Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How To Get A Brighter Whiter Smile With Colgate Optic White

Disclosure: I received samples from Colgate-Palmolive in order to bring you this review. All opinions are my own.

With summer coming quickly and having lost almost 15lbs I want the rest of my body to match so I started looking for ways to help get a brighter, whiter smile.

Colgate Optic White has introduced a new product to the Optic White line, the Colgate Optic White toothbrush and whitening pen. Similar to the Colgate Sensitive toothbrush, the Optic White toothbrush has a built in whitening pen for easy and convenient whitening.

It's a simple as 1,2,3
Brush as you normally would, turn the dial on the bottom of the pen and apply. Store the brush and be on your way.

I love that I don't need to wait forever for the gel to stick to my teeth. It literally takes seconds. Being a busy Mom of 4 kids, I don't have a ton of time to sit around and wait.

The Whitening Pen contains hydrogen peroxide, which is proven to help rid your teeth of stubborn stains. Within 2 days you will notice a difference.

You can find the Colgate Optic White toothbrush at grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide for $14.99

The Colgate Optic White WhiteSeal Mouthwash whitens teeth, helps protect against future stains and helps kill bad breath. It also contains hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you use your mouthwash prior to brushing for the best results. I love the Icy Fresh Mint flavor and the fact that I am making my smile brighter.

The WhiteSeal Mouthwash retails for $2.99 for 8oz, $5.99 for 16oz and $7.29 for the 32oz bottles. They can be found at grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide.

So, you are probably wondering what toothpaste I have been using right?
The Optic White PLATINUM express white has been my go to toothpaste for the past month or so.

This toothpaste not only helps whiten your teeth, it also helps to protect your enamel and contains an anti-cavity fluoride protection. It contains 2x's more hydrogen peroxide for ultimate whitening.

In order to obtain maximum whiteness, I used all 3 products for about 4 weeks. That is when I started noticing a difference in my teeth.

The toothpaste varies in price from $1.00-$6.99

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Based on Nicholas Sparks' Bestselling Novel, "The Longest Ride" Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 14


“The best Nicholas Sparks movie since The Notebook”* 
Comes to Blu-ray and DVD on July 14

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 15, 2015) – What would you do for the love of your life? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to grab the bull by the horns in THE LONGEST RIDE, which releases on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14. Up-and-coming stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood will tug at your heartstrings as they bring Nicholas Sparks’ beloved novel to life.

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

THE LONGEST RIDE Blu-ray™ comes packed with 45 minutes of extra features that will take you further into the film’s two central love stories. Join Eastwood on the ranch as he learns from the world’s best bull riders to control the beasts and learn more about the production with audio commentary from director George Tillman, Jr. and star Oona Chaplin.

Deleted and Extended Scenes
A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks
Beyond the Ride
Bringing it to Life
Meet The Real Bull Riders
Luke’s Bull Riding School
Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr. and Oona Chaplin

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Street Date:July 14, 2015
Prebook Date:June 10, 2015
Screen Format:Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:English DTS-HD-MA 7.1
English Descriptive Audio 5.1
Spanish DD 5.1
French DD 5.1
Subtitles:English / Spanish
Total Film Run Time:128 Minutes
U.S. Rating:PG-13
Closed Captioned:Yes

Street Date:July 14, 2015
Prebook Date:June 10, 2015
Screen Format:Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:English DD 5.1
English Descriptive Audio 5.1
Spanish DD 2.0 Surround
French Surround DD 2.0
Subtitles:English / Spanish
Total Film Run Time:128 Minutes
U.S. Rating:PG-13
Closed Captioned:Yes

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Introducing Baby To The Water With Swim Ways Baby Spring Float

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

The warm weather is headed this way here in NJ, and trying to find a way to keep Amelia safe while in the water has been high on my priority list. 
Swim Ways has been teaching kids to swim for over 40 years. 4 kids later and they all have used Swim Ways products to help teach them.

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

They have created a Swim Steps line of products designed to help your kids become confident swimmers. 

Starting with the Baby Spring Float, which is the best baby float on the market today. It's super easy to unfold and a great way to introduce your baby to the water for the first time. 

This year Amelia will really be introduced to the water and I am so glad that we were able to review the Swim Ways Baby Spring Float. We have used the Baby Spring Floats with our other girls and always loved the way they seemed very comfortable and safe while using it. With the ease of inflation and the way it somewhat cradles baby in the float we were always comfortable using the Baby Spring Float with our kids.

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

The Baby Spring Float with sun canopy features include:
* Fabric covered inflation and a soft mesh seat
* Safety valves and dual air chambers
* Adjustable and removable canopy
* A mesh play area for toys and additional splashing
* Easy fold and storage 
* Carrying tote
* 50 + UPF and UV protection

Swim Ways offers a 3 step program for introducing your children to the water. 
Step 1: Water introduction which is where the Baby Spring Float comes in. 
Step 2: Water Exploration which helps give your kids freedom of motion while supporting them
Step 3: Swim Training which gives your child the confidence to swim with a vest. 

National Learn to Swim Day is May 16,2015 and is designed to remind us parents to help kick off summer safely. This is the 4th annual Learn to Swim Day. You can check out the Teach Me to Swim Website for additional info. 

The Baby Spring Float with sun canopy is designed for babies ages 9 -24 months. 

Never Ever leave baby unattended near any bodies of water and remember that this is not intended to be used as a lifesaving device.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Elari Diaper Wallet

Disclosure: Party of 5 received a sample in order to bring you this review. All opinions are my own.


Being a busy Mom on the go I am often looking for a much smaller diaper bag, preferably a wallet of sorts.  The Elari Diaper Wallets are small enough to fit in your purse, backpack or diaper bag yet hold everything you need to carry alone on a quick trip.


We were sent the Elari Diaper Wallet in I'm Passionate for Purple and I am so in love! This little diaper wallet is the only thing I need when I'm out for a jog in the morning with Amelia. There is plenty of room to hold a few diapers, a travel pack of wipes, diaper cream and hand sanitizer.

I'm Passionate for Purple

The Elari Diaper Wallet features include

A beautiful purple exterior
Gray interior
A distressed purple and white changing pad
Vegan leather exterior
Water, mold and mildew resistant materials
Non toxic dyes
Machine washable changing pad

I'm Passionate for Purple

There are many ways to use your Elari Diaper Wallet. Finished with diapers and heading into that uncharted territory knows as potty training? You can fit a few pull ups or panties, a pair of pants, as well as wipes and hand sanitizer in your diaper wallet.

Done with potty training? Use your Elari Diaper Wallet to hold your makeup! Yep, you can fit a ton of your everyday essentials inside this bad boy.


Our Elari Diaper Wallet doesn't leave my van, this way I always have it when I need to make a quick trip into a store or the Dr. office.

Elari is a Canadian based company and you can find the Elari Diaper Wallets on their website. They retail for $69.95

Monday, May 11, 2015

Conquering Bed Wetting With Pampers UnderJams

Bed wetting, it's a subject that is super touchy with both moms and kids but there is a product out there to help alleviate some of the embarrassment. Pampers Under Jams are a night wear leakage protection that features a Night-Lock ultra-absorbent core. This ensures that your child will stay dry through the night. My daughters have suffered from bed wetting more than we all would like to admit. It's tough on all of us and we never wanted our kids to feel ashamed of wetting the bed.

Now that our oldest daughter has reached the age for sleepovers with friends, we have found that Pampers Under Jams can help her keep her confidence even while at a friends house. The Pampers Under Jams are a cloth like material, similar to underwear to ensure your child's privacy. No one will know they have on Under Jams. They also feature a low waist so only you and your child know they have them on.

We found Pampers Under Jams at our local Walmart and gave them a try! My girls are so happy that we found a solution to enuresis ( bed wetting ).

Finding a solution was hard but we found that by limiting all beverages after 7 and having our girls use the bathroom before bed has helped tremendously. Also, occasionally we will wake them before we head to bed and have them try one more time.

I encourage anyone who is suffering with their child and enuresis to check out the Pampers Under Jams website to learn more about enuresis. There you can watch videos, read articles and download a free digital book to help conquer bed wetting!