Monday, April 20, 2015

Iced Vanilla Lattes For a Crowd & how to prepare sensitive teeth for cold summer snacks

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias

Prepare your teeth for cold summer drinks. Just in time for those fun, cold drinks- Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush & Built-in Sensitivity  pen. Includes a recipe for Vanilla Lattes for a crowd.

    Last spring, I started having issues with my teeth and gums. My mouth was sore on a constant basis, and it started affecting things I ate. For instance, I couldn’t eat certain chips because they were too crunchy and sharp. I nursed it at home as long as I could, but finally went to the dentist. I felt bad complaining about this, but I could tell it wasn’t the first time my hygienist had heard about sensitive teeth. They suggested I switch to a prescription toothpaste and I went with that. I have to say, it did help, but the sticker shock was incredible. It was more than a lunch date for hubs and I. For a tiny small tube. Once that little tube was gone, I knew I needed to find something else because I’m really cheap. I switched to Colgate Sensitive toothpaste and noticed a lot of my issues had gone away. There were only a few things I couldn’t enjoy as much as before—all cold items. Things like ice cream sandwiches, or my favorite—iced coffee drinks.

Iced coffee drinks for a crowd.

Would you want to spend your whole summer without fabulous drinks like this???
Then I learned about the Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush and Sensitivity Pen. This is the niftiest little pen ever. I made up this little graphic to show you exactly how to use it:
Colgate Toothbrush  Sensitivity Relief pen is easy to use.
After brushing your teeth with the toothbrush, you will use the Sensitivity Relief Pen. Simply remove the cap, twist the bottom knob and bring gel up. “Paint" on the tooth that is bothering you for about 1 minute. When you are done, you don’t have to worry about rinsing. My favorite part? The pen fits inside of the toothbrush. I think this is so clever! It makes it so convenient, and reminds me to do it when I’m brushing my teeth.  The Actis Enamel Pen blocks sensitivity at the source of pain. Simply: Brush, Apply, Go. The best part? It only takes 3 days to start working. And once you are in the habit of using it on a continual basis, it works 24/7. It will even build up and form a barrier so your teeth are less prone to being sensitive. I’m so happy that I was able to find relief, and without the sticker shock!
Where to buy Colgate Sensitivity Pen.

I found my Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush & Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen at my local Krogers. Be sure to check your local store website because they might have a digital coupon for it!  It’s in the oral care aisle, over by the speciality whiteners. Mine was on the top shelf above the toothpaste. 
While I was at Kroger, I was able to pick up the ingredients for this lovely recipe!

Iced Vanilla Lattes For a Crowd.

Yes, this is how you make an entire pitcher of lattes. You can use this at your next brunch or party.

Easy to make at home lattes.

I chose vanilla, but if you prefer Caramel or toffee, those work too.

Homemade Lattes for Brunch.

Save money making your own lattes

Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe
So how do you make this delicious drink? It’s so easy!

Iced Vanilla Lattes For A Crowd

  • 4 cups strongly brewed dark roast coffee, cooled
  • 3 1/2 cups milk (I use 2% because that is what we have stocked in the fridge)
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream (liquid form—not whipped yet!)
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Flavoring Syrup (I use Torani, these glass bottles are usually found in the coffee aisle)
  • whipped cream for garnish if desired. 
1. Mix together the brewed coffee and the vanilla flavored syrup. Add in the milk, and then the heavy whipping cream. The whipping cream is in liquid form. This is what gives that thick, almost like a melted milk shake flavor to coffee house style drinks.
 2. Store in a pitcher or glass jug for an hour or 2 before serving. I wouldn’t recommend storing for longer than 24 hours, because of the dairy. Remember to keep it in the refrigerator since it has milk in it (not shelf stable!).
3. Enjoy! Especially since this probably saved a lot of money compared to the pre-made bottles!

What summer drinks are you looking forward to? Do you have foods that you avoid? I’d love to hear what you think about the pen if you try one, or what you think of the drink recipe!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Around the House or Around the World--PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBiasOh the places Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes can go! See how one blogger traveled the world with a handy canister. Not going on a whirlwind vacation? Never fear, they are perfect for everyday messes or Spring Cleaning! #Travel #PackingEssentials #SpringCleaning  #PurellWipes #ad #cbias

I was so excited when I saw that PURELL® was looking for bloggers to showcase their brand of wipes. I absolutely adore these and use them in my everyday life. They are also on my top 5 things I suggest packing for a trip. I thought I’d take a container on my last trip and show you all the places where I use these nifty things!

Purell wipes fit in a vehicle cup holder
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Baby Eczema - Tips and Tricks Every Parent Should Know

Tips and Tricks for Baby Eczema. Looking for tips and tricks to ease your baby's eczema? A mom of 4 tells you the information passed on to her by a dermatologist. Tips include what lotions were recommended along with detergent for sensitive skin. #eczema #babycare #babyskin #bathtime #FreeToBe #sp #ad

     Being a parent of a newborn is hard. Dealing with issues you’ve never dealt with before can seem overwhelming. Nothing feels worse than having a new baby whose skin is making him or her miserable. Our sweet boy #3 had horrible eczema as a baby. His poor skin would crack and bleed and just looked awful. It was obvious that something was terribly wrong. We tried some old wives' tales, we tried over the counter eczema creams and lotions, but the poor guy was not getting better. After trying many things without success and seeing our poor boy suffer, we went ahead and went to the dermatologist. The advice she gave us was life-changing for him. Of all the parental advice I pass on to friends, this is at the top of my list. I’m not a medical doctor, and I can’t guarantee that your baby’s eczema will disappear, but I am happy to share with you what we learned at that meeting and still use years later. It consists of simple tips, from a bathing routine to a detergent for sensitive skin.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easy Ways to Thank A Military Service Member

Easy ways to Thank a Military Service Member. Looking for ways to Thank a Military Service Member? This article shows several easy ways to say thanks for their sacrifice. Also includes companies that offer benefits to veterans. #military #DECares #militaryspouse #Veterans #ad

    I’m so excited to share today’s post with you! As you know, I come from a highly active military family. My husband, Major Hoff, is a retired solider with the US Army. My Father and Father-in-law are both Vietnam Vets. My Grandfather and Grandmother were both WW2 vets. Times have changed since my dad came home from Vietnam, and it is now common to find a much more supportive attitude towards our veterans. There are so many benefits for veterans out there now! Even though it is more common, it is just as appreciated. Sometimes people think you need to do something grand, or something on special holidays, but I am here to tell you—a thank you is appropriate 24/7. I know many of you are interesting in helping veterans! So here are a few easy ways to say thanks to someone wearing our country’s uniform.
 Boston Terror supports the troops and veterans

1. Say Thank You.

Yes, it’s that easy. It doesn’t have to be a full fledged conversation. Sometimes, just a nod get’s the point across. We’ve had people offer to buy coffee, let us go to the front of the line, or try to buy our dinner.  Coming over and shaking the service members hand, and simply saying “Thank you for your service” is perfect. I’m always amazed at people’s generosity. I once watched about 8 soldiers talk out who was going to get the one 1st class seat a kind stranger had donated.

Fly a flag to show your support for veterans.

2. Fly a flag.

This is one of my favorites! It’s so easy to do! Even if you only put it out on the major holidays, it gets the point across! Nothing beats seeing a street lined with the Red, White, and Blue! Hang one from your porch or line your driveway. Make everyday look like the Fourth of July! The only thing we ask is that you respect the rules for displaying the flag. These can be found here.

Vietnam memorial

3. Respect Monuments.

This is my pet peeve. Nothing gets to me as much as those who act flippant at such a sobering memorial. Teach your children to be respectful. Last week, while visiting a WW1 battlefield memorial in France, several groups of children came through. We were disappointed to hear them yelling, jumping and goofing off at the actual memorial. There are signs everywhere asking you to be peaceful and quiet, as it is a place of reflection. I get that kids are antsy (I have 4 boys!), but this was not the time or place for this behavior. The amount of men and women who have died for our country is staggering, and a few minutes of quiet reflection is really not to much to ask.

4. Support the Companies that Support the Service Members

I’m happy to say that there are a LOT of companies out there that support the US Military. Some of them are pretty well known, like Home Depot or Lowes. There are a bunch that offer discounts on Veteran’s Day (Shout out to Starbucks for that free cup of coffee!). When you notice that a company is supporting the military, please take the time to thank them. I always try to tell them how much I appreciate it, because it does mean so much to us. If the company sees that people appreciate it, they will hopefully continue that practice.
    I was happy to learn the Direct Energy has a program specifically for active duty and veterans. I was unfamiliar with it, and so I wanted to make sure to draw attention to it so my readers will know about it as well. Who doesn’t love to save some money? Here is some information, directly from Direct Energy:
At Direct Energy, we are committed to giving back to those who have given so much to our country. That’s why we have recently launched the military portal, a dedicated space where military personnel can find discounted energy rates for their home energy needs. Plus, once you’re a Direct Energy Customer, you’ll have access to our on time bill payments rewards program, Refer-a-Friend Program, easy, on the go Online Account Manager and more.
To be eligible for the discounted military rates, you must enter your valid ID into our portal. Once it verifies, you will then be directed to a dedicated military plans page. You will then see plans available in your area.
I love to find great savings like this! I’m hoping many of my friends can use this, and I would love to hear if you have!
What ways are you supporting the military? Do you volunteer at the Fischer House or USO? Donate funds to organizations like Wounded Warriors or TAPS? Fly a flag on a regular basis? I’d love to hear from you, just leave a comment below!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Quick Back From Vacation Notes!

Hey there everyone! I just wanted to check in and let you know that I am back from my 3 week vacation. I hope you enjoyed following me via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #Hoff2SeeTheWorld.

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I had a fabulous time but really missed blogging! I’m excited about future posts regarding travel, home life, spring cleaning and supporting the wonderful members of our military! Look for lots of posts over the next few weeks. Thanks so much for bearing with me, and commenting as I traveled.
Have a lovely day!

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