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Friday, October 24, 2014

Take Care of Sensitive Skin with Tide Pods Free & Gentle#PGMom {Giveaway}

Laundry is pretty low on my list of fun things to do, but it must be done nonetheless. Hubs used to be the chief launderer in the family, but I've taken back that task since I started working at home. I have no commute, so I have a lot more time in my day to get things done around the house. I think it's fair. Also? Tide Pods have made the whole chore a lot easier. I love these little guys, and sing their praises regularly - even on Toronto's Breakfast Television, where I commented "They'll change your laundry life!" It's true. Easy, efficient, no measuring, no waste. The film used to manufacture the Pods is designed to dissolve in all water temperatures, hot or cold, and this format is designed for any type of washing machine (traditional or HE), as well as all load sizes and temperatures, so it's really quite versatile. And now, Tide Pods are available as part of P&G's Free & Gentle family.

The Tide Pods Free & Gentle formula is specifically formulated with no dyes or perfumes, to be gentle on skin, while also being tough on stains, so you don't have to sacrifice cleaning power to protect your sensitive skin. Especially as we move into the colder months our skin can become more dry and sensitive, making a gentle detergent all the more important.

Do you suffer from sensitive skin? Leading Canadian dermatologist, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, knows that sensitive skin can be painful, irritating and frustrating. Here are her top tips to help soothe and prevent irritable skin:
Canadian dermatologist Dr. Sandy Skotnicki
Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

  • Avoid fragrances and/or botanicals in your daily washing, soaps, detergents and moisturizers, as they can be both irritants and allergens. Test out a detergent like the new Tide Pods Free & Gentle. For people with sensitive skin seeking a detergent free of dyes and perfumes, Tide Pods Free & Gentle provides a deep clean that leaves behind no dyes or perfumes on fabrics, for gentleness on skin.
  • Stick to non-foaming “soaps” in the shower. They do not strip the skin of its natural oils.
  • Only shower or bathe once a day. Water dries out the skin.
  • Make sure that you keep bathing times to under 15 minutes and avoid using hot water.
  • After bathing, pat dry. Rubbing your body with a towel will remove moisture and further dry out your skin.

In addition to the single-use Pod formula, Tide Free & Gentle is also available in powder, liquid and HE liquid, for high-efficiency washers. A format for everyone! 

A Giveaway

One of you lucky readers will receive a Sensitive Skin Laundry Pack from P&G, valued at approximately $45. Prize includes:
Tide Pods Free & Gentle
Ultra Downy Free & Sensitive
Bounce Free & Sensitive
Tide Stain Release In-Wash Boost Action Pac Free Nature
Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight ET, November 15. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be resident in Canada.

NEW TIME! Join Us for the #TanaLovesShoes Twitter Party, October 30 at 8-9pm ET

#TanaLovesShoes Twitter Party

I really am all about the summer months. I love the heat and humidity, the sunshine and beaches, It's the only season I care about. That is, until fall comes to town. As the weather cools and the leaves start to turn, I begin to yearn for sweaters and boots and cozy fires in the fireplace. I love fall fashion. And part of that each year is shopping for new footwear. Because a girl can never have too many pairs of boots.

Do you agree? Join us for the #TanaLovesShoes Twitter party on Thursday, October 30, from 8-9pm EDT, where we'll talk shoe shopping and shoe care. The two must go together, as it's important to protect our investment in quality, beautiful footwear.

Be sure to follow our host, @MoeTurner, and moderators - @Mom2Michael (me!), @MrsLouLou, @LisaThornbury, and @Kidsumers and join in on the fun next Thursday.

RSVP below and participate in the party to be eligible to win the Grand Prize of a $500 Shoe Shopping Spree, or one of the secondary prizes, all courtesy of Tana. The party is open to everyone, but prizing is available to Canadian residents only, 18 years of age and older.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Does Your House Wake Your Baby? Silent Floor Solutions Can Help

One of the first things anyone comments on when they first visit our house is our flooring. We have gorgeous hardwood throughout the main and second levels, all stained a lovely, deep shade with a touch of cherry. It's one of the first things we noted when we came for the open house, to tell the truth. The colour is warm and welcoming, and, aside from the puffs of pet hair that tend to float across it, it looks really lovely. Big selling feature.

What folks don't realise though is that the hardwood, and whatever is underneath, has been in place since 1954. 60 years old. It's generally solid and in good shape, but there are questionable, noisy patches. There's a particularly annoying one on the landing by the bedrooms, right between our room and Boo's. Creaky? Oh yes. Avoidable? Well, kind of. But apparently only by me.

As a baby, Boo never slept unless he was in my arms. Never. Ok, I'm exaggerating, but not by much. His naps were usually about 10 minutes, maybe 20 on a good day. Getting him down at night was a terror. And he woke every 2 to 3 hours most nights until he was a year old. If we got a 7 hour stretch I was sure he was gone. So, once I finally got him settled, every minute was precious. Heaven help you if you accidentally woke him up. And both my husband and big kid did it often. I did too, but could usually remember where the creaky spot was and step over it instead of on it. Right in front of the baby's room. CREAK! Followed quickly by "WAAAH!" Nightmare.

But who wants the mess of tearing up the hardwood floor? Especially with an infant in the house. It's all bad enough.

Enter Silent Floor Solutions. The company began with the owner's own floors. Lev Remennik's wife was a nurse working nights, and he worried that his moving around on their squeaky floors during the day was disturbing her sleep. Being an engineer he had a unique skill set to bring to the problem and set about finding a solution. After successfully silencing his own floors, he worked his same magic at some friends' houses, and they encouraged him to start his own business.

Silent Floor Solutions was born in 2009, and they have silenced the floors and/or stairs in over 550 homes so far. What makes this service so special is its simplicity for the homeowner. No floors are torn up or ceilings torn down. They don't even have to move your furniture, and can usually complete your project in just 1 or 2 days, with minimal mess. The specifics of the process are of course proprietary, but essentially the team first assesses your floors/stairs to determine the specifics of the problem (i.e., what's causing the squeak) and works with you to decide how much or little of your floor you want fixed. They then drill tiny holes into the specific area to be treated and use those to apply a specially developed adhesive. The holes are filled and blended, and you can get back to enjoying that floor within a few hours. Clean, quick, minimum upset to your routine.

A squeaky area being treated by Silent Floor Solutions staff
Some common sources of problem squeaks

I asked Lev if this is primarily an issue for older homes, and he said actually it's not. Approximately half of the homes he's treated have been built within just the last 15 years. Older homes may have shifted or settled, but newer homes may have been put together more quickly with improper installation of the flooring.

If you have squeaky floors you want silenced, Lev and his team can help you out regardless of the age of your home. Pricing is per square foot, starting at a $500 base. That amount covers the initial assessment visit ($100) and up to 10 square feet of treatment. Each additional square foot is an extra $20. You can decide how little or much of your floor you want done.

I wish these guys had been around when Boo was wee. I think they could have saved me from a lot of sleepless nights. Head over to their website to read some testimonials and see what their past clients think. And of course you can check them out on Facebook as well.

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Silent Floor Solutions. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.
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