Cascade Platinum: Review and GIVEAWAY! #cascadeshiningreviews

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I got my first dishwasher at 38 years old. I was already a wife and mom of four for years, and the one chore that always drove me nuts was washing dishes. So when the delivery man wheeled my new dishwasher in the door as we were preparing our move to Massapequa Park, I just about had a party! I have been attached to my dishwasher ever since.

Usually, we buy what is on sale or the store brand dishwasher detergent, and although I would get irritated that some of my heavier mess pots would not clean well and my dishes would come out wet, I was still thrilled to have a dishwasher. THAT IS, until I tried Cascade Platinum Pacs and Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid.

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1. Use Cascade Platinum detergent and rinse aid (you can win a prize pack from Massapequa Family!)
2. Skip the pre-wash.  It’s  true!  This is a key step for success in the dishwashing process, and just about everyone gets it wrong!
Here’s  why you need to skip the pre-wash: Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking it down so it can wash away. If  there’s  no  food  soil,  there’s  nothing  for  the  enzymes to  attach  to  and   your  detergent  isn’t  working  its  hardest  for  you.
3. In lieu of any pre-washing, simply toss the large bits of food into the trash or garbage disposal and then stop there...

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Trauma Drama

We all go through traumatic life events.  We all have our ups and downs.  We have all buried loved ones, got bad news, have had things happen to us or to those we love that scared us, shook us, hurt us…  And then we have those events that turn our perfect little worlds upside-down.  And this is what we are dealing with right now.

Was our life perfect?  Most would think it was FAR from it, quite the opposite by many standards.  But to me, it WAS.  Paul and I had each been married before (for a total of 20 years between the two of us) and had never truly been happy with our adult lives until we found each other...

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Dial Coconut Water – Review

As a Purex Insider, I was able to review the new Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash and I have to say, this mama really loves it!  Unfortunately, I made the mistake of allowing my 12 year old daughter try it, and well, let’s just say she confiscated it from me!

dial-insiders-web-coconutmanNEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is the latest Dial® Brand body wash bringing you hydration to your body washing experience in a tropical fun new scent. Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is infused with Coconut Water and a refreshing Mango aroma leaving your skin replenished and hydrated, every time you shower.

So I was able to use the body wash just ONCE before Juliana took it over...

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Kidecals Review #BTS

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We are all ready for school!  Well, at least we are ready with our school supplies, as I mentioned in our previous post on Back To School Supplies.  I am not ready yet mentally, but that will come soon, I imagine!  Not only do we have all our school supplies, I have taken the time to label all of the boys’ books, folders, school and lunch bags and supplies – and we’re ready to rock!


I ordered the labels with our last name and my cell phone number (If found, please call…) I have four kids, three elementary aged boys. While I would have loved the option to break up my sheet of labels with each boy’s first name, that is not an option on ordering, so I thought it best to order with just our last name and I added in their first initials...

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Back to School with School Smart and some #BTS Coupons! #OurSpecialty

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For the first time in the eight years I have been parenting school aged children, I am proud to announce that I am prepared with school supplies.  I took advantage of the school supply order forms that the Massapequa School District sent home in the springtime to order the supplies for my boys for this coming school year, and I have gotten the suggested list of items for my daughter to start 7th grade at Berner.  I cannot believe school is starting in two weeks, but I also cannot believe I am READY!

In all honesty, since my husband’s hospitalization, we feel like we’ve lost half our summer, so I *could* use a few more weeks of summer vacation, but since this is not an option, I am happy to say I am ready...

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Healthy eating with FOOD AND FAMILY

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As an Italian girl, food has (and always will be) a huge part of “family”.  We still gather around my parents’ table on Sunday afternoons for our Sunday family dinner.  Now that we are committed to healthier eating for our healthier lifestyle, food and family has become more important than ever.

In case you missed it, last Saturday, Chicken Soup for the Soul®, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, joined the fight for healthy eating with a new PBS show, which premiered on PBS stations. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: FOOD & FAMILY, a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting Media and Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, shows that how we eat is as important as what we eat.

Among the topics covered in the show are:

• The importance of gathering people together around the...

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Our Wildwood Vacation Part 2: @CapeMayMac Cape May

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Earlier this week I shared Our Wildwood Vacation: Part 1, which focused on Wildwood, the Boardwalk, and Morey’s Piers.  Just ten minutes away from all the action of Wildwood is a beautiful, quiet little town called Cape May.  I remember my very first trip I went on without my parents, when I was 17 years old, with 4 girlfriends to Wildwood.   The girls and I wanted to sunbathe but wanted to be able to say we did a boat trip, and we looked for a boat to cruise on for a few hours.  And so we took the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

YES, I DID SAY I WAS SEVENTEEN!  No, we did not know Lewes was in Delaware.  Yes, we were all silly teens who didn’t realize it was a FERRY, and we’d have to get BACK on the ferry to get back to our hotel room.  YES, I KNOW...

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UP by Jawbone… Can’t wait to use it!

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As you may have read, our family has recently began on our Journey to Health.   I had gotten a recommendation of the iPhone App Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal from a client of mine and then again from a good friend.  Both Paul and I began to use it when he got out of the hospital on July 22.  I’m tracking my daily calories, my weight loss and more.  Paul is using it to track these things plus his daily sodium intake.  We are doing very well on it, and it is very easy to use.

About two weeks ago, I decided to add an exercise element to the My Fitness Pal app.  I added Map My Walk - GPS Walking, Jogging, Running, Workout Tracking for Diet Weight Loss – MapMyFitness.  I love the functionality of the Map My Walk App within My Fitness Pal...

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Join the Journey with us… The Journey to Health

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A few weeks ago I shared that our lives changed in an instant when we learned that my husband had a heart attack.  Paul and I had just quit smoking a few months ago and I had been planning on losing weight for the longest time.  Although I knew I needed to work on my health and the health of our family, we had no idea how important this was until we were staring fear in the face.

I have my Masters in Counseling, and I am a Behavioral Coach.  I work with people EVERY DAY to help themselves with better eating habits, better sleeping habits, better exercise habits.  I share ideas and strategies on quitting smoking or quitting drinking, on lessening anxiety or depression EVERY DAY.  I know what a healthy lifestyle looks like.  Ask me if I had one – the answer is NO.


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