Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Winners

Deidre Jordan

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Cheryl 

Congratulations to both of you! Please send an email to thesavvyhousewifeblog@yahoo.com as soon as possible, please include your name and mailing address.

Many thanks to all who entered! I truly wish I had a free bottle for each of you but keep a look out for more giveaways in the future. And a special thank you to Purex for sponsoring this giveaway!

Winners were chosen randomly using Random.org.

***Winners have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.***

Update: After several attempts to contact one of the winners, another winner has been selected! Congratulations to The Posh Blog!

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Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Giveaway

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I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge fan of doing laundry but it’s one of those things that just has to be done. And since it’s a must, I’m always on the hunt for products (and tips) to help make the laundry process easier. Well, a few years back I discovered Purex Crystals and I fell completely in love with these laundry enhancers! I mean, who doesn’t love a fresh laundry scent, right? And just recently I tried the new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in Well Being and it did not disappoint.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

Why I love Purex Crystals Aromatherapy:

  • It’s super easy to use! You just simply add it to your washing machine (top load, front load or HE) at the start of the wash cycle and that’s it!
  • It really eliminates laundry odors. I live in a house with the hubs and three sons, so I know a thing or two about odors…this in-wash scent booster really works! And it’s long-lasting, I can wash sheets and towels using the  Purex Crystals Aromatherapy, put them away for weeks at a time and when I pull them out they smell as fresh as the day I washed them.
  • It’s affordable and easy to find. I’m a very frugal shopper so trust me when I say that this product is affordable. And it can be found at most drugstores, mass retailers and grocery store chains.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

The new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy comes in three different scents: Well Being (which I’ve already tried and love), Energy, and Serenity. I’m so tempted to go out to buy them all and my mood (or mood I want to be in) will determine which one I use…lol, anything to help make the laundry process more enjoyable.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Giveaway

Like I said the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy can be found at most drug store stores, mass retailers and grocery stores, so next time you’re out grab a bottle. And you can try your luck at winning a bottle too! Thanks to Purex, I have two coupons for a FREE bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. So that means there will be…not one but two lucky winners!!!

Here’s how to enter…

  1. Follow The Savvy Housewife Blog via email or Bloglovin.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me which Purex Crystals Aromatherapy scent you want to try and a tip/trick you use to make the laundry process easier. *One comment per person*

The giveaway will end on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm and the winners will be randomly chosen.

Good luck!!!

Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this review for free as a Purex Insider for review purposes only. As always all opinions stated in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product.

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Craft Show Tips


A few Saturdays ago I had the opportunity to “showcase” some of my handcrafted wreaths at a local holiday (bazaar) craft show. The hubs and several others had been encouraging me to sell my crafts for months now and I finally had the guts to give it a go. It was a somewhat spur of the moment decision which left me with just a few weeks to create about 10 wreaths to display and hopefully sell. So all of my efforts and time were put into creating and crafting, and not much else. Let me just say that my first craft show was definitely an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Here a few craft show tips I discovered after doing my first craft show….

Craft show tips

Do your research!

I’ve attended several craft shows in the past but the experience is completely different when you’re a vendor, which I knew going in but I still wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. I was so busy creating wreaths I didn’t once stop to think about ways to help me actually sell them. So I advise doing your research on craft shows in general (especially about those held in your area in the past). Also research selling tips, advice and techniques. And don’t be afraid to ask the craft show coordinator (or point of contact) about the upcoming event…ask about the general customer base, vendor space and location, past craft show successes, etc. All this information can be a big help!

Invest in your table setup and signage.

Being an avid shopper, I could just kick myself for slacking in this area; when I’m out shopping I’m always drawn in by pretty colors, signs and cute set ups. I so missed the mark on this one and I was totally disappointed when I looked around the room at all of the awesome displays (as I continued to struggle with mine). So I advise taking the time to invest in your table and set up! A few days before do a trail run set up of how you want your table to look at the craft show, hopefully this will help you avoid some unwanted frustrations the day of the event. But keep in mind to always be flexible with your set up,just in case the vendor site is not what you thought it would be. Make sure you have signs displaying your vendor name, pricing and other important information about your crafts. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in this area just a little time and effort. Remember to be creative, you want your crafts to stand out!

Craft Show Tips

Do a giveaway or freebie.

One way to draw people to your table is by offering something for free! Or is that just me that loves a good freebie…lol. Two of the vendors near my table had drawings for a featured products at their table, I noticed that it not only caused people to stop but was a great way to draw them in to take a look at more of their products. Other options to offer are a free gift with purchase, percentage off future purchases and/or samples…it really depends on what crafts you are selling. Even offering a piece of candy (which is what I did) is nice, however next time around I plan on attaching my business card.

Take a friend and make a friend.

Ask someone to tag along with you to your craft show. It’s always great to have helping hands with you when setting up. You may also need someone to keep you company during the down time and to stand in for you during you bathroom breaks. And while you’re there try to make friends with the other vendors around you too! Not that you’re in a rush but it can definitely help the day go by a little faster. Plus, they may be able to share a few craft show tips or information about upcoming craft events in your area.

Be organized and prepared for the unexpected.

Nothing is worse than being ready to purchase something and the seller is nowhere to be found or is not prepared to take your payment. I have left things behind for that very reason. So have everything you need to make shopping easy for your customers…keep extra cash for change handy, if your selling expensive goods have a credit card swiper (PayPal Here, The Square, etc.) and receipt book if necessary. Make sure you have an emergency craft show kit on hand too, with things like extra pens, notepads, tape, safety pins, markers, scissors, and snacks (trust me you’ll get hungry). Basically you want to be prepared for any and everything that could happen. And don’t forget your business cards…lots and lots of business cards and don’t be afraid to hand them out!

Set realistic goals and expectations, and have fun!

I went into this craft show with a very open mind! Of course I would have loved to sell every single wreath plus take orders for more but I didn’t…but I didn’t go expecting to either. I told myself that if I sold just one wreath that I would be happy and I ended selling two. I really just enjoyed the experience and I had fun!

I had such a rewarding feeling when I left my first craft show, not because I sold out or received such great feedback but simply because I stepped outside of my comfort zone. And I learned so much from the experience. I haven’t signed up for any other crafts shows just yet but I will definitely be using these craft show tips when I do!

Do you enjoy going to craft shows? What tips do you have for a first time craft show vendor? What handmade goods do you look for at craft shows?

The Savvy Housewife

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

I love sweets!!! I mean, I am the true definition of a junk food junkie! So when I discovered these Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies, I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch…

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

I really can’t take any credit for this recipe! A few months ago the hubs and I were volunteering at a local church and during lunch he tried these Cookie Brownies. He said that were so yummy! And the lady that made them was kind enough to share the easy recipe with me, so I’m passing it on!

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

What you’ll need:

  • 2 (12 count) muffin pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Non-stick Baking Spray (or cooking spray)
  • Brownie Mix
  • Oreo Cookies (or cookies of your choice that will fit into a muffin pan)
  • *Optional* Nutella (or Peanut Butter)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil

Easy steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place cupcake liners in the muffin pans, lightly spray each one with a non-stick baking spray and place one cookie inside each one. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  3. This next step is completely optional and here is where you can get creative…I added about half a teaspoon of Nutella to the center of each cookie. But you could add peanut butter, a Hershey’s Kiss, a caramel bite…the possibilities are endless! I only did this to 12 of the Oreo Cookie Brownies since the kids don’t care too much for Nutella. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  4. Mix brownie mix according to the directions on the box. I used the “cake like” instructions which calls for an extra egg. And I substituted milk for the water.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  6. Bake approximately 20 minutes
  7. Remove the Oreo Cookies Brownies from the muffin pan and let them cool completely.

My boys loved the Oreo Cookie Brownies and can’t wait for me to make more. The hubs even took some to work and his coworkers enjoyed them too. I just loved the fact that they were super easy to make and that you can play around with the recipe…next time I plan on adding icing per my oldest son’s request and maybe even a caramel bite instead of the Nutella.

My favorite way to enjoy the Oreo Cookie Brownies!

My favorite way to enjoy the Oreo Cookie Brownies!

Will you be making these Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies? What will you add in the center? What is your favorite dessert?

The Savvy Housewife

Easy Monogrammed Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a must during this time of year! And as soon as October hit I was on a hunt for the perfect one.

Monogrammed Pumpkin

While out last week shopping at a few craft stores with the hubs (yep, I convinced him to go with me), we stumbled across these really cute craft pumpkins at Michael’s. Initially I wasn’t feeling the whole fake pumpkin idea, especially since ALDI had real ones for just $2.99. But the hubs made a good point…I could pay just $8 (plus an additional 25% off) for a fake one, decorate it however I want and keep it for years to come. So, needless to say I ended up getting one and I immediately knew that I wanted a monogrammed pumpkin!

So after searching Pinterest for ideas, I came up with this really easy (and I do mean easy) monogrammed pumpkin DIY…

Easy Monogrammed Pumpkin

Materials needed:

  • Craft pumpkin of your choice
  • Glitter craft paper (I found a sheet at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • Printed letter (or you can freehand it if you choose)
  • Scissors
  • Various wired ribbon (I used three different ones)
  • Hot glue gun (CAUTION: the warning label stated that the craft pumpkin was flammable so use at your risk.)

I searched online for the perfect G but you could just as easily use Microsoft Word or freehand the letter of your choice. I then placed the print out of the glitter paper and cut it out. Finally I glued it on using the E600 adhesive.

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Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures on how to create the bow, but it is really easy to do, trust me. I used my hot glue gun to attach the bow and other wired ribbon to the craft pumpkin stem.

Easy Mongrammed Pumkin DIY

What do you think, this DIY was super easy right? Do you decorate your home for Fall? What do you love most about the Fall season?

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Free Beauty Events October 2014

I am a huge fan of freebies, deals and giveaways…don’t believe me just check my Instagram! And one of my favorite go-to sites to check for beauty freebies and giveaways is FreeBeautyEvents.com. Yep, the name says it all!

Free Beauty Events

On their site you can enter your zip code to find beauty events like makeovers, gifts with purchase, and sampling events happening at various local beauty retailers, salons and spas. I love checking out the events in my area, especially at the local drug stores. It’s a great way to snag samples of new products and coupons for future purchases. In addition to event listings, FreeBeautyEvents.com also features a blog on product reviews and monthly contest.

This month FreeBeautyEvents.com is hosting an October Beauty Basket Giveaway which features a basket full of beauty products and cosmetics worth over $150! The Contest runs from 10/1/2014 to 10/31/2014, winners will be chosen on 11/1/2014 and notified by 11/15/2014. To enter  like the Free Beauty Events Facebook page and click the tab Monthly Contest. You can also enter directly on the Free Beauty Events site.

Connect with Free Beauty Events….

I received a free product in exchange for this post. As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Dusting Myself Off…

Clearly, I’ve been gone too long…my last real post was back in January.

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Sad, I know. And I could give excuse on top of excuse for my blogging absence but I’ll save all of that for yet another day. After days, weeks and finally months of putting off writing because I thought it would be impossible to bounce back after such a long break, I decided to just go for it…

And here I am!

I’ve learned that “it’s harder to catch up, than it is to keep up!” Something my dad would always say to me back in the day when I was in school and I would put off studying or homework assignments. So yep, this awful habit of procrastination has haunted since I was a younger and apparently it’s a trait that I may have passed on to my children (which is a topic for another day).

So instead of what I call “selling you dreams” by rattling off my a list of personal goals and blog teasers for the upcoming months, I’ll just say that I’ve decided to just “dust myself off and try again…”

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