Making Every Day a Dawn Destinations Getaway #MyDawnSummer

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dawn. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, as always all opinions are 100% mine
 Dawn Destinations New Zealand

After returning home from a fun and super relaxing beach vacation last week, getting back into the daily grind seemed a little more than…..well, underwhelming. I really was wishing for just 100 1 more day before we were torn away from the smell of salt water and the crashing sounds of ocean waves. I missed watching the tide roll in and feeling sand between my toes while we looked for shells. I was so pitiful my husband started teasing  me even saying he thought I may have developed post-vacation depression.

This summer was going to be a long one if I didn’t find a way to snap out of it- and soon!  I decided to find some simple ways to make each day of summer a little bit more like our relaxing vacation. Challenge accepted! First stop on our tour, we’re off to the kitchen to tackle Mt. Dishmore.

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Making Every Day a Dawn Destinations Getaway

Setting up my “at-home-vacation-workstation” was my first task. Near the sink, I placed one of my favorite beach vacation pictures, a little sand and a few shells from our trip, and a bottle of Dawn Destinations. We always use Dawn on our dishes because of its powerful grease cutting  ability. I was happy to see Dawn Destinations delivered the same grease-cleaning  results I expected in new relaxing scents.

Dawn grease cutting power

The pleasant scent of Dawn New Zealand Springs reminded me of the clear fresh vacation waters I had been missing. Even though I was doing dishes in my own kitchen, I found myself  a bit more calm and relaxed. (I may also have benefited from the lack of “Mooom, I’mmm bored” that pause when chores are being done.)

The moral of this story? Remember to breathe deep. Seek out simple, everyday moments to stay balanced and centered,  even if it is escaping at the sink with the exotic scents of Dawn Destinations.

Before I knew it the dishes were done and I was ready to relax and rest for night.

Since I tend to carry a lot of stress in my shoulders and neck, a warm aromatherapy pillow on these muscles before bed really helps them to relax and I sleep much more soundly.  This is a simple and inexpensive DIY project you can make for yourself or someone else as a gift.

Dawn Destinations DIY AROMATHERAPY Pillow

You will need:

  • A tube sock
  • A mini sewing kit
  • 8-10 oz of dry rice
  • Lavender oil


  1. Fill the tube sock with the dry rice so that is about two-thirds to three-quarters full
  2. Add 15-20 drops of lavender oil
  3. Carefully sew the sock shut so that the rice does not fall out
  4. Microwave and apply as needed to help relieve neck and shoulder tension

Ready to experience Dawn Destinations for yourself??

One of my lucky readers will win a Dawn Destinations Gift pack to create a relaxing “getaway” in their own home! Enter below and make sure to follow Dawn on Facebook and Twitter for the latest products and news!

“Simplify Your Summer with Dawn Destinations” Giveaway includes:

  • A Bottle of Dawn Destinations
  • $25 iTunes gift card (for spa music)
  • A sock
  • Aromatherapy neck and shoulder pillow recipe/how-to
  • Lavender oil
  • Rice

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American Girl Doll & Book Giveaway!! Ends 4/30

Our American Girl story began a little over a year ago, when our youngest daughter began saving to buy her first American girl doll.  It took a birthday and several weeks of chores but she did it. We drove to the American Girl Store at the Galleria to shop for a doll that looked just like her. She named her Lily. During our visit, we also made a stop at the American Girl Salon and got Lily’s ears pierced too! Kaitlyn was so proud of her accomplishment and has taken great care of her American Girl Doll every day since.
  American Girl Doll Lily

I have been so impressed with the quality of American Girl and the positive images that they promote for girls of all ages and interests.

American Girl characters past and present show girls today that they can do great things if they believe in themselves and each other. From a Native American girl living in the Northwest in 1764 to a contemporary girl whose passions inspire action, the characters in every story illustrate the power of determination, imagination, courage, and hope—the same spirit that inspires modern American girls.

I’ve teamed up with a few other great bloggers to giveaway an American Doll +Book to a lucky winner!

American Girl Doll Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive an American Girl Doll & Book

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends April 30th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck.
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this publication and are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

Pampers Gentle Spring Cleaning Giveaway! #DDDivas #PampersWipes

Bluebonnets, birds chirping & playing at the park. After a long winter, this has us all cheering for spring but for moms spring also means spring cleaning. While I enjoy having a clean house, sometimes adding several spring cleaning tasks to our routine can be overwhelming. Pampers understands the demands moms place on themselves and wants to moms to be as gentle with themselves as they are to their children.  Pampers Wipes Gentle Clean Prize Pack

Pampers recently sent me a spring cleaning basket with some great items to help make the process of my spring cleaning a lot easier! A Swiffer Wet Jet was included along with a cleaning caddy, gloves, hand lotion, and Pampers wipes.

Pampers Wipes

I was thrilled to see the Pampers Sensitive Wipes as one of the items in my basket! These were the only wipes I could use when our children were babies and toddlers because they never irritated their skin. Even though our kids are a bit older now, I still put them on our shopping list. I like to keep them in the car because they are great anytime we have sticky hands or a runny nose.

We also use them whenever the kids want to help me clean around the house. Kaitlyn, who is always prepared, even likes to create her own “cleaning uniform”. This year, I am making each of the kids their own gentle spring cleaning kits that will include Pamper Sensitive Wipes for wiping down baseboards and other things safely. This way they can help me clean and I can know it will never irritate their sensitive skin.

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They also sent along a gift card asking me to gift another mom the gift of gentle clean. Immediately, one mommy friend in particular came to mind. She has a new baby as well as a young child. We had recently been discussing the transitions and challenges that come as your family grows. I knew receiving a kit with the same items I had would be so encouraging to her. I am also gifting my friend with a few hours of kid- free cleaning time. I have arranged to take the children to the park and bring them home ready for a nap! Knowing that there are other moms out there supporting you can mean so much.    

Pampers Wipes giveaway Prize Pack

Are YOU ready for some spring cleaning of your very own? You can win your own Gentle Spring Cleaning kit by entering the raffelcopter giveaway below!

Your kit will include:

    • Cleaning Caddy
    • Hand Lotion
    • Swiffer Wet Jet
    • Gloves
    • Pampers Wipes

ENTER for the chance to win your very own Gentle Spring Cleaning Prize Pack ( $50 value)

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Wait….There is one more way you can win even MORE spring cleaning prizes!!!! Join us for a #PampersWipes Twitter Party on April 8th from 9-10pm EST that will enable moms to exchange ideas and tips to help make spring cleaning “gentle” while using Pampers Wipes to clean babies toughest messes.

To RSVP: click here

To participate, in the Twitter party follow the hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Will Include the Following:
1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $50 Gift Card
1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $50 Car Cleaning Service Gift Card
1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $100 Merry Maids Gift Card
1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct)
1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + Roomba Pet and Allergy (ARV $450)

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Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine