5 Reasons Our Car Can Stink, and 5 Things We Do About It: Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Refresh Your Car®! but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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As you probably already know, we just got our new puppy – Astro!

Talk about cute! And smelly! We just brought him home but he has short legs and his belly is pretty low to the ground. If we let him play outside for even a little bit, his belly gets muddy! Luckily we haven’t had any potty accidents, yet, but I’ll never forget that we had one when Athena was a puppy. It was not fun! Our car is an old clunker at this point, but it runs so well that we’re keeping it around until the last possible second. Then I can’t wait to get a new car! For now, we love our old van and we’ll do whatever we can to make sure it runs well and stays fresh. That’s where Refresh Your Car® comes in.

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Here are five reasons our car smells not so fresh:

1 – We have kids. They’re young enough that they don’t smell bad after even two hours of running and sweat, but their stuff does! They leave food in all crevices of the car, as well as musty water bottles, dusty toys, and garbage.

2 – We have three pets! We actually have 13, but the chickens don’t come in the car. That said, we do buy their food and bedding so I guess you can say that our van sometimes smells because of all 13 pets.

3 – We live in New England and mud season lasts a long time. We are muddy, and our car is muddy.

4 – Our car is old. It’s a 2004 minivan that has seen LOTS of pet and kid-friendly road trips.

5 – It rains a lot here and Des has a tendency to leave the windows open. Ugh! I hate the wet car smell.

And there you have it! Now here are 5 things we do about it:

1 – We use a fabric freshener on the upholstery.

2 – And we clean the a/c vents with products made for that purpose.

3 – We pour a little baking soda on the carpets and brush it in with a toothbrush.

4 – We use Refresh Your Car® Vent Sticks in our vents. They’re so easy to use and they have delicious smelling scents.

5 – And we use Mini Diffusers too!

Classic and tropical scents:

Perfect Peach™ – The simple smell of peach comes through clear, with its fresh, crisp and fruity smells that will keep you feeling energized and warm.
Fresh Linen – A classic crisp and clean fragrance that will remind you of your favorite sheets dried on a clothesline by a blowing breeze.
Cool Breeze™ – A crisp, clean and strong fresh sent that will keep your car as fresh as a cool breeze. Island Coconut – The smooth tropical smell of an island coconut, with fruity smooth notes of the Caribbean.
Lexol® Leather – Rich leather, orange zest, black pepper and cedar scents mix perfectly together to create a timeless fragrance that is sure to delight.
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Fresh Strawberry & Cool Lemonade™ – This mixture of freshly picked strawberries and the tastiest lemonade creates a dynamic duo, with the perfect combination of freshness, fruit and fun – guaranteed to brighten up even the longest of road trips.
Alpine Meadow™ & Summer Breeze™ – The smell of crisp clean mountain air coupled with the alluring scents of sea oats and crashing waves makes this an all-season fragrance to celebrate.
Lightning Bolt™ & Ice Storm™ – A bold combination that creates a soft, clean and smooth sent, which releases a hint of cool musk.
Wildflowers & Love™ – A dual combination of scents that will bring the easy-going, gentle smell of love on a nice summer day to your commute.
Citrus Sparkle™ & Summer Splash™ – A refreshing mixture of berries, tart mandarin, jasmine and vetiver blend to create the perfect summer escape.

So if you’re experiencing car odor, and you’re looking to refresh your car, this is the answer for awesome long-lasting fragrance. You can find them at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, or even local auto part stores!

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In the comments, tell me something good – like a way you make your car smell better, or the Refresh Your Car® you most want to use. And the winner will win an Auto Fragrance Prize Pack! Enter by June 7th. I can’t wait to read what you write!

Good luck!

Summer Camp Gear: How We Keep Our Kids Hydrated With Gululu Go

This is a sponsored post in partnership with BraVoMark and Gululu.

Getting ready for summer camp, or even thinking ahead to back to school? Whether you're thinking daily routine or adventurous road trip, one thing to think about above all is kids health and hydration. See how Gululu can help, and enjoy 35% off (WOW!) interactive, animated water bottles. #Gululu #ad

Here’s where I tell you that I’ve struggled with water bottles for my kids for 8 years now.

Here’s where I also tell you that it ends now. Right here. With the Gululu Go! Those of us with kids know that finding the best summer camp or back to school gear can be daunting. Everything is “too something.” Too big or too little. Maybe too leaky or not leaky enough! Whatever it is, I want to pack my kids’ camp or school bags with something to feel great about. We all know that hydration is one of the most important facets of kids health this time of year. This year, we’re prepared.

We had one road trip a few years ago in which we forgot to bring water bottles. It was unusually hot in northern New England and we had to stop at a rest area and buy disposable cups that the kids didn’t even like or want to use. We learned from our mistakes never to get those things again! My kids need solid, sturdy and effective water bottles. There are so many reasons that the new Gululu Go is awesome. For one thing, it’s an interactive water bottle that not only keeps your kids hydrated, but it informs parents like you of your children’s water intake via a connected smartphone app! How cool is that?

For another thing, the fun water bottle has a screen on it that features a “pet”. Together, your child and the pet can go on underwater adventures – helping the pet to get back to the lost Planet Ima. Your child can “help” the new pet-friend by drinking water. So when your child drinks, two things happen. 1 – it’s helping the pet and 2 – you can stay updated via the app. The bottles come in yellow, blue or pink. AND, for every bottle purchased, one child in a developing country is provided with clean water for life with Gululu’s partnership with Generosity.org AND, the water bottle is 35% until June 24th!

Getting ready for summer camp, or even thinking ahead to back to school? Whether you're thinking daily routine or adventurous road trip, one thing to think about above all is kids health and hydration. See how Gululu can help, and enjoy 35% off (WOW!) interactive, animated water bottles. #Gululu #ad

When I think of summer camp, I can’t help but think about hydration, and most of that has to do with a kids water bottle, and how effective it is for them, and for you. I think about kids health at camp nearly every day that they go, and they’re signed up for many camp sessions this year. Scarlet and Des can’t wait to get their water bottles! Scarlet is old enough to understand that it’s not just the fun of the game – it’s that Gululu has a mission to hydrate children all over the world!

Here are some pretty cool tidbits about this kids water bottle:

  • Gululu complies with COPPA (children’s online privacy protection act)

  • The water bottles launch today and are available 35% off on pre-sale. Now is the time to get yours!

  • As mentioned, Gululu Go ensures your kids’ hydration by engaging them to care for a virtual pet. As they drink more water, the virtual pet (that they get to choose) grows and makes friends.

  • The bottles connect to your smartphone via an app, and you can see how much your kids are drinking throughout the day.

  • There are speakers that enable the virtual pets to talk and play sound effects and voice stories.

  • The water bottles are small in size – they’re light, easy to carry, and portable.

  • There’s a special cap and Spout – attached to the bottle and easier for drinking. There’s a latch for easy on-the-go.

  • The Gululu Go uses improved material – better Tritan inner layering.

  • There’s a magnetic charging cable – more portable and still cool.

  • The water bottles are fun to use! My kids’ eyes lit up just from hearing about it!

  • The product was featured in main media publications in more than 20 countries, including Vogue and Forbes

Getting ready for summer camp, or even thinking ahead to back to school? Whether you're thinking daily routine or adventurous road trip, one thing to think about above all is kids health and hydration. See how Gululu can help, and enjoy 35% off (WOW!) interactive, animated water bottles. #Gululu #ad

Don’t forget to pick up your Gululu Go today! It’s 35% off for pre-sale. With summer camp looming closer (or even just about here for many), it’s the time for summer adventures, summer camp, summer road trips, and ample hydration!

What do you think of the Gululu Go?

Getting ready for summer camp, or even thinking ahead to back to school? Whether you're thinking daily routine or adventurous road trip, one thing to think about above all is kids health and hydration. See how Gululu can help, and enjoy 35% off (WOW!) interactive, animated water bottles. #Gululu #ad