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Creating Oral Health Care Superheroes #MC

by Heather Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Our kids are pretty obsessed superheroes so we try to use that theme when encouraging them on good habits. We want to make sure our kids are eating healthy so their superhero bodies are growing strong and we want them to have superhero attitudes which for us means being super kind and friendly to others and trying to create happy times with happy attitudes. Like most families we want our kids to have "heroic habits". So when it comes to oral hygiene we use that same principle and let our kids know that part of being a superhero is also having awesome healthy and strong teeth. This is point really hits close to me because on my side of the family we have a long history of bad dental genetics and we are prone to cavities and other issues, so I knew that I wanted it to be different with my kids and I wanted them to have super healthy teeth. With that in mind our kiddos know that a huge part of their "superhero responsibilities" includes keeping their teeth healthy and clean. Normally that just entails brushing their teeth for two minutes, but we recently started to use LISTERINE SMART RINSE and at first I was concerned if my kids would even use it or like it, and it turns out they LOVE it! They beg to be able to use it every night and love swooshing it around in their mouths. Be sure to grab some next time you are at the store, your kids will love it!

My husband and I have also "upped" our superhero tooth cleaning skills by flossing more often. This is something I have always had an issue doing, I don't know why, but I have just always hated flossing. I do understand how important it is though... it is really embarrassing for me to tell people this but when I was younger I lost two of my back teeth due to poor oral health care and bad genetics. And while I can't do anything about genetics I can do a lot more about my oral health care routine and I can make sure I am doing what I need to do so I don't lose any more teeth. This includes flossing which I personally love using the flosser, I feel it makes it a little easier to floss and ease makes me actually do it and not put it off! And speaking of easy... you can also buy all of your favorite LISTERINE products from the comfort of your own home!

After flossing and brushing the last step of our "heroic oral health habits" is to use mouthwash! Now, as you can tell from the pics above my kids absolutely love this step and so do I! I love feeling like my mouth is completely clean and I don't have any lingering food pieces left in my mouth. You can also use LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE to help get those pearly whites you want!

So do you think your family is  ready to be oral health care superheros? What do you use or do with your kids to enforce good oral hygiene? Let us know!

You can learn more about LISTERINE and heroic habits by visiting their website.

Also be sure to subscribe to the LISTERINE YouTube channel to learn about new products and promotions and to watch the LISTERINE heroic heroes video series!



Homemade Snickers bars are easy to make right at home ... maybe a little too easy!

by Heather Thursday, October 2, 2014


How awesome are these!! Especially with Halloween right around the corner! Your family will love these and they will disappear quick! 

And the best part... they're incredibly easy to make. Trust me. It may not look like it, but making your favorite candy bar is easier than you think. And you don't have to make it all at once either.  

You can make a layer here, let it sit, then make the next layer, let it sit, etc. SO EASY.

Let's get to it!

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Jif Get Going Photo Competition!! Win $1000! #GetGoing

by Heather Monday, September 29, 2014


I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Do you love to travel or get out on the open road? Who doesn't right?! Even if it's just a "staycation" everyone loves a little adventure. Our family has been non-stop this summer trying to soak every little bit of adventure in that we can. We started off the summer taking our family in an RV from Chicago to Utah seeing MT. Rushmore, The Mall of America and more! But if you are like me and still crave an amazing vacation or a little bit of time on the road then you won't want to miss this!!! Right now you can win $1000 from Jif! Where would you go? What would you do? $1000 could make for a pretty amazing vacation!


Here are 4 easy ways you can enter:

The Jif® Website: Head over here to the Jif website and following the instructions.

Jif Facebook Page: Head over here to the Jif Facebook Page, and click on the Jif To Go Promotion tab.

Instagram Post: Tag a photo with @JifBrand and the hashtag #GetGoing.

Twitter Post: Tweet a photo to @jif with the #GetGoing hashtag

Iconosquare Post: Access the Jif ToGoPage on Inconosquare at and follow the directions to upload your photo

You can see all the details and contest rules here:

Make sure to spread the word! If you tell a family member or friend and they win they definitely owe it to you to take you with right?! (I'm pretty sure those are the rules Wink)

You only have till October 1st so be sure to head over soon to enter! Also don't forget to pick up a few packs of Jif To Go Dippers for the perfect vacation snack!! We used Jif while we were on our RV vacation and it made our lives so much easier!

When on the road (especially with kids) you really need something that will curb those "Mom I'm SOOOOO hungry" moments. And Jif To Go is the perfect option!

So be sure to head over to enter to win $1000 and next time you are at the store grab some Jif To Go!



National Coffee Day!!

by Heather Monday, September 29, 2014


I have been compensated by Eight O' Clock Coffee for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always though all my crazy opinions and stories are my own. 

Today I get the privilege of talking about two of my favorite things... coffee and friends! And in my opinion they go hand in hand; there's nothing better than an amazing cup of coffee and the company of good friends. Did you know that today is National Coffee Day? I'm not kidding, it really is National Coffee Day! Anyone else doing a little happy dance? As a coffee expert (ok, so that's a self appointed title) I have been through a lot of different brands in search for that perfect not over roasted smooth cup of coffee I can look forward to every morning and I found it three years ago in Eight O' Clock Coffee. Even better every bag is consistent, no "last bag was better than this bag". That is why I am celebrating this National Coffee Day with my friends and Eight O' Clock Coffee! 

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10 Home-Cooked Family Dinners in 20 Minutes or Less!!

by Heather Monday, September 22, 2014


Like all moms out there (except maybe Martha Stewart) there are days I find myself just standing there starring blankly into the fridge without the slightest idea what we will eat for dinner. On those days it seems all I can think of are dishes that will take at least an hour to prepare. We have had the ingredients for lasagna (a favorite around our house) sitting around for weeks because every time I think about making it I have all of five minutes before the kids bedtime!

Now I know what some of you are thinking... why don't you just plan better? Well... easier said than done and some days just get away from you. As hard as I might try it just happens, but that's ok! And I have a wonderful solution for those nights that you wonder... do they have to have dinner?

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Don't Let The Summer Slip Away, End It With a Bang!

by Heather Monday, September 8, 2014


Every year when summer comes rolling in it seems that we only have a very limited time to enjoy it. In June everyone is thinking about July 4th and in Utah we also celebrate July 24th as well. And yet somehow it doesn't quite feel like summer has started yet. Then August come and we are bombarded with back to school ads that never seem to end and are constantly mocking "your summer is over and now you will pay!" (literally). It's hard to enjoy those last few weeks of summer fun when we are consumed by the huge list of back to school items we "have to buy".

During all the shopping the song: My Sweet Summer just keeps playing over and over in my head only rubbing it in, and just when you think you can relax and really soak in at least a couple hours of summer it happens, it hits you in the face... like a big giant pumpkin, PUMPKIN MANIA! You start to see all your friends on Twitter and Instagram with their Pumpkin Lattes and frappuccinos; like it's a status symbol for all stay at home moms. So I'm here to say... ENOUGH! Let's slow this down! Are we celebrating Halloween this month? Did Thanksgiving move to September? I didn't think so. I don't know about you, but I am going to milk it for all it's worth. Summer doesn't officially end until later this month, and when it does end I am sending it off with a bang! I will be officially ending summer at the Summer Ends Music Festival, a 3 day event along the Tempe Beach Waterfront! That's right what better way to end summer than with some amazing music and the warm backdrop of Tempe AZ.

Fall can wait just a little longer because it's still time for some summer fun with some amazing artists!

Epic line up, am I right?

It doesn't get much better than that! I have already seen American Authors and Fitz & The Tantrums this summer at two other concerts and they were amazing! I can't wait to see them perform again! This is the last music festival of the summer that you will get such amazing bands and an awesome mix of different sounds. A music festival isn't just a big concert, it's an experience; one that you will have memories of forever. Not only will you experience some great bands but Summer Ends Music Festival has even more to offer with arts, crafts, sponsors booths and more!

Activities & Attractions

:: A wide variety of local food vendors will be on-site.
:: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
:: A number of ATM’s will be on-site to provide cash services.
:: Artist merchandise will be sold by all artists performing
:: “Free water” stations
:: Typhoon Misting stations
:: Water cannon tower
:: Print at home tickets for easier entry into site
:: 3d game truck (gaming challenges throughout the day; $10 entry fee for chance to win $$$)
:: Local Art Gallery

So who's with me? If you would like to hold onto those last few moments of summer, if you didn't appreciate that giant pumpkin that hit you in the head... fight back and end the summer on your terms!

Head over now and grab your tickets for the summer ends music festival before they are all gone!

See you there!



FREE GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Breakfast Item!

by Heather Friday, September 5, 2014


Each GoPicnic Breakfast includes 3 individual delights, is nutritionally balanced and under 400 calories!

2 of the varieties are gluten-free! Try them all today!

Thanks Budget Savvy Diva!



FREE Domino's Medium Pan Pizza (1st 20,000 at 3PM ET!)

by Heather Tuesday, September 2, 2014


It’s happening again! Starting at 3PM ET, Domino’s will be giving away a FREE Medium 2-Topping Pan Pizza for the first 20k!

Remember, you must be a account holder and confirm sign up via e-mail to snag this freebie, so register now! I got this freebie last time! Yum!

Thanks Coupon Pro!





Need Your Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

by Heather Tuesday, September 2, 2014


A year ago, I committed what is known as a “mom fail” (basically any false move committed during the act of mothering). Preparing my then-2½-year-old son to go out in the morning for a play date, I asked him, “Do you want to go to H.’s house?” Emphatically, he said no. “Well, we have plans; he’s expecting us,” I amended lamely. My son burst into tears, and no matter how I tried to spin it, he was adamant. Maybe he was tired; maybe the dark, cloudy morning visible from our windows was too uninviting. Whatever the case, I was now in the awkward position of having to drag him, kicking and screaming, down four flights of stairs (we lived in a walk-up) while also toting my younger boy, then an infant. So I canceled the play date (thus committing a “friendship fail,” too, all in one morning).

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FREE (Coupon) 32 oz Fountain Drink at Stripes Stores (8/25-8/26)

by Jewels Monday, August 25, 2014

Who wants a FREE 32 oz Fountain Drink? Well if you live near a Stripes convenience store (They are in Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico) then you can print out this coupon to redeem for a FREE 32 oz Fountain Drink. Locator.

FYI:: This coupon is Valid 8/25/14 -8/26/14 only! 

Thanks I Crave Freebies!




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