Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dial Kids Body + Hair Wash Review and Giveaway

Dial is the most trusted brand for kids' skin.

For 65 years, the Dial brand has been developing trusted personal care products for clean, healthy skin. Dial is excited to announce its entry into the kids' personal care segment with NEW Dial Kids Body & Hair Wash that offers age-appropriate variants developed to address the specify skin needs of children.  Dial Kids Peachy Clean for ages 2+, and Dial Kids Watery Melon for ages 6+.

Developed with pediatric dermatologists, Dial introduces specialized formulas for children ages 2-5 and 6-10, helping parents make smart decisions when it comes to kids' perfect skin.  The 2-in-1 formulas combine shampoo and body wash for one speedy step!

Make bath-time fun with NEW Dial Kids Body & Hair Wash!

Ages 2+ - Meant for children ages 2-5, this body wash is perfect for kids that have outgrown traditional newborn soaps, yet are not ready for adult strength body and hair wash.  The Peachy Clean variant provides ultra gentle cleansing with a fun, light scent.

Ages 6+ - For children ages 6+. Dial offers mild cleansing without drying out your child's delicate skin.  Watery Melon and Berry Cool variants contain bright, vibrant colors and fun scents that take bath time to a whole new level of fun!

Available at your local retailer's Kids' cleansing or Body Wash section.

ALL Dial Kids:
-Tear Free
-No artificial dyes or added parabens
-Ph balanced

I have to say....first of all, I loved the scent.  I was sent the Watery Melon...and I love it as does everyone in the family!  It even makes the bathroom smell good after we use it!

My kids have EXTREMELY sensitive skin, so I was very wary about using a new product.  Even as babies I was unable to use Johnsons.  I have used Dove for them since we discovered their skin troubles.  BUT...I thought I would give it a try.  So good.  We haven't had any skin outbreaks yet!  It seems very gentle and it doesn't seem to dry them out at all.

The ONLY issue I really have with it is that is a shampoo...but it IS NOT a conditioner as well.  For the boys it worked GREAT!  But...I have one daughter with super long hair.  It was a wonderful shampoo...but she really needs conditioner to make it nice and silky to comb through after her bath.  So...if you have all girls, I might not recommend this...unless you want to buy a separate conditioner.

Otherwise....a definite MUST TRY!

Make sure you go to their website HERE for a chance to win $1,000 OR a free bottle of Dial for you to try yourself!!!

*The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Kids Body and Hair Wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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New Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Review and Giveaway!

Presenting New Soft Scrub Advanced Surface.  A better way to clean premium surfaces!  

New Soft Scrub Advanced Surface is the rinse-free gel that cleans and polishes granite and marble countertops, glass cooktops, and stainless steel.  Soft Scrub Advanced Surface is both tough on stains, and gentle on even your most delicate surfaces.  ow you can get the cleaning performance yo've come to love from Soft Scrub in an easy to use gel.

Just apply to the surface and wipe away with a sponge, cloth or paper towel.  You'll be amazed at how easily grease and grime disappears.

Tough on stains, Gentle on Surfaces.

-Specially formulated for granite and marble countertops, stainless steel sinks and appliances, and stovetops
-No rinsing required, just wipe away with a damp sponge, cloth or paper towel
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I gotta be honest.  I thought it was a great product, it smelled wonderful, it did get rid of grime and grease quickly and easily....however, the other stains that I came across that other products have not been able to get out either, Soft Scrub also couldn't combat.  I was hoping. didn't happen.  Keep in mind though, no other products have been able to do it that by no means makes this a mediocre product.  On the did just as good of a job on my surfaces as my other products that I use.  Did it do BETTER??  I really don't think it did any BETTER....BUT...I will say this.  It SMELLED better!  So...if I had to choose between what I usually use and the new Soft Scrub...due to the smell, I would use Soft Scrub hands down!

Try it out for yourself!  

GIVEAWAY  (oops...I had a finger mishap on the is ADVANCED...not Advancerd!  :-)  HA!

*Soft Scrub sent me a bottle of Soft Scrub Advanced to test out and try on my own....all of the opinions in this post are mine, there was no compensation taken for the post.

Siemer Auto Center Review

Are you in need of a new/used vehicle??  I have the PERFECT Car Dealership for you!!!  No kidding!

Siemer Auto Center is an incredibly friendly, honest dealership!  We have lived in the midwest now for 15 years, and we have always purchased our vehicles from Siemer.  Well...the first one was from Siemer himself...but at that time he worked at a different dealership.  He then went on to open his own dealership, and we have always purchased from Siemer Auto Center since then!  We have NEVER been sorry!  Jason Siemer (the owner) has become a good friend....our kids play hockey together....he is always honest, always reliable, and always friendly.  He looks out for his customers and takes great care of them.  I have referred a handful of people personally to his dealership and they have ALL been VERY happy with their purchases.  Check it out!  He will ship the car to you as well.  You won't be sorry you did!  Check out his website, take a drive up there if you're local, and bring home a fair priced, awesome new vehicle!

*I was given no compensation for my post, the opinions in this post are genuinely mine.


Since I am Nebraska Hockey Mom...I thought I should share some hockey moments!  The season is OVER for the year!!!  WOOHOO!!  Don't get me wrong...I do love hockey....but it is a REALLY long season!  We start practicing in September and don't have our last tournaments until the end of March!  LONG season!  I do have one son that has opted out of lacrosse for the summer and instead will be playing summer hockey....but summer hockey isn't near as tedious as regular season I can deal with that.  It is nice to have a break from the ice rink though.  This year 3 of my kids played...including my daughter.  My youngest will start in the fall...which means I will then have 4 in hockey!  Yikes!  My daughter enjoys figure skating too....but she has chosen to do that in the summertime instead so she can beat boys up during hockey season on the ice.  She is quite the little tomboy.  At least I get a little bit of girl during the summer in figure skating!  :-)

Having 3 in hockey this year has been so crazy that I shudder to think what it will be like having 4 in hockey.  My husband coaches the older boys, the Bantam level, so that was nice to have him at least be available to go to his practices and to travel with the Bantams.  But getting the other two to practices and games took some finagling.  I hope that is how you spell that!  :-)  Luckily my sister has a son who is also in hockey, so there was some carpooling taking place! was a great year though....a lot of traveling that I did WITH the family, and at times with only one hockey player because the other hockey players were in different cities....but we had a lot of fun.  The best hockey trip was the last one, we were able to do it as a of my boys had to miss one of his games, but it was worth it to all of us.  The trip was to Chicago.  We went a day early and just hung out in the city.  TONS of fun!!

So that is our hockey season....a bit crazy....but always great for memories being made!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Purex with Crystals Fragrance Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Purex with Crystals Fragrance 
Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance.  Now you can get your beloved Crystals Fragrance in a laundry detergent too!

Purex plus Fabric Softener combines the enchanting fragrance of Purex Crystals with the proven performance of Purex detergent.

Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance is perfect for everyday laundry.  Loaded with the most popular Purex Crystals Fragrance, it will enhance your entire laundry experience by bringing the fresh scents of line-dried laundry and clean florals into your laundry room.  Use with Purex Crystals for even more long-lasting freshness!

DirtLift Action
In 2013, the entire family of Purex detergents will have the power of DirtLift Action which works deep into clothes to get out dirt.  With the deep cleaning power of Purex DirtLift Action, you can rest assured that your clothes will stay bright, white and clean.

New Enchanting Fragrance Same Great Value
Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance leaves your clothes smelling fresh for half the price of the leading brand.  In fact, an average family could save over $45 a year by using Purex with Crystals Fragrance detergent.  That's real money!  What would you do with your $45?

New Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance is available in the liquid detergent aisle at your local Walmart, Target, Kroger and other Purex retailers.

I've said it before, and I am going to say it again, I LOVE PUREX!!  My clothes have been in fabulous shape since I've started using Purex.  You know that smell that you can never seem to get out of old towels no matter how hard you try?  Well...Purex got that smell out of my towels and now even my old towels smell like new!  I also have kids with eczema.  None of the Purex products seem to bother them at all...which makes it AWESOME in my book!  The feel and smell of your clothes after using this product is incredible!  I will continue using Purex!  Give it a try!  You won't be sorry!

The Experience the Enchantment Sweepstakes Is LIVE!
In conjunction with the Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance Insider Kit, Purex is proud to introduce the Experience the Enchantment Sweepstakes featuring Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance!
One lucky winner will receive $1,000 and a year of FREE Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener, while 500 second place winners get to try this powerful, fresh detergent for FREE!

The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.*

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Firsthand Book Review


Ditching Second Hand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Ryan and Josh Shook
Book Review

What Amazon says:

Book Description

March 19, 2013
Join us on a journey to find a faith of your own.
A faith that isn’t your parents’ or your youth pastor’s or your church’s.
Start from scratch, question everything, and get hold of a faith that’s real.
We call it firsthand faith.
“It’s rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.”
—Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker

“All Christian parents want their children to develop a faith of their own. Firsthand asks tough questions and guides those with a secondhand faith to find Christ for themselves.”
—Craig Groeschel, pastor of, Edmond, OK, and author of Soul Detox

“Josh and Ryan Shook, the sons of well-known pastor and author Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.”
—Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC, and author of the New York Times bestseller Greater

“Ryan and Josh Shook don’t shy away from the tough questions but face them head-on in this powerful book that will encourage young adults not to settle for an inherited faith but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit their own.”
—Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN, and author of Plan B

My Take:

First of all....did you notice that TODAY is this books release book???  This is the Shook brothers FIRST book together and I KNOW how excited they are to have their first book released today!  What a great accomplishment to do together!  So please take the time to really read about this book and make your own opinion by purchasing it HERE.  Then tell me what YOU think!

This was a really neat book.  Very well written with a lot of great thought put into it.  When people ask me when I became a Christian, I will always tell them that when I was very young I accepted Christ into my heart.  Where that may very truly be the case, I certainly didn't live like I had Jesus in my heart.  That is the basis of this book.  Our second hand religion is the one we are brought up with.  We are Christians because that is how we were raised....but when does it become OUR faith?  For me it was after I was married and in my last year of college....but even then it didn't become TRULY real until I faced crises' in my life around 3 years ago.  I didn't realize that I wasn't TRULY living my life for Christ until I have TRULY lived my life for Christ.  Does that make sense?  This book does a great job of laying it out and putting it very clearly for all to understand.  Not only does it explain the second hand faith, but it tells us how we can make it our own firsthand faith.  It is a book that opened my eyes and I am sure will be impactful to many others.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone....those new in their faith.....and those who have been Christians a long time too.  You never really know where people are in their faith.  Only they know that.  It may look good on the outside, but only they know what the inside looks like.

*I was sent a copy of the book in order to give my honest opinion.  All opinions in this post are mine alone.*

Monday, March 18, 2013

Men of Sunday Book Review

Book Review

What Amazon has to say:

Step into the locker rooms and living rooms of NFL players and their families to see how a close relationship with God guides football's biggest stars.
In a behind-the-scenes, off-the-field glimpse into one of America's most beloved sports, Men of Sunday reveals how Sunday's greatest rely on God to face issues such as drug abuse, family crisis, injuries, and temptations resulting from fame and fortune.

Compiled from dozens of interviews, Men of Sunday marks the intersection of two Sunday traditions: faith and football. Inspired by the league's "systemic shift" toward embracing Christianity, Bloomberg writer Curtis Eichelberger shows how God is a source of comfort when facing the unique challenges of life in the NFL and the everyday challenges of maintaining strong families and building character.

Featured personalities include 
  • Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
  • New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary
  • Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
  • Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy
  • San Diego Chargers pastor Shawn Mitchell
  • Danisha Rolle, wife of former Tennessee and Baltimore defensive back Samari Rolle
  • And many more
Men of Sunday is a must-have for any football fan, teaching the invaluable lesson of trusting in the Lord—both on and off the field.


I am an avid football fan!  LOVE IT!!  LOVE IT!!!  LOVE IT!!!!!!  From August through February Super Bowl, I am the one on the couch while my husband is the one taking care of kids and in the kitchen.  He doesn't care much for football...he is all about hockey...but me....there is no greater sport in my opinion!!!  I really don't know why I love the sport.  Maybe because I loved spending time with my dad...and that is what we did, we watched football and tinkered with cars!  Regardless of why I love it, I have another....greater love and that is of Jesus Christ.  When you put football and Jesus in the same book....BAM!  I AM SOLD!!!  Men of Sunday was just what I needed to read.  I needed to know that there are men on the field every Sunday playing my favorite sport and playing it to give God the Glory!  That is AWESOME!  I LOVED the interviews that were done in this book!  Not only did I learn a ton about some of my favorite people and even some that I had no idea were Christians...but I also learned a lot about myself and leadership roles.  I am not saying that I thought every one in the NFL was a heathen before this book.  I knew that there were Christians who played ball, just like there are Christians in Hollywood...but sadly, they are few and far between...or at least they say their Christians, but they certainly don't live their lives that way.  These men and wives of the NFL in this book DOOOOOO live their lives in a Christ like way and I think that is SOOO cool!  I was already a fan of many of the people in this book....but there are a few more that I am going to be keeping my eye on now!  Why?  Not just because they are Christians....we are told to love everyone...but because through this book, I have learned a lot for myself personally and I have the men and wives of Sunday to thank for it!  Thanks to Curtis Eichelberger for bringing two of my passions into one!!!!!!

HIGHLY recommend this book....if your football player....and honestly...even if you're not!
Buy your copy HERE!

*I was sent a copy of Men of Sunday to review.  I received no compensation.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.*

Friday, March 8, 2013

New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Review and Giveaway!!

Experience the Ultra Fresh Hydration of New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash!!  It is the first of its kind to contain coconut water for lean, healthy, hydrated skin.  Let the fresh hints of green, floral and coconut whisk your mind away to distant island shores without ever leaving the shower!

Coconut water is found in young, green coconuts and known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that provide replenishing hydration.  A leading trend in the food and beverage category, coconut water is known as "super water" for its natural hydration and health benefits.

At Dial, we understand how hard it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle.  With our New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash, we want to help you along the path to healthier skin.

New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash can be found at your local retailer.

Healthier Skin.  Healthier You.
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I have to say, I really enjoyed the Coconut Water Body Wash.  This last year on our Annual Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic, I had the opportunity to drink some Coconut Water straight out of a Coconut.  While I didn't really enjoy the taste, the water was extremely cool and refreshing for just coming out of a tree in the terrible heat of the day.  That is kind of how I feel about the Body Wash.  It gives you that cool and refreshed feeling when using it.  Not only did my skin feel nice and refreshed, it seemed softer and I smelled pretty too!  I would definitely suggest this body wash to anyone.  The scent is also not a female only scent.  My husband has been using it, and on him it smells fresh and manly!  It is definitely a product that the whole family can use!  Two thumbs up!!

One lucky Nebraska Hockey Mom reader will win a bottle of Dial Coconut Water Body Wash!  Could it be you?!?!

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*Disclosure - Dial Soap provided me with a sample of NEW Dial Coconut Water Body Wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Bubele's Patch Buddies

Patch Buddies are an adorable combination of a Plush Toy and a custom Backpack that has a built-in carrying case. There are ten playful animals and four unique characters in the Bubele's Patch Buddy collection and each has a unique personality that will provide endless hours of entertainment and comfort, at home or on the go.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Discount Tickets to Harlem Globetrotters!!

Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy?  Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "You Write the Rules" tour.  Your family's smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level.  

Your family can vote and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome.  With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there's an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy.  After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it.  

Use the promo code "USFAMILY" when you buy tickets for your family to save $7 on each ticket purchased*.  

Get ready to experience the show your family will remember for a lifetime!

You can get your tickets here and don't forget to use the promo code USFAMILY to save $7 on every ticket!

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Disclosure:  I was given tickets to this event in exchange for advertising on my blog!  Thanks US Family!