Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Olfaction, or sense of smell,is often more important to us than any other of our senses. It is linked to the parts of our brains associated with learning, emotional response, and memories. That’s why a particular perfume or candle scent can so completely transport us back to a happy time in our lives and flood us with emotions. Aromatherapy works on the same principle, with different scents provoking characteristic emotional responses; lavender is calming while citrus is energizing, for example. Purex appreciates the importance of olfaction in our lives and has now given us a new product in response. Meet Purex Crystals Aromatherapy, an in-wash scent booster.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

Give your laundry a boost with Purex Crystals Aromatherapy.

Purex has taken the essential oils from a variety of hosts such as citrus fruits and blooming flowers to create aromas meant to infuse our laundry with scents that will boost our lives. These indulgent and refreshing scents make laundry day an entirely new experience. Purex Crystals Aromatherapy suffuses your clothing, sheets, even the dog’s bed, with a freshness that will last for weeks.

The New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Scents

Three new scents: Energy. Serenity. Well-Being.

Want to try Purex Crystals Aromatherapy? Thanks to the generosity of Purex, I also received coupons for a giveaway! One lucky winners will receive TWO coupons for FREE bottles (18 oz.) of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. Enter using the form below. (Winner will have 48 hours to respond to our message with shipping address. Otherwise, we will have to select a new winner.) US entries only. Good luck!



Random Fact: Humans have about 1.6 square inches of olfactory epithelium, whereas some dogs have 26 square inches! 

Limited Edition Wii U Holiday Giveaway

Have you begun shopping for Christmas yet? Me neither! Well, I do pick up things here and there if I come across the perfect gift for someone on my list but I haven’t really begun shopping in earnest. Wouldn’t this limited edition Wii U from Nintendo be an awesome surprise under the tree, though? You can enter right here on this page to win!

This limited edition Wii U was sponsored by McDonalds.

Limited Edition Wii U Giveaway

This Limited edition Wii U, sponsored by McDonalds, comes with the system plus 2 games and will make someone very happy on Christmas morning.

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After the Fog – Review and Giveaway

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

I like to read before bed to relax and unwind from the day, usually for about 30 minutes to an hour. With After the Fog, however, an hour turned into two, then three. I finally gave up any chance of sleep until I had read every last page of the book. I literally could not put it down. Every page seemed to add depth to the story with detailed events, well developed supporting characters, and an incredibly compelling protagonist.

I fell for Rose Pavlesic and her wonderfully complicated sense of self. Rose believes that everyone sees her exactly as she sees herself. She is a skilled nurse devoted to caring for the poorest of her community and loving matriarch to her immediate and extended family. Furthermore, she believes that this carefully cultivated persona has allowed her to overcome her dark past and leave it far behind.  Unfortunately for Rose, life is never quite that easy.

As a fog unlike anything her community has ever seen before descends upon Donora, Rose begins to find herself trapped in a fog of another kind.  Secrets. Secrets from her past, her husband’s secrets, her children’s secrets; it suddenly seems as if Rose is smothering in secrets and the personal strength she has always relied upon slowly begins to fail her. Her carefully ordered life begins to unravel around her and Rose is forced to face some painful truths.  Worst of all, the image of herself that she so carefully built and cultivated is now challenged by those closest to her.

All these noble things, yet all she felt was dishonor.”

Now stripped of the mask she presented to the world there are so many questions that must be answered. Can she forgive the secrets kept from her? Can she finally confess the secrets of her past? Will she be forgiven the hypocrisy of her rage upon the discovery of secrets kept from her while she still held tight to her own? Can the real Rose survive after the fog or will she lose it all?

A Nurse’s Obligation
A Town’s Demise
A Mother’s Regret
A Son’s Calling
A Daughter’s Mistake
A Time to Forgive

For every woman who thinks she left her past behind…Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story…

It’s 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous “killing smog.” Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family.

When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?

***2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist***
***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction–Mid-Atlantic***
***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER– Literary Fiction***

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“Shoop masterfully details familial struggles, secrets, and consequences that keep the reader riveted til the end.” – Melissa Foster

“A great and satisfying read. Rose’s triumph over adversity touched me deeply. Ms. Shoop truly knows how to tug the heartstrings. S. K. McClafferty, author of The Ghost and Devlin Muir.” – S. K. McClafferty, author of The Ghost and Devlin Muir

“This is a well-written story set authentically in a historic place and time, around an intricate plot which includes most of the elements that provide for a good “soap opera,” or a book that would be accepted by Oprah Winfrey.” -Historical Novel Society

About the Author

After the Fog is the second novel by bestselling Kindle author Kathleen Shoop.  Her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written award winning Love and Other Subjects and her stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Dog Treats for My Princess Puppy

I never had an indoor dog as a child. We didn’t have any indoor pets, in fact, until my first husband gave me two kittens for my birthday just after we were married. I fell in love with those kitties and got a third a couple of years later. Those cats were our children and we moved them from duty station to duty station for more than 10 years. I was decidedly a cat person. My new husband, however, was decidedly a dog person. By the time we married in 2010 we were both pet-less after having lost our babies to illness and old age. We maintained that empty nest status until we bought our house in 2012 and adopted Sophie, a year old long haired black cat. Lucy, our adopted part Main Coon kitten, followed soon after. We were still puppy-less, though, and I didn’t mind that a bit. But hubby missed having a dog desperately and I love him, so…….enter Josie, an 8 week old Miniature Dachshund. I knew nothing about raising a puppy. Potty training, teething, dog treats….it was all a mystery and a hassle I was certain I didn’t want.

Bully Sticks by Best For My Pet

Josie is 9 months old now and is still not completely potty trained. She loves to tear up paper, especially rolls of toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins. She chews holes in blankets, sheets, and pet beds. ( In fact, I just looked back at her to discover her chewing on the throw that was just purchased this morning to replace the last one she ate!) She destroys shoes and does not discriminate between my Nine West heels, strappy Birkenstocks, or Walmart slippers. She mangles her stuffed toys until nothing is left but shredded fake fur, stuffing, and the toy’s squeaker which she then uses to torment the cats. She is a full on monster sometimes.

Something strange happened to me though. That puppy I never wanted and was sure I would never get used to somehow nosed her way into my heart and took over. I get excited about shopping for toys that she can’t eat in less than a day. I find myself dehydrating sweet potatoes to make healthy treats for her and special ordering food made just for her from Petbrosia. I spent one entire Sunday afternoon making her a DIY Princess Puppy Bed. Sometime, and this is so terribly hard to admit, I even dress her up.

So you see, Josie is absolutely spoiled well kept.

After lots of research I have learned that dog treats can be an incredibly useful tool in puppy training as long as they are used in moderation. It is important to factor in the nutritional value of treats so that they don’t interfere with meals. Understood. What can I do to refocus her chewing and gnawing on all of our stuff? Rawhide barely slows her down. Luckily I found the answer in Bully Sticks by Best For My Pets.

Josie Loves Bully Sticks

Bully Sticks are always:

  • All Natural Single-ingredient dog chews
  • 100% All-Natural Beef
  • Fully Digestible unlike rawhide
  • Free of hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, chemicals or additives
  • Great Dental Dog Chews
  • USDA certified and inspected
  • Available in a wide range of thicknesses (Thin to Monster) and lengths (4″ to 36″)

Josie adores her Bully Sticks and we adore nearly everything about them too. They are made in Brazil, not China, and packaged in the U.S. No fillers or chemicals are added, Bully Sticks contain only one high protein ingredient, bull pizzle. (Pizzle = penis. I try not to think about that too much.) They clean her teeth as she chews and keep her busy for hours. Josie can’t just break Bully Sticks into pieces and devour them like raw hide treats. Score!

If only they really could be odor free as claimed. Best For My Pets needs to hire someone that isn’t nose blind if they really believe these are odor free. Holy wow, how they smell. They smell like…well, like you’d imagine bull pizzle would smell. Then when she has chewed a Bully Stick down small enough to fit the whole thing in her mouth they get gooey and gummy in a very unpleasant way. At this point Josie must go outside to continue enjoying her Bully Stick. Ew.

Bully Sticks by Best For My Pets certainly rate 5 stars in our house despite their unfortunate smell. Really, how would one go about making bull pizzle smell better anyway? I mean, there is only so much that can be done, right? Fish smell like fish and bull….you get my drift. Bully Sticks meet Josie’s most important needs and that is what really matters.

Best For My Pets Bully Sticks

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Soothing Bath Salts with Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil has long been used for everything from beauty care to repelling insects and I am willing to swear by its powers for so many incredible uses. I dab it straight on blemishes, mix it up in bath salts and poultices, and use it as the main active ingredient in my spray mosquito repellent. My favorite use for Tea Tree oil, I think, is in soothing bath salts.

Oatmeal has long been used to sooth irritated skin. Several companies sell oatmeal bath soaks but they are spendy and don’t usually have any antiseptic properties. There is nothing worse than scratching itchy skin until it becomes raw. I know I certainly need to avoid raw scratches since my diabetes can slow healing. A mild rash for me can become a serious health issue if I don’t stay on top of it. And therein lies a calling for the antiseptic properties of Tea Tree oil. Add generous helpings of Epsom salts and natural sea salts and the ultimate in soothing bath salts is born.

Make Your Own Soothing Bath Salts

I began by grinding good old fashioned oatmeal into powder. The finer the better for the bath but don’t worry too much about perfecting the grinding. It doesn’t matter if all is not completely uniform and the oatmeal you use is a good place to help keep the cost of your DIY Soothing Bath Salts down. Dollar store oatmeal works just as well as the pricey brands here. In fact, it is usually already partly powdered so it makes a good start.

Once you’ve ground the oatmeal into powder toss in the salts, add about 20 drops of tea tree oil, and continue grinding until you have a well blended mixture. Now scoop the blended bath salts into a pretty jar or other storage container until you are ready to use. One heaping half cup poured under running water will make an inviting and comforting bath for itchy skin.

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Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

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