Protect your pet’s dental with Greenies


Dog dental health

Did you brush your teeth today? I’d like to think that in this day and age most people know to brush their teeth a bare minimum of once per day (ideally after every meal or at least once in the AM and once before bedtime).

If you don’t take care of your teeth you are aware of what can happen. They can become riddled with cavities and require extensive dental work. If you have ever had to have a root canal you’ll make extra certain to take great care of your teeth. Those are the worse!

When it comes to your pet’s teeth, how often do you brush them?

Yes, that’s right. Your pet’s teeth require brushing just like your teeth too. We found that out the hard way on our last vet visit with our dog.

The groomer normally brushes our dog’s teeth when he gets groomed every 2-3 months. We thought that was enough. We figured with the dog treats he eats that they would help take care of any plaque and tarter build up. We were wrong.

Our dog now has major dental issues. So much so that we have to save up HUNDREDS of dollars to have a dental procedure done to remove the plaque and tarter build up otherwise he can lose his teeth.

I’ve had dogs all my life. This is the first time this has ever happened. None of our other dogs had this issue. Sigh…

Our dog Espn

Our dog Espn

Banfield Vet Dr. Andrea Sanchez has partnered with Greenies dental chews to help raise awareness around the signs of dental disease and how to prevent it, a few tips include:

Check for signs of dental disease: yellow, brown, loose or missing teeth; red or swollen gums; difficulty chewing; discoloration or tartar on teeth; and decreased appetite.

Flip, Check, Treat:

  • Flip your dog’s lip to look for the signs of bad oral health, such as bad breath and tartar build up on teeth.
  • Schedule regular visit to Banfield Pet Hospital or your vet to get teeth checked and professionally cleaned.
  • Treat your dog to GREENIES® dental chews in between teeth cleanings. Dogs love these dental chews, and as you can imagine it’s a lot faster to give a dog a treat than to brush their teeth.

There is a non-invasive way to help care for your pet’s teeth. They are called Greenies. Perhaps you are familiar with them?

Greenies even look like little toothbrushes. I think that is an adorable idea.


Greenies are available in different sizes. Be sure to choose the Greenie based on the size of your dog.

  • TEENIE® Treats: 5-15 lbs./2-7 kg
  • Petite: 15-25 lbs./7-11 kg
  • Regular: 25-50 lbs./11-22 kg
  • Large: 50-100 lbs./22-45 kg
  • Jumbo: More Than 100 lbs./More Than 45 kg

Our dog Espn is about 20 pounds, so he has the Petite Greenies.

There might be other dental chews on the market, but none compare to Greenies. Greenies are the first dental chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council and received their Seal of Acceptance. They are also the #1 vet-recommended pet specialty dental chews and treats* (*Among U.S. veterinarians that recommend dental chews and treats for at-home oral care).

Greenie Bag

Greenies also help with bad breath, in addition to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If you ever smelled a dog’s breath before you know why that is equally important. A dog’s breath can smell very foul, especially after they eat.

Greenies are easy to use too. Just give your dog a Greenies treat and let them chew it up and enjoy it as they would any other dog bone/treat. They are safe and easily digestible. Greenies contain highly soluble ingredients which help the chews to break down for easy digestion. They are even more digestible than premium dry dog food.

Greenies are found in pet specialty stores such as PetSmart and coming soon to Petco. Starting this year Greenies is also adding more options for pets and pet owners including flavored Greenies (Freshmint and Bursting Berry) as well as Grain Free varieties. Our dog Espn would LOVE the Bursting Berry flavor. He love fruits.

For more information about Greenies visit www.Greenies.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you ever used Greenies with your pet? How do you tend to your pet’s oral and dental health? Have you ever brushed your pet’s teeth before?

Greenies Logo


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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National Poison Prevention Week – Keep Your Detergents “Up, Up and Away”



Did you know that March 15th – March 21st is National Poison Prevention Week?

National Poison Prevention Week was created to remind people to consider the risks of poisonous and hazardous products and materials around your household and the potential risks involved. Those especially vulnerable are children and pets who can’t read or understand labels.

There are many products in your home RIGHT NOW that are poisonous and could make someone seriously ill, or worse yet, died from complications. Such products include household cleaners, pesticides, plants and medications.

90% of poisonings occur in the home. That is a very scary statistic.

When my children were younger I was very conscientious about keeping potentially deadly products out of their reach. I had child safety locks on the cabinets and door knobs (so they couldn’t open up certain doors). I also made sure to keep many products high up the top shelves in the cabinets out of their reach. In addition I had the number for the Poison Control Center prominently displayed on our refrigerator.


Tide and Gain have partnered with parenting & lifestyle expert, Rosie Pope, best known for her Bravo reality show Pregnant in Heels, to help parents across the country create safe (homes and) laundry rooms.

My family uses those “pillow” like laundry detergent products. I never thought about how potentially deadly they could be for children. I never thought about how tempting they could be for a child to play with or put in their mouths.

I took a look at the pods/”pillows” and realized that they had the look and feel of a gummy-like “candy.” They are also fragile so a child could easily squeeze the fluid on the inside all over themselves or worse yet – in their mouth!

Now I’ll never look at laundry detergent “pods” the same way. I’m glad my kids are teens and know better but we still have a curious dog and cats. I wouldn’t want my dog to eat one of these either.


Rosie has some great tips that parents, grandparents and caregivers should really take to heart.

Up Up Away

If the graphic is hard to read on your computer you can pull up a larger image (one you could save and print out) here – Up Up and Away Tips.

Additional safety tips can be found on the P&G website, www.PGEveryday.com/tag/Safe-Home.

These are some really great tips. Some tips seem obvious, like putting laundry and cleaning products high up on a shelf, but you would be surprised at how many people still continue to store poisonous products under their sinks or on low shelves.

Even if you put things on a higher shelf a child could still gain access to it. That is why it’s important to put a safety lock on all doors and cabinets regardless of how “out of the way” you think the products are. Children are crafty and resourceful. It doesn’t take a child long to realize that they can step on a chair or climb up on the counter to reach for something that interests them.

I like the tip about keeping products in their original containers. That is  great idea. That way you have all the necessary information about what the product is made of to give to the Poison Control Center in the event you ever need to call them (which I hope NEVER happens).

I also like the idea of getting down to a child’s level to look at your home from their eyes at their level. That can help you pick up on potentially dangerous situations such as uncovered outlets, plugs, wires and more.

Cabinet locks and other safety products are found at many retail locations.

Cabinet locks and other safety products are found at many retail locations.

In addition, the tip about doing a safety check every few months is a great idea. I think people should get in the habit of doing that at least 2-3 times a day. Perhaps you can make note to do that when the time changes, just like you would the batteries in your smoke alarm.

Now that I have you thinking about poisoning prevention I hope that you’ll take some time today or this week to look around your home for potential risks and quickly remedy the situation to avoid accidental poisoning.

For the National Poison Control Center please called 1-800-222-1222. Write this number down and display it someplace prominent in your home such as on the fridge or near you home phone. You can also add it to your contacts in your cellphone that way you have access to it when you are away from home or on vacation.

You can also visit Poison.org for more information.

Is your home protected? Do you keep your cleaning, laundry and other poisonous products high up on a locked shelf? If not, will you make sure to do that ASAP?

Do you have any experience with accidental poisoning? Feel free to share any tips you might have.

Poison Help


*I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a few laundry samples and a safety lock in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Get ready for fun in the sun with UV Skinz



After a brutally cold winter it feels like “summer” when we hit 50 degrees these days. Fifty degrees is still very cold, but it’s a lot warmer than the 2 degree temperatures we had just weeks ago.

Even though it was only 50 degrees yesterday I wore a short sleeve top to work and when I left I didn’t put my coat on. Ahh… warmer weather feels so good.

Warmer weather means short sleeves, tank tops, shorts, capris and flip flops. It means that we shed the many layers of clothing we’ve worn for the past few months in favor of more skin baring clothing. We also spend more time outside.

Exposing your skin to the sun is fine for  few minutes each day. It helps your body with an important vitamin – Vitamin D.

Exposing your skin to the sun can also be very harmful and downright dangerous. Too much sun can prematurely age your skin, give you sun burn and even skin cancer.

Did you know that you should always wear sunscreen even in the winter months? Any time your skin will be exposed to the sun for more than 10 minutes you should apply sunscreen. During the winter months when you are covered up you should consider wearing sunscreen on your face and neck if it’s exposed in any way.


Growing up I never wore sunscreen – ever. As an adult I am paying the price for that. When I was younger there wasn’t s much information about the potential harm from the sun’s rays as there is today. My kids always wore sunscreen. They are teens now and don’t always apply sunscreen, even at our insistence.

When I was a young girl I had skin poisoning several times, sometimes swelling up to the point of non-recognition. My cousin’s remember one time when that happened and we were camping. My whole face ballooned up because I had really bad sunburn.

As a result of too much sun I had to have many “suspicious” moles and marks removed from my skin. And let me tell you it was NOT a pleasant experience. It hurts – A LOT. I hope and pray I don’t ever have to go through that again.

I hate wearing sunscreen. Its ooey, gooey, sticky and slimy. I’m always on the look out for alternative products that will help me to protect my skin.

I have heard of clothing that is made in such a way as to block the harmful rays from the sun. Sunscreen alone is not always enough.

Did you know that 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed each year? That is scary! Not only that the incidence of melanoma in teenagers has increased by 100% over the past 10 years.

UV Skinz, the leader in UPF sun-safe clothing, which blocks out 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. Their products are certified to have upwards of UPF 50+ sun protection. They have products for babies, children, women and men including plus sizes (yeah!) and accessories.

I have never tired clothing made to protect you from the sun. I assumed it would feel weird, stiff and not very comfortable.

UV Skinz outfit

I was under the false impression that UV protection clothing had some kind of chemical or residue on it to protect you from the sun. That is not the case. The material the clothing is made from is so tightly woven that the sun’s rays simply cannot penetrate into the clothing, therefore blocking the harmful rays from getting to your skin.

UV Skinz let me try out some of their clothing to see for myself how it feels. I received a pair of capri pants and a swim top that looks a lot like a sports bra. I’m not one to hang out at the pool or beach too often so I wanted something I could wear that could get wet and dry quickly if I decided to go into the water, but at the same time look like clothing so I could wear it to take a stroll on the boardwalk too.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the clothing was very soft and light weight feeling. I thought maybe it would feel a bit heavy seeing as how the fibers are tightly woven together. The clothing has a very lightweight feel to it. It kind of reminds me of parachute material. I think that is great considering on stifling hot and humid days I certainly do not want to wear heavy clothing. UV Skinz is lightweight and breathable and very comfortable.

Sorry that I don’t have any photos of me modeling the clothing. I’m not keen on having my picture taken, most especially anything that shows off my plus-size figure.

The products I received to review are the Swim Bra (black) and Swim Jammers capri-like pants (also in black so they look like a set).

UV Skinz

Of course I don’t look as wonderful in the clothing as the sexy model does. LOL! Plus she’s wearing shorts. I have the Jammerz which are more like capris because they come down to my knee. The above picture makes them look like shorts. They really look like this.


These are super comfortable to wear. So much so I could easily wear them around the house (I wouldn’t wear the top “as is” – I would put another shirt over it). I can wear the pants just about any where (except work). I like that my legs are covered up and protected from the harmful rays of the sun.

UV Skinz are not just for the beach or the pool. Their clothing is for most any activity you do outside in the sun whether it’s golf, walking, hiking or simply running errands around town or playing with your dog in the backyard.

Here are must a few more examples of UV Skinz clothing.

UV SKinz clothing

If you would like to see what UV Skinz has to offer you can visit them online at UVSkinz.com. They offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50.00. You can also find the brand on social media (all links are found on their home page).

What do you think about UV Skinz? Do you have any experience dealing with the harmful rays of the sun? Do you make sure you and your family are always protected? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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What’s in my bag?

Whats in my bag

Do you ever wonder what women keep in their handbags?

Handbags come in so many different shapes and sizes. It always amazes me how many women can totally maximize any size bag and fill it with everyday necessities – and then some.

I will admit that at one point I used to carry a huge bag. I had everything in my bag. I’m surprised I didn’t carry around the kitchen sink. Ha Ha.

After lugging around a diaper bag for many years I opted to minimize my purse. These days I typically carry a small wristlet that holds my wallet and car keys. On days that I go to work I have a different bag because I never know what I might need during the day.

Let’s see what is in my bag.

Inside my handbag you’ll find my wristlet. I have a bag in a bag. When I’m not at work I leave my larger handbag in my car and take the smaller handbag with me when I run errands.

I carry snacks in my handbag such as granola bars or breakfast bars. I only work part time (3 1/2 hours) in the morning, however sometimes I get a little hungry while at work. I can’t leave my job to get anything to eat so I make sure to pack a little something with me so I have something to hold me over until I can get home and make lunch.

Hand Lotion

I always carry some kind of a hand lotion/cream. I wash my hands frequently at work which can really dry out your skin. I always apply lotion on my hands after I wash them to keep them from drying out. There is nothing worse than dry skin that splits open and bleeds.

I always carry my phone charger with me. Normally I have a portable charger in my bag too but I need to recharge it so that I have plenty of “juice” when I need it and I can’t find an outlet.

I carry Tylenol or Advil just in case I get a headache and pills in case I get an upset stomach.

You’ll always find some kind of lip balm in my bag. I need to keep my lips kissably soft for my hubby.

Most of the time my job is pretty easy going, however there are times when it can be totally insane – so much so that I get really frazzled and stressed out. I hate feeling that way. I feel like it sucks the energy out of me.

RESCUE Pastilles

I keep a tin of RESCUE Pastilles in my bag. They are natural, homeopathic lozenge that you chew on to help you feel more calm and less stressed. The ingredients are slowly released into your body as you chew one one.

The RESCUE brand has been trusted for generations and their products are used by people around the world. Their products – developed by a doctor – are gentle, safe and most importantly not habit forming and produce no side effects.

My family has used RESCUE products often over the years. My son has a bit of anxiety and he uses RESCUE products to help him feel more at ease. This is especially helpful when he has a text or presentation coming up.

The Pastilles are new to me. I’ve used other RESCUE products. I recently started to use the Pastilles.

RESCUE products

I like the portability of the tin. I don’t have to worry about them lozenges getting flattened in my bag.

RESCUE Pastilles are available in different flavors. Currently I am enjoying the Black Current flavor. They taste really good. Even my kids like the flavor (my son has used RESCUE products in the past – my daughter tried one because she was a bit frazzled by a debate at school she was working on).

RESCUE offers a variety of products in a variety of forms (lozenges, spray, gum, pills…) making them easy and convenient to use.

RESCUE products are available at many retail locations both online and off line including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, CVS and Walgreens (here in the US) and just about any place else that sells natural products.

I find that the products do help me feel less frazzled, which is important to me. I cannot afford to feel stressed out. I’m a busy person and I don’t want to waste my time feeling stressed.

RESCUE Black Current Pastilles

If you would like to learn more about RESCUE products visit the RESCUE website. There you can also find also find a valuable coupon.

When you are feeling stressed, how do you cope? I would love to hear from my readers. Feel free to share your thoughts.

Have you tried any RESCUE products? If so, which one/ones? What do you think about the brand and products?

RESCUE product shot


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Sterilizing baby bottles (and more!) just got easier with UviCube


Baby Bottles

I would not consider myself a “germophobe”, but I am concerned about germs and bacteria and the harm it can cause my family. I’ve always been that way – ever since my kids were babies.

Most first time parents are overly cautious when it comes to germs. They even go so far as to make sure everyone washes their hands before touching the child. And heaven forbid a pacifier or teething toy falls on to the ground. I think most parents would rather toss it away instead of having to boil water to sterilize it again.

Our son was a preemie and we had to be extra careful to ensure he didn’t get sick. I still remember boiling huge pots of water to drop all his bottles, nibbles, pacifiers and other items that went into his mouth (teething rings, favorite teething toy…). It was time consuming to say the least. Every night (sometimes even during the day) I had to boil everything to make sure it was sanitized. I always dreamed of an easier way to make sure our children’s items were sanitized for their protection.


There is a new product on the market that makes sanitizing your baby’s bottles and pacifiers quicker and easier. It’s called UviCube.

UviCube Dries, Disinfects and Stores. Unlike traditional sterilizing baby bottle methods, UviCube has a drying function for baby bottles, baby bottle nipples, sippy cups, pacifiers and other similar containers before disinfecting them with the power of UV light. This ability allows you to save time, including precious counter top space instead of having to lay out all of your baby’s items out to dry.

The UviCube looks like a small “microwave.”


UviCube uses a low-heat infrared light to dry and UV light to disinfect. You don’t have to worry about burning your fingers like you would with boiling water.

It’s important that your baby’s bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups and other things they put in their mouths be sanitized. Their immune and digestive systems are not as strong as adults. They are still underdeveloped and weak.

I have actually seen mom’s pick up their child’s pacifier from the floor (after the baby dropped it), put it in THEIR mouth to suck it clean and then put it back in their baby’s mouth.


That is gross on so many levels, not to mention completely unhealthy.

UviCube can house several bottles (depending on the size) so you can dry and sanitize several bottles at one time. Talk about a time saver. I wish we had something like this when my kids were little. It would have saved me from having to fill a pot with water, wait for it to boil, drop in the things I wanted to disinfect, watch them in the water for a few minutes, then take the out and let them air dry on the counter. With UviCube you simply pop the bottles (after you clean them) into the UviCube and in no time they are dry and disinfected. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!


You can even store your baby’s things (bottles, cups…) inside the UviCube to free up space on your counter top.

UviCube is not only for baby things. The UviCube can be used to disinfect and sanitize other things like remote controls, toys, cellphones and more. I like that it does more than just sanitize baby items.

Did you know that your cellphone has more germs and bacteria on it than a public restroom toilet? It’s true! Google it. Tests have proven that cellphones carry a lot of harmful germs and bacteria on them including E-coli and Staphylococcus (which causes Staph infections).

The UviCube is great for the whole family to use. It’s not just for baby items.

If you would like more information about UviCube visit www.UviCube.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

UviCube is not available for purchase – yet. You can sign up on their website to be notified when the units are available. However they have a Kickstarter campaign going on right now and they have surpassed their goal amount.

I’ve seen plenty of Kickstarter campaigns over the past couple of years and I can tell that UviCube is a very popular because they have surpassed their goal amount and they still have about a month and a half to go on their campaign. That is amazing! You can tell that people can truly see the value in UviCube.

You can see what others are saying about this campaign using the hashtag #KickstartUviCube.

There are different donation options for UviCube from $1.00 and up. There are special rewards for the various amounts donated.

For more information about the UviCube Kickstarter campaign, or the make a donation, visit UviCube on Kickstarter.

What do you think about UviCube? Does it look like something you and your family could use?



*I have partnered with UviCube to bring you this information.

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Let Pine Brothers help you through cold and cough season (giveaway ends 2/27/15)



Cough cough cough… There is no doubt that you have been hearing A LOT of that lately, especially if you work in an office or spend a lot of time in stores. It’s the dreaded cold and cough season. As much as we try to avoid it there comes a time when we all end up with a cold.

Sometimes I think the cough is the worse part. It can keep you up at night, as well as other family members. It’s also embarrassing to have a “coughing fit” in a public place or at your work place.

It’s always a good idea to keep some throat drops on hand to help sooth your throat and help you keep the coughs away.

There are plenty of products on the market aimed at controlling coughs and soothing dry, itchy, sore throats. Personally I tend to stick with products that are tried and true, most especially ones I have been using since I was a kid. If my mom had faith in the products, so do I.

Photo Source: Pine Brothers Facebook page

Photo Source: Pine Brothers Facebook page

One brand, Pine Brothers, has been making premium throat drops since 1870. They are America’s original throat drop. Pine Brothers uses all natural ingredients. Their throat drops have a unique “softishness” that has quickly made Pine Bros a favorite among many.

A lot has happened with the company over the past year and they are expanding at a rapid pace. In addition to being available at more stores, such as Walgreens, they also have a brand new flavor – Lemon Citrus. The new flavor joins other Pine Brother throat drop flavors including Wild Cherry, Natural Honey and my personal favorite Licorice.


Pine Bros. throat drops are for the temporary relief of minor discomfort in a sore mouth and/or a sore throat. They are intended for adults and children over 3 years old.

To use simply let 1-2 drops dissolve in your throat as needed. Do not chew them.

If your sore throat lasts for more then 2 days you should seek medical attention just to be on the safe side.

What I enjoy most about these throat drops is that they have an enjoyable taste to them. They do not taste medicinal. They have a pleasant taste to them.

I also like that they don’t leave a numb feeling in your mouth or throat. I can’t stand those lozenges that make your mouth/throat numb. I want soothing relief – not numbing my mouth.


I like the new Lemon Citrus flavor. It’s a light flavor – not too strong. It tastes a bit more lemony to me than citrus but that is fine with me. It’s a nice addition to the Pine Bros. throat drop product line.

I like the softness to the drops too. Sometimes the hard throat drops can have hard, sharp spots on them that cut your tongue when you suck on them. Have you ever had that happen to you before? The same thing happens sometimes with hard candies. The soft Pine Bros. throat drop is a pleasant experience from start to finish.

Pine Brothers products are available at many retail locations across the country including Rite Aid, Safeway, Shop Rite, Meijer, Walmart, DrugStore.com, Kroger and Duane Reade. You can also purchase the products on the Pine Brothers website, PineBrothers.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Pine Brothers throat drops are available in bags (32 drops per bag) and “pucks” (26 drops per puck). The pucks are great for keeping in your purse, backpack, desk at work and even your car’s glove compartment so you always have them handy.


Pine Brothers would like to give a lucky reader a nice assortment of Pine Brother throat drops – a mixture of all four flavors in both pucks and bags (retail value $52.00). Thank you Pine Brothers.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 27, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize – OR – what is your favorite flavor (or flavor you’d like to try) of Pine Bros. throat drops?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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