Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Great Expressions Dental Centers are Speaking Out Against Oral Cancer by Offering FREE Oral ID Screenings to Patients

Disclosure: I was provided with promotional product in exchange for sharing content.  All views shared, however, are mine and mine alone.

Yesterday was the Boston Marathon, but it was also the last day of my 40 rounds of radiation I had 10 years earlier, for my stage 2 nasopharyngeal carcinoma.  In addition to radiation, I also had 3 rounds of high dose chemotherapy to treat my head and neck cancer.  And, come May 1st, I will be celebrating 10 years in remission. Woohoo!  

If you follow my blog, then you have probably read a post or two about my cancer journey.  And, in years past, I have also shared the importance of cancer screenings, and observed different cancer awareness months, as my family (on both sides) has had to deal with multiple cancer diagnoses -- unfortunately, I was the only one of those diagnosed with cancer that is still living today.  So, I try and make a point to celebrate my new lease on life by not just giving back to cancer causes and non-profits to help find new cancer treatments and hopefully one day cures, but also want all my readers to know that simple screenings, like skin and oral screenings -- which are usually offered free during observed -- can save your life.

Did you know that April is Oral Caner Month?  Here is a startling statistic for you...

"In 2018, an estimated 51,540 people will contract oral cancer and an estimated 10,030 people will die as a result, says the American Cancer Society."

Astounding number of people right?  A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with tongue cancer and will be fighting for her life next week with a similar regimen of radiation and chemo.  Like me, she found a mass in her mouth and after multiple doctors and finally a biopsy and removal, a cancer diagnosis was made.  


"In celebration of Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April), Great Expressions Dental Centers is speaking out against oral cancer by sharing the below facts about the disease and the importance of monitoring your oral health.

In addition to sharing oral cancer facts (see below), GEDC will also be giving all patients in April complimentary oral ID screenings, a two-minute exam that aids in catching oral cancer at early stages.  

Great Expressions Dental Centers Speak Out Facts

1.       Oral cancer comprises 85 percent of all head and neck cancers
2.       At least 75 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer have been tobacco users
3.       Any sore in your mouth not healed within 14 days, should be looked at by a professional as it could be oral cancer
5.       Oral cancer will cause nearly 10,000 deaths this year
6.       Oral cancer kills roughly one person per hour, 24 hours a day
7.       86 percent of oral cancer cases are in those over 50 years old
8.       Examine your mouth monthly for sores and symptoms
9.       Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than women
10.   Drinking alcohol to excess is linked to a third of all oral cancer cases
11.   The human papillomavirus is a leading cause of oral cancer
12.   Oral cancer occurs twice as often in African American populations than Caucasians
13.   The five-year survival rate of oral cancer is 50 percent

14.   There is no way to prevent oral cancer, but you can take measures to lower your risk


If you are in need of a dental exam, why not check and see if there is a Great Expressions Dental Center near you.  If not, when you see your primary care doctor again, ask for an oral mouth screening.  The screening is quick and painful, and can save your life.  I would hate for you to have to go through the cancer treatments I had to because of a cancer caught too late.  To learn more about Great Expressions Dental Centers visit https://www.greatexpressions.com/ today.

Disclosure: I was provided with promotional product in exchange for sharing content.  All views shared, however, are mine and mine alone.
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Popping Pimples Has Never Been More Fun...And, No Need to Worry About Scarring Thanks to the New Zits Toy - Enter to #Win a 4-Pack Now! #IGotZits

Disclosure: I was provided with samples in exchange for writing up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Were you an acne-prone tween or teen growing up?  Did your Mom tell you not to squeeze a pimple when it showed up on your face, as it would leave a scar or could get infected?  It seemed that whenever I had an important event, like the semi-formal or prom, or even picture day, I would wake with a big fat zit that needed to be covered it -- even though everyone could still notice it.  Thank hormones and stress for all the zits we had to endure at a kid, and maybe still have to deal with as an adult...yeah Mom never said that we would have acne as adults, too. 

If you were one of the people who loved to pop zits and see the contents squeeze out and shoot onto the bathroom mirror, or just couldn't resist playing with it until it burst, then you will love the new Zits toy from  New York City’s NSI International, Inc..  Yes, you read that right...there is a toy out now that lets you put a puss-filled zit on your face, hand or whereever you want, and pick and squeeze away until it bursts.   No need to worry about popping a zit and leaving a scar, as this fun and addicting toy simply peels off once you squeeze out the "puss", and you simply throw away. 

Maybe you were one of the few who never had a pimple and want to see what it was like for the rest of us.  Then, you will want to pick up a package of Zits! and stick them all over your face, and then go to town popping away. You will see why it was so hard for the rest of us to keep our fingers away when we saw a pimple on our face.  They really are hard to resist, and you just want to pop them and see what it is inside, or try to get it away.  

Here is more about the fun line Zits toy line, available now at Walmart and most other major retailers, and online at http://igotzits.com/.  You can pick up a package of 25 zits for only $4.99...which is a steal if you ask me. :-)


"First came the whoopie cushion, then stink bombs, fake vomit, slime and poop emoji toys.  Now New York City’s NSI International, Inc. is taking “gross” to a whole new level. Introducing ZitsTM (EWWW!) pop n’ play pimples. Just press them on, squeeze ‘em, and gross out everyone!

“Kids have loved anything disgusting since the beginning of time,” says NSI President Frank Landi. “Whoopie cushions date all the way back to medieval times, and plastic poop has been around since the 1950s. Every generation has its own spin on gross toys. We wanted to go where no toy has gone before and still be fun! So, ‘we got Zits!’”

In searching for the next big thing, NSI turned to a massive cultural trend – a social media fascination with pimple popping. Hundreds of millions of viewers around the world are tuning into platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Reddit to watch people pop zits. There are even celebrity zit poppers. One dermatologist, dubbed “Dr. Pimple Popper,” has 3.2 million YouTube subscribers and almost 1,000 videos, with a staggering 2 billion views.

Zits pop n’ play pimples aim to move to the “whitehead” of the pack, disrupting a potty-crazed toy market that has brought kids everything from cuddly plush poop to electronic fart blasters. Now, Landi says, “It’s the pimple’s time to shine.”

“With slime hotter than ever, we thought it was the perfect time to create the ultimate toy mash-up – adding some play compound to the thrill of pimple popping and the satisfaction of popping bubble wrap,” Landi says. “The result is the most disgustingly amazing toy ever.”

Commercials for Zits began airing last week, featuring middle schoolers pranking mom and dad, classmates, teachers and a school bus driver. One preteen even pops a zit to scare off a pizza delivery guy in a diabolical scheme to score a free pie!

Zits pop n play pimples are safe and non-toxic. They come in several sizes and are being sold in a massive pack of 100 for $19.99 at IGotZits.com."


Don't these look so cool, and so much fun.  They would have made for a great April Fool's joke earlier this month.  And, I can see them being great gift additions for family and friends celebrating an upcoming birthday.  They will have no idea what it is, and then when they read what you do, they will want to tear into the package and start applying the Zit stickers to pop away.

My girls had so much fun playing with the pop n' play pimples the other day.  

They were sticking them on their hands and face and squeezing them in front of my husband. Then, they started applying the Zits all over his face and arms and popping them, so that he could feel the "puss" ooze out.  

Even though it was gross...it was a lot of fun, and had everyone laughing and wanting to pop more.

I will definitely be picking up more Zits pop n’ play pimples to add to birthday gifts and maybe even my daughter's party favor bags.  This is one toy that both kids and adults will love, and not be able to get enough of.  What will they think of next? :-)

To learn more about these fun Zits! available now in stores and online, head on over to http://www.igotzits.com/ today.  Happy popping! :-)


Enter to win a 4-pack of Zits! to enjoy with your family.  Be warned, once you pop one, you can't stop...they are highly addicting. :-)

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Little Help from Ranger Rob! - Top 5 Earth Day Tips

"Earth Day (April 22nd) is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate then with the help of Ranger Rob!

Ranger Rob is a show about the adventures of an enthusiastic park ranger who LOVES going outside to PLAY, EXPLORE and DISCOVER in Big Sky Park! The show teaches kids and preschoolers the importance of taking care of the environment, recycling, conserving and preserving the beautiful world we call HOME. It also teaches them the importance of teamwork and friendship."

Check out Ranger’s Rob’s Top 5 Earth Day Tips that you can share with your kids, as you gear up to celebrate Earth Day.

The girls and I are heading to a beach for Earth Day to help clean up along the shore.  And, as part of school recently, we talked about the above mentioned Earth-preserving tips, and the girls have been working hard to do each out, to help the planet.  I hope you and your family will join us and Ranger Rob in trying not to litter, recycle, cut down on water usage, leaving wild animals alone and planting a tree for Earth Day.  Every little bit helps! :-)

And, be sure to tune in to Sprout and Treehouse to see Ranger Rob on Earth Day:

Sprout (US):  April 22  – Earth Day Special at 9:00 AM, repeating at  3:30 EST
Treehouse (Canada): April 22 -  Ranger Rob Marathon 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM ET

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