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Brush Away Easter Candy with Tooth Tunes!

Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrush for Kids

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

By the end of this weekend, I know most of us will be cringing at the volume of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and Peeps consumed by our kiddos and shudder at the thought of the sticky sugar coating their teeth.

But I am here today to share with you an exciting musical toothbrush for kids called Tooth Tunes that will make brushing away that Easter candy almost as entertaining as hunting for the eggs.

Moms, wouldn’t this make a fun addition to the Easter basket? I would text that Easter Bunny right now to put in your request…

Rock It Out to Tooth Tunes

Tooth Tunes and Tooth Tune Jr. brushes play two minutes of a hit music song to make sure kids are brushing for the recommended amount of time to do a thorough cleaning.

With songs like, “One Thing” by One Direction, “We Will Rock You” by Queen or “The Alphabet Song” on Tooth Tunes Jr., the kids are so distracted listening to the song, they don’t even realize they have been brushing for a full two minutes.


My Girls Love Tooth Tunes!

We received new Tooth Tunes toothbrushes this week and they were intrigued to try them.

When you press the button to turn it on when not brushing, you can hear the song, but not very loudly.

I could see their wheels turning, wondering what it would be like to brush with them and this is what they discovered: when you put the toothbrush on your teeth, the song actually plays clearly in your head.

The brush actually streams sound vibrations through the teeth so kids can hear the song while they brush. Isn’t that wild?!

When the brush is taken off the teeth, the song plays fainter, so it inspires kids to keep contact with their teeth the entire two minutes the song is playing!


My girls were hilarious the first time they brushed with them. They bopped up and down doing all sorts of dance moves. Especially since One Direction is one of their favorite bands. Of course.

I have never seen my oldest quite so happy while brushing her teeth (and she has some serious permanent chompers to brush) and my little one somehow turned into a Charlie’s Angel when armed with her Tooth Tunes…

brushing fun

What I love most about this product is I feel confident my kids are actually brushing long enough, not the usual 15 second turbo brush they try to pull off at times.

Let’s face it, when you are a kid, there are many other things you would rather be doing rather than brushing your teeth. Not so fun. But Tooth Tunes musical toothbrush for kids actually makes my girls excited to brush their teeth.

You can visit the “Where to Buy” link on the website and search by song as to where to buy. They even have a Kidz Bop version of “Wake Me Up.”  I have to say that’s a very cute way to start the morning.

What are Your Tips for Helping Kids Brush Longer? 

Please tell us, what are your tips for making brushing fun? How do you get your kids to brush their teeth longer?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

New Year Products from Minted


Minted photo calendar

This post on Minted ’s personalized photo calendar 2014 designs, new year’s cards and personalized valentines was actually supposed to be published yesterday. However, it had to be postponed a day for reasons I blame completely on Minted. You see, I thought it would be a good idea to do a couple mock up pages in a Minted photo calendar with my family photos to show as an example for this post.

So, there I go, playing around with the design and photos to personalize the first few months of a photo calendar, and what do you think happens?

Minted makes designing a personalized photo calendar so easy and it was turning out so stinkin’ cute to see my family in the photos I couldn’t stop.

I had to keep going month by month until it was finished. My blogging time turned into calendar designing, so therefore this post was pushed back a day. But so worth it. So, so worth it.

My oldest daughter helped me and we had so much fun going through our favorite photos from the past year.

I ordered mine yesterday and can’t wait to get it hanging in my office.

Personalized Photo Calendar 2014

The Minted photo calendars come in two sizes, standard and grand, and you can personalize with your own photos, different layouts, and edit the days of the months to add in special birthdays or events.

I love all the months I did, but two months in particular are my favorites. This photo of Emma is on her birthday month of June was taken during our favorite trip of 2013 to Bacara last summer.

Minted photo calendar sample month

My second favorite is December.

Each year I take a photo of my girls walking down the hall on Christmas morning to see if Santa came. For this month, I put in their photos from the last four years. Ages 1.5 and 4.5 to now ages 4.5 and 7.5. Where are the years going?!

Minted photo calendar sample layout

If you happen to get a late start in designing, you can pick your “start” month too. Click here to visit and click around – you will love these photo calendars.

Minted New Years Cards

With Thanksgiving falling so late this year, it seemed like December sort of snuck up on everyone.  If you are one of the many people who just didn’t have the time to get out a holiday card, how about sending a New Year photo card instead?

I happen to love this idea because I get a little gloomy after Christmas when the holiday cards stop. You will for sure brighten someone’s boring January mail day with a Minted new year photo card.

Again, you can again personalize with photos, text, backer options in one of their fun New Year photo card designs.

New Year photo card

Minted Personalized Valentines

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. What used to be a holiday celebrated solely with my sweetie, is now a family event with a special breakfast and family date night. I love making my kids’ classroom valentines with them and thinking of special ways to make them more personal.

To help people celebrate the holiday of love, Minted has a lovely assortment of personalized valentines and personalized kids valentine cards like these you can add your child’s photo and name to…

Minted personalized valentines

….now those are SWEET!

[Disclosure: Minted is a Tiny Oranges sponsor and I am also an affiliate. I love, love, love their company and products and all opinions are 100% my own genuine ones.]

7 Great Holiday Photo Card Sites


best holiday card designs

I L O V E getting holiday photo cards. Love shopping for them, love sending them, and LOVE getting them. I could spend hours online searching for the best holiday card designs every year.

To make life easier on you, I have summarized 7 great sites for the best holiday card designs and will feature a favorite design from each one along with any current promo codes I could find. Happy holiday card shopping!


I have mad love for for their unique indie designs and endless customizing options. This year they gave me two reasons to love them even more with their real foil pressed cards and keepsake ornament cards!

Get 10% off your holiday card order with Minted promo code FALLHOL10 good through tomorrow. Plus, you can BUY NOW and UPLOAD your photo later. Nice!

My picks: White Noel Holiday Ornament Card and Glittering Joy Foil-Pressed Holiday Card.


Minted Ornament Card


Paper Culture 

If you like clean, simple designs, Paper Culture will be right up your alley. Definitely a top choice for some of the best holiday card designs for their modern style. Plus, every card is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper and for every order, Paper Culture plants a tree. Heart this.

Enter Paper Culture promo code HOLIDAY13 for 20% off your order through 10/29/13.

My pick: Cheer. They are 8.9 x 3.9 inches – cute! Love an oversized card!



Simply to Impress

Super cute holiday photo card designs at affordable prices.

Save 25% off with Simply to Impress promo code FALLSAVE (but ends today! hurry!)

My pick: Striped Frame. I absolutely love the inclusion of “Top Moments of the Year” and the opportunity to have some fun on your holiday card!



This was a fun find this year, and if you are planning a holiday party, make sure to check out their cute holiday party invitations too.

Things I like: cute designs, wide price range (affordable to high end), and free upgrade to rush processing and order will be shipped same day. Nice.

Use PurpleTrail promo code intro15 for 15% off your first order.

My pick: Rustic Charm Christmas Photo Card. Love the gift tag, rustic background, and the fact that you are able to customize 8 pages to add more pictures, highlights and holiday wishes!




Yet another new find this year! You can chose from one of their designs, or actually design your own blank photo card, or photo card collage.

My pick: Magic of Christmas Chalkboard Art on Cardstore. Love this look.

Chalkboard Art Christmas Card



Sign up for their email list and get 20% off your order of $35+.

My pick: Live, Laugh, Love. The colors and sentiment just make me happy!



Of course, TinyPrints is always a favorite for their best holiday card designs and lots of options.

Enter Tiny Prints promo code 20OCTSW for 20% off any order through 10/29!

My Pick: Holiday Ink. Different. I love it.


Happy ALMOST holiday card season!

Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock Review

Recently I was sent a tube of Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock for Kids for review. When I got the email asking if I was interested in learning more, the answer was a quick yes!  

Skin cancer runs in my family and we live in Orange County where the sun shines year round so protecting my girls’ skin with daily sunscreen is not an option, it’s a necessity.

Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock for kids was created by actress Anne Heche who wanted to create a sunscreen for her kids that was fun, but not irritating, and could be applied without the typical protests common when applying lotions, creams or sprays.

Do your kids protest sunscreen application? Sunscreen application used to be full on warfare in this household, that’s why this product has me tickled pink!  

Why I Love Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock for Kids

1. It is easy to apply each morning before school.
2. They LIKE putting it on.  We yell, “Tickle Time!” and it makes it fun! No more screaming protests.
3. It is a powder, so it almost goes on like a light makeup.
4. It’s fast and you don’t have to worry about it going in their eyes.
5. It is perfect to carry in your purse for impromptu park outings, etc.

Things you should know about Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock for Kids

1. It’s made with 100% all-natural minerals
2. It offers Complete UVA-UVB protection
3. It lasts all day
4. Each tube contains over 300 applications
5. It is water-resistant
6. It is soothing and calming and can be used on rash or eczema-prone skin.

Buy Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock now through October 31st, 2012 and receive free ground shipping! I guarantee you will be tickled pink too.

[Disclosure: I was sent a free Tickle Time Mineral Powder Sunblock for kids to facilitate this review. 100% of my opinions are my own and I only write about products I am passionate about - this being one of them. Images courtesy of Tickle Time.]

Obsession: Chobani Greek Yogurt

I think I have been watching too much Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen because I have been saying “I am obsessed with…” so much lately that my husband now asks me Andy-style, “what three things are you obsessed with this week?” Any other Real Housewives and Andy fans out there with me??

So my latest obsession is Chobani Non-fat Greek Yogurt. Let me explain why.

Having gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy was the best thing that could have happened to me. At the time it wasn’t, but in retrospect it absolutely was. Even today, three years later, I still eat a modified diabetes diet, which entails eating 5 times a day: three small meals and two small snacks. I also never let myself go more than 3 hours without eating something to keep my blood sugar stable. Eating this way has been great for my metabolism and gives me energy (which is important when you are a mom!)