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HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Tray – product review

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“I received free product in exchange for my honest review.”

Today, I’d like to share a product that I think you will love for your holiday entertaining and throughout the year! I was selected to try the HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Tray, which I had already been eyeing in the store recently.
I have to be honest and tell you that it was suggested that I throw a game day party using the tray, which is what I normally would have done, but life is anything but normal at my house right now.
Since I was recently released from the hospital and my immune system is weak, my taste testers were my family and myself. We were very impressed!
My husband picked up the Supreme HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Tray at our local Walmart. My son decided that everything (the crackers, meat and cheese) looked delicious except that the tray included olives – he doesn’t like olives.
So what did we think when we taste tested everything? Delicious! The crackers are thin, but very buttery tasting. The meat (2 types of salami) were flavorful and not too salty. The cheese had great flavor and the olives are waiting for more people who like olives to be around me because I don’t want to waste them.
So, what occasions would I use the HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Tray? I can think of a lot of occasions – a game day party, Christmas, New Year’s, graduation parties, I would even take one to my son’s piano recital!
So, if you’re throwing a party or looking for something to take to a party, I highly recommend a HORMEL GATHERINGS Party tray.

Here are some links to check out:
Hormel Gatherings Facebook page
Hormel Gatherings Pinterest
Hormel YouTube page

All opinions expressed here are mine.  I was given free product in exchange for my honest review.

Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash & Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap Review & Giveaway – Win a FREE bottle!

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So, life has definitely been busy around my house – so busy, I forgot to pick winners for my Dial Baby Giveaway!  Without further ado, let me tell you who won.  I took all your names to Random.org and put them in and the 2 winners are Scott and Kaitlyn!! Be sure to look for an email from Sweepstakes in Seattle – I’ll need some info from you so I can get your prize on its way to you! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered!

I am so excited! I have some new products to tell you about and a giveaway! Two of my readers will each win a coupon for a Free bottle of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash or Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash (note, it’s one coupon, but you get to choose which product you want for Free – just one product).
This time my son got to be the product tester for me. Even though he’s 14, he tested out the Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and the Dial Kids Foaming hand soap. The Baby Body Wash is unscented, so that was great for my older kiddo, who would prefer not to smell like a baby! The Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash is watermelon scented (Watery Melon), which is always a big hit at our house!
My son immediately liked the body wash! He thought it made his skin feel soft and it rinsed off well. For me, I appreciated a break from his recent “Manly-scented” body wash. Not that they smelled bad or anything, but they certainly don’t smell like a kid! Too grown-up smelling and a strong scent, too. Unscented was a pleasant change for both of us!

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As for the hand soap, it’s great – lots of bubbles, amazing smell and of course, does a good job cleaning your hands and rinsing off easily! Both these products got a big “thumbs up” from my son.
Now, the giveaway – here’s how to enter and the rules:
1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite baby wash is. (1 entry)
2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ (1 entry per share as long as you leave a comment with a link to your share for each one)
3. Follow Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook – new followers only (1 entry)
Entry Requirements:
18+
US residents only
If you have won a prize from Sweepstakes in Seattle in the past 3 months, you are ineligible to enter this giveaway (just to make it fair 🙂 )
Giveaway ends May 7, 2015 at 9pm PT.

*Note: I was given a free bottle of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash in exchange for my fair and honest review of the product. I was not paid to review this product and all the opinions stated here are mine.

Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash & Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap Review & Giveaway – Win a FREE bottle!

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Dial-Body-WashI am so excited! I have some new products to tell you about and a giveaway! Two of my readers will each win a coupon for a Free bottle of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash or Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash (note, it’s one coupon, but you get to choose which product you want for Free – just one product).
This time my son got to be the product tester for me. Even though he’s 14, he tested out the Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and the Dial Kids Foaming hand soap. The Baby Body Wash is unscented, so that was great for my older kiddo, who would prefer not to smell like a baby! The Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash is watermelon scented (Watery Melon), which is always a big hit at our house!
My son immediately liked the body wash! He thought it made his skin feel soft and it rinsed off well. For me, I appreciated a break from his recent “Manly-scented” body wash. Not that they smelled bad or anything, but they certainly don’t smell like a kid! Too grown-up smelling and a strong scent, too. Unscented was a pleasant change for both of us!

Dial-Hand-Soap
As for the hand soap, it’s great – lots of bubbles, amazing smell and of course, does a good job cleaning your hands and rinsing off easily! Both these products got a big “thumbs up” from my son.
Now, the giveaway – here’s how to enter and the rules:
1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite baby wash is. (1 entry)
2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ (1 entry per share as long as you leave a comment with a link to your share for each one)
3. Follow Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook – new followers only (1 entry)
Entry Requirements:
18+
US residents only
If you have won a prize from Sweepstakes in Seattle in the past 3 months, you are ineligible to enter this giveaway (just to make it fair 🙂 )
Giveaway ends May 7, 2015 at 9pm PT.

*Note: I was given a free bottle of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash in exchange for my fair and honest review of the product. I was not paid to review this product and all the opinions stated here are mine.

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Product Review & Giveaway – Win a coupon for a FREE bottle!

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The giveaway is over, so now it’s time to name the winners!  Thanks to everyone who entered!  The winners are: Ashley and Hillary! Congratulations, ladies – be sure to watch for an email from Sweepstakes in Seattle so I can get your mailing information.

I’ve got a great new product to tell you about (and 2 of my readers will get a chance to try it for themselves because I’m giving away 2 coupons for a FREE bottle – see details at the end of the post).
Purex sent me a bottle of their new Purex Crystals ScentSplash to try. I was surprised to find that the newest product in the Crystals line is a liquid! It smells fabulous. I got the Fresh Spring Waters scent and it’s just wonderful. I tried it out on a load of towels and they came out smelling delightful and feeling soft.
Normally, my liquid softener of choice is Snuggle Blue. This liquid softener is thicker than snuggle and you add it directly into the water, no special dispenser needed! I am really liking this product so far – it may turn out to be a new favorite for me!
Now the giveaway. Two of my readers will each win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash!
How to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite fabric softener (1 entry)
2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ (1 entry per share as long as you leave a comment with a link to your share for each one)
3. Follow Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook – new followers only (1 entry)
Entry Requirements:
18+
US residents only
If you have won a prize from Sweepstakes in Seattle in the past 3 months, you are ineligible to enter this giveaway (just to make it fair 🙂 )
Giveaway ends April 13, 2015 at 9 am PT.

*Note: I was given a free bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash in exchange for my fair and honest review of the product. I was not paid to review this product and all the opinions stated here are mine.

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Product Review & Giveaway – Win a coupon for a FREE bottle!

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Purex-Crystals-SplashI’ve got a great new product to tell you about (and 2 of my readers will get a chance to try it for themselves because I’m giving away 2 coupons for a FREE bottle – see details at the end of the post).
Purex sent me a bottle of their new Purex Crystals ScentSplash to try. I was surprised to find that the newest product in the Crystals line is a liquid! It smells fabulous. I got the Fresh Spring Waters scent and it’s just wonderful. I tried it out on a load of towels and they came out smelling delightful and feeling soft.
Normally, my liquid softener of choice is Snuggle Blue. This liquid softener is thicker than snuggle and you add it directly into the water, no special dispenser needed! I am really liking this product so far – it may turn out to be a new favorite for me!
Now the giveaway. Two of my readers will each win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash!
How to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite fabric softener (1 entry)
2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ (1 entry per share as long as you leave a comment with a link to your share for each one)
3. Follow Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook – new followers only (1 entry)
Entry Requirements:
18+
US residents only
If you have won a prize from Sweepstakes in Seattle in the past 3 months, you are ineligible to enter this giveaway (just to make it fair 🙂 )
Giveaway ends April 13, 2015 at 9 am PT.

*Note: I was given a free bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash in exchange for my fair and honest review of the product. I was not paid to review this product and all the opinions stated here are mine.

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Review & Giveaway – Win a coupon for a FREE bottle!

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Dial-Miracle-Oil-Body-WashI love trying new things, don’t you? Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash. Two of my readers will also get the chance to try out this body wash, too! (Giveaway details below).
I was excited to try this body wash. It’s infused with Marula Oil.My legs have had pretty dry skin this winter and I was curious to see if it helped with the dryness. It did, but just a little.
The scent was okay, but not really a scent that I would choose for myself (I’m hoping they introduce some more scents in this line). The good news about the scent is that it didn’t stay strong all day, it faded and was very mild.  The body wash left my skin soft and not greasy at all – it rinsed off and didn’t leave a residue like some body washes do.
Overall, I liked the new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash, but I didn’t love it as much as I’ve loved some of their other body washes.
Would you like to try a bottle for yourself and see if you love it? Two of my readers will each win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash!
Here are the giveaway details:
Prize: 1 Coupon for a FREE bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash (2 winners)
How to enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me something new that you’ve tried lately and what you thought about it (1 entry)
  • Follow Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook (be sure to leave a comment saying you are now following Sweepstakes in Seattle) – new followers only.  If you already like Sweepstakes in Seattle, just share this post on your Facebook page for one entry.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram and be sure to come back and comment with a link to your share (1 entry per social media platform share)Age: 18+
    U.S. residents only
    **If you have won a prize from Sweepstakes in Seattle within the last 3 months you are ineligible to enter.
    Giveaway ends: Wednesday, March 18 @ 9 pm PT.

Disclaimer: I was given a FREE bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash from the folks at Dial to try in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were only influenced by my experience with the product.

Purex PowerShot Review & Giveaway – Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway!  I entered your names over at Random.org and my 2 winners are: Karin A. and Dawn K.  Congratulations – be sure to check your email for a message from me, so I can get your contact info. and send you both your prize!

Have you ever had a laundry disaster? Not just having the dryer eat your socks, but a full on ‘everything went wrong’ kind of laundry disaster? I have! Today, it’s funny to think about, but when it happened, yeah, not so funny.
It happened a year or two after we had moved into our first house. It was a spring day and my husband had chosen to drive in to work rather than take the bus. I decided to start doing some laundry, so I started a load and went about doing other tasks. While I was doing those tasks, I kept hearing something strange and thought my son was playing in the bathroom. I checked on him and found him playing, but not in the bathroom and not with water. So, I decided to check the laundry and found, to my dismay, water spraying everywhere! One of the water hoses to the washer had cracked under the water pressure and was spraying water all over my dryer – it actually cut through the venting hose on the dryer and was flooding my garage. I panicked and called my husband who told me how to shut off the water and he then drove the 45 minutes home to help mop up the garage, dry out the dryer and replace the venting hose. That was my laundry disaster, you can tell me about yours when you enter my giveaway.  And don’t forget to check those washer hoses – the same thing happened to my neighbor this last summer, but her laundry is in the house.  They ended up needing to replace flooring and drywall and it took a while.  Replace those hoses every 5 years, because, trust me, they do wear out and that is a lot of water!!
That’s right, it’s time for that giveaway I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. First, I need to tell you about the product that you could win a coupon to try it for FREE!
Purex has a new detergent called “Purex PowerShot” – it’s concentrated, so you use less, it has it’s own measuring system inside the bottle, so no more messy lids and you can even see through the bottle! Definitely, not a laundry disaster!
I tried Powershot on my bedding and it did a great job! My son said that it smelled great and I just have to trust that he’s right – my sniffer isn’t working today due to a head cold. I like the measuring system in the bottle, but I think my favorite thing about the bottle is that I can see how much detergent is left in the bottle, no more guessing whether I’m close to being out of laundry detergent, I see how much I have with my own eyes!
So,the good part (in my opinion, anyway) – two of my readers will have a chance to try Purex PowerShot for themselves and see justhow great it is! To enter, leave a comment telling me your worst laundry disaster. For bonus entries – share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to come back and leave a comment telling me where you shared this giveaway and a link for me to verify your share. You can also earn a bonus entry for liking Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook (again be sure to leave a comment). Also, Purex has a sweepstakes running to promote Purex Powershot – don’t forget to check it out, you can enter to win a new washer and dryer!
My rules: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older. Giveaway ends Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at 9pm PT. Prize is one coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Powershot (2 winners).

Disclaimer: I was given a FREE bottle of Purex Powershot from the folks at Purex to try in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were only influenced by my experience with the product.

Purex PowerShot Review & Giveaway – Win a coupon for a FREE bottle!

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Purex-GiveawayHave you ever had a laundry disaster? Not just having the dryer eat your socks, but a full on ‘everything went wrong’ kind of laundry disaster? I have! Today, it’s funny to think about, but when it happened, yeah, not so funny.
It happened a year or two after we had moved into our first house. It was a spring day and my husband had chosen to drive in to work rather than take the bus. I decided to start doing some laundry, so I started a load and went about doing other tasks. While I was doing those tasks, I kept hearing something strange and thought my son was playing in the bathroom. I checked on him and found him playing, but not in the bathroom and not with water. So, I decided to check the laundry and found, to my dismay, water spraying everywhere! One of the water hoses to the washer had cracked under the water pressure and was spraying water all over my dryer – it actually cut through the venting hose on the dryer and was flooding my garage. I panicked and called my husband who told me how to shut off the water and he then drove the 45 minutes home to help mop up the garage, dry out the dryer and replace the venting hose. That was my laundry disaster, you can tell me about yours when you enter my giveaway.  And don’t forget to check those washer hoses – the same thing happened to my neighbor this last summer, but her laundry is in the house.  They ended up needing to replace flooring and drywall and it took a while.  Replace those hoses every 5 years, because, trust me, they do wear out and that is a lot of water!!
That’s right, it’s time for that giveaway I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. First, I need to tell you about the product that you could win a coupon to try it for FREE!
Purex has a new detergent called “Purex PowerShot” – it’s concentrated, so you use less, it has it’s own measuring system inside the bottle, so no more messy lids and you can even see through the bottle! Definitely, not a laundry disaster!
I tried Powershot on my bedding and it did a great job! My son said that it smelled great and I just have to trust that he’s right – my sniffer isn’t working today due to a head cold. I like the measuring system in the bottle, but I think my favorite thing about the bottle is that I can see how much detergent is left in the bottle, no more guessing whether I’m close to being out of laundry detergent, I see how much I have with my own eyes!
So,the good part (in my opinion, anyway) – two of my readers will have a chance to try Purex PowerShot for themselves and see justhow great it is! To enter, leave a comment telling me your worst laundry disaster. For bonus entries – share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to come back and leave a comment telling me where you shared this giveaway and a link for me to verify your share. You can also earn a bonus entry for liking Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook (again be sure to leave a comment). Also, Purex has a sweepstakes running to promote Purex Powershot – don’t forget to check it out, you can enter to win a new washer and dryer!
My rules: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older. Giveaway ends Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at 9pm PT. Prize is one coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Powershot (2 winners).

Disclaimer: I was given a FREE bottle of Purex Powershot from the folks at Purex to try in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were only influenced by my experience with the product.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Product Review & Giveaway – Winners!

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Purex-GiveawayThanks to everyone who entered my giveaway for a coupon to try Purex Crystals Aromatherapy for FREE!  I used Random.org to select the 2 winners.  Random.org picked: Joan and Jill. Congratulations!  Look for an email from me soon – I’ll need to get your mailing addresses so I can send you your prize.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Product Review & Giveaway – Win a coupon for a FREE bottle!

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Purex-GiveawayThe last few weeks I’ve been trying out a new product from Purex. I’ve been using their new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Energy (citrus scent). I was very excited to try this new product as I have been a big fan of their original fabric softener crystals, I love the Fresh Spring Waters scent.
This new scent is stronger than the original crystals and when I took my first sniff of it in the bottle, I admit I wasn’t sure that I was going to like it, but I used it on my towels and they smelled fabulous when I pulled them out of the dryer. The scent lasted longer, too! That made me happy because I love soft, great smelling towels.

So, would you like to try it for yourself? I’m giving two lucky readers a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. To enter go to the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy page, look at the scent choices and leave a comment telling me what scent you would love to try for yourself. You may earn a bonus entry by liking Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook and leaving a comment telling me that you did. If you already like Sweepstakes in Seattle on Facebook – just share this giveaway (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, email) and leave a comment telling me where you shared this giveaway.
Giveaway is open to US residents 18+.  Giveaway ends November 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm PST.

*Disclaimer: I was given a bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy from Purex to try for FREE in exchange for my honest opinion about the product. All opinions stated here are my own.