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My Laundry Game Has Improved Big Time with Tide PODS Plus Downy

I’m sharing #Tide in my life as part of a Tide sponsored series for Socialstars™

Now I’ve been using Tide PODS® Plus Downy® for some time, I have to say that it’s made a difference in my laundry routine. It’s more than just liquid detergent in a pouch. Through PODS™ patented 3-chamber design, you can now get the benefits that you never could get before with just liquid detergent alone.

I am telling you something very important right now. I am not a fan of doing laundry. The entire process is just not a joy. The measuring, the mess, the (what seems like) 1,000 products that have to be used. It’s a little tedious. I am always on the lookout for ways to make the whole deal faster, cleaner, easier, and more mindless. Yes, that’s right. That’s what I’m about when it comes to laundry.

NOTE: Do not leave Tide PODS out of it’s container. This is for illustrative purposes only!

Tide PODS® Plus Downy® hit everything on my wishlist. Those beautiful little babies make laundry a no-brainer for me with that outstanding 4-in-1 technology – detergent, stain remover, brightener, Downy Fabric Protect. The ease and convenience of using the PODS is certainly awesome, no doubt about it. It actually does make laundry easier and better. I throw them into the washing machine every time I do your laundry. That little pac does it all for me!!! I can use them at any temperature and my clothes come out clean, fresh, and smelling great, all while protecting them with Downy. It’s a no-brainer, really. You’re cleaning and protecting it all in one super easy step! Done and done.

This is a really cool step in laundry tech, especially since  Tide PODS® Plus Downy® is the first detergent pac that helps transform the washing machine into a safe place that cleans, conditions, protects the clothing you love, all in one super easy step. To make things even easier on you, Tide PODS® works with both high efficiency and standard washers and its HE Turbo technology provides 6x the cleaning power in half the time*!! These PODS are a must for anyone that’s pressed for time, or anyone that really doesn’t want to spend too much time doing laundry. It’s been fantastic for me. I’m a convert all the way.

If you really want to up your laundry game, I think rocking it out with Tide PODS® Plus Downy® are the first and best place to turn. Now, while I wouldn’t say I LOVE doing laundry…it’s a whole new ballgame.

To find out more, visit Tide.comFacebook, Twitter, Tide.com, Pinterest, and YouTube.

REMEMBER… Like all household products, please keep out of reach of children and pets. Do not put in mouth or ingest. Do not get in eyes, it may irritate them.  Always close container after use.  Never handle pac with wet hands.  Store in a cool, dry place. *Stain removal of 1 Tide PODS® pac vs. 6 doses of leading bargain brand liquid detergent, base variant.

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Annihilate Your Laundry Apocalypse using Tide Pods® with Downy

I’m sharing #Tide in my life as part of a Tide sponsored series for Socialstars™

Gasp! Everyone run and hide! It’s the laundry apocalypse! Oh the horror, the humanity! You know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s those terrible, terrible times when the amount of laundry that you need to do can look and feel so overwhelming you don’t even want to think about it let alone tackle it. The worst times for us is the aftermath of a vacation. Five people, including a wife that plans for everything and three kids equals bags and bags full of laundry. And we go away a fair amount, so this isn’t a once a year event either! It’s just part of the deal. There’s the joy of the trip and the pain of the laundry apocalypse.

I’ve been thinking about just this phenomena, as we just got back and out from under the laundry from a few day trip to Washington D.C. Here are some of the ways I see as best when dealing with mountains of laundry:

  1. Burn all of your clothes in a fit of rage and effigy
  2. Give all your clothes away to a charity
  3. Cut up the clothes into tiny strips and insulate your house with it
  4. Bag them up, throw them in a corner, sing la la la, pretend they aren’t really there
  5. Suck it up and do the laundry using the same old same old detergents
  6. Be smart and use 2x the Tide PODS® Plus Downy® for those overwhelming loads

Tide PODS Plus Downy make the laundry apocalypse look like a walk in the park with that beloved 4-in-1 technology – detergent, stain remover, brightener, Downy Fabric Protect. Pop them in your washing machine every time you do your laundry at any temperature and your clothes come out clean, fresh, and smelling great, all while protecting them with Downy. Pop in 2x the amount of PODS® to destroy those massive loads. Even better, the rocking HE Turbo technology provides 6x the cleaning power in half the time*. Cut through that grime in half the time…can you beat that?

NOTE: Do not leave Tide PODS out of it’s container. This is for illustrative purposes only!

If you didn’t know about the awesome of Tide PODS® Plus Downy®, let me give you a quick rundown. These babies are apocalypse certified as the first detergent pac that helps transform the washing machine into a safe place that cleans, conditions, protects the clothing you love, all in one super easy step while working with both high efficiency and standard washers.

When do you feel like you have the most laundry? After a vacation? When the kids come back from soccer practice? Tell me your horror story.

To find out more, check out Tide on Facebook, Twitter, Tide.com, Pinterest, and YouTube.

REMEMBER… Like all household products, please keep out of reach of children and pets. Do not put in mouth or ingest. Do not get in eyes, it may irritate them.  Always close container after use.  Never handle pac with wet hands.  Store in a cool, dry place. *stain removal of 1 Tide PODS® pac vs. 6 doses of leading bargain brand liquid detergent, base variant

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Laundry Is So Much Easier When I Use Tide Pods with Downy

I’m sharing #Tide in my life as part of a Tide sponsored series for Socialstars™

Laundry can be a daunting task, and I am just not a big fan of it at all. Not in the least. No really, I don’t enjoy it. Deciding to wash in hot or cold, what can go in the dryer, what stains needs to be treated, what colors should be separated, how to use fabric softener. I mean, c’mon with this already. When I’m doing laundry, I need it to be simple and as painless as possible. I want to get in and get out with as little damage as possible.

As much as I hate at admit, doing laundry properly is important though, right? It also can be very tricky if you don’t know what you are doing. Multiple washes can cause fabric to fray and thin, colors to fade, and clothes to lose their shape. Clothes are expensive (too expensive) and there’s nothing worse than ruining a favorite clothing item in the wash. Stains? Smells? Colors dulling over time? There are a ton of issues to worry about, right? One product that I turn to time and time again to help me protect my clothes in the wash while making the process as painless as possible are the new  Tide® PODS™ Plus Downy®. These babies are awesome. Plain and simple.

Tide PODS Plus Downy make laundry a no-brainer with 4-in-1 technology – detergent, stain remover, brightener, Downy Fabric Protect. Pop them in your washing machine every time you do your laundry at any temperature and your clothes come out clean, fresh, and smelling great, all while protecting them with Downy. It’s a no-brainer, really. You’re cleaning and protecting all those dope threads in one step! Tide PODS® Plus Downy is the first detergent pac that helps transform the washing machine into a safe place that cleans, conditions, protects the clothing you love, all in one super easy step. Tide PODS® works with both high efficiency and standard washers. Its HE Turbo technology provides 6x the cleaning power in half the time*.

Seriously, most of the time my clothes aren’t even the problem. It’s the kids! Massive grass stains, dirt, blood and who knows what else. To boot…my kids’ clothes cost more than mine do! The team jerseys and the nice dresses, the fancy sweaters, and the cool jeans. If I cared that much about clothing, I’d be a little jealous of my kids’ wardrobes! Because of this, the ease and awesome cleaning and protection of the Tide PODS Plus Downy really make me happy. It would kill me to see that jersey with permanent grass stains. My wife would probably want to buy a new one! I need to get those clothes cleaned up and in shape, baby! Now I, thankfully, can!!! I’m pretty sure if you try these out, you would feel the same way.

Can you say LIFESAVER?

To find out more, check out Tide on Facebook, Twitter, Tide.com, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Like all household products, please keep out of reach of children and pets.  Do not put in mouth or ingest. Do not get in eyes, it may irritate them.  Always close container after use.  Never handle pac with wet hands.  Store in a cool, dry place.

*Stain removal of 1 Tide PODS® pac vs. 6 doses of leading bargain brand liquid detergent, base variant.

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So This Is…Clean? #DadProblems

Do you every wonder how and why your definition of things tend to be so very different from that of your kids? Let’s see…volume levels, time commitment needed to finish homework, a normal amount of cookies for a snack. The list is endless it seems. Parents and kids just don’t seem to see eye to eye, or at least me and my kids don’t. It’s constant and it’s amazing to experience. If you don’t have kids, you are missing out on one of the most frustrating, laughable, and completely inexplicable modern-day human experiences. Serisously…do you know how often I ask myself if I’m crazy or if anyone hears me but myself? Many, many, many times…daily.

This has to be one of the most annoying…clean up time. Very different ideas, indeed. I think this sums it up…mess v2

You know what I’m saying?? I know I can be a little anal, but c’mon already. Seriously? #DadProblems

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House Monkey App and Online Platform Keeps Your Family Managed and Organized #monkeytribelife

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Does your house sometimes feel like a tornado just touched down within your four walls, had a party, got angry, took it out on your stuff, then packed up and left without saying goodbye? Maybe that’s just me. If it’s not just me (please, please tell me it’s not just me), then maybe you need to take a look at what I’m about to drop on you right here. It could change your life, or at least make it a little bit less frustrating and more enjoyable.

Funded by Kickstarter, House Monkey is a subscription-based home management solution (mobile app plus web-based tool) designed to bring your entire tribe (the people living in your home) together to organize, schedule and complete everyday chores, like making the bed, as well as home maintenance tasks, such as changing air filters.

House Monkey App Screen 1

The web-based tool is a password protected, cloud-based platform that stores and manages your data and is integrated with the mobile app. You can view, export and print reports such as appliance and utility maintenance records, tasks & chore calendars and rewards or your House Monkey Home Rating.  The platform also allows users to scan in PDF’s of contracts, warranties, receipts etc. and archives data-heavy video and pictures.

House Monkey is different in that it encourages the entire family, even the kids, to be part of the process.House Monkey has two key features that helps parents involve children in household management.  Monkey See- Monkey Do allows users to take photos or video’s, in their own house, demonstrating how-to-do chores.  Dependent upon family’s core beliefs, an optional feature called Banana points allows parents to reward individuals or the whole family when chores and tasks are completed.

House Monkey App Screen 2

I like how we can not only incorporate chores, but also events, tasks, and activities. It’s a great mix of uses all in one place. It’s a fun, gamified way to get things on people’s radars and to get things done. It’s really been a great way to build teamwork and encourage responsibility and healthy competition. It also puts some fun into the mundane, everyday stuff we all need to tackle, whether we like it or not. Finally, it’s just nice to have a game to play with the whole family. As they get older and older, those opportunities are already getting lesser and lesser. Schedules take over and people have too much to do.

House Monkey offers a 30-day free trial. After that, a year subscription is just $28.99 per year. That is around $2.40 a month, giving families a cost-efficient way to organize and manage their households, freeing up more time for your family.

Bring the concept of spending time together and caring for your home back to life with the digital tool perfect for the tribe living in your house.

For more information, and to sign up for your 30-day FREE trial, please visit: 

You can download the app in the Google Play or the Apple App Store.

House Monkey App Screen 3

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Merry Maids Helped Make Mother’s Day Extra Special This Year

Every year, Mother’s Day comes and I quiver in fear and loathing. I have to be honest. I NEVER know what to get my wife who has everything and more. Flowers…allergic, chocolate…doesn’t like, jewelry…doesn’t wear. We are very lucky for sure, but it makes it tough to give a great gift!

Grumble, grumble.Merry Maids Mother's Day 1 Collage

What can the kids and I do to make mom feel special and appreciated? That’s really what it’s all about, right? Forget all those material goods! I was wracking my brain trying to think of something fantastic…but the clock as ticking. What could possibly do the job? Help me, please!

I turned to the internet, the haven for all the information, both useful and useless, in the universe. I found something very useful indeed. Did you know that according to an online survey conducted by the company, more than four out of five moms surveyed (85 percent) say that the bulk of household cleaning falls to them and more than one third (34 percent) of moms stated that hiring someone to help clean the house is actually more of a necessity than a luxury? I bet you kind of thought it, but the numbers really speak for themselves. It’s no wonder that two-thirds (67 percent) of moms surveyed say the best Mother’s Day present they could get would be having someone clean the house for them.

A ha…I think we have a contender!

Both of us work hard and long on the businesses and juggling all that goes with that. It really makes is difficult at times to focus on cleaning and household chores. With all this in mind, I was just about elated to to work with the very awesome Merry Maids, the nation’s leading home cleaning company, to give Vera exactly what she and so many other exhausted moms really want…the gift of a clean home and a break from everyday chores so she can enjoy more treasured moments with family!!! That’s why the “Be a Merry Maid for the Day” Merry Maids Mother’s Day Program is just so perfect. It’s thoughtful, considerate, doesn’t clutter the house, and gives her what she really needs…some down time and the chance to spend some quality time with her family. It’s just the right amount of chore coupons to make a real impression.

This is the bomb, amiright, amiright? Massive amounts of brownie points to be earned here I would think…

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Click here for the Merry Maids Mother’s Day Coupons…it’s never too late to celebrate Mother’s Day with Merry Maids!!!

The coupons include very easy yet important tasks, such as “Take out the trash,” “Empty dishwasher,” “Vacuum Carpet” etc., It’s perfect and Vera was so pleased and excited to be given a gift like this. After the initial “what, we have to do what” response, the kids thought about it, and were completely all in! Everyone was happy! Check out the dishwashing and movie night hugging coupon action below…tough to argue with the results!

Merry Maids Mother's Day 2 Collage

Do yourself a favor…think up some great, more personal gifts like this and think about Merry Maids…it’ll make your life just that much easier and that much more pleasurable. Life is short. Make the most of it.

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Not Fun Dad Task Of The Day: Doggie Drops

One of our chihuahuas, Jack, is now not only blond, but blue-eyed as well. The ailment is not terrible, but the blue is permanent, which is kind of cool. It doesn’t seem to effect his sight so far, but I am tasked with giving him two eye drops twice a day for the foreseeable future. Jack is pretty chill overall, so it’s not terrible, but I hate to do it. And to make it worse…I have to give him one, get him all nervous and unhappy, them do it all again 15 minutes later. That’s every morning and night. I try to play it off like I’m going to pet him and give him some love, but he knows, he knows. He just rolls over, tries to brace for it, and deals with the annoyance. Sometimes he squirms, sometimes he yelps, sometimes not.

They are over 11 now, so there are issues like this setting in. It’s tough to see the little ones, our first little ones, getting old. They’re still so small, so they look like puppies. I guess it’s part of life…we all get old, right? Still doesn’t make it any less shocking…

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Not Fun Dad Task Of The Day: The Shuttle

Going my way…?

 

Sure, we all love our kids and we want the best for them. We want them to experience and have the best we can possibly offer. It’s why we have a family. It’s why we move to the towns we do and have the houses we do and work the jobs we do. It’s the way it SHOULD be. The more the better it seems and we always want better for them than what we had. I am all on board to a point for sure (over/under scheduling is an entirely different post), but man…it’s really tough at times to get things done when the kids have an action-packed schedule and they depend on you to be the mode of transportation.

Imagine if you began to charge for the service. Maybe take on a few of your friend’s kids as clients? How much money would you make? Damn, that’s a great idea.

I mean, let’s take a quick look at the things these kids do on a daily basis. It’s like they need their own personal admin (other than you).

You have school, you have sports (many, many), you have music, you have play dates, religion class, Scouts, parties, and the list goes on and on. We only have the two, but it seems like they always have something to attend. More people in our town have 3 or 4 kids, if not more (I know, I’m not sure what’s in the water here). They are completely insane. Forget weekends…that’s wall-to-wall sporting events. It’s nuts!  And you are far from the only ones, so at least there are people there to commiserate with.

Plus, I try to mix in my work plus doing the typical house-related chores. Damn, a brother needs a nap sometimes.

How do you all handle the load…does it make you nuts? Do you think it’s too much, or just enough? Are you happy to do it, or are you a little bit resentful? How do you juggle the other parts of your life/responsibilities? Do you self-medicate and drink heavily (that was a joke…kind of)?

One thing I will say…God bless these kids…they have it pretty darn good. And you what, as long as they somewhat appreciate it and are overall good kids…good for them.

Enjoy every last minute you and them. Time flies very quickly and they’ll be a time in the very near future where you really miss these little “annoyances.”

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