Category: Product Reviews

Prefense Hand Sanitizer {review + giveaway}


I’m going on vacation this month with two children under the age of three! I’m pretty excited and also slightly scatterbrained thinking about all the things I need to do to make sure the vacation goes as smooth as possible.  No vacation is perfect and goes according to plan every step of the way but hey, I can still try to achieve readiness. I can prepare myself for if things do take a turn for the unexpected to bring peace to all the “What If’s” in my head.

One of my What If’s include, what if my kids pick up some sorta germs that can cause them to get sick! Because we know if one child gets sick the other one is going to get it too and we wouldn’t want that! I am trying my best to my daughter that washing her hands is important and a great way to keep from getting sick and spreading germs. Not sure if she’s quite grasping the concept as she’s always putting her fingers in her mouth. I shudder at the thought of what germs she could be getting into her system.

I try to always make sure my own hands are washed when out and about because there are germs everywhere! Sometimes I can’t always get to a sink right away. So what’s a mom to do? And lets not forget to mention that I’m not a fan of those antibacterial soaps that use no water because they have alcohol in them. Guess what? I just found out about a waterless alcohol free soap that is made of all-natural ingredients called Prefense!

I was able to review a 1.5 ounce sample of Prefense to share my thoughts on and it couldn’t have come at a better time! The bottle I was sent I’ll have to note is perfect the mom on the go whether out and about on daily errands or if you’ll be going on a vacation or day trip of some sort. It’s a handy size to just throw in a purse, diaper bag, backpack, or your luggage for traveling.  It’s totally coming with us on our vacation!

The nozzle on the Prefense bottle I was sent reminds me of those that you would use for foaming soap and very simple to use. I applied the product to my own hands and noted that it quickly saturates into the skin without leaving in sort of greasy or sticky feeling or residue behind. The silica base means it doesn’t dry out your hands like traditional alcohol sanitizers.  It actually smooths and softens your hands. I can completely vouch that it does exaclty what it advertises!

The techonolgy behind the product makes sure to protect you for 24 hours or 10 hand washings. I’m all for the fact that one application last all day long! Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains, and more. Fighting germs that other hand sanitizers can’t! It’s assuredly brought a peace of mind to this mom and the fact I can use it on my children to is a major plus. There will be permanent place in my purse and diaper bag of Prefense!

Buy it: At 8¢ a day, Prefense is cheaper than the $1.20 per day alcohol hand sanitizers. The 1.5 ounce Prefense Hand Sanitizer  is on sell right now at REI for just 5.93 regularly 8.50 ! You can also find this product at Amazon.com and other retailers. Sizes currently available include the 1.5 ounce and the 8 ounce.

Get Connected: Prefense is Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to connect with them for the latest news and promotions.

Win it!

Prefense is offering one of my readers a 8oz Prefense which offers 640 applications — with one spray lasting all day, that one bottle of Prefense could potentially last one user almost 2 years!

To Enter: Tell me what about Prefense makes you want to use it?

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & include @Prefense  in the Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 06/01/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. The giveaway is open to U.S Residents only.  The giveaway bottle of Prefense will be shipped directly to the winner.

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.

Pear Tree Greeting Party Invites {review + giveaway}

I love Summer for numerous reasons and one of the biggest reasons are because of the celebrations that bring friends and family closer together such as those pool parties, BBQ’s and holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and so on.

Every party whether big or little feels that much more special and fun if you can put together a special invitation for your guest. I don’t know about you but it usually makes me as a receiver feel that much more special and am drawn to show up knowing the host took the extra time to make such formally awesome party invitations!

Pear Tree Greeting just launched their brand new line of party invitations which are definitely worth a look. Whether you are looking for fun or fancily sophisticated they’ve got you covered!

If you are into giving your guest gifts or just in general to nicely present those left over goodies from your party that didn’t get eaten, Pear Tree Greetings also has really cute matching gift tags to go with it to add that special touch! I utterly love the general idea of it.

Specials going on at Pear Tree Greetings: Use the code PEARGRAD15 and receive 15% off a minimum purchase of $49. This offer expires 5/31. (Works for graduation announcements and graduation thank you cards only)

Win: Pear Tree Greetings is offering one of my readers 24 free party invitations!

To Enter: Let me know what you favorite type of party is that you like to throw & what party invitation you might purchase if you won!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 06/01/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. US only please.

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.


Household Traditions Powdered Dishwasher Detergent {review & giveaway}

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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.

-BUY IT –

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!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

7. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

8. Follow @troptraditions on Twitter!

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.