Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Frigidaire Adventures in Clean

10 Steps to Cleaner Clothes for Frigidaire by Tara Aronson
  1. Read fabric care labels before you wash. Your clothes will last longer if you know how to treat them.
  2. Sort laundry by color, wash cycle needed, and water temperature required. The Frigidaire Affinity’s Permanent Press cycle washes with warm water and less agitation, resulting in less wear and tear on your sturdy jeans, khakis, and sweaters; the Delicates cycle uses cold water and light agitation to gently clean swimsuits, workout clothes, and lingerie.
  3. Before washing stained garments, pretreat or prewash the spot using the Affinity’s Rinse & Spin cycle. If at first you don’t succeed, wash, wash again.
  4. To keep snags and lint to a minimum, zip zippers, button buttons, empty pockets, and brush away lint before tossing duds in the hamper.
  5. If your clothing is heavily soiled, your load large, or the water cold, add extra laundry detergent. Use the Affinity’s Heavy Duty cycle for sturdy but really dirty items like jeans and towels; choose the Sanitize setting to use the hottest water available to get rid of germs and grime as thoroughly as possible.
  6. Check wet garments for remaining stains, and re-treat as needed before drying. Heat will set stains.
  7. Dry only full loads. Tumbling a handful of garments prolongs the drying time by reducing the tumbling.
  8. Fold shirts and T-shirts to prevent wrinkling. If the shirt has buttons, button it at top, middle and bottom. Lay facedown. Fold both sides of the shirt so they meet in the back, with the sleeves aligned with the side folds. Fold the tail up to the cuffs, making a straight line at the bottom. Then fold in thirds crosswise. For T-shirts: a child’s T-shirt needs only one crosswise fold in half; an adult’s should be folded into thirds.
  9. Immediately rinse or blot away spills on your clothes with cool water to prevent stains from setting.
  10. Fold shorts and pants by aligning the inseams and outer seams of the legs and fold so that a crease forms at the front center of the legs. Fold in half or in thirds, depending on the size of the garment.
5 Summer Stain Tips for Frigidaire by Tara Aronson
Smudges, drips, drops and smears – no matter what their source, the key to keeping them from ruining your favorite shorts or T-shirt is to take quick action – before it gets a chance to dry.

For most fabrics, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the discolored area with cold water (hot can set a stain.) Don’t rub: this spreads the spot and grinds it deeper into the fabric.

Summer spills are especially tough. Here’s how to remove the five most common:
1. Crayon.
Scrape off as much of the colorful surface as possible using a plastic picnic knife. Apply laundry detergent directly on the stained area. Gently rub the detergent into the fabric then let sit several minutes. Launder using the hottest water the fabric can handle - or the Sanitize setting of your Frigidaire Affinity washer. Dry as usual.

2. Iced coffee.
Sponge the stained area with cold water. Apply a pretreater to the blight. Wash as usual and air dry.

3. Grass.
Prewash the garment in warm water in your washing machine –the Rinse & Spin cycle on your Affinity washer – and a laundry detergent containing enzymes. Launder as usual (normal setting) with detergent and chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric. If the garment’s care label instructions advise against it, use oxygen (color safe) bleach instead. Dry as usual.

4. Juice.
Soak for a minute or so in cold water. Remove excess water, and then apply a pretreater directly on the stained area. Wash with detergent as usual. Air dry. Do not place in the dryer until the blight is completely gone – otherwise the stain is likely to set.

5. Chocolate (or chocolate ice cream).
Prewash the garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes using the Affinity’s Rinse & spin setting. Launder as usual, using the washing machine’s Normal setting. Dry as usual.

Check this out:

When people visit and share their personal Adventures in Clean, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of its $750,000 commitment to the cause. It’s simple to share your Adventures in Clean – just upload a photo and the online app turns it into your very own movie poster! Plus, to help spread the word, everyone who participates will be entered for a chance to win a new Frigidaire Affinity® washer and dryer featuring Ready Steam™.

~I'm a member of One2One Network and by posting this, I'm eligible for a drawing. All opinions here are my own. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I've always been a fan of Hellmann's mayonnaise. Did you know that Hellman's made a commitment to use 100% cage free eggs in all its products by 2020? Isn't that cool?

Hellmann’s was a proud sponsor of
one of the nation’s most celebrated food festivals – the 30th Annual FOOD & WINE Classic which took place in Aspen in June.  To celebrate Hellmann's announcement of their mission to transition to 100% cage-free eggs in all its products by 2020, the brand teamed up with Chef Tim Love to offer food lovers everywhere a behind the scenes look from the Classic.

Check these out:
YouTube video featuring Chef Tim Love and Friends (Marcus Samuelsson, Mario Batali & Jonathan Waxman) from behind-the-scenes at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen:
Hellmann's Real Matters Sweepstakes (you can win various prizes including a Grand Prize trip to next year's FOOD & WINE Classic):
Turkey, Avocado BLT recipe

~I'm a member of One2One Network and by posting this, I'm eligible for a drawing. All of opinions here are my own.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781433677168
Page count: 336 Pages

USD: $14.99
Publication date: May 2012
Genre: NON-FICTION/Christian
Authors: Beth Moore and Dale McCleskey


We all go through times when we feel insignificant or times when we feel certain that we have experienced a degree of failure from which there is no return. This is not a reality we experience alone, but is one that a man after God’s heart experienced as well.

In “A Heart Like His,” Beth Moore looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. The book is an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served.

Bringing lessons from David’s life to bear on your own, this picture of a man who loved and followed God will help you to serve with a heart focused on Him no matter the circumstance.

My Review:

I have long been intrigued by David. I love reading Psalms; I find comfort and wisdom in Psalms. David's life was very interesting, to say the least, with all the ups and downs! This book is an in-depth study on the life of David from beginning (his youth as a shepherd) to end (his death).

David was a complex man. David was not only a shepherd and a king, but also a musician and a warrior. David had a close relationship with God. Even though he had human flaws (a sinful nature) just like any of us, he's called a man after God's own heart. Why? Could it be because He knew God intimately and his (contrite) heart sought after God's heart; he also displayed many virtues/ characteristics of God (such as humility, loving kindness, justice, etc.)? Wouldn't you like to be known as a woman after God's own heart or a man after God's own heart? I know I would :).

The authors explore David's emotions, behavior, words, experiences, his highs and lows, his interaction with God, and much more. His life definitely would make a great soap opera :). But that's not why we want to study him. We can learn so much about God and about ourselves from his life, including his mistakes. We're shown what to do and what not to do. This book will lead you to take a closer look at 1 and 2 Samuel, portions of Psalm, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and some other verses. An enjoyable and insightful read! I highly recommend A Heart Like His!

"One sure measurement of our proximity to God, whether near or far, is the length of time between conviction and repentance." (p. 98)

"A moment's revenge is not worth the cost of alienation from God, not even the revenge we've waiting for and feel so justified to seize!" (p.99)

"No doubt God's heroes are those who never forget His faithfulness. May we be counted among them." (p.121)

~ I received a copy of this book for free from Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Monday, July 9, 2012

DVD Review: Chuck Swindoll's Paws & Tales Being Kind & Caring

Mr. Swindoll introduces each episode with some thoughts and questions. This DVD (#8 in the series) includes 2 episodes: The Hullabaloo at Hunker Hill and The Great Go-Kart Race.

In the first episode, kids learn about the importance and real-life application of forgiveness. It's about a soapbox derby dare that ends in disaster. The club members need to choose whether to revenge or to forgive.

In the second episode, the lesson is about teamwork and friendship. When each individual wants his/her own way, teamwork suffers. The big go-kart race is approaching and the club members have to choose between cooperation or competition.

These fun animated stories are not only entertaining but also teach kids to do the right thing according to Biblical principles. The songs are catchy. The bonus features include music videos, activities, and helpful teaching resources. A great tool for teaching kids Biblical truth and wisdom!

~I received a free copy of this DVD from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Book Review: Living Close to God by Gene Edwards

About This Book:

Have you tried harder to have a consistent time with the Lord—but failed?
Does your mind wander during prayer, and do you run out of things to say?

Do you question why it is so hard to fellowship with the Lord?

Stop feeling like a failure at daily devotions and start walking every day with the Lord who loves you.Gene Edwards faced these same questions and struggles. And he found a better way to walk with the Lord than merely trying harder to pray and read the Bible.

In Living Close to God (When You're Not Good at It) you will discover that loving God means much more than doing your best to serve Him. You will find ways to start your day with Christ, beginning with your first conscious thought in the morning. You will learn how to fellowship with Him during even the most demanding days. And when you go to the Scriptures, you will talk with Him in a two-way conversation—just as His first followers did.
Includes a small-group discussion guide and a guide
for your own relationship with God.

I feel close to God (most of the time); I'm aware of and thankful for His presence. I know some Christians don't feel that way. Some feel God has ignored them; others feel that God doesn't love them. (Both are not true, by the way, but they're still valid feelings.) The reason I chose to review this book was that I always want to know God more and want to help others feel close to God. I was somewhat disappointed at this book since I feel like I didn't really learn anything new. However, I think the book can still be helpful for others, especially new believers and/or those who are not daily/regularly praying and reading God's Word.

The message in the book seems redundant at times. The author probably did that on purpose to keep reminding readers. I appreciate the author's honesty and simple approach to developing a closer relationship with God. Almost too simplistic :)! But it's a good place to start. Any amount of time you spend with God is better than none! The author suggests that readers think of the Lord whenever they see certain things that could have spiritual meanings in the Bible such as bread, food, drink, etc. Neat idea!

I found it a little strange that the author tells readers to set aside time in the morning (before getting out of bed) with God but not to ask God for anything. I personally spend time talking to God before getting out of bed every morning and I do ask God for something :). For example, I ask Him to fill me with His Holy Spirit and guide me to do His will, I ask Him to bless and protect my family, I ask Him to heal those who I know need healing, etc. Of course, I don't just ask Him for this and that; I spend time thanking Him, too :). I admire the author's desire to pursue Christ more intimately and to encourage others to do the same. I also agree with the author about praying the Scriptures. You can never go wrong with that :). I have been doing it from time to time but I need to do it more often.

"One of the most important things I can do is to keep an awareness of Christ in my daily life." (p.100)

Click here to download chapter one of Living Close to God.

~I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

PhotoHunt: Zany

It's time for another weekly photo hunt, hosted by Sandi at The Saturday PhotoHunt. This week's theme is Zany.