6 Hygiene Tips To Teach Your Kids #MouthWatchers



Handsome knows good oral hygiene is important. I never have to beg or remind him to brush his teeth especially when he gets a new toothbrush!



6 Hygiene Tips To Teach Your Kids

Help your children start healthy habits with Mouth Watchers® 
To a kid, hygiene can seem like a hassle. Until they reach the teenage years and realize that people appreciate the use of soap, toothpaste, and deodorant, teaching children to practice good hygiene is essential to their health and well-being. Help your little one adopt healthy habits with Mouth Watchers®, the leading toothbrush for better health!

Set your child up for a lifetime of stellar dental health with these helpful hygiene tips from Mouth Watchers® founder Dr. Ronald Plotka: 

·         Stay Away From Sugar: While it’s a treat for your stomach – it’s certainly not for your teeth. Terrible for your health and pearly whites, all things candy, ice cream, cakes and pastries should only be for special occasions!

·         Skip Soda: Your teeth’s worst enemy, help your kids to avoid the bubbly drink by offering them alternatives like flavored water or juices – but make sure they are low in sugar as well!

·         Fill Up On Fluoride: For decades, there’s been a dental dogma associated with fluoride. Is it good for our teeth? Yes! Fluoride toothpaste reduces cavities in kids from 15 to 30 percent and the fluoride of public water supplies lowers cavity rates up to 40 percent.
  • Set Up A Schedule: A good routine is always appreciated! Put a pea-sized squirt of fluoride toothpaste on their Mouth Watchers® Youth Manual Toothbrush, set a timer for 30 seconds and let them have a turn at cleaning. Then practice rinsing and spitting together, and don’t be surprised if that’s your kiddo’s favorite part!

  • Make it Fun To Floss: Children learn through play, so introducing educational flossing activities will help make hygiene fun! Sing a song, make it a fun game, or even create flossing chart to hang on the wall, adding a sticker for each time your child flosses. Give them a little reward for flossing a few days in a row such as staying up late, or a trip to the movies! Those incentives will keep them flossing forever.

  • Say Goodbye To Pacifiers: Babies love their pacifiers, but many parents are rightly concerned that too much use can cause dental problems. The presence of a pacifier can harm the development and growth of the mouth and teeth. Prolonged use can cause changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth and create problems with tooth alignment. Break the habit early!

Start teaching good oral care at an early age. Encourage your kids to practice healthy hygiene habits with help from Mouth Watchers®!

Toothbrushes come in Manual and Power, available in Adult, Youth and and Travel sizes and range in price from $4.99 to $24.99 for the power pack.

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Dolly Parton To Release First Children’s Album 'I Believe In You' This Fall with Proceeds to Benefit Imagination Library





NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At a press conference today before media reps and their children as special guests, world renowned entertainer Dolly Parton announced the release of I Believe In You, her first album written and recorded for kids and those young at heart. A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29, whereas the physical album will street worldwide on October 13. All 14 tracks on I Believe In You were written and performed by Dolly Parton.

“My first album was released 50 years ago and it's been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album in all of those 50 years. I'm proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library,” Dolly said. “It's been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We've seen 100million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more.”

Since its beginning in 1996 in Dolly’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, the Imagination Library has expanded into four countries serving more than one-million children by providing a brand new, age-appropriate book each month. In North America, every child’s first book is the classic Little Engine that Could.

With children seated around her in front of the fireside living room set that was built for the Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon last December, Dolly Parton revealed her I Believe In You album cover (above) and track listing (below).

I Believe In You Track Listing
  1. I Believe in You
  2. Coat of Many Colors (new recording)
  3. Together Forever
  4. I Am a Rainbow
  5. I’m Here
  6. A Friend Like You
  7. Imagination
  8. You Can Do It
  9. Responsibility
  10. You Gotta Be
  11. Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny
  12. Chemo Hero
  13. Brave Little Soldier
Bonus track spoken audio: Coat of Many Colors (book read by Dolly Parton)

Three Big-Picture Home Projects to Consider Before Your Baby Arrives





When you’re preparing for your first bundle of joy, it’s only natural to panic just a bit when you realize that your home isn’t exactly spotless.

Given that you should have at least a few months of prep, you probably don’t need to freak out.

That said, the one mistake I see so many first-time moms make is similar when it comes to preparing their homes for a baby. The problem? They focus so much on the baby’s room and minor d├ęcor that they totally miss out on the big picture.

Here’s some food for thought: once that baby comes, cleaning up is not going to be one of your top priorities. Not by a long shot! If you realistically expect to clean up your house and at least try to keep it that way, the bulk of your efforts need to happen prior to delivery day.

Luckily, I’ve outlined the three absolute must-do’s when it comes to tidying up your home in anticipation of your baby. Whether you’re undergoing these projects on your own or are enlisting the help of your partner or friends, strive to get these done sooner rather than later!

Deal With Your Garage
There’s perhaps no bigger pain than your garage when it comes to cleaning, right? As such, you’re simply not going to have the strength or interest in doing any sort of heavy lifting once your baby arrives. Similarly, you’re going to need the storage space in your home for items like strollers and other big-ticket items related to your baby.

Cleaning out your garage is no small feat, but will be totally worth it in the long-run. At this point, don’t be afraid to pitch bigger items that you haven’t seen or used in years: now’s not the time to be a hoarder.

You may also want to consider exploring the possibilities of what outlets like Carports and More have to offer: many ways to keep your vehicles covered outdoors to free up space in your garage.

Clean Out Your Closets
Whether in your hallway or bedroom, having additional closet space is a priority for any growing family.

If you have trouble parting with your stuff, bear in mind that you’re entering a whole chapter of your life. This is arguably the best time to “start over” in terms of your wardrobe and personal possessions.

Odds and ends such as diapers and wipes inevitably start to eat up space in your home; meanwhile, you may quickly find your pantry overflowing and need options in terms of storage. If you have items gathering cobwebs or clothing that you haven’t worn in forever, you have two options: donate them or put them in the attic.


Begin Babyproofing Now

It’s never too early to start babyproofing your child’s room. Even if they’ll be confined to a crib or attached to your hip during their initial time at home, you’ll thank yourself down the line for taking the time to babyproof in advance. From removing furniture with sharp edges and hiding wires to installing electrical plug covers, these small touches of safety are easy to overlook when you’re focused on spending those early days with your child.

While there’s plenty to look forward to with the arrival of a new baby, don’t make the mistake of putting these crucial projects off for later. Instead, ensure that you can enjoy your initial days at home rather than stress out about your home..

ZIPIT Coloring Has Neer Been More Fun





Nothing brings creativity to a child like a coloring book and Zipit’s Interactive Coloring and Activity Book is just the ticket! Inspiring themes, coloring pages and Magic Stickers take the ordinary coloring book and makes it extraordinary. Inside this coloring book you will find pages of animated stickers that come alive when you view them with the ZIPIT Creativity App. Go ahead and apply each sticker on top of its own picture. To help you get started several pages have stickers on them already. Once you download the free App, the excitement is just beginning! By looking at the book’s pages through the App, you can see the stickers move and your creation come to life! Hold the app over your colored pages or snap an image of anything you like and unleash your creativity. Change your background, put on a frame or add and tap the stickers for a masterpiece that you can share with your friends and family!

Age range: 5+
MSRP: $4.99
Available in: Walmart stores and here

These books from ZIPIT are so cool. I have never seen anything like it. They are coloring books that have magical stickers that once you look at them through the ZIPIT Creativity App actually move. COOL!


I love it! I believe kids need hours of unplugged play and we all know they have a NEED to be plugged in so that combines that world. They can color the pages with crayons, markers, pencils, they can add to the drawings and then add some of the stickers included in the book. This is where the real magic begins. When they look at their page through the app it comes to life right in front of their eyes. 



While inside the app they can even use filters, frames and virtual stickers that add even more life to their pictures.


I think this is a great idea for coloring books and think kids will love it.

 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.
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