Saturday, January 24, 2015

Coming Soon! Purex PowerShot (review and giveaway)

Purex has done it again with another new product.  Their new PowerShot detergent will be for sale starting in February.

The new Purex PowerShot will simplify your laundry routine by taking the guess work out of measuring.  PowerShot is the only bottle that automatically dispenses the right amount of super concentrated formula with 50% ore stain fighting power (versus regular Purex liquid detergent).

All you have to do is:
 FLIP to dose
 and DONE
It automatically refills so you are ready for your next load.

I'm loving it.  My first load of laundry was my hubby's dirty socks.  I usually use bleach on his demand.  He will never know the difference!

Note:  For heavy loads you will use 2 doses.  I only used one dose on his whites as it's a small load.  They came out perfect.

Purex PowerShot will come in 2 scents.  Mountain Breeze, which is shown here and also in the Natural Elements Linen and Lilies scent.

3 lucky Marsha's Spot readers will each win a free coupon for PowerShot to try it for themselves.  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: The Purex brand sent me a bottle of PowerShot as well as the coupons to giveaway in exchange for a product review and giveaway. However, all opinions are my own.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Frugal Friday with Marsha 1/23/15

We've made it to another Friday.  How has your week been?
This week I thought I would give you a run down of the frugal/money saving things that I've done this past week.

I've started buying coupon inserts through a coupon friend for .40 each insert. I'm buying in sets of 5.  This is giving me the ability to take better advantage of the sales. 
I've been able to get Glade candles for just .33 each after coupon, clearance, and the cartwheel app at Target.
The dollar store sell the Lance cracker 6 packs for just $1 and we have $1 coupons.  This means paying just sales tax and we have snacks in the house.  We've had a huge shortage on anything to just snack on for some time now.

I have been blessed many times over the years since I started sewing and quilting to be given fabrics, whether full pieces, scraps, and such.  This week I took the rug I am making to show my progress when I attended my stitch group.  It so happened that one of the other ladies in the group had picked up this balls of fabric strips out of a free box somewhere she had been that very morning.  She took them knowing that she would find someone who could use them.  Little did she know she would find someone that same day!

I'm not too proud to tell you that I went to the food bank this week.  Our food bank allows you to go once every 2 months.  I will say that in my adult lifetime, this is only the 4th time I've ever gone to the food bank.  I'm glad it's there.  Finances are not as such that we can go do any "real" grocery shopping and hasn't been for a long time.  We can rest easy this week now knowing that we have meat for our meals, plus the other foods that we were also given.

On the note of the grocery shopping, I'm still shopping with the $5 Target and Walmart cards that I am earning from swagbucks and PerkTV.     Today I am using those to buy a block of cheese to take as my part of the carry in dinner we will be having for quilt guild on Monday.  I am also buying Bushe's baked beans as our part of a carry in dinner at church on Sunday (using $1 coupons on the beans).  I will also be getting a gallon of milk for the week and my box of Carnation Instant Breakfast (a $2 coupon on the Carnation printed from swagbucks is saving me $2, but also earning me 10 swagbucks for using it).

If you have a Kroger owned store in your area, don't forget that today is Friday to go in and add the freebie to your card today.  My mom and I will be stopping in to get our freebies.  This week is a
Free Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt (5.3oz) .   Last week was a free Muller yogurt and the week before that a free Power Bar.  We have all 3 things to pick up today!

My husband is finally taking food from home for his lunches at work.  Most of the time he takes leftovers from supper.  If we don't have something leftover he is fixing himself a sandwich, taking a banana, and thanks to the Lance coupons, a package of crackers.

I look forward to seeing what you have posted this last week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Writer's Unite 1/22/15

Usually morning is my best work time on the computer, but I seem to be lacking motivation for some reason this morning.  I'm sure this happens to everyone and there are a myriad of reasons for it.

Currently I am doing a challenge on bubblews that was put out by user Magnolia.  She doesn't normally do challenges, but hopes this one will help get more interaction going on the site.
She has put out a week long challenge to write 6 posts per day with 10 interactions for each post.

I have always done a minimum of 10 interactions between my posts, so that wasn't a problem.  I didn't think I could do 6 posts a day, but I did it on the first day and have been able to for 3 days now.
It's been nice running in to several other users who are also participating in her challenge.

User Rusty2rusty also put out a similar challenge.  She challenges us all to interact with 10 different users after we put in a post.  I know several are going with hers.

It's not hard to go visit 10 posts by others after you put in your own post, and in some ways 10 seems like a very low number compared to the amount of people that are still writing there.   I often have gone way past that 10 in between posts.

Earning is still way down, and I know that many of you that read my blog have totally gone away from bubblews.   I've been asked a lot as to why I'm still there.  The best answers are that I like it there, I'm confortable there, and most of all, it's my choice.  

As far as my blog, I messed up my goal already this year to post daily as this past week I missed both Saturday and Tuesday putting in a post.  I'm not going to tear myself down for it, even though I am a little disappointed in myself.
I do want to say a huge thank you to my followers, and to those of you who take the time to link up with my various linky's throughout the week.

Write on!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday 1/21/15

I worked on a few things this week, and added something to to my UFO list.

Last Saturday I took a locker hook rug class at the quilt shop.  So much fun to make, but hard on your fingers working on the canvas.  It's at a stand still for the moment as I do have other projects to get done.  I had a fairly large ball of 1 inch strips sewn together and this is how far I got with it.  I need, I am guessing, the same size ball again to finish this.

For the soscrappy blog challenge this month's color is blue.  I only had to hexagon papers so I got out some of the blue that was already made and got a start on making a blue table topper.  I then got out blue from my scrap drawer and started making blue yo-yo's.
I have my Needlers handwork group this afternoon at the quilt shop.  I wanted my handwork today to be sewing down the binding on this quilt.  It's one of the first quilts I made years back and the binding was bad....really bad.  I had used bias tape.   I made a light blue binding and did get it sewn around and ready to start hand stitching it down today.

I plan on working more on my buttons jigsaw puzzle this evening, and will post a progress picture on it next week.
I crocheted several more dish scrubbies this past week as a gal at church wanted to buy some.
I'm almost done reading The Wedding Quilt.

Here are my current UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork
lockerhook rug

I am linking up with the following blogs:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, January 19, 2015

All Business Monday--The To-Do List

Someone suggested that instead of calling our New Year's list our goals, or our resolutions, to make it a to-do list instead.  She said list up to 100 things you wish to accomplish over the entire year.
I thought that made sense, so for 2015, I have made a to-do list instead.

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This morning I read a post on bubblews about goals and how they are soon broken.  She suggested that we write about them and let others motivate us to keep them up.  The post can be found HERE, by rusty2rusty.  It made me realize that I've not even pulled my list out to look at it since the first week!
This week I thought I would share the items on my to-list that are related to my 'business', as well as how I am doing on the list as well.
1.  Promote crafts 4 times a week--I did this the first week of the year, but not since.  I'm sharing each week in Noner's posts. You can find her most recent one HERE.

2.  Sewing or crafts daily--this one is pretty easy for me to acomplish as I am almost always working on something.  The other night I delayed trying to figure out what to work on, but found something and got busy.

3.  Keep paperwork up DAILY--so far so good on this one.  I scrambled for days trying to get May through December put together from 2014.  That's the furthest I've ever been behind and it was no fun trying to round it all together.

4.  Input hausernet mail as it comes in.  Hausernet is a decoy mail program where I get paid .25 for each piece of mail that I receive and input the data.  Way too many times I've put it to the side and by the time I got to the pile, some of the dates were too late.  I'm already slacking on this too, with 4 days of mail sitting on the floor beside me!

5.  Read daily--this is on my 'business' list because once I finish a book, I will write a review.  Also, most of them that I finish will then be listed in my store.

6.  Clear my gmail and keep it that way--not doing well on this one either!   A prime example of why it's so important for me to keep up with my email just occurred.  I went to to get the link to put above and found that I have an order for a book.  I would not have seen it, if at all, had I not went to the site.  This is not the first time this has happened!  Yes, I stopped writing this and got the book ready to be picked up in tomorrow's mail.

7.  Promote zazzle items--I don't think that I've done this even once for 2015.   I would like this to be once a week.

8.  Write a blog post daily--I was doing great on this until I skipped this past Saturday.  I'm going to change this a bit to include updating older blog posts as well.  If I just don't have anything to write, I can update a post instead.

9.  Service both sewing machines--I can't keep up with my sewing if the machines aren't kept up.  One right now won't work on the stitch I need to do one project.

10.  Complete this or that---I put it this way for this list, but on my actual to-do list, each quilting and sewing project that is started is listed separately.  I can't put them up for sale if they aren't finished.  You don't really want to know just how many projects I have started.

That's the end of my list that pertains to my money earning.

Looking forward to reading business related type posts this week that you will share.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Super Sunday Reviews--How To Fix Absolutely Anything has done it again with their newest book, How To Fix Absolutely Everything--a homeowner's guide.
Edited by Nicole Smith.

They call this books "Crowdfixing" Each item in the book is accompanied by a URL to visit with the same details.
Fix any problem, big or small, with the help of experienced do-it-yourselfers.

Love to buy in bulk? Create a can dispense that will store 81 different flavors of soup.
Have extra large feet? The homemade velcro sandals should help.
Tripping over your book collection? Turn your bedroom door into a bookshelf.
Learn how to pull that drawstring back out of your sweats or pj's.

Can't miss projects including: hack a mattress into a couch, fix a broken super hero with no glue, install a rainforest showerhead, fix a totaled car, hang your bed from the ceiling, perform reconstructive surgery on your suitcase, and so much more.

There are chapters on the yard, office, kitchen, garage, bedroom, bathroom, living room, laundry room, dining room, and kids' room. Improve, fix, and organize every room in your house.

This book is so cool! I can't wait to delve in to some of the projects. I can't begin to tell you everything that is in the book. However, a few of the items that catch my attention other that what is already mentioned are:
Multi-purpose holder from a kitchen whisk
Patch your jeans without a patch
Walk-in closet makeover on a budget
Raised bed with bookshelves for storage
Make a TV cabinet fit its electronics
New living room pallet table for letting house
Rain-Gutter book shelves
Fixing up old furniture with decoupage
Canvas pocket bookshelf
Angry Birds cable holders
Block base for a fire stand
How to create a mini ironing table

Looks like it's time for me to start saving and rounding up materials to make some of the super cool things in this book!

Disclaimer: I rec'd a copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it. I was provides some of the shared information for this post. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.

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