Vote for Your Favorite #TruCareForTroops Story

This is a sponsored post for an awesome cause!

TruCare4Troops

I shared recently that TruGreen is donating up to $10,000 to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. For each new like to the TruGreen Facebook page they’re donating one dollar, and for each uplifting story that was shared by the family member of an active duty or veteran member of the military they donated $100.

It’s now time to go vote on your favorite story. The entrants of the top five most voted on stories will receive gift card prizes!

If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love storytelling. Give me statistics and data and I’ll stare at you blankly.

But stories capture me and connect me to the heart of the people who make up the statistics.

It’s one thing to hear what the “troops” are dealing with, but it’s another to read the personal experiences of fathers and mothers who are parenting their kids, managing their homes, and loving one another while one parent is serving the country full time overseas.

I feel it’s my job to pass on the family stories to my own children that help them understand the realities of families whose loved ones fight for the country. I re-tell my own parents’ engagement tale. My mother and father married before their last year of college specifically so they’d have a year to be guaranteed to be together. The draft was in full force and men were being sent to Vietnam as soon as they graduated. That’s the reality of serving the country. Life paths shift and change.

I’m honored to be working with TruGreen to get these inspirational stories out for people to read.

Go to TruGreen’s Facebook page (remember that for each new like they’ll donate $1) and vote for the stories that make you understand the hearts of these heroes.

To participate in the TruGreen campaign for Children of Fallen Patriots, please go to: http://a.pgtb.me/FpRlNW

Participants can engage on social media using the hashtag: #TRUCARE4TROOPS

 

About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Established in 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is dedicated to providing college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Since its inception, Fallen Patriots has extended over $6.5 million in grants that have been awarded to more than 400 children attending universities throughout the United States.

 

About TruGreen

Memphis, Tenn.-based TruGreen is the nation’s largest lawn care company, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers across the United States with lawn, tree and shrub care. Your lawn and landscape need ongoing attention to stay healthy. That’s why TruGreen provides science-based solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. When combined with proper mowing and watering techniques, these services can maximize your lawn’s potential. As the leader in the professional lawn care industry, TruGreen is committed to responsible lawn care, including offering and promoting the use of natural, organic services and sustainable practices. Today, there are approximately 250 TruGreen branches in the United States and Canada, including about 35 franchise locations. Go to www.TruGreen.com or www.facebook.com/TruGreen for more information about TruGreen.

 

 

 

--Nony

Easy Way to Help #TRUCARE4TROOPS

This post is sponsored by TruGreen.
TruCare4Troops

Last weekend I was in San Diego for a blogging conference. After a few days cooped up in a hotel, sitting in front of my laptop, I was so excited to explore the town a little on my last night there.

Down at the waterfront, this sight made my eyes get misty:

"The Kiss" Statue in San Diego

See that HUMONGOUS statue? It’s called “The Kiss.”

I love this famous image. It made me think of my own grandparents who were young and in love when my grandfather was drafted to serve in the Navy.  They were high-school sweethearts who had married right after they graduated.

My grandfather was one of the last drafted because he already had two little boys, and he was one of the first to get to come home because his status changed when he added a third dependent (my mother) just after the war ended. (There was a little, ahem, visit while he was stationed near his family . . . )

I’m so thankful he was able to come home, and I love imagining his face when he saw his baby girl for the very first time when she was already a month old.

Not every family gets to experience that.

TruGreen knows this and is committed to honoring those members of the military who aren’t able to make it back to their families.

As Independence Day approaches, they’re hosting TruCare4Troops:

Now through July 23, 2014, TruGreen will be donating $1 to Children of Fallen Patriots for every ‘like’ the TruGreen Facebook page receives up to $10,000.  In addition, TruGreen is asking the family members of active duty and military veterans to share an uplifting story about their hero.   TruGreen will donate $100 for each story entry, and the entrants of the top five most “voted on” stories will receive gift card prizes.

Submit your story between June 24th – July 12th, and/or vote on the submitted stories between July 13th – July 23rd.

At TruGreen, we feel it is our responsibility as good citizens to give back to those in need when we can,” said John Hasselle, TruGreen Marketing Manager.  “We are honored to be donating to Children of Fallen Patriots, where we know that our support is helping to ensure that every military child who has lost a parent in the line of duty receives all necessary college funding.

I love simple ways to support important causes! You can go here to do the easiest thing ever and like the page. That’s also where you can share your story. You can also chat about it all on social media using the hash-tags #TRUCARE4TROOPS.

About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Established in 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is dedicated to providing college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Since its inception, Fallen Patriots has extended over $6.5 million in grants that have been awarded to more than 400 children attending universities throughout the United States.

About TruGreen

Memphis, Tenn.-based TruGreen is the nation’s largest lawn care company, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers across the United States with lawn, tree and shrub care. As the leader in the professional lawn care industry, TruGreen is committed to responsible lawn care, including offering and promoting the use of natural, organic services and sustainable practices. Today, there are approximately 250 TruGreen branches in the United States and Canada, including about 35 franchise locations. Go to www.TruGreen.com or their Facebook page for more information about TruGreen.

 

--Nony

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.

Oops.

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.

Yayyyy!!!

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!

--Nony
--Nony

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