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There’s nothing better than getting into a brunchy mood and feasting on some good ol’ eggs on toast. For this recipe I wanted to dig out a classic that never disappoints: a croque madame!

This French little classic number is a brunch-at-the-bistro staple that is super easy to make at home. For this recipe, I decided to leave behind the Bechamel sauce (which some people add to make it more decadent) and instead I made a little sweet-and-spicy mustard sauce. Cheese, crispy prosciutto, and a briny Hungarian pepper make it all come together.

Pro tip: Use a nice loaf of brioche or pullman — it makes all the difference!

Crispy Prosciutto & Spicy Mustard Croque Madame


Serves 2

You’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp grainy mustard
    1 tbsp hot mustard
    1 tsp honey
    1 tsp apple cider vinegar
    olive oil
    8-10 slices of prosciutto
    2 eggs (or more)
    1 loaf pullman or brioche
    1 hunky piece of gruyere cheese (or padano)
    Pickled Hungarian peppers, to serve

Instructions:

  • 1. First, combine the mustards, honey, and apple cider vinegar, season with salt and pepper.
    2. Fry the prosciutto on a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Fry a couple eggs too (sunny side up is best for show stopping runny yolks.)
    3. Slice the bread and spread some of the mustard mix on each side. Add the prosciutto and a few slices of cheese. Place extra cheese on top of the sandwich. Broil the sandwich in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese on the top is melty and golden brown. Remove from the oven, place the fried egg on top, add a little hungarian pepper as garnish and serve.


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SMIRNOFF ICE RED, WHITE & BERRY LEMONADE

Bright, refreshing citrus flavors mix with berry this fun and colorful Red, White & Berry Lemonade cocktail!

This Layered Red White & Berry Lemonade post is for 21+. Please drink responsibly.

Getting ready to party like it’s 1776 with Smirnoff Ice Red, White & Berry! Serve up the cherry, citrus and blue raspberry beverage in a festive cocktail or enjoy the colorful, festive can or bottle so you don’t have to worry about spending the whole party mixing cocktails!

I love serving up these layered cocktails in mason jars filled with ice and topped with red + blue berries to bring in the 4th of July!

Cheers to a fun and patriotic 4th of July with Smirnoff! #SmirnoffPartner

INGREDIENTS
  • 6 ounce Smirnoff ICE Red, White & Berry

  • 0.5 ounce Blue Curacao

  • 0.5 ounce Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

  • 1 ounce Lemonade

  • Splash Grenadine

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Fill a Mason Jar with Ice.

  2. Pour in the Smirnoff Ice.

  3. Add the vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade.

  4. Top with a splash of grenadine. And some berries, if desired.

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Wanna cool down? We gotchu! Today I’m sharing a recipe that’s similar to that “nice-cream” thing everyone raves about (frozen bananas with toppings – no dairy or added sugar, so it’s “nice”!). This one is made with frozen mangoes, coconut milk, a pinch of salt, a little lime and ancho reyes.

So what’s ancho reyes? It’s ancho chile liqueur that’s a touch smoky and spicy. It’s awesome in cocktails, and in this case, it spices up a sweet slushie like no one’s business. If you can’t find it or don’t want to buy the whole bottle, simply swap it for good ol’ spiced rum.

You could also say this is a bit of a cocktail / slushie / mango lassi mash-up, which makes it the best cool-down treat for summer. And there’s a secret ingredient that makes it extra yellow and summery: turmeric! It’s totally optional but it really gives this drink that sunshine color.

Make sure to garnish this recipe with loads of fresh seasonal fruit to add to the tropical flair. Get the recipe below and let me know what you think in the comments – cheers!


Boozy Mango Slushie with Chile

Makes 4

You’ll need:
– 3 cups frozen mango
– 1 cup full fat coconut milk
– 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
– 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
– 1 tsp turmeric powder (optional, but it helps make the slushie brighter)
– 1 pinch of salt salt
– Chile flakes to taste
– Ancho Reyes liqueur or spiced rum
– For the garnish: fresh mango, blood orange wedges, lime wedges, chile flakes

Instructions:
1. Place the first 7 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add a splash of warm water to get it going. Taste for acidity and spiciness and adjust if needed.
2. Serve the slushie in a glass, then sprinkle a little extra pinch of chile flakes on top, squeeze some more lime (or lemon), add ½ a shot or a full shot (depending on how boozy you want it) of the rum or liqueur
3. Garnish with fruit and serve immediately


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Who else is craving something fresh and light these days? The produce at the markets is slowly but surely getting more colorful, and soon enough we’ll have a bounty of veggies that need very little cooking in order to taste amazing. If we can keep the oven off for the next while, I’m totally okay with that — you are too, right?

Today’s recipe is an early ode to everything spring and summer that’s about to come, and also involves very little cooking time. Pan-fried salmon with salt and pepper (couldn’t be easier), on a bed of bright and crunchy slaw made out of raw fennel, apples, jicama root, and radishes, all drizzled with an aguachile dressing. Aguachile is a kind of Mexican ceviche that usually involves raw shrimp, but I took the idea of the marinade to make it into a vibrantly acidic dressing. I love the spicy citrus touch it adds to this dish! Super crunchy and fresh – perfect for a patio dinner.

This one will put your knife-skills to work, but you can make it easier by using a mandolin or the blade attachment on your food processor. Easy!

Grab your best knife and let’s do this!


Salmon with Apple + Fennel Slaw with Aguachile Dressing

Serves 2

You’ll need:

For the slaw:

  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (set aside fronds for garnish)
    3-4 watermelon radishes, thinly sliced
    1 apple, thinly sliced or julienned
    1 small jicama root, peeled and shredded or julienned

For the aguachile:

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    ¼ cup fresh lime juice
    1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
    1 tsp fresh oregano

For the salmon:

  • Olive oil
    Kosher salt and pepper
    2 salmon fillets, with or without skin
    Flaky sea salt
    Dill + fennel fronds (optional)

Instructions:

  • 1. Place the fennel, radish, apple, and jicama in a bowl
    2. Combine all of the aguachile ingredients in another bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then pour over shredded veggies and let them sit in there for a few minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, season the salmon with salt and pepper, rub with olive oil and pan fry, flesh side first, until desired doneness (I like mine still pink in the middle)
    4. To plate, grab the marinated slaw, place it on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, then add the fish on top. Add another sprinkle of flaky sea salt, garnish with fennel fronds or dill if desired and serve!

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Whether you’re in need of a swimsuit with underwire to keep your chest in place when you’re playing beach volleyball or a one-piece that’s way sexier than a scantily clad bikini, finding swimwear for your budget shouldn’t be difficult.

But finding a bathing suit that you feel comfortable in can often feel like it’s hard to come by. Avoid wasting your time going to multiple stores (and subjecting yourself to terrible fitting room lighting) before your next tropical getaway and snag a suit that’ll come straight to your door. I’ve rounded up my favorite one piece suits of the season for your shopping pleasure.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been exactly a year since I’ve had a corporate, full-time, show up to the office, traditional Monday-Friday work life situation. Making the adjustment to being self-employed (well, kinda, in my case I have a few gigs that are salaried, but remote) and working at home can be a little more challenging than many expect. Even if you're organized, focused and motivated, there are distractions and other challenges that can get in the way of being productive (after all, there’s no Michael Scott boss-esque personality to fear when you’re now your own boss).

Currently work from home or thinking of taking the leap? Here are some tips to make the transition as seamless, productive and healthy as possible:Invest in Your Workspace

It’s easier than you can imagine for work and personal life to bleed together when you work from home. The best way to focus on work is to have a space that is only for work. While many successful entrepreneurs started their business at the kitchen table or bedroom, these are not the best choices for home office set-up. It’s too easy to get distracted by dirty dishes, laundry sitting on the bed or the television. Ideally, you want an office space with a door. If you can’t manage that, use screens or other barriers to set apart office-only space.

Not only will this help you focus and be productive, but it’s also a crucial aspect of taking the home office tax deduction.

Make Plans

Do you know what you need to do the minute you sit at your desk? Surprisingly, it takes many people time to orient themselves and figure out what needs to get done. Having a plan ensures that you know what tasks you need to complete and get right to it the minute your butt hits your office chair. Because home businesses require you to wear many hats (product or service, marketing, customer support etc), be strategic in setting up your daily plan. Productivity is less about great time management and more about strategic focus.

Have a Schedule and Stick to It

Some home businesses require a set schedule as traditional work does. But the home businesses that are flexible are usually the ones that can be difficult to work unless you have a schedule. Set up regular work hours to keep you focused and on task, and avoid distractions and procrastination. Once you have your schedule, stick to it. Arrive on time and leave at the end of the workday. In full transparency, this one doesn’t work for me because I have very non-traditional working hours, but I have implemented certain times each day where I perform specific daily tasks. I put them on my calendar and if something has to change that day, I move the meeting to a different time on the same day so I don’t ever fall behind on my routine.

Set Boundaries

Neighbors, friends, and family often don't understand that the work you do at home is as important as the work you do in an office. As a result, they'll ask you run errands, invite you to lunch and call to chat. Let them know your schedule and ask them to respect it just as they would if you were working outside the home.

Anticipate and Avoid Distraction

There are many issues you can anticipate and avoid in running your home business. Some distractions can be avoided through a separate office, schedule and setting limits, but other distractions, such as children, pets, the refrigerator, TV and a nice comfy couch perfect for napping (my absolutely weakness is naps) can interrupt work. Take a look at your life and habits to identify potential distractions and put things in place to avoid them. For example, if you’re a parent, look into play groups to keep your kids busy while you work.

Enjoy that Independence, Hunnay!

Having a home business is work…and sometimes you actually end up working more than you ever did when you were in a traditional work setting, but there’s nothing quite like being your own boss. The more you enjoy your work and take advantage of the perks, the faster you adjust to working from home. Sometimes working at home can get tedious, and it isn’t until you talk to someone who has to commute and deal with difficult colleagues that you're reminded just how lucky you are. Remember, there’s pros and cons to every situation and the grass will always be greener where you water it. I still have days where I absolutely miss my corporate career and the perks of working in an office. There are many great perks to working at home that you should take advantage of including celebrating your independence, working on outdoors, taking a nap in the middle of the day, or being able to be flexible with your schedule as needed.

Running a home business is the ultimate in taking control of your career, time and life. But if you've been working a traditional job for a while, it can be a challenge to make the adjustment from a job to becoming your own boss. You need to create all the external cues that go with working, such as a home office and set schedule. With that said, as long as you get your work done, you can enjoy the freedom and perks that owning your own business and/or working remote can offer your quality of life.

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I’m no vegan, but I’m always looking for ways to add clean, sustainable and plant-based protein into my diet. Enter JUST Egg. Y’all, JUST Egg doesn’t just taste as good as a chicken egg…it’s nutritionally similar to a chicken egg. One serving has five grams of protein, a comparable amount to conventional eggs, which have about six grams. Aside from scrambles and omelets, I've found that it works well for stir-fries, French toast, fried rice, crepes....the list truly goes on.

JUST Egg's secret ingredient is mung bean— specifically, an isolated mung bean protein—which has a similar texture to scrambled eggs when cooked. Other than that, the mixture is mostly made of unassuming ingredients like canola oil, water, and a combo of carrot extract and turmeric for that signature yellow color.

JUST Egg makes it possible to have perfect, vegetable-packed omelets and scrambles. Breakfast sandwiches. Breakfast tacos! Mini quiches, anyone? So many dishes that seemed inconceivable without eggs are suddenly back on the table for vegans, plant-based eaters, and people with allergies.

If you're none of these, consider trying JUST Egg for it's most valuable purpose: stumping your friends. Invite your most smug, carnivorous acquaintances over for brunch and make a giant faux scramble. After breakfast, tell them what it's made of and enjoy the stunned looks. Or keep the info for your private satisfaction. One thing's for sure: JUST Egg will fool even the greatest egg addict.

Check out my favorite recipes using JUST Egg SHAKSHUKA

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 28-oz can diced tomatoes (fire-roasted, if available)

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for kick)

¾-1 cup JUST Egg

Fresh cilantro (for garnish)

Feta cheese or coconut yogurt (for garnish)

1

Sauté the onion and garlic

Over medium heat, warm the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet (non-stick, or well-seasoned cast iron if you have it.) Once hot, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes.

2

Cook the peppers and tomatoes

Add the bell pepper, tomato paste, and canned tomatoes to the skillet. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened. 

3

Season and thicken the sauce

Add the paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and (if using) red pepper flakes. Taste for additional salt and seasonings. Continue to simmer the sauce until it thickens enough to create wells that will hold just long enough to pour the JUST Egg into.

4

Poach the JUST Egg

Once the sauce is thick enough, use a spatula to create evenly-spaced wells for the JUST Egg. Carefully pour about ¼ cup of JUST Egg into each well, making 3-4 wells total. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan. If using feta cheese, sprinkle it on after 2 minutes of cooking. The JUST egg should cook through in 5-8 minutes; use a small paring knife to check whether the liquid portion has all set. Remove the skillet from the heat.

5

Garnish and serve

Scoop out portions into serving bowls and add more sauce as desired. Garnish with chopped cilantro and feta cheese or a swirl of coconut yogurt. Serve with pita or rustic bread. 

Note: If you have extra sauce, it makes for great leftovers. Use it to make quick shakshuka bowls: simply scramble up some JUST Egg and serve it with toast or over rice, and top everything with warmed shakshuka sauce

FRENCH TOAST

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 slices sturdy bread, like a French loaf or brioche (day old / stale works best)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup JUST Egg

½ cup milk (almond creamer is our go-to here)

Coconut oil or butter

Your favorite toppings (maple syrup, berries, powdered sugar...)

1

Dry out the bread

If your bread is not stale yet, lay it out on a baking sheet overnight to dry, or bake it for 10-20 minutes in a 300°F oven until stiff and dry. Using stale or dried bread will help it soak up the custard, while avoiding soggy French toast.

2

Whisk the custard

Whisk together the JUST Egg, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk in a wide shallow dish.

3

Soak the bread

Soak the bread slices in the custard mixture for 15-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

4

Fry the toast

Bring a non-stick skillet to medium-low heat and brush with a light coating of coconut oil or butter. Use a fork or tongs to pick up each slice of bread from the soaking dish, letting any excess custard mixture drip off back into the dish. Cook each slice for about 2 minutes on each side, until  browned. Serve immediately, with your favorite toppings.

THE ULTIMATE BREAKFAST SANDWICH

Serves 2

Ingredients

½ cup JUST Egg

2-3 teaspoons oil or butter

3-4 oz tempeh bacon or bacon

2 brioche  buns (see note)

2 tablespoons JUST Mayo

2 tablespoons green onions or chives, sliced thin

2 slices white cheddar (or similar sharp white "cheese")

Hot sauce (optional)

Avocado (optional)

1

Cook the bacon or tempeh

Preheat a small, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon or two of butter or oil if using tempeh bacon. Fry the tempeh bacon or bacon until nicely browned and to your desired level of crispiness. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Give the skillet a quick wipe down with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel, then return to the stove over medium heat. 

2

Pan-fry the bread

Slather each piece of brioche with a layer of JUST Mayo. Place the bread mayo-side down in the same skillet over medium heat and fry until the bread is browned and crispy, using a spatula to press it down lightly and help it fry evenly. Set aside while you scramble the JUST Egg. 

3

Scramble the JUST Egg

Wipe out the skillet one more time, lower the heat to medium-low and add a teaspoon of butter or oil. Shake the bottle of JUST Egg well and pour your desired serving size into the warm skillet. Scramble like an egg, making sure you let the JUST Egg set into large curds that will hold together nicely in a breakfast sandwich. Use a small, stiff rubber spatula to stir occasionally, while still letting the JUST Egg heat evenly and set. With circular motions, push the cooked bits from the edge of the pan into the center.

4

Add the green onions

Once the JUST Egg starts to set, add in the green onions (if you prefer the green onions a bit snappier, hold off on adding them until you build the sandwich.) Scramble everything together until the JUST Egg is set, but not too dry.

5

Assemble the sandwich

Load the bottom piece of bread with hot scramble. If you haven’t added the green onions yet, sprinkle them on now. Add a dash of hot sauce, if that's your style! Top the JUST Egg with a slice of cheese, followed by a slice or two of bacon. Spread a little extra JUST Mayo on the top piece of bread, if desired, and close the sandwich. Enjoy immediately, or wrap it up and take it to-go! 

Note: If you don’t have brioche buns or can’t find them, use your favorite bread or whatever you have on hand, like English muffins, croissants, or biscuits.  


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From loading up on antioxidants to investing in laser skin resurfacing, there are tons of ways to get the smooth, glowing, healthy skin we all want. Exfoliation lies among the best ways to improve your skin’s texture and tone, and it’s something all of us can do right at home. However, it’s also really easy to overdo it by exfoliating too often or using the wrong method for your skin type. Learn how to properly exfoliate your skin from head to toe with this guide.

What Is Exfoliation?

Exfoliating the skin is the process of removing dead cells from the outer layer of your skin using an exfoliant, which could either be a chemical and physical exfoliant. There are a couple of ways to physically exfoliate. The first involves using a skin care tool, such as a sponge, towel or brush, on your skin to displace and remove dead skin cells. The other method involves using a liquid, gel or scrub with granules like microbeads or sugar to smooth and refine the skin. With chemical exfoliation, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) or enzymes are used to loosen the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells together so they are easily removed.

Why You Should Exfoliate Your Skin

Your skin is constantly repairing and replacing itself. Because of this, you can be left with layers upon layers of dead skin all over your body. Exfoliating helps rid your body of these leftover dead skin cells, revealing healthier, brighter skin immediately after.

While brighter skin is certainly a perk, exfoliation can actually help improve the health of your skin as well. If your skin is riddled with dead cells, your skin care products may not be able to penetrate deep into the skin and do their work. By removing the top-most layer of skin, you’re making it easier for your topical skin treatments to sink deep below the surface where they could make a difference.

If you have acne-prone skin, exfoliation can help clear out clogged pores that often lead to breakouts. It can also help fade acne scars faster by accelerating skin cell turnover and stimulating collagen production.

How to Exfoliate Your Face

When using a physical exfoliant, start by washing your face with your regular cleanser. Then, take a quarter-size amount of your face scrub and apply it onto your face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Gently massage the product onto the skin for as long as your specific product recommends, usually from 30 seconds to a full minute. Then, rinse off with warm water and gently pat your skin with a clean towel. Follow with your hydrating mask, serum or cream.

When using a chemical exfoliant, wash your face with your regular cleanser. If your chemical exfoliant comes in a pre-moistened cloth or pad, apply this all over your entire face, neck, décolleté and even the tops of your hands. Allow a few minutes for a chemical exfoliant to be completely absorbed into the skin before moving on to the next step in your regimen, which may be a treatment serum or cream. Do the same for exfoliants in forms of gels or serums. Some types of chemical exfoliants, often called “peels,” are used similar to a mask application and are required to be rinsed off after a few minutes. Always check your product label to make sure you’re using it correctly.

Remember that exfoliating your face should only be done about one to three times a week, as exfoliating too often or too hard may cause micro-tears on your skin’s surface and strip your skin’s protective layer. If you have inflammatory acne, rosacea or hypersensitive skin, ask your dermatologist to determine what exfoliant to use and how often to use it.

How to Exfoliate Your Body

One way to exfoliate your body is with a warm shower and a loofah, sponge or washcloth. However, you can find both chemical and physical exfoliating body washes to really soak in the benefits of exfoliation—while making your shower time a little more spa-like. For chemical exfoliation, consider using a body wash that contains glycolic acid concentrate and use it as you would your regular body wash. For physical exfoliation, gently massage the body scrub of your choice in circular motions to eliminate dead skin cells. Let it sit for a minute and rinse off.

How to Exfoliate Your Feet

The bottoms of your feet tend to be home to the roughest spots of skin on your body, so they require a little more TLC when it comes to exfoliating. If you’ve gotten a pedicure before, you know that physical exfoliation—scrubs, stones and files—can be an effective way to smooth rough heels. Your feet can also benefit from chemical exfoliation, which is what powers the cult-favorite exfoliating socks from Baby Foot. All you have to do is soak your feet for an hour, while your feet absorb the glycolic, malic and lactic acids. Then, within a few days, your feet will start to shed a layer of skin, revealing baby-soft feet.

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Together, we can help fight hunger in communities across the US.

Did you know 1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger? That means over 40 million people in the US don’t know when there next meal will be or where it’ll come from. What’s even more chilling is that over 12 million of those people are children and nearly 8 million are senior citizens. 

As someone who spent years teaching and studying child psychology, child hunger has always weighed heavily on my heart. Nobody can thrive on an empty stomach.

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That’s why I’ve partnered with Walmart, Feeding America® and ShopStyle to fight hunger and spark change.

Interested in making a difference? Helping is easy and even the smallest action can make a big impact.

Walmart is joining forces with their customers, suppliers and the Feeding America network to help fight hunger and spark change in communities across the country. From April 22 – May 20, 2019, the public can support the sixth annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign in multiple ways:

  • Each participating item purchased at Walmart or online will unlock a donation from the supplier equivalent to at least one meal or five meals*—donations will be directed to local food banks across the country

  • Customers can donate to their local Feeding America member food bank at the register of Walmart stores

  • Online donations to support local or national hunger relief efforts are accepted through Feeding America’s website

Since its inception, Fight Hunger. Spark Change. has helped secure the equivalent of 749 million meals.** This year, they hope to reach a cumulative goal of one billion meals by May 20, 2019.

Its easy to feel like ending hunger is an overwhelmingly tall order, but you can truly make a difference by simply picking up select items (that you’re probably buying anyway) at Walmart. Each of these snacks (and y’know your girl loves cereal) unlocked a donation by the manufacturer to Feeding America® to secure at least one meal at a local food bank.

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*For each participating product purchased at Walmart from April 22, 2019 – May 20, 2019, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least 1 meal ($0.10) secured by Feeding America on behalf of member food banks - up to each supplier’s maximum donation. Each supplier’s maximum donation is provided on the participating packages. See package or click here for details. 

*For each participating product purchased at Sam’s Club from April 22, 2019 – May 20, 2019, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least 5 meals ($0.50) secured by Feeding America on behalf of member food banks - up to each supplier’s maximum donation. Each supplier’s maximum donation is provided on the participating packages. See package or click here for details.

**$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of member food banks. Campaign dates: April 22 – May 20, 2019. The monetary equivalent of meals will be donated

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Maintaining oral hygiene isn’t only necessary for good dental health – it can affect your overall well-being. I mean, have you ever had a toothache or a cavity?! That stuff can derail your entire day, mood and cause a whole slew of unpleasant symptoms. From a young age, we’re taught the value of brushing our teeth regularly to keep our gums healthy, smiles bright and the doctor away. Brushing our teeth is something we do every single day but believe it or not – so many people don’t know how to brush their teeth correctly. Here are a few common mistakes when it comes to brushing your teeth.

1. Picking the wrong brush

There are so many choices, that this one can be overwhelming. My new favorite toothbrush is the Oral-B PRO 1000 electric toothbrush. This electric toothbrush features a professionally inspired CrossAction toothbrush head. The round head is specially designed for a tooth-by-tooth clean, and its criss-cross bristles are set at a 16- degree angle to reach deep between teeth, to lift and power away up to 300% more plaque for a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush.

2. Not replacing your toothbrush soon enough

The average lifespan of any toothbrush is 90 days or 3 months. After this period, the bristles become frayed or broken, so they won’t be able to properly clean your mouth. Moreover, food particles and bacteria will also accumulate in the brush.

3. Brushing your teeth too ferociously

A common misconception is that brushing hard is better in removing plaque and food particles in the mouth, but this isn’t true. You don’t have to scrub your teeth to remove plaque because it’s loose and soft. The Oral-B PRO 1000 electric toothbrush includes a pressure sensor that slows and stops pulsations if you brush too hard, which is a godsend when you’re known to get carried away (#guilty).

4. Brushing your teeth too quickly

You should spend two minutes brushing your teeth at least - twice each day. Don’t take shortcuts and don’t be in a rush to finish this essential routine. The Oral-B PRO 1000 electric toothbrush has a helpful on-handle timer stutters every 30 seconds to let you know when it’s time to focus on brushing the next quadrant of your mouth. The electric toothbrush also alerts you when you have brushed for the dentist-recommended time of 2 minutes.

5. Not following a routine

Most people just go back and forth when brushing their teeth. But this is not the proper way to do it. You need to have “steps” when you brush. In a small circular motion, begin at the gum and go up then go down.

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