I’m a deal shopper. My rule with the kids’ clothes is that I never spend more than 50% of original cost – doesn’t matter how cute it is, I just bide my time until the right sale comes along. Sometimes, those deals are just too good to pass up. Sometimes, you find a pair of what you consider to be horrifically coloured jeans for $2.97 – they’ll be great for Oliver to run around a muddy backyard in. Lesson learned though – when you find a pair of what you consider horrifically coloured jeans for $2.97, they are destined to become your child’s favourite pair.
I literally apologize to people when we show up and he’s wearing them. They are the worst kind of bright mustard colour, there is no shirt on earth that matches this colour, and if you’ve ever had a newborn, think two weeks in and you know exactly what colour it looks like. But, they are now his favourite, and being a good Mom means it’s become my life’s mission to make sure he grows out of them before he ruins them.
Kids are just so darn good at ruining clothes though.
This week I made the mistake (I’ve clearly made lots of mistakes) of giving the kids a bowl full of blueberries to go to town on after school. Like, I handed three children, ages 6, 4, and 2, a bowl of blueberries, and then I walked out of the room. If you needed a licence to parent I wouldn’t pass the test.
Amazingly the girls did ok… OK, Sophie may have spit out three mouthfuls onto a white shag rug, but it’s on its last leg anyway. One of those brilliant pre-kid purchases we made. Oliver though. Oh Oliver. Somehow he ended up with a pile of blueberries under his butt on the couch. Judging by the width and breadth of the stain I can only assume that he piled the blueberries onto the couch, laid down on top of them, and then pushed himself back and forth, from one end of the couch to the other, until they were completely absorbed into the fabric.
The stain on the couch I solved by flipping the cushion over – I’m practical like that, and it’s on its last leg too. The pants though – I’m sure people already judge me for letting him wear them out. Letting him wear them with a giant blueberry stain on the butt was just a step too far, even for me.
Thank goodness for Resolve Gold® In-Wash Stain Remover Gel. I had the gel on hand this time (I’ve been a fan of the powder since it saved us from the stomach flu stains in the summer) and I LOVED using the gel this time! It was so easy to use; with the gel you don’t need to make a paste to pre-treat the stain, you just pour on a bit of the gel and rub it in for 30 seconds (use the lid to do this, the bumps on it save your hands a lot of grief and do a great job!). After rubbing for 30 seconds, give it a quick rinse, then add it to the wash with some more of the gel.
The results absolutely speak for themselves. Know that I didn’t treat this right away either… I was not in the mood to start laundry at 6pm, I left it to dry overnight, and thankfully Resolve Gold® In-Wash Stain Remover is so powerful, it’ll get rid of stains that have been left to dry for 7 days. This stuff is seriously made for families!
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Resolve Gold® In-Wash Stain Remover Gel is available at all major grocery stores, and I can’t recommend it enough.
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