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Should I Spray Water All Over the Bathroom?

datePosted on 05:29, January 14th, 2010 by Small Town Mommy

Looking back over previous Small Town Mommy posts, I noticed that I spend a lot of time talking about the dentist.  I am not having an affair with the dentist (trust me, he isn’t my type, ewwwww), but I do enjoy dental hygiene and I love tooth brushes.  My dentist gives out free toothbrushes when I go to visit.  Sorry, I got distracted by the thought of free toothbrushes.  Anyway, that is why I was so excited when the WaterPik people contacted me about reviewing their Dental Water Jet.

I remember when I was little, my parents had a WaterPik.  I wasn’t allowed to touch it.  I think that is because you can use it to spray water all over the room.  How cool would that be?  Now that I am all grown up, there is no one to keep me from using my WaterPik to spray water all over the room (do you suppose I can pass that off as cleaning).

As far as I can tell (without actually reading any of the promotional material), you can use the WaterPik instead of flossing.  Now I hate to floss (even though I love dental hygiene).  I am way too lazy busy to have time to floss every day (I can’t even think about every meal).  Anyway, I was excited about the idea of not having to floss.  Have you noticed there is something disgusting about having to stick your fingers in your mouth and shove little pieces of string between your teeth?  Make sure you wash your hands first.  Really, really well.

So anyway, I was excited to try the new Dental Jet (especially since they were sending it to me so I didn’t have to pay for it or even go pick it up anywhere).  When it arrived, I tore into the box.  And discovered it comes with all kinds of accessories.  My parents’ WaterPik didn’t have all these pieces/parts.  Have I mentioned that I love accessories?  The more the better.  The WaterPik came with a number of attachments.  The first one I recognized was the one my parents had when I was growing up.  It is a little tube to shoot water.  It came with a spare one that I could share with Small Town Daddy, but I wont.  I’m greedy like that.  The current WaterPik also comes with a brush so you can brush your teeth at the same time (it required too much coordination for me).  It also has something that looks like it might be useful for cleaning your tongue.  Since I refuse to read the instruction manual am not sure how that works, I haven’t tried it.

You are probably wondering how I felt about the WaterPik.  I liked it.  It isn’t less work than flossing since it has to be set up (and I enjoy using mouthwash with it which is an extra step).  While it is not less work, I do like the fact that once you start, you can just keep going.  I do tend to lose my mojo when I have to replace a piece of floss, I am just as likely to quit as to make the effort to grab a second piece of floss (yes, I really am that lazy busy).  Also, I enjoy it.  As long as I don’t spray water all over the place.

I especially liked the minty fresh feeling of using the mouthwash.  I don’t usually like mouthwash, but diluting it with water makes it much better.  I do recommend using warm water with the WaterPik.  Cold water made my teeth hurt.  I ignored the additional attachments and stuck with the traditional.  Brushing with the WaterPik required too much coordination for me.  Something about trying to do 2 things at the same time got me all confused.  Overall, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dental hygiene (although not the effort that goes with it).  It does seem to make clean teeth a little bit easier.  If you get one, let me know if you are able to figure out how to brush your teeth with it.

We Have a Winner!

datePosted on 08:37, December 22nd, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

Elle, from Blue Monkey Butt won the BJ’s gift card.  I have sent her an email and am waiting with baited breath to hear back from her.  If I don’t hear back, we will choose another winner.
Congrats Elle!

Make the Most of Warehouse Shopping

datePosted on 10:41, December 14th, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

I know it has been a while since I have done a review, but I am very particular about what I am willing to review.  It really limits my options (although I am getting much better at saying, no or ignoring those emails for things that don’t appeal).

Recently, I was contacted by My Blog Spark from General Mills and asked if I wanted to check out BJ’s Wholesale Club.  Now I love shopping and I especially love wholesale clubs.  I was a member of Costco for years, but had to end my membership as part of my cost-cutting (I tend to overspend when I visit wholesale clubs.  How can you pass up giant boxes of granola bars).

General Mills and BJ’s gave me a 2-month membership and a gift card for $25.  Unfortunately, I spent much more than the $25 but I was able to get a number of Christmas presents so it wasn’t a total mess (although I could have probably lived without the new sheets, but they are so soft and I now have enough toothbrushes to last me for quite a while).

Now BJ’s is not that close to the Small Town, but I prefer it to Costco.  I can’t really tell you why, it might be that it is a little smaller or that they have more variety.  I just know I prefer to shop there.  Since everyone loves warehouse shopping, I don’t need to tell you how much fun I had.  Instead, I am going to offer you a few tips to make your shopping experience brighter.

Know Your Prices: It is helpful if you know your prices before going to BJ’s.  Some of the stuff they have is really inexpensive while other items can be purchased cheaper when on sale at a grocery store.

Use the Discount Offers: BJ’s sent me a BJ’s Journal.  Make sure you use it.  I didn’t plan things as carefully as organized shoppers, so I was going through the Journal while I was ringing up my purchases (did I mention that they have a self-check-out aisle?  I love self-check out).  I saved about $25 using the coupons that came in the booklet.  Since these were items that I had already decided to purchase, I consider it free money (and it almost paid for my new sheets).  I believe BJ’s sends the Journal to all members.  In addition, BJ’s offers additional discount coupons on its Web site.  If you have coupons, nearly everything is less expensive at BJ’s than the grocery store.

Don’t Lose Control: It is very difficult to resist the giant jar of pickled anchovies, but if your family doesn’t eat them, you are unlikely to use them.  No matter how inexpensive stuff is, if your family won’t eat it, you are still wasting money.  Things that don’t spoil are fabulous.  You can never have too much toilet paper, paper towels or toothbrushes (have I mentioned, I love toothbrushes?).

Be Careful with Perishables: The corollary to the above statement is don’t buy too much of perishable items.  My family uses a ton of Pillsbury products (pie crust, cinnamon rolls, crescent rolls, etc.) so I stocked up.  Make sure you check the expiration dates and that you will be able to use the items before they expire (I have used all of my Pillsbury products already and now need to buy more).

Because my experience at BJ’s was so fabulous, I want to share it with you.  I am giving away a two-month membership and a $25 gift card to BJ’s (OK, it is really BJ’s and General Mills that is offering it, but I could be all greedy and selfish and keep it for myself).  All you have to do is leave me a comment below to tell me what you would like to purchase from BJ’s (did I mention that my sheets were really, really, soft).  That is all you need to do to enter.  In addition, you can get a second entry by subscribing to Small Town Mommy by email (if you already subscribe, it counts).  You can get an additional entry by following me on Twitter (if you already follow me, it counts).  You can win 5 entries by blogging about it and linking to this post (you have to actually blog about it, not just publish a link).  You know what, if your blog post makes me laugh out loud or entertains me, I will give you ten entries (yes, I reward those who entertain me, so shoot me).

Leave me a separate comment for each entry (if you blog about it, you only need to leave 1 comment, I can do the math).  You must leave the comment about what you want to buy (you can also mention that you are jealous of my extremely soft sheets).  Since BJ’s are only in the US, you must be a US resident to enter (I really love Canadians, maybe I will get more Canadian giveaways when I move there to access affordable health care).   The giveaway will be open until the end of Thursday, December 17th (that’s east coast time).  So enter away…

Bounce Back Stronger, Stories of Resilience

datePosted on 07:21, November 18th, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

Resilience is what keeps us going despite the obstacles we may face in life. Be inspired by real-life stories of resilience and gain a better perspective on how you can better prepare yourself to handle life’s setbacks.

Watch how Jonathan, Adam and Wai Jia have bounced back from their setbacks and learn how you can do the same despite whatever obstacles you may face. So, what are you wayting for? Bounce back stronger!

Self Esteem: Is It Important to You?

datePosted on 18:34, September 30th, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Dove Self-Esteem.

If you have spent any time at all reading Small Town Mommy, you probably know that I have 2 daughters (it’s not like I don’t brag about them… a lot). Since I have 2 young ladies, girls’ self-esteem is very important to me. I am always looking for ways to boost the self-esteem of my 2 loves. For Joanna, it isn’t a big issue. She is pretty sure that she is all that and if you don’t think so, you must be wrong. Libby takes criticism much more personally. When she was in second grade, she ended up in a class with a number of mean girls. Because she is so sensitive, these girls did a number on her self-esteem. These problems continued in 3rd grade. While all the mean girls had been scattered through different classes, she had a very mean girl on her bus who was dedicated to making her feel badly about herself.

These experiences ended up lowering Libby’s self-esteem. As a mom, this was tough to see. Like many moms, I think my kids are the best thing ever. How could Libby not see how fabulous she actually is? I didn’t know what to do. After doing a lot of research, I discovered a number of ways to work with Libby to increase her self-esteem. We discovered some things she did really well. One of the biggest changes I made was to simply increase the number of times I hugged her and told her I loved her. I was surprised by how much that helped.

Dove is working to help girls to increase their self-esteem. You remember Dove. The company received a lot of attention a few years ago, for using real women in their advertising instead of the size 0 models that are typically used to promote beauty products. Dove has started a new fund that is committed to helping girls build positive self-esteem and a healthy body image. Every time you buy a Dove product, you help them to provide self-esteem building workshops. They are currently running a program where purchasers can enter their UPC code at and Dove will donate $1 to self esteem programming through its partners — Girls Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls, Inc. (as a Girl Scout Leader for both kids, I am a big supporter of the Girl Scouts (remember the cookies last year, you didn’t buy any from my girls. Now here is another chance to support the Girl Scouts.  I’m just sayin’).

Dove offers all kinds of different tools through its Facebook page.  Parents, teachers, professionals and others can find ways to help girls to increase their self-esteem. Libby is doing great with her self-esteem, but I am constantly watching her. If I feel that she is losing confidence in her self, I want to be able to step in early before she starts feeling really badly about herself.

When I was younger, self-esteem was an issue for me too.  Every day, I see more and more of myself in Libby (not sure if that is a good thing).  Did you have an issue with self-esteem? Or were you one of those confident kids who recognizes how fabulous she actually is? Share your thoughts on self-esteem with me in the comments below.  After you are done commenting, check out some of the other BlogHers’ thoughts on self esteem: Read more self-esteem stories from BlogHer reviewers at the roundup page.

Please link to the official site for more information: Dove’s official site.

We Have a Pillsbury Winner

datePosted on 10:29, September 23rd, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

This morning, the winner was chosen for the Small Town Mommy Top This prize pack giveaway.  Since I realized I had to choose after the ladies left for school, I actually used the random number generator that is used by so many of the cool bloggers.  The winner was Jessie C.  I have sent Jessie C an email.  She (or he) has 48 hours to respond.  If she doesn’t respond, we will pick another winner.  Come back soon to learn more about what we are offering here on the Small Town Mommy Review site!

Logitech S315i Rechargeable Speaker for iPod, iPhone & MP3

datePosted on 22:21, March 6th, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

Want to take your tunes with you? With a portable speaker you can enjoy up to 20 hours of music, at home, the beach or BBQ, wherever you go.

More info on our whole range available here:

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