New Giveaway: Purex PowerShot

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Purex sent me their newest laundry detergent to try out and it has a really cool new feature. I am one of those people who never knows exactly how much detergent to pour into those caps. This solves the problem:

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The new product, Purex® PowerShot detergent, simplifies the laundry routine by taking the guesswork of measuring. Purex® PowerShot is the only bottle that automatically dispenses the right amount of super concentrated formula. And it claims 50% more stain fighting power in every drop.

So far it comes in two scents (Mountain Breeze and Natural Elements Linen and Lilies) and various sizes:

PurexHere’s how it works. Initially, you fill the dispenser by turning it upside down.

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Just tip and pour. It will only let out the amount in the dispenser.

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Stand the bottom up straight and it refills the dispenser for your next load.

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Very cool! This may be the first bottle I actually get 45 loads out of!

Want to win a coupon for a free bottle? Enter below…..

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Leave a comment saying “pick me!” and you will be entered to win. Two winners will be randomly selected on February 26th after 9 PM and contacted via email. Enter now!

 

(Note: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex PowerShot detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.)

My Personal PSA That Could Save You Lots

I don’t usually write posts like this but since many of my readers are parents or care for young children, I thought you may find it very educational. It’s a bit personal but I’ve been amazed by how many people can relate.

This is about what I learned recently when we got one of those dreaded calls from the school nurse. It came out of the blue and was completely unexpected. It was a call many parents have received but the first one for me. It was a “your daughter has lice and you need to pick her up” calls. What??

I know there are many worse things a nurse can tell you but this felt pretty bad.

Lice, I have learned, are an extremely common problem in elementary school. Young kids, like my 5-year-old daughter, don’t exactly get the personal space thing. Especially 5 years olds. And just when you think it can’t happen to you, it does.

So what did we do? Well, after the initial denial, panic set in. I bought every product I could find on the store shelves. Forget the coupons, sales or shopping around. I needed something fast so I sucked it up and plunked down the money. I washed my daughter’s hair with the harsh pesticides they sell over the counter and spent a tedious 3 hours combing through each stand with the comb that came with the shampoo. I pulled out everything I found. I thought I did a good job.

But then I wasn’t so certain so I emailed Miracles on Lice Treatment Center in Ballston Lake. Yes, there actually is a salon in the Capital Region that specializes in lice removal. That’s all they do. I made an appointment for the morning. $25 for a head check. I thought it would be worth it to all be checked- I needed the peace of mind.

Miracles on Lice turned out to be incredible (and they don’t know I’m writing this post so all thoughts are truly my own). The owners are a couple and their daughter who started the business three years ago. The mom and daughter were hair dressers at a kid’s salon where they saw lice on a regular basis. Every time a hairdresser discovered lice on a client, they had to immediately ask them to leave. Families were upset and did not know what to do. This didn’t sit well with the now owners of Miracles on Lice so they became certified in lice removal, opened their own treatment center and their business is booming!

So how did the head check go? Not well. I was honestly expecting a pat on the back and “Good job! You got them all!” but that wasn’t the case. So we spent hours in the salon and a lot of money having each and every bug and egg removed by hand. Not fun but these folks were incredible.

Here’s my little one being checked (it really wasn’t as bad as she makes it look!):

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So why do I share this story? Because I learned so much about prevention and treatment and I have come to realize there is a tremendous amount of misinformation out there. So some friends encouraged me to share what I learned- to help each of you! Because it happens. And you could get the next call.

Here is what I learned:

  • Lice do not fly or jump. They run. Put two heads near each other and they can run right over in 8 seconds. That’s fast.
  • The shampoos (which are pesticides) they sell to remove them do not work well anymore. Once upon a time they did but lice have developed a tolerance. That was what I ran into.
  • Lice cannot live off the body for more than 48 hours.
  • Lice eggs (“nits”) cannot live once detached from the hair.
  • Lice don’t care how long your hair is (which is why boys get them, too), they just like your scalp.
  • 50% of people don’t even feel itchy from lice!
  • Lice love certain blood types and not others. We are A+ (otherwise known as their favorite).
  • Lice are attracted to sweet-smelling shampoos and hair products. That’s pretty much everything I own. Goodbye to all my free with coupons shampoos. They do not like the smell of rosemary or mint. I now own these beauties:

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So how on Earth do you prevent these little critters from coming home with your child? It takes some work but there are three ways to prevent:

  • Switching out your sweet-smelling shampoos and conditioners for mint (Miracles on Lice has their own line) or rosemary (like Fairy Tales).
  • Always have long hair in braids or buns when around others (especially at school).
  • Comb through your hair (or, more importantly, your child’s hair) with a lice comb (also found on Amazon) twice a day. Morning and as soon as they come home from school/daycare/playdates. Here is the best kind that what we bought (for every person in the family):

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We also bought this to help with the combing:

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Here’s another great product we purchased to spray on backpacks and coats that hang next to each other at school. It lasts 8 hours.

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It was not a fun thing to go through and also a bit embarrassing but it happens. It doesn’t matter how clean you are (in fact, lice prefer clean hair). Lice like warm scalps and if you have one, you can get them.

You can read a little more about head lice on Miracles on Lice’s website and they will also have a booth at the Hannaford Kidz Expo on March 7th. They have taught me SO much and while I can’t say I know as much as them, if you have any questions, post them below and I will get the answer for you.

 

(Note: Some of the product links are through my Amazon affiliate. They are sold other places for the same prices but I wanted to give you direct links.)

Some tips from Miracles on Lice literature:

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Win Early Admission Passes for the Pass it On Spring Sale!

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We’re getting an early start this year and getting prepared for the the next Pass it On children’s consignment sale with an early admission pass giveaway!

Here’s the scoop on the spring sale:

Sale dates:

Open to the Public Saturday/Sunday May 2-3, 2015

Registration dates
New Consignors: Monday, 2/16/15 at 8pm
First Time Parents: Monday, 2/16/15 at 8pm
Volunteers: Monday, 2/23/15 at 8pm

This sale is amazing- there are 650+ consigners with tens of thousands of items for sale! Here’s a picture from the sale at the Sportsplex in Halfmoon:

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If you are looking for anything for baby through junior size, you will find it here- and typically at very low prices! You can get so much more for your money when you buy secondhand instead of brand new. I have found lots of great clothes and baby items here that looked brand new!

You can sign up soon to get a new mom early admission pass or consign and enter early and you can also win an early admission pass right here to enter the sale before the public!

Want to win a pass to shop early?? To enter, leave a comment below saying who you would shop for. TEN lucky winners will will a pass to enter early on May 1st at 5 PM- with a friend (because shopping is always better with friends)! One entry per family, please.

Leave your comment now and winners will be randomly selected on March 1st. Make sure you like Capital Region Finds on Facebook for contest updates and more! 

Good luck! Read more about the sale HERE.

New Hannaford Store Coupons

Four new Hannaford coupons you can print from home (I hope to use the chicken one at Price Chopper as a competitor’s coupon!):

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Earn Some Freebies: Smiley360

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Here’s a fun way to get some freebies: Smiley360

I joined Smiley360 recently (it’s a simple and quick registration form). Their main goal is to connect people with brands. For each “mission” you qualify for, you will get free goodies in the mail from the brand and all you need to do in return is promote them on social media and/or write a review.

My first two freebies were Baby Oragel Naturals and Accuflora:

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You get full sized samples in the mail!

I love natural and organic products so I was very excited when Smiley360 sent me this package the other day:

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I used one free product coupon so far to try a simmer sauce by Seeds of Change. I have tried their rice products and love the ingredients and was looking forward to trying their simmer sauce for dinner. It did not disappoint!

As a bonus, Smiley360 gave me a link to share a coupon for $1.50 off any Seeds of Change product. Click HERE to print it.

Sign up for Smiley360 HERE or read more about it. If you join, let me know what freebies you get!

Upcoming (and Mostly FREE) Events at Whole Foods

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Whole has a bunch of free events for February. I took my little ones to their cupcake decorating event last month and it was great! We’ll be going to the Kids Taste Test this month.

All kids events require registration.

 For the kids…..

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February 11th – Kids Valentines Cookies

6pm – 7pm

Kids can come and decorate their own Valentines Cookies!

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-valentines-cookies-tickets-15483246808

 

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February 16th – Kids Cupcake Decorating

2pm – 3pm

Kids can come and decorate their own yummy cupcake

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-cupcake-decorating-tickets-15483353126

 

February 18th – Make a Bird Feeder

10am – 11am

Kids can make their very own bird feeder to hang outside

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-bird-feeder-tickets-15483414309

 

February 19th – Family Movie Night

6pm – 8pm

Join us for a great family movie and some classic snacks! Plus you get to vote for which movie you want to see here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RL59YZ    

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-movie-night-tickets-15483634969

 

February 20th – Kids Taste Test

1pm – 3pm

Kids can be picky but we can help! Bring the kids and have them taste some classic favorites with a new spin!

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-taste-test-tickets-15483570777

 

February 21st – Kids Snacks Store Tasting

1pm -3pm

Join us in store as each department demonstrates their best and favorite kid friendly snacks! Be sure to come hungry! (No registration required)

 

And for the grown-ups….

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February 10th – Beauty Night

6pm – 8pm

Join us to test out some amazing natural beauty products and learn what foods are great for your skin! Learn how to read your color palette at Beauty Night! Join us for a make-over featuring Pacifica vegan and cruelty free make-up this Tuesday from 6-8pm! All participants get a free goodie bag!

Register Here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beauty-night-tickets-15483316015

 

February 12th  – Make a Cake for your Sweetheart

Make a sweet treat for your sweetheart. Make a Valentines Cake for Two. $5 class fee. Please pay at the customer service desk. Adults Only

$5Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-cake-for-your-sweetheart-5-class-fee-paid-in-store-tickets-15483294952

Free Movie Night at Afrims: February 18

Looking for something fun and free to do over winter break? Capital Region Reality Check is hosting a free movie at Afrims sports!

Join kids from throughout the Capital Region for a free screening of the Disney/Pixar movie “Up” at Afrims in Colonie. Movie starts at 5 PM and includes free pizza and bottled water.

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$5 off $20 Meat Purchase Target Coupon

Don’t miss this coupon in the Target ad ( also accepted at Price Chopper).

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Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt Day- February 6th

Mark your calendars for February 6th. Get free froyo this National Frozen Yogurt Day, February 6th, from 4-8 pm at Menchie’s. Menchie’s has local stores located in Colonie Center, Rotterdam, Clifton Park and Amsterdam.

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