Children's Books

How Do We Stop Climate Change? Connects Young Readers to the Natural World

How Do We Stop Climate Change? Connects Young Readers to the Natural World

Introducing climate change to kids is a hefty topic. How can we possibly get them to understand that as little humans they can do a part in helping to stop climate change within their natural world? Books! Our greatest tool in tackling big topics is books.

How Do We Stop Climate Change? is written by Tom Jackson. The Author uses a visual thinking technique called ‘mind mapping’, where complex ideas are broken down into a clear flow of visual information. The ‘mind map’ connects the information, making it easy to grasp. Tackling this big topic is so simple now!

Tackle the commonly asked questions about climate change such as what is climate change? What about the animals? What can we do to help? How is weather affected? The brilliant illustrations makes understanding each topic so simple. Any age will learn a lot as you move through the pages, even I did.

This book is rated for ages 9+. Visit Earth Aware Kids for more information and resources. Available to purchase on Amazon and other book retailers.

Movies Reviews, Open Giveaways

Go see COURAGEOUS LEGACY in theaters – Enter to win tickets

Many thanks to Sony Pictures for providing this product/product information for  review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I  did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.  

COURAGEOUS LEGACY the movie

The favorite Father film from a decade ago is back! Courageous Legacy: 10th Anniversary is updated with a digital remaster, enhanced  look and sound along with impact stories, new scenes, and a new bonus ending you  don’t want to miss!

I challenge you to watch this film, especially as a Father, and not be encouraged to do even more for your family. But what does ‘more’ mean? You will find out. More means something different to every Father, but most always means presence, listening and forgiveness. It is more than just raising a child to be a great man or woman, it is also when you let your child know they have become one and how to be a great adult and carry on this courageous legacy.

Above is the trailer and below is the Resolution, the ‘I Will’ and the heart of this film. I was privileged to see this film before it hits theaters this weekend, September 24, 2021. I will sed my husband and son to see it in theaters. What a great night out for Father’s and their children! There are a few surprises, some tears and a lot of reflecting that happens as you watch. You will instantly connect with each character in different ways. You will experience wrong-doings, humor, divine intervention, sadness, forgiveness and a handful of hope and promise.

Go see COURAGEOUS LEGACY in theaters THIS WEEKEND, starting Friday,  September 24th!  

Want to win tickets? One lucky reader will win 2 free Fandango codes to see Courageous Legacy in theaters  Note: This giveaway is limited to the US only. Please send your winner’s full name  and email address to me by Monday, September 27th

Natural Beauty

Natural and Vegan Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Natural, vegan and cruelty-free are three terms that consumers use when they look for products that are not only safe to use but also environmentally friendly. There are many products and brands in the oral care arena that are all natural, vegan and cruelty free. This article looks at ways you can naturally whiten your teeth using homemade and natural store-bought products.

Defining Natural and Vegan Tooth Whitening

What does natural mean?

What does natural mean when it comes to teeth whitening and oral care? No federal government agency has ruled on what a manufacturer can and cannot call “natural,” so we are using the commonly agreed-upon definition of natural as “free of artificial or synthetic ingredients.” For the purposes of this article, the methods for teeth whitening will be free from hydrogen peroxide, which is a manufactured chemical.

What does vegan mean?

For a product to be vegan, it must contain no animal products or byproducts. It may contain no meat, no animal parts, and nothing from animals. No honey, no insect silk, no bone products — no byproduct of an animal.

What does cruelty-free mean?

A product that is cruelty free should not have been tested on animals.

How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

The most natural way to whiten your teeth is to avoid foods, beverages, and other consumer products that stain your teeth. Don’t smoke; tobacco is one of the worst offenders at staining teeth. The basic rule is if a food, beverage or substance will stain a tablecloth, it will stain your teeth. However, there are some hidden culprits like apples and potatoes that can also stain your teeth.

It’s hard to avoid teeth-staining foods, especially healthy ones like berries and fruits. If you must eat foods that stain, brush your teeth or rinse within 20 or 30 minutes.  

Baking soda

Baking soda has long been a key ingredient in at-home tooth-whitening. Baking soda is formally called sodium bicarbonate and it’s actually a form of salt. It’s most commonly found in baked goods because it helps them rise, but it also is used in beauty products including toothpaste.

In fact, when you were growing up and your household ran out of toothpaste, your parents might have concocted a mixture of baking soda and water. It didn’t taste great, but it did the job and your teeth felt clean. 

The natural abrasiveness of the baking soda can help remove stains and whiten teeth. The Journal of the American Dental Association states that toothpastes with baking soda are more effective at stain removal than those that contain none.

To make an at-home natural tooth whitening paste from baking soda, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water and stir to form a paste. Use it as a toothpaste, rinse and spit; don’t swallow.

Baking soda will not lighten your teeth as aggressively as in-office or commercial teeth whitening procedures and products, but it will reduce surface stain and lighten your teeth at least one shade. 

Natural whitening toothpaste

The most natural way to whiten your teeth is to make your own tooth whitening toothpaste. We found this recipe on several websites, including SimpleGreenSmoothies.com: 1 part coconut oil, 1 part baking soda, add drops of peppermint essential oil (or any flavor you like) to your taste. Mix into a paste and store in an airtight container. They suggest adding stevia if you prefer a sweeter flavor.

Again, the natural, homemade toothpaste is less effective than commercial teeth whiteners, but it will remove recent stains from your teeth and take your smile up a notch.

Commercial natural whiteners

A number of natural brands have become more available not only in grocery and drug stores but also through online retailers. What was once reserved for health food stores has become much more mainstream and consumers demand cruelty-free, sustainable and natural products.   

Developed by a pair of Swiss dentists who are also sisters, vVARDIS is an example of an online oral care brand that caters specifically to people who want a brighter smile and care about protecting the environment. Their products not only whiten teeth but they also protect. Their toothpastes, mouth rinses, and whiteners are all vegan and cruelty free.

Commercially available natural teeth whiteners can lighten your teeth several shades — refer to packaging details and always follow their directions.

Natural mouthwashes

Although the following methods do not have any scientific proof that they work, there are a lot of sources that suggest they do. At least, they’ll remove recent stains and prevent buildup. As always, use home remedies with caution and talk to your dentist before undertaking any tooth whitening product. Tooth whiteners, even natural ones, can aggravate gum disease, mouth sores and pain from cavities and some dental work.

Apple cider vinegar: A homemade mouthwash made from apple cider vinegar might make you pucker, but it could whiten your teeth. Be cautious with overusing apple cider vinegar, though, as overuse can weaken your teeth’s enamel. Use it only two or three times a week.

Oil pulling: This ancient technique comes from India, and it’s making somewhat of a comeback. Take a spoonful of any oil, but many recommend coconut oil because it tastes better, and swish it around your mouth. Do not swallow the oil. Push and pull it through your teeth. Spit and rinse with water.

Raw fruits and vegetables: While they’re not necessarily going to whiten your teeth, raw fruits and vegetables can remove plaque when you chew.

Children's Books

Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone encourages kids to follow their dreams

Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone encourages kids to follow their dreams

You can be anything and do anything and nothing can stop you, not even your gender. Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone removes gender stereotypes to encourages kids that anyone can do anything they wish. Anyone can play with any toy, garden, dance, bake and more! The illustrations are as fun as the story.

children's book about gender equality

Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone is written by Robb Pearlman and published by Running Press Kids. Purchase on Amazon.