Clean Delivered Straight to My Door With ePantry! {review}

I have never been shy about admitting that I have a little thing about clean.  I wouldn’t say I’m compulsive, but I would say that I get uptight when my house is dirty.  When ePantry offered to let me try their service for free {they send me the cleaning products I wanted} I jumped at the chance.  What’s better than getting the cleaning supplies I love delivered right to my door?

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ePantry

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ePantry is a new service that makes purchasing quality household products like Method, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Seventh Generation and Green Forest super convenient. In just three minutes {seriously, just three minutes}, they create a customized, flexible schedule for your household products.  They then get delivered to your door for cheaper than the grocery store while helping to save the rain forest!

What I Love:

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The number one thing I love about ePantry is that the website is so user friendly.  Not only is the interface super intuitive and easy to navigate through, once you select the brand you like, you can really narrow down the products to choose from.  Also,  there is a customer support available all the time so if you have a question, they have an answer.

Other things to Appreciate:

  •  There are no service or maintenance fees
  • ePantry saves 25 square feet of rain forest with each shipment.
  • If you tell them a joke, they’ll give you $2 off your order.
  • Prices are super competitive so you can count on getting the best pricing.

How It Works:

ePantry delivers sustainable household products straight to your door when you are running low.  Their handy dandy calculator knows when you need your products and they ship them on a schedule.  Of course, you can change or cancel your shipment at any time.  Also, if you don’t like a product, they’ll refund it.

Order in Three Easy Steps

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1.  Answer a few questions about your household.

2.  Choose which products you want ePantry to send you.

3.  ePantry suggests a schedule, but you can change it to reflect what YOU want.  So, ePantry will suggest when you should receive your next shipment based on your household information.  If you don’t like that date, you can change it.  Easy. 

My Recommendation

Ordering my favorite cleaning supplies and then having THREE months delivered straight to my door was so nice.  I hate running out of the things I need when I clean, and this service completely solves the problem.  Plus, it saves on time and gas that I’d waste running out to buy more.   I’d  recommend giving ePantry a try. The website is so user friendly that it’s almost a shame to NOT use it.  {{smiling}}

If you’d like to give ePantry a try, enter the code “SevenClownCircus”  at checkout and you will receive $10 off your first order and free shipping!!!

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Disclosure:  ePantry sent me enough cleaning supplies to last me a few months!  {{fabulous}}  However, you’d better believe all thoughts and opinions are my own.  {{smiling}}

Mediterranean Turkey Sub {recipe}

This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network.

Now that baseball season is in full swing I’ve turned to dinner options that are quick, filling, nutritious and full of flavor.  Lucky for me, Oscar Mayer introduced Deli Fresh BOLD flavors lunch meats in March. Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats contain no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and are gluten free! I’m a huge fan of the simplified ingredient list and bold, spicy flavors. The sliced meats are freshness sealed, and at least 97 percent fat free.   So, I can serve my large family sandwiches for dinner without guilt!

Here’s my Mediterranean Turkey Sub Recipe, which you really have to try.  The flavors are delicious.  Nothing in the sandwich is over powering, all the flavors compliment each other, yet the flavors are bold enough to make the sandwich dinner worthy. {smiling}  This is not just and sandwich, y’all!  The best part is that it’s easy peasy, and pretty darn healthy to boot!

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Mediterranean Turkey Sub Recipe

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TIP:  The first thing you’ll want to do before my making this recipe is to pick your Oscar Mayer Deli FRESH Bold Meat.  I used Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, but the sandwich would be equally delicious with either of these flavors including:  Cajun Style Turkey Breast or Chipotle Season Chicken Breast.  {{they also carry Maple Honey Ham}}

Mediterranean Turkey Sub Ingredients

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      • Deli Fresh Bold Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast
      • Deli Buns or French Sliced Rolls
      • Basil Pesto
      • Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
      • Fire Roasted Red Peppers (sliced)
      • Deli sliced golden Greek peperoncini’s
      • Green Olives
      • Lettuce

Directions {step-by-step}

Note:  Make one sandwich or many.  If you are feeding a large family or group, I’d recommend lining up your sandwiches and putting them together like an assembly line. 

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Step 1:  Open and spread pesto on bottom of bun or roll.

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Step 2:  Cut tomatoes in half and then layer vegetables on bun or roll.  If you don’t want to use cherry tomatoes (I like the flavor), just use regular tomato slices.

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Step 3:  Fold Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Bold Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast slices in half and layer over the vegetables.  Fold the top of bun or roll over the turkey and garnish with olives.  ENJOY!

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Bisco Gets a Treat!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s been three and a half years since Bisco became a part of our family.  I always used to scoff at people who talked about their dogs as if they were family members.  And now those same people can laugh at me, because Bisco is a HUGE part of our family.

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My kids learned that persistence pays off because after two years of sweetly asking me for a dog, I caved.  Jeff and I chose him out of his litter when he was only 6 weeks old.  He was such a sweet little thing.  He looked like a little ball of coal, and unlike his sisters who couldn’t stop wiggling, Bisco was perfectly calm.  Even though we went to the breeders with the intent to buy a girl, his natural disposition won Jeff and me over.

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Bisco also learned that persistence also pays off because last year I suddenly realized that I’ve made him FAT.  My secret of feeding him treats when no one was looking suddenly didn’t look like such a secret anymore.    I’ve had him on a diet for awhile, but I can hardly stand it.  My poor, sweet, lovable guy deserves treats occasionally, so I bought him some.

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And he loved the EverPet Wavy Bacon Dog Treats MORE that should be legal.

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He “shook” for them.  He jumped for them.  I do believe he would have done ANYTHING for them.  You can purchase EverPet treats at Dollar General, too!

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Here’s what I bought Bisco at Dollar General.  They have a large selection to choose from!

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Any questions?  You can connect with Dollar General on Facebook and follow @DollarGeneral on Twitter !

I’m off to treat Bisco for being so good.  I can’t help myself.

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Connections Happen When We #ShareTheTable

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

I’m a firm believe that dinner time is family time.  It’s important for everyone to gather around the table and eat together.   Other activities can wait, or dinner time can be worked around them.  As my children have gotten older, it’s gotten a little bit harder to ensure that we are always home for dinner, but it’s not impossible.  Eating together as a family allows for connections to be made, and I’ve seen it time and time again over the years.

Barilla thinks that connections are made when we #ShareTheTable, too.  In fact, they are so passionate about it, they are urging us to do this more often and partnered with Feeding America to help those in need.  

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Barilla’s Share The Table® Initiative

 

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Barilla wants to inspire, empower and support all families to share more meaningful meals together.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks, and Barilla supports that goal.  

Together, with our help, they can do amazing things.

Here’s how to get involved!

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1.  Gather round the table as a family.

2.  Get clicky.  Take pictures of your family making connections!

3.  Share your picture or “Fammie” on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using hashtag #ShareTheTable.

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Barilla will help provide the monetary equivalent of ten meals to Feeding America, up to one million meals.  You have through  4/30/14 to get clicky!  {{smiling}}

Here’s a few factoids in case you aren’t convinced that connections happen when we #ShareTheTable:  Both parents and kids alike experience overall life satisfaction and increased emotional benefits when they share the table together.  Kids benefit from better grades (49% report mostly A’s) and healthier habits (such as eating nutritious foods, 33%) and describe themselves as respectful (75%), happy (70%), rule followers (66%), confident (58%), independent (56%) and hardworking (52%). Adults have more feelings of happiness (65%), and are less likely to have feelings of stress (65%).  The science doesn’t lie, y’all!

We #ShareTheTable

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When we are all sitting around the table we do more than just eat.  We find out what’s happened during the day and get a glimpse of what’s important to each family member.  Sometimes, we even LAUGH.  {smiling}

 Join my family as our love grows around the table and help make mealtime a special time for families everywhere.  Join together for a meal.  Click.  Share.  It’s that simple.  #ShareTheTable

How do you make time to #ShareTheTable?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000.  One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.

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NEW Super Snack Pack® is this Mom’s Friend!

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

The New Super Snack Pack® is this busy mom’s friend. Now that Spring Baseball is in full swing, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going most of the time.  If my life wasn’t mapped out on my digital calendar, I’d seriously be lost.  That’s why I appreciate the little things, like easy and convenient snacks for all of my kids, but especially the boys. snackb

NEW Super Snack Pack®

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The New Super Snack Pack® are the perfect snack choice for our family.

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The kids can stash one in their lunches, grab one for  a quick snack after school while they are doing their homework {snicker}, and best of all, right before a baseball game or practice.

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I don’t know a kid that doesn’t like pudding, so these are always popular in my house.  I like that they are affordable and can be purchased (in my case in bulk) at my local Walmart!

Bet you are wondering what’s New about the New Super Snack Pack®?  Well, it offers even more of the smooth and creamy Snack Pack® pudding you love in every cup (‘cuz they are 60% bigger)!

And, best of all, with this $1 off coupon, the puddings just got even more affordable! The Super Snack Pack® comes in three flavors:  Creamy Chocolate, Creamy Vanilla, Creamy Chocolate/Vanilla

How do you manage your busy schedule and keeping your kids fed in between meals?

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Saving Time in the AM with Quaker® Shakes

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mornings are always a flurry of activity in my home.  Even though everyone is pretty independent, I still have to oversee the morning routine for the most point, and make sure the little-er ones don’t forget to brush their teeth, make their lunch and eat breakfast.  Otherwise, other things distract them.  It’s super important to me that my five children get a good start to the day, which means they need to eat a nutritious breakfast.   In our home during the week, that means a quick and nutritious breakfast!  Finding one that meets that bill isn’t always easy.

Luckily for busy families like mine, the folks at Quaker® have us covered.  They formulated a Quaker® Shake that’s quick, convenient and nutritious. {You can pick them up at Walmart online}  Now, even if my kids get distracted in the AM, I can be assured as they head off to school with a Quaker® Shake that they are heading off with a good start.  That’s important.

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About Quaker® Shakes

  • Blended with whole grain, Quaker® oats
  • Contain 8g of whole grains
  • Available in 4 count, 11.1 oz breakfast shakes available at Walmart
  • Comes in a variety of flavors

Did you see that part above about being able to buy the shakes on line?  So….. with the time I save making breakfast I might or might not be doing a little online shopping.  {{smiling}}

Want to give the Quaker® Shakes a try?  Click here for $2 off Coupon on your Quaker® Shakes purchase!  {{fabulous!}}

If you could save time in mornings what would you do with it instead?

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Spring Cleaning with DG!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s Spring Cleaning time which means it’s time to break out the elbow grease.  I’m a pretty tidy house cleaner, so my spring cleaning routine calls for deep cleaning areas of my house that need some deep scrubbing action, particularly my stove.  This year I decided to try Dollar General cleaning supplies to see how they stacked up to other popular brands in getting my house clean.  I was pleasantly surprised, both by the price and the results!

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Dollar General has a great selection of cleaning supplies at great prices! I was able to pick up DG Lemon Soap Pads, DG Toilet Bowl Cleaner, and DG Dish Soap all for $1.00 each!  DG cleaner with bleach was only $1.85, and a large bottle of  DG Disinfectant wipes were only $3.50!  {{score}}

Dollar General Home Cleaning Supplies

Some of the Dollar General Home Cleaning Supplies I found that you might want to try are:

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  • DG Home All-Purpose Cleaner (Lavender)
  • DG Home Steel Wool Soap Pads, 10ct {my favorite for Spring Cleaning in the kitchen!}
  • DG Home Dish Liquid
  • DG Home Automatic In-Tank Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • DG Home Disinfectant Wipes {favorite everyday wipe}

Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

As I mentioned earlier, my Spring Cleaning routine requires some elbow grease.  I also realize that the state of my stove is appalling.  Don’t judge.  Let me just say that I keep my stove clean, it’s just doesn’t look that way.  Those “stains” won’t wipe off.  They have to be scrubbed off with steel wool.  This is something that I save for Spring Cleaning.

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I decided to try the DG Home Steel Wool Soap Pads to scrub the nasty mess off of my stove.  To tell you the truth, I was a bit skeptical because I had let it get so bad.

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 All I had to do was wet the pads and scrub.  And eventually, my stove looked brand spanking news.  Spring Cleaning Miracles do happen, and this one only cost me $1!

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 I also performed a miracle on my sink with the left over pad.  Fabulous, right?

Before you start your Spring Cleaning, be sure to stop by Dollar General and stock up on all of your cleaning needs!   

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Sparkling Smiles Made Simple with Waterpik®

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

Traditional flossing has always been the bane of my existence.  I just plain don’t like to floss my teeth {even though I do}, and I never have.  So, training my FIVE children to love to floss their teeth has been a burden that my husband has had to bear.  You just can’t teach kids to love to do something that you despise, you know?  Lucky for me, a new product has reached the marketplace that has literally rocked my world.  It’s called the Waterpik® Water Flosser and it’s simply amazing.  It’s changed my attitude about flossing because it’s eliminated the string.

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Waterpik® Aquarius Professional Water Flosser

The Waterpik® is EASY and EFFECTIVE and for that reason alone, I love it.  That it uses water and not traditional floss makes me love it on a whole new level.   And, get this:  clinical research has confirmed that the Waterpik® Water Flosser is significantly more effective than string floss and Sonicare® Air Floss for plaque removal and healthier gums.  {{FABULOUS}}

It works with a combination of water pressure and pulsation to clean between the teeth and below the gum line where traditional brushing and flossing can’t reach.  My kids ALL LOVE the new Waterpik® Aquarius Professional Water Flosser and are more than happy to floss their teeth MULTIPLE times each day.  And I find myself doing the same.  It’s so easy and convenient to use that I pop into the bathroom after eating a meal or having a snack and using the Waterpik® water flosser to clean between my teeth.  It’s wonderful.

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The Waterpik® comes with 5 different tips (but includes 7 tips in the package) so that you can do more than *just* floss.  There is a toothbrush tip, plaque seeker tip, pik pocket tip, classic jet tip (we use this most often), and orthodontic tip.  Plus, if you have a large family, you can purchase extra tips so no one has to share.  {{bonus}}

The Waterpik® is particularly helpful with flossing with braces.  My daughter says that it’s so much easier to floss with the Waterpik®!

Waterpik® Clinically Proven Results

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If I’m going to use a product like this and not worry about the hygienist giving me a talking to at my next appointment, I want to make sure that it really is effective.  Here’s what research has proven, so you can feel more than confident switching to the Waterpik® Water Flosser!

  • Proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas in 3 seconds
  • Proven tup to 50% more effective for improving gum health vs. string floss
  • Proven up to 2X as effective for improving gum health around implants vs. string floss
  • Proven up to 3X as effective for removing plaque around braces vs. string floss

 The Waterpik® is really and truly my new favorite gadget.  I can’t tell you how much WE love it.  We give it TWO thumbs up!  Our Smiles have never been so Sparkling.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.
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Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy LOVE

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honey Bunches of Oats for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family recently taste tested the new Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy flavors and we fell in LOVE.  Seriously.  And I quote:  ”this is the best cereal ever”.  ”I don’t think I’m going to be able to eat any other cereal ever again”.  Good thing it’s a cereal we can all happily eat without guilt!

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About Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy

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Packed with whole grains, protein and fiber, the combination of crispy whole grain flakes and granola clusters taste amazing while delivering a nutritious, wholesome breakfast. It’s available in two flavors:  Cinnamon Crunch and our hands down favorite,  Chocolatey Almond Crunch.  

{connect with Honey Bunches of Oats on Twitter and on Facebook!}

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Here’s what I love:  each serving delivers 2/3 of your days whole grain, 10g of protein (when combined with a half cup of fat free milk), and 5 g of fiber per serving.

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Here’s the other thing I love:  my kids love it.  I love it, and my husband loves it.  It’s a win in my house, and with seven people, that basically never happens.  The chocolate chunks in the Chocolatey Almond Crunch cereal endear it to my children in a big way, but I really like the cinnamon clusters in Cinnamon Crunch, too.  You can’t go wrong with either variety.

Which of the 2 flavors are you most excited to try, and why?

 

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