Guest Room Upgrade With Sam’s Club Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. All thoughts, opinions, and product love is 100% my own.

Are you renovating your home or getting ready for summer guests? Enjoy the quality of bed/bath products at Sam's Club and AD #SummerHomeBySams

One of the biggest compliments we’ve ever gotten about our home is that it’s a “House of Respite and Relaxation.”

Honestly, that is EXACTLY what we’ve been going for all these years. I grew up as one of five kids, and even a six-bedroom-house was tight with so many family members. If we had house guests, one or two of us would give up our bedroom and have a sleepover with one or even all of our siblings. It was hectic and fun, and also a source of pride and competition. The “chosen one” to give up their bedroom would want to make it as welcoming as possible to our guest(s). What did that entail?

Extra blankets. Cozy lamps. Fresh air from the woods into an open window. A clean floor. Chocolates on the pillow!

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I grew up to be an Innkeeper for a spell in San Francisco. I thrived on making our weary world-travelers as comfy as possible with memory foam mattress toppers and pillows, chocolate mints next to pillows, clean towels, and hot coffee on at nearly all hours of the day/night. We were catering to people from all around the world, and from many different time zones. I thrived on the task of providing pure comfort and quality for our guests.

I still do.

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I’m no longer an Innkeeper, but I do fancy myself a co-keeper of our hectic house – with our big families and our loving friends. Since three of us have summer birthdays, it seems like we are celebrating something – whether a summer holiday or a birthday – from now until September. Who am I kidding? This gig is year-round! I still love the little and big touches – and that’s why I go to Sam’s Club or to find products that provide quality and comfort. Cassidy’s mom was our first houseguest to experience our snazzy guest bedroom makeover (with products from Sam’s Club) over the last week.

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It’s summer vacation time, and that means traveling loved ones! We went to Sam’s Club for a few reasons. Mainly, we wanted to give our guest room a makeover on a budget, but with items providing quality and comfort. It’s amazing how much our new sheets, cooling pillow toppers, and AMAZING and colorful towels have refreshed our spare bedroom space. We have finally created that guest room retreat we have always wanted – with our stamp of boldness and coziness. Our next goal is to refresh our master bedroom on a budget too. I’m excited by what we found through Sam’s Club.

1 – Dreamfinity™ Cooling Gel & Memory Foam Pillow and Dreamfinity™ 3” Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Topper. Boy, these are DREAMY. You can purchase them in-club or online. The mattress topper automatically makes any bed a new one! You can cool yourself to sleep with Gel Technology, and then wake up refreshed after getting a great night’s sleep. Dreamfinity™ is made in the USA and only available at Sam’s Club and

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2 – Member’s Mark 450-Thread-Count Sheet Set. These sheets are an exclusive product at Sam’s Club and, and you can find the Extended 450 Thread Count collection at The sheets are wrinkle-free and have a quick-dry design. I bought a set that includes 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet and two pillowcases for a full-sized bed.

The fitted sheet fits up to a 16″ mattress.

3 – We also got three kinds of Member’s Mark Bath Towels! Member’s Mark Hotel Premier Collection 100% Cotton Luxury Bath Towels, Member’s Mark Hotel Premier Collection 100% Cotton Luxury Hand Towels, and Member’s Mark Hotel Premier Collection 100% Cotton Luxury Washcloths. These are GOOD. Personally, I love to wrap myself in a large, cushy towel.

You can purchase Member’s Mark Bath Towels in-club or online. They use a special “air rich” technology that ensures an ultra-soft, thick and amazingly absorbent towel. The towels have low linting properties and will hold together better than other towels. The color will not fade because the towels have special dyes that are resistant to benzoyl peroxide.

All in all, the first houseguest stay was a success! I’m really looking forward to giving other rooms in our house this same “budget makeover”, as well as having many more loved ones over to stay and enjoy our house of respite and relaxation.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club.

7 Kitchen Items You Didn’t Know You Have to Clean

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubMyWay #TeamSponge #CollectiveBias

Is it #SpringCleaning time for you too? Did you know about these 7 kitchen/household items that need to be cleaned with sponges? #ad #ScrubMyWay #TeamSponge

So, tell me – how’s your spring cleaning coming along?

Right now, we’re working on our Spring DEEP Cleaning. We’re doing it in waves and stages – kind of like how the weather has been – as it eases from winter into spring. On a day like today, with fresh air flowing throughout the house and with sunlight shining on the items of the house, it’s gorgeous and uplighting. HOWEVER, it also reveals the dust, dirt, grime, wear and tear of the previous season! For me, it’s the perfect day to put more thought and heart (yes, I’m for real!) into spring cleaning.

What does that mean for you? For me, it means cleaning the items we may not get around to on a normal basis – whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly. This is about letting in fresh air and sunlight, and eliminating those deep-rooted sources of germs, dirt, grime, etc. When Cassidy and I do a thorough assessment of what needs to be cleaned in our kitchen, I used to get rather shocked! He’ll tell you how many times I said, “Wow.. I had NO idea I had to clean that.” Or, “Wow, that gets REALLY dirty.” The good thing is that I’m going to tell you about some kitchen/household items that get REALLY dirty.

The better news is that they can all be cleaned/fixed with Scotch-Brite™.


I’m on #TeamSponge, as you may realize! I use Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges – the GREEN ones – which are for Heavy Duty cleaning. Use them to remove tough, baked on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges. They are great for kitchens, garages, and outdoors. Use them on pots, pans, and oven racks! Also, use them on grill racks, tools, tires, sinks.

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Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges – the BLUE ones – are Non-Scratch. Use them on non-stick cookware, counter tops, cook tops, tubs, shower tiles, windows, and dishes, of course. You can safely clean non-stick cookware, because they clean without scratching. Scotch-Brite™ has the right tools for every surface, and makes it easy to keep your home inviting, comfortable, and clean – so you have more time to enjoy it! They have a wide selection of high performance tools that make it quicker and easier to clean each room of your home. Find the blue & green sponges in the cleaning aisle of Walmart:


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Yesterday, we had a special brunch with three of our kids’ six grandparents. After everyone had left, and the dishes had been soaped, rinsed, and put away, we used that opportunity to see what else needed to be cleaned or deep-cleaned for the week. Did you know just how many kitchen and other household items can be cleaned with sponges – and not only that – but should be cleaned with sponges? These useful and colorful kitchen staples are used for much more than dishes and counter tops.

See what they can do!

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1 – The blender gasket. Boy, this one is important! And I had NO idea about it. I ignored it constantly while just cleaning the obvious inside of the glass part of the blender. Think about how many smoothies, purees, and other recipes your blender helps you with! Help it back with Scotch-Brite™. The gasket or the rubber ring alone can carry salmonella, E. coli, yeast, mold, and probably much more. So, unplug your blender, take the pieces apart, and clean them with a sponge and warm soapy water.

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cleaning a blender

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2 – Food storage containers. I have to admit that I always “think” I’m doing a great job with these, until they’re dried, and I can see that the rubber seals are still harboring germs when not washed properly. How do you do it better? Use warm/hot, soapy water and make sure you really clean the area around the seal – and any grooves where the cover attaches to the bottom part of the container. This is key! I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was thoroughly cleaned, but it wasn’t.


3 – Fridge compartments – especially the vegetable drawer – and with a bonus tip! Fridge compartments as a whole are prone to mold and decay. The germiest spots in the fridge are probably the vegetable drawers and/or meat compartments. Remove the drawers, rinse them, and wash them thoroughly with a clean sponge and mild dish soap. Dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Here’s your Scotch-Brite™ bonus tip: Line the bottom of your vegetable crisper with dry sponges, and replace them when they get wet. This will help keep your vegetables at their peak freshness! Pretty cool, right?

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4 – Rubber spatulas. Is this another one you think you’ve got nailed down? I know I did! Apparently, they’re a top germy place in your kitchen and household because of improper cleaning! Wash them in warm, soapy water often. They get dusty!

cleaning rubber sponges

5 – Knife blocks. Boy, do these get germy. And we have new ones we want to take great care with. You have probably been chopping, paring, slicing, and dicing foods all winter. You probably wash your knives with great care – but then re-contaminate them when you place them back in the knife block. Remove your knives, turn your knife block upside down to get rid of crumbs, and then wash the block by hand in warm, soapy water with a good sponge and a small brush for the slots.

6 – Can openers. In this house, I’ve been known to use a can opener and then put it straight back in its drawer! I’ve also used our electric one without washing after. Wash both (unplugged first) with warm, soapy water after each use.

7 – Reusable grocery bags. I know, right? I never considered this one! The canvas ones can be washed in the washing machine, but many can be wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge. Then, let them air dry.

*Bonus places: Dishwasher doors, dish towels, tops of cabinets, kitchen faucets, and knobs and handles. These are all places surrounded by food and germs, and subject to a lot of human touching. And for one last sponge-related tip: you can protect sensitive surfaces from frames, vases, and other decor by gluing small squares of sponges to the bottoms of items. This helps prevent scratching! Brilliant, right?

So, tell me – was there a household item in this list that you didn’t know had to be cleaned?

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Sponges can do anything!