Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review and Giveaway!

When I started using cloth diapers I stopped using dryer sheets, and ever since I've been looking for an alternative.  Well, I think I finally found it...Woolzies Dryer Balls!

I stopped using dryer sheets because I found out that the chemicals in them can leave a film on the surface of the dryer and transfer to the cloth diapers, causing a build up that could make the diapers leak.  First of all, I didn't want my diapers to leak!  Second, I try to avoid using chemicals when I can.  So, for the past year or so, I just haven't used anything besides laundry detergent, and I've noticed a lot of static in our clothing (and I kind of miss the smelly-goodness of the dryer sheets...even if it is produced by chemicals!).  I started looking for a solution and I saw that a lot of people have started using wool dryer balls, so I decided to give them a try...success!

I received a box of 6 wool dryer balls from Woolzies.  I've been using them for about a week on various loads of laundry.  They work great for my diapers; the liners come out very soft and fluffy.  I dried a pretty large load of sheets and towels and they were dry within an hour, where it usually takes about an hour and a half.  I did a load of regular clothes, including my husband's PT uniforms, which are notoriously full of static, and we both noticed a reduction in the amount of static in our clothes.  So, I've found an easy, all-natural alternative to fabric softeners and static reducers, and I get to use less electricity by cutting down drying time.  AND I saw that you can add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls to leave your laundry lightly scented!  I haven't tried that yet, but I'll get to have my yummy scented laundry again :}

I would highly recommend giving these a try, and take a step towards going green in 2014!  Happy New Year!

For more information, check out Woolzies' website here.  And don't forget to enter to win a 6 pack of dryer balls...a $34.95 value!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


Esthetician- part make up artist, part skin care specialist.  Around next August, I'm going to be one!   That's right...I'm going back to school!!  In January I'm beginning classes at Milan Institute of Cosmetology here in El Paso, and I'm so excited!

I've wanted to do this since high school.  In fact, I started college as a theatre major thinking that I would get experience doing stage makeup.  I didn't really, but by then I figured I'm already two years into this whole college thing, I might as well just keep going and get my bachelor's degree.  I'm not saying I think my college experience was a waste.  The education I got was invaluable (and that's where I met the husband!), but being a makeup artist has always been in the back of my mind.

Lately I've been thinking about getting a job.  Not sure why exactly...I've been very happy to be a stay-at-home mom.  But I started thinking about the types of jobs I could get (besides teaching), and I'd pretty much be limited to waiting tables or maybe doing office work...blah.  Then a few weeks ago I had to go to the PX on post and they happened to be doing an education fair that day.  I said to myself, if I pass by a table handing out info about one of the local cosmetology schools, I'll start to consider going.  And there they were!  At first I thought I might wait until the boys started school before I went to school myself, but I've been thinking and praying about this a lot, and I really feel like now is the time for me to go.  So yesterday I enrolled!  I'm really looking forward to the new challenge and finally doing something I've wanted to do for years!  Wish me luck!

I'll leave you with this little video clip that I thought was appropriate for the occasion: