Meaningful Beauty Final Thoughts

March 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Mom Central, Product Reviews

It has been a month that I have been using the Meaningful Beauty products that were sent to me. I have enjoyed using the products more than I thought I would. Before I started using them, I rarely used any skin care type products on my face. In fact, I rarely wear make-up. After using the Meaningful Beauty products, I have begun to like taking the time out to do something nice for my skin.

Normally, my daily routine, just involved brushing my hair and brushing my teeth then heading to the kitchen to get the boys breakfast. But since taking the Meaningful Beauty opportunity, I just let the boys brush their teeth while I wash my face and give my skin a little love in the morning. It doesn’t take long at all, maybe an extra 5-10 minutes of my time. At first I was concerned about my skin reacting to new products because I have relatively sensitive skin, but everything felt great and I had no bothersome side effects. My skin has felt amazing since I have been using the Meaningful Beauty 5 step skin care program, and I have less break outs and my skin is softer. I also have these tiny capillary/veins on parts of my face that have seemed to diminish somewhat which may be because I am actually doing something to my skin other than soap and water in the shower! The eye cream has done a little bit to help with my permanent “no sleep for mommy” eye circles and I have a little more refreshed look to my face.

Overall, I am pleased with the Meaningful Beauty skin care regimen and I like taking the extra moments to do something for myself. I also like that the pricing for the the 5 step program is reasonable at around $40, plus a little goes a long way! I passed on my extra kit to my mom, and she loves it. I plan to keep Meaningful Beauty in mind for the future to put together mini spa baskets for some of my friends.
“I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Listerine Oral Care Challenge Wrap Up

March 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Health and Beauty, Product Reviews

It’s been a few weeks since I mentioned that my family and I were taking the Listerine Oral Care Challenge in an effort to encourage us to adopt a healthy oral care regimen that the whole family could use and maintain.  I wanted to be involved with this in order for us to spend less time and money at the dentist and to get my boys to enjoy the brushing routine because it has always been somewhat of a struggle to get them brushing regularly.  More like wrestling bulls at times.

So how did we fair?

We truthfully enjoyed the challenge and made it a fun experience for the boys.  I have learned that with kids, if you make a big deal about something, like you are throwing a party, they become excited too.  We kept track of their brushing with a chart and gave rewards at the end of each week that they brushed, rinsed and flossed without argument.  I also made it fun, by making up fun songs to sing while they were in front of the mirror brushing.  I made a fool of myself, but the  boys loved it and it made them want to brush just so mommy could act silly.

Some of my favorite times as a parent are spent doing the daily things in our life, like giving the boys a bath, or brushing their teeth.  The boys have come to love this time and enjoy having choices about the rinse they used, and their character toothbrushes, and it really helped to make that positive association with brushing.  It was fun to be able to stand at the same sink doing the same thing as a family knowing that we were all reaping the benefits.  We just had our family dental check ups last week, and everyone had a good report.

After listening to the webinar and reading more information, I realized that brushing is a great way to maintain good oral health, but to be thorough you must rinse and floss on a regular basis too.  I had never been a big fan of how rinses taste, but Listerine has come out with some really great tasting products and the Listerine Zero is the best ever!  I don’t feel like my mouth is on fire, so I can actually spend an adequate amount of time rinsing.

It was nice to have several different products to choose from.  My husband likes the stronger regular Listerine, I liked using the Listerine Zero without the burn and the boys loved choosing their favorite Listerine Smart Rinse.  My most favorite product though had to be the Reach Cleanpaste floss.  I love that I can floss and have that between the teeth minty clean feeling.  Since the challenge has begun, I have already gone out and bought a couple more.  I have had a truly wonderful experience taking the Listerine Oral Care Challenge with my family.  It is great adopting healthy habits together and enjoying doing things towards better health as a family.  Most importantly, kids learn from example, and having great tasting products help maintain good oral health care. Eventually, they will have children of their own, so instilling good habits will carry on.   Why not make oral care something that you do together as a family, and make it fun?   I dare you to take the Listerine Oral Health Care Challenge!  You can visit WalMart where there is some great information on oral health care and great deals on all the great Listerine products to make your oral hygiene regimen complete!

 

 

**I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.**

 

 

 

 

Where have I been?

March 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Family news, General

I am popping in to tell you all hi, I am deep in the throws of remodeling our laundry room.  I got a wild hair and decided to throw some paint on the walls in the house in several rooms including the laundry room.  I have been spending way to much time on pinterest and as a result I am reorganizing most of my house.

In the last week I have added shelving in our coat closet and put all the hats gloves, umbrellas etc in their designated baskets off to the left side.  Before I started, there were things smacking me in the head and I feared for a person’s life if they opened up my closet!  Here is a picture just to give you an idea.  The shelves give me a much more feasible option for storing our things, and the boys can reach for their own hats and gloves, because before I needed to get them up on the top shelf.  Now I can store our surplus toiled paper and paper towels up there, and I still have mostly and empty shelf for more storage, but I kind of like the emptiness!

 

So you can see its a nice addition for my sewing things, and picnic throws etc that we will be needing soon enough!  I will have to share my laundry room redo.  Right now everything is a disaster with laundry baskets, sorter, shelves, paint buckets, and tools everywhere in there.  I can’t wait to have a nice new place to do my dreaded laundry since I feel like I live in the laundry room.  It is a major thoroughfare for everyone.  We go from the garage through the laundry room to the rest of the house, so its get a lot of traffic.  Currently the floor is turning yellow after 10 years of walking on it and that doesn’t come off.  It is the cheap sheet linoleum that is paper thin, so I will be laying a nice new floating tile floor.  I can hardly wait.  The white walls will be getting a splash of color, I will be hanging cabinets above the washer and dryer and possibly putting a folding station in.

So, if you are wondering where my blogging has gone, its all in my laundry room and house at the moment.  Hopefully I will be sharing my projects soon!

 

Caffeine

March 8, 2012 by  
Filed under General

I am not a regular drinker of caffeine.  I mostly drink some Sprite, water or milk.  I was driving to the grocery store yesterday and have been feeling particularly sluggish when it dawned on me that the problem may be the caffeine.  I have been drinking a regular coke here and there, probably more than I should, and I am thinking the caffeine is making me tired!  After I drink it, it rampls me up for a few hours, but coming down from that, I feel horribly sluggish.  I am almost convinced that this drug makes you want more just to keep up the high of being alert.

After reading about it on wikipedia, I no longer think I want to have much of it.

Caffeine is a bitter, white crystallinexanthinealkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug. Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants. It is most commonly consumed by humans in infusions extracted from the seed of the coffee plant and the leaves of the tea bush, as well as from various foods and drinks containing products derived from the kola nut.

Does this sound all that good for us?  I  hear every day that someone needs their morning coffee to get going or otherwise their day isn’t going to go so well.  At the same rate, it’s no wonder that we are a bunch of addicts because we are all workaholics too.  We work more than most people in the whole country, and get no vacation.  I wonder if we were a more rested society, if we would have so many caffeine addicted people?

In humans, caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, but, unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is both legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. Beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks, enjoy great popularity; in North America, 90% of adults consume caffeine daily.

Withdrawal symptoms—including headache, irritability, inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia, and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints—may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake, peak at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days.    *source wikipedia*

I probably will still enjoy my occasional bottled coke, but will lay off the caffeine in general.  I think it just makes me feel a million times worse than the initial burst of energy I get from drinking it.  Do you drink caffeine every day?

 

 

Chef Boyardee Bringing Family and Friends Together (Win Free Groceries!)

Chef Boyardee has always been a favorite in our house, but usually we would just have it as a quick and easy go to meal.  But what if you could turn it into an entire meal for your family or entertain a houseful? Well, this weekend, I put that idea to the test.  We rounded up some of our favorite people and went to work in the kitchen!

I decided to invite my neighbors and their family over for a fun dinner and dessert.  One of their twin daughters loves to cook so she was very excited to come over and help.  We decided to make a top secret dinner for her Mom and Dad and brother and sisters.  So on party day we turned on some music, and put together a masterpiece for dinner.  To help us out we were sent all the right tools, aprons, chef’s hat, mixing bowls, baking dishes, and a timer.  I think everyone had just as much fun wearing the aprons and hat!

As part of our party, we had to create a Chef Boyardee recipe to share with everyone.  We chose to make the very tasty Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake and added some of our own little touches to the recipe.  We added some grated Reggiano and Romano cheeses and baked garlic bread on the bottom.  We made a side salad and the meal was complete!  Everyone had their own job in the kitchen, and the boys got a kick out of helping mom.  This has been a really wonderful opportunity for me and the kids, and the recipes offered really were not that difficult to prepare.  This made it easy for the boys and the other kids to participate and enjoy something that they made.  The end result was a really tasty meal, spending less time in the kitchen, and more time enjoying family and friends.

Right now through March 11, 2012, you can submit an original recipe that uses Chef Boyardee as an ingredient (anything you can dream up).  All you have to do is upload a photo of your recipe, and share why your family loves it.  A winner will be chosen based on creativity, all-family appeal, ease of preparation, and palatable appeal by an expert panel of judges.   You can win a $500 prize as well as $75 in Chef coupons or the grand prize of free groceries for a year!  I don’t know about you, but who couldn’t use a stocked fridge and pantry for the year to make delicious recipes like the ones offered by Chef Boyardee?   You can visit the facebook contest for your chance to win.

After all was said and done, everyone loved the meal that was prepared and we could hardly believe that it only took 30-40 minutes to prepare.  We loved throwing a party and I loved getting my kids involved in the meal preparation process.  It was a great learning experience and most kids like having a role in helping.  You can find some more really great Chef Boyardee Recipes on their site.  Don’t forget to enter to win free groceries from now until March 11, 2012!

 

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a In Home Party campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chef Boyardee and received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

 

Little Surprise For My Birthday

February 28, 2012 by  
Filed under General

You know those people that always seem to be lucky?  I have never been one of those people that is often randomly surprised by things.   I have always thought that a random winning or a random note in the mail was the cats pajamas for me.   It kind of picks you up and makes your day, week, month or year and gives you a little spring your step.

This year for my birthday, I was blessed enough to get a new laptop from my wonderful husband and a visit from the fairy hob mother.  My laptop was in desperate need of being replaced, and although it still worked, the cord was falling apart, the usb ports didn’t work and the mouse click button was broke.  Then I was pleasantly surprised by a random gift from the fairy hob mother, who blessed me with an unexpected gift of amazon money to spend.   How cool is that?  It was totally random and made my entire day.

Even if you haven’t been randomly gifted from an enchanted being, I think that there should be much more random gifting and happiness being spread in this world.  I have decided that I will pay this forward in some way.  Whether I send a letter to a friend, or send someone a gift that they weren’t expecting, random acts of kindness are great for the soul.

Maybe next year I will be blessed by all new appliances from a place like Appliances Online, I happen to think that all new stainless steel appliances would look stunning in my kitchen.   A girl can dream!

 

 

 

**I was randomly gifted by the Fairy Hob Mother, but this post you see here is all my own piece of mind**

Listerine Oral Care Challenge

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured, Product Reviews

We all know that the dental chair isn’t always that much fun, so I like to spend as little time there as possible.  I am petrified of the dentist, in fact I even took an 18 year hiatus from the dental chair as a result of a negative experience.  After I worked up the nerve to go, I had to spend the better half of last year getting a few cavities filled and even the dreaded root canal and was also informed that I have periodontal disease.   Since then, I have vowed to make sure I don’t transfer my fears to my boys, about getting regular dental check ups and attempt to make sure they have a really good oral care regimen.

It sounded easy enough to me, but I have two five year olds that often resist getting their teeth brushed.  It started off innocent enough, then it was a scene akin to bull wrestling.  They decided that the toothbrush made them cough, the toothpaste (kids toothpaste) was too spicy, or the they just plain didn’t like it.  I quickly realized that I would have to get creative about getting them happy about brushing regularly.

Then, the perfect opportunity came about.  The Motherhood has teamed up with LISTERINE® and REACH® for an exciting new project called– the LISTERINE® and REACH® Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge designed to  encourage families to adopt a healthy oral care regimen that will help lead to a healthier lifestyle.  They invited me and my family to take the challenge by taking a few extra minutes a day for a complete oral care routine including brushing, flossing and rinsing.  To complete the challenge, me and my family must do these steps twice daily for three weeks.

I know now, however, that I am not alone.   Did you know, that nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of periodontal (gum) disease* and don’t know it.  Despite the fact that I was brushing my teeth, I would  have never even known that I had periodontal disease.   Also after attending a webinar, I discovered that brushing your teeth alone misses the germs in 75 percent of your mouth!  I rarely even used mouthwashes, because I figured brushing would take care of it.

So I am on a new mission, to get our mouths in the best possible shape, by taking the Listerine Health Care Challenge and hopefully maintain a routine we all can live with, far beyond the three weeks and make it a lifetime habit with me and my kids.  We will be brushing flossing and rinsing, and making it a fun and healthy experience.  For the kids, we are keeping track on our Oral Care Challenge chart, and at the end they will be rewarded for keeping up the good work!  I am really excited to be a part of the Listerine Oral Care Challenge, and be able to keep my families teeth and mouths healthy and make it something we all enjoy doing.

I also would like to invite you to take the challenge with me!  You can visit www.walmart.com to access  tips from leading dental experts and great values and prices on oral care products.

 

 

**I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.**

Meaningful Beauty Test Drive

February 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog Tours, Product Reviews

Since becoming a mom to twin boys, I rarely have much time to do anything that is remotely centered around myself.  They say you should take time outs, but that is a rare moment around here.  As part of that, I think that it is even rarer, that I look in the mirror.  There have been days in which I have forgotten to brush my hair, and I have even walked into the grocery store realizing I had my pajama pants on.

I have never been a make-up wearing girl, in fact I probably wear it once or twice in a given year.  Truthfully, I haven’t paid much attention to the skin on my face.  Usually, when I am in the shower, I just use lather from my soap on my face and rinse.  Today, I turned 39 and realized that the dreaded 40 is right around the corner, and it makes me question just how things are holding up in this body of mine.  Looking in the mirror, I can see subtle signs of aging, like a few more wrinkles around the eyes, and my skin isn’t exactly glowing like a 21 year old.

So, I have been asked to  participate in a four week Meaningful Beauty Program for my skin.  Meaningful Beauty is a simple five-step skin treatment plan to help boost your skin’s resilience, and reduce the visible signs of aging.  Meaningful Beauty is designed to hydrate, firm and restore healthier and younger looking skin.

About Meaningful Beauty

With Meaningful Beauty®, Cindy Crawford shares her secret for younger looking skin.  This comprehensive skincare system was created by internationally acclaimed anti-aging specialist, Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh.  Meaningful Beauty is formulated with a powerful super-antioxidant from a rare melon along with such skin rejuvenating ingredients as peptides, vitamins, minerals and marine extracts and can help skin appear radiant and youthful.

Included in my kit: Glycolic Treatment Pads ,Glowing Serum , Skin Softening Cleanser, Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 UVA/UVB, Crème de Serum , Lifting Eye Crème – Advanced Formula , Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15

I’m really excited to try Meaningful Beauty and to have an actual plan for my skin and hopefully it is something easy that I can follow, that doesn’t take up much time in the morning or evening. Like I mentioned before, it is rare that I use much on my face in the way of facial care products or make-up, so it will be interesting to see if I notice any changes in my skin. So at the end of these next coming weeks, I will share with you my experience with the Meaningful Beauty skin care regimen, as well as my thoughts, about it’s ease of use, how my skin feels, and if I notice any marked differences.

In addition to me being able to try Meaningful Beauty I was also sent an  additional kit to give to someone meaningful in my life.  I have decided to pass this other kit on to my Mom, who took care of me all my life, who still guides me in many aspects of my life and who is beautiful to me in every way. I am looking forward to sharing Meaningful Beauty with all of you.

 

 

**I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.**

39

February 19, 2012 by  
Filed under General

I can’t believe that I am staring at that number.  I am just a year before I reach the next check box bracket on all the surveys  lol.  Tomorrow, I will be entering my fortieth year and turning a very intimidating 39.  In some ways it is depressing, but in other ways, I am happy to be here because of my family.

I don’t really feel all that old and in fact, I look at myself as a young mother.  My boys are only five years old, so I have lots of keeping up to do.  I have even entertained the idea of having a sibling for them, I really am not sure that I am done.  A lot of people think having twins or multiples solidifies your family, but since my husband and I started late, I sometimes feel like we just got started.

I like to believe age is just a number, or at least I keep telling myself that, so I don’t lament over that number up there.  Whoever thought to make a big deal out of turning forty?  At least I don’t feel over the hill yet.

Here’s to many more days where I still feel young enough to be happy about turning another year older.   Happy Birthday To Me!

Dark Raspberry Dove Chocolate Cupcakes With Raspberry Buttercream

February 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured, Food & Recipes, General

I was thinking of ways to wish you all Happy Valentine’s Day, or just wish you all a happy day.  So my taste buds decided to take over.  I have an addiction to thee new Dove chocolates that I found in the store one day while I was crabby, PMS’ing and needed chocolate.  If you haven’t tried them, they are the Dove Raspberry Dark Chocolate Promises.  They are the perfect ratio of chocolate to raspberry and I have to hide my stash in the house.

So I decided, what if I put these in a chocolate cupcake for Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter?  So I came up with a little recipe to celebrate this day of love…love for your loved one, love for yourself, love of all things chocolate, or just plain old LOVE!

Cupcake Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line Cupcake pan with paper or foil liners of your choice
  3. In large mixer bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in boiling water by hand and then add the melted Dove Chocolates
  6. Pour batter into baking cups about 3/4 full or a little more if you are daring.
  7. Bake cupcakes 15-20 minutes  or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire racks.
Raspberry Buttercream Recipe
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • Reserved Dove Chocolates for shavings

Preparation

  1. Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry raspberries before adding to frosting.Beat Raspberries, Butter, Vanilla and salt together at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.

Top each cupcake with frosting and sprinkle some pretty decorations on top with a few shavings of Dove Chocolates and you have a very tasty Valentine or anytime treat!  Enjoy!!!!

 

 

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