Let’s Talk About Your Bum with Cottonelle

images-27.jpgWhile I typically rave about TV shows, clothes or must see movies, I’m usually not one to expound on the virtues of toilet paper. Well that is, until now.
About a month ago, I was asked to try Cottonelle’s latest creation, their Flushable Cleansing Cloths. Now available in a new, sleek dispenser, with moisture lock seals to keep cloths fresh longer, the new upright design has a smaller footprint so you can easily display it on any flat surface in the bathroom and keep cloths close at hand. The dispenser is made with durable materials so it can be refilled again and again.
When I first tried the cleansing cloths, I have to admit, I was pretty impressed. In fact, at one point, I even thought to myself, why has it taken me this long to go this route? As moms, we instantly wipe our infant’s bums with wipes but who would’ve thought that we’d finally discover that what’s good for a baby’s bottom is certainly great for their parents too.
Now here’s the best part about our new discovery – you know something is a must have in our house when it suddenly goes missing and winds up in another bathroom. Let’s take, my 11 year old son, who has overstuffed a number of toilets in his day, has fallen for Cottonelle’s Cleansing Cloths too. In fact, about two weeks ago, he swiped them from my bathroom and they’ve never been returned. That’s totally fine with me – I bought another dispenser for my boudoir and ever since he’s been using those fabulous cleansing wipes the downstairs bathroom hasn’t overflowed once!
cherry-main.pngBefore you get ready to toss your toilet paper out the window, please don’t do anything rash. The Cottonelle Cleansing cloths are made to work hand in hand or shall I say hand to bum with your favorite toilet tissue. Now, with the help of those cleansing cloths, we won’t run out of toilet paper as quickly as we normally do.
And for those of you who are constantly on the go, Cottonelle also offers cleansing cloths that’ll fit conveniently in your purse or luggage if you’re traveling or just in the office. No more accidents, no more tough toilet paper and your bum will definitely thank you for it.
Cottonelle has also partnered with documentary filmmaker Cherry Healy who shares her thoughts on how much fun she had recently talking about her bum. Take a look…

For more information about Cottonelle Cleansing Cloths, visit their Let’s Talk About Your Bum site now.

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Farro with Acorn Squash and Truffle Oil

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Hi everyone! How gorgeous is a dish that has all the fall colors and tastes like warm comfort food? Try making this healthy side dish or make it an entree by adding some chicken, fish or tofu. The ingredients may seem foreign but can all be gotten in your regular supermarkets or Trader Joe’s. P.S. Farro can be a bit expensive but Costco now carries organic farro and it is very reasonably priced. Enjoy!
Farro with Acorn Squash, Creamy Tomato and Truffle Oil:

Two cups cooked Farro (cook like rice but one part farro to 2 1/2 parts water or broth)
1/2 cup roasted acorn squash or butternut squash
1/4 cup tomato sauce (like a marinara sauce if you like) with a touch of cream stirred in
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
drizzle of Truffle oil (can get at most supermarkets including Trader Joe’s)
grated Parmesan
Optional: Top with roasted kale
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, roast an acorn squash after you have sliced it open and seeded it. Make sure to roast it flesh side up.
Bake for about 1/2 hour or until it is tender when a fork is inserted. Set aside to cool
While the squash is roasting, start cooking the farro in a rice cooker or by preparing as you would rice, one part farro to 2 1/2 parts water/broth
When farro is cooked, top with bits of roasted squash, dollops of the tomato sauce mixed with the touch of cream and top with the chopped hazelnuts
drizzle with the truffle oil and grated Parmesan
Top with roasted kale-optional
Serves two
For more great recipes, check out Alma Schneider Take Back the Kitchen, LLC