7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I’ve done over the past seven days.


1. Enjoyed an over night visit with friends.
2. Had to decline an offer to attend an exciting Hollywood press trip, due to bad timing.
3. Baked yummy Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.
4. Had our carpets and furniture cleaned.
5. Gave our dog a bath at a do-it-yourself grooming place.
6. Cleaned out and organized our linen closet.
7. Pulled our Christmas tree and decorations out of the attic.

Just in-time for fall, Febreze Home Harvest Collection Review @Walmart @SheSpeaksUp #FebrezeFall

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walmart, SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions expressed and photos used are 100% honest and my own.

Fall is by far my favorite season. Here in Michigan fall brings crisp, cooler temps, and a lot of beautiful color change. Each year I look forward to celebrating the delicious rich flavors and scents associated with fall, like pumpkin, vanilla and spices – I just love them.

I recently received this scentspiration box filled with various fall activities, recipes, home décor ideas, and several products from the limited edition Febreze Home Harvest Collection.


Living in a house with kids, and several pets, I have been a regular user of Febreze products for quit some time. I love the way it works. Febreze doesn’t cover up odors, it actually eliminates them and replaces them with some of my favorite scents. Like Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Latte, and Autumn Harvest.


The Febreze NOTICEable Dual Scented Oil Warmer does a great job at eliminating pet odor. We have one plugged in near our dog’s bed, and another in the room where the cat box located. Febreze makes all the diffidence! The warmers work for such a long time, that I often forget to replace them. Until, I walk into a room and smell the unwanted odor. So, I tend to keep one or two refills on hand. I can’t wait to stock up with these limited edition fall scents.

New to me is the Febreze Car Vent Clip that was included in this box. It attached easily and acted instantly on hard to rid of pet odor in my car. Replaced it with the nice fall aroma of Toasted Almonds. I love it! Moving forward, I honestly do not see myself going without one.


I can’t wait to really dig into this fall inspirational box! It’s packed with fall recipes (Hello- Oven S’mores), fall activities for the whole family, and even crafty home décor ideas. Each a great way to celebrate my love for the season.


The limited edition Febreze Harvest Collection can be found at your local Walmart.

Be sure to follow Febreze on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Febreze Harvest Collection for not only eliminated odors, but for adding that fall festive touch to our home that we enjoy.

Have you ever used Febreze to add an extra festive touch to your home?

Worried About Getting Older? Not me! #SwifferEffect Giveaway

Disclosure: As a #SwifferEffect influencer content and/ or products of value have and will be provided to me by Swiffer.

Getting older worries a lot of people. Not me. Why? Because I know I wont be growing old alone. I often feel our quality of life can be measured by the company we keep. With that in mind, I take a look at my husband and daughters, and I know I’ll be just fine.

Thinking of those upcoming years brings my attention to the below video. This adorable ninety year old couple has been in-love for forty years! Watching it, I can’t help but think of myself and my husband, will this be us?

See how Morty & Lee react when they open the Swiffer care package to find all sorts of wonderful cleaning products that offer a better way to clean than traditional methods and make their lives easier…well, Lee’s life at least!

You may have already seen some of the above story in a television commercial, but if you are anything like me, you simply can’t help but to fall in-love, and want to see more of Morty and Lee’s story!

It’s nice to know that wither it’s for convenience or necessity, Swiffer products just make life easier.

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SANUS TV Mount Increases Children’s Safety #Giveaway

I can remember when my girls were born. We spent a lot of time baby proofing the house with cabinet latches, and door alarms. That was a long time ago. Just as life has changed over the years, so has baby proofing. With the use of modern technology – comes a whole new set of worries.


For many Americans, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment. However, most parents are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids. Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.

Bringing this risk to the forefront, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide. By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:

  • A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
  • Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
  • Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
  • An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
  • Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006 to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

SANUS encourages families to join their efforts and advocate mounting of flat panel TV’s in consumers homes. This is a safety issue that comes with an uncomplicated fix.


SANUS TV Mounting Tips:

  • Easy 1, 2, 3 installation with a wall template to ensure even placement
  • Online video walkthrough of simple installation available at any time
  • No additional tools necessary – all required installation hardware is included in package
  • Live customer support available 6 days a week

SANUS wall mounts are available at Walmart stores nationwide. You also have the opportunity to win a free SANUS wall mount here on my blog!

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Enter to win by using the widget below. if you have any issues with the widget or would refer to enter by email, please feel free to contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on July 1, 2013.

FREE HBO & Cinemax for DirecTV, Dish Network & More (6/14-6/17)


If you are a subscriber of AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FIOS you can get FREE HBO and Cinemax today though Monday.

Keep track of upcoming free tv on FreePreview.tv !

Cascade Platinum Review #MyPlatinum

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Now, more than ever, people eat with their eyes, and the evidence is all over sites like Facebook and Instagram. With that in mind, Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, has partnered with Cascade to discuss why presentation is just as important as preparation.

• From prep to plating:
It’s more than just a great-tasting recipe, but also perfect presentation. Sparkling dishes, shining flatware and spot-free glasses truly let you put your best food forward with culinary creations that pop!

• Gail recommends impressing with a Platinum Presentation:
“The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations.

Cascade Platinum achieves a clean so powerful it helps keep the dishwasher sparkling while delivering a variety of dish care benefits:

• Delivers Cascade’s ultimate clean for dishes
• Scrubs away tough 24 hour stuck-on food
• Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
• Provides exceptional dishware shine
• Contains the Grease Fighting Power of Dawn

I recently received a bag of Cascade Platinum Pacs to put to the test.


So, put them to the test I did! From everyday cooking, to backed on mac & cheese, to my homemade lasagna, that uses almost every pan in the house, I cooked, mixed, and baked it up all week, and counted on Cascade Platinum to help work on the clean up.


Unlike the dishwasher detergent we’ve been using, Cascade Platinum hasn’t let me down yet! These little pacs left no food on our pans, or water marks on our glasses. Both of which have been a real problem. A recurring problem as we’ve tried switching to several brands of detergent. Our stainless steel pans haven’t had this much shine in years. Also impressive, is our ceramic casserole dish, it hasn’t had this kind of sparkle since it was new.


Often before entertaining company I’ve had to check the glasses for water marks. On a daily bases, I’ve been pre-washing dishes, and scrubbing pans before and after they go through the dishwasher. I love that Cascade Platinum tackles these jobs so well. Leaving me with time I’d much prefer to spend with my family.

After five days of using Cascade Platinum Pacs, the inside of our dishwasher has never looked so clean or smelled better. I had no idea that switching detergents could make such a difference within the machine.

Looking in to it, that would be due to the Cascade Platinum Technology!

Cascade Platinum features a premium, advanced triple-action formula specially designed to deliver Cascade’s best-in-market performance:

• Increased enzyme power delivers better tough food cleaning than Cascade Complete Pacs
• Unique liquid-top dual surfactant system delivers exceptional shine for the dishes AND helps keep your dishwasher sparkling
• Specially designed chelant and polymer system helps prevent hard-water film build-up on your dishes, glasses and even the interior walls of your dishwasher
• The chelant is designed to fight Calcium that comes in with hard-water and food to help deliver virtually film-free dishes wash after wash

Yes, these little pacs are powerful when it comes to clean! BUT, how about the cost? Before looking it up, I expected the cost to blow out my budget. Which means if I were right, I’d be back to standing in the kitchen each night after dinner, instead of relaxing with my family.

Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. The suggested retail price for Cascade Platinum is only $0.29 per dose! Not bad. Definitely not budget blowing.

So, to that – I’ll be enjoying more meals like lasagna, knowing I now have a powerful little helper when it comes to the clean up.


Enter to win!
To celebrate the release of the Cascade Platinum Pacs, Cascade is holding a “My Platinum” contest on Instagram. It’s a four week contest that encourages followers to upload pictures related to the weekly contest theme.

Enter to win the My Platinum Contest by uploading a photo to Instagram using the hashtag “#MyPlatinum” and the tag “@MyCascade”.

You must first register here to you win!

Here are the themes and the entry period:

Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9)

Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!

Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16)

Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!

Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23)

Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!

Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)

Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!

Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)

I know I’ll be entering each week. Will you?

Stay social now and after the contest with Cascade by liking them on Facebook!

Honeywell Mini Tower Fan with Febreze Review & Giveaway

The Honeywell with Febreze Freshness Cool & Refresh Tower Fan helps cool, freshen and eliminate odors from your home! Its unique, one of a kind design combines a powerful, 2 speeds fan with a refreshing Febreze scent cartridge.

Features & Benefits

  • Whole room cooling.
  • Whole room odor elimination and freshening.
  • Febreze Freshness™ Scent Control Dial, with variable settings to adjust odor control from low to maximum scent.
  • Includes one Febreze® Set&Refresh® ADVANCED odor eliminator scent cartridge.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Oscillation with two fan speeds.
  • Uses any of the variety of available Febreze® Set&Refresh® scent cartridges.

The scent level and air flow and controlled by separate dials, giving you the ability to customize your comfort. Fan can be used without the scent cartridge.


I recently received a Honeywell Mini Tower Fan with Febreze for review. The product went from box to table in a matter of a minute. Other than inserting the Febreze cartridge, which was super easy, there was nothing to do. I like that. I also like that the fan is small in size, and looks nice in our family room. Having a basset hound as part of our family, Roxy often doesn’t smell as pretty as she looks. So, we often turn to products from brands like Febrese for help.

We have been using the Honeywell Mini Tower Fan with Febreze pretty steady for two weeks. It has done a great job keeping up with Roxy’s hound odor. Which is not an easy task. Trust me, plenty of products have failed in the past. I was worried the Febreze cartridge would run out quick, prompting me spend money on ordering more, but much to my surprise, it still has plenty of life left in it. Not only has this fan tackled odor, but it offers several settings, and puts out a nice amount of air. It’s really a nice fan, even when the Febreze dial is turned all the way down. It’s been perfect for the uneven weather we’ve been experiencing here in Michigan.


Honeywell has recently launched a larger version of the fan that is now available at your local Target store.

One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a Honeywell Mini Tower Fan with Febreze of their own! Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter widget below. If you have any issues with the widget or would like to enter by email, feel free to contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on June 15, 2013.

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Spring Cleaning With Dirt Jobs #Giveaway

It’s that time of year again! With spring, comes “spring cleaning”. I have a real love/ hate relationship with spring. I love the nice warm temps, and I even enjoy the cleaning, it’s just finding the time within my schedule to get it going that I have trouble with each year. I tend to drag my feet, but once I get going, it’s all I want to do, and I don’t stop until it’s done. Not until every floor, baseboard, and closet has been cleaned. Then comes the payoff – the sense of accomplishment when it’s finished! That’s the best.

This year while spring cleaning I had the opportunity to try out a couple of new products. A Heavy-Duty Multi-Surface Cleaner, and a Heavy-Duty Degreaser, both are part of the new Dirty Jobs product line.


First, I have to say that these products are not messing around when they say “heavy-duty”. They are packed with muscle! Which, honestly is what I expected with the name “Dirty Jobs” on the label. Being a fan of the show, I know what kind of messes Mike Rowe has been in. The label says “fresh citrus” but it was more of a cleaner scent. Something I’m not use to. I used these products with open windows, and while outside to keep the scent from becoming over powering.
I used the multi-surface cleaner on our baseboards, blinds and fixtures throughout our house. I used the degreaer on the back of our appliances, and several jobs outside, like our trash cans. Both of these Dirty Jobs products did an outstanding job, and helped me finish each task in less than the usual time. I can easily see the degreaser becoming a staple in our garage. It did a great job removing oil and grease from several of my husbands tools.


One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to purchase their own Dirty Jobs products. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. If you have any issues with the widget or would like to enter by email please feel free to contact at shakingit@gmail.com One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on May 31, 2013.

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