Friday, May 27, 2016

How To Make Your Children's Dentist Trip More Enjoyable

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Kids don’t usually like going to the dentist. In fact, when I was younger, I hated it! The thought of someone playing about with my teeth just made me nervous. And then there’s all the pointy tools they use. No thanks.


But, it’s a vital part of any healthy lifestyle. For our children, it’s especially important. Youngsters have to look after their teeth from a young age, or face serious problems further down the line. As a parent, it’s your job to get them to the dentist for their regular checkup. But if they don’t like it, what can you do?


If they’re putting up a fight so much that they actually refuse to go, then you have a problem. As I just mentioned, it’s vital for their health - so you have to get them there.


Fortunately, there are several ways you can make this most dreaded of family trips more enjoyable. If you do so, it’ll be smiles all around! Quite literally. Read on for some expert tips on making the dentist more enjoyable!


Do something enjoyable before you go


You have to soften the impact of the dentist, so by doing something fun before you leave the house, you start off on the right foot. Contrasting something fun with something less fun balances the day out. This also gives you an opportunity to spend more one on one time with your kids, as an added bonus.


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You could let your kids relax with their favorite TV show, film or video game. You could take them for ice cream, or to a nice restaurant. Let them relax and have fun before they go, and they’ll be less likely to get worried about the whole thing.


Take the whole family with you!


We tend to be more comfortable when surrounded by our families, and the same is true of your children too. By booking a family dentist appointment instead of a single child one, you can put everyone at ease.


This is because if your children see you in the chair before them, they’ll see it doesn’t look all that bad. By going with their brothers and sisters, they have a friend to talk to and have fun with while they wait for their turn. Your kids are relying on yourself and their family for support, so be there for them!


Arrive to your appointment as early as possible


As the saying goes; better late than never! But is being late helpful in any way? No, not really. By making your child late for their appointment, you’ll be rushing, you’ll be flustered and you won’t have time to calm them before the chair.


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Arriving early has several benefits. One, you can sit down in the waiting area beforehand and have a chat with each other. This helps to take their mind off things, and gives you the opportunity to make them feel better about the situation.


Secondly, rushing around only increases levels of stress, and this is not a time when you want anyone to be stressed! You want to arrive in plenty of time so everyone remains as calm and collected as possible.


Lastly, by showing up promptly you have plenty of time to fill in all the relevant paperwork. This won’t really help your child directly, but if you’re more organized you can put more attention on them.


Bring toys and items that they like


If there’s a particular toy, magazine or games console that makes them feel more comfortable, then don’t forget to pack it! Or, maybe your children like to carry a blanket or pillow. Having these home comforts with us goes a long way in reducing dental anxiety.


Enforce strict brushing and flossing rules


The more healthy your kids teeth are, the less pain they’ll have to endure at the dentist. Depending on their age, it will be up to you to make sure they brush, floss and clean properly. The cleaner their teeth are, the easier their trip to the dentist will become.


It’s recommended that people brush twice a day for at least two minutes. You should also teach your children how to floss correctly, and ask them to do it as often as possible. Don’t forget that mouthwash either; use it straight after brushing for the best results.


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To make this strict dental hygiene a bit more kid-friendly, consider buying some items aimed at kids. You can buy toothbrushes and flossers that are branded with superheroes and Star Wars. You can even get toothbrushes that light up! If you make dental hygiene feel more like a game, they’ll get more out of it.


Switch to a different dentist


Perhaps you and your kids just can’t jive with your current dentist. If this is the case, I’d recommend applying for a switch. Maybe the only reason your kids hate the chair is because they don’t like the dentist themselves.


There really isn’t anything you can do here other than switch practices. We all know how stubborn kids can be at times, and if they don’t like an adult then that will stick! Changing to a new dentist isn’t too difficult; enquire locally and find one that’s suitable for you.


Reward them each time they go


I’m not saying to buy them some sweets right after each appointment - that’s counter-productive. But if you take them swimming or to the movies after the appointment, the time will fly by.


If they have a reward in store, your children will be more willing to cooperate. Of course, it doesn’t always have to be something as big as a cinema trip. Even the small things count! Cook them their favorite meal at home or let them off their chores for a day.


And there’s our guide! I don’t know many people who are particularly fond of the dentist, but we just have to grit our teeth and do it. Literally.

If your children are struggling with dental anxiety, then try out some of these tips and see what works. Best of luck on your next trip!

The Many Benefits Of Spring Cleaning

Spring is drawing to a close, and if you haven’t had a deep clean at home yet, now is the ideal time. Cleaning is not just essential for making our homes look and smell fresh and bright. It also has other important benefits.




The benefits of spring cleaning
Nobody looks forward to getting down on their hands and knees and scrubbing floors or cleaning toilets. But a good old-fashioned spring clean can do you and your home the power of good. Here are just some of the many benefits of spring cleaning.


Your health
Hygiene is a really important factor to consider when it comes to your health. If you live in an unclean house, this can increase your risk of developing all kinds of illnesses and infections. It can also make symptoms of existing health problems worse. Mold in bathrooms and damp, dirty walls can increase the risk of asthma and breathing problems, for example. As a general rule, you should try to make sure you wash towels and bed linen once a week. Avoid drying your hands with tea towels, and give your kitchen surfaces a thorough clean before and after you prepare food. Clean your bath, shower and toilet at least twice a week using disinfectant.


Most commonly, good hygiene is associated with physical health. But having a good tidy up and clear out can also improve your mental health. How much better do you feel when you’ve tackled that room full of boxes or that pile of washing up?


Pest control
Do you leave dishes stacked up by the sink? Are there plates with leftovers lying around on the kitchen table? If so, the chances are that some unwanted guests will take you up on a very tempting invitation before too long. Rats, mice, and cockroaches are all drawn to overflowing garbage bags and alluring food odors. Once you have pests, including mice and insects, there’s also a greater risk of scorpions. Scorpions feed on these creatures and they only need limited food and water supplies to survive for a long period of time. Look out for droppings, gnawed wires and holes in wood. If you spot these signs, you may have a pest infestation. There are some DIY techniques you can try. Check out sites like http://pestradar.com/get-rid-scorpions/ for more information.





Your spring cleaning checklist
Before you start thinking about mopping or getting your household cleaning products out, it’s wise to have a clear out. Tackle each room, tidy up and throw away anything you no longer want or need. If you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff, why not host a yard sale, or take some bags down to a local charity shop? Decluttering won’t just make your home look cleaner. It will also open up the space and make tidying easier and quicker in the future.


Once you’ve cleared your rooms, get your products out, put some music on, and you’re good to go.


Vacuuming
Vacuuming is essential for removing dust and dirt. If you have pets, it’s particularly important to vacuum on a regular basis. Cover rugs and carpets, and use the nozzle attachment to get right into the corners. Hoover your stairs and corridors, and tackle each individual room.




Kitchen and bathroom cleaning
Your kitchen and bathroom are hives of activity when it comes to bacteria, so regular cleaning is essential. Use disinfectant spray to clean the surfaces and specially designed products to target issues, such as mildew or mold. Take care to give your sinks and toilets a thorough scrub. Visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a20438/speed-clean-bathroom-0907/
for more handy bathroom cleaning tips.




Window cleaning
Most of us dread cleaning the windows, as it can be a time-consuming and arduous task. If you have a lot of windows or you fancy giving your biceps a rest, you could call a window cleaner. If you’d rather do the job yourself, buy window cleaning products and use a sponge to create a good lather. Once you’ve washed the windows, rinse them to leave a sparkling sheen.


Walls and ceilings
The walls and ceilings often get forgotten about when you’re working through a mental cleaning checklist. In reality, these areas can harbor dust and dirt and a good clean from time to time will do the world of good. Use a feather duster or an attachment on your vacuum cleaner to reach up high. Once you’ve dusted the walls, wipe them with a damp sponge.


Dusting
If you have wooden furniture, it’s important to dust it regularly to keep it looking glossy. You can use old-fashioned techniques and employ a cloth and some polish. Or buy easy-to-use wipes from your local household store.



Spring cleaning has all kinds of benefits for you and your home. Take these tips on board and you’ll be relaxing in your sparkling home before you know it.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Brighten Up Your Spring with Crest 3D White Brilliance

During the spring and summer months or world seems to brighten up. We add colorful flowers to our gardens, whites and brights to our wardrobe and even soften up our hair. So what about our smile? Shouldn’t it be brighter as well? 



Crest 3D White Brilliance 2 Step Toothpaste is a simple addition you can make to your beauty routine this spring to help maintain and create a healthy whiter smile. The power of two makes its way to your bathroom cabinet with a 2 step system to take the place of your normal brushing routine. First you have a powerful deep cleaning toothpaste; brush for a minute and spit. Step 2 is a whitening, polishing gel to seal the deal; brush for a minute, spit and rinse.





I liked the simplicity of this system, no fuss, no muss. Just brush and go! I’ve been using this product for about a week now and am surprised at the difference already. I am a former smoker and big time coffee drinker so I wasn’t sure if just a “toothpaste” would be enough to show any results. I can say after a week my teeth are about a shade or two whiter, enough of a difference for me to notice and others as well. My teeth are also a bit sensitive making it hard for me to stick with most whitening treatments. The Crest 3D Brilliance System is just like brushing my teeth with my regular toothpaste. No irritation, sensitivity or terrible taste. I’m left with a mouth that looks, feels, and is clean. 



I would recommend this to those looking for a simpler way to brighten their smile, someone looking to maintain their pearly whites, or to keep your teeth looking their best after a professional cleaning or whitening treatment.

Buy It: You can find the Crest 3D Brilliance 2 Step Toothpaste at must local drugstores, super centers and grocers nationwide in the oral care section for the MSRP of $14.99.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New French Bull Dry Pantry Storage

Spring means refreshing our homes and sometimes adding a little extra pizazz. For your dry pantry storage needs let me introduce you to French Bulls brand new dry pantry storage line featuring their iconic Ziggy pattern.

Product(s) provided for review purposes only. Any opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced. 
This set really pops on your counter-top (I particularly love how it fits with my décor) and features 3 dry storage containers packaged in a giftbox, perfect for a housewarming or wedding gift. The large container is 85 oz, medium is 54 oz, and the small is 24 oz. 


Designed with style and function in mind, each container features and air-tight lid and easy pour spout. The smallest container stacks easily on top of the medium container to create the look of two side by side containers, saving space. Each container also sits nicely upon its lid while in use. 



With multiple kids in the house we always have boxes of cereal left open, half boxes of pasta stored, loose candy, dry snacks, and baking goods etc. strewed about in the cabinets. The French Bull dry pantry storage allows us to store these products, keeping them fresher longer, creating space in my cabinets, and eliminating waste. Not only that, but as an added bonus the fun Ziggy patterns looks great, complimenting my decor and adding some color to my kitchen this spring. 


Speaking of spring with the warmer weather upon us we'll also be doing more outdoor entertaining. What is great about this set is that the air-tight seal makes them a perfect addition to the outdoor table as well as the counter-top. Keeping food fresh and flying pests out and away. 

This set is, of course, composed of food safe BPA-free material, hand-washing is recommended as not to scratch the surface.

Buy It: The French Bull Dry Storage Line is available online at FrenchBull.com as a set of 3 for $36.99 or individually starting at $9.99.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Celebrate National Donut Day with Entenmann's and The Salvation Army (Giveaway)

It’s coming! The sweetest day of the year. This June 3rd celebrate National Donut Day with Entenmann’s® and The Salvation Army. 

Prize Packs and information provided at no cost. All opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced. 

In 1938, it was The Salvation Army that founded National Donut Day to pay tribute to our vets and these delicious sweet treats that everyone loves! “Donut Lassies” originally made donuts in soldiers’ helmets and served them to the soldiers while providing medical and spiritual support during World War I.


The Salvation Army is located in more than 120 countries worldwide. In 2015, nearly 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,500 officers, 60,700 employees and 3.5 million volunteers.


In celebration of this sweet day, Entenmann’s® is rolling out the NEW Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donut, an iconic treat made just for National Donut Day 2016. These sweet and festive treats combine a classic favorite, the Rich Frosted Donut, with just the right amount of colorful party sprinkles. In partnership with The Salvation Army, Entenmann’s will be donating $1 up to $35,000 to the Salvation Army for every fan (or not) that enters their National Donut Day sweepstakes on Facebook.


 The Rich Frosted Donut has been Entenmann’s® #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.


As a part of the National Donut Day celebration, Entenmann’s® will be hosting a “Win Free Donuts for a Year” Facebook sweepstakes. From April 1st until the sweepstakes end on July 2nd, 2016 Entenmann’s will be awarding ten (10) Grand Prizes winners one year of free Entenmann’s donuts! In addition, 100 of those who enter will be selected to win National Donut Day Party Pack Prizes, which include everything they need to throw their own National Donut Day party at home! The 100 Party Pack Prizes will be awarded in advance of National Donut Day and include (4) $7 Entenmann’s Coupons, one $25 AMEX gift card, Entenmann’s® Party Napkins and Plates, an Entenmann’s® National Donut Day T-Shirt and a Rich Frosted Donut Plush Toy with a party hat.


Entenmann’s® Bakery produces more than 780 million donuts a year to keep up with the demands of Entenmann’s donut lovers nationwide.

So head on over to the Entenmann’s Facebook page , celebrate National Donut Day and show your support for The Salavtion Army by entering for your chance to win. Additionally, you can enter right here to win a Party Pack Prize which includes all the same goodies mentioned above needed to throw your own National Donut Day Party! (4) $7 Entenmann’s Coupons, one $25 AMEX gift card, Entenmann’s® Party Napkins and Plates, an Entenmann’s® National Donut Day T-Shirt and a Rich Frosted Donut Plush Toy with a party hat.