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Sep 30, 2011

Prefense hand sanitizer Review & Giveaway! (CLOSED)

I have two very curious little kids. I do feel that being exposed to some germs can be good, but too many times we are in places where germs are just out of control. We cannot know exactly how often tables are cleaned and how well. When was the last time that play gym was cleaned? When were we last able to wash our hands?
Now I can rest a little easier since I have Prefense. Prefense is a great hand sanitizer that does not use alcohol. It is all-natural, so it won't hurt if swallowed. This makes it totally safe for kids and it lasts a long time. I have used this for LJ and my nephews when we went to a local McDonald's. I especially used it before eating when they had already been on the playground. I knew that it would last all through them eating and playing and keep them from getting whatever germs might be on the equipment. All I can say is that my little bottle of Prefense came just in time!
What do I mean by it lasts a long time? Prefense will actually work to protect against germs for over 24 hours or 10 hand washings. I love that! The reason it lasts so long is that the silica base forms a protective layer that stays in place for up to 24 hours. Some tests have shown this to last up to 60 hours (I found this tidbit on the side of my bottle).
By not using alcohol, I don't worry about it being on my son's hands. Prefense is water based which also means that it is non-flammable. Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains, and more.
The scent is also great. It doesn't smell like much, but there is a slight citrus-y scent to it. The foaming action helps it to stay on little wiggle worm hands until it is rubbed in.
You can buy Prefense on their website at: http://www.prefense.com/products/. It can also be purchased on Amazon. This is a nice option for those who use Amazon perks like "Free Super Saver Shipping" or "Amazon Prime." Or you can enter my Giveaway and win one of their 8 oz bottles. The 8 oz bottle has about 640 applications in there. That means if you use the one spray a day (since it lasts that long), you could be using this same bottle for almost 2 years! How awesome?! Prefense can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sep 23, 2011

Thank Goodness for Pediatric Dentists

LJ is getting bigger every day. He is over three years old. I don't know where the time has gone really. I knew that he needed to go to the dentist for his first check-up. Until a few months ago we had one dental insurance, but the pediatric dentist that I used to go to was on on the list. I know that our regular dentist also takes kids, but how well do they handle kids when it is their first trip to the dentist and they are scared? I really had no clue and I didn't want LJ's first visit to the dentist to be a bad one.
I wanted to make sure that when I took him to his first dentist appointment, that he knew it would not hurt and that the dentist was not a bad thing. When I found out that our dental insurance was changing, I quickly looked up and saw my old dentist was on the list. I was thrilled.
Yesterday LJ had his very first dental appointment. At first he was scared and he did not want to cooperate. I understood that, but the dental assistant was great and worked with John until he was comfortable letting her see his teeth and he even let her brush his teeth with her "tickle" toothbrush. When it was time for the dentist to come and look at LJ's teeth, he again was wary, but Dr. Pyke let him move at his own pace of showing his teeth to the doctor and letting LJ hold the mirror that looks at the back of his teeth.
Did you know that over 50% of three year olds have cavities? I was happy when we learned that LJ did not have any in this visit. He will even have his name in the local paper as part of the no cavity club.
I am so happy that LJ's first time at the dentist could be a goodone. I am convinced that by taking him to a pediatric dentist made all the difference.
Do you take your kids to a special pediatric dentist or a family dentist? 
Does it make a difference in your mind?

Until next time... Happy Living!

Sep 11, 2011

What today brings

Many people are stopping to reflect today. Many people are taking moments to remember what happened ten years ago and what they were doing when events transpired. September 11, 2001 is a day that many will never forget.
Ten years ago I had just started college. My husband (then fiancee) and I went to the same campus of Penn State. We drove together and when one had a class and the other didn't, we waited for each other. That morning, Hubby had a test to take in his one math class. He had class with two other friends from high school. As we were all talking before the class, one said a friend just told them that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. We were like, what? We had no concept of what this meant. We all figured it was a small bi-plane or something like that. Maybe even a joke (we had many jokers in our group). Hubby and friends went into the class and began their test. I found a chair in the lobby of the building and sat there doing homework and just killing time. I would say within a half hour of the beginning of the class, maintenance workers and some faculty from the college were around the one TV that hung in the lobby trying to fix it and get it to show the news. I didn't pay a ton of mind to it, until they got it fixed.
When I looked at the pictures on the screen and listened to what was being said, I realized that this was so much more than we originally thought. The crowd of students and staff kept growing and a group of maybe 30 or more of us were sitting and standing there watching the screen as we watched the second plane hit. Then we were all watching as the towers fell. And when we heard that a plane hit the pentagon.
So much happened in the time it took Hubby to finish that math test. Classes were cancelled for the rest of the day and they made sure students would be okay driving home if they did not live on campus. Everyone was in some state of shock as to what happened that morning.
I was just glad that Hubby and I had driven together. He could drive and my head could spin. My aunt lived in NYC and she went to NYU. I did not know where in her travels she would be in the city and if she was anywhere close to the towers. Another aunt and her family live in Yonkers and her son worked in the city as well. I didn't know how they were. I had a brother who had only recently retired from working at the pentagon and an uncle who still worked there. Were they both away from the Pentagon when this all happened?
We were all wanting to find out about those we cared for and make sure they were okay. We were all on cell phones trying to find out as much as we could. We all crashed the system and we couldn't get through.
Truly this is as far as I really remember of that day. Everything else has turned to a blur. It blurred quickly for me.
Today Hubby is playing in a concert with the Alumni Band in our area. There will be choirs, the band and a soloist. It will be reminiscent of a concert the band did shortly after that day. This is how we are remembering ten years. We are taking time to remember those who left this world that day and those who are out there still fighting for those who fell that day.

Until next time...

Sep 9, 2011

Free Tea Anyone?

I know I do not post many deals and such on my blog. Sometimes, though, one catches my fancy and I think you all may enjoy it as well. Come winter, I am a huge tea drinker. Actually, I drink tea all year, but winter is time for the hot tea. I love my breakfast teas and mint teas, as well as others. One company I have loved for their tea selections is Twinings. Usually though I only get this when I am out somewhere, as I opt for the classic Red Rose box when at home.
While cruising the latest deals online, I found one that I instantly loved. Right now Twinings USA is offering Three free samples of tea on their site. They have a bunch of different flavors for you to choose from. Personally I decided to try out their OFTC (organic & fair trade certified) breakfast blend, decaf English blend, and pure peppermint herbal teas.
So, if you are anything like me and love your tea, Twinings has a great deal for you right now. Who doesn't love trying new types of tea for free?

If you cannot click on the links above, here it is again:

Until next time... Happy Tasting!

Sep 8, 2011

Growing up so fast!

You know, children just grow up way too fast it seems. I have thought that so many times LJ was born. Then again I have felt that way since not long after my younger sister was born (she is 14). Now my baby girl has me saying it all over again. BG is growing bigger everyday.
My baby is already 7 months old and she has at least one tooth. I say at least because I think she may be cutting her second tooth only days after cutting her first tooth. When BG was one day shy of 7 months, she had one of her crankiest days. It just was not like her to not be happy playing on the floor or swinging if mommy had to put her down. I just did not know what was going on with her until finally mid afternoon she grabbed my one finger and started to gum it. That is when I realized that her gums were no longer smooth. BG's very first tooth was already cut through her gums. Of course! That was why she was so unhappy. I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier. Well, I sort of do. When at her latest well check, her teeth didn't seem like they were imminent or anything like that, and that was the opinion of the doctor.
I knew that she was working on teeth, but that they were maybe a little further away. But now my girl has one tooth in the lower gum line. She has had a few more cranky days and I believe she may be working on one or maybe even two more teeth within the next few weeks. Who knows, it may only be a few days before the next one cuts through. If that is the case, I feel bad for my girl. That cannot be much fun.
As it stands, BG is growing very well. She started regular foods and I have been making most of them. We haven't really gone in any order of what she tries, we just keep it simple. At her well check she came out great. For weight she is in the 32-35 percentile. She is just over 50% for her height. She does have a big head though (66%). I think it is from all of those compliments she keeps getting. :)

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