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Netflix and Mini Milestones

posted by Momo Fali on October 21, 2014

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My husband really wants my daughter to watch Halloween. You remember it, right? Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the babysitting teen, chased and tormented by Michael Myers; not the one of Shrek fame, but rather the escaped psychiatric inmate and slasher. I hate that movie. I hate scary movies in general, but my daughter is at that tender age where her parents need to show her that it’s never okay to answer the door when she’s home alone and that she can never, ever trust a landline. Life lessons, we haz ‘em.

Thankfully, we’ve decided to scare her with something a little more tame and less likely to occur in real life, which is “LOST”, also known as, “My favorite show, EVER.” Okay, the plane crash could happen, but the chance of landing in paradise with ample fresh water and tubs of Dharma Initiative ranch dressing is not usually the end result. Also, smoke monsters.

In addition to sharing the experience with my daughter, the beauty of rewatching “LOST” is that my husband and I are catching all kinds of stuff that we never noticed the first time around. There are subtle, and not-so-subtle, clues of what’s to come. Our daughter not knowing what’s going to happen is just plain fun for us. We rub our hands together and evil laugh, nod, raise our eyebrows and say, “Hmmm…I wonder what THAT means?” a lot. Then our daughter rolls her eyes.

Of course, getting her to sit down to watch “LOST” means that we’ve pulled her away from “Dr. Who”, “Sherlock” or “Merlin”, which are also good for this spooky season (and all available for streaming on Netflix). They’re not too scary, but they are suspenseful and they make me feel intelligent on account of all the British.

It’s fun to have my daughter at a point in her life where we can introduce her to shows we enjoy. It may not be a traditional milestone, but you can be sure we’re making memories. Anyway, we aren’t a traditional family because when she eventually watches Halloween, I bet my husband will be really proud.

 

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Sensitive Teeth? Get Relief with Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

posted by Momo Fali on September 19, 2014

This is a sponsored post written in partnership with One2One Network and Crest.

Have you ever bitten into an ice cream bar and felt searing pain in your teeth? How about feeling like you’re being stabbed when you drink hot coffee, eat tomatoes or something sweet? If not, you’re lucky, and if you don’t, that doesn’t mean you never will.

Some 30 million households suffer from sensitive teeth which is caused by exposed dental tubules (microscopic holes) which can be caused by overbrushing or receding gums. The exposed tubules are basically a passageway for fluid to travel through your tooth, directly to the nerve. OUCH!

But, if you know what it’s like to suffer with sensitive teeth, Crest has some good news for you!

I was lucky enough to attend an informational meeting with Dr. Robert Gerlach, a Research Fellow in Worldwide Clinical Investigations at Proctor & Gamble, and Dr. Travis Stork, Emmy® nominated TV host of The Doctors and board-certified emergency medicine physician. They spoke on Crest’s latest achievement that will bring you relief from painful eating and drinking.

Introducing Crest Senti-Stop Strips – a revolutionary, new product that can be used at home, applied directly to affected teeth, and blocks pain in just 10 minutes.

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If you’ve ever used White Strips, you know how easy they are to apply and the Sensi-Strips work much the same way. Only, these strips are covered with oxolate gel (Don’t worry, oxolate is natural. You can even find it in apples!), which reacts with your teeth to form crystals that block the dental tubules and, therefore, block the pain! Why didn’t I think of that?

Luckily I didn’t, because then I wouldn’t have been able to meet this guy. Cute, smart, nice, funny, and super clean teeth thanks to Crest Pro-Health products which deliver comprehensive protection for your teeth; cavities, gingivitis, plaque, sensitivity, tartar, whitening and fresh breath. We all know that clean teeth and healthy gums are important to overall health, but when Dr. Travis Stork tells you to floss, you listen.

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If you, or someone you know, has sensitive teeth leave a comment on this blog post before 9/26/14 at noon Eastern for a chance to win a free package of Crest Sensi-Stop Strips and a coupon for a future purchase. Your teeth will thank you for it!

Wii U: Party Like it’s 2013!

posted by Momo Fali on April 27, 2013

A few weeks ago, we had a party. It wasn’t your typical shindig in that we weren’t celebrating a birthday, graduation, or anniversary; we weren’t gathering together because of someone, but rather something. We invited some friends over to meet the newest addition to our family; the Wii U.

Nintendo not only sent me a Wii U and a couple of games, but they also sent Chris and Brian, who were able to explain this amazing new game system to a room full of eager party-goers in about 15 minutes flat. Also, they brought pizza. I kind of wanted to keep them.

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Do you know how hard it is to make a teenage girl laugh? How about THREE teenage girls? The Wii U has powers, y’all. No joke.

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Like the power to make me contort my face. This is me, losing the Luigi’s Ghost Mansion game. My son is just drinking that juice box like he DOESN’T EVEN CARE that I was just attacked. Rude.

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What I love about Wii U is that the fun spans the ages. After three generations raced and chased, we all sang and danced to Justin Bieber’s, “Baby”…

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…The B-52s, “Love Shack”…

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…and Frank Sinatra’s, “New York, New York.”

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Then we had prizes! Everybody loves prizes. See?

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Family game night has taken on a whole new meaning for us. Honestly, we haven’t even tried to engage our kids with a  board game lately, mostly because they call them “bored” games. The tech-savvy teens and tweens at this party enjoyed the Wii U’s challenges, the team-elements, and the superb graphics, while the parents enjoyed having the kids around on a Friday night.

We connected, we laughed, WE HAD SO MUCH FUN. I’m not kidding when I say that I would do this every weekend if we could.

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For now, I am practicing my vocals and scaring the dog out of the room in the process. I’m working on my dance moves and improving my Mario chasing skills. There will be no more face-contorting for me!

But first I have to stop watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, because that’s also something for which I use the Wii U and I won’t even get into how I can watch shows AND tweet with it at the same time, or purchase On Demand movies, or have voice and video chats with friends. Have mercy. I haven’t even told my husband about the sports features because I’ll never get my hands on the game-pad again!

I want to offer a huge thanks to Nintendo for making our party a success! The Wii U provided hours of entertainment and a great time was had by all. We can’t wait for next time!

I have a thing for woman-owned shops. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman, maybe it’s because I like to shop and women-owned boutiques are more my taste, or maybe it’s because I saw my sister’s husband leave her; a single-mom who had to raise four boys under the age of ten on her own. Then, maybe I watched as she scraped and struggled through that life-changing event all her way to a successful business. Maybe.

KyKy’s Treasures is a mother and daughter team who began by making simple, beaded bracelets and selling them at their yearly garage sale. They loved doing it so much that they decided to sell them online too. Not only are they woman-owned, they are woman-and-daughter-owned. That’s a bonus woman, right there.

Since they opened in April 2012, they have greatly expanded their jewelry and accessory making abilities to include everything from personalized key chains & bookmarks, to pearl knotted necklaces. They have an adorable Lil’ Princess Collection for their littlest customers and just launched a beautiful Bridal Collection.  They only use the highest quality components such as sterling silver, 14k gold-filled, and Swarovski crystals.

KyKy’s Treasures isn’t just a job for them; they love doing it and they especially enjoy creating custom items. All you have to do is ask and they will work closely with you to design the perfect piece! They sell their designs on Etsy and Luulla, but you can also like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for shop info, promotional sales. and occasional coupon codes.

And, because this mother/daughter team is so awesome, they have decided to celebrate motherhood with one of you! A lucky reader will win this Mother’s Birthstone Necklace from their Mother’s Collection.  It is 18″ long and features three 6mm sterling silver satin birthstone beads with Swarovski crystals.  They are strung on a sterling silver, diamond cut, oval link chain which closes with a lobster claw clasp.

The winner will have their choice of three birthstones:
To enter (maximum of three entries per person):

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me which birthstone is your favorite.

2. For an additional entry, follow KyKy’s Treasures on Twitter, then leave a comment on this post with a link to your Twitter post (click on the timestamp in the tweet and it will show your tweet on a page of its own, with a unique URL).

3. For an additional entry, share this post on Facebook, then leave a comment on this post with a link to your Facebook post (click on the timestamp in the Facebook post and it will show your update with a unique URL.)

Entries are open to U.S. residents until April 17, 2013 at 10:00pm ET. Good luck and happy shopping!