Sparkling Dishes with Finish Detergent

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Finish detergent is all I have used for years. It’s the best dishwasher detergent (in my opinion)!

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I love that Finish Powerballs come in little individual packages, eliminating the mess that comes with liquid and powdered detergents. We have extremely hard water where we live, so it’s important to have a great detergent that gets our dishes clean and won’t leave behind yucky residue or water spots. I think that we have saved so much money over the years by not having to re-wash our dishes thanks to Finish Dishwasher Cleaner!

Walmart has a Rollback for Finish products going until October that can be paired with a coupon for incredible savings! Click below to get the coupon:

Ada & Lola know where to find the goods!
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The girls both love helping out with the dishes. They have a little stool that they stand on while rinsing, then hand the dish to the other to load into dishwasher. When everything is loaded, it’s always a big deal who gets to put the Finish Powerball in the dishwasher. We take turns so there isn’t a fight over who gets to do it. We take turns opening the package, putting the detergent in, closing the latch, closing the dishwasher door, and starting the dishwasher.

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I think it is so important for children to help out with chores around the house. It helps everyone feel a sense of accomplishment and respect what we have instead of taking it for granted. I lived without a dishwasher for three years and am SO grateful to have one! I hope my children learn the same lessons by helping do the dishes.

Finish now has Finish Quantum Power and Free that has less harsh chemicals, so you can feel even better about having your children help out!

Lola Turns Three & Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

My baby turned three this month! Sweet Lola girl wanted a Tinkerbell party and picked out her tablecloth, plates, napkins, cups, and outfit to wear. We looked through the blog for dinner ideas and she chose Hot Beef Sandwiches au Jus, much to her Papa’s delight!

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This is typical Lola, not used to the spotlight while opening gifts.

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Showing off her baking outfit:

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And deciding to blow out her candles with my help this year. Can you believe that sweet little face?! I just love the way she looks at me.

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This little one is our lover. Always up for snuggles, hugs, and kisses. Always willing to share. Loves to do everything “Mine self!” Is talking non-stop and has the most contagious laugh. We love you sweet Lola-girl!!

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I took a page from my Coldstone days and made an ice cream cake that fulfilled Lola’s “Pink with green on top” request. It was perfect on such a warm summer birthday celebration!

Press brownies into the bottom of a springform pan,

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Pour and spread your softened ice cream on top and freeze.

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Pour warm water around the edge of your pan and release.

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Top with whipped cream if desired.

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Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake
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An easy, fuss-free homemade cake perfect for any party!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 9x9 in. pan Ghirardelli Brownies, prepared
  • 1.5 quart Breyer's Strawberry Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 8 oz. Carton Heavy Whipping Cream (optional)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  1. Bake brownies according to package directions and cool. Press brownies into the bottom of your springform pan.
  2. Scoop and spread the ice cream into the pan, on top of the brownies.
  3. Place the cake in freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When cake is completely frozen, remove from freezer and run the edges of the pan under warm water until the form can be removed.
  5. Place cake on serving platter and add whipped cream, if using.
  6. Whipped cream:
  7. Beat the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and desired color food coloring in stand mixer until stiff peaks form.


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