Helpful Tips for Kids with Braces

When parents hear the words, “you may want to consider getting your child an appoint with an orthodontist”, they probably cringe. Not only is it a TON of money for orthodontic work, but lets face it, it’s a pain in the butt having to hound your kids to follow the braces directions. I’ve already been through braces with my son, now we are embarking on that journey with my daughter. Here are some helpful tips for kids with braces.

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Did You Get Multiple Quotes?

If you’re like me, you got many different quotes for braces for your kids. Your quotes probably ranged from $3500 to $6500. Lucky me, my sons braces cost us over $6000. The frustrating part…you pay all this money to fix the teeth in their mouth, yet it does nothing for the actual teenage mouth! I’d totally pay extra to fix that teenage mouth! All joking aside, get multiple quotes.

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Agree with the Treatment Plan

This probably seems obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how some people just go with everything and don’t ask questions. My son had a very narrow jaw and barely any room in his mouth for his teeth. One consultation we went on, the orthodontist wanted to pull 6 adult teeth to make room for the rest of his teeth. That did not make sense to me. The next consultation wanted to use an expander. That made sense to me and we ended up going with that office.

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This week, my daughter got braces. She is one of those crazy kids that is super excited to have them! She thinks it’s fun to be able to pick different colors for the brackets. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but she went with dark green. Dark green is the color for her travel soccer team!

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Braces are really no fun for anyone involved. They are no fun for parents having to pay the bill and they are no fun for kids going through the treatment. These tips for kids with braces are things I have found, either from my personal experience with braces or from my kids experience, that have helped us get through the different stages of treatment.

Tips, Tips, and More Tips

  1. Flossing – Such an important aspect of taking care of our teeth. Probably more so when we have braces. Food gets stuck around the brackets, in between the teeth, and just sit and fester. Not good. The ortho will give you flossers that you thread under the wire to floss your teeth. They are time consuming and really hard to get right. Your best bet…get a Waterpikkids with braces. They are amazing and work so much better than floss.
  2. Mouthwash – There is a mouthwash by ACT that is specifically for braces. It has aloe in it to help soothe the gums. Get it! I found ours at Walmart.
  3. Wax – Pick up some dental wax for braces (in the toothbrush section of the store). It takes a bit for kids to get used to having the brackets on their teeth. There will be some rubbing on the gums. The wax helps kids with braces by placing the wax on the area that is rubbing funny.
  4. Eating Tip #1 – Soft foods are your friend. The first three days after they get them on and after each adjustment, are the worst. I always got my kids ice cream the first day. After that, soft foods are easiest for them.
  5. Eating Tip #2 – If you are eating finger foods, break the food with your fingers into bites or cut with a fork and knife. The last thing you want to do is pop a bracket off or get food stuck in your braces at school. My husband has been making my daughters lunch for school and he cuts her sandwich into strips so it’s easier for her to break bites off.
  6. Good Foods vs Bad Foods – It stinks to not be able to eat your favorite things. Make sure to have good foods available. Foods like fruit you don’t have to bite into, soft Nutri-Grain bars, etc. Things like chips, popcorn and sticky foods are no no’s.

Sound Helpful?

These six tips have been super helpful for my kids. Especially the Waterpik. I highly recommend that. At any rate, the hardest part (at least I think so) is getting the kids to not eat the foods that are banned and getting them to wear those rubber bands. I’m really hoping things go smoother for me (and my daughter) this time around. My son gave me a run for my money!

What are your best tips for kids with braces?


DIY Swimmers Bedroom Design

My husband and I are currently looking at new houses. We’ve wanted to move for the last 10 years. We’ve been in our current house for 15 years and when we moved in, we said we were only staying for five years. You can see how well that worked out! I’ve been into so many models. Some we like and some we don’t like at all. However, the best part is seeing how the different rooms are decorated. Recently, I saw an awesome bedroom with a swimmer theme. This DIY swimmers bedroom design is the best I’ve seen lately!

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Growing up, I was a competitive swimmer. I pretty much swam 5-6 days a week. My weekends were spent at swim meets all over the place. As my kids got older and they were starting to play sports, I really hoped and prayed I would get a swimmer out of one of them. Sadly, they were too into every other sport BUT swimming! Oh well! Maybe one of my grandkids one day!

DIY Swimmers Bedroom Ideas

So…as I was saying, we have been spending a lot of time checking out different model homes. This swimmers bedroom really caught my eye. I have scoured the internet trying to find that wallpaper behind the bed. While I haven’t found that particular wallpaper, I did find this one that is super cute and would look perfect on that wall too!

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While the wallpaper in the room is super cool, what I really liked was the ceiling!

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For the non-swimmers out there, what is on the ceiling mimics the bottom of a competitive swimming pool! Each individual lane has those lines. I think they would be super simple to make. With a little help, hanging them shouldn’t be too difficult either!

Decorating your Swimmers Bedroom

There are so many swimming related motivational posters out there. They would be great to hang on the wall. Like the model home bedroom, I would choose various shades of blue to decorate the room with pops of color.

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Isn’t this cute?!? What do you think?

If your kids aren’t swimmers, but play another sport or are into some other kind of hobby (reading, writing, art, etc), what kind of theme room would you do for them?


Thankful Thanksgiving Activity Printable

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the best holiday ever. You don’t have to worry about gifts at all. Instead, you eat food and enjoy time with friends and family. What could be better than that?!? Another thing I look forward to this time of year is reflecting all of the things that we are thankful for. As adults, I think it is important for our kids to slow down a bit and reflect as well. That’s why I think this Thankful Thanksgiving Activity would be a perfect activity for kids to play on Thanksgiving!

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Thankful Thanksgiving Activity

Do you need an activity to keep the little ones occupied while you get dinner together? How about an activity that gets the kids talking about the different things they are thankful for? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this Thankful Thanksgiving Activity is the FREE printable you have been looking for!

How to Use the FREE Printable

First, print your FREE Thankful Thanksgiving Activity printable. You can print one copy or print multiple. It’s up to you, but make sure you print them in color. Next, roll your multi-colored die. Take the color you land on and have the kids find the corresponding dot on the printable. Tell everyone what you are thankful for!

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In this day and age, with everything going on in the world, if we can get the kids talking about what they are truly thankful for, then we are headed in the right direction. The more we have our kids focusing on the positives in life, the better. I know I am looking forward to doing this with my kids.


How to Use the Trello App

One of my goals for 2018, was to use my time wisely and write more. Getting myself organized and pre-planning my posts was something I really needed to get better at. Having my son go to a private high school about 35-40 minutes from the house, and a daughter currently in the middle of her travel soccer season, planning is paramount. The Trello app has helped me pre-plan and, as a result, I began writing more.

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What is the Trello App?

The Trello app is an organizational app that allows you to make various boards for your various projects and lists. You have the ability to add others to your boards when collaborating on a project, or you can use the Trello app by yourself. Not only is this app available on your iPhone, iPad and Mac, but it is also available through Google Play.

How I Used the Trello App for Blogging

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The first thing you want to do is press the plus sign in the upper right corner. That will allow you to add a board. Since I have this blog and my book site, I made sure to make a separate board for each site. You can also color code each board so you don’t confuse anything. Once you click on your board, you can then add cards to the board to organize your thoughts and projects.

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The image above shows what it looks like within each board. Since I joined an October blog challenge where we needed to try and write a post every single day (Monday through Friday). I had knee surgery on October 10th, so I knew that if I wanted to be successful with this challenge, I needed to start pre-planning my posts. I used the Trello app to do this.

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As I mentioned above, you can add cards to each board. In this case, each card for me was a blog post. You will notice in the image above, this particular post was about 5 dieting tips. Since I was pre-planning my posts, I was also able to make a checklist within each card to plan out the individual posts. This made the writing process go a lot quicker.

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have tried every which way to figure out a process for me that worked when it came to pre-planning. Nothing seemed to work for me. I can’t tell you how many planners I bought, thinking that was finally going to work. Nope! Nothing worked until I tried the Trello app. Give it a try! It’s a FREE app found in the app store and the Google Play store.

Have you used the Trello App before?

WW Mobile App – How to Add Exercise

As you know, I have been doing WW (Weight Watchers) for the last couple months. I’m really liking it. Switching from Keto to WW was a big decision for me. If truth be told, I was scared to make the switch. Keto has worked so well for me. But it’s been a good switch! Being apart of various WW online Facebook groups, I’ve noticed a lot of questions about activity tracking. If you’re having trouble with your WW mobile app, then this post is for you!

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WW Online vs WW Meetings

Choosing whether to do WW online or to go to meetings is a personal decision. For me, I tried the meetings route years ago and it was not for me. It could have totally been the place I went, but I felt like I was being judged when I had a slight gain. I didn’t like feeling that way. So doing it solely online, especially after my success with the Keto diet, it just made better sense to me. I have much better self control now, than I had years ago. Only you know what is best for you!

 

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Using Your WW Mobile App

Getting used to your WW mobile app takes a little time. Adding food is relatively easy. Type in the food you ate or scan it, select your serving size and click to track it. Where things get a little tricky is when the activity needs to be added. Adding your activity (exercise) for the day is very similar to adding your food. However, what happens if you forgot to add your exercise and it’s now the next day? Can you still add it? Should you still add it? The answer to all of those questions are YES!

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As you can see, I currently have 5 Fit Points (I’m recovering from knee surgery so I am getting around very slowly). Let’s say I am sitting here and I realized I forgot to add to my exercise the day before. Adding it the day after is super easy.

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Simply type in the exercise you did and it will pull up a screen like the image above. Put in the appropriate duration, intensity and then select the day you completed the activity. That’s it! Your Fit Points will be added to your total.

What If Your Fit Points Don’t Show Up?

On the WW Facebook pages I belong to, there was a question about the Fit Points not showing up in the total. Assuming there is not a glitch with the ww mobile app, and lets be completely honest here, it can happen…I mean, it’s technology! But…assuming no glitch, the ONLY reason I can find that your Fit Points would not show up in the total is if you are currently on your weigh in day and you are trying to add the exercise for a day prior to your weigh in day. Once you hit your weigh in day, a new week starts, so you will not get credit for that exercise for the current week. Make sense? I’d still add it because I like to make sure I add everything, but in the grand scheme of things, you don’t really need to if you don’t feel like it. Adding it will just reinforce the habit of adding everything to your tracker.

Want to Join WW?

Are you thinking about joining WW? I would love for you to use my link to sign up. By using my link, you receive a free month and I receive a free month! How great is that?!?