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Review: Finish Powerball Tablets, Orange Scent


I’m pretty picky when it comes to what I like to use to get my dishes clean in the dishwasher. I’ve been through my fair share and have yet to come across one as great as the Finish Powerball Tablets. These tablets have done a wonderful job to getting my dishes sparkling clean without leaving spots or any undesired residue or food build up behind!

I’ve baked meatloaf and birthday cake just this last week and decided to see if these PowerBall Tabs could do the job it claimed. And to my surprise each pan came out looking as good as new! The powerful cleaners have also done a great job in removing tea and coffee stains from my favorite mugs! Our wine glasses have also come out spotless with no cloudy film that often is left behind when running them through the wash!

Each of the Powerballs are individually wrapped which makes for easy storage and the wrapper keeps the appearance hidden from children that might think they were candy or something. To use you simply open them, throw away the wrapper, place the tablet inside the Main Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser And Close.

The tablets are safe to use on china as well as glassware. The scent is very light and not overpowering in the least bit. I appreciate that because who really wants to drink out of a cup or eat off a plate that smells like a cleaner? Not me. Overall, I’m very happy with the product and would highly recommend it to other looking for a optimal way to clean their dishes in the wash. Great for everyday and even better for those busy baking days when everything seems to be caked on with something you would rather not soak for hours and scrub later!

You can purchase Finish Powerball Tablets, Orange Scent, 20 Count through Amazon’s subscribe and save program! Save 5% making a 20 count package $3.77 each month! Not bad at all if you ask me!

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Natural House Cleaning Products: Flushy, Trashy and Sinky!

I’m all about keeping my home environment safe making sure to know what I’m cleaning with in means to prevent use of harmful and or potentially deadly chemicals. I have two kids under the age of four so you can never be to careful as little ones touch everything and babies always put things in their mouth! I’ve also personally had some adverse reactions to other commonly used but not eco-friendly or natural household cleaners that left it hard for me to breath and a little faint for day. And with that being said, I’d like to share my thoughts and point you in the direction of a 30-day supply of Natural House Products called’ Flushy, Trashy and Sinky that were provided to me through the company Natural House.

What makes these cleaners so special? Well for one, Natural House uses probiotic cleaning agents; which are non-toxic and gentle for everyone in your home and they keep working well until your next cleaning session. How awesome is that?

Trashy has been working wonders in our home. First I have to brag on the spray bottle mainly because I like the little lock feature when the product is not in use. I like the fact I don’t how to twist the spray nozzle and get cleaner on my hands. We’ve been using Trashy in our kitchen trash can as well as in our diaper pail. I simply spray the can and the pail and let it sit for a couple of hours and then I wipe it clean after. There’s no more icky smell and with routine use, I’ve totally noticed a huge difference! No more order, only a nice winter green smell that isn’t over the top to my family which is usually very sensitive to certain scents.

Flushy makes cleaning the toilet, ( one of my least favorite tasks) a lot more bearable. Basically to use this, you simply toss one of the flushy foaming pouches into the toilet wait about ten seconds and then follow up with a little scrubbing with your toilet brush. That’s all there is to it! It’s neat because you can see the product noticeably working right away. Flushy cut through stains, hard water and calcium deposits as well as any build up pipes maintaining your septic system. With routine use, the toliet has been kept cleaner and everything seems to be working smoothly.

Sinky is a product for kitchen sink disposals and drain maintenance. I’ve tossed this one into disposal and was delighted with smell (fresh citrus) and how our drain seems to have sped up in letting the water out. I would say it’s totally doing

the job of preventing future clogs and keeping undesirable odors away.

I would recommend all of these products because they get the job done, they are natural, and they are reasonably priced.

Buy it: If interested, you can purchase these products at the Natural House’s website or you can shop Natural House Products on which are eligible for free shipping!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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What Would I do without my Skoy Cloths?

A product I’ve been using for many years now that I’d like to brag about again is the Skoy Cloth! I use these cloths for washing dishes, cleaning the counter tops,  to wipe my kids hands and faces after a meal,  clean windows, and the list goes on!

I use Skoy Cloths for almost everything and they last for a long time without having to be replaced. I mean what’s not to love…they are the most ideal eco friendly alternative to using paper towels and sponges. And get this, one Skoy Cloth can keep 15 rolls of paper towels out of the landfills and they can absorb up to 15 times its own weight!

Skoy Cloths are 100% Biodegradable made from natural cotton and wood based cellulose pulp. The feel of this cloth is like soft card board and the bottom is textured which helps give it great scrubbing power.

The Skoy cloth is a smart eco friendly, affordable, and durable way to clean! They are available in a variety of styles and fun patterns. You can get four  Skoy cloths on for $6.99 right now!

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Organization 2012: Project #1- Clothes, Shoes, Kid Toys…

I haven’t been blogging at all this week because I’ve been busy tackling a very important resolution for 2012 that I made. This resolution is to get my home organized. I’ve started with the most challenging and time consuming area which is/was to go through and get rid of donate/swap clothes, shoes, and out grown and unplayed with toys. It wouldn’t have gotten to be as out of hand that it became if I was able to go through things when we moved into our duplex a couple of years ago. But as what happened was that I got pregnant right away and was feeling down and out for 16 weeks time. And by that time I was LARGE in the belly with child and it wasn’t really the best idea to go moving this and that in the garage.

I figured I’d put it off till after I had my baby but once again, I didn’t get to it! I was consumed with my new baby, potty training, and kept telling myself I’d save it all for my next baby. Then I thought I again, people could be using all of this, I could be swapping it out so as to by new needed clothes for my family…. Did I really want it to be dragged around place after place in a box for the next five years? No, I didn’t! So as hard as it was to say good bye to the adorable little out fits my son and daughter once worn I’m glad I’m doing it. Getting rid of so many things is very freeing. I feel as if a huge burden has been lifted. And it makes me so happy to meet other mother’s that will be enjoy and getting as much use of the items as I once did. In fact most of the things I have is because another family passed them along to me as well.

So where exaclty is it going? Well, I’ve been using one of my favorite swapping site called Thred Up! Thred Up is a company that you can buy and sell your kids outgrown clothes. I LOVE Thred Up and have swapped and recieved many great items for my family!  I think it’s a great way to save money! I often have found it more affordable than shopping at Goodwill and my local consignment stores.

Right now my living room looks like it should be featured in an episode of Hoarders. I’m working on getting all of this moved within two weeks time. I’m happy to say I’ve already shipped about 8 boxes out and working on more.  And whatever doesn’t get picked on Thred Up is either going to my local goodwill or I’ll send it in through Thred Up’s concierge service to see what I possibly can get for it.

Swapping is helping me be able to get my children new clothes for 2012. We are in need of petite or slim sized 4t clothes. I’m mainly looking for dresses, leggings, socks, and size 9-10 shoes for her.  And for my son, he’s starting to grow out of his 12 month and we are on the search for 18 months shorts, tops, socks, and light spring/summer jackets.  I’m a bit picky when it comes to their clothes. We aren’t sports fans of over here so for Owen I’m looking for anything but sports…! And for my daughter, she likes robots, unicorns, Sanrio, Fairy… not really into princess stuff. So getting rid of things is helping me also take inventory of what we need. My next project is going to be the kitchen!

Are you tackling anything this year?  

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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 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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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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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.

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