Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Tropical storm Irene produced some choke-inspiring moments but I was completely surprised at how well my family handled them. It all started when we decided to take a vacation upstate, about four hours away IN THE MIDDLE OF A HURRICANE WEEKEND.

Big D adequately convinced me that we would be back in time to grab a seat on our couches at work to enjoy Mother Nature's show. We didn't. Unbeknownst to us, we headed right into the location of Irene's second landfall. We waited all day, listening to television reports and looking at the flood videos online until our hotel's cable went out. We strongly considered spending one more night in our room

The loss of cable was enough to send us packing.

We headed out and took about 8 detours until we made it back to the most resilient city in the world. Its a good thing we did because the friends we left behind at the hotel just reported that they lost power.

Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights." I hope Baby D learns the patience that we exercised today (albeit aided by several almost-expletives) when it really starts to pour.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lysol Healthy Touch Soap Dispenser Review & Giveaway!

In our home. we many pairs of schmutzige Haende. I cook all types of messy foods. big d touches every poisonous and ueber-gross type of shrub and tree known to ma while gardening and Baby D just gets into every sticky situation possible.

Lysol Healthy Touch Soap Dispensers were invented for us. We were provided one for this review but we've since picked up one for every sink! We especially need it because all the kids will be returning to school and the infection risk will be high. Yuck.

LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System, a recently-named 2011 Product of the Year*, helps eliminate the millions of germs that your hands can pick up each day. It automatically senses hands and dispenses just the right amount of soap. Handwashing is one of the most important steps you and your children can take to help you stay healthy and with the sleek stainless steel-inspired Lysol® No-Touch handsoap system, you and your family will never have to touch a germy soap pump again!

Hand Soap Refills

The system comes with one refill and four AA batteries.  Once your soap is empty you can find refills for it in four different scents:
  • Refreshing Grapefruit Essence
  • Soothing Cucumber Splash
  • Aloe Vera & Vitamin E with Moisturizers
  • Antibacterial Total Care
The soap in these refills kills 99.9% of bacteria on hands which makes it great for the bathroom and kitchen! It’s fun and healthy and smells wonderful!

Win It

First, Lysol is hosting on their fan page.  Head over to Facebook.com/lysol and enter to win this stainless steel kitchen!  The sweeps ends August 31st so hurry up! I would love to win this!
lysol sweepstakes


The generous folks at Lysol are going to give ONE HitSendLetGo reader with a Lysol Prize Package (which includes one Healthy Touch Soap System and a pack of Lysol Complete Clean wipes)!


1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST! Tell me how Lysol's Healthy Touch Dispenser would make your life easier   (1 entry)


1. Follow @HitSendLetGo  and on Twitter
2. Become a fan of HitSendLetGo on Facebook
3. Like Lysol on Facebook (1 entry)
4. Subscribe to my blog via e-mail (over there in the upper right hand corner).
5. Follow my blog via Google Friend.
6. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry). You can do this Daily

Giveaway will end on Monday 9/12/11 at 11:59 pm EST.  Giveaway open to U.S. entries only. Winners are contacted by email. Winners have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen.  Many thanks to Lysol and MomSelect for this Review and Giveaway Opportunity!

No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law.  Lysol's products, information, and giveaway have been provided by Lysol through MomSelect.  This giveaway is brought to you by Lysol and MomSelect.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back from the Beach!

We were on vacation and it was PERFECT. Baby D slept on the plane for both flights and all is good in the world. It's nice to be back. We'll now return to our regular posting schedule.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Martha Stewart Facebook Sweepstakes

I soooo want to win this. You can enter by clicking the image. If you win, will you promise to bring me along since I shared the link with you ?

Here are the deets:
The new season of the Emmy-winning series, The Martha Stewart Show, will premiere on September 26t h on Hallmark Channel, and to gear up for the exciting season, Martha launched an “Ultimate Fan” sweepstakes exclusively on Facebook.
One grand prize winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Martha Stewart fan experience, including a trip for two to see The Martha Stewart Show LIVE in New York City, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations, courtesy of Delta Vacations, lunch for two at one of Martha’s favorite BBQ restaurants, Hill Country, and two complimentary facials at Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon.
To enter, go to the Martha Stewart Facebook Fan Page located at Facebook.com/marthastewart between now and September 26th, select the Sweepstakes tab, “Like” us at the top of the page if you are not already a Fan, and complete and submit the Official Entry Form. 
All entrants must be 18 years or older, and entries are limited to one per person. For additional official rules please visit http://www.marthastewart.com/412911/marthas-ultimate-fan-sweepstakes-official-rules.  In the meantime, check out www.marthastewart.com for great end-of-summer recipes, craft projects for the whole family and more.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Overheard: Favorite Asian Grocery Store

Lovely Young Tawainese Woman Store Owner: Your baby is very cute. 

Me: Thank you! We like him a lot. How is your son? He must be big now.

Store Owner: Is his father American? You know, the baby's father? His skin is so much different than yours.

Me: to self: her probable definition of American = White Guy

Me: aloud: Yes. (Secretly proud of myself that I didn't ask a follow-up question about whether she thought I was American also - I probably would not have liked the answer)

Baby steps. Baby Steps.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Help Giveaway!

The most anticipated movie of the summer – THE HELP is about to  hit theaters on Wednesday, August 10th.

THE HELP is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

THE HELP directed by Tate Taylor is rated PG-13 and set to release August 10, 2011 starring Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Oscar® winner Sissy Spacek and Academy Award® nominee Cicely Tyson.

THE HELP, set in Mississippi during the 1960′s is about three very different yet extraordinary women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules. It’s from this friendship that a sisterhood emerges which instills in each and everyone of them the courage to go beyond the lines that define them as they realize that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed.
“The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

I was able to attend an advanced screening of The Help and I loved it! I thought it would be cliche but it was warm, funny and inspiring. I (and nearly everyone in the theater) laughed, cried and came away with gratefulness that change can start with just a handful of heroes. I can't wait to read the book now!

The people at DreamWorks were kind enough to supply some cool treats for a giveaway. One reader will receive all of the following:

- THE HELP t-shirt in adult female sizes of S, M, L, XL
- THE HELP pocket jotter & pen
- THE HELP fan
- THE HELP nail file/mirror

Win It!

Just leave a comment to let me know you’d like to be entered to win this prize package.

Contest will end on August 16th. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via e-mail.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Extra Entries:

1. Follow @HitSendLetGo  and @HelpMovie on Twitter
2. Become a fan of HitSendLetGo on Facebook
3. Like The Help on Facebook (1 entry)
4. Subscribe to my blog via e-mail (over there in the upper right hand corner).
5. Follow my blog via Google Friend.
6. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry). You can do this Daily

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dear Home Improvement Gods

Please shine your golden light upon our new house. At as reasonable a cost as you can muster please. Since signing our lives away, we've encountered a massively clogged kitchen sink, a broken dryer belt - which we fixed TWICE, an army of tiny ants large enough to defend the Soviet Union and closets full of Easter, Christmas and Graduation knick knacks inherited from the previous seller. Additionally, though not a surprise but just as aggravating, a gray and pink bathroom and  approximately thirty thousand yards of carpet (which incomprehensibly covered beautiful wood floors).

But we have a beautiful home to work with. Let's just hope we don't kill one another doing it.
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