Gain “Sniff, Sniff, Hooray” Liquid Dish Soap

I was able to test out some new Gain Liquid Dish Soap from a MyBlogSpark campaign and now I want to share with you my thoughts. For starters, I haven’t ever tried this liquid soap before, which is surprising as it’s a pretty low cost liquid dish soap brand. I loved the scent that it gave off while cleaning my dishes and it made my dishes really clean. I hadn’t had one issue using Gain Liquid Dish Soap, so have you used it, what are your thoughts?

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Disclosure: P&G provided me with this free product, bubbles, t-shirts, and gift card giveaway through MyBlogSpark.

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Reminding Yourself of the Good Times

It can be easier to focus on what is going wrong in your life or what you wish were different. Maybe you wish your man would take the trash out more often, maybe you wish that you had a few extra hours of sleep after being up all night with the kids. Whatever your wishes may be, remember that the life you live is precious no matter how beyond precious it may seem at the moment.

As a Mom to a boy who is now four years old and who I thought would never potty train and never sleep through the night. I can say things get a little better as the years go on. We all made decisions to have children, we raise them the best we know how. We hope that as a parent we are making the right decisions and raising our children to be well rounded individuals. As a human, we make mistakes. There may be days where you found that you were so negative, yelling, focusing on all the bad your child(ren) did that day, etc etc.

Do you realize that focusing on the negative takes more energy than focusing on the positive? It is very true! Take me for example, lately my life has been somewhat challenging and honestly I am second guessing a lot of the decisions I have made as a parent, a partner in a relationship and a person. There is a lot I could question and put myself down about but there is no time for that, if I allow one moment of my time to think that way then I have allowed that negative energy to flow through my blood again, giving it a breath to consume me.

As a person who grew up pretty negative about herself, her life and everything in between I know first hand that negativity turns people away from you, consumes your mind, and can destroy the person you could be living up to be!

So today, I ask not what you wish you could change, but what it is you are happy to have?! Be positive, smile often and remember this too shall pass {My Dad tells me that often}

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I am addicted to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, I talk about this show a lot on my blog because it’s an amazing act of kindness and of course I have always wanted to be on the show back when I needed so much work done to my home before I moved. Today I am sharing information with, or a sneak peek so to speak about the upcoming show airing on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 8EST/7CST. Of course you can catch this show every Sunday at that time too, watch out, you may shed a tear or two, I know I usually do!

“Lighthouse School/Sweatt Family” – With their sights set on “The Volunteer State,” The Extreme Team returned to Nashville, Tennessee inspired by the state that lives by the standard of neighbor helping neighbor. Devastated by the 500 year flood on May 1st of this year, one image continues to endure. News stations across the country featured footage of a school building floating down the interstate.  What people didn’t know was that the Sweatt family had been running the school since 2003.  Despite the extensive damage to their own facility, Brian and his wife Barbara spearheaded recovery efforts and have helped over 200 families to date.  On September 10th, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designers teamed up with some of country music’s brightest stars to take the bull by the horns and deliver a new school to some deserving students.

Totally had to share a pic of Ty, I love him tons! He has such energy and works well with his design team to make Extreme Makeover: Home Edition work so well! This week they are in Nashville and I can’t wait to hear what everyone will be tweeting about the show live on Twitter using hashtag #moveThatBus, make sure you get in on Twitter for great tweets about the show!

Look at all those volunteers! It’s amazing to see support for families in need! So I am hoping you all will tune in this Sunday at 8pm EST and watch another family have a dream come true!

Remember if you are on Twitter to tweet live using hashtag #MoveThatBus to keep up with everyone watching the show!

Follow Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Twitter and Facebook.

**This post was brought to you by Extreme Makeover Home Edition**

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I Had a Good Post Ready, I Swear!

I had a great content post about working from home or balancing or maybe juggling kids, I completely forgot. The post ended up in my brain which has been smooshed due to lack of sleep, excess inbox clutter and well client work that must get done by end of week.

You see the brain is a bit foggy lately after being offline for about two weeks and finally starting to get organized my sons decided they would give their Mama a run for her money. Yeah, no sleep! Oh it’s not just Mama, Daddy gets up mid night with the little turkeys who wake up periodically through out the night.

I sleep right through them waking up, I think that’s lucky but I don’t think J feels the same way … since he’s the one who can’t sleep through the boys screams mid night and goes to tend to them. I don’t get it, I swear I am being tested again and again. When I am stressed my mood doesn’t change a whole lot it’s more my body gets drained, my eyes don’t look right and I may even get a little black under the eyes, not sure. My shoulders hold a lot of my stress and even though this Mama is smiling my body is slowly wilting away.

I must get back to working mornings instead of night time hours because quite clearly my sons have other plans for their Mama at night!

So there you are, I wrote something today … it’s not much but it’s all ME!

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Review: Hasbro Games Nab-It! & Trivial Pursuit For the Holidays

Day two of the 2010 Holiday Gift Guide brings you two great game ideas that the whole family can enjoy together!

Nab-It by Hasbro Games – Places the casual and competitive gamer on equal footing as every word is worth just one point. The player with the highest letter built on each word wins the point. Stack wisely!

  • When all the tiles have been used, count up the words showing!
  • If you’ve got the most, you win!
  • Challenges you to link your tiles to create your own words!
  • Includes 100 two-sided letter tiles, 4 gray bank tiles, 4 letter bags and rules.
  • Ages 8 +.

My daughter just loves playing games like this because she is a smart cookie and always up to creating words, whether she’s reading a book or playing Word Mole on my Blackberry she is always thinking of spelling. What a great game that is also educational! A fun family game night gift idea.

Trivial Pursuit by Hasbro Games – the most inclusive and exciting version of TRIVIAL PURSUIT yet, where players don’t have to know all the answers to win – but they do need to know their friends! TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Bet You Know It edition introduces high stakes betting to trivia, where players bet on whether or not their opponents know the answer. Guess correctly and players will earn chips that can be used to buy wedges — or they can earn wedges by answering questions correctly on their turn.

  • When you play it, you don’t have to know all the answers to win – it’s what you think your friends know that really counts.
  • Bet they’ll know it or bet they won’t, either way a smart bet can turn your winnings into wedges.
  • Provide something for everyone.
  • With 1,800 fascinating questions there’s plenty of great content to get you talking
  • Ages 8 +

Our family loves to try to play this game but we need more people around. Maybe we can enjoy this over holiday break a bit more with family! I think that would be the best way to enjoy this game! Take it to you on Christmas day to your dinner with the family and have fun!

Test your Bet You Know It skills online.

Trivial Pursuit on Facebook

Disclosure: Both games in this review were provided to me for free to enjoy with my family as part of Family Game Night.

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