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Summer Road Trip Travel Essentials Giveaway

Contests By July 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Summer TravelSummer is finally here, meaning you’ll be spending lots of time in the car for day-trips and vacations with the family. We know road trip packing can be stressful – it’s mom’s job to be prepared for the unpredictable and remember everything, right?! To ensure your vacation starts off on the right foot, here is a list of our top summer travel tips and tricks. We’ve also got a Summer Road Trip Travel Essentials Giveaway sponsored by Procter & Gamble to make road tripping easier!

Take time to prep

  • Dedicate time well before departure to plan your pack—yes plan. Check the weather forecast, ensure flight times are accurate, check construction and closures and find alternative routes to make a realistic travel route to get you there on time. If flying, remember to double check what you can bring in your carry-on to avoid anything being thrown out.
  • Avoid the morning of mad dash to gather all necessary toiletries and invest in a travel set of essentials.  Do you need a full size shampoo and conditioner for the family to share, or can you use the adorable mini travel-sized items, like the super cute and convenient mini Scope Outlast ($2.99*) to maintain fresh breath on the go? If you have essentials you just can’t duplicate, like an electronic toothbrush, add them to your last minute pack list.

Make a list, check it twice

  • If heading on a road trip, packing the family and your trip essentials can mean a tightly packed car. Making a check list of what you really need will help eliminate those “nice to have” items that will overflow the car.
  • Involve the kids – throughout the week have the kids write down items they use in the day on a chalk or white board in a central location (i.e. kitchen fridge). At the end of the week, go through the list together and narrow it down to the must haves. You may be surprised by some of the things you use daily!

To pack it right, pack it light!

  • The lighter the better! We know packing with kids and pets it may be difficult to live by this mantra, however keeping things light and simple leaves room for souvenirs.
  • Downsize by bringing items that have more uses than one. Bring Pampers Sensitive wipes ($3.99*) – they work wonders for baby’s bottom and do double duty by wiping faces  clean of juice spills and other sticky messes. Be sure to have Puffs Basic Tissues ($5.99*) on hand to aid in the unexpected clean up!
  •  Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets ($8.99*) are a great static solution on the go. Rub along your electric-charged clothing item to help remove pesky static!
  • When packing clothing, try rolling versus folding. It often helps keep things less-wrinkled and can save space in your suitcase. And to keep everything smelling fresh, longer, spray the inside of your suit case with Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength ($2.99*).

Car essentials

  • It’s easy to get tempted by road side stops for fries and ice cream, which can add up and increase your budget. Try bringing cut fruit, veggies and bags of trail mix to help curb everyone’s appetite! And don’t worry about the mess, Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels ($3.49*) are perfect for spills and sticky fingers.
  • Bathroom pit stops can often be annoying if certain amenities are missing – don’t leave the house without bringing your own Charmin Basic ($4.99*) so you’re always fresh and comfortable. Keep your mouth feeling fresh too by bringing Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush ($7.99*) and ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss($3.99*) so you can head back into the car feeling rejuvenated, ready for the next leg of the trip.
  • Long car rides can often result in smells you’d wish you left at home. With leftover snacks sitting around, get rid of the odours by using aFebreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener ($3.99*) to keep your vehicle fresh for hours and hours.

Safety first

  • Always remember to bring a first aid kit. No one wants to get sick on vacation so be prepared for everything that may get thrown your way. From cuts, bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!

You’ve had the chance to test these products throughout the year.  Now it’s time to share the love with your readers! We’ve gathered some of the top P&G essentials for any travel vacation this summer. This giveaway is valued at $50* and includes:

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An Interview with Jessica Mulroney

baby, beauty, FAM, GEAR By April 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Sometimes I just feel so tech-savvy. In Germany to visit a relative, I managed to purchase a SIM card for my android so that I could interview Jessica Mulroney by phone. While eating German kuchen. Speaking English on the phone and German to the waiters. It was quite the day!


Jessica, a mom of twin brothers Brian and John, welcomed baby Ivy (Isabel Veronica Mulroney) in June of this year. Jessica is a Pampers aficionado and as a PGMom I had the opportunity to chat with her about motherhood.

Jessica Mulroney is as well-spoken as she is beautiful, and she and e-talk host Ben Mulroney tag-teamed during the interview. Adorable. In preparing for baby Ivy’s arrival, the couple involved the older boys by allowing them to help with name suggestions. When the baby arrived, she gave each of her new brothers a gift, making the attention transition smooth.

The couple were a natural fit for being Pampers Parents. From the time the twins were born and they were given Pampers by the hospital, they have used the brand. This year they are chronicling baby Ivy’s progress on a special blog called My Pampers Journey. It was interesting that both parents gave kudos to Pampers for allowing them to have a better night’s sleep. Because Pampers are now 3 times drier than ordinary diapers, parents are able to control the baby’s level of comfort. There’s not much else that is possible to control with a newborn!

I was inspired by the couple reinforcing the notion of trusting their parental instincts and not listening to the heaps of advice that other people constantly give.

When asked about their favourite baby products, they cited the MamaRoo, a moving computerized chair that calms Ivy like nothing else. They chose the OrbitBaby stroller, and on a more personal note, Jessica can’t live without her ballet flats.

Thanks for chatting with UrbanMommies all the way from Hamburg and congratulations again!


A Visit to the Procter and Gamble Archives

beauty, GEAR By March 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Procter Gamble ArchivesWhenever I see Oil of Olay I think of my grandmother. Her skin was perfect and smooth and I always wanted to smell like her. During a tour of the Procter and Gamble archives I was thrown back in time as I saw the exact bottles that graced her dresser. And the Pampers that I would have worn as a baby. The Tide my mom used as I lay in a laundry basket as a toddler while she folded and watched ‘Soaps’.  The company began in 1837 by William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker.


Cool Facts:

In 1911, P&G began producing Crisco, a shortening made of vegetable oils rather than animal fats. During the 1920s, radio was gaining popularity and the company sponsored advertisements on radio programs. This is why these shows, and later their TV counterparts became known as “soap operas.”

There were four P&G products on the space shuttle Columbia. Can you guess? Oral-B toothpaste, Charmin toilet paper, Old Spice Deodorant and Gillette razors.

In 1926 Camay was introduced to meet the demand for perfumed beauty soaps.

The first detergent-based shampoo was called Drene in 1934.

Tide was introduced in 1946 and was so superior to anything on the market (and so reasonably priced) that it became known as a ‘washing miracle’ and was the leading US brand by 1950.

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1961 was the year that changed all years for Moms…. Pampers were introduced.

The history of such a huge, successful company can’t be taken lightly, and the archives were a testament to positive corporate culture and pride. I could have spent hours touching the bottles, seeing the progress and losing myself in history.

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