Delicious Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake

If we’re talking SONIC deliciousness, which we absolutely are.

This month I have been loving the Korean R&B/Pop girlgroup Red Velvet, especially their song Ice Cream Cake. (And video! You can’t forget the videos!)

With it, the (inevitable) K-Pop obsession has descended on me. Hard. I haven’t stopped listening for three weeks now.

Typically I listen to music via YouTube at work, because it lets me roam over all types of music and never runs out of batteries like my iPod, and I think even YouTube is tired of me hitting K-pop on repeat. It keeps suggesting, “maybe won’t you try something else, anything else, for once?”


K-pop or nothing, baby.

I find this funny for 2 reasons:

  1. I don’t like pop music all that much. Generally I prefer complex music, and American pop music tends to be a sharply-sweet popsicle without much nuance. Hence, I avoid it.
  2. This month has not been my greatest health month ever, and because of that, I’ve had a pretty dark emotional outlook. Usually my music preference matches my default mood…but K-pop has prevailed over all.

On the other hand, that means that maybe I’m not in as dark of a mood as I thought, and that relatively speaking, this month’s “dark” is 5 years ago’s “too happy to function.”

If that’s true, I’m still on an upward overall trajectory, even though this month I’ve been dealing with horrific eczema. Such bad eczema it looks like I’m wearing red gloves.

It’s always hard to slide backwards, health-wise, but it’s good to keep in perspective that sometimes the overall trend is up even when the immediate outlook is bleak. Two steps forward, one step back; it’s always darkest before the dawn; all that.

Or maybe it’s just the magic of K-pop.


If you liked the Ice Cream Cake music video, you’ll understand why I’m obsessed with light-up fuzzy jackets and the perfect strawberry-blonde hair color.

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A RIDICULOUSLY clean mouth from Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste

I used to be constantly worried about my mouth. Probably 5% of my daily focus was spent worrying.

My gums were puffy. Sometimes they hurt. They would bleed when I tried to floss.

It was like my mouth was always angry. Red, patchy, puffy, spittin’ MAD.

No amount of brushing (with Crest), flossing, or mouthwash seemed to help.

For a couple months, my gums sprouted these weird, tiny sores that my dentist couldn’t explain.

That made me even MORE worried.

What if my teeth fell out?

What if I needed dentures while I was still in my 20s?

When I moved cities, I was scared to find a new dentist who might tell me I was going to die of gum disease.

I had a nightmare about my teeth falling out.

And of course, that stress only fed into a horrible feedback loop with the rest of my body.

Eventually, I found a good dentist. He calmed my worries and told me to start using a Sonicare toothbrush. That helped a little.

Using adhesive nasal strips at night helped a little more.

Cutting out dairy was huge. Then I could finally breathe through my nose.

But none of the steps I had taken cleaned up my mouth.


What gets your mouth ridiculously clean?

Then I tried Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste.

It’s like a punch in the mouth.

It’s so intense, that at first I couldn’t brush for the full 2 minutes with my Sonicare.

Over time, I got used to it, and I associate that feeling with the utter destruction of bacteria.

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When I brush with Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste (which is pretty much every night), I love the way my mouth feels–so clean and shiny.

Because it’s a clay-based toothpaste, it comes in a little jar that you dip into with your toothbrush to scoop up some of the paste. Don’t worry about getting bacteria into the jar–the WEAPONS GRADE essential oils will keep everything sanitary.

And if you don’t want a punch in the mouth, but do want to feel just as clean, they make an Anise flavor which is less intense. The only downside to that one is you have to like black licorice.

After about a month and a half of using Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste, I had a dentist appointment. It was the first exam in years that my gums didn’t bleed.

That was a major, major win.

I danced in the dentist’s chair.

The Verdict

No more red, angry gums. No more nightmares about losing my teeth. Just a healthy mouth and feeling clean every single night.

I would recommend that to anybody.

In fact, I’ve even foisted it on some of my family members–that’s how you know it’s good.

I hope you check it out.


Full disclosure: not all of the non-angriness of my gums can be attributed to the toothpaste, although I do think it contributed a lot. Bringing down the overall inflammation in my body was also a major factor.


Start the Week with Links

Some bloggers use link posts as filler, but other bloggers’ links post are spectacular and I look forward to them every week. Instead of using links as an end-of-week roundup, I figure a Sunday post would be cool to provide some food for thought for the week and to kick off any weekly projects or goals. Kind of a Sunday “executive meeting” and an excuse to clear out those lingering tabs that always end up open in my browser. There’s always interesting stuff to read, but not all of it sparks a blog post.

As in all things in life, the aim is to keep things moving–gut motility, lymphatic fluid, bloodflow, information, browser cache, iteration in daily health routines. The spice must flow!