October 15, 2014

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April 25, 2014

New Purex No Sort for Colors detergent really works! #giveaway


Raise your hand if you've ever accidentally washed mixed colors/whites together and got bleed-through, ruining something you loved?

Aha! Just as I thought.... I'm not the only one who's ever done this!

I've got a drawer full of pink underwear now. They used to be white. And try explaining to hubby what happened to his shorts. Might as well throw them all away and buy new ones. Guys won't wear pink undershorts. :p

Purex to the rescue! Stop sorting laundry! Prevent color bleeding!


New Purex No Sort laundry detergent for colors will prevent laundry colors from bleeding onto other items by trapping loose dyes in the wash water, thus reducing color bleeding accidents. Anti-Color-Transfer Technology does not let loose dyes settle onto other fabrics.

My personal problem with color bleeding accidents (aside from the ubiquitous pink underwear!) has been with synthetics. I bought two new blouses, one dark cotton, one pink synthetic, and accidentally washed them together in the same load. Even in cold water, my new pink blouse was ruined when dark dye from the new cotton blouse bled onto it. I could have cried. Only got to wear it once, and now it's only fit for the rag pile.

So I stopped buying synthetics if at all possible. They just can't be trusted. Of course I also should have known that the new dark cotton blouse should have been washed all by itself to prevent possible bleeding, just like you do with new jeans. But that kind of laundry sorting is a real chore when you're already pressed for time or get distracted.

That's why I was so excited to try new Purex No Sort for Colors detergent.

I didn't have any synthetics to throw into the test wash, since I don't buy them anymore, but I did have a brand new pair of white cotton underwear that I was willing to risk. So I just grabbed some colored items, threw in the white underwear, and used Purex No Sort to do a load of laundry.




I love to add Purex Crystals to my wash too. The scents are heavenly!

Now let's look at the laundry after it's finished ---


The result? IT WORKS! No bleeding whatsoever. My white cotton underpants are still white. Hurray!

Now, to be honest the colored items I washed were not new. They had been previously washed several times, so any natural bleeding may have already occurred. No way to know if that was the case or not. The only thing I can tell you for a certainty is that nothing bled onto the white cotton underwear, so I feel like I can trust Purex No Sort to eliminate color sorting when I do laundry from now on.

And that's a big thumbs up in my book!

Of course, Purex No Sort for Colors detergent isn't a miracle worker. You'll still need to be careful with new strongly colored fabrics, especially jeans. Those probably need to be washed separately at least 5 times before you'll feel safe enough to add them to a mixed laundry load. But after that, it's a small blessing not to have to worry about color bleed stains anymore!

Give it a try. You might find that new Purex No Sort for Colors is just what your laundry needs!

AND........

To celebrate the release of the new Purex No Sort for Colors detergent, the Purex brand is hosting a sweepstakes! One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a year's supply of Purex No Sort for Colors, while 100 second place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex No Sort for Colors detergent! Yay! Go enter here >>> http://insiders.purex.com/TheRulesHaveChangedwithPurexNoSort?id=25 And good luck!!

Want to win a coupon for free Purex No Sort for Colors right now? I'm giving away 3 free coupons to 3 lucky readers! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Be sure to include your name and full mailing address in the form. I'll be mailing out the coupons to the winners as soon as the giveaway is over. USA only please.

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{Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex No Sort for Colors detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.}

March 31, 2014

Keanu Reeves Shines in Action Adventure Movie "47 Ronin"


I'm a sucker for anything to do with Keanu Reeves. It's not so much that he's incredibly handsome and easy on the eyes--well, okay, I admit that's a large part of what attracts me to him--but there's something about his demeanor and bearing that draws me as well. I'm not talking about the adolescent Keanu of "Bill and Ted" etc. but the adult Keanu. He's the ideal tall, dark, handsome, strong silent type. And I'm a sucker for that.

So I was delighted to hear that Keanu just starred in a new movie called "47 Ronin" based on popular Japanese history/folklore. And I was even more delighted to get the chance to review this movie for you.


"47 Ronin" is, in a word, spectacular. And I mean that in a "spectacle" kind of way. The scenery is simply breathtaking. Now, I'm sure a lot of it is either CGI or green screen, but it works. It looks so authentic it makes me want to book a trip to visit this exotic yet cultured land. Happily there is a lot to see in this movie, so if you're like me and love a good adventure in a beautiful location, "47 Ronin" might just fit the bill for you too.

The basic story, based on historical events, is how a treacherous rival warlord betrays a ruler and takes command of his country--and his beautiful daughter into the bargain--all with the approval and blessing of the Japanese Shogun, the "emperor" of the whole land as it were. The betrayed ruler's faithful samurai warriors are then banished from the territory on pain of death, and the lovely orphaned daughter is set to become the rival warlord's wife.

But she's in love with a half-breed found in the wilderness and taken into the family as a young boy, and this boy has grown into a warrior who has now been banished along with the family troop of samurai. All good stories have at least some romance, right? Keanu Reeves plays Kai, the half-breed boy taken in by the royal family, and actress Ko Shibasaki plays Mika, the ex-ruler's daughter and Kai's forbidden love since childhood.

Since the Shogun banished all the former samurai on pain of death, when the former military leader of the samurai decides that honor demands retribution for his ruler's dishonorable death, all those who were once under his command are reunited in the cause, even though they all know that by doing so they have sealed their own fate. Only death awaits them, win or lose.

How they reunite, put aside their differences with the half-breed Kai (who has shown himself to be more than capable, and just as much a "samurai" as any of them), seek and find swords for battle, and eventually fight the wicked rival warlord makes for a wonderful and nail-biting journey. While there is love and violence, you'll be glad to know none of it is gratuitous or particularly graphic. No blood and gore (even beheadings are largely only suggested, not shown graphically) and no sex. You could watch this with your children--although it is rated PG-13 "for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements"). Parents, use your own discretion. This movie is a lot more suitable for younger audiences than most prime time network TV shows. And they just might learn something about Japanese history and honor into the bargain.

The only thing about the movie I found a little offputting was the fantasy element. Granted, I'm no scholar of historical Japanese legends, and the story of the original "47 Ronin" may well include myth, magic, and monsters. But I would have been perfectly happy with the simple historical re-enactment of the folklore without the fantastical additions. However, Japanese culture is steeped in legends of mythical, extraordinary creatures, so I guess it really isn't much of a stretch to include some of them in this film. Got to keep the audience's attention somehow, right? And since the kindly ruler was betrayed because he was bewitched by the rival warlord's staff sorceress, the whole thing moves from "history" to "legend", which kind of gives the movie the feel of an adventure or role-playing game at times. But hey, I'm sure many viewers will connect with that in the best way, so there really is something for everyone with this movie.

If you're looking for more fact than myth, you might be a trifle disappointed. But if you're just looking for a romping adventure where the good guys actually win in the end, you'll probably enjoy "47 Ronin". So grab a copy when the Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, including UltraViolet™ and On Demand hit shelves on April 1, 2014 (from Universal Studios Home Entertainment), pop some popcorn, and settle down for a trip through an exotic culture and place that will certainly make you forget the everyday world...at least for a couple of hours.

And Keanu? Well, I'm sure you are aware of how he gets panned so often for his acting being described as "wooden". But when Keanu performs as characters such as the half-breed Kai, his acting persona moves from "wooden" to "stoic"--and very effectively. His whole demeanor fits right in with an Oriental flavor. Any other non-Oriental actor would have overplayed the role, thus destroying credibility. Keanu does it just right. In fact, it's so low-key I almost wish there were more for him to do in this movie, but the story itself isn't about Keanu, even though he's got top billing on the film. The main thrust is how the exiled leader of the samurai (played with stunning conviction by actor Hiroyuki Sanada) regains his own honor and avenges his wronged ruler. So put aside your Keanu prejudices (if you have any) and just enjoy the movie. I certainly enjoyed it!


January 24, 2014

More great Purex promotions! Enter to #WIN!


Being a Purex Insider means I get the chance to try lots of new Purex products and talk about them with friends, family, and online readers. While that's always a pleasure, I get even MORE pleasure when I'm able to bring you news of great new Purex promotions where YOU could win some fabulous prizes!! Read on!


First up, Purex is sponsoring a New Year, New You promotion and you could win a Fitness Tracker plus a year's supply of Purex Crystals! You already know the wonderful benefits of using Purex Crystals in your laundry, so having a year's supply would be a fabulous thing, am I right? Even better, to help you keep those New Year Resolutions to get in shape, you could win a fitness tracker too! Click here to enter!


Next up, Get A Clean Start with Purex! How about a year's supply of Purex detergent AND $1,000 to help you get a new spring wardrobe? Wow!! Talk about a fabulous prize!! Click here to enter!


And last but not least, get your crafty on with the Getting Crafty with Borax Sweepstakes! Learn how to use borax in your crafts and projects and share on Pinterest to be eligible to win $500!! Click here to find out more!

Good luck with all of these promotions! And don't forget to pick up Purex laundry products when you shop!

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November 20, 2013

Old El Paso Flash #Giveaway! #MyBlogSpark


When my family craves salsa and tacos, I reach for Old El Paso products. I've been buying Old El Paso for decades. Why? Consistent quality. You know what you're getting when Old El Paso is on the label.

Salsa and taco fixings aren't just the extent of Old El Paso's product range, however. They also offer some great frozen entrees.
Recently I was given the chance to try a couple of Old El Paso frozen entrees courtesy of Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark. Steak Fajitas dinner was delicious! Succulent, seasoned steak and fresh roasted onions and bell peppers come together in a sizzling medley of flavor. Pair it with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings and salsa, and you have a meal worth going out for – but won’t have to.
We also tried the Shredded Beef Enchiladas. Melt in your mouth good! Authentic corn ‒ not flour ‒ tortillas wrapped around mouthwateringly seasoned beef, topped with a flavorful ancho chile sauce sprinkled with fresh shredded Monterey Jack cheese that comes hot and bubbling straight out of the oven. Serve with rice and refried beans for a complete Mexican meal at home.
Want a chance to try Old El Paso frozen entrees and see for yourself just how good they are? You're in luck! Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark are providing one lucky Shady Lady reader with a free product coupon AND a $10 Visa gift card to help you purchase sides or other ingredients you might want to add to your meal. The winner will also receive a beautiful colorful tray to present taco fixings or chips & dip in high style.

This is a FLASH GIVEAWAY that will end in 24 hrs. So get your entry in now! I've made it simple to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me which Old El Paso frozen entree you'd love to try first. I'll select a winner tomorrow and notify them by email to get their mailing address. SO HURRY! Good luck!

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Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I received product gratis to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved, and my opinions are my own.

November 15, 2013

More Sweeps from Purex! #giveaway #win


Mothers, we salute you. You deserve a much-needed day off, and the Purex brand would like to provide it! You can enter to WIN a day off for yourself or nominate another deserving Mom. Just click this link to enter! It's that easy!

With the kids back in school, that means more time for Mom to shop, scrapbook, read and more! Like the Purex brand on Facebook and enter to WIN one of our weekly prizes today! Just click this link to enter! It's that easy!