Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cranberry T-Spray - Tooth and Oral Care Spray

I've been using a mouth spray called T-SPRAY Cosmetic Teeth & Breath Spray.

The flavor I used was Cranberry, but it is also available in Cool Mint and Green Tea.

The information that comes with the spray says that it:

  • Freshens breath
  • Prevents stains
  • is Antimicrobial
  • pH Level Control
  • Protects gums
  • Remineralization through calcium supplement
This product is also:
  • 100% edible
  • no preservatives
  • No medicines or harsh chemicals
  • no colorants
  • no Triclosan
  • is safe for pregnant women
  • is safe for children ages 2 and up
It is very easy to use this product.  You just spray it onto your teeth and gums and tongue.  You can spray up to half an inch from your mouth, and can use your tongue to spread it on the teeth you might not be able to reach .

T-Spray tooth film is convenient to carry and easy to use.
While it might help to prevent stains from forming, I have to say that it DOES NOT work as a tooth whitener.  At least not in the amount of time I've had to test and review this product.

The lighting is different in the after photo, but the yellowing has not changed.

I will continue to use it as a breath freshener, however, and to prevent bacteria from forming after meals when I'm not near my toothbrush.

T-SPRAY should be used WITH your regular tooth brushing routine, NOT as a replacement.

(I received this product for free or at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Week End Wrap Up - Sept. 4th thru 10th

 Welcome to my first Week End Wrap Up!

You know I post in several places online!  Just in case you missed any of the awesome things I posted anywhere this week you can catch up right here!

All links should open in a new window.  Some links might take you to sites other than blogspot.

Feel free to visit all, and leave comments where you can because Noner loves comments.

How to Cook Tasty Eggplant Parmesan Sticks -  Learn a little bit about eggplants, and get the recipe for Eggplant Parmesan Sticks that are easy to make and pretty yummy too.

Used Bookstore Haul -  See all the wonderful new (to me) books I got from a used bookstore that is closing down.  With video of me reading the back cover text to tell you what the books are about.

Mushroom at Ground Level - A Wordless Wednesday posts, lots of close up photos of a white mushroom growing out of a pile of dead leaves.

Bats in the Air - Not in your Hair -  Read all about what I saw flying over everyone's heads at the supermarket, and find out how you can attract bats to your yard, and why you should want to.

Back 2 School VoxBox Unboxing - Read about the free goodies I got for being a part of!  (With video)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Back 2 School Vox Box Unboxing

Back 2 School Vox Box From Influenster

I got my Back 2 School Vox Box from Influenster today!  There were a lot of good things inside including samples of coffee and coupons for free products.

Watch the video below and then keep reading to get more details on the goodies inside.

Just look at this box full of goodies!

First up is my favorite goodie in this entire Vox Box, and that is the little brown box on the bottom left.

There are 3 coffee samples inside of this little brown box.  Kauai Coffee, Hills Bros. Coffee and Chock Full o' Nuts coffee.

 Each of these colorful pakcs holds a K-cup style pod, but unlike the original K-cups these are certified 100% compostable which means they are better for the environment.  They go back into the land, not just filling a landfill.

I fell in love with the design on this particular pack.  Its also the first one I tried.  My K-cup brewer died a short time ago so I just cut open the soft bottom of the compostable pod and poured the grounds into my single cup drip brewer.  Turned out JUST FINE.  I'm hoarding the pack until I can think of something fun to do with it.

There was a sample of Tide Purclean in a Honey Lavender scent.  Tide purclean is a bio-based detergent, the latest step on Tide's journey to sustainability.  Available at Target.

Pilot G2 Pens are a smooth writing and comfortable to use gel pen.  It lasts longer than the average gel ink competitor and is the #1 selling gel ink brand in America.  It is available in 4 point sizes, 15 colors and 2 barrel designs.

I got a plain black one, and a pretty blue inked one that has a decorative barrel.  They blue one writes amazingly smooth.  The black one has a flaw in its tip, I think.  You can't see it in the picture, but its leaving scratches in the down strokes.

We got 2 packs of 3 samples of Plackers flossing sticks.  One is  minty flavor for grown ups.  The other is Fruit flavored for the kids.  They help easily remove plaque and buildup from areas between the teeth and are easier to use than traditional string floss.  Surely all kids and adults will floss more often if its easier.

I got a coupon for a free tub (or blocks) of Country Crock.  With it you got a recipie for a "Make it Yours" cookie!  It is a cookie base that you can add WHATEVER you want to it to make your own cookie.  That is going to be so much fun to try!

And lastly I had another free coupon.  This one for Land O'Frost Deli Snackers.  It is a baked meat snak made from high-quality meats.  The snackers are a single serve snack option and come in a range of flavors.

I think I might try the Hot and Smokey ham.  Or maybe the Vermont Maple ham.

So, there you have it, the contents of my Back to School Vox Box.

Influenster sends me these samples free of charge.  Any reviews you see me post about them are my real opinion of the product.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bats in the Air - Not in Your Hair

One night recently it was late as we came out of the grocery store.  It was dark outside, the paring lot lit up with the florescent.  We heard a large plane that sounded like it was flying low.  My husband and I both looked up to see the plane, but I didn't see it.

What I did see was bats.

Many, many, many bats were flying overhead.  They swung and swooped and dived and danced their little winged mammal ballet above our heads.

They could be hard to see.  I flash of silver.  A dash of grey.  A shadow of a shadow against the sky, behind the lights.

I hated to look away from them to unload the groceries from the cart into the car.

They were, of course, attracted to the bugs that are attracted to the lights in the parking lot.  Quite possibly if you looked skyward in any parking lot at night you could see them.

It struck me as funny though, how many people were walking under this colony of bats.  I could just imagine the hysteria if the sun were to suddenly come up and people realize how many bats were over their heads.

Myths About Bats
The women especially I could picture throwing their purses over their hair because from the time we are children we are told stories about bats. Stories about how they will dive down and get caught in a woman's hair.  Stories that they are eager to drink our blood.

This swooping colony above us was only interested in insects.  Given a choice between a monster sized moth, or somebodys hair, a little brown bat is never gonna say "Gimmie dat weave!"

Despite the fact that everyone KNOWS someone this happened to.  The ever present "friend of a friend."

Meanwhile my husband is nudging me with a bag of potatoes in an effort to make me stop watching the display and help him load the food into the car.

I said, "Does it make me weird that I like bats?"

He said, "Yep."

Shun thee, non-believer!

Holds up to 20 bats
Holds up to 20 bats!
I told him, they eat bugs you know.  Bats are GOOD, apart from that whole rabies thing.  But its not like they're gonna bite us or anything.  They just want our creepier crawlies.

Right now if I thought they'd eat the spiders that have started living in there I'd put a small brown bat in the bathroom.

I told him we should put some bat boxes in the backyard and attract them.  I'm sure they would help with the Palmetto bug problem we have.  Or at least in my "lets be friends with all the bats" bliss I convinced myself they would be.

But, since he is one of the bag-phobic he shunned my idea.

However, if you are not afraid of the big bad bat you might want to set up some bat boxes on your property.  Then sit out at dusk and watch their aerial ballet.

If you can stop being afraid they are going to end up in your hair, it is really very beautiful.

Want to be a bat watcher?

Here are some things that might help you attract bats to your yard, and maybe even to figure out if you have a little brown bat, a large brown bat, or a *vampire bat living in your bat house.  (*just kidding.  Unless you are in Central/South America it is highly unlikely you have a vampire bat living in your bat box.) 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mushroom at Ground Level - Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September Goals

So, last month I decided to set some goals for myself for the month, because goal setting is important to goal achieving!

You'll notice, as usual, a couple of carry overs from last month.  That's to be expected, as I aim to meet some of these goals if it kills me!



1.  Make and List 10 Pieces of Jewelry - This can be bracelets, necklaces, earrings, whatever.  Just 10 pieces of jewelry.  I would like to sell at least 5 of the 10, but that's not up to me.

2.  Lose 10 Pounds - I started on September 1st weighing in 220 pounds.  Due to a surgery (also on the 1st) I can't exactly do a but load of exercise right now, but there will be some dietary changes because of said surgery.  I bought a MAMBI Happy Planner Fitness Expansion to help me track, now if I can just make myself start using it regularly.

Hand in hand with this, I want to start wearing my fit-bit and to take  about 400,000 steps in the rest of this month.

3. Blog Every Day - I have blogs at multiple places.  There is no reason that I cannot make one blog post every day.  If nowhere else I can post here, where anything goes!  I would paticuarly like to get my animal/pet blog up and running.  Need doggy/kitty/critter info.

4.  Spend More Time Outside - It is that time of year where the weather is changing.  It is starting to be cooler in the mornings and evenings.  Time to go outside a little more often.

This will help me out with goal #2, whether I'm walking around the neighborhood or just in my back yard.  Not to mention that sunshine is supposed to be good for you mentally and physically.  Need some of that shiny vitamin.

It will help me unplug a little.  I'm totally a facebook addict.

5.  Start Writing My Novel - One night I could not sleep.  I had a novel idea in my head.  So I got up, turned on the light and scribbled out on several notebook pages what turned out to be most of an outline of a novel.  I want to actually start writing this novel

So, there are my 5 goals for September.  Lets see how this goes.

Now, how did I do last month?

August Re-Cap

(Read my August Goals post first)

1. Get Rid of 30 things - FAIL - I did list one thing on a for sale site (It did not sell) and threw out some old shoes.  That's it.  Not even nearly 30 things.
2.  Be a More Active Blogger - FAIL- I'm still stuck in a "my blogging is not good enough" rut and therefore not producing much content.
3.  Use my Happy Planner - WIN - Well, I still don't have much to put in my planner, but I did get a couple of layouts prettied up.  AND I made a fitness planner to use too.
4.  Get Up Earlier - FAIL - Yeah, I didn't really expect this on to be a win.  I'm so very much NOT a morning person.
5. Drop some Weight - WHO KNOWS - Seeing as how I didn't really keep track of my weight for the month of August, who knows if this one is a win or a fail?  Not me!


Do you set any goals for yourself?  How are you doing on your goals for this month?  This year?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Art Class - Primary and Secondary Colors

Today, since I was not at work, I got to teach my son's art class.

Parker is in 1st grade, and my husband decided he wanted to try to home-school this year.  Mostly he does all the home-school work because I'm usually at work.

We are trying to homeschool for free, using resources found mostly for free, or borrowed from the library.  Though we have bought a couple of workbooks.

Today was an "ART" day, and he's learning about Primary and Secondary Colors.

The first thing I did was go to pinterest and found a free printable!

Fun Color Theory Activity Pack For Kids

I printed out the 5 sheets, but only used 3 for today's lesson.

First I put the 3 primary colors down and explained to him that red, blue and yellow are the primary colors because you use those three colors to make all the other colors.

I told him that green, purple and orange were the three secondary colors and we were going to learn how to make them today.

I used a clean Styrofoam tray and q-tips along with my print outs for today's art supplies!  Re-purposed and reused items.  I even had the acrylic paint on hand because I paint a lot.

First I showed him how to put a little of each primary color on his paper, and mix them together.  I asked him what he thought each color combination would make, and he was right every time.

Then we used the primary paints and the colors he mixed himself to paint the boxes on this sheet:

I let him use pre-mixed secondary colors to paint the color wheel that came with this free printable pack:

The next part wasn't part of the free color theory printable. I had him color 3 different shapes in primary colors on one index card.  Then I had him color the 3 secondary colors on a diffferent index card.

He used a gluestick to glue his painted index cards in the right spots, then I had him write his color names beside each card.

Then I let him use all the extra paint for free-play art time.  He painted a solar system.  You can see his solar system on my instagram if you want.

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