Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

With three kids (and another on the way) I suppose it's a given that I do a lot of laundry. Not just the kids clothes, but my clothes, my husband's clothes, bath towels, dish towels, sheets, blankets...the list goes on. My mother-in-law has jokingly commented on the "laundromat" that appears when I get behind on my chores and she finds me sitting on the couch folding, surrounded by five or six giant piles!

I really like to have a good scent to my laundry. I'm not talking "hit over the head with flowers" but I want my laundry to smell clean, fresh, and sweet. In the past, we tried several different scented detergents but it seemed like the ones with scent always broke out someone or the scent was waaay too overwhelming. And since we also cloth diaper, I then had to find something else that was safe to wash them in. I finally found a "free and clear" type of detergent brand that worked well for us all - no breakouts, no overwhelming smell, and it could be used with any type of clothing, diaper, or item that needed washed. But that also meant no smell whatsoever! Bummer.

I'd seen some commercials recently about different types of scent boosters but really didn't know much about them. So I was pretty excited to be chosen to review Purex Crystals Aromatherapy through the Purex Insiders. Purex Crystals Aromatherapy are in-wash scent boosters that have unique aromas blended with essential oils. Their scent infusions are energizing and long-lasting.

We were given the scent "Well Being" which has a delightful flower blossom scent. (The two other scents available are Energy/citrus and Serenity/water lilies.) The bottle has a detachable cap you can use to measure out your crystals before tossing them directly into the washer. It works with front or top loading washers - just put in a little or a lot before loading your laundry. I wanted to check out the scent first and see what it was like before washing my husband's work clothes, as I knew he didn't want to go to work reeking of flowers, baby powder, or anything like that. So I tried it out on a load of towels initially. The smell was light and very pleasing but not over the top floral - just the right hint of scent. I've done several loads with it now, have varied the amounts on some - a little more or a little less - and the scent has been continually great. The first load of towels I did the other day were put away in my bathroom closet and while typing this, I went in, grabbed one out and did a "sniff test." Still freshly floral smelling! So I'm definitely hooked. :)

Purex has very generously given me three coupons to giveaway to you! Each coupon is good for one FREE Purex Crystals Aromatherapy 18 oz. bottle and three winners will be chosen! You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below - good luck! :)

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Disclosure: The Purex Brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. If you're interested in becoming a Purex Insider like me, click the button below to sign up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Making Your Home A Haven - Week One

I'm joining up with Women Living Well for their Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge and wow, this week could not be more appropriate:
Week 1: October 6th - Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning but you can start yours at dinner time or whenever is convenient for you. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home. Work on peace and patience this week.
I say this could not be more appropriate because in addition to this challenge, I also started an online women's morning Bible Study this week...and wouldn't you know, this has been a week from heck. The weather has been chilly, wet, and dreary and I've had three sick kiddos. It actually started over the weekend but has run over into this week. They're all on the mend now (*crossing my fingers*) but I've had one with a terrible, horrible congested cough and two with Hand Foot & Mouth Disease. So I've been up and down all hours of the night with kids who can't sleep or who are waking up crying, handing out medicine and Popsicles all day, refilling the humidifier, and attempting to clean house while a fussy, grouchy toddler grabs my legs and yells at me. So has Satan been trying me this week? Have I worked on peace and patience? It's only Tuesday and I can say a resounding YES. I've also failed a lot though, too...lost my temper, yelled, gotten too easily frustrated, neglected to do a task because I didn't feel like doing it...sigh.

One of the questions posed in this week's post was "What type of environment are you?" Eek. That gave me pause. I'm tired and harried, and probably haven't been putting the best face forward. This past weekend (before the kids got too terribly sick) my husband and I rearranged, cleaned, and de-cluttered many different areas of the house. He also worked on a couple different household projects. Two things we did in particular - putting up a new ceiling fan in our dining room and rearranging our bedroom - were long, sometimes challenging tasks, but they made a huge difference. The light on the ceiling fan in the dining room really brightens up the room. I can see every nook and corner now! And the way we rearranged the bedroom made it feel a bit more open, and getting rid of junk and clutter made it much more cozy, a room I really want to go curl up in. I suppose this week has been similar to that. Although we've had quite a few struggles thus far, I've been finding myself slowing down and just taking things one step at a time.

I have begun to light my candle, usually when I'm in the kitchen making lunch or dinner. I've been alternating between Glade Scented Oil Candles in Blushing Berry and my warmer with a Toasted Caramel Sugar Scentsy Bar chunk, depending on what I'm feeling. A constantly burning candle is a really wonderful reminder of God's continual presence in our lives. Yes, we have a lot of chaotic days but God is always here, guiding and encouraging us.