About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

5 Ways to Celebrate National Laundry Day

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of all®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Did you know that there's a National Laundry Day? Well, there is and it NEEDS to be celebrated. Here are 5 ways to celebrate it, and how all® free clear can help!
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As a matter of fact, celebrating National Laundry Day is an actual cause for celebration in my house!

It has to be, ever since we fell in love with all® Free Clear years ago and never turned back. It’s the PERFECT gentle detergent, whether you have sensitive skin, a newborn, are expecting a baby, or simply don’t like the smell of other laundry detergents! There are a million reasons to love it, including new innovations coming up this year! Intriguing, right? How do you like the sound of all® free clear Odor Relief and POWERCORE TM free clear? So much more to love! I can’t wait to share.

all® is honestly the first name I’ve ever known in laundry, because my parents used it when I was a kid. I remember the blue bottles! The brand covers everything, with compact powder, concentrated liquids, and single dose pacs in all sizes and variants. I love that they change with the times. They make me want to celebrate National Laundry Day! So let’s talk a bit more about why all® free clear is the #1 recommended brand by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for skin sensitivity. all® free clear offers a powerful clean, and also fights tough odors with new all® free clear Odor Relief.

all® free clear is safe for the whole family. It combines the power of stainlifters® with a hypoallergenic formula that’s perfect for skin sensitivity. There are no fragrances, no dyes, and no irritating residue. You just get clean, comfortable, worry-free clothes. Personally, I love the mild scent, and the clean clothes I get on laundry day! Also, it’s allergy season, so while these hypoallergenic products rinse clean and are clinically proven to be gentle on skin, they also remove 99% of top every day and seasonal allergens*. all® free clear comes in detergent, sheet and liquid fabric softener. Time to celebrate!

Tip #1 – Get messy! That’s right. Rest assured that all® free clear has your back during this winter to spring mud season. I’ve been doing my own laundry since I was 13, but I was so ill-prepared for just how messy young kids get, day after day. With money stretched tightly – I can’t just throw out their clothes every time they get dirty, like I am sometimes tempted to do when it’s bad! I also can’t stop them from being the wonderful and active kids that they are – mud season and all.

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Tip #2 – Make it a family affair, and with rewards! In our house we’ve learned that laundry day goes swimmingly when we’re all working together. It gets the job done, and correctly. There’s no yelling at Mama because she put Des’ socks in Scarlet’s drawers, when we all take responsibility. This is a wonderful way to connect, to get the job done, and then to offer incentives. For us? That’s going out for ice cream once a week! Especially when our favorite summer stand is now open.

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Tip #3 – Make it more fun. Yes, really. Put on a family movie, OR, watch a TV show during your folding party. We do this, and then during commercials, we take breaks and start mini dance parties, just to loosen up our joints after sitting.

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Tip #4 – Take breaks! Load the washer. Take a break. Load the dryer. Take a break. Spend that downtime doing something really celebratory. After all, it’s National Laundry Day. Maybe a nice snack break, or a quick walk to the park.

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Tip #5 – Keep enjoying your favorite laundry products, and also be open to new innovations! And that’s where all® free clear Odor Relief comes in! It attacks odors while still being gentle on skin. And it has a powerful clean and odor benefit but is also 100% free of dyes and perfumes. When you want to take care of your delicate skin, while also fighting smelly odors, then this is the perfect option! And all® POWERCORETM free clear offers those with sensitive skin a detergent that is gentle for their skin, but will also still deliver a powerful clean in the convenience of a single pac. They combine all® free clear liquid with a powerful whitening core that provides superior whitening and brightening.* 100% free of dyes and perfumes.

Now, do you feel ready to celebrate National Laundry Day? I know we do!

Have you ever celebrated National Laundry Day?

*all® free clear is not intended to prevent or treat allergies.
*vs. #1 liquid single chamber pac

5 Party Hacks and the BEST Cookies Recipe You’re Going to Want to Try

These 5 party hacks will show you how easy it is to entertain this spring and summer! Also, these brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies are the BEST on earth! People will be begging you for the recipe! #ad #RKPlasticWrap

You know by now that we’re party people!

Right? Right. We love attention to detail. Like at our wedding when people started getting hungry again, long after the cake was cut, and we served mashed potatoes in martini glasses with a rolling cart filled with toppings. That was magical. And I’ll never forget the kids’ birthday party a few years back, when we had had games, bounce house time, cake, and presents, and then Cassidy came out with a cotton candy machine. Right then and there! Details matter. And we love parties a lot.

To put it mildly.

Recently we fell in love with the new Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap! I was reading about how 64% of consumers (us) use plastic wrap at least a week. I’d say in my case it’s more like once a day! And yes, the experience is frustrating, or at least it used to be frustrating! I’m well known for my uneven tears, unusable sheets, sharp sheet cutters (ouch), and other headaches. This new plastic wrap eliminates those headaches for good! Look how easy it is:

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Tada! It’s pretty awesome. Now let’s talk party hacks. This Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap is actually going to help you with more than one party hack. Ready? Ready. Here are our five favorite party hacks for spring and summer!

1 – Having ice cream at your party? Of course you are! You can banish ice cream freezer burn by draping a sheet of plastic wrap over ice cream before sealing and storing. There’s nothing worse than freezer burn with party ice cream!

2 – Having flowers at your party? Of course you are! Keep your flowers fresh by wetting a paper towel, wrapping it around the bottom of the stems, and wrapping it completely in plastic wrap to keep them fresh until you can display them.

3 – Cooking for your party? Cover your tablet or phone in plastic wrap to create a “splatter guard” when you’re using online recipes in the kitchen. With plastic wrap around your touchscreen, you’ll still have full functionality!

4 – Are you using bananas for your party? You should! Banana bread, banana pudding, banana ice cream, and banana splits all make wonderful party recipes. To slow down the ripening process for bananas, wrap the stem in plastic wrap, which acts like a greenhouse. Plastic wrap helps contain ethylene gas, which bananas produce naturally when they ripen.

5 – Make one incredible recipe to have everyone talking! These Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies are UNREAL.

Brown Buttered Toffee Chocolate Chunk Chewy Cookies

Brown Buttered Toffee Chocolate Chunk Chewy Cookies

Ingredients

  1. 2 sticks (1 cup) sweet cream butter
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  5. 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  9. 2 chocolate covered toffee bars, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  10. 1.5 cups baking chocolate - wafers, discs, etc.
  11. Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • 1. Brown butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat by stirring it often. It will foam and then brown and it will take about 6-7 minutes. It moves fast!
  • 2. Pour browned butter into a bowl to cool
  • 3. In another bowl, whisk flour, kosher salt and baking soda
  • 4. Then add brown sugar and white sugar to the cooling butter
  • 5. Use a mixer on medium speed, beat the browned butter and sugars for about a minute
  • 6. Then add eggs and vanilla extract and beat for about 30 seconds
  • 7. Change mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients until it's combined
  • 8. Mix in chocolate covered toffee pieces and chocolate wafers (or disks, etc.) with a wooden or rubber spatula/spoon
  • 9. Let dough sit and thicken for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days
  • 10. Scoop out balls of dough with an ice cream scoop and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • 11. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
  • 12. Cool and make the next batch!
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When you’re done, of course, wrap them in Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap and take them to your party, or if you’re hosting, they’ll save well in the plastic wrap. In fact, this product is truly frustration free with these features:

• Built-in slide cutter ensures a clean cut, every time

• Starter edge™ makes it easy to find the start of the roll

• Each roll is automatically held in place to keep it from jumping out of the package during dispensing

• Long-lasting tight seal keeps food fresh

Tiny victories unlocked! Other party miracles would be getting your kids to bed on time, having all of the food on the table at the right times, and having guests RSVP! Find out more about Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap with this store locator!

What’s one of your favorite life or kitchen hacks?