Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cute [BOYS] Summer Sandal With Rileyroos

Disclaimer: Rilleyroos sent me a pair of shoes to trial, for free, in exchange for writing this review All opinions are 100% my own. 

Just because I am a boy mom doesn't mean that I have given up on getting cute stuff. While I recently found out that my definition of cute boy stuff is different than some other southern gals around here (I LOVE boy denim, had no idea that people existed that didn't love it), I am always on the hunt for items that will make my heart melt when I see them on my son. A good pair of brown summer sandals is just that!

Please ignore the outfit choice. Hubby dressed him. Also, please ignore the rash remnants as we are getting over hand, mouth foot AGAIN.   

   I was excited when Rileyroos contacted me to see if I would like to try a pair of their shoes (gratis in exchange for writing a review about it). I was also happy they timed it right because a month or two from now my boy would have sized himself right out of their product line. Rileyroos specializes in shoes for the little people in your life and their largest size is 18-24 months. I received the Chessie in chocolate in the 18-24 month size and it is the perfect fit for Weston at 19 months.

Super flexible!

  I have written about toddler and baby shoes before and over the past several months I have learned more about what I look for in the ideal toddler shoe. I like a shoe that is stylish (in my opinion), flexible, protective (no way to scrape your toes), and one that endures. Lets be honest, toddlers trip a LOT, so if a shoe scuffs immediately, I consider that kind of a disappointment. These shoes also seem to have a very wide toe box which I imagine must be good, nobody wants scrunched up toes. The double sided velcro also makes it easy to open the shoe up wide and slip a little foot inside. Easy on and off is key. You will not see this mama buy lace up shoes for a looooooong time.

If you are interested in learning more about Rileyrooos check out their website, find them on Facebook, or send them a tweet

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cleaning My Dishes In An Easier Way With Cascade Platinum #Sponsored #MyPlatinum

Disclosure: 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. All opinions are 100% my own. 

   My husband and I don't regularly argue (I would probably argue more but hes such an easy-going guy there's really not that much to argue about) but we do debate about a lot of things around the house. Examples of this would be the direction that the toilet paper roll is installed and how thoroughly the dishes are cleaned before they are put in the dishwasher. I tend to rinse the dishes and then place them in the dishwasher. He literally uses soap and hot water and WASHES the dishes prior to placing them in the dishwasher. With our old dishwasher tablets the dishes didn't always come out spot free (and sometimes cups come out with white powder) but my argument is you can always throw them back in, right? When I was sent the Cascade Platinum packets and read that they promise to eliminate the need for pre-washing and even wash off food that has been stuck on for 24 hours, I got really excited. 

    What housewife wouldn't be excited for less work in the kitchen? No prewashing, less dishpan hands, and no rewashing? I had to put it to the test myself! One night when we grilled chicken I went ahead and added extra BBQ sauce to the plate. I devoured the chicken and then went ahead and left the super dirty plate out overnight. In the morning I threw the plate in the dishwasher with Cascade Platinum and was really curious to see what it would look like after the dishwasher had ran its cycle. To my surprise it was perfectly clean. Not a single smear of BBQ sauce left. No annoying white residue anywhere and my utensils sparkled. 

     Since part of the art of fancy food is also making it look delicious on the plate. I think it's exciting that Top Chef judge and editor of Food + Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, is now partnering with Cascade to discuss why presentation is just as important as preparation.  Gail recommends impressing with a Platinum Presentation: “The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations. Drizzle bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layer desserts in crystal-clean glassware. Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests.”

   I will honestly admit that in the past I have let price determine which dishwashing detergent I would buy. Now that I see that I can obtain cleaner dishes with less work on my part I will honestly be switching to Cascade Platinum. Beyond making my dishes more sparkly I must say that serving my families meals on cleaner plates is not just more palatable but more desirable from every aspect. 

  Its not a secret that I love giveaways and contests so I wanted to share with you that Cascade is hosting a “My Platinum” contest on Instagram. This is a four-week contest that encourages fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. They would love for you to help show off your positive Cascade Platinum results. If you are interested you can sign up and participate in order to be eligible to win great prizes. Each week two people will win a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher and then during the last week one grand prize winner will win a platinum kitchen makeover. In order to be eligible make sure to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade. 

Here is the schedule for the contest if you want to follow along and try your hand at winning a great prize! 

· Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9)
Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!

· Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16)
Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!

· Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23)
Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!

· Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)
Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!

· Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)

If you would like more information about Cascade Platinum you can connect with them:

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