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MicroDry Kitchen Mat {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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The Kitchen. It’s simultaneously the best and worst place in the house. Best because that’s where all the food is stored, prepared and eaten. Worst because after the food is prepared and eaten it all has to be cleaned up. Doing dishes is probably my least favorite “wifely duty,” and we have a dishwasher, so I know I really can’t complain. Also, my husband and I struck up a deal when we got married that whoever cooked the meal didn’t have to clean up, so I really really can’t complain because I do most of the cooking and therefore the least of the dishes. That said, I still hate doing dishes when I have to. Standing in front of the sink scrubbing pots and pans can feel like hours of monotonous, horrible work, especially if I don’t have anything comfy to stand on. I purchased a squishy kitchen mat from Costco a few years ago, and it helped, but nothing has been as comfy as the Textra Kitchen Mat from MicroDry.
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MicroDry makes products for the home, bath, kitchen, pets and even the beach! Their patented material is a high-density, machine-washable type of memory foam that quickly absorbs moisture, super helpful for things like hair-drying towels and bath mats. And all of their floor mats feature a slip-resistant floor-covering base so that oh-so-comfy mat doesn’t slide out from underneath you and land you on your bottom. You can view and purchase most of their collection on their website or shop their collection at any Bed Bath and Beyond near you.
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I received the New Textra Kitchen Mat in Coffee. I don’t drink coffee, but I think the color was a pretty good match to what coffee looks like. The fabric is soft and smooth to the touch, and according to the website, “the new ‘Textra’ micro-pebbled fabric can now withstand piling, significantly reducing the amount of dirt and small particles trapped on the mat.” I do feel that it still traps a lot of dirt, but a little shake outside or a quick vacuum every few days keeps it looking fresh enough. When I stand on it, it is very squishy, and when I move my feet to another spot, I can still see/feel the indent that my foot left in the previous spot, so I know the memory foam is working. In addition to being soft and comfy to stand on while doing dishes, it is stain-resistant, which is pretty much a must in a household with young kids. The  mat measures 22″ W x 32″ L and fits any standard kitchen sink area. See, look how good it looks in my kitchen!
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The Microdry Textra Kitchen Mat is available at  Bed Bath and Beyond for $29.99, but really, do you ever pay full price at that store? They almost always have a 20% off coupon floating around, so go get yourself one for around $25 and you could be smiling while doing the dishes tonight!
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Enter to win a Microdry Textra Kitchen Mat in any color Here!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 1st and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Microdry, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cascade Platinum Pacs {Review}

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade.  I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

We had a fairly quick courtship and engagement (3 1/2 months total), and as newlyweds scrambling to find affordable housing at the last minute, we didn’t care that one of the only available apartments was a basement with visible utility pipes running along the ceiling and walls, no air conditioning, and no chance of a dishwasher.  We talk about how all those hours we spent doing dishes together were so great for our marriage, but really, looking back, it was still a LOT of dish-washing!

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The day we moved into an apartment with a dishwasher, I thought my scrubbing-by-hand days were done.  Not so.  With our store-brand dishwasher powder, I typically spend a few minutes tackling the dishes that were supposed to clean, by chipping off zucchini slivers, sticky oatmeal, and yogurt slime.  When the dishwasher fails to produce clean dishes the first time, and after rinsing, loading and emptying, I still find myself at the sink scrubbing out what the dishwasher couldn’t handle the first time, this super cool appliance is not as super cool as it used to be.  I used to think it was the dishwasher, or the arrangement of the dishes, but after using Cascade® Platinum Pacs for the last few days and many washes, I’m convinced my problems can be sourced back to my weak-sauce washer powder.  Twist my arm to review ANYTHING more effective, and I’ve really found something incredible:

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These are powerful little nuggets!  I wasn’t expecting such a difference in my dishes, and especially not in the super clean dishwasher afterwards.  My dishes are as clean as ever!  I honestly honestly honestly have not had to scratch off any leftover food residue in the last several weeks that I’ve been using these!  (Its true, we only run the dishwasher once every 2-3 days, so this pack of 14 has lasted us quite a while!)
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These pouches contain the grease fighting power of Dawn, and can scrub away food that has been stuck on for 24 hours, so not running the dishwasher every day isn’t a problem!  These practically eliminate the need to pre-wash your dishes, and the results are sparkling, literally.  Here is a breakdown of the triple-action formula:
  • the liquid-top dual surfactant delivers exceptional shine for the dishes AND keeps the dishwasher sparkling
  • specially designed chelant and polymer system prevents hard-water film build-up on dishes, glasses, and even the interior of the dishwasher
  • the chelant is designed to fight Calcium that comes in with hard-water and food to help deliver virtually film-free dishes wash after wash
I love having immaculately clean dishes all the time, but I’m thinking ahead to how I’ll love having these Cascade® Platinum Pacs around when I have company over.  Having taken cooking classes in college where presentation was everything, I care a lot about the appearance of the dish I’m serving my guest.  How distracting and embarrassing would it be to hand over a delicate dessert in a streaky glass dish?  Gail Simmons feels the same way, I’m sure.  Yes, Gail Simmons from Top Chef and the editor of Food+Wine magazine has partnered with Cascade to discuss why presentation is just as important as preparation.
Gail recommends impressing with a Platinum Presentation: “The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations. Drizzle bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layer desserts in crystal-clean glassware. Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests.”
Learn more about Cascade’s partnership with Gail Simmons by viewing videos available on the Link to the Cascade Facebook page and Cascade YouTube page.
Thanks to Cascade, I almost have the same enthusiasm about filling the dishwasher as the baby does 🙂
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What is it about babies and dishwashers?!  And speaking of pictures, there is a “My Platinum” Instagram contest you should enter to win prizes!
The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four-week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pan and plates!

· Visit the contest landing page (http://tinyurl.com/PlatBlog) for information on how to enter and submit images.  The landing page will prompt users to sign up for Instagram if they are not currently users of the app.
· Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen!
To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade. Participants that have not registered will be disqualified from winning.
Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!

· Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9)
Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!
· Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16)
Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!
· Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23)
Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!
· Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)
Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!
· Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)
Bless you and curse you, Cascade.  Thank you for opening my eyes as to the happiness your effective dishwashing products can bring, and curse you for getting me hooked on your brand!  I don’t care if I use only Cascade products my whole life!  I will definitely be shopping the sales and splurging on on these Platinum packs whenever I get the chance.  Though a mere $.29 per dose is sounding totally worth it!

Tabletops Unlimited Fine Bone China Dinnerware {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Since I am the oldest grandchild, my grandmother has promised me her fine china!  It is a beautiful set, and I can’t wait to inherit it!  My sweet grandma is still so young and healthy, however, so I might be quite an old maid before I ever get to use it!  In the meantime, I still think a set of fine china dinnerware is a treasure for your kitchen and for your guests!  Even with small children in the home, the holidays alone make enough occasions to want to own a lovely set!

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I had the honor and privilege to review an exquisite set of fine bone china from Tabletops Unlimited!  I pulled them out of the box for a romantic dinner I made my husband on Valentine’s Day last weekend!  I was instantly impressed with the quality of the china.  This Emilia 16-piece Fine Bone China Dinnerware Set contains four 10-1/2-inch bone china dinner plates, four 8-inch bone china salad plates, four 6-inch bone china cereal bowls, and four 12-ounce bone china mugs.

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These dishes are ultra strong, ultra white, and ultra thin.  They are not all all clunky and they still have a decent weight and a beautiful feel to them.  U.S. market standards for bone china require a 25% bone ash content, but this set from Tabletops Unlimited meets the higher European standard of 45% bone ash.  The difference makes these dishes extra white in brightness and show off a maximum translucency.

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I love that this set has intricate details in the lines around the rims of the plates and up the sides of the bowls and cups, but the pattern isn’t overwhelming or interfering with the function of the dishes.  The delicate grooves are clearly visible and smooth to the touch, yet the design can accompany almost any decor.  The classic white goes with everything, and I think this set works well for both casual and formal settings.

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So what’s the big deal about fine bone china?  Bone china is a type of soft-paste porcelain known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency, very high mechanical strength and chip resistance.  The surface becomes repellant to moisture, odors, and colors and practically chip-resistant.  Fine bone china is typically quite expensive, but this set sells for $79.99 and is fired for 18 hours at 2,300° F to maximize moisture removal and creates a stronger, thinner bone china with a surface like glass.

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Isn’t it beautiful!?  I think this set would be a great addition to your dinnerware collection, and would also make a great wedding gift!  Check out the other beautiful bone china dinnerware sold by Tabletops Unlimited!

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And one lucky winner will receive their own Emilia 16-piece Fine Bone China Dinnerware Set from Tabletops Unlimited!  Valued at $79.99!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, March 1st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Tabletops Unlimited, but all opinions are strictly my own

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