Education, Healthy Living, Parenting

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)

Many people are often saying that today’s children are growing up too fast, and while we certainly want them to keep their innocence for as long as possible, it’s still very important to do certain things early with your children. This doesn’t mean they’ll be forced to grow up sooner, but it will help you from experiencing some meltdowns or other issues as your child gets older. Here are six things to do early with your kids that you may think are crazy but will actually help keep you sane.

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)
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1. Visit the dentist.

Ever since your child was born you take him or her to the doctor, but most parents think they can put off the dentist until your child is on his or her way to kindergarten. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to professionals like Stanton Smiles in Florida, “Seeing a dentist early can not only accustom your child to a dental professional, but it can often help us resolve issues before they turn into more expensive fixes like root canals or pulled teeth.” According ot the American Dental Association, you should bring your child for his or her first dental visit around the age of one.

2. Eat healthy.

Sure, popping some chicken nuggets in the microwave or heating up a nice grilled cheese sandwich is the easy way out, but it’s meals like this that will get your kids to deny what’s good for them. From the moment you can feed your child something other than formula or breast milk, be sure to include healthy foods, such as vegetables, into his or her diet. Teaching them to be open about food and recognize what’s good for them can help you have a less picky eater as your child grows.

3. Talk about money.

Talking about important issues like money may seem crazy, but teaching your child about the importance of money at an early age will only benefit your child in the long run. For instance, be sure your child understands how to save money and the value of things like an allowance. You can even teach your child about how money comes in and goes out by “charging them” for things like rent, electricity, food, etc. Obviously, this can be done at a very small scale, but by doing so, you’ll have a child who understands the value of a dollar and can create a lifestyle that doesn’t involve too much debt.

4. Talk about sex.

If you think talking about money was hard, you know the sex talk may be a bit harder. However, when you can talk with your children early about sex, it will help them have a better understanding of their own bodies and how to protect it from harm. Let your child know what parts of their body are private and what to do if they ever feel uncomfortable with someone’s touch. Raising this awareness early can keep your child from situations that put them in danger.

5. Teach proper hygiene.

Kids are notorious for never wanting to bathe, but if you can make bath time fun and get your kids used to washing hands and brushing teeth regularly, you’ll have a child with better hygiene than most. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to your child’s body. Boys as young as first grade can start to produce a stink when they sweat, and this may mean you’re buying your son deodorant at that age. However, by teaching these things early, you’ll have an easier time with your child when they start to go through puberty.

6. Talk about other big things.

Talking openly and honestly with your child will be very advantageous for them, so don’t hold back on having big conversations. For instance, if you’re a religious person, then you may want to talk with your child about religion when they’re young. If you want to teach them about the dangers in the world, don’t hesitate to talk about things like “stranger danger” or even bullying in school or online. These conversations will not only help your child learn, but they’ll also encourage your child to come talk to you when they’re in need or troubled.

Being a parent is a tough job, but if you can start on these things early, you’ll find that your child has an advantage growing up. Plus, you’ll just be happy to know you were helping to shape them into good people from the start.

Giveaways, Healthy Living, Movies, Parenting

A Must-See Family Movie: Like Arrows Fandango Code Giveaway

I have partnered with Propeller Consulting, LLC for this feature and giveaway

Movie: Like Arrows

In select theaters May 1 and May 3

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth” -psalm 127:4

Sometimes family is not about having faith around you, but about living a life where faith is the center. In this movie we follow Charlie and Alice from the day he proposes until their 50th wedding anniversary. Through 50 years of getting it wrong, then learning how to do better a family of conflict and resentment become a family of God and eventually their faith guides each one of them to the life they are intended for.

Every Mother and Father will relate to this movie. I would definitely get a babysitter for either May 1st or May 3rd and go see Like Arrows then grab a meal because you will talk together after seeing this movie!!

We all lose our center between stages each kid enters, distractions, everyday tasks and even as partners we tend to separate and lose who we started as. We have all been there or are there now. I had the pleasure of viewing Like Arrows at home and it is a must-see family movie! In Like Arrows, this family started going to church and learn to find their center there, but this is not a movie about why you should attend church.

Like Arrows does not preach that you are wrong if you choose to have your own kind of faith. It is about recognizing you need help. It is about finding your partnership and creating a plan and allowing that plan of faith to become your families center. Talk with your kids about new family changes, not at them. Get apologies out and hand them over confidence that they have a supporting unit especially the teens in your home. It is possible to take that chaos, stop and reset. Like Arrows is about reseting and re-grounding and how to involve the entire family into the better way.

Want to go see Like Arrows on us? I have 2 Fandango codes for 1 lucky winner. The only mandate is you need to visit FamilyLifeMinistries/LikeArrows and make sure it is playing at a day and time you can make it. Remember, it is only in theaters 2 days! Make it a date night! Open to US only and 18+. Enter below. Ends April 24th and I will get codes right over to the winner in time to see the movie! Good luck!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

Food, Food/Beverage, Healthy Living

Picnic Food Options for National Picnic Day With ProSticks

Picnic Food Options for National Picnic Day With ProSticks

April 23 is National Picnic Day and what a great way to spend a sprig day at your local park with family and friends for a picnic and play. We live heading to our local water parks if the weather is warm or take advantage of the beautiful National Parks here in Washington State.

When we pack food, it has to be filling and wholesome so we don’t keep getting hungry. I can only fit so much in the backpack so with the right snacks we can get some needed protein and feel full for longer.

ProSticks by Expresco Foods are the ultimate grab-and-go snack with more than 20 grams of protein. These hand-made perfectly grilled chicken skewers are perfect for our active lifestyles. Portable and better-for-you, they come in three delicious flavors – Mediterranean, Sweet Sriracha and Chipotle. Power up withProSticks, a quick, cleaner label, high protein snack.

For over 30 years, Expresco Foods has been committed to creating top quality, portion controlled, value-added convenient meal and snack solutions. Expresco’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit has guided the development of fully cooked grilled protein products, frozen and fresh for foodservice, retail and deli across North America. Visit http://www.exprescoprosticks.com for more information.

Healthy Living, Parenting

Caring for Braces Before and After Orthodontic Appointments

I have partnered with EverSmile for this feature. Opinions are my own

Caring for Braces Before and After Orthodontic Appointments

It was the week before spring break when Anthony had his braces put on. He had an expander put in last fall and we had been doing nightly turns for it and now the braces on his front top teeth is the last part of phase 1. Phase 2 for him will come in a few years when he gets the full set of braces. With Anthony we need to widen and lengthen his top jaw so those adult molars have room to come in.

Anthony is 9 and keeping a 9 year old on a teeth regimen is so hard. He just does not get it, as in what the effects of not taking care of your teeth with braces on will have on the enamel and color once they come off. Because they are so young and cannot grasp the entire realm of braces they need our guidance-everyday!

He has always been bad at flossing. His teeth are so close together it actually irritates him to floss. I did go and buy a waterpik but even that makes a mess and I get water all over the sink when he uses it. Then I discovered OrthoFoam by EverSmile. It has been a life savor as far as flossing goes. All he does is put some on his toothbrush (or you can rinse or use in a tooth tray) and he brushes it into his teeth for a good minute. It freshens and helps whiten too but I make him brush with toothpaste afterwards anyway so he gets his flouride. He uses it 1-2 times a day depending on the day. Then off he goes, the OrthoFoam does the plaque fighting without the strings of floss.

Here are some tips from EverSmile that you can use to help your kids get the best results from their orthodontic treatment.

  • Similar to teaching your kids a sport or musical instrument, practice makes perfect. Set up a schedule before bedtime for a few weeks in which your child brushes their teeth and then comes to you for an evaluation. Seeing plaque is easy, and by simply pointing out where your child missed, he/she can go back to finish cleaning off the plaque. After about two weeks of doing this every night, your child will accomplish their plaque removal goal much better. Another useful tip is to take a toothpick and run the point around the gum line, braces, and in-between the teeth, gathering up the plaque and testing if the teeth are cleaned. The bunched up plaque will look like mashed potatoes with a white to yellow color.
  • When removing plaque, it is best to do so with no toothpaste on the brush. Toothpaste foams up and makes it impossible to see anything going on in the mouth. First brush with water only, removing all the visible plaque, then brush with toothpaste to deliver the fluoride contained within. Toothpaste is really only needed for breath freshening and medicament delivery (fluoride).
  • Investing in a light-up makeup mirror makes it easier for kids to see what they are doing when brushing. Use a portable, adjustable mirror so that your child can easily watch themselves brushing each night.
  • Use plaque disclosing solutions or tablets to highlight the plaque allowing children to see where the plaque is located. This is fun for kids because the plaque on their teeth change color but also makes it clear where they are missing when brushing.
  • Don’t forget to have your kids floss. Flossing with braces is easy when using floss threaders. We recommend Glide Threaders.
  • Last but not least, a new product recently came onto the market called EverSmile OrthoFoam. OrthoFoam is a patented hydrogen peroxide, anionic cleaning formula for braces and teeth that removes plaque by breaking it down. OrthoFoam can be used three different ways: 1. As a foaming rinse in conjunction with brushing, 2. As an add-on “brushing booster” used alone or with your regular toothpaste, or 3. Applied to teeth in custom or stock dental trays which is the most effective method.

These tips can help prepare your child for braces as well as maintain care. You can find more tips on the EverSmile blog too.

Healthy Living, Home

Health Benefits Associated With Having Flowers In Your Home

People often talk about aesthetic reasons when they add flowers to their homes but that is not the only reason why you want to seriously consider adding some flowers. What many still do not know is that flowers have a huge proven impact on the way in which we feel. If you know what flowers will do for you, there is a big possibility you will want to buy some right now. While most just think about some special events, like don’t forget Mothers Day for some flowers, others always have them in their homes. Here are the health benefits that are gained by those individuals.

Health Benefits Associated With Having Flowers In Your Home
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Get Extra Energy

There were different studies that showed the fact people looking at home flowers in the morning tend to experience a higher energy level all throughout the day. Simply gazing at beautiful flowers helps as it will soothe you. You get to be revitalized, having a brighter spirit that is going to be carried around all day long. In order to maximize such a benefit, you want to place the flowers in areas where you will definitely see them as you grab your morning coffee.

Aromatherapy Properties

Fresh-cut flowers are almost always recommended in a home because they can change your mood and make you feel better. There are obvious different scents with different blossoms. You will want to choose scents that influence mood in that particular way that helps you maximize floral fragrance benefits.

The most classic choice is getting roses. The fragrance of a rose is renowned for the calming properties it has. So many of us are affected by stress and live really busy lives. Having roses in the home does offer benefits through the scent of the flowers. You will feel more relaxed and your day will simply be better.

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You Can Eat Some Home Flowers

There are numerous flowers that are beautiful and edible at the same time. You may want to know that you can add some flowers to your salads, which is a really big trend at the moment in cooking. Roses, marigolds and dandelions have petals that are edible. Dandelions greens are quite nutritious and can purify your blood. Try to experiment with different flower greens and edible flowers. This is really good for health and can also be quite fun in the process. However, in the event that you want to order edible flowers, be sure that you work with a really good and experienced florist so the source is great.

Improving Relationships

Last but not least, in order to have a truly healthy life you need to have consistent positive contact with other people. Flowers added to your home will encourage interaction between those present. That makes people get closer, which is one thing that can only be seen as wonderful and inspiring.

On the whole, it is always a really good idea to add flowers to your home. It is practically impossible not to find something that is going to be great, matching the décor and giving you the health benefits you read above.

Healthy Living, Home

The NEW Floating Comfort Fiberfill Pillow Review

The NEW Floating Comfort™ Fiberfill Pillow

This is a ‘floating pillow’. That means that there is water within this pillow. Why? Because we do what it takes to get the best sleep possible and like many therapy techniques water heals and supports and within a pillow the support for your neck is fantastic with this new Floating Comfort Fiberfill pillow.

I have to admit that when I opened my pillow and the instructions I was a bit nervous about adding water to my pillow then sleeping on it with our expensive mattress that has a remote and air hoses. What if it leaked? It has been about 2 weeks and I am in love with my pillow-no leaking at all!

To prepare your pillow it takes about 2 minutes. I added the amount of water per the guide for the firmness I wanted. I then squeezed the access air from the water bladder and replaced the twist cap. They provide a funnel for you so you will get the water right where it needs to be inside the pillow.

Then you place the pillow spout side down and get that water float comfort and neck support all night. The shaping of my pillow does not change. It feels the exact same firmness night after night. It is also flexible so I can still grab and wad it up in spots which I like to do. The technology?

“Every Mediflow® pillow has 2 layers – on the bottom our proprietary adjustable waterbase that provides responsive support for the neck – on top a soft, plump layer of our exclusive CombedLoft™ cloud-like Dacron® polyester providing exceptional comfort for the head. Traditional single-layer pillows can only provide comfort or support depending on the filling but never both. What’s more, you can even customize the waterbase when you add water to achieve the ultimate amount of support as you desire! Create the most comfortable pillow available for your specific sleeping needs!”

By visiting Mediflow there are a few pillow options besides the Floating Comfort pillow. So, go ahead and see them all and get the proper comfort that will last! No buyers remorse! Also available on Amazon.