Jun172013

A new (and better) start in Life

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*Disclosure: This post contains a sponsored link. However, the story is mine, and all thoughts are my own.

So many (GOOD) things have been happening to our family lately. I’m sitting here, in somewhat of a disbelief.

I’m off my crutches and able to drive again, which is a huge blessing. I really took walking for granted. With both my right leg and ankle being broken, I had to rely on so many others, which isn’t my strong suit. But, I have so many fantastic friends in my life, I never missed a beat. I did however, gain several pounds from not moving as much. Thankfully, those seem to be dropping pretty quickly since being able to get out on my own again. I found out that I didn’t get the teaching position I was hoping for- but it turned out to be a blessing- as I’m still blogging here and with FTT working on their social media and customer service departments at home, and have joined the team at Road Trip ’13 to get the conference rolling. I’m totally in love with what I’m doing!

 

J finally left his job for an amazing new career with a fantastic company that values his skills. It’s so nice to have my husband come home from work in a GREAT mood. So many things were lifted off his shoulders when he gave his notice. I am so proud of him for being such an upstanding person, and doing everything he could to get the rest of his team trained before his final day. J’s new job in Cincinnati (about a 45 minute drive from us) has already changed our lives significantly. Our insurance is better, as is the pay. In the first week of his job, they announced that he is going to be receiving quite a bit of training! I can’t tell you how excited I was to find Discounts on Vistaprint Products to get everything he needed for his new job (or as we like to call it, adventure!) to fit our budget.

Speaking of budget, we changed some things around a bit, and were finally able to afford another car! It’s new to us, and we love it. It’s primarily J’s car, but it’s fun to ride around in on the weekends. We call it: Ed.

Truck

M ended her first grade year on a super-high note with a great report card. She has improved so much in the final quarter. Her academics were near-perfect, and she was essentially “released” from her behavioral plan. Her teacher thinks she’ll really mature over the summer, as she nears 8. his was such a major stress in my life. I just couldn’t convince myself enough that her behavior wasn’t an example of my parenting, no matter how many times her teacher told me that M was making the decision to act the way she did. I always worried what note I would receive in her book bag at the end of the day. But now, we tossed the book bag and are working more on authority and being quiet when asked at home. We’re hoping for an even better start to 2nd grade in a few short months.

 

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Jun172013

Cascade Platinum Pacs Save the Day (Sponsored) #MyPlatinum

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I sincerely can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a dishwasher. Which is good, because I haven’t found a dish soap that I’m not allergic to. Sad for me, aren’t you? Luckily, there are dishwashers that do the work for you, and Cascade Platinum Pacs do the scrubbing to save your manicure. We currently live in a condo, that came with a dishwasher that’s a little on the older side. We’ve struggled through years (and our wallets) to find the right dishwasher soap that works the best in our machine. I can’t tell you how many brands we’ve tried. Under my sink is a waste-land of dishwasher detergent that just didn’t make the cut- even when we pre-rinsed and pre-washed. They made so many streaks, and left so much film that I was embarrassed to bring them out when we had guests over. So, most of the time we’d break out the ultra-expensive paper plates.

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So I was really excited for Mom Central to send me samples of Cascade Platinum Pacs. One, they’re small. You don’t need a ton of space under your sink to store them. They have the power of Dawn, so no pre-scrubbing needed. Since using Cascade Platinum Pacs, my dishes come out cleaner, and streak free! We’ve even noticed that we can turn off heat dry (our dishes still come out sparkling) to save on our energy bill. And now that I’m not embarrassed about the way my dishes look, I’m happy to take photos of our meals and invite friends over. It’s a win!

CascadeMini

So yes, THEY WORK! And you can check them out on Facebook and join in the contest #MyPlatinum on Instagram (click the link for details on the contest, but it runs for 4 weeks where you can submit your photos for chances to win Cascade prizes-To win, users have to both register and upload  a  photo  with  the  #MyPlatinum  hashtag  and  tag @MyCascade.  Participants  that  have  not  registered  will  be  disqualified  from  winning.).

They’ve even partnered with Gail Simmons from Top Chef and Food and Wine Magazine, a woman who knows that presentation is just as important as how your food tastes. Gail Simmons loves using Cascade Platinum Pacs to impress her guests, so I’m totally like Gail, right?

 

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Sep12012

Kleenex Show Us Your Shield. Sneeze. Swish. Giveaway!


If you’re like me, you’re in full swing of the new school year, and all the germs and allergies that come with it! Needless to say, I am SUPER thankful to have Kleenex around for those Shield. Sneeze. Swish. moments.

If you’re not familiar with the Shield. Sneeze. Swish. movement- take a moment to check it out!

So let’s do it!

~Shield your kids with Kleenex Brand Sneeze Shield Tissues!

~Get that sneeze out (and into that tissue)

~Swish that tissue and all its grossness into that waste basket!

My kiddo loves watching the video after school! She’s trying to learn the dance- it’s a ton of fun, so check it out below!

  

My daughter made her own video with my help (performing the Shield. Sneeze. Swish). You can check it out HERE! It’s really cute, and great to share with family and friends who might be out of town.

You can also “elf yourself” by clicking HERE! It’s so much fun!

Now for the giveaway:

Win a $100 AMAZON gift card (US Only)! All you have to do is one, or all of the following. Just be sure to leave separate comments:

  • “Elf yourself” and leave me the link!
  • Share this post on Facebook, making sure you tag (and like!) Kleenex and Domestic Debacle
  • Share this post on Twitter “Win a $100 GC to Amazon thanks to #Kleenex Shield Sneeze Swish & @DomesticDebacle http://www.domesticdebacle.com/2012/09/01/kleenexssssept/”
  • Blog about this giveaway for an extra 5 entries.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 11th at 10:00am. Good luck!

*I was provided with the same prize as one of my readers will receive.

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Aug142012

Kleenex Back to School Shield Sneeze Swish Backpack Giveaway!

********NOW CLOSED********** Please come back on September 1st, 2012 for the next Kleeenex Giveaway!

 

It’s about a week away from school starting here in “allergy valley”, better known as southern Ohio. And the number one school supply that I have bought so far is Kleenex. My family and I stock up on several boxes throughout the year, because it’s the number one must-have item in our home (No one likes a runny nose, am I right?).

And Kleenex is making it easier on us, because they’re offering a limited-time PRINTABLE COUPON on 3 on the go packs, or one car wedge. I personally carry two on the go packs in my purse and always keep one in my daughter’s backpack. I love that Kleenex has so many options to keep your family wherever you may be.

Now for the giveaway!

Win a Kleenex Shield back to school kit (US only)- a backpack FILLED with a Kleenex box and on the go packs!

All you have to do is one, or all of the following. Just be sure to leave a link!

  • Print off the coupon, and comment telling me you did so. It’s the honor system!
  • Share this post on Facebook, making sure you tag (and like!) Kleenex and Domestic Debacle
  • Share this post on Twitter “Win a backpack FULL of #KleenexSSS thanks to @DomesticDebacle  & Kleenex http://www.domesticdebacle.com/2012/08/14/kleenex-back-to-school/”
  • Blog about this giveaway for an extra 5 entries.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, August 21st at 10:00am. Good luck!

*I was provided with the same prize as one of my readers will receive.

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Jul312012

Kleenex Shield. Sneeze. Swish. Giveaway!

********NOW CLOSED**********

Please see the most current giveaway here: http://www.domesticdebacle.com/2012/08/14/kleenex-back-to-school/

 

If you’re like me, you’re in panic mode that school is just around the corner! But Kleenex is right there with you to make going back to school easier (and more fun!) with their Shield. Sneeze. Swish. tips! They’ve created a super fun new routine to make sure your kiddo’s hands stay clean no matter where they are! Check it out below:

 

According to a study by the University of Arizona, the average student’s hand has almost 1,500 more bacterial cells than commonly cleaned door handles and knobs. You can’t avoid a sneeze (especially in allergy valley where we live), so keep those hands clean by arming them with Kleenex Brand tissues with Sneeze Shield, a coating that helps keep the  “gross stuff” in the tissue and off your kiddo’s hands. With four convenient package shapes and sizes, I can feel confident that my child can use the Sneeze Shield. Sneeze. Swish no matter where they go.

So let’s do it!

~Shield your kids with Kleenex Brand Sneeze Shield Tissues!

~Get that sneeze out (and into that tissue)

~Swish that tissue and all its grossness into that waste basket!

M made her own video with my help (performing the Shield. Sneeze. Swish). You can check it out HERE!

You can also “elf yourself” by clicking HERE! It’s a ton of fun!

Now for the giveaway:

Win a $100 AMAZON gift card (US Only)! All you have to do is one, or all of the following. Just be sure to leave separate comments:

  • “Elf yourself” and leave me the link!
  • Share this post on Facebook, making sure you tag (and like!) Kleenex and Domestic Debacle
  • Share this post on Twitter “Win a $100 GC to Amazon thanks to #Kleenex Shield Sneeze Swish & @DomesticDebacle http://www.domesticdebacle.com/2012/07/31/kleenexsss/”
  • Blog about this giveaway for an extra 5 entries.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00am. Good luck!

*I was provided with the same prize as one of my readers will receive.

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