WIN Detergent Review & Giveaway

It’s no secret that life instantly changes when a baby is born.  As soon as they take their first breath of air, BOOM!  Your life will never be the same.  I knew that before our little miracle was born, but what I didn’t know was exactly how much our lives would change.  You’re given one of the most precious gifts in exchange for what you once thought was your most precious gift, the gift of time.

I want to do a “day in the life” style post, but it may bore you because 95% of my day is spent changing dirty diapers, feeding, holding, rocking, laughing with, singing to, and calming our sweet baby girl.  That said, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.  What I have traded though are a few of my favorite pre-baby hobbies which I’m sure will return, someday.  Ryan has been a tremendous help and oftentimes pushes me out of the door to get some fresh air, but that hour or two I have by myself is typically spent tutoring, at the gym, or running errands.

I specifically forgot to mention another one of my daily activities…  Laundry.  We’ve done more laundry in the past two months than we ever did in the past two years.  Between spit up, pooplosions {yes, they are very real and very stinky}, and sweaty workout clothes, we’re cycling through clothes like we’re on a fashion runway.  Although, no one would suggest that our outfits are fashionable.  Black stretchy pants are the little black dress equivalent in the mom world.

When Sweat Pink presented me with the opportunity to review WIN Detergent, I jumped at it.  I’ll admit that I didn’t know there were detergents specifically formulated for cleaning athletic apparel.  I’m sure my mom would have loved this stuff when she washed my sweat stained and smelly basketball and lacrosse uniforms.

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WIN Detergent first made its debut in 2006 and has been helping to remove sweat, oil, and odors from synthetic materials used in today’s workout apparel ever since.  They haven’t made any changes to the product in the past eight years, until now.  The new bottle is 50% larger at 32 oz., has a vibrant new look, and utilizes a new foil seal to reduce leaks and costly extra packaging.  Read more about the science behind WIN Detergent on their website.

Additionally, they’re introducing a brand new product, WIN GREEN.  WIN GREEN is…

  • Dye-free
  • Fragrance free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Perfect for individuals with sensitive skin and noses
  • Designed to meet the standards for Design for the Environment certification by the EPA
  • Meets the Yellow Rating on the Whole Foods Eco-Scale {certification pending}

Also worth mentioning is that both versions of WIN Detergent are made in the USA, the bottles are made from 25% post consumer recycled plastics, and the products are not tests on animals.  Plus, it’s septic safe, phosphate free, and can be used in high-efficiency washers which makes it an all around WIN!  See what I did there, ha.

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Ryan and I are happy to report that we were impressed with the results from both products.  This was our first time trying a detergent specifically designed for sports apparel so we weren’t sure what to expect.  We enjoy when our clothes come out smelling clean – we can’t be the only ones who do the “smell test,” right?  The original WIN Detergent got a +1 in term of scent.  It was light and refreshing, not overbearing like some other detergents we’ve tried.  WIN GREEN is fragrance free so although our clothes no longer smelled like sweat, they didn’t smell fresh either.  One thing we weren’t able to test because we used my gym/running clothes and his skateboarding gear was how well it removes stains.  I’ll be interested to see how well it does once I start running outside again.

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Interested in trying WIN Detergent?  The new WIN Detergent and WIN GREEN are available at sporting goods retailers, sports shops, gyms and yoga studios, and through a limited number of select online dealers such as Amazon.com for $9.95.  Plus, I’m excited to feature a giveaway for one lucky winner who will receive two bottles {one original, one GREEN} of WIN Detergent!

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I received two bottles of WIN Detergent for this review through my affiliation with Sweat Pink.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

— Allison

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Tangent Thursday 9.11.14

There must be something in the air today because my kiddos are going a million miles a minute in all different directions {some for the good, some for the bad} and so is my brain.  My photographer {aka Ryan} didn’t take a picture of my baby bump this morning, so I’ll share my week 30/31 bumpdate tomorrow.

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This is my first year teaching when my students were born post-9/11.  It’s an event in their history books, not their mental memory.  Never forget and take time to remember.

I’ll never forget being ushered into the auditorium, but not being told why.  The auditorium was silent and all of the teachers had a look of fear on their faces.  I’ll always remember my dad picking me up early from school, stopping for gas on the way home because he said we didn’t know what else could happen, and being glued to the TV for days.  We were incredibly thankful that my brother was out of the hospital and safe at home.

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Our master bedroom is no longer baby blue with speckles of apple green.  We still need to repaint the trim and doors, but tan suits the space so.much.better.  I also have developed a new obsession with curtains – they really spruce up a room.

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My baby shower invitations have been sent!  Aren’t they adorable?  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us for Baby Szed have been giraffes.  We’re taking it as a sign {Baby Szed is already measuring super long} so we’ve decided to stick with the theme.

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I spotted this yellow cruiser at Target over the weekend and I’m in love.  I’ve wanted to buy a bike for a while now, but the prices are ridiculously expensive.  Until I found this beauty.  For $125ish, it’s a steal.  Maybe it will make an appearance at my birthday this year *hint, hint*.

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Our gym got this new machine.  I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like a cross between a snowboard + wakeboard + skateboard.  There was a lady riding it for a while I was on the elliptical and I couldn’t stop watching.  I think I’d be thrown off within a few seconds I tried.

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After almost two months without a haircut, Charlie went to the groomer on Sunday.  His hair was the longest it’s ever been and now it’s the shortest it’s ever been.  His eyes remind me of the lemurs in the movie Madagascar“I like to move it, move it!  I like to move it, move it!”

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How amazing is this chalk drawing?  Ryan and I went out to dinner over the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and saw a bunch of awesome chalk drawings from the festival that took place earlier in the afternoon.  Too bad the rain that night washed everything away.

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Baby Szed has me craving chocolate milk.  I can’t remember ever buying chocolate milk {we used to use Hershey’s syrup in 2% cow’s milk when I was a child}, but this version by Silk is deliciously rich.

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Ryan found this guy stuck in our fire escape over the weekend.  Maybe if I gave him a kiss we wouldn’t have found water damage in our bathroom/first floor on Monday night?

Question:  Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/01?

Question:  Have you tried Silk’s chocolate milk?  Or do you prefer using the classic Hershey’s chocolate syrup?  Or more Ovaltine, please?

— Allison

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Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Woosh, woosh, woosh.  Every time we have the chance to hear Baby Szed’s itty-bitty heartbeat, my heart swells.  Sometimes I still am in disbelief that I have a little person living inside my belly.  Today Ryan and I went to our monthly check-up and the doctor said that both momma and baby are doing great!

After the appointment I treated myself to a mani + pedi to celebrate the good news {and to complete this weekend’s wedding look} :)   “Princesses Rule” shellac on my fingers and “My Chihuahua Bites” on my toes.

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I was hoping to start sharing bumpdates {baby bump + updates} earlier in my pregnancy so that I could look back {and laugh}, but that didn’t happen.  Later is better than never, something is better than nothing.  I’ll try to do a first trimester recap sometime soon, but I warn you – I napped a lot, felt nauseous, and ate a lot of ramen noodles.

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Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th.  We’re taking bets on when she’ll actually arrive because there are a few family members with November birthdays.

Gender:  Girl!  We found out on June 26th {20 weeks}.

Name:  Choosing a name is one of the most difficult things we’ve had to do yet.  There are so many names, the possibilities are endless.  We ultimately chose a family name – it was the only name that Ryan said “I like that!”

Size:  Cantaloupe {10.5 – 11.8 in}

Symptoms:  No aches or pains.  The only thing that’s uncomfortable is that it feels like I just ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and need to unbuckle my belt…  Except I’m not wearing a belt, that’s just my belly.  Thankfully, still no stretch marks.

Movement:  Yes!  And it’s so cool, although she sleeps most of the day and dances all night.  Party animal in the making!

Weight Gain:  My weight fluctuated up and down a pound or two during the first trimester, but I have been slowly gaining weight each week since.  Today the doctor said I’m right on track.

Cravings:  Nothing intense, like “I’ve gotta have it right now or I’m going to have an emotional breakdown!” but I’m still loving fruit, carbs, and salt.  Salt on everything – salads included.  Berries, cherries, melon, and pineapple as far as fruits.  Some type of doughy carb, crackers/chips, or pasta makes an appearance in every meal/snack.  As for protein,  I’ve stuck mostly with cheese, yogurt {regular, not Greek}, eggs with ketchup, and deli meat.  Some days I can’t stand the thought of meat.

Aversions:  None at the moment.  Coffee was a big aversion until just recently.  Some days I’ll sip a cup with breakfast, but I haven’t been able to finish a full cup.  The smell still sometimes makes me queasy.

Fitness:  I’m still working out about 5 days a week, give or take a day depending upon how I feel and our schedule.  Walking on the treadmill {with an incline} has been my go-to.  Today I ran 1 {very slow} mile but it was the first mile I’ve run in months – happy, happy!

Sleep:  I’ve been falling asleep in bed, but waking up around 1 – 2AM and moving out to the family room to sleep on the couch.  It helps to keep me from rolling onto my stomach.  I still haven’t purchased a full-body pillow but it’s high on my list.

Question:  What’s your favorite salty food/snack?

Question:  What’s your favorite nail polish color?

— Allison

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