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February 9, 2015

Listerine Mouthwash 21-Day Challenge

Disclosure: “I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card 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.”

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Do you brush once a day? Twice a day? More? Do you brush for 1 minute? 2 minutes? 3 minutes? Do you use mouth rinse every time you brush? Do you floss everyday? As you are reading these questions how does your mouth feel? Are you going to go brush your teeth right now? Go ahead…I will wait until you get back. But come back as soon as you are done brushing because this is important stuff.

No matter how many times a day your brush brushing still misses about 75% of your mouth. I was surprised to hear this. It also causes me some concern because (head hung down in shame as I admit this) while I always brush twice a day, I don’t floss regularly and I don’t use mouthwash regularly. I know some of you are thinking…gross! And you are right. But maybe some of you are just like me and are doing the bare minimum when it comes to taking care of your oral hygiene.  I have always used the excuse that I am just to busy to take the time to floss and have never really thought much about mouthwash. When I do use mouth wash I use it to freshen my breath not to clean my mouth and teeth. I do always get my teethed cleaned at the dentist office every 6 months, with a fluoride treatment every other visit. New habits are hard to create but I am determined to take better care of my teeth, gums, and mouth. Seriously, I floss my kids teeth, I think it is time I start flossing my own. I am going to take it one step further and start rinsing twice a day with Listerine mouthwash. Clearly brushing is not enough. You NEED mouthwash to get the places brushing has missed.

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February 2, 2015

My Advice for a Successful Relationship

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I am sure if you have been following this site you know I am married. I know collective sigh from all the single guys. Kidding! I have been with my husband for over 18 years now. I can’t imagine my life without him. I do however think relationships take work. They take a lot of work even if you are with the perfect person it still takes work. It is one of the secrets to a happy marriage.  I am often asked how do you make it work? How do you have a successful relationship? I think beyond communicating your needs and wants and working hard to acknowledge your partners and try to meet or exceed their needs you need a plan. You also need the power of touch. I believe the key to a successful relationship is touch. It is that simple. There isn’t anyone who can melt my husband like I can. That is why I agreed to review this course and put it into action. I told my husband what I wanted to do and he couldn’t stop smiling.

My Advice for a Successful Relationship

What is melting your significant other? This isn’t an episode of Frozen for adults. It is however the single most important thing you can do for your partner is touch them. Mind out of the gutter I am talking about a massage. I have a husband who hates having anyone else touch him. He has a bad back and it helps that I know how to give a proper massage. The cost of the course is so minimal considering the time it saves and the fact that I can help my husband feel better. I realized when I brought this idea to his attention how much it was truly needed.

Over the next couple of days we are going to help you build your relationship because we all get busy. The one goal I had for this year was to let the people in my life know they are important. I truly believe the power of touch does that. I believe I have the power to continue to connect with my husband and it is all in the power of my hands.

I would like to invite you to take part in the Melt Class and I even scored you a 20% off discount  This is what the Melt class is:

1) An online class led by Denis Merkas, a Registered Massage Therapist Massage for Couples

2) These videos are PG-rated, high quality and full of fantastic information.

3) These videos are truly about useful massage techniques. They never stray into sexual territory at all. Everyone is clothed at all times – that is Denis and his wife Emma in the actual videos. It’s not at all awkward to watch, unlike some of the other videos that are around on the internet.

4) The videos improve your technique by telling you what you’re doing wrong The videos will break down everything you’re doing wrong in your massage, from how you’re positioning yourself to how much you’re using your thumbs (hint: no thumbs are allowed!) – not only will you learn what you’re doing wrong, Denis shows you how to do it right. Your massage will change immediately for the better.

5) Melt is easy to watch and makes a great date night. The videos are broken down into short tutorials that last only a few minutes each, so you’re not stuck there for hours watching the courses.

6) You can learn at your own pace because you will have lifetime access to the videos.

7) Melt is the best stay at home date night. It’s a great way to spend time together and you don’t even need to get a babysitter, it’s easy to stream to any internet-enabled device in your living room.

8) Melt has been broken down into three short series that make for three great date nights – there’s the Basic Series, the Highlights Series and the Deep Tissue Series. Each builds upon each other and finishes with a follow-along massage routine so you can string all the techniques together and give your partner their first proper massage!

The Basic Series – This series starts with correcting some of the most common massage mistakes and showing you the foundations of your massage with long, sweeping strokes. You watch the short videos with a technique or tip in each, and it ends with a 5 minute follow-along massage routine.

The Highlights Series – This is where things start to get really good! You learn to look for the sore spots on each other’s bodies and how to work them. The neck, shoulders, lower back, arms, head… you’ll find places you didn’t even know that were sore! After you learn the 9 techniques from this series, there’s a 15-minute massage routine to follow along to. Hands still don’t hurt!

The Deep Tissue Series – So many people, myself included, love Deep Tissue stuff but it shouldn’t by over-emphasized. Denis leaves these tips to the very end for good reason, but they are such good techniques. It ends with an epic 30-minute massage follow along massage routine.



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January 29, 2015

Back to Balance – Getting Ready for a 10K Race


I love skinny cow iced coffee drinks

Finding a way to get my healthy eating and activity levels back to balance has always been hard for me. We all get off track whether it is the holidays or a family crisis, there are times in life when we just don’t take care of ourselves as well as we should. For me from past experiences I know what does and doesn’t work. Having a goal to get healthy is too vague and doesn’t give me anything concrete to work towards. Instead I know that I need a hard deadline and a very clear achievable goal. I also need a plan. Now it is time to lay out my game plan for achieving this goal. I need to focus on eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.

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January 15, 2015

A Romantic Evening at Home is Easy with Dollar Tree

A Romantic Evening at Home

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic evening at home. Shop the Dollar Tree to add some special touches to your night with your sweetheart.

Some folks don’t like Valentine’s Day much. They claim it is just a commercial holiday that leaves men feeling guilty and women dissatisfied. For the single it can be a lonely day I guess. While I have never been the kind of girl to expect a guy to go overboard for me on Valentine’s Day I have always celebrated it in some way. I think it is just a day to remember to be a little sweeter and think about the ones you love whether it is romantic or platonic love. When I was single I would treat myself to some pampering like a massage or other spa treatment, enjoy some easy cool whip cookie or a decadent dessert and watch  my favorite movie. When I was dating and newly married, we often celebrated with a night out on the town. As parents of young children, the way we celebrated changed again to fit this season in our lives.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic evening at home. Shop the Dollar Tree to add some special touches to your night with your sweetheart.

My husband and I started a tradition a few years ago for celebrating Valentine’s Day that I just love. Instead of stressing about gifts or restaurant choices or paying for a babysitter, we stay home. We put the kids to bed a little early. My husband goes to a local restaurant and gets take out including dessert. While he is out getting dinner, I set the table. This is what makes the dinner so special that and the fact that I don’t have to cook it, well maybe just some bacon bouquet to surprise my husband. Usually I just light some candles, open the champagne, dim the lights, and put on some soft music. This year though I have decided to make our traditional dinner in a little more special. With the help of Dollar Tree, I was able to buy everything I needed to decorate for our Valentine’s Day celebration. Everything I purchased is pictured above.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic evening at home. Shop the Dollar Tree to add some special touches to your night with your sweetheart.

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December 29, 2014

Tips For Dining In For Lunch While Still Feeling Extravagant

One of the best ways to save money is to begin dining in for lunch instead of going out for friends.  You don’t have to sacrifice flavor when you enjoy a hearty bowl of soup at home.  Soups are one of the best choices for feeling extravagant at home since there are so many delicious and hearty flavors to choose from.  In fact, you’ll find this just as good if not better than many restaurants.

I was asked to test out Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Soup for this sponsored post on behalf of Collective Bias, and found that it really is a great way to enjoy dining in and feel extravagant.  In fact, you’ll find this just as good if not better than many restaurant soups served for lunch. It was so delicious I decided to write a little poem about how much I love dining in with Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Soup.

Enjoy a few quiet moments and love lunch in! Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soup is a savory way to feed your hunger and your soul.

Tips For Dining In For Lunch While Still Feeling Extravagant

I was looking for lunch and while ideas abounded

My hunger was for something much more well rounded

Not only should it taste good but should also feed my soul

I wondered if something like this exists in a bowl

I ran into Walmart and looked all around

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November 14, 2014

We pinkEpromise!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by pinkEpromise but the thoughts and opinions shared are all my own.

“You won’t find a better deal for a better cause anywhere … we pinkEpromise.”

This pinky promise is made by the founders of pinkEpromise, a daily deal boutique that offers unique and stylish products at great prices. The deals are the best and as for the cause well you will not get any disagreement from me. PinkEpromise donates a portion of every sale to the The Healing Consciousness Foundation. And since I can’t say it any better myself, read what the founders of pinkEpromise have to say about this great cause:



I love that the Healing Consciousness Foundation is supporting the whole woman. I love that my purchase will support this great cause and I love that the company was founded by two women who want to share a triumph over cancer to help others fight the battle.  But what I really want to talk about is how much I LOVE the jewelry! Just look at this stunning Swarovski Austrian Crystal BraceletIt is the perfect piece to compliment any look for upcoming holiday parties. Oh how it sparkles!





You won’t just find jewelry at the pinkEpromise boutique. They have a variety of artisan and handmade products that will help you get your holiday shopping done and every one will want to know where you found all those awesome gifts. You will also be able to buy for everyone without breaking the bank since pinkEpromise finds the best deals and shares those deals with you. While you are busy thinking of others this holiday season don’t forget to get a little something for your self. You can start by entering to win the bracelet featured in this post. Click on the image below to enter the giveaway. Good luck and pinkEpromise me you will visit the pinkEpromise boutique!