3 Great Reasons to Clean Your Car This Spring + Win an Auto Care Prize Pack

 

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Often when we think of Spring cleaning, we think of our homes, but Spring cleaning is a smart thing to do for your vehicles, too. A few simple steps can help boost your vehicle’s integrity and beauty while maintaining its value, plus you might even regain that new-car smell.

  1. Your car is a reflection of who you are
    There’s no question your car is a reflection of you. Whether it’s all about horsepower, efficient gas mileage or four-wheel drive, your vehicle represents who you are, where you’ve been and where you intend to go. The design, form and function are extensions of your style and personality. So, if you haven’t given it a wash in a while, what does that say about you? You wouldn’t walk out the door without a shower, a shave and a little spruce up. (Would you?) So why shouldn’t you show that same respect for your car?

From dirt and dust to grit and grime, you can give your car its reflective shine at a WaterSavers car wash. WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of fresh water or less per car, according to the International Carwash Association. As a frame of reference, that 10 minute shower you took used 25 gallons of fresh water. WaterSavers washes also recycle and filter the water to prevent harmful chemicals from entering groundwater supplies that feed rivers and streams.

To find a WaterSavers car wash near you, visit  Washwithwatersavers.com.

  1. Regular car washes protect your paint job
    That beautiful factory paint job will dull and begin to chip away if you don’t maintain it. Regularly washing your car and waxing it will help keep your vehicle looking as good as it did when you pulled out of the dealer lot.
  1. Professional car washes help maintain the value of the vehicle
    You might be more inclined to spend money on engine issues than on the car’s exterior, but stains and rusting can drastically decrease the value of the vehicle over time. Especially after a long winter, exposure to the elements can cause damage. Professional car washes thoroughly clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, where there may be a buildup of road salt that could cause corrosion to the car’s exhaust and muffler system.

After the awful winter we’ve had in New England, my car really needs a good eco-friendly shower now that we’re finally seeing the sun!

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The International Carwash Association (ICA) through its Wash with WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.

They are also sponsoring an awesome giveaway for my blog readers, so be sure to enter below!

WIN AN AUTO CARE PRIZE PACK:

WaterSavers Spring 2015 Prize Package

  • Auto kit with jumper cables, gloves, flash light, reflective cones and other must-have tools ($45 value)
  • Sun-shade for protecting your car from the blazing sun ($25 value)
  • a $30 Visa Gift Card

 


This is a partnered post with the International Carwash Association (ICA) and I also received an auto kit; all opinions herein are my own.

Healthy Gums, Healthy Body #YourGumsMatter

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Summer is almost here and that often means lots of sugary treats and drinks like ice cream and lemonade. Though we often are consistent with brushing our teeth, it’s important to remember that our gums matter too. They matter a lot!

Did you know that about half of Americans 30 and older have gum disease?

Growing up, I watched my Mom suffer through gum disease and frequent visits to the periodontist. She actually was one of the most vigilant people I know regarding oral care, and watching her have to deal with red bleeding gums really made me hyperaware.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums (Latin: gingivae), and inflammation is simply the body’s immune response to an attack. The main cause of inflammation in the gums is an accumulation of dental plaque, which can cause tooth loss, receding gums, tooth sensitivity and pain.

There are factors that increase the risk of gingivitis. These include smoking, diabetes, stress, hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, birth control pills & other medications) as well as genetics (in up to 30%  of Americans).

 Why #YourGumsMatter

    • Healthy gums are important for a healthy mouth and a healthy body
    • Gum disease changes the appearance of the mouth and can weaken the support for your teeth
    • Gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses

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Make sure to get the right dental care with Sunstar GUM products and use them daily, schedule regular check-ups, and monitor your oral health. Not only will you have a bright and healthy smile, but, you’ll also be contributing to your overall wellness.

Take just a few minutes each day to brush and floss and you can be rewarded with a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

 

Enter To Win Because #YourGumsMatter

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To get you started, you can win a prize pack of Sunstar GUM products to help promote gum health including a Technique Deep Clean Toothbrush, a bag of Flossers, a package of Proxabrush Go-between cleaners in Tight, a package of Soft-Picks, and eez-thru floss.

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Here’s to a bright and healthy smile!

This is a partnered post with Sverve and Sunstar GUM, however all opinions are expressly my own.

Recovery Unplugged – Rehab Healing With Music #RecoveryMusic

I received compensation from Recovery Unplugged for this sponsored post. Any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

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Whether you yourself have struggled with addiction or have a friend or loved one who is suffering, the world can oftentimes seem cold and confusing.

When I was younger, I worked and lived at a hot springs resort up in the California mountains. Over time, I fell in love with my best friend there. He was part Native American and a brilliant healer. Whenever an animal was hurt or a snake was around, people called him because he was able to communicate with them and was very in tune with nature. It was quite amazing and I loved our time together as we understood one another without words.

I would often visit him after work, at night, and started to notice a pattern. He had slipped back into using and was like a completely different person. I tried talking, listening, but, nothing seemed to work. I would end up leaving and after a while realized I had to leave for good. That was one of the saddest and hardest days of my life.

I wish I had known more about Recovery Unplugged’s drug rehab therapy and about some of the truly wonderful alternative resources available. Recovery Unplugged is a drug rehab facility in Florida that uses music as a catalyst to help facilitate change, to motivate and inspire long-term recovery and sobriety.

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Music is the language of the soul that reaches the places inside where words can not go. It speaks to our universal humanity.  Babies respond to it as do those at the end of their life’s journey.

Music has always been so near and dear to my heart. It inspires me when I’m feeling stuck, brings me back when I’m feeling lost, uplifts me when I’m feeling down and helps me to not feel alone.

Over the years, the particular music I relate to changes, but not the incredible healing it brings.

Some of my favorites:

Neil Young – Needle And The Damage Done (Unplugged)

Recovery by James Arthur (Stevie Tonks’ version)

Make It Rain by Foy Vance (Ed Sheeran version)

Brett Dennen – Blessed

Foy Vance – Homebird

Marc Broussard – Home

I found this performance by Richie Sambora at Recovery Unplugged to be beautifully honest.

If you or those you know and care about are battling addiction, Recovery Unplugged is a wonderful resource.

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Make Brushing Fun with Firefly and enter the #BrushBattle Sweeps!

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Firefly® and the One2One Network. All opinions stated are expressly my own.

 

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If you have kids, then you know that getting them to brush their teeth regularly is not often an easy task. Statistics have shown tht 90% of moms have admitted to using extreme measures to ensure their kids brush such as ultimatums, bribing with gifts, or even taking away TV or computer time.

But Firefly doesn’t want all the Moms and Dads out there to stress! Making things fun for kids can transform routines into enjoyment, whether it be cleaning up their room, doing homework, or brushing their teeth. Healthy oral care habits are so important and starting early is key to overall wellness for now and the future.

Firefly is a trusted leader in Children’s Oral Care solutions and introduced the Ready Go Brush. This brush has a light-up timer and is the #1 selling kid’s manual toothbrush. Interactive lights guide your children through 60 seconds of brushing for each row of teeth. Their products are ADA-approved and affordable. You can’t beat that!

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Recently Firefly sent us a fun bundle of products to try out!

 

For the girls, the oh-so-fabulous Hello Kitty! They’re so cute that HK fans of any age would love them.

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The toothbrushes light up, flashing green, then yellow and red after 60 seconds when it’s time to stop. Having a goal seems to really work and brushing becomes not a chore but actually a pleasant part of the day or night!  The anti-cavity mouth rinse is sugar-free, alcohol-free and safe for kids. We tried out the melon kiss flavor which I’m told was ‘delicious’.  The Firefly Fun Pump rinse comes with a super cute cup that fits right in as part of the bottle and helps keep your counters mess-free.

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Of course, Firely didn’t leave out the boys! They sent along these rad Star Wars brushes. With the caps on them, they look like Light Sabers. They have light-up timers, and they make noises and talk, really they do!

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You can find these fun brushes and mouth rinses at Target, Walmart and Walgreens, in-store and on-line.

Also check out the Firefly #BrushBattle sweepstakes on Firefly’s Facebook page where you can win a great trip to a theme park in California.

brushbattlesweepsWhen your child is asking you if it’s time yet to brush their teeth, that’s a win in my book.

PS: The other morning, I woke up early and found the Star Wars brushes encouraging one another before the day began. Although they primarily speak their own language, you’ll surely recognize the words at the end! Check it out:

HP Envy Touchsmart Touch-Screen Laptop (AMD FX-Series) now Available at @BestBuy #AMDFX

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I love technology. It inspires my imagination, helps me bring my ideas into reality, connects me with friends and family and helps me relax. As a writer and gamer, I would be especially lost without my laptop.

Now Best Buy has the affordable HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop, great for both work and play. With its 15.6″ touch-screen display and Windows 8, along with AMD’s most powerful mobile processor (the AMD FX Special Edition APU), you can easily get work done quickly, then enjoy exciting gaming and entertainment. This laptop also features Beats Audio which delivers incredible sound for your movies and games.

When you are looking for a notebook, the AMD FX Special Edition APU will provide you with unbelievable performance, gaming and productivity. Plus, with the new FX APU powered notebook, be unbeatable and experience the processing power of 10 compute cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU). This laptop makes multitasking a breeze, giving you more free time to spend with family.

With Best Buy, you get free shipping on orders $35 and up and free pickup at your local store. In fact, you can pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes!

As we’re so close to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation, this would be a perfect gift for anyone – including yourself!

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Win an Udderly Smooth Prize Package and Pamper Mom!

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It’s almost Mother’s Day and  a group of fabulous bloggers have come together to share gifts and giveaways all geared toward the special woman in your life – or for yourself!  We’re happy you are here to celebrate the Something Special for Mom Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.

Be sure to hop around and check out the cool prizes, including two Grand Prizes.  Viva Veltoro has an amazing gift package for one beautiful Mom featuring products from Cake Maternity, Chewbeads, and Poncho Baby and on Lindsey Blogs you’ll find Gift Cards for Jamberry Nails and aka originals hand stamped jewelry.

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Here at Strange Daze Indeed, I’m thrilled to be partnering with a wonderful company who are a favorite of yours and mine!

That would be the incredible Udderly Smooth.  Moms should be pampered every day but especially on Mother’s Day. Silky-soft, smooth and soothed are the words that come to mind.

Made in the USA for over thirty years, Udderly Smooth products contain rich moisturizing ingredients. Not your average moisturizing lotion- Udderly Smooth can be used on Dry Skin, Cracked Skin, for Diabetes Foot Care, as a Facial Moisturizer, as a General Moisturizing Lotion and for many other uses. It’s great for sunburn also!

I love the cool smooth feel on my skin and the way it absorbs without being greasy, but, most of all, it’s really one of the best moisturizers around to help keep your skin hydrated and youthful.

DailyCandy.com editor, Kimberly Miller names Udderly Smooth R as must-have beauty product on View from the Bay, San Francisco , ABC

So, ok, what do we have for Mom?

First of all, she’ll get a basket full of Udderly Smooth goodies including lotion and creams.

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But, we wanted to add more fun surprises. So, Mom will also get this Udderly adorable bowl made of hand painted earthenware with non-slip silicone feet!

It’s great for cereal, soup, ice cream or whatever your heart desires.

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That’s sure to brighten up any day.

Mooving right along. Y’know those stressful days, the ones that make you want to crawl back into bed with a good book or go on a Netflix binge. Well, if you can’t do that right away, there is always the anti-stress Cow! Mom’s getting one of these too.

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Just enter below.  This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada and ends on 5/11/15. Good luck!

Happy Mother’s Day! And remember, 

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Something Special for Mom participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Enroll in a PGA Junior Golf Camp today and save! Special Offer!

 

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It’s Not Just Any Golf Camp – It’s the PGA Junior Golf Camps

New this summer, juniors can now learn from the leaders in golf instruction – the PGA of America. With programs designed for beginners through advanced players, each camp is taught in a nurturing, safe, and supportive environment where the emphasis is placed on kids having FUN!

With their unique ‘progressive skill development’ system, kids ‘learn, improve, and perfect’ golf skills each and every day with updates forwarded to mom and dad to keep parents informed of all the progress being made on the course. Each week culminates with a fun and friendly “PGA-Play-A-Round Tournament” which includes prizes and awards and even an open invitation for parents/guardians to join the on-course fun.

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For Kids ages 7-17 and of all ability levels.
Half-day and full-day programs are available at 25+ nationwide locations.

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Enroll today to save up to $50 off the price of camp and receive a free golf cap ($25 value) by using coupon code USFAM15.

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Renew your Skin this Spring! Join me in the Burt’s Bees #28DayFaceCleanse Challenge

This is a sponsored post in partnership with DataRank, however all opinions are strictly my own.

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It’s been a really rough Winter this year in many areas and we in New England experienced this bigtime. I spent far more time inside than I would have liked as we were snowed in so often. Sunlight was rare and, as a consequence, my skin became pretty dull, pale and lackluster.

I was really glad that I recently discovered Burt’s Bees new Renewal Face Care line with wrinkle-smoothing White Hibiscus and hydrating Apple. The combination helps plump up cells which in turn helps reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, improve firmness and leave your skin smoother and well-hydrated. It’s never too early or too late to begin a good anti-aging regimen.

My favorite type of company is one that cares about both the consumer and the planet. One that is in harmony with nature. And, that is the definition of Burt’s Bees.

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 Available Products in the new Burt’s Bees Renewal line

– Burt’s Bees Renewal Refining Cleanser
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Lotion
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Serum
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Eye Cream

*96% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles after 8 weeks.

Checking out the new line was as easy as heading down to my local Walmart. I’m a fan of their prices and the one-stop shopping!
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I decided to start with the Burt’s Bees Renewal Refining Cleanser and the Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Serum to begin the rejuvenation process.

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I love using the Burt’s Bees Renewal Cleanser each morning. I apply it to my damp facial skin then massage to help activate the beads within. It does a great job exfoliating but at the same time is very gentle, and it leaves my skin baby soft, smooth and glowing.

The cleanser is soap free, dermatologist tested and rinses easily and completely. It also hydrated the drier areas and my skin felt very fresh and clean.

I use the Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Serum before I put on my makeup in the daytime and also in the evening. I have used serums that are exorbitantly high in price and I found that this works just as well, if not better. And at a fraction of the cost! This serum is concentrated and is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

I’m a fan of the mild, natural fresh scent and the feel of this serum. I found it to be gentle and light on my skin and it gave me the moisture I needed with no excess residue or greasy feel. Instead my face and neck felt soft, smooth and hydrated. It seems to have a firming effect on my skin and of course I will find out more as I continue to use it.

The Burt’s Bees 28-Day Face Cleanse Challenge – Join Me!

Do you crave beautiful healthy skin? Did you know that every 28 days, your skin renews itself?

Natural products like Burt’s Bees Renewal Face Care line work in harmony with your skin’s own cycle. Just as we feed our bodies, what we put on our skin can either nourish or deplete it. Springtime is the perfect time for renewal, for inner and outer transformation.

If you would like firmer smoother healthier-looking skin, join me for the Burt’s Bees 28-Day Face Cleanse Challenge.  You’ll get great tips for healthier living and you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes just by signing up. Prizes include a trip for 2 to Los Angeles to spend a day of renewal with celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder and lots more.

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Here’s a photo of me as I start the challenge.  Throughout the 28 days, I’ll be sharing updated photos and impressions on social media. Feel free to join in and share your Burt’s Bees Renewal photos with the hashtag  #28DayFaceCleanse.

Get Healthier Skin and Save

To get you started on your skincare regime, here’s an awesome coupon for $3.00 off any one Renewal Face Care Product at Walmart!

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Here’s to good health inside and out! 

Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon GC – The Boxford Stories Book Blast!

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The Boxford Stories by Kristen Carson

‘Welcome to the world of the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Far from their Western American roots, they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country.

“In The Boxford Stories you will meet Ada Runyon who always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—sharing her deepest confidences, her everyday musings, and her bits of horrified gossip. Yet Ada dies inside whenever Ruthalin’s country-cousin manners poke out in public.

“Latham Runyon, a history professor, and Erval Feldsted, a hospital engineer, bond every Sunday night over gooey desserts and vigorous religious discussion, a game their children call Stump the Rabbi. Underneath their balding heads and graying temples, each man desperately seeks a sign that God would choose him as a buddy.

“The Feldsted and Runyon children, running breathlessly through each other’s houses and backyards, have long considered each other substitute cousins. However, Ginni Runyon plots to change herself from the girl next door to the girl Marc Feldsted can’t live without.

“And when Boxford’s Mormons mix with the rest of the town, everybody could use a field guide to the other species.

“Laugh, cry, and shake your head with the Runyons and Feldsteds as they make their way through the decade that brought us leisure suits and urban decay.”

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Excerpt:

Now Latham stood before the steam-clouded mirror. He squirted shaving cream into his hand and swabbed it over his face.
It was not the best face, to be sure. He imagined how it would look to those sitting beside him in conference tomorrow. There he’d be, his arms folded as he sat on a hard metal chair way at the back of the gym, looking for all the world like Joe Mormon, with the standard white shirt, the standard wing tips, the standard bald spot, and the standard case of scriptures with a sagging, broken spine.
The young fathers nearby would look at him and think, I hope I don’t become that in twenty years. Their young wives would study his pocked cheeks and try to imagine just how bad the teenage acne had been. And teenage girls would decide that he was, no doubt, ten times cornier than their own dads. . . .
Then, when his name echoed forth from the pulpit, and he stood up, his seat-neighbors would look up from their chairs, surprised. They would kick themselves mentally for not taking note of him sooner, for not recognizing his eminence.
His children would look up. Our dad? God wants our dad?
His wife would bow her head humbly and compose a few eloquent remarks, in case they summoned wives to speak.
And as he walked up to take his new place, people would look up from their seats, squinting at him. And when he reached the stand, Elder Sperry would smile, remembering: Oh, yes, him. The one that likes Great Biographies, just like me. Elder Sperry would shake his hand, motion him towards his very own theatre-style seat, a far cry from the metal chairs at the back. Elder Sperry would make him say a few words at the pulpit, where Latham could look down on all those surprised people, who were still taking it in that Latham Runyon was their new stake president.

 

Praise for the book:

“Standouts include “Gypsy Holiday,” in which Ada’s anxiety over family friends not coming to Thanksgiving devolves into a stark admission of her loneliness and inability to connect with outsiders; “A Little Five-Minute Thrown-Together Something,” which lays bare the squirming insecurities of teenage crushes; and “Flirting Lessons,” which sees Ada’s teenage daughter, Ginni, taking a cross-country road trip with two friends that leads to panic when one goes missing. These stories are unexpected in their subtlety as they explore the reality of what it means to be Mormon—and human.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“’In an almost Faulknerian way, Carson finds the pulse of ambition and uses that tick to reveal the inner voices that can haunt us all, if allowed. We should be looking to the eternities, of course, but in the meantime, we have so many other things to worry us onward into the night, or at least until the next priesthood interview.”

–Association for Mormon Letters on “‘Atta Boy” in The Boxford Stories

 

Boxford authorAuthor Kristen Carson

“Kristen Carson was born in Idaho, the caboose baby in a family of six girls. She studied at Brigham Young University.

“Hearing tales of how green the grass was elsewhere, she pledged to move east of the 100th Meridian. Even though she’s never lived in the #1 place on her list (Lexington, Kentucky–have you seen those beautiful bluegrass hills?!), she enjoyed her years in Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Indiana.

“Kristen’s stories and articles have appeared in The Indianapolis Star, Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought and Irreantum.

“She and her husband are the parents of four adult children.

“She loves her two cats for their affection, their paranoia and their sense of entitlement. She takes long walks wherever she goes, because she thinks the best way to see the world is at 3 miles an hour. She loves cooking. All the chopping, stirring and inhaling lend the perfect capstone to her day.

“Kristen is also an avid reader. No doubt she won’t live long enough to finish all the books on her list. Her favorite authors are Herman Wouk, Diana Gabaldon and Tom Wolfe.

“Check out her blog, where she writes about whatever she’s reading and cooking.

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$3.00 off Two boxes of Luvs this Weekend!

 

If you have children in diapers, it seems you can never have enough. They go through them so quickly, and, of course, you want the best!

Make sure to be on the lookout in your Sunday paper this weekend, April 12th, to find a great money-saving coupon. This coupon is not available online and will give you $3.00 off two boxes of Luvs. Heaven knows this will come in handy!

 

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– Luvs with NightLock, the official diaper of experienced moms, helps to lock away wetness  – even overnight – with Luvs’ largest absorbency area ever.

– Luvs with NightLock has superior overnight protection that locks away wetness better than Huggies Snug & Dry*.

*Locks away wetness better than Huggies Snug & Dry, sizes 3-6

 

With great prices, super absorbency and comfort, Luvs really cares about Moms and kids!

Check out Luvs website, Twitter and Facebook pages for more great info!

 

This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Luvs. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine