10.24.2014

Post: Listerine Heroic Habits-The Results


“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”


So it has been a few weeks since my last post when my family and I began our new oral care routines with the help of LISTERINE products. 


      My husband and I followed the plan to wake our daughter up 10 minutes earlier for school to give her enough time to properly brush, floss and use mouthwash. The difference that 10 extra minutes has made has been wonderful. It has been lovely to see our daughter learn just how important oral care is. I will be honest, Flossing is not her favorite thing but with a little help from us we get the job done. It also helps that we are using LISTERINE Ultraclean Dental Floss to get the job done. The floss is stretchy (which I LOVE) and super strong and shred resistant. Since some of our daughter's teeth are still growing in the MICRO-GROVES technology really helps. It helps remove food and removes 2X more plaque than other brands of dental floss. My daughter's favorite product is the Barbie LISTERINE SmartRinse.

She really enjoys the bubble gum flavor and loves squeezing the bottle and watching the little cup at the top fill up. I really like that the SmartRinse tints any left over food particles letting your child know that they need to brush a second time. Barbie LISTERINE SmartRinse may just look like a bottle of pink rinse but looks can be deceiving. Listerine SmartRinse provides 12 hour cavity protection, strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone and provides 2.4 times more fluoride than ACT Kids mouthwash. Using fluoride suppresses bacterial growth and stabilizes the minerals that keep teeth strong.

    As you might also remember from my previous LISTERINE post my husband and I made a pact that we both aren't allowed to go to bed unless our teeth are flossed with LISTERINE Ultraclean Dental Floss. My husband and I have always been really great about brushing our teeth--but flossing was sometimes forgotten in our daily oral care routine. Since making our pact we have noticed that our teeth feel cleaner, look cleaner and our gums are healthier since we started flossing and also using LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE GENTLE RINSE which is peroxide free. It whitens teeth without harming enamel. It makes my mouth feel clean and fresh without burning or stinging.

Another product we added into our daily oral care routine was LISTERINE POCKETPACKS Breath Strips. My husband and I both tried these out our days and we LOVE them. They are so easy to carry along in a pocket or bag. They not only freshen breath but also kill 99% of bath breath germs. SCORE!

I am so happy that we are all on our way to better oral care routines thanks to LISTERINE.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the LISTERINE products I mentioned they can be purchased by clicking here.Learn more about the many products that Listerine has to offer by visiting the Listerine YouTube page.

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Review: Rainbow Beast and the Rock Band Land Rockers "The Ghosts of the Sea"

My Halloween playlist has needed an infusion this year. As much as I loved what I had I needed something new, and the boys did too.

Enter the story/song combo The Ghosts of the Sea, from Rainbow Beast. In the same vein as their album Tales of the Monstrosity Scrolls from earlier this year, this uninhibited group has again collaborated with the most creative of us all (children) to create more wildly imaginative works. There's a lot I could say but I'd rather let the song and story speak for themselves.






Happy Hallowe'en everyone!

Do you like what you hear? Go here and click "Listen and Watch" for more of their fun stuff.



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Disclosure:
I received access to this song free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

10.23.2014

Giveaway: Reed & Barton





If you didn't catch my Reed & Barton review that was posted earlier this month then go read it! 




Why? 

Well...maybe because I am having.....


A GIVEAWAY!

 Enter to win a Cabot 2-Piece Carving Set and a Set of 4 Steak Knives from Reed & Barton!

(open to US Residents only!)

Enter after the jump!

Post: Royal Canin #ScienceHappens





    In December of last year we became dog owners for the first time. My husband and I had both been lucky enough to grow up with dogs in our respective homes but when it came to owning our very own pet we were a bit nervous. Owning your own dog is totally different then being a child and living with one....and we were soon to find this out.

      Late one night in January our miniature poodle puppy, Hermes, decided that after a long day he was going to soil the freshly washed curtains and hardwood floors. My husband and I became suspicious because Hermes had been doing really well potty-training before this episode. Well, we should have trusted our gut instinct right away because we awoke all night to the puppy having accidents every hour in his crate.  After a few hours we decided that the safest thing to do was to take the puppy to an urgent care Veterinary hospital. Our
puppy was thankfully seen right away and the Vet looked him over and kindly sat my
husband and I down. "I know precisely what is going on with your dog," he said, "he is having an allergic reaction to his food...have you switched dog foods lately?." We had changed flavors but not brands--who knew that a change in flavor would cause such a huge reaction? I had never heard of such a thing! My husband and I felt pretty silly after we heard the diagnoses...but we were glad that our puppy was OK. Now whenever we go to purchase dog food for our puppy we know to stick to the one flavor of food. When your dog has symptoms of an upset stomach (diarrhea, bad flatulence), it’s important to take him to your veterinarian so they can get to the bottom of their GI issue and prevent any more accidents at home. A wagging tail equals a happy dog! We love Hermes and it is important to keep him as happy and healthy as the other members of our family. 

We keep Hermes healthy by taking him to the vet regularly, feeding him nutritious food like Royal Canin. When choosing a pet food make sure it is right for your dog's size and breed...oh and don't forget to get your dog groomed regularly (otherwise he will become a matted mess!). 

Science is the best way to look at every issue your dog may have. For more pet health nutrition information, go tohttp://www.mypetreference.com/#!search/ask+the+vet

What ways do you keep your pet happy and healthy?



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10.22.2014

Review and Giveaway: KIND Snacks

You know that feeling: you're away from your kitchen, suddenly starving, and surrounded by junk food. Do you break down and buy something you'll later regret?

Let's try a different scenario: you're at a party and the only food options don't fit your dietary needs, but you're hungry. Do you eat the food anyway and suffer the consequences later?

Maybe you don't worry about these things but I do!



KIND graciously sent me a sample box of their low-glycemic snack bars and now I don't think I'll ever be without on in my purse. They are so convenient, so delicious, and when I eat one I don't have to compromise my food convictions.

The three bars I received to try were Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond, and Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt. Each bar boasts 6-7 grams of fiber, 5-6 grams of protein, and only 5 grams of sugar. They are also all natural, GMO-free, gluten free and low sodium. Reading the ingredient list makes me hungry instead of confused. But best of all, these bars are so delicious! (After all, what good is a healthy snack if you just don't want to eat it?)

My family considers these to be some special splurge treat. I have found myself sneak eating them so I didn't have to share and I'm not ashamed of that!

After taste testing our family has ranked our favourites as follows:
#1 Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt
#2 Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
#3 Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond
They were all good!

You can easily find KIND at a store near you and I highly recommend you do! They are delicious, satisfying, and won't derail your goals.


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THE GIVEAWAY:
 
One lucky reader will win a prize box of KIND snacks!
 
US residents only, please.
 
~enter after the jump!~
 
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I received this product free of charge.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.
 
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10.21.2014

Review: KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream



Getting older is tough especially when you start to see the wrinkles starting to form. I have been on the lookout for a great product that will make my skin look like I am in my early 20's instead of my 30's. I came across KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream while online one day. The reviews were outstanding and the product is also loved by celebrities. So I thought....what the heck...why not give it a try.

KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream basically launched a company. The cream is like a reset button for the skin. It is ultra-rich and transforms skin on contact with Michael Todd's now famous formulation for immediate face-saving firming, lift and tightening. KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream is made with 70% organic ingredients synergistically combined with a unique combination of Matrixyl 3000®, Syn®-Coll, Epidermal Growth Factor, DMAE, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Snail Serum, Arbutin and L-Arginine and other clinically proven ingredients
known for their powerful skin regenerating properties.

The cream promotes healing, repair and natural collagen and elastin production over time for reduced density, volume and depth of wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Powerful antioxidants protect against further damage. 

The cream is especially suited to dry, sensitive, pigmented or wrinkled skin complexions. The cream comes in a 1.7 oz. pump jar (KNU anti-aging jars without the pump are outdated and will not be as effective) which is a 3-4 months supply.

My Review

   I was sent KNU anti-aging Face Lift Cream from Michael Todd Organics to review. My skin can be pretty sensitive especially when it comes to using creams/lotions. Many seem to clog my pores and make my skin worse than it was before I started it. My real aging worries are the bags underneath my eyes and the wrinkles around my eyes. I have noticed since using the KNU anti-aging Face Lifting Cream that it has greatly minimized my under eye circles. It has also lessened the wrinkles from around my eyes and it doesn't bother my eyes (I use the cream pretty close to them) or clog my pores. I love how fast the cream absorbs and how moisturizes and plumps my skin up. It also doesn't make my skin oily at all....a huge plus. Michael Todd True Organics and/or TruOrganic.com is the ONLY certified reseller of Michael Todd True Organics product line.
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Review and Giveaway: The Whizpops! Sea Blue Sea

My youngest is an animal lover like no one I've ever met. I am constantly in awe at his compassion and curiosity toward animals that sometimes make me queasy. Because of that I knew he'd enjoy this week's CD: The Whizpops! Sea Blue Sea.


I was right, of course. How could he resist this fun album where each song is devoted to a different sea animal? Before long we were singing along and bopping and the boys would ask me to play it again. The songs would definitely count as edutainment: teaching about lifecycles and habitats in such a fun way. None of us was able to select a favourite song, but neither did we find a song we didn't like. This album is a winner.

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THE GIVEAWAY:
 
One lucky reader will win this CD!
 
US residents only, please.
 
~enter after the jump!~
 
Disclosure:
I received this album free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.
 
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10.20.2014

Review: Dang Foods



When I think of one of my favorite foods I automatically think of coconut. Coconut is healthy, delicious and probably one of the most versatile crops on the planet. The husks can be burned to produce electricity, the juice/water is full of flavor and packed full of electrolytes, and the meat can be eaten raw, pressed into creamy and delightfully flavorful coconut milk or toasted for a truly special experience.

Dang Foods decided to package up their toasted coconut chips made from the nutrient-packed copra (meat of the coconut) so that everyone could share in the delight of this delicious snack. The snack is not only delicious but also provides energy. The chips are made by slicing the meat out of mature coconuts and then gently toasting it until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to a golden brown. Professional tasters have been known to detect notes of vanilla, yogurt and pear.

Oh, and since copra is high in fiber, you don't have to eat a lot to feel full. Dang Coconut Chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy all of your crunchy, sweet and salty snack cravings at once.

You can even try Dang Coconut chips in/on;

Ice Cream
Salads
Oatmeal
Yogurt
Trail Mix
Cakes and Cookies
Cereal
Baked Goods

My Review
  I was sent a few bags of Dang Chips to review. My first reaction after eating a handful of these coconut chips was "DANG! These chips are amazing!" The chips are full of flavor, crunchy, crispy and all around perfect. They are great to snack on during the day to keep yourself from reaching for those not as healthy potato chips or chocolate. My husband loved taking a bag with him to work for an easy on-the-go snack. My children love eating them at the park and I love snacking on them late at night. No matter where or when you like to snack on these morsels of goodness Dang Coconut Chips are addicting! 





Disclosure
I received this item free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

10.19.2014

Review: Chamilia 2014 Limited Edition 'Love You To Death' Collection



A few years ago my husband purchased me a Chamilia bracelet for Christmas . At the time I didn't know what in the world a Chamilia bracelet was. When my husband gave it to me the bracelet was pretty but rather plain. He told me that through the years I could add to it. I was confused until I realized that a Chamilia bracelet is a very fancy charm bracelet (not like the charm bracelets of the 1980's or 1990's!).

The bracelet can be worn as a romantic gesture, a friendly gesture or used to showcase a

hobby or sport or array of other themes. You will find an endless array of charms and because all pieces are interchangeable you have tons of possibilities. You can tailor your Chamilia bracelet for the seasons, holidays or your outfit. The great thing is that how you wear your Chamilia jewelry is totally up to you!

Oh and Chamilia doesn't only make charm bracelets, they also make necklaces and earrings. If you don't know quite where to get started check out the '“prĂȘt-a-porter” selection of Starter Sets; expressive and themed bracelets and necklaces in ready-to-wear, preselected designs.


Brand new for the 2014 Chamilia has released the Limited Edition 'Love You To Death' Collection. The Love You To Death Collection features Love You To Death Earrings and Love You To Death Charm. Both are made from .925 sterling silver and showcase Swarovski Crystal accents for teeth with heart shaped cut-out eyes and nose.

My Review
   I was sent an 'I Love You To Death' Skull Charm to review. This charm is absolutely stunning-so shiny and it looks perfect amongst the other beads on my Chamilia bracelet. It would look perfect paired with other Chamilia Halloween charms or just with your everyday charms. It is completely up to you! I have gotten so many compliments on my new charm--it is totally something out of my comfort range--normally I go for the glitzy, sparkly charms. Even my husband said "wow! I wouldn't have thought you would have chosen that charm! It's really cool!" I too love how absolutely funky and fun it is! See I can still be hip and a mother of two. Right? Well, at least my husband thinks so!  

You can purchase the Limited Edition Chamilia 'Love You To Death' products and other Chamilia items by visiting www.Chamilia.com
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Disclosure
I received this item free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

10.18.2014

Post: Giant's Lower Prices!


Giant Food announced last month the launch of a low-price initiative that will mean even greater savings for customers on thousands of items across the store. For more than 78 years, Giant has provided the highest levels of quality, value and service to its shoppers. This tradition continues with the unveiling of a new value phase, which will let customers watch their savings stack up every time they shop. 

-New Bonus Buy Savings Signs-
These new Bonut Buy Savings Signs highlight the time-limited protons that offer customers outstanding value.

-Low Everyday Price Signs-
The New Low Everyday Price Signs highlight long-term reductions on many customers favorite everyday products.


Using both of these signs will help customers locate great deals across Giant Stores.

Why?
The new value proposition is driven by customer demand for quality products at competitive prices. Along with price investments, Giant is also improving the customer experience with enhanced fresh, upscale, local and ethnic product lines, as well as new items.

-Giant's Weekly Circular-
Find the best deals under Low Everyday Prices, Bonus Buy Savings and Gas Rewards

To learn more about Giant's initiatives and ow you can "Watch Your Savings Stack Up," visit www.GiantFood.com

I was sent a wide selection of some of Giant's favorite low-priced items and I was extremely impressed. The products ranged from name brand products, extremely fresh produce and Giant's own brand of products. I can't wait to do more shopping at Giant for the upcoming Holiday Season!


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