Clean and Healthy Tips for a Germ-Free Nursery- Guest Post

Clean and Healthy Tips for a Germ-Free Nursery
By Germ Expert Dr. Benjamin Tanner

Maintaining a clean and healthy nursery for your little one can seem like a never ending task. A recent Playtex
survey revealed that having a clean and healthy nursery environment is a key priority for 65% of moms,
underscoring the importance of keeping this special room as sanitary as possible. Germ expert Dr. Benjamin
Tanner offers five simple and easy tips to help parents do just that.

Learn the ABCs of disinfectants vs. cleaners: Cleaners remove soils, but may still spread germs around, while
disinfectants kill germs when used correctly. To use a disinfectant correctly in a nursery, remove your baby from
the spray or wipe zone and apply the product liberally. After the label-specified time elapses, wipe off the surface
with a wet cloth to get rid of any residual chemicals so your baby’s delicate skin doesn’t touch these chemicals. It’s
also wise to disinfect hard floors and vacuum carpets routinely to keep germ levels low.

Know the nursery hot spots: Germ “hot spots” in the nursery are the areas that come in contact with waste in
diapers and other body fluids, directly or indirectly. Areas where most bacteria typically gather include the floor,
changing table, toys and toy chest, and laundry hamper – these spots should be disinfected at least once a day to
kill these bacteria. Make sure to focus on these key areas more than others when disinfecting in the nursery, and
use a proper disinfectant, not just a cleaner.

Eliminate germs and messes during change time: The changing table is one of the key hot spots, and the place
where diaper messes and germs are transferred from the diaper to baby’s skin. Establish a quick, mess-free diaper
changing routine to help keep these germs at bay, keeping supplies handy and close by in a dedicated changing
area. Get rid of diapers in a hygienic fashion that keeps germs sealed away – the Diaper Genie II Elite® Pail seals
odor into the pail and out of your nursery unlike an ordinary trash can. Diapers only touch the disposable film, not
the pail, so there is one less thing to clean. It also offers a convenient foot pedal, allowing you to hold your child
and dispose of a diaper at the same time, and has Antimicrobial Protection built into the plastic to inhibit odor-
causing bacteria.

Keep it clean after a change: Keep soap and warm water, or where not available, antibacterial hand wipes nearby
to use after changing your baby. This will help stop the spread of germs within the nursery. And place a special,
separate hamper inside the nursery to use specifically for heavily soiled baby laundry, which will help prevent
bacteria on this laundry from spreading. Studies have shown that laundry, especially if it has come in contact with
bodily fluids, can harbor great quantities of bacteria and even spread them to clean clothes through normal
washing cycles.

Be mindful of germs when sickness creeps in: Take special precautions within the nursery when you or the baby is
sick to prevent spread of illness to other children and throughout the rest of the nursery. Disinfect nursery hot
spots even more frequently than normal, including the floor, changing table and laundry hamper, and cover all
coughs and sneezes and wash hands before contact with baby and when entering the nursery.

Skin MD Review and Contest!

Skin MD Natural is a light and non-greasy lotion that works to prevent and heal dry skin. It does not have any heavy scents, so it is great for men, women, kids, anyone to use!
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15 from Skin MD Natural is really fabulous. We all know we need to use sunblock daily- both for heath and for beauty. Sunblock keeps us looking youthful for longer, keeping the sun from damaging our skin and making us appear older. It also prevents harmful damage that can cause cancer and other unhealthy signs of skin damage, like skin spots. And moisturizing is so important to a fresh face and healthy skin. (Especially in this weather- YUCK!)
I never wear lotion on my face, except a few brands especially made just for faces with sunblock in them to moisturize. I get breakouts, rashes, or blackheads. Or, if I’m really “lucky”, all of them at once! I tried some Skin MD on a small patch of skin on my cheek to see what would happen, and I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing bad! And it felt smooth. So I tried it all over, and it was great. No breakouts, no oily-ness, no extra blackheads. Yay!
It has no heavy smell, so my husband and Little Man liked it as well. Little Man has that awful skin, so anything that may help is a good thing in my book!

A bit about why Skin MD is “Natural”

“Currently the FDA has no regulations concerning the labeling of beauty or skin care products as natural. Products containing toxic, even potentially carcinogenic, ingredients can label and market themselves as natural. Skin MD Natural is over 93% “natural” and the ingredients that are not “natural” are of food or medical grade quality and on the FDA’s most safe list.
Our lotions are made to be free of parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and other irritating ingredients. They are also vegan, cruelty free, and eco-friendly. We don’t participate in animal testing or use any animal products in our lotions and Skin MD Natural is formulated in the United States in a facility that uses 100% solar power
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Giant Microbes- Review and Contest

 Very recently, I opened my mailbox, and it was just FULL of diseases and ailments!   All sorts of germy, sickly, cute contagions were just all over the place.  Wait…what?  Yes, I said cute, LOL.

Of course, I’m talking about Giant Microbes!  And they didn’t make me sick, they made me laugh.  I have to confess right up front- I’m a SUPER fan of this company.  They make all sorts of viruses, spores, diseases, etc in GIANT size, with eyes and in plush, vinyl, and all sorts of assorted merchandise.
And I mean really- what’s better then giving someone Flesh Eating Disease for their birthday?  LOL…it would be the most original gift they got, for sure! 
Confession #2- I gave these out as wedding favors when we got married.  I really, really did.  I figured my aunt was giving me an ulcer– why not give her one back?  HA!  It was so much fun- everyone loved them, and still talks about them years later.  Yeah yeah, no plastic swans here!  I got a bunch of various Giant Microbes, and left them on the tables next to the place cards.   OK, maybe a little odd (I admit it!) but also a lot of fun.  Best. Gifts. Ever.

(We did these, and the fundraiser stuffed animals for charity- every “even” person got a Giant Microbe, every “odd” one got one that helped raise money for charity when we purchased it.)  

This time- we got to review The Common Cold Plush Doll, Bed Bug Vinyl Doll, and the Amoeba Petri Dish.  Fun, fun!

I love these guys.  And they are so much fun- they come with all these facts about them printed on their tags, so you get to learn all about your disease!  🙂 

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Thomas’ Bagel Thins Morning Tips

Tips from Thomas’ Bagel Thins!

KERI GLASSMAN
Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ Bagels Morning Tips

Don’t skimp on sleep
o It’s important to get a good night’s sleep to feel well-rested – ready to take
on the day! Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each
night, and studies have shown that those who get less have impaired
memory and physical performance. Not getting enough sleep can also
make concentration difficult, and leave you feeling drowsy all day. So aim
to get enough sleep each night. It’ll boost your immune system, help your
nervous system work properly, and leave you feeling energized all day!
Experts estimate that compared to getting 7 to 8 hours per night, the risk
of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just 6 hours of sleep per night,
50 percent with only 5 hours per night, and 73 percent with 4 hours per
night!

Have a healthy breakfast
o While sleeping each night, your body is in a fasting mode, so within an
hour of rising, you need to break that fast by eating a healthy breakfast.
It gives your body the fuel it needs to meet your busy schedule and
skipping breakfast decreases your metabolism, and increases your
cravings throughout the day! Studies have also shown consuming
breakfast improves cognition and memory in children and adolescents
making them able to concentrate and be more attentive in school. We all
have some kid in us, so use this tip to your advantage!

Eat empowered
o Every morning when you sit down to breakfast (and every meal!),
remember that each meal is an opportunity to get back in the game
and stay on course. You should feel empowered by making the right
choices. There are always healthier alternatives to the high-fat, high-
calorie, nutrient-less options that we all tend to go for, and I always keep
a healthy staple product on-hand to help me quickly make a delicious and
nutritious meal. Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ bagel is one of those better-for-
you options – they’re 110 calories each, low in fat and every flavor is at
least a good source of fiber. It’s not “I can’t eat that heavy bagel” – it IS –
“I can eat the Thomas’ Bagel Thins™ bagel!

Start with a glass of lemon water
o Drinking enough h2o throughout the day helps with weight loss in
several ways. First, there’s an emotional component; it will make you feel
empowered and will help spur you to make good choices for the rest of
the day. Second, researchers have long known that dieters who replace
sweetened drinks with water lose weight more quickly that those who
don’t. Finally, many people overeat because they are actually thirsty and
just can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger. Also, when you’re
adequately hydrated, your metabolism functions at its best.

Exercise steady
o Aside from burning calories, exercise is important because it causes your
body to release endorphins, making you feel good, and motivating you

to eat well, do your job well, and simply be happy! I love exercising in the
early am, and eating breakfast when I’m done, and typically, people who
work out in the morning are more likely to stick to their routine, than those
who squeeze it in later. If you’re averse to starting your day with more
rigorous exercises like running, try a lower-impact activity like yoga. Just
do something!

Source for “Don’t skimp on sleep” stat: Inadequate Sleep as a Risk Factor for Obesity:
Analyses of the NHANES I

James E. Gangwisch, PhD1; Dolores Malaspina, MD, MPH2; Bernadette Boden-Albala,
Dr.PH3; Steven B. Heymsfield, MD4 1Mailman School of Public Health, Department
of Epidemiology; 2Department of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Neurobiology;
3Department of Neurology and Department of Sociomedical Sciences; 4Obesity
Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Columbia University, College of
Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/281017.pdf

Thomas’ Bagel Thins, Review and Contest!

Thomas, famous for English Muffins, just came out with a new diet breakfast food.  They wanted to help start your day off right.  Breakfast being the most important meal of the day, so may people skip it when dieting.  Not good, folks!  So they created a bagel that was thin, had lots of fiber, and is only 110 calories.
These new Bagel Thins come in various size packs and flavors, like whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, everything, and others.  


I’m not loving them.  Sorry!  They are good if you put an egg between them, and thereby use less calories then a regular bagel or toast- but I just don’t like them regular.  To me, they totally taste like “diet” food.   My husband says they get crunchy fast, so he thinks that is a positive.

The way we ended up using most of them was with turkey bacon, and an egg on it for weekend breakfasts.  That was good.  They made up a low-calorie, high fiber way to add the bread part of the sandwich.

From the Thomas website- 
“Light texture and delicious taste in a 110 calorie bagel.

THIS PRODUCT IS:

  • 0g Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Low Fat”

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Ocean Nasal Sprays Review and Contest

Tis the season for clogged sinuses! Ok, so maybe you don’t feel so jolly- but I know how to cheer you up! Ocean Sprays are just the thing to help clear you up and help you breathe. No one feels like themselves when they can’t even take a breath!
Ocean Nasal Sprays comes in 3 varieties, Kids, Complete Sinus Irrigation, and Premium Saline Nasal. As you know, we are fans of nasal cleansing in this house. I believe the best cure is in prevention. I have had these products for a while, because I wanted to try them before I reviewed them (I’m funny like that, LOL) so I hope that no one minds! My husband is a big snore-er, which I think I have mentioned (and complained about!) on numerous occasions, LOL. He also has asthma, so that’s super fun! Little Man is the Cold and Flu King, and the poor kid has been on the nebulizer all winter, and uses a humidifier nightly. He seems to take after daddy’s respiratory system, which pleases me not one bit!!!!
I figured Kamikaze and I would be good product testers for these. We breathe like regular old people, LOL.
The hubs took the Sinus Irrigation to try it out, and see how it compared to our Neti Pot, which we both love (yes, we each have our own, don’t get grossed out, LOL).
He said they were comparable, except that the Neti Pot was more of a slow flow, and this was more of a stream. A little quicker. It also has a second tip you can put on for moisturizing- it gives you more of a mist. He said it made him want to sneeze, and was “mad tickely”. (His words.)

I tried the Ocean Premium Saline Nasal when I got my first head cold of the season. It was not fun, though not as yucky as my current pneumonia, LOL. (Good Grief, I HATE WINTER!) I am a big user of nasal sprays, and usually keep one in my purse for emergencies (I’m not kidding, I really do). It did a nice job of moisturizing my sinuses, and that always makes it easier to breathe (and blow your nose!)
I am also a sufferer of migraines, and some of them are sinus related. I really can’t explain to you the pain of migraine if you have never had one! I also use nasal sprays because they can relieve some of the sinus pressure that accompanies these sorts of migraines (I get all sorts, I’m not a “specific” migraine sort of gal! Jealous???).
The first time I used the Ocean Spray Premium Saline Nasal I was pleasantly surprised that it helped. I don’t usually get much relief, and so when I do, I’m happy to share the news.

Kamikaze was not happy at being a guinea pig for a nasal spray. She doesn’t like them, and hates when I make her do them. (Hahaha! Evil mommy laugh!) I’m not going to lie and say my kids love nasal sprays. It can be a fight. My kids are good medicine takers, but not good at eye drops or nasal sprays- what can I say. Buggars.
BUT, she did breathe better and have less nasal congestion after she used OCEAN for Kids

Reeds Natural Soda Review

Who loves being nauseous? Anyone? Not I! As a migraine sufferer, one of the things that can be the worst is the nausea that accompanies them. Reeds RX Natural Soda is made to combat nausea naturally. It is even safe for pregnant women (oh where were you 4 years ago, Reeds RX?) and children.
As luck would have it (or not! LOL) the day that the Reeds RX came, I was having an horrific migraine. I was vomiting, I was shaking, the whole 9 yards. I was laying in the bathroom on the floor when my husband came in to tell me I got a package. I’m thinking- and I care because why? He sits there, telling me what mail came, blah blah blah- I was too sick to tell him to be quiet and go away- and then he tells me that the package has Red Bull in it. I’m thinking “What? Red Bull?”
And he tells me, “oh, no- wait- it says Reeds Natural something, I don’t know, anyway”…
I shot my hand out and told him to give me one. He thought I was losing my mind, but I just left my hand out, so he gave it to me. (They do look a bit like Red Bull cans, haha)
The taste was terrible to me, I’m not going to lie. And it coated my whole mouth, tongue, and throat. I didn’t finish even half the can, just a few sips.
But- I felt better. And I stopped throwing up after about 20 minutes.
OKOK, I thought it was a fluke.
So, I left a can at work, and the rest at home. Two days ago, it was coming on. Migraine, complete with nausea. Took my meds. Nothing, it’s still coming, even a half hour later. Took more- stronger, and the anti-nausea medication. Nope, it’s still coming. I don’t want to take the shot, because I’m working, and it really makes me tired and a bit out of it. But I’m going to throw up. It’s coming, I can feel it. Anyone who gets migraines knows this feeling- you just KNOW. For me, once I’m vomiting, I’m a lost cause. I can deal with the migraine until the throwing up comes. Then…..not so much.
I grabbed the can, looked at it suspiciously (like it was going to bite me, LOL) and thought OK, lets see what you can do! Again- ugh! That taste! Blech! Didn’t take more then 3 sips- not only do I really hate the taste, but I’m really fighting that gag reflex at this point. But again, you know what? In 10 minutes, I felt better. And I never did throw up.
So, bad taste or no- it works. My mom says the medicine just kicked in- but I know my body. It was not the meds, they were lost on me by that point. Both times I drank the Reeds Rx Natural Soda, I either stopped vomiting or never stared.

Reed’s Rx

Ginger is a traditional herbal tonic for nausea. It has been in use in certain parts of the world for thousands of years. The earliest writings from China and India talk about ginger and its health promoting properties. Other cultures throughout history, including the Roman Empire, have used ginger extensively to settle stomach complaints. More recently, Vitamin B6 is being used for its anti-nausea properties. Reed’s Natural Ginger Nausea Relief uses both fresh ginger root and B6 to help alleviate nausea naturally.

I’ve had migraines since I was 9. I know them, we are old enemies. All the medicines I dump into my body every day would make your head spin. And they don’t always work. If the Reeds works even half the time, I’m a new buyer.
When you are sick, with the flu, with morning sickness (who ever thought of that term, anyway? ALL DAY sickness, LOL) with migraines, car sick, anything! I would totally try this.
If you want to have some on hand for your family, you can get some HERE– don’t forget the coupon!

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Zarbees Cough Syrup Review (and a coupon!)

ZarBees All Natural Children’s Cough Syrup has a long name, but it’s one worth remembering.
It’s safe for kids ages 2 and up- and you know most medicine is not recommended for kids under 4. No, now it’s 6. Soon it will be no medicine for kids under 18, good grief! 🙂
But ZarBees is available for your child over the age of 1 year. THANK GOODNESS! And it’s also all natural, which is such an added bonus. Who wants to put all sorts of chemicals into their kids if you really don’t need to?
Little Man likes the flavor, and he never gives me any problem taking it. He also likes the bee on the bottle- he thinks it’s “cutie” (his word).
A little bit about ZarBees All Natural Children’s Cough Syrup

  • Great for toddlers with night coughs
  • Children with sore throats, upper respiratory infection
  • Children with coughs caused by allergies
  • Children with hoarse or scratchy coughs

Children 12 months and older can safely take ZarBee’s Cough Syrup.

ZarBee’s™ Children’s Cough Syrup is an all-natural, honey-based cough suppressant that provides children relief from coughs while simultaneously boosting the immune system. The product is made with a unique blend of dark honey, vitamins and other all natural ingredients. ZarBee’s does not contain any Dextromethorphan or alcohol and is safe for children 12 months and older. It is high in antioxidants and contains the daily vitamin C requirements per dose. Pediatricians recommend it and you can find out more at www.Zarbees.com.
Les Walgreen said, “As we have seen a recent recall of DM children’s medicines, parents have nowhere to turn to. Those medications (DM) already were marked unsafe for children 4 and under. Finally, there is a safe and effective treatment for young children! I expect a resounding response from retailers that can now offer ZarBee’s on their shelves. Parents, get ready, ZarBee’s will be there for you and your children!”

I will be buying it again when we run out, for sure.
You can get it in Rite Aid for sure, and check your local drug stores to see if they carry it. Or you can just get it online!
(And make sure you click HERE for a coupon!)
Yay for ZarBees!