Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My ACT Kids Toothpaste MommyParty Was a Huge Hit #sponsored #ACTKidsToothpaste

Disclosure:  This post and party was sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

ACT® Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I used to be a community health educator.  One of my jobs was to go into schools and attend community health fairs and events and provide educational seminars and classes for kids and adults. One of my favorite topics to discuss was oral hygiene with kids, as I had so many fun games and activities I would play with the kids to get the message of proper oral care to them.  Even though I didn't have children at the time, I knew from talking to many parents, grandparents and caregivers that brushing time was difficult in their houses as many kids didn't like to brush or have their teeth cleaned on a daily basis.  And, if that wasn't enough parents and caregivers also struggled to get children to eat healthy (including eating their vegetables), in order to keep their teeth clean, and have an overall well-balanced diet.  Fast forward to today, and now I can relate to what the parents and caregivers were talking about as I have two little girls who hate brushing their teeth.  I also recently read an interesting statistic from a survey sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare about this very thing, so I knew I wasn't along in this daily struggle...

"More than half of moms (56%) say they struggle with getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth every day and even more (69%) say they wish getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth was easier.  In fact, 52% of moms say they would give up their "me time" for a month if it meant they never had to battle with their kid(s) again to get them to brush their teeth" (1)

So, when I asked to host an ACT Kids Toothpaste Mommy Party recently, I jumped at the opportunity, as it would let gather a group of moms and their kids and help educate them about the importance of oral care in children and provide them with samples of ACT Kids Toothpaste and a new toothbrush for each of the children in attendance.  It is fun...kids hate to brush their teeth, but love getting new toothbrushes and toothpastes, especially if they have a picture of one of their favorite superheroes or characters from a show or movie they like.  When I showed my girls the goodies we received to help host this ACT Kids Toothpaste Mommy Party, they were all smiles, and couldn't wait to use their new smiley face toothbrush and the bubble gum flavored toothpaste.  




I ended up hosting the party at my daughters' old preschool as I have helped out in the past subbing as a teacher, and knew they would be covering dental health this month.  We coordinated with a local dental hygienist to come in and do a little hands on interactive presentation with the kids, where she talked about good and bad snacks, what too much sugar can do to your teeth, and why brushing and flossing correctly twice a day is so important.  



We had over 15 kids in attendance including some of my daughters' friends who came for the party, as my girls couldn't stop talking about the goodies they would get and how much fun it would be.  In addition to the dentist hygienist's presentation, we also played a matching game as well as a fun "Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth" activity where the kids looked through magazines and cut out photos of good and bad snacks and glued them on the happy and sad tooth.  



This was a good reinforcement activity after learning about unhealthy sugary foods and which foods they should avoid, and which they should reach for when looking for a healthy snack.  I heard from parents after this party that the kids would talk about what they learned with family and friends and show off their sad and happy tooth and all the foods they glued on them that were health and unhealthy.  :-)  I love seeing kids getting excited about their health and wanting to learn through fun activities and games. 




You can't have a party with snacks, right? :-)  I filled a table with all healthy snacks and some fun treats that made both the parents and kids smile, like my apple and peanut butter with mini-marshmallows. 



I also did a fun rainbow kabob with different seasonal fruits for the kids to enjoy.  


All in all the kids and parents had a blast at my ACT Kids Toothpaste Mommy Party, and were so appreciative of the free ACT gift bag I sent their kids home with, along with a "My Brushing Chart" to help kids keep track of brushing twice a day.  My girls were quick to add this chart to the wall in the bathroom and love putting a sticker on each day to show that they brushed twice and rinsed once (Note: ACT Kids Anticavity Rise is indicated for children ages 6 years and older, and should not be used with children younger than 6.)

Together We Can Make a Smile Last

If you struggle with your child to brush, why not try making it a more enjoyable experience for both of you.  You can find a daily brushing chart online to print out, or can create your own, and let your kids choose stickers to mark off each day they successfully brush twice.  Maybe throw in a fun incentive if they can do this for a month like a trip to the bookstore for a new book, a frozen yogurt, or even a fun movie night at home where they get to choose the movie and healthy snack to serve.  


Here is daughters' friend, Brooke who loves tracking her daily brushing progress using her new ACT Kids toothpaste and toothbrush on her "My Brushing Chart"


CJ and Jayce love their new ACT Kids Toothpaste, too! :-)



Like I mentioned above, my girls and all the kids that received gift bags from ACT Kids Toothpaste were excited for a new toothbrush and to try out the flavored toothpaste they received in their bags. 

They were either given the bubble gum or fruit punch flavor to try. These new ACT Kids Toothpastes are for kids ages 2 and older.  New ACT Kids Toothpaste is available at a variety of retail locations, including select Walmart, Walgreens, and Target locations."


I hope you had fun reading about my ACT Kids Toothpaste Mommy Party and it gives you ideas to help with the brushing battle in your house.  Remember, try to make it fun, and let the kids choose their toothbrushes and toothpastes, so they feel like they are being included in this daily hygiene task.  Also, talk to them about unhealthy and healthy snack options and why too much sugar is not good for them. Yes, they can have sugar once in a while, but not all the time, as they want to keep their teeth healthy and strong.  And, too much may cause cavities or serious dental problems that they don't want to have.

To learn more about ACT Kids Toothpaste products visit ACToralcare.com/act-for-kids today. This site not only shares product information but also has some wonderful oral health sections for parents to read and share with their children including topics like healthy habits, preventing cavities braces care, and useful parent tips.  And, before you head to the store to pick up these new ACT Kids toothpaste products make sure you visit ACTKidsSavings.com to download a coupon so that you can save $$ at checkout. :-)

(1) This survey was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted online using Toluna's QuickSurveys methodology between February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017 among 1,150 moms with children between the ages of 2 and 12 in the USA.  Respondents for Toluna QuickSurveys are selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Toluna surveys.

Toluna's SmartSelectTM methodology was used to promote sample representativeness. SmartSelect relies on statistical matching rather than probability sampling to select survey respondents based on demographic, attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that match those of the target population.  Figures for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, education and income are also weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions within the population.  Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in Toluna surveys, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

Disclosure:  This post and party was sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mark Your Calendars -- LEAP! Starring Elle Fanning and Carly Rae Jepsen Opens in Theaters on August 30th #LeapMovie







Check out the brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut To The Feeling.”

In LEAP! 11-year-old orphan, Félicie has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor, an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor. The two friends flee their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But Félicie quickly learns that talent alone is not enough, but determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

This charming animated comedy will inspire the whole family! Parents, kids, anyone who has ever dreamed of following their heart will fall in love with LEAP!. The entire cast captures the spirit and humor of the story and the music will have you dancing all the way home!

Make sure to get your tickets early!

LEAP! opens in theaters nationwide on August 30th and stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler alongside Mel Brooks, Kate McKinnon and Carly Rae Jepsen.

#LeapMovie


 This sponsored post is brought to you by The WeinsteinCompany and coordinated by Wendy’s Bloggers 
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Monday, July 10, 2017

ICYMI Miffy Just Released New Toy Line Featuring Figurines, Cars and Plush Toys - Exclusively at Walmart! (Review)



 Announcing the New Miffy Toy Line Exclusively at Walmart!!!!



What a great way to start the week...with a fun new toy collection announcement.  You may recall me mentioning over the past two weeks about my Miffy ambassadorship.  I even added a fun badge to my sidebar on the left that when you click the image it will bring you to the Miffy official website where you can learn more about Miffy and her friends, fun activities and more.  It is hard for me to keep secrets especially when I am so excited about something and want to share with others.  But, I was asked to hold off until today to tell you all about the new Miffy toy collection available starting today at Walmart and Walmart.com. I tried hiding this news the other day from my girls, but we received a box the other day in the mail and the girls got to it before me, and screamed with excitement when they saw a talking Miffy plush doll and a Miffy's Adventures Big and Small small figure collection, which included Miffy and her friends.  They were over the moon excited, just like I was when I heard the news a week or so ago about this new toy launch.  And, as you can imagine the girls were eager to tear open the packages and try out the toys and pose for photos.  But, I made them wait until this afternoon to play with the toys...yep, a mean mom :-)  




Bella grabbed for the mini figures playset, while Savannah couldn't wait to get her hands on the plush talking Miffy.  


She read on the back of the box the other day when she took it from the box and saw that this new talking toy says a handful of popular Miffy phrases as well as the plays the Miffy song.  And, this talking plush didn't disappoint when she finally got her hands on it this afternoon.  When she wasn't pressing Miffy's hand to hear it talk, she was cuddling up and giving her new friend lots of hugs and kisses. 


And, tonight as I am writing this post up, Savannah is fast asleep in bed with Miffy by her side. She is probably dreaming about all the fun adventures Miffy and her friends have been on, and what new adventures await them. :-)

Do you have a Miffy fan in your house?  If so, then you will want to make a point to look for this new toy collection when you go shopping at Walmart soon, and pick up some (or all) :-) of the Miffy toys to surprise them with.  Savannah's birthday is next week and she has put in her last minute birthday gift requests...she would like more Miffy toys so she and her little sister can recreate some of their favorite Miffy scenes and make up their own stories with their Miffy and friends figures. Here are some of the other new Miffy toys you can find at Walmart and over at Walmart.com right now...




MIFFY 3" Family Multipack

MIFFY 6" Snuffy Plush

Miffy House Playset


You can learn more about the new Miffy toy line available starting today at Walmart by visiting http://bit.ly/miffytoys.  Have fun shopping this fun new toy line. :-)



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