Removing melted crayon from dried clothes


   I about lost my mind today when I went to fold the load of clothes from them dryer.  As soon as I pulled out the very first pair of jeans I saw the dreaded color red from my sons restaurant kids menu crayon.  Frantically I keep pulling jean after jean to see that each on was marked.  It broke my heart.  All of my new and a few old pairs of work jeans all bearing that red stain.   

     I have been doing laundry for over twenty years and the one stain that I had never been able to get out was melted crayon.  I take the whole load over to my husband showing him the ruined load near tears and pouting because I would not have anything to wear to work the next day.  He looks up at me and says "You can get that out.  Just look it up on the internet."  I quickly snap back "Not I can't.  I have never been able to get out crayon.  Pen stains yes.  Crayon stains. No."  I was so frustrated.  And quickly sat down to look up some form of instruction that would help me.  Something that I hadn't tried before.  

     Then I found it.  Simple enough I thought.  There was only three ingredients I needed and they were all in the house already.  First I needed to calm down and clean up the dryer.  I ran out to the grocery store to get some Mr. Clean magic erasers and get some fresh air.  As soon as I got back home, I went to work cleaning my dryer.  Mr. Clean erasers are fantastic at getting out stains.  You can see the review I wrote a few years back here.  Once that was done it was time to work on the clothes.  I filled the washer with hot water. You can add boiling water if you like.  This is to help soften or remelt the crayon.  Next add you regular laundry detergent.  In my case I used Tide.  Add 6 tablespoons of regular old fashioned dish soap.  I have always used dawn so that is was I added.  Finally half a cup of vinegar.  Let is soak for 20 minutes and wash as normal.  After the first round there were no bright spots anywhere.  The darker jeans were nice and clean and I could see some spots on the lighter ones.  I repeated this three times and all the stains were gone!

     I am so happy this recipe was out on the internet for me to find.  It really did save me from having to buy new clothes for work.  Specially this close to payday when I am stretching the last few bucks till we get paid again.  I also feel accomplished as now I have added melted crayon to my list of stains I can remove.  Please let me know if this helps you.  Feel free to share with your friends and family.

I am going to read all of Nora Roberts books!

     I think I have had to much time on my hands lately.  While I do have a full-time job, a family of 6 (including myself), two dogs and a house to keep, those few moments I have to myself are empty and uneventful.  This makes me do a lot of internet searches that brings me to want to do many different things.  From trying a new recipe to making  some kind of craft.  More often than not I end up reading a new book. I usually start with some of my favorite authors.   It so  happens that Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and I truly enjoy her books.  Every time I have started a "saga" or "trilogy" I get sucked in book after book until I have read the full series.  After that I usually take a break until I find another book or series to start.  However picking a book to go with is usually a challenge for me.  Specially if I see that the series has multiple books.

     In order to make matters simple I decided to try and find her list of books. So yesterday on a whim, I looked up Nora Roberts + books + list and came upon her website.  It has so much information on her books to include a full list in order of which she wrote them.  That is when the idea hit me.  I will read all the books in order!  There are many that I have already read but I am willing to read them all again for the sake of completing my task. So the first book on my list is Irish Thoroughbred. It is book #1 of the Irish Hearts series released May of 1981.  I will post a brief summary/review of the book once I am finished and announce the next book on the list.  For those who love Nora Roberts and her books feel free to join me on my journey. I would love to share thoughts about her books with you. 

Jamberry Nail Wraps #Review


     I have been hearing about Jamberry for a few months now.  First mention was from a co-worker (she works in an office setting) who had seen them on a friend and tried them out.  I thought they were pretty and stylish but put it on the back burner.  Then I saw a new nail polish that was supposed to last longer than others because of the top coat (will write a review on that one later) that was "gel like".  The day after trying that nail polish I was in the back office showing  the girls my nails and how after just one day (I know my job has a lot to do with it) they were already chipped.  

     Then one of my other co-workers mentioned that her sister sold Jamberry and she loved them.  Shortly after my sister-in-law started to sell Jamberry and invited me to her online party. I decided that if I was to try it what better time than now when I could help her out. I ordered a set for me and a set for my daughter. 

     I placed my order using the link she provided me.  It was easy and straight forward.  My order was delivered six days later.  The actual in the mail time was quick.  But it did take them four days to have it shipped out. They arrived in a cardboard envelope and each sheet set was in its own sleeve.

     The very next day, after doing everything on my to-do list, I sat down with the TV on lifetime and went to work.  It took me a little over an hour to put them on from start to finish.  Everything I needed was already in my bathroom which was nice.  I use a wood orange stick, a metal nail file, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls and my hair dryer with the heat setting on high.

     The hard part of the process was getting the correct fit and alignment on the first try.  Another issue I had was getting all the creases out.  In fact as you can see in the picture, I didn't.  The very next day I put them on my daughter.  Putting them on her was a lot easier and quicker.  For her I used the minis.  While they are perfect in length, the width was almost to small.  I used all of the larger sizes on her.  I later found out from my sister-in-law that the recommended ages for the minis is 2-8 years yet it is not posted on any of the descriptions.  I honestly think that should be posted.

     As for how long they last?  Mine lasted three days.  Again my job may have a lot to do with it.  As soon as I went back to work on Monday, the top clear layer started to peel off.  In the end I will not be purchasing them again. 


Gecko Monitoring Software #Review + #Giveaway

     As much as I hate to admit it, technology is a part of everyday life. We use it at home, at work even in schools.  It is not uncommon to see 10 and 12 year old kids on their cell phones and heck my youngest was using the computer at age 3!  On the downside to all of this we have the cyber bullies, sexual predators and so on.  The online world has turned in to a very terrifying place.  As a parent this is a huge concern.  I mean lets be honest. I don't want my children getting on the computers and thinking they can be in danger.  I also don't want to be sitting right next to them while they are on it.


     This is why Gecko Monitoring Software is a great option.  I can easily see what sites my kids are visiting, what they are sharing and literally see what they see.  I also have the option of having the updates emailed to me instead of me having to check the log.  The best part?  When I start monitoring the program goes in to "Hide Mode" so that you are unable to see the program on the computer.  And I looked long and hard for the darn program too!  In order to check the long on the computer you enter Ctrl+Alt+K and a little window will pop up.  Enter your password and the log will open up.

     Each tab will show you a different view of the computer activity.  The tabs are Home, screenshots, keystrokes, websites, applications, printers, clipboards, file and timeline.  This way you can monitor ALL computer activities and not just what they do while visiting sites on the internet.  It will even tell you at what time they were on and during that time what they did and or posted!


    Overall this is a great program to have on you home computers.  At this time the company is offering a free trial and if you decide to purchase it is only $39.75.  This is a one time free not a subscription.  How is that for a good price?  Here is a bit of info copied directly from the company:

"Gecko Monitor is the complete solution to monitoring everything that happens on your 
computer while you’re away. Perfect for parents who want to monitor their childs 
computer or bosses who want to monitor their employees computers - Gecko Monitor 
has everything you’ll need to give you peace of mind! 

Combining powerful monitoring tools and stealth, Gecko Monitor has a number of great 
features including the ability to monitor every website visited, every program used and 
every keystroke pressed - as well as taking screenshots of everything that happens on screen. 

The more advanced features of Gecko Monitor make this software the most advanced, all
in one, computer monitoring solution on the market, why not download our free trial and 
see for yourself?

  • Takes screenshots of all windows & websites.
  • Logs every application used and tells you when it was used.
  • Logs every website visited and tells you when it was visited.
  • Reports what was typed into every application & website.
  • Monitors all printed documents, including times printed.
  • Emails reports to you remotely & secretly, at times set by you.
  • Innovative timeline feature - an easy to understand timeline of events.
  • Monitors all file activity, including saved, opened & deleted files.
  • Does all of this completely hidden, un-hides with a secret key combo."

     And now for the fun part!  One lucky reader will win their own key for this program.  


     This will be the mandatory entry.  Visit Gecko Monitoring and look around.  Leave a comment below telling me what you learned or what you best like about this product.

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    I will be choosing a winner on 9/17/14.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply with name, address and phone number.  

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Mia Mariu's NEW Skin Nourishing Oil #Review + #Giveaway

         The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.  The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

     Mia Mariu’s NEW Skin Nourishing Oil with invigorate your senses and rejuvenate your body with nutrient rich replenishing oils.  Our Skin Nourishing Oil contains oils from Sweet Almond, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Safflower Seed, Soybean, Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit - essential for keeping your skin firm, smooth and luminous.  It is also rich with botanical extracts like Chamomile, Cucumber and Lavender that provide anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing support for your skin.  The Skin Nourishing Oil provides deep penetrating soothing moisture that rejuvenates the skin without blocking pores.  It helps prevent signs of aging by promoting collagen production which helps keep the skin young and supple looking.  Alcohol free, Sulfate free, Paraben free.  Suitable for all skin types and ages.   4 fl. oz
     I think this is a great product if used as a daily regiment.  Keep in mind that when you switch to a new product your skin will react accordingly.  Make sure that you give it enough time to clean all the impurities in your skin before giving up on it.  Remember you will more than likely break out a bit during this process and that is normal.  I personally love that it cleared my black heads giving me smooth , clean and glowing skin.  If you are looking for a more natural product for your sking, Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing Oil is a great option!


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     One winner will be chosen on 10/4/2014 .   The winner will have 24 hours to accept the prize.
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New Garlic Press Promotion #Review

      While I am not chef.  Not even close!  I do love to cook.  Bringing flavors and scents together to create meals Having the proper tools to do this is very important.  One of those tools would be a good garlic press.  I have owned many in the past. They usually end up with the same end.  I lose the basket.  I will spend countless minutes searching through my drawers trying to find all the pieces.  Then I usually end up yelling for the kids because the did not put the dishes away correctly and after 15 minutes I have yet to find all the pieces. Which brings me to my absolute favorite feature of this garlic press. All the pieces are attached to each other!

      Another feature that I like is that I do not need to peel the garlic first.  Both me and my husband love garlic but really hate the smell that lasts for days.  This garlic press helps with that.  This is a great quality press at an amazing price. 


. ENJOY THE IRONCLAD 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - I am so confident you're going to love your Propresser Garlic Press I'm offering it with an ironclad guarantee. If you have ANY problems with your Propresser Garlic Press FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE PRODUCT simply let me know and I will refund every penny of your purchase plus ship you another brand new kitchen gadget FREE of charge.

  • 2. QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON - Unlike many of the garlic pressers on the market that are made from cheap zinc alloy, your Propresser Garlic Press is fashioned from 100% stainless steel. It won't rust, won't weaken at the joint, and won't break. We've meticulously designed this cooking gadget to serve you for years and decades to come.
  • 3. DESIGNED WITH EASE OF USE IN MIND - Hold the Propresser Garlic Press in your hand. Note the thickness of the handles and how comfortably your fingers wrap around them. With a clove of garlic nestled in the basket the handles are the ideal distance apart to maximize leverage. Gently squeeze the handles together. You'll be delighted at how easily, how effortlessly your Propresser Garlic Press produces perfectly minced garlic.
  • 4. CLEANUP IS A BREEZE - Now you can enjoy the flavor and health benefits of garlic instantly without the hassle of messy cleanup. Simply flip up the Propresser Garlic Press's basket, rinse it under your faucet, and you're done!
  • 5. A BEAUTIFUL ADDITION TO YOUR KITCHEN - When you first remove the Propresser Garlic Press from its box marvel at the way light dances over the stainless steel handles and glides over the curves of its ergonomic design. This is no mere cooking utensil - this is a handsome complement to your kitchen's décor.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Supreme Garcinia Cambogia #Review

         I have been hearing so much about this miracle weight loss supplement made from garcinia cambogia and honestly was very curious about it.  I mean who wouldn't want to lose weight by just taking a pill.  After all I have lost 15lbs for good and another 5 that I keep losing and gaining.  I went from a size 12 to a 10 and then got stuck.  Now keep in mind that I am 5' nothing so it is not like I am trying to become a stick figure.  I just really want to be comfortable in my clothes.  So when the opportunity to try this product presented itself I jumped at the chance.

         First concern (I am a child when it comes to flavors) was the smell and taste.  I do not like to hold my breath or dread swallowing my medications and supplements.  I will just opt to stop taking them all together.  Fortunately for me they both were pleasant.  And there was no aftertaste to worry about either!  Now this is not a real miracle pill.  You can eat fast food everyday and expect this to keep you from gaining weight.  It will however help you get rid of weight with a bit of effort on your part.  While I have not lost weight on  Supreme Garcinia Cambogia, I notice that I have dropped one dress size!  I am now in a 9 in misses.  And I did go out and purchase me so new clothes to celebrate.
         My overall impression of this product is a positive one.  I would however make sure to consult you Dr. before starting any new supplements.  Keep notice of any side effects you may be experiencing.  It is not suggested that you use this long term.
    "Garcinia is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for 12 weeks or less. Long-term safety is unknown. Garcinia can cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache." 
         I can not tell you what will or will not happen if you take it past that time frame.  Just be aware of any changes that may happen.  

    "Garcinia: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2014~"Garcinia: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2014
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    PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands #Review

        These bands are a great addition to any fitness routine.  They come individually wrapped and packed in their very own carry case.  They are each clearly marked with their resistance level.  They are made of durable latex and can be used one at a time or in any combination to create custom resistance. 

         These bands do not roll when used directly in contact with the skin however when over long sleeves or pants some rolling can occur.  They are easy to wipe down and store.  Great quality at a great price.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    #HERBTHEORY Mental Agility herbal supplement #Review

         I have recently decided to start treating my body much better than I have in the past.  I have worked hard at getting rid of a few "extra" pounds, cut down on my caffeine intake (I was the most horrible person ever!) and become more active.  During all of this my energy, focus and sleep have suffered a great deal.  Trying to find the right balance for me has been hard.  I have come to realize that without the "perfect" diet, my body is lacking certain nutrients.   That is when trying #Herbtheory came in to play.

         Herbtheory's Mental Agility helps with cognitive performance by helping improve the working memory and supporting attention.  To be honest the hardest part about this whole thing was remembering to take it!  It is Gluten-Free, is NON-GMO and is 100% vegetarian! 

         These capsules are easy to swollen, have no real flavor to them (or after taste that I can notice) and did not upset my stomach at all.  I believe that they are a great addition to any current supplements that you may be taking or an excellent choice for those looking to start supplements focusing on memory and attention.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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