A Love Story With Whole Damn Mess



This post is sponsored by One2One Network. All opinions are my own.

You already know I love the new Whole Damn Mess album: The Queen and The Outcast! Now you can read more about the real life love story behind the album and the band. Don't wait to download it! #wholedamnmess #ad

You all know I’m a true sucker for a good love story.

I shared my 20 part love story here, and then went for a long honeymoon story in Alaska! When I meet people, I love to ask them how they met. It’s what keeps me going – the storytelling. I love to tell my own stories, and I love to tell other people’s stories. I don’t know if it’s the writer in me, the photographer in me, or just the ME in me that is so fascinated by love stories. It seems so ludicrous – that you could love someone SO MUCH – and then that the same person could love you back. Right?? Ludicrous! And yet, it happens every day. It happened to me. It happened to Don Miggs and Lisa DeBartolo.

You already know I love the new Whole Damn Mess album: The Queen and The Outcast! Now you can read more about the real life love story behind the album and the band. Don't wait to download it! #wholedamnmess #ad

Last month I was thrilled to review Whole Damn Mess’s new album: The Queen And The Outcast. Today? I’m thrilled to share that there’s a beautiful back story behind the band, and it’s romantic and fateful. The album is a unique love story for rock and roll dreamers. The name of the album actually came from the love story of singer/guitarist Don Miggs, and his wife, Lisa DeBartolo – the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo. Biggs was a Long Island boy and not from a lot of money, and this unlikely pair inspired the course of The Queen and the Outcast.

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All of the songs on the album are deeply personal and thrillingly infectious, and Miggs admits that he lives in a mansion because he married a rich girl, and not because of the hit record. That said, he still put all of his heart and soul into this record. And he was helped by co-writer/producers – Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Lawrence Katz and songwriter/producer C. Todd Nielsen. When you go through a deep life experience, it imbues everything you do. For me, that’s photography and writing. For Miggs, that’s music. Every song on the album tells a story of his love and life.

You already know I love the new Whole Damn Mess album: The Queen and The Outcast! Now you can read more about the real life love story behind the album and the band. Don't wait to download it! #wholedamnmess #ad

I think that’s why the songs resonate. We’ve all been there – in love – maybe with someone from a different kind of life. We’ve broken hearts, had our hearts broken, taken leaps of faith, and thought about the craziness of the world. Lisa struggled with postpartum depression, and Miggs wrote “Be Good to Yourself” about that song. I have worked with people with postpartum depression, and sometimes they wonder how it affects their partner. I LOVE this song for its depth and sensitivity. And I really love that this album is based on a love story. A real love story. Real love stories are messy and beautiful.

You already know I love the new Whole Damn Mess album: The Queen and The Outcast! Now you can read more about the real life love story behind the album and the band. Don't wait to download it! #wholedamnmess #ad

Don’t just take my word for it! Check out the album. I’d love to hear the songs you love on it, and the stories you hear when you listen to the lyrics and imagine the meanings. So good!

TRACKLISTING:

1) And Then They Were
2) We Don’t Need A Reason
3) Be Good To Yourself
4) Anywhere Without You
5) That’s Just How It Goes
6) Maybe We Should Do It
7) Helium
8) Summer Under Covers
9) When She Says
10) Got You Stuck in My Head

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ready to find out more? Check Whole Damn Mess out on their website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

5 Smart Ways to Promote Healthy Teeth Habits at School

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Going to the dentist is a big deal, and I’ve been working hard to get my two school-aged children to have a motivation for good oral care habits. Thanks to the American Dental Association for sponsoring this post and inspiring smart new habits.

#AD Going to the dentist is a big deal for us, and we also practice good oral hygiene habits at home. How can you extend those lessons to include school? Here are our 5 ways to promote good oral care at school too!

My daughter, Scarlet, actually lost her first tooth while at school.

It was last year in second grade. She came out of school beaming and holding a white tooth necklace around her neck proudly in front of her face. I was so happy I told anyone I could see, “MY DAUGHTER LOST HER TOOTH!” Then she lost her second tooth at school too. She has yet to lose one here! I think there’s something special about losing your tooth at school. You get to go to the nurse’s office where he or she will put your tooth in the prized tooth necklace. My son, Des, is in kindergarten and it’s already happening to his classmates. He has stories! File that under BIG DEAL life experience for kids.

All of that talk and excitement over losing teeth at school actually made me think. Last year, there was an option for Scarlet to get fluoride rinses at school, and for Des to brush his teeth while at preschool. Why not at least promote some, if not several, good oral care habits at school? We already do what we can at home, but the kids are at school for most of their days. Now that it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month and both of my kids are smack in the middle of losing teeth season, it’s timely to teach them about practicing their oral care habits at school. I love that they get excited like I do.

5 Smart Ways to Promote Healthy Teeth Habits at School in Honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month:

1 – Talk to your child’s teacher or principal about making time for your child or the whole class to brush their teeth after lunch. You can also ask local dentists to donate supplies – like brushes, toothpaste, floss. Last year, one of my son’s classmates’ parents – a dentist – came to school to talk about proper dental care. That really sparked the kids’ minds.

2 – Better juice habits start at home, and continue at school. On a home level, you can refrain from sending soda and sugary drinks in your kids’ school lunches and snacks. Bottled water and milk are better options. Another tip is to see if you can get such drinks removed from school vending machines, if they haven’t already been removed. Have better options.

3 – Pack tooth-healthy lunches and snacks for your child. For us, that includes water, some dairy products, lean proteins, nuts, fruits, and of course, plenty of vegetables. It’s not the same as a toothbrush, but some snacks help!

#AD Going to the dentist is a big deal for us, and we also practice good oral hygiene habits at home. How can you extend those lessons to include school? Here are our 5 ways to promote good oral care at school too!

4 – Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date contact info on record. When we fill out our annual start-of-school paperwork, we always make sure to put all relevant dental information as well. We do this with summer camp too. No matter where our kids are, it gives peace of mind to know that their dental needs will be met when we’re not around them.

5 – Be aware. This is a big one for me because I’m more like hyperaware of every nuance in my kids’ lives, and that includes their mouths! My kids run track and play sports. They have after school classes and time with grandparents. When there’s some sort of inevitable tooth falling out or something bothering them, I need to be in the know and make others aware.

As a bonus tip, if your child wears any kind of dental gear that comes in to school with them, have a plan in action for the care and cleanliness of the gear. I specifically remember the fears I had of throwing away my retainer case with my lunch! Luckily it never happened. I used to have a plan to rinse my retainer and retainer case out in the restroom after lunch. My parents had a lunch monitor friend who knew to help me do this when I was younger. As an older child, I remembered on my own.

The thing is, oral health starts at birth because your baby is born with teeth under their gums. Pretty wild in fact! Even though there are two sets under those gums – baby teeth and permanent teeth – baby teeth are AS important to care for as adult teeth. That’s why it’s so important that healthy teeth habits take place throughout the whole day – and not just with brushing morning and night. I find that the American Dental Association has some great resources for promoting healthy teeth habits at home, and at school. To find out why baby teeth matter, click here. I also loved reading about a child’s first dental visit! For the future, it’s beneficial to read about braces. Healthy habits build. And there’s a joy in helping.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Dental Association.