Friday, June 7, 2013

Cascade Platinum Review



“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.”


I know a lot of people have had problems with their dishwasher detergent with the law changes a while back and I was one of them too.  I made my own for a while but it really started scaling up my dishes even when using water softener and rinse aids so I went back to commercial brands.  I have been using one particular brand for a long time now but lately I have had issues with left on bits of stuff on dishes and my dishwasher being dirty and dingy looking.  The gel pacs I have been using were also starting not to dissolve for some reason although I am not sure why.  So when I had the chance to work with Mom Central for Cascade I jumped at it.  I have been wanting to try the new Cascade Platinum packs in the dishwasher anyway!  I really wanted to give them a good test too so I let a glass baking dish sit for 2 days after cooking meat in it for supper.  I know.  Gross right??  But I really wanted to see if they worked!  And they did!  No kidding.  It killed me not to at least rinse this nastiness off but I didn't and I couldn't be more pleased with how Cascade Platinum performed for me.  
I don't have a fancy, schmancy, newfangled dishwasher either.  Mine is a hand me down but it does a great job and I am thankful for it.  So this was done in a basic machine and the results were awesome.  Check it out!
EEWWWWW!
 Ready to go!
 Done and sparkling!  The foggy look is from steam on the glass.  It is sparkling seriously!
This is all the results I need to prove to me.  I never can leave dishes not pretty much washed before i put them in there for fear of stuff sticking to them.  Now, I don't have to worry about that!  And on the plus side, the inside of the dishwasher itself looks and smells better too.  I am definitely a fan and will be buying Cascade Platinum from now on.

Right now, Cascade is partnering with Top Chef judge and and editor of Food and Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, for an Instagram contest!  The contest is a 4 week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes.  Show off how your dishes and your dishwasher sparkle and shine!!  You can visit the contest page HERE.  The prizes are amazing and anyone would love to win.  It could be you!  Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.  AND a grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!!  To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade.   Get more info on Cascade's Facebook page and on Cascade's YouTube channel.




 



 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

End Of The Year Teacher Gift

I wanted to post the special gift I made for Blaze's main teacher as she was so wonderful with him this year.  I don't know if you have seen the poem When You Thought I Wasn't Looking or not but I took that and switched it up to make it personal for Blaze and his teacher.  Then I used a cheap frame, scrapbook paper and stickers, and cork letters to make a plaque for her.  I am posting the poem and a photo of the plaque.  She sent me a letter telling me how much she loved it and how much it meant to her.  So sweet.



































When You Thought I Wasn't Looking...
When you thought I wasn't looking,
you put faces on the chart for me,
and I finally understood what it meant.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You displayed my art,
and it made me want to make more.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you kept my routines the same for me,
and I knew school was safe and fun.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you explained things to me more simply,
and I knew that I could learn too.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you smiled and hugged me, but not too tight,
and I knew you cared for me.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you cared,
and I wanted to do my best for you.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you made kindergarten amazing for me,
and I knew that I was smart.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked,
and I want to thank you for all the little things you did,
when you thought I wasn't looking.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Italian Spinach Tortellini

Today I tried a new recipe.  I saw it somewhere but I cannot remember if it was Pinterest, Facebook, or a blog or something.  So I am going to post it here so I won't lose it first of all, but also so you can try it if you want to!  It was super easy and so worth trying.  We will be having it again I am for sure.

Italian Spinach Tortellini
1 bag frozen tortellini
2 cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 block cream cheese
1 carton chicken broth
1 small bag fresh spinach
salt and garlic to taste ( I just added a tad)

Put all ingredients in crockpot (cut cream cheese up in cubes) and cook on low 5-6 hours.
Done.  Easy peasy.  I served it with cheesy garlic bread.  This is very filling too so there will be leftovers I am sure!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Poem



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It is so hard to believe that my baby boy is almost done with kindergarten.  I have no idea how it happened so quickly.  But it did, and he did so well.  I am so proud of him and how far he has come since school started.  He couldn't say a full sentence clearly when school started and now he never stops talking!  He has also been below grade level all year until this last progress report.  At his end of the year IEP meeting everyone was in agreement that he will be promoted to 1st grade (ON grade level for math and reading!) and that he has made amazing progress and reached all of his goals.

I have his teacher to thank mostly for this.  Or a few of them really lol.  But his actual class teacher is wonderful.  I knew she was before he even went because she was my kindergarten teacher too!  And Chris'!  And several of our nephew's and niece's too!  She has made a world of difference in Blaze's life and I am so thankful he had such an awesome start to his school career.  SO for her end of the year gift I made her the apple cozy you see in the pic above and will put an apple in there.  I also changed up the When You Thought  I Wasn't Looking poem and made it personal from Blaze to her.  Let me know what you think about it.  I am going to type it out on pretty paper and frame it for her.


When you thought I wasn't looking,
you put faces on the chart for me,
and I finally understood what it meant.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You displayed my art,
and it made me want to make more.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you kept my routines the same for me,
and I knew school was safe and fun.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you explained things to me more simply,
and I knew that I could learn too.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you smiled and hugged me, but not too tight,
and I knew you cared for me.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you cared,
and I wanted to do my best for you.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you made kindergarten amazing for me,
and I knew that I was smart.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked,
and I want to thank you for all the little things you did,
when you thought I wasn't looking.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!


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Happy Easter everyone.  Remember that OUR Redeemer Lives!  Thank you Jesus!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Surgery For Me

So if you follow me on Facebook then you have read all the doctor, er, testing updates.  My gallbladder sucks apparently.  I finally got my surgery approved and I will be happy to be done with it. I am nervous about having surgery though.  He said because I am obese (blech) that the chances of having to open me up are higher.  I am hoping that doesn't happen though.  Poor Blaze is having a hard time understanding the whole thing though.  I don't hide things from him and I try to explain them as clearly as possible but still keep it on his level.  He just doesn't like that they are going to cut me lol. 

We have had so much going on this year with it being Blaze's first year of school and him having all of the evaluations done.  He has been diagnosed as Asperger's and ADHD.  At separate times of course.  I can't believe the difference in him though since the beginning of this school year.  It really blows my mind that my son who didn't even recognize that letters had sounds is now trying to sound out everything he sees and is reading a lot.  His social skills have came a long way too and he doesn't have to wear his earmuffs nearly as often as he did.  He is really just a good kid.  I love him so much.  He is still below grade level though so he may have 2 years of kindergarten.  That was my suggestion at his first IEP meeting though.  You know, he is a very young kindergartner anyway since he turned 5 the day school started.  So he wouldn't be behind any other kids anyway.  His doc says he doesn't want him held back often and if we are going to do it to do it now because Blaze isn't going to be small and he will start looking out of place as he gets older and it will make him more likely to get made fun of.  I don't think that will be a problem though.  I have been thinking lately that he may not need to be held back though.  I want him to have a good educational foundation but I don't want him to get bored by having to do kindergarten all over again either.  We shall see what happens I guess.

It is tball season again and Blaze wanted to play.  His team is the Valley Point Timberwolves and he is so excited about playing.  I think he gets it a little more this year and is more focused too.  I can't wait to watch him play.  He is of course, the biggest on his team.  Although he is not the oldest haha.  My boy is going to be so big.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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