Brushing with 360 Degree Toothbrushes

Oh my gosh, I have to admit something I’m embarrassed to admit. My children hate to brush their teeth and fight us or tell us stories about the quality of their brushing. Therefore, I’m looking for anything that can help them with their technique. The 360 Toothbrush asked me if I wanted a sample and of course I said yes. The reason:




Baby Buddy introduces The 360 Toothbrush – a first-of-its-kind, revolutionary toothbrush design that will forever change the way children’s teeth are brushed – because it’s round!

The innovative, round design of the 360 Toothbrush was developed to lead children on the path of healthy oral care – starting at 4 months old, all the way into the pre-teen years! The 360 Toothbrush offers a better and more efficient approach to children’s oral care with these stand-out features:

Removes almost 2X* more plaque

Round shape: Gently yet efficiently brushes teeth, tongue and gums simultaneously

No edges for a more comfortable experience

Soft, microfiber bristles, contains 10X more bristles than the average toothbrush

Enables water-only brushing – no toothpaste needed for small children


The 360 Toothbrush is offered in two steps: Step 1 for children 4 months through 2 years and Step 2 for children 2 through 12 years. Both toothbrushes have an MSRP of $13. For more information:

I feel better about the brushes because they are getting some of the top when they brush the bottom and then when they brush the top they get a little of the bottom.

Nature Made Kids First Vitamins Benefit Make-A-Wish

We received samples

When it comes to getting kids to eat a variety we all know that it can be quite difficult. My son eats anything I cook but hates most veggies and won’t touch fruit unless I tell him that’s all he gets. Most of the time he says he’s not hungry after all which is when I can tell he really is really hungry because then he eats his fruit. Because I don’t want to spend all my time worrying about the nutrition they get I do give them vitamins and always have. image

Nature Made® KIDS FIRST has a whole collection of vitamins for kids. KIDS First is a line of Nature Made vitamins, minerals and supplements designed for children and adolescents ages 4 – 18. Kids can enjoy getting the essential daily nutritional support they may be lacking from their diet, with delicious, easy to chew Nature Made KIDS FIRST Gummies. They come in orange, cherry and mixed berry.

KIDS FIRST GUMMIES are available in four great tasting products, Multivitamin, Multivitamin with Omega-3, Vitamin C and Fiber.

All Natural Flavors
Colors Derived from Natural Sources
No Synthetic Dyes
No Preservatives
No Yeast
Gluten Free

The Nature Make KIDS FIRST KidMelts can help fill key nutrient gaps from a child’s diet and support overall health. KIDS FIRST KidsMelts are available in two great-tasting products: Multivitamin and Calcium + Vitamin D.

The Multivitamin provides 12 essential nutrients for daily nutritional support.

The purchase of Nature Made KIDS FIRST products benefits Make-A-Wish with a minimum guarantee of $100,000. Visit to learn more about Make-A-Wish.

Keeping Kids Hydrated with DripDrop Hydration Powder #DrinkDripDrop #ad.

This is a partnered post with SheSpeaks.


Honestly my daughter hates drinking water. She wants to drink juice, milk, lemonade, or anything other than water; so I had to learn a trick. I had to learn to flavor her water. And with DripDrop I’m not only flavoring her water I’m also helping her hydration levels. Available in lemon and berry flavors, DripDrop tastes great too!

I received a sample of DripDrop and begin using DripDrop to keep my family hydrated. It’s very easy to use. Simply mix a packet of DripDrop into your water, and you’re all set. You’ll have kids that will drink the water and then ask for more. My favorite flavor was the lemon, but the kids really do like the berry flavors. I’ve never been a berry fan if you want to know the truth.

DripDrop provides a simple, cost-effective solution that empowers everyone to treat mild to moderate dehydration with a safe, medical-grade solution. Their hydration powder packets fit easily in the medicine cabinet, travel kit, purse and gym bag, so it’s there when you need it. Meaning, it’s in my purse when we are off to dance class and cheer. It’s so easy to make no matter where you are. Simply mix with water and consume.

Developed by a Mayo-trained family physician, DripDrop contains a golden ratio of ingredients – including sodium, sugars and potassium –which absorb quickly and help you recover faster than any other hydration product on the market. In fact, DripDrop has been shown to hydrate 34% faster than water alone, and 20% faster than a sports drink. It has 2-3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks, with fewer calories.


One of the most reliable indicators of dehydration is urine color. Light yellow or clear urine indicates proper hydration, while dark yellow urine likely means your child is dehydrated.

Other symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth, dry skin and dry eyes (no tears)
  • Thirst
  • Tiredness, sluggishness
  • Fewer wet diapers; decreased urine output
  • Lightheadedness, headache
  • Fever
  • Confusion


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We are not medical personal, if you have a concern please ask your physician.

12 Smoothie Recipes Perfect For Fall

12 Fall smoothie recipes

Here are 12 Smoothie Recipes Perfect For Fall

  1. PUMPkin Up Your Health!
  2. The Perfect Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie: A Quick & Nutritious Recipe
  3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Smoothie
  5. Carrot Ginger Date Smoothie
  6. Apple Cider Smoothie-
  7. Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie
  8. Butterscotch Apple Pie Shake
  9. Banana Pumpkin Spice Milkshakes
  10. Apple Orange Peach Slushie
  11. Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie
  12. Apple Pie Smoothie

The Truvia Baking Star Voting Has Begun

This is a partnered post as part of my Truvia Ambassadorship.

Today is the day where you can go on-line and start voting for your favorite bakers. Participants submitted a video which showcases their baking talents and highlights an original recipe featuring either the NEW Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend or the Truvia® Baking Blend via


If you remember last month I made Truvia Baking Star Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies and they are so super delicious. I’m thinking of making another batch because I have some leftover pumpkin in the fridge from some pumpkin soup I made last week. I’m also considering just baking up a simple batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies substituting Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and the Truvia® Baking Blend for brown sugar and regular sugar.


Truvia baking blend is designed for easy, at-home baking, and is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend provides sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, but with 75% fewer calories and twice the amount of sweetness than sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend is available at retail stores nationwide in a 1.5 pound bag with a closeable, easy-to-use pour spout. I love how easy it is to store and pour.

Designed for easy, at-home baking, new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and brown sugar. It provides brown-sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, and is the only brown sugar product that offers 75% fewer calories than brown sugar per serving.

Be sure to visit to see videos of of YouTube’s top foodies, including a gourmet chef and healthy living expert, to launch the Truvia® Baking Star contest. Gaby Dalkin, Byron Talbott, April Moore and Joanne Ozug created a series of recipe videos which all use the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and go vote for your favorite in the contest.

To keep up with Truvia on-line follow them on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter and

I’m an ambassador for Truvia and compensated for my time, my opinions are always my own.

Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread Muddy Buddies

When we got home from summer vacation I had samples from Jiff to try, one of those being the Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut spread. My kids fell instantly in love and started telling everyone about it. One of the people they told was their on-line teacher who helps me home school and she was so excited from just what they said that she had to go find some for herself. It’s addictive. They were eating it for lunch and for snacks. I managed to save just enough to make Muddy Buddies with.

Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies


Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies


4 1/2 cups life cereal
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread and butter uncovered on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Then Microwave for 15 seconds at a time until well mixed and smooth. Stir in vanilla and pour mixture over the cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

3. Put powdered sugar in a food storage plastic bag, then add the cereal and shake until evenly coated.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Just Jesse the Jack on ABC Zoo

This is a partnered post.

Education is often on my mind and very important to me and I love to find ways to supplement education in a way that makes the kids feel like they are playing, so yes, video games. Video games, iBooks or educational apps are the perfect way to have kids play and learn at the same time.


There is a new educational app/book on iOS,  Jessie The Jack’s ABC Zoo. This app features animation, narration and video to help children ages 2-6 learn the alphabet in a fun, creative way.  Available on iOS via the iBook and app stores, the iBook retails for $.99 and the app retails for $1.99. Thankfully, an Android version is coming soon.


With two modes, story and play, children are able to choose their own adventure – from taking a tour through the zoo with Jesse learning an animal for every letter of the alphabet, to playing a “fill in the shape game” matching each animal to his name.


Jesse Bumble Bee

Play mode teaches the alphabet and each animal’s name through a “fill in the shape” game. Animals and letters are randomized, and players must match each animal with the right letter.


Correct answers are rewarded with Jesse tricks and treats, while wrong answers receive another try until the child selects the correct option. For every two Jesse treats earned, children will be directed to a link to watch Jesse perform tricks – from driving an ATV to riding a scooter.



The Story Mode uses a storyline that follows Jesse’s adventure through the zoo, which he discovers while he’s asleep. As parents and children follow Jesse in story mode, they are taken on an interactive journey with real-life animal sounds and facts. Soothing yet upbeat music produced by popular street performer Dub FX keeps children focused and entertained.


Jesse is a truly special dog and beloved by millions of children. Using his popularity and appeal to children will really help them on their way to learning their ABC’s! For more fun with Jessie be sure to check out Jesse’s YouTube channel, where he has over 30 million views!

Treat All The Pawesome Pets This Halloween #TreatThePups #Ad #Giveaway

This is a sponsored post with lunchbox all opinions are our own.


Do you want to know how my sister got her dogs to sit still and look amazing for her wedding announcement? Dog treats of course!!


They are super cute Pawesome dogs right? Yep these dogs are pawesome for sure, as any puppy is if you ask me. So they deserve to be treated any time and not just for a trick right? I mean Halloween is all about Trick or TREATS and all of us prefer the treats, even the dogs. That’s where Big Heart Brand products come in.


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Big Heart Brand includes treats like Milk Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, and Pup-Peroni and are all loved by all the dogs I’ve ever had. We used to buy the Milk Bone dog treats in bulk because my dogs went through them so fast. It’s a good thing that Walmart has them at their every day low price. All of their dog treats are at a really great price and because of that you can feel at east at the idea of giving out dog treats to dogs that come visit you on Halloween. We have a neighbor dog that often visits us when his family goes trick-or-treating.

Treat all the Pawesome pets this Halloween! By going above and beyond. You can create gift bags for your dog loving friends and give them out with the candy to all the dogs that show up at your house.  There are many DIY Halloween Pet projects on the Big Heart Pet brand page on


This photos is from the Big Heart brand dog treats on There they share with you step by step instructions on how to make an edible dog treat bowl and of course it’s filled with Milk Bone dog treats. Visit for more tips and tricks for your pup and neighbor pups this Halloween. This dog will be waiting.



Big Heart Brand is also holding a contest on instagram. Send them a picture of your pet in their costume and enter to win prizes.The first prize winner will win one (1) $500 Gift Card, second place will win one (1) $100 Gift Card and third place will win (1) $50 Gift Card. WOW, that’s a great prize for sharing a photo of your dog. All you have to do is take pictures of your dog in a costume and share via Instagram with the #TreatThePups hashtag.

Easy right?

Big Heart Brand is all about you and your pets, they wanted me to make sure you know how to keep your pup safe:

Do you know how to keep your pet safe on Halloween?

Keep them away from chocolate

Keep them on a lease

Keep an eye on the costume and behavior in the costume

Check out the Big Heart Pet brand page on to find more tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween.



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Preparing the Office Get Your Papers in Order: Start Now with

This is a partnered post all opinions are my own.

I stink at being organized, it’s just not my cup of tea but it is so very very important. If I was to get organized and file things as they come in and not in March right before taxes were do it would be a whole lot less stressful. Am I organized today? No, is it time to start thinking about it yes yes it is. And it’s not just about tax season, it’s also just being organized and having less paperwork lying around. I hate having papers laying around everywhere but if you looked at my house you would think it doesn’t bother me at all. We have papers on top of every single surface in the house.


Important papers range from permission slips, school notices, financial statements, write-off paperwork, etc.  and if you’re like me you are overwhelmed on where to start organizing them. There is a new app that helps sort through the clutter. FileThis - an easy-to-use platform that fetches and organizes important documents. They have tips and great organizational ideas on their blog like:

  • How to get started tackling the paper pile
  • What documents are important and what’s not important?
  • Which documents are easiest to go paperless
  • The benefits of organizing online – including emergencies like hospital visits, or car accidents

Here is how it works:

1. Create a free trial account at  
2. Pick a destination – that’s the place where FileThis stores your documents. This could be FileThis Cloud or even your cloud storage at Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive or Box  
3. After you sign up and connect FileThis with your bank, insurance, payroll, and other accounts, FileThis starts fetching your documents, including historic documents from up to three years ago 


Different Plans


Forever Free:

Up to 6 connections
Runs once a week
500 MB total storage on FileThis Cloud — OR — use your local computer or a cloud storage of your choice.


Premium for $2.00 a month

Up to 12 connections
Runs once a week
1 GB total storage on FileThis Cloud — OR — use your local computer or a cloud storage of your choice.


Ultimate for $5.00 a month

Up to 30 connections
Runs daily
10 GB total storage on FileThis Cloud — OR — use your local computer or a cloud storage of your choice.
Plus optional Add On Packs

Signing up is easy. Inputting my information was easy. I chose to store everything on the FileThis cloud and then it wanted all my connections:


They have banks, stores, pretty much anywhere you have an on-line account they have thought to have it added to their site. It’s so nice to have everything in one place and with it on the cloud you have access to it no matter where you are, you just need an internet connection or your cell phone. Not only can you connect on-line accounts but you can upload any documents


It’s a really great way to get organized and lose the paper trail.