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

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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).

Family Movie Night with Jungle Master

We love to have a family movie night several times a month. It's the perfect time for our family to share some time just being close and having a good time. It's one of the memories that I hope my kids remember for a long time and who knows? Maybe when they are grown with children of their own, they will remember our little tradition and carry it on with their kids.

It is important to Mostly Together Dad and I that the movies we watch on our movie nights are safe for the kids. We don't want them exposed to anything to violent or scary, bad language or anything too adult. Unfortunately, that means that we have spent many nights trying desperately to be excited about the movie equivalent to nails on a chalkboard.

Luckily, our latest movie night featured a movie that we all liked! Jungle Master was kind of like Tarzan meets Avatar meets Fern Gully. The movie is about a girl named Rainie who decides to run away from home. She is teleported to another world, which just so happens to be magical. Throughout the adventure, Rainie makes new friends and saves the rainforest located in the magical land.

For the adults, it was fun hearing voices from such notable actors as Christopher Lloyd, Jane Lynch (love her!), Jon Lovitz, and David Spade. It brought a dimension to the movie that made it interesting for us.

One thing I did not care for in the movie was some of the name calling. Words such as "stupid", "idiot", etc., are not things that we allow in our house, so it was disheartening to hear it in the movie, as kids do sometimes emulate characters that the see.

If you can overlook the name-calling, this was a fun movie! I should also note that it has received the Dove "Family Approved" seal for all ages!

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's VeggieTales! With a Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by VeggieTales.

If you like to talk to tomatoes...if a squash can make you smile! That's right, it's VeggieTales! This time, it's a spin on a classic with Beauty and the Beet. It's right in time for Christmas (would make a great stocking stuffer!) and it carries a message that adults and children alike can use at any time, but especially around the Holiday season:  Unconditional love.

Cooking With Kids - English Muffin Pizza

*This post is brought to you by Hormel.

Every once in a while, I like to let my kids help out in the kitchen. They love getting to do something "grownup" and it's a great chance for us to do something fun together. Making English Muffin Pizza's is something that my Grandmother would do with my siblings and I when we would come over, so of course it's one of my favorite things to make with my children!

English Muffin Pizzas are so easy to make. First, you'll need to gather your ingredients:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hipglos Ointment in NOW AVAILABLE IN THE USA!

*This post is brought to you by Sprinkles Magazine.

For more than 60 (sixty) years, babies in Latin America have enjoyed the delight premium diaper rash ointment, Hipoglos!

Trusted by millions, Hipoglos helps prevent and treat diaper rash and skin irritation.  It also helps protect chafed skin while helping to seal out wetness.  Hipoglos goes on smoothly and wipes off easily, giving your baby relief from the very first use. 

Babies will often develop a diaper rash.  The important decision is how you treat it.  For over 60 years Hipoglos Diaper Rash Ointment has been passed on from generation to generation.  Its unique formula  forms  a protective layer against diaper rash irritation. 

Hipoglos ointment provides extra gentle care for your baby’s bottom, leaving your baby happy and protected!

Find Hipoglos at your favorite local store, participating Walgreens and

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beware of the BedBug Menace!

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About a month ago, Mostly Together Dad (MTD) was in Boston. As we don't know anyone there, he was staying in a hotel. He booked his own flight and hotel and didn't really think much about it. Now, when I am booking a hotel, I do so much research on it, people might think I'm paranoid - and I am! One word:


Ever since I read an article several years ago about how they are making a comeback in the U.S., I am quick to shy away from any hotel that even has the whisper of a rumor of the possibility of bedbugs! It creeps me out to an enormous degree that these insects are feeding on you at night, when you think that you're alone in your bed.