Lovely Links

by Heather on October 9, 2015

lovely links [via my Influence Network membership]

Every night after the boys get in bed I come sit down on our couch and zone for a few minutes. Then I pick up my laptop and dig into work for the night, which usually includes some social media stuff for companies and writing my own blog, editing photos, and responding to emails.


Last night I passed out on the couch instead.


It appears that this season’s allergies/cold season has overtaken me a little early, and a long weekend of a non-sleeping baby didn’t help that cause at all. Thankfully my husband is amazing and got some lozenges for my sad sore throat, and I just went to bed at 9pm like the elderly gal (at heart) that I am. Luckily this morning I’m feeling better, though, so here’s some great links you should read through this weekend!


Y’all enjoy!


1. A way you can help the Syrian refugees from home. (Kickstarter)


2. A really cool Kickstarter campaign featuring heirloom recipes from across the globe! (Project STIR)


3. I don’t know if I could love Ina more. What a gal! (Eater)


4. This watercolor and gold leaf cake is dreamy – and you could actually make one too! (Sprinkle Bakes)


5. In the names of sanity, creativity, and minimalism I’ve been thinking about getting rid of the majority of the toys in our house. This article only reaffirms that desire. (Laura Grace Weldon)


6. FASCINATING. (New York Times)


7. The importance of play – for adults! I always worry about my boys getting enough play, but it’s a good reminder that I need it too. (The Fresh Exchange)


8. Photos of John Lennon through the decades. Such a sweet reminder that we’re all kiddos once! (Time)


9. Fun facts about Chip & Joanna Gaines. Y’all, I’m obsessed with their show and am dying for season 3 to be here already! (Popsugar)


10. Another plug for this awesome cause. Plus you could win money AND a cafeteria makeover! (Uncle Ben’s)


Is Your Mouth on Your Side?

by Heather on October 7, 2015

this is a sponsored post. i received Listerine® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc as part of my participation in this project, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


What if I told you that oral health care impacts more than just your mouth? Or what if you found out that oral health is more than your own personal physical health?


What if you found out that proper oral health really can impact every single aspect of your life? Because guess what? IT DOES!


Before we go into all of that, who all is guilty of the once-a-year-flossing rush? You know, about a week before your annual dentist visit you start flossing like a mad person and freaking out about all of the plaque build-up? (Raises hand…guilty!)


Honestly for the past several months I’ve been doing a good job of flossing twice a day along with brushing, but just in the past couple of weeks I’ve been using Listerine® brand and honestly my mouth feels cleaner. And it should – Listerine® Antiseptic cleans virtually 100% of your mouth to achieve up to five times healthier gums in two weeks and up to nine times healthier gums in four weeks!


Your oral health matters, guys. It matters because it’s part of YOUR BODY and we should all do everything we can to take care of ourselves. It also matters because it can affect your career, your relationships, and your overall health. While more than 8 in 10 people believe they have healthy mouths, the truth is that nearly all Americans suffer from some form of oral disease.


While the importance of brushing and flossing has never been lost on me, having to implement it as a mom has hammered it home even more. Wanting my boys to have healthy mouths and good hygiene is a big priority because it really does make a difference in the entirety of their lives. It really does impact their actual health, but it also impacts their perceived health too. More than 8 in 10 Americans feel oral health issues are embarrassing, and more than 9 in 10 say they feel better overall when their mouth feels clean. Those are important to realize when raising kiddos too!


But it can be hard to get them excited about oral care, am I right? Some of the things we’ve tried and that work wonders with a certain 3-year-old are singing songs while we brush his teeth, and then making a game out of swishing and spitting with his mouthwash. I’d be lying if I said it was easy getting to that point, but teaching great health care is worth it!


As for me, there are so many things that I miss on a day to day basis, showering regularly being one of them, but there are two things I never miss: brushing on mascara, and brushing/flossing/rinsing my teeth. They’re two surefire ways to help me feel ready for the day and prepared to take on any situation – and trust me, with two boys there are a LOT of situations!


There is going to be an awesome Twitter party with Listerine® on October 27 at 12pm EST (11am CST / 10am PT) with a TON of great information from the Listerine® Brand survey being shared. Plus for every tweet shared using #LISTERINE will trigger a $10 donation up to $40,000 to support Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which educates communities about the importance of proper oral care. I know I’ll be there – I’d love to see you guys too!


To learn more about the Listerine® Brand survey, click here!






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Lovely Links

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Maple Candied Coconut

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Y’all, this is not an ad, but I have been obsessed with Fage Total Greek Yogurt lately – like the full-fat, ultra creamy, cheesecake-y thick stuff. I’ve always enjoyed the 2%, but the full-fat is the way to go.   Every morning I’ve been filling a bowl up with frozen wild blueberries and letting them […]

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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I’m a desperate parent. I’m desperate to make sure I’m doing the best that I can for my kids on a daily basis, as often as possible, so that they can grow up to be happy and healthy young men. Honestly? It can be borderline helicoptor-parenting if I don’t watch myself, although at 3 years […]

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