Unboxing with Mike Tyson & a Strawberry Shortcake Giveaway!

Thank you to the Strawberry Shortcake people for providing the information and prizes featured in this post.

Now this is what you call thinking outside the box!  All you Strawberry Shortcake fans out there, you will love this hilarious sketch on “Unboxing”, courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel.  Boxing champ Mike Tyson takes on a new physical challenge:  getting a Strawberry Shortcake doll out of her packaging!  His unconventional approach is something to see.

You, too, can have fun “unboxing” these great Strawberry Shortcake goodies when you enter to win my special giveaway.  In addition to the Strawberry Shortcake doll seen in the video, you’ll win a Strawberry Shortcake tin purse, DIY lip gloss kit, a set of tea cups, and the DVD “Jammin with Cherry Jam” from Twentieth Century Fox Home Video.  Just share an “unboxing” photo or story of your own, and I’ll pick one winner at random to win this great Strawberry Shortcake gift package.
 

 

If that video didn’t make you laugh out loud, I don’t think we can be friends anymore.  But seriously, unboxing is serious business.  Sometimes it’s the kind of business that makes me want to pull my hair out, but this time it’s all FUN.  If you’d like to “unbox” some great Strawberry Shortcake prizes of your own, just enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/2/15.  Good luck!

Strawberry Shortcake Unboxing Giveaway [Read more…]


Drop Your Pants for the #Underwareness Movement!


So. Let’s talk about personal problems.  Well, just one in particular:  bladder leakage.

No one likes it.  No one likes to talk about it.  And no one likes to wear the products made to protect your clothing.  But I hope I can change your mind about that, because Depend has an awesome new line of protection that I think you’re going to love!  (More about that in just a minute).

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Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage; that means 1 in 3 women!  If you don’t have it, you know someone who does, even if they’ve never talked about it.  It’s one of those things people don’t like to admit, but when you think about it, what’s the big deal?  If 1 in 3 women are experiencing this problem, it’s something we should feel more comfortable talking about.  We have to break the stigma associated with bladder leakage, and Depend is entering year 2 of its Underawareness social movement and charitable cause to help do just that.  As part of Underawareness, Depend is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage.  For every photo or video shared using the #Underawareness hashtag, Depend will donate $1 (up to $3 million) through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.  I think that’s really cool, and if you check out the hashtag you’ll see some really creative and fun photos that people have shared already.

As for me, to participate in Depend’s new Underawareness campaign, I’m going to talk to you about my bladder leakage issues today, and I hope you’ll join me.

I have two kids, and while people prepared me for many of the challenges of childbirth and raising my kids…no one told me about light bladder leakage many women experience after they’ve had children.  It never even crossed my mind, because I always thought it was something that might happen years later as I grew older.  I’ll be honest:  it caught me by surprise, and I was initially really embarrassed about it, like many women are.  I wish I hadn’t been, though, because with such a large number of people dealing with the same problems, I know there are great support systems of friends and family who are right there in the same boat.  And they’re not just one age group – light bladder leakage affects women of all ages.  In fact, if you ask around, you’d find that more people in their 20s and 30s deal with bladder leakage than people in their 80s, so it’s definitely nothing to be ashamed of.

So how does bladder leakage affect me?  It’s annoying, that’s for sure.  And it causes me to make extra plans, like making sure I have pads and protection in case something happens.  If I go to a funny movie and laugh too much?  There could be leakage.  If I go to a high school reunion and dance all night?  There could be leakage.  If it’s allergy season and I sneeze all day long?  There could be leakage.  If you have it, you know exactly what I mean, you know how frustrating it is, and you know that sinking feeling when you realize you’re experiencing leakage and forgot to bring pads.

While there are plenty of bladder leakage protection items designed to help you when things get a little problematic, they are not all created equally.  You may recognize the Depend brand name and already associate them with high quality products, and so do I.  I’m especially excited about their newest product line, the Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs.

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These are so cool!  They are a discreet, moderate-absorbency brief made with a super thin design for comfort and the trusted incontinence protection Depend is known for.  These Active Fit briefs have a lower rise, which gives them an underwear-like look.  And get this:  they’re available in both black and beige colors.  That’s a first!  There’s nothing inherently wrong with high-rise white briefs, but if you want a more modern look that won’t keep you from wearing your favorite skinny jeans, look no further.  These briefs are great under any type of outfit, because they’re made with a cloth-like fabric that stays smooth and won’t bunch up or wrinkle under your clothing.  You can wear them comfortably every day; you’ll feel confident all day long, and you don’t have to change your style.  You can take back your freedom, and I call that a victory!

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I’m also excited to tell you that you can try out Depend’s new Silhouette Active Fit briefs for yourself, for free!  Head on over and grab your Depend Silhouette Active Fit brief free sample now.  Just pick which kind of brief you’d like to try, fill out the quick form, and wait for them to arrive at your front door.  These briefs are awesome, so trust me when I say you’ll definitely want to try them out.

So what do you think?  Are you ready to talk about bladder leakage?  If you are, jump on the #Underawareness campaign with me!  Grab your free samples, take some fun photos and post them with the #Underawareness hashtag, and help women everywhere as Depend donates $1 to charities for every tagged picture or video.  I can’t wait to see what you post!


Little Tikes Sand & Water Table Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Little Tikes Treasure Hunt Sand & Water Table

Hosted by Conservamom

Young treasure seekers will have an exciting time looking for buried treasure with the Little Tikes Treasure Hunt Sand & Water Table.  Kids can sift the sand to find buried treasure and transport it via train to the boat waiting in the water!  The lid doubles as a water basin where kids can even hunt for treasure underwater.  This activity table is loaded with tons of different ways for kids to play!

Perfect for kids Ages 2+ and retails for $59.99!

You can check out Conservamom’s Review of the Treasure Hunt Sand & Water Table here.
Now for the giveaway!  One lucky winner will get their very own Treasure Hunt Sand & Water Table! Open to US only and ends on May 29th at 11:59 PM.  Good luck! [Read more…]


Enjoy Summer with a Brighter Smile–Enter to Win a Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit!

Hello Summer Giveaway HopWelcome to the {second annual} Hello Summer Giveaway Hop,
hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.

The days are getting longer and hotter and we’re saying Hello to Summer in fun giveaway style!  Beat the heat and hop around to all the participating bloggers’ giveaways at the bottom of this post.  Also, be sure to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE for this event, an ULTIMATE Backyard Prize Package courtesy of Step2!

Have you ever noticed that summer brings more pictures?  The weather warms up and we all head back outdoors after a long winter, and suddenly those cameras (and phone cameras) are clicking more frequently as we do fun things with our families and friends.  We go for a picnic, take a vacation, go hiking…the activities are countless, and since it’s super easy to snap a picture, we do it.

For most of us, that means we’re showing our teeth to the world more and more, and if you’re self-conscious about the color of your teeth, it puts a real damper on the fun.

So, what to do?  Teeth-whitening has always been appealing to me, and there are definitely options.  From professional jobs done at your dentist’s office to whitening strips you can buy at your local drug store, there are a variety of ways you can whiten your teeth.  Unfortunately, they’re not always good options.  Having your teeth professionally whitened can be incredibly expensive.  Those strips and trays you can buy at the store don’t always fit properly, or don’t get every single tooth, or just flat out don’t work.  But I have the solution!

I was recently sent a complimentary teeth whitening kit, and I am super excited to tell you about my experience with Smile Brilliant.

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Smile Brilliant is an at-home whitening system, but it’s unlike anything you could buy at a store.  With this system, you’ll get whitening trays that are custom-fitted and handcrafted at a lab by dental technicians – this means your trays will be formed to fit your teeth exactly.  No more one-size-fits-all nonsense!  Once you receive your trays and kit, you’ll be whitening with ease.  Let me show you how simple this process is:

Step One:  Receive your kit and make your impressions

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You’ll get a fancy kit in the mail that includes easy instructions.  In the kit, you’ll find your mixing components and trays in which you’ll make your tooth impressions.  I admit I was a little overwhelmed when I opened the package, but let me assure you:  this process is much easier than you think.  The instructions walk you carefully through every step, and you’ll have your impressions ready to mail to the lab.  (All postage is included, by the way.  No going to the post office!).

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Your kit also contains the whitening and desensitizing gels you will use when you start whitening your teeth, and you can set those aside until you receive your custom trays.

Once you receive your trays, you’re ready to start making those pearly whites even whiter!  Here are my trays:

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The above picture includes my plaster molds. I just want to point out that those are not normally included with their trays, because they’re not necessary for anything – we just wanted to show you how much quality work goes into this process.

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Now for the whitening process:

Just a quick note about how whitening works:  the natural color of a tooth resides in the dentin, which lies below the enamel (a clear, hard protective coating).  The color of dentin varies by person, but very few people have bright white dentin.  Once your stains are removed, the natural color of your dentin will be the color your teeth “become.”  So while you’ll definitely see changes, just remember that no whitening brand (not even the professional whitening you’ll get from the dentist) can promise flawlessly bright white teeth.

Now that we’ve covered that:  as I mentioned before, your kit will include both whitening and desensitizing gels.  The whitening gel is professional strength, and it’s formulated with the highest quality standards.  It has a “sticky gel” formula that ensures even distribution and makes sure that it properly adheres to your teeth during the whitening process.  It’s also packaged in a nifty “syringe” design; it has a small tip and you can “push” the gel out like you would with any kind of syringe.  It makes it very easy to get a no-mess and even application.

The desensitizing gel is made to help eliminate any tooth sensitivity you might encounter.  The instructions call for this gel after you use the whitening product, but if your teeth are especially sensitive, you can use the gel both before and after.  (I have very sensitive teeth, so that’s what I had to do).

Also, just a note:  these syringes hold more than just one treatment!  In fact, one syringe is good for 3-4 sessions, so they’ll carry you far.  And if you run out of either the whitening or desensitizing gels, you can easily order more gel from their website.  Also:  the gels have a shelf life of 2 years when refrigerated, and 1 year at room temperature.  If you have leftover gel, you can store it for more whitening down the road.

So how well does it work?  Here’s my before and after:

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I’m really happy with it!  My teeth weren’t terribly stained before, but there is definitely a big difference in my before/after.  My teeth are more vibrant and have lost that sad “dull” look.  Everyone’s situation is different, so results can vary a bit, but many people should be able to see really great results within 5-7 applications.  Keep in mind that the goal with teeth-whitening shouldn’t be a perfectly bright white, but you should see stain-free results.

As for me, since my teeth are more sensitive than I realized, I went through the process pretty slowly to make it easier on myself.  I used the desensitizing gel before and after, and I also only whitened every couple of days.  At this point I’m happy with my results, so from here I’ll only use the gel every couple of months to maintain my results.  If you use all of your gel and think you can still get more results, you can always order more gel from their website.

If you’re like me, you probably have some questions about at-home tooth whitening, and might be concerned about safety or sensitivity issues. Let me share a few articles with you that address those questions:

As the articles state, like with any other whitening product, there are minor risks.  You might experience tooth sensitivity, which we’ve covered.  There could also be some gum irritation from the peroxide, and this often pops up in the first or second application.  You’ll find details about these and other concerns in those articles, so make sure to check them out.

Overall?  I give Smile Brilliant a big smile and two thumbs up!  They were extremely helpful throughout the entire process and promptly answered all questions I had along the way, and the website has a live-chat option during business hours for quick and easy help.  The shipping times are really fast, and everything arrived in perfect condition and gave me a perfect fit.  I absolutely encourage you to check them out if you are interested in whitening your teeth, because I’m certain you’ll love them too.  To learn more about Smile Brilliant and kick-start summer with a brighter smile, check out their website.  It’s incredibly informative and will answer any questions I haven’t covered in my post.  You can also follow Smile Brilliant on Facebook and Twitter.

Smile Brilliant is generously offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win a Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening Tray Creation Kit plus 3 whitening and 3 desensitizing gel syringes (ARV $139.95)!  Open worldwide, but if the winner is located outside of the US he/she will be required to cover the cost of shipping his/her impressions back to Smile Brilliant.  Must be 18 or older to enter.  Good luck! [Read more…]


End Bullying in Style with Nature’s Time #Time4Change

Today I’m excited to share with you a fabulous new brand that supports a cause close to my heart:  bullying.

We hear a lot about bullying and its effects on the news, and in our own homes when our loved ones are unfortunate enough to be a victim of bullying.  While people may disagree on how to handle it, one thing remains true for every single case:  it has to stop.  It’s #Time4Change, and that’s where Nature’s Time (and you) can help.

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Nature’s Time was created in San Francisco by a registered nurse, Christian Panaligan.  As you might imagine, Christian saw many of the sad results of bullying in his patients.  Having been a victim of bullying himself, Christian often escaped to nature, where he found strength and beauty.  Thanks to that escape, he’s integrated his idea of nature into his vision for Nature’s Time:  he’s created a beautiful fashion accessory, using natural materials, with the goal to spread compassion and awareness to victims of bullying.

From Christian:  “Through nature, each and every one of us is connected and it’s our time to start making real impact for each other.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so why not make the best of today for the good of society?”

We here at Game on Mom couldn’t agree more, so we’re thrilled to help support Nature’s Time by sharing their Indigogo campaign with you.  It launches today, and we hope you’ll check it out and support them by contributing or purchasing a watch.  Every watch purchased helps 6 bullying victims, as Nature’s Time has partnered with Free2Luv as they fight bullying through community outreach, awareness campaigns, and events.

It’s truly a win-win.  You get an amazing watch, and you help SIX bullying victims, which is just outstanding.  To give you an idea of the Nature’s Time quality and style, have a look at my watch:

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I am so happy with this watch; it’s truly gorgeous.  The craftsmanship is so well done, and the materials are clearly of excellent quality.  It’s heavy and sturdy without being bulky, and I love that it’s so unique and stylish without being overstated or “loud.”

My watch is just one of many wood/steel combinations; here is a quick sneak peek of some of the other varieties that will be available in both men’s and women’s styles.  All watches will be handcrafted with natural wood and 316L steel , are water-resistant, and utilize a Japanese Quartz movement.

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As I mentioned before, their Indiegogo campaign launches today, and there are definitely advantages to contributing early!

The five final men’s designs will start at $89.00 for the first 50 purchases (retail value $179.00).  Once they reach $100,000 in funding, the final women’s designs will be launched.

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Did you like my particular watch design?  If you’re interested in one like mine, take note:  it’s a limited edition prototype!  It will only be available for the first 50 sales after they reach $100,000 in funding.  After that, there will no more of this design.  I think you’ll love it as much as I do, and I think it’s the perfect color combination.  So if you want this one, keep an eye out and strike while the iron’s hot!

To learn more about Nature’s Time, check them out on Indiegogo page and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.   They’re a great company with a great cause, and I hope you’ll make sure to contribute if you can.