Oral-B Video Blog

Oral-B Video Blog

Yes! It’s my first video blog! Oral-B asked me to post a video of my experience using the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with Smart Guide.  Bottom line: my teeth are cleaner, gums healthier and I am addicted to using the Smart Guide (I kinda like the smiley face I get when I finish brushing my teeth.)  If that isn’t enough, since putting the smart guide in her bathroom, I’ve seen my daughter using the timer and brusher her teeth longer.  We will be recommending this toothbrush to our dentist this week!

Okay, it must be said, I hate seeing myself on video but as this is my first attempt, let’s give me kudos for my bravery.  Second, my goal is to v-log every Wednesday (that I am not traveling or don’t have access to a computer).  I think that it’s a good way to be held accountable for working on approving my overall health–i.e. I hope to see less of me.  Stick with me, I promise to loosen up as the summer goes along.

Many thanks to my husband to letting me “steal his thunder” and his toothbrush.  I also want to thank  Dad Central for the opportunity to test out one of their clients products.  And, of course, I want to thank to Oral-B for creating such a fantastic toothbrush. I have benefited from the whole  Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 package, my teeth and gums are much healthier than they were when I started using the product.   K has fallen in love with the SmartGuide and can’t wait to use it with me everyday.

Are you interested in trying the  Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000?  Oral-B is offering a $10 mail-in rebate on select power toothbrushes April 29th through June 16, 2012.   Please visit OralB.com for more information)

Just A Quick Note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


All Hail The Mighty E-Book

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

At 9:15 p.m., along with “Mommy, I just threw up in your bed” one of the last things a mother wants to hear from her child is “Mommy, I forgot to do my homework and it’s due tomorrow!” Despite reminding her to finish the assigned reading this week, my daughter “forgot” to do it because, to be quite honest, she hates the reading assignment: Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

Most parents have been in a similar situation. Children frequently and conveniently “forget” to do their homework particularly when it is a subject that they despise, like Ramona. I can remember finishing an assignment or two at the breakfast table before school started while my mother berated me for procrastinating. So, despite the fact that she should have already been sleeping, I told my 8 year-old daughter that she had a choice: either stay up tonight and finish the assigned chapter or I would get her up early the next day. Either way, that kid was going to show up for class with the dreaded reading done.

And that’s when she hit me with the “kicker”: “But Mom, I can’t find the book!” Of course she couldn’t; she HATED the book and the assignment. Losing the book was all part of the plan, right?

While she got ready for bed, I looked frantically all over the house and in my car for her missing book. Guess what? I couldn’t find it because, my daughter sheepishly later acknowledged, that she may have left it at school. Another 15 minutes wasted.

Now I faced a real dilemma: in the Chronicles of Mommyhood (as I like to call it) this was an opportunity to teach my 8 year-old a lesson about responsibility. Despite the fact that she didn’t want to do the assignment, it was still due. We all have things that we dread doing in life. LESSON, LESSON, LESSON….bah blah, bah blah, bah blah.

If this was the early 80’s, for instance, my mother would have yelled at me for being so irresponsible and admonished that I deserved whatever punishment the teacher felt was appropriate for my misdemeanor. With that train of thought, if I was my mother, I would feed my daughter to the lions (aka her teacher.) But if this was the 80’s there would also be no such thing as a Kindle, iPad or other e-reading device.

I have a Kindle and with a flick of my magic wand (the internet, a computer and amazon.com) I could make this problem go away for my young child. As I stood at the foot of K’s bed, I thought about the swimming analogy: do I do nothing which means letting her sink and hope that she figures out how to swim (i.e. learns a lesson) or do I hold her up because I know that there is a tool available to me now that wasn’t available when I was a child?

What would you have done if you were in my place?

I suggested to K that I download the book on my e-reader and no one would be the wiser. But I also took advantage of the moment to remark that she was “Darn lucky that your mother is SO smart and willing to help you out of a jam!”

My reasons for helping K were not totally altruistic. It’s important that I reveal that there was another reason for my willingness to commit a “Mommy Crime” and possibly rob my daughter of her future integrity; I needed to observe a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday at our synagogue and I knew that if I helped K that she would be obligated to come with me. I gave her the choice: “I’ll download the book and help you out but then you have to come with me on Saturday. Or if I don’t download the book and you deal with your teacher, you’ll get to chill at Grandma’s Saturday morning.”

Guess what? She asked me to download the book. She read three pages tonight and promptly fell asleep. So much for helping her out. Note: She still has to go to the Bat Mitzvah. Before I downloaded the book, I made her “pinky swear.”

A promise is a promise after all, right? And I have integrity after all.