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Friday, January 27, 2012

And the winner is.. 


The winner of the Purex Complete Crystals Softener and Jockey Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra is... Denise V!! Stay tuned for more contests!! :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Purex Complete Crystals Softener and Jockey Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra 


The fine folks at Purex sent me the following info:


"Purex® Complete Crystals Softener
WHAT IT IS > UNIQUE CRYSTAL FORM, 92% NATURAL FABRIC SOFTENER
Introducing Purex® Complete Crystals SoftenerTM*; a purer way to get laundry that
smells clean and fresh for weeks. 92% natural, this product’s unique crystal form works differently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. In addition, since you add it directly with your laundry, this means no more waiting for the rinse cycle, no messy residual gunk in your washing machine, and no more stains from spilling liquid fabric softener.
HOW IT’S USED > ADDED WITH LAUNDRY AT THE START OF THE WASH CYCLE
Why struggle with plastic fabric softener balls, risk staining your clothes or waste time waiting for the rinse cycle? Simply add Purex Complete Crystals Softener directly with your laundry at the beginning of every wash cycle to infuse fabrics with long lasting freshness.
HOW IT WORKS > CRYSTALS DISSOLVE INFUSING FABRICS WITH FRESHNESS
Laundry scent lovers will perk up as freshness is infused into clothes with this new fabric softener. Over time, traditional oil-based softeners coat fibers causing harmful oily residue to accumulate. Purex Complete Crystals Softeners penetrate fabrics to reduce fiber entanglement and smooth frayed fibers providing a naturally soft feel.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT > SAFE FOR ALL LAUNDRY AND BETTER FOR FABRICS
Do ALL of your laundry—worry free! Purex Complete Crystals Softeners are safe for
all laundry and will not harm, wear down or discolor your fabrics like oil-based softeners.
Safe for all fabrics, including baby clothes, athletic wear, towels, and whites. Unlike other softeners, Crystals WILL:
• Preserve the flame retardant benefits of your children’s clothes
• Retain your athletic wear’s wicking ability which draws sweat away from your body
• Maintain your towels’ built-in ability to absorb water
• Keep your white clothing from yellowing and graying vs. using traditional softeners
The product won’t harm your clothes and is safe and convenient for the entire family!
VARIETIES > ON-TREND SCENTS
Purex Complete Crystals Softener is available in three on-trend fragrances: Fresh
Spring Waters TM, Lavender Blossom TM, and Tropical Splash. TM
Suggested Retail Price
Purex Complete Crystals Softener is priced from $3.99 to $5.99 depending on retailer
and will be available in food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

* Safe for use in both Standard and High Efficiency (HE) washers"


They also sent me a FREE full-sized bottle to try for myself. AND, they sent me a Jockey Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra, because the Purex Complete Crystals Softener does not interfere with the moisture-wicking properties of high-tech clothing like some softeners do. Here's some info on the bra:


"Jockey®Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra
Style # 673400
moisture-wicking sports bra helps keep you cool & dry.
convenient key pocket, take your workouts anywhere!
reflective logo at the back
breathable mesh panels
soft bottom band for comfortable support
Fabric Content: 93% Polyester/ 7% Spandex. Lining: 94% Polyester/ 6% Spandex. Machine wash & dry. Imported."


You can see the bra here

http://www.jockey.com/products/active-sports-bra-performance


The bra is a really nice one; you can tell just by looking at it that it's one of the modern type, with its layers of different fabrics doing different stuff. It's a good-looking bra, and offers good support and comfort; just be aware that they run small and you may need a bigger size than you usually take.

The Purex Complete Crystals Softener is a wonderful innovation; even if the sloppiest member of your household uses it (in my home that'd be my husband, lol) you don't have to worry about them pouring it all over everything because it is, as the name suggests, CRYSTALS. It smells terrific, softens really well, and because you don't use much the package is significantly smaller than it'd be for the same # of loads of a liquid softener and thus it's a greener choice.

You can go here to see more about this new fabric softener:

Purex Complete Crystals Softener

And there's MORE: Purex is letting me give one lucky reader their own Purex Complete Crystals Softener and Jockey Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra!! Send me your New Year's resolutions about exercising, and the best one wins it!! :-)


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Purex UltraPacks 


The fine folks at Purex gave me the following info:


"What are Purex® UltraPacks™?
• New Purex UltraPacks are convenient pre-dosed liquid
detergent packs that make doing laundry easier than ever.
• Purex UltraPacks manage to squeeze all the performance
of our new Triple Action liquid formula into just one
powerful pack.
• Finally…No more mess. No more spills. No more heavy
jugs. It’s Laundry Simplified.®
• Each Purex UltraPack contains powerful 2x concentrated
liquid detergent, giving each UltraPack double
the cleaning power in every drop*.
• Purex UltraPacks dissolve quickly once the washer is
started—even in cold water.
• Purex UltraPacks are formulated and safe for all
machines, including high-efficiency (HE)."


They also sent me a free package of UltraPacks to try out myself. I found them to be a clever innovation; it saves time because you just toss it in, and there's nothing you can spill (the latter is especially important for when my husband does laundry). As always with Purex, you get clean clothes even though you don't pay a high price. If your life is as hectic as mine, give them a shot; you can learn more about this new laundry detergent here

New Purex UltraPacks


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Chore Chart at Goalforit.com 


(NB: I am receiving compensation for my review of this service... but they haven't put any words in my mouth.)


The fine folks at BSM Media on behalf of Goalforit.com asked me to review the FREE Chore Chart service offered here

Chore Chart

The concept is a familiar one; make a chart to keep track of your child's chores. You create the chart online, and you can use it there (which is the greener option) or you can print the chart out if having it visible on the wall would help your child stay focused, which you'd probably need for a younger child... and for yourself as well, since YOU have to have the discipline to keep using the chart or you won't accomplish anything but causing battles over whether the child made her bed 3 days ago or not, and having it hitting you in the eye makes it harder to forget to do it.

There are many options for what your chart could look like... so many that it can be confusing to sort through, and someone who isn't tech-savvy might have a hard time. I'm a pretty serious geek and even *I* had some trouble; there are just too many settings and choices for a newbie user to have to sort through and no way that I could find to just generate a basic chart without all the extras or to use some sort of logical standard settings for your first attempt at a chart. I spent far too much time floundering around, not knowing where I was in the process or what that screen was that just popped up because there are too many things crowded close together and while trying to click away from one thing I accidentally clicked something else (at least that's what I assume happened-I'm honestly not even sure); had I been on the site to just try it out rather than to review it I would've given up in frustration before I got a usable chart created.

Be that as it may, if you can figure it out you certainly have a wide variety of chart options; you pick theme, color, what to name it, the chores, when they need to be done, point values and so on. On the down side, the setup includes requiring you to put in unnecessary info like the child's age and gender EVERY SINGLE TIME, even though these things have no possible impact on the design of the chart; hopefully they'll fix that. (And btw, I didn't appreciate having to enter my equally unnecessary birth date while registering for the site; I dislike having to enter more personal info than I need to on general principles, and REALLY dislike having a task take longer because they went overboard with the # of fields they require to be filled in to do anything.)

Once you have a chart created, you can click on its title to view it... except the entire month doesn't come up, just the line(s) for the week you're on, and presumably previous weeks, which is confusing because the chart has the name of the month on it and you expect to see a chart showing an entire month... or maybe that's just me, but I had another struggle while thinking that my entire chart wasn't loading before figuring out that that's what (again, presumably) was going on.

The system allows you to assign points for chore completion (aka "Moolah") that can then be redeemed for rewards of your choosing; this is a good idea in general, but there doesn't appear to be a way to subtract points for failure to comply, and I think kids need to see a penalty for disobedience rather than just not getting rewarded. I don't know about you, but when *I* was a kid if there weren't penalties for not doing what I was supposed to do I'd never have done a single task, and not getting a mark on a chart wouldn't have motivated me in the slightest, lol. Now, you could of course still penalize a child for not doing their chores, but that'd mean you're still battling over chores with them directly and then what has the chart accomplished?

Overall, I'd say that for those that want or need more structure in how they deal with their kids' chores, and have the time and patience to master the system, this site would be a valuable resource; once you have it set up correctly you could save a great deal of time compared to making physical charts by hand, and you can also edit the charts at will which would be clumsy to do with a handmade chart. Since the folks running the site have asked for this feedback, I'm guessing that they'll be streamlining and otherwise improving the creation process so that eventually there won't be such a sharp learning curve involved; they have a good basic premise and will very likely end up being a go-to site for plenty of stressed parents.





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