LISTERINE: Helping Make Healthy Heroes At My House

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating

We’re back in the full swing of school now and, frankly, I embrace the familiarity and routine that a regular school schedule provides. We’re on fall break this week and it’s served as a reminder to schedule all of our fall wellness appointments before the holidays are here. Both my girls are both due for their 6-month dental care visits. Now that they are in 4th and 7th grade I don’t have to remind them to brush their teeth, but I do have to remind them to floss and to use dental rinse. In fact, even at my age I still need to focus more on the “extracurricular” oral care activities that really result in healthy teeth, from flossing to using a dental rinse.

LISTERINE sent us several great products to try out. My 9-year-old was especially excited to try out the LISTERINE Barbie theme Smart Rinse, and I really look forward to using the LISTERINE Healthy White Sodium Fluroide Anticavity Mouth Rinse. Let’s face it, brushing alone is not enough!

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Here are details on some of the additional products we’re testing:

1.  LISTERINE® HEALTHY WHITE™ Sodium Fluoride AntiCavity Mouth Rinse

I’ve never tried this product before, but I love gentle tooth whitening products as well as products that serve dual purpose. I’ve just started using this product and have made it part of my evening routine. Really love how fresh and clean it makes my mouth feel, not to mention the gentle mint flavor that’s not too overpowering.

Product Details:

  • Peroxide-free for a gentler whitening experience
  • Removes and prevents tough stains
  • Restores enamel
  • Safely whitens
  • Formulated to whiten without irritation
  • Kills bad breath germs
  • Prevents cavities
  • Helps prevent tooth decay

2.  LISTERINE Gentle Gum Care Floss

I have a very small mouth and it can sometimes be difficult to floss my back teeth well. I love that this floss is “springy” and gentle.

Product Details:

  • Soft, springy and resilient dental floss removes plaque effectively.
  • Cushioned design for sensitive gums
  • Gentle cleaning at the gum-line
  • Mint flavored


These are fantastic and I was already familiar with them. I work for a marketing agency and they are just the right size to toss into my purse or keep in my desk drawer. They are perfect to refresh your mouth after your morning coffee, before a client meeting, or after lunch. LISTERINE POCKETPAKS are available in several flavors…I love Cool Mint.

Good parenting and routine go hand in hand. The Listerine YouTube Channel features a fun America’s Healthiest Heroes channel that highlights parents who encourage positive and healthy habits in their home. Here’s a fun video from actor and fellow parent of two daughters Ian Ziering (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame) showcasing parents who have a humorous take on encouraging their kids to do their chores.

For a complete list of all retailers that carry LISTERINE products, check out the guide on the LISTERINE website.

Instilling good oral care habits while the kids are young is important and you’re also never too old to introduce new products into your oral care routine.


Middle Tennessee Lakes: Perfect to Discover Boating With Your Family

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It’s hard to believe that school starts for my girls in just a couple of weeks. We’ve had a fantastic summer and one thing we always look forward to every summer vacation is heading to one of our local Middle Tennessee lakes. We’re so lucky to live driving range to three: Old Hickory Lake, Center Hill Lake, and Percy Priest lake.

My husband just took our girls canoeing and tubing on the Harpeth River last week but we’re ready for bigger waters! Growing up my dad always had a boat and I’ve been on ski boats, house boats, catamarans, and more. Boating is just one of those recreational activities that generations can enjoy and share, whether you’re cruising on a houseboat and camping out on the water, water skiing, or fishing. There’s just something about the water and boat lifestyle that is invigorating and just plain fun. Both my husband and I work in technology fields and being out on the water we feel super connected to nature, and not our phones or email!

91 percent of Americans believe there are benefits for children to be on the water, including: getting outdoors; appreciating nature; spending quality time with family; and disconnecting from technology, according to data from Discover Boating/Kelton Research.

A friend as invited us to visit his lake house and we’ll be heading there the end of August. We always love enjoying unplugging and taking his boat out — I love relaxing on the water but our girls are all about tubing!

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My girls tubing on Center Hill Lake here in Middle Tennessee. Do your kids love water sports?

Discover Boating is a great online resource, whether you’re thinking about buying a boat, considering renting one for Labor Day weekend, or you’ve been a boat owner for years. Discover Boating has great resources and educational tools for boaters of all levels:

Boating Activities

Spousal Conversion Kit (ha!)

Youth Boating Programs

Have you heard of country music star Jake Owen? He’s a lifelong boater and angler. To learn more about how he lives (and loves) the boating lifestyle, plus how it is the inspiration behind his feel-good vibe music, you won’t want to miss this Discover Boating interview.

Have you been boating this summer with your family? What’s your favorite water sport?

Keep Momming

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The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and actress and mother of four Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub,, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’’s message about the keep momming initiative, and be sure to check out the website at