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What’s Hiding in Your Toothbrush?

July 15, 2014

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Have you ever wondered if your toothbrush was really clean? Unless you pulled it out of a sealed package today, you could be putting some of the most harmful bacteria and other microscopic organisms right into your mouth! Here are a list of things that might be in your toothbrush right now:

  • Bacteria – There is possibly more bacteria in your mouth than anywhere else on your body. When this bacteria is removed by your toothbrush and toothpaste, it can then live on your toothbrush for a long, long time.
  • Fecal matter & urine – Yuck! But it’s true. When a toilet is flushed, water (and other) particles are launched up to 8 feet in every direction. Fecal matter and urine can also be on your hands, and easily transferred to your toothbrush.
  • Hair products – If you’re styling your hair in the bathroom and using any sprays at all, they can land on your toothbrush. Particles can also be blown from your hair while blow-drying your hair.
  • Cold & flu virus – Even if you’re not sick YET, virus particles can travel on your hands and other parts of your body before infecting you. Imagine if your family member was sick and you touched something THEY touched, then you happened to touch your toothbrush before you washed your hands. Now the virus is living in your toothbrush!
  • Other harmful & harmless germs – There are many airborne germs that can land on your toothbrush even if you’re not keeping in out in the open!

So now that you’re thoroughly grossed out, I bet you’re wondering how to keep your toothbrush clean. Here are a few different ways to clean your toothbrush.

  • Clean with peroxide – Pour hydrogen peroxide in a glass and leave the head of your toothbrush in it for about 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with water and store to dry.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light – Unfortunately, most of us don’t have an ultraviolet let sitting around, so you’ll have to buy one at the store and follow the directions supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Effervescent disinfecting tablets – There are some companies that make tablets specifically designed to clean your toothbrush. But there’s no evidence to support whether or not these clean better than peroxide. Again, follow the directions supplied by the manufacturer.

Have you heard of any other ways to keep your toothbrush clean? Feel free to leave it in the comments before you go!

The 5 Basic Styles Of Tea

July 10, 2014

Christine Grudecki:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tea! Here’s a great explanation about the types of tea and where they come from. Great to know!

Originally posted on Madamsabi's Blog:

All tea leaves come from the same basic plant, the Camellia Sinensis plant commonly known as the tea plant. It is  native to Asia, but is currently cultivated around the world. It has over 3,000 varieties. The five basic styles of tea are White, Green, Oolong, Black and Pu’erh and the differences between teas arise from processing, growing conditions, and geography. The styles are produced by altering the shape and chemistry of the leaf, rather unromantically called ‘processing’ or ‘manufacture.’


Tea processing is in five basic steps; some teas don’t utilize all of these steps, while other teas repeat them several times.
Plucking: This is when it is picked from the plant and weighted.

Withering: This is a process of allowing the leaves to wilt and soften. This is achieved by spreading the leaves on vast trays or racks, and left to wither in air temperatures of 25-30°…

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Summertime Cheesy Black Bean & Corn Dip Recipe

July 7, 2014
Black Bean and Corn Dip

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Summer is a great time to gather with family and friends, and who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Not ME! I’d like to share this great Cheesy Black Bean & Corn Dip recipe that I made last weekend. I also have a Creamy Fall-Winter version of it that I’ll share when the hot summer days are gone.  Want to make a fat-free version? Leave the cheese out, or use fat-free cheese!

Cheesy Black Bean & Corn Dip

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: None!


2 {14-16 ounce} cans of Corn, drained
1 {14-16 ounce} can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
3 Green Onions (or scallions), chopped
12 ounces Colby Jack, grated
3 tbsp Lime juice (add more to taste)
1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
Salt to taste
Corn or Tortilla Chips for dipping!

If you like it spicy, add 1 {4 ounce} can of green chilis or jalapenos, chopped


Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until combined and season with salt to taste. Add more lime juice to taste.

Put the dip in the refrigerator for an hour for all of the tastes to combine, then serve with chips and enjoy!


Guide: The 31 Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes)

June 16, 2014
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Christine Grudecki:

There are some amazing foods on this list, like Kale. Most of these are in our family’s regular diet, but I’ll be sure to add the ones we’re missing!

There are some amazing foods on this list, like Kale. Most of these are in our family’s regular diet, but I’ll be sure to add the ones we’re missing!

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Know When NOT to Lower a Fever

March 20, 2014

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When NOT to lower a feverSo your little one has a fever of 100.1, and looks fine except he’s got a little chill. Do you give them Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Motrin (Ibuprofen) to Lower the fever? Some researchers are now saying leave the medicine in the cabinet and wait it out.

When I was a teenager, the slightest rise in temperature would cause my mom to run to her medicine chest and whip out the Acetaminophen (or Aspirin, which we now know causes Reye Syndrome in children). She did it because that was the “new thing” to make their children comfortable. That was a big change from when we were little kids. When I was really little, Grandpa told us “feed a cold, starve a fever”, but mom thought that was just an old wives tale. Now we’re learning that our grandparents were onto something… a raised temperature can be beneficial, because it can potentially kill the invading bacteria or virus. A fever can also help to keep viruses or bacteria from replicating, which means that your body can get rid of it faster.

Guidelines that I follow:

  1. If the fever gets to 101 or above, I give just enough Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen to lower the temperature slightly.
  2. If there are fever spikes, I sometimes alternate between 1/2 doses of Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen every 2 hours to try to control the spikes better.
  3. If there are any other unusual symptoms, like febrile seizures, rashes or flu symptoms, I call the doctor immediately.

Remember, you are your child’s advocate. You need to take note of any symptoms that he or she has, and tell the doctor immediately when something is wrong.  This is in no way medical advice. These are the guidelines that I follow for my children, and has worked for us for years.  For more information, you might try articles on the website.

Medieval Times New Year’s Extravaganza!

December 30, 2013

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Medieval Times NYE ExtravaganzaSo you’re looking for something awesome to do on New Year’s Eve with your family? You could plant yourselves on the couch and watch the same old shows.  OR, you can join the Medieval Times cast for their Family New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!!!

For a special price of $35.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids, you get a 4 course meal and live tournament. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! You and your kids get Knight’s Training, Story Time with Princess, face painting and an action poster all for FREE.  Just mention discount code NYEWEB when you call, or book online here –> Book Now!

I don’t know about you, but we’re rounding up the kids and going to Medieval Times for the best New Year’s celebration ever!  We’d love it if you joined in for this amazing celebration! If you see us, please make sure you stop us to say Hello!

The Fresh New Face of Genghis Grill

November 7, 2013

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IMAG1137My family and I had the pleasure of visiting the one of the flagship Genghis Grill locations recently, and what a pleasant surprise!  Genghis has launched an exclusive rebrand at select locations, which includes chef-designed creations that adds to the Fresh Market Bar experience that we all know and love.

One of the keys to the rebrand is the addition of 4 new “Grill Master Creations” to the menu. With these new additions, there is truly something for everyone. For some people like my dad, building his own creation is a daunting task. And then there are those of us that love to build our own bowl most of the time, but once in a while like to just choose something off the menu.  And these new creations fit the bill quite nicely!

My husband and I took 2 of our sons with us to the Bryant Irvin location in Fort Worth after a shopping trip. I chose the Mongolian Steak Grill Master Creation from the menu, and then proceeded to help one of our younger children create his bowl at the food bar. What a relief! I could concentrate on helping him, because mine was being created for me. I must say that the creation I chose was absolutely delicious!

Another thing I noticed while we were eating was that the decor was upgraded as well. It has a fresh new contemporary feel, with gorgeous new tiling, stainless steel accents and dark wood. These additions, as well as the menu additions, made us feel like we were in a completely new restaurant. How fun!  We enjoyed the new experience and we will definitely go back. I can’t wait until the new rebrand is rolled out to the rest of the DFW locations!

From Genghis Grill:

Genghis Grill, the largest build-your-own stir-fry in America, has officially transitioned into a new era. The 109-unit chain is currently launching an exclusive rebrand in select locations in Fort Worth Texas. Genghis Grill’s refresh focuses on adding new chef-crafted menu options, elevating the Fresh Market Bar experience for the customer, updating the overall interior atmosphere and reviving the lively culture within the brand. Customers can see the new conquest take place in Fort Worth at our Bryant Irvin and Lake Worth locations.

“This new menu is all about expanding bold flavor profiles and refocusing on the customer experience while they are dining with us,” Chef Jax Sperling, Genghis Grill’s director of culinary research and development said, “we want our customers to have an excuse to visit us every day.”

Continuous expansion of the new rebrand will conquer the Fort Worth, TX market. Other rollouts of the new look will hit select markets: Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, Ariz. later this fall.

About Genghis Grill

Genghis Grill, the premier build-your-own stir-fry chain in the United States, is well known for its fresh, hot and healthy food, and for its fun style of service. Their Fresh Market Bar features an array of more than 80 delicious, fresh ingredients from which guests can “build your own bowl.” They then hand their bowl creation to grill masters to cook to perfection on a sizzling, circular large grill. Currently, there are 109 Genghis Grill locations in 23 states nationwide.

Disclaimer: If you’ve ever read any of my blog posts before, you’d know that I only write about things I truly believe in and everything I post is honest and truthful.


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