A Winning Smile and Giveaway

Feeling Confident!

Update: Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Meredith! Thank you all for entering.

Just recently, a friend and I were discussing how self conscious she had been feeling, because she had chipped her front tooth a few days ago and felt like she couldn’t smile. We discussed the importance of a smile and how it is one of the first things that people generally notice. They say, you only have one time to make a good first impression and having a winning smile is key, to making that great first impression.

Having a great smile means making sure that we are practicing good oral habits. I don’t always feel very confident about myself, but I do know that I have a winning smile. I believe that the key to having a great smile is making sure that I take care of my smile. I brush twice a day, floss and see and find an orthodontist, twice a year. I also want to make sure that my children have winning smiles and the confidence that a great smile can bring and make sure that they are also learning great oral habits.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try out the Crest Complete line of Oral Care products P&G Oral Care offers a comprehensive line-up of toothpastes, rinse, toothbrushes and floss and provides consumers with innovative, targeted solutions designed to meet specific oral care needs, including the Crest 3D White, Crest & Oral-B Complete and Crest Pro-Health. These products can help make sure that your mouth is in tip top shape and P&G Oral Care believes that every day is full of opportunities to open up to the world and that the more confident you are in the health of your mouth, the more you open up to the world around you.

Crest wants to make sure you have the opportunity to flash that winning smile and they’re giving one lucky reader, a Crest Complete Deep Clean Prize Pack, which includes all products in the line. All you have to do is let me know what’s the first thing you notice about a person when you first meet them. Giveaway ends on Sunday, August 26th at 11:59pm. You can also like Crest on Facebook, for an additional entry. Good luck and keep on smiling!

I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of Crest and Oral-B and received product samples to facilitate my candid review. Latina Mom Bloggers sent me a promotional gift to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Blue Whale Watching Cruise with the Aquarium of the Pacific

Credit: Kiersten Walker

Our newest contributor, Kiersten, had the opportunity to take a Whale Watching Cruise with the Aquarium of the Pacific and shares all about it!

Summer in Southern California is a glorious time.  My kids are out of preschool which translates to almost daily adventures.  I don’t know about you but my kids and I get through our days so much happier if we spend the majority of our time out and about.  This summer we have explored just about every museum, park, theater and arboretum LA has to offer.  But as the weather heats up I tend to head toward the coast.

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The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has long been a favorite day trip for me and my kids.  But the Aquarium recently got even better by partnering with Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises.  Summer in SoCal has long meant whale watching season.  The giant beauties come to the waters off of the California coast to feed.  But this joint venture now allows you to take a whale watching cruise led by a biologist from the Aquarium!  In addition to getting to search for whales, experts from the Aquarium’s blue whale research project inform you about the endangered blue whale population (as well as all of the other animals you encounter) and answer questions as you sail. The best way to pursue your career on the water is to get Yacht stewardess jobs.

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Last week I had the opportunity to try out the new Blue Whale & Sea Life Cruise combo ticket with my son.  The ticket is $59.95 for adults 12+, $54.95 for seniors 62+ and $38.95 for children and includes admission to the Aquarium as well as a 3 hour whale watching excursion (departing daily at 12pm & 3:30pm).  We started our day off inside the Aquarium to check out the latest exhibit Whales: Voices in the Sea.  This computer-based, interactive kiosk lets you hear whale vocalizations and try to emulate them.  You (or your kids) can see how well you would be able to communicate with the whales (if you were able to vocalize loudly underwater).  Then we headed out to Dock 2 on the harbor to board our double-deck sightseeing vessel.  The boats are all U.S. Coast Guard inspected and have outside seating, a snack bar, restrooms as well as an inside dining area perfect for escaping from the wind for a bit.

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It took about an hour to cruise out to the waters off shore near Rancho Palos Verdes (and then an hour to get back).  So I would recommend taking snacks (or lunch) and maybe some books from the library about the animals you are encountering.  My 5 year old was mostly content to sit and look out to sea watching for whale spouts, but a few small activities would have made the excursion perfect.  Along the way saw a humpback whale, dolphins, mola mola (ocean sunfish – one of the funniest looking creatures around), jellyfish and tons of birds.  Our biologist guide was able to point out everything we were seeing and tell us about them.

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Having biologist David Bader on board really made the trip fantastic!  We learned all sorts of neat facts about the blue whales we were visiting.  The blue whale is the largest animal to ever live on earth (even bigger than the dinosaurs)!   It is about the length of 3 school buses lined up end to end (we were on a 60 foot catamaran and the whales were bigger than us)!  The blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an African elephant (the largest land animal currently alive).  For all of you moms out there, the gestation period for the blue whale is 12 months and calves are about 25 feet long when they are born!  They drink 100 – 150 gallons of milk a day for 6 months and gain upwards of 200 pounds each day!!!

This was my very first time seeing live whales and it was absolutely magical.  The captain was fantastic and was able to find us 5 whales over the course of our excursion.  The best part was when we found a momma blue whale with her baby.  The captain turned off the boat and they stayed with us for over 30 minutes.  The whales were fascinated with us and circled around us several times.  Sitting in the salon with my son we were able to watch the whales swim all the way around the boat twice!  We had such an amazing time that I will definitely be heading back down with my daughter before school starts in a couple of weeks.  Just remember your sweatshirts . . . it gets chilly out there!

Combo tickets are available for purchase onsite or in advance by calling (562) 590-3100.  Parking is $8 per car at the Aquarium parking lot.  More information is available on the Aquarium’s website here.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Kiersten participated in a media whale watching tour to help facilitate the review.

Free Movie Night/Admission at the OC Zoo

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The weekend is upon us and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kiddos to help kick off the weekend, you don’t want to miss the Free Movie Night at the OC Zoo, located inside Irvine Park. Zookeper will be the feature flick.

The OC Zoo will offer free admission to the zoo beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10. The Ranger Reserves will be stationed at various animal exhibits throughout the zoo. Craft activities for the kiddos will be offered throughout the evening. Zookeeper will screen outdoors under thestars starting at dusk, at approximately 7:45p.m. Make sure to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the movie under the stars.

Parking is $3 at Irvine Park. Admission to the Zoo and the movie will be free of charge.

The OC Zoo is located inside of Irvine Park.

OC Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road

Orange, CA 92869