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Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating

Do you have a picky eater on your hands? I certainly do and getting him the nutrition he needs is a challenge I’ve been experiencing for some time now. He has his favorite foods, the only ones he’ll eat, and they do not include any form of fruits or vegetables.

At this point I have absolutely no idea how his little body is even growing. So anytime I come across something I think he’ll enjoy and will give him the nutrition he needs to grow, I’m first in line to give it a try. Our newest addition to his diet is Daily Sunshine by Beachbody.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Beachbody is known for quite a bit – P90X, Insanity, and the 21 Day Fix workout programs, as well as Shakeology nutrition shakes. But adults aren’t the only ones who need to keep their fitness and nutrition up. Kids, and especially picky eaters like my son, may have the fitness aspect down, but are lacking in the nutrition department. That’s why Beachbody created Daily Sunshine, a nutrition shake for children!

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The first thing to tackle is taste because we all know that’s most important when it comes to our picky eaters. Daily Sunshine is available in two kid-friendly flavors, strawberry banana and chocolate, and I’d say these are a pretty good start to getting my son to try one. He’s not too keen on chocolate in general, but loves strawberry banana flavors so I knew he’d try it. The chocolate is going to waste either, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Each Daily Sunshine shake is a perfect blend of fruits and vegetables, plant based protein, and healthy fats. It’s literally a 3-in-1 power shake for kids.

Daily Sunshine Features:

  • Non-GMO
  • Soy-free
  • Dairy-free (vegan)
  • Gluten free
  • Low glycemic
  • Contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives
  • 4 out of 5 pediatricians approve the formula

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My son actually likes smoothies and shakes when they have the right flavors in them, but mixing up a smoothie every day can be pretty tiring. Daily Sunshine takes nutritious shakes to the easiest level ever. All you have to do is add a packet of Daily Sunshine to 8 oz. of water, and mix it up in the shaker cup.

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In a matter of minutes my picky eating son has a nutritious shake that’s he loves, and that I love giving him. He’s been enjoying one either in the mornings before school, or as an after school snack. I’m starting to think he only needs one in the morning because his afternoon energy has been through the roof lately.

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Not Just for Kids

Oh, and Daily Sunshine isn’t just for kids either. If you want to get on the healthy action, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t. We got a combo pack that includes both flavors. I already mentioned my son isn’t a big fan of chocolate, but he loves the strawberry banana. So, to make sure nothing goes to waste, when he gets his shake, I get one too. He takes the strawberry banana and I take the chocolate. It’s a really great way for us to actively partake in healthy nutrition together.

How to Enjoy Daily Sunshine

There are so many ways to enjoy Daily Sunshine – the quick and simple shake method with 8 oz. of water or milk (my son likes his in milk); blended into a smoothie (I sometimes mix the chocolate flavor into a peanut butter and banana smoothie); or however you want to incorporate it into the day. If you’re kids don’t like shakes or smoothies, think outside the box too. Try adding it to pancakes or muffins, or something with a similar taste so it blends easily.

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Purchase Options

I’m going to be honest. I personally find Daily Sunshine to be pretty pricey, but on the other hand, can I really put a price on my son’s health? I mean, he actually likes it!

  • Daily Sunshine Sampler (2 packets of each flavor – 4 total) = $19.99
  • Daily Sunshine Combo Pack (12 packets of each flavor – 24 total) = $129.99
  • Daily Sunshine Strawberry Banana OR Chocolate (30 serving bag) = $129.99
  • Daily Sunshine Shaker Cup = $6.95

Do you have a picky eater?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost

Mornings are about to get really rough for me. My son starts school tomorrow and that not only means early mornings for him, but early mornings for me too. Ugh! I like being able to sleep in if I want to. There’s no doubt I’ll rely a lot on my morning coffee, but after a couple of hours I’m going to be in major need of an energy boost. With some assistance from Alkamind Daily Greens, I’m confident my Peachy Green Smoothie will be the perfect pick-me-up I need.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I’ll be the first to admit that when I’m rushing around and have what feels like the longest to-do list ever, I don’t always reach for healthy snacks. But with school starting and early mornings beginning soon, I need an easy way to implement healthy, energizing snacks into my day. That’s exactly what my Peachy Green Smoothie is, with a little extra superfood boost from Alkamind Daily Greens.

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned peaches
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (peach or vanilla flavor works well too)
  • 1 packet Alkamind Daily Greens
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions

  1. Combine the packet of Alkamind Daily Greens into the milk until well mixed.
  2. Blend all ingredients and the milk mixture in a blender.
  3. Enjoy!

*Note: If you skip step 1 and go straight to blending everything, you may find the Alkamind Daily Greens don’t completely incorporate, and you’ll end up with dry flaky-like textures in your smoothie.

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Why is Alkamind Daily Greens a nice boost to my smoothie? Because it includes 27 nutrient-dense alkaline superfoods that help improve energy, increase weight loss, boost immunity, create better digestion, and gently cleanses and detoxifies. All of that in one little packet!

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Plus, Alkamind Daily Greens already has a peach flavor to it, so it’s a perfect fit for my Peachy Green Smoothie.

How do you stay healthy and energized on long days?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea

I hope you’ve been enjoying the month of August just as much as I have. Did you know August happens to be National Peach Month? If the past few weeks haven’t been as peachy as you thought they’d be, check out this super easy Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea recipe. It’s the perfect way to close out the month!

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Before I get to the actual recipe, you’re probably wondering what makes tea a “super” tea. A main ingredient in this recipe is one of Tetley’s vitamin-infused Super Teas, Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea. It’s packed with 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which helps to support the immune system. It’s a “super” tea!

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And with cooler weather starting to roll through, I know I need all the immune system support I can get. Even better that I can get that extra support in a delicious beverage! Okay, so on to this delicious recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 teabag of Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea (with Vitamin C!)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of ginger ale
  • Glass of ice

Instructions

  1. Bring cup of water to a boil .
  2. In a cup, pour the boiled water over 1 Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea teabag, and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the teabag and allow the tea to cool.
  4. Once the tea is cool, pour it into the glass of ice.
  5. Top it off with ginger ale and enjoy!
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Click on the recipe card to see a how-to video!

 

The recipe was voted as this year’s Super Summer Sipper by fans of Tetley’s Facebook page, and I can see why. I love the taste! It combines the sweetness of peaches with the bubbly fizz of ginger ale, and the extra immunity boost is a great perk.

To help you get started on this super easy and delicious recipe, print this $1.00 off coupon for Tetley Super Teas!

What peachy good recipes have you tried lately?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals

As a parent, it’s not only important that my kids get the proper nutrition they need, but that I do too. I need the energy to keep up with them and generally want to be a healthier person. One way to help with this is to add more plants into my diet. And with the help of Sara Siskind, Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, I’m making this happen. She has offered to share some tips with me and you on ways to add more plants into our meals without having to sacrifice our favorite foods.

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~I received samples to help facilitate this post.~

1. Simple Swap Outs

When making a sandwich, swap out the bread with lettuce or a collard green wrap. The same goes for sushi. Request the sushi be wrapped in cucumber (this is called a naruto roll) rather than rice. Easy swaps can add more nutrients into your diet while also saving calories throughout the day.

2. Mix It Up

Think outside the box when preparing vegetables and get out of the habit of eating the same foods over and over (I struggle big time with this). Mix it up! Puree carrots, cauliflower, spinach, or squash into your favorite meals. Some ideas include soups, sauces, lasagna, and meatballs. You won’t even taste the difference, but you will be incorporating a lot of vegetables into your meals.

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals | #SaraSiskind #healthyeating #pistachiochewybites #SettonFarms3. Don’t Forget Breakfast

Breakfast is a meal we often forget to add vegetables, but it’s easy to turn regulat eggs into a fancy vegetable omelet. You can also try spreading avocado (my favorite) on your toast instead of butter, for more fiber and less calories. Add a tomato and onion on top for an extra veggie boost. Keep chopped vegetables in your refrigerator at all times so it’s easy to toss them into any snacks or meals.

4. Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a terrific way to easily sneak in greens. Blend in a handful of spinach or kale with zero compromise to how good your smoothies taste. If you first wash, dry, chop, and freeze your greens, you will not only reduce spoilage and waste, but also make it easier to whip up a cold refreshing smoothie. (I absolutely love this idea!)

5. Add Some Protein Crunch

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals | #SaraSiskind #healthyeating #pistachiochewybites #SettonFarmsGreens don’t have to be plain and eaten by themselves. Chop up and add some nuts like Setton Farms Pistachios or even Pistachio Chewy Bites, for an added crunch and protein. The same applies to quinoa or rice. You can also sprinkle pistachios over yogurt or oatmeal for extra protein and heart healthy fats. The possibilities are endless – smoothies, trail mixes, granola, cheese. If looking to cut back on calories, pistachios are a good way to go as they are the lowest calorie nut, at a whopping 49 nuts per serving.

My boyfriend and I are really big pistachio fans, so this is an easy tip for us. The Pistachio Chewy Bites are delicious too. I’ve even been throwing some in my purse for when I need a simple, healthy snack on the go. The Pistachio + Blueberry Cranberry Chewy Bites are all-natural bite-sized bars, packed with over 50% heart-healthy pistachios, antioxidant-rich cranberries, coconut, and a touch of maple brown rice syrup. Perfect for a tasty crunch when and where you need one.

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6. Switch Out Pasta

Up your nutrients by switching your wheat pasta to vegetable pasta. Spiralized zucchini, butternut squash, and even sweet potato comes out amazing! You’ll even find them served in restaurants as a gluten-free alternative to pasta. Top it with your favorite tomato sauce and a little cheese for a comfort food fix without the guilt.

7. Make Your Own Crunchy Snacks

Craving salty pretzels or fried potato chips? You can easily make your own crunchy snacks by baking chopped kale, thinly sliced sweet potatoes, or beets with a touch of olive oil and sea salt. Many markets are even carrying them pre-made for easy snacking on the go.

How will you add more plants into your meals?

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Try It Tuesday: Nature Phil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder

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Okay, so it’s been a while since my last Try It Tuesday and I’m still on a mission for whiter teeth. Last time it was Oil Pulling and this time it’s Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. I had seen various videos floating around social media, and while brushing my teeth with black charcoal didn’t look too appealing, I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Here’s how it has gone!

What?

Nature Phil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder – All Natural & Organic Teeth Whitening Formula: $14.98 on Amazon

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When?

The results I’m going to show you are after one week of using this product. The directions say to use it twice a day, every day. But I found that I was basically brushing my teeth four times a day and it was causing my gums to become very sore.

You’re probably wondering why I was brushing my teeth four times a day, right? See, you have the option to brush your teeth with your usual toothpaste after brushing with the charcoal, and because I wanted my mouth to feel minty clean, I chose to do that. Hence brushing my teeth what seemed like four times a day.

It was just too much on my gums. Maybe I was brushing to aggressively. I’m not sure, but after three or four days, I reduced my use of the charcoal powder to just once a day.

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How?

Twice a day, brush your teeth using the Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. As I just mentioned, you have the option to brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste afterward, which I did.

Simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in the charcoal powder, brush, and rinse. That’s it!

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Results

Well, it’s obvious that I couldn’t get a picture in the same light on both the 1st day and 8th day (I wanted to get my full 7th day in before taking a picture). With that being said, it’s hard to tell from the comparison picture if I actually got any results.

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But in person, I think it’s actually working. I certainly don’t see a drastic difference, but the yellowing of my teeth seems to be slowly fading away. I will say, however, I didn’t get the instant results after one use like many others I’ve seen try an activated charcoal powder.

No instant results here!

My boyfriend has also been trying this charcoal powder and he swears by it. He had some yellow staining on his front two teeth and they are almost completely gone (the staining, not his teeth). As usual, I’m sure results vary per individual and use.

Do I Recommend?

Yes, I would recommend Nature Phil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. I will continue to use it myself, and because of my subtle results so far and my boyfriends results, I think it’s worth trying. Just don’t expect results after one use.

Tips

  • Brush with toothpaste afterward. With the charcoal powder there’s no minty fresh feeling and the charcoal really doesn’t have a taste (not that I was trying to taste it, but you know what I mean).
    • The charcoal also leaves small black particles lodged in your gums here and there, as well as a general black/gray tint to the gum border along your teeth. My understanding is this is normal no matter which brand of activated charcoal you use. To help rid of that, brushing with toothpaste afterward helps a bit.
  • It’s not necessary, but I used a different toothbrush for brushing with the charcoal powder and brushing with toothpaste. It just made me feel better because some of the charcoal will be left behind on the toothbrush. (My boyfriend used just one toothbrush for both.)
  • The charcoal is going to splatter all over the sink. And wall. And mirror. I recommend trying to brush close to the sink and cleaning up every day after brushing. And maybe even brushing without a shirt on because it may splatter on your shirt too.

Have you ever tried charcoal powder for teeth whitening? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

10 Day Foot Mask | Oil Pulling

*I am in no way, shape, or form a dental health expert and am strictly sharing my experience with this charcoal powder. For dental facts and emergencies, it’s best to consult your dentist. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

From Grief to Joy: Giving Hope to Infertile Couples

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Today I have a guest post on the topic of infertility, and the option of egg donors and IVF. This is not something I personally know anything about, as I have not had to deal with infertility myself, but I’m happy that my guest poster has graciously agreed to share some information about the options of egg donors and IVF treatment, for those readers who are going through infertility themselves. While I have no experience with it, I do have friends who struggle with infertility, so I’m happy to have this topic covered today.

Regardless of the life plans we make, the unexpected is bound to happen. Finding out your eggs aren’t viable for conception – or you’re unable to carry a pregnancy to term – is about as unexpected as it gets. Women struggling to get pregnant never imagine they’ll hear from their doctor that they are infertile. However, a couple’s dream of having a child and family reaches far beyond their diagnosis. This is why the egg donation process gives hope to couples struggling with infertility.

Emotional Turmoil

The emotions following such monumental news can be very intense. Negative emotions such as grief, anger, a sense of inadequacy, hopelessness, and depression are normal responses in such a stressful situation. Many couples seek professional counseling to deal with the resulting shock and emotional fallout.

Choosing Donor Eggs – a New Hope

For couples coping with infertility, choosing IVF using donor eggs can be a solution leading towards parenthood and a happy family. Nevertheless, the thought of a future child not being genetically connected to the mother can be quite challenging to deal with. So, coming to terms with the decision to use this method is very important for the mother’s overall well-being. In some cases, feelings of resentment towards the partner might develop as he would be the biological father to the child – thus having a ‘closer’ or ‘more real’ bond. Biological connection doesn’t equate to a stronger bond, however!

But this, too, is a normal part of the grieving process, and doesn’t make you a bad person in any way. Some couples even decide to use donor sperm as well. Honest and open communication between the partners is imperative for making a healthy compromise.

Choosing the Right Donor

Finding the right donor is perhaps the hardest and lengthiest step of the process for many couples. The criteria which are important to each of the partners may differ significantly. Therefore, it could take up to a few months for the couple to reach a mutually acceptable decision. Some women may also choose a close relative to be the donor, so they feel genetically closer to the future child.

Fresh or Frozen Donor Egg Cycle

Though largely similar, there are some key differences, including pros and cons, between these two methods.

Fresh donor egg cycles require the donor to be localized in your area and available at your convenience. This considerably limits the pool of available donors. Next, the donor’s medications, costs of travel, as well as other relevant costs make this method much more expensive than a frozen donor egg cycle. However, it offers slightly better chances of a successful pregnancy.

On the other hand, frozen donor egg cycle offers a substantially larger donor pool – at the fertility clinic, you are able to choose a donor from a national egg donor registry. Frozen donor eggs are more available and easier to obtain, plus all costs regarding the donor are already factored into the price of the cycle. This makes this method significantly cheaper than fresh.

Legal and Ethical Concerns

It is important to have all legalities on paper before implantation. Thankfully, if using a donor egg bank, they take care of this for you. Otherwise, you need a lawyer to draft a contract regarding the donor’s rights and involvement in the child’s life.

Quick Overview of the Implantation Process

After the initial interview, you will undertake several tests to determine if your uterus can carry a pregnancy to term. If all is well, you may begin the journey of donor egg IVF. Depending on the donor egg cycle you’ve chosen, the process of implantation differs.

In a fresh donor egg cycle, you and your donor are brought to the clinic and undergo a cycle synchronization treatment before the donor’s eggs are extracted, fertilized, and implanted into your uterus.

In a frozen donor egg cycle, the cryopreserved eggs are transported to your clinic where they are thawed and fertilized with the sperm of your partner or donor. After a period of 3 – 4 days, the most viable embryos are implanted inside your uterus.

The Big Moment and Happily Ever-After

After two weeks, you’ll be called back to the fertility clinic to take your HCG pregnancy test. This period of ‘calm before the storm’ can be accompanied by mixed feelings of anxiety, hopefulness, eagerness, or even a sense of impending doom if prior IVF treatments weren’t successful. Proper counseling and emotional support from your partner is vital to prepare yourself for the final outcome, whatever it may be. Nonetheless, when all is well and you are preparing bottles or cleaning up after your bundle of joy, you won’t be spending time thinking about genetics.

From Grief to Joy: Giving Hope to Infertile Couples | #infertility #IVF #eggdonor

The journey to parenthood can be long, hard, and costly – both emotionally and financially – but it pales in comparison to the immeasurable happiness and fulfillment of having a child. The latest advancements in medicine offer hope to many couples who might otherwise give up on their lifelong dream of becoming parents. There’s always hope!

*This is a guest post. Infertility, egg donors, and IVF treatment are not something I have personal experience with. Should you have serious questions about any of these, please consult with your physician. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

6 Tips for Teaching Kids Oral Hygiene

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~Thank you to Mouth Watchers® for providing product to the Making Time family and to Dr. Ronald Plotka for these amazing tips.~

With it being back to school season and all, it’s a good time to think and talk about routines. One thing that should be in everyone’s daily routine is oral hygiene. As adults, we know the importance of oral hygiene, but getting our kids on board can be a little difficult to say the least.

Dr. Ronald Plotka, the founder of Mouth Watchers®, has a few tips for us parents on how to teach our children that good oral hygiene is essential to their health and well-being.

1. Stay away from sugar.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit this one is hard. While sugar is an awesome treat for the taste buds, it’s definitely not a treat for teeth. So keep candies, cakes, ice cream, and pastries limited to special occasions.

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2. Skip soda.

For some this may be hard, but for my family it’s actually not. My kids are ages 2 and 5, and to this day neither one of them has had soda. On the other hand, I do enjoy a nice fizzy soda every now and then, but right now my kids recognize it as mommy’s drink and know they can’t sip from my cup. If your kids want something with a little flavor, try offering them flavored water or juices that are low in sugar.

3. Fill up on fluoride.

Fluoride is good for little pearly whites. In fact, fluoride toothpastes reduce cavities in kids from 15% to 30%. Even the fluoride in public water supply reduces cavity rates by up to 40%. Good thing we drink the filtered water from our fridge!

4. Set up a schedule.

Oral hygiene should be part of any good routine. Try making it a family affair and have everyone brush their teeth at the same time. I’m not saying get the whole family in the bathroom at once because hey, that just ain’t happening, especially in this house. But while you’re brushing your teeth, have your kiddo practice brushing his. All it takes is a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on his Mouth Watchers® Youth Manual Toothbrush.

6 Tips for Teaching Kids Oral Hygiene #MouthWatchers #oralhygiene

My son is so used to me brushing his teeth that he doesn’t even want to try it himself, and that is not going to fly anymore. He needs to learn how to properly clean his own teeth and take control of his own oral hygiene.

5. Make it fun to floss.

Let’s take a poll. How many of you actually floss on a daily basis? Or even floss at all? I’ll admit that I am definitely slacking in the floss department. Make flossing fun by creating a fun flossing activities or a reward chart.

One activity I saw not too long ago, that peaked my interest, was using a Mega Block and putting some peanut butter between the pegs. Then give your child a string of yarn to floss the peanut butter out from between the pegs. It’s just like flossing teeth, but on a bigger and obviously more fun scale! If you want to make it more challenging, try using a LEGO and letting them use actual floss.

6. Say goodbye to pacifiers.

Now, I’m not one to judge the way other parents do their parenting. We’re all different and I respect that, but I will say that when I see kids who have to be at least three years old still with a pacifier in their mouth, I start to question things. The presence of a pacifier can harm the development and growth of the mouth and teeth. Prolonged use can cause changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth and create problems with tooth alignment.

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So get rid of that pacifier as soon as possible! Luckily, my son was done with his by about 15 months and my daughter never even took to a pacifier, so we never had a problem there.

Start teaching good oral care at an early age. Encourage your kids by practicing healthy hygiene habits at home and with help from Mouth Watchers®! With the antimicrobial and flossing bristles that make up Mouth Watchers® toothbrushes, the whole family will feel like they just visited the dentist.

How are you teaching your kids good oral hygiene habits?

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*Thank you to Mouth Watchers® for providing product to the Making Time family and to Dr. Ronald Plotka for these amazing tips. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Build Your Own Bundle at Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly
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To all of my fellow Ecocentric Mom lovers (or future lovers), there’s a fun new feature on the website that I just know you are going to enjoy – Build Your Own Bundle! Today I’m going to give you the low down on how Build Your Own Bundle works and share with you my first one.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Ecocentric Mom, it is hands down THE best eco-friendly subscription box around. At least that’s how I feel about it. With nothing but all-natural, organic, non-toxic products for mom, baby, and your family/home in general, there’s no better way to try new products. And if you get something in your box that you can’t live without, chances are it can be purchased individually at Ecocentric Mom too.




Let’s get into the new Build Your Own Bundle feature! It never fails, no matter type of subscription box you have, there will always be times you get something in the box that either you can’t use, or just isn’t something you want to use. Ecocentric Mom has eliminated that problem with the Build Your Own Bundle feature.

You choose every item that comes in the box, so when it arrives on your doorstep and you open it up, there are no surprises. On the flip side, I understand surprises are sometimes fun, but what’s not fun is spending money on products you won’t use.

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly

Right now Ecocentric Mom has phased out their monthly Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and replaced them with a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle (for mom/$29.99) and a Build Your Own Pregnancy Bundle (for expectant moms/$39.99).

But never fear, the Mom & Baby monthly subscription box is still available. So moms with infants/toddlers up to age 2 years, are still covered.

So, how do the Build Your Own Bundle boxes work? It’s super easy! You go to the desired Build Your Own Bundle box and from drop-down menus choose the products you want. I recently created a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle and got to choose full size products from each of these categories:

  • Luxury Skincare/Beauty
  • Clean Beauty/Makeup
  • Health & Wellness
  • Eco-Lifestyle Accessory

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In each category you have at least five products to choose from and sometimes more. Every month new items are added, so you don’t have to worry about lack of  variety to choose from. This time around, for my clean lifestyle bundle, I chose:

  • Marine Granules Exfoliator by Previse
  • Lip Locked Stain by Mana Kadar Beauty (I have one of these from a previous Ecocentric Mom box and LOVE it! It’s my everyday go-to color, no matter what kind of mood I’m in, so having a backup doesn’t hurt.)
  • Simply Organic Sunblock by Z Skin Cosmetics
  • Snack Happens Reusable Snack and Everything Bag by Itzy Ritzy

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When my box arrived, which was just like three days after placing my order, that’s exactly what was in my box. I even had a little added bonus snack bar by MadeGood. It was delicious, by the way.

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Oh, and did I mention the amazing savings you’re getting? The Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle is $29.99, but you’re getting full size products that can retail upwards of $100. That is some awesome savings!

So what do you think? Doesn’t get much easier, right? No wasting money on unwanted products. And no wondering what’s going to come in this month’s box. It’s a win-win!

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Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

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It’s a new edition of Try It Tuesday and this week I tried oil pulling. Well, the past four weeks I’ve been trying oil pulling. Have you ever heard of it? Ever tried it? Want to try it? Keep reading to see what oil pulling is all about and what kind of results I got!

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is the act of swishing around oil in your mouth to improve dental health. From the research I’ve done, there isn’t any solid evidence as to the effectiveness of oil pulling, but many sources indicate oil pulling has the following effects, among others:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Less dental sensitivity
  • Fresher breath
  • Cures tooth decay
  • Reduces plaque
  • Improves skin
  • Helps with headaches

It’s believed that oil pulling literally pulls the toxins from your mouth, teeth and body, creating a healthier mouth and healthier you. Okay, so how true is all of this? I have no idea, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Process

The process of oil pulling is really simple. You swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, spit it out, rinse with water (or salt water), and brush your teeth as usual.

Easy right?

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

I’ve read you can use just about any type of oil, and have seen instances of vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and sesame oil being used. I’m not sure if it really matters which oil you use, but I chose to go with coconut oil just in case I happen to swallow a little.

You’re not supposed to swallow any of it because you’d be swallowing the toxins you’re trying to get rid of, but if I happened to swallow some by accident I didn’t want it to be something like vegetable or olive oil. Yuck! I’m gagging just thinking about swallowing those.

I also chose coconut oil because of it’s known healing properties. I have been having really bad tooth sensitivity the past few months and would try anything to get rid of it. I would have gone to the dentist by now to get checked for cavities, but I don’t have dental insurance, so a home remedy it is.

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The brand I used was Kala Coconut Oil from Kala Oils. I had this on hand from an Ecocentric Mom box that I had previously gotten and hadn’t used it yet, so I figured why not. It was a way for me to put it to good use!

Results

The exact process I followed was a tablespoon of coconut oil once a day, for 10 minutes, for four weeks (minus a few days because life happens).

Right away I could tell a difference in how my mouth felt. Throughout the day, and even after eating, my teeth and mouth just felt cleaner and fresher than usual. And you know how sometimes you might wake up with a nasty taste in your mouth. That was completely gone.

As for my tooth sensitivity, I think oil pulling has helped a little, but the sensitivity hasn’t completely subsided. I’m thinking there’s a good chance I already have enough damage to the sensitive area, that nothing can help but maybe a cavity filling. I’m also starting to wonder if maybe one of my fillings has fallen out. So, looks like I’ll be paying for a dentist’s visit sometime soon after all.

As far as whitening my teeth, there’s been some subtle lightening. It’s hard to get great photos of my teeth with the same type of lighting to ensure I’m showing actual results, but I did the best I could. So take a look at day 1 and day 28.

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I can’t really say how many shades lighter my teeth are, but I can personally see a difference when I look in the mirror. Nothing drastic, but a difference nonetheless, so I’ll take it.

So is it worth the effort? I say yes if you’re looking for better general dental health. I like how my mouth and teeth feel compared to before and that’s good enough for me. But I don’t think it’s necessary to practice oil pulling every day. I’ll continue to practice it, but maybe just twice a week or so. For tooth sensitivity relief I’ll have to look elsewhere, and for whitening I think oil pulling longer term will offer better results, but I have plans to try some other things too.




Tips & Suggestions

If you’re going to try oil pulling, I’ve come up with a few do’s and don’ts. I’m sure if you go at it alone, you’ll come to the same conclusions.

Start small – If you feel like a tablespoon is too much, start with a teaspoon and test it out. You don’t have to jump right in. You also don’t have to start at 10 or 20 minutes, but try 5 minutes instead.

Do not use hardened coconut oil – If using coconut oil, you don’t want to start with it’s hardened form. Do something to melt it to liquid before putting it in your mouth. The oil would eventually melt in your mouth from the warmth, but it takes longer than you’d probably like and when measuring a tablespoon of hardened coconut oil, once it melts you’ll end up with more in your mouth than you bargained for.

Do not swish aggressively – There’s no need to swish the oil aggressively like mouthwash. It will tire you out. Just occasionally swish it through your teeth.

Do not swallow the oil – It’s really hard to hold and swish around a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes without swallowing. The tablespoon doubles in size as time passes, supposedly from the toxins it’s pulling and also the saliva that collects in your mouth. There were times I just had to swallow and suggest pushing all of the oil to the front of your teeth so you can swallow lightly without taking in too much of the oil and toxins.

Practice oil pulling while occupied – Let’s be real. When you are holding something in your mouth for 10 minutes, those can be the longest 10 minutes of your life. I suggest practicing oil pulling when you are occupied with something. My favorite time to do it is in the shower. From the time I jumped in, bathed and got out and dressed, it was right at or just past 10 minutes. You could also do it while folding laundry, loading the dishwasher, anything that keeps your mind occupied on something else.

Spit the oil in the trash – Whatever you do, always spit the oil out in the trash. Don’t spit it down the sink, especially if you’re using coconut oil because it will harden as soon as it cools off. I’m sure the last thing you want is a clogged drain to deal with.

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And not really a tip or suggestion, but hope that a sneeze or yawn doesn’t come along because if you can’t stop it, you’re going to end up with oil everywhere. Trust me. I know from experience.

Have you tried oil pulling? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

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*I am in no way, shape or form a dental health expert and am strictly sharing my experience with oil pulling. For dental facts and emergencies, it’s best to consult your dentist. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Eliminating Unwanted Odors is Safe and Easy with EnviroKlenz

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My boyfriend recently told me I was addicted to doing laundry. Addicted to laundry? Oh, please. Nobody likes doing laundry, right?

Well, the truth is, unlike most people I do actually like doing laundry (minus putting it away), but I’m certainly not addicted to it. I’d definitely rather spend my time doing something else and I only do our laundry when it needs to be done. That’s it.

Lately, I’ve been noticing the laundry pile starts to smell after just a few days. I think a lot of it has to do with wet dish rags and bath towels piling up, and getting that musty, moldy, mildew smell. And it’s even hard to get rid of those smells after a regular cycle through the wash. That is, until I started using EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer.

EnviroKlenz offers a variety of home products that eliminate odors and chemicals in your everyday life – laundry and linens, air space, home surfaces and more. As the name suggests, EnviroKlenz products are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and fragrance free. The products are completely safe for those who have sensitivities to certain smells and rather than adding additional fragrances, the products eliminate the source of the unwanted odor.

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I first tried EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in my regular laundry. Everything from under garments, to pants and tees, kitchen linens and bathroom towels. I don’t think our laundry has ever smelt and felt so fresh. And I say it smelled fresh, but what I mean by that is all odors had been eliminated. No body odors, no perfumes, no musty and moldy smells, nothing but odor free clothes and linens.

The product itself is an odorless, milky white substance that’s sort of thick and foamy. The directions are to add 1/4 cup (small load) or 1/2 cup (large load) after letting the washing machine fill partially with water, and before loading clothes in the machine.

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Unfortunately, I have a digital washing machine and have to load the clothes in order for the machine to properly sense the amount of water needed for the load. So I put the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in the oxi section of the detergent tray and didn’t have a problem.

Then as I was putting my kids’ clothes away in their room, I realized the room itself didn’t smell as clean as it could. My kids are only ages 5 and 1, so where the heck the odor even came from, I have no idea. Maybe it was just from everyday use. I decided to try EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer on their bedroom rugs considering the amount of traffic they get.

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You guys!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a difference it made and the product didn’t alter or damage the color of the rugs or anything. I walk in and it’s like a whole ‘nother room. Simply washing their rugs with EnviroKlenz made the whole room feel and smell lighter.

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Why do my kids have so many blankets out?

 

And I didn’t stop there. I took it a step further and washed the blankets they were using. I’m now at the point where I’m going through my home and literally washing everything that can go in the washing machine.

Hmm, I guess I can see why my boyfriend thinks I’m addicted to doing the laundry.

We’ve lived in our apartment for seven months now and have never taken the opportunity to wash the shower curtain or the living room curtains, so that’s been done too. I’m telling you, the whole place feels and smells lighter now. Just imagine how musty these linens were before from all the in and out, the use they’re getting and the everyday smells that come through our home. They’re soaking it all up and I never realized how much they needed to be washed, all the way down to eliminating the odors I got so used to.

So, anyone else want to join me in this laundry “addiction?” Get your EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer right from the EnviroKlenz website today!

How will you use EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer?

Pet accidents and odors? Potty training accidents? Musty clothes or linens in the closet? Pulling out clean sheets from the closet and finding they smell musty is the worst! Cigarette smoke? Perfumes? Sweaty sports smells? Everyday odors?

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