Thursday, March 3, 2011

CLOSED: Purex Complete Crystals Review and GIVEAWAY ends 3/13 (3 WINNERS)

I told you recently that I was accepted as a Purex Insider And that as part of that I was sent a fantastic little sample of Purex Complete Crystals. I ALSO told you that I would soon have the oportunity to GIVEAWAY some Purex Complete Crystals to some lucky readers! Well, the time for my review and giveaway has finally come!

First, let me tell you about Purex Complete Crystals. It is, simply put, a laundry softener in crystal form! And here are a few other facts about it that make these crystals different from most of the laundry softners out there (These come straight from Purex):
  • 92% Natural and NOT oil based!
  • Helps towels stay fresh and absorbant (many other softners leave oily residue that can interfere with absorbancy)
  • Is 100% safe on Children's Sleepwear and does NOT interfere with the flame retardant qualities.
  • Does not inhibit wicking fabric (as found in most sports wear).
So what did I think of it?!

Well, first all of those fantastic facts aside, can I just add that I LOVE how it smells?! VERY fresh and long lasting. I have so far tried just the fresh spring waters scent and it is wonderful...usually at our house I use frangrance and dye free everything for laundry because of the sensitive skin that plagues our house, but I used this and loved the scent. I also have not had any of the sensitive skin family members complain, so it must not be a bother for them!! That was a pleasant surprise! 

I realize this might sound silly, but I also LOVE that it is a crystal form. One of my favorite things in the world is to take a nice warm bath with bath crystals or salts that make my skin feel smooth and fantastic. When I pour these refreshingly fresh scented crystals into my washer, I feel like I am giving my clothing a perfect bath as well. Then when I put on the clothes, I feel like I am doing my skin a favor as well.  Totally corney I know, but it is really how I feel. I love it!

By now, I am sure you are looking for a way to try these Purex complete Crystals Softners yourself, and I have good news for you! You CAN! Here is how:

BUY IT: Available at WalMart and other Major Retailors. Before you go buy it though, make sure to go here and print out a money saving coupon!!

WIN IT: 3 Lucky Beckees Deals readers will each win (1) FREE coupon for a bottle of Purex Complete Crystals Softner!!

Here is how to enter the Giveaway (PLEASE make sure to leave an email address in each comment so I can reach you should you win):

MANDATORY ENTRY (Must do this first for other entries to count): Go check out The Purex Crystals page here and come back and leave a comment about 1 thing you learned from their website!

Once you have done that, you can get 4 extra entries by doing the following things (Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, and leave me your email address in each comment so I know how to contact you should you win):

1. Become a PUBLIC GFC follower of my blog.

2. Subscribe to my blog via Email or an RSS feed/reader. (Yes-you can use this entry if you are already an email or RSS subscriber- just let me know how you subscribe to my blog).

3. Become a Facebook fan of my blog here.

4. Follow me on Twitter here.

This giveaway is for US residents only.

Be sure to leave a comment for each entry with your email address. The winner will be chosen using  This giveaway ends on Sunday, March 13 11:59 PM Central Time.

***As mentioned, I am a Purex Insider, and Purex provided me with a FREE sample of the Crystals for myself as well as 3 coupons for the giveaway. However, as always all opinions are my own!***


Optimal Sleeping Positions while Pregnant?!!

The picture itself should show how sleep deprived I am...

I get a couple weekly pregnancy email newsletters. Last night I could not I could not get comfortable, so When I woke up and saw that the newsletter today was titled "Optimal Sleeping Positions While Pregnant," I just hit the delete button without opening it and threw my phone (on which I was reading my email) across the bed.

I just noticed that email again in my trash box (I had accidently trashed another thing I needed and was recovering it). All I could think is "What could it possibly say?!" I still did not open the email, but I am convinced that if I HAD opened it, it would simply have had to say "...There are none, sorry sucker!"

This thought brought to you by the very pregnant Beckee...


FREE Clean and Clear body wash sample via TEXT-HURRY!

Hey there-these usually go really quick, but it just worked for me so try it now! Shop Text will give out some samples of Clean and Clear Body Wash right now. Just Text BODY to 467467 on your cell phone to get your FREE Clean & Clear Morning Burst Body Wash.

HURRY!! These always go SUPER fast!

Thanks Bargain Divas.


Eden's Aprons & Gifts...My baby girl is the Model!!

Recently I stumbled upon a SUPER cute Etsy shop & Facebook page! It was for Eden's Aprons & Gifts. I fell in LOVE with her CUTE aprons immediately! AND shortly after I "liked her Facebook page, I saw she wanted to have some lovely little ladies model for a new product she was making: Pillow Case Dresses. I was SOOO excited that I signed little Cat up right away! Check out some shots of her in the incredible Pillow Case Dress I got from Eden's Aprons & Gifts.

Isn't this dress ADORABLE?! AND it is nice that is works alone, or with something under it for those colder days!!

I HIGHLY recommend checking out all the fantastic items over at Eden's Aprons & Gifts. You will not be disappointed! And while you are checking her out, stop by her Facebook page and "Like" her there.

**I am not being paid or compensated in any way for this post. It is just my opinion. I even paid for the dress (though to fully disclose all, it was discounted).***


ABCs of Beckees Deals...getting to know the blogger behind the blog.

The last couple weeks, this post as been making it's rounds, and I love it! I love to learn more about bloggers. I enjoyed reading this list on Frugal Fit & Fabulous last week and thought I would answer the same ABC questions on here! Because, like I said, I like to get to know the ladies and gentlemen that write my favorite blogs, and if you are anything like me, I thought you might like getting to know a bit more about me. First-that is me and Salsa pictures above...Now, here we go:

A. Age: 32

B. Bed size: California King. It may be the only piece of furniture we own that was not a hand me down and it is super comfy. Thanks to my mom and dad for giving it to us for our wedding (and to my great Uncle Plato for giving them a deal on it so they could afford it!! He owns a furniture store in SLC).

C. Chore you hate: um..all off them! But I hate vacuuming and toilet cleaning the most.

D. Dogs: allergic, but my grandpa had this yappy chihuahua named Tuba that was mean as could be, but I think back fondly of him now...

E. Essential start to your day: a couple of hits of the snooze button and Wes helping me get the heck out of bed. Seriously-I am the WORST morning person-the worst! (Did I hear some "Amens" from my family members and roommates of the past?!) The kids are lucky I can get up and get them to the bus on time, and they should thank my awesome alarm clock and their very patient daddy that prods his wife awake ever so gently each morning in spite of my terrible attitude!!!

F. Favorite color: Purple, Silver, Black and Red

G. Gold or silver: Depends, but my wedding ring is gold. 

H. Height: 5' 6" inches...and I am SUPER short in my dad is almost 6'7" (I think he claims 6'6" these days, but he is not the tallest in his family.  I have at least 10 cousins, male and female that are over 6') I am the oldest of my siblings, and the shortest (well-maybe Andrea is shorter). Even my 13 year old brother has passed me now.

I. Instruments you play: very little piano and even less violin.

J. Job title: Mommy to 4-almost 5-cute little kiddos, Wife to Dr J, PTO president, blogger, and former high school drama teacher (also taught English, Stage Crew and film studies).

K. Kids: 4 amazing kids and one that will be arriving anytime now.  They all have awesome and unique names, but I have not used them here just to be a bit more safe. We are currently looking for a fantastic unique boy name to use for the baby coming soon!!  The girls are "Salsa" age 8 and "Cat" age 2. The boys are "E Dawg" age 6 (almost 7) and "Army" or more often called "Sugar Pup" age 4. 

L. Live: Currently in Omaha, Nebraska. Born and raised (mostly) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lived in East Lansing, MI and Aurora, CO as a young teen while my dad was in law school.  Spent a summer in college living in San Diego.  Lived in Omaha for my husband to attend medical school, moved to Spokane, WA for his internship year, and moved BACK to Omaha for his residency. We will be moving to Scottsdale, AZ for a fellowship in about a year (first day will be June 30, 2012). How was that for a long winded answer?!

M. Mom’s name: My mom has a GREAT name: Rochelle!

N. Nicknames: I go by Beckee though I am actually a Rebecca.  My dad calls me Bekabear (it makes my husband laugh every time) and Ribbon.  Lately though I am usually just called Mom or "So & So's mom".  Sometimes I am Dr J's wife though too...   :)

O. Overnight hospital stays: I think only when I have had my 4 kids.  But I did have surgery as a 4 year old that I may have stayed overnight for...

P. Pet peeve: Slow and bad drivers, when the kids leave the front door open, cleaning, driving through Wyoming...

Q. Quote from a movie: "I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is" (Zoolander)  (My sister in law claims this quote as her own, but I love it so much she has to share...sorry Stef!)

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty...but one of my kids is a lefty, so I am learning to think like a lefty to help him out...

S. Siblings: I am the oldest of 4 kids. (Here is where you all start to think I am crazy). I have a sister, Andrea, and she is about 2 1/2 years younger than I. Next is Melanie and she is 10 years younger than I, and our baby straggler is the sole brother, Spence. He is only 13. I am 19 years and 10 days older than him...I was a Senior in HS when my mom got pregnant and my parents made me go to the store to buy the pregnancy test...funny story I will have to share someday...

T. Time you wake up: Well, I could not sleep last night so I am unsure how to answer that...the whole house was wide awake at 6 am when the garbage truck came by...

U. Underwear: Always the same...

V. Vegetable you dislike: Eggplant...ew! That is all...

W. What makes you run late: Um...I want to blame the kids, but I have to be honest and say I make myself late-usually because I cannot remember where I put my keys...oh and I forget there will be other cars on the road-seriously what is the deal with traffic! :)

X. X-rays you’ve had:  A lot. We have a lot of X-Rays around the house because my husband is a Radiologist and we have had the chance to x-ray random objects for a science fair project, and he has some awesome animal x-rays. We also tend to get relatives sending us a lot of x-rays for him to take a look at...It is kind of interesting to see all of it!

Y. Yummy food you make: I love to cook and used to think I was pretty awesome. Until I got married to Mr Chef! His mom was a chef an d taught him well...I am still a good cook, but no one in the world can throw together something from whatever we have in the pantry and fridge (Iron Chef style) like Wes! WOW!

Z. Zoo animal favorite: Monkeys! I LOVE the baby monkeys especially! SOOOO cute!!!

So, now that you know more than you ever wanted to about me, tell me about you!! If you have a blog-repost this with your answers then comment and let me know where I can go to read all about you. If you do not have a blog, I still want to know all about you-repost this wherever you want-Facebook, on a comment on this post, in and email (beckeesdeals at gmail dot com)!  I LOVE to read about and get to know my blogger and reader friends!! LOVE IT!