#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!)

A Healthier Smile For 2018

A new start to a new year is time for new toothbrushes!

Every one of us has heard about the importance of dental health. From preschool through adulthood, we’re told how to brush, floss, etc. But, do we really pay attention to the type of brush we use? Now, I don’t mean manual versus power. But, the difference in the bristles.
Before trying Dr. Plotka’s brushes, we were guilty of complacency, too. Whatever brush was fine. We barely noticed if the pack said ‘soft’ or not and when it came right down to it, any dollar store brush would do. That all changed with Mouthwatchers.

We’ve noticed a significant difference in our dental care. Our youngest son’s last check-up was cavity-free. My husband no longer has pain along the gumline and with ‘problem tooth’ areas. As for me, I wear a partial, so I noticed the gentler feel on my actual gums. Plus, I know for sure that the Mouthwatchers brushes are doing a much better job removing debris and plaque. As a family, our teeth feel and look better.

I’m certainly no dental expert. I would never give any sort of dental/medical advice. Always use your own judgment and rely on your own dental experts’ opinions. However, I know what works for my family. I’m positive that these toothbrushes made a difference to us.

I expected them to be pricey. For the benefits we’ve received, I was willing to pay a little extra. I was floored when I saw that they are pretty much the same price as the other toothbrushes being sold. More benefits without more money? There’s something we don’t see much of nowadays. But, it’s true! As a mom and the primary shopper for the household, I’m thrilled. I don’t have to allot more to the dental care budget and I can feel good about the brushes my family uses.

Here is the need-to-know product

info:

NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles between uses, this innovative tool is always clean and ready for the next use! Doctor Plotka’s™ helps achieve better overall health by not reintroducing harmful bacteria into your mouth and body.

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – You’ll get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester bending and upgraded properties. (The ADA – American Dental Association- recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Revolutionary, dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the outer bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss! Getting deep down the groves, this toothbrush cleans where 90% of cavities form! With thicker inner bristles, you’ll get a complete cleaning of the teeth and gums every time.
Toothbrushes come in Manual and Power, available in Adult, Youth and Travel sizes and range in price from $4.99 to $24.99 for the power pack.

Amazing bushes. Amazing price. Amazing company. Forgive the cliché, but that’s
something to smile about.
Find them at the following medias:

https://www.facebook.com/MouthWatchers
*Pics & product info belong solely to Mouthwatchers.
**We are received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: WordSpiel

Does your family love games? We do. In fact, we’re pretty competitive. When we were given the opportunity to try, WordSpiel, we jumped at the chance.
I imagine that the first thing that caught your attention is its original name. It’s a combination of two words- just like you’ll be doing during play! Learning to play is simple. We only had to go over the instructions once (which is rare!). The cards each have a letter on them.
Shuffle the deck. My husband got to show off his mad shuffling skills! Deal the cards. Make words based off the word your fellow play just made. Set the timer. Everyone gets 60 seconds to form their word. Easy, peasy.
Play five rounds. When a player runs out of hand-held cards, the round is over. Everyone else adds up the cards in their hands- one point per card. At the end of five rounds, whomever has the lowest score win! Although Buster insisted on playing, we had to decline his efforts. ‘Ruff, ruff’ didn’t translate. 
Having 5 rounds makes the game last longer. Easy counting with one point for each card allows even those who aren’t math whizzes can keep score. Large print for the letters on the cards make sure that every card is read accurately and clearly seen from every angle around the table.
MY THOUGHTS: What I love about this word game is that, unlike other tile-based games, even elementary spellers can play. With little assistance, children who can articulate three-letter words can play. For example, an adult spells out ‘Houses’. A child can build on the ‘s’ and make ‘saw’. As a homeschooler, I love that it builds confidence in those who are struggle with Language Arts Skills.
It’s thought-provoking. Conversations are sparked when players inquire why some used a particular word. Younger children may ask for definitions and spelling affirmation. In fact, playing ‘WordSpiel’ may just count as a class for your homeschool.
Family-owned Set Games has absolutely done it again! They produce fabulous, family-centered games. Affordable and in a small package, ‘WordSpiel’ can be used as a stocking stuffer or as a stand alone gift. Personally, I’d use it as a gift to the family as a whole. With cold, wintry days ahead, you’ll love staying toasty playing ‘WordSpeil’! I highly recommend it. Full disclosure: I won at the end of 5 rounds. Yeah, me!!

Visit them:
http://www.setgames.com

https://www.facebook.com/Set.Enterprises/

**Pics beling to DMO3 and Set Games ONLY.
*We received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Mouthwatchers : Simply Better Toothbrushes

Not all toothbrushes are the same. But, if you’ve ever stood in front of the rows of them in a dental care aisle, there are enough types to make your head spin! First, there are electric vs. manual. Then, there’s different bristle types. Asking your dentist doesn’t always help. SOmetimes you get differing opinions amongst the staff. Bottom line is: everyone wants a quality toothbrush that does a good job at leaving your mouth feeling clean.

Most consumers don’t want all those gimmicks and bells & whistles. Give me a straight answer on a good toothbrush. Finally, a company has done just that! Mouthwatchers delivers a simple promise- ‘A Better Toothbrush For Better Health’. They offer a full line of toothbrushes: power, manual, and a folding travel brush. Developed by Dr. Ronald Plotka, what sets these brushes a part from the rest is the ‘antimicrobial dual flossing bristles’.

That’s a mouthful to say, pun intended, but it also means a lot when it comes to dental health. Unlike their competitors, the bristles on these brushes eliminates 99% of bacteria that accumulates between brushing. Honestly, the thought of bacteria developing on your brush may not have occurred to you. But, when it comes to dental health, it’s a big deal. Using Mouthwatcher allows you the freedom of knowing your brush is clean & ready for every use.

Now, as for the bristles, everyone has a preference. Usually, consumers chose between a firm or soft brush. What you may not have considered is the size of the bristles. I certainly didn’t. But, Mouthwatchers is 1 micrometer thin at the tip of the brush. This small size lets ut go super deep into the areas around your teeth. The result? More debris is removed, less plaque accumulates, and say goodbye to gingivitis. My youngest noticed a difference in the first use. He said he felt like he really brushed his teeth. Nice and clean were the adjectives he used.

For those who prefer a power toothbrush, the antimicrobial, flossing bristles are the same as with the manual. The only difference, obviously, is that the brush oscillates. This provides an even deeper cleaning. Most of the time, when a product is this good, it’s expensive. Not so with Mouthwatchers. With their MSRP of $4.99 for manuals to $24.99 for the power packs, dental care is completely affordable. I’ve paid more than this for lesser quality brushes.

I’ll completely sold on a product if I know it’s good for my family AND they’ll use it. Being that our son enjoyed it, I know he’ll implement it into his daily, dental routine. I can also feel good about the fact that his brush is antimicrobial and cleaning his teeth better than ever before. I highly recommend that you give Mouthwatchers a try.
You can find them via the following medias:
https://www.facebook.com/MouthWatchers

https://www.mouthwatchers.com/

*I received the aforementioned product(s) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pics belong to the company ONLY.