   This time they sent me some items from their new Boutique Collection.   I was given a bottle of Sugar Cane hand soap and coupons to try their other hand soap varieties.


I am already a huge fan of this hand soap.  It has a great texture with little hydrating beads in it and a really thick,  rich consistency.   It leaves my hands feeling really soft and pampered instead of drying them out like a lot of other hand soaps do.  But best of all,  it smells amazing!  Seriously it almost smells good enough to taste. I didn’t go there but……just sayin!

I am looking forward to trying their other varieties too.  I already love their antibacterial line and I’ve been meaning to try the foaming versions so these coupons will come in handy.   And speaking of coupons……they gave me one to share too…..



Enter to win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane hand soap from Bella’s Blog.   Good luck!

Purex Insiders was also kind enough to give me a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane hand soap to share with one of my lucky readers.   You can enter using the Rafflecopter below.   I will pick the winner at Midnight (Eastern time) on April 2nd (Wednesday/Thursday) and I wish you luck!

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I don’t know about you but I feel like I have to replace my bake ware way more often than you should have to.   In no time at all it will look like it’s a million years old.  The oils you’ve used will cause horrible discolorations and make them look old way before their time.   It builds up even with regular washing and just makes me want to throw the pans away and start all over again.   Silicone bake ware is the perfect solution to this problem and this baking mat is a great item to start with.  There are SO many benefits to using these.  First off, you don’t need any oils at all.   Nothing will stick to this mat so there is no need.  Secondly, clean up is a breeze.   It washes easily with a little soap & water and I’ve even thrown it in the dishwasher with no issues.  It fits a normal baking sheet perfectly and I love the rounded edges for getting it out of the pan easily when finished.  You can even roll it up to store it in a drawer and it goes right back into shape and lays perfectly flat.   Plus it’s virtually indestructible.  Other than accidentally cutting it somehow I don’t see how you could damage it.


We decided to make cookies the first time we used this.  The cookie dough we were using wasn’t very thick and couldn’t be rolled and cut out with cookie cutters so we had to form them directly on the baking sheet.   I was a little worried that they would stick because the dough was sort of soft and trying to use the different colors required us to really push them down into the mat.  I really shouldn’t have worried though….they came out perfectly baked and slid right off the mat.


I have since used this mat for a few other things and so far it has worked great.   I love being able to cook without added oils and it’s an easy way to cook healthier.   The only issue I have noticed is that is does get slightly discolored when cooking darker colored foods.   Nothing very noticeable but there were some slight outlines where the darker cookies had been and it didn’t come off when washed.  It is so faint that it wouldn’t even show up in a picture though so not a big deal.   I just wanted to mention it since I always try to point out the good and the bad of every product I review.   I am happy to add this baking mat to my growing collection of silicone bake ware and I know I will get tons of use from it.


If you would like to start your own collection of silicone bake ware this is a great piece to start with.    It will make your baking sheet last much longer and can also be used without one if you adjust the cooking times.  For a little less than $10 you can get an item that will last forever and help you bake a little healthier too.  What a deal!


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.




I had tried a few different silicone baking items such as cupcake liners & baking pans and quickly became a huge fan so I wanted to branch out a little and try silicone baking gloves too.   I just love the whole concept of silicone baking products.  They are reusable so they are better for the environment and they clean easily and last forever.  I first tried a pair in store and wasn’t really a fan.  They were way too big for my hands and felt really awkward when I put them on.  That pair was also pretty thick (and heavy) and didn’t bend well so I was leery of getting them. It didn’t seem like I would have the control I needed to be able to take hot items out of the oven so I put them back on the shelf.

Then I was offered a chance to review these awesome baking gloves from Kitchen Hero.  The difference is astounding!  The Kitchen Hero gloves are smaller so they fit my hands much better.  They are also lighter and much more flexible.  I felt in control with these and was not at all worried about using them.  They are flexible enough that I can get a good grip on things and am no longer afraid of dropping hot food in the floor.  After trying them while baking I became curious as to what else I could use them for.  I have already come up with several other uses and I am sure I will discover many more as time goes on.


So far I have learned that they are great for keeping your hands safe when chopping vegetables.  I put the glove on the hand I am holding them with and it makes me less likely to accidentally cut myself.  My hands tend to shake a lot due to neurological issues so this is a big plus for me.  They also come in handy for replacing light bulbs.  You don’t even have to wait for them to cool down first! You can get a great grip on them and take them out easily with no worries of burning your hands on a hot bulb.  Another use I found totally by accident.  I had one of the gloves on my hand while I was walking around looking for things to use them on and my kitty spotted it.   He sure was interested!  He spent a few minutes smelling it and then began to swipe at it.  He had all four paws wrapped around my hand at one point and was kicking & clawing like crazy ….I didn’t feel a thing!  Not only did I not feel anything, his claws did absolutely no damage to the gloves either.  I could see a few tiny scratch marks but that was it.  Now anytime he sees me with the gloves on I have to stop and play for a bit.  I don’t even mind since it doesn’t hurt at all and he really enjoys it.

I’m sure I will discover many more uses for these gloves but even if I don’t,  I am very pleased with them already.

And now the giveaway part 🙂

Enter to win a pair of silicone baking gloves from Bella’s Blog & Kitchen Hero.  Good luck!

The sponsors at Kitchen Hero were also kind enough to let me offer a set of these kitchen gloves to one of my lucky readers.  You can enter using the Rafflecopter below and I wish you luck.

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I absolutely love being a Purex Insider  and getting the chance to try all of their amazing products before they come out in the stores.  This time I was given Dial Miracle Oil body wash and once again I was not let down!  First off it smells wonderful.  It has sort of a musky scent but you can also detect some florals so it’s nice for both men and women.   It lathers great too and the lather is rich enough that I was able to shave my legs without shaving cream.  I like to shave in the shower and want to get it done as quickly as possible .  I just want to get done and get out.  It really speeds up the process to have a soap that works in place of shave creams.


It also rinses off well.  I was a little concerned using a body wash that has oils in it because I was worried it would leave a film on my skin or feel heavy.   Sometimes oils just make my skin feel dirty and then  I end up wanting to shower again.  This didn’t do that at all.  My skin was left feeling soft & silky and I didn’t even need to put on lotion afterwards.  This is a real plus because like I said before,  I want to get done quick and the less products I need,  the easier that becomes.  This body wash is a great new addition to the Purex family and leaves me waiting excitedly to see what they come up with next.


Enter to win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Miracle Oil body wash from Bella’s Blog.  Good luck!

Another reason I love Purex Insiders is that they always give me free product coupons.  I like to share them with my readers so they can try the product for themselves and see how they like it.   If you would like a chance to win a coupon for a free bottle you can enter using the Rafflecopter below.   Since I always get such a great response when I do the Purex giveaways I have decided to pick 2 winners.   If I get enough entries I will pick a 3rd winner so share with your friends and help spread the word.

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febreze1First I have to comment on how cute the Febreze kit the sponsors sent me is.   They really put a lot of effort into it and it shows.   I received 3 Febreze car vent clips and they came displayed in the cutest cardboard car and even included a game to play.  In the “pull here” section of the car was a game board,  game play cards and everything else you need to play the cute Febreze Road Trip to Freshness game.  I was sold already on the marketing!

febreze2I was given 3 Febreze car vent scents to try 1) Linen & Sky  2) Midnight Storm and 3) Gain Island Fresh and it was hard to choose which one I wanted to try first.  I was worried about opening them to smell them and then them losing their potency.   I am happy to say that is not an issue.  They are made where you decide when to activate them and yet you can still try them out to see which scent you prefer.  I ended up choosing the Linen & Sky because I love clean, fresh scents and I was not disappointed.

febreze3Within seconds of activating and installing the vent clip my car smelled great!   (I am a smoker unfortunately so this is not usually the case)  It was super easy to activate, just a click to the backside, and it installed quite easily too.  I love that it has a dial on the top that you can use to decide how much scent you want it to put out.   I originally put it on the highest setting and realized right away it didn’t need to be up that high.  Even on the lowest setting it put out plenty of scent.

febreze6I really couldn’t be happier with these car clips.  I love the variety of scents to choose from and how easy they are to use and I especially love how great they make my car smell.  I am also super excited that the sponsors of this review have also given me a $25 Walmart gift card to give to one of my readers so they can experience these for themselves.

febreze5Enter to win a $25 Walmart gift card from Bella’s Blog and Febreze.  Good luck!

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Winter is just as hard on pets as it is on humans.  They too get tired of being stuck in the house and they miss being able to play outside where there are things to hunt and stalk.  I am always trying to find new toys to keep both of our kitties active and happy and this Flying Feathers Cat Teaser toy ended up being a great choice. Feathers are a favorite of both of our cats (unfortunately for the birds around here) and they absolutely love feathered toys.  The fact that it also has a bell on it seemed to make them even more eager to play.   It also has a super long cord so I was able to stand far enough away that they could really jump and race around without me interfering.


Kelso (the gray kitty) was  more laid back when he was playing with it and seemed to mostly like swatting at it.  When he would snag it with his claws he really didn’t want to let go.  I think he liked the fact that he caught it and just didn’t want to give it up.  Willie (the black kitty) was much more energetic when he was playing with it.   He was running from room to room chasing it, banking off of the back of the catch and doing lots of jumps and flips while trying to snag it in midair.  It was really quite fun watching them both and how different they were.


Kelso was much more excited when we added his favorite box to the game.  He was really enjoying crouching in the box and attacking it as it came into his line of sight.  I think adding the box kept him playing much longer than he normally would have since he is a fairly lazy kitty and likes to sleep more than anything.  I am happy that we found something that they both enjoy enough to get up and get the exercise they miss out on a lot this time of year.


Product Description

Cats have a natural instinct to hunt and stalk. If this urge is left unfulfilled, cats may become aggressive, destructive or depressed, making it important that you engage your pet in regular play to help her stay in the best of health and friendly. The Cat Feather Teaser Toy is a toy that is sure to engage your cat and allow her to get exercise and tap into the hunter within her, satisfying urges to make her happier and more content.

The Cat Feather Teaser Toy is a fine quality toy made especially for cats. Its design begins with a 20-inch rod crafted out of flexible black plastic. Easy to grip, the rod is simple to wield and move, so that people of all ages can use it to engage their feline friends. An assemblage of feathers in different colors and sizes is mounted on one end along with a single metal bell. When the rod is waved, the feathers move back and forth and the bell jingles, exciting cats. The use of feathers allows the toy to recreate the movements of birds, which makes cats eager to pounce.

Made from the absolute finest of materials, the Cat Feather Teaser Toy is highly durable and can be enjoyed by cats of all sizes and weights. The length of the rod allows you to stand back safely away from your pet as she plays and gives you the perfect amount of reach to make both large and small movements to keep play interesting. All of the materials used in the construction of the toy are safe for cats, so you won’t have to worry about your pet chewing or clawing at the feathers, the cord or the rod.

The Cat Feather Teaser Toy is the perfect way to make sure your cat gets regular exercise and has a chance to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. This toy’s design has been rigorously tested to ensure your satisfaction and your pet’s complete enjoyment. Order one today and start having hours of playful fun with your pet.




I usually straighten my hair while blow drying and since my hair is pretty thick it takes forever, so I was super excited to get this hair straightener from Xtava.   Wow! Is it a time saver!  It  heats up in less than 2 minutes and you can select the temperature that is right for your hair.  This was a great option for me because my hair is hard to curl or straighten with a regular iron.   They never seem to get hot enough to give me results that will last.  This one gets much hotter and straightened my hair so quickly I was shocked!  The whole process took less than 10 minutes and just drying it straight usually takes me at least 20 so I am impressed.  I’m excited that it uses infared heat too because that is much less damaging to your hair even on the highest heat settings.


My favorite thing is how shiny it left my hair.  I definitely do not get results like that from a blow dryer!   I don’t think my hair has ever looked shinier or healthier.   Smooth as glass and it feels great too,  so soft and silky that I can’t quit running my fingers through it and it stays that way until I shampoo again.  I have gotten SO many compliments lately and at my age (50) that is especially nice.  My hair had been showing signs of age and looking sort of rough and unruly,  not quite straight but not quite wavy and it looked bulky and heavy.  As you can see from my before & after pics that is not the case anymore.  It actually looks better now than when I was younger and you can’t get any better than that!  And in less than 10 minutes!


This straightener also has an 8 foot swiveling cord which is so nice.   No more getting tangled up in the cord while trying to style my hair.   It also has a large paddle so you can do pretty large sections and it doesn’t pull or tug your hair like some straighteners do.   I’m really not sure what else they could have done to make it any better and the price is wonderful too!  I’ve seen straighteners going for upwards of $150 that don’t have the features that this one has.   If you’re looking for a high quality hair straightener look no further.   So far I have tried this straightener and their rotating barrel curling iron and I have been very pleased with both.   You can read my review of the curling iron HERE if you’d like.

Product Description

NEW INFRARED HIGHLY EFFICIENT HEAT TECHNOLOGY seals the hair’s natural moisture, adds silkiness and shine that will last all day. Regular heating affects the surface causing more damage and frizzy hair; the far infrared waves penetrate the inner layer of the hair strand, heating it from the inside out, protecting the cuticle which is the most fragile part of the hair shaft. Ceramic tourmaline generates Ionic technology that reduces the hair’s surface tension, leaving locks shiny and frizz-free.

DOUBLE THE SIZE, DOUBLE THE SPEED The InfraRed flat iron combines an upper Dual-Plate technology, that maintains even heat across the plates at all times, and an extra wide 2” bottom Floating plate for optimal coverage. Fast straightening in minimum strokes for the perfect silky straight hair.

MAXIMUM HAIR PROTECTION The InfraRed flat iron features a temperature regulation function to ensure damage free straightening. Its advanced microprocessor controller allows you to regulate the heat setting using 10 temperature steps between 265F-445F according to your individual needs. The superior quality ceramic heater enables the flat iron to reach maximum temperature within 90 seconds and allows for quick heat up recovery.

360 SWIVEL 8 FT. CORD You will not need any extension cord or a nearby outlet thanks to its 8 ft. long power cord. Avoid getting your cable entangled while styling your hair, with the integrated 360 degree swivel system that will simply rotate as you work.

SHUT-OFF FUNCTION Incorporates a convenient auto-shutoff function that will turn off the device when left unattended – never worry again after rushing out.





I have to admit when I first accepted this review I was wondering how in the world I could write a review about a screen protector.  Turns out, it really isn’t that hard when it’s a nice one.    My favorite thing about this screen saver is how easy it is to apply.  I have neurological issues and my hands tend to shake when I try to do most things, so I asked my husband to apply it while I took pictures.  After watching how easily he got it on I now think that I could have done it myself even with shaky hands.  This screen saver is made from glass so it isn’t flimsy at all and that really made the application process a breeze.  He simply peeled the backing off and stuck it right onto the phone. There ended up being one small bubble where I didn’t get the dust completely off of the phone before applying so you do want to make sure it is super clean before you start.  Other than that tiny speck I missed you cannot even tell there is a cover on the phone, it looks so smooth and fits so well that it’s basically invisible.


This screen protector will prevent your phone from scratches and could even help prevent breaks if you drop it.   While reading the product description I noticed that it said to try scratching it with a set of car keys to test the scratch resistance so of course I had to….I am amazed that it left no visible marks at all so it will be much safer in your purse or pocket.  It also seems to show less fingerprints and it cleans easily with the cloth that comes with it.   They offer different sizes for different phones so you can easily find the one that’s right for yours.

Product Description

intelliGLASS is our new line of screen protectors here at intelliARMOR that are crafted with a unique layering process that combines the following;

An advanced silicone base layer that adheres to your phone or tablet’s screen easily and without bubbles  – all while leaving no residue.

An ultra-hardened REAL glass layer that has been specially treated to have greater scratch resistance than steel.  (try to scratch it with a set of car keys and you’ll see what we mean).

An oil and smudge resistant outer layer that repels fingerprints and makes cleaning your phone’s surface a snap.



The sponsors at IntelliARMOR  were kind enough to offer a giveaway so one of my lucky reader’s will win one of their own.  You can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Whoever designed this curling iron did a fantastic job.   They thought of everything.  For one, it has a super long cord (8 feet!), which I love, and it swivels!  This is so important since I usually end up tangled up in the cords when I try to style my hair.  It always feels like the cords are just in the way.  Maybe someday someone will come up with a cordless option, but for now, this is the next best thing.  It also has temperature selection so you can use the right temp for your hair type.  My hair is course and most curling irons don’t get hot enough to curl very well and the curls fall out in a matter of minutes anyway.  I was able to turn up the temp on this one and ended up with perfect curls that lasted all day.  If you have fine or thin hair there is a lower temp option you can use to keep your hair from getting singed.  (Just make sure hair is fully dry before using any heated appliance on it since that will surely singe your hair)  It only takes about 2 minutes to heat up even on the hottest setting so you can get started in no time.


I had never used an auto-rotating barrel curling iron before.   I had never even heard of such a thing actually, so I was intrigued  and just a little intimidated.  I have pretty long hair and I was worried about it getting tangled in the barrel among other things.  That didn’t happen but I did have a few other  issues when I first started.   It took me a few minutes to get used to hitting the “right” or “left” buttons to get it to rotate.  You can’t see the buttons while you’re doing it, so you have to remember which is which and where they are located on the iron.  That was pretty easy to get used to but then I had a few issues with accidentally hitting the buttons while I was just trying to get the ends in and ready to curl.  (They are positioned where my palm kept bumping them.)  I have to admit it felt really awkward when I first started.  A couple of times I ended up hitting the rotate button when I didn’t mean to, and it ended up too close to my scalp because of this and could have led to burns.  You do have to be careful not to let that happen.  Now most of this is probably because I am a total klutz and the fact that I don’t style my hair very often anyway BUT once I got the hang of it,  it was a breeze!


It took me about 5 minutes to get a feel for it and after that I was able to curl my hair faster than I ever have before.   The barrel is large enough that I could do pretty big sections of hair and with the high temp I still got great results.  Normally I have to do small sections and since my hair is thick that took way too much time.  I hardly ever curled my hair because it took so long so I am loving how fast I can do it now.  I absolutely would recommend this curling iron.   Like I said, it takes a few minutes to get the feel of it, but once you do it is amazing how effective it is.  This is a professional quality curling iron and yet it is priced much better than most professional models.   I saw a few that were selling for over $200 that did not have the features this one has.

Product Description
AUTO ROTATING CERAMIC TOURMALINE BARREL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features an innovative automated bi-directional rotating control for maximum ease and comfort. Simply clip the hair on the barrel and let xtava do the rest with the touch of button, the ceramic tourmaline barrel generates constant and even heat creating long lasting perfect curls.

HEAT CONTROL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features accurate heat control with 11 temperature stages between 210F-430F allowing styling versatility for all hair types. For fine hair, use low temperature for best results. Thick and wavy hair will require a higher temperature. The LCD display will ensure simple, accurate and convenient operation.

360 SWIVEL 8 FT. CORD With the Xtava Silk edition you will not need any extension cord or a nearby outlet thanks to its 8 ft. long power cord. Avoid getting your cable entangled while styling your hair, with the integrated 360 degree swivel system that will simply rotate as you work.

SHUT-OFF FUNCTION Incorporates a convenient auto-shutoff function that will turn off the device when left unattended – never worry again after rushing out.

TRAVEL FRIENDLY Universal dual Voltage that can adapt to your travel schedule and ensure you look just as perfect on the road as at home.