Are You Doing it Wrong? 5 Tips to Wash Your Family’s Laundry Right with method!

We all have budgets to stick to (as closely as possible), and that includes money spent on buying clothes and washing clothes. What we don’t all know is that some of the things we are doing may be working to kill our budgets on both ends!


Check some things that many of us are doing wrong – these are tips that can help save your clothes – which is what method detergent aims to do.  In fact, they have partnered with ASOS to create easy-to-clean, functional fashion pieces.


These tips can help you keep your clothes looking amazing!

Read and Respect the Label

Those irritating pieces of fabric that are stitched into your clothes serve more purpose than just making you itch! I know, it surprised me too. It turns out there are very important pieces of information scribbled on the tags, and that information can help you avoid disaster. In short, if it says ‘Dry Clean Only’, then, please, take it out of the washer and put it in the car. Go to the cleaners! Your garments will last longer, look fresher, and you get those cool wire hangers that you can’t get anywhere else.

If It’s Decorated, Turn it Inside Out!

We have 2 girls and one of them is decorated to the proposition that all clothes should be adorned with sparkly things – glitter, sequins, layers of fluttering fabrics, or any other embellishments that can catch the eye. So, when its laundry time, what’s a mom to do? You can save the integrity of the decorations by turning garments inside out prior to washing.

Flipping the clothes inside out lets them go safely through the washer without snagging the decorations on the machine or other articles while laundering.

You Bought the Machines, Use Them Right.

When you picked your washing machine and dryer out, you selected them based on more than just the color. You were likely very interested in all of the features and benefits the machines contained. Your machines almost certainly contain alternatives for temperature settings, fabric types, and timers – use them!

Select water and dryer temps to complement the fabric you are washing. If you are concerned about the possibility of the fabric shrinking, use cold water. Want to kill germs, check out the advantages of washing in hot water. See #1 – your labels will let you know what temps the manufacturer recommends.

Don’t Skimp on the Detergent

I am using method 4x detergent on our family’s laundry because it works great in cold water and gets the clothes clean without dulling the colors. Plus, its hypoallergenic and can be used to pre-treat stains that you know your family will bring in the door. Select your favorite scent from among some distinctive choices (ginger & mango, spring garden, beach sage, and fresh clover, or even scent free.


You save $3 on your bottle of method 4x when you enter code: THREEFORME and order here.  Plus, it only requires a little bit of detergent (each bottle washes 66 loads!).  Look how small the cup is!


Be Delicate with your Delicates

When it comes time to wash your delicate items, try using a lingerie bag designed especially for the purpose. Putting pantyhose, bras, etc. in a lingerie bag to protect them from other items in the washer lessens the chances of fabric tears or snags. Once you get them out of the washing machine, make sure you hang them up to dry so you don’t ruin your garments.


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

Beautiful Air By Design with Renuzit


Oliver and Sunny are two indispensable members of our house – they are also two of the smelliest! When we are looking for something to use as an odor neutralizer, we try to find products that are long-lasting air fresheners and aren’t overpowering by themselves. Renuzit Pearl Scents® is an attractive and effective product that meets the demands of our home.

Our family has an active calendar, so between horse shows, chorus concerts, and family trips to the park or cross-country training, there isn’t always time to make sure that the dogs both get hosed off weekly, or that all of the horse blankets get washed the day we get back from a show (we do make sure that the kids get showered regularly). To keep our home smelling fresh and clean, we have tried so many air fresheners that only covered the odor, or scent eliminators that didn’t outlast the stink. Renuzit Pearl Scents® accomplishes long-lasting odor neutralization and very pleasing aromas that create ‘beautiful air by design’.


Renuzit Pearl Scents is strong enough to stand up to the aromas of our two dogs and our two kids (the runner’s up for smelliest) by neutralizing odor, not just masking the smell. With 5 distinctive colors and scents consisting of Blue Sky Breeze, Serenity in purple, Sparkling Rain in green, Tranquil in a darker blue, and Seductive Pineapple in gold, there is a Renuzit Pearl Scent® to match every room and a scent to neutralize every odor the kids and dogs can generate!

Three lucky Mama Games readers have the opportunity to try out the Renuzit Pearl Scents® themselves by entering this giveaway! Three winners will each receive a coupon redeemable for a free Renuzit Pearl Scents® aroma of their choice. Which room in your home could use some ‘beautiful air by design’?

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If the Shoe Fits {Book Review}


About If the Shoe Fits

Julianne used to believe in fairy tales; she’s been watching for Prince Charming to come charging in on his white steed ever since the day her mother read her Cinderella for the first time. But she’s never come close to finding the perfect man-instead she’s always tripping over her childhood best friend, Will. And who finds their Prince Charming on a 10-speed bicycle on the other side of the cul de sac? Well… Julianne does. Only she doesn’t have a clue.
She and Will are attorneys now, and they’ve joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince’s toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper…errrr, work boot?…waiting to be reunited with its owner?

So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming. He’s the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen…and a caring animal rescuer, too. Surely he must be the soul mate God has prepared her for.

But, Julianne’s prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal. And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner. With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.
Julianne is on a collision course with God’s perfect plan for her life…if only she could open her eyes and see it before it’s too late.

My Review

This is a cute, quick read.  It is quite charming and in places, very funny.  I love the friendship that Julianne and Will share – it’s almost too good to want to push them to romance at some points!  As characters, Julianne and Will are also themselves charming, although there are times I want to shake them both.  Julianne, as a successful attorney, should not have put up with NEARLY the crap she put up with from her supposed “Prince Charming”, who is pretty much the vilest creature on Earth!

I loved the relationship that Julianne had with her mom, but didn’t like the relationships that she had with other women in the story – especially the other main female character – also an attorney.  As opposed to be friendly or even civil, they were extremely back biting and petty.  I hate to see women be like that in real life, and I don’t love the perpetuation of the stereotype that women are ultimately at odds with each other (over a man).

That being said, this is really a fun (and funny!) story that is definitely worth the time to read!  In terms of it being a Christian fiction novel, there is not a lot of preachiness or a real concentration of the religious aspects – it blends nicely with the story.



The Inn at Ocean’s Edge By Colleen Coble {Book Review}

* I was provided with a free copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Inn at Ocean's Edge

About The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone-maybe everyone-is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book and found myself ready to read more even when it was time to put the book down.  It is quite suspenseful from the very first flashback!  Claire is very likable – she is very confident, which is why being struck by a panic attack upon her arrival at the Inn.  When Claire meets Luke, the mystery starts to build, and it becomes very difficult to tease out who the real bad guy is.  The book takes a lot of twists and turns, and it’s a fun to try and figure out how the murder investigations fit together and exactly what happened to Claire, and who is trying to kill her.
This book won’t disappoint for mystery fans!  I also really enjoyed the setting – it made me want to go to the beach!

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One grand prize winner will win:

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  • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession
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The giveaway ends on May 7, and the winner will be announced on May 8th on Colleen’s website.






Where the Staircase Ends {Book Review & Giveaway}



Publication date: April 14, 2015

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky.

Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable — unless the staircase breaks her first.


Stacy Stokes attended the University of Texas at Austin and The Wharton School of Business.  She grew up in Dallas, TX, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.  WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS is her first novel.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter

My Review

When I started this book, I thought it was going to be sort of the teenaged version of It’s A Wonderful Life (which is great, because I love that movie). After dying, teenager Taylor is forced to climb an enormous stone staircase – all she can do is go up as she gets glimpses of her new reality and is faced with the ghosts of her past as they appear on the staircase.  Memories, both good and bad, take her through the decisions she made in her life.

This is not your typical “teenager girl” problems book which I can find insipid and irritating if not done correctly.  This is a really good book and the writing is really well done.  The characters are relatable and realistically flawed, but at the same time not stock or stereotypical, which I occasionally find in books of this genre.

I was left with questions of “Who would be on my staircase?” and what moments would show up as the best and worst in my life.   I do recommend this book – it’s worth the investment and it’s definitely a page-turner.

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Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub + Giveaway

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Are your hands super rough after winter?  I know mine are!  They get chapped so quickly, especially because I habitually lose my gloves!  Dial has the perfect solution! I was so excited to try their new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub!  This is the newest product in the Dial Boutique Collection Hand Soap line, and it is truly a luxurious experience!

The scent is awesome – it is a like a very expensive sugar scrub at a very enticing price.  The soap does suds right up –



The best part is the microscrubbers!  Along with the moisturizing formulas and skin conditioners, tiny microscrubbers help remove dirt and leave your hands exfoliated.  They come out SO soft and smooth!  I definitely recommend that you try them out if your hands have been beaten up by Old Man Winter!

3 lucky Mama Games readers are going to get a chance to win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap!  Come back every day to enter!  US Only 18+.

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Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused With Marula Oil

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We live in a house with 2 kids, 2 dogs, one very chubby ferret, 12 fish, and there are 3 horses in the barn! Between the animals and the kids, someone is always DIRTY! So when the kids are covered in mud and muck we now go straight for the deep cleansing  hand soap Dial Miracle Oil!

This time of year the heater dries out our skin inside the house and the mud covers little hands while we are having fun outside. Once we finally corral pets and kids back into their cages (pets) and the house (kids), the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not the soap we use is going to leave behind any residue on the hands, arms, and elbows of our little ones! Thankfully, Dial Miracle Oil Handsoap came to our rescue with a conditioning soap that provides refreshing moisture and deep cleansing family soap that everyone loves.

Because Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap is infused with micro-scrubbers and Marula Oil with Micro Oil Technology, I don’t have to worry about the kids (or my spouse) spreading germs or oily, soapy residue around the house. Dial Miracle Oil soaps are super clean rinsing so once you have washed off the dirt and debris, all you are left with is soft and clean skin!

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The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl {Book Review + Giveaway}

* I received a e-copy of The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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About The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl

Publication date: March 17, 2015                              Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.                                                  Author: Leigh Statham

Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

My Review

If I were to classify this book, I would classify it as a YA Steampunk novel.  It’s a really quick read, and I really enjoyed it.  Marguerite is a pretty awesome character – strong and independent, a good friend, and she’s smart!  These are refreshing to see in a female character.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of Claude, but there are plenty of other male figures in the book who are worse.  I really enjoyed how resourceful Marguerite is, and how she never really depended on or needed a man to get herself in (and out!) of some really interesting situation.

The book is completely appropriate – even though there are some romantic parts, I would not hesitate to give to my 13 year old.  I think she will definitely enjoy the steampunk aspect to the novel!


Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

Connect with the Author: Website |Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

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The Frenchman {Book Review & Giveaway}

*  I received a free ebook copy of The Frenchman in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


About The Frenchman

Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother—an inspector with the French National Police—for one year is a pretty major detour.

Son of France’s crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his sport, famille and nothing else. But the saucy American he meets one night changes everything. She sparks a desire in him like no other. Possession takes root. She will do as he commands.

Bit by bit Fleur slips into the Frenchman’s realm of wanton pleasure agreeing to his one condition: that she keep their affair secret. She serves up her heart without reservation in the hub of the glittering Côte d’Azur, and the along the soulful Seine in Paris, unaware of the danger she is in. For her new lover’s “family business” will pit her against her mother, the police woman sworn to bring down the Messettes. And by then, far more than Fleur’s heart will be on the line.

My Review

Ladies, this is a steamy one.  If you’re into bad boys with good hearts with hot accents, killer muscles, and tattoos, this book’s hunky main character will tie you up in knots for sure!  The setting in France is fantastic and the romance is well written between Fleur and Louis.  There were great subplots with Fleur’s mom and I really enjoyed the non-romantic part of the story as well.  The mystery portion involves the Messettes, a well-known French crime family, and Fleur’s mom’s attempts to bring them down.  Fleur is a bit naive at times, but it’s forgivable, and there are some seriously sexy pieces.  Seriously.  Don’t let your kids find this one, guys.  The ending is incredibly well wrapped up in a nice little happily ever after package, which I love!  All in all, this is a great, quick, and super steamy read.

About the Author

Lesley Young is an award-winning Canadian journalist by day, and obsessive novelist by night. Her debut novel, Sky’s End (Soulmate Publishing, 2013) hit #9 on Amazon’s sci-fi romance paid best-seller list in its first three months of release.

Not too long after that, she started dreaming up quirky heroines who lose their hearts to extremely powerful, flawed heroes, only to find out what love really is while on a dangerous adventure abroad. She called it the Crime Royalty Romance series, and landed herself a pretty big agent at Spencerhill Associates. Never one to take the obvious path, Lesley ultimately decided to self-publish. She’s never sure who or what will pop up in her imagination next. The Irishman? The Spaniard? The Hawaiian? Anything’s possible, and she loves suggestions (or recommendations of really hot, er, talented, actors to work as a muses).

Stay in touch with her and feel free to forward on decent options at and @LesleyYoungBks (note: Charlie Hunnam’s already taken the lead role of The American—#3 Crime Royalty Romance…coming soon!).

Connect with Lesley Young:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Makes Your Shower a Spa + Giveaway

* The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash

One of the best ways that I can relax after a long, hard, stressful day at work is to step into a steaming hot shower.  So I’m a huge fan of any product that’s going to enhance that experience, so I was very excited to try out the new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash, which is infused with Marula Oil.  Marula oil originates from South Africa, where it has been used as a cleanser and a moisturizing lotion.  And if you’ve been paying attention, oils are a HUGE trend in hair care and cosmetics right now, so Dial is right on trend.  This should give you a clue as to how awesome Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash is.

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As you can see, the Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash comes out rich and thick.  It is formulated with Micro Oil Technology, which leads to a thick lather that rinses clean.  It definitely leaves my skin feeling clean, extremely soft, and smooth.  It also smells great- a little citrus and sandalwoody to me, but definitely not too perfumed or overwhelming in any way.  It left my skin feeling soft and smelling great.  The light scent and the way that it makes my skin smooth mmakes Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash is a great way to end a stressful day.

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