Thursday, June 23, 2016

A 2-Step Toothpaste? I Tried Crest Pro-Health HD Toothpaste for 10 Days With My Husband

Make Your 2 Minutes Count!
I recently asked my husband if he was up for a small challenge: would he like to join me and try a two step toothbrushing programme.  To sweeten the deal I even threw in an electric toothbrush for him, the gadget aficionado (I would use a traditional toothbrush).  I mentioned that the toothpaste claims to help with plaque and whitening at the same time.  Needless to say, he was right on board with the idea.  Note: this product is not for children.
Guess Who Got the Electric Toothbrush:
Me or My Hubby?
For 10 days, both my husband and I abandonned our old toothbrushing regime and tried the Crest Pro-Health HD two step toothpaste.  The routine goes like this: brush for one minute with Step 1, then spit but do not rinse your mouth, then brush for another minute with Step 2 (rinsing afterwards).  Step 1 is the paste that claims to help with plaque, and Step 2 the whitening agent.  Why a two-step programme?  This process is supposed to isolate key ingredients so that they can perform at their peak.

Our Findings
  1. Accountable - Doing the Crest Pro-Health HD routine together ensured that we were accountable and did not miss any brushings.  
  2. New Routine - After a lifetime of using a one-step toothpaste, it took a short while to remember to use the Step 2 paste as well (and not rinse in between), but we quickly got used to it.
  3. Different Texture - We found that the Step 1 paste was a grainy texture although the Step 2 felt like the gel to which we were accustomed.  We quickly got used to the texture of the Step 1 paste.
  4. Didn't Foam - Neither the Step 1 or Step 2 pastes foamed up like our previous paste, which was neutral to us.
  5. Less Time Brushing - With Crest Pro-Health HD 2 minute brushing routine, we actually found that we were brushing 5 minutes less than with our other paste.  This is a good thing, right?
  6. Fresh & Clean - We both agreed that after using the Crest two-step routine, our breath smelled fresh and our teeth felt clean.  Both the Step 1 and Step 2 toothpastes had different tastes from one another, both each one pleasant.  
  7. Shiny - After brushing, our teeth seemed to be "shiny".
After Brushing Selfie
Crest Pro-Health HD is now available in Canada, if you wish to try out their two-step toothbrushing programme for yourself.  Have you tried this two-step paste, and if so, did you notice a difference in plaque or whiter teeth?  If so, we'd love to hear in the comments below!  

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Would you try a two-step toothbrushing routine?  If you could change one thing about your smile, what would it be (whiter smile, straighter teeth, etc).

“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Crest / P&G and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Toronto & GTA Summer Camps at TAC Sports! CONTEST: Win a Week of Camp!

TAC Sports Summer Camps - Toronto & the GTA!
TAC Sports are fantastic summer camps in the Toronto and GTA, offering half-day and full-day programmes to empower your sons and daughters, build self-confidence, and keep them active!  Aside from a great sports programme, they also offer robotics/science at two of their campuses. Their main camps are for ages 4- to 12-years old, but they also offer L.I.T. programmes for ages 13- to 16-years old.  
Hot, Nutritious, Peanut-Free Lunches & Snacks INCLUDED
Full-Day Camps
For busy parents, their full-day camps conveniently include nutritious hot lunches and snacks (peanut-free)! Depending on the campus you select, they offer the following programmes (you can pick two sports per day):

  • basketball (all locations except Riverdale)
  • dance (TFS, Glendon & St. Joseph's)
  • flag football (Riverdale)
  • mixed martial arts (Glendon & St. Joseph's)
  • robotics/science (TFS & Glendon)
  • soccer (all locations)
  • swimming (Glendon, Allenby & Riverdale)
  • tennis (all locations)
My Son (far right) Started at TAC Sports & Was Drafted Into Rep Soccer This Year
My 5 kids attended TAC Sports camps last summer and really enjoyed improving their sports skills, the wonderful counsellors, and spending a day outside in the fresh air (they go inside if it rains). At that time, my middle son was just developing a love for soccer. It was incredible to watch as his skill level improved throughout the summer--and we signed him up for TAC Sports soccer in the fall too. When school started, we signed him up for House League soccer--and he was "drafted" this April into Rep soccer!

TAC Sports offers 5 different locations, from Thornhill to downtown Toronto:

1.TFS: Canada's International School - 306 Lawrence Ave E (Lawrence & Bayview - Toronto)
2.Glendon Campus - York University - 2275 Bayview Ave (Lawrence & Bayview - Toronto)
3.St. Joseph's Morrow Park - 3379 Bayview Ave (Steeles & Bayview - Thornhill)
4.Allenby Jr. Public School - 391 St Clements Ave (Eglinton & Avenue Rd - Toronto)
5.Riverdale Park East - 550 Broadview Ave (DVP/Broadview & Gerrard - Toronto)

REGISTER for TAC Sports Camps HERE!
PROMO CODE: SNYMED gets you 10% off! 

More Information About TAC Sports Camps:

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Call TAC Sports: 416-627-1092

WIN 1 Week of TAC Sports Camp (1/2 Day)!

WINNER: Nancy T.

WIN 1 week of TAC Sports half-day camp (am or pm) at a location of your choice (Toronto & GTA locations)!  Contest ends Thursday June 30th, 2016. 

How to Enter:
LEAVE a COMMENT below stating the activity that your child or grandchild is most interested in (that is offered at TAC Sports): basketball, dance, flag football, mixed martial arts, robots/science, soccer, swimming or tennis.  Then, use the entry form below to enter the contest.  GOOD LUCK!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Waterproof Summer Reading with Kobo: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child & Other Picks + CONTEST!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Coming to Kobo

One fond summer memory that still sticks with me to this day, was visiting the bookstore with my mom, and together picking out my entire summer reading line up for our time at the cottage. I was a tween, and some books my mom picked for me, and others she let me choose. Some of her picks included Lord of the Flies, by William Golding and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (which she would read to me that summer). One of my own choices included Dayworld, which was to become a science fiction triology by Philip José Farmer.

I remember the intense hour I spent in the bookstore, studying each book cover and reading its accompanying description.  Each book had that new book smell, and I was intoxicated by how the books' spines were perfect and uncracked, and none of the pages were folded.  I tried out each book's weight and feel in my hands, and noted if it was thick or thin.  I ran my fingers over the glossy book covers.  Which book would I read first, second, third and so on?  That summer there were many rainy days at the cottage, and I was thankful to have my new books.   

This year I'll be bringing a Kobo Aura H20 to the cottage, although I still enjoy the feel and look of paper books.  Gone are the days that I must pack a suitcase just for my books alone, and it's only practical to purchase new titles as e-books and stop accumulating paper tomes.  The Kobo Auro H20 is waterproof (up to 30 minutes in 1 metre of water with the port cover closed), anti-glare and dustproof.  So, I can read by the lake, in the lake on a floating lounge, or on the beach without the worry of sand getting into the e-reader.  The glare of the sun won't impede my view of the screen either.  

I recently browsed from some of Kobo's 5 million titles to see if they offered the books on my family's "must-read" list. My 9-year old daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan, and got into the series before the announcement that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, would be made into a play and manuscript. For her sake and for the sake of fans everywhere, I was delighted to see that this book will be available on Kobo upon its release (available for pre-order now).
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Available (for pre-order) on Kobo
For my own summer reading, I'm leaning to science fiction genre's with The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood and The Year's Best Science Fiction, Thirty-Third Annual Collection, by Gardner Dozois.  I really loved Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale, and hope that The Heart is similar.  And it has been a more than a two decade long tradition, for me to read The Year's Best Science Fiction collections.  In fact it was through this collection, that I first become acquainted with the works of my favourite sci fi author: Alastair Reynolds.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood,
Available on Kobo
The Year's Best Science Fiction 33rd Annual Collection,
Available (for pre-order) on Kobo
Kobo features books across all genres, e-reader options, and apps for the most popular smartphones and tablets.  And as mentioned earlier, there are more than 5 million from which to choose.

New Kobo customers receive a $5 credit when they sign up for a Kobo account!  Get your $5 Kobo credit now.  

About the Waterproof Kobo Aura H20
Looking to switch from paper books to an e-reader, or to upgrade your current one?  The Kobo Aura H20 is waterproof (up to 30 minutes in 1 metre of water with the port cover closed), anti-glare and dustproof, features HD display, quick page turns and ability to store thousands of e-books (4GB, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card).  Specs include 265 dpi and a generous 6.8" touchscreen, with text appearing like print on paper--and displaying high resolution images crisply.  The Kobo Aura H20's 10 fonts and 24 font sizes are customizable (by sharpness and weight), and display clearly and crisply.

My favourite feature?  The e-reader has a battery life of up to two months!  I wish I could say the same for my smartphone.  

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“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this website are my own.”

What books are on your summer reading list this year?  If you don't have an e-reader yet, are you thinking of making the switch--and is anything preventing you for switching? 

Enter to WIN a Kobo Aura H20 E-Reader "gift basket"!  Details and rules and regulations below.  GOOD LUCK!

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