Review + Giveaway: Fight dry skin with AmLactin


As we get older, the skin on our hands, arms and legs needs moisturizing and regular care. I put AmLactin to the test recently, and I’ve got $100 worth of AmLactin products to share with a lucky reader!  

Does the Mosquito Patch actually work? We tried it.

Mosquito patch

A few weeks ago, I heard about the Mosquito Patch on the radio. A caller was passionate about it, saying the patch repels mosquitoes without synthetic chemicals. We put the patches to the test this week at scout day camp, and here’s what happened.

Smartphone adventure: My new phone is my old phone


Last week, my cellphone died. A funny thing happened though when I began telling friends and colleagues that I’d be without a phone for a few days. Nearly everyone was excited for me, with reactions ranging from “Great! Now you can get an upgrade!” to “Cool! What are you getting next?”  

Fairlife milk: I’m disappointed.

Fairlife chocolate milk

I headed to Meijer today to pick up the free Fairlife milk that’s on their Mperks ecoupons today — two free bottles, one white, one chocolate. A great deal, I thought. I just saw Fairlife milk featured on one of the national morning shows earlier this week, and the spokesperson was touting its benefits as […]

Two surprising uses for Febreze Car Clips

Febreze Car Clip

Febreze Car Clips have been on sale all over town lately, but the best price was at Jewel, where they were .75 each earlier this week. To me, the the Febreze Car Clips seem to last a lot longer than other car-specific air fresheners. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so either. Earlier […]

Meijer’s Argentine red shrimp are fantastic!

Meijer Argentine red shrimp

I discovered this deal a couple weeks ago, and it’s back on at Meijer again through Wednesday of this week. Meijer has 2-pound bags of these enormous Argentine Red shrimp for $12.99. That’s about $6.50/lb., which is a good price for shrimp. But these shrimp? They’re enormous! There are 21-25 per 2-pound bag, and in […]

I’m sick. And, phenylephrine-based cold medicines are junk.

Cold medicines

I’m sick. On Thursday night, I started getting a sore throat. By Friday, sore turned to scratchy-and-coughing. On Saturday, congestion and sinus pain set in. I know it’s just that time of year, but I couldn’t help but feel a little irked that I was the one in our household who got sick. Not any […]

Stevia is popping up in everything!

Motts with Stevia

Earlier this week, I blogged about Sierra Mist’s change to a stevia-based formula. This was done quietly, and there’s nothing on the front of the label to note it — it’s buried in the ingredients list. Most consumers wouldn’t expect a non-diet soda to have reduced-calorie ingredients in it. I have nothing against stevia at […]

Would you buy this?

Bounty with Dawn

I’m looking through Meijer’s upcoming 2/19 ad, and I spotted a new P&G product: Two giant rolls of “Bounty with Dawn” are $4.99. I had to look this up to find out more! P&G has a new press release with more info: When activated by water, Bounty with Dawn stands up to tough messes like […]

Sierra Mist changes formula with addition of Stevia

Sierra Mist with Stevia

Fresh on the heels of the story about Capri-Sun switching back to a sugar-based formula and a Stevia-based one for Roaring Waters, Sierra Mist has quietly added stevia to its regular, non-diet Sierra Mist. The trouble is, stevia sometimes has a bitter aftertaste. Coca-Cola Life is a Stevia-based cola, and when I tried it, I […]

Phosphate dishwasher detergent fans: Cascade Professional returns under a new name

Cascade Professional

Fans of phosphate-based dishwasher detergents know that this is a topic I’ve written about passionately over the last few years. I like detergents that work, and I don’t like detergents that don’t. It’s pretty simple, really. After experiencing dismal performance from consumer-grade dishwasher detergents when phosphates were phased out in 2011, I tested out several […]

Jill reviews it: One year with Wen Hair Care

One year with Wen

In 2013, I began reviewing Wen for one month with week-by-week updates for my blog readers. After the first month, I did a six-month check-in post. I’ve now been using Wen for 16 months, and I continue to use Wen regularly. I purchase Wen for my own use and have not been compensated for writing […]

My search for the perfect family camping tent

Large Ozark Trail tent

I love to camp. My parents were (and still are!) avid campers. My earliest childhood memory is camping in my mom and dad’s big blue canvas cabin tent. Incredibly, that big canvas tent is still around…  

Walking across America in Reebok Skyscapes

Reebok Skyscapes

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Reebok. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Hashtags: #skyscape #MC #sponsored Recently, Reebok asked me to try out a pair of new Reebok Skyscape sneakers. The Skyscape is […]