Friday, October 31, 2014

Top Ten Tips for Painting Your House

As many of you may know, if you follow this blog regularly, I have just finished painting several of the rooms in my new home. Let me tell you, it was a lot of work! There were some things I did well and some not so well.

Here are my top ten tips for painting any room in your house:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap


*This post is brought to you by Mason Jars Company.

I occasionally use mason jars for storage of items in my pantry. Usually, they are things that will be used up in a month or two (like beans), but they store really well in a jar, rather than in the original container or in a plastic Tupperware. I like glass because it doesn't contain the chemicals that that many plastics do and it is sturdier than plastic also.


The thing I don't like about traditional mason jars are the lids. I don't like the separate ring and top design for daily use. When I saw the re-CAP mason jars pour cap, I thought it might be a suitable solution. I have found that I really like the design, the fact that it's made in the USA, and the fact that I don't need to continuously screw the lid on and off.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rockin' the Paul Frank Style

From about Day 1, Mostly Together Dad has called my kids "Monkey's". They have all loved being held so much that they would cling, cry, and whine just to be picked up. They have also all been very big into climbing. Hence the name "Monkey."


That's why it was so perfect when a huge box filled with Paul Frank goodies showed up! I was actually surprised with the variety in the Paul Frank line. For instance, I had no idea that they made clothes for boys! I also didn't know that they made purses and pencil cases, and even a juniors selection! (Seriously, how cute is this?)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Leap Frog Counting on Lemonade Review and Giveaway!


Leap Frog has consistently been a franchise that my family and I have loved. The Letter Factory was instrumental in helping me teach my kids the letters and their sounds. My kids each had a Leap or a Lily Stuff animal that would help teach them numbers, shapes and colors. When a new Leap Frog movie comes out, we are always excited as we were to receive Counting on Lemonade!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Becoming a Healthy Habit Hero with LISTERINE

*I participated in an Influenster Activation on behalf of Influencer Central for Listerine. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Prior to receiving the LISTERINE SMART RINSE ANTICAVITY rinse, I must admit that it hadn't occurred to me to use a mouthwash with my older children. It makes a lot of sense, though, as the SMART RINSE goes beyond what normal brushing can do (and really, most children don't really brush all that well, do they?).


Did you know that the LISTERINE SMART RINSE is approved for children as young as 6? I sure didn't! When my daughter (age 6) tried it for the first time, she was pretty hesitant, despite the fact that it's her favorite color - pink! Once she did, though, she was very excited! In fact, we found out that there is a learning curve for mouthwash - on her first try, she accidentally swallowed some! Luckily it was a tiny bit and the rinse is alcohol free.

My son was less enthused to try the rinse. He is a 9 year old boy and it's pink and has a Barbie on it, after all! Luckily, a quick trip to the store turned up the LISTERINE SMART RINSE with Avengers (and a green colored rinse). He was more than happy to try it then!

As a mom, I try to teach my kids good habits and I want them to be able to handle some of it independently, which is why I was excited to see that the Kids SMART RINSE does not pour out like normal mouthwash. Instead, it is in a a type of squeeze bottle, which releases just enough liquid for them to measure out and use. This has saved us a big cleanup more than once!

For the adults in the house, I can say that our routines haven't changed much. We are still brushing like usual and using mouthwash. In fact, my husband wasn't even aware that the LISTERINE was a part of a review, he simply grabbed it and said, "Hey, thanks for picking me up some new mouthwash." I wasn't sure whether I should set the record straight or simply take the credit. (You can be sure, I took the credit!)

One thing that has changed is my flossing. With the new LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN, I am finding it easier than ever to reach my back teeth to get a really good clean. I'm sure that at my next checkup my dentist is going to be impressed. I always get a lecture about it because I have such a hard time getting my fingers back there. Not anymore!

I have also taken to carrying the LISTERINE POCKETPAKS in my purse. It's so handy to have when I'm not sure how my breath is doing. If you've never tried one, they can be quite intense at first, so be prepared! You will love knowing, though, that you aren't just covering bad breath, but killing the bacteria that causes it.

With the Holidays coming up very soon, good brushing and flossing habits are even more important. As for my family, one of our healthy habits is to be sure to drink water a majority of the time. We have gotten to a point where we rarely drink juice or soda. In fact, my oldest doesn't even like soda! Sugary beverages are a large contributor to both cavities and childhood obesity. By teaching our children these habits now, we are hopefully instilling a lifetime of good choices!

What choices do you make for your family that makes you a Healthy Habit Hero? If you need some new ideas or tips to bring health to your family, check out the LISTERINE Healthy Habit Hero series on Youtube.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Peace of Mind with DogVacay.com


*This post is brought to you by DogVacay.com

The Holidays are upon us, with Halloween only a week away, Thanksgiving coming shortly after and only 9 weekends left until Christmas. Yikes! With every holiday season, there are many people who are traveling to visit family, or even just to get to some warmer weather!



When planning a trip, there's always a ton of things to plan for and consider. When you are a family with pets, there is even more. Should you take Fido with you? Do you have a close friend or relative that would be willing to add them to their family while you're gone? What about those last-minute trips, where you need to figure it out NOW? Will you have to put your beloved dog in a kennel? (Gulp).