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The older I get, the more I want things done well the first time. I have done things the cheap way during my young adulthood in college, but now that I am becoming more mature, I want things done better – especially when it comes to things that I use every day. I have learned that investing in things such as laundry detergent can make you a far happier camper than just buying whatever is cheapest on the shelf. After all, you are spending good money on your clothing, so you definitely want to keep them looking and smelling good for as long as possible.

This is why I like method 4x concentrated laundry detergent. It has naturally derived cleaning power that is tough on dirt and stains while still being gentle on the environment. The bottles are made with 100% post-consumer recycled materials and is fully recyclable. The detergent itself is biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Because it is a concentrated formula, you can wash colors and whites together in cold water to save on energy costs and lower your power bills. And do not worry about mixing colors and whites, because it will keep your colors and white clean and bright.
I love method 4x concentrated laundry detergent for a few reasons. Firstly, I love the size of the bottle. It is much more compact and lightweight than other laundry detergent bottles. It is the opposite of the giant Costco-size mammoth bottles that may require two people in order to carry it to your car. One 1.5 litre bottle can clean 66 loads of laundry to the highest quality naturally.

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Secondly, I love that method is open about the ingredients that they use and do not use in their detergent. Unlike other detergent makers that use the cheapest cleaning ingredient possible without regard to the sensitivities of their users or the environment, method is heedful of both and ensures that their detergent is high-quality.

Thirdly, because they only use ingredients, the fragrances of 4x concentrated laundry detergent are pleasant to the nose and the earth. You won’t get fake pine from method, because their fragrances and the ingredients that are used to make them are reviews by the company’s greenskeeping and toxicology groups. You can choose from ginger mango, beach save, spring garden or fresh clover. If you do not want a powerful laundry detergent, you can get that, too with free + clear.

Lastly, the high quality of method means that you can use their laundry detergent without worry of skin irritation. All of their finished products are clinically tested for allergy concerns and skin irritation, so anyone can use it and have peace of mind and high quality laundry cleaning.

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Overall, method 4x concentrated laundry detergent is a quality product that gives your clothes (check out the ASOS Hub for clothing as colorful as method) , your skin, your nose and the environment the gentle care that is needed. It is the kind of high quality product that I have found to be worth using, because it takes care of my skin and clothes and those small comforts make a big difference for me.

If you want to try method 4x concentrated laundry detergent at a discounted price, use the coupon code THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase at http://clvr.li/1zM8KPj.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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The main reason that I (and most other women) love weddings is the romance. The beauty that comes with flowers, wedding dresses and centerpieces is an added bonus. The love between the man and woman who just vowed to spend their lives together is what we all want to see in photos, and it is what every bride wants to capture in her own wedding photos. A bride wants a gorgeous wedding cake, but more than anything else, she wants romantic photos from her wedding day that she can hang around the house, so that she can feel the excitement and love that was that day.

The perennial question is which poses for the bride and groom photo ideas should you use to capture this romance? We have shown you some sweet and gorgeous photo ideas before such as the blindfolded kiss, the groom’s first look, the secret hand-holding and more couple photo ideas. These photos capture the intimate moments between the bride and the groom during an otherwise busy and crowded day. Bride and groom photo ideas in this collection capture not only the romance of the day, but the wedding ambiance as well. If you are getting married in the fall, take advantage of the orange leaves falling around you. If you have a summer rainstorm on your big day, include it in your photos. That will not be forgotten by you or your guests. If you get married on the Fourth of July, then include sparklers or fireworks. If you got married in the woods on a sunny day or on the rooftop of hotel in the city at night, capture the ambiance in your wedding photos. Whatever is most unique or dear to your heart about your wedding day, include in your couples’ photos. It is the memory of that feeling that photos capture.

If you are stuck on what to do for your own bride and groom photo ideas, use these photos below for some inspiration.

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For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids

the ring bearer and flower girl

the first dance

the bride and groom getting ready

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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It has been far too long since I posted a collection of awkward photos. We have loving posts for Mother’s Day, but motherhood is not always full of good times. There are moments that are exhausting, frightening and awkward that will only be funny in retrospect. After all, nobody is perfect and there are bound to be far more awkward moments than picture perfect moments. Fortunately, some of these moments have been captured on camera. Enjoy them with your mother and tell her thank you for taking care of you through the good moments and the awkward moments (although some of those may have been her fault). Happy Mother’s Day!

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You can blame the fashion trends, having a bad day or just the innate awkwardness that comes with growing up. Regardless of what is to blame, these photos are worth more than a thousand words and are fare more enjoyable than picture perfect moments. I hope you enjoyed these awkward photos for Mother’s Day as much as we did!

 

For more awkwardness, check out When Wedding Photos Go Wrong ( onetwothreefourfivesix, and seven) as well as our awkward engagement photosAwkward Thanksgiving Photos, When Easter Photos Go Wrong and  Bad Christmas Photos collections.

photos courtesy of the amazing site awkwardfamilyphotos.com


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We have three boys playing baseball this year. For the youngest, this is his first year and he is still learning the basics of the game in tee ball. He is also still determining whether or not he likes the game of baseball altogether. He loves to hit the ball (obviously) and when he catches it, he is ecstatic, but everything in between is what remains to be seen. There is a lot of waiting around, which can be hard for a young kid. It is no wonder why kids do somersaults and play tag during tee ball games.

However, he gets very excited watching professional baseball games, and I think that he will enjoy them even more now that he understands the basic rules and has experienced playing the game himself. He does not know who any of the professional Major League athletes are, but that does not stop him from getting excited about when there are contests involving them. I am glad that Rice Krispies Treats® offered to sponsor this post to spread awareness of a cool contest that they are hosting for the young baseball players out there.

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Cal Ripken, Jr. has teamed up with Rice Krispies® to offer Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game. As, the name suggests, you enter your codes found in specially marked Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® boxes online here to enter for a chance to play catch with Cal Ripken, Jr during the 2015 MLB All-Star Week. There are other prizes for the runner-ups as well including autographed baseballs and baseball gloves and baseballs.

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Sadly, specially marked boxes are not currently available at the stores near me, but I still wanted to spread the love for Rice Krispies®. You can enter codes online for a chance to win through July 1, 2015, so be on the lookout for the specially marked boxes in your stores! It was my turn to make goody bags for the kids on the baseball teams and I made sure to throw a Rice Krispies Treat® into each bag this week. It was nice to know that none of the treats that I gave them contained high fructose corn syrup.

The kids had fun and enjoyed the goody bags as expected. There are many games to go and I think there will soon be a fourth baseball player in the family.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®


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Spring is here and that means new plants coming to life. My kids are used to getting seasonal fruits and veggies, because we have an orange tree, avocado tree and grapefruit tree in our backyard. By this time of year, though, their blooms are over, but the kids still like to get food straight from the backyard. So, they are excited when they get to choose what they get to grow in the backyard.

We have done lettuce, carrots and tomatoes in the past. So, this year with the sponsorship of Tree Top, we started discussing the plants that would be in this year’s garden. I asked them which new plants that they would like to grow and we checked out KidsGardening.org to jog their creativity.

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If you do not know of this website, you should definitely check it out. It is full of ideas for plants, outdoor crafts and more to help you get you and your kids outside together. They are affiliated with Tree Top and for every purchase of Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches, Tree Top donates $1 to the website. I find it to be a worthy cause and until we get our own apple tree in the back yard, the Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches may be their best option, because they are made with pure fruit.
After perusing KidsGardening.org for some time and thinking over the plants that they have seen, here are the 5 plants they found most appealing:

  1. Allium Flowers: You may not know this plant by name, but you probably know of it. It is a flower with a very large stem (we have seen them 2-3 feet high) with a large, purple sphere of flowers sitting atop of it. They look fantastical, which makes kids love them. And it not often that plants in a family garden grow taller than the kids, so they will definitely appreciate these.
  2. Lavender: The kids wanted this for two reasons – 1.) They smell lovely and they want the backyard to smell nice all summer. 2.) They (or I should say their pollen) attracts butterflies. We do not get humming birds here as my parents do in Colorado, but we can get butterflies. If we do not, at least everything will smell lovely.
  3. Strawberries: They may be common, but kids love to run out to the garden every day and see if the sweet berries are ripe enough to eat yet. It never gets old.
  4. Pumpkins: They are really thinking ahead with this one. They want to grow the pumpkins that we carve, make into pie, bread, smoothies, pudding and more. It is not warm enough for these to be grown outside yet, but their seedlings can be started in planters inside where it is warmer.
  5. Beans: For some reason, kids are fascinated by beans. I personally think that it has to do with Jack and the Beanstalk, but regardless of why, I am happy that the kids are excited to plant plants.

The kids have already got a jump on this year’s planting with the bean plant. They are forgetful with the watering schedule, but they have improved. It is a bit of practice before we plant the actual garden. It is definitely going to be an eclectic, fragrant, tasty mix of plants. I am glad that gardening brings the kids together, excites them and holds their attention day after day as they reap the benefits of what they have sewn.

I just hope that this appreciation lasts.From the looks of it, this one will not tire of his beans or these pouches anytime soon. They do keep his hands mess-free while we water and add soil to the planter. And, they have a screw-on cap, so they are definitely a gardening-friendly snack. You can learn more about how Tree Top is helping kids through the Raising Good Apples campaign here.

RGA-LogoTo help our readers get a jumpstart on gardening, we are hosting a giveaway with Tree Top to give away a gardening set to one lucky reader! For a chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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What are you planning to plant this year in your planters or in your garden? Do your kids love any plants in particular?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top.


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