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Woolzies Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway!

I wanted to make my blogging return a good one, and what better way than a review & giveaway!! Today is a review on Woolzies Dryer Balls. You may be wondering…’What the heck are dryer balls?’ I wondered the same thing a few years ago. I have a front load washer & dryer set, and absolutely love them. We are a family of 6…with 3 teen/pre-teen girls and a 6 year old boy…we do A LOT of laundry. I bought the front load to save money in the long run on detergent, electricity, water, etc. Problem is it is high capacity…which to my brain means, pack that sucker full. Soooo…I noticed my towels were starting to not be very fluffy, things weren’t drying well on one drying cycle, and my clothes were wrinkly even right out of the dryer. Enter dryer balls.

If you know me at all, or have read much of my blog, you know that I love to make things. So, when I saw these felted wool dryer balls that were selling for about $5 per ball on Etsy, I thought, ‘I can make that!’ My result was a partial fail. First problem, we don’t have any good craft stores around here, so I had to wait until we went somewhere to purchase 100% wool yarn. Second problem, I don’t know how to felt, and my attempt didn’t produce dryer balls that looked nice and fluffy…mine just looked like fuzzy yarn balls. They worked okay for a little while, then one day I opened the dryer and found a tangled fuzzy yarn mess. One of my homemade dryer balls had come partially unraveled and wrapped all around my load of clothes. Not an effective way of fluffing clothes if you ask me.

What's left of my attempt at felted dryer balls...there were 5.

What’s left of my attempt at felted dryer balls…there were 5.

I wasn’t really completely happy with the performance of my homemade dryer balls, but I’m stubborn and I refused to admit even partial failure. So, I decided to scale back my load size to large, but not stuffed loads…this seemed to help on the drying time problem, and a little on the fluffy towel problem, but not really to my satisfaction. Basically I had given up, and just accepted the problem rather than attempting to try again…100% wool yarn isn’t cheap, and felting is time consuming.

Woolzies Dryer Balls

Woolzies Dryer Balls

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Now about Woolzies…they claim:
Woolzies are handmade, nontoxic dryer balls that do not coat clothing with dangerous chemicals, therefore making your laundry safe for all. Also, Woolzies cuts your drying time down sometimes as much as 40% saving you and your family time and money. Woolzies are guaranteed to last for at least 1,000 loads. Woolzies do not shed, therefore they are safe for those with wool allergies to use.

I have noticed since removing my defective homemade dryer balls and using 6 XL Woolzies Dryer Balls, my towels are a bit fluffier, clothes are less wrinkled, and the drying cycle is more effective. I can’t say that it is as much as 40% less drying time, but it is noticeable. I have children with allergies and my husband has sensitive skin, so I am unable to use dryer sheets to add scent. With Woolzies, you can add a few drops of essential oils to the dryer balls and your laundry smells however you want it to. I haven’t noticed any issues with static, but it’s not winter yet. The remedy they suggest is rolling up a piece of plain kitchen aluminum foil into the size of a Woolzies dryer ball and add it to the dryer with the other 6 balls.

This is a product that I wish I had just purchased in the first place, rather than try to make my own. Huge thank you to Lauren at Wise To Be Social, and Eli from Woolzies Dryer Balls for sponsoring this giveaway. They graciously sent me a box of 6 XL Woolzies Dryer Balls to try and review, and then are throwing in another set for my giveaway! If you’d like to enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. There are many ways to enter, so good luck!

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FINALLY…the BIG Summer Giveaway!

Well, it’s officially the first day of summer even though it’s been stinking HOT here for a few weeks already. We’ve been staying cool by enjoying the pool & summertime snacks like popcicles (fruit juice mostly, of course!), frequent trips to the library, and just relaxing inside.

In my opinion, one of the best parts about this summer is that I get to be a blessing to one of you… This giveaway is for tickets to Romance Uncensored: Touch | Tone | Timing at the Hilton Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO September 16-17, 2011! This yearly event is life changing. Big Puppy and I have attended the past 4 years, and learn something new about eachother, our marriage, and about what God wants for our lives together every year.  Plus, who couldn’t use a little ‘alone time’…especially if you have kids!

Here is a little teaser video to give you an idea of what to expect…

Now on to the juicy details!

Giveaway includes:

Hotel Accommodations at the Hilton in Branson, MO – Sept. 16, 2011
Tickets for Romance Uncensored: Touch | Tone | Timing – Sept. 16-17, 2011
Additional surprise goodies…
Total value: over $300!

Entry period runs from 7:00am CST June 21, 2011 – 12:00 NOON CST August 15, 2011. Winner will be chosen randomly from all valid entries.  Winner will be notified via email (please be sure to leave your email in your comments so I can contact you if you win), and will have 48 hours to respond or I will draw another winner.

To enter:
1. Subscribe to my blog feed HERE and leave a comment on this post saying you’ve done so. (If you’re already a subscriber, then it’s a free entry!)

2. Follow me on Twitter @jessalexander and leave a comment on this post with your twitter user name. (If you already follow, then it’s a free entry!)

3. Tweet away! Post the following ’Enter Life@30ish’s Big Summer Giveaway valued at over $300! @jessalexander’ then leave a comment on this post with the link to the tweet. (daily entry!)

That’s it! Pretty easy, huh? Be sure to bookmark this post for easy daily entry!

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for offering this giveaway. It is something I want to do to be a blessing to a couple & in someway improve their marriage. If winner is unable to attend, they can bless someone they know with it, but it is what it is…no substitutions (ie. cash, different hotel, etc.). Winner is responsible for travel and all expenses not listed above.

Summer Giveaway Sneak Peak!

I’m the type of person that buys gifts all year long when I come across a good deal. Whether it be for someone specific, or just an emergency present, I’ll buy it even if I end up holding it for a year if it’s a good enough price. The problem with this is, that when it comes to my husband or if it’s just something I’m too excited about, I can hardly contain myself and I end up giving the gift early. For some reason, I’m able to control myself with the kids…maybe it’s because of the magic of holidays to kids or something, who knows? Anyway, I have been talking with Big Puppy about this giveaway that I am wanting to host this summer. To me it is huge. Not only because of how much it’s worth financially, but more so because of how much it can change lives. This is something I’ve began to budget for, and if I am awarded the Mom Central Blogger Grant, I will be able to beef up the prize even more! (They recently announced that I made the final round & have a chance to be awarded 1 of 5 $2k grants! I’m so excited!)

I don’t want to totally give away the surprise, but I did want to give a little heads up to my wonderful readers…if you are married or soon to be married, you do not want to miss out on this giveaway! I will announce the big giveaway on June 21st, the first day of summer…stay tuned.

Lunchables ~ “Field Trips For All” Campaign

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Lunchables. All opinions are 100% mine.
Lunchables is sponsoring a really cool program called Project Potential, with it’s first project being “Field Trips For All”. The goal is to empower kids with opportunities to help them reach their full potential by providing them with experiences they might not otherwise have. For instance…what kid would have the opportunity to secretly view alien life forms? Check out this video…my kids would love to attend a field trip like this.

I remember going on field trips as a child, and it was always a great experience. Here’s a fact for you…According to a 2009 report from The American Association of School Administrators, it’s estimated that over the course of the current school year, the number of school districts eliminating field trips will increase by 56 percent. That’s more than 30,000 schools! Kids deserve the opportunity to experience a way to learn outside of the classroom.

If you agree with me, that kids should have the occasional opportunity to learn outside the classroom while having fun, then go HERE to nominate a classroom! I nominated my daughter’s class because they are a wonderful group of kids and I think it would really help them understand their study on history if they had a little ‘hands on’ experience. It would be a great way for them to see and understand the way things actually were during different time periods rather than just reading about it.

When you nominate a class, be sure to come back and leave a comment stating who you nominated…that way we can all cheer each other on! Good luck!
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Library Summer Program Grand Finale!

This summer the kids have enjoyed participating in our local library’s summer program. The program was split into 3 ‘legs’ with rewards after completing each part.

A coupon packet was the first reward for reading for 4 hours. It included various coupons such as free cookies, french fries, ice cream, pass to the local swimming pool, etc. After 3 more hours, they were able to choose a book/DVD to be donated in their honor with their name on a ‘bookplate’ in the front cover. After 3 additional hours, they earned an invitation to attend the Grand Finale Book Bonanza which includes the bonus of choosing some free books to keep. They also entered a coloring contest and a sculpture contest. I was very impressed with all their entries. Grayson did an excellent job on his coloring sheet…way better than I expected a 2 year old to do.
Their sculpture (a joint effort by all 4 kids) was fantastic, and they walked away with 1st place in the group division.
*Side Note* When we went to pick up the sculpture to take home, one of the children’s librarians asked if the sculpture looked the same as when we had brought it in. She had dropped it when taking it down from the display shelf and it completely fell apart. The poor woman had to glue it back together from memory…I must add she did a wonderful job.
*Additional Side Note* After dropping T off at her dad’s house, Greg placed the award winning sculpture precariously balanced on the cup holder in the truck. He then proceeded to back out of the parking lot sending the sculpture flying and in turn, breaking into several pieces. The kids are bummed out, but he promised to fix it so they can display it proudly in their room.
There were 2 identical sessions held today, with the kids being split into 4 groups to choose books one at a time. There were almost 70 kids in the 1st session (which we attended) and each child received 4 books each.
Once they chose their books, names were drawn for the remaining books and a few extra prizes. Kylie & Kara were drawn for an extra book, Trinity was drawn for an extra prize. Here is their total haul today…
Trinity – tote bag, 4 books, and a Nerf ball (not pictured).
Kylie – Barbie and 5 books.
Kara – Ariel and 5 books.
Grayson – Play-D’oh Farm Set and 4 books.