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 Anyone else thinking a second vehicle would be nice to own? I'm in the market for a fuel-efficient SUV to accommodate my lifestyle. My car was actually purchased brand new and I can't even tell you how happy I was about owning a new car! It was shiny, black, cd player, two doors and wonderful on gasoline. There's just an amazing feeling you get from knowing that your car is new, under warranty and it's spotlessly clean both inside and outside. Buying a new car (or new-to-you car) is a luxury that we can all appreciate. However, now that I'm not 18 and I have a child (and pets), I definitely want an SUV in addition to my small car. I really have my heart set on a Honda CRV; I'm a huge Honda fan and I love the spaciousness, safety and reliability of Honda vehicles.  

Have you made the switch from a small car to larger vehicle before? What did you choose?

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Punk Rock and Chicken Vindaloo Recipe

Chicken Vindaloo Recipe to go along with the Ramones song :)

Oh thank goodness. I swear, I just wasted an entire hour playing snippets of Ramones songs to compare them to this Richard Hell song because I knew that the drum beat was familiar. Have you ever done that before? It's like you just know that you've heard a similar sound before and you have to find out what song is on your mind. I can get obsessive with music stuff--no shame here--I love it.

So, this song is wonderful. It's I can only give you everything / Richard Hell. I like this a lot and it has this addictive drum beat that goes duh da duh da, dun dun. Or something like that. Well, I just went through like 4-5 Ramones albums trying to find that beat in one of their songs because I know it's in there.

This is what I came up with: The intro to I just wanna have something to do /Ramones. This is one of my favorite Ramones songs, but so are 10 others... so, that didn't make it any easier to find it lol. But, there it is (to me, anyway) duh da duh da, dun dun. Do you hear it, too?

Oh, ohhh, and for the fun of it, here's the Ramones song I Can't Give You Anything because it's fun to pair this one with I can only give you everything :)

What are some of your favorite bands, lately?

I might become a professional fish walker.

My jam today

Well, it's been an interesting week. I found a soaking wet bird in the field and it was hopping all around, but couldn't fly. I took it home and wrapped it up in a towel to help it dry off. I had to finish getting ready for an appointment, so I decided to try out "bird wearing" so I could get my makeup done while the bird relaxed~it worked! After I got my face and hair done, I took the little bird outside and it flew out of my hands to the trees. It was such a nice bird, too--it never tried to peck me--I think we had a spiritual connection ;) lol. Stuff like this makes me happy. I'm such a Earth-loving, bird-hugging person. I'm glad I got the chance to do this for such a sweetheart. I used to do stuff like this a lot when I was a child/teenager, because my grandma (Nanny) had bird nests all over her yard and the babies would fall out and need a little help~and there I was, right on time lol :)

Today, there was a humongous turtle crossing through a busy parking lot in the rain. People came out to help it along and make sure it didn't get hurt. I wish I would have seen it, because I was in the same parking lot shortly before photo was shared. He was there, I was there, but we missed each other. I'm glad he's ok.

I'm looking for more side work to do since it's hard to make it on just my day job. While I was looking at job listings, I found this gem! "Family needs someone to walk 4 fish and 1 dog." ha! How interesting would that walk be?! Tiffany, professional fish walker. I take tanks on tours.

What have you been up to lately?


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"The happiest people are those who appreciate what they have."
I read that quote somewhere and I really love the truth it holds. We're all living in a "hurry, move, go-go-go" kinda world, so it's nice to slow down and make time to actually enjoy life and time with our family. Its easy to overlook how lucky we are when we're wrapped up in our routine. I like to tell myself "just slow down and look around" when I start to feel overwhelmed or bothered. The truth is, I usually realize I'm in too much of a hurry and I'm thinking ahead and not seeing what's around me--my son's smile in the rear view mirror, the pretty ducks playing in the water puddles next to the road or the fact that I have a car and everything I need in life. I'm lucky in so many ways and I appreciate it the most when I just slow down and notice it all over again.

My family lives life beautifully by making time for playing outdoors, going for walks through our neighborhood and giving back to the world each day. We donate items to others who need it and do volunteer work with local organizations (church, for example). Life is beautiful because love is all around us. There's nothing I love more than peaceful moments with my child as we look for mushrooms after rainy days, or taking my pups out to play and watching my dog, Chelsea, have a staring contest with the cat {Chelsea always wins}. :)

How about you? How do you live life beautifully?

Publix | Flavor Excursion Sale and Coupons

The information and prize pack were provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

School has started back and life is ultra-busy, so I'm bringing out the slow cooker this week. Publix is having a Flavor Excursions Sale that includes products from Old El Paso, Hunt's, Ro*Tel and Kraft, so I'm definitely making my slow cooker Arroz con Pollo recipe. The Flavor Excursions Sale includes the perfect items for both Mexican and Italian meals.

Reasons I love the slow cooker: it uses less power than the stove, the dish is dishwasher-safe (I use slow cooker liners for easier clean up), and it cooks while I do other things. I, honestly, own six slow cookers lol. You can put everything in them--from entrees to desserts--making them really wonderful to have around the house.

 Easy Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

In-Store Savings
Coupons available in-store, look for the Flavor Excursion display with products at your local Publix. Display will be available in most stores between 9/11 and 9/24. Savings available with coupons:
  • Make Spicy Roasted Soft Vegetable Tacos and save! Save $2 off Produce (minimum $2 purchase) when you buy Any Four (4) participating products*. Participating products: Old El Paso™ Seasoning Mixes, Enchilada Sauce, Refried Beans, Taco Shells, Ro*Tel® (10oz or larger), Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz or larger), KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese (6-8oz
  • You can also save on an Italian inspired recipe, Sautéed Italian Chicken and Beans!Save $2 off Publix® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts when you buy Any Four (4) participating products. Participating products: Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, 100% Natural Broths, Beans, KRAFT Salad Dressing (16oz), Natural Shredded Cheese (6-8oz), Hunt’s®Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz or larger).

Review | Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back to School Combo

Samples were provided for this review.

I've reviewed a lot of things over the years, but certain brands really stick with me and Mabel's Labels is one of them. My school-aged child has many social activities on his calender and it helps to have labels around to quickly mark his belongings. Mabel's Labels aren't just beautiful, they're very durable and pass the tests of time and play; we've happily been using Mabel's Labels for around two years.

Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back to School Combo is a fantastic deal. The combo includes many of the best-selling items all combined into one convenient booklet for easy use. I am always glad to get more shoe labels, because little kids' feet grow so quickly that you find yourself regularly labeling label new shoes. My guy goes to a 'children's gym' for fun and they all put their shoes under the benches in the lobby; having Mabel's Labels Shoe Labels helps us easily locate Noah's shoes and avoids mix-ups from happening.

What's included in the Ultimate Back to School Combo:
  • 40 Skinny-Minis™
  • 50 Tag Mates™
  • 16 Shoe Labels
  • 2 Teeny Tags™
What You Should Know About These Products
  • Skinny-Minis™ are dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Tag Mates™ are washer and dryer safe, apply to a clothing care tag
  • Shoe Labels and Teeny Tags™ are waterproof and UV resistant
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

Skinny-Minis are excellent to have on-hand because they fit onto so many items, such as: notebook, pencils, crayon boxes, backpacks, electronics, sippy cups, lunch boxes and more. They're slim and easy to adhere to surfaces. I love them.

Tag Mates labels are designed specifically for clothing, so you can wash your clothing as usual and the labels will not come off of the clothing. I've tested these labels time and time again. Noah has clothes that he's outgrown and the Tag Mates labels are still inside of them.

Teeny Tags are perfect for hooking to backpacks and lunchboxes. They're very cute and the print is high-quality. I was super impressed the first time I saw one of these and I continue to be excited each time we order a new design. 

Speaking of new designs, Mabel's Labels has over 40 designs to choose from and the process is so easy that my 6yr old son designed his own labels! I love how the design appears on the screen to show you exactly what it will look like when the items are printed. My boy picked out dinosaur designs because he's really into the book The Mine-o-Saur and that's what he calls his labels (Mine-o-Saurs).

This discount-priced Ultimate Back to School Combo is only available until September 30, 2014, so be sure to order yours right away. It's a great deal and gives you a wonderful variety pack of some of Mabel's Labels best products. I highly recommend it.

Leave it up to a Brother to Make you Feel Better

The past few weeks have been really intense. For a few days I felt like a sad zombie and all I did was float through the hours and wait for things to improve. Then, I invited someone over to hang out and everything started feeling better. I have a ton of friends, but no one can make me laugh like my little brothers can! My brother can find the funniest stuff online, somehow, and we stay up late just talking and laughing at youtube videos on xbox live. I'm gonna share some of them with you, in case you need a little pick-me-up, too :)

Think you know a lot about octopuses? I bet you could learn a few more things... lol. (contains adult language). Don't shake his hand; just don't.

If I could dance like this, I wouldn't have to count calories. This has to be one heck of a workout. I don't have the coordination to ever know how to do this; I have the balance of an egg. It's like his feet aren't even part of his body!

Life wouldn't be complete without a few memes, would it? Here's some of the funniest cat memes ever!

I'm so thankful for my brothers; they have a way of making me laugh every time we see each other. If it wasn't for my brother B, I would be so far behind on worldly happenings; he knows all of the latest political news and explains it to me in a way that's informative and memorable. My brother M teaches me all about how things work; he actually learned how to drive a manual engine (straight drive) car from YouTube videos! No joke!

Who makes you feel better when you're having a hard day?

Beautiful Hallmark Cards at Walmart | Card Ideas

September is what we call "Birthday Month" around here; we have over 10 family/friends' birthdays this month! That adds up to a lot of birthday cards. Thankfully, I learned that Hallmark not only has products available at Walmart, but they're offering value cards at Walmart! Yes, that means you can pick up the perfect Hallmark card while you're shopping at Walmart and you'll still earn points for the Hallmark Card Rewards Program; every five greeting cards that you purchase earns you a reward.

The Hallmark Connections value cards start at just 47 cents per card. There are so many to choose from, including categories such as birthdays, kids birthday, for him, for her, baby shower, thinking of you, miss you and more. There's even a holiday section included, so I picked up a cute Halloween card for my little boy. He really loves Halloween and he dressed as Mario last year--he was so cute I couldn't stop taking photos of him! This year, he wants to be Luigi! :)


I love greeting cards because they have the right words when I can't find them on my own. I'm a long-time fan of Hallmark cards because of the perfect messages and delightful images on the cards. I keep a collection of cards on-hand for sending to out-of-town friends and family. I've met a lot of people through blogging and I love sending cards to them, as well. There's just something special about receiving something that you can keep and/or display vs only receiving digital cards. Long live paper cards! Huzzah!

I'm teaching my little Noah the importance of giving handwritten, keepsake greeting cards to people. In a very 'digital world' it's vital to keep in touch offline, as well. Children grow up so quickly; it's heart-touching to let them write messages in cards for the people. My favorite cards are the ones that my baby Noah draws in each year for my birthday, Mother's Day and Christmas. Allowing him to select Hallmark Connections cards is not only very affordable, he also learns to be thoughtful of others while practicing his handwriting and creativity.

I grabbed a few gift bags while I was in the store; Walmart even offer Hallmark brand paper bags that are under a dollar each. These bags are excellent to use as "goody bags" for birthday parties or even holiday parties. I love the bright colors and variety of sizes available. I didn't realize there were so many Hallmark items at Walmart for $1-2 each!

Noah's birthday gift to his mama! I also found this lovely, fold-out photo frame in the Hallmark section at Walmart. It has a mess-free hand print kit included. There's a place for two hand prints, which is really convenient; you could do two prints from one child or one print from each child. There are also two photo frames in this kit! I just love it! It's the perfect keepsake piece and something that he will enjoy creating for his mama {me!}.

Make sure you check out Connections from Hallmark to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other bloggers. Join in the #ValueCards conversation on Twitter!

3 Safety Reasons to Clean Outdoor Toys and Furniture #Palmolive25Ways #cbias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone

Pool games, slip 'n slides, and outdoor patio furniture are all part of the summer scene. Most of the time we just relax and play without worrying about the outdoor toys and furniture from day-to-day, but did you know that those items are a great hiding place for snakes, spiders and wasps? The majority of snake bites occur on the the legs/feet because snakes often hide under toys (ride on toys, sliding boards) and outdoor steps. It's important to keep those areas clean and active so that it doesn't welcome any dangerous pests to create a living under there. I'm about to show you the inexpensive--and fun--way that we keep our outdoor living spaces clean and safe using Palmolive dish soap!

How to Keep Outdoor Toys Safe

  • Use any of the mild detergents from Palmolive to clean toys as needed. Clean off any stuck-on dead grass, leaves, bird droppings or spilled drinks/snacks from the toy surfaces.
  • Lean over and peek under toys to check for snakes before you turn the toys over.
  • Flip toys over to check for spiders, spider webs, wasp nests, or other unwelcome insects.
  • Keep lids tightly secured on sandboxes so pests cannot get inside of it. (including the cat)
  • Always supervise children while they are playing--better yet, always play along with your children while they are playing :)

I've always cleaned the underneath of my child's outdoor toys. When he was a tiny baby, I noticed that spiders were hiding under his push-car outside; I became proactive about keeping the outdoor living area clean and free of extra-tall grass (or dead grass stuck to the toys).

We've found several snakes in our yard recently--poisonous snakes--and I want them to feel unwelcome here by making sure they have nowhere to hang out. My new rule this summer: I'm keeping all of the toys washed and turned over when they're not in use. It looks funny, but it works well.

Wasps can show up and build a new home overnight--they're efficient like that. I try to tape up any holes in toys, swings or furniture to prevent them from moving in there. I also flip the toys over to check for wasp nests underneath. As the saying goes "its better to be safe than sorry", so check those toys, parents.

As you can see, there's a wasp nest under this ride-on toy in our yard. These toys get moved often and they get plenty of attention, but wasps will be wasps. I'm removing this and cleaning the bottom of this toy with my Palmolive dish soap and water to clean up any scent that might attract the wasps back to this spot.

How to Clean Outdoor Toys

Fortunately, most outdoor toys are really easy to clean. All you have to do is grab a clean bucket, fresh sponges, a wire mesh sponge and some Palmolive dish soap. You can find many varieties of Palmolive dish soap at Walmart. I'm using the Lotus Blossom scent and the Oxy version for the play toys today.

Put some Palmolive dish soap into the bottom of your bucket--a generous squirt of it will do--then add clean water to the bucket. Go ahead and toss your sponges in there to make for easy carrying--sponges love water.

The soft sponges are perfect for cleaning smooth surfaces such as kiddie pools, floats, ride-on toys and swing seats. The wire mesh sponge is best for getting off the tough messes. I'm using the wire mesh sponge to clean the legs of the play equipment. The soft sponge will be used for cleaning the swing seats. After cleaning the outdoor toys, I will throw all of the sponges away because they aren't suitable for reuse after this dirty job.

The Palmolive dish soap is gentle on hands, but we still use gloves since we may encounter some gross stuff out here. See the swing seat? That's a familiar moment, isn't it? Watch how I clean it in under 60 seconds with the dish soap and sponge.

It's practically new again! All it takes is a little tender love and care to keep the toys clean and your child safe in your yard this summer--and always. We have short winters here, so this is an ongoing routine at my house. I, honestly, don't mind cleaning the toys and checking for bugs because it gives me peace-of-mind. I also enjoy soapy buckets of water lol; I'm still a child at heart.

How to Find a Leak in a Swimming Pool

This is a useful tip that works for finding the leak in inflatable swimming pools, floats, beach balls, and even car tires. The science behind it is that the air will blow bubbles into the dish soap, which is easy for someone to notice. We've done this most of my life and it's always worked. My step-dad taught us to do this to find the leaks in car tires; I figured out that it works on the kiddie pool and accessories, too.

What you'll need to repair the inflatable pool leak

  • Palmolive dish detergent
  • Bucket of water
  • a sponge
  • a towel/dry cloth
  • a permanent marker
  • a pool repair patch

Fill the bucket with soapy water using Palmolive dish soap--make it extra soapy because you want a lot of bubbles. Use the sponge to add soapy water across the surface of the pool (or object) until you come across the leak; you will know because it will start blowing bubbles in the soapy water that you're putting on it. Once you've located the leak, wipe off the bubbles and mark the leaky spot with a permanent marker. Clean off the surface, dry it thoroughly and then repair the leak as usual. 

Enter to WIN a $2,000 Walmart Gift Card From Palmolive

Palmolive is holding a sweepstakes on Walmart's site and one lucky winner will receive a $2,000 Walmart gift card! This page is really cool and shows #Palmolive25Ways including a giant bubble maker and rainbow soap foam! Be sure to check it out and good luck!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY post about outdoor safety and kiddie pool repair. I was really impressed with the cleaning power of the Palmolive detergents that I used for all of these projects. Wishing you all safe and happy days of outdoor play.

Fruit Shoot Have a Ball Stunt Hunt Contest

Thank you Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today's fun post.

The Fruit Shoot Have a Ball Stunt Hunt Contest

Kids always know how to have fun, right?! What if you could have a short home movie edited with impressive special effects to make your child look like a movie star? That's an amazing keepsake that your family will treasure for always. Well, Fruit Shoot has a really exciting Stunt Hunt contest going on that you can participate in! All you have to do is record a video of your child being creative with a Fruit Shoot bottle and a small ball and submit it to the Fruit Shoot site here. The video should be less than 30 seconds long; it should feature your child being imaginative with the Fruit Shoot bottle(s) and the small ball (bowling, sports, dragon attack, you name it!).

The WEEKLY Prize

Each week, one winner will receive a video makeover that adds Hollywood-style special effects to your child's entry video! How cool is that!? Here's an example so that you can see what the finished product would look like--I warn you, this is really cool.

Fruit Shoot Have A Ball Stunt Hunt Instructions Video

Fruit Shoot Beverage Details

Fruit Shoot is a beverage that's sold in many stores, convenience stores and grocery stores. It comes in four different flavors--including no added sugar varieties--and contain real fruit juice. I found Fruit Shoot at my local grocery store.

What I really like about Fruit Shoot is that it has a no-spill cap that is perfect for young children. Another noteworthy point is that Fruit Shoot beverages contain NO high fructose corn syrup (hfcs). The drinks are inexpensive and the colorful packaging is very appealing to both children and parents.

I tested this Fruit Shoot Berry Burst drink and it's very good. It has a nice fruit juice flavor and it's not too sweet. I'm glad I got the no added sugar version of these drinks, because it's exactly the right ratio of sweet fruit juice to water--it's very refreshing. I encourage you to try these out the next time you see them in the store.

Competition details: The 'Have a Ball Stunt Hunt' competition is a great demonstration of Fruit Shoot’s commitment to imaginative play and has a reward that is priceless. Here’s how it works:

1. Visit the contest homepage to upload a video of your kids showing off their best tricks, stunts, and super-cool abilities with a Fruit Shoot bottle and any ball. To qualify, please make sure your video is under 30 seconds. Check out the stunt video we have already souped-up for inspiration!

2. Share your video with friends and family and encourage them to vote for your video.

3. Every week, we’ll chose a winning video, give it the full-on Hollywood special effects treatment, and release it on our contest homepage for the world to see!

Grab some Fruit Shoot and start making your video for the contest! Good luck! 

Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#AmericasTea #MeAndMyTea

Berry infused iced teas are refreshing and trendy. Wanna make it at home? All you have to do is get a box of Bigelow tea from Walmart, some fresh fruit and filtered water. My recipe for Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea is all natural, inexpensive and delicious. This recipe contains no alcohol and my little boy loves it as much as I do!

The tea that we're using for this recipe is called Bigelow Plantation Mint; it's a black tea with the essence of fresh mint. I can describe the flavor of mint tea as being very similar to the flavor of green tea--surprised, right? I was when I first tasted mint tea. Plantation Mint is a classic tea that's been a part of Bigelow tea products since 1961.

Visiting South Carolina?

Bigelow Tea is a family-owned, American brand that's committed to creating world class teas in a process that ensures sustainability and superior quality products. Each packet of Bigelow tea is individually sealed in a foil wrapper to protect the flavor of each tea bag by shielding out light, air, moisture and any surrounding aromas. The packets are easy to open and the string is long enough to brew even in a travel cup. The Bigelow tea packaging is recyclable. If you're ever in the South Carolina area, Bigelow Tea welcomes you to the Charleston Tea Plantation for tours, weddings, festivals, a trolley ride around the 127-acre plantation and a gift shoppe with tea pots and more. I wasn't aware of the Charleston Tea Plantation before I started writing this post, so that's absolutely something on my 'travel list,' now.

Cherry Berry Syrup Recipe

You have probably noticed the big collection of flavored syrups at your local coffee shop, but did you know that they're simple to make at home? You can make it yourself for cheaper and it will have fresh ingredients, instead of chemical flavors and preservatives. Did I mention that it only takes about 10 minutes and costs around $5? It's all true. :)

This Cherry Berry syrup is a blend of fresh cherries, raspberries, Meyer lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and water. The consistency is thick like an ice cream topping--like hot fudge. It's silky smooth and delightfully sweet with a bright, fruity flavor. You will love this both in your berry infused iced tea as well as on top of your favorite dessert; it's a total winner.

Cherry Berry Syrup Recipe

*8 ounces of cherries (about a cup full, but 2-3 extra ounces is fine)
*8 ounces raspberries (frozen or fresh)
*1.5 cup of filtered water (12 ounces)
*1 cup of sugar
*Juice from one Meyer Lemon
*Juice from one lime

1. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium.
2. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved.
3. Add lime and lemon juice.
4. Add berries slowly so you don't splash the hot liquid.
5. Let berries cook for 10 minutes on medium until they start to break down.
6. Smash berries in the pot with a potato masher. You could also use a blender.
7. Strain the berry syrup through a strainer into a clean dish. Cover and refrigerate.

Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

This drink can be shaken or stirred; I believe shaking it brings out the best of the flavors. You can adjust the strength of the tea to suit your taste. You can also adjust the amount of Cherry Berry syrup that you add--to make the drink sweeter or less sweet. This is a very flexible recipe; I like to make each glass individually for a personalized drink experience.

Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea Recipe


1. Add desired amount of Cherry Berry Syrup to a glass full of ice. I use about 3 (table)spoonfuls for a 12oz glass of tea.
2. Pour Bigelow Plantation Mint tea over the ice in the glass. This can be made and refrigerated ahead of time or you can brew it hot and pour it over ice. If you brew it hot, make it a little strong so that the ice that melts will not dilute the flavor.
3. Stir gently with a spoon. You could also use a drink shaker.
4. Taste and enjoy.

Popsicles Made with Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea

Making freezer pops out of a Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea is as simple as pouring the drink into a popsicle maker and putting it in the freezer. The frozen treats are an excellent source of fruit, antioxidants for both adults and children. I love making frozen treats, because it's easy I they taste oh-so-good.

I love these best with a little extra Cherry Berry Syrup mixed into the tea before I freeze them. You can even put the syrup in the popsicle top and let it freeze a little than add the rest of the Mojito Berry Lemon Iced Tea over it; it will start off sweeter and have a nice tea-flavored finish. You must try these at home.

Visit the Pinterest board below for stories and inspiration with Bigelow teas. I hope you enjoyed my recipes as much as I enjoyed making them for you!

I linked up with Delicious Dish Tuesday (DDT).

Febreze #NoseBlind Challenge | Giveaway

“This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine."

I recently had a few people over for dinner and a movie at my house--one of my favorite things to do. We were all participating in the Febreze "noseblind" challenge to see how we each noticed different scents during our visit. At the beginning of the evening, the most obvious smell was pretty much dinner, although, I have indoor dogs and their scent must be in this house, too. 

We took surveys at the beginning and end of the movie; we took another survey after popping the popcorn for the movie. The surveys asked "what do you smell the most right now?" and everyone answered their own opinion for the survey. It was easy for my guests to notice the smell of dinner when they arrived; I mostly smelled "home", since I had been in here with the food, I had become "noseblind" to the scent of it. After popping the popcorn, everyone easily noticed the scent of the popcorn as it filled the air all around us. By the end of the movie, the most noticeable smell was the fresh scent of the Febreze scented oil warmer and/or the Febreze candle that I had safely burning during the movie.

About Noseblindness and Febreze's Patented Technology

Have you ever felt "noseblind"? This happened to me when I worked in a pizza restaurant, once. Everyone could smell pizza on me, but I couldn't smell it on myself when I got home. This also happens to smokers, pet owners, and anyone else. We all become used to the scent in our home/surroundings as our nose prioritizes the scents around us. When something smells bad, the worst thing to do is to spray something powerful over it... the layering of a bad smell with another fragrance is just overkill. Luckily, Febreze contains a molecule called Cyclodexrin that traps and eliminates the bad odors, which leaves only a pleasant scent. 

Febreze Products That I Tried and Loved

I'm very selective when it comes to scents; I don't like powerful scents or anything that's too fruity. One of the reasons that I prefer Febreze to other sprays is because it doesn't "cover up" an odor, it actually eliminates the odor. The fabric refresher spray works wonders on sofas, rugs and even in my vehicle.

The Febreze Meadows and Rain fabric refresher (spray) and Air Effects spray are wonderful; the scent is so clean and fresh that I could use it in many different areas, including over the area rugs. The scents for the oil warmer are very enjoyable as well; I love hibiscus flowers very much.

febreze candle review

The Febreze candle comes in a durable glass and didn't burn smoky. I love both the color and scent of the Febreze candle. I always burn candles up where they are out of a high-traffic area, for safety. I also set a timer on my phone to let me know to blow it out after xx minutes. The scent of the candle is really nice and it's a nice touch if you're watching a movie in the evening.

The Febreze Noticeables scented oil warmers are pretty cool. The plug can be turned to fit your wall receptical. The Noticeables warmer alternates between two complimentary scents (you can purchase a variety of refills). This is perfect for setting different moods for different rooms.

I like to use scents that are more reminiscent of food in the kitchen and living room areas, such as vanilla or cinnamon. I like to use clean or floral scents in the bedrooms and bathrooms. 
Do you do this, too?

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