Hawaiian Falls (Texas Waterpark) Giveaway!!

I was provided with tickets for my family in exchange for writing this post.
Family Four-Pack Hawaiian Falls Ticket Giveaway at ASlobComesClean.com

It’s summer.

I love summer.

Summer is all about fun, and this post is all about fun. I am SO excited to host this giveaway for a FOUR PACK of tickets to a Hawaiian Falls waterpark!!


Hmmmm. How to relate this to cleaning?? Well, even if you forget to do the dishes the night before, you won’t see them all day because you’re at the park, and you won’t even think about them because you’re having so much fun!

Now that I’ve made it totally, completely relevant, let me just say that my kids and I love these waterparks. We go every summer. As you know, I’m mostly, kinda-sorta taking the summer off from blogging. Days like the ones we spend at Hawaiian Falls are the reason. I want to be fully there with/for my kids during these fleeting days/years while I have them to myself.

All to my greedy-mommy-self.

So, when I had the opportunity to go play on the ropes course at one of the parks with some other Dallas bloggers, I took it. I took it because it meant I could offer one of you the chance to be with YOUR kids one day this summer doing fun stuff together.

I maybe also took it because I got tickets for me and my kids.

Fine. I mostly took this opportunity because it sounded so fun. And it was!

I love water rides. I love swimming. But this particular park in W. Settlement, Texas (and one like it in Pflugerville, TX near Austin) not only has water stuff, but also an Adventure Park!

Adventure Park at Hawaiian Falls WaterPark ASlobComesClean.com

Adventure Park = ropes course.

Ropes Course at Hawaiian Falls ASlobComesClean.com

Not only can you do the wave pool and the waterslides and the lazy river, you can play on three stories of ropes courses, each story with about ten challenges. That’s included in the price of going to the waterpark for the day. For an extra cost, you can also zipline across the entire park.

Like me: Zipline across the park at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark ASlobComesClean.com

I did that. Across the park and back again. Waaaahhhhh!!! Lest you think I’m brave, I took forEVER to step off that platform and I asked and re-asked the worker sixty-ba-jillion times if she was SURE everything was hooked correctly.

Fun, but scary.

Needless to say, my kids have decided we’re going to this specific park so they can experience the ropes course. Just note that if you go to one of the two with an Adventure Park (W. Settlement and Pflugerville), bring close-toed shoes and clothes to wear over your suit. You have to be dry, and can’t do it in flip flops. If I didn’t know that ahead of time, we’d not be prepared!

But you’ll have fun at any of the locations, even without the Adventure Park. I (and all my mom-friends) love these parks because they are amazingly family-friendly. They are small, so it’s easy to set up a meeting spot and get back to it if your family wants to split up for a ride or two. There are also plenty of shaded spots, and sections for younger kids. They also play family-friendly music and offer unlimited drinks for the day for 4.99! Not bad!

Oh. And parking is free.

All these things give my mama-heart the warm-fuzzies, and these warm-fuzzies got warmer when the owner spoke to those of us at the blogger event. Hearing his heart for this business was so interesting and fun. He is in this business specifically to provide a place for families to have fun together. The comfort and happiness of the mama is top priority. The small size and other family-friendly features are purposeful.

So, if you’re in Texas, check out the locations and see if there’s one near you. Or maybe you’re heading to the Dallas or Austin area for a vacation this summer! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below sharing your favorite family summer memory.

Enter the giveaway AND go ahead and use these coupons for Mondays and Tuesdays! These are some great savings!



Prize Details

One commenter will win a four-pack of tickets that can be used for one day’s admission to any of the seven Hawaiian Falls waterpark locations, all located in Texas. Most are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, plus one near Austin. Hawaiian Falls will provide the tickets and will mail them directly to the winner.

Giveaway details

You are allowed one entry. The prize is four one-day tickets to any Hawaiian Falls location, valued at $107.96. Tickets must be used in the summer of 2015. All parks are located in Texas. The giveaway is open to people living in the continental U.S. Enter by commenting on this post directly. The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 5th at 10 p.m. Central time. The winner (chosen randomly) will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to respond to the email. If a response is not received in that time, another winner will be chosen. See all giveaway policies here.

Podcast Listeners Click Here (to see the post and enter!)


How a Storage Unit Saved My Sanity (and a GREAT Giveaway from Extra Space Storage!)

Big Giveaway from Extra Space Storage

When Extra Space Storage asked if they could sponsor a post and an AWESOME giveaway here, I was excited to do it.

There was a time in my life when renting a storage space saved my sanity.

We’d moved. We had two little boys and didn’t know a soul in our new town. It was a good move for us, but I had been very happy where we were.

The stories we’d heard and hoped would happen to us (the ones where someone puts a house on the market and it sells the first day) hadn’t happened.

We tried having my husband live here with his sister until the house sold. Two weeks of attempting to keep the house perfect while also dealing with a 2yo and a 3yo on my own changed our mind. (I was a future Slob Blogger, after all.) We decided it was worth stretching our budget as far as it could possibly go (maybe a little farther) to rent a small house until our old house sold. We wanted to be together.

We moved everything we needed and left a normal-home’s worth of furniture in the house that was on the market.

(Did you catch that? We had enough stuff to fill two houses . . . )

We didn’t park in the garage of the rent house because it was filled with boxes.

It was a two-car garage.

Right after we moved, we found out I was pregnant. We were thrilled, but hormones combined with the stress of a home not selling combined with the fact that I could not seem to make a single friend sent me into a very dark place.

When our house finally sold five months later, things didn’t immediately improve like I’d assumed they would. At the exact same time our house sold, every house in our new (small) town that was a possibility . . . also sold.

AND, we now had EVERYthing we owned (which was WAY too much stuff) in that rent house.

Every wall was hidden behind boxes stacked to the ceiling.

As my daughter’s due date approached and this mama’s claustrophobia became almost unbearable, we made the decision to rent a storage unit.

I hadn’t wanted to rent one. This was a temporary situation. I kept thinking that ANY day we would find our new home and this difficult period would be finished. My excessive frugality and Make It Work!! personality had such a hard time justifying the expense when technically, we had “room” for the boxes, our beds, and our bodies.

We didn’t have room to walk around, but walking around? That’s a luxury.

Thankfully, the pregnancy hormones won. I can’t even express the relief and peace I felt after all that STUFF was in storage and we could finally LIVE in our temporary home.

I’m all for idealism. Now that I’ve been decluttering like a crazy woman for five years, I’m definitely all for purging down to what will actually fit in my house (my CONTAINer).

But I’m mostly for sanity. And for NOT tripping over things that are “temporarily” being stored in the living room because there’s no more room in the garage.

If renting a storage unit means your family can live (not just survive) in your home during a transitional period, it’s money well spent.

It definitely was for us.

The day we brought our daughter home from the hospital, the house we live in now went on the market. We put a contract on it within a week. She was two months old when we moved in, but we enjoyed those two months with her in our small, free-of-boxes-in-the-living-room rent house.

According to Extra Space Storage, most people rent storage units for these reasons:

  1. Moving/downsizing
  2. Life event (going to college, death of a loved one, divorce, etc.)
  3. Infrequently used items (holiday decorations, seasonal equipment, etc.)

About Extra Space Storage: We pride ourselves on being the best in four different areas – customer service, cleanliness, convenience and security. Our goal is to make the self storage experience as convenient and hassle-free as possible for our customers. We’re in the business of storing people’s belongings, keepsakes and memories and we take that very seriously. This is why our facilities implement the highest security technology, perimeter fencing and the majority have a manager that lives on site.

If something truly needs to be stored, and you don’t have real storage space in your home (the master bedroom doesn’t count . . . ), a temporary rented storage space is a great option.

Now for the giveaway details!!! (Y’all, I’m so excited about this!!)

winner of ess

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to Jen whose comment was randomly chosen by the WordPress Plug-in called: And The Winner Is . . .

The Prize: Extra Space Storage is giving away a $500 Home Depot gift card to be used to help one lucky winner become more organized in their lives.

That’s one lucky winner HERE at A Slob Comes Clean!!!

Restrictions: Winner must be a U.S. resident and be 21 years of age or older.

So how do you enter?

Share a photo of a decluttered space in your home on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #ESSandslobcomesclean !! Then come back here and leave a comment with the url to your entry!! (I’ll explain how to do that in a moment!)

A decluttered space!! That’s great motivation! And you DON’T have to show a before picture!!!

I know that’s a bit of work, but it’s a $500 Home Depot giftcard! Just think what you could get with that!!

So what do you need to do?

  1. Declutter a space. It can be a cabinet, a drawer, a closet or an entire room.
  2. Take a picture.
  3. Post that picture on Facebook (to the A Slob Comes Clean page or the Extra Space page), to Instagram, OR to Twitter using the hashtag #ESSandslobcomesclean in your post.
  4. Copy the URL of your social media post (detailed photo instructions are below!) and paste it in a comment on THIS post. (Replies to the email by email subscribers won’t count. You need to click on the title of the post in the email to get to the blog to comment.)
  5. Repeat for one of the other social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) in a NEW comment.
  6. Repeat again for the last of the three social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) in a NEW comment.
  7. Get an extra entry by liking Extra Space Storage on Facebook and leaving ANOTHER comment saying you did that. (You only need to post a picture to one social media site to be eligible for this additional entry.)
  8. Get even more entries by following Extra Space Storage on Twitter and Google+ and leaving comments saying you did!

Don’t forget that each entry needs to be in its own comment.

Stressed yet? Don’t be. You can enter by only making it through step 4! (But once you’ve done that, why not grab those additional entries!)

And here are instructions (with photos) for grabbing those URLs you need for your comments!


How to get the url of a specific tweet

For Instagram:

how to grab an instagram URL

For Facebook, you can post in this way to either my page or the Extra Space Storage page. Don’t post it on your personal profile or it may not show up.

How to Post and Grab a Time Stamp on Facebook

Please feel free to ask for help!

Now go declutter!!!



Legal Stuff:

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  One entry per person.  To be eligible, entrants must submit a photo of their decluttered  space. Entrants must be a legal resident of the United States and at least 21 years old.  Contest begins October 15, 2014 and ends October 24, 2014.    After the deadline, Extra Space Storage will select one winner out of all eligible entries in its sole and exclusive discretion.  The winner will be notified by October 25th via email and must respond within 48 hours or will forfeit the prize. The prize will be mailed to the winner by Extra Space Storage within thirty (30) days of being selected.  Any taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Prize is offered “as is.”  Extra Space Storage is not responsible for late, lost, or incomplete entries.  Extra Space Storage reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or prematurely conclude the contest for any reason.


A few more things for my own sake: ASlobComesClean.com is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. I am being compensated for my time writing this post and hosting this giveaway, but the story about the baby and the stuff-overwhelm and the boxes everywhere is my own.





Summer Survival Cleaning (And a Scotch-Brite Giveaway!)

The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified! Stephanie P won!!

It’s a sponsored post! With a giveaway!!!
Summer Survival Cleaning (And a Scotch-Brite Giveaway!) at ASlobComesClean.com

It’s summer. I love summer.

We’re keeping up with the basics, but the very nature of summer means there are days when dishwashing emergencies happen.

Y’know, like when you stay at the pool just a few (or twenty) minutes too long, so you decide the only option for getting dinner on the table AND showering before the evening’s baseball game is sticking something frozen in the oven.

On a cookie sheet.

But the cookie sheet is sitting in the sink (dirty) because it didn’t fit in the dishwasher last night.


Yay for our favorite kitchen tool.

Scotch-Brite sent my kids some cleaning tools so they could clean for me for Mother’s Day. Their favorite and mine is the Scotch-Brite Soap Dispensing Dishwand with Heavy Duty Cleaning Head.

It’s perfect for kids to use because it eliminates the need for excessive-dish-soap-squirting. (Not that my kids would know anything about that.)

It’s also perfect for quickly and easily washing the single cookie sheet I need NOW.

Oh, and then there are the moments when you’re heading out to the 50 cent summer movies and realize you never washed the popcorn bucket after the last movie you saw.

(You do realize all the “yous” in this post are talking about me, right? Okay, good.)

Using the Scotch-Brite Soap Dispensing Dishwand with Heavy Duty Cleaning Head at ASlobComesClean.com

Yep, the dishwand is good for popcorn-bucket-cleaning too. No need to squirt a glob of detergent into the bucket, spend five minutes rinsing obsessively, and then still end up wishing your popcorn didn’t taste a little like dish soap.


Scotch-Brite asked me to review two of our favorite tools, but it was hard to decide on the next one. I liked all of them.

Scotch-Brite Cleaning Tools Reviews at ASlobComesClean.com

I decided the coolest, totally-new-to-me one has to be the Stay Clean Scrubbing Dish Cloths. My middlest son used it in the video. As he said, it’s kind of like a sponge, a scrubber and a dishcloth all in one.

It has the soakey-uppy-ness of a sponge, but I can use it like a dishcloth. And . . . the other side is scrubby. You can fold it over to scrub the counter when you find a particularly scrub-worthy spot. This helps when someone (totally hypothetically, of course) missed a spaghetti-sauce-splatter the night before.

Or two nights before.

The only thing I don’t love is that when it dries, it no longer drapes over the divider in my kitchen sink the way a regular dishcloth would.

Scotch-Brite Cleaning Tools Review at ASlobComesClean.com

This is what it looks like when it dries:

Brand new Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Scrubbing Dish Cloth before and after laundering at ASlobComesClean.com

On the left is a laundered Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Scrubbing Dish Cloth and on the right is a brand new one. Once the used one is wet again, they function the same!

And now . . . it’s your chance to win your own Gift of Clean! Win some Scotch-Brite tools of your own!!

Scotch-Brite is offering one reader a prize pack of Scotch-Brite cleaning tools:

Win the #giftofclean from Scotch-Brite at ASlobComesClean.com

The value is $75!!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which of the tools I reviewed in this post sounds like something you need!

For extra entries, you have two choices:

  1. Follow @scotchbrite_3M on Twitter.
  2. Click here to tweet about the giveaway!

That’s a total of three possible entries, but remember to leave a comment for each one!

I’ll close this giveaway on June 30, 2014 at 9 p.m. Central time. I will use the And the Winner Is . . .  WordPress plugin to randomly choose a winner. (It’s totally random. I have nothing to do with the choosing other than hitting a button!) Once a winner is selected, he/she will have 48 hours to respond to my email with his/her mailing address or another winner will be selected. Scotch-Brite is solely responsible for the fulfillment of the prize and will ship it directly to the winner. See all my giveaway policies here.

One last thing: Obviously, this post was sponsored by Scotch-Brite. They sent me these products and I am being compensated for my time writing the post and hosting the giveaway. The experiences and opinions and last minute popcorn-bucket-washing? Those are all mine!


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