Five Things You’re Forgetting to Bring to Your Pool Playdate

Five Things You're Forgetting to Bring to Your Pool Playdate
Knowing me I would have forgotten to bring these five things along as well but thankfully I had some lovely people send me my Ladies Scala Visor and the BabyGanics Sunscreen to test out on our pool date. All other forgotten items, big floppy hat selfies, and hooded children are my own.

As moms you’d think that clearly we should have it all together all the time, right?! If you’re like me that statement makes you laugh! Remember, I’m a Real Mom! So in case you’re not perfect like me here’s my list of Five Things You’re Forgetting to Bring to Your Pool Playdate!

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Best Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin

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Look at those cute, eczema free legs!!


Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was sent some super great smelly fun Purex to help get my juices flowing (and laundry clean) for this post. All eczema babies, smelly good loving hubbies, and stunning pictures of, gasps, a laundry room are—as always, my own!
As you all know by now Amber has eczema. Though it’s caused by many different factors and each varies for each person who suffers from it, a big cause of it can stem from the chemicals, dyes, and fragrances in laundry detergent and fabric softener.
Once I figured out that our detergent was what was causing Amber’s flare ups to really increase I stopped using it right away—but then I was left with a dilemma—was there anything other than the way too expensive baby detergent I could use?
Thankfully there was! And many companies like Purex are listening to us and creating affordable Free and Clear detergents. Soon I switched all our laundry into “free and clear” mode and switched from liquid softener to vinegar and dryer sheets.
There was just one problem—while the free & clear did a great job and left Amber’s skin breakout free there was no scent to our clothes anymore. Now, depending on your personal preference this might actually be good news all around, but hubby and I both love good smells—we both love and wear perfume and cologne, light candles daily, and use good smelling sprays and diffusers in the bathroom. So after awhile hubby started reminiscing about the days when our towels smelled good to—instead of smelling “like nothing”
 Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent, laundry detergent, laundry soap
Apparently the Purex masterminds eavesdrop on us because shortly after this discussion took place I heard about Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent. It looks, smells, and washes just like the traditional kind of detergent—but with no artificial dyes and being hypoallergenic I can use it on all of our laundry, and it hasn’t broken Amber out!!
Tip: when trying to figure out what your child’s eczema triggers are, or when trying a new product with any type of smell be sure to use it on something like one blanket or a load of towels first. This way if there is a reaction it will be a mild one and you can know to stop using it before a real flare up happens.
Finally, I can have sweet smelling towels and a rash free girl all together—and it doesn’t get much sweeter (smelling) than that!!
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Nicole Elliott

Laundry Made Simple!

Ever since she was itty bitty Amber has loved to help me with laundry. From the time she was about 18 months old I would let her “help” me by pulling the dry clothes out of the dryer or putting wet clothes into it. As she got older it moved to throwing the dirty clothes into the washer and now I’m starting to teach her to sort a little. I’m a huge advocate of letting kiddos help around the house as much as they can and as much as they want to! It helps bonding, teach them responsibility, the feeling of belonging and accomplishment, as well as tuning fine motor skills when they’re younger and cognitive skills like sorting and matching clothing and colors when they’re older. The only part of the laundry that she’s never been able to help with is putting the laundry detergent in…for obvious reasons!

That is until now! The new Purex UltraPacks make laundry so easy that my almost 4 year old can pretty much do it from start to finish–all I have to do is turn on the water and hand her the Purex bag.
 She was super excited that she got to throw the little pack in, and said it reminded her of a “bouncy ball”

When it comes to cleaning the laundry the packs did great as well! No more second guessing or over pouring! I can see how the packs would end up saving you money in the long run since you’d use less with them each time. These are a huge hit and I’m already almost to the bottom of our bag-we’ll definitely be picking them up on our next Commissary run!

Great news for you! Right now you can go and get a Free Sample of Purex Triple Action Liquid!  Just click the link and go pick up your sample. In a few weeks they will switch to samples of these action packs–both are great products so go get them and try them out for yourself! After all, seeing is believing 🙂

“Purex provided a free sample of their UltraPacks laundry detergent so I could write a review. Once again all of the opinions, three year olds, and dirty laundry represented in this post are my own”

Purex Laundry Detergent *Review*

Want to be let in on a little secret? I didn’t used to use Purex as my laundry detergent . I used to only use powder detergent, but then when Amber was born and we figured out she had eczema that was out. I spent several months looking through the different options-first going with the ridiculously expensive baby detergent (that didn’t work well for getting tough stains out) then ending up with a little less expensive brand that had a free clear version. After using Purex over the past year I’m completely hooked! Even when I don’t get sent bottles of their products Purex is now the only laundry detergent I purchase because I love it so much! It’s super affordable, and it works wonderfully–all while coming in a free clear solution that keeps my babies skin soft and eczema free! They just made their already great detergent even better by adding extra stain fighting power. This is a huge plus for me since my little man has to be one of the messiest little guys ever! My mother-in-law commented that she had never seen him with a clean face, and that’s about the truth of it, haha! I’ve been using Purex Triple Action on all my laundry over the past few months and it has worked great on everything from food stains to toddler underwear and sheets. Highly recommend it to any mom!

Purex provided a free sample of their Triple Action laundry detergent so I could write a review. However, all opinions, baby skin, and dirty laundry expressed and pictured here are my own.