Healthy Essentials Have You Covered This Earth Day! #Moms4JNJConsumer #sponsored

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.


Earth Day is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to rethink what we’re doing to support environmental protection.  There are many things you can do to help, and I’m sure there are local events just about everywhere.  For example, the base here has an event that includes educational exhibits from local nature centers and nonprofits, canoeing, hikes, crafts and more!

Plastic bottles marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) are recyclable in most communities. This includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, baby powder and oils.

Plastic bottles marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) are recyclable in most communities. This includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, baby powder and oils.

Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love.  You can save over $55 in April!  Savings this month includes items like Neutrogena Sun Products, Neosporin, and Band-Aid Brand Adhesive bandages- all things that we need to stock up on now that it’s spring and the kids are outside all the time.

This Earth Day, let’s all Donate A Photo. The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

Don’t forget to recycle your bathroom trash!  Did you know that 20% of American’s don’t know that bathroom products are recyclable?  You can help support and protect a clean environment. Visit this website to find recycling solutions near you:

For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle:


Join us for a Healthy Essentials Twitter party all about shareable moments with friends and family – anywhere from online to in the store to your own medicine cabinet. The party will take place on Thursday, April 17, at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT / 10 a.m. PT).  You can use the #Moms4JNJConsumer hashtag to follow along, and see more details and RSVP at the Twtvite:


Tiramisu Trifle #SLSweetTreats

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Sara Lee Pound Cakes taste amazing and so versatile.  They come frozen, so they’re great to toss in the freezer to have on hand when you need to whip up dessert for an event or potluck.  Our usual standby dessert that includes Sara Lee Pound Cake is strawberry shortcake, but the other night I felt like whipping up something a little fancier.

While wandering the grocery store the other day, I came across some mascarpone that was marketed specifically for tiramisu, and I knew I needed to figure out how to make my own tiramisu.  Both my husband and I love tiramisu.  Since it was the spur of the moment purchase, I had no recipe in mind, and didn’t know what else to buy to go with it.  So in my wandering, I grabbed some random stuff and figured I could make it work.


2 8oz containers of Belgioiso Tiramisu Mascarpone
1  (3.4oz) package Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 ½ cups Milk
Coffee Extract (to taste)
1 Sara Lee Pound Cake, defrosted
Baker’s Chocolate (optional)

Combine the mascarpone, pudding mix, milk and coffee extract.  Mix until thick and fluffy.   Cut the defrosted cake up into cubes, and put a third of them in the bottom of a trifle bowl.  Drizzle Kahlua over the pound cake, and top with a third of the cheese mixture.  Repeat with the remaining two layers, and top with grated baker’s chocolate.  Serve immediately.  Refrigerate leftovers.


If you don’t want to use alcohol, I’m sure you could replace the Kahlua with some espresso or strongly brewed coffee that has been cooled.

Everyone who tried the trifle loved it, so I’ll definitely be making it again.  It really doesn’t taste like something that took just a few minutes to throw together!

Promotions & Deals

A couple of the companies that I am affiliates with have current offers that I wanted to pass on to you all. Can’t make it to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale? Not a problem! Shop the Online Outlet Sale through Sunday April 13th for amazing deals on your favorite colors and styles! We have 2 […]

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Ryan’s Follow Up


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Easter Basket Fillers


Yesterday I sat down to blog and instead of writing a post, I ended up at my cast of characters page and realized that not only was Bacon not even on it, but Lili was listed as being a third grader!  So I spent entirely too much time updating that and never did get around […]

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