Keeping Faces Clean with PURELL® Hand and Face Sanitizing Wipes

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The next few weeks promise to be busy for the Sosa family. Between Easter parties, Spring vacation, and more, we will certainly be on the go. And where we go, our messes follow. We have two five year old boys and a mischievous two year old little girl. Messes are just a part of life for us. You wanna hang with the Sosas? You hang with our mess, too.

This weekend, we will be visiting family in Las Vegas and I’ve stocked up on PURELL® Hand and Face Sanitizing Wipes from my local Walmart. You can find these in the home cleaning aisle rather than the hand soap aisle.

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I love that these wipes are easy to use and that my kids can easily clean up after themselves when they get sticky. Sticky hands are my kryptonite, y’all. No, thank you! Aiden was a helpful assistant in showing how he easily uses these wipes to get de-stickified (not a real word, I know).

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These wipes are an easy way to keep faces and hands clean in the car and throughout our visit. One of my favorite things about this particular brand is that they come in a plastic container which protects them from getting squished or leaking all over your car or bag. They’re also a cinch to pull out one at a time rather than fighting to pull out a wipe. PURELL® Hand and Face Sanitizing Wipes sanitize hands, killing illness-causing germs on hands and they kill 99.99% of illness-causing germs, which make for an easy way to clean a mess and kill those pesky travel germs that like to follow you home.

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Save money with PURELL® by joining their loyalty program. You can also check your Sunday paper starting May 17th for a coupon to save $1.00 on any PURELL® Wipes canister or Save $1.00 on any two PURELL® Products.

What are your travel must haves? Do you carry sanitizing wipes with you for your kids? Let’s chat about how we keep our kids clean and germ free in the comments below.

Beauty Organization: Easy Tips to Clean Up & Sort Out Your Vanity

Editor’s note: Friends, I am thrilled to bring one of my favorite bloggers to share an organization tutorial with you this week. Tabitha from Fresh Mommy Blog is a friend and a colleague that I admire with the utmost respect and I’m beyond honored that she agreed to share a post with my readers. Enjoy this helpful beauty organization tutorial and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for ways to connect with Tabitha. 

Having a well organized and beautifully styled vanity just makes you feel good, about well, making yourself look and feel good. When the space where I get ready each morning to take on the day is a place I want to be in, it makes for such a better morning (because I don’t know about you, but mornings aren’t always my finest of moments)!

Sort out and clean up your bathroom vanity so you feel great getting ready for the day!

I’m Tabitha Blue from Fresh Mommy Blog, and with three wee ones, the little bit of time I have to myself in the morning needs to count, and I know your’s does too… So get ready for some spring cleaning and start with your vanity!

First, like any organization project, empty out the spaces you plan to clean out so you can start with a fresh slate. We’re not going to get into the bathroom linen closet today, we’re really just focusing on your makeup and beauty products, and what you have in your vanity area. Baby steps, it’s all about the baby steps since it can be easy to take on too much in one sitting and get discouraged in the process.

Start with your makeup. For me, between monthly subscription boxes I’ve had to birthday Sephora shopping sprees, I’ve got quite a bit. Here though, it’s important to stick to a strict expiration schedule, as makeup can deteriorate and be unhealthy for you to use on your skin.

As you’re sorting through those tubes, sticks and compacts, try to keep the below expiration dates in mind.

Foundation: 3-6 months
Concealer: Wand applicator concealers should be tossed within 6 months since they’re likely to grow bacteria. Stick, twist-up tubes, or compact concealers can last up to 12 months, especially if you use a makeup brush to apply the product.
Pressed powder cosmetics: Facial powder, blush and eyeshadow should be thrown out after one year. If you get an eye infection, however, you’ll have to toss out any eyeshadow you’ve used, to avoid re-infecting yourself.
Lip gloss and lipstick: 1 year
Mascara: 3 months. Toss it immediately if it becomes dry, or you develop an eye infection.
Eye and lip pencils: If you sharpen them every few days, makeup pencils can last a year or longer. 
All-natural cosmetics: Because these products do not contain preservatives, they should be used or discarded within 6 months.

Now, let’s get to the rest of the vanity. Clean out your bathroom drawer and sort through hair products with the same vigilance you gave your makeup bag and ditch anything that you haven’t used in at least a year, any outdated products or those empty tubes we sometimes don’t want to toss. Once you’ve cleared away old, outdated product or culled out makeup colors that just don’t work for you, it’s time to get it organized!

Here are two main ways to put it all back together so you feel great in your cleaned out bathroom space:

Sort it.

I’ve used a small three-drawer organizer for my makeup for years now, and it keeps everything sorted into the three main categories they fall into: Lips, Eyes, Face. Of course a trusty little label maker makes this easy to see, but even without the labeling, it’s really easy to find what I need.

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For all of my face care products, from the items I use daily to the at home spa treatments I like to keep on hand, as well as all of my hair products (I have naturally curly hair and live in a humid state, so products is my friend), I found these really sleek copper containers at Home Goods to keep things sorted and in it’s place. Now it’s so easy for me to grab the basket of face products when I wash my face in the morning and night, or pull up hair products when I need them, and then stow the whole thing out of sight when not in use.Spring Cleaning and Organize Your Vanity - Tips from Fresh Mommy Blog-7

For bathroom drawers, I’ve found that kitchen flatware sorters are perfect for keeping all those little bathroom necessities in place. I also have a few little bowls to keep hair ties and other items sorted and from rolling around as we open and close the drawers.

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Display it.

The first rule of organization is that everything has it’s place. Of course, we’ve sorted and cleaned out our drawers and under-sink cabinets… but sometimes displaying our beauty items for all to see is the perfect place for them!

Here, you can use different glass containers, jars, used candle vessels, trays, etc, and make your vanity a pretty place.

Use a tray to hold items that look beautiful or that you use often, like lotions, perfume, and a few small makeup items. On the gold tray displayed on my bathroom counter, I also have a cleaned out candle jar and another mercury glass container displaying my makeup brushes.

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Clear glass containers are also great for holding things like cotton swabs and cotton balls, as well as nail polish bottles! Besides making a pretty display, having items shown in an easy-to-view vessel also gives an incentive to keeping things well sorted and organized.

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After you have a cleaned up and cleared out space, it’s fairly easy to keep it up. Having an organized space makes me feel great and I know that spending just a little time making your space work for you goes a long way.

So what about you?! Do you have any tips for keeping your vanity sorted and looking great? Go ahead and share!

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Happy sorting!


Tabitha Blue


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Hormel Pepperoni Cornbread, a Zesty Twist on a Family Fave!

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My kids love pepperoni, in fact, they practically worship it. Straight from the pouch, peeling it from their pizza, inside a pasta salad, wherever they can get to it, it’s a Sosa house favorite. That’s why when brainstorming a new family recipe featuring the zesty snack, I couldn’t whip one up fast enough. Knowing my kids love of pepperoni and carbs (rolls, breads) I dreamt up a savory Hormel Pepperoni Cornbread.

Few things go better with pepperoni than cheddar cheese, so I knew I wanted to include it in my recipe. Opening my pantry for inspiration, I found a box of cornbread mix. And then, just like that, this cornbread pizza muffin recipe was born. What a glorious day it was, if I do say so myself!

You probably already have everything you need for this right in your kitchen. Grab some eggs, milk, cornbread mix, cheese, and pepperoni.

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To start add your cornbread mix to a large mixing bowl.

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Add some eggs.

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And some milk (we use almond around here).

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Mix it all together until it’s just slightly lumpy.

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Pour the cornbread mixture into lined muffin tins.

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Top each muffin with a nice helping of cheddar cheese.

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Chop up some of that savory Hormel Pepperoni.

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Add your pepperoni all over the top of each muffin.

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Bake it until the cheese is slightly crisp and the muffins are golden.

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Try not to fall over yourself with excitement when you pull these babies out of the oven, because, man alive, do they smell delicious! My kiddos devoured these simple to make muffins and I’m positive the leftovers I send to my husband’s work will be thoroughly enjoyed. I was impressed with these muffins so much, that I may recreate them for Aiden’s ninja turtle party this May. How perfect are these mini pizza muffins for that?

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Hormel Pepperoni Cornbread
  • two boxes cornbread mix
  • two eggs
  • ⅔ cup of milk
  • one cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • one cup Hormel Pepperoni, diced
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cornbread mix, eggs, and milk until slightly lumpy.
  2. Transfer mixture to lined muffin pan, filling each tin ¾ of the way.
  3. Top each muffin with cheddar cheese until gone.
  4. Top each muffin with pepperoni until gone.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden.

 Are your kids as pepperoni obsessed as mine? What snacks do you make using this family favorite? Share with me in the comments below!