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From Dad’s Desk:

I am the son of a dentist and brother of a hygienist.  Good Oral hygiene has been a part of my life from day one.  Before using the Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide, I was using an Oral-B toothbrush with soft bristles.  How would the switch from a manual to a power toothbrush go?  Each package contains a handle, a wireless SmartGuide, a charger, a base station, a floss-action brush head, and a handy travel case.

 

Package from Oral-B

After opening the box and examining the contents, it was time to take this toothbrush for a spin.  This toothbrush by Oral-B provides their most advanced cleaning technology for ultimate plaque removal.  The accompanying wireless SmartGuide provides real-time feedback for how you are brushing.  It shows which of the four custom brushing modes you chose (daily clean, whitening, sensitive, or massage and deep clean).  It also times how long you are brushing in each quadrant (upper/lower, right/left) of your mouth.

I brush my teeth at least 2 times a day, and each year I get two teeth cleanings/dental check-ups.  I have not had any issues with either my teeth or gums for decades.  One of the biggest challenges I face is how to keep that “just cleaned” feeling after leaving the dentist’s office.  It seems like that first snack or meal “coats” your teeth despite regular brushing and flossing.  Well, with my first use of this power toothbrush my teeth felt super clean–like I just left the dentist’s chair clean.  The 40,000 pulsations and 8,000 oscillations per minute helped to really attack the plaque.  With those numbers you have the potential to prevent or even reverse gingivitis (gum disease).  The design of the brush head causes each tooth to be surrounded for a tooth-by-tooth clean.  For the first two days I alternated between my manual brush and the Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000.  Consistently, the clean I felt after using the power toothbrush was better and lasted longer.

So, I have officially switched over.  And you can too.  For a limited time, Oral-B is even offering a $10 mail-in coupon on some of its models.  But this offer only lasts until June 16, 2012.

 

Disclosure:

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Teaching Teens Fiscal Responsibility

Heather —  September 25, 2011


From Dad’s Desk:

You want to teach your kids so many things. These days it is important to talk about money.

I talk to my kids all the time about expenses, how to budget and avoid things like overdrafts, and how to use and establish good credit.

I have never expected my child’s school to teach them money habits. I am not  pleased schools are teaching them about health habits. Frankly, I think both of these things can and should be a parent’s job.

We are in a culture where debt is out of control, and we have to protect our kids as best we can. Knowledge is power.

So we talk about it. When they got their first Summer job, I took them to the bank and they got accounts and debit cards. We discussed having overdraft protection. So far, the experience has been good for them. They have seen how quickly money can run through your fingers, yet there have been no financial mistakes. I think at their age, a debit card is appropriate.

To help parents talk to kids about spending, American Express, financial expert Jean Chatzky, and Mom Central founder Stacey DeBroff have launched a Practice Safe Spend campaign. Read some of their tips to help you talk to your kids before they head off.

“Protect yourself from a budget blowout, go on the record.

Jean says: There are college expenses you plan for – food on the meal plan, books – and then there’s everything else. Laundry, late night pizza and other extras add up fast. Decide how much your teen will have for these variables, tell them to track all spending, then check back in a month to see how it’s working out.

Stacy adds: And encourage young adults to show off the organizational skills they’ll pick up at college with additional record-keeping measures. Introduce them to systems for filing and keeping track of monthly bank account, debit, charge and credit card statements, plus leverage the free online account management tools card companies and banks provide.

Keep your teens close, and their spending closer.

Jean says: Under the CARD act, your teens can’t qualify for credit cards until age 21 or they have an income to back it up. But you can add them to a card of yours as an authorized user. Make sure the card company will establish a reasonable credit limit for their card and that they report the history of bill payment to the credit bureaus under your young adult’s name, as well as yours. As long as you pay on time, your teen can come out of college with a good credit history in the works.”

 

Read all the Practice Safe Spend tips. Visit financialtools.americanexpress.com.

The disclaimer:

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of American Express and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

From Dad’s Desk:

Americans live in a “Winner Takes All” society.  Ricky Bobby’s statement, “If you aren’t first, you’re last”, resonates with many today.  As a parent, I have learned the shallowness of those sentiments.  I want more for myself and my children.  Game Time:  Tackling the Past, which is on NBC this Saturday at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST, takes this issue head on.

Jake Walker is a winner. He is a star football player who is on his way to a record-breaking career. But in the blink of an eye he is brought face to face with his past and all its issues.  While waiting to renegotiate his next big contract, Jake is called back to his hometown when his Dad has a heart attack. During his time there, all his ideals are challenged by his Mom, brother, Dad, and others.  What is a winner?  Is it all about me?  A big part of the process for Jake is helping his brother coach their old high school team while their Dad recovers.  The brothers band together to heal old wounds and teach the next generation a lesson they had forgotten:  It’s all about One–doing one thing for someone else.

This movie is one for the whole family and one that will really reach those with kids involved in sports.  The story emphasizes family and helping those around you for the benefit of all.  This is a much needed message in today’s world.  So, plan on catching this one with your family Saturday night on NBC at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST.

The disclaimer:

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Dad’s Desk

To see if you have the correct answer be sure to tune in this Saturday (August 6, 2011) to NBC at 8pm E.S.T./7pm C.S.T.  Here’s a preview:

It’s rare to find a television movie that is safe for all eyes and still entertaining. P&G’s upcoming offering Who is Simon Miller? fits the bill. In the blink of an eye, an ordinary family is faced with the disappearance of their father and the reality that he is not who they know him to be. The family begins a journey of discovery that will help them determine who is Simon Miller.

The best way to describe this movie would be a cross between True Lies and the Spy Kids series of movies. They managed to tone down the violence (very minimal and not graphic) and yet maintain a strong sense of suspense and action. This movie models the virtues of loyalty and trust and exposes some of the real life issues all families face (not just those with a spy for a parent).

So take time to schedule your family movie night now! This would even be a good flick to watch with other friends who have kids. When you are done watching this movie, you will be able to answer the question Who is Simon Miller?

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

From Dad’s Desk:

Since the creation of “Business Casual”, it has been a struggle to balance the fine line between too formal and too casual.  The polo shirt does an excellent job of filling in that gap–it can be worn with jeans, khakis, and in some cases, dress slacks.

Land’s End is introducing their newest member of the polo family–The Original Mesh Men’s Polo.  This is the first major overall since they introduced their version of the polo shirt in 1981.  I think it is reasonably priced and comes in lots of great colors.  It is guaranteed to become a staple of your wardrobe.

lands end clip

I was lucky enough to get one to field test, and I have to say it performed flawlessly. When I first opened the package, you could see and feel the difference compared to the competitors–some of them very well known names.  In the Virgina heat it kept me cool.  The color was bold (blue), there was enough material to tuck it in, and the collar didn’t curl up–like some of my other shirts.  It laundered well and looked as great as when I first got it.  There are so many new features that you need to go to Land’s End and check them out for yourself.

So, now for the Giveaway.  This will run until June 22, 2011.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment

For additional entries, you can:

Leave separate comments for each entry method.

Again, a winner will be chosen on June 22, 2011.   If you are chosen, you will be contacted for your shirt size and address.  Unfortunately, you won’t be able to choose the color or pattern, but you will be getting a great new polo and addition to your wardrobe!

Disclosure:

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Lands’ End and received a polo shirt to facilitate my review, one to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

From Dad’s Desk:

It is not often I find a television movie that is actually worth rounding up everyone to watch.  Field of Vision, a Family Movie Night presentation, is a “Must See” movie for the entire family. The premiere is this Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 8pm E.S.T/ 7pm CT on NBC.

Today’s teens are exposed to so much more than I was 20+ years ago.  An issue that has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years is bullying. In Field of Vision the star quarterback is confronted with how he should handle the bullying of a new transfer student by other members of the football team.  If he confronts the issue, it could put the team’s march towards the state high school football championship at risk.

In Field of Vision the viewer is shown the real challenges and range of emotions that go into choosing to do the right thing by confronting the bullying of a new transfer student by other members of the football team head on.  The high school principal (Faith Ford from the TV Show Murphy Brown) who is also the mother of the star quarterback helps walk her son through the process of confronting the bullies.  At the same time she works with the new transfer student to understand his past and plan for his future.

Don’t forget to stop by the Field of Vision Facebook page for more information.

So gather up the family, get the popcorn, and tune in to NBC for Field of Vision this Saturday at 8pm E.S.T./7pm CT

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


Every young boy dreams of being like their favorite hero.  I’ve seen my sons pretend to be soldiers, firemen, doctors.  They reached for whatever was in their toy box and take off on another adventure.   Mattel has introduced a new line of toys associated with the Green Lantern that will help encourage your son’s imagination.

Green Lantern Colossal Cannon

They provided me with a Green Lantern Colossal Cannon and action figure, Isamot Kol.  When the kids saw the toys, they were excited.  The packaging was very eye catching, and they could pull the trigger and hear the Colossal Cannon fire before we got it out of its box.  The cannon came with 10 plastic discs and a lot of cool lights and sounds.  They really enjoyed chasing each other around and shooting the “bad guys”.  I liked the fact that you could mute the sound—as that did get a little old after a while—and the discs didn’t fly too fast (i.e. no one getting hurt by the flying objects).

The action figure was an alien that came with a trap (looked like an old style bear trap)  and a Green Lantern power ring.  Frankly, the alien creature was pretty scary looking.  The boys picked it up and played with it a little, but it had limited mobility and  no real accessories besides the trap.   The power ring turned out to be popular.  They enjoyed wearing it and using its mysterious powers (i.e. whatever they could come up with for it to do).

Overall, the experience the boys had with these two toys was mixed.  Honestly, the action figure fell flat.  Aside from the lack of mobility and accessories, I didn’t like the alien character.  Its appearance was too scary for a young child.  On the other hand, The Colossal Cannon was a definite hit.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Mattel and received Green Lantern toys to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”