This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Erin and Areta!
The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone and especially if you’re like us and have a rotating door of family and friends through your house from the end of November to the end of January.
From impromptu drinks with colleagues to spaghetti and meatball dinners with friends to week-long in law visits, our house has been busy and this working momma has been busy just trying to keep it at a minimum level of clean.
When the PR people at P&G asked if I would be interested in a video of Colin Cowie, lifestyle expert and party planner for celebrities like Oprah and Kim Kardashian, sharing popular holiday colour trends, organizational tips along with easy ways to keep the home tidy and party ready for those impromptu get-togethers I of course said “YES, send it on over”. The video is exactly what it promised to be and more (it’s also embedded below) but I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you how this busy, full-time working mom of three kids, one puppy and a hubby (because let’s face it – they are sometimes the messiest ones!) is keeping this tiny rental house as guest ready as it will ever be.
First up – dishes!
I always take the time before having guests over to hand wash all of the glasses we might use. This ensures any water stains or leftover food bits from that night you were too tired to hand wash anything and shoved anything that would fit into the dishwasher are gone. A quick dip in a sink of warm water and Dawn dish soap means your guests won’t be holding the glasses up to the light wondering just what exactly is that?
‘Tis the season for food and family but it’s also the season for over-stuffed dishwashers. That’s why we only use Cascade Allin1 Pacs. Clean dishes every single time! Even the ones “someone” else may have stuffed in there without rinsing.
Then there’s those pesky jobs we always skip when doing our regular cleaning like baseboards and dusting the blinds. These are perfect jobs for your older kids using Swiffer 360 Dusters and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (the select a size are perfect!)
Then there’s the powder room – the place every single guest sees, whether they are in your home for an hour or a month. Always keep it well stocked with the good stuff (I’m talking toilet paper here people!).
And keep the sink and counter tops sparkling with Mr. Clean 7 Days Of Shine.
Also, my cousin Jenny taught me that you should always leave good tissues like Puffs readily available in your bathroom (especially during cold season). Then add a Febreze scented candle (vanilla and moonlight) as a perfect décor item that also masks potential unwanted bathroom smells during parties.
Speaking of Febreze – meet Yukon, my 10 week old Mastiff puppy.
Even though I love him madly already we are taking a few extra puppy smell busting precautions including:
and Febreze Fabric Refresher.
Finally, for those overnight guests (like the in laws) the combination of Tide Pods, Downy Unstopables and a Bounce Dryer Bar leaves sheets and towels smelling fresh and just washed for days.
So there you have it – how this busy mom is keeping her house guest ready during the holiday season. It may not be exactly how Colin Cowie does it but it works!
Now here’s what you can win:
Charmin giveaway pack includes two (2) packs of Charmin Ultra Soft, two (2) tubs of Charmin Fresh Wipes, two (2) boxes of Puffs tissue and one (1) bottle of Downy Unstopables. Valued at $40
P&G Home Holiday giveaway kit is valued at $50 and includes everything that is pictured here:
Here’s how to enter:
Simply leave a comment with your best tip on how you keep your home guest ready.
Want a bonus entry:
Just leave another comment telling me your favourite Colin Cowie tip from the video embedded below.
Want to be super sweet:
Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends.
And for all you rule followers out there here they are:
- Two winners will be randomly chosen – one for the Charmin prize package and one for the PG Holiday Home prize package.
- Giveaway closes Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST.
- Open to residents of Canada only.
- Winners will be chosen via And The Winner Is plugin. In the event of plugin failure random.org will be used.
- Winners will be sent an email to the email address provided in the comment on Saturday, January 5, 2013 notifying them of which prize they have won and will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail or a new winner will be chosen.
- By entering this contest you are accepting that your name, email address, mailing address and phone number will be shared with the company and/or the PR agency(ies) providing the prize for the purpose of mailing.
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