Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pretzel Crisps Holiday indulgent

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The Simply Me guide wants to help make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year.  So over the next few weeks I will be offering tips and gift ideas!  Keep checking back to see all the fun stuff that will be added

The 2016 Simply Me Blog Gift Guide

Pretzels, chocolate and candy canes, can you think of a better holiday treat?  I can't, nor do I want too!!!

Pretzel Crisps offers all three of these things in a yummy package.  

Pretzel Crisps, has a line of Holiday Indulgents, featuring The DARK CHOCOLATE & PEPPERMINT is a decadent twist on the all-natural Original Pretzel Crisps ® , dipped in rich, velvety real dark chocolate and sprinkled with a delicate burst of refreshing peppermint candy pieces. The WHITE CHOCOLATE & PEPPERMINT flavor dips Original Pretzel Crisps ® in a rich, creamy white chocolate-flavored coating and is sprinkled with a subtle burst of peppermint candy pieces. One bite and you’ll Rethink Your Pretzel!

And trust me people as someone who is sitting here chowing down on the white chocolate ones as they type this post I can safely say they are so good!!!

Simply Earth Making my home smell amazing this holiday Season

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The Simply Me guide wants to help make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year.  So over the next few weeks I will be offering tips and gift ideas!  Keep checking back to see all the fun stuff that will be added

The 2016 Simply Me Blog Gift Guide


I know for a fact my home isn't not the only one to be blown away by the awesomeness that is essential oils!  Do you know for years I put some many harmful cleaners in my home and body!  That I couldn't pronounce 90% of the products I used in my home!

It is okay though because thanks to amazing companies like Simply Earth those harmful chemicals are a thing of the past
The mama is going natural and the Simply Earth Essential Oils Subscription box is making it easier then ever before!  They are 100%

So lets start with the basics I know there is a few unfortunate souls out-there that don't know what essential oils are.  They are natural oils taken from plants and bottled up for you and I to use.  You can uses the oils in diffusers (My favorite way) in the tub, in beauty products, candles and more.
And most of them besides smelling good have health benefits.  Peppermint is a great natural way to get rid of a headache.  Whenever I get a cold eucalyptus is the first thing I reach for.  Lavender helps you to relax and their are HUNDREDS more reasons/ways to use essential oils

For a long time now I have sworn by Simply Earth.  First off their products smells the best and the most pure.  Once in awhile I will use a different company and their stuff just smells off.  I had a tea tree oil smell like straight up pine sol before (Yeah I so regretted not getting the Simply Earth Tea tree.  I was so disappointed by this other company)
And I just found out I could enjoy them in a whole new way!  A monthly subscription box

What's in the box? 
 5 Essential Oils 
 Recipe Ingredients
 Recipe Containers
 5-7 Recipe Cards 

How does the subscription work?
 Free Shipping
 Delivered Periodically 
 Pause/Cancel Any Time

And from my understand each month is different!  This month I have the option to enjoy my box 3 different ways.  I can one just use the oils provided straight up
This month there is:
Fir Needle
cinnamon
orange
clove
nutmeg
I can drop any of these in any beauty product, oil diffuser or even in my tub water.

That isn't all though I was given recipes cards and empty bottles so I can mix up my own batches!  I can choose to use the recipes provided or even make my own!!

Last but def. not least was the wax, wicks and larger jars included inside.  Because yup you guessed right I can make all natural essential oil candles!!

5 great oils and endless ways to use them.  As I mentioned each month is different and the oils in this months box wont be the same as next.
And not only can you get yourself a box you can also do a gift box (In case any of my friends are reading this post I would be so opened to getting essential oils for a gift this Christmas)

Simply Earth just makes gift giving and getting fun!  And this doesn't just need to be a holiday thing I use my oils year round for all sorts of things.  You can sign up for their subscription box or you can even just buy the oils.  It is up to you, but as a long time essential oil user I can promise once you start you can't/dont want to stop

The Original Crazy Foam Holiday Gift Guide

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The Simply Me guide wants to help make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year.  So over the next few weeks I will be offering tips and gift ideas!  Keep checking back to see all the fun stuff that will be added

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For anyone tilting their head right now and saying Christmas Guides already???  I just want to let you know that yes I am so that crazy mama who starts her shopping in July!  I mean come one it is called Christmas in July lol

It is never to early to start people.  The early bird always gets the worm....  Unless of course you are the worm that maybe it is better to be late....  Okay I am getting distracted lets talk about The Original Crazy Foam and why kiddos everywhere are going to love it this holiday season!
Crazy Foam is perfect for any stocking come this holiday season.

Kids will love this 3-in-1 bodywash, shampoo and conditioner that comes in cans adorned with pop culture superheroes and will have so much fun using their creativity to sculpt shapes out of the foam in the tub. Plus, it will be a gift to parents too since it makes bath time so much easier and stress-free!

I love the smell, my boys come out of the tub smelling fresh.  Plus they don't mind washing with the foam.  They have fun as they get washed.  In my house that is a win win.


Plus they have some really kid friendly designs on the outside!  And I am going to be a little honest here I am 29 years old and if I found crazy foam in my stocking I would be pretty excited lol!  It is a gift that is perfect for all ages....  Well okay maybe not babies so perfect for MOST ages!

Get kids excited about bath time this holiday season with Crazy Foam!
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Awesome prices and a free gift with purchase? Who could beat those labor day deals

This Labor Day weekend 88 handbags is offering a free gift with purchase!!  For anyone who never heard of them before, they offer trendy bags at an affordable price.
And their bags are built to last!!  

So here is their current promo GWP (Gift with Purchase) promo for Labor Day Weekend. Get a new accessory charm free with a purchase of a handbag.

Simple enough right!
Not only that, but right now they are rolling out their fall styles
88 Handbags NEW Fall 2016 Collection 

The New Fall 2016 Collection from 88 Handbags is finally here! Fresh new styles and colors are now available to bring in the next season of fashion. Our Katie Medium Satchel is back in two new colors, teal and neutral. In addition to several new bag styles and colors, we are now introducing bag charms! Key rings, faux fur pom poms and foxtails are here to help you personalize any bag!

you can check out all their bags and deals here
website

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Brush Buddies Kung Foo Panda

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Some mornings getting my boys to brush their teeth is impossible.  And getting them to do it for 2 full minutes is torture.    They are 5 and 8, the age where they just want to go go go.

I learned a trick a long time ago and that is to make things fun.  Why should brushing their teeth be a chore when it can be a fun activity?
Are you a Kung Foo Panda fan who wants to have a flashy, pearly white smile? We have the perfect gift for you! Brush Buddies, the iconic brand of high-functioning, entertaining oral care products has joined forces with DreamWorks to add a Kung Foo Panda line of toothbrushes. The new oral care line, featuring the adorable Po, includes electric and manual toothbrushes, light up brushes, singing brushes and other oral care products. The BPA- free brushes, feature high- quality bristles that last longer than competing brands and will make your mouth cleaner than ever. Some brushes even include a timer that tells you how long to brush for and a light that blinks when the 2 minute dentist recommended time is up! Brushing your teeth has never been more fun.


Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-Up Toothbrush

The sculpted Flash Light-Up Toothbrush features Po as the base of the brush. Press Po’s bellybutton and the timer light flashes for 2 minutes, which is the brushing time recommended by dentists. 

Disney The Jungle Book

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I got the Bear necessities!  Please tell I am not the only person who gets this song stuck in their head?  And the worst part is I only know 2 lines so I sing that part over and over again :)

As a little girl I LOVED The Jungle Book I could watch it over and over again.  Even if King Louie scared me!  My boys and I watched the cartoon together a dozen times and each time we would sing and dance along to the fun songs in this movie.
I am sure you can imagine just how excited we are that we now get to watch The Jungle Book in a whole new way
Be the first to bring it home on Digital HD August 23 and on Blu-ray August 30 and venture deep into the jungle with in-depth bonus features

So I adored the entire movie as did my boys.   The talking animals were awesome and see a beloved store made life like was magical.  I think my favorite part may just be the scenes with Mowgli and Baloo.  The two of them together was charming and the little bantering between Bagheera and Baloo had everyone giggling 

The Biggest Story, written by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark #TheBiggestStory & #FlyBy

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My boys are obsessed with all things history.  Every year they beg me to take them to Gettysburg.  We go to Washington DC and I am not fibbing here I think we watched at least 10 documentaries about the Titanic.

So I know you are wondering what is she getting at here.....  The Bible it is part of all of our history.  Each of us have a claim to be part of this story. 
 It really is The Biggest Story!
As with most things I need to sometimes teach my boys in a different way.  That is why I adore The Biggest Story written by Kevin DeYoung.  It makes The Bible relate able to kiddos.  It helps them to learn it in a whole new way

The Animated Short Film: Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people. The Audio Book: This audio book of The Biggest Story—written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.

The DVD plays like a book with a narrator and beautiful photos.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Best Buy Samsung Mobile Project @BestBuy #GalaxyNote7 #ad

All posts must include the following disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
Raise your hand if you just love wasting money....  

Wait really no one??

Yeah I had a feeling no one was going to raise their hand! 

 Did you know that about 50% of people overpay on their cell phone bill?

That mean 1 out of every 2 people are overpaying!  That is a whole lot of people and LOTS of wasted money!!

You no longer need to waste money though thanks to the Best Buy Samsung Mobile project!

Some of the great features:
Get More Done Now with the new S Pen, you can write, draw, edit and record your thoughts — capturing to-dos and ideas, creating gifs and more.
Never again will I wory about my boys spilling something! The Galaxy Note7 is rated IP68 for water resistance.

And thanks to the all new compare tool you can see if you are overpaying or not!  Just go to your local Best Buy store let them look up your plan and usage to see if there is a better deal for you.

Yup I am all for finding ways to save money!!
To learn more and see all the other great features please check out my link below:

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Simply Me Blog 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


Merry Christmas and happy Holidays Simply Me Blog readers!!  Many of you may not know this about me but I am part Irish!  
Growing up my mom would also put a candle near our window on Christmas Eve.  Little girl me use to love this and would ask my mom WHY?  After many years I knew the why, I just wanted to hear her tell me.
The reason was just in case someone like Mary and Joseph needed help in the night that candle showed we were willing to help.  I asked her why my other friends didn't do this and she use to pat my head and tell me it was because we were Irish.  Was that the real reason?  I have no clue!!  But little girl me was pretty proud to be Irish at Christmas time and I use to clean my room extra clean that night in case Mary and Joseph needed to stay in my room.

That was one of my favorite holiday traditions growing up.  Baking cookies with my nanny, singing Christmas songs with my siblings and making cards for family were some of my other favorite times.  For me the holidays is about family.  One of my other favorite thing is getting that perfect gift!  Seeing someones face light up as they open my gift and I know I got it right!  That all the time and stress I put into getting just the right gift was so worth it to see them smiling

The Simply Me guide wants to help make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year.  So over the next few weeks I will be offering tips and gift ideas!  Keep checking back to see all the fun stuff that will be added

If you want to be included in the guide feel free to email me at savannahm1987@gmail.com











Capturing Cresselia

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I don't want to brag..... BUT..... my kiddos and I so avoided the summer slide this year!  We want on looks of fun (Educational) trips and every day we read!  Together and apart.
There is just so many awesome books out there that it was hard NOT to read every single day!

One of our newer books that my boys really enjoyed is
CAPTURING CRESSELIA: UNOFFICIAL STORIES FOR POKÉMON COLLECTORS, #2 by Alex Polan (8/9/16, middle grade, ages 8–12)Welcome to Camp Pikachu, where kids can act out adventures from their favorite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points and badges, and maybe make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame! Marco, Nisha, Logan, and Maddy can’t wait to embark on their latest adventure: Pokémon Orienteering! 
This is the perfect book for young reluctant readers and fans of Pokémon

Now my kiddos can most likely name every single Pokemon.  I wont fib I can name most of the originals :).  This book was perfect for them, it brought 2 of their favorite things together.  Reading and Pokemon.  It brought them together in an epic adventure that they both enjoyed!   Brandon enjoyed reading out-loud to his little brother and Quinn enjoyed listening 

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 2, 2016 4K ULTRA HDTM, BLU-RAY™, DVD AND ON DEMAND ON AUGUST 23, 2016


 If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie’s behind-the-scenes secrets. The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian,The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

And yes it is as awesome as it sounds!  I always love getting the back story to an already favorite story!  As you can imagine Once Upon a Time is and Gotham are 2 of my favorite shows!
This is just like them in the fact you get to see more of the story.  You can start to put pieces together and it gives an old story a whole new spin!

THE TITANIC THE COMPLETE MINI-SERIES EVENT

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I am sick today :(  Cancel everything, curl up into a ball and cry kind of sick!  Don't worry though I have a doctor appointment later so I will be on the mend soon

With that being said the boys and I are just hanging out at home today and inside.  Last night my hubby got them snacks for today and blew up their air mattress so we could have a movie day when he is at work (The man is a saint by the way lol)

My oldest is obsessed with all stuff Titanic so today when I asked what they wanted to watch they both of course send our new Titanic series that Mill Creek sent us

The Titanic sets sail on a collision course with destiny in this spellbinding epic adventure, featuring outstanding performances by Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Marie Saint, Tim Curry and Marilu Henner. Titanic melds together the heart-wrenching stories of people whose lives, loves, and fortunes were irrevocably changed the night of April 14, 1912.
THE TITANIC THE COMPLETE MINI-SERIES EVENT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No Nonsense.... Doing Labor Day in Style

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White, red and black.  I wear those colors year round.  Add a few greys and a dash (just a small) of color and you have my wardrobe.  I know you should wear white after labor day, but to heck with that!  I am a rule breaker.....  Well okay I am not cool enough to be a rule breaker, but I do wear white after labor day lol
 
 
Now if you are going to wear white after labor day you better make sure you do it right!
 
And thanks to no Nonsense I have a feeling I am going to looking good in white year round
 
 
No nonsense is here to help you celebrate in style with white leggings, capris and shorts that pair perfectly with tunics, tanks and crop tops for a breezy look.
Style Tip: Don’t pack them away after LDW. Be a rule breaker and rock #WinterWhites until the temperatures rise again!


 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Office Depot Foundation National Backpack program

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When I started kindergarten I was poor!  I remember we scraped change together to get me school supplies and my school clothing was hand me downs for my cousin.  No this mama has nothing against hand me downs, most of Quinn's clothing use to be Brandon's.  But that is all I had growing up.  It wasn't until 4th grade that my dad had a job change and we started to be able to live easier.
Those first couple of school years were rough though and I still remember counting out change to buy crayons and pencils.

As a little girl who been in that position I am sure you know why I love programs like The Office Depot Foundation National Backpack program.
For 16 years they have been giving children around the world the tools they need to succeed in school.

Not only do kiddos get much needed supplies, they also get a sack to help hold their books and other school items.


MORE INFORMATION
- For the past 16 years, the Office Depot Foundation has been giving children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life - at the beginning of the new school year. 

This year is no exception.  In 2016, the Foundation - the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot® (NASDAQ:ODP) -is celebrating the 16th year of its award-winning National Backpack Program by donating 200,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally. 

By the end of 2016, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001. 

“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong.  “For most children, the first day of school is an exciting time complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear.  But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite.  The sackpacks and school supplies we donate help to level the playing field and give these wonderful children a reason to stand just a little bit taller.”

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School Celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August. 

Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed the Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International. For the eighth consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks.

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs – several of which are new for 2016.  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.


More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go towww.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares.  The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.


The generous people running this foundation sent me several backpacks with supplies.  Even though my family can afford to buy everything we need several people at my church are not as lucky.  I was able to give these supplied filled sacks to some family who really needed them.  I wish I would have taken their photo the look of gratitude on those kiddos face was enough to make me cry!! 

POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: THE COMPLETE SEASON and POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE: THE COMPLETE SEASON

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I so watched the Power Rangers when I was a kid.  My sister and I use to fight over who got to be the Pink Power Ranger (I always won)

It is a great show and even though it changed a bit over the years it is still a show kiddos love watching.....  And I am not saying any names (ME) some parents also still like watching lol

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 
 Relive every action-packed adventure when Power Rangers Megaforce: The Complete Season and Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season arrive on DVD (plus Digital HD) on August 16 from Lionsgate. 
Five teenagers with attitude use their unique skills to battle evil and ultimately save the world in these top-rated seasons. 












Power Rangers Megaforce: The Complete Season Synopsis:
When the evil Warstar aliens plot a massive invasion of our planet, Earth’s supernatural guardian, Gosei, mobilizes a team of five extraordinary teens with the talent and attitude to oppose them: the Power Rangers Megaforce! 




 Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season Synopsis: In order to stop ruthless Prince Vekar and his massive alien Armada, the Rangers have only one hope: to unlock the special keys — and harness the amazing powers of Legendary Rangers of the past!

So what did we love about these seasons?  Well if you never watched Power Rangers let me tell you as a mom I love the fact my boys can watch "action" without all the gore!  There is not guts or blood or anything like that.  
Plus it is just fun!  No bad words or anything like that.  It is a show I feel good about letting my boys watch

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Snack Right With Pure Organic

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I hate giving my kiddos snacks that I can't even pronounce of spell half the ingredients in them.  I hate the stuff loaded with sugar and all that other bad stuff.
It is tough though getting kids to eat the healthier stuff.  Most of the time it just doesn't taste as good!

Now I did say most of the time.  Pure Organic is an exception to that rule!
Founded by Veronica Bosgraaf, the Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free snack bars and fruit/veggie strips are great for lunch boxes and after-school snacks.

There is fruit strips that taste like fruit!!  No more sugar loaded wrapped in a circle paper junk.  This is really fruit that taste good and for once is good!

I adore the bars, they are perfect for on the go.  My hubby and I get up for work at 530am I don't always feel like making breakfast at that time.  We tend to grab stuff out the door (Which is usally loaded with sugar and preseraves)  or stop on the way to work and get not so great food.  These I can just grab and feel no guilt about eating!

The best part is the seasonally arranged plant-based cookbook Pure Food!  Now not only can I eat good on the go I can make meals that are good and wholesome all the time for my family!! 

Sink Over Load

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Everyone in my family has their own tooth paste.  Quinn needs the stuff for little kids, my hubby gets whitening, I get sensitive stuff and Brandon Jr just grabs whatever looks the coolest at the store.  Needless to say it is a sink overload.
I wish their was one product we could all just use.......

Oh wait there is!!  Dr Sharp Dentistry oral hygiene line offers products that are safe for the whole family to use.
Plus back to school is coming up and this mama is not looking forward to chasing her boys around the house trying to get them to brush their teeth.  I want a product they actually like using with out me forcing it on them :)
As the new school year moves near, many parents are left with the age-old struggle of how to get their child to brush their teeth regularly before heading off to the bus stop each day. The good news is that for those parents who put in the effort, their kids will usually develop good oral hygiene habits. Prior to the school year beginning, parents can start working on helping their child develop good daily brushing habits.
“It’s important that parents get kids started young with good oral hygiene habits,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of natural fluoride-free products called DrSharp Dentistry, and is celebrating his 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “For some families it may seem like a tall task, but it’s one that is important enough to keep working on. Most kids will come around and stick with the habits that they are being taught.”
Here are some back-to-school tips for helping kids establish good morning oral hygiene habits:
  • Teach them why. Discuss the reasons why they need to brush regularly, so they know why they are doing it. You can make this easier and still keep it age-appropriate by picking up some kid’s books about brushing, too.
  • Make it fun. When parents make brushing time fun, little kids are more likely to want to participate. Have a brushing song or fun routine that goes along with getting the job done each day.
  • Give them rewards. Kids love to get rewards, even if it’s a sticker added to their sticker chart. Once they meet their brushing goals, take them to the store to pick out a book. This will help to keep reinforcing the habit.
  • Praise their efforts. Rather than focusing on what they fall short of or miss, stick to keeping it positive and giving kudos for the parts they do well. They can always go back and improve areas missed, but positive reinforcement goes a long way.
  • Help and hold accountable. Up until kids are around 8-9 years old, parents may need to keep going into the bathroom with them to ensure proper brushing is being done. While it may seem like a pain, it’s helping them to establish lifelong habits that will benefit them greatly in the long run.
“The last thing parents want to do before school each day is to argue with their kids about brushing their teeth,” added DrSharp. “When you make a plan and stick to it, you are usually going to be more successful in getting them to create the brushing habit. It’s all about looking after their best interest.”
Another issue that parents should be aware of with school coming back is fluorosis, which is marked by changes in the appearance of the tooth’s enamel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children eight and under are at risk for the condition, because they still have adult teeth under their baby teeth. Dentists such as DrSharp are warning parents to avoid fluoride for their children because of the potential health risks, as well as fluorosis.
Common sources of fluoride, according to the CDC, include toothpaste (which also come with a fluoride warning label right on the label), drinking water that has been fluoridated, and other oral hygiene products, such as mouthwash. They also recommend that parents not allow children to swallow toothpaste that contains fluoride, yet they advise that unintentionally swallowing it can lead to a greater amount being ingested than intended. DrSharp, however, recommends that parents avoid fluoridated toothpastes altogether in an effort to remove the risks associated with children ingesting fluoride.
DrSharp Natural Oral Care now offers their product line in small, convenient travel size options. His product line includes children’s toothpaste, adult toothpaste, fresh mint mouthwash, and dental tape. All products are safe to use, made in the USA, and are gluten-free, have no artificial colors or flavors, are vegan, non-GMO, alcohol-free, fluoride-free, and cruelty-free. Plus, they help whiten teeth and have xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that also helps to fight off cavities. The products are safe for the entire family. To learn more about Dr.Sharp Natural Oral Care products or see where they can be purchased, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com.
About DrSharp Natural Oral Care
DrSharp Natural Oral Care is a line of natural oral care products that were created by a fourth-generation dentist. All products are made from natural, safe ingredients, and are made in the USA. The product line includes toothpaste for children and adults, mouthwash, and dental tape. For more information, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @drsharpnaturaloralcare.

Back to School with Juicy Juice

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.
I love having my boys home with me during the summer.  I really do, but I also love routine and summer time just doesn't have much room for that!  I feel like I am always rushing around, never getting to bed when I want to and instead of doing what I need to do I have to keep picking up after my boys.
This mama is ready for some hardcore routine!!  
So I love you boys, but mama is ready for school to start.
One of my routines is packing their lunch.  Each day the get a sandwich, fruit, string cheese, some sort of small snack and of course a drink.
My go to drink is Juicy Juice! 

Why you may ask?  Well first off my boys LOVE them.  I love that they are made with 100% juice.  Plus let admit it they are pretty easy to squeeze into an already stuff lunch bag.

And this school year Juicy Juice has some cool offerings to make lunch better then ever before!
Iconic kids’ beverage brand, Juicy Juice, helps parents pack the perfect lunch. Whether you have a picky eater or need lunchbox inspiration, Juicy Juice offers a variety of better-for-you beverages in kid-favorite flavors like Apple, Fruit Punch and Berry that contain no high fructose corn syrup, no cane sugar and no artificial sweeteners – including the brand’s popular line of 100% JuiceJuicy JuiceSplashers

 a 50/50 blend of fruit juice and filtered water in a pouch, and the all-new Juicy Juice Organics.

7 Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible by Erwin W. Lutzer


Whenever I talk about the wonders of God and the Bible their is always that one person who tried to poke holes in what I am saying. Who try to discredit God. I purchased this book thinking it would give me so hard answers to give back to those people. Sadly though it fell a bit short! As someone who already believed in God and the Bible, but for someone looking for answers someone trying to figure out what they believe I dont see this book having an impact at all. I was given a review copy of this book

Me Too: Experience the God Who Understands


I use to be one of those people who just went to Church, prayed and called it a day.  It wasn't until the past few years that I began to want a real personal, deep relationship with God.  And I found myself always trying to understand him and wondering if he gets me?
This book touches on this question on a very deep and personal level!  I was given a copy of this book to review
I love how this book makes me understand God doesn't like my pain, God doesn't thrive on my suffering.  But God will make it something beautiful.  God will use it to mend into the person I was always meant to be.  I love that this book helps me to take another step and grow more in my faith.  And it is written from a very real point of view and with real issues have or will face.  Me Too...  I found myself saying that a lot as I read the words in this book It is a book about hope not condemning 

Ghost Encounters

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.
I cannot be the only one ready for summer to leave!  I am so sick over being hot and the ac in my car just broke!!  Yeah so not fun

The best part about summer going away is fall!!  Yes the season of sweaters, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, comfortable walks and of course Halloween!
We are quite the Halloween freaks in my house and start to watch Halloween movies as early as September first.
We all have our favorites
Mine is Hocus Pocus
Quinn Is the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
And Brandon Jr loves Spooky Buddies

Let me rephases that we all had our favorites!  Even though Charlie Brown is still Quinn's favorite Brandon Jr and I are now OBSESSED with Ghost Encounters!!  Yes not really a Halloween Movie, but what could be better then real ghost stories!!
8-Part Documentary Collection

A chilling collection of paranormal sighting caught on camera where the bravest of ghost hunters embark on an adventure to explore some of the most haunted and terrifying locations all around the world.
Contents:
 
Ghost Hunt: Paranormal Encounter at Burlington County Prison
Ghost Attack on Sutton Street:  Poltergeists and Paranormal Entities
Unexplained Explained: Ghostly Paranormal Activity
Haunted House: Demon Poltergeist
Ghosts at Sea: Paranormal Shipwrecks and Curses
Paranormal Rosslyn Chapel: Haunted Portal of Spirits and Ghosts
Paranormal Prisons: Portal to Hell on Earth
Haunted North America: Witches Ghosts and Demons