The Story Of Courageous- Our Courage Giving Monkey

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We are so excited to share a really special story with you all today. This post is sponsored by the makers of OxiCleanTM, but all the thoughts are my own.

Our story starts many years ago. I’m not going to say exactly how many years ago… but I was just about 10 years old… so, like, let’s say it was over 20 years ago, ha!

I was given a very special stuffed animal that was purchased from my favorite place on the planet, the Santa Ana Zoo. The amazing zookeepers that gave me this monkey told me that life won’t always be easy, but that it is worth it and that whenever I am feeling nervous that giving this monkey a hug will give me courage. Thus, his name became Courageous! He was with me through high school and traveled with me to college and beyond, always giving me a boost of self-confidence with his hugs.

When I had my own children he became theirs too. Maddie had him first, then Ash and now he is Emmy’s special friend. He is a true family heirloom!

Can you see how well-loved he is?! I think he is looking pretty good for his age!

He did have one very unfortunate adventure. He was lost and his time spent away from us wasn’t at a nice resort under the beautiful sun. He was lost at home in our backyard and by the time we found him he was covered in dirt and bugs. Emmy was devastated as were the rest of us.

Thankfully OxiCleanTM is the authority on stain removal. A one of a kind brand that solves most stain problems with ease and we used it to bring him back to all his previous glory!

Our story has a very happy ending and we had the most amazing experience having Courageous’ story told in this video:

When I went to wash Courageous I didn’t have a plan really. OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover is our go-to for stains and I just knew it would help here too. I was so thankful when I pulled him out of the washing machine and he looked so much better!

OxiCleanTM removes stains from laundry and all around the home. So powerful it restored a precious toy that would otherwise have been ruined, removing stains that laundry detergent alone cannot. It is chlorine free and color safe, making it more versatile than chlorine bleach. It has saved so many things in our home.

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Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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