5 Party Cleanup Tips and a Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops Party Recipe

This post was sponsored by Color Scents, all opinions are my own.

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

As you know, it’s party season around here!

Also as you may know, we play it up big time with all the neighborhood get-togethers, birthday parties, and summer holidays. Cassidy and I are both sticklers for details. I use that in my work as a photographer and an influencer, and he uses that in his work and also in his nearly professional party planning. Details matter! It’s in the lighting that you choose, the recipes, and even the trash bags. That’s why we LOVE the NEW Color Scents 13-gallon stretch trash bags at Walmart..

In the summer, things get messy – no doubt about that! And you don’t have to be concerned that your trash bag isn’t doing its job in keeping your house odor free. That’s why we Escape the Ordinary™ – because these trash bags come in a combination of subtle colors and scents. You can get them at Walmart – either in-store or online – and know that they’re only adding style to your home, and not taking it away. Plus, they’re strong! We have Linen Fresh in a NEW Silver/Grey color and the Color Scents Stretch bag in Meadow Fresh is a NEW scent. Both of these trash bags have consistent bag thickness from top to bottom. And they have a unique embossed pattern that allows the bag to stretch around tough trash.

And the bags also resist tears and punctures.

Color Scent trash bags have the Right-Fit® Drawstring – which delivers strength while also stretching to secure your bag to the rim. Only during June/July (2018) you’ll be able to take advantage of $1.00 off with the instant redeemable coupon found on the packaging in Walmart stores, while supplies last! Here is a link to the product page at Walmart – easy to find in-person or online!

Here are my five best party cleanup tips:

1 – Start cleaning BEFORE the party starts. Close doors to rooms you don’t want guests to visit (we have to do this with our puppy anyway) and store your important or fragile items in the rooms with the doors closed.

2 – Put washcloths and/or paper towels in places that are easily found and readily available to guests so they can wipe up those inevitable spills instantly. Also have several locations for napkins and coasters to avoid those spills to begin with!

3 – Set out two garbage cans – one is for trash and one is for recycling. This is easy to do and makes less work later.

4 – If you have a dishwasher, rinse dishes fast, load up, start the dishwasher, and keep it going. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill your sink with warm, soapy water and soak dishes while you do other chores so the washing will be easier.

5 – Clean surfaces, stains and floors. Use an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth or sponge to go through your home. Pick one room and do them all in a row. Save the bathroom and floors for last. They will be the hardest hit!

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops:

Ingredients:

8 Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
11 oz. pkg. Vanilla Baking Chips
16 Wooden Popsicle Sticks
½ cup chocolate candy pieces, patriotic colors
Assortment of Sprinkles—patriotic and rainbow sprinkles, rainbow balls, etc.

Directions:

1 – First, cut off about a fourth of the top of each wooden stick. You can opt not to do this step if you don’t mind a longer stick, but I wanted my sticks a little shorter.

2 – Remove the paper from the ice cream sandwiches and cut each one in half.

3 – Push a stick into the cut end of each ice cream sandwich making sure to stop so the stick doesn’t pop through the top. Lay these on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden them back up.

4 – Pour about half the white chips into a small bowl and melt in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between each one until fully melted.

5 – Dip the corner of each ice cream sandwich into the melted chocolate. I dipped them in almost halfway at a diagonal. Quickly sprinkle on the candy pieces or sprinkles and lay them back on the baking sheet.

6 – After I dipped about half my ice cream sandwiches, the chocolate started to seize up, so I discarded that and melted the other half of my white chocolate. Finish dipping the rest of the sandwiches and get them back into the freezer as quickly as you can because they will start to get melty.

7 – You can serve these in about an hour after they are solid again or leave in the freezer overnight to serve the next day.

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

NEW Color Scents 13-gallon stretch trash bags at Walmart can be purchased online or in-person for all your party needs. AND, right now you can enjoy $1.00 off with the instant redeemable coupon found on the packaging in Walmart stores!

What’s your favorite party cleanup tip?

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

5 Smart Tips to Allergen-Proof Your Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennox. All opinions are 100% mine.

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It’s estimated that asthma affects 24.5 million Americans, and that more than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy. Those are huge numbers! I grew up in New Jersey and lived there for 27 years. I remember as a kid, people would say that at some point I was going to develop allergies. I was lucky to not have allergies growing up, however, when I reached my 20s, they finally came down on me. Here in New England, we suffer from both indoor and outdoor allergens. They affect my kids, my husband, and me, so I’ve been looking for simple and smart ways to combat them.

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I can’t change the outdoors, but I CAN reduce allergens in the home. Here are 5 Smart Tips to Allergen-Proof Your Home:

1 – Close your windows. We have central air conditioning and we rely on it for cleaner air. Open windows, while nice, can stir up dust and allergens. You should also clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills.

2 – Remove clutter. The more you have in your home, the more places you have for allergens to collect! If you can remove unwanted items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, magazines, toys, and books, you can improve the quality of your air.

3 – Keep pets off furniture and out of bedrooms. Our cat especially likes to curl up in our bedroom, but I don’t like it!

4 – Focus on flooring. If you can use hardwood or linoleum flooring, as well as washable area rugs, that will help with carpet allergies. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile or high-pile carpeting. Vacuum at least weekly with a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and also shampoo your carpets frequently.

5 – Choose a system that fights allergens. Air quality is a huge comfort factor in your home, as airborne impurities can irritate eyes, noses, and lungs, and can also create odors that make any space uncomfortable. We chose to go with Lennox because in addition to heating and cooling, they have whole-home indoor air quality systems that fight these allergens and aid in making our home a comfortable, cozy space.

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Lennox has many products that can help you combat allergens in your home:

The PureAir™ Air Purification System from Lennox® is the only system of its kind on the market. It uses three different types of air cleansing technology to fight all three classes of contaminants that we talked about above. The PureAir™ whole-home air purification system improves indoor air quality better than any single system you can buy. Many technologies out there only combat one or two categories of air contaminants, and often only in one room! The PureAir™ system does not produce any ozone as a by-product and it actively works to reduce ozone – a known lung irritant. And, the Allergen Defender feature on iComfort® S30 and E30 smart thermostats checks the air quality and pollen levels in your zip code and automatically adjusts your system’s blower for automatic filtration, as needed. This is about protecting your whole home, and the people in it.

When you think about the air in your house, do you think of comfort and peace of mind? I know I do. I love that the products focus on the whole home, and all the members in it. This means our bedrooms, our bathrooms, our individual needs, and even our smart devices. We’ve been upgrading our home, little by little, to make it our dream home. I’m happy to say we’re getting there fast!

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