I love being a Purex Insider and one of my favorite things about it is being able to try their new products before they hit the shelves.   This time I got the new Dial Coconut Water with refreshing mango hydrating body wash and I love it!  It lathers like crazy and the scent is wonderful.   You can really smell the  mango and the hint of coconut is perfect.   I love this new scent and it will definitely go into my rotation.  I always use Dial body wash and I love to switch up the scents each time.


I am also really pleased at how nice this left my skin feeling after showering.   There was no filmy residue which is always a plus,  but even better than that, there was no need for lotion afterwards.  I even shaved my legs with only the lather and it was thick and creamy enough for a perfectly smooth shave without needing any shaving cream.  Anytime I can eliminate a product to buy I am happy and this will save me tons on shaving creams and lotions.  I am definitely a fan and highly recommend!

And now the giveaway part 😀


Purex is always generous enough to include some free product coupons with their missions and I always like to share at least one with my readers.   You can enter by using the simple Rafflecopter link below.  Giveaway will open on Wednesday July 30th at midnight  Central time (1 am Eastern) and will close on Saturday August 2nd at Midnight Central (1 am Eastern)
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Only US residents aged 18 and older are eligible. You can only enter with one email address.   If I notice someone entering from more than one I will not accept the additional entry.  The only entry option that is mandatory is that you must “like” Bella’s Blog on Facebook.  If you are not already a fan you can click here  BELLA’S BLOG ON FACEBOOK   All other entries are optional.  Winner will be notified on this post and through an email and this post, with the winners name, will be shared on Facebook so there are several ways you will be notified.  Winner  will have 48 hours to claim their prize.    If not claimed in 48 hours I will draw another winner and they will have 48 to claim also.  Facebook is in no way responsible for this giveaway.   I am the person responsible for sending the prize,  not Facebook and not Purex.  Thanks for entering and good luck!!




I was excited to see this review offer from Purex Insiders since my 11 year old son and I both love paper crafts and we happily signed up for it.   I received my kit a few days ago and finally had some extra time today to try them out.   The first thing I noticed was that everything was on very sturdy card stock paper and the printing was done beautifully.  I  especially love that everything is color coordinated so it all pulls together quite nicely.  We both liked that everything was pre-cut and ready to put together.  The instructions were very simple but we didn’t follow them exactly.  We prefer to come up with our own creations but we were still very happy with the results.



  Hayden really seemed to enjoy designing his own card and he commented several times that he would like to have the full kit just to see what he could come up with.   The sample kits we were given made a really cute gift bag and an even cuter card that could be used as an invitation, a thank you note, or just a “wanted to say HI”  card to someone you miss.   They were both very easy to put together and took hardly any time at all.  These would be a great time saver for anyone that is hosting a party and doesn’t really have the time for homemade invitations and party favors.   The finished results make it look like you spent a huge amount of time, but in reality they were both put together in less than 5 minutes.   Sounds like a win win situation to me! 

You can CLICK HERE to visit Spellbinders online  if you would like to see even more of the Spellbinder Collections available.   They have many different items for many different occasions and you are sure to find something that suits your personality.





I love being a Purex Insider and getting to try all of their great products!   This time they sent me their new Purex Crystal Dryer Sheets  to try out and before I even had the box all the way opened I could already smell the fantastic scent of Lavender Blossom.   I’m not usually a fan of Lavender,   but this is not the  “old lady”  lavender smell that I am used to….these smell absolutely wonderful!  To me they smell like a bouquet of fresh picked wildflowers…yet they are not too feminine to use for all of the family’s wash.

Of course these work great for softening and freshening your laundry  (as do all of Purex’s products in my opinion)   but they have many other great uses too!   I am always trying to figure out new ways to use them around the house.   One of my favorite ways is putting them inside shoes to get rid of that nasty foot sweat odor….this is especially good for kid’s shoes or shoes worn during athletic activities!   I also like to put them in my drawers to keep my  socks and other items fresh smelling.  One sheet will freshen a drawer for weeks!  Another of my favorite ways to use them is to place them inside my pillowcase.   There’s really nothing better than having a fresh smelling pillow to lay your head on and the Lavender Blossom is perfect since it is a very calming, relaxing fragrance.   There are really tons of ways you can use these.



Purex Insiders was also nice enough to give me a coupon for a FREE box to share with one lucky reader.

To be entered to win this great coupon simply comment right here on the blog (Not on Facebook) and tell me what is your favorite way to use Purex dryer Sheets. Maybe you have a totally new way to use them that you could share or you can just tell me which of the ones I mentioned is your favorite. No random comments will be accepted…the comment MUST be about Purex dryer sheets! (When you comment it will have to go to moderation so you won’t see your comment right away….but no worries…I usually get them fairly quickly)

I will number the entries as they come in and then at the end of the giveaway I will use Random Number Generator to choose the winning entry. Winner will have 24 hours to send me their address (in a PM on Facebook). If not claimed in 24 hours I will use the same entries to draw a new winner. Only one comment will count per person and you MUST be a fan of Bella’s Blog on Facebook  to be eligible to win. This giveaway starts now and will run until Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 pm. Central time (8:00 pm. Eastern time) Please share this with your friends too! I’m sure they would also love a chance to win! GOOD LUCK!!


*I received this product for free from Purex Insiders but my opinions are my own and the fact that I was given the product will not affect my review.*



As a Purex Insider they sometimes send me new products to try and this time I was sent a bottle of their new No Sort Detergent.  I was really hoping to get picked for this mission since I do a lot of laundry but seldom have many whites and I don’t much like washing little loads…..which usually mean the whites sit in the laundry hamper longer than they probably should.  How great it would be if this stuff really worked and I could just throw them all in the washer together.   So as skeptical as I was I decided to give it a try….but I will admit that I used a white t-shirt and a pair of socks that my husband didn’t care if they did turn pink….just in case….

Now the scary part…..I put the clothes in the washer…and it about killed me to put the red and the white in together I must say…..I put in the detergent and went about my business very curious as to how this would turn out…..


They finished their cycle and I transferred them to the dryer…..being wet I couldn’t tell for sure yet if there was any color transfer but they looked pretty good…..I didn’t really notice any pink.  Hmmm….this just may work …….

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FINALLY they were dry and I could see the results….. Wow!  It worked!!  The shirt and socks are both still just as white as they were when they went in.   There is absolutely no color transfer at all!!  I am impressed and  happy that now I can just wash the clothes and not have to wait until I have enough whites for a load of their own.  Thanks Purex for a wonderfully innovative new product!!  I am a fan!

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Since Purex Insiders was also kind enough to send me some coupons for a free bottle of the new No Sort detergent I have decided to give one of them to a fan of Bella’s Blog


To be entered to win this great coupon simply comment right here on the blog  (Not on Facebook)  and tell me what is the worst laundry mishap you have had.   Did you turn a load pink because you didn’t see the red sock hidden in the pile?  Maybe you added too much detergent and had bubbles everywhere?  Just tell me what happened….or make something up….I don’t care….just make it about laundry or Purex and I will count it 🙂  No random comments will be accepted.  (When you comment it will have to go to moderation so you won’t see your comment right away….but no worries…I usually get them fairly quickly)

I will number the entries as they come in and then at the end of the giveaway I will use Random Number Generator to choose the winning entry.  Only one comment will count per person and you must be a fan of Bella’s Blog on Facebook to be eligible to win.  This giveaway starts now and will run until Tuesday, April 15th at 8:00 pm. Central time (9:00 pm. Eastern time)  Please share this with your friends too!  GOOD LUCK!!

*I received this product for free from Purex Insiders but my opinions are my own and the fact that I was given the product will not affect my review.*



I received this package from Purex Insiders a few days ago and I couldn’t wait to try it but I  had just finished laundry and had to wait .   I finally was able to try them out today though.   I have always been a fan of Purex laundry items and I especially love the Crystals because they leave your clothes smelling so fresh and clean for weeks.


First off,  I have to say how awesome these smell straight from the bottle…..as soon as I opened them, the whole room smelled fabulously fresh!  They definitely named this one well.   I even like the color of the crystals and they smell as nice as they look….like a little slice of Spring.  They have a vaguely flowery smell but mostly it’s just a fresh outdoorsy scent that I think would be pleasing to most.   And they’re not too “feminine” smelling to use on all of your family’s clothes either.  I do wish they weren’t limited edition though because I do really like this scent and will miss it when it’s no longer available.   Maybe with enough feedback they will decide to keep it permanently…..I can certainly hope anyway!



I used the Crystals  in a load of clothes (along with my Purex detergent and Fabric sheets of course) and they had that whole section of our house smelling wonderful.  Moving them to the dryer triggered the scent again and the dryer heat working with the scent  really made the house smell great!   They seemed to make the clothes feel softer too and that’s always a plus.  I personally love this new scent and highly recommend that you give it a try.  I haven’t had a chance to tell if this scent will last for weeks as it says,  but I do know that previous scents I have tried did last a long time, so I expect this one will also.   There is nothing better than pulling your favorite article of clothing over your head and having it smell wonderful when you do  🙂





Purex gave me a few coupons and I decided to give one to a lucky fan.   For a chance to win you just have to tell me,  in the comment section below-not on Facebook,  why you need some “Fabulously Fresh” in your life…..do you have a messy baby,  smelly pet or worse….a smelly husband or wife?    Or maybe you, yourself could use a little freshening up?   Just tell me why you should be picked to win and that will be your entry.   I will begin this giveaway as soon as I post this and it will run until Monday  March 24th 2014 at 8 pm Central time.  (9 pm. Eastern).   I will give everyone’s comment an entry number and after closing the game  I will use Random Number Generator to choose a winner.   The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  If not claimed in 24 hours I will have to  pick a new winner and I really don’t want to do that so please check back to see who won so you don’t miss out if it was you!    GOOD LUCK!  Share this giveaway with a friend too please.

*Only one comment  per person.   No random comments will count-you have to answer the question to have a valid entry.   You must  also be a fan of Bella’s Blog on Facebook to be eligible*


(I received these products from Purex Insider in exchange for my honest opinion and the fact that they gave me these items had no influence on this review.)




Dial body wash has been my favorite for the last few years.  I love all of the varieties and the scents they put out so I was really excited when Purex Insiders offered the new Dial Vitamin Boost lotion infused body wash for bloggers to review.   I was thrilled when I was chosen to be one of the bloggers to get to try it.  I am not disappointed!

The scent of this is wonderful…reminds me of fresh picked apples even though it says it’s kiwi…either way it smells great!  But the best part is the lotion!  It’s winter and I, like everyone I’m sure, am suffering from dry winter skin.  I usually put lotion on immediately after showing or else in a few minutes I will feel like my skin is drawing up and getting tight.   I decided to use this alone and did not put on lotion afterwards….and then I totally forgot about it altogether because my skin stayed hydrated and I didn’t even need lotion!  I’ve been using it now for a little over a week and have not touched my bottle of lotion one time.  My skin feels great!  It’s soft, smooth and smells great!  I highly recommend this product.


Purex Insiders also gave me some coupons for FREE Dial Vitamin Burst body wash and I have decided to share one with my fans 🙂  If you would like a chance to win simply leave me a comment right here on my blog telling me why you would like to try this or what you think you would enjoy the most about it.  I will number the comments and use random number generator to choose a winner at the end of the giveaway!

This giveaway will start today,  February 20th as soon as I post this and will be open for entries until Saturday February 22nd at 8 Central (9 Eastern) Random comments will not count for the giveaway….you must tell me either why you would like to win or what you think you would like most about the body wash.  You must also be a fan of Bella’s Blog on Facebook to be eligible to win.   You can click here to join me on Facebook



Leave your comment below and Good luck!


Good luck!


Purex Dryer Sheets Review




I get a lot of free products to try by being a Purex Insider.  Recently they sent me some Purex Dryer sheets to try out and I have to say I am torn a little.  The definitely made my clothes smell great and they were wonderful at stopping static cling BUT I didn’t think my clothes were as soft as they get from other fabric softeners that I’ve used.  I would use these again if the price difference was good enough, but would probably not choose them if they were priced the same or more than other brands.  I am very pleased with the smell they leave on my clothes, sheets and towels and that is a definite plus but I prefer a softer feel.



Borax Review for Purex Insiders



I am totally thrilled with the 20 Mule Team Borax I got from Purex Insiders to test!  Not only is this stuff great for getting out tough stains in your laundry (1/2 cup with your detergent will get you amazing results) but I also had a blast making Gak for my son and his friends!  I will definitely be buying this regularly.  I am very impressed with how clean my clothes and towels are after using this product, but I have to admit that making Gak was the best part!  If you would like to make some too just follow these simple steps:


Elmers Glue (8 oz bottle of Elmers Glue-All)

Borax Large mixing bowl Plastic cup (8 oz size works well)


Measuring cup

Food coloring



•This recipe is based on using a brand new 8 ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue. Empty the entire bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Fill the empty bottle with warm water and shake (okay, put the lid on first and then shake). Pour the glue-water mixture into the mixing bowl and use the spoon to mix well.

•Go ahead… add a drop or two of food coloring.

•Measure 1/2 cup of warm water into the plastic cup and add a teaspoon of Borax powder to the water. Stir the solution – don’t worry if all of the powder dissolves. This Borax solution is the secret linking agent that causes the Elmer’s Glue molecules to turn into slime.

•While stirring the glue in the mixing bowl, slowly add a little of the Borax solution. Immediately you’ll feel the long strands of molecules starting to connect. It’s time to abandon the spoon and use your hands to do the serious mixing. Keep adding the Borax solution to the glue mixture (don’t stop mixing) until you get a perfect batch of Elmer’s slime. You might like your slime more stringy while others like firm slime. Hey, you’re the head slime mixologist – do it your way!

•When you’re finished playing with your Elmer’s slime, seal it up in a zipper-lock bag for safe keeping.  It will last a couple of weeks if sealed tight! ENJOY!

Kick Back and Play Contest



Purex is teaming up with Little Tikes to make parents’ lives easier (and way more fun ) this summer. Enter here to win prizes including a playground, a washer & dryer from LG and a year’s supply of Purex!

In addition to a year’s supply of Purex Detergent with Crystals and an LG Front Load Washer & Dryer, the other grand prize of the Kick Back and Play Sweepstakes is a Little Tikes Endless Adventure Playcenter Playground! What a great prize!


If you’re excited about the awesome prizes you can win then tell me the types of fun adventures your kids would have if you won the Endless Adventure Playcenter Playground grand prize.

Would your kids imagine they’re exploring a humid rainforest on a tropical adventure? Would they pretend they’re brave pirates defending their ships from a giant sea monster? I want to know! Enter now and again daily for your best chance! GOOD LUCK!

Enter to win this great prize here


Soft Scrub All Purpose Cleaner



  I have used this in both the bathroom and the kitchen and I am very pleased with the results.  Not only does it smell pretty good but it really scrubs the tough dirt away!  I especially like that you can use this on most surfaces.  How convenient to not have to carry so many cleaners from room to room.  I will definitely make this a regular purchase.