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LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge Update!

February 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

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As you guys might remember from this post, I’m taking the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge this month!  In addition to my regular brushing habit, I’ve been using mouthwash twice a day to amp up my oral care routine and kill the germs that brushing misses.  I’m on day 13, which means that my gums are up to five times healthier now than they were when I started.  Not too shabby! 

And I’ve definitely noticed a difference, just in these few weeks.  I’ve always loved that feeling of having a clean mouth right after brushing, but it never seems to last long enough.  Sure, my mouth feels clean and fresh right afterwards, but ten or fifteen minutes later, I hardly notice a difference. 

That’s actually the biggest change I’ve noticed so far, now that I’m using LISTERINE® Antiseptic.  When I brush my teeth and then use mouthwash, that clean feeling lasts a lot longer.  It’s a huge difference that really feels great, and I noticed it right away, after the first day or two. 

But fresh breath and a healthier mouth isn’t the only goal of the 21 Day Challenge: I’m also receiving organization tips from Peter Walsh, a professional “Clutter Organizer.”  Chad is really neat and I’m sort of messy, so organization is something I constantly struggle with.  I’ve found his tips to be extremely helpful, and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you guys!

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Keep Flat Surfaces Clear: Oh my gosh, this one has changed my life.  I have this terrible habit of getting the mail or some papers or magazines or whatever junk seems important to me, and leaving it all on our kitchen counter.  This drives my husband insane because our kitchen is the focal point of our home and literally the worst place in the world for clutter.  So one day, I went around our house and took all the papers that were randomly piling up on our tables and counters and desks, and sorted through them.  Do you know how long it took?  Less than an hour.  Do you know what a difference it made?  An unbelievably huge difference.  So thanks, Peter, for helping clear our clutter and also strengthen my marriage! 

Spend 5-10 Minutes Every Day: This was another huge one.  I tend to let things pile up for weeks, and then clean everything up in one giant effort.  And then things are tidy for a day or two, and then they start piling up again, and after a few weeks, I go through the whole cycle all over again.  Instead, I’m trying to set aside a few minutes a day to clean out the clutter in a couple of spaces, establishing it as a habit.  (Just like mouthwash!) I’m hoping that by the time Day 21 rolls around, this will be a lasting change too.

So, that’s where I am so far!  Have you guys been participating in the challenge?  What are your favorite tips so far? 

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do so by clicking here!  Once you sign up, you’ll receive daily personalized emails from an expert in fitness, nutrition, or home organization *and* be entered to win some amazing prizes like a Fitbit®, a $100 Container Store® gift card and an Amazon Fire TV!  So what are you waiting for?

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Recap: Gain flings! Laundromat Takeover

February 10th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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Last weekend, I had such a blast hosting a Laundromat Takeover with Gain flings!  We treated customers to free laundry and gave them a chance to try out the new Gain flings! laundry pacs — it was so much fun to watch everyone discover how easy Gain flings! were to use and how much scent they packed!  (The Laundromat smelled so clean and amazing by the time our event was in full swing!)

I wanted to share a few pictures with you guys, because this was so much fun.  First of all, check out our Gain flings! cars!  How insanely cool are these?  I kept asking about exactly how these cars were made, because, um, I think Sugarlaws needs a branded car.  NEEDS, I tell you.  In fact, I have no idea how this blog has survived for seven years without one of those. 

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The event was a blast all around, but my favorite part was hosting a Twitter Chat using the #BestScentEver hashtag.  We wanted to hear about everyone’s laundry memories, so I shared mine (cramming in the basement laundry room of my college dorm!) and asked for others.  We got this sweet reply from Tweeter ProudLatinaTX, who was one of our winners of a year’s supply of Gain flings!

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I love that doing laundry is a necessity and an everyday part of life, but it’s also the source of amazing memories, from growing up to entering adulthood.  It’s such a common thing that you hardly even think about it, but sometimes our small, everyday memories are the most special. 

The other awesome part of the event was interviewing JJ from 97.9 The Box, one of Houston’s most popular radio stations!  I asked about her favorite scents, and she picked Gain’s Moonlight Breeze — because she “always smells it on her clothes, even after a long session at the gym!  Moonlight Breeze beats gym smell any day.”  I definitely agree.

This was such a fun event and an awesome way to spend a Saturday morning!  Thanks so much to Gain flings! for the fun opportunity!

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taking care of those pearly whites!

February 9th, 2015 · 4 Comments

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You know something I think is funny?  Beauty blogs and magazines spend hours and hours talking about how to find the perfect shade of lipstick, and they tend to ignore the most important part of your smile: your teeth.  Sure, most of us know to brush twice a day, but it can be tempting to think that your oral health stops there.

Except, ew.  I just learned that brushing misses 75% of your mouth. 

Seventy five percent.  Think about how clean you’d be if you only showered 25% of your body.  Again: Ew. 

I’ve signed up to take the LISTERENE® 21-Day Challenge this month, starting today.  As part of the challenge, I’m committing to a twice-daily rinsing routine with antimicrobial mouthwash.  (I’m using the grown-up version, but I have to give a little shout-out to the bubblegum-flavored kids mouthwash: it’s actually pretty awesome.)

I’m actually really excited about this challenge because my oral care habits are pretty good, but could definitely use some improvement.  I always brush twice a day, no matter what, but I could be a lot better about flossing and truthfully, I hardly ever use mouthwash.  Every once in a while if I’m running out to an event and my mouth is feeling less than fresh, but it’s not always part of my daily routine.  However… 75%.  Of my mouth.  Missed.  Needless to say, I’m going to be rethinking that particular habit.

As a mom, setting a good example for oral care is particularly important — Bear is too little now to use toothpaste or mouthwash (although our pediatrician recommended that we brush his teeth with just water to get him used to the habit!), but I know the best way to avoid epic toothbrushing battles later on is to set a good example for him early on.  And good oral hygiene is incredibly important — oral disease is the #1 chronic childhood illness in the U.S., and for millions of kids, their pain is so severe that it affects their ability to eat, sleep, and learn.  That’s scary stuff.  We all want the best for our kids, so teaching them great habits is crucial. 

So, for the next 21 days, I’m going to be amping up my oral care routine in an effort to create a lasting habit.  The nice thing about changing your habits for three full weeks is that you actually give yourself a chance of sticking with it — once you’ve incorporated a change into your routine for a few weeks, it’s a lot easier to keep going. 

If you’d like to take the LISTERENE® 21-Day Challenge along with me, sign up here!  Once you sign up, you’ll receive daily personalized emails from an expert in fitness, nutrition, or home organization. (I want all three!  But I went with organization, because it’s the area I need help with the most.) And you’ll also be entered to win awesome prizes like a Fitbit®, a $100 Container Store® gift card and an Amazon Fire TV!  And best of all, you’ll be creating great habits that will help keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. 

I’ll be updating you guys as we go, and I’m so excited to get started!

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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