Cornelius Teether from Baby Banana Brush Review

I received the below mentioned product as part of the US Family Guide blogger program. Any opinions expressed are my own.
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I did an initial post for Baby Banana Brush just a couple weeks ago.  Baby Banana Brush was a mom created product that happened after a scary incident with a regular toothbrush.  She shares her story with us here:

The Baby Banana Brush Story:
A few years ago, my two-year-old grandson tripped and fell on his toothbrush as he was trying to brush his teeth. The traditional hard plastic toothbrush punctured the roof of his mouth and came within centimeters of entering his brain. As a mother of 8, I knew that this all-to-common occurrence of babies falling on hard toothbrushes should be preventable, but how? As these questions were on my mind, I discussed them with my daughter-in-law, who is a dental hygienist and with her insight the idea for a flexible infant toothbrush was born.

She taught me about the safety specifications we would need, such as a slight “C” shape to our brush. We brainstormed about ideas of fun things that might fit that “C” shape and came up with the Banana! I had some experience from previous products my company was developing with plastics and other materials. I consulted with several engineers and determined that 100% medical grade silicone would be the best material to serve our “flexible” needs.Next, I went to Taiwan – the silicone capital of the world – in 2004. There I met with the company that would eventually become our manufacturer. We had our toothbrush FDA registered, patented and tested with private labs. We knew we had created something unique – a flexible toothbrush and teether in one – which did not exist in the market at that time.

We launched our product at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists Convention in Washington, D.C. May 2008. There was lots of excitement for the product at this convention, and we began selling our toothbrush in pediatric dental offices and baby boutique stores.

My own daughter is 20 months old.  She’s to the point where she wants to do everything herself.  I’ve watched her gag herself a number of times using her regular toddler toothbrush.  She’ll run around with hers.  I’m a worry wart parent and my big fear was her tripping with it in her mouth and it goes down her throat.  Baby Banana Brush has several super cute and safer toothbrush and teether designs.  There is, or course, the original Baby Banana Brush but they also have other cute designs like the Cornelius teether, Baby Banana Octo-brush, and Baby Banana Sharky Brush.

We got to test out one of these super cute and safer toothbrushes.  We received the Cornelius Teether.

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The Cornelius teether said it’s for infants 3-12 months.  Since my daughter was 20 months, I wasn’t sure if she would get the benefits from it.  She is still teething in the back.  It seems she keeps getting more and more teeth popping through.  I put some of her toddler training toothpaste on it. She seemed visually interested in it right off the bat.  I told her it was a toothbrush and she new just what to do.

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She enjoyed chewing on this. I think it did feel good on the areas where teeth are still coming in.  For the amount of teeth she has though I still needed to use a regular toothbrush to give her teeth a good clean. I think this Cornelius style toothbrush would be better suited for younger babies with less teeth than my daughter has.  Still, this seem to be her favorite toothbrush.  She’s been carrying it around the house chewing on it. The soft design and wide handles makes me feel better about her running around with it compared to her regular toothbrush.

In case you’re wondering, Baby Banana Brush does have a toddler training toothbrush meant for babies over 12 months of age and the Sharky brush says it for up to 24 months.

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You can find Baby Banana Brush here:


Twitter: @babybananabrush



Tuttorosso “Celebrate the Sauce” Promotion

I will be receiving compensation for this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.  Giveaway is sponsored by Tuttorosso.

Based in the Midwest, Tuttorosso is proudly grown by Red Gold, which is third generation family-owned and family-run. The tomatoes are carefully grown in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, where the climate and soil are perfect for tomatoes.

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November 19, Tuttorosso kicked off their “Celebrate the Sauce” promotion. They recently launched their new website that includes awesome recipes, a blog with inspirational ideas, and even stories from home cooks like you and I.  They also introduced a “Sunday Sauce Recipes” section to inspire cooks everywhere.  You can find recipes like this marinara sauce recipe:

Perfect Marinara Sauce


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon Tuttorosso® Tomato Paste
1 (35 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Peeled Plum Italian Style Tomatoes with natural basil flavor, crushed with hands
1/4 teaspoon sugar
5 whole basil leaves
Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in skillet.  Add garlic and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add the peeled plum tomatoes with natural basil flavor, sugar and basil.  Stir to combine and then add salt and black pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced, about 30 minutes.  Taste and season again with salt and black pepper if needed.  Discard basil and garlic cloves.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta.  Top with fresh torn basil leaves and grated fresh Parmesan cheese.

PROMOTION: That’s not all, Tuttorosso also has a special promotion on their facebook page. They are giving away 1000 aprons every week, 1 heirloom wooden spoon a week, and a grand prize of a Martha Stewart cookware set! Enter here:

Tuttorosso is also offering a special giveaway for Luv Saving Money readers!


1 Luv Saving Money reader will win

a Tuttorosso kit that contains:

1 28-oz can crushed with basil

1 28-oz. can peeled plum Italian style

1 28-oz can of sauce and a 6-oz can of tomato paste,

 a Tuttorosso apron

Tuttorosso wooden spoon

and recipes, such as Four Meat Italian Gravy and the Perfect Marinara Sauce

Dot&Dot Slim Packing/Organizing Cubes

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I’ve been on a mission to organize and declutter my house.  It seems to be a daunting job.  For me, the best way to tackle it is to do one thing at a time. I know eventually it will start to look like I actually did something lol.  We have a fairly big old house.  Because our house is so old though, we don’t have much storage space so I have to get creative at times. I’m not the best at it but I keep learning. Organizing blogs and pinterest are my go to places.

Dot&Dot Slim Packing/organizing Cubes could be used for so many different things. They come in lots of colors that fit you OR they’d be great for color code organizing.

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When I was asked to review Dot&Dot Slim Packing/Organizing Cubes I couldn’t pass up an excuse to organize another area of my home.  These bags aren’t strictly for organizing though.  They are great for packing for trips too.  The soft design allows you to stuff all kinds of things into them and fit well in a suitcase.

I ended up choosing the Dot&Dot Slim cubes in pink.  I thought they’d be perfect for helping organize my one cupboard in my bathroom.  Yea, I know, don’t judge me.

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So I went to work sorting and stuffing the bags.  I told you these bags actually hold a lot of stuff for their size.  I stuff one full of creams and serums, another full of make up products, another full of my hubby’s man stuff, and yet another one full of some of the meds and things on another shelf.

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I was thinking how great these would be for packing away decorations around the holidays too.  What else do you think you could use Dot&Dot cubes for?

Dot&Dot Slim cubes are available on Amazon:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Low FODMAP Diet During the Holidays

I’ve mentioned it here and there before. I’ve been having, what I call, “stomach issues” for years. Only it’s not really my stomach it’s intestinal.  The beginning of this year I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.  I’ve been taking meds to treat it which really do help but I was still having “bad days” about once a week or so.  I always linked it to days when I was a little more stressed at work or I had a worry on my mind.  Talking to my doctor about this he thinks I may also have IBS along with my UC.  Sooo, I’m going to see a dietician on Thursday.  He wants me to try a low FODMAP diet. He says some people get relief from their symptoms with this diet.  He can’t guarantee anything of course but I need to try it. I do NEED to because my symptoms are most inconvenient at work and other situations.

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I’ve never been on any diet in my life really.  Sure I’ve tried to cut back on sugar.  I did attempt to cut out lactose from my diet for a while before I knew what was really going on with the UC. I had only briefly heard about low FODMAP diet. I didn’t really know what it was.  I looked it up and it seemed very overwhelming to me.  Me, being someone who never had to follow anything like this before and now having to follow a pretty restrictive diet.  A week before Thanksgiving and I have to make a BIG eating ….heck lifestyle change in regard to what I buy, what I eat, paying more attention to my food labels beyond sugar content, calories, and if something is natural or not.

Thanksgiving will not be what I’m used to.  Turkey yes, stuffing no, mashed potatoes ok if it has real butter and lactose milk, apple pie is totally out of the question.  I’m researching to see if there’s a way to make pumpkin pie on the diet.  I do know I can make a blueberry or strawberry pie if I’m sure to use gluten free pie crust, real sugar, and real butter.  But the  more I research the more I think…I think I can do this.  It won’t be so bad.  Now the hardest part for me is going to be spending the money on gluten free flours, and finding gluten free things like granola bars that don’t have things like raisins, apples, and cherries in them.

So my question, does anyone else follow a low FODMAP diet? Any tips or recipes you’d like to share with me?


BodiShape Slimming Contour Cream

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Cellulite, that dimply skin some of us have in certain areas. Mine is on my upper thigh.  I really notice it when I put on an extra pound or two.  Which means, it should be a little more prevalent here with the holidays coming up.  My hubby is very sweet and always tells me I look good regardless but the cellulite bothers me.  I mean, I just don’t feel as sexy with those dimples in my thigh.  I know, I know, I should love my body, yea I’ve had 4 kids, no I’m not trying to impress anyone but my husband…well that’s not entirely true it’s for me too.  So honestly, if I could do something about it when it pops up, something fairly simple, I don’t mind doing it.

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BodiShape Slimming Countour Cream says it can  help get you firmer skin and reduce cellulite.  Apply the cream to clean dry skin morning and night.  It contains the following ingredients:

- Caffeine that Contains Theophylline Which Successfully Treats Cellulite
- Retinol that helps stimulate collagen growth & normalising the skin production process
- Coenzyme that Promotes the Internal Combustion of Fat
- Glaucine which is Responsible For Decreasing Fat Deposits

I had used a different cream in the past containing caffeine and it did help when worn during my workouts. This cream you do not have to use during workouts.  Just put it on twice daily and go on about your day.  It does have a 100% Unconditional, money back guarantee also so if for some reason you don’t like the results you get your money back.

Opening the jar I noticed an ivory color cream, thinner than what I expected.  It had a strong scent to it the sort of reminded me of a blend of citrus and mint.

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When I applied it to my upper thigh I noticed a cooling feeling on my thigh that lingered for a few minutes after applying. The scent stuck with me for about 15 minutes after as well.  I did feel a tightness to the skin where I applied it.  At the time of this testing period my cellulite wasn’t as prevalent (check with me the end of next week though, sheesh) so the little bit of cellulite I did have did seem to disappear after only about a week of use.  I can’t speak on  how this would work for a more prevalent case of cellulite but it would make me believe it would at least lesson the appearance of the cellulite.

It is the #1 selling cellulite cream on Amazon right now too. It’s made right here in the USA. :

Would you like to try it for yourself to see if it works for you?


1 Luv Saving Money reader will win

a jar of BodiShape Slimming Contour Cream

US only


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.