8 Tips to Up Your Spring Cleaning Game

This is a sponsored post.

There’s no better time than now to start your Spring Cleaning. The sun is finally peeking into our windows and the flowers are beginning to bloom outside. And if we are going to be spending time inside our homes, we want them to feel as fresh as the outdoors feel. So let’s get to work.

Besides organizing the drawers and cupboards, getting rid of excess junk, and cleaning the carpets, floors and baseboards, you are also going to want to deep clean everything. I also wanted to share with you a few things in your home that could use some spring cleaning that you may not of thought of. These Summit Brands products will clean everything your spring cleaning has missed. Check these out…

Get Your Whites Really Bright

Brighten and whiten your bedspreads, curtains, laundry and more with OUT® White Brite® Laundry Whitener. It can be used on all your whites and in your washing machine.

  • OUT® White Brite® Laundry Whitener brightens and removes what bleach and oxis can’t.
  • White Brite is safer than bleach! You can use it on white and colorfast fabrics, including delicates, and can safely be used in all washing machines. 
  • It eliminates stubborn red clay/red dirt stains. Works great on white baseball pants, uniforms, and also reverses unfortunate color bleeds. WOW!

No One Likes a Stinky Washing Machine

Speaking of laundry, when was the last time you cleaned your washing machine? Glisten®  Washer Magic Cleaner & Deodorizer will clean and disinfects even the hidden, vital and hard-to-reach areas in your washing machine. It is specially formulated to penetrate buildup and hard water impurities, removing them from water jets, tubes and pipes, while disinfecting against harmful bacteria. You can use it monthly to maintain a healthy and clean washing machine.

And good news, it’s safe and certified by the EPA and contains no bleach or chemicals that can harm fabrics. Plus, it will help extend the life and performance of your washing machine, effectively cleans door seals, detergent drawers and other hard-to-clean areas so you can feel good and happy when you are doing laundry.

Clean and Polish Your Cooktop

You know that grimy, gooey stuff that builds up on your oven and areas where you cook? Well it time to remove that gunk and freshen up an area that many people use everyday. NEW! Glisten® Cooktop & Kitchen Cleaning Pads make cleaning and polishing gas and electric ranges and cooktops super easy! Plus, you can also use them on ovens, range hoods, microwaves, small appliances, sinks, faucets and more. They are Dual Action Scrub & Shine pads…a single solution that does double duty. Each pad has an abrasive side for powerful cleaning to cut through grease and baked on food, and a soft cloth to polish leaving a shiny and streak-free surface.

Eliminate those Ugly Water Spots on Your Dishes and Silverware

There is nothing more annoying than washing your dishes in the dishwasher and having to unload a bunch of dishes with spots and film. Are they REALLY CLEAN? Glisten® Dishwasher Detergent Booster + Freshener can fix that problem. It’s multi-action formula is made with natural ingredients that leaves a fresh scent to your dishwasher and whole kitchen AND ALSO leaves your dishes sparkling clean. Works with your detergent during the main wash cycle to remove hard water spots and stains from dishes and glassware. Use it with every wash and you’ll see (and smell) such a difference. Yipee!

Have you Ever Deep Cleaned Your Dishwasher?

Lime, rust and can build up on dishwashers and diminish the performance of them. But Glisten® Dishwasher Magic® Machine Cleaner is here to help! It’s the #1 dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant AND the only one that is EPA-registered. It powerfully removes lime, rust, grease and other hard water buildup.

No More Dishwasher Smells

NEW! Glisten® Dishwasher Cleaner & Freshener. Works during your normal wash cycle to remove odor-causing build-up from your dishwasher and hidden areas. Use weekly (or as needed) to keep your dishwasher clean, deodorized and performing like new.

Eliminate a Stinky Garbage Disposal

Have you ever noticed a smell or those little flies coming out of your garbage disposal? If you are like me, then you feel super annoyed by this kitchen problem. Well, never fear…Glisten® Disposer Care® Freshener reaches deep to rinse away the toughest grunge and foul garbage disposal smells while freshening the entire kitchen. It’s natural ingredient formula is tested safe for use in all Disposer Care Freshener may be used daily or as needed to freshen and keep your disposal, drains and whole kitchen odor free.

Yes, You Should Deep Clean Your Garbage Disposal

If you’ve never done it, then it time. Deep clean that garbage disposal with Glisten® Disposer Care® Foaming Cleaner. Keep your sink clean and safe for all who use it. Glisten® Disposer Care® Foaming Cleaner is all-natural, safe, convenient and easy-to-use. It cleans and deodorizes your garbage disposal, safely and effectively. Its bleach-free formula and biodegradable packet cleans and scrubs the disposal blades, sidewalls, under the splash guard and other hidden areas, leaving the disposal, sink and whole kitchen fresh and smelling clean. 

Now, I am sure that after reading about all these cleaning tips, you are going to want to get your Spring Cleaning started. All the products mentioned come from Summit Brands…and the best part is that they are EASY TO USE. They find what’s lurking inside—way inside—your home’s cleaning machines can affect the performance of your appliances and, more importantly, your family’s health. They also keep your machines running effectively that will save you money in the long run.

The Summit Brands Guarantee

Finally, if you are skeptical about trying any of the Summit Brand products….don’t be! All of them are tried and true. Summit Brands believes that you will like them so much that all of their products have a money–back guarantee. They promise that every product will meet or exceed your expectations or they will give you your money back. So what do you have to lose?!!! 

Win $500 Of Cleaning Products!

Still not sure about the cleaning products I shared…or just want to win a bunch of them? Then enter the #HelloSummitBrands Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes!  Summit Brands is giving away $500 in cleaning products, and all you have to do is enter here: summitbrands.com/giveaway/

Good luck, and happy spring cleaning! Your house is going to feel…and smell so fresh and clean.

Motivate Teens to Do Their Chores During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Need something to motivate your teens and tweens to get through the Covid-19 School Break? Because if your kids are anything like my kids, all they are going to want to do is play on their phones or game consoles.

Soooooo, here is what you do. Gather all the toilet paper in the house, and have them earn their daily supply! If they want to go number one or two, what are they going to do? Some chores of course. Make your bed, get a square. Finish your homework, get two squares. Will it work?….hmmmm, it’s really tempting. And I even made a FREE Printable Cover-19 Teen Chore Chart for you to download.

Okay, okay, okay. I’m kidding! Or am I not? I mean, is it really cruel to limit toilet paper to your kids? I heard its worth like more than gold these days.

Click here to Download you FREE Printable Covid-19 Teen Chore Chart.

And may all the strength and good parenting vibes be with you. I have a feeling we are all going to need it in the coming weeks.

You Can Now Watch Disney’s Frozen 2 at Home!

This post is sponsored by Disney’s Frozen 2.

Our hearts are melting because Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” is now available on Digital in 4K Ultra HD™, HD and Movies Anywhere, and will be available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 25th. And what is even more exciting is that “Frozen 2” will include some pretty awesome bonus features! It will include deleted scenes, deleted songs, Easter eggs, outtakes and a sing-along version with lyrics to the film’s forever-infectious songs. Disney sent over the Blu-Ray and some fun games to celebrate this exciting release. And of course, that meant we needed to have a family Frozen 2 movie night that included Frozen 2 games and karaoke!

So all the cousins came over dressed in Frozen attire to watch Frozen 2. We decorated the house with blue and white streamers and balloons, and pulled out the play snowballs from the Christmas boxes. They made it feel like we were in the snow! I also got some Frozen 2 party decorations for the cake area because it just happened to be grandma and aunties birthday.

To add more fun to our Frozen 2 movie night, we played some fun “Frozen 2” games. On February 22, all-new toys inspired by the film’s finale featuring Queen Anna and Elsa the Snow Queen will hit retail shelves in celebration of the in-home release. Check out what we played.

I would have to say the the Frozen 2 Snowflake Catch was the kids favorite, along with Frozen 2 themed UNO and Frozen 2 Bop It! We even got uncle to play.

As I mentioned before, the Frozen 2 movie release comes with some amazing boys features. Dani’s most favorite bonus is by far the sing-along version with lyrics to all the Frozen 2 songs. You can sing along to your favorite songs as you watch the entire movie.

Along with the games, we were also given a Frozen 2 Karaoke Machine which she has not stopped playing with since we got it.

Everyone had so much fun singing along, however, these two wouldn’t share the microphone with anyone else but themselves. Hee hee.

We finished the evening with cake, because we had some special birthdays to celebrate. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. Everyone had so much fun…thanks to Frozen 2!

Disney’s Frozen 2 is such a great movie that families love, no wonder it’s on it’s way to becoming the No. 1 animated feature of all time!

Why Buying Girl Scout Cookies is More than Just Eating Cookies

This post is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Orange County.

I was a Girl Scout for seven years, and the thing I remember most about it was selling cookies door-to-door out of my little red wagon. I also remember my mom buying cases of cookies and filling up our freezer so we would be stocked up with cookies months after cookie sales ended. If we had any left once summer came, we would make s’mores with them. YUM! Those were the days! I can’t wait to make those same kind of memories with my little girl.

(Make sure to read to the end to enter to win some Girl Scout Cookies!!!)

Good news! Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing here in Orange County – you’ve probably seen a cute Girl Scout or two selling them either door to door, or at your local grocery store. So if you have been craving a box (or two or three!) then you better hurry and stock up now, because cookie sales end March 8th!

Why You Should By Girl Scout Cookies.

Buying Girl Scout cookies goes beyond yummy cookies in your tummy. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, is the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurship program. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills and their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path! How cool is that. Every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls to develop five essential life skills – Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

Girl Scouts all over the Unites States are busy selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for their troops to do fun learning and enrichment activities! Each individual troops works together to decide how their troop’s proceeds will be spent. Plus, when you purchase cookies within the OC, all that revenue stays within Orange County to support life-changing programs for nearly 20,000 girls.

The Deets Girl Scout Cookies!

Now that you are probably in the mood for some Girl Scout Cookies, you probably want to know what kinds are available and how much! Girl Scout cookies in Orange County run $5.00 per package. The gluten-free are $6.00 per package.

This year you can get all your favorite flavors. Regular flavors include Caramel Delights, Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich. Vegan cookie flavors include Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties & S’mores. The gluten-Free are Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies and a limited in availability.

Can’t Eat Cookies? You Can Donate Them…what?!!!!

Did you know that Girl Scouts has a Cookie Share option? If you don’t eat them, treat them! Customers can buy and donate cookies that are then distributed to our nation’s military and local food banks. Just let the Girl Scout know that you want to purchase for a charitable cause and they can help you right there at the cookie booth.

I think that the Girl Scout program is super awesome and really wanted to help support these girls during cookie season. So that is why I wrote a whole post on just Girl Scout Cookie sales. Plus, we really LOVE Girl Scout Cookies! Our favorites are the Caramel Delights and Thin Mints.

If you are having trouble locating cookies, use the Cookie locator to locate a Girl Scout selling cookies near you. You can also have a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package below…

Girl Scout Cookie GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

Here is your chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package!!! Just enter via Rafflecopter below or on Facebook and you could win a box of all the Girl Scout Cookies available in Orange County. Contest ends February 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen randomly and must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States. Good luck!!!!

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Discovery Days at Centennial Farm

Centennial Farm is located in the OC Fair & Event Center in the city of Costa Mesa in Orange County. If you have been to the OC Fair, then most likely you have also visited Centennial Farm. The big red barn marks it’s location!

Did you know that you can visit Centennial Farm for FREE?!!! It’s open to the public almost every day of the week, unless there is a special event or if the OC Fair is open, which in that case you can still visit if you have a Fair ticket! You can stroll to gardens and say hi to all the animals which is especially fun for small children.

If you want an extra fun experience at Centennial Farm, then I suggest visiting during one of their Discovery Days.

Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are set up for school field trips, but you are welcome to visit on your own alongside the groups. They have volunteers onsite with demonstrations and hands on activities for kids to learn about gardening and farm life. Did I mention that there is NO CHARGE for you to visit on your own! We took Dani last week and had such a great time.

When you arrive, make sure to check in at the tables located at the entrance to the farm. They give you a map and explain what is happening inside the farm. They also give each kid a coloring book and a packet of seeds. Then you will head inside the Centennial Farm for your self guided tour.

We started out heading over to the garden to check out all the vegetable being grown. WOW! They have a little bit of everything growing out in the fields. There a signs in front of each fruit or vegetable with details and info about the plant and how to grow it. If you have older children, you can have them read the plaques, and with younger children

They also have a touch table set up with lots of different fruits and vegetables for the kids to hold, touch, and smell. A volunteer is there to help the kids explore and learn about what they are touching.

The volunteers are also available to talk to you and are so excited to answer questions and show the children different areas of the garden.

Next we headed over to check out a rather large bull. He was very sweet, and we were allowed to carefully brush him under strict supervision of course. There were volunteers telling us all sorts of facts and stories about him, and also answering any questions we had.

Around the corner, there was another variety of cow! How fun to see a dairy cow up close…she was so beautiful. And inside the big red barn, they have milking demonstrations. Make sure to grab a seat early, as it gets quite full inside.

Kids also get to learn about seeds and have the chance to plant their own radish seeds to take home. Radish seeds have a 21 day growth cycle, so kids can see the progress of their plants pretty quickly.

One of the most exciting parts of this day, was seeing the baby pigs that were born less than 24 hours before our visit. There are always pregnant pigs at Centennial Farm, and there is always a batch of new piglets to enjoy and observe.

We got to not only see the newborn piglets, but also a set of 7 week old piggies. Oh my goodness…they were all so cute!

And besides the pigs, there are many other animals to see and learn about. Here are some photos of our animal encounters.

There is so much to see and do at Discovery Days. There was a welder demonstrating different techniques, and doing demonstrations on bending metal for farm and garden accessories.

If you plan on spending a good amount of time at Centennial Fam Discovery Days, you can bring a picnic lunch. There is a nice sitting area where you can sit and relax when you need a break. Honestly, the views of the garden here are so beautiful, and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the OC Fairgrounds.

Before you leave, stop by the community garden box and grab a bunch of fresh veggies. It’s donation only, and gives kids the opportunity to experience eating something that they can also see growing right before their eyes. We had a choice of different varieties of lettuce, radishes, and swiss chard!

We had such a great time enjoying Discovery Days at Centennial Farm. It’s one of the best truly free activities available to the public in Orange County. It brings some of the best parts of California to our fingertips…our rich agricultural, farming and fabulous Oc volunteers. I hope that you and your family can experience Centennial Farm Discovery Days on day!