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Why I Will Never Flush My Toilet Again

Why I will NEVER Flush My Toilet Again MommyB

 

A momentous occasion is upon us, the moment I realized I never want to flush my toilet again. Seriously. I’m tired of grabbing the germy handle and flushing, tired of thinking what kinds of viruses et al. may be on the “flusher” {and yes I am a stage 1 germaphobe.}

All of my life I never knew the joys of not flushing until I was introduced to Kohler. Two words: Game changer. Game changer folks!

Recently Kohler sent me some of their newest technologies for toilets {bet you didn’t know toilets had technology right?!?!} and I got to test it out in our new home. How cool!

 

Kohler Touchless Flush Kit

 

Kohler’s Touchless Toilet Flush Kit was so easy to install. I followed the convenient video on their website using my iPad and had it installed in around 20 minutes. Our toilet cover was a little different than the one featured in the video, but was very easy to figure out how to install. I ended up making a minor adjustment to the height of the no touch sensor that is mounted inside the toilet bowl and voila!

I really love this product because:

  • The sensor makes cleaning a little easier since I’m not having to disinfect the handle.
  • The kids love the novelty and I love that their hands are staying that much cleaner! I seriously wish these were in every toilet I come across, I’m ruined.
  • I also don’t have to worry as much about maintenance because there’s no handle to loosen as time goes by with all the flushing we do.

We’ve only confused a couple of guests so far, but the hand sticker that is provided in the kit gives guests the gist.

Kohler Flushless Toilet Kit

The kit comes with the no touch sensor, a pull chain, a handle plug, a no touch indicator sticker, pad stickers for toilet lid, 4 AA batteries, and a sensor mount. You don’t need to purchase anything extra because the kit has everything you need, however the kit isn’t compatible with all toilets, so be sure to check and see if your model works with the Touchless Flush Kit, if it is head to the Kohler website for install videos and see how easy it is to install for yourself.

 

Kohler Touchless Flush Kit Toilet Types

 

Pricing and Availability

The kit is $99.97 is listed for purchase on Kohler.com, you can find a store near you with their “Where to Buy” link. Kohler also sells toilet bowls with the touchless technology as well if you are in the market for a brand new toilet.

Now this isn’t something I think every family needs, but if you have the extra money and are wondering where to spend it, just for the cleanliness and potentially lower rate of illness in your home I would spend it on this kit. It’s a great product that you can tell will hold up with time and is super low maintenance {changing the batteries maybe 1 time a year on average} once the kit is installed.

Other Game Changing Kohler Products

Kohler also has a seat with nightlight technology and a seat perfect for transitioning little kids to the big potty with a built-in child-size potty seat. Plus their seats feature technology that prevents slamming the seats, my favorite feature of all!

 

I would definitely recommend this kit and after some other home projects have been tackled would love to install this product in each of our toilets in our new home.

How about you? What technologies could you use in your home?

 

I received product from Kohler in order to provide a hands-on review. I was not compensated or obligated to write this post and all opinions and thoughts are my own honest words. 

10 Things I Heart about Summer

Have you been soaking in the summer? The girls, DaddyB, and I have been enjoying our summer moments although Miss A returns to school in less than a month. Crazy right!??! Here are 10 Things I Heart about Summer:

10 Things I Heart about Summer MommyB

 

1. Ooey Gooey yummy S’mores – though we have yet to enjoy one of these summer staples we’ve had fun checking out recipes online, and talking about how each member of our family likes their marshmallows cooked. (I’m a golden brown gal.)

2. on the flipside we also like Healthy Snacks like CVS/pharmacy’s new Gold Emblem Abound line. They have yummy raw almonds that our whole family enjoys, Fruit & Nut Fiber Trail Mix and more and best of all they’re free of artificial preservatives and flavors. I’m also loving Bear Naked bars that I recently found in Target, so yummy and all-natural ingredients.

Things I love about Summer MommyB

 

3. We love visiting Local Museums and Attractions year-round, but especially in the summer because there are some pretty cool new exhibits. Discovery Place has Alien Worlds & Androids and, Sea Life Charlotte-Concord has their new Serpents of the Seas exhibit, both are included in the price of admission.

 

10 Things I Hear about Summer Science & Museums MommyB

 

4. Speaking of museums, we’re also loving science projects! My little science lovers and I have been busy making perfume, edible science experiments, playing with dry ice, and checking out STEMpowerkids subscription kits.

 

STEMpowerkids kit Summer MommyB

 

5. With the move we’ve been making a few purchases for our home office, living room and girls schoolroom {aka kids’ office}. One place we’ve almost literally been living at is Ikea (some for item returns and some for purchases). The girls also tried Small Land the last time we went (being overprotective parents we were a little apprehensive, but they had a blast and we were able to zip around the store and get what we needed, super convenient.) During our Ikea trips we also spotted Hobby Lobby which I had seen at other locations but assumed it was a craft store so never wandered in. Let me tell you I love the home decor and the girls found these GINORMOUS flowers that are way cool, we’re considering putting some in their playroom, but don’t tell the girls!!

 

10 Things I heart about Summer Ikea & Hobby Lobby

 

6. Though it hasn’t been as hot as last summer (even though there’s still time here in the Carolinas), it’s been a little muggy here and there so keeping cool is definitely on our things we love about summer and there are lots of ways to keep cool this summer. If you need to replenish electrolytes check out PowerIce (sort of like frozen Gatorade), for the healthy families you will want to grab Ruby Rockets ice pops that are made with veggies and fruits (your kids may need to get used to the different taste, but just like anything that’s healthy they’re a great alternative to the sugars, and dyes in other ice pops. Aside from frozen treats, we also love letting the kids run through the sprinklers, going to the pool, and bringing our Arctic Cove personal cooling misters. We took our manual mister to the 4th of July festivities and I was super impressed with how easy it was to use and how cool it kept our entire family, plus the price on these are awesome!

Cold Treats for Summer MommyB

7. Iced coffee is my favorite in summer, although who are we kidding, I like iced coffee in the winter too. I’m not a huge hot drink drinker are you?? I have heard there are two local places that rock the caffeine flavor (and I have yet to try myself): Cabbarus Creamery has great coffee ice cream and King of Pops has some cool coffee ice pops too.

Iced Coffee Frappe Summer MommyB

8. This one isn’t quite for the entire family but I’m loving the new beauty products that are out this summer, specifically the natural lines. My favorites are  Greenplicity, california naturel, and Soapbox.

Greenplicity has awesome products made from food-grade materials. We love, love, love the citrus cocoa lotion bar (Miss A loves the smell), it’s safe for kids and easy to apply, and the body butter is awesome as well and has lavender scent, great for bedtime.

california naturel is a line inspired by…you guessed it, California; sun, sand, and sea. They have great skin care products, but my favorite is the sunscreen. My only wish is that they would have something without Zinc Oxide since Lil’ C is allergic, but I’ve found it difficult to find especially in natural products.

I love Soapbox products for many reasons, but number one being that they are a brand that gives back. Soapbox is what I would call a one-for-one company like Toms, but they partner with homeless shelters, food pantries, and orphanages and give back soap, water development, vitamins to save lives. Not to mention their products are made in America, 100% recyclable packaging, Paraben free, Sulfate free, Gluten free and the list goes on. I really, truly heart this brand! (I hope you will too.)

9. Friends! People are very important to us and though we’ve moved and don’t get to see certain people as often as we’d like, we still love hanging out and keeping in touch with “old” friends. We also love making new friends, which we are doing quite a bit of with the move and new schools coming up in August. So blessed to have some amazing people in our lives and watch the girls form friendships independently as well.

 

Summer with Friends MommyB

 

10. Going on roadtrips!!! We love to travel, although this year, with the move to our new house we knew we wouldn’t be traveling as much as last Summer with Myrtle Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, going to the beach with my mom and sister, visiting Historic Williamsburg, and the list goes on! We’ve actually been pretty quiet and exploring our own little area, we visited downtown Concord (North Carolina) last weekend and love the little shops and eclectic variety of people there. We also hope to make another trip to Tweetsie Railroad before school starts, but if not before the season ends.

 

There you have it, some of the things I heart about summer! What do you like best about summer? Any favorite memories or traditions? Products that you love? Trips that you’re headed on?? Can’t wait to hear!!!

 

 

This is not a sponsored post, I was not paid by any of the companies or brands listed above however I have received some of the above products to review at my discretion and any opinions given on the products are my own honest thoughts.

Tips for Having an Intentional Summer

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood.

Like many families do, our family packed up our belongings and moved into a new home. Though we’re on the other side of “town” and only 30 minutes from our old house, it’s almost like we’re in a new state. We’re not familiar with the parks, don’t know the best farmer’s markets to go to, haven’t got a clue what the best summer camps are. One thing we do know though is that even though we have a lot of unpacking and settling to do, we want our girls to have an intentional summer.

What does intentional summer mean for our family? It looks a little something like this:

 

Tips for an Intentional Summer MommyB

 

 

My nature is to unpack and make sure everything has a home and designated spot, but the longer I’m a mom the more I realize that I want these beautiful girls to have a fun and memorable childhood. That includes spending time with friends, and creating family traditions.

Here are some of the tips I’ve used this busy summer to make sure we’re being intentional:

1. Create a Summer Bucket List with a variety of activities to complete throughout the summer.

2. Vary your play, choose one water play day, one outdoor play, one indoor play day and theme them as well.

3. Be spontaneous (I know a Type-A personality saying this, but I’ve really had to step out of my personality to make sure my kids enjoy themselves), go for ice cream before dinner, pop into a kids play place with no notice. You’ll be surprised at how impactful of a memory this will be with your children later on in life as well.

4. Let them choose an activity or destination. Giving your children the power of choice will not only be really exciting, but it will also give them confidence in making decisions.

5. Play safe and be proactive. I am “one of those moms”, you know the ones who carry a big bag (not a diaper bag anymore but still a considerable size) with everything imaginable in them? I am certain I would win if I were on the game show “Let’s Make a Deal!” by pulling out something random that almost no human carries on their person. That’s what’s great though, when the girls scrape a knee while playing hopscotch at a friends house or are playing in the water I’m armed with the right mom gear to make sure we can keep the fun going.

 

Intentional Summer MommyB #healthyessentials

 

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What is your favorite tip for making summer intentional and savoring those moments?

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Teaching Kids to Cartwheel, Handspring, and More at Little Gym Summer Camps

Little Gym of Huntersville & Lake Norman
This post is in partnership with The Little Gym of Huntersville/LKN.

Do you or your kiddo ever wish they could learn one skill like cartwheeling? I’ve mentioned before I’m the Mombassador for The Little Gym Huntersville – Lake Norman and Miss A and Lil C have enjoyed each of their classes and have been in classes for several years. I love that the classes give my girls well-rounded skills in all areas of gymnastics from balance to teamwork, and am excited that this year Little Gym is focusing on specific skills.

This summer, Little Gym of Huntersville – Lake Norman is offering several summer sessions for your children {ages 6-12 years old} to grow in different areas of their gymnastics.

Little Gym Skill Thrill and Super Kids Small

Here they are:

Caribbean Cartwheels & Hawaiian Handstands June 24th & June 26th

Cartwheels and Handstands are the “gateway skills” that will lead the beginning/intermediate level gymnast toward learning Round-Offs, Back Handsprings, Front Handsprings , and more!  Because Cartwheels and Handstands are both “upside down” skills, they do wonders for building your child’s upper body and core strength, too!  Learning and perfecting Cartwheels and Handstands are a “must” for young gymnasts!  A “Caribbean/Hawaiian” side theme will add a fun tropical twist to the week!

Back Handspring Bonanza July 15th & July 17th

This Skill Thrill Camp is perfect for those kids who are ready to learn the Back Handspring!  It’s also great for those kids who have learned a Back Handspring – but are ready for more advanced Back Handspring variations, i.e. Round-Off, Back Handsprings; Round-Off Back Handspring-Back Handspring; and more!  A three hour “Back Handspring Bonanza”!  What could be more fun?

Front Handspring Festival July 29th & July 31st

This Skill Thrill Camp is perfect for those kids who have learned their handstand – and are ready to move to the next step – a “Front Handspring”!  This camp is also great for kids who can do this skill by themselves – but just need some repetition and practice to solidify their technique and confidence.  This Front Handspring Festival will also be an “Upper Body Fitness Festival” of sorts – as handstands and front handsprings are a great way to exercise the muscles of the arms, shoulders, chest and back!

Amazing Aerials August 12th & August 14th

Is it possible to do a “no-handed cartwheel”?  YES – this skill is called an “Aerial”!  While advanced-level gymnasts may be perfecting their aerial or learning to link their aerial to other skills, beginning and intermediate gymnasts will have the opportunity to grow their cartwheels as they journey through the many skill progressions to learn the intricacies of this exciting skill.  This Skill Thrill Camp may be just the thing for those kids who are “THAT CLOSE” to doing their aerial by themselves!  This week may just do the trick!

Interested in finding out more information? Check out the schedule on TLG’s website: thelittlegym.com

Email The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman at {tlghuntersvillelakenormannc@thelittlegym.com} or call 704-948-7665 to enroll your child and let them know you heard about camp on MommyBKnowsBest.com

The Little Gym of Lake Norman/Huntersville

 

As a Mombassador for The Little Gym Huntersville/LKN my daughters receive complimentary classes. I do not receive monetary compensation, and all the opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

Get Healthy Savings, Earth Day Recycling Tips, and Donate A Photo

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood and J&J Consumer Companies Inc.

If you’ve been keeping up with my HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® posts you know there have been some great deals and initiatives. This month is no different, lots of great savings, ways you can help the environment, and opportunities to help raise awareness for charitable causes.

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HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save over $55 by visiting Healthy Essentials in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers.

While you’re there, check out some of these fantastic deals:

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In addition to the great savings, you can be more active in your community by supporting Earth Day:

Earth Day

You can help support and protect a clean environment. Visit this website to find recycling solutions near you: Earth911

For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle: Care To Recycle

And take part in the wonderful initiatives sponsored by Donate A Photo:

The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

Again make sure you get the great savings on Johnson & Johnson products, and do your part to donate to causes that will help our planet and the people in it. 

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Gluten Free – Cosmos Creations Snacks {Guest Review}

One of the things I’ve learned as a mom of a toddler is to always carry a snack with you wherever you go. I try to look for portable snacks for my daughter that are also healthy too, so I was excited to test out these “premium puffed corn” snacks made by Cosmo Creations. I tested out 3 flavors: Sea Salt & Butter, Aged Cheddar & Cracked Pepper, and Coconut Crunch

Cosmos Creation Snacks MommyB

The Good

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  • Non-GMO Corn– Genetically modified foods has become a huge health peril in today’s society, so its refreshing to see a product with non-GMO ingredients
  • Gluten Free– I have several friends with gluten intolerance, so being madewithout gluten allows more people to consume the product.
  • Less than 100 calories– You’ve all seen those 100 calorie snack packs on the shelf. These even have less calories than that, ranging from 60-90 calories per package.
  • Flavor– The flavors of the Sea Salt & Butter, as well as the Coconut Crunch were very pleasant. The texture of the Butter flavor reminded me of a light rice cake, whereas the coconut crunch was like a hybrid between crunchy cereal and a macaroon. Both were quite addicting and my daughter enjoyed the snack as much as I did!
  • Availability– According to the company website (cosmoscreations.com),  they are currently sold in Sam’s Clubs around the US and other retailers and expanding. You can do a search on their website for the closest retailer to you.
  • Portability– The individual serving size bags are perfect to throw in a purse orlunch box!

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The Bad

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  • Salt– The Aged Cheddar & Black Pepper flavor has 160mg of sodium, and honestly all I could taste was the salt. As a person who likes cheddar popcorn products, I was disappointed with how the salt overwhelmed the flavor.
  • No Artificial Ingredients?– The label promotes “no artificial ingredients”, but the Aged Cheddar flavor has over 20 ingredients and includes things like “cheese powders” and disodium phosphate. By definition, no artificial ingredients means nothing was synthetically processed, but I’ve learned that this doesn’t make it automatically healthy or natural.
  • Sugar– While the coconut crunch tasted great, it was very sweet. As a mom, I like to watch how much sugar I give my child, and 2 out of the first 4 ingredients in the coconut crunch flavor is sugary substances- cane sugar and corn syrup.

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Overall

Generally speaking, I liked this product. While it raises some red flags if we are nit-picking ingredients and nutrition labels, they are doing a lot of things right to make this a solid product. It is a really good option for kids as an alternative to chips or even beloved fish crackers. Its equally a good, low calorie snack option for adults, one that tastes good and is actually quite addicting.

What are your favorite gluten free snacks?

I received review samples in order to provide you with my honest opinion on the products and fully test them out. All opinions written in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary. 

imageMelissa is a Communication Studies graduate of Clemson University. She recently traded in her human resources job for the best and most challenging career of all, being a stay-at-home mom. She loves coffee, cooking, crafting, and watching football. Melissa is also a former National Champion baton twirler and currently teaches baton lessons and judges baton twirling competitions across the nation. She recently launched the Honeybee Homemaker blog about her faith, family, and fun kitchen endeavors.

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Not So Much – Things I Don’t Like and Their Replacements

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I have a nagging cough and went to the doctor to find out that I had a severe ear infection and was on the verge of a double ear infection, blerg. With the help of some medicine and much needed rest I am feeling better, but that also meant less time to work.

Today I’m starting a new kind of post, a lot of people ask me why I don’t write more about things I don’t like. There are actually a lot of products, and things in general that I’m not a huge fan of, but usually I don’t take the time to write them because I enjoy writing about the things I DO like more and would rather give them the spotlight on my website. But since you asked, straight up, here are a few things that I have to say, “Not So Much” to, but also what I do like {I can’t help myself}:

Not So Much MommyB

Reverie pillow – This pillow is said to be one of the more comfortable pillows and while it’s great that it’s hypoallergenic and has some neat features, the most important feature, comfort, was lacking. Both DaddyB and I found the pillow to be much too firm for us even after weeks of use. If you like a REALLY firm pillow though this will be right up your alley. What I DO like however is sleep, luckily I’ve been able to get a little more of that than I’m used to with this cold.

Paperwork – For those of you who may not know, we are moving (staying in the greater Charlotte and surrounding area), but we are excited to look for a new house, however this means lots of paperwork for loan approval and also it’s tax season so making sure we have receipts, logging into accounts, and getting all of our ducks in a row has certainly been tedious. Lucky for me DaddyB has been in charge of the paperwork and staying up late to get things taken care of. So the great side to all this paperwork is that God has an awesome new neighborhood and home in store for us and I have much appreciation for my husband through this experience.

Discovery Place’s 101 Inventions Exhibit –  While we did have fun in the hands-on section (although I would have loved more of this) of this new exhibit at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC, we felt that our girls (almost ages 4 and 7) were a little too young for the content (birth control, sperm) and there were parts of the exhibit that scared Lil’ C (darkness and music). DaddyB did enjoy the exhibit, but feels like he didn’t get as much info in the time we had as he wanted. I know a few people who took children and did NOT enjoy their experience, one mom even asked for her money back. Because this exhibit is not included in museum admission I would personally say skip this one. I do however like Discovery Place museums. When we left the 101 Inventions exhibit my girls had a BLAST, like usual, in the rest of the museum testing out science and math skills, playing tug-of-war with DaddyB, and I must say in defense of Discovery Place, we’ve been to a couple other exhibits in the past that we have loved.

Discovery Place 101 Inventions Review MommyB

Toxic things – For this I’m lumping in things and people. I’m super guilty of putting things in my body that aren’t healthy {maybe you can relate}, and lately have been studying more homeopathic styles of living and also Ph Balance with the help of some friends. Often times I know and can feel the acidity or “hot” nature of my body after I ingest something and can see that there are easy fixes, I’m excited to post some things here that may help you out too. As for toxic people, a while ago I mentioned this being my year of intentional living and making changes for the better, I can say that I’ve been more mindful in my relationships and growing the ones I see that are healthy, supportive, and uplifting for me and leaving behind some that were toxic and still present themselves to be toxic. Choosing what’s best for myself and my family to grow closer to God and become more like Christ means leaving things that can’t be changed behind.

Cancer – Unfortunately it feels like this season of life that I’m going through right now is riddled with illness. Recently, Heaven gained an angel in Super Carter, whose family is amazing and was very close in age to Lil’ C. And since I’ve learned of friends that I went to school, both high school and college with that have family members who, too, are dealing with cancer. While I know it’s not always an immediate comfort, my family and these families have chosen to turn to God to give them strength to get through each day. I am constantly encouraged by attitude and faith that these people have.

 

While I know this was a VERY interesting mix of things I am not loving right now it’s all from my heart, the good and bad.

What are some things that you’re not a fan of right now? What are you replacing that bad thing with or what good can come out of it?

 

I received a samples and admission to some of the above mentioned products and events. This in no way affects the opinions expressed in this post. All thoughts expressed are my own, yours may vary.

How to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Your Family

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood.

Have you been following my family’s LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge? Did you post a “Swish Selfie” to help the Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program?  If not here’s my first post talking about How Your Oral Hygiene Can Help a Charity in Need.

Since we started the challenge of course we’ve been more mindful of our oral health. Though it’s not always fun to clean your teeth we found a few creative ways to get a healthier mouth for the whole family.

Oral Health Fun Must Haves:

• LISTERINE® Antiseptic

• LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®

• LISTERINE® WHITENING® Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste

• REACH® Floss

Oral Health Fun Must Haves #listerine MommyB

Ways to make oral hygiene fun:

  • Wear a dress-up costume and brush “in character”
  • Have a mouthwash contest to see who can gargle the longest
  • Spit mouthwash out missing teeth {Miss A was really good at this}
  • Buy light up or musical toothbrushes {I know they’re more expensive, but way fun!!!}
  • Make a oral hygiene check sheet and give rewards for healthy mouths
  • Sing songs and make brushing fun. {We pretend the girls tongues are breakdancing in their mouths.}

Our mouths feel clean AND silly since we’ve completed the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. See:

B Family Oral Fun MommyB #listerine

As a mom I noticed my girls breath smelled better, and mine did too, but I also noticed that I felt healthier. I know it sounds weird, but when my teeth are clean and healthy I notice how it effects my overall health. I love challenges that help my entire family be more healthy.

Don’t forget that YOU and YOUR FAMILY can get involved in improving your oral health and helping others by posting a “Swish Selfie” to the LISTERINE® Brand Facebook page and learn more about the challenge.

Do you have any tips for making oral hygiene fun for your family??

 

I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

How Your Oral Hygiene Can help a Charity in Need

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood, however a very important message and cause that was laid on my heart to write about.

I like to think our family takes pretty good care of our teeth, both flossing and brushing, but with our busy schedules brushing time is often rushed. With such a quick brush and not even a thought of a mouthwash or oral antiseptic {for me specifically} and all the coffee and soft drinks I enjoy, I know my teeth aren’t quite as clean as I would like them to be.

Did you know that there are more germs in your mouth than there are people on earth? That’s right – and believe it or not, even if you brush and floss, you’re likely missing millions of them! In fact, brushing alone misses 75% of your mouth, which is why it’s critical to go that extra step to achieve optimal oral health for yourself and your family.

Recently I headed to my second home Super Target to pick up some items for my Listerine challenge. I found that the Listerine brand carries several products that I never knew about {but I’ll save telling you more about those till my next post}. Luckily, my family and I have the opportunity to be able to take great care of our teeth and in turn our overall health. I know calling oral health and opportunity may sound weird, but there are so many children that don’t have a choice when it comes to oral hygiene.

Surprisingly, oral disease has become the most chronic childhood illness in the U.S. Millions are affected, suffering from various forms of oral disease like tooth decay, and experience pain so severe it affects their ability to eat, sleep and learn. It impacts children of all backgrounds, but especially the millions who are unable to afford access to regular professional care that can help treat these conditions.

Smile Across America with #LISTERINE and MommyB

For every person who posts a “Swish Selfie” to Listerine Brand’s Facebook page, Listerine will make a contribution to help Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program toward their goal of connecting 210,000 children with needed oral health services in 2014.* Through your support we make a difference in oral health for ourselves, our families and children across the U.S.

*$5.00 will be donated per “selfie” up to a grand total of $64,000.

What are your biggest oral health/hygiene struggles??

“I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”

Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day with a Delicious Date-Night Strawberry Smoothie

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is about sweethearts and all things sweet. Whether your sweeties are your children, a spouse, or a significant other ’tis the season to treat them to some love-filled goodies.

I love SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in one of the other loves of my life, coffee. Did you know though that although SPLENDA® is awesome as a beverage sweetener you can also use it for all sorts of things.

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated can be used almost anywhere sugar is used, including cooking and baking. It measures cup-for-cup like sugar, but contains 678 calories less than sugar on a cup-for-cup basis. One teaspoon of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated contains the sweetness equivalency of one teaspoon of sugar with no calories or carbohydrates.

Here are a couple of sweet ideas for you to use this Valentine’s Day to treat your loved ones:

Replace another sweetener with SPLENDA®. While you’re making your heart-shaped cookies and rich chocolate fudge swap out your normal sweetener for SPLENDA®.

Create an awesome Date-Night Smoothie or daiquiri to share with your sweetie using this recipe:

Strawberry Splenda Smoothie

Adapted Image courtesy of WWWorks

INGREDIENTS

3 cups frozen strawberries
2/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 1/4 cups your favorite orange juice
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt {I love greek yogurt if you want a thicker smoothie}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until you reach desired consistency.

 

 

 

Or if you’re snowed in this winter. Check out my recipe for Snow Cream and as a healthier version consider using skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk and SPLENDA® to sweeten up the taste. This is a great, sweet treat to enjoy and snuggle up with your Valentine.

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This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.