The Non-Housewives
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sensitive Teeth Relief

Now that it's summer I'm eating a lot more cold things...popsicles, ice cream and iced coffee! I've always struggled with extremely sensitive gums and teeth, so cold stuff is usually my enemy. Thankfully, Tom's of Maine makes an all-natural toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can help me.

I've been using Tom's of Maine Rapid Relief toothpaste for the past 2 weeks and I've become a fan. I love knowing that there are only all-natural ingredients in it. It combines the natural power of arginine with calcium carbonate to help seal pathways to the exposed nerves in your mouth. You can also apply it topically to get relief from sensitive teeth in just 60 seconds, or use it regularly for long-lasting protection (which is what I plan to do!). The mint flavor is just icing on top - it leaves your breathe minty fresh!

If you have sensitive teeth and plan on cooling off with some ice cream this summer, I highly suggest trying Tom's of Main Rapid Relief! Here are additional tips for your sensitive gums and teeth:
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Brush gently around your gum lines
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks 
  • If you grind your teeth, use a mouthguard at night to help
  • Make sure to go to the dentist regularly so they can help monitor for long lasting damage
Do you have sensitive teeth? If so, please share any tips and tricks you have in the comment section below! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rosy's Boutique $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Photo credit: Kelly V
I often post about the darling little downtown in the city I live in, Brighton, Mi. During weekends in the Spring, Summer and Fall, you can often find me, my husband and son walking uptown for breakfast or to grab a coffee and play at the Imagination Station playground.

Our city has done a great job with our downtown. There are delicious restaurants and bars, cute coffee shops, natural markets, salons, and of course, great gift and clothing shops.

My go-to spot for every trip uptown is Rosy's Boutique. Rosy's is a clothing boutique that sells cute, and unique, women's clothing. Every visit I find a new dress (or 2!) that I love. Most dresses I can dress up for work with a jacket or blazer and then transition them to night.

The picture to left is my son and at the Imagination Station, and I'm wearing the latest dress I purchased from Rosy's. It's hard to tell, but it's red and white striped with pockets (love!).

The best part about Rosy's is that they partner with a new charity each month, and $5 from every sale goes towards that charity. I love supporting small businesses, especially when they pay it forward!

I've teamed up with Rosy's Boutique to give one lucky reader a $50 gift card to Rosy's! Check out ways to enter below. The contest will go until July 26th, and the winner will be selected July 27th. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't get a response, I will be pick a new winner. Good luck!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Day in Grand Haven, Michigan

My husband and I woke up a few Sundays ago to a forecast filled with rain. Our first instinct: escape the rain. We checked the west side of Michigan and the forecast was clear, so as soon as my son woke up, we jumped in the car and headed west to Grand Haven.

It turned out being a perfect family day, and totally do-able if you can’t stay the night. We were only there for 6 hours and had a blast! Here’s what we did:
7am: Wake up, gather beach towels and snacks, and jump in the car!

9am: We ate breakfast at the Morning Star Café, a few blocks off main street. This is a popular spot, so we had to wait 20 minutes before being seated. Luckily, a darling little book store called Bookman is located right next door, and was open at 8am, so Max and I read some books in their kids section while we waited for our table.

10:30am: We grabbed coffees to go and walked around their main downtown area. We were really early, so the shops were just starting to open up. We popped in and out of a few, and then made our way to the pier and beach.

11:30am: We walked from downtown to the Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light lighthouse. This had to be a good 1-2 mile walk.

12:30: Beach time! We spread a beach blanket and allowed Max to splash in the water. It wasn’t warm enough to go all the way in with bathing suits, but he had a blast running in and out of the water.

1:15pm: Walked back to downtown

1:45pm: Lunch at the Grand Haven Brew House

3pm: Head home!

There’s so much to do in Grand Haven, we just did a fraction of what’s available. Here are other day trip ideas:
  • Shopping – the downtown is filled with boutique shops, including clothing, unique Michigan apparel, kids toys shops, art shops and even a boutique dog store.  If you want  ‘Michigan Love’ apparel, you will find tons of options.
  • Rent a pontoon – this is more for a nice day, but half day rentals are available!
  • Rent Kayaks
  • Beach! It wasn’t warm enough to swim when we went, but my son could have spent hours splashing his little feet in the tide.
  • There are a lot of restaurants on the main street. We ate breakfast at The Morning Star café (5 stars!) and lunch at the Grand Haven Brew House
  • Picnic on the beach – pack a lunch and picnic blanket and snack on the beach

What's your favorite Michigan day trip? I'd love to hear suggestions of cities and fun things to do while visiting! Please comment below!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Stay Protected with Neutrogena - Sunscreen Giveaway


Check out my post a few days back with tips on 'How to Make Sun Protection a Habit.' Sunscreen is a must have for the summertime!

Enter to win a sunscreen prize pack from Neutrogena so you and your family can stay safe from the sun . The prize will include the below 2 sunscreens for you, and 2 for your kids! Here's what will be included:
  • Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60+
  • Wet Skin Kids SPF 70
  • Wet Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
  • CoolDry Sport SPF 50

Neutrogena Sunscreen Giveaway
Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Container Store Opening in Novi, Mi

The greatest organization store of all, The Container Store, has opened in Novi! If you are an organization freak like me, you will be in heaven here. The grand opening is this weekend (June 4th & 5th). Stop in and check out all they have to offer - giveaways happening every hour! And even better, 10% of sales this weekend will go towards Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit providing hunger relief to the metro-Detroit area.

Here are some pictures from the blogger preview event...
My favorite hangers! 
Dream closet 
Fun filing cabinets for home offices 
"Let's talk trash"

I didn't know they sold wrapping paper and gift boxes!

I want one in every color for the summer

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Making Sun Protection a Habit

Neutrogena sent me products to review as part of their Ambassador program. All thoughts are my own.

My husband and I constantly strive to be a good example for our son, in all aspects of life. We correct each other when we forget to say 'please' or 'thank you,' my husband always opens the door for me, and we never leave without saying 'I love you.' I truly believe that kids pick up on these things very early on! Studies even show that children are more likely to adopt healthy habits if they see their parents following a healthy lifestyle.

This summer, my husband and I will be sure to set a good example for my son and protect ourselves from the sun. It will be routine in our house that we don't step foot in the sun unless we have on sunscreen. With skin cancer cases on the rise, it's not worth the risk!

In fact, skin cancer continues to be a health epidemic. Melanoma rates in my state of Michigan are on the rise and have increased 35% in the past 10 years. Let's try to help stop this upward trend and use sunscreen!

Both my facial lotion and body cream have sunscreen in them, but when I'm out in the sun, I'm sure to layer on at least an SPF 35 or more. Neutrogena has a full line of SPF products, from Sport to Beach Defense to Age Shield, they have you covered for every aspect of life in the sun, all the way up to 110 SPF. They also have a full line for kids, so you can help make sunscreen application a habit, early on.

Here are some ideas to help make this a priority in your household:
  • Make it fun! Have your kids put it on the mirror so they can watch the sunscreen go from white to clear as they rub it in. 
  • Make it a contest! Who can apply their sunscreen the fastest? But of course, make sure it's applied evenly!
  • Make it a game! Monkey see, monkey do. Have the kids mimic you putting it on, or turn it into a game of "Simon Says...put sunscreen on your nose!"
What healthy habits have you started to instill in your children? Show us by getting your kids to 'mimic mommy' applying sunscreen. Make sure to tag #ChooseSkinHealth and @Neutrogena!
Saturday, May 14, 2016

6 Must-Have Pieces to Add to Your Spring Wardrobe

It's getting to be a consistent 60-70 degrees in Michigan and all signs are pointing to summer coming soon. I'm not quite ready to wear sundresses and sandals, but it's definitely time to start transitioning.

Here are my wardrobe 'must-haves' for transitioning from Spring to Summer:

A Scarf - They are not just for Fall and Winter! A thin cotton scarf can totally transition an outfit. I'm so in love with this pastel scarf I purchased from Rosy's Boutique in downtown Brighton, I sometimes plan my entire outfit around it.

A Jean Jacket - Similar to a cardigan, it's a great transitional piece to throw over a dress at night or when in an air conditioned building. I live in my jean jacket all summer long. It's a staple at my desk and when traveling.
Me in the Rosy's Boutique dressing room during Ladies Night in Brighton
Cardigan - Similar to a jean jacket, it's nice to have a transitional cardigan to throw over a flowy tank top and jeans or a dress to stay warm when it gets cooler at night. I like sweaters that have longer sleeves and go over my hands, like this one I purchased from Rosy's Boutique. Thumb holes in sweaters may be one of the best inventions (up there with lip gloss and wedge heels). And I love that this one has pockets.
A flowy tank - I love how this can transition from day to night. I can wear a tank + jeans + a blazer for work, and then remove the blazer at night and be ready to go out for a date night.

Skinny jeans - I wear these year round, but I especially love to pair them with a tank and wedges for Spring.
Rain boots - Fun rain boots can be stylish and practical. We've had a lot of rainy days this season, and I'm loving these boots I purchased from Target a few years back. Check out the fun styles here.

What are your favorite Spring clothing or accessory items? Please share in the comments below!