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How to Model Good Hygiene for Your Kids With Tom’s of Maine ~ #WhyISwitched

How to Model Good Hygiene for Your Kids With Tom’s of Maine ~ #WhyISwitched

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post.

I now officially have two teenage boys in my household. Kyle is now 17 while Mikael just recently celebrated his thirteenth birthday. While I'm elated, if there is one thing about teen boys that you should know, it's that they aren't the best smelling humans on the planet, well mine aren't. Today's conversation is made possible with the help of Tom's of Maine, and how you can model good hygiene for your teenagers and the reason I switched.

Before I begin, I want to share a little story with you. A few years ago, just before Madison was born, I noticed that I was breaking out whenever I used deodorant. I chalked it up to my being pregnant and that my hormones was just going wonky, however there was no way that I could eliminate using deodorant entirely. A good friend of mine recommended Tom's of Maine because as she stated, "it was natural with no aluminum", something that I always thought you needed when it came to deodorants. She also recommended their other products. My body was hurting and I decided, why not give it a try, after all it couldn't hurt, right? It has been 5 years and I haven't looked back. If you have been visiting my site for any length of time, you may realize by now that I try and include a lot of natural products in my lifestyle, not only because it's better for me, but for the environment as well. So how can you ensure that you are not only practicing good hygiene but helping the environment?

1. Take and encourage daily showers
Taking a daily shower is a must! Is it just me, or do boys just don't like taking daily showers? Once your child becomes a teenager and hits puberty, daily showers are recommended. Encourage them to wash their private areas, including underarms with soap and water. If you're unfamiliar with Tom's of Maine, they also manufacture bar soaps and body washes.

2. Wash your hair
Now this all depend on the type of hair you may have, and of course your child. If your child is prone to oily hair, then a daily wash may be required. However, if you are the complete opposite, then washing your hair once or twice a week may be all that is needed.  Dirty hair looks unkempt and may even make your skin prone to acne.

3. Use deodorant
This is a big one!! Now that your sons' has hit puberty, they are more likely to sweat more and stink more. I highly recommend using Tom's of Maine as it is the #1 natural deodorant brand with a number of award-winning products among its deodorant portfolio. They offer many scents, including Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemongrass so there's a scent for any and everyone to love. I have long become conscious of what I put in my body and on my skin, and the same goes for my household. Tom's of Maine believes in the power of nature, just as much as I do, and their odor-fighting deodorant features hops and natural fragrances, along with blends of vegetable oils, organic aloe leaf juice, and other plant-based ingredients. What that means for me is 24-hour odor protection that I can trust.

4. Brush your teeth
Unless you think being an adult without teeth is rather cute, I would suggest brushing twice daily. Not only should you encourage daily brushing and flossing, but bad oral health leads to bad breath and loss of teeth. Something no teenager wants. Tom's of Maine also makes toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss, so your family's oral care is covered.

5. Be a good role model
Your kids are watching you, whether they're 5 or 15. If you model the above, your kids would likely follow your lead. Talk to your kids early about their hygiene and don't wait until it becomes a problem. Don't be too harsh, yet be firm. Remember they're going through a stage that is unfamiliar so it's up to you to guide them through it. They're also looking at the products you use, so if you're using products that are environmentally safe, it's something that they will also use products that are safe for the environment as well.

There's a reason my family has fallen in love with Tom's of Maine products. They never do any animal testing and neither do they use animal ingredients. And with every purchase, Tom's of Maine donates 10% of their profits back to helping people and our beautiful planet. We made the switch years ago, because I realized that it's just as important that I know what goes in my body, as much as I do what goes on it.

So give Tom's of Maine a try, you won't regret it!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Annmarie John
Control Your Garage With Your Voice ~ #MyQHomeBridge

Control Your Garage With Your Voice ~ #MyQHomeBridge

I have been making my home a little smarter over the past year. We've installed a smart thermostat, there are smart lights and so much more. However, my husband has been complaining that my mind isn't as smart as it used to be. I have to admit that my memory has been shot. It seems that the older I get, the less I remember, for example, I have a habit of leaving home and forgetting to close the garage door. It's not that I do it on purpose, but that I just don't remember whether I've closed it or not. If you have the same problem I do, MyQ® Home Bridge by Chamberlain can help you.

The MyQ® Home Bridge by Chamberlain installs easily in minutes and works with your home’s existing Wi-Fi connection. You can control it via your smartphone and works with most brands of garage door openers manufactured after 1994. Since I already owned a compatible device I was able to use operate my garage door using my phone via the MyQ® app. I could see whether or not my garage door was open without having to get up and go to take a look, and with a touch I could close it. Now it's made even easier, because I can use my voice to do so.

I have to admit here that connecting didn't go as flawless as I would have wanted it to. The MyQ® Home Bridge requires access to you WiFi using the 2.4GHz and my smart router would not let it do so. After contacting my router company, I found out that it was much easier to just switch out my router which we did. Once we did that, it was a very simple connection.

So what do I love about the MyQ® Home Bridge?

Control your garage and check its status from anywhere.
And when I say anywhere, I mean anywhere! It doesn't matter if you're 2 or 2000 miles away. Now no more late night trips to your garage just to make sure that it wasn't left open. Or if you're away, there's no need to send the neighbor to check for you either. With the MyQ® Home Bridge you can check the status and close or open your garage doors no matter where you are. You can even control MyQ® lights if you have it available.

Receive real-time alerts when there’s activity
Ever wanted to know when someone opens your garage, or maybe want to know what time your child comes in at night? Then you can receive real time alerts which lets you know exactly when your garage door open and closes, all in real time.

Create schedules
Your garage just got a whole lot smarter. Now you can create schedules to close your garage door or even to have your lights turn on or off at times you designate. This security feature is awesome, especially when you want others to think that you're at home.

Home Kit Features
This is the best feature ever!  MyQ®Home Bridge is compatible with Apple HomeKit™ Siri® Voice Control, so now I can ask Siri® to open or close my garage door or check on it's status, all by just using my voice. This means that I no longer even have to open the app. I simple ask Siri® and get a response.

The MyQ® Home Bridge comes complete with everything that you need. The WiFi hub, mounting bracket, power code and installation guide. All you need to get started is a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi signal that can be accessed from your garage, the MyQ® app and a MyQ® account. You can download the app via the Google Play or App Store.

So make your home and garage a little bit smarter, control your garage door with the sound of your voice or via the app with the MyQ® Home Bridge. You're going to love it!

Thru December 14th you can get free shipping on all MyQ® Accessories (includes Home Bridge, Smart Garage Hub, as well as Remote light controls and light switches) with promo code: Holiday17 on The introductory price of the Home Bridge is changing back on December 1st.

My blog may contain links to other websites. I am not responsible for the privacy policies of those other websites. When you click on a link, your information may be collected by those websites so I encourage you to read their privacy policies.

These affiliate links are not associated with Chamberlain.

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Annmarie John
New Year’s Resolutions That Will Cut Your Sugar in Half

New Year’s Resolutions That Will Cut Your Sugar in Half

Everyone wants to be healthier. Even people that consider themselves to be relatively healthy, find ways to incorporate new and healthier habits in the new year. January is the perfect time to implement new habits; it’s the start of a new year, and many people feel like the new year gives them a clean slate. A chance to be better than the year before. Most healthy goals revolve around fitness. While this is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s not the only thing to consider for your new year’s resolutions.

Sugar consumption

Let’s cut right to the chase: most people eat way too much sugar. Even if they rarely indulge in things such as ice cream or candy, they still consume a lot of sugar. Probably a lot more than they realize. This is because all processed foods contain hidden sugar in some form. If your diet contains a lot of processed or pre-packaged foods, it might be a good idea to take a long look at the list of ingredients on the boxes of food. You’ll be surprised at how many ways that sugar is hidden into your “healthy” foods.

Cutting out sugar

You don’t need to completely get rid of all sugar in your diet. In fact, it’s probably a bad idea to say goodbye to all sugar. When you go to such drastic measures to eliminate a certain type of food from your diet, you can easily feel restricted, and fall back into old habits because the new diet feels hopeless. A better plan of action is to cut out just a small amount of sugar, and then slowly decrease the amount of sugary foods that you eat on a weekly basis. This way, the change is gradual, and you won’t feel deprived. If you happen to eat a lot of sugar currently, it’s also good to take it away slowly. Much like people who drink a lot of soda and then try to quit cold turkey, if you take away all sugar very suddenly, you may notice yourself feeling sick or plagued with splitting headaches. This is because your body is used to having sugar and is “detoxing” it out of you. To avoid this painful part of the process, simply eliminate the sugar in small, slow doses.

Healthy sugar

As stated above, it’s a bad idea to completely deprive yourself from sugar in a sudden way. If you find yourself craving sugar, try swapping it with something else. Not many things can satisfy an ice cream craving aside from ice cream, I won’t try to trick you into thinking that frozen bananas taste just as good. But, giving yourself something sweet that has natural forms of sugar, will be much better for your body than giving into that craving for something that you know isn’t good for you. Even better, some fruits, such as apples, kiwis, and strawberries, help keep your teeth clean and provide your body with the fiber it needs to function properly. This means that these healthy fruits will help your body in other ways, so you can feel good about eating them.

When you feel like snacking, drink water

A common reason people feel like they can’t lose weight, is because most people find themselves constantly snacking throughout the day. Our bodies don’t actually need as much food as we often give it; three well balanced meals a day is plenty of food. Often, when we feel hungry during mealtimes, it’s our bodies way of telling us that we’re nearing dehydration. You should never strive to drink water in place of eating a meal. But when you begin feeling hungry just a few short hours after eating breakfast, try taking a big drink of water before you reach for chips. The goal here isn’t to fill your stomach with water instead of food, but to have a drink before you eat. Most of your daily sugar intake comes from snacks, rather than from your regular meals. By drinking more water and snacking less, you’ll significantly decrease your daily sugar intake.

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