How to Get Crazy Stains Out of Toddler Clothes

7.01.2016

This post was sponsored by the Maker of OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about their Versatile Stain Remover, all opinions are my own.




Hi, friends! How's it going? We've been busy playing and living life the past couple months, which most definitely includes eating brightly colored, juicy foods. That equals brightly colored, juicy stains in our world and on our clothes. Four-year-old and two-year-old boys are fantastic at making messes of their shirts, so I am constantly looking for good laundry products.

I was actually recently looking for an effective stain remover to get rid of some old stains on the boys' lighter tees, and then I heard about OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. We are big fans of OxiClean in this house, so I was really excited to try it out. (You know you're old when you geek out about cleaning products, am I right?)

Have you noticed how incredibly hard it is to get watermelon juice stains out of shirts? It seems to be my nemesis, since I am awful at soaking stains immediately. I usually get around to it about two days after the initial incident, and watermelon is the devil by that point. Everything else I've tried for spot treating does not work, but this product works like a dream! Fist bump.



Here are the steps I use to get crazy stains out of toddler clothes:

1. Soak the stained clothing in a bowl of warm water mixed with one scoop of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover for one hour. The packaging recommends up to six hours for tough, old stains.

2. Wash in a warm cycle with regular laundry detergent and another scoop of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. Make sure to double rinse! Your mom will be proud.

3. Check for stains when unloading from the wash. If there is a tough one, soak again and repeat the washing cycle. Throw in dryer.

Now, are you ready for the before and after photos? This is always my favorite part.


Above the pocket we have some berry juice. At the center are the watermelon drippings. At the top by the shoulders and on the chest are some gnarly dark chocolate stains. It's a disastrous masterpiece, is it not?

Now for the after. Wait for it, though. Drum roll, please...




Boom! Totally, perfectly clean! Even Matt said to me, "Wow, that stuff actually works really well!" And if it has his stamp of approval, you know it's a good product.

You don't have to use it only on your clothing. It can clean up messes on carpets, upholstered furniture, and more. There are over 101 ways to use OxiClean to get tough stains out, delivering value through versatility and incredible benefits versus detergent alone. There is also a how-to video you can watch on their YouTube channel.

Hope you try out OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover! Be sure to submit your stories to Dear OxiClean if you do, so we can see how you get the junk out of your clothes. Happy laundering!

The Butter Half Shop!

6.06.2016



Hi friends! How's it going?

Life has been BIZ-AY! I've been burning the midnight oil, literally and figuratively, over at The Butter Half. Between creating and testing recipes, working on shoots and my new shop, my schedule is full. And so is my heart and soul! I love working on projects and tackling goals.

I met one of my first huge goals and finally launched my Butter Half shop! I sell punny food tees and totes, because those are my main loves in life (beside my family and Netflix).



Aren't they cuuuute? It's a good everyday tee with a little extra summin' summin' and the totes are perfect for your farmer's market hauls this summer.

Would love for you to go check out the shop! Use code MISOHAPPY10 for 10% off your entire purchase. Code valid through Wednesday at 11:59pm PST.

Happy shopping!

5 Cool Art Studios That Inspire Me

3.12.2016



Hi there! It's meeee! I'm here to talk about cool art studios that inspire me, since that's where my mind is lately.

I'm in this weird place with blogging right now, where I don't exactly know what to do with Along Abbey Road. My heart and soul is being poured into The Butter Half, and I've considered taking this blog private. With the boys getting older, I want to remove their public internet presence as much as I can. And since this is primarily a family and mommy blog, that sucks the fun right out! ;)

I guess I am in the decision process of taking a shift in my focus here?

I've asked myself approximately 257 times what that means, exactly. Too many hours and tears have been sacrificed to completely pull the plug, and right now my gut tells me to make this blog my inspiration station. Art has always played a central role in my life, so I suppose it's time for it to take the spotlight. Inspiration is knocking at the door in my skull, asking politely if it can enter my brain and come play. So I guess I am letting it in and we are having a colorful, splattered, creative play date! (This probably has something to do with the fact that we are reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert on my Periscope book club. You should totally join!)


The term #goals comes to mind when I see anything Bobbie Burgers creates. She is my art idol. Plus her last name is freaking Burgers! A staple food group in our house.


This photo of a young Chuck Close in his creative zone gives me chills. His work blows my mind every single time I look at it.


Just when you think Jemima Kirke couldn't be any cooler, you discover she is an insanely talented artist with a gorgeous Brooklyn art studio to boot!




I recently discovered ceramic artist Eve Simmons. Everything about her is lovely. And my creative ADHD now thinks I need to try my hand at pottery.


This studio belongs to Kiki Slaughter and it's every artist's dream. Nothing sets my soul free like dripping paint and open, natural light-filled space.

In close, I just want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of you who have loyally read my blog over these last five years. Thanks for sticking around and taking part in my life's journey, wherever it has been and wherever it may lead. xo -Abbey
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