Tackling stains with new Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent

Springs brings lots of lovely things – warm weather, flowers, and time outside. With an active family, that inevitably leads to some less lovely things:  stains.

My kids find so many ways to stain their clothes.  There are grass stains from soccer and chocolate stains from dripping ice cream cones.  And of course there are the variety of mystery stains that nobody can explain.

OK, if I’m being honest, I must admit I create my own fair share of stains while cooking, baking and gardening.

This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Purex Social Insiders program, the Purex brand provided me with a free sample of Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent to facilitate my honest review.
All opinions are my own.

I’ve used Purex laundry detergent for years because it has always done a good job cleaning our clothes, and it is very reasonably priced.  {Price is important when you’re doing mountains of laundry!}

Over the years I’ve also used a lot of Clorox for whites and Clorox 2 for colors.  Now Purex is introducing a new Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent.  It’s two great things that are perfect together! The new Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent is safe for colors and formulated to work on 100 stains.

Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent vs. chocolate stains

My bottle of Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent came in handy recently when I discovered my daughter’s shirt wadded up in the dirty laundry with chocolate stains down the front.

The picture shows her stained, wrinkly shirt after being shoved into the bottom of her laundry basket for a few days, letting the chocolate spots set into the fabric.

Stain - pre Purex

Tip from Purex:  Pretreat tough stains by rubbing some Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent into the fabric and letting it sit for 5 minutes before washing.

While loading the rest of the clothes into the washing machine, I pretreated the chocolate drips by applying the detergent on the stained areas for a few minutes.

Stain - treated with Purex

I then washed the load in the Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent.  Her shirt came out perfectly clean!  Doesn’t it look as good as new?Stain - removed with PurexThe laundry all smelled good, too.  I received the Original Fresh scent, which has a nice fragrance.  It smells, well, fresh and clean.

The detergent also comes in Sunny Linen scent.  That one sounds nice, so I’m looking forward to using that scent as well.

Want to try the new Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent yourself?  The Purex website has a special Purex Promotions page with coupons and other promotions.

They even have a sweepstakes open until April 30, 2016 for a chance to win a $100 gift card and a year’s supply of Purex detergent.  Good luck if you decide to enter!

Wholesome entertainment for kids from FishFlix

Children today have so many options for entertainment.  As a parent, it can be hard to evaluate all of the choices available and find wholesome entertainment for kids.

I’m always happy to have family friendly entertainment resources that make it easy to find selections that are appropriate for kids.

I recently learned about FishFlix.com, an online retailer for Christian and family friendly entertainment.  This site has a huge selection of films, TV series, documentaries, and educational DVDs.  You can find a wide range of options for the whole family.

FishFlix has theatrical releases like “War Room” and popular series like Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart.”  It also has many great options that aren’t as widely known, but are fun to explore for wholesome entertainment.

My kids and I were introduced to a new series when we received a free sample DVD from FishFlix’s children’s collection for our honest review.  We received Owlegories Volume 2 – The Ant, The Fruit, The Butterfly.  It’s the most recent release in the “Owlegories” series, and we were glad to have the opportunity to watch it together.

Buy Christian Movies on FishFlix.com | Owlegories Vol 2 DVD

“Owlegories” is an animated children’s series that teaches Bible concepts in short episodes featuring a wise owl teacher and his five owl students.  The student owls embark on adventures that teach them more about their faith.

In the Volume 2 DVD that we received, the three episodes were entertaining stories that taught about Bible principles in ways that children can easily understand.

The series is even educational in the name “Owlegories.”  I had to explain that it was a take on “allegory” – a story that uses people, animals, or things with hidden meanings to explain or teach some truth.

We enjoyed watching the three episodes on this DVD.  This series is a great way to teach kids.  My daughter especially liked the theme song, and she thought the little owls were entertaining characters to follow on their adventures.

I liked learning that the series was a family endeavor.  It was created by parents who wanted a fun way to teach their children.  It began as an app that was developed into an educational series.

We thought the animation was good, and we learned that the “Owlegories” team includes people with a lot of experience in film production and animation.  The quality was evident in the production.

If you’re looking for wholesome entertainment for your family, FishFlix is a good resource with a lot of choices.  The prices are reasonable, and they have a large selection of $5 DVDs.  Shipping is free for orders of $40 or more.

Thank you to FishFlix for providing a free DVD
to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Raising Uncommon Kids by Sami Cone {book review}

We live in a day and age that celebrates individuality and accomplishment.  Most parents would be happy if their kids had traits that made them uncommon, right?

Some great characteristics may come to mind.  Valedictorian or a sports superstar?  Musical prodigy or masterful writer?  Hysterical comedian or suave public speaker?

What about uncommonly kind and selfless?

That may not be the most celebrated way to be uncommon, but it is such an important and worthy goal in raising kids and passing on the right characteristics to the next generation.

Sami Cone explores this topic in her book “Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids.”  Thank you to Baker Books for providing a free copy of the book to facilitate my honest review.

Raising Uncommon Kids is available at Amazon (affiliate link).

I was immediately intrigued from the description on the back of the book.

The greatest lesson we teach our kids isn’t anything we say – it’s what we do.

Many parents are surprised to discover just how little we’re actually modeling the behaviors we hope to pass on – qualities such as unconditional love, gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more.

This unique book offers a fresh way to look at molding your children: by focusing more on adding good behaviors than on eliminating bad ones.

Using the Bible passage of Colossians 3:12-17 as her guide, Sami Cone focuses on 12 characteristics to foster in ourselves and our children. These traits are addressed in three sections:

  • Your Heart at Home – with chapters on love, harmony, gentleness, and bearing with one another
  • Your Attitude Toward Others – with chapters on forgiveness, wisdom, patience, and kindness
  • Your Influence in the World – with chapters on gratitude, peace, humility, and compassion

The book is not designed as a how-to for managing the behavior of children, but rather a look at what parents should be modeling and shaping in their kids.  As the introduction says, “You may be looking for a quick fix for your kids: I’m here to coach you in paying a little less attention to their behavior and spending a little more time evaluating your own.”

As I read this book, I was continually thinking about areas where I need to exhibit better leadership for my kids in my actions and not just my words.  The book was a gentle challenge for me to step up and be a better mom and a better Christian in order to be a better influence on my kids.

I use the term “gentle challenge” because the book was not at all overbearing or preachy in addressing the principles that we should be modeling as parents and molding in our kids.  It very effectively uses real-world examples and examines Bible passages to discuss each topic.

“Raising Uncommon Kids” has practical ideas woven into the text, with additional ideas listed at the end of each chapter to put the principle of the chapter into motion.  It’s a helpful resource to spark action in practicing Biblical traits as a family.

Thank you to Baker Books for providing a complimentary copy of “Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids” by Sami Cone to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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