Category: Product Reviews

Household Traditions Powdered Dishwasher Detergent {review & giveaway}



From the company: Household Traditions Powdered Dishwasher Detergent! is non-toxic and environmentally safe with no harmful by-products upon decomposition. Household Traditions Powdered Dishwasher Detergent rinses away completely leaving no residue on your dishes so you get a clean, safe sparkle.

My Thoughts…

I’m very picky when it comes to the dishwasher detergent I use whether it’s in liquid or powder format.  I’ve had quite a few hit a miss experiences in attempting to get my dishes clean using the dishwasher. Most times I would love to wash my dishes by hand but time just doesn’t permit that as much as I would like it too as a mom of two children under the age of three years old.

Recently I was able to try Household Traditions Powdered Dishwasher Detergent from one of my favorite companies Tropical Traditions. I was sent a super-size five pound container so we are set for a good long while when it comes to washing the dishes in the dishwasher.

The container itself has a basic screw on lid so it’s best even though it’s non-toxic to keep it out of the reach of the kids! A scoop is included in the container to measure out the exact amount that you will need for a load of dishes. In the instructions on the back, suggestions for how to get those harder to clean dishes clean by soaking for X amount of time are mentioned. This is helpful if you’ve cooked a delicious cheese layered casserole or if you left that pot of spaghetti boil a little too long (hey it happens to the best of us) less scrubbing is a plus!

I’ve used this product several times since receiving it and am very happy with the results! This detergents has left no splotchy or cloudy residue on my dishes which is a common problem I’ve had with other cleaners. It also left no strong or even mild smell that often is the case I usually have had. The product does all it claims and it’s safe for my family and the earth around us.

I encourage you to check out the Household Traditions website. They offer all sorts of non toxic cleaners completely free from chlorine bleach, ammonia, petrochemicals, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). You can never be to careful with children around and plus you are doing yourself and the environment a favor by using them too.


Y ou can purchase a 5lb container of Powdered Dishwasher Detergent for reguarly 32.00 but right now it’s on sell for 19.99!
I highly recommend giving it a try!

If you purchase Tropical Tradition any product from their site, then be sure to use my customer number at checkout. This will get you a FREE book with your order, titled: “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it Has Changed People’s Lives and How it can Change Yours.” At checkout, underneath, “How Did You Hear About Us?”, pull the drop down box to “Referred by a Friend”. Then a box will appear to type in the User ID of the friend (me) who referred you. This number is 5542476. A $25 book, free with your purchase!

Win it!

How would you like to win your very own  5lb container of Powdered Dishwasher Detergent from Household Traditions?

To Enter: Visit Tropical Traditions and let me know another product that interest you!

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Giveaway running till 05/25/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

My First Collection Set | Scholastic Treasure DVD {review}


This month, Scholastic Storybook Treasures debuts the “My First” series, an exciting new line of DVDs created specifically to support early literacy skills and a love of reading in the pre- and early reader.  The debut release, MY FIRST COLLECTION FEATUR ING SPLAT THE CAT is a 3-DVD set featuring 14 stories with a run time of 100 minutes plus extras! It’s beautifully adapted from the book versions that, together, have won more than 15 awards, including the Caldecott Medal, NAPPA Gold, and American Library Association Notable Books.

We’ve seen a lot of the stories in the Scholastic Treasury DVD storybook collection and this set by far is our favorite!  The stories featured in this collaboration are geared specifically toward children ages two through six years old. My daughter will be three in a few weeks and I can vouch that she’s just the right age for all of the stories featured.

These tales are full of such whimsy and the narration really keeps the viewer drawn into the story. The illustrations brings such life into the tales and not one illustrated story is the same much like the books themselves.

Children can learn about cooperation, friendship, memorization, sharing, and enhance early reading skills with the read along feature. The stories that are on this collection are as listed;

SPLAT THE CAT…AND OTHER FURRY FRIENDS – Features four beautifully adapted stories led by the title tale from best-selling author/illustrator Rob Scotton (“Splat” and “Russell the Sheep” series).  In “Splat the Cat”, the first day of school is always tough so Splat brings his mouse pal, Seymour, along.  However, Splat quickly learns that cats are supposed to chase mice!  Other entertaining stories include “Hondo & Fabian”, “Picnic” and Leo Lionni’s “Leo the Late Bloomer”. Celebrity narrators include Tim Curry and Mary Beth Hurt, and the DVD also includes an interview with Splat the Cat Author/Illustrator Scotton.

THE STORY ABOUT PING…AND OTHER FINE FEATHERED FRIENDSStories include the timeless classic “The Story About Ping” in which a young duck gets separated from his family, meets a new friend and sets off on a series of exciting adventures together as they search for Ping’s family. Four additional award-winning stories are featured, including “Goose”, “The Most Wonderful Egg in the World”, “Duck on Bike” and “Rosie’s Walk”. As an added bonus, the DVD also contains a Spanish Language version of “The Story of Ping”.

THE NAPPING HOUSE…AND OTHER STORIES THAT RHYME – This delightful new DVD featuring narrators such as Catherine O’Hara (SCTV) and “Bear Snores On” author/illustrator, Karma Wilson, highlights “The Napping House” from Don and Audrey Wood.  In this beloved classic, Granny and all the critters in her house pile on her bed for a nap…until a little flea caus es a big stir!  Other stories include “Each Peach Pear Plum”, “Drummer Hoff”, “Bear Snores On”, “Wild About Books”.Supports Friendship; Reading Skills; Cooperation

I highly recommend this collection to add your own personal DVD library today!

Want to buy it? Aside from being part of the MY FIRST COLLE CTION set, each of the DVDs which also include Scholastic’s innovative Read Along function, will also be available individually for $12.95srp. The collection in itself cost $24.95 and should be released on May 10th, 2011!

Visit to learn more about Scholastic Storybook Treasures!

Disclaimer: I received the mentioned DVD’s to review from Weston Woods, Studio (Scholastic: and Foundry Communications(Beth Blenz-Clucas).