Remove the Chemicals and Clean Up Your Personal Care Products

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For about three years now, I have been trying to eliminate chemicals and unnatural additives in the products that we use.  I was very intimidated with this huge task when I first began, but it is easy if you take it one product at a time.  The first thing I did was take a look at my personal care products.  You would really be surprised with the amount of stuff is in the products we use most often, like toothpaste.  I love a good minty toothpaste and was frustrated when looking for a toothpaste that made my teeth and mouth feel fresh and clean without the additional chemicals that I felt I did not need.  I soon found a toothpaste that I love and is my favorite – Tom's of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste.  It has not let me down.  I used it through my pregnancy with Baby Brother to keep my mouth feeling fresh and clean and felt better about using an all natural toothpaste.

Another personal care product that contains a crazy amount of chemicals is anti-pespirant.  We lather the chemicals and aluminum on our armpits and create a big mess when it's really not needed.  Did you know that by practicing good hygeine (using soap and water), a good deodorant like Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant, drinking lots of water to flush the toxins out, and eating a healthy diet, we can eliminate our addiction to anti-perspirant?  I have not used an anti-perspirant in a few years and sure, there are those hot summer days that are a challenge, but a little sweat never hurt anyone.  It's really not even the sweat that makes you stinky, it's the bacteria.  Most people adjust quickly to switching from anti-perspirants to natural deodorants.  And there are many tricks to get you through the process, too, because believe me, I know it's an addiction that we all have!  We think we need anti-perspirants, but we really don't!  Tom's of Maine makes it easy and smell good, too!

toms2I love the Tom's of Maine products because I know I'm getting high quality, effective products that offer different options for different needs.  And, they're readily available at Walmart, which beats having to special order them or go to a special health store to buy them.  They're right there on the toothpaste and deodorant aisles!

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Not only do I use Tom's of Maine eco-friendly products for me, but the kids use them, too.  They like to have their choice of toothpaste and flavors, but sometimes they need a little bit more motivation.  They love to use a tooth brushing chart and check off the days they remembered to brush.  They also need a reminder of how to effectively take care of their teeth.  Do you have kids that think they can fool you by  just wetting the toothbrush?  No?  That was fairly common when we were working with teens and preteens at the children's home.  And they always thought we would buy it!  We know that the boys need to get into the habit of effectively brushing with toothpaste, flossing, and taking care of their precious teeth.  Good habits start early!

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Print this free toothbrushing chart to help your kids remember to take care of their pearly whites!  Just click on it to open up a printable PDF.

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We are constantly making new changes to live a green lifestyle.  What changes has your family made or what changes are you hoping to make soon?

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Welcome to the Ringin' In The New Year Celebration Giveaway Hop, hosted by Simply Sassy Media!  We have gathered together to offer you a bunch of great prizes, all worth $25 or more!  So, after you enter my giveaway, hop down the linky and see what other great prizes you could enter to win!  Good luck and have a great 2013!

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Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, one person will win these two great prizes!

OraMD – all natural, fluoride free, GMO free toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath freshener, all in one!   Read my review to learn all about the benefits of OraMD!  Winner will win one bottle, which is about a month's worth of product.

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Also, the winner will receive "The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss" by Stan Spencer, PhD in paperback.  This book isn’t about the latest fad diet, wonder food, or miracle supplement.  While you can lose weight with almost any diet, keeping the weight off is more difficult, requiring permanent changes in eating and exercise habits.  The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss provides science-based information and tools for making those changes in a way that works for you. Dr. Spencer explains why we gain weight and why fat lost by dieting almost always comes back.  He then presents an array of practical weight loss tools, from improving nutrition and exercise to boosting metabolism, calming cravings, and controlling emotional eating.  In the final chapter he has you create a personal weight loss plan based on your unique set of needs, abilities, and preferences.  The plan outlines your easiest path to being naturally thin by reshaping the habits that cause excess weight.  Simple recipes are provided for weight loss foods that reduce cravings and prolong satisfaction.

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Be Kind To Your Mouth with OraMD

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In 2012, I read up on the possible dangers of fluoride and decided to omit fluoride from my brushing routine.  I have tried different fluoride free toothpastes and they're all okay, but when I was asked to review OraMD, I was intrigued.  OraMD is more than just a toothpaste.  It is a toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath freshener.  And it doesn't contain fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate.  OraMD is comprised of 100% pure botanical oils of almond, spearmint, and peppermint.  Peppermint has anti-bacterial properties and spearmint has anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also alcohol free and contains no GMOs.
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OraMD kills the 22 harmful bacteria that lead to gum disease and other oral health problems.  It is safe for ages 3 and up, although I can already tell you that my 4 year old would complain about how strong it is.  The beauty is that you can use as much or as little as you want to.  The first time I used it, I used too much and it was so strong.  But it does leave my mouth clean and refreshed!  The next time, I used less and it was quite nice.

I like that it's actually a three in one solution.  You don't have to spend extra to buy toothpaste, mouthwash, and then mints or gum when the freshness of those wear off!  It's all in one.

You can purchase a bottle of OraMD for $22.97 or multiple bottles at a discount at the OraMD website and for a limited time, you can receive a 20% discount on your first OraMD order by using code "THP20" at checkout.

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