January 13, 2012

It's a Blog Hoppin Weekend!

I am going to be blog hopping all weekend and hope you join me and Epic Mom.  I am her co-host this weekend and we would love for you to link up, follow us and we will follow you back.  We have a lot of great blogs already linked up.  Scroll down my page and you will find the BLOG HOP UNTIL YOU DROP post.  I am looking forward to making some new blog friends so make sure you leave me a comment.

See you at the hop!


January 12, 2012

Purex Ultra Packs Liquid Laundry Detergent Review!

I was recently given the opportunity as a Purex Insider to receive a full-size sample of Purex Ultra Packs Liquid Laundry Detergent to use and write a review.  You are probably asking, what is a Purex Ultra Pack?

Purex Ultra Packs are:

*Convenient pre-dosed liquid detergent packs that make doing laundry easier then ever.
*No more mess.  No more spills.  No more heavy jugs.  It's Laundry Simplified.
*Each Purex Ultra Pack contains powerful 2X concentrated liquid detergent.
*Dissolves quickly once the washer is started - even in cold water.
*Formulated and safe for all machines, including high-efficiency (HE).

I was very excited to receive the sample.  I recently was complaining about how I hate when the detergent runs down the bottle and gets on whatever you set the bottle on and makes a mess.   Using these little Ultra Packs there was NO mess...I LOVE IT!  At first I was unsure how it would work and dissolve the little sack holding the liquid.  So I started filling the washer with water and I dropped the pack in.  I watched for a little while and nothing seemed to happen so I reached in and squeezed it and the liquid poured out and seemed to pool together in the water.  My first impression was, where's the bubbles and soap suds?  Then I thought, oh well I will stick with my other laundry detergent.  So I put my clothes in and walked away.  A few minutes later I found a couple of socks that fell out of the laundry basket and went to throw them into the washer and was very surprised by all the bubbles and soap suds. I was thinking maybe this is good detergent after all.  I have two kids in my house that play hard and get really dirty (my 6 year old son and my husband).  These little Ultra Packs did a great job on our laundry.  Our clothes were clean and smelled fresh.  After the first load I stopped watching the little packs in the water and boy was it quick and easy to do laundry with out the mess.

Yesterday, my teenage daughter decided to throw a load of her clothes in the washer and asked me which bottle is the laundry detergent?  I went in and told her she needed to try the Ultra Packs.  I gave her one to feel and told her to start filling the washer and then throw the pack in.  She asked, is that all?  I said, that's all, now you can add your clothes.  Her reply was, that's cool!  I am sure when she heads off to college she will be a Purex Ultra Pack user.

I was very pleased with this product. In mid February 2012, FreeSamplePurex.com will be back up and running so you can try Purex Ultra Packs for yourself.  Stay tuned for my information.

**Purex provided a free sample of their Ultra Packs laundry detergent so I could write a review.  However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.


Who would like a FREE copy of the January Issue of ALL YOU?

As I have mentioned in the past, ALL YOU is one of my favorite magazine. Well, I love it so much that I bought another one not realizing it was the one I already had. For some reason the cover didn't look familiar. Maybe I need to wear my glasses more! :)

So I decide that I would share this issue with one of my followers. The issue has $52.49 worth of coupons inside and a lot of great tips for saving money.

I will randomly pick one followers who comments on this post about wanting the issue. You will be given a number in the order the comments come in (ex. 1st comment will be #1). Please only post one comment per person.

I will pick the winner Friday, January 13th at 9:00 pm so I can mail the magazine Saturday.

Good luck!



The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom


Hey party people of the blogosphere, welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop till you Drop!

Blog Hop Rules: This is a low key hop to find other blogs we can follow!

1. Follow the hostess, Epic Mom a.k.a Char from The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom, and show some linky luv to our epic guest host Katie from Saving and Sharing It; be sure to leave a comment so that we can follow you back.

2. Link up your blog so we can all check it out.

3. Please feel free to add your Google +, Twitter and Facebook pages for everyone to follow, just specify which one it is!

4. Check out some other blogs and if you find some blogs you love, become a follower and leave them an epic comment.

If you are interested in being a guest host, please feel free to contact me at epicmomblog@gmail.com!

Now come on y'all, let's party like it's 2011! And have an awesome weekend as you Blog Hop Till You Drop!

The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom...20,000 Leagues under the Laundry!

January 11, 2012

Are you suffering from rough, dry and chapped hands?

I have tried many different lotions over the years and the one that always seems to soothe and moisturize my skin is Aveeno.  So I was excited to see the Aveeno coupons.  Perfect timing!  I need to get another bottle.  During the winter months my skin really drys out, so I always like to have a bottle at home and in my purse.

You should try Aveeno!  Aveeno is offering three (3) different coupons.

Save $1.00 on Aveeno Hand & Body Lotion or Baby Lotion, click here for coupon.

Save $1.00 on Aveeno Hair Care or Body Wash products, click here for coupon.

Save $1.00 on Aveeno Facial Care products, click here for coupon.

Try it for yourself.  I am sure you will like it also.


I received an Award!

I was so surprised that I received the Versatile blogger award!

Thanks to Britany at Smarty Pants Fun. I am very appreciative to Britany for this award. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you should check it out.

The rules for this award are:

1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link back to them. (Thanks again, Britany!)

2. Tell 7 things about yourself. (see below)

3. Pass this award on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know that they’ve received an award.

Seven things about Saving and Sharing It:

1. Saving and Sharing It was started because I see a lot of struggling families in our communities who need resources to help them save money.

2.  In the Spring we will be bringing back Foodie Friday Pizza Pick of the Week.

3.  I love sharing information with my family and friends.

4.  I started this blog the summer of 2011.

5.  I recently reached 100 followers on my GFC.

6.  I have 2 beautiful children and a wonderful husband who supports all my endeavors.

7.  I love meeting new bloggers and growing friendships!

15 Blogs that  I love and awarded the Versatile blog award to are...
(These are in no order)

Easy 2 Save

Capernaum Home

Poop on a Hot Tin Slide

Poppin' Cents

I encourage you to visit each one of these blogs and congratulate them on being awarded the Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you again Britany from Smarty Pants Fun!


January 10, 2012

Special Tasting Event!

Starbucks Coffee is introducing the newest member to their coffee family, Starbucks Blonde Roast.  Starbucks Blonde Roast has 3 different blends.  Stop by one of Starbucks participating stores January 12-14 for a special tasting event where you can try a coffee from each of their roasts and discover the one you love the most.

Let me know what blend is your favorite blend. 


January 9, 2012

Make Ahead Monday Dinner Review!

Tonight we had Simply Delicious Pork.  It actually was simply delicious, the pork was tender, moist and fell off the bone.  The cinnamon and apples really gave it a nice flavor.  We weren't thrilled with all the apples though.  They were very soft and mushy and none of us cared for them.  I actually ate more apple preparing the crock pot meal then I did eating it.  But with out the apples cooking with the pork, the pork would not have tasted so good.  My daughter actually ate the pork and liked it.  We all gave this meal a 7.   The picture really doesn't do it justice because the apples turned brown while cooking.

If you have a recipe you would like us to try, let me know. We would love to try it!

The recipe for this was posted yesterday if you would like to try it.




We love having game nights in our house.  It is so much fun just sitting around the table playing with the kids.  My six year old loves the game of LIFE, but he doesn't like loosing though.  We are still trying to teach him that it doesn't matter if you win or loose as long as you have fun. 

We also love when we get a bunch of friends together and have a themed game night.  The theme is more geared toward the food everyone brings and decorations we use.   The games we play usually vary depending on which friends are over, but in the end it is a fun filled night.

If you don't have a game night with your family or friends, then it's about time you started.  You are missing out on a lot of fun!  Who cares if your house is a mess!  If they are your friends they won't care as long as the food and company are good!

Hasbro would also like you to start a game night in your home!  While supplies last they are offering 3 different coupons for games.  So don't hesitate, print your coupons while supplies last, purchase your game, choose a game night and invite your friends over for some fun!

Save $5.00 on one electronic Catch Phrase or Taboo game.  (Taboo is one of my favorites!) Click here for coupon.

Save $5.00 on Jenga or Cranium Brain Breaks game.  Click here for coupon.

Save $5.00 on Pictionary (another one of my favs).  Click here for coupon.

Game Night if full of fun, laughter and makes for some great memories!  Make this weekend a Game Night!

PS:  Don't forget to invite me!



January 8, 2012

365 Days of Diapers!

The Luvs "Diapers for a Year" Sweepstakes will award one lucky winner in January with a year supply of diapers.  Enter for your chance to win by creating a new luvs.com profile.  Click here to for more information and to enter.

(Image credit Luvs Diapers)

Good luck,


Make Ahead Monday Recipe!

I will be making Simply Delicious Pork in my crock pot on Monday. After dinner my family will give a review of how they liked or disliked it. Below is the recipe.

Simply Delicious Pork

1 1/2 lbs. boneless pork loin or 6 pork chops
4 medium Yellow Delicious apples, sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place pork in slow cooker.  Cover with apples.

Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl; sprinkle over apples.  Cover; cook on low 6-8 hours.

I invite all of you to join me on MAKE AHEAD MONDAY and make this crock pot meal and have your family review and rate it. Then post your review in the comments of my review post. My family loves rating the meal. Get your family involved they will love reviewing it with you.

I am always looking for a new recipe to try. So, any of my followers who join in the fun, post a review with a photo of the meal can send me a recipe to try. When we try your recipe I will mentioned your blog, a brief description of your blog and a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog and you join in on the fun, I will just post your first name and last initial.

Hope to see you in the kitchen tomorrow!