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March 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls review and GIVEAWAY!

What the heck is a Woolzie Dryer Ball? 

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A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across an ad for Woolzies 100% Pure New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls.  Hmmm... I'm not going to lie.  The name got my attention.  

So, I clicked and read on to find out that Woolzies are these baseball sized balls of wool that you are supposed to toss in your dryer with your wet clothes.  They bounce around in there helping dry your clothes more quickly and keep them soft while also reducing wrinkles and static.  I HAD to try them.

The awesome people at Woolzies sent me a set to review, so here is what I found:

Since my whole family suffers from terrible eczema and psoriasis, using fabric softener really bothers our skin.  The reason I have always stuck with it is because I am a sucker for softness and do not like static.  I thought nothing else would work like fabric softener to keep our clothes from feeling like scratchy cardboard.

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I am happy to report that Woolzies took care of both of those issues with zero problems.  Our clothes have been coming out of the dryer looking and feeling EXACTLY the same with the Woolzies as they did with the fabric softener sheets.  The only differences are that we're no longer ithcy and I'm no longer finding a million used dryer sheets randomly floating around the house, which is niiiiice.

I am so happy to have found something that really works to keep our clothes soft that doesn't have any chemicals that bother our sensitive skin.  Also, they're great for all those "tech" workout clothes we are constantly washing because now we can throw them in the dryer.  Most tech clothing shouldn't be washed or dried with fabric softener because it compromises the fabric.  Woolzies eliminates that problem completely.

Using Woolzies also cut our drying time a bit.  I can't say for certain how much time, but my washing machine cycles are now taking longer than my dryer cycles.  That has never happened before.  Of course, I haven't checked our bills but I would have to assume less drying time would mean less money for utilities.  

And one box of Woolzies is supposed to last for at least 1000 loads of laundry. Comparing $34.95 per box of Woolzies (although I have seen them cheaper on other sites) with about $6.50 per box of 160 Bounce fabric softener sheets, the price actually comes out to less money per load.  Seems well worth it to pay up front, if you want my opinion.

But hey, you don't have to take MY word for it!  You could enter to WIN a set for yourself right here! 

Just use the Rafflecopter form below and enter however you'd like.  You can choose one or more entries, but you must complete the task required for your entry to count.  Best of luck!

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Disclosure: As stated, I was given a box of Woolzies for review.  I was not compensated otherwise.  All opinions are my own.


The Vicious Cycle

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Why do a lot of us parents wait until we are sick to relax?

I have never understood it, but still do it regardless.  There are so many times when I'm in a frenzy - but feel completely well physically - that I just want to relax.  And yet, I don't do it.  No, I wait until I'm exhausted, full of mucous and phlegm, dizzy, nauseated, and achy to sit down for five minutes.  

What is the meaning of that madness?

There are plenty of times that I could have a babysitter for the kids so I could go and have some Me Time - if only I'd ask.  Is it guilt that stops me?  Pride? The feeling that I would be neglecting my duties as a mother if someone else watches my kids while I have fun?

All of the above, I guess.

So instead, I sit here typing with a tissue stuffed up my left nostril and my arsenal of cold medicine by my side thinking of how stupid I am for not taking time off last week when I wanted to.  If I had, I probably wouldn't be sick now.  I'd probably be well rested and feeling great.  And now the time I take off is to lick my wounds and go back into the trenches instead of sitting in a beauty salon getting my hair washed by someone else.  

To stop the vicious cycle I put myself on, I really need to take some time for myself when I'm well.  Take everyone up on their offers to watch the kids while I frolick in the flowers.  Maybe when I'm a little less dizzy.  

How about you?  Do you wait until you're sick to take a break?