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Do Your Teens Want Contacts?

Heather —  September 26, 2011

Looking so gorgeous for Homecoming -- wearing contacts fit the "Tropical theme"!

I blogged recently about my daughter participating in a Test Drive for the Bausch + Lomb Soflens daily disposable contact lenses. This has been a fun project for my daughter and I! You can read about my thoughts on letting tweens and teens wear contacts.

After trying out the daily lenses for about a month, my daughter is very pleased and offered to share how she feels:

 Yes, moving on to contacts has been a success!

I think she has beautiful eyes and you can see them better when she wears contacts. Of course, we originally decided to let her try contacts so she would be safer while participating in sports. Overall, she seems thrilled and I am happy she has the choice to wear contacts or just throw on glasses.

One nice thing about these particular contacts is that they are dailies–so you can wear them once and then dispose of them and not worry about sanitizing them, or how many days you have been wearing them, etc. This factor makes them a good fit for younger teens who might be careless with taking care of contacts.

Visit the Soflens daily disposables site and learn more about contacts for your teens.

“I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bausch + Lomb and received Soflens daily disposables 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

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.”


Want a citrusy, sparkly dishwasher and disposal?

While that isn’t the top thing on my lists of wants in life, I saw that Affresh tablets existed right before my In-laws were coming for a visit a little while ago. I was in cleaning mode and decided to try to spruce up my kitchen extra using the Affresh tablets to clean out the disposal, especially.

Since then, I have used the tablets a few times. Honestly, I think they smell good, and the disposal looks brighter, cleaner, and smells better. My dishwasher looks better inside, although I am still having trouble with dishwasher “spots” sometimes –though, I had that before trying the Affresh. Anyone have any good tips on how to get rid of that?

Anyway, this is a neat little product and currently the only one that cleans both your dishwasher and disposal…while you do nothing:) It is listed as safe for septic tanks, plumbing. (Note: do keep away from the little ones)

These are available in many places, including grocery stores. You can also get online. See for more info. The package of six tablets (a 2 or 3 month supply) is $5.99.

Ok, I’m off to clean my kitchen! Ha, just kidding.

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


Perking up your Kitchen

Did you know you could clean your disposal and dishwasher?

I didn’t. I have an older kitchen and frankly, my disposal needed some care. I thought it was pretty gross. I had a chance to try out some Affresh®  Dishwasher & Disposal Cleaner tablets and I decided to try them.

Affresh® can help eliminate odor that can come from trapped food particles and residue in your machines. Supposedly, if you run a few of these tabs through a washing cycle once a month, you can prevent these odor causing residues from accumulating.

So, did it work? Well, I tried it out and was very pleased with the results in my kitchen. It was simple to just add two tablets to the empty dishwasher, and place one into the disposal and then let a cycle run.

Just place two in empty dishwasher...

Just place two in empty dishwasher...

Place one into Disposal...

Place one into Disposal...

And feel like you scrubbed the machines...

And feel like you scrubbed the machines...

My readers know I tend to use organic products for cleaning, especially as strong chemical odors bother me, often giving me a headache.

But, the Affresh® gave off a delicate citrusy scent during the washing cycle, which was pleasant. When I opened up the dishwasher after running, it did smell better and my disposal looked much better. The actual disposal didn’t smell much, but when I opened the cabinet underneath, the citrusy scent was obvious and that lasted a few days.

I looked up the main ingredients I located on the packaging; Citric Acid and Oxalic Acid. The Citric Acid is what provides the citrusy scent, while I suspect the Oxalic Acid is what helped my disposal look cleaner, as Oxalic acid is used for bleaching and often for removing rust.

So, to me, these seem reasonable to use—the citric acid is often used as an environmentally benign cleaning agent.

But, remember, Mamas, always keep anything like this away from your little ones.

So, do I recommend? Yes. I think these would perk up your kitchen. Also, many detergents are going phosphate free, which is good for the environment, but may leave more mineral deposits in our machines.

These are manufactured by Whirlpool and you can purchase online or find at Retailers nationwide including Sears, Best Buy and Lowe’s, as well as supermarkets and

MSRP: $5.99 for a package of six tablets, a two month supply. See for more information.

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

Watch for new packaging

Watch for new packaging

As a Mom, I try to keep updated about things that may affect my children. I recently heard that Tylenol is making some changes in Infants and Children’s Tylenol. I want to forward this information to my readers as I know it is important. As early as this next cold and flu season, changes will be being made. These changes affect:

Concentration – Infants’ TYLENOL® will now have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across the products and age groups.

Dosage Methods and Packaging – When Infants’ TYLENOL® returns to store shelves as early as this upcoming cold and flu season, the products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.

Infants’ TYLENOL® will include SIMPLEMEASURE®, a new, enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe designed to:

  • Provide even more accurate dosing and easier administration to infants
  • Allow for better control when dispensing with fewer spills
  • Further reduce the risk of children getting to the medicine in the bottle

Children’s TYLENOL® bottles will also have a protective opening that will make it more difficult for children to get into the bottles.

There may be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores, and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should always read and follow the dosing directions on the package they are using.

Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.

You can find more information on the TYLENOL Products Update Page.

Helpful Tips for Giving Medicines to Infants and Children:

Simply remember to NURSE

Never give adult medicines to children.

Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).

Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.

Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.

Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.

“I wrote this post as part of a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Tylenol. I received information and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”