Foreo Issa Silicone Electric Toothbrush: A Luxury Toothbrush For The Entire Family

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Foreo recently took the beauty industry by storm with their LUNA™ line of T-sonic™ facial cleansing and anti-aging devices. The Sweden-based brand offers a simple beauty promise: to deliver a newly found confidence through innovative beauty solutions that work.They recently launched the eye-catching ISSA™—the first silicone electric toothbrush created for both adults and children over the age of five.

The Foreo Issa was created as a brand new concept electric toothbrush. The brand doesn’t just “make over” an already existing product. The company really differentiated themselves from the makers of what has become the “standard electronic toothbrushes”. The Issa uses the same high quality antimicrobial silicone as Foreo uses for the LUNA cleansing devices.

Like LUNA, Foreo Issa comes with a certificate of authenticity. By registering your toothbrush online you will gain access to various member perks and warranty benefits. What’s even cooler is that all of the toothbrushes come with a 2-year warranty and 10-year quality guarantee.

Traditional electric toothbrushes require you to replace the brush heads every two to three months, but the ISSA doesn’t need any replacements for up six months. It’s not only more durable than standard electric toothbrushes, it’s super lightweight, compact, easy to travel with and super stylish!

Most electronic toothbrushes have to be recharged like every three to five days and it takes forever! One of my favorite features about Foreo is that the ISSA’s integrated battery can last up to 365 uses per full charge, with charging taking only an hour—minutes compared to hours. That’s six months of brushing on one battery charge! There’s a USB cord to use to charge the toothbrush instead of a bulky charging station.

ISSA features soft and flexible silicone that’s nonabrasive, making it impossible to put to much pressure on your teeth, thus preventing gum recession and sensitivity. Forget about having to find soft or medium brushes for your children’s sensitive teeth and developing gums. The silicone bristles, combined with high-tensity pulsations, will provide ultra-gentle dental care for you and your children while being safe and effective to use every day.

Review

After a couple of weeks of using the original ISSA exclusively, I wasn’t 100% ready to give up my manual toothbrush or my old electronic toothbrush. The ISSA is absolutely minimalistic and simply gorgeous aesthetically, but I felt I needed thinner bristles to “feel the clean”. The ISSA is an excellent gum massager and provides gentle cleansing for those with sensitive teeth and gums. My children love it because of it’s “cool factor”. However, I just recently ordered the Hybrid Replacement Brush Head created with PBT polymer bristles that promises to deliver more vigorous cleaning while the silicone bristles remain gentle and easy on the gums.

I’d love for you to win one of these and share your own review!

Enter to win One Foreo ISSA Mini for your little one!

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Instacart: $20 Off & Free Delivery On Your First Order

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Save yourself that trip to the supermarket — Instacart delivers groceries in as little as an hour! They connect you with Personal Shoppers in your area to shop and deliver groceries from major retailers like Whole Foods and Costco.

I live within a few blocks of Whole Foods. And I find myself running to the store almost daily to grab a few items. Sometimes I wish I had a personal mommy assistant to do it for me!

Imagine how happy I was to discover that Instacart actually provides that “personal assistant” style service with just a few clicks of your mouse or a couple taps on an app!

About Instacart

 How it works: Instacart can be downloaded as an app or accessed on your home computer. The website and app allows you to shop from local grocery stores online, by sending a personal shopper to pick up and deliver your order to you on the same day within hours of placing your order.

The personal shopper goes to the store, hand picks everything on your list, and then drives it to you in their own car. How cool is that? Such a time saver and makes great financial sense.

Cities it serves: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Seattle & Washington D.C. areas

Stores it partners with: Whole Foods, Costco, HMart, Safeway, Harris Teeter and Petco Now and other grocery stores local to your area.

Delivery costs: Delivery is free for your first order. After that, it starts at $3.99 for two hour delivery and $5.99 for one hour delivery when you spend $35 or more. Delivery prices for your individual order are shown at checkout. There’s also an option to join the Instacart Express membership club, which offers free delivery on 2 hour and scheduled grocery deliveries over $35 for $99/year, after a free 2-week trial. Tips for your personal shopper optional but encouraged.

The Review

I’ve tried Instacart several times and am very impressed. If you’re someone who craves feedback, your personal shopper will text you and let you know when an item is out of stock and has been replaced. You can also customize exactly how you’d like your personal shopper to proceed if an item is out of stock. As an example: you could just request a refund or suggest another brand or type of item as a substitute.

I enjoy shopping with Instacart because of it’s promise to deliver within an hour to three hours of purchasing. There are days when I need to squeeze just a little bit more time to do other things and Instacart has given me a way to maximize my time and get my shopping done at the same time! I love it!

Special Offer: Get time back to do what you love! Enjoy $20 OFF and FREE Delivery on your first order! Use the coupon code: CMOMS20 and share it with your family and your friends!

Happy Shopping!

{Thank-you to Instacart for partnering on this post!}

Treat Dad to Shake Shack for Father’s Day!

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Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a sweet treat from Shake Shack!

On June 19th all dads who stop by any DC, Maryland, and Virginia Shake Shacks will receive a free custard!

Try out the special flavor of the week, Cherry Streusel, or choose to make a meal out of it with Shake Shack’s newest addition to the menu, The Bacon CheddarShack (6.89 for a single, $9.69 for a double).

For more information, visit www.shakeshack.com. 

Do More Awesome With Awesome DC.org!

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Giving back to the local community is dear to my heart, but sometimes as a busy mom I feel as if I don’t have the time. I am truly passionate about the area, so I search for ways to contribute to causes that impact the area. Recently I had the pleasure of being invited as a guest trustee for Awesome DC, an amazing local philanthropy.

Awesome DC is the local chapter of The Awesome Foundation, a foundation that gives away a $1,000 microgrant every month to causes and charities in the area. These causes support the arts, the local community, the environment, and much more! The DC chapter was founded in 2010 and has already given more than $43,000 to the community. Also, 96.7% of all funds paid to Awesome DC in 2015 went directly to grants funding!

The meeting was comprised of 12 board members who volunteer their time every month to finding a recipient for the microgrant. The board reviews applications and votes each month on the recipient. Each board member also graciously donates $100 every month, which contributes to the microgrant fund — meaning the nonprofit is entirely self-funded by the trustees.

While looking through applications, the board used four simple questions to find a recipient:

#1- Is it awesome?

#2- Does it directly benefit the DC area?

#3- Will $1,000 make an actual impact?

#4- Is it immediately actionable?
I was amazed to see how many creative and inspiring causes exist in the D.C. area. Some past recipients include Funk Parade, The DC Wheels, and Comedy Hackathon. One organization that was awarded an Awesome DC microgrant is Code+Yoga. The organization teaches kids digital literacy and technology while incorporating the teachings of mindfulness and meditation! How cool is that? I’m always mindful about screen time with my kids. Another recipient is Uptop Acres, an organization that is rethinking farming. Uptop Acres is building sustainable rooftop gardens around D.C. for teaching, events, and eating.
I have to say that it was such an honor to be able to sit in on an Awesome DC meeting and contribute to such a worthy cause. There are so many ways to give back in D.C., but Awesome DC really stands out from the rest. It was a great opportunity to give back to the community I am so passionate about!

If you want to learn more about Awesome DC or want to learn how to contribute, click HERE.

{Thank-you to Pivot Point Communications for partnering on this post!}

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort: Blissful Family Getaway Near DC

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In need of a quick getaway just a short drive from the Washington DC area? Seclusion and adventure can be had at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort in Cambridge, Maryland.

Blissful and quality family time prevails at this generously proportioned waterfront resort. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers large marina, pool or Choptank River-view suites with private terraces, a quaint sandy beach, three large pools, a huge water slide a hot tub, seven restaurants and lounges, a day spa and lots of activities including a game room and fitness club, as well as opportunities for leisurely inactivity. Special packages are available if you want to play 18 holes at River Marsh Golf Club, a championship course designed by Keith Foster.

The game room includes air hockey, ping-pong, foosball and arcade games. Just down the hall, there’s even a game room that has an Xbox with several games.

While relaxing and recharging is the focus, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers parents a wonderful opportunity to get a break and enjoy a romantic date night. Camp Hyatt offers babysitting services at a reasonable rate. Hire them to entertain the kids with indoor activities like coloring and games as well as outdoor activities like a playground, beach, Frisbee golf and swimming pool. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort even has a movie night at the swimming pool—appropriately named “Dive-in Movies”. This place really does have it all! And for those of you with canine kids, there’s even a kennel for your beloved dogs.

The rooms are simply decorated with carpeted floors and plush, luxuriously comfortable beds with arched headboards and crisp white billowy comforters. Flat-screen televisions with a ton of cable channels, complimentary wi-fi service, and sliding glass doors to the outdoors are just a few amenities The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers. There are over 400 rooms , some have small terraces opening to the waterfront view.

You’ll feel yourself relax with the sweeping views of the stunning Choptank River from any seat in the lounge or the open balcony. Catch up on your shows on the television sets or enjoy a background of soft music in front of the fireplace inside the lounge or outside beside the infinity pool. Need to check on emails or look something up? Remain productive in a spacious separate work area or the library.

Getting in touch with nature here is effortless too! Without any more effort than a stroll along the boardwalk and around the quaint beach or even across the grounds to the hotel pool, you can see crabs, various types of fish, butterflies, and a variety of birds—all in the wild, in their natural habitat.

Overall Review

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort is a complete Eastern Shore refuge that is magical and relaxing and is less than a 2 hour drive from Washington DC. This resort is truly one of Maryland’s best kept secrets!

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort is located at 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Maryland, USA, 21613. For rates, bookings and more information, click here.

Check out our family’s Facet/Tastemade video recap!

{Thank-you Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort for partnering on this post! It was an honor to be part of the Blogger FAM weekend!}

Hello Happy: HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5

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I often ask my kids to tell me 5 things that happened during the day that made them happy. I often write them in my daily journal and also in some of the photo books that I’ve begun creating for gifts to my parents. In honor of the sweet and simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and the sweet and simple memories that it inspires, Hershey’s wants people to share the sweetness in everyday moments. So, I’ve asked my husband and our kids, Ella and Logan, to take a moment to “stop and smell the chocolate” and share their #Simply5 – a five word recount of what makes their day sweet. Summing up their joy using five words add a nice unique twist to my every day request.

Hershey’s Chocolate syrup makes me happy” was my husband’s #Simply5. Ella and Logan decided together that “Spending the summer climbing trees” made for their #Simply5. And my #Simply5 is: “Time spent with my family”—5 simple words, but so true.

Last week, I posted the recipe for our family’s Sunday sundaes. If you haven’t had a chance to try it, check out the recipe here. The main topping for the sundaes features HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, which has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients.

HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup is simply delicious, with only 5 ingredients. You can find it in 21.8 ounce sizes at grocery stores nationwide and in 48 ounce sizes at Costco. For more information on HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the delicious scoop on their yummy products.

What’s your #Simply5? Share on social media using the hashtag #Simply5.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via Mom Trends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or MomTrends.}

Keen UNEEK: Must-Have Kids Shoes for Summer & The Outdoors

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Hiking, camping and biking are as much a part of summer as hot dogs, baseball, s’mores and beach getaways. This is my favorite time of the year because I get to spend as much time as I want with my kids enjoying the outdoors. When I was growing up, all of the kids in my neighborhood would run around barefoot—going on hikes, riding bicycles and walking to the river to go tubing. And now, most of us adults know better. We try to protect our kids from broken bottles, splinters, blisters, cracked heels and etc. a little bit more than our parents did “back in the day.”

Taking care of your feet while hiking, biking and camping is very important. That may sound like a “no-brainer”, but there are a few things to be concerned about. Comfort is key. But, you also need a shoe that is safe, lightweight and waterproof for those hikes and camping trips.

I’m a huge fan of Keen Footwear. They’ve been our family’s go-to summer shoes for a while. They’re comfortable, offer amazing support, are lightweight and are actually quite stylish. Much to my excitement, Keen has just released the UNEEK style for Kids!  

Ella and Logan love their new UNEEK shoes. They have great traction, are waterproof—so they’re perfect for those stream crossings. UNEEK adapts to your feet for the perfect fit, with innovative two-cord construction and a free-moving cord junction that provides freedom of movement, security and structure. The lightweight midsole delivers durability and comfort, while the high-traction rubber outsole keeps your step secure.

Fun colors and free-moving construction make this shoe a must-have. It supports like a sneaker and feels like a sandal. Interlocking cords form to kids’ feet for a just-right fit, and a hook-and-loop strap on the side is easy for little hands to adjust. It’s comfy enough for a full day of play, and the eye-catching design stands out in a crowd. They are breathable to prevent less odor and are durable enough to last.

For more information, visit www.keenfootwear.com and be sure to follow Keen on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

{Special Thank-you to Keen for partnering on this post!}