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Spring Trend Forecast

March 15, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Last season we saw so many celebrities and fashionistas wearing what has been identified as stiletto nailsextremely long nails with eccentric artwork.

While I don’t doubt we’re going to see less of these exaggerated nails this spring, I am confident there will be less extravagant versions. This season expect to find long, pointy nails but with calmer, neutral tones.

And whether you like them long, short, pointy or square, make sure your nails always look their best with some of my following tips:

  • Don’t bite your nails (ever). Not only does this destroy your nails, but it’s also bad for your teeth.
  • Always keep a hand moisturizer nearby to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  • If you can’t get to a nail salon in time for a manicure, always remove a dated polish (It’s better to go bare for an au naturale look than to have messy, chipped fingertips.)

Polish colors to look for this season include neutrals, nudes, coral and bright (not neon) hues.

Now head to the manicurist, kick back and enjoy your new springtime look!


Take a Plain Pot
from Drab to Fab:
3 Styles 1 Pot

February 12, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Sometimes spring decorating stumps me. I'm always so excited to lighten and brighten, but since one day can be warm and the next day we get snow (at least for people on the East Coast!), I never quite know how to decorate. With spring on the horizon (although you wouldn’t believe it based on the chilly temperatures outside), here are some decorating tips to get you in the mood for the warmer weather ahead.

This is a simple terra-cotta pot. I bought it at my local home improvement store for less than a dollar. I decided to create three completely different looks that I can swap out whenever it suits my fancy.

DIY Idea #1Washi Tape & Whitewash

The first step for this option is to tone down the orange clay color. I watered down some white paint, applied a thin coat, and then used Bounty® paper towels, which I love because one sheet traps & locks the mess, to wipe off the excess paint. It left me with a white, weathered look. I had this adorable ruler washi tape and thought it went perfectly with the idea of spring growth! I love washi tape because it's inexpensive and comes in so many fun patterns.

DIY Idea #2Faux Metal

Metal containers can be really expensive, but I love the industrial look they have. Using metallic spray paint (in a well-ventilated area), I was able to get the look of metal, but still spend under a dollar! I think a grouping of these in varying heights could look really neat!

DIY Idea #3Chalk Paint

Oh, how I love chalk paint! Did you know I actually have chalk paint as my kitchen back splash? It's pretty neat. I love the matte finish it gives the pot and I was able to add a fun little doodle. If you're thinking of planting any starter plants or herbs, you could use chalk to label what you're growing. Here's an insider tip... to get the crisp, clean writing lines like I did, use a chalk marker. You can order them online or from restaurant supply stores. They are much easier to draw with and still wipe off with water!

I'm excited about the head start I already have on my spring decorating. And now that my house is fully decorated for next season, it’s time for me to get a jump-start on my spring cleaning! For that, I’m arming myself with the Swiffer® WetJet® Extra Power Pad with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser. This nifty little tool is my best friend when it comes to powering through all the dried-on dirt the Winter season left on my floors. In fact, it powers through more dried-on dirt with less effort (vs. mop and bucket) and allows me to focus my time on decorating my house for the season ahead!

And while I’m ushering in spring with sparkling clean floors, I’m also using Downy® Shimmer Unstopables to wash my family’s warmer weather clothing that has been stored in the attic all winter long. This in wash scent booster gets up to 12 weeks of freshness (freshness out of storage), so even if my family doesn’t wear their clothes right away this season, they will still be smelling fresh when they do!

Which terra-cotta pot style fits you best? Or, like me, will you make them all, now that you have the time to since you’re cleaning with the Swiffer WetJet Extra Power Pad with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?

Check back here at www.pgtryit.com soon for more ideas and inspiration!

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5 Fun Ways To Beat Cabin Fever!

February 12, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

We are going a bit stir-crazy. Are you? It’s tough not being able to get the kids outside everyday to play and burn off energy. I’m always looking for creative ways to keep my boys busy and change up our activities.

 

Here are a few things we love to do indoors:

1. Indoor SandboxOne of my boys’ favorite things to do is play with their sand table. They love digging, so I thought why not bring that indoors? Since sand can be very messy, I’ve opted to use rice. I actually got this tip from my older son’s preschool teacher a few years back.

Supplies you will need:

  • Plastic storage box with lid or small baby bath
  • Rice cereal or plain old rice
  • Sand toys, cups, spoons, bowls, etc.
  • Old sheet, towel, or inexpensive shower curtain

I always place an old sheet underneath the sandbox for easy cleanup. I pour rice into a medium size plastic storage container and give my boys sand toys, cups, spoons, and bowls to play with.

 

2. Indoor Volleyball or should I say Volleyball-oon? My boys love a good competitive game and this one it lots of fun!

Supplies you will need:

  • Balloons (remember to have a few extra in case one pops)
  • A spot in the house with enough room to set-up the court (away from anything breakable)
  • Net or string
  • Chairs or safe objects you can tie the net to
  • At least two players

We use two chairs and tie string from each one to make our net. If you want to get technical, you can mark out boundaries by using objects in the home or toys. It’s usually me against my boys, and we like to count how many times we can hit the balloon over the net before it drops.

 

3. Playing In The SinkOn days when the kids get really bored, I’ll fill the kitchen (or bathroom) sink up with warm soapy water and let them splash away! This is a great way to keep them busy and I’ll usually prep dinner while they play with bubbles in the kitchen sink.

Supplies you will need:

  • Kitchen or bathroom sink
  • Bubbles (I use bubble bath soap)
  • Cups, spoons, plastic toys
  • Towel
  • Imagination

It’s fun to let the kids use their imaginations. They will use straws to blow bubbles, and make boats out of bowls.

 

4. Wet Chalk Drawingmy boys really love coloring and drawing, so I decided to put a fun twist on their art projects.

Supplies you will need:

  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Chalk
  • Paper

All you do is mix together the sugar and water and then pour over the chalk. Let it soak for about 10 minutes before using. Then, let the kids having fun drawing on the colored paper.

I will tape down paper (or a brown paper bag) to the table to make it easier for my boys to draw. My boys really enjoy this because we are taking an outdoor activity and bringing it indoors. Kids can practice mixing colors together and use their creativity.

 

5. Make Fortswhat child (or adult) doesn’t like to make a fort? We will round up all of the pillows and blankets in the house and make a big fort in the living room. Then we’ll make some popcorn and watch a movie while lying in our fort.

Supplies you will need:

  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • Sturdy objects that you can drape the sheets over
  • Flashlights (if you are making the fort at night)

Don’t let the snow and cold weather prevent you from having fun. Think outside the box when it comes to indoor activities. I hope these ideas helped spark up your imagination!

Make sure to check back for more of my tips and product recommendations from Have You Tried This Yet? to help you simplify your life!


A Frame for All Seasons: 1 Frame 4 Ways

February 11, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

I don't know about you, but I want to make my decor work for me. It saves me tons of money and pushes me to get creative with the items I already own! As your Trend Trio Home Expert from Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G, I thought I'd share with you how I managed to transform one empty frame into art for every season!

Even though we have a few more weeks of winter, I'm already thinking of warmer weather, so I'm hoping this first one will usher in an early Spring!

Tip #1: Shop your house!

You'd be amazed at how much stuff you already have that you can work with! I had this cardboard letter "S" in my stash (Want your own? You can find them for less than $3 at your local craft store), so I adhered it directly to the wall with removable adhesive strips. Accessorize with a few pieces of fruit and a plant, and you're all set!

Tip #2: Get creative with your gift-wrapping supplies!

I love grosgrain ribbonit's classic but fun in this bold yellow color. I hot-glued three lengths of ribbon to the back of the frame (Don't worryit peels right off when you're done with it!) and paired it with some nautical items to complete this summery seaside look!

You can even type up a little seasonal printable as shown below, but I actually love it with just the ribbon!

Tip #3: Add a pennant banner!

It's a well-known fact that pennant banners make everything cuter! It's true. I made this simple Fall pennant out of burlap and hemp twine:

  • Step 1: Make a triangle template (or print one out) on card stock and cut it out.
  • Step 2: Trace the template on the burlap and then cut that out.
  • Step 3: Write whatever word you choose with a permanent marker or paint pen and adhere
                them to the twine with hot glue.

It's okay if the burlap edges aren't perfect. That's part of the rustic charm!

Tip #4: Group smaller items together for a big impact!

Alone, these tiny ornaments wouldn't be noticeable, but when grouped together, they make quite the statement! These little guys came in a set of 20 or so from a craft store, so I had plenty left for other projects!

The red and green are perfect for Christmas, but this look could be replicated using snowflake ornaments or cream and metallic ornaments for winter!

Can you believe how many fun looks you can easily create with only one frame? I hope this inspires you to find a frame and have some seasonal DIY fun! Make sure you continue to visit www.pgtryit.com for more ideas and inspiration!

4 Simple Ways to Keep the Flame Burning in Your Marriage

February 11, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

I’ve shared tips on preserving your children’s art/school work, how to keep your car smelling fresh, ways to make the most out of “me” time and even shared my secrets on why it’s ok to not fold your laundry.

This time I want to change things up a bit and talk “marriage” and how to keep that spark alive!

It’s very easy to get caught up in the everyday routine. Tasks such as tending to the kids, work, errands, afterschool activities, and cooking and cleaning seem so high on the priority list that, sometimes, we tend to put our marriage last. I’m guilty of this at times. Hey, let’s face it; after the kids go to bed I’m completely exhausted!

But there are a few things my husband and I do to make sure we stay connected. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to keep that flame burning, and it’s important to the family that mom and dad are still happy.

Hug & Kiss: Ok this may seem like a no brainer, but many of us take this for granted. Never underestimate the power of a hug or a kiss. My husband and I always hug and kiss good-bye and before we go to bed, it’s just something we’ve done since way before we were married. We will even sneak in a long hug while the kids are in the next room. We don’t even need to say anything. A good hug feels so nice. These are the moments that really keep us connected.

Cook Together: At least once a month, we will put the kids to bed and then make a nice dinner together. We will open a bottle of wine, put some light music on, and cook together. Something about the delicious smells in the air and a smooth glass of vino bring me back to our younger days when this was a weekly ritual. It’s nice to have a “grown-up” meal without hearing someone say, “I don’t like this” or “This is yucky.”

Do Something Nice: Remember getting flowers for no reason or your partner surprising you with your favorite take-out food? There’s no reason this needs to stop after having kids. Think about how nice it feels when someone does something nice for you that is totally unexpected. It feels good, right? If I’m out at the store with my boys and I see a new movie release that I know my husband has been dying to see, I’ll pick it up for him. Or we will surprise him with his favorite homemade cookies. It’s the little, unexpected things that mean the most.

Date More! This one can get tricky because you have to find a babysitter and actually plan the date, but it’s totally worth it. I’ll line up a sitter two weeks in advance to make sure the kids are covered. It’s really nice to go out on dates and just be together, without kids. Sometimes we will do a “day date” and try something new like take a cooking class or opt for a quiet evening with dinner and a movie. Each time, we change it up to keep it fresh and exciting!

The best part about going out on dates is the chance to actually do my hair and get out of my yoga pants. I like to take a little extra time getting ready, since I don’t get to do this often. Plus, I want to look nice for my hot date!

First step when getting ready is making sure my teeth look shiny white. I’ve shared before how I love to use the Crest® 3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips® to help brighten up my teeth. I always make sure to use them before a date night. Plus, I’ll throw a few Oral-B® Glide 3D White Radiant Mint Floss Picks in my bag just in case something gets stuck in my teeth. Even though I’m with my hubby, and completely comfortable with him, that doesn’t mean it’s not embarrassing to get a huge piece of broccoli stuck between my teeth, and these glide up to 50% more easily in tight spaces (vs. the leading floss pick). A lady needs to be prepared!

But the best part about going out on date nights is getting to put make-up on! Through the P&G Have You Tried This Yet? program, I completely fell in love with their COVERGIRL + Olay® Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation. It has great coverage and covers discolorations, lines, and wrinkles (not that I have any). It also helps to hydrate my skin over time, which is perfect for those cold winter months when my skin tends to be drier.

Hope these little tips can help you and your spouse stay connected. Remember; be creative and have fun together!

Check out Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G to get the inside scoop on innovative products and bright ideas that can make your life easier. Don’t forget to check back often to keep up with all of my videos and posts as your Trend Trio family expert from Have You Tried This Yet?

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How to Create a DIY Painted Plaid Rug

February 10, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Hey everyone! As your Trend Trio Home Expert from Have You Tried This Yet?, I'm super excited to share an "out of the box" DIY project that anyone can tackle! Over at East Coast Creative Blog, we seem to have a passion for DIYing rugs! You might not think of a rug to be high on the Do It Yourself list, but it's surprisingly simple and always really inexpensive.

Here's a little peek at some of our past rug DIYs...

Today I'm going to show you how I created a Painted Plaid Rug!

By now, you know I’m thrifty and love a good deal. Well, when I saw this HUGE green (really, really green) rug for under $100, I was determined to make it work! I've been searching for a BIG rug for months, but I wasn't liking the HUGE price tags that go along with the big sizes.

Have you noticed that rustic-shabby is a popular trend this winter? I tried to explain it to my husband, and I explained it's kind of like a great-grandmom's old itchy couch, but awesome! He still seemed confused, but I love it and him all the same. I thought that taking this from St. Patty's Day green to rustic-shabby could be accomplished by adding a painted plaid pattern.

Here's how I did it...

 

Step 1: Determine Your Plaid Pattern

I went online and looked at some plaid shirts I liked, and chose one of them as my inspiration pattern.

Step 2: Measure & Tape, Measure & Tape

The hubs and I spent a good amount of time measuring and taping off the various sections. I recommend using a good painter's tape when painting on rugs.

We kept the inspiration picture handy as we worked on our pattern. You won't be able to tape off all the stripes at once, since some of them overlap. It's a multi-step process!

Step 3: Paint Your Stripes

Listen up all you perfectionists out there... this project might not be for you! I have perfectionist tendencies, but I knew going into this DIY project that the paint on the rug would have variance in its color. When you paint your stripes, you need to use a very dry roller (this keeps the rug from getting too crunchy) and apply it in even passes. Don't worry about getting them perfect; once the colors overlap, it gives just the right feel for our rustic-shabby style.

Making progress...

Once I had stripes in both directions, it all started coming together!

I decided to add a few extra stripes in a sable brown, and it warmed the whole thing up and was the perfect finishing touch!

You can see how nice and crisp the edges are due to the painter's tape and how the color variance totally works with the style I was going for.

Have you ever thought of painting a rug? Maybe you already own one that could use a little pick-me-up, or you can keep your eyes peeled for a great deal! I love how my plaid painted rug turned out, and I hope it inspires you to try something new in your own home as well!

Is your makeup expired?

February 10, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

With 2013 officially under way, now is the perfect time to go through your makeup closet/collection and look for expired products! It’s so easy to want to keep your favorite items around forever, but you might not be getting the most out of your makeup if you’re holding your makeup must-haves beyond their expiration date!
Here’s a list of everyday products to consider updating:

  • Mascara generally should be tossed three months after the first use.
  • Look for expiration dates! For example, liquid foundations have expiration dates on the bottle and typically should be tossed between six months and a year.
  • A tube of lipstick lasts a little longersometimes between a year or two. Makeup brushes
    should be washed at least once every two weeks to avoid bacterial build-up which can lead
    to breakouts.

Getting rid of expired or old cosmetics will prevent the spread of germs and infections. Before things get too serious, be sure to try and stay on top of your cosmetics’ expiration dates.

Plus, think about it this way, the more you throw out, the more room you make for more and better products!

Getting Ready For Spring!

February 10, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Spring is just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but after being cooped up in the house with the kids, I’m ready to get them outdoors to burn some energy.

Having two boys means double the mess. They love tackling each other, sliding in the grass, and letting dirt run between their fingers. I’ve learned my lesson: Never put nice clothes on them while staying around the house. I’ll only regret it later.

I love watching my boys play. Between school and their activities, it’s good for them to have some unstructured playtime. They’ll spend hours outside exploring the backyard, and trying to make forts out of sticks and random objects they find. If there is a mud puddle, you better believe they’ll be jumping in it.

Playing outside is a great way to keep them busy, but at the end of the day, I’m left scrubbing their clothing to get rid of the mud, dirt, and the occasional bloodstain.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you want to liven the color of your clothing and keep your whites like new (wash after wash), you must try Tide Vivid White + Bright detergent and Boost. Having two boys, and a husband that works outside, take it from methis product works wonders.

I don’t know about your kids, but my boys think it’s perfectly acceptable to drag dirt through the house. I try to stop them at the door, but they are fast little guys, and will often zip right by me, leaving my kitchen floor looking like a sandbox.

However, it’s no match for the Swiffer® WetJet® Extra Power Pad with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser. It helps me power through tough, dried dirt better than a mop and bucket. This product is great for every day use and keeps my house presentable for the occasional unannounced visitors.

Running a busy household is no easy task! With the innovative products from the Have You Tried This Yet? program from P&G, you’ll be able to knock out daily chores quickly, which may even allow you to sneak in a few minutes to yourself.

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Create Meaningful, DIY Art For Your Family: Dry Erase Printable Artwork

January 24, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

When most people think of art or home decor, they immediately think that it should be chosen by what looks best for the room. Most times I agree, but sometimes I think artwork can and should be personal and special! Since February is all about love, I thought as your Trend Trio Home Expert from Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G, I'd share some fun and loving art that we recently added to our home!

I created a "We Love You Because" art frame for each of my four kiddos!

Because of the glass in the frame, we can use it as a dry erase board and swap out our love messages as often as we'd like!

It was so simple to make and my kids are loving their special messages!

Step #1

Get an 8 x 10 frame. I have tons of them in my basement, but you can pick one up at your local craft store.

Step #2

Create a simple printable graphic, or you can download mine for free HERE! Print it out and make sure you print it as an 8 x 10-sized document.

Step #3

Put the print-out in the frame and write a special message for your kiddo!

I put one frame outside of each of my kids' bedrooms. It's not exactly art that's going to make it into a museum, but it sure is something fun for our family and it’s a great way to constantly remind our kids how much we love them!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

My husband and I actually keep an "I love you because" frame in our master bath and we've used it almost daily for the past year. If you want to download that one, you can get it HERE.

So, even though I'm a big fan of cool decor and art, I'm really glad that we now have some decor that's really special for our family to enjoy! After all, decorating your family’s home with personal sentiments makes all the difference.

Valentine’s Day Musts

January 24, 2013

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MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whether you will be spending the evening with your significant other or a group of friends, one thing’s for sure: You must look your best, right?

I try not to speak about my man on my blog or the social networks, but sometimes I guess it’s OK. We haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day, but if we do, I know that I most likely will have to rush out of the office and try not to be late. That’s why that evening I’m going to save time by skipping one step while getting ready by using the Pantene® Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Collection. This collection has a GREAT two-in-one shampoo and conditioner that helps lock in moisture and block out heat damage. I love it because it’s designed for all hair types so anyone can use it!

During the dinner, I will most likely have a glass of red wine, but sometimes I worry about red stains! Thank goodness I recently discovered Crest® 3D White Arctic Fresh toothpaste. I will use it immediately after dinner because it removes 80% of surface stainsand it leaves a fresh minty taste.

Now that I know I’ll be looking my best this Valentine’s Day, I need to decide on a fun gift for him!

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Valentine’s Day Love Surprises for the Kids

January 24, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

On Valentine’s Day seventeen years ago, I had my very first date with my husband. Since then, the idea of having dinner in a crowded restaurant has begun to seem too cliché, so we decided to put a fun twist on our evening to make it different from the rest. In past years, we have seen comedy shows, gone wine tasting, had friends over for game night, and even tried ice skating.

Then kids came along, and our exciting evening out came to a stop. But it’s still a special holiday for my husband and me, and we love celebrating with our boys, just in a different way.

At the end of January, I’ll give each of my boys a small box. We will spend an afternoon decorating them with paper, stickers, and markers. They’ll complete their box by adding their initial to the front. Then, on February 1, I put out the homemade boxes for everyone to see. Each day until February 14, I’ll leave a little note or treat in their box for when they get home from school.

I know how good it feels to receive a note in the mail or a little surprise, so I thought I would do this for them as a way to count down until Valentine’s Day. When they get home from school, they race over to their box to see what was left for them. It doesn’t matter what it is; they are truly excited to pull out a surprise.

I also encourage them to leave notes or draw pictures for each other. They have fun creating little masterpieces and then leaving them in their brother’s bin when he is not looking. My parents enjoy this as well, and will sneak a treat or two into their grandsons’ boxes.

Valentine’s Day is also a great reminder to have a family dinner. My kids will help me decorate the table with hearts and flowers and will assist me in making a yummy dinner. Then we all sit down together as a family and spend time together without distractions. After dinner, the boys will go through their boxes and share all of the pictures and notes that they have collected throughout the month with my husband and I.

This is such a fun and inexpensive way to make Valentine’s Day a little more special for the kids.

Some ideas to leave as surprises:

  • Love notes; something special about them
  • Stickers
  • Candy
  • Coloring books
  • Small stuffed animal
  • A new movie
  • Books
  • Tickets for the movie theater
  • Arts & craft supplies
  • Puzzles
  • Board game for family night
  • CD with music

Happy V-Day!


Re-Purpose with a Purpose: Using your DIY Skills for Good!

January 23, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Repurpose with a Purpose:
Using your DIY Skills for Good!

I made a few resolutions for 2013 and one of them I'm especially committed to sticking toI want to be sure to use my DIY and design talents to help others! Sometimes being a home blogging expert can feel a little "me centered"; I love taking time out to use my skills to encourage others. You might not think of decorating and doing DIY projects as something that can help others, but it totally can!

A local women's recovery center was hosting a women's retreat at a hostel near me. Hostels are great, but they're not known for their warm, welcoming decor. That's where I came in! The theme of the weekend was repurposing your life, so I decided to repurpose some items and get the hostel looking amazing and welcoming for the ladies.

One of the simplest DIY projects I did was to create a chalkboard sign from an inexpensive baking sheet. With a little spray paint and chalkboard paint (which I also used on the place mats for my little guests at our holiday dining table), this turned into a cute welcome for guests.

Step #1

In a well-ventilated area or outside, spray paint the entire tray a color of your choice.

Step #2

Use a paintbrush to paint the flat surface with chalkboard paint. Allow to dry for 24 hours in an open, well-ventilated area, or outside, before using.

My second DIY was simply using canning jars as vases. I got a ton of flowers at my local produce stand and arranged them in 10 jars. The addition of some washi tape added just the right pop of color and gave the arrangements a finished look.

I believe that the purpose behind decorating and design is to make people feel comfortable and welcome. In addition to decorating the meeting room, foyer, and bedrooms, I wanted to add a hospitality basket full of some of my favorite P&G products to the bathroom.

I don't know about you, but when I pack to go away I always forget something! I thought it would be nice if the ladies had a selection of awesome products to choose from. Here's what I included...

They're all amazing products, but the one I knew would really spoil these ladies is the Herbal Essences Honey, I'm Strong Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only do I love the sentiment of the name (I mean, c'mon, these women are strong already!), this dynamic hair combo leaves your hair silky and 10x stronger in just one wash (strength against damage vs. non-conditioning shampoo), and coats the hair to help repair the protective outer layer and provide strength against future damage. Love that.

I put all the products into a little basket and they were ready to go!

I talked with the event's organizer when it was over and she said the ladies loved learning all about the innovative P&G products and that the decor and little touches made them all feel really special during the weekend.

I was so excited that I was able to do what I love, use products that I love and can rely on to get the job done right the first time, and, more importantly, help someone at the same time!

NOTE: The P&G product donation was made independently of the blogger’s involvement with the Have You Tried This Yet? program from P&G.

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Get Long-Lasting Nails

January 23, 2013

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MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Let’s talk about nails! I love wearing red nail polishespecially on my toes. However, I take forever to remove the polish. And when I finally do, I can see that wearing the polish for so long has somewhat stained my toenail. (Yuck!)

This year, I want to make sure to remove the polish from my toes after one week.

Here’s a tip on how to remove dead cells from your toenails and make your nails stronger over time. Soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes. This is great not only for your toenails, but it also helps to soften calluses and cuticles. It’s a great step to consider before painting your toes.

When it’s time for another pedicure or manicure, complete your look with a fun, frosty, and festive color! Don’t forget to add a moisturizer.

How To Keep Your Family’s Pearly Whites Sparkling!

January 23, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

When my oldest turned 1, he already had three teeth. I thought it was a great time to start getting him used to going to the dentist. Then, when my second came along and popped out his first tooth, he started tagging along with his big brother.

I wanted to make sure that I taught my boys how to properly take care of their teeth at an early age. I wasn’t always good with brushing my teeth before bedtime (I know, I know), but now that I have kids I’m trying to set a good example. One of my new year’s resolutions has been to instill good oral hygiene habits with my children at this impressionable age.

At night, we brush our teeth as a family. This has been our ritual since my oldest could hold a toothbrush, and it’s part of our bedtime routine that I look forward to. The boys will mimic my moves, and I make sure they brush long enough to hit all of their teeth two or three times.

Thanks to the Have You Tried This Yet? program from P&G, I have discovered a few amazing products to help keep my family’s teeth happy, healthy, and sparkling.

Now that my boys are getting a bit older, we’ve upgraded their toothpaste to Crest® 3D White Arctic Fresh (safe for adults and children 2 years and older, and it is recommended the product is kept out of reach of children under 6 years of age; for children under 2 years of age, ask a dentist). This innovative product whitens by removing up to 80% of surface stains. I’m a coffee drinker (couldn’t survive without it), so I count on this toothpaste to help prevent my teeth from staining. My boys love the icy cool mint flavor, and as my youngest often says, “Smell my breath. Doesn’t it smell so good?”

Then, when we are finished brushing, we floss. This was something I never did while growing up, but I want to show my children how important it is to make this a part of their regimen to get their teeth as clean as possible.

I hand each of my boys an Oral-B® Glide 3D White Radiant Mint Floss Pick (adult supervision recommended for children under 10). They slide up to 50% more easily in tight spaces versus the leading floss pick, making it easier for my boys to use on their own.

I also love throwing them in my bag for on-the-go use. Have you ever been out to lunch or dinner and had something stuck in your teeth that you couldn’t get out? I know I have, and it’s not fun or pretty. This product has saved me more times than I can count.

When my kids are finally in bed and I’m relaxing on the couch catching up on my favorite shows, I like to put on Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips® to help whiten my teeth. It’s not very sexy (just ask the hubby), but boy does it whiten my teeth! You can even drink water while wearing the Whitestrips with their Advanced Seal technologybonus!

So there you have it a few ways I keep my family’s teeth healthy and the dentist happy!

Make sure to check out the other great, reliable products from Have You Tried This Yet? and take advantage of what other bright ideas this program has to offer.

Happy brushing!

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How to Organize Your Home Decor And Make Seasonal Swap-outs a Breeze!

January 22, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Hey everyone, it's Monica, your Trend Trio Home Expert from Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G. You all know by now that I LOVE decorating my house, but I'll let you in on a little secretswapping out my decor seasonally used to be a real bummer! It was time-consuming and labor-intensive. Today, I'm going to share with you the simple things I did and the P&G products I used to make my holiday cleanup and organization a breeze this year!

Before I could begin to think about organizing my winter decor, I had a massive holiday cleanup to take care of. We're a real-tree kind of family (don’t forget the video where I chopped down my family’s tree all by myself!), but man does it make a sticky mess of my hardwood floors.

This year, I tackled my mess using the Swiffer® WetJet® Extra Power Pads with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean® Eraser. Not only does this great product help me corral all the fallen needles, but it powers through the tough dirt and sap with less effort (vs. mop and bucket), too. I always keep these on hand, because, let's face it, with the amount of messes we make (me, my husband, four kids, big dog, little cat, and two ducks), I need cleaning help in a hurry all too often!

TIP #1: Have a Designated Area for Your Decor

Once my mess was cleaned up, I wanted to come up with a simple way to organize all of my home decor items. I like to swap out lamps, accent pillows, accessories, artwork, etc., but that's a lot of items to store… Buying fancy organization systems was an option, but I didn't want to spend a fortune. Instead, by using plywood and 2 x 4s I was able to affordably DIY my own shelves.

I'm not a master carpenter, but I looked up some simple plans and was able to build them with an extra hand from my hubs.

Tip #2: Organize Based on Your Biggest Decorating Seasons

The biggest seasons I decorate for are fall and winter. I pretty much keep my spring/summer decor simple, so that's the smallest amount of decor items I store at any given time. Keeping that in mind, I divided my greenery into fall and winter bins.

Tip #3: Label, Label, Label!

Not only are labels cute, but they also force me to remain organized. Without them, I'd be tempted to just toss all my stuff anywhere and then, next holiday season, I'd totally regret it. I printed them out from my computer and then adhered them with washi tape, because it looks adorable!

Tip #4: Use Mini Organizers for Small Items

One item that I always keep with my decor is Duracell® Ultra Power batteries. I'm not sure how we got into the habit, but we've always kept our batteries and decor items together and it's so helpful because any time we need a battery to power our decor items, it’s always easily accessible. I use a small, plastic organizer with drawers so I can divide up each type.

I love these batteries because they are guaranteed to have power for 10 years in storage. So if I don't use them this year, they'll be there for me next year!

Here's an insider tip to make your battery organization complete: Store a mini screwdriver with your Duracell Ultra Power batteries so you never have to search when you need to remove those annoying little screws from your electronic devices.

Putting in a little extra time this year is going to pay off big time in the future. Organizing and cleaning with Swiffer WetJet Extra Power Pads with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and preparing with Duracell Ultra Power batteries will make your seasonal swap-outs a breeze!

Check back here at PGTryIt.com again soon to see what fun projects I'm up to and what P&G products are helping to make my crazy life easier in 2013!

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Nourish Your Hair the Right Way in 2013

January 22, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

As we enter 2013, my New Year’s resolution is to restore the heat damage I’ve caused my hair in 2012!

The past couple of months, I’ve been spending more time at the salon. Not only is it hurting my wallet, but also my hair! There are days when I get a blowout twice a week depending on the different fashion and beauty projects I’m working on and blogging about.

That’s why I’m counting on the Head & Shoulders® Damage Rescue Collection to nourish my damaged hair.

Although some people wash their hair every day, I recommend minimizing washing to once or twice a week to store your hair’s natural oils. The Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue Shampoo conditions to nourish your damaged hair and helps relieve dry scalp by locking in moisture, and leaves you up to 100% flake-free.

For extra moisture, I recommend Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue Conditioner after using the shampoo. It helps relieve dry scalp by locking in moisture and conditions to nourish damaged hairplus, it has a light peach scent.

Two more beauty tips for your luscious locks:

  • To prevent hair from falling flat, no matter which conditioner you use, avoid putting too much conditioner on your scalp.
  • Make trimming your hair approximately once every three months a priority. This will help prevent split ends and also play a vital role in improving hair damage.

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Create a Family Fun Journal

January 22, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Every Sunday, my grandparents would take their boat out into the ocean with friends to go fishing. They absolutely loved it, and it was something they had done for many years.

One week when they were out on the boat, my Grandpop caught a big fish. He was fighting a pretty hard battle, until he leaned over the boat and out popped his false teeth, right into the water!

A few months later at Christmas, my Grandmom gave my Grandpop a box with a little note attached. He read the note, and while not quite sure what it meant, he decided to open the present anyway. He immediately broke out into laughter and pulled out a chattering teeth toy.

That was the start of a family tradition.

A few years later, my aunt attempted to make her very first three-layered cake for a family gathering. When she served the dessert, everyone watched as the top half slid off and landed on the floor. As you can imagine, she received baking lessons that year for Christmas!

Over the years, my mom has continued the tradition that my grandparents started. So many little, yet funny, things happen that it’s hard to keep track of all of them, so she began keeping what we call a “family fun journal.”

During the year, she writes down humorous things that happen to each of us. Then, at the end of the year, my mom will buy small gifts for everyone and attach a little note. We must (because she makes us!) read the note out loud for everyone to hear before opening the present. Let’s just say we do a ton of laughing on Christmas!

The really cool part is that we can look back in the journal of everything that has happened to our family throughout the years. This little tradition helps us value the small moments in life. I know that, one day, it will be my turn to carry on this fun family tradition, and I can’t wait!

I hope I’ve inspired you to start a “family fun journal” of your own!

New Year’s Eve Plans Up In The Air? Put a Creative Twist On Ringing In 2013

December 17, 2012

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

It was New Year’s Eve and I had a house full of people running around with noisemakers and banging pots and pans.

Shortly after the ball dropped, I heard a loud shriek and looked down to see my 1-year-old holding his ears with tears streaming down his face.

“Too loud; too loud!” he shouted.

I scooped him up and nestled him into my chest. I could feel his little heart pounding and I hugged him tightly until it was over.

At that moment, I decided that I needed to find a new way to ring in the New Year. I wanted my son to enjoy in the festivities of counting down to a new year without scaring him or the other children.

Later that year, I was at a birthday party. As I watched the kids play at the park, holding tightly onto their balloons, one of the children let his go. The kids stood there in amazement. They were giggling and clapping. Then they all decided to let go and watch their balloons float in the air.

That’s when the proverbial light bulb went on in my head. That’s it!

Why not release balloons at midnight on New Year’s Eve?

That night, I told my husband my idea and we started thinking of ways that we could make it exciting for not just the children but for the adults too.

When the next New Year came along, our plan was set.

We gave everyone their own balloon and asked them to write one personal goal or hope for the New Year.

Then we attached glow sticks to each balloon, cut the excess string off, and headed outside.

5 4 3 2 1 Happy New Year and we let the balloons fly! The children thought it was so cool to be able to see their balloon in the dark and the adults enjoyed watching the children.

Four years later, we still hold this tradition.

Want to give it a try this year? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glow in the dark sticks/bracelets
  • String if you blow up the balloons yourself, you’ll need string to attach the glow stick.
  • Balloons you can either purchase the balloons individually at a party store or buy a kit.

Want to see this in action? Check back soon for my video on the step-by-step guide.


Simple Ideas To Transition From Holiday To Winter Décor

December 17, 2012

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Can you believe the holiday season is almost over and 2013 is right around the corner? Hopefully you've been keeping up with what I've been up to here on PGTryIt.com as your home expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?! It’s been a busy month for me and my family, filled with lots of fun activities, time with friends, and making some awesome memories. Although I love the hustle and bustle of the season, I have to admit there's something I love about the idea of the fresh start January brings. One of the first things I need to take care of for 2013 is transitioning from holiday to winter decor. Rather than bring out completely different accessories and decorations (who has time for that?), I have a few tips and tricks to help you tweak your holiday decor to usher 2013 in with style!

 

Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G
Trend Trio Home Expert: Tip 1
Bring the Outside In!

Most people think of spring and summer as the seasons to bring greenery and flowers inside, but winter also provides lots of neat decor options. Take a winter walk and see what you can find to work into your current decor. I had this cool, metal container filled with greenery and ornaments for the month of December.

I used a thin log from our wood pile to create a warm, woodsy alternative. I used a chop saw to cut the log into 1/4- to 1/2- inch slices. The addition of a few white pillars gave the free wood a high-end, cozy feel.

 

Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G:
Trend Trio Home Expert: Tip # 2
Think Winter Whites

Replace the bright colors of the holiday season with lots of crisp white. Nothing says clean slate, and “welcome, 2013,” like white. During the holiday season I had this little arrangement on the side of my fireplace hearth. I love using nontraditional containers; paint cans are one of my favorites actually.

I decided the greenery could stay, but I needed to replace the red with some white. I had some pinecones lying around and decided they'd look perfect with a quick coat of white spray paint.

Look how wintery and cool they look now!

I popped them on top of the greenery, added a few pussy willow sprigs, and within 5 minutes had transitioned this baby into something ready to usher in the New Year!

I'm sort of a modern gal in my decorating style, so I tried the look with just the pinecones and really loved that look as well!

Which one do you prefer?

 

Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G:
Trend Trio Home Expert: Tip # 3
Repurpose Your Containers

Repurposing your current containers from season to season (vases, decorative bowls, etc.) is an awesome trick because they're already located in a spot that works with your decor. All you need to do is swap out the contents and you're good to go. It doesn't get much easier than that!

This pitcher is crazy diverse... I'm pretty sure it's been used every season for the past few years. In December it was filled with red berries that added a nice pop of color.

But I love the understated feel that it gets from adding the light grey pussy willow branches. It also makes me think that spring can't be that far away?!

I'm not only concerned with how things LOOK in my home, I'm also a stickler for how things SMELL. I always have a candle burning somewhere. One other area where I want a fresh, clean smell is my laundry. Sometimes I even choose what to wear depending on how good it smells (it's true!) Recently, I was completely blown away when I tried Gain® Fireworks Sweet Sizzle Scent Booster. We're talking amazingly fresh-smelling laundry, but the best part... it lasts up to 12 weeks while my clothes are sitting in my drawers.

Be sure to check back soon for my video on PGTryIt.com, where I'll show another quick decorating idea to welcome Winter 2013 and let you see how I'm using an awesome Have You Tried This Yet? P&G product to help this low-maintenance girl have even more time for DIY projects!

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Winter Dry Skin Tips

December 17, 2012

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Pardon the following not-so-sexy confession: Almost every winter, I get a dry patch on the same spot on my left leg due to the cold temperatures. I made an appointment with my dermatologist a couple of years ago, and she prescribed a cream but said that I could prevent the dry patch by spending more time moisturizing each morning. It was as simple as that, but through the experience, I learned the importance of developing a regular moisturizing routine that includes both daily and biweekly tricks to prevent dryness!

Daily Moisturizing Tips

In addition to applying lotion on a daily basis, hydrating should start in the shower. I use the Olay® Winter Retreat Collection, which is available in both bar soap and body wash, to restore moisture in my winter-dry skin. The collection softens, smoothes, and renews dry, winter skin and, guess what! The Olay Winter Retreat Body Wash contains more moisturizers than a jar of Olay, and the Olay Winter Retreat Bar Soap contains 10x more moisturizers than regular soap for smooth skin. You know what that means?! We are talking about seriously strong moisturizing power.

Biweekly Tips

Make sure to exfoliate at least once every two weeks (or once a week) to remove dead skin cells. You can create your own oatmeal scrub at home. Here’s how:

Step 1: In a bowl, add oatmeal and water, and mix. For extra moisture, add a few drops of your favorite oil or moisturizer.

Step 2: Gently scrub on your legs. Rinse and remove with a damp towel.

Tell us: What are other ways you keep your skin hydrated in the winter?

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Fun Ways To Count Down to Christmas

December 10, 2012

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

I don’t know about you, but the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is probably the most exciting time of the year for my family. It’s also really easy to get so busy that we miss taking time to do some of the things we love!

As your home expert in the Trend Trio from P&G’s Have You Tried This Yet?  I’m going to share with you a fun craft that you can make to ensure the month doesn’t pass you by!

Christmas Countdown Tutorial

This is not yo mama’s countdown where you just get a little piece of candy that most likely was packaged last year... This is an interactive family activity that I know your family will love. The best part is that it will ensure that none of the special activities and traditions slip through the cracks.

 

Step 1: Start with a plain-Jane piece of plywood.

I’d recommend looking for one that has really cool patterns in the grain like this one does!

 

Step 2: Lightly spray paint.

I gave the wood the lightest possible coat of white spray paint. Keep the can far back and move it back and forth very quickly. The spray paint got rid of the warm brown tones and began to highlight the grain.

 

Step 3: Paint the grain to highlight the details.

I used about one part paint to three parts water to paint over the awesome grain! I dipped my brush in the mixture and then dabbed it dry on some paper towels. I used a really light hand and tried to feather the paint on, so that it looked natural.

 

Step 4: Use stencils to title your board.

I used a simple, industrial font and stencils that are adhesive backed. They make my crafting life so much easier.

 

Step 5: Spray paint 25 wooden clothespins.

I picked a cool-toned gray-blue color that would pop on the white-washed plywood.

One tip about spray paintinghave an old drop cloth handy. I use this piece of plastic when I need to paint in my garage so that I don’t get it all over the floor.

 

Step 6: Choose some washi tape colors.

Washi tape comes in almost every pattern imaginable these days. You can order from a huge selection online, but I actually got these colors at my local craft store. Washi tape is really versatile and can be used on all kinds of surfaces.

Accent each mini envelope with your washi tape and then either handwrite or stamp your countdown numbers.

 

Step 7: Measure, place, and hot glue your clothespins.

The easiest way to do this is to just lay it out on the wood and then measure your spacing to keep it consistent in each row.

 

Step 8: Plan 25 awesome family activities.

Write down 25 things that you want to do. Each day you will open an envelope and do what’s written inside. I recommend using a calendar to plan out your activities before putting one inside each envelope.

Our activities range from something as simple as reading a holiday story as a family or going to see all the Christmas lights in our neighborhood.

 

I hope your 2012 holiday season is super special and that your family enjoys all the awesome activities you plan for them!

The countdown is on! What kinds of activities will you choose for your family to do this month?

Make sure you check back on PGTryIt.com to keep up with all of my videos, blog posts, and product tips to help make this holiday season the best one yet!

Sleek Looks for the Holiday Season

December 10, 2012

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Perhaps like you, I feel most comfortable when my hair is styled in a particular way. For me, that’s wearing it straight down or wavy. If I had curls, I would love to wear it out naturally!

However, when I don’t have time to get a blowout, I resort to a wet, sleek look, which wasn’t always so easy to accomplish. My frizzy flyaways used to pop up just after 30 minutes, until I finally perfected the ‘do.

 

Beauty Tip:

When attempting a wet, sleek, pulled-back look, I recommend applying coconut or argan oil to your locks before styling (and preferably right after the shower since clean hair is more able to retain the oil). Apply it from the roots to the ends, and then add another small amount to prevent those darn flyaways from coming up throughout the day.

 

If you’re looking to achieve a bouncy, natural look, I recommend shampooing and conditioning with the Pantene® Aqua Light Collection. It nourishes your hair, leaving it feeling light and clean, and won’t weigh your gorgeous mane down.

You won’t have to worry about your hair looking dull or flat this holiday season!

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3 Reasons Why It’s Ok To Not Fold The Laundry

December 10, 2012

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

I rock at doing laundry.

As in, I rock at washing and drying laundry every day.

Folding clothes is my arch nemesis.

I know a lot of people who love doing this. As soon as the clothes come out of the dryer, they neatly fold them and immediately put them away. It’s calming to them.

Not so much for me.

There are a ton of things I would rather be doing: playing with my kids, working out, cooking, shopping, anything but folding laundry.

When the clothes come out of the dryer, I drop the basket in the living room. I think to myself, “I’ll just fold them tonight while I’m catching up on my shows.” This, however, never happens.

The evening comes and I’m too exhausted from working all day and chasing after kids. I collapse on the couch and fall asleep. The next morning, I’m left with 6+ baskets of unfolded clothes staring me in the face.

Before school I will often hear, “Mom, I have no underwear!” and with that I’ll respond, “Check the laundry baskets in the living room.”

Seeing the baskets always stressed me out, until one day I realized that having unfolded laundry actually gave me an advantage.

It provides the perfect hideout:

Some people like to hide in closets or in the basement; I like to hide underneath clean clothes.

Whenever I feel like I need a break, I cover myself up and no one can find me! The kids will walk by me a few times looking for me. My hubby will shout my name from three rooms over asking where I am. I like to sit there for a few minutes, covered in clean clothes, to listen to my thoughts or take a catnap.

Seriously, you should really try this.

It also makes a cozy blanket:

One day while I was sitting in my rocking chair watching TV, I got frustrated because I couldn’t find one of my throw blankets to keep me warm.

Then I got a brilliant idea while looking at the unfolded clothes. Why not use them?

Think about ityou can pile as many clothes on top of you to make yourself nice and cozy. I love sitting in my rocking chair, reading a book, and wrapping myself up in warm, fresh-smelling clothes.

It provides the best air freshener:

My favorite part about taking clothes out of the dryer is the fresh scent it fills my home with.

That’s why I always use Tide® with a touch of Downy Unstopables™ Lush Scent.

With two messy boys who play hard, I need a laundry detergent that gets results. The combined cleaning power with softening care leaves my clothes clean, soft, and fresh smelling!

I’ll let you in on my little secret.

When I know I’m having guests over, I’ll leave a laundry basket filled with clean clothes in my living room for about an hour before they arrive. Then I’ll put the basket in my bedroom (out of sight), and my home is filled with a fresh laundry smell!

Shhh, don’t tell anyone!

So the next time unfolded laundry gives you a panic attack, think about how you can use it to your advantage!

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Stain a Table in Three Easy Steps

December 4, 2012

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I want to share a few things I’ve learned about planning ahead to make this holiday season one that both YOU and your guests can enjoy.

Last year I hosted over 35 people for Thanksgiving and it was awesome! However, I learned a few things the hard way. I won’t share everything with you (like how it’s helpful to borrow an extra microwave or two so that all the food for 35 people can be ready at the same time), but I will share the number one thing I learned:

Home Expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?
Life Lesson:Start any big house projects far in advance.

Flash back to last November 26th... this was the state of my dining room approximately 20 hours before my company arrived. I had just wallpapered, added chair rail, had no art, accessories, curtains, etc... There was a ton to do before my family arrived.

This year, thankfully my dining room is finished and ready to go, but my exterior needs a little TLC. This holiday season, I’m going to be ready!

My hubs and I put in an awesome paver patio this summer, and we decided it was time to build a table to go with it. After it was built, we needed to stain the wood.

I’m a huge fan of grey wood tones and I had a custom stain made up just for this project. You don’t need a custom mix, though. Just look in the stain section of your local hardware store for a big assortment of stain colors!

 

TIP: How to Apply Stain:

  • Brush on your stain using a natural bristle brush.
  • Allow the stain to sit and penetrate the wood for a few minutes (I did 1 minute)
  • Wipe the excess stain off using Bounty® paper towels.

 

One thing I love about the Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G products is that they are all very high quality. If I were to use a flimsy paper towel, my hands would be covered in grey stain and I wouldn’t have nice, even coverage. Thanks to Bounty® paper towels, I am able to save time and stay one step ahead. I knew that using them would mean I could get the job done, the right way, because just one sheet traps and locks the mess, so I can clean the wood with less paper towels.

I am so relieved to have this big project out of the way well ahead of time. This weekend, we’ll move it outside and be ready to use it!

Everyone wants their home to look great for a big holiday, and tackling the big projects ahead of time will take the stress out of your holiday, so that you can really enjoy the time with your loved ones.

Check out Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G to get the inside scoop on innovative products and bright ideas that can make your life easier during this busy holiday season. Be sure to check back often to keep up with all of my videos and posts as your home expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?

Monica

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Lipstick for the Woman on the Go

December 4, 2012

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

I often joke around saying I live a double life&but the crazy part is that it’s true! My mornings start off at my day gig where I sit and write press releases all day long (so not sexy). But when I leave the office, I go from office geek to glam chic covering beauty and fashion events. Sure, it sounds fun and all, but on most days that means getting dressed in the office and somehow transitioning my look in a matter of minutes!

For this reason, I always rely on COVERGIRL Blast Flipstick™. It has two blendable lip colors that can make any look go from dayto night within seconds. It’s expertly designed with creams and shimmers for your one-of-a-kind look. I love the fact that you can also mix and match any of the COVERGIRL Blast Flipstick shades together to create a unique look.

 

Beauty tip: When in the office, blot your lips using a sticky note. This will remove excess lipstick, and they are usually readily accessible in most office environments! Avoid pressing too hard to assure you don’t take off too much.

 

I first came across the COVERGIRL Blast Flipstickduring a blogger photo shoot, and I haven’t stopped using it since! I like the fact that it has one creamy shade and one shimmer shade, making it two wearable, blendable lipcolors in one easy-to-stash stick for my life on-the-go.

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Preserving Precious Memories: Saving Kids’ Artwork

December 4, 2012

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

We are a few months into the school year and I bet most parents can relate to this:

That’s my dining room table, or what’s left of it.

One of the best parts of motherhood is watching your children grow and use their imaginations. My boys love to draw. Give them a piece of paper and a marker or crayon and they’ll go to town creating little masterpieces.

It’s pretty amazing to see how their artwork evolves over the years.

It goes from this:
(I look a little scary, don’t you think?)
To this:
(Yay, we look friendly and have bodies!)

I have a hard time throwing out my boys’ artwork. When I only had one child, it was easy to save it all. I literally have everything from a line he drew on a napkin to a fingerprint smudge on a piece of paper.

Then I had another child and everything doubled. I started to run out of places to keep everything, and quite honestly, it was driving my husband nuts.

I treasure each stage my children have gone through and for me, their artwork symbolizes their growth over the years.

But my husband was right; the artwork and schoolwork was getting a bit out of hand.

I decided I needed to think of a way to take control and get more organized.

That’s when I came up with a new system that has been working out really well for my family.

Here are 8 easy steps for holding onto your child’s memories but staying organized (and on your husband’s good side):

Step #1: Purchase plastic bins: one for each child.

Step #2: Include twelve hanging folders in each bin: one for each grade.

Step #3: Create an information sheet for each folder: This allows you to look back and remember their age, teachers, any milestones they might’ve hit, etc. Ideas on what to include on the sheet:

  • Name
  • Grade
  • Year
  • Teacher’s Name
  • Highlights from the year (i.e.,awards, great report card/test grade, artwork)
  • A place to include a photo from picture day

Step #4: Create a first day of school sign for each folder: On the first day of school, go to the appropriate folder, grab the sign and snap a photo. This will not only allow you to easily identify photos by grade but also allow you to see how much your child has grown from year to year.

Step #5: Put on display new pieces: Each day when your child gets home from school, go through their artwork and pick out the pieces that are special to both you and your child. Then put it on display somewhere in the house. It could be on the refrigerator or maybe you have a gallery wall to showcase the pieces. If your child is not too much of an artist, consider exploring academic achievements.

Step #6: File them in the appropriate folder: As new favorite pieces come in, recycle the old pieces by putting them into the appropriate (grade) folder.

Step #7: Scan or take a photo: Throughout the year, either scan or take a digital photo of these different milestones.

Step #8: Create a memory book: At the end of the year, create a book, either online or homemade, of your child’s memories throughout the year.

I can’t tell you how many times I catch my boys looking at their books. They love sharing it with family and friends and it’s a great keepsake for them to hold onto.

To see how I have organized my children’s school paperwork and artwork, check back soon for my video on the step-by-step guide.

Happy organizing!

Projects I’ve Worked On This Year

November 27, 2012

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

I couldn’t be more excited to have been voted in by all of YOU as the home expert for the very first Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?! Thanks a bunch!

Let me introduce myself... I’m Monica, and I’m half of the creative mind behind the blog, East Coast Creative. I’m super lucky because I write a DIY blog with my best friend, Jess. She’s holding down the EC2 fort sharing tons of creative ideas on our blog, while I’m busy partnering with Have You Tried This Yet? and the other ladies of the Trend Trio.

If you saw my entry video, you probably know that I’m a mom to four kids, a wife, work a full-time job, and co-author East Coast Creative. I don’t know about you, but to me, that spells Crazy-Town!

Somehow we’ve found our own balance of controlled chaos, and I can only imagine that you can totally relate! My husband Eric is laid back and fully accepts the fact that there are usually three to four DIY projects all going on at one time in our house.

Here are a few of the projects I’ve worked on this year…

Guest-Room Makeover

A few tips from this room:
  • If you’re using a bold stencil (which I love!) keep it to one wall.
  • Be creative with a headboardI used old shutters from a salvage shop near us.
  • I always like to leave a gift basket in my guest room with all the essentials they might need during their stay with us so they feel right at home! I like to stock my guest gift baskets up with innovative products such as Oral-B® Pro-Health® Clinical Pro-Flex Manual Toothbrushes, Crest® Pro-Health® Clinical Plaque Control Fresh Mint Toothpaste, and Pantene® Aqua Light 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner.

Outdoor Furniture Upcycle

A few tips from this upcycle:
  • When looking at a piece of furniture, look at the lines of the piece. I go for clean lines, so I can take the piece in any direction I’d like.
  • If upcycling an outdoor piece of furniture, make sure you use a waterproofing, outdoor sealant to preserve your hard work!

Pallet Room Makeover

This is one of my favorite rooms ever! We used old shipping pallets to create an amazing accent wall!

Tips for working with pallets:
  • Use a reciprocating saw to make breaking down the pallets a breeze.
  • Always sand down your pallet wood I love my mouse sander!
  • Look past the tone of the wood. I wanted cool gray tones, so I whitewashed all my boards in a variety of white and gray colors.

Garage Makeover

Since you’re getting to know me, I’ll let you in on a little secret... I’m a VERY MESSY DIYer! I think it must be something about being the left-brained, creative type. However, my hubs is the right-brained type, so we have to find a balance.

TIP: What I recommend to all you DIYers out there is to determine a place where you’ll do most of your projects.

For me, that was my garage, but it was a hot mess until I finally had enough of the disorganization and pulled an awesome surprise off for my hubs!

Not only did this garage makeover help tidy up my DIY space, but it also made my home feel more welcoming to guests. We love entertaining and have a ton of people at our house each week — we’re not the knock-at-the-front-door type; we’re the come-in-through-the-back-door and don’t-worry-about- knocking type, so I’m thrilled that our entry finally reflects my style.

I hope that whether you’re left brained and messy, or right brained and tidy, that I’ll be able to inspire you with creative ideas and share the inside scoop on awesome, innovative Have You Tried This Yet? products from P&G that I’ve come to love.

Check back soon for a video sneak peek into an awesome makeover I just completed!

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Post-Thanksgiving Shopping Tips

November 27, 2012

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Not one for crowds? No worries. Neither am I. As much as I love a good bargain and finding the best sales, I choose not to wait in line for hours on Black Friday. The truth is, there are plenty of other places to find shopping deals. Here are a couple of suggestions that usually work for me!

Outlets: Find the nearest outlets in your area, and hit the road! They’re known for their discount prices year round, but prices also drop throughout the holiday season.

Catalogs: Don’t toss out the holiday catalogs or newspapers without browsing through them first. Though it might take some searching, you will come across coupons and ads offering additional sales and discounts.

Online Shopping: Beware and give yourself a budget before logging on to the computer with your credit card on hand. Although I prefer trying out a pair of new boots in person versus digitally, online shopping is super convenient. Look out for promo codes by following your favorite brand, designer, or department store on their social networks.

Six Ways To Have Fun With Your Family On the Road

November 27, 2012

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

The holiday season is upon us, which means one thing lots of traveling! From visiting friends and family to shopping, we will be spending a ton of time in the car.

It happens to me all the time. As soon as the car starts moving, my boys will shout from the backseat, “Mom, I want a snack.” or “I’m bored.”

Sound familiar?

I’ve always dreaded going on long car rides. However, I’ve learned that when Mom is prepared, the trip runs a lot smoother. I’m less stressed, my husband is relaxed, and the boys have fun in the backseat.

Thankfully my children are at an age where they like to travel, but boy, can they be demanding.

I’ve gotten a system down now, and I finally feel like I’m in control when we hit the road.

Not only is it important to make sure your car is fully stocked, but it’s also important to prepare activities or ways to keep the kids (and husband) busy, especially on long trips. Included below are a few tips on how to keep your passengers happy while on the road.

Car Bingo

This is one of my boys’ favorite games to play in the car. I create bingo sheets for each of them that include photos of various items (this makes it easier for my 3-year-old to play along). Some items I include:

  • Road signs
  • Animals
  • License plates
  • Airplanes
  • Trains
  • Mailboxes
  • Colored cars (red car, white car, etc.)
  • Fire trucks
  • Police cars
  • Tollbooths

I laminate the bingo cards and give each child a dry-erase marker. This allows us to reuse the cards throughout the trip.

Play the Memory Game

We start off by saying, “I drove around the world and brought back a…”. We take turns adding items to the list. This is great for the children’s memory and creative thinking, but for Mom not so much. My oldest son beats me at this game every time!

Bring Crayons

I can hear the groaning right now on this one, but on long car rides, this activity is a lifesaver! I let my kids draw on the windows with washable window crayons that easily wipe off. They think it’s so cool to be able to draw on the windows, and it will keep them busy for hours.

Bubbles

All kids love bubbles, so why not bring them on a road trip? I bring bubbles that have a spill-proof top;however, if the bubbles get on the upholstery, it easily wipes off. My boys love blowing bubbles out of the car window and seeing the reactions they get from the other cars.

A Box Full of Fun!

What’s a road trip without surprises? I pack a small box of goodies for my boys that I can whip out when they get restless. This includes books, small games, toys (and a few new toys), electronics, stickers, music, etc.

Two things I always include in the box:

  • Miniature battery-powered clip-on reading lightsThis allows my kids to read their books or play with their toys without distracting the driver (aka my hubby). Or I can use it when I’m lounging in the backseat after the kids have fallen to sleep.
  • Duracell® Rechargeable Quick Charger This little guy will rapidly recharge your AA or AAA NiMH batteries. It will have two AA batteries ready in just one hour (approximately 85% of full charge when using Duracell 1700 mAh AA or 750). There is nothing like hearing your child cry for eight hours straight because the batteries on their electronic game died. This portable charger is my secret weapon!

Mom Versus Dad

Little do the kids know, Mom and Dad play games behind the scenes. We make a bet to see how many times the word “Mom” or “Dad” is said, screamed, yelled, or cried on the trip. And I’m sure this won’t come as a shock to you, but I win this game every trip!

Remember: Just because you are stuck in the car doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Think outside the box when it comes to entertaining your family on the go!

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Q&A with Monica

October 25, 2012

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Hey everyone! Monica Mangin here! I’m half of the creative mind behind EastCoastCreativeBlog.com. I’m super excited to be the new Home Expert from the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?

  • If I could have any super power, it would be mind reading.
  • My favorite weekend activity to do with friends/family is to have everyone over for dinner & a fire pit night.
  • If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to an amazing beach.
  • If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take: 1) My husband, 2) Instant iced tea, 3) My smart phone (just in case I get a signal and can check my email!)
  • P&G products improve my daily routine because they’re high quality – a step above the rest.
  • Latest P&G must-have product is Herbal Essences® Honey, I’m Strong Shampoo and Conditioner because both products tame my crazy hair.
  • Favorite P&G product of all time is Downy Infusions™ Honey Flower because I love when my clothes smell as good at the end of the day as when they came out of the dryer.
  • Me and my family never leave home without making sure each of my four kids have made a potty stop with Charmin Ultra Strong® because with our busy schedule we don’t have time to make pit stops.
  • When I was growing up, I wanted to be a mortician (creepy, I know!).
  • Most people don’t know that I’m ambidextrous.
  • If I were an animal I would be a giraffe.
  • Favorite type of “singing in the shower” music: Hip hop.
  • Favorite food to cook: Baked goods!
  • Favorite food to splurge on: Hibachi.
  • Favorite color: Grey.
  • I tell all my friends to buy Downy® Infusions Honey Flower because it makes our clothes smell amazing.
  • I always use the Gillette® Venus & Olay™ Razor when I’m headed to the beach or pool. Why? Because it makes shaving so easy, but gives me crazy smooth legs!
  • Without Have You Tried This Yet?, I would never know about Febreze® Car™ Vent Clips.
  • If I won the lottery, the first thing I would splurge on would be a beach house.
  • Retail therapy for me always includes buying sneakers!
  • I collect dust bunnies making Swiffer® WetJet® Extra Power Pads a must-have in my home!
  • Ever since I was a child I have been scared of heights.
  • Latest home obsession: Graphic, modern wallpaper.
  • My favorite Holiday is Christmas. We celebrate by keeping all kinds of fun, family traditions and enjoying special times that help us focus on the meaning of the season.
  • I feel my best when I am wearing jeans, a tee, and my favorite sneakers.

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Q&A with Mercedes

October 25, 2012

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MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Hello everyone. Mercedes Sanchez here! I am the beauty and fashion blogger behind BeChicMag.com. I’m so excited to be the new Beauty Expert from the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?

  • If I could have any super power, it would be to be able to multiply myself in order to be at a few places at the same time. I often get asked to offer tips online and attend different events at the same time, but sometimes I have to say no when I’m on deadline or working on another project.
  • My favorite weekend activity to do with friends/family is doing anything with them, really. I enjoy hanging out with my immediate family and cousins during the weekend. We’re a big family! We do everything from having brunch after Sunday mass together, shopping or having dinner at one of our respective homes and just catching up.
  • If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Barcelona. I’m actually planning a trip for this December. It’s a city I’ve always wanted to visit.
  • If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take:
    • Laptop with endless battery life
    • My rosary
    • Sunblock
  • P&G products improve my daily routine because they are affordable, easy to find and easy to use.
  • Latest P&G must-have product is the COVERGIRL® Blast Flipstick™. It shimmers, it’s easy to apply and I can put it on without a mirror.
  • Favorite P&G product of all time? I’m a fan of Pantene® hair products. After I wash my hair, I always use their detangler; it makes combing my medium-thick hair easier and faster. I just discovered the Aqua Light collection and I really love it!
  • Me and my family never leave home without our phone chargers because we’re constantly texting or calling each other and catching up with our friends and cousins.
  • When I was growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer, actress or writer. I think I get to be a little bit of each as a professional blogger! ☺
  • Most people don’t know that I’m turning 30 this October and double jointed in my elbow/arm.
  • If I were an animal I would be a tigress.
  • Favorite type of “singing in the shower” music: 70’s and 80’s R&B, or 90’s pop.
  • Favorite food to cook: Spinach salads with chicken, chick peas, beets, sun flower seeds, and avocado. I’m not much of a cook but recently, I’ve been making an effort.
  • Favorite food to splurge on: Shrimp (fried, grilled, or sautéed!) and filet mignon.
  • Favorite colors: Purple, and cobalt blue.
  • I tell all my friends to buy Gillette® Venus & Olay™ Razors because they are so smooth and leave my legs feeling clean and soft!
  • I always use a light foundation like the COVERGIRL + Olay® Tone Rehab ™ 2-in-1 Foundation. I want to make sure I don’t look cakey or oily and this foundation gives luminous coverage for youthful, radiant looking skin.
  • Without Have You Tried This Yet?, I would never know about Downy Shimmer Unstopables. As a fashion and beauty blogger, I handle lots of garments and this softener would be ideal!
  • If I won the lottery, the first thing I would splurge on would be a townhouse in Manhattan, several designer handbags and shoes just because!
  • Retail therapy for me always includes shopping alone, trying out clothes and posting photos on my social media networks asking my readers to help me pick the right items!
  • I collect journals, notebooks, and magazines.
  • Ever since I was a child I have been scared of heights – embarrassing, I know!
  • Latest beauty obsession: Pantene Aqua Light Collection. I have medium-thick hair; conditioner sometimes weighs my hair down but not with the Pantene Aqua Light Collection. It cleans and nourishes with a light touch!
  • My favorite Holiday is Christmas (although my favorite season is fall) making time for things that really matter: love and family. I think for the most part, many people are just a little more kinder and gentle during the holiday season.
  • I feel my best when I am wearing fun accessories, a sleek pair of black pants with a dash of color and a chic pair of flats or heels.

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Q&A with Tina

October 25, 2012

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Hi everyone! Tina Seitzinger here! I am the family expert behind LifeWithoutPink.com. I’m so excited to be the new Family Expert from the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? I’m a happily married mom of two very active boys. In my household it’s all about cars, trains and remote controls! I’m powered by coffee and a long to-do list. I look forward to sharing some of my tips and tricks that make my life easier as a busy mom. Hopefully you will find a little inspiration along the way!

  • If I could have any super power, it would be the ability to clone myself. This way, I could have one clone doing laundry, another making dinner, and another helping with homework – all while I relax on the couch catching up on my favorite shows!
  • My favorite weekend activity to do with family is go on bike rides.
  • If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Australia.
  • If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take:
    • A good book
    • Ice-cream
    • And, of course, my hubby who is Mr. Handyman. He could build me everything I would need to survive on the island, plus it wouldn’t be too bad to have him around!
  • P&G products improve my daily routine because they are practical products that help simplify my everyday life.
  • Latest P&G must-have product is Oral-B® Glide 3D White Radiant Mint Floss Picks because you never know when you’ll need to use one. I throw them in my bag and keep some in my car for on-the-go use. Plus, it gives your mouth a pick me up and leaves it smelling fresh.
  • Favorite P&G product of all time is Tide® with a touch of Downy Unstopables Lush Scent because the clothes come out feeling nice, soft and smelling fresh.
  • My family and I never leave home without Pampers® Sensitive Wipes because with two messy boys that love snacking and touching everything in sight, wipes come in handy!
  • When I was growing up, I wanted to be a movie star.
  • Most people don’t know that I can throw popcorn up in the air and catch it in my mouth.
  • If I were an animal I would be a bird so I could fly.
  • Favorite type of “singing in the shower” music: Pop.
  • Favorite food to cook: Italian, complete with fresh bread and a nice glass of wine.
  • Favorite food to splurge on: Filet Mignon.
  • Favorite color: Green.
  • I tell all my friends to buy the Duracell® Rechargeable Quick Charger because with two active boys and a husband that loves gadgets, it’s the perfect way to make sure the batteries are always charged.
  • I always use Bounty® Basic paper towels when in the kitchen cleaning and cooking. Why? Because they clean the mess with less. I keep them on my counter for easy access during the day, especially since I’m always cleaning up spills, messy hands and wiping sticky faces.
  • Without Have You Tried This Yet?, I would never know about Downy Infusions Honey Flower.
  • If I won the lottery, the first thing I would splurge on would be a vacation!
  • Retail therapy for me always includes a new pair of shoes or a fun new bag.
  • I collect magazines. I have a problem throwing them out and have an overflowing stack in my living room!
  • Ever since I was a child I have been scared of the ocean. You won’t catch me scuba diving or snorkeling any time soon!
  • Latest family obsession: Mini golf.
  • My favorite Holiday is Christmas and I spend it with family. Our tradition on Christmas Eve is having a big dinner then playing games and watching a classic holiday movie. On Christmas Day, we spend the entire day in our pajamas playing with the kids’ new toys, watching movies and relaxing.
  • I feel my best when I am wearing a new dress!

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DIY Jewelry Holder

May 7, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

I'm a DIY and home decor blogger, so most of my projects focus on making my house look good, but this fun project is one to help me look good!

For me, an outfit is never complete without the icing on the cakeand all you ladies out there know that means both rockin’ accessories and voluminous, healthy-looking hair. To get that va-va-voom look, I’ve been using Pantene® Pro-V® Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner daily, and my hair is so healthy! It works to lock in moisture, so even though it was a long winter, my hair isn't showing it. When I'm using P&G products that make me feel great, I can wear my jewelry as the icing on the cake that it should be!

Keep reading for a fun DIY jewelry display tip!

I made this fun jewelry display from super simple items, but it's cute and functional. I don't know about you, but my necklaces are always getting tangled and knotted together and most days I can only find one earring! Since I made this display, no more knots, and both ears match! Woohoo!

Here's how to do it:

Step 1Choose a fun frame and remove its glass and backing. My frame was just a lightweight wood I got at a craft store that didn't have glass.

Step 2Spray paint your frame a fun color! Remember to go outside or into a well-ventilated area when spray painting and to follow all proper safety precautions.

Step 3Attach wire mesh to the backside of the frame. You can use contractor's glue or heavy duty tape to adhere it.

Step 4Add your jewelry and voilà!

In addition to jewelry, another accessory I never leave home without is my white smile, and for this, I turn to trusty P&G products like Crest® 3D White Multi-Care Whitening Arctic Fresh Icy Cool Mint Rinse, which whitens and protects against future stains.

I believe that feeling good about yourself makes a huge difference in how you live your everyday life. I'm so thankful for a company like P&G for making amazing products like Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner and Crest® 3D White Multi-Care Whitening Arctic Fresh Icy Cool Mint Rinse so I can feel my best this spring!

It has been such an awesome honor to be your Home Expert on the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? this year. I hope you’ve been inspired to take steps to make your home personal and uniquely yours! I’d love for you to keep up with me through my blog East Coast Creative and as always, keep visiting PGTryIt.com for more tips and tricks for your self, family and home.

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What's In Your Summer Break Bag?

May 7, 2013

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MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

There’s nothing worse than arriving to your summer break location and realizing that you forgot to pack some of your essential items. Some countries (or even states) might not carry your favorite lotion or makeup.

To make sure you have a smooth summer break, I’ve prepared a check-list for you with four items you should pack right away:

  • Carry-on kit: Nowadays you can stop by almost any drugstore and purchase a convenient beauty kit that includes almost all of your favorite products such as shaving cream, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, deodorant, etc., in a friendly size that is TSA approved. It's ideal for a weekend getaway.
  • Light foundation: Some of the shops near your hotel might only provide toiletries and have limited makeup options. Save yourself a headache (and a bad look) by packing a light foundation with SPF for additional sun protection.
  • Toothpaste and rinse: Have you ever left your toothpaste behind and had to settle with a sample size from a brand you don't know? Keep your breath and teeth happy by adding one or two tubes of toothpaste in your bag.
  • Cleanser: This might be the most important item on your check-list. We each have different skin care needs and some of us are very particular about the face wash we use. If you know your skin is sensitive, be sure to pack your preferred cleanser days before your trip.

Happy travels! Hope you enjoy any spring and summer getaways you have planned.

I also want to say that it’s been great being your Beauty Expert in this year’s Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?! I’m always looking for quality and easy-to-use products, and Have You Tried This Yet? has introduced me to some great product innovations I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. You can find me at BeChicMag.com, and for ongoing beauty tips and tricks for your self, family and home, keep visiting PGTryIt.com.

All the best!

Mercedes

Creating Fun Adventures In Your Backyard

May 7, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

I am a big believer in getting the kids outside every day, rain or shine. If my boys are stuck inside (especially on the weekends) they start fighting, run wild, and get super cranky. Most of us think in order to have fun we need to spend money.

But I realized I could turn an ordinary day into a fun little adventure right in my own backyard. It's free, convenient, and so much easier!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Backyard Campout: We host an annual campout at our home for our friends and family and it's the highlight of our summer! Kids love to help pitch a tent no matter where they are and it becomes an exciting new experience for them. Roast marshmallows, play flashlight tag, and sing songs around a campfire. Bonus: if anyone has a hard time sleeping in their tent or needs to use the restroom the house is only a few feet away!

    Tips:

    • You can also do this spontaneously with your family instead of hosting a big campout.
    • It can get dark at night, so have the kids wear glow stick bracelets/necklaces to help keep track of them
    • Safety first! Make sure if you have a campfire that an adult always supervises.
    • Have a first-aid kit on hand for any bumps or scrapes.
    • Keep a stash of flashlights handy to make it easier to navigate the backyard.
    • Don't forget batteries! We keep Duracell® Ultra Power™ batteries on-hand just in case we need them for flashlights, lanterns, or any other camping item that may require batteries. With this bright idea, you are guaranteed good batteries for 10 years in storage.
  • Drive-in Movie: Now with modern technology you can bring the outdoor film to your home. The easiest way is with a laptop, projector, and a sound system.

    Tips:

    • Stretch a white sheet over your garage door or back of the house.
    • Set the projector up on a table.
    • Spread out blankets in the backyard for comfort.
    • Create a snack and drink station complete with popcorn containers.
    • Always have extra toilet paper on hand. I keep a basket in the bathroom with Charmin Ultra Strong®. Not only is it soft (perfect for kids) but it cleans so well my family can use less vs. Charmin® Basic.
  • Backyard Mini Golf: My boys love to miniature golf and this year we plan on having them help us design their own course in the backyard by using everyday household materials.

    Tips:

    • Lay old pipe or a roll of wire on its side for tunnels.
    • Stick flowerpots in holes marked by stickers with paper flags to catch the balls (or weight down paper cups to act as the hole).
    • Create water hazards by burying plastic buckets and filling them with water.
  • Art Projects: Bring glitter, glue, paper, markers, and finger paints outside and let your little ones be inspired by the nature surrounding them. Plan a few summer craft projects especially ones that will take a few days to complete. This will keep your children excited to finish their projects and give them something to look forward to each day.

    Some examples of projects that can take a few days to finish:

    • Make and decorate a colorful kite
    • Handprint garden plaque
    • Create a house or ship out of cardboard boxes. Don't forget to decorate!

There are endless ideas that could make a day in the backyard lots of fun and some of the best memories are ones that are created at home!

How do you bring a little adventure to your backyard?

I loved being your Family Expert in this year’s Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet?! I hope you enjoyed my tips for keeping your family organized and active, as well as product recommendations that are really helping me simplify my everyday life. For ongoing product tips and tricks for your self, family, and home, keep visiting PGTryIt.com. You can also find me at lifewithoutpink.com, my personal blog that is focused on parenting to give you inspiration to play, create, and grow with your kids! Thanks again for the wonderful support!

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DIY Custom Mugs

May 6, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

What's a DIYer to do when it comes to getting her Mom something for Mother's Day? Well, DIY a gift, of course! I love a gift that is thoughtful and handmade, and this easy project is both! Plus, no special artistic skills are needed!

These mugs are super easy to make and can be customized in a million different ways. Fill with your mom's favorite tea, candy, or even fresh flowers for a sweet Mother's Day gift she won't forget.

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

  • White, ceramic mugs (found at any discount store)
  • Permanent marker in your color choice
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Painter's tape (optional)
  • Baking sheet

Step 1: Wash and clean the mugs with soap and water and let dry.

Step 2: For the first mug, I used a fun arrow stencil. Line it up and hold in place with the painter's tape.

Step 3: Fill in the cutouts with the permanent marker, being careful not to smudge the ink. Let the ink dry for a few minutes and then remove the stencil and begin again.

For the second mug, I free-handed "I Love My Mom." This was actually a little easier than the stencil. I drew on paper what I wanted it to look like before I began on the mug. Then it took a steady hand and in a few minutes it was done!

Step 4: Place the mugs on a baking sheet and heat at 350 degrees for 30 minutes in the oven to set the ink. Remove from oven and let cool.

Now that you're done, these mugs can be washed, put through the dishwasher and used every day and the marker will not smudge or fade. Love that!

So, for only a couple bucks you can have a custom gift that your mom will love! For lots more tips for your home and daily life, be sure to follow the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G by visiting PGTryIt.com!

White is in this summer

May 6, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to wait for the summer to wear white, but we naturally gear towards white during the warmer months.

There are so many trends that make wearing white so much more fun, such as black and white patterns, shirts and dresses combining white with stripes, the good old traditional white T-shirt that never goes out of style, white maxi skirts like the one I have in the photothe list just goes on and on!

And there’s nothing wrong with wearing white on white, but try to not always keep it monochromatic. You can add pops of color to your outfit with the accessories and bags you wear. For example, a bright coral statement necklace will add a touch of glam and personality to your white outfit. Same goes for shoes or bangle bracelets.

And if you’re the type who wants to capture each and every moment this summer before Old Man Winter returns, make sure that your smile is just as pearly white in those photos.

I recommend Crest® 3D White Artic Fresh Toothpaste because it removes up to 80% of surface stains for a head-turning white smile. It’s ideal if you’re looking to keep those teeth white, bright, and happy, since it also fights cavities and refreshes your mouth.

I honestly haven’t stopped using the Crest® 3D line since I first tried it. It’s a big helpespecially since I’m a big coffee drinker!

And don’t forget your hair during those summer photo ops! Some of us suffer from flakes during the winter and the summer. Head & Shoulders® Damage Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner nourishes your damaged hair and helps relieve dry scalp by locking in moisture, and leaves you up to 100% flake-free (visible flakes with regular use).

Another beauty trick I always recommend is to protect your scalp from harmful sun rays by wearing a chic hat during an outdoor activity or a day at the beach.

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A Kid-Friendly Recycling Craft

May 6, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

The boys love making something special for their Grandmoms for Mother’s Day, and it’s fun to get creative with them.

The other day, as I was staring at a pile of empty soup cans that sat on my counter, I had my “ah ha!” moment. Add a splash of color and the cans would make the perfect flowerpot!

Not only is this a great gift, but it also makes a unique centerpiece. Plus, it’s an excellent way to recycle and use what you have on hand, making this craft cost next to nothing!

Supplies you will need:

  • Empty cans
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray paint and finger paint in your color of choice
  • Potting soil
  • Small flowers or plants

Step 1: Clean

Strip off the label and wash the cans to get rid of any excess food. Make sure it's completely dry inside and out before moving on.

Step 2: Make Holes

Turn your can upside down. Parents should make small holes with a screwdriver (or other pointed object) in the bottom of each can for drainage, making sure to exercise appropriate safety precautions. Do not use the screwdriver near or around your children.

Tip: Filling the can with water and freezing it will help you poke holes without creating dents.

Step 3: Aim and Spray

In a well-ventilated area or outside, parents should spray paint the entire can (after children have left the area), wearing facemasks, and exercising all proper safety precautions.

Tip: Since children should not be around spray paint, let them feel involved in the process by having them choose the color of the pots.

Step 4: Let It Dry!

Yes, you may be a little eager to add the flowers/plants, but make sure that the cans are completely dry to prevent any smudging. This process usually takes about two hours, but check the pot with your fingertip to see if it's finished before moving to step #5.

Step 5: Add Flowers or Plants

Now that your cans are completely dry, you can add the flower or plant of your choice.

Tip: Let your kids paint designs or write a heartfelt message on the cans with finger paint.

More fun ideas:

  • It's a good idea to place the tin can on some sort of base to prevent rust stains on your table. You can use a clear plastic plant base or if you want to go green, try buying small, decorative plates at the dollar store or local thrift shop.
  • Hang your tin cans by simply punching holes at the top of the can and attaching a chain or wire, again, exercising proper safety precautions.
  • Instead of paint, use wallpaper or craft paper to cover the can.
  • Add a little sign by attaching decorative paper (with a message) to an ice cream stick.
  • Fill the cans with the person's favorite candy instead of a flower/plant.

What type of homemade gifts do you like to make? Make sure you continue to visit www.pgtryit.com for more ideas and inspiration from the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G!


Make a Simple DIY Spring Centerpiece

April 9, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

I don't know about you, but I am so anxious for warm, spring weather! A friend of mine just finished remodeling her kitchen, so I decided to create a fun, colorful centerpiece to usher in spring and celebrate all her hard work! This wood crate centerpiece is beautiful, easy to do, and only requires the use of a couple of tools.

Here's how to make your own:

1. Gather the materials. I used a couple of 1x5's that I had lying around, but you'll need to purchase one 8 foot 1x5 from your local hardware store.

2. Measure and cut the wood using a chop, circular or hack saw to the appropriate lengths. When using power tools of any kind, be sure to wear the proper protective equipment such as glasses and gloves and make sure no children are around. Follow all operating instructions and exercise extreme precaution. Cut three identical pieces at 24 inches long, and two end pieces at 6.5 inches long.

3. Sand the rough edges with 120 grit paper. At this time, also sand the boards so that they receive the paint well. Be sure to be in a well-ventilated area and use protective equipment.

4. Roughly assemble your crate to see which pieces fit best together. Run wood glue or liquid nails along the length of one side and adhere it to the outside edge of the board that will be the bottom of your crate. Make sure the edges are flush, which means that the edges line up with each other without any overlap. Let dry. Do the same with the other side and the end caps.

5. Using a hammer, add finish nails along the base of the crate on both sides and the ends for additional support.

6. Paint the crate your desired color. I went with navy to tie in with the colors in my friend's kitchen, but white would be pretty and really versatile. You could also use your favorite stain instead of paint.

7. Fill with plants and fruit for a colorful and pretty centerpiece!

Doesn't it look great in her kitchen? Up next on my DIY to do list is helping her paint that pedestal table and chairs a fun, spring color!

Keep checking back for more tips from Have You Tried This Yet? about your favorite P&G products and fun ideas for your home this spring season by visiting PGTryIt.com!

Spring Break Must-Haves!

April 9, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

For those of you going on spring break this season, here are three beauty items you can’t afford to leave your house without:

  • Moisturizer. There’s a good chance your body will be in the sun for many hours, so make sure to start and end your day with a full body moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated and smooth.
  • SPF. I don’t recommend using the same sun protection for both your face and body as the latter may lead to facial breakouts. Find the right sun protection for your skin and don’t forget to apply it several times a day, especially after swimming.
  • Light foundation or BB cream. If you are the type that can’t go without makeup (even on the beach), I strongly suggest avoiding a liquid foundation as it might be too rich and can clog up on your skin. Think about it: you’re already wearing a strong SPF and getting direct heat and light from the sun.

Instead, consider applying a light mineral foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturizer to slightly cover up your blemishes.

These three are items should be a priority. They may seem so basic, but they’re in fact essential for every day skin care year-round. Moisturizing and protecting your skin from the sun will benefit your skin.

Also, don’t forget to hydrate! Always have a bottle of water with you 24/7!

Inexpensive Mom Night Out Ideas

April 9, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Motherhood is a full-time job. While it’s rewarding and fulfilling, it definitely can be exhausting. Throw in household chores, food shopping, after-school activities, and work and it can feel like a never-ending cycle. That’s why it’s so important for us to take a break and do something we enjoyafter-all, we deserve it!

I truly believe that girlfriends are the best medicine and I try to get together with my friends at least once a month. I love hosting “girl nights” at home because not only is it more intimate, but it’s easy on the wallet as well.

#1. Host A Spa Party

Going to a spa can be very expensive, so why not bring the spa to you? It’s fun, relaxing, and a great way to spend some time with the girls.

So, how do you host one?

Food & Drinks:

What would a party be without munchies? Have the ladies each bring her signature dish & drink of choice.

Pampering Stations:

Each guest is responsible for a pampering station. Think hair, nails, make-up, and hand massages.

The best part of going to a salon is having someone wash and massage your hair, wouldn’t you agree? Set up station on the kitchen counter next to the sink that includes shampoo, conditioner, and bath towels. Want to spoil your girlfriends? Use Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Collection. Not only does this duo leave your hair silky and 10x stronger in just one wash, but it also smells delicious!
What about make-up? Don’t forget this station! Have a friend that’s into beauty? Ask her to give mini makeovers and share her tips and tricks. If you love your girlfriends (and I know you do), make sure to introduce them to COVERGIRL + Olay® Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation. This is my favorite beauty product because it covers little lines and wrinkles and doesn’t feel heavy on your face.

Add a Twist:

Have everyone bring their robes to really give you that spa feeling or surprise your guests with a homemade lip gloss.

#2. Movie Night

My hubby never likes watching sappy movies with me, so this is the perfect solution! Have the girls come over in their favorite PJs and fuzzy slippers, make huge bowls of popcorn and put on a chick flick. It will feel like a big slumber party!

#3. Cheese pairing party

My motto; everything is better with cheese! That’s why I think a cheese pairing party is a fun way to entertain.
Have the girls each bring a unique cheese or spread and you can provide the crackers, small plain baguette slices and tasty extras like honey, fig spread, mustards, nuts, or dried fruit. The idea is for everyone to “taste” and nibble on the delicious offerings to see which one is their favorite pick.

Some ideas of cheeses to include on the tasting menu:

  • Cheddars
  • Parmesan
  • Blue
  • Brie
  • Gruyere
  • Camembert
  • Provolone
  • Mozzarella
  • Muenster
  • Swiss
  • Asiago
  • Gouda

Add a little flair to your party!

  • 1. Provide knives for each cheese to avoid mixing flavors.
  • 2. Use small chalkboards or chalkboard contact paper (which can be found online) to label the cheeses. Not only is this useful for your guests, but it can also double as a centerpiece.
  • 3. Hot new trend use tumblers with chalkboard tape so guests don’t confuse drinks. Plus, this adds a fun activity that everyone will be sure to talk about!

4. Use trays and mix it up! Mixing up patterns and colors helps create a more unique display and makes for easy clean up.

Make sure to leave a small bowl of Oral-B® Glide 3D White Radiant Mint Floss Picks, so guests can make sure their smiles are sparkly clean before they head home after the event. I mean, who really wants to go home with a lingering sesame seed stuck in their teeth from all of the delicious crackers?

Hope these few ideas inspired you to have a fun night “in” with your favorite girls!

Don’t forget to check back often to keep up with all of my videos and posts as your family expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? You can also visit me at www.lifewithoutpink.com.

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Get Ready to Tackle the Spring Mud

April 8, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

I love spring, but with four kids, it means a lot of muddy sneakers and boots! Today I'm going to share some ideas for getting your home and yourself ready for spring!

One of my favorite P&G products from Have You Tried This Yet? for spring is Crest® 3D White Arctic Fresh Toothpaste.

Especially in early spring, I'm still pretty pale, but I've found that having a really white smile can totally brighten up my whole look! I start seeing a whiter smile immediately, and it protects against future stains. It's just the boost I need to get me to summer!

With my newly brightened smile, I can laugh off the enormous amount of mud my kiddos are tracking into the house! With the right products and a fun DIY project, I'm ready to take on the spring mud head on!

I needed a doormat that could keep up with my kids, so I DIYed this fun HEY rug for our main entryway...

Here's how you can add some personality to a plain doormat.

1- Pick up large letter stencils at your local craft store and determine your layout. I gave a little "Hey!" to my doormat, but you could use a single letter as a monogram of your last name as well.

Use painter's tape to hold your stencils down and cover the area in between the stencils, so you don't have any bleeding.

Take your rug outside or into a well-ventilated area, and cover any exposed rug with scrap paper

I used an indoor/outdoor purple spray paint for my rug, but the color options are endless! You could even do a variety of colors.

Give your rug about 10 minutes to dry before removing the tape and stencil. Give the finished rug an additional 24 hours to dry and cure before using it.

Once it's fully dry, put it outside it’s now ready to do some serious battle with dirt and mud!

Even with the best doormat in the world, we still end up with some mud on our hardwood floors. My Swiffer® WetJet® Extra Power Pad with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser is my go-to tool this season.

It powers through tough dirt way better than a mop (vs. mop and bucket) and it's super convenient and easy to use. In our house, mud happens, but thanks to my Swiffer®, it doesn't last long!

Thanks to these two awesome P&G products from Have You Tried This Yet?, I'm ready for spring and looking forward to all the fun we're going to have as a family!

Keep checking back for more tips and ideas from The Trend Trio at PGTryIt.com!

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Bring out your dresses and show off your legs this spring

April 8, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

While combining different colors and pairing a cute top with jeans or a chic skirt is what makes spring fashion fun, there’s just something elegant and comforting about wearing dresses this season.

For one thing, wearing a dress might make your mornings a little easier if you don’t have the time to mix and match separate pieces. Purchasing just one dress versus several pieces to complete an outfit is cost-effective.

In thinking about the perfect spring dress, consider wearing floral prints, brights and pastels. But whatever you decide to wear, whether it’s brights, whites or even a classic little black dress, here’s my number one recommendation before wearing any skirt this spring: prepare your legs for dress-wearing weather.

I recommend the Gillette® Venus & Olay Razor to boost your shave and lock in your skin’s moisture for less dryness vs. Venus Breeze over time. I’ve found that it makes shaving smoother and easier. It’s the ideal razor for the transition from winter to spring.

To help save some additional money, make sure you treat your spring outfits well in the wash so that you can wear some of your favorite pieces again the following year. By adding Tide Vivid White + Bright Detergent and Boost to your wash, it will help keep whites like new, wash after wash, and liven your colors.

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5 Fun Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

April 8, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Earth Day is special to me. Not only is it a great reminder to take care of the world around us, but it’s also my oldest son’s birthday. I love finding creative ways to incorporate “Earth Day” into our birthday celebration for him. Below are some things I do to make sure the day is extra special!

#1. Plant a Tree

On my son’s first birthday, we planted a tree for him and every year we take a photo of him with his tree. It’s really neat to look back and see how much they have both grown throughout the year.

My son takes special care of his tree he even named him Bert! He waters him, trims off the dead leaves and he even talks to him (yes, we say good morning to his tree). This has taught both of my boys from an early age that trees are living and we need to take care of them.

#2. Earth Day Jar

Every year, we create an “Earth Day Jar.” On slips of paper or ice cream sticks (depending on what I have on hand), we write ways we will help the Earth throughout the year. Then we place them into a jar or a can that we have on hand (key is to reuse items you already have; you are, after all, helping the Earth). Periodically throughout the year, we will go through the jar and read the sticks. I’ll even give the kids a little surprise if they complete some of the tasks on their own.

#3. Go to the Movies

Every year on Earth Day, a new documentary is released. It has been our tradition, since my oldest was able to walk, to take the kids to see this movie. What I love most is that they are always educational and my boys will ask my husband and me a ton of questions afterwards. It’s a great way to educate them on animals and the environment.

#4. Start a Garden

I’m so excited because this year we are starting our very first garden as a family! To make it extra special, we are going to create a small section for each of my boys where they will plant their choice of veggies. My husband is going to make little signs out of wood that they can each paint and write their names on. We will then put this in their section, so they know where their garden starts.
There are so many benefits from starting a family garden; kids learn responsibility, you can bond as a family, it introduces your children to new tastes, you can teach them how a plant grows, and it gets everyone to eat more fruit and veggies!

#5. Have a Party!

This one is easy for me since it’s my son’s birthday, but you can easily throw an “Earth Day” party by asking a few friends over for a potluck lunch/dinner. Have everyone bring a craft or activity for the kids.

Some ideas:

  • Make a bird feeder
  • Create puppets out of old socks and put on a puppet show
  • Set-up a painting station where the kids can paint on old t-shirts, recyclable paper, etc. Use old plastic containers (from yogurt or sour cream, for example) to hold water for the paint brushes.

Remember, kids can be green too! By coming up with fun activities, your kids will learn to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Don’t forget to keep visiting PGTryIt.com to keep up with all of my videos and posts as your family expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? You can also visit me at www.lifewithoutpink.com.


Family Rules with a Pop of Color

March 19, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Hey everyone, it's Monica your Home Expert on the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G. I'm a big fan of displaying meaningful art around your home. You definitely don't have to go with pre-made art pieces from those big box stores, or even expensive, original art. You can frame the keys to all of the homes you've lived in, or an awesome piece of fabric, or even your favorite pieces of jewelry to make a statement in your home that has meaning to you. One of my favorite ideas for art is to establish the rules your family lives by and to display them in a fun and colorful way.

Step #1: Come up with your "family rules."

Everyone has a different way of doing things and relating to each other. Figure out what rules your family follows and type them up using a fun font. Don't be afraid to include the quirky and silly stuff that makes your family unique!

Step #2: Buy a cheap frame and embellish it!

It's not enough to figure out what your family rules are; you also have to find a way to incorporate them in a cool way into your home decor! I had an old frame in my basement that wasn't being used and that really needed an update. If you don't have a frame, craft stores have inexpensive options. I saw these cool blue beads in the jewelry supply area at my local craft store and knew they would look perfect on my frame. I figured out the repeating pattern around the frame and used my hot glue gun to adhere them to the frame.

Check back here at PGTryIt.com again soon, to see what other fun projects I'm up to and what P&G products are helping to make my crazy life easier!

Springtime Grooming

March 19, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

Did your hair survive the cold this winter? For the most part, my hair took a beating with the Northeast’s frigid and dry temperatures. But now that spring is here, with a quick trim and the right products, I am confident my hair will be in better shape in no time.

No matter the season, we each have our personal challenges when it comes to hair, but one thing we all seek is extra strength for our locks. That’s why I trust the Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Collection as it coats each hair strand to help repair the protective outer layer and provides strength against future damage (strength against damage vs. non-conditioning shampoo).

Along with using a good shampoo and conditioner that helps strengthen your hair, I encourage you to always comb your hair gently, starting on the ends and working your way up to avoid breakage.

Now that we’ve got your hair covered, I’d like to ask you a personal question that is often embarrassing for most women to answer. Do you find yourself with facial hair? It’s totally not a pleasant conversation to have but it’s a reality for many of us. But I have some good news!

You can easily remove unwanted hair with the Olay® Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo, a gentle two-step system for smooth, visibly hair free skin. I love the fact that you can do this alone in the privacy of your home, and that it eliminates unwanted facial hair simply and smoothly! Don’t you agree, ladies?

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5 Ways To Make Cleaning Fun For The Kids (And You)!

March 19, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Ah it's that time again... spring-cleaning! In our family, we take one or two weekends and dedicate it to getting the house back in shape and ready for spring.

Now that my boys are getting a little older, they are very eager to help. The problem is they get bored very easily. I came up with a few fun ways to make spring-cleaning fun and not a drag.

  • 1. Have a little competition: My boys thrive on games and competition. We will break up into teams and assign tasks. The first team to complete all of their tasks gets bragging rights!
  • 2. Dance party: We will make up silly dances while cleaning or even pretend to put on a rock concert while organizing the garage. Not only is it a great way to make a boring chore a bit more fun but it also burns calories at the same time. Score for mom!
  • 3. Small tasks: Both of my boys love helping so we give them small tasks that we know they can complete on their own. This allows them to feel a sense of accomplishment, rather than getting frustrated and giving up too easily.
  • 4. Mission time: We will send our boys on a mission like true superheroes.
  • For example: The first part of the mission is to organize the toy room. The second part is to wipe down the cabinets in the kitchen and the third part is to make sure their room is clean.

    For every mission they complete, they get a sticker. At the end of the day, they can cash in their stickers for a surprise!

  • 5. Create their own cleaning caddy: Since my boys love carrying around their own toolbox, I thought why not make them a cleaning caddy? We let them decorate their caddy with stickers to give it a more personalized touch. They love grabbing their caddies and going to work.

Remember, cleaning doesn’t have to be dreadful. Think of ways to make it fun and enjoyable for the whole family!

Check out Have You Tried This Yet? from P&G to get the inside scoop on innovative products and bright ideas that can make your life easier. Don’t forget to check back often at PGTryIt.com to keep up with all of my videos and posts as your family expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? You can also visit me at www.lifewithoutpink.com.


Spruce Up Your Fridge

March 18, 2013

MONICA

MONICA MANGIN

HOME TASTEMAKER

Can you believe spring is finally here? I've been excitedly awaiting the return of warm weather here on the East Coast and while I've been waiting I've done lots of spring cleaning! One project that was super-simple, and yet has me pretty excited is my Fridge Spruce Up!

With four kids, our fridge is constantly being opened and closed, having little spills, and taking a bit of a beating. I feel like no matter how many times I wipe my clear, glass shelves down, within a day they're dirty again!

See what I mean... Yuck!

The first step was to use Bounty® paper towels to give these shelves a serious cleaning. Once they were thoroughly scrubbed, I tried to make them a little more fun!

All I did was purchase inexpensive plastic placemats and cut them down to the right size for my fridge. I love the graphic pattern and how they're not going to get all foggy like the clear glass did.

Doesn't that look so much better? I can't believe what a BIG difference a placemat can make! I also like that I can just run them through the dishwasher when they get a little dingy. I'm all about simple cleaning that looks cute too!

The wood floors in front of my refrigerator might be the dirtiest part in my kitchen. After tackling the inside of the fridge, I finished the job right by cleaning my floors with my Swiffer® WetJet® Extra Power Pad with the scrubbing power of Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser.

That Mr. Clean® sure knew what he was doing, because it worked so well and got rid of all that tough dirt my kids tend to leave behind.

After tackling a big job like a fridge and floor cleanup, I needed a little "me time"... As a mom, wife & blogger, sometimes the only time I get away is when I sneak off for a shower to get ready for the day. I love using Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong shampoo and conditioner.

Did you know honey is nature’s golden elixir? Once a luxury reserved for kings and queens, honey has been revered for centuries as a natural healing remedy and beauty secret for the hair. If it's good enough for royalty, then it's definitely up my alley! Plus, with my wild mane, I need products that are going to strengthen my hair!

So, as you wrap up your Spring Cleaning, consider giving your fridge a spruce up, but make sure you don't work too hard... remember to take a little "me time" for yourself! I highly recommend it!

Check back here at PGTryIt.com soon for more ideas and inspiration from the Trend Trio Experts!

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How to Transition from Winter to Spring

March 18, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

While I love the spring, transitioning your beauty products from winter to the new season can sometimes be stressful. The creams and lotions we use during the cold months are too rich for spring and summer and can lead to breakouts if you don’t make the switch.

To make things a little easier as you shuffle through your make-up case wondering what to replace and what to keep, I’ve listed the four, must-have products that are all you need this season:

  • Gentle facial cleanser to remove dirt and oil without causing irritation
  • Light moisturizer with SPF to hydrate skin and protect it from the sun
  • Oil-free foundation to cover blemishes without causing breakouts
  • Facial scrub for exfoliating once a week

And although the temperature is warmer in the spring, it might still be a bit chilly and you’re still using the heat at home. To prevent dry skin, try leaving a window open for a few minutes a day. The cooler air will freshen up your place and help open pores.

My Two Secret Weapons For Getting My Skin Ready For Spring!

March 18, 2013

TINA

TINA SEITZINGER

FAMILY TASTEMAKER

Helloooo sunshine I’m so happy to see you! I love the fact that I can open the windows to let the light breeze in and fill my house with sweet smells from the outdoors. I’m ready to ditch my sweaters and boots and slip into something a bit more fun and light for the nice weather.

Now that my family will be spending more time outside burning energy and keeping active, it’s important for me to get my skin ready. Plus, on the weekends I’ll be sitting at the baseball field cheering on my two boys, so I want to make sure my skin looks and feels its best.

I love wearing sundresses, but that means my legs will be more exposed (ekk!). That’s why the Gillette® Venus & Olay Razor is my go-to razor to help keep my legs looking smooth. This powerful duo gives me a long-lasting shave and locks in the moisture allowing my legs to feel soft and silky. Now I don’t have to feel self-conscious wearing dresses and it saves me from embarrassment when someone accidently bumps into my unshaven legs!

Which brings me to another, um, hairy matter in the springtime. No matter how much I pluck, there are still tiny pieces of hair I can't seem to get. By using Olay® Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo in just two simple steps the hair is gone poof! There are no signs of redness and irritation, which prevents me from having to hide my face in public.

Anything that allows me to feel more confident in my appearance and saves me time is definitely worth adding to my beauty routine!

Don’t forget to check back often to keep up with all of my videos and posts as your family expert in the Trend Trio from Have You Tried This Yet? You can also visit me at www.lifewithoutpink.com.

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Bring Out Those Spring Colors!

March 16, 2013

MERCEDES

MERCEDES SANCHEZ

BEAUTY TASTEMAKER

No matter where you live, I’m sure you’re looking forward to welcoming spring with open arms. I’m ready to put my heavy, gray parka and snow boots back in storage where they belong and start wearing fun colors againwithout spending money on a new wardrobe.

While trends are fun, I encourage you to shop for timeless pieces every time you hit the stores. This way you will always have articles of clothing you love year after year.

Two of my favorite timeless clothing items that fit any occasion and never go out of style are my pastel green blazer and my white pencil skirt. But before wearing your favorite fashion pieces, make sure you give them a good wash. I’ve been using Tide Vivid White + Bright Detergent and Boost it’s just what you need this spring as it whitens whites and brightens brights!

For those items that have been locked away in storage and are coming straight from a bin or closet, when washing, I recommend you add Downy Infusions Honey Flower as it refreshes fabrics with energizing scents and its Renewing Scent Pearls add fresh bursts of fragrance throughout your day.

And when you are ready to shop, don’t be afraid to add color to your outfit and experiment with different hue combinations—subtle color blocking never goes out of style.

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