The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-04-17

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Carefee and fresh for up to eight hours giveaway

A while ago Mom Central asked if I wanted to try Carefree Acti-Fresh Panty Liners and a year or two ago maybe I wouldn't have.  I didn't need to guess when I was getting my period, I knew.  There were never any Ooops! I better carry stuff in my purse kinda things. 

I was that regular.  I was late once in my life and 36 weeks later my son was born....  And 28 days later I got my period.

My eggs have true grit.

But here's the thing, I know that's a freak of nature situation and most people can't set their VCR by their uterus... Uteri.... Uteruses?   Moving along.... Now, with perimenopause I never know know what's going to happen.  Or when. 

If they made a movie about the current state of my uterus it would be a remake of Groundhog Day called - April Fool's Day.  In it I star as a hapless be-ovaryed  version of Bill Murray and continually think I am done with my period but, What ho?  I have cramps again. Am I getting my period, am I not... Are these cramps or is my Uterus just giggling at me.

So I have to wear panti-liners like they were, I don't know....socks these days.



 CAREFREE® ACTI-FRESH™ liners, designed to deliver the ultimate freshness throughout your day thanks to a new core that’s 40% thinner and proven to absorb 2x more than before.*

That really, really appealed to me because if I have to wear pantiliners all the time it would be nice if I didn't have to feel them but they would work really, really, really well in the event that my uterus wasn't just giggling. 

I had a wait and see attitude but yes, they are thin, thin, thin.  The thinnest I ever seen.  Paper towel thin plus they have that cottony feeling I love.  And I love when they feel like that.  I don't like pads that feel like plastic, it makes me feel ooogy and gives me a girly rash.

TMI, but just sayin'

 Carefree would like to do a GIVEAWAY! so one of you can try one of the new Acti-Fresh products. Way cool and fresh for up to eight hours, right?

Leave me a comment and tell me hm, this is a hard one....  I'm going to make this easy; Carefree is currently giving away free samples (here) when you register on their site so go get one and then tell me that you did.   That way you get to try them even if you don't win the giveaway.  Win, win.

If you don't want to register for a sample stay here and tell me what you're making for dinner tonight because I am tapped for ideas and my family is sick of chicken.

You can comment once a day until May 2, 2011 until 9 pm eastern.  US Only.  The winner needs to contact me by May 4, 2011 or I will have to pick another winner because I am not mailing the prize.

  

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Carefree and received a product sample and gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ginger the Poochtastic Pedigree Brand Ambassador

Some weeks ago  Pedigree was looking for a couple o' Poochtastic  Brand Ambassadors and I threw Ginger's collar into the ring.

Pedigree is big on helping shelter dogs - Pedigree Adoption Drive on Facebook and @PedigreeUS on Twitter - and Ginger hearts that because before she came to us someone unceremoniously dumped her in a 72 hour kill shelter in  New York City. 

But if you ever meet her don't mention that ...

Ginger black and white 2

She doesn't want to think about that anymore...


I've been making Ginger's food for years and while I'm not unhappy with the results for the most part, I've wanted to add dry food for quite some time for a few reasons.

1.  She likes to 'chew' and I help her out with the chewing thing using treats but treats are treats.

2.  She needs to  chew - She's an old girl and her teeth are not. Good.

At her age - Somewhere between 72 and 84 human years on the...

PEDIGREE IF YOUR DOG WAS A HUMAN HOW OLD WOULD HE BE? Calculator  ...  

Go do that, it's way cool -  The vet doesn't  even want to do a cleaning that requires anesthesia.  I got the food yesterday and read the bag and in the small dog size they have X-shaped kibbles to help with the teeth business.


3.  Her coat is short (and now that I'm looking at her she needs a bath) and her skin is flaky;  I think she doesn't get enough fat in her diet.  I don't include any in the food, in fact I wash it off the ground meat.  I am pretty sure she needs something I'm not feeding her ....And that's another reason I've always considered adding a dry food - Completeness.

4.  Even though I make her food her tummy can be downright  ugly.  A few years ago she got ground turkey, veggies and a starch and all of a sudden it wasn't agreeing with her.  I switched to lamb, veggies and a starch but lamb's fatty and I  rinse it well.  Lately, I don't know.  The lamb doesn't seem to be setting well with her.

I was thinking of changing her food again but I really didn't know to what.  Since we have this opportunity we are totally grabbing it by the dog bowl and running. 

Ginger isn't on a dry food so I don't have to change her old one - I will add the Pedigree Small Breed into her regular food a little at a time.  I told Ginger about all the ins and outs of x-shaped kibble and the Waltham Report and well....



gingerpedigree

She was underwhelmed to the point of rudeness during my lecture on nutrition....

gingerpedigree

But she really perked up when I shook the bag!


The real 'test' starts with dinner tonight but I gave her six pieces to try after shaking the bag.  All gone.  She didn't even take them away to bury them.  Just gone.  She also had a few for breakfast this morning with her arthritis medication because she can't take it on an empty stomach and she ate all of them too so I would say we are off to the races.



I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Pedigree and received dog food to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Invigorating Clean & Fresh Breath à la Crest Pro Health

A couple o' two or three weeks ago I started using Crest Pro Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse as part of a blog tour with Crest and Mom Central because my mouth is a big ol' mess and this product claims to kill germs, reduce plaque, help prevent gingivitis, keep teeth cleaner longer - compared with brushing alone, and  freshen breath so, Yep, I'm in!  


That first sentence was a mouthful, I know.




My first impressions were very good, my gums stopped bleeding within a short time and no problems since which is GREAT! I also noticed that my mouth felt really fresh - Clean - for a long time and yep.  Still feel that way after using it for a while.  I like that part a lot.

Something I noticed after longer use was I had some staining on my teeth which is DEFINITELY better.  The kind you get from 'lifestyle' stuff.... tea, coffee, smoking...  That is for sure improved and this kind of thing is always a pain when I get a dental cleaning.  This was probably the thing that surprised me the most; something I wasn't expecting and made me go, Whoa! when I saw it in the mirror.

The other thing I mentioned in the original post was the taste and color of the product.  I still find the color, which is a darker green, odd.  And the taste, which straddles a clove/licorice/mint ...  Well, let me put it this way.  If I there was an alternate flavor (and color)  I'd probably choose it but since this is the only one I will gladly use it because I really like the results.

When push comes to shove it's about the dental results which have been very, very good  not the esthetics of the product itself.

So I give Crest Pro Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse 32 clean, fresh teeth up!

I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Crest and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central Consulting sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

A tale of three planners...

About a week ago I gave up all hope that my beloved Filofax (and pens) would show up and started using a Moleskine...

moleskine on bed

To accommodate my need to write...

Ginger in my moleskine

Schedule ...

fold out year calendar in moleskine

And be randomly artsy.

black and white photo in a black moleskine


As usual, no planner is ever perfect (although that particular  Moleskine situation was going really, really well) and I found my self pining for something ... Else.

I considered a new Filofax but a new binder  plus replacing the refills was cost prohibitive.

Which brings me to this lovely...


The Midori Traveler's Notebook

I've drooled over these for  years but having a Filofax already, I didn't want to spend the money.  Plus they weren't that available.   As luck would have it these beautiful Japanese jewels are much easier to come by now and starting one from scratch is less then trying to start a Filo (I know there are cheap ones but I didn't lose a cheap one and don't want a cheap one now).

  Midori Traveler's Notebooks straddle being a journal, a planner, and a notebook; depending on what inserts you buy and I had a Amazon credit that covered the entire purchase.

The leather is lovely, the paper De-Vooon!  The whole shebang  is understated quality, unmatched and they get better with age.  


midori travelers notebook

It's tall ( A5 tall),  but narrow when closed and it has elegance for days.

Over the week-end I found four designer purses at a house sale , smaller then I normally use but my Midori isn't as bulky as a Filo so no problem.  

Everything fit in the Coach bag and all was good with the world of planners....

Cut to this morning I was talking to Ben.  He was in the recliner, reclined - He'd just come back from school and was eating something.  I was at the computer EMAILING THE GRAND HOTEL TO ASK IF THEY'D FOUND THE FILOFAX.  I hadn't done that.

I had ripped the house apart but hadn't asked if they had it because it had contact info inside.    I hit send and turn around to see the Filofax and no, I am not kidding pinned under the recliner.

My jaw hit the floor.  

I grabbed the thing like it was The Ghost of Filos past and ran upstairs with it so I could measure it against my purse...

filofax


And yeah, too big.  Nice purse though right?   And then I thought - Where. The. Heck. Was. That. Thing..... Well, maybe I didn't bring it to Cape May....  but look.


filofax

A Grand Hotel pen...


I am at a loss.  I can't imagine where it's been.  I looked under that chair a million-million times already....  I've been sitting here an hour trying to figure the whole thing out.

ginger purse

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