There’s much to be said about living in New York City, and through a perfectly edited lens on instagram or various pictures on Pinterest, life here can seem like a concrete dream. Yes, there are parts of it that often seem absolutely magical, a lot of parts even. Being born and mostly raised here has instilled that dreamy wonderment deep in my soul for a lifetime. But living here can and will be stinky at times. Besides the crazy piles of trash you’ll find on a sidewalk on any given day, there’s the steamy train in the summer, the dressing room at your favorite hip vintage store, and the ungodly elevators one must take with a stroller. It’s not completely crazy, it’s just New York.
The same resilience one must have to live and love the busy city outside their apartment, is the same resilience one would need to live and love the small space they lay their heads at night. I know this first hand. Our place, despite almost always being tidy or clean, can get pretty stinky. I remember when we first saw our apartment, I was pretty tiffed off at the lack of a dishwasher that was well advertised in the listing. But I was more annoyed by the smell of beef radiating through the hallways from the floor above. Thankfully, the smells of beef are few and far between these days. That doesn’t mean that smells don’t often creep up though.
Every room in our place doubles up. The living room turns into my gym, the bedroom turns into a diaper changing station a few times a day, and our couch has seen more naked toddler time than I can count (why do toddlers despise underwear?) and all of this makes our apartment quite stinky more times than I’d like to admit. In my dreams, I’d like to live in the city, have a furnished basement, Oak would have his own nursery, we would have a couch that River could lay naked on all day long in her own room, and the endless poopy diapers could just pile up without smelling up the joint, and subsequently just disappear! Dreaming is fun right?
While I’m here dreaming and living in a small place, I’m using Febreeze to help with the stinky parts of daily life. Febreeze has been a staple in my life since I first moved out on my own, and kept piles of clothes on my bedroom floor like a real boss. 😉 I didn’t have time to actually hang my clothes or even wash them often(ew, but true), I Febreezed and went along my merry way. I’ve gotten much much better about the laundry thing (I promise), but I still use Febreeze to wash away the stenches of daily life with one stinky baby, a naked toddler, an adorable and sometimes funky husband, and a sweaty and gross me. It’s the only thing tough enough to deal with our crazy life in the city and with the crazy smells that come along with living in it.
I’ve teamed up with Procter & Gamble today, for a fun campaign called #NYTough. The other night we attended a comedy show with Marlon Wayans, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Che, and Michelle Buteau in celebration of this hilarious and true campaign. I laughed so hard and loud my stomach felt like I did 50 crunches the morning after. It was such a good time! The P & G team and I thought it would be fun to host a little giveaway with a variety pack of P & G products! One lucky winner will receive one P & G product variety pack valued at $57, that will include; Crest Toothpaste, Secret Deodorant, Febreeze Heavy Duty, and Tide pods to name a few! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below saying which Procter & Gamble product you like the most. Bounty paper towels comes in at close second for us, toddler spills.
Good luck and have a great weekend!
Footnote: This giveaway is open to U.S entrants only. Giveaway ends October 3rd.
This post was in partnership with Procter & Gamble for their #NYTough campaign. Thank you so much for supporting my partners who I believe in!