InsideSmarts: Premium Quality Laundry Care Bags; Set of 4 for Delicates #Review #Laundry

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Clothes aren’t cheap. Good clothes aren’t any cheaper. And it seems with women’s underthings, the less there is the more it costs. So taking care of all of it is no small task. From special soaps, to lighter detergents, to unique setting on the machines, to even, *gasp* hand-washing in the sink (!!) l, there’s very few lengths we all won’t go to, to make our special things last.

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Enter Inside Smarts, who deemed me worthy enough to test their wash bag collection and share my review with you. Full disclosure, I’ve been using a laundry bag for nearly a decade, because again, frilly things and their ilk don’t always come cheap. I got to try 4 bags, with 2 different colors and 2 different sizes. We ladies know the pain of having some things hooked into and tearing other things whilst tumbling in the washing machine. It is almost physical pain taking them apart and seeing the gaping hole left behind. I’m here to tell you that thanks to Inside Smarts, that pain is a thing of the past.

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The mesh these bags are made of is sturdy, but porous enough that your things get clean. The zipper is heavy duty rust-proof ABS plastic, and has an elastic cover to protect the zipper, the machine, AND any other bags in the wash basin. 3 light colored bags and 1 dark bag for dark clothes comes in a package. And all available on Amazon for only $15.99. Considering the prices at department stores, specialty stores, and everywhere else for nice underthings, $15.99 is chump change to never see anything ruined again. But it’s also good too keep socks paired, mittens together, slippers being turned inside out…anything you want to protect. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, I highly recommend these two anyone who cares about their delicates in the wash.

I learned the hard way that bags like these are nearly a necessity, and I can’t imagine doing our laundry without them. You really should give these bags from Inside Smarts a try. You won’t be sorry. I wasn’t! 😀

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Orgullosa: Pruebalo & te Entcantara Party (Try & You Will Love It) Procter & Gamble event

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I was fortunate to be able to share with friends another wonderful party kit, which was supplied by Orgullosa, a Procter & Gamble program. We are a P&G household and supporter because I truly am very happy with how their products perform, plus the company really stands behind their family of brands. This party kit consisted of several items from companies that are part of the P&G family like Gain to CoverGirl. We received everything from laundry related goods to even beauty items so let’s get the sharing started…….

Gain Forget Me Not Dryer Bar (http://www.ilovegain.com/)

I have tried the bars before in the dryer and they save time, plus the hunt of finding a used dryer sheet in your laundry. So many times I have slipped on pajamas to find the missing sheet in a pant leg! I also forget and even though I use fabric softener, I like that extra boost a dryer sheet or dryer bar gives my towels and linens. That being said don’t think the dryer bars are just limited to the dryer. I have one in my linen closet that keeps my towels and comforters from getting that “cabinet smell”, because, let’s be honest, you all know what I am talking about. Clean towels and sheets that remain in their place tend to lose their fresh smell with time even though they are clean. This is where the dryer bar saves me from washing what is really clean items. Another use I have found for these bars is the “funky trashcan” problem in the kitchen. Again, stick a dryer bar in the cabinet, as I find sticking one on the lid inconvenient. Your trash will still smell but no one will be the wiser as the dryer bar masks the odor. The third place that gets a dryer bar would be the bathroom……I don’t need to explain that one. Let’s say the room smells fresher with it 🙂

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Cascade Platinum with Dawn Pacs in Fresh Scent (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/)

I had just purchased another “manufacturer recommended” brand that I found on sale but always welcome more of anything that cleans. I use the Cascade rinse agent as I found it lower in cost and better performing than my former brand, so I was curious to see if the Cascade Platinum pacs would outperform my tabs. I had one of those moments where I am glad I stocked up when it was on sale but just found a better product……oops! I love Dawn soap and so many times wish I could use it in my dishwasher without the fear of over-suds or worse, they say to not do it. I think Dawn does what it says and cuts grease so it cleans better and these did. My glasses were cleaner and this is even after “we” (aka Husband) overstuffed the dishwasher! My wonderful Husband must think we have hamsters in there that wear goggles and shower caps, all the while holding little dish-brushes to scrub our plates, because he stacks things in there with little thought on how they will get hit by water and actually be cleaned. It somehow all will work itself out and be clean in the end and only with Cascade Platinum pacs has his logic work. It’s nice not to need to inspect before turning on the dishwasher!

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CoverGirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast Mascara (http://www.covergirl.com/)

CoverGirl is the brand that last time convinced me that I was wasting money on $20 and $30 plus mascaras. I must admit that when you pay a high price on mascaras, that 3 month period of use you are suppose to have tends to bend a little. You convince yourself that you did not use it that much the first month and really just try to get your money’s worth. The part that then gets to me that no matter the formulation, the mascara just starts drying with air exposure and time. I even try not pumping the wand so as to not add more of that dreaded oxygen to it. I stopped being nervous and over cautious about mascara when I stopped paying outrageous price points. We all want the same in the end, pretty lashes and not lashes that look like clumpy spider legs. We want them long but not so fake because we would be wearing fake ones if we wanted that over the top ultra length. I can say that the Clump Crusher is everything I want in a mascara from brush to formula and guess what, I now dispose of my mascara every 3 months or sooner because it does not cause me to go, “ouch” when I do.

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Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster (http://www.ilovegain.com/)

I began to dislike the trend of making my washing chores longer or more complicated until I realized these “magic beads” are helping me in the end. From the gym clothing that made the hamper want to move out, to the yardwork clothing that we best not even speak about, these scent boosters work. You still have to wash the dirty clothes in the same amount of time but it no longer carries that odor that makes you want to separate the wash with BBQ tongs. Sheets to pillow cases just smell fresh and nice. I also feel they are great because whatever you washed with the scent booster, it also aids in making a room smell fresh. My newest non-washer use is adding some to my canister vacuum. I vacuum the entire home and I’m doing a dual job because it makes the house smell magnificent! Thursday a day where I cooked several dishes to have for the rest of the week and also the weekend so the house had that “foodie smell”. I vacuumed and…problem solved. Better and cheaper than a plug-in for each room of the house!

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Secret Clinical Strength “Stress Response” Deodorant in Serene Citrus Scent (http://www.secret.com/)

Girls sweat and we can call it glowing but a glow should not smell…….well, un-girly! Perfumes are great but there are those days where we move more, do more, and let’s face it, worry more. It’s nice to not have to worry about one more thing and that is sweaty armpits……sorry, I mean glowing underarms. There are just places I don’t want telling on me and I can count on Secret on keeping things on the hush-hush level. The citrus scent is pleasant but not overpowering (no lemon girls here) and it helps control perspiration when you are trying to control everything else like that thing called L-I-F-E 😉

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Puffs Facial Tissue in Basic: http://www.puffs.com/puffs-basic

 I always love having these facial tissue boxes in the bathroom but when being economical, you sometimes start skimping on things and this was one of them.  I would strategically place a tissue coming out of the box and warn everyone in the home to not dare touch it because it took me 5 minutes to make it look like I replaced the box.  With Puffs Basic you can have your tissue that people can actually touch and use.  You get a fair price and when on sale with a coupon, well I feel a little crazy for admitting I did the above. Best of all, it works. “Basic”, in this case, doesn’t mean “cheap-o”, even if the price point is. Cool.
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Orgullosa Shirts

All my guests also received something that made them, “Oooooooh”, and that was these t-shirts. It says in Spanish, “Tengo la falda bien puesta, y tu?” It means I have my skirt well put on, do you? It’s a play in words meaning you are prepared and ready for anything, from taking on the everyday tasks to those surprises but with a feminine touch of course. We all have our interpretation of what the saying means to us but in the end it’s about being strong! That is what I adore about this program because we can still be girls but when we unite and especially for these events, we share, help, and even laugh about the things that we experience…..the good, the bad, and the not so gorgeous! I know I will be Orgullosa (proud) to be wearing my shirt.

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Not required but it’s something I do as Orgullosa always includes these conversation starter cards, is I posted them to my guest’s party gifts. This time I gave out sour gummy bear containers and a mason jar filled with salt water taffy in several flavors.  P&G also provided us with coupon booklets, pens, notepads, in addition to the products and I encourage you to visit the brand sites as many have money saving coupons on-line. Sign-up to their newsletter also helps in getting coupon alerts to news on the latest items, and even saw loyalty programs.

We had the party on Labor Day weekend and it was hot, I kept things simple and had a sandwich bar. Guests were able to pick and make their own sandwiches as they desire with how much they like. Some had salads on the side while others had chips but everyone was happy with this event and thank you again Orgullosa and Procter & Gamble for helping me hold this party!

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I received the above products free of charge from Orgullosa.  I am not obligated in providing a favorable/positive review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the brand(s), which may differ from yours.

Come join us and Celebrate being Orgullosa with P&G products and you won’t leave hungry too!

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Have I told you yet how much I love being part of the Orgullosa family? Well, in the past I have thrown several parties for VocalPoint, which is part of the Procter & Gamble group. Orgullosa is also a division of that group and it’s about having pride in our family and heritage. You celebrate by sharing P&G products and hosting an event. These gatherings are always a hit and I usually gather a group of friends and start making memories. At this event, I received several new products and some old favorites to share.

The kit included such brands like Olay, Secret, Crest, Downy, Always, Tampax, Covergirl and Tide.

You get samples and coupons to share with guests, along with trinkets like a folding (compact) mirror and even a fashionable bracelet.

I tried the items out before sharing with guests and because my event was in early May, I went with a Cinco de Mayo/Mother’s Day theme. I figure celebrating two holidays equals twice the fun!

Let’s get started…..

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Tide Pods– The idea is to only need one capsule to clean a full load. The capsule has three colors, white for the detergent, then orange and blue colored swirls for the stain remover and brightener. I first like how easy it is to use and it’s HE safe. The scent is Spring Meadow, which is light and pleasant. I like the aspect of just throwing a pod in the washer with dirty clothes and only worrying about softener. I was skeptical but must admit that my grey colored load came out clean, without any stains on any article of clothing. The clothes also did not feel stiff or stripped, like many detergents tend to be harsh on cottons and linens. This was a favorite with many guests because of the ease of use. We all dislike those heavy detergent boxes and feeling like doing laundry is close to making lab experiments, when you start adding boosters like stain remover, whiteners, brighteners…..you name it. These pods provide a guarantee clean and because the stain remover is included, if I miss a stain it really does not turn into a big deal.

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Downy Unstoppables– I have used these enhancers before and love them. What I had not tried was the “pink” colored scent, which is called Shimmer. Don’t worry, your clothes will not be full of glitter but the name refers more to the enticing smell these scent boosters create. They compliment well with the other liquid Downy softeners you purchase, so it’s not like throwing in a bottle of perfume with your wash. Think a long lasting clean scent! I love using them on bath mats, towels to bed sheets. They are very easy to use, just shake and pour into the drum, plus it’s safe for HE washers. They work so it’s hard to stop using them. I also have found other purposes for them like leaving an open packet under the sink and say bye-bye to trash smells. You can also pour some of the flat beads into a tray and keep it in the bathroom. You control how much “boost” you want and I like that because some articles of clothing, like gym clothes needs it! We also found ourselves sniffing the packet and they even encourage it in the stores, where you push on the bottles to smell them.

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Olay 2-in-1 facial cloths– I sometimes can’t wait to get home and wash my face and it’s not that I don’t like make-up, but the experience is like washing the day away. I now know I am home and ready to relax. I have been there where mascaras to lip glosses creating stains on white colored towels so these facial cloths actually save my towels. So effective that they even remove my waterproof mascara! It gets better and because this is an Olay product, it’s more than just a “wet nap” for your face. The facial cloths are formulated with pro-vitamin B5, beta-hydroxy and witch hazel. The cleanser not only washes your face effectively in a gentle manner but also tones your skin . I never break out after using the Olay 2-in-1 cloths and it’s because the leave my skin clean! Being that this is an Olay product, the girls were fanatic about it. Everyone wanted to know what Olay item P&G had included so eager that I think they did not appreciate me leaving this one to the end to present.

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Always/Tampax Radiant Collection– This item is the end all to having to hide that tampon or pad. I have had those moments when I am hunting for a pen to just have a tampon pop out of my purse. Soooo not pretty! The packet included a purse that allows you to store both tampons and pads neatly. This little purse was created for this purpose so everything fits as it should, brilliant! They also included 1 Always pad, 3 liners and 2 tampons. Orgullosa events really takes care of us and this is one example on why they are so popular. You get introduced to new brands in such a fun way but also take home samples!

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Secret Clinical Strength– I have not tried the clinical formulas but we have those stressful days that do not always come from just physical exertion, but just the everyday stuff from traffic, meetings, kids, and even sometimes husbands. I name no names! We were sent the “ooh-la-la lavender” scent, which I appreciate as lavender has calming effects. I now know to sniff my underarms if the need arises :). I tried the solid and was afraid of maybe it being more powerful would mean more drying, and even a little harsher to the delicate skin in that area but I am happy to report it is not. I can describe it as having a double-guarantee. You have extra insurance if needed and if not, you will be fine. With warmer months approaching I also feel better and even safer if I sweat. I’m a girl and armpit odor is bad as it is but we are suppose to smell like flowers 🙂

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Crest 3D White- I use(d) a brand that starts with an “A” after trying several brands years ago. I first must admit I am a whitening teeth fanatic. The whiter the better because I drink pomegranate and cranberry juices daily, which is great for my body but not kind to my teeth. I am always in “preventing mode” so I brush my teeth and then rinse with a whitening solution afterwards. I think tooth health is essential not only to how our body is feeling but also in how we look. Put on all the make-up you want but yellow tooth will ruin a look. The box on the crest 3D white states it removes up to 80% of surface stains. I notice no asterisk after but note it says, “Up to”. Okay, let’s put it to the test and I did a week and a half before the Orgullosa event. My results can easily be stated by one phrase, “I dropped the “A” brand for the Crest 3D”. I have noticed on the bottom edges where your teeth meet the gums are whiter and I feel my teeth are cleaner after brushing. The Icy Cool Mint flavor tastes a little like bubblegum but because it works, I just will flashback to my younger years when brushing. Great way to start and end your day 🙂

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Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara– I am currently a user of this mascara because at my last Orgullosa event, they included it. Having an extra tube of mascara is always a plus and that does not mean I won’t still rave about it either. I love the brush and the wand makes application a cinch. The brush has fine bristles and in large quantities, so you get perfect separation without over-working the lashes. The formula also does not clump heavily while you apply. I always disliked getting the perfect separation of lashes but needing more mascara, that once you apply the right amount, it looks like spider legs because your lashes decided to meet and now you have 5 very thick lashes. Not with this one and I have in error paid big bucks for other brands when all along Covergirl’s Lashblast hung on a peg at my local store. I have learned that paying high prices does not mean high quality in cosmetics. Try this mascara and you will be thankful!

Not done yet……

Orgullosa included a mirror that flips open and stays open. The flip cover allows you to set it where and in the position you want without it falling. I have compacts and they are always propped against a candy dish, tissue box, whatever will hold it but not anymore. Another simple and practical idea that rarely gets used!

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We also all received bracelets with the Orgullosa trademark. Flaunt it and it comes with a beautiful quote too. I love the strength they encourage us to have and these small rewards are very appreciated because we all need reminders….it’s what keeps us going.

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Included where also coupons to save you money. There were coupon booklets for each guest and not only for all the brands but others they Venus, Oral B, Pampers, Pantene to Charmin. We appreciate these booklets because one thing our group has in common, is making that dollar stretch. We are proud of the savings we acquire all year because they help us provide more for our families.

No party is complete without the food. Guests must be fed as this is a celebration. Orgullosa does not miss a mark and I present to you, the Orgullosa Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! Oh, my!

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Celebrating our heritage with Carnitas that we made into mini street tacos tacos.  Guests could also make salads as they liked and I had a guest bring black beans and rice.

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Can’t have plain tacos, we need salsas and all the trimmings too.  A guest made the Molca red sauce from scratch!

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Habanero and Serrano Pepper Nachos with Cotija Cheese!

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I encourage you to sign-up with Orgullosa because not only could you host parties like I do but there is more to the programs they offer. VocalPoint and Orgullosa have samples, coupons, advice, and even support! It’s one of the best decisions I ever made was to join and I think my guests agree too.
http://www.vocalpoint.com
http://www.orgullosa.com

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The above products and brands were received from Orgullosa, a division of P&G. All items were free of charge and my only obligation was to share and host an event with guests. My opinions and review are based on my experiences with the brands, which may differ from yours.

Crowdtap: Woolite Washed In-Home Boutique!

Wooliteers – Hosted Party

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Being part of Crowdtap, I was invited to host a Woolite Sampling party. The objective is to introduce friends and family to the Woolite family. Being that I use both the Everyday and Dark formulas, I am very familiar with what the brand has done,or in some ways prevented to be done to my clothing. I love the Dark Woolite for jeans and I use the formula with my $10 pairs to my “I feel guilty buying jeans at this price” pairs of jeans. Woolite protects my jeans from fading and keeps their color and hues true. Their texture remains just like the day I bought them. I admit it, I like the feel of N-E-W! I also wash any shirts or blouses that lean more towards the darker tones than the lights with the Dark formula.

Woolite’s Everyday formula is perfect for everything else and even when I run out of the Dark formula, I prefer to wash what I care for in Woolite versus another detergent. I no longer just separate by delicate and non-delicate, I separate by what I want to last longer no matter how little or how much I paid for it. If I want it to last, I put it in Woolite’s care.

Crowdtap sent me 10 sample sized packets for my guests and I to use. Each packet contained enough for one full load, so very generous. I kindly asked guests to bring their most loved articles of clothing from sweaters, blouses, jeans to even vintage shirts. Each guest brought between 3 to 5 garments. As guests arrived, I used our prettier wicker hampers and separated by like colors. Some guests brought clean clothing that they had washed with their own detergent, while others wanted to also see how clean Woolite can get their clothes. I invited 10 guests and had 12 arrive, so those hampers filled quickly!

I wanted everyone to have fun while everything washed and we did good separating everything into 3 full loads. It was fun seeing how some of my friends seem to be color blind because they swore something was dark when it was not. We resorted to voting to squash that debate! That resulted into many giggling moments while we made piles and redid others. The first load goes in and being that at this point we lost the guys to outside, we washed the pinks first and figured they get that for abandoning us 🙂 Below is a cute shirt I received for my birthday and it was it’s first wash. Just like new and you can see the black lace remained dark while the pink was perfectly clean. I love how it retained it’s shape because some fabrics tend to lose it quickly. Love that Vintage look and even though it cost $8.00, I still want it in my closet making me smile :), versus frowning 😦 because it aged so quickly.

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Another shirt from a guest in the pink colored load is the shirt below. Not only does the wrap have lace, but there are small intricate beads sewn within the laced pattern.  No job is too hard for Woolite’s Everyday detergent!

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The next colors were the blues and below is a silk shirt that has long sleeves and ruffles at the end. Perfect for Spring and this was a shirt that was clean already but after hanging it in the closet for a couple seasons, it needed a refresh wash. We washed these articles of clothing under the “quick wash” setting and Woolite Everyday did not miss a beat! Everything smelled clean and once this shirt air dried, you could not tell it is over a decade old! That is a decade of only being washed with Woolite from when it was just the “Original” formula to now the “Everyday”, I do not trust it with any other brand.

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The jeans below are from a guest named Mary and you can see the pockets are ornate and you have to be careful on how you wash these. We flipped all the jeans inside out and this preserves their color but also keeps those embellishments on the pockets from banging in the wash. They could break, crack or just come off, so taking those two extra seconds to turn them inside out is really worth it! These jeans I was told the fabric tends to lose it’s shape with wear but after Mary wore them for 14 hours, the waist remained intact and she did not get that bunching effect like with her former detergent. Mary has purchased a Woolite bottle at Costco, so she went for the warehouse sized bottle and is not messing around!  Great tip I shared with guests, I use hangers for baby clothes to hang my jeans with.  They are perfect in size and compact!  I rewarded my guests each with a pack to take home, along with their Woolite packet.

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Being that Winter has left us, many of us in California have been experiencing a mix of weather with April showers arriving in March to windy afternoons. This wet and cold weather makes it hard to put the sweaters away for good but here we are trying to hopefully give them the final wash so maybe…just maybe we can see them until Autumn. I love my sweaters but I dislike a cold and chilly morning to then be regretting by the sunny afternoon on why I wore a sweater. Below are two sweaters we washed and they are wool blends. Just like new and still nice and soft. I love how Woolite Everyday smells, the scent is just so clean and the colors even if they are dark, they still remain vibrant!

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I can’t have my guests starve and I bought meat to grind, so I could make burgers. Bought everything and even remembered the pickles! Guess, what I forgot? The hamburger buns but my “oops” will now be remembered because in a moment of desperation, I cut a Challah loaf into buns. Challah bread tends to be high so I cut the bread twice, reserving the middle portion for later use (croutons to even making french toast). We toasted the buns on the grill (experiencing light rain so we used a grill pan inside) and they are the best burger buns I have ever had! My oops means I no longer will be purchasing hamburger buns. As it is, I usually use Sourdough bread or even a French Bread (sliced) because I prefer buying a bread that can serve multiple uses…..sort of how Woolite Everyday does when it comes to clothing, no longer just for delicate. That said, I end this with go beyond the bun and use Woolite Everyday, well for your Everyday clothes 🙂

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Plates from guests and I also encouraged healthy eating by making a salad with pumpkin seeds, cranberries and a poppy seed dressing. The salad was mixed baby greens with spinach and avocado.  Some guests skipped on the salad and loaded their plates with more curly fries, which I baked in the oven.  Burgers had a New York White Cheddar cheese with Gorgonzola crumbles and bacon.

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Crowdtap and Woolite’s generosity allowed my guests to leave with samples to use at home, coupons, and they included a Visa pre-paid card to help the host with party costs. I am not obligated to provide a positive/favorable review, just my honest opinion. My opinion is based on my experiences with a brand and may differ from yours.  Want to throw a party like mine?  Join Crowdtap and become a member at no cost at http://www.crowdtap.com .  Also, don’t forget to check out Woolite at http://www.woolite.us/ ; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WooliteUS ; Twitter: @WooliteUS or on Pinterest at: http://pinterest.com/wooliteus/.  You can great ideas from laundry care to the latest fashion trends!  Hope to see you there!

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