Monday, December 26, 2011

Making your own Laundry Detergent

 I have been able to try some great new laundry detergent from Purex but I normally make my own laundry detergent. If you would like to try making your own you can check out this recipe. 



4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar  (or you can use a different kind of soap. I use Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Baby Mild soap that is free & clear!) 
1 cup washing soda - Not baking soda it is specifically called washing soda.
1 cup Borax
  • Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water.  Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  • Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (It will gel.)
  • Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
Yield:  Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.  Top-load machine: 5/8 cup per load (approximately 180 loads).  Front-load machine: ¼ cup per load (approx. 640 loads).

Purex Triple Action Review/Giveaway ****Winners are....

 Thanks to all that entered, the winners are:


Congratulations ~ 

Purex has just released a new line of laundry detergent. As a Purex Insider I have been given a chance to review the new product and tell you about it! 

 The new & improved Triple Action formula has been developed to make your clothes bright, white and clean. Purex Triple Action is available in both Free & Clear and Mountain Breeze. I love that Purex offers a Free & Clear version!

I chose the Free & Clear formula for my review. After using the Purex Triple Action detergent for my laundry, I will say that I like it! I tried a load of towels and a load of whites. Since I used Free & Clear there isn't a strong scent just the scent of freshly washed clothes! 

Click this link if you would like more information about Purex Triple Action laundry detergent

Thanks for reading.

Now for the fun part, the giveaway :-)

Purex Triple Action Detergent Giveaway 
3 winners

There is on mandatory entry for the this giveaway & 6 extra optional entries. 

~Mandatory entry~

Leave a comment below telling me what your biggest battle with laundry is. (Anything from putting the clothes away to getting stains out) 

~Optional entries~
(Please leave a comment on this post for each separate entry)

1. "Like" My Adventures in Treasure Hunting on Facebook

2. "Like" Purex on Facebook

3. Follow my blog "My Adventures In Treasure Hunting" on Google Friend Connect on the right side of my blog page

4. Visit and comment on this post to let me know which variety you would like to try.

5. Share this giveaway on facebook.

6. Refer a friend to my blog and let me know you sent them.

Entries will be accepted until January 8th, 2012. 

Good luck

**Purex provided a free sample of their Triple Action laundry detergent so I could write a review. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bzz Agent Science Diet Review

Recently I was chosen by Bzz Agent to receive a free bag of Science Diet Ideal Balance Adult dog food & try it out. Science Diet is a great product but is definitely a brand that you pay a little more for. Our Chocolate lab Ginger enjoyed it though! Thanks Science Diet & BzzAgent for the chance to review a great product.

 Science Diet has partnered with PetMD and you can learn more about that here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Have you signed up for Endorse yet?

If you haven't, check out my last post about Endorse to find out more and get signed up, you can see my last post here.

 My first check was $72.89 after mailing my receipts in a pre-paid envelope from Endorse. I have mailed in several other "mailers" since November but they typically take about 20 days to process the mailers at Endorse. So be patient but it is worth the wait! 

 I just received an email from my second & third mailer stating they are processed and I have now earned another check for $53.43! For a total of $126.32! Perfect for Christmas shopping or a nice night out with my hubby right? :-)

 Let me also say that Endorse is FREE, it doesn't cost anything to sign up nor does it cost anything to mail your receipts!  The check from Endorse is from Wells Fargo & you will receive a check once you earn $25.00 in cash back!

 I love sharing freebies & deals with my friends & readers and this is by far the best deal I have been able to share yet! So please, share this with your friends! 

 Here are some of my endorsements if you would like to join me! 


Herbal Essences

A1 Marinades

Heinz Sauces

Tombstone Pizza


Kraft Singles

Cool Whip

Crocs Kids

Children's Place


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Getting ready for a new giveaway!

  Doing laundry is a daily chore for most of us, so for my next giveaway I would like to share a great new product from Purex. As a Purex Insider I was given the opportunity to try Purex Triple Action Bright White Clean and share with my readers!

 I will be working on the giveaway post & review of Purex Triple Action this weekend! Look for the giveaway post soon!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hurry free Pillsbury Frosting first 10,000

Hurry over here to Pillsbury Baking on facebook for a free Pillsbury Frosting, the first 10,000!

Friday, November 18, 2011

BOGO Free Disney Sleepwear plus possible free shipping!

From now until November 21st the Disney Store is offering free shipping with the purchase of any Disney Parks Merchandise! You just need to enter PARKSFREE at checkout plus you can use the code SWEETDREAMS to BOGO Free.

 So you could possible get the 3 piece Mickey Mouse reusable tote bags and 2 Sleepwear items and get free shipping too!

Let me know what great deals you get! 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Received my first check!!! Update on Endorse (Cash back on your purchases)

***Update below***

Update on Endorse.

 A few weeks ago I posted about a new facebook app program called Endorse. This program sounded too good to be true. 10% cash back on all your purchases from Charmin toilet paper to Walmart!

 I jumped on this right away & signed up. I should soon be receiving my first rewards check of $72.89 just for sending my receipts for things I was already buying such as fuel for my vehicles, groceries & our dinners out.

 But Endorse is trying to make their program last & think long term so with that, they have made some changes. You can see the details of the changes here.

 Still such an awesome program! Extra cash back on anything that you already buy! Did I mention you can earn the cash back on toys, milk, bread and even alcohol for that holiday party you have planned.

 A big part of Endorse is the referral process. If you would like to help me by Endorsing products that I Endorse, click my links below!

 Thank you and good luck!

Also you can earn 20% cash back on select Thanksgiving items!


Toys R Us

Victoria Secret

Panera Bread

Yoplait Yogurt

Bath & Body works

Jif Peanut Butter

Pillsbury Biscuits

Betty Crocker


 Kraft Marshmallows





American Eagle


Heinz Ketchup

HomeGoods Store


Dove Deoderant


Oreida Potatoes

Stove Top Stuffing

***Update***I received my first check today from Endorse!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Better than free Olay Spa Gift Set Caddy thru Walmart after rebate


Here is a great freebie, Olay Spa Gift Set Caddy thru Walmart free after rebate!

If you haven't already "Endorsed" Walmart for your 10% cash back, do that here.

 You can earn an extra 2% cash back if you shop thru Ebates go here first.

 Then you can shop & purchase your Olay Spa Gift Set Caddy for only $9.00 (free shipping too) and submit for the rebate in place of the Allure magazine. (Unless you want the magazine)

 One reader mentioned if you shop thru Discover, you can earn 5% cash back.

Remember to submit your rebate found here. The rebate is for $9.99 so $0.99 money maker plus your cash back if you choose to use it!

 If you aren't interested in the cash back but just want to shop for the gift set & rebate go here.

Let me know how this deal worked out for you!

*****UPDATE***** I received my rebate today in the mail for my purchase of the gift set! My rebate was for $9.99 and I only paid $9.00. Also I went thru ShopatHome when I placed the order online to get cash back on my purchase. I also went on and Endorsed Walmart before I ordered. So I received 10% cash back on my purchase and used my debit card that I earn cash back so all together my purchase breakdown is as follows:

Paid                                  $9.00
Received rebate for           $9.99
Endorse cashback 10%     $0.99
ShopAtHome Cashback    $0.45
Debit card cash back         $0.09
Total                                  $2.43 profit

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Endorse cash back for your purchases!

Endorse is a cash back program through Facebook. To read all about the program check out the FAQ section here.

You "endorse" products & retailers on facebook first, mail in the receipts in a prepaid mailer, like netflix and get 10% cash back! Who doesn't love cash back?

I will be mailing in my first mailer this week with receipts! You have to mail your original receipt.

Sign up thru my link if you can, it helps me, then refer your friends to possibly earn your total purchase at that endorsement FREE!!

You can "Endorse" the Retailer and the specific product such as Charmin Toilet Paper

Many others such as Walmart




American Eagle


Walt Disney World (Yep 10% cash back for Disney world!)

Heinz Ketchup

HomeGoods Store


Dove Deoderant



If you have tried Endorse leave a comment here to let me know how it worked for you!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Free Glasses (You pay shipping)

Another great freebie, Free Glasses, you pay shipping I found this info on another great blog The Frugal Girls.

To read more about the free glasses & what other people are saying go here.

Have you ever heard of HomeGoods?

There is a new HomeGoods store opening in our area, well, about an hour away but close enough for me! 

Over at TaterTots and Jello (another great DIY & decorating blog) they are giving away 2 $50.00 gift cards! How great is that? 

 Check out the giveaway here good luck!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Had to share my great Giant Eagle trip!

Do you shop at Giant Eagle? Well this week is a great week to start!  I took advantage of this Giant Eagle Deal 
and saved a ton with bonus fuelperk and $10.00 giftcards back after spending $30.00 on P&G products!
This is an awesome deal especially the fuelperks! Mom & I shopped there last week & after saving with sale price, coupons & eoffers we saved $133.88 and spent $144.73 but then we earned $1.50 extra fuelperks so 30 gallons x 1.50 = $45.00 savings plus with the giftcards back we save at least another $20.00!
 So all together spent $144.73 saved $198.80!
Also, notice on the link that you can sign up for Eoffers at home by clicking on (clip) and add the coupons right to your advantage card! You won't need the paper coupon! It is great! There are other services like that you can use, they are listed on that page also. They aren't specifically Giant Eagle though. Good luck!

 Again you can click here to see all of the great deals & coupon matchups with information on the fuelperks and the $10.00 giftcard deal. 

 Good luck & happy couponing!

 Let me know if you tried this deal & how you did!  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hot deal $1.00 for $20.00 voucher BabyGanics

click here  for a Hot deal- Hurry it will sell out fast!

 Pay $1.00 for a $20.00 voucher to babyganics (you will have to pay shipping)

Thanks to my readers...

 What a great day! I just found out I was a winner in the Purex Insider's contest! 

Who doesn't love a $25.00 Visa gift card?

 Now back to planning out next week's meal plan! Weekly meal plans are a great way to save time & money! 

Do you have any great meal plan suggestions? What about any new recipes?


Friday, July 8, 2011

Purex Complete with Zout Giveaway... And the winner is.....

**** And the winners are....

 Bonnie Cousins & Amy Cousins

 Congratulations! *******

(Winners will be contacted by email)

~Purex Complete with Zout Giveaway~

 Have you heard of the new Purex Complete with Zout? 

 In our busy lives, anything that takes one less step out of our busy day is a winner for me! Purex Complete with Zout has a triple enzyme stain remover that works great against grass stains, bbq sauce ect. Sounds great right? Purex with Zout is exactly that! It is a pre-treater as well as a detergent!

 I was given the opportunity to try the new Purex as a Purex Insider & also given 2 full size product coupons for my readers to try! I decided to try Purex with Zout on an iced tea stain (I won't mention who spilled iced tea on her shirt) and it worked great! I was impressed!

There are two different fragrances you can choose from! Fresh Morning Burst would be a great scent to start your day, and for those of you who go for a Free & Clear detergent you are in luck! Purex has a Free & Clear that is fragrance free & hypoallergenic! 

 Purex with Zout is also safe to use in traditional and High Efficiency Washers.

And now on to the fun part of this post, the giveaway! 

 You can enter two ways:

1. Leave a comment on this post to let me know if you have tried Purex with Zout & what you think of it! If you haven't tried it, you can still enter and tell me what scent you would use? Fresh Morning Burst or Free & Clear! 

 2. Refer a friend to my blog and leave a comment below this post with their name or their screenname. Once you have referred them, they need to "follow" my blog by clicking the "follow" button on the right side of the screen. 

 Thanks for taking the time to read my post, good luck to all the entries! 

~This giveaway will run July 8th @ 12:00pm thru 11:00pm July 22nd~


I was given this opportunity to sample Purex with Zout from Purex Insiders. Opinions in this post are 100% my own. 

*Two entries per person, US Residents only* 

For another great deal from Purex, check out my post  HERE

Parents Magazine Subscription 1 year for $4.00

 Parents Magazine is a great resource for anything kid friendly. Each issue is filled with tips, coupons, fun crafts & other things for Parents! 

 And for the fantastic deal, you can purchase a 1 year subscription 
right now for only $4.00! 

 If that sounds great for you, hop on over HERE to order and
enter this code: PX1126

This offer is only available for US Residents. 
You will receive your first issue in 6-8 weeks. 

If you love Purex and giveaways, check out my latest Purex Giveaway HERE.

*I was given this offer to Promote as a Purex Insider. 
Opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Who is ready for another great giveaway?

I hope all of you are!

 I am working on having it ready to post tomorrow morning so keep an eye out!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Learning to Can... Thanks to Houseparty & Mom!

Learning to Can- "Discover You Can" by HouseParty.Com

Thanks to We were picked to host a "Discover You Can" Houseparty! They send me all the free goodies for myself & my guests!

So Mom & I did a practice run today of Strawberry Jam- (Practice for me, the first timer, not Mom who has canned thousands of different kinds of produce ect...)

If you are interested in having a houseparty check out their site... its all FREE and they don't sell anything!

 ~Step by step process of canning Strawberry Jam~

Our gift bags from Houseparty

Our awesome step by step guide from Houseparty for our "Discover You Can" party! 

Getting ready for our practice run...

Mashing the berries!

Cooking them down..

Adding the pectin
Time for lids
Time for the waterbath cooking process...

Our finished product ~ Strawberry Jam

Friday, April 29, 2011

Great ideas for earning a little Extra Income online!

I have searched the internet for different ways to make a little extra money & most of the time it is hard to find anything that you know is legit. I have found different things & have even started working on a few!

 If you are interested in checking out ways to earn a little extra money such as filling out surveys ect... check out The Money Saving Mom!  She has a great source of information that helped me get started!

Hope this gives you some inspiration to get started!

Another great tip Frugal tip- Freezer cooking & Menu planning! Check out my other blog posts with some great information to get started! Click here to view my blog post on Menu Planning & ideas for freezer meal planning!

Frugal tips! Menu planning & Freezer cooking!

Well, let me rephrase that ideas for meals to freeze for cooking later! Haha, freezer cooking isn't the best term! 

 I have been trying to start planning our meals weekly & I haven't kept up with it! Let me tell you it is easier said than done for me! There are so many people out there that plan their meals weekly & also have a day to make several meals & freeze them for later! These people are my inspiration! 

 If you are inspired in these great ideas for saving extra money & time check out this great bulk/freezer cooking post.

 If you would like to check out some ideas for Menu Planning check out this Menu Planning post!

Do you have a stockpile?

Are you a coupon queen with a great stockpile?

 Well, I am a Coupon Queen or maybe I should say Coupon Princess!  Still learning the ropes & getting started! I am not going to be on Extreme Couponing anytime soon haha!

 But I am starting to have a pretty nice stockpile thanks to store sales, free samples & coupon matchups!
The start of my stockpile....

 Want to show off your stockpile? Send us a picture!

If you would like a little advice on starting your stockpile check out this great post from our friends at Sweeties Freebies!

Interested in filling out Surveys?

Recently I was asked about legitimate survey companies! If you have some extra time on your hands to make a few extra dollars here & there or receive free products in exchange for your review of the products then check these out!

 I have used a few on my own but I have also read from a great blog I love a list of others!

 I have used a few such as Synovate. But Synovate only accepts new applicants at certain times. If you follow my blog I will post when I know they are accepting new applicants again! I post links on my Facebook page quickly as soon as I know! You can click here to "like" my page on Facebook!

 Also Swagbucks is a quick & easy way to make a few extra dollars by earning points/swagbucks that you can turn in to gift cards! I have earned over $50.00 in Amazon gift cards in the past 7 months just by using their page first & then occasionally filling out their surveys! You can check out my older blog post here to find out more details!

For a list of other survey companies check out Freebies 4 Mom. This is another great blog with a great list!

 I have also recently learned about University Surveys at Nicoles Nickles.

Hope this helps get you started & you get a chance at sharing your opinion and getting rewarded!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another awesome week!

As I sit and listen to the thunderstorm, I decided it would be a perfect time for a blog post! I keep telling myself spring is here! Our dog, Ginger, is laying under the table against my leg & not too excited about the storm! 

 Anyways, on to the freebies & deals! This past week has been pretty exciting for me on the line of freebies!

Here is a picture of all my goodies in one group! Just had to show them all together! 

 Here is my full size Tide Stain Renewal from Facebook!
 I will be reviewing this later on my blog but here is my Free Bag of Tostitos Artisan chips coupon from
 Here is my Rubbermaid Helper shelf I recieved to review!
 Some of the awesome products I received as a Purex Insider!
 My awesome BzzKit from BzzAgent - Loreal Mascara & Eye Shadow... look for a review soon!
 My prize from Carmike Cinema trivia!
 My coupons to giveaway to my readers on my first giveaway... check it out here!
 An awesome prize pack I won from Crazy Coupon Mommy!
 This is the perfect Target Beauty Bag I received with $25.00 worth of Target coupons plus samples!
And last, the adorable Leg Warmers I got from SnuggleLuv & the Kohls giftcard I won from Huggies! 

 Well, I hope all of these freebies gives you some inspiration to check out the rest of my blog & other recommendations & you will start running to your mailbox every day like I do haha! 


 Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Purex Fabric Softener Crystals Giveaway Winners......


Drumroll please.... 

 The prize winners are
 Stephen Amanda ODair Blog

Thank you all for entering my first blog giveaway! 

 I will be emailing you today - please respond with name & address so I can mail your prize! Thanks
Purex Fabric Softener Crystals Giveaway - 3 winners! 

Have you hear of Purex Complete Fabric Softener Crystals? As a Purex Insider, I have the opportunity to share with my readers some of the great things about the new 92% natural crystals!

Let me start by telling you about myself. I try to save a few dollars here & there but honestly, who doesn't? So the past two years after my hubby & I decided to build our version of our dream home, I decided to try to save more than a few dollars! I have started really concentrating on coupons & sales! I also sign up for every freebie I know I will use! 

I have even recently started "sweeping" no, not sweeping the floor haha! I have been doing that for years! "Sweeping" as in online or mail in sweepstakes & instant win games! I have learned most of the best tips from Sweeties Sweeps which is a great place to figure out how to get started! I have started following Sweetie's advice, "Win what you can't afford"!

Anyways, to get back on track, yes, I make my own laundry detergent & normally don't use fabric softener. Even though I absolutely love the smell that fabric softener leaves on my clothes and my towels! But, did you ever notice how fabric softener also makes your towels less absorbent? 

 Well, Purex has sent me an awesome sample pack of Purex Fabric Softener Crystal's to try & review & even a few to give away! How great is that?

 So I tried it! And guess what? I love it! The best part about Purex Crystals is that you pour a small amount directly in with your load of clothes in the washer & they stay in the washing machine longer to infuse your laundry with a great scent!   

When I first received my sample pack I was surprised at the small bottle I received! I thought it would only last a couple loads but I was pleasantly surprised at the small amount required for each load & how long that little bottle will last! 

 Purex Crystals are available in three scents:
Fresh Waters
Lavender Blossom
Tropical Splash! ~ My favorite! 

So what is it that makes Purex Complete Crystals Softener special?

 Most traditional fabric softeners are oil-based, which, as you may know, can coat the fabrics and as I mentioned earlier, make them less absorbent & sort of slick feeling.

But Purex is 92% natural and doesn't use oils which makes it safe for all loads and that includes the following: 
Children's Sleepwear
Performance Sportswear 

To get your coupon~

1. click here to get your coupon
2. Click "Get a facebook coupon"
3. Click "Welcome" on the left side of the screen
4. Enter your information & be ready to print your coupon

Now for the best part, the giveaway!

For your MANDATORY entry in this giveaway you must go to this link. Leave me a comment telling me what scent you would purchase of Purex Crystals! 

*For each entry you must leave a separate comment on this page! That way I know that you did each entry! Thank you*

For additional entries you can do any of the following:

Follow "My Adventures In Treasure Hunting" as a google follower

Like "My Adventures In Treasure Hunting" on facebook

 And for a daily entry: 

You can share this giveaway on facebook! As of now I don't have a facebook "button" to share this but you can copy & paste the link to this page in your post! 

You can come back to this blog each day & visit Purex  (using this link) and then tell me what new thing you learned about Purex Crystals! So you can earn extra entries each day for the giveaway in additional to the original entries! 

 This giveaway ends March 30th so get your entries in today!