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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Himalaya Botanique - Herbal Dental Care

I recently had the opportunity to try Himalaya Botanique's range of natural oral care products. These herbally-derived toothpastes have their origins in ancient Indian medicine and combine traditional naturopathic herbs with contemporary scientific knowledge to provide the brightest, healthiest smiles for your family. I received generous samples of Himalaya Botanique's oral care toothpastes to try, along with a sustainable bamboo toothbrush, a reusable shopping bag made from reclaimed silk saris, and a toiletry pouch hand-printed with antique wooden textile printing blocks.

The subtle natural flavors are a welcome change from the often bracing chemical flavorings found in mainstream toothpastes and I felt like they provided as much, if not more, fresh breath protection throughout the day. Himalaya's botanical formulas are free of fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), carrageenan and gluten, so these are toothpastes that parents can feel good about letting their children use. They also come in range of formulas, including whitening and complete care, that make them very competitive with major brand trends. And unlike other natural brands we have tried, the texture and flavor of Himalaya is not chalky or off-putting.

Along with the oral care range, Himalaya Botanique also offers body/skin care a wide range of traditional herbs and blended herbal supplements to target specific needs. I am especially curious to learn more about the neem oil-based body products and also the Ashwagandha herbal supplement, which is an adaptogenic herb that has been used for centuries to promote energy, relieve stress and support healthy thyroid function and metabolism.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Pledge to #GiveBooks this Holiday Season

Toys and candy may top most lists to Santa but a lifetime love of reading is truly a gift that will last forever. For the fifth year, Chronicle Books is asking shoppers to pledge to Give Books for the holidays and share their love of reading with family and friends.

Take the pledge by clicking the photo above or by using the hashtag #GiveBooks on your social platforms. For every pledge, Chronicle Books will donate a book to a child in need, up to 30,000 books this holiday season! Use the hashtag #GiveBooks as many times as you want— each use counts as a new book in the hands of a child, and a testimonial to the magic of reading.

This year, the Give Books campaign is giving holiday shoppers a new way to share the love of reading: every Chronicle website order will be matched with a donation to First Book. As an extra incentive, they are offering 35% off orders placed on with code GIVEBOOKS.

Let’s give books this holiday—to our family, our friends, and those that need them most.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

PSA- What Do You Care About? #VoteYourFuture

It's no secret that this has been a particularly divisive election cycle in American politics. I am not particularly shy about where I stand on the candidates or on the issues they consider important, but I also believe in the age old tradition of civil discourse. I might not agree with what you have to say, but I respect your right to say it. Just be able to state your case without resorting to hateful rhetoric or bombastic diatribes… especially on someone's personal social platforms.

Naysayers might grumble about how celebrities have no right to talk about politics, blah blah blah, but I very much disagree. They're voicing their opinions, which is a wonderful – and utterly responsible and patriotic – thing for Americans to do.

One of the big conversations Bob and I have been having with Roo lately is that it's important to have an opinion and to take an interest in the world around you. Middle school is an incubator for tweens being self-absorbed and blind to anything outside of their teeny tiny friend bubble, but it's also an important time to explain why the political platforms matter and what the historical precedents are.

And if seeing Zendaya and Kendall Jenner talking about voting makes it seem cooler than when mom and dad whine about how important it is to have an opinion and vote on it, I am all for it.

"What do you care about?"

If you care about it, #voteyourfuture. Register (or check your current registration) at Registration deadlines are coming!

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