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My Top 5 Holiday Travel Essentials!

Hi All!

The holidays are just around the corner, which is crazy! Time seems to fly as soon as October ends, and then it’s a mad dash to the end of the year.

I don’t know about you, but I no longer live near home—I’m about 2.5 hours north of where my parents live—so the holiday season means traveling back and forth throughout the next few weeks. Since traveling can be a pain (+ we often have our brains scrambled/occupied by so many other things), I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 essentials for traveling this time of year! I hope this list is helpful (and keeps you from forgetting any important things while packing!)

1. A foldable hair brush

I am very low maintenance with my hair, but a hair brush is still essential! No matter what kind of hair you have, it’s important to get all snags and tangles out a couple times per day, plus it’s good for your scalp to brush your hair, as the contact of the bristles encourages circulation! I don’t like packing heavy when I travel, so a must-have for me is the Wet Brush Foldable Hair Brush

2. Comfy Socks

Travel (for me) means lots of driving, and my feet can get sore from the hours spent on the road—not to mention that the holiday season here in New England means brisk, chilly weather! A comfortable and warm pair of socks is a necessity for me. My favorite ones are Bombas! They support your arches and also give pairs to those in need when you purchase.

3. A Portable Face Toner

I’m a skincare junkie! I often have breakouts, plus when the cold weather rolls around your skin can get dry so easily. When I’m tuckered out from travel I don’t always want to go through a whole extensive skincare regime, so having a quick, easy, and portable option helps a bunch. I’ve been loving the Neogen Real Cica Pads—They have a smooth side and a more exfoliating side, so you can really get a good clean/scrub if you’ve decided to slack on cleansing, etc and just want to get to bed.

4. A Great Travel Toothbrush

Traveling is no excuse for slacking on dental hygiene! During the holiday season, people are always taking pictures, so you want your smile to be in tip top shape. I always make sure that I have my Dr. Plotka’s travel toothbrush!!! The flossing bristles make sure every spot gets a thorough clean, and the antimicrobial properties of the brush are even more necessary during travel—I can rest assured knowing that my toothbrush is clean and bacteria-free even after bouncing from my travel bag to various bathrooms/hotels back to home. I never travel without it!

5. A Good Neck Pillow

Most folks associate neck pillows with traveling on airplanes, but when you drive (or maintain any posture) for a long amount of time it can strain your neck! When I drive I have a very “forward” posture, so once I’ve arrived at my destination, relaxing with a good neck pillow really helps to ease the muscles and get everything back into position. My favorite neck pillow is memory foam!

 

I hope this list was informative and helps you piece together your packing list for wherever the holiday traveling season may take you!

 

Best,

 

~Meg

Top 5 Travel Essentials!

Hi Everyone, It’s Jackie and I’m back!

I’m so excited to be writing to you all again, and this time about TRAVELING!

I am going away this week and there are essentials that I need before heading on vacation!

Below are the TOP 5 things I NEED with me when I travel:

 

  • Dr. Plotka’s Travel size brush:

 

It is a MUST that I bring the brush with me. I love how I do not have to buy a mini-brush AND a separate casing around it because it comes all in one! With the same anti-microbial, silver infused, floss-like bristle formula just in a travel size with the protectant folding case you will not have to spend any extra money!

 

  • Portable Phone Charger:

 

I HOPE I do not get stuck in the airport this week, BUT if I do I need to make sure I have a way to make sure my phone is charged so I can keep updated on my flights. I found one on AMAZON right after I bought my travel Dr. Plotka’s brush. Super affordable and I bought a cute lime green one J

 

  • Clear make-up bag:

 

Since I am going on vacation I will be going out to some nice dinners and gatherings and want to doll up. I do not want to bring my at home make-up bag because you can definitely tell I get a little crazy with the make-up. I wanted to take the make-up I think is essential and place it nicely in a clear cute make-up bad on AMAZON AGAIN to make traveling easier through airports for security checks and it definitely is stylish!

 

  • 4-Wheel Rolling Luggage:

 

OK! OK! Yes, I shop on amazon a lot! That’s where I got my rolling luggage too! I am trying to make it the most effective and lightest trip. If I ever had to run for my flight then the luggage will be easier to keep up instead of lugging it around! So many colors to choose from and it is very chic if I do say so myself!

 

  • SNACKS!:

 

Did you think I was going to forget the snacks?! UH, NO! I need to be prepared at all times to a delay or even just a quick rest and I definitely want to snack on something while waiting. I went to a couple different stores and got myself some mixed-nuts, a couple of LIFE bars, and some candy! I am trying to make sure I can choose healthier options, but still need some sugary energy!

I can’t wait to update you all when I am back!

 

-Jackie

My Top 5 Favorite Local Businesses in Beverly!

Hi all!

My name is Megan; I just recently joined the team here at MouthWatchers. I live in downtown Beverly, right around the corner from our office. Since I live in the area, I wanted to share with you a list of some of my favorite local businesses in this awesome city!

MouthWatchers (located in the Cummings Center)

I didn't know about MouthWatchers until I joined their team, but it's become a fast favorite of mine! The office is local (right inside the Cummings Center on Elliott St), and the product is stellar. As soon as I started using their brushes, my teeth felt WAY cleaner! Plus, I love that the product was designed by a dentist. My favorite feature of our brushes is the flossing bristles--they ensure a deep and thorough clean every time I brush. 

 

The Castle, Rantoul St

The Castle is an amazing board game cafe located on Rantoul St. For $5 a person, you have full access to a HUGE collection of board and card games to play! They serve food and drink as well, so it's one of my favorite spots to catch up with friends.

A New Leaf

A New Leaf is a Vitamin & Natural Foods store located on Cabot St. This shop has SO many different natural products, including skincare, cleaning products, and even our Dr. Plotka's toothbrushes! One of my favorite features of this store is the FRESH PEANUT BUTTER!! You bring your own container, turn the wheel, and grind peanuts into the butter--it's the freshest possible! I love perusing the store from time to time as they're constantly getting new products in--I highly recommend checking it out!

Aligned for Life Chiropractic

Aligned for Life Chiropractic is an amazing practice. I go here once a week to help keep my spine aligned! Before I joined MouthWatchers, I worked as a professional cellist, and my back suffered as a result of the playing posture and carrying the heavy instrument for so many years. Dr. Jamie & Katie are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, and they truly care about each and every patient! If you're in the market for chiropractic care, this should be your first stop.

Beverly Bootstraps

Beverly Bootstraps is a great Thrift Shop located on Rantoul St. Not only do they have a large variety of items to look through and get at great prices, but they also have a TON of involvement in the community, through food, housing assistance, education, counseling, and more. It's a great shop with a great cause!

That sums up my top 5 favorite local businesses here in Beverly! Beverly is a beautiful place with so much to see and do, and I'm so grateful/proud to live here.

Have a great day!

Meg

 

 

Top 5 neccessities that are a must in your household!

While being a student living in an apartment on a college campus I realized there are certain things are a must have. I live on a budget, but it is still nice to find quality products to make sure hygienically you are healthy and making sure you are eating well too! While trying to maintain being a full-time student and affording school, supplies, external bills and day to day life needs I wanted to use the most effective and cost-effective products. 

 

  • Dr. Plotka’s Toothbrush –

 Dr. Plotka’s Toothbrush is not only affordable for college students, but you get a whole extra month than a normal toothbrush. With the floss-like, anti-microbial, silver infused bristles, this brush allows for the duration of the brush to last longer. 99.9% of the bacteria is eliminated after only 6 hours of using the brush and it feels like you are using a new brush EVERY SINGLE TIME! Oh, and did I mention they come in cool colors! Click here to see what color you like!

 

  • Aloe and Honey –

These 2 products can be found in your kitchen. If not, you can purchase them at a local drug store. I need to do a face mask to make sure my face is cleansed inside and out. The aloe is great for tackling the inflammation around acne and redness and the honey is great for handling the acne and getting rid of blemishes. Self-care is very vital, and I cannot afford hundreds of dollars’ worth of facial products, but I still deserve to treat my face just as effectively. This is a great affordable fast mask that will last you a very long time!

 

  • Water filter pitcher –

I love to drink water all day, every day! BUT buying cases of bottled water can be super expensive, especially if you drink water a lot! Investing in a water filter pitcher is a great way to get a bang for your buck! The filter can last up to 3 months and some beyond that. I got my pitcher from Walmart for as low as $10! Just fill as you go and no need to carry those heavy water cases up and down the stairs anymore.

 

  • African Black Soap –

African black soap is not the cheapest of all soaps, I'll admit, but it is still affordable. I use the Shea Moisture brand, but there are so many other brands out there and even more natural African black soap. The soap helps exfoliate and tackle body acne and eczema. I like how my body does not feel dry after using it and the infused cocoa butter moisturizes your skin after using it.

 

  • PASTA! –

I know this sounds crazy and you are thinking “what are you talking about?!” BUT listen... pasta is such a versatile food. When you are on a budget pasta is your best friend! There is even gluten-free pasta too! Pasta can be made hot like spaghetti and your favorite red sauce or cold like your favorite pasta salad. One of my favorite quick and affordable pasta dish is Penne and Vodka Sauce and it cost me under $7. I even have left overs.