#Sponsored Get Ready For ‘Back-to-School’ With Dr. Plotka!


It seems like yesterday that we were all planning Summer activities and breaking out the tank tops. Now, everywhere you go there are reminders that school starts- soon! My sister, a teacher in Alabama, goes back early in August and we’re set to begin here at home within 4 weeks! I’ve even seen a display of *gasp* Halloween candy! Anyone raising children knows how quickly 3 short, summer months go by.

We also know that the best way to get back into school is routine, routine, routine. I’m sure you have your own checklist of things to buy, borrow, or find. We certainly do! But, considering that dentists recommend getting a new brush every 3 months, the start of school is the perfect time to do it. (If you’re past that 3 month mark, don’t be too hard yourself. We all forget!)

But, don’t just buy any toothbrush. Make a conscious choice, this school year, to earn those better dental check-ups. My family has been using Dr. Plotka’s brushes for quite some time now. I can say, for fact, that they have made a difference. I won’t ever endorse a product that I haven’t used AND believe in. This product, this company, makes a difference. Need some convincing?
Explore the features of this bathroom essential:
NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles within 6 hours!

FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the inner bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss while the outer thicker bristles ensure complete cleaning of gum and teeth.

SOFT LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – Get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester better bending properties than nylon, used in most brushes on the market! (The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice.

That’s impressive, right? It’s not just ‘lip’ service either. My 15-year-old son’s last SIX dental visits have been cavity-free. Zero. Some of the most beautiful words ever spoken are: ‘You have no cavities!’ It makes me proud that I am doing something good as a caregiver. In today’s world, we need all the positive reinforcement that we can get!

Before switching brushes, he had cavities. There were at least one a year to a year and a half. He goes every 6 months as suggested, so that means 6 visits- 3 years- of no cavities. It’s better for his mouth, health, and our finances! Dr. Plotka’s brushes simply clean better than ordinary brushes. They’re worth every penny.

My husband & I have both been using them too. He’s had no more tooth pain and gum issues. My gum issues are a thing of the past. Try them. What have you got to lose? You have a lot to gain. Get ready to have the best school year ever featuring a winning smile!

I received the aforementioned product in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. 

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#Sponsored Product Spotlight: ARM&HAMMER™ Foot Care Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE. Pic & synopsis belong solely to Arm & Hammer.

Real Mom Talk: Boys and odors hold hands like they’re best friends. That’s the cold, hard truth. If you have ever picked up a sock only to see it retained the shape of a foot and that smells like there’s a corpse attached, then you have sons! Over the years, many products have come and gone out of our home in the hopes that foot odor would vanish. Fabric sprays, machine washing sneakers, heck, even leaving socks & shoes in the direct sunlight outside- we’ve tried it all. Eventually, each of my sons has resorted to unloading a nasal tirade of cologne into their shoes. Trust me, that doesn’t last. But, when Arm & Hammer offered their Foot spray, I decided, ‘Why not?’
Here are the facts:
ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Spray Powder, $6.99
First ever cake free invisible foot spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or feet
Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps feet feeling fresh all day
Ultra clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat
Burst of cool fragrance lasts all day-Talc Free

My thoughts: It works! After a day of helping his dad landscape, my teen son was foot odor-free. I was impressed. No sweaty, gym room smelly feet! What I love best about this particular product is the fact that it DOESN”T smell like cologne. When you spray it initially, all you’ll notice is a fresh burst of smell, a bit like fabric spray smells, and then, it dissipates. No lingering odor. After removing socks, we noticed that this spray didn’t have an after effect. You know the smell, it let’s the world know that you’ve hidden the foot odor underneath some other scent, but it’s really still there? Yes, that smell. It didn’t happen this time. There were no skin irritations, no sock stains, and his feet/shoes really did smell good.

Another annoying truth about sprays/powders is that, for men’s products, there is always a cologne-scent. Well, what are you supposed to do with a pre-teen who needs a little help, but definitely do NOT want to spray him with an adult spray? Arm & Hammer has that covered, too and we love it!

Facts: ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder, $6.99
First ever cake free invisible body spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or body
Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps body feeling fresh all day
Ultra clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat
Unisex spray
Talc Free
My Thoughts: Yes! It really can be unisex. Again, you have the initially fresh smell when spraying and then, there’s simply clean. Those of us who sweat know the stress sweat/man-it’s-hot sweat smell. This product is sweat-activated. Awesome! Again, talc free so you can feel safe about using it. Plus, if you do have an older teen, they may want to add their aftershave and such. This product won’t mix with it and they’ll still get that fresh, dry feeling for the day.

I trust Arm & Hammer. Most of us grew up with a box of their baking soda in the refrigerator and continued the tradition. We know they do what they say their products will do. They wouldn’t have been a household name for so long if they hadn’t. But, along with trust, they bring consumers value. Each of these products retails for an MSRP of $6.99. Now, we’ve had them about a week and the cans aren’t empty yet (with repeated uses). There aren’t too many products you can get for that price that are worth it. Value and trust- that means a lot to me. Try it for yourself and I think you’ll agree.

NEW Hard Candy Glitteratzi For Spring ’18!

We’re halfway through February & (despite what the groundhog says) spring is in sight! Time for a new season and great new make up from Hard Candy. For Spring 2018, they’ve brought us Glitteratzi! It’s a fun new make up with a fun-to-say name!
Glitter has officially become an adjective with this Liquid Sparkler. Its uses are endless.
Want to perk up your eyes? Done. Need dazzling lips? Done. Extra glow for the cheeks? You got it. Sparkle, dazzle, shine- all with one tube.
One coat gives you a sheer layer. Think of it as a back-up dancer to the rest of your make up. Two coats and you’ve got center-stage, all-eyes-on-me glitter. There are 7 shades to choose from: Aurora- a clear/white, Star-a pink, Blaze- a golden/yellow, Confetti- darker pink, Twinkle- lighter pink, Spark- a purple, and Galactic- a blue. For this review, we have Aurora, Twinkle, & Star.
I applied each on my lips, cheeks, & eyes.
Twinkle appealed to me as the best for my cheek area. I went with a one coat. I tried one & two coat applications for my eyes using all three. Star was the closest to a natural look, so I was most comfortable with it. Aurora seemed to get lost on me. Although I though it would show up on my lips, it appeared as a clear lip balm with glitter. I’d probably go with Twinkle for lips too.
A word of caution: when wet, these smear. A lot. Be careful while applying. Maybe keep a make-up wipe nearby. Once they dry, they set. Quickly. Be sure you adjust any mishaps immediately. They have serious staying power, which is good, right? Absolutely!

I’m also a fan of the slim tube and sponge applicator tip. It’s easy to grip for those of us with shaky hands. The size & shape of the tip allows for big swipes of color without sacrificing the control of the wand. The tube is no bigger than a mascara so it fits easily in purses, backpacks, etc. These would be perfect for a girls’ night out or a sleepover for teens, too.

Bottom line: Hard Candy makes it fun to be a girl! Glitter is fun and glitter in make-up makes you feel young & energetic. With a little price tag and big, big results, it’s hard to pass up Hard Candy!
Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, they have an MSRP of $6.

 

**I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

New Hard Candy ‘Look Pro! Galactic Eyes Palette’


If you’re looking out you window at six or more inches of snow, Spring is probably the last thing on your mind. But, take heart! Beauty trends aren’t dependent on the weather. While you’re stuck inside, Hard Candy has been hard at work on their Spring 2018 looks.
I’m thrilled to introduce the ‘Look Pro! Galactic Eyes Palette’!
Ten out-of-this-world colors in one pro palette. Each shade, aptly named in an astronomical theme, has glitter galore and is easily applied with the (included) two-sided brush.
For starters, I need to sing the praises of this little brush. First, it’s perfectly sized. Not too big ot too small. It wipes off easily when or if you want to play around with different shades. I did not miss the typical sponge applicator one bit. Don’t you hate when those sponge tips fall of mid-application and you’re left with this mini-spear that pierces your eyelid? Yeah, no fun. So, I am a huge fan of the brush applicators.
Let’s talk colors! When I get new make-up, I always get that rush of happiness like when we were all in elementary school & you open that new set of crayolas. It makes you enjoy being a girl for a while.
In this palette we have: ‘Supernova’- a purple shade, ‘Retrograde’- a glittery black, ‘Spaceship’- a charcoal gray, ‘Nebula’- an earthy brown, ‘Eclipse’- sort of a black/gray combo, ‘Meteor’- a deep pink, ‘Blue Moon’- obviosuly blue, ‘Alien’- a green, ‘Shooting Star’- a yellow, and ‘Constellation’- a flesh tone.
I played around with every shade. Personally, I opt for earth tones for daily use. In the eyelid crease, I vary depending on my mood but, usually, it’s a brown or green. So, I switch it up a bit here.
First, I tried them as stand-alones. Excluding ‘Blue Moon’, you are going to have to do some layering for maximum impact. Blue goes on pretty deep from the get-go. ‘Alien’ is pretty close with maybe a two or three swipe application. Otherwise, you’re going to need to apply a bit more than you would with a regular matte shadow.
Second, watch the glitter. If you have unsteady hands or don’t tap the brush a few times before applying, you will have yourself a glitter bonanza. Just keep a make-up remover wipe handy and you’ll be fine. My choice, due to the shimmer, would be to use these on top of a regular matte. I usually use an eye crayon which definitely intensified the look of the shimmer. I liked the look.
Utilizing a dark, regular shadow base, these colors really pop. As a highlighter or in the crease, they were phenomenal. They had exceptional lasting power, too. If you use a colored eye liner (other than basic black), you’re going to have a lot of fun pairing different colors together. Both ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Constellation’ were awesome highlighters.
My year-round allergies often cause me to have to resort to wearing my glasses. After applying the palette, I noticed that the shimmer shows through even with eyewear.
Sometimes, eyes get ‘lost’ if you have specific types of frames. I was pleased to see a real difference when wearing my specs. If you do wear contacts, watch the glitter, nothing is more uncomfortable than when you get make-up on your contacts.
Looks and fun aside, make-up has to be affordable. Thankfully, Hard Cady gets it! Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, this palette is only $8 MSRP. That’s amazing. It’s difficult to find quality, single shadows for less than that nowadays. To get ten, fabulous shades, matched together for endless pairings for $8 is truly remarkable. In fact, I’d say it’s an out-of-this world deal (pun intended!). Have some fun getting ready for spring with Hard Candy!
**Pics belong either to Hard Candy or myself solely.
* I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are solely mine.
Many thanks to Hard Candy for NOT testing on animals (Buster thanks you, too!)

On The Move With Beauty Box 5

August is only here for a few more days before we are all consumed with school, work, and activities that come with Autumn. Our theme of ‘Globetrotting’ fits because that’s all we seem to do in September. Before the leaves change and the school buses roll, we get a shot at one more beauty box.
Straight from our favorite subscription service, we get 5 great beauty finds. If you haven’t tried BB5 yet, the first question is why haven’t you? Seriously, it’s a fantastic, monthly delivery of 5 new, new-to-you, or perhaps oldies but goodies. Each month USPS delivers the coveted green box directly to your mailbox. Apparently, we’ve had some shipping issues this month. I believe it to be on my carrier’s shoulders. But, for the most part, you’ll receive the box by the 20th of the month. Never boring, the subscriptions start at $12 a month. No doubt, there will always be at least one item you will love and you can’t beat the price! Many times, the box contains full-sized products. This month we have 3 full-sized items.
Let’s get on the move! First up, we all want our tresses to move beautifully. No one wants a helmet or potato chip hair! To help us achieve this, Luseta Beauty sends along its ‘Argan Oil Hair Masque’. Argan oil is a plant oil from the kernels of the argan tree usually found in Morocco. It also sports wheat protein. Shampoo hair as usually. Generously apply. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse. Easy, peasy. Unlike other, similar masques, it definitely rinsed out smoothly and easily. I’ve tried a few that either felt like a headful of oatmeal or just wouldn’t rinse out, leaving no choice but to re-shampoo. As soon as my hair dried, I noticed it to be much softer and smoother. I look forward to using it again. It’s a weekly product. I love every thing about it except its price. The MSRP is $29 and while it wasn’t supplied in the box full-sized, it’s a bit too rich for my blood at this time despite its size. If you can swing it, it’s a great product.
Our second item was from another, new-to-me company. Seraphine Botanicals generously provided its ‘Quince + Crimson Crayon’. Although it is plugged as a double-duty, cheek + lip crayon. Be advised. This product smears and stains like you wouldn’t believe. I skipped using it as a cheek product. I decided that it was never going to be flattering on my super-fair skin. However, I did use it for lips. Drinking water and giving the hubs a kiss didn’t budge the color. It ended up being a somewhat flattering lip shade for me. However, it definitely smudged and definitely smeared over the course of wearing it. Perhaps for a night out or special occasion. Take care when applying. One goof will cause you to redo most of your make-up. A second ouch comes from its $24 MSRP. It isn’t something I’d buy again. Manna Kadar Cosmetics has popped in frequently in our BB5 boxes. Their ‘Glo Illuminator’ is a highlighter to be used with foundation or to be dabbed wherever you’d like. Honestly, I could barely see it. I use a foundation that promises illuminating ingredients so perhaps that was the issue. I’m not sure, but, again no matter its actual size, a $29 MSRP is a bit much.
Nanacoco isn’t new to me or BB5. Each time they’ve sent along a full-sized polish, I’ve loved the color. Their ‘Rio II Nailpolish Collection’ is fabulous. I find it tp be long-lasting and always a bright, vibrant shade. With an MSRP of $3.95, I appreciate that we get a lot of bang for the buck!
Finally, we have our 3rd full-sized product. ‘Styli-Style’ is new-to-me. Their ‘Line & Seal Eye Liner’ came to me in a shade I like. It was a dark, black shade. Promising a gel type formula and smooth gliding, it failed to deliver. I experienced the direct opposite. When applying it without any additional eye make-up, I found it pulled and skipped. After applying eyeshadow, the result was somewhat similar and pulled- a lot. Perhaps I’m used to liquid liner or it was just me, I’m not so sure. I’ve been wearing make-up for well over 20 years, so I think I can honestly say it isn’t a smooth, glide. Although the price is a dandy $6.50, the product wasn’t a winner in my book.

Bottom line: The masque and polish are big winners. But, this is the fantastic thing about BB5. We get to try all these products in the comfort of our homes, having never left the house to shop. No lines, no hassles, no traffic. Just take it out of the mailbox and enjoy. Many months, you’ll love every single product. Regardless, the service offers us a wide range of products to try. This month alone, compared to buying each of these products individually, you save, $80.45! Holy cow! That’s a pretty close estimate considering 3 of the 5 are actually full-sized!
Start Fall off the right way. Sign-up for Beauty Box 5 today. You can find full product info and ordering info by visiting http://www.beautybox5.com . Until next month…………….

BeardGuys For A Perfectly Groomed Beard

All 4 of my boys have facial hair. My husband has had a beard & moustache since I met him. All three sons have followed suit. In fact, at 14, or youngest has more facial hair than any of his peers.

In all honesty, I never gave much thought to beard care. Shaving cream was about the only product that I’d really thought about. But, now they’re going to be spoiled. They’ve just discovered BeardGuyz Beard Care Products.
Being that my husband and youngest are the only two males (besides Buster) left still living at home, they got to experience all the benefits of BeardGuyz. Both tried all three products, the wash, deep conditioner, and beard scentz. Both had the same opinion- BeardGuyz Beard Care rocks!

Starting with the wash: they first thing you’ll notice is the scent. It is fabulous. If you think regular face wash or shampoo is good enough for beards, you’re sadly mistaken. This beard wash is a daily use product. Containing 35 natural and organic ingredients. That may seem like a lot, but it’s a winning number. The product description will tell you how it removes impurities and gently cleans. I can say with certainty that my husband, a contractor, ends up with sawdust, paint, and other chemicals, in his beard. After using the wash, he could see and feel a difference. I could, too. Being that he & our son have sensitive skin, they have to be careful with skin care products. Both of them were able to use it without issue.
Next up, we have the Deep Conditioner.
Each of my guys has coarse beard hair. My husband has touches of gray throughout( they drive him bananas). So we were excited to see that the conditioner is geared for both these issues. It contains 25 oils, butters, extracts, vitamins & conditioners. I most definitely noticed a difference, especially in my husband’s beard. His is much thicker than our son’s, but even the younger one’s beard looked more groomed and smooth.

My favorite of the products was the Beard Scentz. The fragrance is AMAZING! It’s perfectly sized for back-to-school, gym bags, or office drawers. It’s easy to use and convenient. Containing Tea Tree, Thyme and Manuka Oils for moisturizing, it’s an extra boost for keeping beard hair smooth. I think it’s cutting edge time-release technology is fabulous. Eliminating odors and bacteria will keep them fresh & smooth throughout their day.

If you’re creating a care package for a son who’s going to college or getting a high schooler ready for the new year, BeardGuyz has some phenomenal products. Surprise your husband or boyfriend with a complete grooming collection. Visit the BeardGuyz website for full details & product info.
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