Finally Charcoal Toothpaste from a Well-known Brand

Colgate Essentials with Charcoal

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It feels like Colgate has been around forever. I remember using the fruity sparkle toothpaste as a child and even my children now use the same flavored toothpaste from Colgate. I have recently seen an increase in the trend of using activated charcoal to not only clean skin but also for brushing one’s teeth. I have also noticed all of the emerging brands of said charcoal toothpaste and have been hesitant about picking the best one to go with. Now, I don’t have to. Tried and true, Colgate has released their Colgate Essentials with CHARCOAL.

You know what makes this release even better? The fact that the Colgate Toothbrush included with your Colgate Essentials with Charcoal toothpaste also has charcoal in its bristles to make sure you are getting the best clean possible. There’s also no mess with using the Colgate Essentials with Charcoal. The charcoal is already in the toothpaste as well as cleverly mixed with the bristles so now puffs of black powder all over you and your clean bathroom! That’s a huge win in my book.

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Super Sleek (And Easy To Use) Home Monitoring

Panasonic HomeHawk™ Front Door Home Monitoring Camera

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We’ve all seen the awful videos online and heard news reports about people’s packages being stolen right from their front steps. We’ve heard about burglaries while we are away from home at work, school, or on vacation. Also, on the rise are instances of home invasions when one or more family members are in the home, often in the middle of the night while we are sleeping.

In response, many companies are introducing home security products to help provide protection and a sense of security for consumers. The Panasonic HomeHawk™ Front Door Home Monitoring Camera provides plenty of awesome features to help you do just that.

  • – Color recording, even at night
  • – High-definition, weather resistant cameras perfect for outdoor and indoor use
  • – Wide-angle view up to 172 degrees
  • – Built-in, long-life rechargeable battery
  • – 100% wire-free
  • – Exclusive package monitoring mode
  • – Sync up to 15 additional cameras for more home monitoring
  • – Google Home and Amazon Echo compatible

This system is sleek, unobtrusive, and easy to install and manage. I’m not very tech-savvy, those tasks are ones that my husband and son take care of for the family. My husband’s been really busy with work, but my son was happy to play around with the camera units and see what they could do. [read more]

Switch Up Your Child’s Breakfast

Switch Up Your Child’s Breakfast With Barbara’s Cereal

SWitch Up Your Childs Breakfast With Barbaras Cereal

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School has been back in session for a few weeks now and the daily grind of getting everyone up, dressed, and fed is becoming even more taunting than the day before, Breakfast is one of the biggest components. Finding something that is both delicious and healthy while quick to eat can sometimes be difficult. Heres a few simple ideas that you may typically overlook in a rush using a few of Barbara’s cereal selection! I have also included a cereal from Mom’s Best line just to provide variety. Feeding your children a healthy breakfast doesn’t always have to be an in-depth process. There’s also no reason that just because you’re a parent who uses cereal as a breakfast item, that you don’t keep your child’s health in mind.

Are you readying to switch up your child’s breakfast with just a few changes?

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Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School

Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School--Betty Crocker-Junkless-Simple Mills

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So, yet another summer bites the dust as Open House dates loom, parents start gritting their teeth over the mountain of paperwork the first day of school brings them, and school buses hit the road, polluting up all of our summer fun with their hissing brakes, squealing doors, schizophrenic timeframes for arrival, and generally just causing traffic jams everywhere they roll.

If your kids haven’t had to endure this undignified return to early bedtimes, blaring alarm clocks, fights over what to wear to school, and skirmishing in the hallway amid shouts of “Bathroom hog!”, I envy you — a lot.

But, it’s inevitable that they surely soon will be heading off into another school year, so enjoy the unfettered summer freedom while you can, friends! Today, I’m hitting a little bit on must haves that my kids request for the start of school, but mostly (since we are huge snackers in my house) I’ll be talking about new after school and study time snacks that I’ve found for them from Simple Mills®, Junkless­®, and Betty Crocker™. [read more]

Easy Breezy Summer Cocktails

Easy Breezy Summer Cocktails

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Summer is one my favorite seasons of the year! I aspire to be in a Jimmy Buffett frame of mind, wearing my flip flops and feeling relaxed. For our family, it’s a time for cookouts, birthday celebrations, reunions, and vacations…. [read more]

Wrap Them in Healing Comfort

Wrap Them in Healing Comfort

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Call it writer’s block or procrastination, but finding the right words for this post has been a struggle. Although writing is what I do for a living, talking about July 21, 2017, is still so raw and painful. After two years of fighting harder than I ever thought possible, my mom lost her battle against Stage IV Colon Cancer. That morning and the day she was diagnosed are two of the worst days of my family’s life. Since then, I’ve been longing for some healing comfort.

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Self-Care Is Totally Worth Your Time

Self-Care Is Totally Worth Your Time--Shir Organics-NaturaBrasil-Nature Lab Tokyo

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Personal care is important, not because it’s trendy but because we all are worth caring for, all of the time. In the hustle and bustle of daily life with all the exterior demands on our time and attention that being a woman entails it can be very easy to forget that. We often put everything and everyone else above ourselves in terms of importance, don’t we? Especially women, who care for everyone else — their parents, spouses, children, and friends — before giving their own needs more than a passing thought.

I’m certainly guilty of this passive and unthinking form of self-neglect at times. I mean, I apply sunscreen if I’m going to be out in the sun for long enough that I might get a sunburn. I apply lotion to my hands and arms pretty regularly. Though that’s mostly because my hands can get pretty rough from constantly washing them as I go through the average day during cleaning, meal prep, and caring for our various animals. I can’t even remember the last time I treated myself to something as simple as a hair cut, it’s probably been a year or more I’m sure.

There are a lot of different kinds of personal care products on the market to choose from. Products that address areas from skin care to hair care, internal health to physical fitness. Some are clearly better than others, but a large majority of what’s available is all very good and it can be a difficult task to weed through all of the advertising and information to make a choice about which brands to use.

The easiest area of personal care to address, I think, is taking care of one’s exterior, what others see when they look at us. That being our skin and hair. I mean, we all bathe and at least occasionally use nourishing bath products and perhaps apply body lotion afterward. These areas are where I’ve tried quite a few different products to support skin and hair care.

So, today I will be sharing the three most recent brands that I’ve been using and my thoughts on them. Since there are so many brands to choose from, it’s sometimes fun to share those that you might not find on the shelves of every pharmacy or mass merchandise retailer. Don’t you think?

And since I especially like trying new natural/organic products for personal care those will be what I share with you today. Brands you may not have heard of before like NaturaBrasil, Shira Esthetics, and NatureLab Tokyo. I hope you enjoy your introduction to these brands of skin and hair care and that you put yourself first and decide to try one (or more) of them for yourself. You deserve it! [read more]

My Journey To Wellness

My Journey to Wellness -- Plexus Wheel - Gurunanda Essential Oils

 

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I’m going to be honest with you. Swimsuit season completely snuck up on me this year. After I’d bought our family’s membership to the local water park, I realized in horror that my body was totally unprepared.

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Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

 

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The latest trend in healthy living is adding as much nutrition to our diets as possible, but with minimal fuss — because really, who has time for complicated recipes, right? But for someone with finicky diet standards this can be easier said than done. My sister-in-law introduced me to smoothie bowls from a local establishment and I instantly became obsessed with this quick and easy food option! I love this delicious healthy snack.

I am partial to certain textures and so for me, eating a lot of healthy foods is just out of the question. Smoothie bowls are an option that allows me to customize to include foods with textures that I enjoy AND it almost feels as though I’m treating myself to a sweet dessert. Here is a recipe to get you started but you can change this up in so many different ways to fit your own personal needs.

My go-to recipe is as follows but feel free to alter things to fit the consistency and flavor you like or to address individual nutritional needs…. [read more]

Smart Gifts For Dad

Smart Gifts For Dad -- Xtra-PC -- KeySmart

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When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, I’m always on the hunt for practical, cool items that I know my husband will enjoy. Fortunately, I had much better luck this year than in previous years. I’m excited to share with you two awesome gifts that any Dad or Grandpa is sure to enjoy!… [read more]