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10 Surefire Ways to Get Me To Smile

I don’t know about you, but I’m a naturally smiley person. I proudly wear my “smile wrinkles” as a badge that I have lots to smile about. Though I’m smiling more than half the time, here are 10 Sure Fire Ways to Get Me to Smile {perhaps some of these work for you too}.

  1. Sweet letters from my husband
  2. Hugs from my kids
  3. Hanging out with fun friends
  4. Having deep conversations with family. The ones where I learn more about them or find a connection that we have never had are the best.
  5. Almost any Adam Sandler movie
  6. Thinking about all the exciting adventures we will have in our new home
  7. A delicious icy coffee drink
  8. Thinking about how blessed I am and being able to bless others through giving back
  9. Organizing almost anything {especially closets and drawers}
  10. Knowing my teeth look great and my breath is fresh

Now that my removable dental appliances are correcting my smile my teeth look and feel great but cleaning them isn’t always easy.

I was so excited to hear about Fresh Guard™ products because I’ve been struggling with keeping my removable dental appliances smelling fresh and feeling clean.

NEW Fresh Guard By Efferdent Removable Dental Appliance Cleaner MommyB

Fresh Guard is specially formulated for retainers, mouthguards and removable braces. It delivers a Complete Clean – 1) prevents the build-up of mouth film for a clean feel, 2) removes odor-causing bacteria for a fresh and clean smell, and 3) reduces yellowing and helps remove stains for a clean look.

I was able to try out both Fresh Guard™ products; Fresh Guard™ by Efferdent Soak, and Fresh Guard™​ by Efferdent Wipes.

I have to say I really like both products.

I used the Fresh Guard™​ by Efferdent Wipes when I was on-the-go with my girls and it saved me from having to put my removeable dental appliance in with dirty teeth. I loved the minty taste and the discrete size of the wipe package.

The Fresh Guard™ by Efferdent Soak is GREAT for times when my removable dental appliance needs a deep cleaning. I love that the soak changes color to signify they are clean (after about 5 minutes of soaking). The soak does have a slight chemical smell, but really does the trick of cleaning otherwise filmy and smelly removable dental appliances.

Check out this video to see why Fresh Guard by Efferdent Soak is great for removable dental appliances.

Make sure you get your savings HERE.

Fresh Guard™ is specially formulated to clean mouth guards, retainers, and clear braces. Fresh Guard™ Soak kills 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria in just 5 minutes while Fresh Guard™  Wipes offer a convenient on-the-go cleaning solution with no water needed. Visit Fresh Guard™ for more information, store locator and coupons!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fresh Guard™. I received promotional items and Fresh Guard™ products in exchange for my participation. The opinions and text are mine.

To Fairy or Not to Fairy

Lil’ C, who in my opinion is MUCH too young to be losing baby teeth {4 years 5 months}, lost her first baby tooth today. My heart dropped a couple of months ago when the dental hygienist said she had two wiggly teeth. My baby, growing up, and this is one of the major physical milestones. I couldn’t believe it.


Lil C Lost Tooth


Even though Miss A has lost several teeth hers didn’t come out quite so soon. Then again do we ever really feel comfortable with our kids growing up?!?

For the first lost tooth in our house we celebrate, the Tooth Fairy brings a small gift instead of money, because it’s a big deal you know?!


The big questions is: To Fairy or not to Fairy.

To Fairy or Not to Fairy - Teaching your child about holidays


While Miss A knew the Tooth Fairy wasn’t real we haven’t told Lil’ C about her true identity yet mostly because we didn’t realize she would lose a tooth this soon, plus we want to make sure she can keep that secret from other kiddos whose parents want them to believe.


We have several friends on both sides of the fairy fence. Some friends get really creative, some do not celebrate at all, some celebrate but in a unique way, and then some fall in the middle like we do with playing make-believe but the kids know in the end it’s us helping them celebrate in what we feel a fun way.

If you haven’t decided how you want to approach this with your kiddos, here’s our point of view only and be sure to take all into consideration.

We often play make believe and dress up in our home, and by often I mean on a 20-minute cycle, these girls ADORE dress up! So when deciding if we wanted to do the tooth fairy it really fell into that category.

When it comes to other holidays  like Christmas, we tell the girls about how Saint Nick was a real man and we focus on that story of the spirit of giving. At Christmas they get a few meaningful gifts from us, but we ultimately celebrate Christmas as Jesus’ Birthday, same with Easter, we don’t do Easter baskets or bunny, but we do have a few fun faith-based activities coming next Spring to celebrate and honor what Easter means for us.

When do the girls REALLY get to celebrate??? Lots of times, including missing teeth, we celebrate them on their birthdays’ that’s totally their day, we also celebrate milestones like first day/last days of school, and have impromptu glow stick parties and dates with our kiddos, trust me, these girls {and their parents} know how to make some awesome memories.

So if you ever feel that telling your kiddos the truth about the Tooth Fairy and other holidays will spoil the fun for them, it really doesn’t have to. And if you don’t tell your kiddos that’s fine too. There are so many great ways to celebrate special occasions and the day-to-day as well.  Let’s make our family time together the best it can be!!


Consider sharing how you and your family celebrate to give other new families, or families trying to decide their traditions ideas.


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® 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.”

My Invisalign Treatment Progress and Refinement Plans

*I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

MAB BadgeHey there! I love giving tips and talking about Invisalign, but it’s been a little while since I last updated my personal progress, so this post is dedicated to just that.

I’m sitting here Invisalign-less, no attachments, no aligners, nothing, but I’m not done yet. I know it sounds like a riddle, but basically I have finished my initial set of 51 top and bottom aligners and while I can see MUCH improvement in my smile, there is still some fine tuning that will complete my perfect smile. These adjustments are called refinement.

Let’s go back a little. Here’s my last Invisalign progress post: MommyB’s Invisalign Progress. Since the beginning I have been able to watch my smile transform, and even though I don’t have many crooked teeth, my smile was not filling up my mouth. I have enjoyed watching my smile change and even noticing the differences when I brush and especially when I floss my teeth.

My last few trays focused mainly on correcting the overlap of my bottom front teeth. For as long as I can remember those teeth have crossed over, so to feel a much flatter, smoother surface on the back of those teeth is incredible. While I’m not super excited for refinement {to be completely honest}, I am excited about the end results, those results are what compels me to follow my treatment plan and those results are what will encourage me to keep up my dental care after my treatment is completed.

Back to refinement. If you read one of my earlier Invisalign posts, I mentioned the process of impressions, at the time the only option available at the orthodontist were the “goopy” impressions. They weren’t the worst thing in the world, but having a stuffy nose and getting them done didn’t mix well. I have heard a lot of people mention how they hated the process. Fortunately, I have been able to experience both sides of the coin, and with this refinement, was able to have my impressions taken via Invisalign Technology iTero scanner.

After the orthodontist filed down my attachments, scans were taken to be sent to Invisalign to create my refinement trays. {My actual first impressions from January 2012 on the left and a stock image of the iTero scanner in use.}

Invisalign Impressions MommyB

Here are some differences between the two impression techniques:


  • iTero impressions are cleaner (no goop)
  • iTero takes a few minutes longer
  • iTero has no bad taste
  • iTero gives you opportunities to take a break
  • iTero allows you to rescan in the office right away where the other form of impression may be sent back to the orthodontist and another appointment required
  • iTero technology gives Invisalign a more in-depth look at your teeth and bite


If I had a choice between the two I would probably choose the iTero scan, mostly because of the quality of impression it gives Invisalign but really, I’m not too picky.

And last but not least, here are a few pictures of my teeth before Invisalign and currently, be warned, lots and lots of pictures of teeth coming up…

Invisalign Progress Collage MommyB

For the next 4 months I’ll be Invisalign-less, but am excited to continue to talk to you about the treatment and my personal progress too. Refinements are normal after the initial Invisalign treatment is done, not everyone has refinements, but it’s also not something to freak out about either.

Do you see the progress?? Which impression method would you choose??

If you think you may be a good candidate or want to improve your smile, take Invisalign’s free smile assessment: HERE.

For more information straight from Invisalign and Invisalign Teen visit their website Invisalign.com and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.



Why More Adults are Looking for Perfect Smiles

For me, it’s taken some time for my babies to grow up into big girls for me to try to refocus some of that attention on myself. I suffer from a severe case of mommy guilt, that I am working on, {we’re all a work in progress right!?!} So taking care of me is coming slowly, but that includes improving my smile. I think a lot of moms {and maybe some dads too} feel like once their children are a little bigger they can start focusing more on self-improvement, thus the trend in adult braces.

Award ShowIf you watched one of the many 2013 award shows, you may have noticed Faith Hill donning a new set of braces. There are currently several adult celebs wearing metal braces as well as Invisalign. Stars like Katherine Heigl, Elin Nordegren (Tiger Wood’s ex), and Tom Cruise have all been known to wear Invisalign. Heigl reportedly wanted to change her smile for her wedding pictures, and Cruise loved the fact that he could remove the aligners during filming {although hours of going without aligners is not recommended for optimal results.}

While it’s nice to hear about celebrities using Invisalign and enhancing their smiles as adults, Invisalign is for people like you and I as well. Some reasons that Invisalign is the clear choice {pun intended} for adults:

Invisalign is more discrete than metal braces. No you won’t be able to hide them from people, especially your significant others, but they won’t yell, “I’m wearing braces!”, either.

This system gives you the option of removal for reasons like eating, drinking, and if you choose special occasions or photographs {length of wear is recommended between 22 and 23 hours a day for optimal results}.

Invisalign allows for fewer orthodontic visits, which means less having to schedule your life around appointments, less babysitters or less missed hours of work.

Invisalign’s innovative technology often allows a shorter treatment length than traditional braces.

So moms, dads, what are you waiting for? Click here to get your Smile Assessment now and see if Invisalign is right for you.


For more information straight from Invisalign and Invisalign Teen visit their website Invisalign.com and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.



*I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.


Top Seven Reasons to Wear Invisalign


For those of you who know me through my blog or in person you know I can be a little silly, but mostly fun. The other day, as I was coincidentally at the orthodontist waiting for my 3-month check up, I wrote down what I thought were some fun reasons {some silly some more realistic} to wear Invisalign. Here is my list, in no particular order. Let me know if you agree.

1. All the “cool kids” are doing it:

Invisalign Cool Kids

Invisalign’s Studio Program features some pretty famous, performing teens {http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/young-hollywoods-secret-to-smile-success/} and of course their Mom Blogger Advisory Board isn’t too shabby either {http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/invisalign-mom-advisory-board-my-induction/}

2. They have a super power
Invisibility man

It’s invisibility {sort of}. Invisalign is nearly invisible to the human eye, more often than not I have people who tell me they didn’t even realize I had it, except when I’m super smiling and laughing under bright lights and in close proximity.

3. They’re magic – one minute they’re there and the next they’re gone!
Magic Hat

Invisalign aligners are easy to remove and replace after eating, drinking, and brushing. Once I got my attachments the first week or so was a little harder but now it’ so easy to pop them off and on, and I love the fact that I don’t need a special tool to keep my teeth clean and the fact that I can easily floss.

4. Keeps you squeaky clean
Rubber Duckie

Because you’re able to brush and floss just as if you were not wearing braces you are able to continue your normal oral care and make sure your teeth are squeaky clean.

5. Trays aid the countdown

Aligner Count Down

Each week you change out your aligner you get to count down till the end of your treatment. The typical length of treatment is around a year, give or take. I have 51 upper and 51 lower trays in all, how about you???

6. Don’t have to worry about color coordinating like with traditional braces ( they match your entire wardrobe)
Little Miss Matched

Thank goodness because I already have a problem matching my socks!!

7. In all seriousness they actually do make a difference.
Jenn Invisalign Progress

I can already see movement in my teeth even at week 15. I’m so excited to continue this process and keep you updated. I’m loving my smile and will be sharing more with you next month on my progress and the testimonials of others.

In the meantime if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here and I’ll get back to you!!

I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

Mam Smile, Baby, Smile Party

We have been a Mam family since Miss A was born and took her first paci. When we were getting ready for then Baby C we decided we would use the same pacifier brand since we were very happy with it the first time around. Now that Baby C has turned into a toddler and is now Lil’ C we are starting to wean off the pacifier, plus it means more dental care.

Lil’ C got her first tooth at 5 months and had her complete set of 20 baby teeth at about 23 months. For us, brushing is super important, and so are all the steps leading up to it. We have a lot of friends Lil’ C’s age and younger and we were able to invite them to our house for a Mam Smile, Baby, Smile party to try out some of Mam’s newest oral hygiene products and play some fun games.

Mam Party

The moms loved playing the word scrambler and trivia game and impressively each of the moms got most of the answers correct. It was hard to name a winner. The kids snacked on some yummy foods while us moms talked about parenting, oral health and getting ready for next steps in our children’s lives.

It was great to get together with some mommas and have a fun play date and learn more about where Mam is headed. Each mom left with a goodie bag filled with Mam products including the adorable Oral Care Rabbit, great for cleaning little one’s gums, a great tool for cleaning first teeth, the Massaging Brush, and some cute First Brush toothbrushes and more.

We definitely will remain a Mam family and continue to tell our friends and family about our great experiences with the brand.

I want to know: Have you ever used Mam products? If so, which ones??

I am a member of Child’s Play Party and received Mam products in order to host the party. This in no way impacts my opinions on the Mam brand, all opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts.

What are Invisalign Attachments?


Invisalign_logoIn my last post,  Healthier Me with Invisalign, I told you all about the process of my Invisalign treatment for the first couple of months. After heading back to the orthodontist on week 4 of my aligners, {I have 51 upper and lower,} I now have attachments on my teeth. Now you may be wondering, “What are attachments?”, “What do attachments do?” and “What is the Invisalign attachment process?” I’ll be going over all this in depth in my post, are you ready……here we go……the following words and opinions are my own, non-technical explanations of  Invisalign attachments.

Invisalign attachments or sometimes referred to by people as, “buttons” are semi-permanent and (they are removed after your treatment) used to rotate individual teeth in a way that traditional braces and even the aligners themselves cannot, although they have a similar concept to traditional braces brackets.

The attachment composite is created by your dentist or orthodontist or hygienist/tech. That person does their best to match the color of the composite to the color of your teeth to make them appear as “invisible” as possible. {My tech did an AMAZING job with matching the color.} They then place the composite in an Invisalign aligner, specially made for your attachment process. This aligner is a mold of the attachments and is placed on your teeth once all the attachment holes are filled with composite. After a few minutes and some UV lighting on your teeth to adhere the attachments onto your teeth, {which reminded me of the smell of a nail salon} the tech removes the attachment mold.

For me, the tech had an extremely hard time trying to remove the aligner/attachment mold, she pulled for a while and then I tried as well and finally after a little while we were able to get the aligner apart from my attachments. {Everyone has a different experience.} After we removed the attachment aligner molds, the orthodontist checked my teeth and recommended that I leave the aligners off to let the attachments adhere even more throughout the day. I was able to put my new set of aligners, with room for attachments on that evening.

Here are my teeth after attachments {without the aligners}:

Invisalign Attachments

and attachments {with my aligners}:

Invisalign Attachments Aligners

In my next Invisalign post I’ll talk about my thoughts on Invisalign with the attachments and answer any questions you may have.

What questions about Invisalign attachments do you have?

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I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

Oral B Party – Brushing up on Dental Health

Oral-B Winnie the Pooh Party

OralB Stages

Seems like we’ve been throwing a lot of parties lately, how much fun!! We have a few fun activities coming up for our family this week, but I wanted to go back and recap a great Oral-B Stages party we were able to host at the B house.

Oral-B Stages are great for the little ones, and I have always felt that oral health is super important especially with my kiddos. OralB has brushes available for children who are 4 months young and kid themed brushes up to age 7 years old.

Our party was a Disney movie theme, we got to watch, Winnie the Pooh, the movie, eat popcorn, and play fun Oral-B games. What better pair than popcorn and tooth care since all those kernels get stuck in your teeth?!?

Check out some fun pictures from our party:

Oral-B Winnie the Pooh Party

Popcorn Time

Oral-B Tigger

Tigger even made an appearance

Oral-B collage

What parties are you hosting the rest of this year?

Do you and your family use Oral-B? What do you think of the brand?

We personally choose Oral-B products because I love the brand as a whole, and they have great character themes. We’ve used these products well before this event and will continue to use them. I received all products and goodies for our guests from Oral-B and MomSelect, this in no way effects my opinion of Oral-B.