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December 16, 2014

Stay Healthy with Listerine® + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

After baskets of candy that result from Halloween, followed by the delicious pumpkin pie and sugary desserts that come along with Thanksgiving, keeping your mouth healthy is extremely important this time of year.

With the holidays quickly approaching, the last thing you want to be self-conscious about under the mistletoe or at the turn of a new year is bad breath! LISTERINE® mouthwash wants you to be prepared for anything with the best party accessory there is – a clean and healthy mouth.

Listering Antiseptic morning routine

Not-so-fun fact: Brushing alone actually misses 75 percent of your mouth! I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling too confident with those odds.

I have been using LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash at least once a day for years, and I can tell an immediate difference in the overall feel in my mouth if I skip a day or two. Want to know my secret for bright teeth and a clean track record at the Dentist? LISTERINE® Mouthwash.

Cover the majority of what your toothbrush and floss are missing in under a minute of swishing a day with LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash.

using listerine antiseptic mouthwash

Simply 30 seconds of swishing with 4 teaspoons of the liquid each morning and night can help you reach nearly 100 percent of your mouth and kill the germs that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. LISTERINE® Antiseptic has been shown to reduce 52 percent more plaque and 21 percent more gingivitis than brushing and flossing alone!

Listerine Ultraclean Antiseptic mouthwash

Considering the majority of adult Americans will develop gingivitis at some point in their lives (and maybe not even know it), oral health is a concern we should draw a little more attention to!

“The Essentials” work together to pack the powerful punch to kill those hard to reach germs, and are found in the four essential oils that originally came from plant sources that have protected your mouth for over a century.

• Eucalyptol

Derived from trees usually found in Australia, this essential oil acts as both an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.

• Menthol

Identical to the menthol found in natural corn mint, this essential oil is known for its germ killing properties.

• Thymol

Identical to the thymol in natural thyme and ajowan herb, research continues to demonstrate this essential oil’s effectiveness against bacteria.

• Methyl Salicylate

Identical to the methyl salicylate in natural wintergreen, this essential oil is also found in chewing gum due to its fresh flavoring properties.

No other branded mouthwash has this unique, fixed combination formula that kills millions of germs on contact, all the while helping keep your mouth healthy and holiday party ready all year long!

Listering Antiseptic mouthwash routine

For more information on LISTERINE® mouthwash, its unique essential oil-based formula, and how you can improve your oral health, visit www.listerine.com/products-essential-oils.

$100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

Want even more motivation to stay on track over the holidays? How about the chance to win $100 VISA Gift Card?

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post naming the four essential oils found in LISTERINE® mouthwash.

Good luck!

Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#Listerine” and “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification e-mail will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher.com e-mail address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 12/16/14 – 1/15/15.

Be sure to visit the LISTERINE® brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!


*Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored by the LISTERINE® brand, all thoughts and opinions remain my own!

December 8, 2014

Changing Your Sleeping Habits

Sleep is something our bodies require to survive, function, and live up to our highest potential.

Sleep is something a lot of us which we took more time to do, but is also what others consider to be a “waste of time”. Most likely ranking somewhere low on a lot of people’s to-do lists around the holidays, how much should we be worried or willing to change our sleeping habits?

importance of getting sleep

I would group people into two main categories. On one hand you have the group of go-go-go getters who run a million miles an hour tackling all the things. They barely get enough sleep to function and laugh in the face of naps. On the other hand, you have the early to bed, early to rise routinists. These people generally require a good amount of sleep each night to feel like themselves. They value the golden eight recommended hours a night rule and never turn down the opportunity to relax when it presents itself.

Throughout my adult life, I have slowly shifted from a go-getter (frequent 4 hours of sleep per night offender) to somewhere in the middle. I know I need 7-8 hours a night, but I don’t always get it. I often stay up in the wee hours of the morning to finish a project or something for the blog, then don’t have an issue rising early for the next day if I have to.

When I was consistently working early in the morning (6 a.m. classes or 6:30 a.m. serving shifts), I was really good about going to bed when I needed to. To be frank, I was pooped by the time 10 p.m. came around. With a night owl of a husband, I just got used to turning in hours earlier than him, and he understood. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked for us.

These days, I’m lucky if I get to bed any time before he does. Sometimes it’s more early morning than late night, and I hate when I let myself get there. Since I started working outside of the home again, however, I have done a much better job at hitting the pillows at a reasonable hour.

cali relaxing

So… what’s reasonable? How many hours do we really need to be healthy and able to function properly?

In my early blogging days, I dedicated an entire post to this exact question. To summarize, according to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but your personal sleeping hour changes from person to person.

In an effort to actually make a change in my sleeping habits, I was happy to participate in a campaign with Relax the Back. They are promoting their PureRelax Mattress Topper and I was all over it.

purerelax mattress topper relax the back

The PureRelax Mattress Topper is made with the same eco-friendly memory foam materials as their PureRelax Mattress, reduces motion transfers on the sleep surface, and provides support to reduce muscle and back pain.

To be completely transparent, we probably didn’t need the memory foam topper on top of our King sized (already squishy) memory foam mattress in our master bedroom.

relax the back pure relax matress topper

I’m assuming the product was made to layer on top of a regular (non-memory foam) mattress. But, since Scott and I are in dire need of a mattress replacement, I went ahead and ordered the King to try on top of ours in hopes of making ours last longer. I know, I’m ridiculous.

With all of the layers of stacked memory foam, I wasn’t sure how making the bed would go. I mean… you can only stretch sheets so much. Again, paired with a normal mattress, I’m sure adding the PureRelax Mattress Topper wouldn’t be an issue here.

After some struggling, I got everything under our sheets and laughed at how high it brought up the comforter.

master bedroom bed set

Sidenote: We really need to replace our bed set. This one has definitely seen better days and was originally bought as a temporary fix. Three years later, here we still are.

Double Sidenote: We also really, really need end tables. Yes, those are our bedside lamps on the floor. Embarrassing.

Past those issues I brought on myself, I absolutely love this mattress topper. I have to admit, however, that it came with a distinct rubber smell that neither Scott or I are too fond of. The topper comes with Relax the Back’s exclusive bamboo fabric ticking layer, so I could have definitely washed it before assembling the bed if I was paying attention. I will next time I change the sheets!

It’s slowly going away, so that’s good.

We have been sleeping with the PureRelax Mattress Topper for over two weeks now, and I have definitely noticed changes in my sleeping pattern. Seriously. I haven’t been getting up as frequently throughout the night, I can barely feel when Scott or the animals (yes, all three of them sleep with us) are moving about on the bed, and it’s even harder to get out of bed in the morning. I just don’t want to leave it.

heather on memory foam topper

(Okay, that photo is super cheesy. But you get my point!)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing a memory foam mattress or mattress topper, I highly suggest you give it a try. (Maybe not both at the same time, like me.) It’s like sleeping on clouds, my friends.

The good news is that Relax the Back is doing a couple of awesome giveaways this week. Currently, they are teaming up with FitFluential for a giveaway on their Snoozer Body Pillow. Scott is a stomach sleeper (often prone to build his own pillow forts), so I am going over to enter right now for him! There are only two days left to enter that one, but keep an eye on their Facebook page for an additional giveaway to pop up later this week featuring the PureRelax Mattress Topper!

With a couple of weeks of solid sleep under my belt, I feel less tired and more me. It’s a wonderful thing. If sleep is somthing low on your priority list, I challenge you to knock it up to the top.

Give a solid effort at “turning off” when you need to at night in order to get a full night’s sleep multiple nights in a row and see if it makes a difference in your mood and energy level. I bet it will!

aspen sleeping on bed

Since we’re talking about the importance of sleep, I thought I would end by sharing some related posts on sleep and relaxing, via Relax the Back:

10 Ways to Relax and De-Stress

Tips To Prevent Pain During the Holidays (also… get a memory topper!)

9 Ways to Tame Chronic Pain

Ways to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season

Taking Work To Bed (I’m sure we are all guilty of this at some point.)


Questions of the Afternoon

• How much sleep do you average a night?

• How much does that differ from the amount of sleep you actually need?

• What’s one thing you’ve done to get into a better sleeping routine?

Disclaimer: While the PureRelax Mattress Topper in this post was provided to me by Relax the Back through a campaign with FitFluential, I was not compensated for this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own!

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