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Welcome to my nightmare….

So after much thought and deliberation, here I am with a blog.  I plan to put a lot of things I’ve already written (and I will let you know stuff like “this was written in FB on   /  /  .”), as well as general musings, and probably a bunch of stuff about my weight loss (man do I have a LOT to say about that).  I welcome you, I warn you, and I send you on your way.  Stay on the path, be out of the woods before dark, and don’t trust the wolf that says he knows a shortcut.  He’s full of crap.

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Tide PODS Plus Downy

Review time!
This post was sponsored by Tide PODS Plus Downy as part of a new product sampling activation for CrowdTap, I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.

I’ve used Tide off and on in the past.  Unfortunately, with my uber-sensitive skin (and psoriasis), the harsh scents would leave me irritated and itchy.  However, I was always willing to try again if and when a new formula came out.
CrowdTap contacted me to try some samples of the Tide PODS Plus Downy, and hey, why not?  It was a new formulation (a pod as opposed to a liquid or powder), so maybe things would be different.  Also, nothing was getting the funk out of my workout tank top.  Seriously, I was about to get rid of it…if it didn’t get up and walk away on it’s own first!

I gathered up a load of laundry, funky shirt included, and grabbed a pod.  I considered grabbing two, but I wanted to see how much stink one pod could handle.  To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes.  I tossed in the pod first, as per instructions, tossed the clothes in (I was sure that funky shirt was gonna jump back out, for real), selected cold water (that pod was gonna have to WORK), and started it up.
Thirty minutes later, time to go in the dryer.  As soon as I opened the lid, I could smell how fresh everything was.  The package said the scent was “April Fresh”, and they weren’t kidding!  It smelled fresh and sweet, without smelling like chemicals or being cloying.
Since the pods included Downy, I decided to forego they typical dryer sheet.  I was seriously giving the Tide PODS no help whatsoever.  I even had two fleece sweaters in there.  Those things make static if you look at the wrong.
Forty five minutes later, I pulled everything out of the dryer and started to fold it.  Even though the fleece had a bit of static, it wasn’t anything like it usually is, even when I use a dryer sheet!  I was flabbergasted.  And then….there was my workout shirt.  I pulled it out.  Well, it was definitely softer.  Tentatively, I brought it up to my nose.  There was no one to call 911 if the stink on that shirt was still kicking like Bruce Lee.
It was clean.
And it SMELLED clean.
That was last week, as I wanted to see how my skin would react….no problems!  No redness, itch, or irritation!
No Bruce Lee kicks, no funk, no irritation, no kidding.

So to sum up: clean, soft clothes (even in cold water!), super fresh, no irritation.


Five stars, two thumbs up, and A+.  I would definitely recommend this.  Stinky, dirty clothes have met their match!


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Sensodyne Deep Clean

Review time!
This post was sponsored by Sensodyne Deep Clean as part of a new product sampling activation for BzzAgent I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.
I have been using Sensodyne for a number of years now since my dentist recommended it. I have tried several different varieties that they have and they have all been….okay. They help with teeth sensitivity, and at my last few check ups, I’ve had no cavities, so yay! But I don’t know, they just never made my mouth feel “fresh”. So I got a sample of the Sensodyne Deep Clean gel from BzzAgent. I figured it would be “okay” like the other varieties.
I was wrong.
It is so much better! It tastes really nice, my teeth felt wonderfully clean, it still helps with the sensitivity and my mouth felt “fresh”. Even after I had something to eat, I still had that fresh clean feeling, and have never had that with another toothpaste. I used it morning and night for five days, just to be sure that it was just as good every day, and it is! I have found my new favorite toothpaste!

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ClariSpray Nasal Allergy Spray

Review time!
This post was sponsored by ClariSpray as part of a new product sampling activation for @BzzAgent. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.
I really wanted to like this more than I did. I tried the ClariSpray for 3 days in a row. (The active ingredient in it is Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, USP.) I used it at 8 a.m. every morning. Two puffs in each side, as directed. It promises 24 hour relief of nasal allergies. However, when I was getting ready for bed at 11 p.m., I was already congested again, and needed to take an allergy med.
I was hoping the ClariSpray would work as well as Claritin pills do ,even though they have different ingredients. I will continue to use it, though. It works great for the day: no sneezing, coughing, or itchy eyes. They also sent me several $3 off coupons, which is a great incentive! (They sent me so many, I passed some on to a friend!). But I will still need to take a separate med in the evening. So out of 5 stars, I give it three.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil Hand Soap and Hand Lotion

Review time!
This post was sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day as part of a new product sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.
I received Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil hand soap and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil hand lotion. I’ve already used them several times today, after taking out the trash, emptying the recycling, and before and after I handled some raw hamburger to brown for dinner. I wasn’t sure how I’d like them. I mean basil scented soap and lotion? What kind of an idea is that?
Turns out it’s a GREAT idea!
The soap works wonderfully and foams up well, even in our somewhat hard water. It smells like a dream, and is not drying like some soaps can be. The lotion is great, and a little goes a long way, you really only need half a pump, and again, the smell is lovely. Definitely basil, but not too strong or overpowering. It smells very fresh and outdoorsy, and it moisturizes my paws very well!
I’d heard of Mrs. Meyer’s before, but never thought to buy it. But now, I definitely would!

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This Is My Friend’s Family

I will probably never put another GoFundMe here, but this is Mary.  She’s one of my best friends.  She’s had a year from Hell, and it’s only February.  I am sending her some cash in the mail (and I’ve been unemployed for YEARS), and you can see by some of the amounts donated, she means a lot to people!  This girl has talked more people down from the ledge than anyone I know.  All while taking care of her terminally ill mum, homeschooling her son, and taking care of a veritable stable of animals that have been abused/abandoned.  Please, I am begging you.  If you can, please throw a dollar her way.  Yes, a dollar.  When we say “every bit helps”, we mean it!


Thank you so much!


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Axe Body Spray – The Funk of 40000 Years

Had to pick up a few things at CVS today (my favorite store).  I was strolling down the aisle with my Iced Earl Grey Latte in one hand (from Peet’s, another favorite place), and my little shopping basket in the other.  A guy passed me going the other way.  I was about to pull a jar of peanut butter off the shelf, when I was momentarily frozen in my tracks by the impenetrable wall of Axe Body Spray that the guy left in his wake.  Time froze, my lungs were choked for air….I was sure this was it.  My headstone would say, “She died from some dudes overuse of Axe.  The body spray, not the hand tool.”

Guys, please quit using this stuff.

My friends and I have joked that it is “The Smell of Desperation” and “Eau de Douchebag”.  Their own instructions are to spray it “all over your body”.  NO.  You guys know how you hate it when girls wear too much perfume?  YOU ARE NOW THAT GIRL.  Some schools have even banned wearing it because it STINKS.

Even worse are those who think that it can be used in lieu of a shower.  No, it can’t.  Guys, please, for the love of everything that is good in the world, shower every day.  Please use soap.  Honestly, that’s all you need.    Please don’t use Axe Body Wash.  That’s like a double whammy of yuck.  I call it “The Funk of 40,000 Years”, because the smell doesn’t dissipate during the day.  It just forms a cloud around you, like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, only not as adorable.  No matter what the commercials or the bottle try to tell you, that smell won’t get you laid.

No girl wants to sleep with a guy who reeks of Axe.  Because then the smell gets all over her, and she has to shower in bleach to get it off.

The guys I have dated have used Irish Spring bar soap, or Old Spice Body Wash, and they smelled clean, not like a chemical bukkake (if you don’t know what that word means, don’t look it up.  Seriously.).  So please, do the people of America a favor.

Don’t use Axe.


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Rain and More Rain

I know, I’ve been MIA for a bit.  But I have an excuse.  Not a GOOD one, mind you.

I’m blaming the rain.

After something like 10 years of drought here in Northern California, we have been getting hammered.  We have gotten so much rain this season that we are officially out of the drought.  Yet, it keeps falling.  Mother Nature is mad at our whining, I suppose.  I have a few friends who live in the mountains, and one hasn’t really been able to leave his house for something like a week.  At least he can work from home, so he won’t lose his job.
And that right there amuses me.  They tell us there’s pouring rain, there’s flooding, there’s 50 mph winds, don’t leave your house if you don’t have to…..but if you want to keep your crap job ringing up groceries or whatever, you need to get to work.  We had flooding over in Niles Canyon last night, and the friggin’ CHP was saying not to go out if you could help it.  All I could think was, “Somewhere, there is a boss nice and warm in his house threatening to fire his employees if they don’t show up for work.”

But along with the gray and cloudy crappy weather, I have a gray and cloudy disposition.  I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.  The one thing I found out that helped it years ago was to go into a tanning bed for 5 minutes once a week.  However, there is only one tanning salon in town, and it’s the one I was fired from.  Not to worry, he tried to decline my unemployment, and we went to court over it.  Yeah, I won that case.  But I doubt I’d be welcomed back to the shop with open arms!

As far as flooding goes, although we only live about 100 yards from a creek, it’s REALLY deep.  I’d say the creek bed is a good 50 feet down, and is about 10 feet full.  Plus it flows out to the Bay, so we’re good.  But running to a sandwich shop nearby yesterday, we checked out the creek, as there’s a bridge going over it.  I have never seen that much water in there.  Every summer, there is a creek cleanup, as there is never any water in there.  I don’t know if they’ll be able to do it this year!

So my absence isn’t my fault.  It’s the weather.  Nature is a mother.