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The Perfect Military Shave with Gillette SkinGuard

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Gillette’s new SkinGuard razor – new at Walmart today.

Once upon a time I met a man who was enlisted in the Navy. That was 22 years and three kids ago a lot has changed but his razor brand hasn’t. He is still a Gillette user and I am still in love with his kissable face. Read his review below.

In September 1996 I joined the United States Navy as a young 20 year old.  I shipped off to Great Lakes IL – and became indoctrinated into Naval Service.  Uniformity and regiment were key components of the “boot camp” process. As newly minted sailors, we wore the same clothes, attended the same classes, and ensured we upheld the highest hygiene standards.  My memory of our boot camp morning hygiene routines is still vivid to this day, and shaving was unequivocally paramount to being “inspection ready”.

On arrival to Great Lakes, IL we had young men enlisting from all cultures and backgrounds – city, country, suburbs….Long hair, short hair…Military family heritage, or first timers.  The goal of boot camp is to break down barriers and impediments to conducting the mission. For Naval boot camp, on the second day onsite we were brought to the military issue exchange to receive our first razor and shaving cream. We were all issued a Gillette razor and Gillette foamy shaving cream. There were no other shaving options allowed, the Navy had to get hundreds of sailors processed through boot camp and to ensure uniformity and cadence.

23 years later, when I smell Gillette foamy shaving cream, my senses bring me back to fall of 1996 boot camp. I recall all the men in my division lining up at the sink for a chance to get five minutes to foam up, shave, rinse and get ready for daily inspection.  For some of my shipmates, they were shaving for the first time in their lives. For others in my squad, shaving presented immense challenges such as nicks, burns, bumps, and irritation.

After morning reveille, we were to line up at our posts for inspection. Our Chief Petty Officer at the time would approach each newly minted sailor and check uniform, shoes, hygiene to include hair and shaving within regulations. I had experience with shaving before boot camp, but with a condensed schedule, chafing, razor bumps, burn and nicks presented challenges.  I vividly recall some of my shipmates struggling during inspection with irritation and grief on their faces due to shaving complications. Our inspection Chief would make a mockery out of the situation by imploring these sailors to “shave properly” the next time. Root cause for these razor bumps and nicks is that every man has different skin which can mean sensitive skin reacts differently to shaving and shaving quickly!


When I recently tried shaving with Gillette SkinGuard and Gillette’s Pure shaving cream – I experienced a level of comfort unparalleled in my prior service years.  The SkinGuard razor glided over the contours of my face and throat – no razor burn or irritation on the first try! It’s hard to have a negative experience with a great razor.

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May 7, 2019

Calling ALL Service Members Past and Present

Every day in America we call on our heroes to serve and protect. They answer.

Now it is our turn to find businesses that support the men and women who serve and served our country. It is a call that I answer. I wasn’t brave enough to join the military or become a first responder, but I was smart enough to marry a naval officer.

It was his commitment to our country that motivated me to look for companies that care. That is why when My AF Mobile asked me to share their service. I picked up and didn’t force them to voicemail.

You see we all take a stance when we pick the products and services we use. I stand with the people who take care of us.

I believe that my money should not only be spent helping my family have a better life. I think that when that same dollar I spend can also be used to help people, then I answer that call.

I know money is tight and sometimes we do not have extra to give to others, or we do not know how. We aren’t sure where to donate to the first responders or military veterans; that is why MY AF Mobile is your solution.

You receive the same excellent cell service at a competitive price and every month a portion of your bill is donated to their 501(c)(3) charity foundation. It helps distressed veterans overcome the challenges of returning to civilian life. The foundation is also an instrument in providing financial support, resources, and education for veterans.


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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Spring and Summer

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. While the views expressed here
were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by GreatGatherings.

Children are running, and there’s laughter all around. Fun conversation is shared while the table is overflowing with delectable treats. There are hands reaching and mom’s pointing, and dad’s laughing there are uncles and aunts, cousins and friends that we call family. There are flowers blooming and blue skies reaching as far as the eye can see. There are full hearts as we enjoy the weather, the food and the soak in the people we love. These are the memories that I think about when someone asks me about spring.

I want my kids to also grow up with unforgettable memories of time with our family and friends. I want them to have time to connect with our relatives and interact with them; that’s why I made it a tradition to host at least one family gathering during this season.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for entertaining family and friends. The weather is ideal for indoor or outdoor parties, and there are lots of fresh food to choose from. It is not important if the gathering is big or small, what’s important is you have the company of people that are close to you. It’s just the perfect time to disconnect from technology and connect with the people that matter. These gatherings are an opportunity to create a memorable experience that everyone will cherish.

To help you prepare for your gathering, here are some easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer

Get ready for fun gatherings with friends and family. Check out these easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer.

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GreatGatherings offers high-quality indoor game room and outdoor furniture selections and a lot more. They carry items from the industry’s leading brands such as Brown Jordan, Lloyd Flanders, Tommy Bahama, Tropitone, and more.

And since GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes, they also carry books to how-to presentations on information and instruction on entertaining. You can even purchase an entire room collection, individual pieces, including the hottest party glassware, serveware, décor, and recipes themed to holidays and party events throughout their entire year. It’s truly your one-stop shop for all your entertaining needs.

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What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

The sun is out and my little one is on the run. She is usually on the run straight towards water. I have thought about taking her to swim lessons but I am strapped for time. My husband also taught people how to swim when he was in the Navy; so he wants to do it. I keep seeing articles on children drowning and most times drowning occurs while the parent is right there. My husband actually rescued a three year old when she was in the pool with her babysitter. She was very lucky that my husband knew CPR or she wouldn’t be alive. It only takes a couple of seconds to go from fun to an emergency.

I asked my friend Angel if she had some tips to help me keep my little angel safe.

What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

Ask A Swim Instructor: What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming!

  1. Keep your eyes on your child at all times in and around water.
  2. Do not use floaties or rings to play with children in the water.This creates a false sense of security in an unskilled child.
  3. Utilize pool fences, alarms, etc. for barrier safety.
  4. ** Find an instructor in your area at Infant Swim to teach your child life-saving self-rescue skills by an ISR instructor. In case they fall in alone. “The sooner…the safer.”

Angel is an instructor for Infant Swim. Her website can be viewed here. I watched Angel on the news and I learned I need to teach my child how to float on her back. Then she should swim for the side. This little bit of information could be the difference in her surviving if she fell in the pool.  I say fall but what I mean is run full speed and jump into the pool when we are not around or not paying attention to her.

In addition to keeping an eye on your kids around the pool, it is just as important to protect them while they’re in the pool.

Here are some tips to help keep your family and friends safe at the pool this summer:

  • Did you know that more than 4.5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year? It’s important to start practicing proper sun protection at an early age – to protect skin now and prevent the damage from the sun’s UV rays that can build up over time.
    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends sunscreens with broad-spectrum UV protection and SPF 15 or higher.
    • According to the American Association of Dermatologists, sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are safe to use on children six months and older.
    • The American Association of Dermatologists also suggests applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside, and at least every two hours thereafter (more often if you’re in the water).
  • Swimming in unsanitized water can expose you and your kids to a variety of illnesses like diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin inflections. Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs and is one of the first lines of defense against germs that can make swimmers sick.
    • Both chlorinated pools AND salt-water pools require chlorine.
    • Test your pool’s water every day to help keep it safe. Use an at-home kit to regularly test the levels of chlorine in your pool to determine if it is being properly sanitized. Read more here about how to use your at-home testing kit.
    • A well-managed pool does not smell like chlorine and, if pool water irritates eyes, it may be a sign that there is not enough chlorine.

For more information about how these chemicals work to help keep our families safe, visit Chemical Safety Facts.

Easy Ways to Organize your Cleaning Schedule

Simple Schedule of Easy Ways to Organize Cleaning Schedule

Being frugal with money in today’s economy has become a must have but what about being frugal with our time. When I was single it seemed there was always enough time and this continued even after I got married and gained a step-son. It wasn’t until my daughter was born that time seemed to slowly disappear. Then with 1 husband, 2 kids, 1 Father-In-Law, 3 dogs, 12 foster puppies, 2 foster dogs, 2 cats, and a snake, I almost felt like the day really wasn’t 24 hours long. Since you can’t buy hours to add on to your day (and I wouldn’t without a coupon if you could) I had to look for other ways to save time. When I looked around for easy ways to organize and be frugal with my time I found convenience foods, quick cleaning products, eating take-out, and not allowing family members to participate in extra activities. All of that though comes with a price (higher food bills or loss of sanity amongst family members because all you see are each other.) I decided a few months back that I no longer wanted to live like that. So I started with the first area that zapped a lot of my time – Cleaning the house. Since I couldn’t give up cleaning as I am sure my mom would call “Clean House” on me, I looked for ways to make this less time consuming and stressful.

My first order of business was to make my children aware of their responsibilities – This included making their beds, changing their sheets, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, putting their clean clothes away, cleaning their rooms (which includes dusting, vacuuming, and every day messes), putting their dirty dishes away, and packing their lunches for school. In order to teach them responsibility of pet ownership, they also have to pitch in and help with the foster animals.

That accomplished I informed my husband that he had to take ownership of 2 household chores. He chose doing the Laundry and feeding the dogs. Hey, every little bit helps and I can say that now my laundry basket looks like this most days.

Finally, I decided to make a calendar with all my chores listed for each day. This would make it easier to get motivated to clean since I knew it would take 30 minutes or less a day. To figure out what needed to be on the calendar, I made a list of everything that needed to be done (even if it was only once a month). Then I went thru and wrote next to each thing how often I wanted to do it. I decided not to bite off more than I knew what possible. I figured if I got the inkling to do it more frequently then I could.

Once I knew how often I needed to figure out what day would be best for each. I tried not to put to much on one day and opted to leave Sunday empty and Saturday with very little so we could enjoy family time without feeling like we had a lot to do at home. I created a calendar in Microsoft Word and got to typing and this is the finished result. For the things I need to do daily I listed them in one of the blank boxes on the calendar and the same with the monthly chores. We cross the things off once they are done so the other family members know what needs to be done. I did it month specific so I would have a handy calendar on my fridge as well but you could make a generic calendar with just the days of the week and follow it on an every other schedule if that is how you have it scheduled out.

The greatest benefit from the chore calendar was my husband pitching in more. It seemed that once he saw it in black and white and knew what needed to be done he didn’t mind doing it. I guess he can’t read my brain after all or know what I am thinking. Maybe one day I can figure out how to make that happen but until then I am going to find more ways to put time in my day. So now that I have my easy ways to organize my cleaning schedule, I am ready for the summer to start.

Once you’ve organized your schedule and set aside time to tackle spring cleaning, it’s such a relief to know the cleaning products you use can help you take the extra step to keep everything sparkling and clean. Here are some tips to help as you clear through the clutter:

  • Antibacterial or antimicrobial ingredients help kill or slow the growth of harmful microbes like viruses and bacteria. Using these products can help get rid of germs, dirt and other

contaminants that typically accumulate on kitchen counters, office desks, bathroom sinks, and other high-traffic areas in homes and offices and can lead to people getting sick.

  • Cleaning product labels often include information on the product’s intended use and directions on how to use the product safely.  For example, reading a label can tell you whether you can use a specific product indoors or outdoors, or inside a well-ventilated room. Want some more tips on how to correctly read a label? Visit Chemical Safety Facts to learn more.
  • To prevent accidental poisonings, always keep cleaning products away from children’s reach. I get it – life happens, but if you are in the process of cleaning and you get a phone call or someone knocks on the door, don’t leave the cleaning products unattended. Take the extra time to properly put away.


Check out Easy Ways to Organize Your Drawers and Easy Ways to Organize Your Fridge and Cords.

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Here is my Checklist Cleaning House Free Printable

Spring-Cleaning-Livingroom

Click HERE for your FREE Printable

This Printable will help you stay organized while spring cleaning your livingroom!

Give your kids some chores, get these free printable chore chart.

Chore Chart Kids

Free Printable Chore Charts: 10 ideas for School Age Kid Chores

toddler chore chart

10 ideas for Toddler Chores + Free Printable Chore Charts

Read more spring cleaning tips:

Spring Cleaning the freezer
How to Spring Clean your Closet

Also check out our Tips to Save on Home Repairs

How to Whiten Your Teeth Without the Dentist

If you want to remove stains from your teeth but you do not want to go to the dentist or pay a lot of money. You may have seen strips, trays, and even this glo machine that I spent on hundreds of dollars on. This is how to whiten your teeth without going to the dentist. This is such an easy solution on how to get your teeth white at home and best part is that you will only have to change one thing in your daily oral care routine.

Here’s my Teeth Whitening Before and After result

I am sure you know the first thing people notice about you is your smile. It is something that can’t be taken for granted. I know it is harsh to say, but people judge you because of your teeth. I used to not smile as often because my teeth were yellow. I tried everything even that glo machine. It did work but it was expensive to keep doing the refill trays, and it took time out of my life. I was also not able to talk and had to stay still which isn’t fun if you are a mom to three kids. You know they did everything possible to make my life difficult when I was in the middle of a teeth whitening treatment.

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