Making felt balls using Palmolive Dish Soap #Palmolive25Ways #cbias

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As like most crafty individuals, I enjoy taking some time to make things with my hands when I have the free time to do it. Now with JP finally in school, it’s left me with some free ‘alone’ time to relax, decompress and make something fun while he is gone. One of my favorite crafty things to make aside from stamping & card making is felt balls. I’m you’ve seen these adorning wreaths, garlands and many other decorative accents for their playful child-like appearance.

Making them is fairly easy – all you need is wool roving (I got mine on etsy), dish soap (I used Palmolive), a bowl of hot soapy water and clear cold water. I found my palmolive at Walmart in the dish soap section – There’s so many types to choose from! I came home with soft touch in Aloe.

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First I began by breaking off a small piece of the wool. It comes in long stands, kinda similar to a long strand of cotton batting.

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Next, I spread it out to loosen it up and create space between the fibers before fashioning it into a large, loose wad of wool.

feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

Without submerging the mass of wool, I wet my hands with the hot soapy water and got it slightly wet. The idea is not to soak it, but just to get suds on it without loosing the airy sphere shape. One there was a good amount of suds within the fibers, I used both my hands to cup it and squeeze out the suds gently while still keeping its shape.

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With very little pressure, I rolled it like making a meatball using the flat of both my hands.

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Keep on rolling, cupping & gently squeezing out the suds shrinking the ball as you go.

feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

Using the clear cold water, squeeze out some of the soapy suds and continue to roll like a meatball. You can use more pressure as the ball becomes smaller.

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Keep rollin’ & rinsing!

feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

Finally you’ll develop a nice tight ball like this!

feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

The really nice part of doing this project using Palmolive is how soft it leaves your hands feeling without drying them out! There’s countless way of using Palmolive besides boring old dishwashing from making extra bubble juice for kids to blow bubbles to using it as a household glass cleaner. What dish soap uses would you do? #Palmolive25Ways

Be sure to check out the sweepstakes that Palmolive is currently offering – you can enter to win a 2000$ gift card AND weekly prizes. Sweepstakes begins on August 11 and you may enter here. #CollectiveBias

California Raisins are a healthy and nutritious treat for everyone to enjoy

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending an intimate little gathering near my home, and it was all about the goodness of California raisins. Raisins are such a wholesome, nutritious treat and is perfect for kids to take to school to enjoy at snack time. Now that JP starts kindergarten this week, its definitely something I will be packing in his school bag.

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There’s many reasons I love these as a snack for him, but the ones that stick out the most are the fact that they are natural with no added sugar (like no high fructose corn syrup) have zero fat and cholesterol. Also they offer other nutritional benefits like 9% of your daily fiber and potassium AND 6% of your daily iron per 1/4 cup serving.

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So the party had a full spread of yummy goodies with raisins and we were all excited to dig in and enjoy! My little guy had a great time and filled his plate up with 1 of everything – his favorite was the raisin bread.

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 There was even a cameo by the California Raisins guy! Remember these guys? I sure do! Sadly, my child runs in the other direction when he sees a costumed character like this, so I wasn’t able to catch a picture of him with the California Raisin. It was still fun to see it though, and all the other children thought it was a big hit.

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 So as a special treat, I’m offering a giveaway – some fun raisin themed goodies, and a California Raisins plushie!!

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Included are some awesome recipe cards dedicated to using raisins as a main ingredient. Perfect for after school snacking! Be sure to check out the California Raisins on Facebook as well!

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So thankful for the can of Hot Shot® under my sink

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

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So the other morning when I was getting ready in the bathroom brushing my teeth, I hear a rustle. Then I hear it again. “Wait.. That’s not right…” I think to myself, and I looked around the room to investigate. I don’t see anything at first, but I hear it again – a gentle rustle, and it leaves me feeling uneasy because I have a sinking suspicion that there’s a bug somewhere in the room with me.

I’ve talked before about my jumpiness when it comes to bugs, and I felt extra jumpy as I played hide and seek looking for where the rustling noise was coming from. Finally I spotted it within the blinds on the window!

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There it was! A big nasty wasp made its way into my bathroom. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the dreaded peach tree is on the other side of the window, or maybe it was just a coincidence.. Who knows! All I know is that I’m standing in my underwear poking at the blinds with my hairbrush and wondering how in the world I am going to handle this early morning snafu.

Then I remembered I had some Hot Shot® under the sink! I couldn’t have been more thankful at that moment to have it within arms reach. It makes me feel like I should have a can of Hot Shot® under every sink, so you never have to run out of the room to get it and risk losing sight of the bug. So I closed the bathroom door, armed myself with my Hot Shot®, took a good distance from the window and let them have it! It was a little bit messy, but luckily the bathtub was right below the window, so it made for an easy clean up.

And my unwanted visitor… DEAD. Don’t let bugs feel at home!

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So creepy, it makes me want to run and hide!

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