Thursday, December 11, 2008

My First Award!

I have a couple of things I want to talk about today, but first and foremost I wanted to say  great big thank you to Joanna at A Cup of Jo!  If you don't know Joanna's blog, you should definitely go say hi.  She is super sweet and makes a lot of raw food creations that I can't wait to try when I get my food processor (how many days until Christmas now???).  
Now, if you don't speak a bunch of languages, I heard from Becca that this is Portuguese (I speak French though!).  Just the same, you might be wondering what this little award means.  Luckily, it came with an explanation.  

"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
Sweetest award, thanks again Joanna!  

I am passing this award on to:  

Okay.  Now go visit all of their sites and say hi!  

Just one other thing I wanted to talk about.  I have teeth issues.  Well, more (or less) specifically, mouth issues.  The corners of my mouth got really irritated a few weeks ago.  I happened to see the dentist and he decided that it might be my toothpaste, that I should experiment.  Great, thanks doc.  

So I stopped using whatever I was using (Crest, Colgate, one of those), and started using this toothpaste from The Natural Dentist.   

Success!!  No more chapped and red corners of my mouth...thankfully, as I actually had to wear makeup to cover it (I hate makeup).  So I figured something in the commercial toothpaste was bothering me.  I've always had a "thing" for teeth stuff.  I always want the newest toothbrush, cool toothpaste, etc.  So of course when this tube ran out I wanted a new one, so I got this toothpaste from Nature's Gate. 

It seemed great.  I loooove foamy toothpaste, and this is super foamy!  And its a gel, not a paste, I like that.  But lo and behold, the corners of my mouth started getting all red and chapped again.  Dammit!  If you are asking yourself by now why I am writing about this, I don't blame you.  But what I'm getting at is that, the little banner on the top left of the Natural Dentist paste says "SLS free".  What the hell is SLS?  That's what I asked myself when I bought it, and now that I'm having problems again, I looked it up.  Long story short, while you can't be allergic to Sodium Laurel Sulfate, its not uncommon to be sensitive to it.  You can read about it here if you are interested.  And guess what it is?  A foaming agent!!!  The foaminess I love so much is exactly what was causing me such discomfort.

And I'm not kidding about loving teeth stuff, I found these at Target a few days ago. 

They're so cool!  I mean, the flossing thingys aren't new, but they're completely compostable/biodegradeable.  So much fun!  Yeah I'm crazy.

If anyone is wondering why I didn't post any food today it is because my first two meals were leftover Two Bean Quinoa Casserole from yesterday.   I also had a beautiful grapefruit, some Fig Date Bread, protein shake, etc, because I was running all over the place getting my project done to meet with my professor.  It was fine, it only took 5 minutes...waste of 2 hours in the car.  Dinner was leftover polenta with the Mushroom Sauce from Vegan with A Vengeance, carrots, and kale.  It looked...gross.  It tasted delicious, but I am doing you a favor by not photographing it, I promise.            

That's all I've got for today people.  Sorry if it was boring!  I'll be back with some food tomorrow, I am hoping to get some Christmas present stuff done!


  1. congratulations on your award and thank you for mine! congrats also on finding a good combo of dental care that works for you :)

  2. THANKS, and congrats!! I use Natural Dentist as well. yep its boring, but if you read toothpaste ingredients you'll find that it'll kill you!

    I also use Herbal vedics Ayurvedics with neem,

    Thanks again!!

  3. Congrats on the award. Thank you for sharing your lip issue and the solution that worked. I suffer from dried lips so I'm all over this...

  4. Congrats on the award! And hey I'm sorry, I think that I misunderstood before. I thought that you were saying that you already knew it was portuguese, If I had known yuo didn't know, I woudln't have said that! So I apologize:]
    I'm glad the toothpaste is working for ya!

  5. Congratulations on the award and thank you for passing it to me! Your so sweet =)

    Like I said on my blog, fluoride and other chemicals in regular toothpaste totally ruined my teeth so I'm glad you found a good brand!

  6. Wow, thanks so much Gina! My first award. I am so excited :)

  7. Wow, thanks so much Gina! My first award. I am so excited :)

    Sorry about your toothpaste troubles. My favorite is Kiss My Face whitening toothpaste. Kind of pricey, but I love it!

  8. Nice post. Thanks for the award! Hmmm...I figured out homemade dishwasher soap...maybe I'll work on homemade toothpaste!

  9. Thank yous and you're welcomes all around!

    Juliet, I hope it does help you, that was kind of why I posted it, because it seems like it is more common than people realize!!

    Oh, and Becca...I posted so many times, I don't really remember which post you are referring to. But I definitely didn't know it was Portuguese at first! Nothing you said confused me though, its all good :)

  10. Hello all,

    Thank you for your post and all of your followup comments. It's great to hear feedback like this. My name is Susan and I work for The Natural Dentist. I wanted to let you all know that all of our toothpastes are SLS-free and we do have fluoride free options in both toothpaste and mouthrinse. If you have questions, would like to know more, or are interested in trying a sample you can email me at!



  11. Very cool Susan! Thanks for finding me, and thanks for the offer :)

  12. I had no idea there was a biodegradeable floss! ive learned something :)

  13. About the Gingerbread...I really like it! I think it tastes more like Chai than Gingerbread though, but that's fine with me =)

  14. Congrats on your awards. Keep up the good work.

  15. That SLS is a bad one for my little girl who gets cuts in her mouth from it. I got her a Toms Natural one without it, but it doesn't have fluoride in it either, and she needs that. Does that Natural Dentist toothpaste have fluoride?

  16. Hey Lauren! Thanks for stopping by. The normal Natural Dentist has fluoride in it. They do have a fluoride free option, but that is the exception, the one that I've found at my store are the ones with fluoride. I hope it would work for your daughter, it definitely made a big difference for me.

  17. Hi Gina, didn't get an email. Thanks for the info. I haven't listened to the new McCartney album, but heard parts of it on NPR. He and his friend recorded each song song in a day over, I think, 13 days. So basically, the lyrics are just thing Paul thought were beautiful and flowed and not extremely thought out planned poems. As he said, one can take from them what one wants. The NPR reporter called the album "The Fire Man." But think how the British accent sounds or even an American saying it quickly as one word with the first syllable accented: "Fireman." It's much better and truely what he calls it.