Category: Health

Want an Adventure? Try Crest Chocolate Mint Trek Toothpaste

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 by No Comments

Never one to turn down a harmless little adventure, I picked up the Crest Chocolate Mint Trek toothpaste the last time I was looking for a small tube to keep in the downstairs bathroom. I thought it would come in handy for my daughter to use on the mornings we were in too much of a rush for her to trudge back upstairs to brush her teeth in her own bathroom.

I’m still on the fence about it. On one hand, I love that it’s so weird. On the other hand, I’m not sure I like brushing my teeth with something that tastes like a cookie, so maybe I also dislike that it’s so weird. (Yes, I tried it. Ha! The delicious smell intrigued me when my daughter used it, and I’ll try anything that says chocolate on the label.)

My daughter feels the same way, but she really likes plain mint toothpaste. That makes me think this could be a good option for a child who feels like mint is too strong but has outgrown a lot of the “kid” toothpastes that taste like bubblegum.

Despite the cookie similarities, it does make your mouth feel fresher and cleaner than the bubblegum ones.

It’s an interesting experience to say the least, and I recommend looking for the small tubes if you’re not sure you want to commit to a full-size one. Even if you do have to go with the full-size, you’re only out around $3.99.

I think it’s worth trying at least once, just for fun, and if you’re not a fan of regular mint or cinnamon toothpastes, this could be a good all-the-time option.

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Rainbow Light Multivitamins Are a Convenient Way to Enjoy the Benefits of Probiotics

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a multivitamin with the added benefit of probiotics, Rainbow Light’s food-based multivitamins are one economical option to consider. Recently, I purchased their Women’s One Multivitamin to replace my separate multivitamin and probiotic supplements.

The Women’s One Multivitamin from Rainbow Light is gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, wheat free, and yeast-free to be safe for people with a variety of allergies. It contains no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.

The Women’s One Multivitamin from Rainbow Light has:

  • 200 mg of calcium support strong bones and teeth
  • 800 IU of vitamin D3, 100 mg of magnesium, and 100 mcg of vitamin K to promote bone, breast and immune health
  • 5,000 IU of vitamin A, 120 mg of vitamin C, and 30 IU of vitamin E to promote skin, eye and immune health while boosting your metabolism
  • A potent vitamin B complex for energy and brain health
  • 125 mg of a special women’s nourishing blend that combines superfood organic spirulina with concentrated herbal extract of dong quai and red clover to promote energy and hormone balance
  • Concentrated beet, kale, and spinach juices for a natural energy boost
  • Plant-source enzymes and 25 million probiotics to enhance digestion without causing stomach upset

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll be pleased to hear that Rainbow Light Multivitamins are very affordable. I purchased mine online from Amazon and they were half the combined cost of the vitamin and probiotic we had been taking previously.

The only thing I don’t like about these vitamins is the size. If you have trouble swallowing pills, they are quite large. Rainbow Light does make a gummy prenatal vitamin and a chewable children’s vitamin, so these products might be an option to consider if you have trouble with larger pills.

Photo credit: Amazon

MediSafe Makes It Easier to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re relying on the pill to prevent unplanned pregnancy and have trouble remembering to take your daily dose, MediSafe can help. This top rated medication reminder app recently released a new version with special reminder schedules for every type of birth control pill (including placebos).

Although the idea of using an app to remind you to take your pill might seem silly, MediSafe reports that users relying on the app for birth control pill reminders reported taking their medication 94% of the time. This is 23 points higher than the national average.

Since missing even just one pill can increase the odds of an unplanned pregnancy, this is a significant improvement. (Every time you forget to take a pill, you must use another form of birth control until you finish the pill pack. However, if you’re a busy mom, you may very well have unprotected sex before you even realize that you missed a pill.)

The MediSafe app autocompletes newly entered medications.  It shows you a pop-up for the medication, asking them if you want to set a special schedule for it.  Women can choose cycles like 24+4 (Yasmin, Yaz), 21+7 (Ortho Tri-Cyclen), and eight others.  If desired, you can select reminders for placebo pills on break days and enter the day that your current cycle began in order to see a counter for “days since first pill.”

Visit the MediSafe website to learn more about this unique free app or to find out how to download it for your device.

If you’re a pill user who struggles to remember every dose, what do you think of this idea? Would a medication reminder app get you back on track?

Photo credit: MediSafe

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Toothbrush?

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 by No Comments

Did you know that you’re supposed to replace your toothbrush every three months? If you’re overdue for a new toothbrush, consider upgrading your oral care routine with one of the Reach Complete Care Triple Angle toothbrushes.

This new product line features patent-pending Triple Angle bristle technology that maximizes the vertical surface contact between the brush and your teeth to increase plaque removal.

The Complete Care Triple Angle Floss brush has 100% interdental tapered bristles for better reach between your teeth. The Complete Care Triple Angle Pro product has multi-level diamond bristles for a total mouth clean. Both are available with soft, medium, or firm bristles.

Although I didn’t notice much of a difference between the Floss and Pro brushes, I did notice a difference when comparing the Triple Angle (left, straight, and right) bristle technology to an ordinary toothbrush.

Since both my husband and I aren’t nearly as diligent at flossing as we should be, I feel like this product helps make up for some of our shortcomings. (It’s not intended to take the place of flossing completely, however.)

The Reach Complete Care toothbrushes are available in one and two count packs. The suggested retail price is $3.99 for a single toothbrush and $5.99 for the two count value pack. Reach Complete Care toothbrushes can be found nationwide at retailers such as Walgreens, Kroger, Walmart, and Rite-Aid.

If you need a little help remembering the three month toothbrush replacement rule, you can sign up for a text message reminder program at www.reachtoothbrush.com/sms.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Reach Toothbrush

A Natural Alternative to Petroleum Jelly

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 by No Comments

Petroleum jelly, the main ingredient in Vaseline and other similar products, is actually a byproduct of oil refining that was first found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s. For those concerned about sustainability, this means that petroleum jelly is as non-eco friendly as it gets.

As far as potentially harmful chemicals go, some of the components removed from oil during the process of refining petroleum jelly are carcinogenic. Vaseline is triple-refined and purified to remove these components, but other brands may not be as pure.

If you love the beauty benefits of petroleum jelly, but want a more natural alternative, Waxelene is a great option to consider. This eco-friendly sustainable petroleum jelly substitute is made from a blend of organic soy oil, beeswax, non-GMO vitamin E oil, and organic rosemary oil.  It contains no parabens and is not tested on animals.

Waxelene_Lip_Balm_Tube_0Waxelene has the same rich texture that petroleum jelly is known for and can be used in just the same way. For example:

  • Use a dab in your hair to prevent flyaways or to moisturize split ends.
  • Use it to control unruly eyebrows.
  • Soften sharp cuticles.
  • Use to remove mascara and dark eye makeup.
  • Use when exercising to protect yourself from chafing, friction, and/or windburn.
  • Apply to baby’s scalp to treat cradle cap.
  • Use to reduce diaper or skin irritation on baby’s sensitive skin.

Waxelene comes in a lip tube, 2 ounce jar, or 9 ounce jar. Visit the Waxelene website for details.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Waxelene

Link Round-up: Furniture Makeovers, Being Happier, Back to School, and More

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for being happier, a fun app, furniture makeovers, and more.

Fynes Designs shared a coral painted dresser makeover.

Mind Body Green shared 50 habits for a happy life.

Written Reality shared some ways to save on back to school shopping.

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A Beautiful Mess told us all about their new Party Party app.

Joy in Our Home showed us how to make a board and batten headboard.

Find It Make It Love It taught us how to make a water balloon station.

Simply 123 Allergy Free shared a summer strawberry soup recipe.

Photo credit: Fynes Designs and A Beautiful Mess

PanOxyl Makes It Easy for Preteens and Teens to Treat Acne

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by No Comments

PanOxyl, a top acne treatment brand that was formerly available only by prescription, is now available over-the-counter. The line consists of the brand’s maximum-strength product, PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash, the milder and pH balanced PanOxyl 4% Acne Creamy Wash, and the shower-friendly PanOxyl 10% Acne Cleansing Bar.

Recently, I received a sample of the PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash. I gave it to my son to use, since he’s starting to have the first signs of mild acne. Since it can be used in place of an ordinary face wash, PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash is a more convenient alternative to benzoyl peroxide treatment creams. It’s also really effective at dealing with chest and body acne.

Since they contain benzoyl peroxide, all of the PanOxyl products have the potential to bleach your towels, carpet, and clothing. If you’re buying them for someone who is even half as messy as my son can be, I’d suggest investing in white towels for the bathroom as a precautionary measure!

You should also make sure that your preteen or teen knows to use the proper amount of sunscreen if they’re going to be outside after using a PanOxyl product. Benzoyl peroxide can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays and the only thing worse than acne is a bad sunburn!

PanOxyl products can be found nationwide at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid stores You can also purchase them online at Amazon or drugstore.com.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: PanOxyl

PiYo: Strength, Flexibility, and a Cardiovascular Workout at the Same Time

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 by No Comments

I like Pilates and yoga, but sometimes they’re just too slow-paced for me and I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a good workout in. In the amount of time spent focused on breathing and stretching, I feel like I could’ve burned a whole lot more calories in a run, or even a walk.

Chalene Johnson apparently felt the same way (she was also getting injured a lot because she lacked flexibility), so she created the solution. It’s PiYo.

Though it’s not exactly Pilates meets yoga, these fluid, always-moving routines are reminiscent of both practices, put into a format that will burn calories and seriously challenge—and change—your body without any high-impact movements. I can see definition in my arms I’ve never had before, and my midsection (my trouble zone!) is shrinking. I was able to try on two-piece swimsuits today without wanting to cry.

I feel stronger, tighter, and leaner and my abs are as flat as they’ve ever been since having a baby. Even crazier? My flexibility increased an incredible amount in just a couple of weeks. My down-dog split went from pathetic (leg almost parallel to the floor) to pretty darn straight up in the air! I’m not running much lately, but other runners who have added PiYo to their routine report faster race times.

You get eight workouts that range in time from about 20 to 45 minutes. Right now, you also get a bonus workout when you order. In addition, there’s a 60-day calendar to follow (plus a bonus Strength calendar on the other side, which you can follow if you choose the deluxe kit or order the additional DVD and slides for your feet later), a tape measure, and an eating plan that will help you fuel your body for the workout program. Don’t worry, it’s not too stringent.

Disclaimer: I am an Independent Beachbody Coach and the link above will take you to my coaching website. If you are already working with a coach, he or she will be able to tell you more about the program and help you place an order.

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An Easier Way to Clean Retainers, Mouthguards, and Removable Braces

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 by No Comments

Until now, brushing with your  toothbrush or soaking in mouthwash have been the leading methods for cleaning your removable dental appliances. However, these options are not designed to clean the unique materials these devices are made of.  For example, mouthwash may ruin a device’s plastic and toothbrushes might create scratches if you’re not careful.

Fresh Guard by Efferdent wipes are specially formulated to clean retainers, mouthguards, and removable braces. They are alcohol free and no water is needed, making them ideal for use on the go or after meals.

The wipes remove odor causing bacteria, reduce yellowing and/or stains, and prevent a buildup of mouth film. They leave a light, pleasant fresh mint flavor on the device when you’re finished, similar to what you’d expect from a breath mint.

My husband has been using these wipes to clean the mouthguard he uses to keep from grinding his teeth at night, but I can see them being a lifesaver for a parent who has a child with a retainer. I remember being in school and seeing several kids drop their retainers on the floor and stick them back in their mouth without cleaning them.

Fresh Guard by Efferdent wipes are small enough to carry in a pocket, which should hopefully encourage your child to avoid this sort of nasty germ spreading behavior!

In addition to the cleaning wipes, Fresh Guard by Efferdent also has a deep cleaning soak with a convenient color change indicator that lets you know when the cleaning process is complete.

Fresh Guard products are currently available at Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Giant Eagle, Walgreens, and Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Fresh Guard by Efferdent