Stop Cleaning & Start Caring with Guardsman!

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture? It’s not something we think about often, but we all have one for some reason or another. My favorite piece of furniture that we have is our dining room table.

When we were moving into our apartment, we had to find a dining room table. Our dining room itself in the apartment was small, so we had to be picky about size in addition to the things we were already picky about: style, color, type of wood, etc. We went to so.many.places. to try to find the perfect table- and since I was 8 months pregnant, this wasn’t exactly fun. But finally, at the store that we hadn’t wanted to go to but was our last resort, we finally found it. It wasn’t even on display with the other tables- it was tucked in the back, toward their warehouse, almost hidden from view, but we saw it. &It was perfect.

family table
It’s become the center of our family: we play games there, eat there, color& paint& create there, and even celebrate birthdays & other special days there. It’s where Shane had his first bite of solid food, and smashed his first birthday cake, and made his first fingerpaint masterpiece. So, we love our table.

guardsman dusting cloths
{I find it ironic that my dusting cloths package is dusty. Clearly I need to use these where I stored them!}

As you can see, our table is well-loved; that said, it’s also well-worn. It’s got plenty of nicks & scratches & even a few stains from particularly stubborn paint & some stray Easter egg dye. I don’t want to damage it any further, so I clean it carefully, and when possible I just use my Guardsman Reusable Ultimate Dusting Cloths.

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{&Those remaining spots? All nicks- not even dust!}

The Guardsman Dusting Cloths are gentle since they’re 100% cotton flannel, and they protect my table {and other furniture, as well as blinds, appliances, cabinets, etc.} from abrasive dust. It picks up the dust quickly & without the use of rough chemicals, and it doesn’t leave behind any lint or any dust-attracting residue. &It traps the dust in it to keep the air clean & healthy.

The cloths are reusable, so once they’re completely soiled you can just hand wash them & they’ll be ready for next time!

stop cleaning start caring
Guardsman is donating $25,000 to Habitat to Humanity to kick off their new campaign partnered with HGTV star Tracy Hutson called “Stop Cleaning. Start Caring.”  The campaign is aiming to educate furniture owners on techniques that will bring out their furniture’s inner beauty. Just like us, furniture has a beauty routine that will really help it look its best. This routine includes cleansing, polishing, and covering tiny imperfections & Guardsman has products to help you with each!

Do you have a story about your favorite piece of furniture? If so, go to Guardsman’s website & enter their amazing sweepstakes! To enter, just submit a story about your favorite piece of furniture and promise to care for it like you care for other things you love. From the stories shared, Tracy will select one lucky winner who will receive a personal design session, a $1,500 room re-accessorizing and shopping experience, and a suite of Guardsman products! Click here to enter to win!

What’s your favorite piece of furniture?

Susie’s Note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Guardsman Furniture Care and received a Guardsman product and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Care for Baby’s Sensitive Skin with Aquaphor! {Review & $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

Winter may be over, but babies- especially those with eczema- can have sensitive, dry skin year-round. Shane & I have learned this the hard way as we both have extremely sensitive skin. I struggle with finding products that don’t irritate his skin but I’m happy to say I’ve found a great solution!

Aquaphor has two great products that are made with tots like Shane in mind. Not only do they have a great Gentle Wash & Shampoo that is mild, tear-free and fragrance-free, but they have a Healing Ointment for when he gets outbreaks anyway.

I love the Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo for a few reasons. First of all, it’s a 2-in-1, so I don’t have to use a separate shampoo & body wash. This is especially nice since Shane hates actually getting clean anyway, so the faster we get it over with the better. Secondly, it’s genuinely tear-free as since I’ve been using it, Shane has stopped freaking out about me rinsing his hair & he just rubs the water out of his eyes when we’re done with no complaints. &Third, the “fragrance-free” scent is amazing. If you use fragrance-free stuff right now you’ll know what I’m talking about: fragrance-free just means no added fragrance, it doesn’t mean the stuff doesn’t smell. Each brand’s fragrance-free smells a little different than the last, but this one genuinely smells good. I actually feel like I’m putting fragranced body wash on him because of how good it smells- but it isn’t, so he doesn’t get rashes like he would if it really was fragranced.

The Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is great, too. Shane had these nasty rashes on his hips where his diaper tabs rest and for over a week I had been applying diaper rash cream in an attempt to ward them away. When that didn’t work, I put Band-aids over the rashes, hoping to avoid the chaffing that the diaper tabs must have been doing. Not only did it not work, but it made the rash worse- apparently his hyper-sensitive skin had a reaction to the Band-aids! Just when this was all happening, I happened to get my sample of the Aquaphor Healing Ointment in the mail and within 2 days of using it, the rash blisters had all healed over & they’d all begun to scab.

I’ve personally used Aquaphor products on my sensitive skin & so I’m not surprised that their baby line is so impressive. If you have a little one with sensitive skin {or you just want a really good smelling baby wash!} be sure to check these out!

BUY IT: You can find Aquaphor products by using the Product Locator found on their website- or you can order directly from their site as well.

WIN IT: One lucky {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker reader is going to WIN an awesome prize pack, including both of the items mentioned and a $50 Visa Gift Card! Just enter using the super simple Rafflecopter form below- Good luck!

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Susie’s Note: I received the products mentioned in order to facilitate this review. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Find Your New BEST-TEE at Old Navy!

I love Old Navy. I grew up wearing their clothes & even now I’d say at least 75% of my wardrobe comes from there. Their clothes are super cute, fit well & are affordable- the three most important things to me when it comes to clothes.

Justin, however, doesn’t care about clothes. He still wears shirts from high school & shirts that come in a bag of 5 for $8. It was time for an intervention.

best-tee shirts
When I got the chance to try one of Old Navy’s BEST-TEES, I was excited- I definitely need new clothes- but I decided that it was more important that Justin try them out than me. I ordered him the Men’s Classic Crew-neck Tee in White, that way he could wear it as an undershirt at work as well as by itself. Before he even put it on, he commented on soft it was- and it definitely is! &Not in the way that shirts are when they’re too thin & you know a few washes will ruin them- in the way that you can tell that the material was chosen specifically to feel this way & you can’t stop running your hand over it.

{Ignore the wrinkles, that’s not the shirt’s fault. Someone forgot to take the clothes out of the dryer. Oh, wait, that’s me.}

Once he put it on, he was actually happy with it, which says a lot for him with clothing. He loved the length- all of his from-the-bag shirts ride up when he’s working & it drives him nuts. This shirt was long enough that he had no issues with the length, even when wearing his uniform.

Here’s the best example of how much he loved that shirt: within two days, he asked me to order him more of them! He had me get him 4 more in black, blue & grey so that he’d have enough to wear one every single weekday and not have to wear his old shirts. &Since they’re from Old Navy, it was super affordable to stock up & replace his other shirts!

The next time that I’m at Old Navy, I plan on picking up some BEST-TEES for both Shane & I as well. The BEST-TEES are available for almost everyone: they come in XS-4X for Women, S-3X for Men, 5-16 for Kids & 12M-5T for Toddlers. They’re available in a wide variety of styles, colors and cuts, too, so you can find your BEST-TEE!

Check out this fun video to learn more:

You can find BEST-TEES in stores or at prices range from $8.50 to $22.94.

Have you tried Old Navy’s BEST-TEES yet?

Susie’s Note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Old Navy and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Review: Angelina Ballerina’s Ballerina Princess DVD

A few weeks ago, Shane came home from my Mother-In-Law’s {where he goes when I’m working} and started asking me for the “Mouse show”. I had no clue what he was talking about. The next day, we received an Angelina Ballerina DVD in the mail, and the first thing he yelled was “Mouse Show!!” I had never seen this show, but Shane was already a fan, so we popped it into the DVD player.


More about the DVD:

Once upon a time there was a graceful mouseling ballerina who loved to dance, and put on magical performances with her friends. Her royal mouse-ness is back doing what she does best – charming and entertaining aspiring young dancers – in Angelina Ballerina™: Ballerina Princess, a new, five-episode collection on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand March 6, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Leap into the fun as everyone’s favorite dancing mouseling tracks a mysterious tutu, learns that every role is important, uses creativity and dance to tell a story and more!

Join Angelina Ballerina and her friends for enchanting adventures filled with princesses, princes, kings and queens. Dancing their way through Chipping Cheddar, Angelina encounters a bad fairy, uncovers a Cinderella-like mystery, treats the king and queen to a regal performance and brings an epic tale to life on stage! With secrets, spells, dance and celebrations, it’s a royally good time for all!

The show is very cute, and while it’s very girly {lots of pink and dancing- totally my kind of thing}, Shane still enjoyed it. He loves anything with animals & he was completely in a trance as he watched Angelina & her friends spin in their tutus & go on all kinds of adventures.

This DVD has 5 episodes: “Angelina’s Big Part”, “Angelina and Polly’s Two Hour Show”, “Angelina’s Fancy Tutu”, “Angelina and the Carnival”, & “Angelina’s Indian Lunchtime”

It also includes a special Dress Up Game which is really cute!

This DVD is available now for a suggested retail price of $14.98. Be sure to check out Angelina Ballerina’s website & Facebook page for more info!

Susie’s Note: I received this DVD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Winder Farms: The 21st Century Milkman! {Review}

We have a milkman. Yes, I said milkman. As in, someone who comes to our house before the sun has risen & drops off milk at our home. &Yes, I’m aware that it’s 2012.

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Our milkman isn’t the kind you’d find on Leave it to Beaver- but it’s the same concept, just updated. Winder Farms, a company that has been delivering milk to homes in Utah since 1880 {and is now in Las Vegas as well, luckily for me!}, has managed to grow with the times & provide customers with more than just milk- they sell farm-fresh produce, eggs, and milk along with fresh juice, baked goods, meal solutions & even convenience foods. They have over 300 products available, making them more of a mobile farmer’s market than a standard milkman. But they still arrive, bright & early, to leave your order right on your porch.

Ordering from Winder Farms is super easy- once you set up an account, you just log in to their website & place your order. You can update or change your order at any time up until 8pm the night before your scheduled delivery. If you’re the coupon clipping type, there are always great coupons available both on their website & through email {if you opt-in for emails, that is}.

Using Winder Farms has been so helpful for me. It saves me time, as it has saved me more than one last-minute trip to the store for milk, and it also saves me money as I’m less likely to have an impulse buy when I am ordering from my computer. &The items they sell are so good- they’re so fresh that there’s really no comparison to the grocery store.

There are many types of products available, but I thought I’d highlight some of my favorites:

chocolate milk
Chocolate Milk:
Voted the best in the Western U.S. & the 2nd best in the WORLD at the World Dairy Expo, this chocolate milk will seriously hook you. {Bonus- it has no high fructose corn syrup.}

apple slices
Snack Bags of Fruit:
We get both the snack sized bags of apples & grapes. They’re super convenient for me to throw into our lunches & super easy for me to grab from the fridge when I’m completely starving.
tortellini dinner bundle
Meal Solutions: We haven’t ordered these yet because I’m on Nutrisystem so I wouldn’t get to enjoy it, but they have lots of different meals that come as a meal to make it easier to make a great meal, even on a weeknight. I’ve got my eye on the Tortellini Dinner Bundle, which comes with Cheese Tortellini, a Spring Mix Salad & ParBaked Sourdough Mini Rounds- yum!

Winder Farms has been a great help, especially with how busy things have been lately. They really have something for everyone & everything that we’ve tried has been top notch.

Want to try it for yourself? If you live in these areas of Utah or in Las Vegas, you can use code “notquitesusie” to enjoy $30 in FREE groceries -and the normal $15 registration fee will be waived as well for a total $45 value!


Susie’s Note: I received free groceries in order to facilitate this review. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

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