Save Time, And Money, Dry Cleaning At Home With Dryel

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Laundry is pretty much the bane of my existence. I have these fantasies of never having to wash another load of laundry again. And dry cleaning? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I purposely avoid buying clothes that are dry-clean only but during the holidays we have more delicate garments such as winter coats and beaded blingy sweaters that need a little TLC. Sadly, though, I’ve been known to let my dry-clean only pile stash pile up just because I’m too busy lazy to go to the dry cleaners. Is there a word for this dry cleaning phobia? I’m certain there is! For now I’ll just deem it drycleanaphobia.

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be working with Dryel in 2015 as a blog ambassador. I’d heard of Dryel, but never used it. When I was out shopping last weekend, the customer service reps at the mall told me that they use Dryel exclusively to launder their uniforms! When my mother-in-law was still working as a realtor, she also regularly used Dryel.

Dryel has recently unveiled a fresh new look and feel to their brand and website and I couldn’t wait to test it out for myself and my family.

How does it work? The Dryel starter kit comes with a special Dryel Fabric Protection Bag, two Dryel ULTRAcleaning cloths, and Dryel Booster Spray for pre-treating stains and heavily soiled areas. A Dryel Fabric Protection Bag holds 1 to 4 garments. The starter kit (MSRP: $6.99) cleans up to 10 garments while the refill (MSRP $8.99) cleans up to 30 garments. With the typical cost of cleaning a winter wool coat can be close to $10 alone, Dryel is a great way to save money on dry cleaning at home! It’s also great for freshening holiday linens, such as tablecloths and pillows.

Here are some other great cleaning tips for using Dryel:

  • Bypass the mess and hassle of hand washing and flat drying delicate garments with Dryel

  • Multitasking is my mantra! With Dryel you can start your special Dryel load AND dry a regular load at the same time (no need to simply run the dryer for the Dryel bag only)

  • Do you travel frequently for work? Use Dryel to freshen up your clothes straight from your suitcase.

So, how did my first trial run with Dryel go? Great! I decided to Dryel clean my 12-year-old’s new black cropped pea coat, my 9-year-old’s new faux fur coat, and my purple wool winter coat from last year, which needed freshening up after a few too many trips to our favorite Mexican restaurant. (Ha!) All three fit in the special cleaning bag and I was really pleased with the results. They smelled clean and fresh, but not loaded up with chemicals. I can’t wait to try Dryel on some of my dressier sweaters.

Stay tuned for more updates on Dryel and some fun giveaways from me (and Dryel) in 2015!

Do you avoid dry cleaning at all costs? Drycleanaphobiacs unite! Let’s start a support group.

 

 

Helping Harried Moms Handle The Holidays: Tog & Porter Concierge Service

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As a busy working mom the holidays can be more jacked up than joyful. Keeping organized lists, staying on top of our family calendar, and saying no, not to mention having an emergency bottle of wine, help me stay sane.

I’ve never used a personal shopping service before, but during Christmas I will gladly take all the help I can get! I’ve worked with Tog & Porter in the past to review their style service, and this year they’ve introduced a Holiday Gift Concierge service. Basically you pay them a fee to search for the perfect gifts for the friends and family members on your list.

The personal shopping service is reasonably priced, in my opinion, for all the leg work and research it saves you. The service offers two options. One option is for Tog & Porter to send you links to 3 amazing gift ideas for everyone on your list (1 to 12 people). Or for a more hands-on approach (meaning more time savings for you) and an additional $20 per person, Tog & Porter will handle it all! They’ll pick the gift, wrap it, and write your card. That kind of service is worth its weight in peppermint lattes people!

Signing up for the service was really quick and easy. After deciding to try the service out for my two girls, I filled out a brief survey so that my personal concierge (think Santa’s helper for mom) would know what my daughters likes and dislikes are. From garden lovers to book work worms or movie buffs to fashionistas, Tog & Porter’s personal shoppers are ready to find the perfect gifts. The fee for searching for three ideal gifts for my daughters was $25. I filled out the online form and less than a week later I was sent a personalized email outlining several gift ideas, with the majority priced at less than $50.

The 3 options for each of my girls were perfect. The ultimate gift is a little secret between me and my personal shopper, but here are a few gift ideas I was sent.

 

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Have you ever used a personal shopper during the holidays? Would you?

Win a $100 Opry Mills Gift Card Just In The (St.) Nick Of Time For Christmas

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If you’re looking for the perfect place to finish all your holiday gift-giving in the Nashville area, look no further than Opry Mills! Opry Mills has more than 200 outlet and value priced retailers, many of which are exclusive to Opry Mills in the Nashville market.


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I headed out to Opry Mills last weekend with a Simon gif card and was given a mission, a holiday gift giving mission to be exact, to purchase gifts for 5 people on my holiday shopping list. I wanted to scope out options for the men on my list first – my father, father-in-law, and two nephews.

Heading into the mall I fueled up first at Auntie Anne’s (love their pretzel dogs!) Then I was on my way to the Lego Store, Toys R Us Outlet and Gamestop. There are several stores that cater specifically to the kids on your Christmas list and these are just a few. For my girls I was definitely hitting Children’s Place, Aeropostale, and Vera Bradley.

After finding the perfect gifts at the Lego Store and Toys R Us Outlet for two little boys who love to build and create and who love cars, trucks, and planes, I headed down to Bass Pro Shops. I was pleasantly surprised by their gift section, which goes way beyond camo and crossbows. Look at this fun tea towel I found (what a cute hostess gift this would make paired with a bottle of wine!)

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I also loved all the sportswear for girls, such as Under Armour and North Face. I ended up buying a gift for my father-in-law at Bass Pro Shops which will remain top secret until Christmas Eve.

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My 7th grade daughter is all about clothes and she loves the brands at Bass Pro Shops located at Opry Mills.


I loved browsing J Crew Factory for ideas for my dad and husband, but I found myself a wee bit distracted by all the bling. All of their gorgeous jewelry was marked 1/2 off! I also loved this Chevron ceramic tumbler and this pretty jewelry dish for my 12 1/12-year-old daughter. Ultimately I found the perfect soft shirt for my dad, also on sale.

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I may or may not have left with a little something for myself. Ahem.

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So how did I fare on a $300 shopping spree at Opry Mills? I was able to purchase gifts for my dad, father-in-law, younger daughter, older daughter, and two nephews, not to mention the holiday bling I purchased for myself. I ended up coming home with shopping bags with from J Crew Factory, Gamestop, Lego Store, Bass Pro Shops, and Off 5th.

One lucky Blonde Mom Blog reader will receive a $100 giftcard to shop at Opry Mills. Please note that the winner must pick up their gift card at Opry Mills, so I would encourage you to enter only if you are able to do so.

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