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Purex and The Pool Opening

Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Plus Clorox 2 detergent in exchange for this product review.  All opinions expressed on this blog post are my own and completely honest.


Every year around this time which is normally Mother’s Day weekend I head outside to prepare the pool for the season.  Unfortunately, after uncovering it at the end of April we were then hit with weeks of cold and excessive rain so the pool and the deck became littered with dirt and leaves. 


However, not wanting to wait any longer in the month for the weather to warm up I went outside on Saturday to get things cleaned up – and as you can see, got very dirty in the process!

pool opening can be messy


The sun finally popped out towards the end of the day, but I still didn’t get a chance to get the pool clean.  The water flow to the filter wasn’t working properly so now I have to wait for Pool Care Specialist to send a tech to repair it which was disappointing.


Thankfully the day wasn’t a total lost because at least I wasn’t disappointed in the the clean up of my clothes.  It was perfect timing when the Purex brand provided me with a sample of their new Purex plus Clorox 2 Detergent to review and it turned this dirty mess back into a nice clean set of clothes.


Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent


stain fighters

I have been using Purex Detergent for many years but am glad that they have added Clorox 2 to the formula.  Not only does it work on 100 stains, including chocolate, tomato, ice cream, grass and blood, but it is also safe for colors and contains an extra powerful boost of Clorox 2 stain fighters. 

Now if I can only get the pool filter to give me a powerful boost then I will have the pool ready before the Memorial Day weekend!

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I want to give three of my readers a chance to also try the new Purex  plus Clorox 2 Detergent, so simply leave a comment below telling me what your toughest laundry stains are, then enter the Rafflecopter Sweepstakes below for a chance to win a coupon for a FREE bottle.
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Entry into the Sweepstakes for a chance to win will end on May 18th and is open to USA Residents only – Good Luck!

Have you had the “don’t digitally do” talk with your young adult yet?

laptop with your're hired This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal URLs that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Don’t Do Anything That I Wouldn’t Do!”

Did your parents ever say that to you when you were growing up just before heading out the door? My grandmother may have said it to me once or twice, but I’ve never had to say it to my sons, however, I did text them, “don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t want me to see!” 

It’s a different world with a social media dominance of texting, liking, pinning and posting being an everyday occurrence. But what happens if a young adult posts something today that is deemed inappropriate later only to have it come back to haunt them when they are looking for a job?

As a parent of 2 sons in college, I feel that it’s my duty to help them navigate the digital world just as I did when they were toddlers navigating the real world. I have talked to them about the importance of keeping a good online image because potential employers will definitely be checking their digital footprints.

laptop and college kids

Malik worked a few weeks at Amazon during his summer break which gave him a little taste of what it’s like to have a job as well as the satisfaction of bringing home a paycheck. However, as a Business major at Bowie State University he also understands the importance of having more than just a resume when it comes time to seek a career after graduation.  Having a personal website now will give him control of his online image into the future.

studying in a dorm room

Domain.ME is a domain name provider. You can register a .ME domain from any number of registrars, which will help you create a unique identity online with a URL ending in .ME. 

A survey conducted in the US between June 11th and July 9th by Domain.ME of over 300 HR professionals clearly showed that the likelihood of job offers is greater if the college graduate had a website.

These findings were interesting to say the least because we all know that most employers Google potential candidates, especially recent college grads just entering the workforce.

Domain.ME published an ebook which contains all the data from the study, which you can read here, but these 3 facts really caught my attention.

  • 67% of HR professionals survey claimed that a personal website provides more insight than a resume alone.

  • Over the next five years, the recruitment process is going to be more reliant on online content and information than ever.

  • 60% think that a personal website make a positive, professional impression.

laptop and smartphonesp and your digital footprint

Now, I don’t expect Malik to run out and start his own blog like me, but as his mother who is a blogger I will emphasis the importance of personal branding and how it can affect his future job searches. I want to educate him on ways in which he can stand out from the rest of the crowd. It would be wonderful if upon graduation a recruiter offered him a job right on the spot, but that may not happen even if he’s wearing a #HireMe tee!

hire me tshirt

As parents we want our children to become successful adults as they transition into the professional world, and with options like .ME domains, creating a memorable domain name to go with your website will help to make that transition easier.  

You can download the FREE ebook to learn more about the study by clicking here.  

Have you had the “don’t digitally do” talk with your young adult yet?

free ebook for job seekers




If you, like hubby and I are missing your mother or grandmother today, grab a box of tissues, sit back and listen to some of our favorite “Miss My Mama Music” videos.

wedding pic with my grandmother


mothers day bouquet


wedding pic



Starbucks Promo Code: 10% Off

For many of us, feeding our daily coffee addiction can be an expensive undertaking due to the high price of premium coffee beans. But never fear – Starbucks has your back with an unbeatable selection of gourmet coffees that are perfect for drinking any time you need a caffeine fix. From rich dark roasts to succulent blonde roasts to mellow medium roasts, you can find everything you’ve been dreaming of and more. New customers shopping at today can save 10% off of their entire order with our exclusive coupon code, online only! US only. Offer excludes Verisimo Machines and Pods. Offer valid through 8/1/16.



JCPenney Promo: 15% Off

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World Kitchen Coupons: 15% Off

Do you often find yourself drifting off into wondrous daydreams of a sparkling brand new kitchen furnished with fantastic high tech appliances and gorgeous accessories as far as the eye can see? Luckily for you, the amazing selection of kitchenware for sale at World Kitchen isn’t all a dream! From fabulous flatware and dishes to the latest and greatest technology and appliances to dazzling décor, you can find everything you want and more to finally attain your dream space at World Kitchen. Shop now online at to save 15% off of your entire order with our exclusive promotion code! Offer valid through 12/31/16.



M and M Promos: 10% Off $50

Who doesn’t love chocolate? And what better chocolate is there to eat than the classic M&Ms candy! Whether you have a powerful sweet tooth or just enjoy a sugary snack every once in a while, M&Ms are always the perfect choice to satisfy your craving. Rather than shopping at a grocery store, you can buy them from the comfort of your own home! Head on over to M&M’s website today and shop for a great gift or treat for yourself, you can save 15% off of your entire first purchase by using our exclusive New Customer discount code at checkout! Offer valid through 5/31/16.



1800 Flowers Coupon Code: Save 15%

Are you searching for the perfect gift to make your wonderful mom smile for Mother’s Day? Look no further! 1-800 Flowers has you covered with a fabulous selection of gorgeous bouquets and gift sets for sale, all specially curated to celebrate your mom and make her Mother’s Day that much better. No matter what her sense of style, you’ll find the perfect present for her in their unbeatable selection of floral arrangements. Shop online at to save 15% on any order of flowers or gifts for Mother’s Day with our exclusive coupon code! Offer ends 5/9/16.



Elizabeth Arden Coupon: 15% Off

Finding the perfect skincare routine can be a daunting task, especially if you have various problems with your skin such as acne or dry patches. But thanks to Elizabeth Arden’s fantastic selection of premium skincare and luxury makeup, you can finally rest assured that you’ll find exactly what you need to keep your skin smooth and clean. From decadent lotions to luxurious scrubs to brightening tonics, you can find everything you need and more in the unbeatable collections offered at Elizabeth Arden. Shop as a New Customer online and save 15% off of your entire first purchase by entering our exclusive coupon code at your checkout! Offer valid through 5/31/16.



Cheryl’s Promo: 15% Off

Are you still searching for the perfect stunning surprise to make your mother smile as you celebrate her on Mother’s Day? Look no further – Cheryl’s has you covered with a decadent selection of tasty treats for sale that are all carefully curated to make your mom’s day. From cute floral gift baskets to classic cookie tins to modern treat bouquets, you can be certain to find the perfect present for her and more at Cheryl’s. If you place an order to celebrate Mother’s Day today, you can save 15% off sitewide on any purchase with our exclusive promo code! But you’d better hurry – this offer is only valid through 5/8/16 or while supplies last.


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Lindt Coupon: 50% Off

Searching for the perfect present for someone special and don’t know what to get them? You can’t go wrong with chocolate – especially from the chocolatiers over at Lindt! From milk chocolate drizzled almonds to rich Italian eggs to decadent truffles, you can find every style of luxurious European chocolate treats at Lindt. Shop their selection of European Specialty Bags to find the perfect treat to spoil that special someone or maybe just to spoil yourself, too. If you shop today, you can save 50% off of any European Specialty Bag at! Offer valid through 5/16/16.



1-800-PetMeds Promo: 10% Off

Keeping your furry little friends happy and healthy can be a challenging task for the active and busy pet owner, especially if you are on a budget. But thanks to the fantastic delivery services and affordable prices provided by 1-800 Pet Meds, you can rest assured that your pets will always have the vital medications they need. From flea medicines to dental treatments, you can find all of your top name brand favorites here. Shop online at 1-800 Pet Meds today to save 10% off of select products from top brands! Limited time offer. Offer ends 5/16/16.



Jos A Bank Coupon: Free Shipping

Every man needs a great suit. Whether it’s for a formal occasion or simply an everyday set to wear to the office, the suit certainly makes the man. At Jos A Bank, they understand this and come prepared with a fantastic selection of suits, separates, accessories, and more for sale all in one convenient place. From sport coats to tuxes to classic button up shirts and more, you’ll find everything you need at Jos A Bank. If you hurry over and shop online now, you can get Free Shipping on any order of $50 or more or pick you items up for free in-store! Limited time offer – valid 4/20/16 through 5/11/16.



Kay Jewelers Coupon Code: 25% Off

Finding a great everyday or special occasion watch for an affordable price that doesn’t clear out your bank account doesn’t have to be a challenging task anymore thanks to the fantastic selection of watches for sale at Kay Jewelers from all of your favorite top name brands. From classic timepieces to more modern watches, you can find everything you’ve been dreaming of and more in their tasteful collections. Shop online at to save even more on the perfect watch by taking 25% off of all Citizens and Bulovas watches with our exclusive promo code! Offer ends 5/8/16.



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Children’s Place Promo: 5% Off

Searching for fashionable footwear and clothing that can stand up to your children’s everyday activities can be a challenge. But you can rest assured that you’ll find exactly what you are both looking for in the amazing selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories for sale at the Children’s Place. From flirty dresses and sparkly tops for her to sporty sneakers and hip hats for him, you can find everything that they need all in one place. If you shop now as a PLACE Card Member, you can save 5% off of any purchase at the Children’s Place! Offer valid through 12/31/16.



Footsmart Coupons: UP to 50% Off

The shoes definitely do make the man, or the woman for that matter. But for many of us, wearing stylish shoes each and every day to run errands or to go to the offce is often a painful process that can leave us uncomfortable and sore. But thanks to Footsmart and their innovative selection of stylish and comfortable shoes and foot health products, you can rest assured that your feet will feel wonderful each and every day. Shop their clearance now at to save up to 50% off of comfort shoes, foot health products, and more! Offer valid through 8/24/35.



Gander Mountain Coupon Code: $10 Off $100

Do you find yourself dreaming of great goods to fuel your outdoors adventuring or sporting excursions but can’t seem to find them anywhere? Gander Mountain is here with everything you’ve been daydreaming of and more in their fantastic selection of outdoors and sporting gear and accessories and warm or cold weather clothing. From cold weather gear to summertime swimsuits to camping tools and more, you’ll find it all here. Shop at Gander Mountain’s website today to save $10 off of any purchase of $100 or more with our exclusive promotion code! Offer valid through 12/31/2017.



Gift Tree Promo Code: UP to 20% Off

What can you possibly get to celebrate the woman who gave you everything on Mother’s Day? No matter what you decide, you’re certain to make her smile with a thoughtful gift from the fabulous selection of Mother’s Day gift baskets, flowers, and snacks for sale at Gift Tree. From gorgeous bouquets to tasty treats to indulgent gift baskets, you can rest assured that you’ll find the perfect gift to make her feel special for Mother’s Day and beyond. Shop online now at to save up to 20% off of Mother’s Day gifts and get ready to make her day! Offer valid through 5/9/16.



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Harry and David Coupon: 20% Off

Finding a fabulous gift to celebrate a special occasion or to make someone special smile can be a difficult challenge. But thanks to the amazing selection of presents for sale at Harry and David, you can rest assured that you’ll find everything you need for any occasion. From beautiful bouquets of flowers to towers of decadent treats to indulgent gift baskets, you can find everything you need and more at Harry and David. Hurry over and shop online now at Harry and to save 20% off of your purchase of any regularly priced products with our exclusive coupon! Offer ends 5/31/16.


Newest Hot Spot Hosted Politics Not as Usual Fundraiser for Michelle Harlee

Wilmington’s Newest Hot Spot Hosted “Politics Not as Usual” Fundraiser for Michelle Harlee

Tuesday evening I attended a Networking Fundraiser for Michelle Harlee who is running for City Council 4th District in Wilmington, DE. The event was hosted at one of the newest hot spots in town, the Merchant Bar

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Arriving a little after the official start time of 5:00 p.m, the Merchant Bar was already filled with many of Wilmington’s movers and shakers including President of City Council Theo Gregory; Councilman-At-Large Justen Wright; Councilman Darius Brown; Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz; and Councilman Bud Freel.

Michelle Harlee Fundraiser


At the Merchant Bar supporters of Michelle Harlee

Lite bites and laughter was definitely on the menu with a few Mayoral Candidates stopping in to support and share in on the fun.

fundraiser in Wilmington

Wilmington’s Mayoral Candidates Theo Gregory; Norman Griffiths and Eugene Young were in attendance as well as Council members, Rysheema Dixon; Erin Hutt and Emanuel Mc Gruder.

Michelle Harlee Fundraiser

fundraiser and networking in Wilmington


Shaking hands, smiling and taking selfies with Michelle were many members of her family including Michelle Sharon, Khary and Nichelle DeWitt, her sisters Beverly Williams, Diane Young and her longtime childhood friend Pierangeli Bronson.

Supporters of Michelle Harlee at Networking event

Merchant Bar in Wilmington Delaware

  me and a mayorial candidate

In addition to Michelle’s family who also plays a significant role in her campaign and are affectionately known as “Team Harlee” were Greg and Gisele Barksdale, Barbara Boyer, Norma Lee, Frank Hawkins, Jim Minor, Deirdre Jackson, Debbie and Dominique Sipple, Faith and Tanya Williamson.

Supporters of Michelle Harlee at Networking event

As the evening progressed several local residents from the 4th District stopped by including Downtown Business owners Craig McLaurin and Terrone Warren.  

what's happening Downtown Wilmington

Supporters of Michelle as well as many others patron who came in after work kept the Merchant Bar quite lively and active well after I left at 7:00 p.m. 

Supporters of Michelle Harlee at Networking event

However, before the end of the event, Michelle took a few minutes to thank all of those who had come out in support of her campaign.  

More pictures can be seen on my Facebook and Instagram pages and the complete speech can be seen on my YouTube Channel.

Supporters of Michelle Harlee at Networking event

She may be too young to vote but never too young to support!


It was definitely Politics Not as Usual at the Merchant Bar on what turned out to be a ‘Terrific Tuesday with Team Harlee!”




Supporters of Michelle Harlee at Networking event

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Sozo Signature Salon at Sandy Cove Women’s Retreat

Last Saturday I had an opportunity to tag along with Stephen Wilkerson, one of the owners of Sozo Signature Mobile Salon. He was at the Sandy Cove Women’s Ministries Retreat in Northeast Maryland, contracted to provide hair and makeup services for many of the women that were participating in one of the programs.

sozo bus

When I arrived, makeup artist Keturah Braithwaite was finishing up the face of very lovely woman.  Her makeup was flawless and she couldn’t resist telling me how blessed and beautiful she felt.

Sandy Cove Women's Retreat

However, in less than 5 minutes after my arrival this well designed and plush mobile Hair Salon was packed with more than almost a dozen more attendees from the retreat. A few had arrived before their evening meal for a facial or to have eyelash extensions applied, others had come for hair and makeup before their scheduled professional photo shoot.

Sandy Cove Women's Retreat Sozo Signature Salon Sozo signature salon

beauty supplies

I took the opportunity to interview and record their thoughts upon entering the mobile salon and they were all very complimentary and excited. It was a beautiful sight to see all these wonderful Christian women on this coach laughing and enjoying themselves while being pampered by Stephen and Keturah.

Sozo Signature Salon styled by Stephen

Sozo Signature Salon clients

Sandy Cove Women's Retreat


Stephen had popped in a CD and the vocals of Christian recording artist Keturah Duncan was filling the mobile salon.  As the ladies relaxed and enjoyed listening to the music, who should knock on the door a few minutes later…none other than Keturah herself!

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Keturah is from Philadelphia and is such a nice and gracious woman. She smiled, laughed and posed for many pictures as well as autographed several of the CD’s that were purchased by the ladies.

Sozo Signature Salon

I had never seen anything like this…the transformation of these women not only that of their hair and makeup but also in their inner beauty and attitude.  It was by far a wonderful sight to see and I do appreciate Stephen for giving me an opportunity to tag along and witness it.

Sozo Summer Series

Sozo Summer Series Sozo Signature Mobile Salon

Now if you don’t know about Sozo Signature Salon let me be the first to tell you that to me it is by far the best mobile hair salon on the East Coast.  Owned and operated by Stephen and his wife Gina Wilkerson.  They offer a Signature Bridal Experience Package, but the services are not limited to only weddings.

Before and After Sozo

There are so many other events that Sozo Signature Salon can be booked for including birthdays, Ladies Night In; Sorority Conferences, Proms, Church Conferences and my all time favorite “Every day in May Mother’s Day” which is currently a contest, so check out their Facebook page for more information.

The Sozo Summer Series (#SozoSummerSeries) will officially be kicking off on the 22nd of May at the Courtyard Marriott at the University of Delaware, with several vendor and sponsorship opportunities available.

Courtyard Marriott

If you would like to attend or participate in this event, please send an email to me at or to Stephen at

You may also call them directly, 888-348-SOZO (7696).

Katurah Duncan

Wouldn’t this be a lovely way to spend the day with the ladies in your life?

Small State, Small Bites Food Competition and Silent Auction

Food and lots of it…friends and fun was the best way to spend the last Friday in April, not to mention it was at the Buena Vista Mansion in New Castle.

Small State Small Bites 1

Having recently met Amy and Kim, MOT Charter High School parents and PTO members, I was invited to attend their 1st Annual Small State, Small Bites Food Competition & Silent Auction. 

This event was held at the Buena Vista Mansion and sponsored by ConnectTheDot, a Consulting, Marketing and Advertising Agency.

food competition

Had the weather been a bit warmer, it would have been nice to walk the grounds, unfortunately we were once again treated to an unseasonably cold April evening.  However, inside the Mansion things were definitely warm, delightful and delicious! 

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

sweet treats at the Small State Small Bites Food competition

succulent seafood at Small State Small Bites

decadent foods at the food competition

The doors opened at 6:00 p.m. and I walked through this gorgeously decorated Mansion taking pictures, making mini videos, networking and nibbling all before the opening remarks by PTO President Kim McNeil.

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

As attendees began arriving, which by the way, was far more than I could count and way more than they expected, made this fundraiser a smashing success!!!

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

The Registration Table contained a brochure with the order of the evening’s events and each attendee also received a take-away bag with a “Tasting Card” attached.   

There were 10 tables of Small Bite Tastings and although I didn’t take the opportunity to sample something from each, what I did taste was amazing.

registration table at Small State Small Bites


Chefs from the 10 following local restaurants prepared delicious bites that everyone seemed to enjoy so I can only imagine how difficult it was for the judges, who were sequestered on the 2nd floor to choose the winner.

Cantwell’s Tavern, Del Pez Mexican Gastropub, Grain Craft Bar & Kitchen, Catherine Rooney’s Irish Pub & Rest., Guzzy-Q Competition & BBQ Catering, Aqua Sol Restaurant, Metro Pub & Grill, Stewart’s Brewing Company, World Café Live at The Queen, 301 Plaza Restaurant

tasty bites food competition in Delaware

chefs at the Small State Small Bites event

food competition at Buena Vista Mansion

DJ “The Man of Steel” played a mix of music that was perfect for the taste testing and Silent Auction portion of the event.  As I was leaving I could hear the sounds of “let’s get this party started” music but since I had to conduct a Blogging Workshop Saturday morning I didn’t stay to enjoy it.


music and entertainment at the Small State Small Bites event

There were 12 Silent Auction items in which to bid on including a Crow Farm & Vineyard Winery Tour; Casino Night; Baltimore Package, Fitness Package, Spa Package; Golf Package and of course several Restaurant Packages.

silent auction items

Photographer, Ralph Mallamace and I became fast friends and we enjoyed taking snap shots of the guests and also of each other!


photos at the Small State Small Bites event photos at the Small State Small Bites event

photos at the Small State Small Bites event

I missed the announcements of the “People’s Choice” winners and closing remarks but am sure you can read them on the ConnectTheDot and MOTCharter websites.

photos at the Small State Small Bites event


As I had previously stated, this was by far a smashing success and I hope to be in attendance at the 2nd Annual Small State, Small Bites Food Competition and Silent Auction. 

Maybe next time I’ll be invited to be a judge like I was at the Burger Battle, then I’ll have more of an opportunity to taste test everything!

photos at the Small State Small Bites event

photos at the Small State Small Bites event


I love attending local fundraisers especially to those that involve food, how about you?

photos at the Small State Small Bites event Silent Auction items Chefs at the Small State Small Bites event small bites at the Small State Small Bites event Small State Small Bites  More pictures can be found on my Instagram page.

seafood bites connect the dot Roxi and I