New Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash is a Must-Try!

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Colgate is shaking things up with the latest addition to the Colgate Total® portfolio – new Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash. Building on the dual phase trend seen in many health and beauty products, this mouthwash is the first oral care product to contain two-layer technology; combining freshening power with germ killing ingredients (cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC)). First, shake the bottle to activate, next clean to remove 24x more bacteria* and then you will see the results in the sink! Simply – Shake, Clean, See – for a healthier mouth!

I tried this one out and was quite impressed! Just make sure to Shake it up first! I like that it really removes plaque! I really did notice a difference after using this Mouthwash.

MSRP:

  • 200mL: $4.99
  • 400mL: $5.99
  • 800mL: $7.99

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. A photo was provided.

Stock the Picnic Basket with these Spring Time Picnic items!

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Springtime is here and that means Picnic time! Memorial Day is also approaching!

For the Kids

  • Flavored Water: Stay hydrated! Fun for kids and smart for parents, AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage around. Available in four flavors, Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade, and features fan favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel’s Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters, the bottle alone will bring a smile to any kid’s face.

My son really likes these!

 

These are a big hit in our house!

  • Pasta: Whip up a quick, easy and nutritious pasta salad with Explore Cuisine, an alternative pasta brand that integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients.

I tried these for the first time and I was quite impressed! They are full of flavor!

And…one of my favorites…

  • Sparkling Water: Stay hydrated with Sparkling Ice! An excellent soda alternative, Sparkling Ice is slightly carbonated with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. This light and refreshing beverage is the perfect addition to any picnic, containing zero calories, zero carbs, and is gluten free and sodium free.

Look for them at your local grocery stores!

Self Disclosure: Photos and samples were provided for the above. 

Tandoor Chef Raises Awareness About Celiac Disease and Food Options by Showcasing Gluten Free Products

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According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. The most common symptoms of Celiac disease are nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. In support of Celiac Awareness Month, Tandoor chef has launched a new campaign to show consumers suffering from Celiac Disease the ease of having great restaurant-quality, gluten free meal options to enjoy.

 

Throughout this campaign, consumers are encouraged to share their go-to gluten free Tandoor Chef meal on social media. By using the hashtag #GlutenFreeGoTo, they will be entered to win the grand prize of a month of free Tandoor Chef.

 

WHERE:

#GlutenFreeGoTo will be hosted on Tandoor Chef’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

WHEN:

#GlutenFreeGoTo begins May 1 and will conclude May 31.

I just love their food! I received free coupons to try out some of the ones I found at my local store and can’t wait to try others!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

To learn more about Tandoor Chef, visit http://www.tandoorchef.com  

Credit for the contest: Tandoor Chef. Coupons and photos were also provided.

Looking for Recipes for Summer? I love these from Starkist! Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco and Caribbean Tuna Salad! Yum!

Summer usually means less cooking over a stove and lighter meals! I simply love these two recipes from our friends at Starkist!

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Simple and Spicy Tuna Tacos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Recipe Yield: 2

Created by StarKist®

Ingredients:

  • 2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist Tuna Creations® BOLD Jalapeno
  • 4 corn tortilla shells
  • 12 cup shredded lettuce
  • 14 cup diced tomato
  • 14 cup Monterey Jack cheese, finely shredded

Directions:

  • Place tortilla shells on a plate. Distribute tuna over the shell.
  • Top with lettuce and tomato and cheese as desired.
  • Garnish with avocado and cilantro as desired.

 

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Caribbean Tuna Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Recipe Yield: 8

Created by StarKist®

Ingredients:

  • 2 (5 oz.) Cans – Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, (or NEW Low Sodium Solid White Albacore Tuna) drained
  • 212 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 14 cup chopped jicama
  • 1 mango (12 diced for salad and 12 sliced for garnish)
  • 4 avocados, halved
  • Cilantro and lime juice to taste
  • Leaf lettuce, if desired

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl mix mayonnaise and chipotle pepper well. Add tuna, jicama and diced mango and mix well.
  • Cut avocados in half and remove seed. Hollow out slightly if needed.
  • Place tuna salad in avocado half and sprinkle with a little fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Place on lettuce-lined plate with mango slices as a garnish.

I actually received samples from our friends at StarKist and I love the Carribean Tuna Salad! I made it for lunch and just loved it! I am also quite impressed with the options of single pouch Tuna packages offered by StarKist. These are called Tuna Creations! They come in flavors such as Thai Chili Style, Jalapeno, Hot Buffalo Style, and Lemon Dill. I haven’t tried them all yet but I really like the Hot Buffalo style in a wrap! Simply delicious! 

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos and recipes were also provided.

Must-Haves for the Kids this Spring!

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Kids love to construct and the Techno Gears Bionic Bug kit from The Learning Journey is the perfect way to encourage them to build. With its 80+ colorful construction pieces, power motor and more, this kit includes everything a child needs to build their own bug with motorized gears. The product aligns with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math standards and introduces children to the science of gear ratio.  Techno Gears Bionic Bug is for ages 6+ and is available online and at specialty retailers for approximately $19.99.

I like that this is bright, colorful and just simply fun! It’s also educational and really is a fun way to learn!

Techno Gears Bionic Bug is for ages 6+ and is available online and at specialty retailers for approximately $19.99. You can find it here.

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Rocket Science for Babies: Physicist Creates Science Board Book Series! I love this! I really wish this set had been available when my son was a baby.

In a world where toddlers operate smart-phones and computers before they learn to walk, is it really too soon to teach them Newton’s three laws of motion or Einstein’s theory of general relativity? Physicist and father, Chris Ferrie, doesn’t think so.

 

Chris’s mission to teach toddlers (and their adults) advanced science and math concepts before they encounter them in school led him to create Baby University, a board book series that introduces young readers to complex ideas like physics and math using simple explanations and colorful illustrations.

 

All books in the series approach topics with a tongue-in-cheek humor that adults will love sharing with their little geniuses or their adult friends. In Rocket Science for Babies readers learn about the basics of aerospace engineering. General Relativity for Babies introduces Einstein’s most famous theory and teaches babies all about black holes, gravitational waves, and more. Quantum Physics for Babies and Newtonian Physics for Babies give simple introductions to the principles that give quantum physics and Newton’s laws of motion their names.

 

These first four books in the series were released on  May 2, 2017. Additional releases will be added to the series July 2017, October 2017, and January 2018.

Disney Gets into Subscriptions!

Do you have a Princess at home?  They will absolutely love this!

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A few months ago Pley launched with Disney a brand-new, Disney Princess subscription, a limited edition mystery box designed to empower girls.
I received the first box which featured Beauty and the Beast. It had come out around the same time as the movie that hit the theaters in March.  I was really impressed with everything that was included and the little girl I gave the box to was delighted!
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For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value). Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value.
Little girls everywhere will anxiously await the sound of the doorbell, announcing their Disney Princess PleyBox delivery.
Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post. Photo was provided for the Techno Gears Bionic Bug kit.
 

Look at the best things to get Daddy for Father’s day

Do you want to make your dad feel special? Father’s day is near and it is an excellent opportunity to showcase your love and appreciation for your dad. There are so many gifting options. Choosing any one can be a challenging thing.

Father’s Day is not far away and if you want to make him special and extraordinary, gifting him with presents won’t be a bad idea. Sometimes it can be really difficult to choose a gift for your father on the special day. Selecting a gift for your dad depends largely on his interests. If it is your child’s first time celebrating Father’s day, as a mother you can make arrangements and make your partner feel special. If you and your little one are struggling for ideas you can try to find the perfect Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas in 2017 From Look What’s Cool and then decide what to get after that.

Today, in the digital age, even your dad is tech savvy and won’t mind if he is gifted with the new age gadgets and technology. The market is flooded with so many different products apt for gifting your dad and showing your love, respect and appreciation towards him.

The article highlights some of the best gifts that you can present him on the Father’s Day.

Fitness tracker band

If you want your father to adopt the healthy way of living and adhere to fitness activities, gifting the activity tracker band, can be an excellent option. It is a smart accessory that can fit on your wrist and can monitor our heart rate, keep a track on your workouts and also your sleeping patterns. It can sync with your smartphone easily and give your call notifications right on your wrist.

DSLR camera

You are well aware of your dad’s fascination and love for photography. Fulfilling the responsibilities of the family head, he seemed to have forgotten about his passion and even never complained about it. How about gifting your father a DSLR camera? Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Help your father nurture the skills of photography and give him the opportunity to capture his best snaps. Your dad will simply love you for it.

An oak recliner

From morning till night, you must have found your dad running from home to grocery shops to office and everywhere to meet your and other family members demands. Don’t you think your father needs a break as well and relax for some time with his very own time? Gifting an oak recliner seems to be an excellent idea. Allow him to relax watching television or reading his favorite book with his favorite cup of coffee.

An expensive watch

Your dad deserves to be treated like a king. You can make him feel so by gifting him with an expensive, luxury watch. All through the years he had hardly spent on expensive items on himself. On such a special occasion, you have the opportunity to make your dad feel special about everything he has been doing for you all these years.

Wireless speaker

Does your dad loving listening to the old classics. But he always have to depend on the laptop or desktop for listening to songs. The quality of the songs is not up to the mark, but he doesn’t care much. Give him the taste of real musical treat with the wireless speaker. You dad can enjoy music anytime, anywhere without compromising on the quality.

 

 

Designing the perfect playroom for your child

Are you planning to beautify your kid’s playroom? There are several ways that can be executed. All you need is being creative. Go for some fun designs.

As a parent, you definitely want the space for your child to enjoy his/her childhood and expand their imaginations. A creatively designed and decorated playroom for your kid can be an excellent option to consider. It will be your child’s favourite place in the home. The article highlights on some of the creative and innovative ideas for making your child’s playroom a magical space in the entire home.

Let us get into the brief of some of the ideas.

Using fun and vibrant color

When you are planning to paint your kid’s playroom, you have to give special attention to the colors. Since it is the room where your child will be spending the majority of his/her time, you have to choose the colors that represent positive feelings and creates an ambiance of fun and enjoyment. It is essential to understand the psychology of each color. For instance, blue and green represents calmness and tranquillity, purple is associated with creativity, passion and wisdom, red is associated with energy.

Lighting needs to be focused

Lighting plays a vital role while designing the playroom for your kid. You need to make sure that the room gets enough light so that the child doesn’t get fatigued or tired and continues with his/her creativity flowing all over the room. It is best to have large sized windows so that the natural light can come in, keeping the environment refreshed. In fact, you can also add light fixtures to brighten up the room.

Don’t neglect the flooring

If you want to guarantee a comfortable and safe room for your child, it is suggested that you shouldn’t neglect the floor. Despite the presence of carpet on the floor, adding more plush down can keep the floor safe for the kids and is also comfortable for the kids. The plush area rug is the best option because they are soft in texture, apt for the kids and are also easy to clean, especially with the liquid spills.

Considering a storage space

Since it is your kid’ playroom, the floor will be covered with scattered toys here and there. This not only makes the room look messy, but can be dangerous as well as there is every possibility of toppling down. It is where the storage space comes into the scene so that all the toys can be placed in one particular space. Cut my plastic can be an excellent option for making storage boxes for kid’s toys and other materials.

Creating an art gallery

Have you ever thought of displaying your child’s drawings and paintings on the walls of your home? How about considering a separate art gallery on your kid’s playroom? Sounds a great idea, isn’t it? Creating an art gallery can encourage your kid to continue being innovative and creative. Choose a wall on the room and add some fancy frames. In fact, you can also hand two or three strings and place hanging frames. It will also give a new texture to the whole room.

The above mentioned are some of the creative ideas to design your kid’s playroom. Have a look at them and try to include the same.

Move Over, Probiotics: MicroFood Is the Next Frontier in Gut Health

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Does your digestive system ever feel… off? Do you ever get constipated? Have acid reflux? Confession time: I do! Lately I’ve been pounding the probiotic yogurt to try to feel more like myself, but no dice.

So I partnered with ISOThrive [http://isot.us/PH21]—a gastroenterologist-endorsed, bacterially fermented microFood  ‘pre’-biotic—to try out a new solution for digestive health, and to share a little bit about their philosophy. And let me tell you, this has been so eye-opening. I have learned so much about nutrition and digestion!

First: I learned why those probiotic yogurts never made me feel any better—the bacteria they were touting never made it to the part of my gut where they were needed! MicroFood feeds the bacteria that are already in your gut, but aren’t getting the nutrition they need. Brilliant, right?

Here’s what else I learned about what microFood can do:

1. Go where probiotics can’t
Most probiotics are neutralized in our stomachs and never make it to our lower digestive tract. To heal GI issues, the whole digestive system has to be re-balanced. A daily dose of fermented microFood like ISOThrive fuels the good bacteria to tackle the organisms that cause acid reflux, constipation, bloating, and gas.

2. Rebalance our diets the ancient way
Most modern diets lack nutrients to feed our “good” bacteria—more particularly, a very specific type of microFood that our ancestors got by eating lots of fermented vegetables or sourdough breads made from heirloom wheat. ISOThrive adds back this bacterially fermented food to rebalance our diets and keep our bacteria happy. (And, no, the sauerkraut on your hot dog or the kimchi on your bibimbap won’t get you the the microFood you need—you’d have to eat several cups of fermented veggies every day to get the same amount of microFood in one 1/4 teaspoon of ISOThrive microFood!)

3. Prep our bodies to prevent disease
Because the modern Western diet is so deficient in specially fermented microFood, our starving “good” gut bacteria are “breaking bad”—adapting to use other energy sources (such as our gut lining), and making us sick. Fermented microFood restores this imbalance, enhancing immune function and staving off disease.

So let me tell you about my experience with ISOThrive…

I loved it! It’s easy to take it in the morning.  Since it comes in a small packet, it is great to take it on the go! I usually mix it in water and it doesn’t have a bad after taste or anything like that!  I really didn;t notice much of a difference at first but over the next week or so, I started to feel better. It actually helps me not feel so hungry at times.

When my 30-day trial was up, I ordered another immediately. It feels so good to wake up and do something great for my body!

Would you try microFood to balance your own gut health? Check out ISOThrive [http://isot.us/PH21]
 
I’d love to hear about your experiences with digestive health. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. The photo was provided.