Thanks to Purex Insiders for a product to review, and for the giveaway coupons. All opinions my own.

Purex Crystals Scent Splash

I know, I know: you already know about Purex Crystals, and you love them. That’s a pretty universal opinion. BUT, did you know that Purex now has a new twist on the crystals?

Yes indeed. Now, Purex Crystals come in a liquid form, called Purex Crystals Scent Splash. I am telling you, when you open the bottle lid, it’s like a little vacation for your nose. It smells SO good!

You can vary the amount of scent in your laundry by adjusting the amount you pour in. Most loads use 1/2 a capful, but you can use either more or less depending on how much of a scent junkie you are.

The Fresh Spring Waters scent that I tested smelled divine — fresh and clean. You can also try Fresh Lavender Blossom or Fresh Mountain Breeze. I think they all sound like winners!

Speaking of winners — Purex has provided me with coupons that I’d like to send to two of you, for a FREE bottle of Scent Splash. Enter using the rafflecopter form below by April 9, and I’ll choose a random winner April 10. Enjoy your wonderful-smelling laundry!
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A recent trip to Disney World saw me enjoying fare at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review, Chefs de France, and Mama Melrose’s, and yet if I had to name a single favorite food memory, it would probably be the lowly Starring Rolls Cafe at Hollywood Studios.

Starring Rolls Cafe Hollywood Studios

As you can see, its appearance doesn’t just pop out at you, and I had to look a little to find the place. When you enter the park, veer to the right, like you’re heading to the main attractions — Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Roller Coaster. But instead of turning right on Sunset Boulevard, keep going straight just a bit, and Starring Rolls will be on your right, adjacent to Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.

Don’t let the “afterthought” look of Starring Rolls fool you. Inside, there are so many treats:

Starring Rolls cupcakes

Most of the foods offered are of the sweet variety, but that was great for me. Look at all the delicious cupcake options! The bottom row features some Starring Rolls specialties: cupcakes you won’t find anywhere else at the Disney parks.

Starring Rolls Red Velvet Cupcake

How about a Red Velvet Cupcake to start your morning?

Starring Rolls Butterfinger cupcake

Or maybe a Butterfinger Cupcake is more to your liking? Picky, picky.

Starring Rolls Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

But my personal favorite was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake. It’s filled with a glob of chocolate peanut butter frosting-type goo that is irresistible.

Sure, the prices on these little darlings aren’t cheap, at about $5 for a single cupcake. Still, they are huge (about 4″ tall), and if you have the Disney Dining Plan, they qualify as a “snack.” Trust me, if you eat one of these, you will not be hungry again for hours.

Some caveats:

  • Starring Rolls is not open all day. Some members of our party wanted to go buy a cupcake during the late afternoon when we visited in February, but when we arrived, we found that it had closed at 3. Hours vary by season, but Starring Rolls is generally a breakfast/lunch venue. Yes, you can order sandwiches here. I’m just not discussing them because they’re not as exciting as the sweets!
  • If you get a cupcake, ask for a fork as well. They are just too big and awkward to eat without one. And they’re definitely big enough to share — so maybe ask for two forks (and an extra plate as well. Oh, and napkins — that goo is sticky!)

Have you visited Starring Rolls Cafe? What is your favorite menu item?

Thanks to Scoop NYC for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own.

Style icons: do you have one? My style icon is Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. She always manages to look cool, chic, stylish, and sophisticated. How can your recreate her look, even if you’re not destined to be Queen of England one day?

Stores like Scoop NYC make it possible! Scoop NYC specializes in designer fashions that men and women alike will swoon over. You don’t need to travel to New York, Paris, or Rome to buy designer pieces. Scoop NYC carries clothing you’ll love, created by designers like Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Ronny Kobo, and more. If you spend over $150, they’ll even ship your order at no extra charge.

Scoop NYC Capsleeved Victorian Lace DressI love the glam Capsleeved Victorian Lace Dress. It has a sleek, modern shape and color, features the lace look that is currently so popular, yet is romantic as well with the sleeve detail. I can just imagine Duchess Kate showing up in a dress like this for an official engagement. You’d look amazing in this, too,  at a wedding or at any formal event.

Have you ever loved a certain look in clothing, and yet when you tried putting pieces together yourself to create the same idea, you found that it wasn’t quite so easy? Scoop NYC has you covered there with their Ultimate Closet page — it’s a place to see various items put together in ways that look fabulous.

Scoop NYC After Dark Ultimate ClosetHere are ideas from their After Dark page — chic, sophisticated looks that women and men alike will look great in this spring.

Which is your favorite Scoop NYC look? Do they carry your favorite designer?


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Fisher Price Little People Tales

Fisher Price TV-Radio Little People

So what are the Little People doing today? Watching — and listening to — the TV-Radio.

You might spy a cat and a mouse on the screen, and sure enough, what’s playing is “The Farmer in the Dell.” Continue Reading »

Bach’s 20 Children

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JS Bach

Elias Gottlob Haussmann [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Recently, one of my piano students began working on a piece by J. S. Bach. We were reading the little blurb at the top, which mentioned that, in addition to being one of the greatest composers of all time, he had 20 children.

“Wow,” I said to the student. “Do you watch ‘19 Kids and Counting‘?”

He nodded.

“Well, Bach even beat the Duggars. They just had 19 kids, but he had twenty!”

The boy was suitably impressed.

But the Bach family’s story, as you might guess given the times they lived in, was not as happy as the Duggars’ appears to be. Continue Reading »

Thanks to Dial for a product to review, and for the giveaway coupons. All opinions my own.
Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap

Washing hands. We all do it, multiple times per day. Why not make it more enjoyable? That’s what Dial has done, with their new line of Boutique Collection soaps. I love these soaps! They smell great and look classy as well, without the boutique price! Continue Reading »

Book Chat

This month’s book reviews, which may contain affiliate links. Check out what others are reading at 5MinutesforBooks. Thanks to Blogging for Books for a review copy of The Perfect Score Project:
Perfect Score Project

The Perfect Score Project: One Mother’s Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT was written by Debbie Stier, and I think she and I could be friends in real life. We’re the same age, and we are both overachievers who jump into things with gusto. Inspired by wanting to help her ADHD son with the SAT, Debbie began a project in which she took the well-known college entrance test seven times in a single year, in addition to trying several test-prep methods.

I found this book fascinating! It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about what kind of info the SAT tests, and what it doesn’t … lots of facts about the history of the test. A few things I marked — Continue Reading »

Menu Plan Monday


Happy Menu Plan Monday! It is spring, although the temperatures here don’t really reflect that yet. We’re in the 40s today, and for the foreseeable future. But many friends are mentioning that they see flower greenery peeking through the ground, and when I go out to investigate, I might discover the same thing.

firecracker begonia boliviensis

Indoors, at least, the “firecracker” begonia is blooming :)

This week, our spring break begins on Friday. Until then, though, I have lots and lots of things to do. Here’s how the week’s menu plan is shaping up: Continue Reading »

Childhood Memories Friday

Easter is coming soon, so let’s look back at Easter as it appeared in the 1960s — in this case, Easter 1967:

Easter 1967

Here I am, age 2, with my mom. We’re in the front yard on Easter morning. I wish the photo was closer-up, but still, I like seeing our house (the beloved split-level so popular in that era), with the blooming tulips and the big front windows that I viewed the world from. Continue Reading »

Jesus Sees Us: Review

Thank you to FlyBy Promotions for a product to review. All opinions my own.

Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 28:20

As Christians, we know that Jesus is always with us.

Still, there are times when we wish He “had skin on.” And if we feel that way as adults, how much more must it be true for kids?

Jesus Sees Us doll

Jesus Sees Us Doll

Well, now you can get a Jesus doll (yeah, I admit saying “Jesus doll” feels … weird) for your child, to give Jesus some touchable “reality.” Let’s Continue Reading »