Following in My Footsteps #InvisalignTalk

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Invisalign.  All opinions are 100% my won.

When I was 10 years old, I had an opportunity to appear on television with my Girl Scout troop.  I could not have been more excited to get my face in front of a camera.  But when the episode aired, my Mom tells me that this is when she first realized how badly I needed braces.  Off to the dentist I went and for the next five…yes, FIVE….years, I wore braces to correct a severe overbite.

Now, my oldest daughter is following in my footsteps.  Unfortunately, during her last smile assessment, she has an extra permanent tooth that is making the others shift in ways that will cause problems in the long run.  We will be visiting an oral surgeon next month in order to have her tooth extracted, but it is inevitable that braces will shortly follow.

I vividly remember getting braces at 10 years old and how miserable I was until my Junior year of high school when they were finally removed.  I want a different experience for my daughter.  Surely, technology has come a long way in 25 years, right?  Recently, my sister-in-law decided to straighten her teeth with Invisalign so I am curious if this option would be a good one for my daughter.

Invisalign Teen clear aligners straighten teeth without traditional wires and brackets giving teens the confidence to live life to the fullest while improving their smile.  Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, musical instruments, acting and singing without interference. And because it’s removable, brushing and flossing is easy and no food restrictions to worry about either.

With Invisalign Teen, this option certainly seems like a better alternative to metal and wire but I have heard that the system can only handle small cosmetic problems and the price makes it a burden.  However, I learned that Invisalign Teen can handle severe cases as well and that it is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance.  Check out the Invisalign Cost Calculator to see an estimate.

Now that I know Invisalign Teen could be an attainable option, my final concern is that my daughter will take them out too often to be effective.  However, Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.

I could not be more excited to check out this option for my daughter as braces become necessary.  I am hoping that her corrective experience is better than mine and Invisalign Teen seems like the way to make it happen.

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My Fashionista is Helping to Raise Money with Schoola #Clothes4Schools

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by  All opinions remain 100% mine.

It’s time to pack up the sandals, beach bags and pool toys.  My daughters began school two days ago and we are trying to get back on routine.  On the first day, they both came home with activity schedules and I was pleased to see that Art remains in their school (albeit one day a week).  With many schools lacking funding, creative arts programs are generally the first to go. Fortunately, is here to help.

Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothes, with 40% of the proceeds going to schools in need.

In my first post, I outlined how Schoola can help raise money for your school.  But now, my daughters are ready to shop!  I challenged my 9 year old to find a complete outfit and tally up how much it would cost (like how I threw in a math problem?).  Always ready for a challenge involving fashion, she shopped the “Grade Schoola” section and found a pretty adorable outfit which totaled $32.oo for a shirt, jeans and shoes.  But if you use code BacktoSchoola20 (limit one use per customer), you will receive an additional 20% off bringing the total of her outfit to just $27.00!


Better yet? Forty percent of the proceeds will go to a school in need (which you can designate).  Right now, I have selected Yick Wo Elementary in Brooklyn, NY whose parents have taken it upon themselves to raise $25,000 to save the art program.  I just could not pass up the opportunity to help the cute faces in this video.

Learn more about how you can get involved by following Schoola on Facebook and Twitter.  Save money on your back to school shopping while making money for your child’s school.  What a perfect way to start the new year!

Join Me for the Neutrogena Sun Up, Sundown Tweet-a-Thon! #ChooseSkinHealth

This New Orleans girl is no stranger to the Sun.  Louisiana is known as the Sportsman’s Paradise and the majority of our natives love to be outdoors.  But, with temperatures reaching the mid-90′s on an average summer day, it is imperative to make sure your family’s skin is protected.  But what are the best practices and products to make sure you keep away the harmful UV rays?

On May 22 from 9am-9pm EST, NEUTROGENA® will host the Sun Up, Sundown Tweet-a-Thon which will spark the sun education conversation and encourage participants to join the #ChooseSkinHealth movement. Each hour of the Tweet-a-Thon will focus on a different topic relating to skincare and sun protection, as well as feature different experts to share tips and answer consumer questions. Plus, you will get a chance to interact with expert dermatologists and Neutrogena Celebrity Ambassadors such as @BellaThorne, @ItsGabrielleU, @KerryWashington, and @IMKristenBell to name a few.

As a Neutrogena Mom Ambassador, I will be hosting the Family Fun in the Sun hour at 10:00am EST along with celebrity guest @itsJulieBowen and dermatologist Dr. David Bank.  Join me for some great tips to beat the Summer heat and win fun prizes, too.  During this hour, you can win a Neutrogena sunscreen pack + designer flip flops as well as enter to win the GRAND PRIZE which includes:

  • Summer supply of Neutrogena sunscreen
  • AMEX gift card valued at $500
  • Colorful beach towel
  • Designer flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Sports water bottle
  • Wide-brimmed beach hat
  • Ear buds
  • Trendy beach cover-up
  • Waterproof camera
  • Beach mat
  • Trendy beach bag

Each hour, a prize will be given away via @Crowdtappers. To enter, simply tweet your “Sun Safe Selfie” with the hashtag #ChooseSkinHealth. The selfie can be anything from a literal selfie to your outdoor scenery – we want to see it all!  Good Luck!

Treat Mom to Gifts from C. Wonder

Just a few more days till Mother’s Day! Consider this your final warning to prepare to blow Mom away on Sunday.  If you are still running around town to find the perfect way to honor Mom, stop and locate your nearest C. Wonder retail store.

C. Wonder offers women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares and home decor, great gifts, and delightful surprises at every turn. Our design teams create a wide-ranging assortment of beautiful, versatile and spirited products for all areas of our customer’s life. Our stores offer unexpected touches at every turn: rich interior furnishings; monogramming on select products; an open door return policy; and payment transactions anywhere in the store. Additional stores will open across the country and internationally in 2014 and beyond.
C. Wonder has put together some great ideas for Mom to take the guess work out of your last minute shopping.  I received a few fun items from the list that are sure to be staples in my wardrobe.  First off, I love this printed tote which is the perfect accessory to any summer outfit.
But if you are looking for something more personal, consider the Paved Edge Delicate Initial Cuff.  I received my own initial, but a great idea for Mom would be to order a bracelet with the initial of her child.  Wearing multiple bracelets is on trend and a fun way to showcase your kiddos!
If your Mom loves to decorate her home rather than accessorize herself, C. Wonder has plenty of home goods as well.  I love the Porcelain Word Plates and think they would make the perfect addition to any bedside table or mantel.

Ready to shop?  Print out a copy of this blog post and present it to a store associate at your local C. Wonder store (check of the location at The Summit in Birmingham) between now and May 10th to receive a scratch off card for up to 30% off your purchase!

Compensation was provided by C. Wonder via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of C. Wonder or Momtrends. 

Just in Time for Mother’s Day: Jord Wood Watches

This post was written by the Experimental Dad.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

The Steve Miller Band once stated, “Time keeps on slippin’ into the future.”  But, what is the future of time?  It very well could be a wood watch from Jord, which I recently had the pleasure to review.  I must admit, I am very particular about watches. I don’t like them too big, too small, or too flashy (I usually feel like Goldilocks trying to pick a bed).  However, the “Black” Fieldcrest Series was just right.

I would like to say that there was only one thing that caught my eye when I opened the box, however, there were multiple things.  First was the overall appearance.  Simply put, the watch is beautiful; a black wood grained face (30mm diameter) set on a dark brown bezel (39 mm) and band (20mm) with stainless steel hands.  The finish is of the highest quality, and the color scheme accentuates the grain of the wood perfectly.  The next thing that I noticed was the weight of the watch.  This watch is extremely light, fulfilling Jord’s quest to get back to nature and away from common metal and rubber components that are not very Earth friendly.

Now, the Fieldcrest is not the only style watch that Jord makes.  The website shows 6 different series which can appeal to a variety of tastes for both men and women.  By combining different colors and wood grains from the variety of woods used in making the watches which include bamboo, maple, sandlewood, Blackwood, cherry and teak, each watch is unique.  Plus, the Citizen Miyota movement, used in the Fieldcrest ensures accurate time.

The Fieldcrest, which sells for $120, would make an excellent gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, or for any other occasion that requires a present.  If you don’t have an occasion to give one as a gift for someone else, reward yourself with one—you won’t be disappointed.  Just be prepared for people to ask to see your watch, because in addition to a time piece, it’s a conversation piece.

Don’t miss any news or specials by following Jord Wood Watches on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stop Stress Sweat with Secret Clinical Strength {Giveaway}

This post is written by Lena of Experimental Mommy.  Secret® provided me with a Wal-Mart gift card to buy Secret® Clinical Strength. While the product and technical details were provided by Secret®, opinions remain 100% mine.

When Secret asked me to review the new Secret® Clinical Strength, I was intrigued.  I have tried antiperspirant, deodorant, and antiperspirant/deodorant, but have never had much luck with any of them. It seemed like all of them worked fine until I got stressed.  When I stress, I stink.  *blush*  And none I’ve tried have ever been able to mask it.

Thanks to Secret®, I learned why stress sweat smells worse.  Did you know that sweat caused by physical activity and temperature is produced by eccrine sweat glands and is 99% water and 1% nutrients?  And that sweat caused by stress is produced from the apocrine gland which increases bacteria and Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor.  Knowing THAT tidbit of information is bound to make me popular at trivia night!  Score!

Here’s a little more about Secret® Clinical Strength:

Moisture activated, and formulated with odor neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent, Secret Clinical Strength is proven to give you 4X the protection against stress sweat. You can feel confident that Secret Clinical Strength will provide stress sweat protection regardless of what the day brings. Visit for the scoop on stress sweat!

Secret Clinical is available in three varieties and four scents including Clear Gel, Invisible Solid and Smooth Solid which come in Completely Clean, Powder Protection, Ooh-La-La Lavender and Sport Fresh scents.

All this information is great, but DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? 

I’m a corporate trainer, so I meet with external customers and teach strangers almost every day.  I’ve been teaching for a long time, but I still get nervous before each class. That nervousness causes my nemesis: stress sweat.

For me, it worked! I hosted a six hour training class and did not sweat.  I also DID NOT STINK!  Honestly, I was shocked.  I have been using Secret® Clinical Strength for over a week now and I absolutely love it!  I feel fresh and smell good all day long.  I’m sold!

Want to try it yourself?  Walmart is a one-stop-shop for all of your personal care needs.  Find Secret® Clinical Strength products at your local Walmart or online at  In fact, one lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to try Secret Clinical Strength for yourself! Enter below:

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Celebrate Earth Day with Neutrogena Naturals {Giveaway}

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Neutrogena.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Inspired by Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite natural products.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try many of their products.  Admittedly, my first thought was that natural=less effective.  But I am happy to report that I absolutely love the entire NEUTROGENA® Naturals line.  A bit about the products:

NEUTROGENA® Naturals is the brand’s first fully natural line.  It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals which features bionutrients (highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature). Bionutrients are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment and detoxification.

The entire line is Earthwards recognized for their sustainability but the great thing is that Neutrogena doesn’t stop at the skin care line.  The brand is committed to supporting sustainable forestry so packaging is made up of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.  Plus, to reduce its footprint and sustainability, NEUTROGENA® Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill.  From start to finish, this is a product line you can be proud to own (not to mention your face will look fab, too)!

Neutrogena continues to build on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identified a great need for cleansers within the naturals space designed without additives like surfactants, products Neutrogena® Ambassador, Kristen Bell can stand behind. The line includes cleansers and a lip balm which offers true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.

Ready for an all natural experience? One Experimental Mommy reader will win the entire Neutrogena Naturals line including lip balm, face and body bar, makeup remover, purifying pore scrub and a facial cleanser! Enter below:
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Disney Apparel By Jumping Beans Capsule Collection at Kohl’s #MagicatPlay

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Tomorrow morning, I will be heading for an adventure of a lifetime as I will be joining 150 other bloggers at Disney Social Media Moms Conference at Disneyland.  I was fortunate enough to attend the very first conference in Orlando but this time, I am bringing the family.  To say we are excited would be an understatement.

With two daughters ages 6 and 9, you can imagine that they are all about the wardrobe and getting “Minnie-fied” before the big day.  Fortunately, the new Disney Apparel by Jumping Beans Capsule Collection arrived at Kohl’s on April 3rd!  Because there isn’t a Kohl’s near my home, I did some online shopping (I love not having to wait in line!).

Plenty of red, white and blue in this collection which is perfect for Summer month celebrations.  And of course, plenty of pink for the girly girls, too!  My daughter selected a Minnie Mouse top that has red stripes, a peplum, and some bling.  When the tops arrived, we tried a few different looks and found the top went great with leggings and shorts. As a Mom, I love that the tops were just $14 each.

Look for my girls sporting these new looks if you will be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference this year, too!  Does your child’s wardrobe need a little Mickey or Minnie?  One luck Experimental Mommy reader will win a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card to get you started.  Enter below:

Remember to  use the hashtag #MagicAtPlay and tag @DisneyLiving and @Kohls when sharing with your social media community.

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I Love Max.

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger and all opinions are my own.

Lines.  I hate them.  I have absolutely no patience for navigating crowded stores and waiting in long lines making online shopping very attractive.  I try to get the majority (if not all) of my holiday shopping done online but shipping fees can really do a number on the budget.

Fortunately, there’s a new guy in town and his name is Max.  There are millions of reasons to love Max.  Max opens doors and carries your bags. He brings gifts (delivered in two-days or less!). Max is the real deal. And at just $39/year, he’s a steal. The other guy is just past his PRIME.

Meet Shop Your Way MAX, which offers free two-day shipping on Sears and Kmart merchandise for just $39/year. Shop Your Way MAX is available to members of Shop Your Way, a free online social shopping program that offers perks and points whenever you shop at Sears or Kmart.

At just $39/year, less money on shipping means more money to spend on gifts.  Members get free two-day shipping on tons of items, from tools and clothing to footwear and more.  Not convinced?  Try Shop Your Way MAX free for 90 days! Sign up and activate free two-day shipping for just $39/year.

Learning About Skincare at the RoC Academy

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with The Motherhood and RoC.  While I am being compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

For the last two weeks since my first post about the RoC Academy, I have immersed myself in learning about how my skin ages and how I can effectively fight back….and you can fight back.  I didn’t want to keep all this great info to myself, so I invited  few friends to take the RoC Academy courses as well.

While your skin starts aging at birth, normal signs of aging start to appear in your 20s.  What I love about the RoC Academy, is that you can personalize the experience by choosing your age and topics you are most interested in learning more about.  Here are a few fun facts we learned:

  • Retinoids are a type of Vitamin A that occurs in many foods such as milk, eggs and colorful vegetables.
  • All retinoids are not equal.  Retinoic Acid is most effective but requires a prescription.
  • Retinol is the number one dermatologist-recommended cosmetic anti-aging ingredient. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles to improve the look of collagen-depleted skin while complementing the skin’s natural processes….and it’s over-the-counter.
  • The RoC® Brand launched the first pure, stabilized form of retinol in 1995.

The RoC Academy answered some of our most pressing questions, but my readers also submitted a few questions, too.

Sadie asks, “There are so many issues from dullness, to dark spots, but my top concern is how to get rid of the deep lines in my forehead.”

The RoC Deep Wrinkle Filler is specifically formulated to show results immediately and after four weeks.  This breakthrough dual-action formula, with an exclusive fusion of hyaluronic acid and pure RoC®RETINOL, is clinically proven to fill creases and diminish the look of deep wrinkles. It’s noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores) and dermatologist tested.

Karen asks, “What can I do about the dark circles under my eyes?

The skin around your eyes is very delicate and deserves special treatment After just four weeks of use, the RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream will even out the look of dark eye circles and reduce puffiness.  In 12 weeks, you will see wrinkles vanish, too!

Want to learn more?  Make plans to attend the #RoCAcademy Twitter Party this Thursday, April 3rd at 1pm EST.  A dermatologist will be on hand to answer your pressing skin care questions so make sure to RSVP here.