Fun Mother Goose Club DVD Review

On July 12, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

I love anything that encourages early reading and helps to increase vocabulary in young children.  Memory verses, rhymes, songs and music are all elements that have been proven to help.  As a homeschooling family, we have employed all of them at various stages in our children’s educations.  It has been known for years that children [...]

I love anything that encourages early reading and helps to increase vocabulary in young children.  Memory verses, rhymes, songs and music are all elements that have been proven to help.  As a homeschooling family, we have employed all of them at various stages in our children’s educations.  It has been known for years that children who recognize rhyming words have a much easier time learning to read.  Nursery rhymes are a great way to help them understand rhyming.  As someone who grew up reading and reciting Mother Goose rhymes, I was tickled to share this review project with my grandson.  He and I often play and sing rhymes together and his favorite is The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  That probably has something to do with Grandma being VERY animated when we play it.  :)

mother goose DVD

Nursery Rhyme DVD from Mother Goose Club

I had the chance to review The Mother Goose Club DVD, music CD’s and coloring book.  My grandson and two pre-school granddaughters watched the DVD with great concentration and intensity the first time through.  (Yes, there was definitely more than once through.)  I wasn’t quite sure if they were liking it or not, as they barely moved or made a sound, but also never took their eyes from the screen.  The DVD is several short episodes of the Mother Goose Club TV series, compiled onto one DVD, and we actually watched them all straight through and then the kids wanted to watch again.  That second time is when they got a lot more active, dancing and singing along.  I guess they were just studying and memorizing the first time.  lol  Our middle granddaughter actually had to be MADE to shut the television off and come eat lunch, later.  She was enjoying it too much to be bothered by food!

As I mentioned, my grandson loves playing Itsy Bitsy Spider with me, but is usually more interested in watching Grandma than doing it himself.  He climbs up in my lap and says, “Gumma, Bitsy Pider”.  He sits silently, watching and listening and sometimes doing the spider movements with his fingers.  That’s why it was so fun for me to pop around the corner and catch this brief little moment on video, when he was watching the DVD.  He was actually doing all the actions along with them and it’s hard to tell under that pacifier, but he was singing some of the words.  Too fun!

 

The Mother Goose Club started out as 1-minute educational programs for preschools that promoted early reading.  It was featured on PBS.  Now, it is available for your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy, anytime.  The package we received included the DVD, 2 CD’s of music and rhymes and a coloring book.  The two CD’s didn’t really hold the kids’ interests as long as the DVD, but I think that was because the DVD was right there, available to them.  The CD’s would be great for car rides or places where a TV isn’t available and the coloring book is a hit anytime!  You can save $5 off this same Super Pack when you visit The Mother Goose Club website and use the promo code summer at checkout.  The website also includes audio and text files of rhymes and songs, as well as videos and printable coloring pages.  It’s a great way to check out what the Mother Goose Club is all about!

coloring book

Mother Goose Club 57-page coloring book

I received this Mother Goose Club Super Pack, through Team Mom, to review and test the products.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

Frugal DIY Tip for Hanging Pictures and Shelves…Straight!!! @bhg

On July 12, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

I wish I was one of those cool, super-perfect DIY moms who grab a tape measure and level every time they hang a picture frame or a shelf.  As my husband would testify with a roll of the eyes, I am more of an “eye-baller” kind of gal.    I do all our decorating — [...]

I wish I was one of those cool, super-perfect DIY moms who grab a tape measure and level every time they hang a picture frame or a shelf.  As my husband would testify with a roll of the eyes, I am more of an “eye-baller” kind of gal.  :)   I do all our decorating — furniture arranging, wall decor, etc.  And we’re always pretty pleased with the end results, but I would not fall into the “professionally trained” category.  I have a simple tip for hanging pictures and shelves that takes all the intimidation out of it for me.  Hopefully, it will get you started, filling up all your blank wall space with great confidence, too.  I use toothpaste.  Whaaaa?  No, the hot, humid July weather hasn’t completely toasted my brain cells.  I really do use toothpaste.  It’s inexpensive and I always have it on hand.

tools

All the tools I needed to hang a shelf in our front room. Yes, that is most definitely toothpaste!

Holding a picture or a shelf up against the wall, I have a knack for “seeing” that it’s level.  Believe me, David has tested this several times, because he was convinced it simply wasn’t possible.  The problem is that “seeing” it level, as it is being held against the wall, is NOT the same as inserting nails or screws into the area you want them and keeping THEM level.  As I mentioned before, you can definitely track down the tape measure and a level and draw a line on your wall with a pencil or some other tool you hope won’t scratch the wall or leave a mark, but my quick and inexpensive solution is toothpaste.  It saves me both time and money!

 

shelf hook

A dollop of toothpaste in the center of shelf and picture hangers will help you to get screws and nails aligned perfectly.

I dab toothpaste in the center of the hangers of whatever piece of decor I am mounting to the wall.  Then I “eye-ball” where I want it, pressing against the wall.  This leaves toothpaste dollops right where I need to place my mounting hardware and when I’m done, I just wipe it away — no marks, no scratches.

 

toothpaste marks on wall

My toothpaste mark ready for hanging a shelf.

drywall mount

Please, please, please, if you won't be putting your hardware directly into a stud, use a drywall mount to stabilize whatever you are hanging and protect your wall. (Your husband will think you are so incredibly smart!) :)

screw in the wall

Forgive the big blob of a hand shading everything in this picture. It is difficult to snap a picture with one hand while putting a screw in the wall with the other. :) The shadow of the "blob" also made the color "off" in this photo.

Remember our empty front room from my first summertime DIY post?  I decided to put something on the wall, even if I don’t have any furniture for it to accent, yet.  I had a small shelf, stashed in a box in the garage, that will be a nice complement to the wood floors and the pretty china hutch that my dad built.  So, I brought it in and dusted it off, pulled out my tube of Arm and Hammer Advance White Brilliant Sparkle toothpaste, and the rest is history.  In five minutes, I had the shelf on the wall and was rummaging through the house for things to set on it.  You will go back to this simple DIY trick, time and time, again.  It’s simple AND it works!

 

shelf on wall

My shelf hanging nice and straight, taking only about 5 minutes to install it.

 

filled shelf

A couple of Willow Tree angels I've received as gifts, a sprig of ivy and a touch of scarlet in my candle turned a blank wall to a simple and personally decorated space in just minutes. I can't wait to do some sort of phrase over or around it with vinyl wall art. Time to pull out my Cricut!

Believe it or not, there are tons of other reasons to reach for that tube of Arm and Hammer toothpaste, besides just giving you the perfect polished smile.  And when one product can do many jobs, it always saves money.  I haven’t had a chance to try these, yet, but a quick search of the world-wide web netted me this list of tips and ideas:

  1. Put toothpaste on bug bites.  (I had never heard of this, but one of my older daughters confirms that not only has she tried it, it worked, taking away the itch.)
  2. Crayon off of walls – I found this across multiple sites, so my guess is that it must be pretty effective.  Use a damp cloth and rub toothpaste over the crayon marks to remove them.  Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
  3. Clean scuffs off of shoes.  Apparently it is especially effective on the rubber soles and uppers of running shoes.
  4. Remove water rings from wood furniture.  Rub toothpaste into the mark with a soft cloth and then wipe clean with a clean, damp cloth.
  5. Use toothpaste to polish chrome faucets and knobs.  If your bathroom sink seems to manage to end up with globs of toothpaste clinging to the sides, (If it doesn’t, I want to meet the elves that clean up after the kids in your bathroom.  :) ), use a damp cloth and turn that gloppy mess into sparkling clean faucets.

I’d love to hear any unique tips or ideas you have for using toothpaste or for DIY shelf and picture hanging!  I accomplished my decorating task incredibly frugally, by using items I already had at home, including toothpaste from the medicine cabinet.  As a matter of fact, I didn’t have to spend an extra penny!

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is paying me to try different products. Sign up for a free sample of Advance White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste. And then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.

 

Garden Update: Our Backyard Makeover Continues @greenldgardener

On July 9, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

It’s crazy how fast the summer gets away from us.  We have been plugging away at projects, inside and out, hosting get-togethers and family weekends, celebrating the Fourth of July in “Fourth of July City” (Independence Day is sort of a big deal, here in our little town!  )  I still get to help with [...]

It’s crazy how fast the summer gets away from us.  We have been plugging away at projects, inside and out, hosting get-togethers and family weekends, celebrating the Fourth of July in “Fourth of July City” (Independence Day is sort of a big deal, here in our little town!  :) )  I still get to help with the Youth Group on Wednesday nights, because as Pastor Dan says, “Jesus doesn’t take summer break!”  :) and I’m busy helping our little 4-H club create their projects for the upcoming county fair.  Those four girls are sewing their hearts out and my sewing machine is humming and happy.  And then there are the world’s greatest grandbabies, and dishes and laundry and plans for the upcoming homeschool year…did I file my paperwork, yet?  hmmm…..  So, needless to say, blogging has been squeezed in all the spaces around the rest of life and I have tons of pictures taken and blog posts “cooking” in my head.  I just need to get them all organized and typed up for you.  Have you had a wonderful, crazy, hectic summer, too?  You’ll have to tell me about it!

early plants

In very early spring, a few dots of color had started to pop up in our backyard "garden" area. The previous owner had used this as a vegetable garden and my plan is to do the same.

plants over well

We discovered that this area is home to an old non-functioning well that once ran the underground sprinklers. See the PVC pipe in the background? This well-cap area seemed to be covered with flowers and I was completely happy with that. There was also a wonderful patch of rhubarb getting started in the background. I was definitely excited about that! I thought I would just build my vegetable garden around the small well-cap area, but I wasn't really prepared for how much that area would change and how it looked only 30 days later.

I want to update you on my garden progress, today.  The last time we talked about everything we are doing in Our Backyard Makeover, I had completed building the fabulous Double Bed Raised-Bed Garden from Greenland Gardener.  And if you haven’t entered the giveaway they are sponsoring here at Busy-at-Home, so you can win your own Double Bed Raised-Bed Garden, be sure to pop over to my giveaway post and enter.  So, on with the update.  I can’t really show you where I’m at, until I show you where I’ve been.  As spring progressed, my “garden area” became somewhat more overwhelming.  The plethora of plant life coming up was scattered, with no rhyme or reason, and it was so terribly overgrown, I considered giving up before I had even started.  But armed with garden gloves, a spade, our tiller and a kind-hearted husband, I dove in to conquer and tame the jungle that was threatening to take over the backyard.

well

Less than 30 days later, the well-cap area (with the PVC) looked like this (no pipe in sight). It is still difficult to identify exactly what plants are there -- which are flowers, which are supposed to be there and which are just intruding. See the rhubarb trying to peek out in the back, right-hand corner? I love the clematis vines, but am anxious to try and tame all the unruly beasts in front of that trellis.

weeds

The same well-cap area from another angle. See why I am overwhelmed?

So, we dug in to clear the area and get it ready for a vegetable garden.  This took three passes of digging, weeding and tilling over a period of about two weeks, but we finally did make a little headway.  The difficult part has been that even after an area has been cleaned, perennial plants that had been previously planted and were not ready to sprout and blossom, yet, suddenly burst into our cleaned areas.  It’s amazing how much was planted in there!  We also had dill and volunteer tomato plants coming up all over the place.  Even though I’m not sure what variety the tomato plants are, I saved the larger ones, since my lovely heirloom tomato plants got a little toasted around the edges, sitting on my deck waiting for the garden to be ready.  I saved some dill, too.  Man it smells so good!

tomato plant

This is one of the volunteer tomato plants we found scattered amongst our overgrown jungle carnage. -- lol

dill plant

Dill was scattered throughout the area with reckless abandon. A somewhat happy surprise.

flower

This "weedy" looking flower is everywhere. It seems to take over entire areas. I'm not sure what it is, but I don't care for it and it's all coming out!

hostas

When I dug in my three blueberry bushes, early this spring, this ground was bare dirt. As you can see, I have work to do, now, to clear the area, so the blueberries can thrive, or at least be seen. :)

baby pine

This little pine tree will be coming out, too. I'm not a fan of pine trees to begin with and this one is particularly "in the way". It is also showing signs of the same disease that killed the pines across the fence in our neighbor's yard. The three blueberry bushes, I planted, are growing along a ten-foot span, just down the fence from it. The first one is just barely visible in the lower left-hand corner of this picture. (I think that concrete pad, behind the tree, will be an ideal spot for a compost tumbler. What do you think?

In between “cleaning” sessions, I built my raised bed garden box.  After the garden box was complete, my hardworking hubby made a final pass through our backyard garden and flowerbed areas with the tiller.  We had previously dug up, and moved, some of the flowers that had been growing there and I have learned a lot about myself and my “gardening philosophy” in the process of putting this all together.  It’s been great fun watching as new things have popped up in the beds, here at our new home, to see what was here and all the color we have.  But, I also learned that though I wouldn’t have expected it, I am a slightly more organized and “ducks in a row” kind of gardener.  I don’t have to have meticulous, straight rows all in one pattern, but a carefree perennial and wildflower garden, completely mixed into, and often hiding my vegetable garden is not my style either.  A very sturdy and invasive ground cover had been planted EVERYWHERE and was threatening to choke and crowd out every other new plant.  So there has been a large amount of adjustment, moving and just plain “tilling under” going on, along with the ooohs and aaahs over all the plants I DO want to keep.

clematis

Among the "things I want to keep", are the beautiful clematis vines. There are actually 4 trellises in the backyard that are covered with them, each a different color. Lovely! One is almost completely obscured by a mulberry tree that has come up wild and been left too long, though, so that is another item that we'll be putting our hands to removing soon.

rhubarb2

The rhubarb is another wonderful "keeper". We've had two good harvests already and more will be coming. What a treat!

 So after the initial “clearing”, I was ready to start my vegetable garden in earnest.  I had constructed my Greenland Gardener Double Bed Raised Bed Garden Box, purchased the necessary soil to fill it, as well as landscape fabric and garden staples.  I was good to go, except that as I previously mentioned, my garden plants that had been waiting on the deck for a place to grow, had gotten a little crunchy.  I just hoped for the best and planted them anyway.  :)

tilled garden

The garden area, tilled and raked as level as possible. We ended up decapitating an underground sprinkler head with the tiller. Oy!

landscape fabric

Landscape fabric comes in a roll. This particular brand has a white mesh on the bottom. Landscape fabric helps to hold back weeds and unwanted vegetation, while still allowing water and moisture to get where they need to be. Garden staples are just a much larger version of the staples you are familiar with. Push them, by hand, through the landscape fabric to hold it in place. I purchased both these items at my local Wal-Mart. When everything is complete, the bare landscape fabric will be covered in wonderfully fragrant and decorative cedar mulch.

To get the raised bed garden area ready, I used a garden rake to smooth and level it as best I could.  Then I cut landscape fabric to fit the area and fastened it down with garden staples.  This step helps prevent weeds and unwanted plants from growing through the bottom of your raised bed garden.  In my case, it’s a critical step, since we aren’t sure what else may be under there, waiting to sprout in the summer or fall.  I am adding a second raised bed garden, so I will be continuing to extend the fabric on down the fence-line in a later post.

weed barrier

The next step was rolling out, cutting and fastening the landscape fabric over the garden area. For now, I just worked on the section where my first bed was going.

 

garden box

Once the fabric was secured, I placed the Greenland Gardner Garden Bed in a spot where I would have plenty of room to walk around it and to weed and harvest.

Once the landscape fabric was in place, I arranged my garden bed over it and began to fill it with the soil we had purchased.  In the past, I have carefully mixed a growing soil using peat moss, compost, topsoil, and vermiculite, getting a perfect, loose and nutritious mix for my plants.  But, as late as we were into this planting season, I was more interested in just getting my garden in the ground, this year.  I purchased Miracle Grow Garden Soil at our local Wal-Mart and it seems to be working very well.  If I have a compost tumbler, by next planting season, I may get more creative with my garden soil.  For the time being, I am pleased as punch to have it already prepared for me.

filling garden box

After lifting, opening and pouring the first half a dozen bags of garden soil, my arms started to feel like wet noodles and I called upon our 15-year-old son to give me a hand with the rest.

leveling garden soil

Use a garden rake to smooth out clumps and clods and level the soil in your beds.

 

planted garden

Everything planted, volunteer, crunchy and all. I call this my Charlie Brown garden phase. -lol- I do, however, have great hope and high expectations for its future performance.

When the boxes were filled and the soil leveled, I planted the volunteer tomatoes we dug up and the “toasted” heirloom tomatoes from the deck.  I also toasted a watermelon plant, two cucumber plants and four jalapeno peppers which were promptly planted into the beds.  I will be moving the watermelon, when my second garden bed arrives and is set up.  After about ten days in the ground, my plants are bouncing back and feeling happy.  Believe it or not, they are growing and I think they will thrive, though the harvest will definitely be later than usual.  It was too embarrassing to take closeups of their condition on the day I planted them, so the above  distant view is it.  :)   The later pictures show you how well they are coming back.  So, believe me, if I can do this, you can, too.  Grab a pot or build a raised bed and grow something.  Nothing else tastes as good!

tomato plant

My volunteer tomato plants looking strong and hearty after a few days to get aclimated to their new home.

 

brandywine tomato plants

My heirloom tomatoes. One is a yellow Brandywine and I can't remember the other at the moment, but I know it's something magnificent! See, there's no more crunchy left, just a few yellow leaves near the bottom to remind them of their hardships and harrowing deck experience. :)

 

cucumber plants in garden

The cucumbers are adjusting more slowly, but adjusting, still. They have shot off some new leaves and though their start is slow, I anticipate a big growth spurt in due time. Their brother was planted in a pot on my deck about two weeks earlier and he is flourishing and showing off flashy yellow blooms.

cucumber blooming

The strong and happily blooming cucumber brother, residing on our deck. He gives me hope for his weaker siblings down in the garden. He is sharing his pot with some cherry pepper plants, too, though they may move down to the garden bed, now.

 

watermelon plants

This watermelon still has a few yellow areas, but was literally hanging on by a thread when I put it in the ground. It's coming back nicely and since my second garden bed arrived this morning, I will transplant this guy over into the second bed, as soon as I get it set up.

Oh, I also added trellises for the tomatoes and cucumbers.  I like them so much better than tomato cages.  They look better and they are just easier to work with, since I can get to both sides.  They also save space in the garden, rather than leaving vining plants sprawled across your space, you can grow them vertically and produce even more in your small garden area.  When both garden boxes are in, I will also cover the landscape fabric with shredded cedar mulch.  It helps keep down the weeds, makes a nice sturdy path for me to walk on in the garden and it just looks good.  As an added benefit, some garden pests do not like the smell of cedar.  Win, win for me!

tomato plant in pot

This little sausage tomato plant had only three leaves when I stuck it in the pot on the deck. It's much stronger and actually sporting a good-sized tomato, this weekend.

 

strawberry blossoms

I also have an Earthbox, up on the deck, filled with strawberries. They have done really well.

Before getting the bed organized and the garden planted, I did pot some plants on our deck, as well.  I have a cucumber that I am trying to train along the privacy screen and a sausage tomato, plus some strawberries.  These plants were in much earlier and they are going great guns!  I am anticipating fresh cucumbers very soon!

There is still much to do.  When the second garden box arrives, ( It was actually delivered during the writing of this post!) I will transplant the watermelon, plant a zucchini and what should be a second crop of green beans, though it will only be my first.  I long to have an asparagus bed and a corner for herbs, as well.  Asparagus will need to wait until fall, but the herbs may still happen this summer.  I have a small pot of basil on the deck.

I’ll keep you posted on the next stages of our garden adventure, as I go along, and I’ll be sharing the great deal I found on outdoor furniture, recently.  In the meantime, how is your garden doing?  Are you reaping the bounty of your labors, yet?  What’s your favorite garden recipe?

Giveaway Winners!

On July 9, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

We have so many generous sponsors hosting giveaways at Busy-at-Home that it is often difficult to go back and edit each individual post with the giveaway winner’s information.  Instead, I have created a page for Past Giveaway Winners and this will be where I announce confirmed giveaway winners to our Busy-at-Home readers, from now on.  [...]

We have so many generous sponsors hosting giveaways at Busy-at-Home that it is often difficult to go back and edit each individual post with the giveaway winner’s information.  Instead, I have created a page for Past Giveaway Winners and this will be where I announce confirmed giveaway winners to our Busy-at-Home readers, from now on.  Winners will receive a personal e-mail, as always, requesting shipping information for their prize.  They will have 48 hours to reply to the email with the requested information.  Upon receiving their reply, they will be considered confirmed and the closed giveaway will be listed, along with the winner’s name, on the Past Giveaway Winners page. With any luck, that will keep you all better updated and provide me a more efficient way of logging the information.  Hope you all have an awesomely blessed weekend!  —  Glenda  :)

 

Use Promo Code PX0709 to get Parents Magazine for only $4 for a Full Year!

On July 8, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

  I just received the opportunity to pass on a great frugal deal for Parents Magazine.  Use promo code PX0709 and receive a full year of Parents Magazine for only $4!!! Thats only 33 cents per issue!  In Parents Magazine you’ll find information, tips and suggestions about children at each age and stage, as well [...]

 

Parents Magazine

A great frugal deal on Parents Magazine -- only $4 for a Full Year! Use promo code PX0709

I just received the opportunity to pass on a great frugal deal for Parents Magazine.  Use promo code PX0709 and receive a full year of Parents Magazine for only $4!!! Thats only 33 cents per issue!  In Parents Magazine you’ll find information, tips and suggestions about children at each age and stage, as well as recipes, craft and activity ideas, info on pregnancy and birth, and so much more.

No monetary compensation was received for this post, however, I am entered to possibly win a cash prize in a contest among the bloggers making this post.

Toothpaste: A Girl’s Best Friend’s Best Friend and a $25 VISA Gift Card Giveaway @bhg

On July 5, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

I’ve never been one of those women who gets all syrupy and goofy over diamonds — jewelry of any kind, really.  So, that song about diamonds being a girl’s best friend has always seemed pretty silly to me.  My wedding ring is the only diamond I have ever owned and I am completely content with [...]

I’ve never been one of those women who gets all syrupy and goofy over diamonds — jewelry of any kind, really.  So, that song about diamonds being a girl’s best friend has always seemed pretty silly to me.  My wedding ring is the only diamond I have ever owned and I am completely content with that.  I WILL say that losing it in the garden two summers ago was probably one of the most significantly sad days of my life, not because of the loss of the diamond, but the symbolism and the sentiment I had for the ring.  Unfortunately, replacing it was not in the budget for us and for the time being, still is not.  A piece of costume jewelry is my stand-in, for the time being.  There is no comparison between the two in quality or beauty, but the one commonality between the diamond and my temporary stand-in, is the way I have kept both clean and sparkling.

cleaning ring

Shining up my ring with a little toothpaste.

Making the most of what we have can sometimes mean finding a frugal alternative to typically accepted methods of doing things.  Jewelry cleaning products can take many forms from liquids or gels to ultrasonic machines.  All of them can be pricey, most smell AWFUL and some are toxic.  Another alternative is professional cleaning, but again, it can be expensive and seriously is not a great value for your money.  Early in my marriage, I learned that an inexpensive product we always have in the house, is the BEST diamond polisher.  My wedding ring sparkled and shined whether I had been working in the garden, kneading bread or doing the dishes, because no matter what job I had tackled, in less than 60 seconds I could use toothpaste straight out of the cabinet and have a ring that looked like new.  I have happily discovered it is an effective method for bringing a little luster to costume jewelry, as well.  So, this morning I grabbed my Arm and Hammer Advanced White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste to snap a couple pictures and show you how simple and inexpensive it is to clean your rings at home.

ring

Polished and sparkly for a fraction of the cost of professional cleaning or at-home chemical cleaners.

There’s nothing extra for you to buy.  This is probably one of the most frugal projects you will accomplish, at home.  If you have an old toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, you’re set.  Head over to the sink, apply some toothpaste to the brush and gently scrub your ring, gems and all.  Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth.  You will be stunned at the sparkle and shine!  Yes, indeed, toothpaste is most definitely a girl’s best friend’s best friend.  :)

Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or over and a US resident to enter.  Winner will be selected in a random drawing using random.org.  Deadline to enter is midnight (CST), Sunday, July 17, 2011.

Mandatory Entry:

Arm and Hammer is again, generously sponsoring a giveaway of a $25 VISA Gift Card.  There are many other great frugal uses for toothpaste around the house and ways to handle everyday jobs by re-purposing products we already have.  I’d love to hear some of your frugal tips and tricks for making the most of what you already have on hand, when tackling your household chores, whether it’s with toothpaste or another product.   So, in a comment below, share a tip for using toothpaste or another common household product, to do a job that we wouldn’t expect.

 

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Sign up for a free sample of Advance White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste. And then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.


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