Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 Power Toothbrush - Review and Giveaway

All of my life, I have used a manual toothbrush, and wow, I had no idea what I was missing! Thanks to Oral-B, I now brush 3 times a day with my brand new ProfessionalCare 3000 power toothbrush and it has made a world of difference in my oral health.

The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 is a rechargeable electric toothbrush that combines a compact, round brush head with a unique pulsing action. There is just no comparison to what this brush has to offer in terms of plaque removal, shine, and gingivitis and cavity prevention over that of a manual brush. You can see and feel the difference with every brush!

Here is a list of the features that sets the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 apart:

  • Cleaning action: Provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute which helps remove up to two times more plaque than a regular, manual toothbrush, thus preventing and reversing gingivitis.

  • Customized brushing modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive and Polish.

  • Brush head design: Provides a unique clean with the compact, round brush head that surrounds each tooth for a tooth-by-tooth clean. The pressure sensor in the brush head stops pulsations when you're brushing too hard.

  • Indicator bristles: Remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months, once they've faded halfway.

  • Includes four brush heads: Precision Clean Brush Head for a deep and thorough clean; Dual Clean Brush Head for cleaning, freshening and gum care; Pro White Brush Head with polishing cup whitens teeth by removing surface stains; and the Sensitive Brush Head is gentle on teeth and gums.

  • Professional Timer: Every 30 seconds, a brief signal will encourage thorough brushing of all four quadrants of your mouth. At the end of two minutes, a longer signal indicates when the dental expert recommended brushing time period has been reached.

    Having never used an electric toothbrush before, there was definitely a learning curve for me, but it was easy to get used to. One tip I'd offer to new users is to put the brush, with toothpaste on it, in your mouth before turning it on. Otherwise, you'll end up with toothpaste everywhere as I did. ;)

    I love the timer feature. 2 minutes of brushing is a lot longer than you realize, and with the timer being broken up into 30 second intervals, you know just how long to focus on each quadrant of your mouth.

    I also have sensitive teeth and gums so the Sensitive Brush Head is my favorite, which I use in conjunction with the Sensitive Brush mode. (You simply click the button on the brush once for Daily Clean, twice for Sensitive and three times for Polish. Four clicks turns the brush off.)

    I do use the Pro White Brush Head every now and then for whitening and it really brightens my teeth!

    The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 is available at department, retail and specialty stores nationwide at a suggested retail price of $99.99. As of 6/27, Amazon is running a sale on the brush for just $64.99!

    But, thanks to Oral-B, I have one brush to give away for free to one lucky reader of So a Blonde Walks Into a Review!

    To enter, simply leave a comment on this post stating why you'd like to win, then use the RaffleCopter widget below to complete your entry. There are additional, bonus ways to enter (follow the instructions on RaffleCopter) but the first (commenting on this post) is mandatory.

    By entering, you automatically agree to all the rules and disclaimers listed here. Please also see my disclosure policy here. Deadline to enter is 12:01 a.m. EST, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Good luck!

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    Disclosure: I received a complimentary Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 power brush to facilitate this review, but that does not influence my opinions stated here.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    No "Do-Overs" With Frigidaire Gallery 24" Built-In Dishwasher - GIVEAWAY!

    We all have those moments in life that we wish we could do over, but washing dishes shouldn't have to be one of them. Frigidaire is making it easier than ever to "get it right the first time" with the new Frigidaire Gallery™ Dishwasher with OrbitClean™ Wash Arm that eliminates the need for dish do-overs and prevents "icky dish hands!"

    To celebrate the launch of the new Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher, Frigidaire invited fans to visit their Facebook page to submit a moment that you wished you got right the first time around. Whether it’s a bad first date or a vacation gone wrong, Frigidaire will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to carry out the ultimate do-over.[1] The contest is now in the voting phase, and for each vote submitted, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children.[2]

    Thanks to Frigidaire, I have a great giveaway for readers of So a Blonde Walks Into a Review to celebrate the launch of the Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher, but first let me share the great features this dishwasher offers, and a moment in my own life I wish I could do-over.

    Signature Features of the Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher include:

    • Best Cleaning Dishwasher[3] - Exclusive OrbitClean™ Spray Arm provides 4 times better water coverage and a clean no other dishwasher can beat.
    • Best Drying Performance[4] - With SaharaDry™, there's no need to towel-dry before putting dishes away.
    • Quietest Dishwasher[5] - Quietest dishwasher, so it won't interrupt your time at home.
    • Energy Saver Plus Cycle – Eco-friendly cycle uses less energy without compromising cleaning performance.
    • Built with American Pride – Appliances that are high-performing, more accessible, and more innovative than ever—designed, built, and engineered in the U.S.A.
    • Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel – Real Stainless Steel with protective coating reduces fingerprints and smudges so it's easy to clean.
    • NSF® Certified - Sanitize cycle removes 99.9% of common household bacteria.
    • Fits-More™ Capacity – The large capacity, tall-tub dishwasher fits up to 14 place settings so you can wash even more at once.

    Fits more, cleans better, sanitizes, drys better, is smudge-proof and saves energy? Sounds great to me! I also love the idea of no more "icky dish hands."

    As for a moment I would personally like to do-over? Where do I even start?! It would have to be something involving something that I said, as most of my embarrassing moments in life involve the wrong words coming out of my mouth.

    I think the worst moment came during the funeral for my friend's husband. Our daughters were friends and very young (around 5). As I approached my friend in the receiving line, she said how much her daughter liked mine and suggested they get together again soon.

    What did I say? "Oh yes! Amanda is just dying to see her again!"

    As I realized my poor choice of words, I tried to make it better by saying something else quickly to cover up the fact that I had just said "dying" at a funeral.

    And those words were? "She just loves her to death." Seriously. Proof that I speak much faster than I think.

    So if I could do it all over again, I'd prepare something MUCH better than that to say to my poor friend at her husband's funeral!

    On a much lighter note, Frigidaire would like to offer one lucky reader of So a Blonde Walks Into a Review a $25 gift card toward a manicure (or whatever else you'd rather spend it on) to celebrate the launch of the Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher and no more "icky dish hands."

    To enter, simply log in to the RaffleCopter entry form below and follow the instructions. For those who are new to RaffleCopter, you simply follow each step, then tell RaffleCopter that you have completed the step (The first step, commenting on this post, is mandatory to enter. The other steps are bonus entries).

    By entering, you automatically agree to all the rules and disclaimers listed here. Please also see my disclosure policy here. Good luck!

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    Update 6/25/2012- Congratulations to Courtney B who was selected at random as the winner of this giveaway via Rafflecopter and!

    Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of the Frigidaire Test Drive Moms team and  received a gift card as a thank you for my time.

    1. NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Sweepstakes ends 7/4/2012.   Full rules available at

    2. Frigidaire will donate $1.00 to Save the Children for each Submission uploaded during the Submission Phase (5/14/2012 – 6/10/2012) and for each vote cast during the Voting Phase (6/13/2012 – 7/1/2012) with a minimum $35,000 and a maximum of $40,000, as part of our $500,000 commitment to Save the Children's U.S. Programs.

    3. Based on ANSI-AHAM-DW-1-2010 for plastic interior dishwashers. March 2012.

    4. Based on industry drying tests using SaharaDry™. March 2012.

    5. In its class based on published manufacturer specifications for similar MSRP models.
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