10 Tips for freshening up your family’s routine


— Running a household can be stressful, so finding a way to streamline your routine is a must. While you may have short-cuts and tricks already in place, stocking your home with the best supplies and most innovative products will help to make each day even easier.

How can you find the best products for your family? “Product of the Year,” the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation backed by the votes of 40,000 consumers, is a great source for learning about great products introduced each year. The list of winners can serve as a helpful guide when navigating store aisles, and here are some of this year’s highlights:

• Keep your car looking great for the daily commute with a multitasking cleaner. The Turtle Wax Dash & Glass, the Car Care category winner, uses a proprietary formula for streak-free cleaning of both dashboards and windows.

• Don’t cover laundry odors, neutralize and prevent them. The new Downy Fresh Protect helps you get more out of each load by infusing fabrics with motion-activated technology to keep clothes smelling fresh no matter how active you and your family are each day.

• With the right tools, you can skip the prices and the lines of the salon. Buff away thick and stubborn skin, extending the life of pedicures with the Amopé Pedi Perfect Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals, which exfoliates to reveal beautiful feet.

• Pack a protein punch on the fly with a healthy grab-and-go snack. The Gold Emblem Abound Unsalted Pistachio & Almond Blend meets the American Heart Association’s criteria for heart-healthy food and tastes delicious.

• Simplify family dinners on busy days with easy side dishes like Ore-Ida Bold & Crispy Fries. They are easy to prep and add great flavor to any meal.

• Pack an extra dose of nutrition into your dog’s daily diet. The new Purina Beyond Purées are easy to serve with your dog’s everyday food. Different varieties target a healthy immune system, digestive system or skin and coat.

• Maintain an active lifestyle each day. The Playtex Sport Collection, winner of the Feminine Care category, is designed to move with the body so women feel confident and protected while exercising and on-the-go.

• Want to indulge without the guilt? The Skinny Cow Dipped Ice Cream Bars fulfill ice cream cravings for only 190 calories each.

• Satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with a new twist on a classic. The SweeTARTS Soft and Chewy Ropes are bendable and chewy with a fruit-punch filling, combining sweet and tart flavors.

• Stay well-rested with Emergen-Zzzz, an innovative dietary supplement that includes melatonin, vitamin C and key antioxidants and helps you fall asleep naturally. Take it approximately 30 minutes before bedtime to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Visit productoftheyearusa.com for more information about this year’s winners.

When the going gets tough, seek out the supplies you need to make life easier.