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Pine-Sol and Reading is Fundamental Giveaway (Closed)

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As a mommy to three young children, education is very important to me.  My daughter absolutely loves to read and I’m hoping that my two boys will also love reading. There is a recent study conducted by the Taste & Smell Research Foundation and commissioned by the maker of Pine-Sol cleaners, that I found to be quite interesting. The study found that children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean.  In addition, the study also showed a connection between memory of positive scents and academic success, demonstrating that it begins at an early age and is something that parents can impact.

I was intrigued by the findings of this study and wanted to share a few more with you.

  • Children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean – 84% of students reporting GPAs of A or B had positive childhood home smells – using descriptors like “lemony, minty or clean”; with only 16% noting negative smells at home.
  • Those who recalled their childhood home as being an environment with negative smells or aromas were two-times more likely to have a lower grade point average (GPA) than those that did not.
  • The study demonstrated a positive connection between a well-cared home and the sort of stable family environment that promotes academic success, self-esteem, learning and harmony – and enhances achievement later in life.
  • 34% of students with a GPA grade of C or less, remembered negative childhood home aromas including urine, fecal and mold – double the percentage of those with higher GPAs.

I’m a clean freak and I’m constantly trying to keep my house clean.  With three children that’s not always possible, but hey, trying counts as something — right? Now that I know that there is a connection between clean scents and academic success, I’ll try even harder not only for my sanity but for the sake of my children. I remember my father reading to me while I was growing up, and now my husband is reading to our own children.  I love watching them together because it brings back memories of my childhood and I’m so happy that my husband is carrying on the tradition.

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Right now, if you “like” Pine-Sol on Facebook, you can help Reading is Fundamental, the largest family and children’s literacy nonprofit organization in the United States, giving away 16 million new books per year to children in need.  In 2011, Pine-Sol will donate $40,000 to Reading is Fundamental to help children further achieve in life.  But, it doesn’t end there.  For every two “likes” on the Pine-Sol Facebook page during the month of March 2011, Pine-Sol will donate one book, up to 5,000 books.

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Pine-Sol has introduced two brand new scents, Garden Fresh and Outdoor Fresh, and the first ever easy-to-pour flip-cap offering the consumer controlled pouring.

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One (1) winner will receive three (3) books — The Dot, The Lion & The Mouse, and My People!

How to Enter:

Simply leave me a comment below letting me know your favorite children’s book!

Extra Entries Available:

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This giveaway will end on April 7th at 10:00 PM Central time. Winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Giveaway is open to US entries. The winner must contact me in 48 hours to claim their prize. Good luck to everyone!
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely that of the blog owners. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This post was sponsored by Pine-Sol through a compensated Mom Bloggers Club member program.


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Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


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