Polly's Treasure Trove Giveaway

Polly's Treasure Trove is a new subscription box service that offers affordable monthly surprise boxes for kids ages 5-8.  Each month your child will get a box filled with new surprises tailed for him or her that they can enjoy.  Keep in mind that these boxes are not intended for the little ones as they may contain smaller pieces, so it is not recommended that these items be ordered for anyone under the ages intended.  Each monthly box is only $9.95 and right now you can use the coupon code TREASURE20 during their pre-launch to enjoy 20% off a sample box today to try them out before committing to a subscription!  Also, be sure to enter the Polly's Treasure Trove Giveaway going on right now to enter to win a one year subscription box service here!  Giveaway ends November 6, 2015.

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Get Free Stuff for Sharing with New App Sharesi.es

Sharing our lives has become a daily event for almost everyone with the help of social media.  We share milestones like engagements and pregnancy announcements.  We even share updates such as "Just went on a great jog!" or "Look at the mess my toddler just made!".  Now what if for sharing those same updates you could have a chance at getting rewarded?  The new app Sharesi.es (pronounced share-zees) thinks you should be rewarded for sharing those updates big and small!

For example, what if you could get rewarded with a free sports drink just for posting a pic while jogging on Sharesi.es?  Right now Sharesi.es is a brand new app and they really want to get families involved with sharing.  If you are newly engaged or have a new baby then you have some big news to share on Sharesi.es that their app team is looking to reward!  You can download Sharesi.es on Google Play and the App Store right now.  For more information check out the video below!

Keep Your Area Rugs Looking Their Best This Fall

Vacuums miss a lot more dirt than you would think when they’re run over rugs. Dirt tends to make its way into the fibers of your rug and, once it’s there, it is very difficult to get out. What looks like a lot of dirt in the vacuum bag is really just a fraction of what’s actually present in the fibers. Remember, we are always tracking dirt on the soles of our shoes and feet as we walk around.

Much like abstinence is the only definitive way to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the best and most guaranteed way to prevent dirt from getting in your rug is to abstain from walking on the rugs at all. We understand this is impossible, so we suggest first trying to limit the amount of dirt that can get in there. Enacting a no-shoes policy on the rugs or placing doormats at all the entrances to your home will help significantly.

Washing your rug is a relatively easy process and you will notice immediate results once it dries. Dip a sponge or brush in warm water — do NOT use hot water as it may cause the colors to run! — and add some mild, smooth-looking dish detergent (about 1/4 tsp per quart of water). Laundry detergent is too alkaline and thicker dish soaps will leave a nasty, creamy residue on the rug after washing.

Wash the rug with a sponge or brush, rubbing the soap deep into the fibers. Allow the solution to sit on the rug for several minutes before you rinse with a garden hose. Before letting the rug dry, ensure all soap is out of the fibers. With a squeegee, remove excess water from the rug while making sure to work only in the direction of the rug’s nap. After the rug is dry, make sure to run a vacuum or soft bristled brush over it so that the fibers are loosened up and looking good as new. Click here to find out more about cleaning your area rugs.

It is important to only wash your rug when it is dirty. Simply pick up the rug or pinch its ends; if dust or dirt pops up from the fibers, it needs to be cleaned. Please be aware that specific stains and rugs made of unusual fabrics will need more attentive care and different cleaning materials and techniques in order to properly clean them.

While it doesn’t hurt to attempt to clean your own rug yourself, we recommend considering hiring a professional with a pickup and delivery service every now and again, and for very serious stains. While you can clean your rug yourself and do a good job, nothing you can do at home can compare to the thorough rug cleaning done when handled by an experienced technician in possession of proper rug cleaning technologies.  Plus, there are risks involved when cleaning your own area rug-for example, color migration, crocking, etc.

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.


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