Category - Beauty & Wellness

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

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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:

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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.

Why I’d Rather Build My Daughters’ Self Esteem than Buy a Magazine

My friend, and fellow blogger {and Charlottean}, Kelley Crowe wrote a post today about the controversial Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Edition. Check out her thoughts here: This is Not Okay For My Daughter’s Eyes…

I completely agree with Kelley’s sentiments and understand her frustration and here’s Why I’d Rather Build My Daughters’ Self Esteem than Buy a Magazine and my response to Kelley’s post.

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As a conservative mom of two girls who wants her children to know that their worth is not skin deep, issues like this really make me sad that our Nation is going overboard. I think often times the general population, (some parents included), start to tune things like this out because it’s more the norm than not.

Yes, I already mentioned I’m conservative, and things in stores like music videos or magazines, or even some mannequins dressed provocatively bother me. Do I wish that stores, television, and people would stop promoting the objectification of women? Sure! Do I wish they would stop promoting the objectification of men? drugs? alcohol? sex? etc, yup.

The only thing we can really do as parents is change our children; let them know our moral beliefs, let them ask questions and find answers, discuss situations, and maybe once and a while flip off the tv {or cut the cable like we did}, turn over the magazines in the store, and pray for our family and the future of our Nation.

 

What are your thoughts on the Sports Illustrated cover, or magazine in general? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the topic of self-esteem and children, even if you disagree, but please be respectful or your comments may be deleted. 

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.

Love these ideas??? Love saving money???

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To sweeten the savings, you could get a free 30 minute nutrition consultation with a Registered Dietitian when you buy $10 of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products between now and February 17, 2014 – up to $75 value!

More details on this special offer at HealthyEssentials.com.

 

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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.

Breaking News – CVS/pharmacy Goes Tobacco-Free and Stops Selling Tobacco Products

I can’t say I’m not elated about the HUGE stance CVS/pharmacy is taking by not selling tobacco products starting this Fall. As the daughter of smoking parents, they know how I feel, and while I know it’s a hard habit to break, I love the reasons behind CVS/pharmacy’s big tobacco free decision and look forward to a healthier America and am so glad a great brand is taking a HUGE step in the right direction.

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CVS Caremark’s corporate mission is focused on helping put people on a path to better health. This morning, CVS Caremark announced that they will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at their more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1, 2014.

“Now more than ever, pharmacies are on the front lines of health care, becoming more involved in chronic disease management to help patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these conditions are made worse by smoking, which is the leading cause of premature disease and death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths annually. Because of this, this is the right thing for us to do and something we need to do for our customers.

Our decision to stop selling tobacco products is consistent with the positions taken by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Pharmacists Association that have all publicly opposed tobacco sales in retail outlets with pharmacies.”

In addition to removing tobacco products and cigarettes for sale in their stores, this Spring CVS Caremark will be launching a national smoking cessation program with the goal of helping millions of Americans quit smoking.

Big thumbs up for this initiative and who knows maybe other drugstores will follow suit and help the 7 out of 10 smokers that want to stop smoking.

Here’s to a healthier America. Mom & Dad if you’re reading this you know what I’m thinking…….

 

The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own. I was not compensated in any way by CVS/pharmacy to write about this. Because it is a topic that is personal and lays heavy on my heart I chose to bring this message to you. I work with CVS/pharmacy and believe they are a great brand and have been a customer for years and will continue to be especially if their direction continues to help others get healthy and stay healthy.

Save on Family Health products and Win a Trip to FIFA World Cup Brazil with Johnson & Johnson’s HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Is a healthy family on your list for this year? If so I’m excited to announce that one of my favorite family brands, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is sponsoring the FIFA World Cup Brazil. How cool??!!

My girls love soccer and I love that they want to be active and have fun while living active lifestyles. As a mom I want to do as much as I can to encourage healthy habits for them, so we turn to great brands like Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson cares about family, and because it’s not always easy or affordable to be healthy, they’re giving your family some great savings from HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® this month!

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Coupons & Savings

To help usher in a healthy New Year with a fresh start, HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more. Save over $45 by visiting www.HealthyEssentials.com in January and signing up for extra-special HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® coupons and offers.

 

Sweepstakes

Want to go to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™? Visit HealthyEssentials.com and see if your wish could come true. Plus, get tips and coupons to save on your favorite products for the New Year.

All you have to do is share a picture or story of a moment of caring in your life and you could scream “GOAL!” from Brazil.

Visit www.healthyessentials.com for more information on this amazing opportunity!

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Twitter Party

I’m excited to join Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies for this Twitter party to talk about HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® for the New Year, resolutions, family wellness and how to score great deals on health and hygiene products!

I encourage you to join me, some fun bloggers, and other families who want to help their family be even more healthy this year with Healthy Essentials at the #Moms4JNJConsumer Twitter Party.

Register here: http://twtvite.com/moms4JNJConsumer

When: Tuesday, January 14, 1 p.m. ET

Use the Hashtag: #Moms4JNJConsumer

Prizes: We will randomly award 15 prizes throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each prize includes an assortment of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products with an estimated retail value of $50.

Prize Eligibility: No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States + D.C. 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.

Also be sure to follow me @mommybknowsbest and these awesome hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @TheMotherhood25

 

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.

NERGIA – The Healthier Energy Supplement for Busy Moms

This is a sponsored post all opinions are my own.

Have you ever been called, “SuperMom” because you’re the mom that goes above and beyond when it comes to your job? Do people ever ask you, “how do you do it all??” While we know that none of us really “do it all”, it definitely takes long days and loads of energy to keep up with our children, our spouses, our homes, and possibly jobs outside the home as well {paid and unpaid}. Let’s face it, we live pretty active lives.

Sometimes I joke that my girls have surplus energy because they’re taking it from me, but in reality, since I write at night {it just may be morning by now, shhh!}, and am mom during the day, I know my energy deficiency comes from lack of proper sleep. Where does your energy deficiency lie??

Of course I highly recommend getting as much sleep as possible, and there’s no reviewing that on the blog it’s just a fact that our bodies need sleep, but sometimes even when we do get enough sleep, there are other reasons and factors why we may need a little extra energy in our lives. Sometimes our bodies just need a little refresher or an extra boost, especially if we are active and on-the-go all day non-stop.

For each person, their pick-me-up of choice may be different, but here’s a great, 100% natural alternative to energy shots and other energy supplements that are currently on the market that you may want to consider.

ENERGIA Natural Energy Shots

Meet America’s Naturals’ 100% Natural Energy shot. NERGIA contains organic, sustainably harvested ingredients including: Guarana seeds, Açaí berries and Catuaba bark. Instead of using preservatives, they pasteurize their product, avoiding artificial sweeteners and artificial colors. Not to mention that NERGIA uses recyclable glass bottles ensuring safe consumption for you.

Check out what health-conscious, active women are saying about their experience with NERGIA in this video: http://vimeo.com/78847721

If you’re looking for a natural, healthier energy boost for your day, visit www.nergia.com. NERGIA can currently be purchased at competitive pricing with other energy supplements at GNC.com and GNC stores in New York City, but will be coming to a GNC and other local stores near you.

What activity or time of day makes you feel the most tired?

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with NERGIA. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own. Since I write about things that are related to my family and my husband and I both need lots of energy I thought this would be a great, natural product to share with you. Your opinions may vary.

Beautiful Hair in 2014 with Blo Charlotte

With 2014 upon us have you thought about things you’d like to change or transformations you’d like to make in the New Year? If saving money, feeling great, and looking your best are on your list I have just the place for you to accomplish all of those. Blo Charlotte is the newest, pinkest, blow dry bar in the Charlotte area and is ready to give you the hair you’ve been waiting for.

Photo Credit: Christine Setian

Photo Credit: Christine Setian

I was excited to receive a complimentary service from Blo and am excited to share my experience with you.

Before my appointment, I looked through the variety of styles that Blo offers trying to choose my favorite. Blo offers several styles for any occasion and have additional services including, Blo On the Go, {where they bring their services to you}, deep conditioning treatments, a la carte updos and more!!

The main styles to choose from include: Go Fish {a fishtail braid}, Hunt Club {a perfectly styled ponytail}, High Society {a beautiful high bun}, Pillow Talk {soft beach waves}, Holly Would {lots of bouncy curls}, Executive Sweet {straight and sleek}, and Red Carpet {smooth look with lots of body}. Since I was having a casual day I went with the Pillow Talk style for some soft curls. Here’s how my hair turned out.

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If you’ve never been to a blow dry bar, specifically Blo Charlotte, and you enjoy pampering, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Here are a few blow dry bar first timer tips:

1. Shower but don’t wash your hair. Blo Charlotte includes a wash with their service and if you shower before your style you’ll be fresh and clean for whatever the day may bring without adding steam or ruining your new hair-do.

2. When it comes to curls more is more. While Blo’s hair styles definitely stand the test of time, in many cases throughout the day the curls will tend to lose their bounce, so if you want to ensure lots of bounce and curls to last day and night you may want to opt for more curls.

3. Speak your peace. Blo stylists are highly qualified {I loved Stephanie}, and want you to leave with what you feel is the best looking hair. If you want to add a little curl or need some extra volume, just ask. From what I experienced each stylist takes pride in knowing they not only did their best work, but also that their clients leave happy.

4. Take a photo. Whether you are getting an a la carte updo, or one of several hairstyles the Blo menu offers if you’re looking for something specific be sure to take a picture with you. Remember though often times celebrities and model hair may be different than your own, but in communicating and working with your stylist you can achieve a style you’ll be happy with.

Overall, my experience at Blo Charlotte was pleasant, from the staff and stylists who lent their services, to the professionalism of the work and the space, and the fun I had getting pampered and waiting to see my finished look. At $35 for a wash, blow, and go, service I would highly recommend this for a special occasion, some regular pampering, or a fun treat for yourself or a girlfriend {or a bunch of girlfriends, ahem, feel free to include me}.

I also inquired about styling for Miss A’s hair {now that she’s 6 she enjoys getting her hair temporarily straightened once and a while}, and I was delighted to find out that Blo does offer services for curly hair including biracial and African American hair among other hair types. I can’t wait to take Miss A and treat her to a service and share that with you all in the future as well!!

If you went to Blo Charlotte, which style would you choose???

Be sure to stop by their website, and like their Facebook and Twitter pages too for discounts, updates, and to schedule your appointment.

 

I received complimentary services for this review. The opinions expressed in the above post are my own, honest thoughts about the services I received. Your opinion may vary.

Winter Camp at The Little Gym

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

‘Tis the season to have fun and learn!!

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If you are a parent in the Charlotte, Huntersville, Lake Norman or surrounding areas and are looking for fun activities to enroll your children in, The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Winter Camp Extravaganza starts this Monday!

Camp days are December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 and January 2, & 3.  Your child will spend 4 hours learning gymnastics skills, creating themed crafts, and playing holiday games with other children. Drop-off starts at 9:00am and pick up is at 1:00pm. Send your kiddos with a nut-free lunch and spend some time picking up last-minute Christmas gifts, cleaning your house for the in-laws visit, or taking a much needed break from errands and chores.

With themes like Winter Camping, The Treasure of Blizzard Mountain, and New Year’s Beach Bash, your kid may not want to leave when it’s pick up time!

Camp is available to both members and non-members, and varies in pricing depending on membership status. Sibling discounts are available as well!!

Children must be between the ages of 3 and 10 years old and bathroom independent to attend camp.

Call The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman to enroll your child at 704-948-7665 at let them know you heard about camp on MommyBKnowsBest.com

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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.

Look Younger Hair Tips

This is a sponsored post in partnership with MomTrends, however I’ve been a long-time fan of brand since I was little.
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While I don’t mind telling people my real age and growing older, there are a few things that come with aging that I wish I could turn the clocks back on like increasing wrinkles, and hair changes. As I get older I notice that my hair is more limp, harder to tame the frizzies and of course ever multiplying grey hairs. Thankfully there is hope for rejuvenating hair and I have a few hair tips of my own and some from Pantene for looking younger.

  • Always start any hair style with a clean base, so be sure to use the Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo and Conditioner regimen in conjunction with the rest of the Age Defy collection for maximum benefits. Using the entire collection together will give you hair that’s soft, touchable and shiny.
  • Find a hairstylist who is older than 3 years old, although they’re super cute, and fun, they definitely cannot make you look younger, it’s a scientific fact.
  • When it comes to looking fresh and young, look for a shorter haircut, {less drying time = less damage} and a hair color that will work to camouflage greys that appear. Select styles that will require the least amount of chemicals to keep your hair hydrated and soft.
  • Don’t go “too young”, but base your hairstyles on your personality. Try to change your hairstyle with the trends but also keep it “timeless”.
  • Soften those fine lines around eyes by wearing a face-framing hair style, be sure to keep your look soft and sweet by ditching the comb and using fingers to create beautiful hair that’s not sleek or slicked back, which will only draw attention to every.single.detail on your face.
  • Find ways to volumize limp or thinning hair. Use Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment on wet hair before drying and styling to give your hair a lift. Also consider treating yourself to an occasional blow out {like I did!} or use hot rollers to give hair body.
  • Use anti-aging hair products, such as Pantene Pro-V Age Defy and start before you experience major hair changes.

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Pantene and Olay, two of my favorite beauty companies, have joined forces to develop Pantene’s first and and only line of anti-aging hair care products to fight multiple signs of hair aging.

I was able to try the products out for myself and even from the moment I washed the shampoo from my hair I could tell it was cleaner than with my normal shampoo. I also loved the Advanced Thickening Treatment that went on easily and kept my roots volumized. My hair looked moisturized and had lots of body after using Pantene products. Whether you are looking to reduces breakage, prevent split ends, control frizz, control unruly grey hairs, minimizing thin look, lackluster, color and dryness, Pantene’s AgeDefy products work together to give your hair a healthy, young look.

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The Products: Pantene AgeDefy Shampoo, $8.99, Pantene AgeDefy Conditioner, $8.99, Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment, $18.99, Pantene AgeDefy Rejuvenating Hydration Masque, $12.99

Check out Pantene on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and follow the hashtag #wantthathair to learn more about their AgeDefy collection and other great products they carry. I love their products and know you will too.

Pantene is giving one MommyBKnowsBest.com reader their Expert Collection (AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair)

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Pantene via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Pantene or Momtrends.