Paid Focus Group For Laredo Ladies

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All opinions are always 100% my own.

 

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Think Group Austin

 

A Paid Focus Group For Laredo Ladies!

 
 

Selected Laredo Ladies Will Be Paid $125 (Value Includes Gift Card)

To Participate In A  2-Hour Focus Group Study.

No Sales Pitches ~ Just Your Opinions On….SHOPPING!

 
 

I was contacted recently by Think Group Austin about an interesting opportunity for women in Laredo to participate in a PAID Focus Group Study to discuss shopping habits!

Selected ladies will be paid $125 to provide their opinions and did I mention that the Focus Group Study lasts JUST 2 Hours?
 
To Learn More, Check Out The Info Provided Directly From Think Group Austin Below & Please Share The Survey With Other Ladies In Laredo!

 

 

“Think Group Austin (a market research firm) has an upcoming paid focus group study in Laredo, TX, for females ages 21-54 years old.

The study pays $125 for two hours on Tuesday, July 8th, during business hours. The study concerns shopping habits.

If you are interested in this study, please click on the link below to take a survey.

Based on your responses, one of our recruiters will contact you with more information and questions.

This is a great opportunity to share your opinions and get paid for it; in absolutely no way will we try to sell you something.

Feel free to pass the survey on to anyone who you think might be interested!”

 
 
 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Thinkgroup2245

 
 

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Wee Rascals : Clothing Inspired By Historical Heroes {#Giveaway}

 

This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Wee Rascals. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS, E.S. GRIFFIN! YOUR NAME WAS SELECTED! PLEASE CONTACT ME AT CRITTERSANDCRAYONS(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM TO CONFIRM YOUR STATUS AS THE OFFICIAL WINNER!
 

THANKS FOR USING THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL HASHTAG!

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The Wee Rascals Raglan Giveaway On Critters And Crayons!

 

I am thrilled to let parents know about a brilliant new clothing company run by two cool &  innovative moms, Kylie and Liz!

They set out to build a brand that breaks from the common Princess & Super Hero themes we see on store racks.

Wee Rascals is a “Made In The USA” Company that features historical heroes on high quality shirts made for children.

We received the Wee Rascals Raglan shirts featuring Isaac Newton and The Founding Fathers and completely love them!

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The smart designs and soft texture of the Wee Rascals shirts are a real hit with the kids.

Our son is picky about how a shirt should feel, and the softer the better for him.  He gives his full “softness endorsement”!

And, the images of literary and historical figures do spark conversation and learning.

Our son and daughter  have spent some time deliberating about which Presidents are actually on our daughter’s Founding Fathers shirt ( after they asked why Ronald Reagan and President Obama weren’t on it).

Plus, you can see in the photos that the shirts move quite nicely with active boys and girls!

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The great news is that you can win one of these beautiful Wee Rascals shirts, too!

 

The Wee Rascals Giveaway starts on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at Noon (CST)

and ends on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at Noon (CST)

The entry is free and open to U.S. Residents over 18 in the continental United States!

*Further Details Can Be Found In The Entry Form…

 
 

ENTER THE WEE RASCALS GIVEAWAY HERE!

 

SHARE The Giveaway Using The Following Mobile-Friendly Link:

 

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Don’t Forget To Use The Official Event Hashtag When Sharing!

 

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(It helps us verify optional entries so we can find The Winner!)

 

The Wee Rascals Raglan Giveaway On Critters And Crayons!

 

Good Luck!

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The Valentines Day Giveaway From Knotty Origami And La Cookie Company!

This is a sponsored post giveaway written by me on behalf of Knotty Origami And La Cookie Company.  

 
 

All Opinions Are 100% Mine.   

 
 

Valentines Day Giveaway Knotty Origami La Cookie Company

 
 

 A Beautiful Valentines Day Giveaway

From Knotty Origami And La Cookie Company Is Here!

 
 

ENTER HERE TO WIN

 
 
 

A Winner Will Be Selected Via Random Drawing

at Noon (CST) on February 12th, 2014. 

 
 

*Must by 18+ Years Old & Resident of the Continental U.S. To Enter*

 
 

You can win the following pretty gifts!

 
 

The Penny Knot Necklace & Fancy Kusudama Flower

 
 

Both of these items are hand-crafted and can be found in the Knotty Origami Etsy Store!  

 
 

A Box of La Cookie Company Hojarasca Cookies

 
 

These cookies are so delicate, flaky, and sweet that you could find yourself eating them like popcorn!

They have become a dessert staple in our home.

My family cannot get enough of them….And they make very pretty party treats!

 
 

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 La Cookie Company

And a few other sweet gift items to fill the lovely prize basket that you can read about when you

 
 

ENTER HERE….

 
 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY GIVEAWAY!

 
 

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The Merry Basket Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post giveaway written by me on behalf of Knotty Origami, Vella Naturale, Just Stitch, Susan Hammert of The Pampered Chef, Oma’s Homemade Dogfood, And South Hills Designs By Eliana.  All Opinions Are 100% Mine.  

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Rendy Brel***….Your name was selected as the winner of the Merry Basket Giveaway! Please contact me at crittersandcrayons(at)gmail.com to confirm by Noon (CST) on December 19th, 2013. Thank you to all who entered! Merry Christmas!

Critters And Crayons is excited to announce

 

 

 

The Merry Basket Giveaway!

 

 

 

The Merry Basket features wonderful products from the following businesses!

 

 

One Handmade, Adjustable, Burgundy Celtic Knot Necklace By

Knotty Origami

 

A Three-Piece Variety of Natural Soaps By

Vella Naturale

 

One Handmade Coffee Coozie From

Just Stitch

 

One Package of Gourmet Dog Food And Treats From

Oma’s Homemade Dog Food

 

One Mix ‘n Chunk Tool From Susan Hammert of

Pampered Chef

 

One Mini-Locket And Charm From

South Hill Designs By Eliana Marroquin

 

 

 The Giveaway runs from

 

 

Tuesday, November 26th at Noon (CST)

 

 

until

 

 

Tuesday, December 17th at Noon (CST)!

 

TO ENTER THE FREE GIVEAWAY,

OPEN TO CONTINENTAL U.S. RESIDENTS AGES 18+ 

 

(And To Read The Official Rules And Eligibility Requirements),

 

Go HERE

 

Or Enter Using The Form Below!

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Thanks For Entering!

 

Best Of Luck To You!

 


A Hopping Popping Christmas Literacy Event!

I hope you’ll come out to to see me and my friends at Laredo 8 HEB Plus for a super fun literacy event on November 30th!

I’ll be reading some old Christmas favorites and the kids are going to enjoy some fantastic stomping on the Bubble Wrapped Floor and Christmas Tree Painting With…..

 Bubble-Wrap, of course!

 

 

HEB Plus Critters And Crayons Literacy Event A Hopping Popping Christmas

 

 

SEE YOU THERE!

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Some Beautiful Jewelry {A Give-Away}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kranich’s Jewelers.

 

I have not received any products or services directly in return for this post or the administration of the give-away.   The winner of the sponsored give-away will receive the product directly from Kranich’s Jewelers.

 

All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

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I’m thrilled to offer Critters And Crayons readers a chance to win a piece of beautiful jewelry courtesy of Kranich’s Jewelers!

 

You’ll find a lot of beautiful and interesting pieces when you visit!

 

To Enter The Give-Away On

The Critters And Crayons Facebook Page,

Click HERE!

 

To Share The Give-Away, Please Use This Link:

http://bit.ly/XWa0LL

 

The Give-away will run from August 9th (1:00 PM CST) until August 20th (1:00 PM CST)!

 

 

If you win, you will select one piece of jewelry from the following list provided by Kranich’s Jewelers!

 

 

Please allow two to four weeks for delivery and all terms and conditions apply (see the give-away!) 

 

Here are a few photos of some pieces you could win! 

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GOOD LUCK!

 

 

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Laredo Bloggers For Voz De Niños {Campaign & Give-Away}

Local Bloggers For VDN
   

This week,  Critters And Crayons is joining three other Laredo Blogs, Que Fregados, La Sanbe and Dividing By 10,  in an informational campaign to help spread the word about  Voz De Niños!

Between July 9th and July 13th, 2013, you will find resources about the important Voz De Niños mission as well as information about how you can help the many children in need throughout Webb County by checking the participating Laredo blogs!  

 

READ THE POSTS IN OUR BLOGGING SERIES:

 

ENTER THE VOZ DE NINOS GIVE-AWAY!

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS’ INTERVIEW OF VOZ DE NINOS STAFF 

 

LA SANBE’S PROFILE OF VOZ DE NINOS VOLUNTEERS

 

QUE FREGADOS LOOK AT VOZ DE NINOS

 

DIVIDING BY 10’s INTERVIEW WITH STEPHANIE, A VOLUNTEER

 
 
 

What Is Voz De Niños?

 

“Voz de Niños advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system through the training and support of community volunteers.

Voz de Niños is the local Court Appointed Special Advocate program serving the abused and neglected children of Webb County.

Established in 2007, Voz de Niños is the only organization of its type in Webb County because it participates solely in civil matters affecting abused and neglected minors.

Voz de Niños Volunteers are appointed to serve as Guardian ad Litem by the presiding court.”

 

To learn more about the growing need for volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates to abused and neglected children,

I interviewed two Voz De Niños Staff Members:  

 

Alexis Herrera (Voz De Niños’ Volunteer Coordinator) and

Alicia Coronado (Voz De Niños’ Casework Supervisor).

 

The commitment to the challenging mission exhibited by these two ladies is inspirational.

Alexis’ career path is grounded in volunteerism from the time that she started her social work experience as part of the social work program at the University of Texas at Austin where she worked with children and families who faced poverty and home displacement.  She witnessed the value of a proactive and involved community that acquired resources to aid the empowerment of its citizens.

Alicia hails from Chicago and worked with non-profits whose focus were in the areas of child issues, poverty and education before arriving to our City of Laredo.

Both women were drawn to Voz De Niños for the importance of the mission and the opportunity to be a part of the community’s growth and betterment.

 

I was surprised by what Alexis and Alicia had to say about the need in Webb County for volunteers to help children in the foster care system.  

Here are some of the highlights.

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS:    How Many Children Are In The Foster Care System?

 

VOZ DE NINOS:    The number of children in foster care in Webb County in 2012 is at a shocking 705.  

 

That’s 115 more than 2011.  Some studies explain the increase due to the downturn economy and overall poverty; however, there are so many other factors that come into play: drug accessibility with a decrease in treatment services, parent disposition, mental health, etc.

Recruiting volunteers in general is difficult.

Voz De  Niños finds it even more challenging because of what we are asking from volunteers:  to give of their time and energy for a long period of time—cases generally take up to 12 months to resolve.

Moreover, a Voz De Niños volunteer advocate requires engaging in a personal relationship with a child or sibling group to fully understand their needs and voice them to the individuals that hold the authority to fulfill them (judge, CPS workers, foster parents, nurses, doctors, teachers, therapist, counselors, and biological parents).

For Voz De Niños, a qualified volunteer is someone who is both willing and able to give of themselves unconditionally to a child or sibling group and be an active advocate in an adult world where these children have no voice.

Thus, we have not had a drop in volunteers but have a difficult time finding them. We believe they’re out there, and we will continue to diligently search for these individuals who are welcomed to join the Voz De Ninos team!

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS:  How Many Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers Are There?

 

 VOZ DE NINOS:  We have 22 volunteers manning 28 cases.    Within the 28 cases there are 47 children.

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS:  Can You Recall A Situation When A CASA Volunteer Made A Difference In A Child’s Life?

 

VOZ DE NINOS:  There were two occasions when our CASA volunteers were the only ones to celebrate a child’s birthday. 

 

…One in particular reminds me that our volunteers can make a difference in just one moment. 

 

A CASA volunteer showed up at the foster home with a birthday present and cake for the CASA child.

 

Upon entering the home and seeing the child, the volunteer exclaimed,

 

Here you go! Happy Birthday! It’s your day!

 

And the child replied with,

 

 IT IS?

I DIDN’T KNOW.”

 

 

Alexis and Alicia want to impress on the community that CASA volunteers make a lasting effect on a child’s life.

As dedicated staff members, they see the fear and frustration in the eyes of the children they are trying to help.

The children do not understand what is happening as they are stripped from the only caregiver(s) they have ever known.

Voz De Niños Staff and Volunteers have seen the hopelessness in youth that lead to poor academic performance, behavioral problems and seeming failures.  But, they have also seen that CASA volunteers make a lasting effect on a child’s life by offering simple encouragement, an interest in the child, or a simple “Happy Birthday”.

 

I encourage everyone to watch

THIS EXCELLENT VOZ DE NINOS VIDEO

on YouTube.  

 

You can hear from CASA Volunteers who have made a direct impact in a child’s life for the better.

At the time it was published, the number of children in the program was under 600 and we have seen that number grow quickly to over 700.

You’ll  see the impact and importance of this community program and the need for people to answer the call to help.

For More Resources

About Voz De Ninos

 

 Voz De Niños Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Find Voz De Niños On

 The Web Facebook, On Twitter, On YouTube

 

Become A CASA

 

Description of Volunteer Duties (Click To Enlarge)

 

Voz De Ninos Qualifications Page 1

 

 

Voz De Ninos Qualifications Page 2

 

 

And Don’t Forget To Enter The  

 

Laredo Bloggers For Voz De Niños

Give-Away!

 

Click The Image Below To Go To

The Give-Away Entry Form!

 

 

Laredo Bloggers For Voz De Ninos Give-Away

 

Many, Many Thanks To The Generous Sponsors Behind The Give-Away!

 

Oishii International Grill

 

Lolita’s Bistro

 

Critters And Crayons

 
 

South Hill Designs By Jessica Eliana Marroquin

 
 

DO YOU THINK YOU CAN ANSWER THE CALL TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED?

 

 
 

PLEASE CONTACT VOZ DE NINOS…..

 
 

 

THEY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

 
 

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Lots Of Fun, Foamy, Flubbery, Sandy, Salty, Scented Doughs For Summer

Super Fun Doughs To Make At Home!  Bubble Dough, Sandy Wheat Dough, Scented No Cook Play Dough, & Foam Dough!

 

Critters And Crayons recently participated in the HEB & Pampers Little Texans Tour as it visited the Laredo HEBs.

 

Critters And Crayons Little Texans Tour

 

The kids and I had a great time meeting some of the fantastic families in Laredo who came out to chat and play with some of the items we brought with us!

At our booth, I set up a few items to show some of the topics you might find on The Critters And Crayons Blog.   There were some:

There are many other topics covered by Critters And Crayons, of course, and you can find those by clicking HERE.

 

There was a great turn-out and I am very thankful to all who took time to come and visit!

 

I promised to write a post about the materials we brought

with recipes, tips, and resources so everyone could do the same at home…

 

We made four different “Fun Doughs” for families to take home with them and they are all easy and cheap to make!

 

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One of the best things about making these fun doughs at home is that it’s something that the kids can do with you!   The act of simply mixing the ingredients together is huge sensorial fun!

It CAN be messy, but there are some pretty easy ways that even the most mess-averse parents can totally beat the mess!

 

Kids Enjoy Making DIY Fun Doughs!

 

See that large floor covering underneath my kids while they play on my kitchen floor with four very different and potentially very messy Fun Doughs?

 

It is paper cut from a huge spool of butcher meat-packing paper I bought at a bulk warehouse a couple of years ago for around $17.   Duct tape it to the floor and let the kids have at it.  The paper is the boundary.  You’ll note that that I even lined the sidewalk with it in the photo above for the kids to play with the doughs I brought to The Little Texans Tour!

 

Kids Playing With Different Fun Doughs!

 

SO….AS PROMISED….HERE ARE THOSE GREAT FUN DOUGH RECIPES!!!

 

FUN DOUGH #1: 

FOAM DOUGH!

 

Foam Dough 1

 

I first saw this recipe for Foam Dough on Mom Trusted!    It’s super simple and uses just corn starch and shaving cream, of all things!   For the recipe, please go to the original source HERE!

 

Foam Dough 2

 

This dough is unbelievably silky and airy light!   It is even finer and lighter than the flour/baby oil cloud dough I’ve written so much about!

It was definitely our daughter’s favorite of the four different doughs we made for the HEB Little Texans Event!

Foam Dough is perfect for making little snow people…..

 

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And speaking of snow…. What’s incredibly awesome about foam dough is that there are recipes out there that turn this awesomeness into SNOW DOUGH.  Check out my friend over at Creative Playhouse who totally froze her recipe using the same two kitchen ingredients and it was perfect for cold sensory play!

 

FUN DOUGH #2:

SCENTED NO-COOK PLAY DOUGH

 

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There are a ton of homemade play dough recipes out there.    I’ve modified a pretty good no-cook recipe I used in Critters And Crayons’ post The 4-Day Sitter.   THIS simple recipe for play dough is on the E-How website.   The only difference is that when I make my version of the no-cook play dough recipe, I double the amount that the E-How recipe calls for which makes a lot of play dough to save for the kids.  You’ll find that you’ll make small adjustments here and there to get the consistency you want.

FOR EACH BATCH, I USE:

  • 3 Cups of Flour,

  • 1/3 Cup of Salt,

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil,

  • 1 TBSP of Cream of Tartar,

  • and 5-7 Packets of Crystal Light (* Always use sugar-free flavor packets to avoid stickiness.)

I’ve done it by hand, but I totally use my mixer now!

 

 It’s much easier to start it all by hand in a large mixing bowl so that the flour and salt are moistened before putting it all into a mixer.  

*You can tell if the dough is too moist if it sticks to the dough hook.  If this happens, I make a small well in the center of the dough ball, add a tablespoon or two to the center, cover it over with the dough to prevent flour splatter, and then mix.   I adjust with a little more water, a touch of oil, or more flour until the dough reaches the right consistency.

*You can also tell if the dough is too dry if it separates too easily or is crumbly.  In this case, use the same process I describe above, only add a tbsp or two of water into a well in the center of the ball and cover it back over with some dough before starting the mixing process again.   Adjust as needed until the dough is a smooth consistency.  You may find that coarse salts will not dissolve well.  (Once I had to substitute Irish Grey Salt because that’s all I had left, and it didn’t dissolve as well as table salt- but it DID give a glittery sheen to the dough).

 

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Scented No-Cook Play Dough 2

 

FUN DOUGH #3:

BUBBLE DOUGH!

 

Bubble Dough

 

We can also thank Creative Playhouse for this awesome recipe for Bubble Dough!!!

When I was looking for ideas to do with my kids, Kat suggested we try her Bubble Dough recipe, and THIS is our Son’s Fave of the Four Fun Doughs!

It uses just two kitchen ingredients:  Dish Soap and Corn Starch.   I had a bottle of Babyganics Dish Soap we weren’t using so in it went!

 

Bubble Dough 2

 

The amazing thing about Bubble Dough is that it really reminds me quite a bit of Oobleck.    It’s not quite as solid as oobleck can get, but Bubble Dough definitely shows properties of being both liquid and solid.   When you first mix it, it’s a gooey, rubbery ooze.   But, as it settles in the bin, it has a smooth, solid surface that you nearly break open in order to play with it.

 

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Our daughter pretended her bubble dough was ice cream.  She smoothed this ice cream out, and then watched as it actually seemed to melt down like an actual ice cream.

That’s Bubble Dough.  It’s completely cool.

You  need to check out Kat’s new and improved Bubble Dough Recipe on her blog at Creative Playhouse.  I hear she’s getting ready to make something like this with Strawberry Hair Conditioner and Corn Starch Soon….

 

FUN DOUGH #4:

WHEAT-COCONUT SANDY MOON DOUGH!

 

Wheat Coconut Oil Moon Dough

 

After I wrote about the things every parent needs to watch out for when it comes to Cloud Dough, I came up with a new recipe that I and my kids actually prefer over the baby oil and refined white flour version!

Instead of white flour, we use wheat flour.  And, instead of baby oil, we use coconut oil.

 

For every 5 lbs of wheat flour, add 2 cups of coconut oil.  

Rub out all the clumps between your palms and work the oil into the flour.  The kids love to help with this part!

When you make a fist with the dough in your hand, it should form the shape of your fist without falling apart.  If it does fall apart, add a little more coconut oil.

And, if it’s too greasy, add more flour.  If you run out of wheat flour, you can always add a little white flour.

The coconut oil smells great!

 

Wheat Coconut Oil Moon Dough 2

 

TO STORE YOUR HOMEMADE FUN DOUGHS!

 

I recommend keeping any homemade fun doughs in air-tight bins.

I highly recommend using hobby scrapbook boxes since they are low and shallow, and also small enough to not contain an overwhelming amount of dough.

 

Scrapbook Box being used to hold colored sand to practice pre-writing skills. This is one of the materials found in The Critters And Crayons Montessori-Inspired Kitchen Corner. The Scrapbook Boxes are fantastic for storing all kinds of sensory doughs.

 

If you have more than one child, you could always give one square scrapbook bin to each child.

You can rotate different doughs through the scrapbook bins, especially if you are short on space.

They pack away neatly underneath shelves or beds for easy storage.  They stack neatly and look tidy.

Although cloud dough and homemade moon doughs where oil is used to moisten the dry ingredients do not have to be covered to be stored, I recommend it to keep dust, pests or other allergens out of the dough.

 

CLEAN-UP TIPS!

 

I am a huge fan of buying butcher paper in bulk!

You can use it to cover tables at parties and it always comes in handy for play dates and parties!

If you have a tarp, an inexpensive sheet or tablecloth that you have reserved for arts & crafts work, then I recommend laying that underneath your Fun Dough Play Area!

Or, you an always do what I do, and duct tape a few rows of butcher paper underneath your kids!

 

Butcher Paper to Protect Surfaces

 

All that Salty, Scenty, Sandy, Foamy, Bubbly Dough Crazy Fun-Having Left Me With This Awful, Horribly, Messy……..Mess?  :)

 

Butcher Paper Easy Clean-Up

 

Just a quick paper roll-up (which you can recycle once you remove the duct tape, by the way) and a sweep….the Kitchen Floor is fine, again.

To clean off doughed-up, powdered up feet-sies, I definitely recommend that you use a clean paintbrush or something bristly to work any clumps off little soles and toes!

The children should wipe their feet (if they can) with a wet wipe or wet cloth before running around on your carpets.

Again, I’ll refer to  my cautionary post about what can happen if you aren’t careful with the baby oil/flour cloud dough.

 

Fun Doughs To Make With Kids!

 

For More Creative & Fun Doughs,

Check Out These Awesome Ideas & Sites!

 

 

SO…..WHICH ONE ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE??? 

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Laundry & My Summer Outfit: Better Together

This is a sponsored post written by me as part of The DailyBuzz Moms Tastemaker Program on behalf of P&G.

 

 I received a Target Gift Card to purchase products to review and have chosen to post about our experience which will result in monetary compensation.

 

 Even though I have received products and compensation, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

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I have a small confession to make.

 

I have never, ever, never-ever-in-my-entire-life-EVER used…

 

Fabric Softener.

 

It’s True.

I actually had no idea about how to even put it into the washing machine.

Do I add it after the wash cycle?

Where do I even put something like that?

It turned out that our machine actually had a handy little receptacle labeled, “Fabric Softener” and I could add it right at the same time as our detergent.

Well, that was a score!  (These Kelly Ripa-endorsed washing machines WERE worth what we paid for them, after all.)

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Look At That! A Place For Fabric Softener Built Right In! WHO KNEW? :)

If you’ve read my blog before, you need but to run a search of “laundry” to find out that it’s not something I’m very good at staying on top of.

I can do a lot of stuff, and to a pretty high standard.  I mean…I do a lot of stuff-  like most moms.

But, LAUNDRY?

Hmmm….  Let’s recap, Shall We?

You can see my laundry failure in…

    • THIS POST where the pile keeps coming back and back and back,
    • OR THIS POST where we learned how homemade moon sand turned into laundry super glue if you don’t wash it all out of your kids’ clothing first (tiny, itty bitty detail to remember),
    • OR  THIS POST where I flooded the kitchen with my sister’s dishwasher and nearly burned the house down cleaning the oven (wait, that’s not about laundry, but it’s close enough),
    • OR THIS POST where we learned how a really huge laundry pile actually encourages children to play,
    • OR THIS POST which ran on Scary Mommy about The Myth Of The Super Mom and my monstrous laundry pile was The Star.

 

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So, knowing that laundry is not something that I normally get very excited about, and having never used fabric softener before in nearly four decades, I was looking forward to trying out the P&G products together which I had read were “BETTER TOGETHER“.

 

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I tried the Tide ® Free & Gentle Detergent with Downy ® Ultra Silk Touch followed by the Bounce ® Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets on a Summer outfit  of a simple cream-colored top and fitted jeans that I planned to wear on a family outing to the movie theater.

I was really happy with the outcome!

All of the clothes, and especially the towels and throws, that were washed in the loads of laundry I did using the P&G products did come out much more soft to the touch!

Here’s that outfit that was washed with all three.

 

P+G Post Summer Outfit

 

I actually SORTED my laundry this time, too (since I’m breaking with routine and going all out!)

No pink or gray top for this Momma-

I think all three products DID work “BETTER TOGETHER”.

 

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For anyone who is “Laundry-Challenged” (like me), anything that helps you look forward to doing it is a major plus.

I’m pretty happy about the results of this product review.

I not only know how to combine some effective products, but I also know where the fabric softener receptacle is in our washing machine.

This experience MAY be enough to convince me to start sorting our laundry regularly so the color “white” is not simply implied, anymore.

I mean….WHO KNEW????!!!!

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I feel that I can definitely recommend P&G’s Tide ®, Downy ® and Bounce ® as “BETTER TOGETHER”.

And, I also recommend sorting your laundry.

You Are Welcome, Folks!

 

So, I’m wondering….Have You Tried Tide ®, Downy ® and Bounce ® Together?

And….How Do You Sort Your Laundry Loads?

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This post is sponsored by P&G. With Tide ®, Downy ® and Bounce ®,

you can keep your summer fashions looking new up to 50% longer.*

Text CLEAN to TARGET (827438) for mobile coupons.

*vs. leading value detergent alone

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The Ladies Of Laredo Ultimate Make-Over Event With Katherine! {VIDEO}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Critters And Crayons, LLC; La Posada Hotel; Vivace Music Academy & Learning Center, LLC; Transformations: Health & Beauty Coaching; Susana Photography; trueBRITT Make-Up & Photography;  Fresh Cleaning Services; Casa Yoga; Chick-fil-A North Laredo; Primped, The Style Bar, LLC; Voir; Arbonne Independent Consultant Malorie Thompson; Guy And Eva Independent Representative Eliana Marroquin; Sara Boutique; La Bota Ranch Realty; Pure Romance By Donna Allenburg; Starbucks San Isidro; Patria International Office Supply; Texadelphia Laredo Crafts By Felicia and Stacey’s Hair.
 
Critters And Crayons, LLC received no payment to conduct this collaborative promotion.
All sponsored contributions were provided to the Promotion Winner. 
 
All opinions are 100% mine.
 

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The 2-day Ladies Of Laredo Ultimate Make-Over Event was an amazing experience for everyone involved!

 

Ultimate MakeOver Event Winner Katherine

 

Check out THIS VIDEO to see how it went and many photos of Katherine and the people and businesses who helped make it all happen…

 

Learn more about the Event Concept & Give-Away  and the 22 Generous Sponsors who provided more than $3,000 in Prizes by clicking on the links…  

 

Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Photos Of Katherine After The Make-Over From Susana Photography!

   

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CONGRATULATIONS, KATHERINE!

YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE SIMPLY GORGEOUS!  

IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH YOU!

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED TO MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN!  

 

SO MANY HARD-WORKING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES PUT THEIR TIME AND ENERGY INTO MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

 

TRUE PROFESSIONALS, ALL.

 

MIL GRACIAS.

 

THANK YOU.

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