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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to Teach Children to Clean Their Rooms - S Post

Being a parent is a lot of hard work and can be a little overwhelming at times, so while cleaning seems to always be needed, having one less room to clean would be a blessing. Teaching your child how to clean their own room can be a great way to make everything more manageable while also teaching them responsibility. Cleaning a whole room can be a big task for a child, so here are some ways to teach them without overwhelming them.

Start with Small Tasks

In school, you don’t jump into adding larger numbers together before you learn the small ones, and just like in math, there are many components that go into cleaning a room that a child might not understand.It’s important to teach children how to do smaller tasks first, like pulling their comforter all the way up to their pillows, or putting away their toys when they’re done playing. If they don’t know how to do a task, like hanging clothes on a hanger, make sure you show them how it’s done.

Use Pictures to Help

Depending on how old your child is when you’re teaching them how to clean their room, it may be easier to show a picture of how to do something. If there is a box for blocks in their room, put a picture of a block above the bin it goes in so your child remembers. You could also utilize diagrams with arrows to show your child how to make their bed or hang up clothes.

Teach Them to Clean as They Play

This concept can be a trickier to teach, but once children learn how to clean up after themselves when they’re done playing, it’ll make cleaning their room easier for them. If you have to clean up after them, you can take whatever toys you had to clean up and keep them somewhere. Your child can get them back once they’ve done a chore or two. It may not work the first time, but it’s a start to teaching them to pick up after they’re done playing.

Make it Fun

Cleaning your room isn’t a fun task for most, so find something to help make cleaning something your child wants to do. There are different clean up songs you can teach your child, or rhymes to get them to remember to tidy their room. You can come up with a game with prizes to make cleaning more fun.

Have Patience with Them

Remember that your child is learning, so don’t expect perfection on the first try. Be encouraging, and tell them how proud you are of them for trying and then correct them on something if they messed up on it. Let your child know it’s okay to forget or mess up; they just need to try again so they can learn.

Having your child clean their own room will make them accountable for the messes they make. Your child will also learn tasks that will help them later in life, like putting a shirt on a hanger or organizing their toys. There will be less mess for you to worry about and you’ll all be better off because of it!

This is a guest post by Michael from, a home improvement brand that helps people save money on replacement parts.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Finding Someone That's Being Authentic During Your Dentist Search - s post

A dentist’s role is more than just cleaning teeth and telling you to floss more. Your dentist is also the guide to handling your oral health. This plays a major role in your quality of life. And let’s not forget the fact that oral health issues can also be related to or indicators for other health conditions. However, especially if you are bringing special needs or another situation into the mix you will need to find the right fit. One of the most important qualities across the board, though, is authenticity. Why is this so, and what can you do?

The Dentist Search

Before starting your search, perhaps one of the best things you could do is put yourself in a dentist’s shoes. What is going to be your priority? Letting people knowing about your expertize? Providing insight on your background and about your staff? Maybe showing how your prices stack up? According to data from the American Dental Association, 59% of adults indicated that they forgo dental care due to cost, 22% because they are afraid of the dentist, and 19% because they cannot find a convenient location or appointment time. After all, a dental practice is a business, and as the person running the business, a dentist may feel tugged in many different directions to try and get the most clientele. The reason that we’re bringing this up is that you want to have the right mindset before starting your search.

Now, let’s move onto the actual search itself. The best way to help you figure out what dentist to use is a recommendation. Ideally, this would be someone close to you with an opinion you trust, but if this isn’t a viable option, consider asking your family doctor/pharmacist, or contact your local or state dental society. The American Dental Association offers a list of these on its website. Should you not be able to get a recommendation, the best thing to do is going to be searching for the websites of local dentists on your own. Depending on your area, this may mean a lot of things to search from, but in general, the quality of a website counts for more than you may think. After all, a dental practice is a business, and more and more businesses use their websites to make a first impression. If a website looks poor, are their priorities really in the right place? Don’t ignore your gut feelings. However, there’s another side to this coin as well. Don’t like a slick design make up for lacking information, for example. What information is this? We’ll get to that in a moment.

What Not To Miss

As we mentioned before, price, distance, and fear are the three main reasons that people stay away from the dentist, and chances are that any dentist website worth its salt will at least have a section to address at least the first two concerns on this list. However, there are a lot of different pieces and questions that you will want to have in mind during your dentist search.

  • What are the dentist’s hours? This ties into distance a bit. After all, a dentist office may be open during hours that work for you, but if you have a huge commute and they aren’t open weekends, what seems convenient may suddenly be just the opposite.
  • What are the dentist’s qualifications/specific areas of expertise? Depending on your oral health, you may have certain needs, and you want to make sure that your dentist is a good match.
  • Does the dentist take your insurance? This may seem like an obvious question, but no one wants to be on the hook for more money than they thought. Be diligent.
  • Is emergency care an option? It may pay to find if your dentist is also an emergency dentist, rather than be surprised one way or the other in a dire situation.

There are many major details that people may have on their mind during a search for a dentist, which, depending on your situation, can be mildly annoying, a major headache, or a serious issue. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of taking everything presented as gospel without doing your new diligence. No, every dentist is not out to get your money. However, different people have different needs, and you don’t want to see a dentist who advertises themselves one way while their pros and cons may lie elsewhere. For this reason, no matter your needs, authenticity is something that no one wants to miss out on when doing their dentist search.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Eco-friendly Ideas to Clean Your House -- Guest post

After a long day at work or at school, it's nice to come home to a clean and fresh house.

Maintaining the cleanliness of our home sweet home can sometimes be a daunting task though. So to make our lives easier, we use products and tools to aid us in cleaning.

But are we sure that these products are friendly to our environment?

Mother Earth has been compromised because of the products that we’re using that are toxic and harmful for the environment. Let us show our concern to the planet that we’re living in by using these eco-friendly tips in cleaning our tiny abode.

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1. Replace Hazard Product

Statistically, more than synthetic chemicals are being used today and most of them are not properly tested for safety. These untested and unsafe chemicals can be found in in almost everything like pet or cleaning products.

To preserve our future and our loved ones’, we should make a conscious effort to ditch products that contain harmful chemicals. Since this is not an easy task, you should set a date and clear out your schedule just to check each product that you’re using at home. Gather every product that are untested and unsafe and dispose them properly. Switch to alternative products that contain biodegradable and nontoxic ingredients. 

2. Reusable Dryer Sheets

If you’re still using a commercial dryer sheet, it’s time to assess your preference. Those little disposable sheets contain lots of harmful chemicals such as chloroform, benzyl acetate, limonene, ethanol, benzyl alcohol among others that are linked to many diseases.

The good news is, you can make your own dryer sheets at the comfort of your home. What’s even better is that most of the ingredients are already in your cupboard.

You would need:
·       1 cup white vinegar
·       8 oz. amber spray bottle
·       Essential oils
·       strips of clothes

How to do it:
·       Pour the vinegar into the spray bottle.
·       Add your preferred essential oils. The volume depends on how much scents you want on your clothes
·       Spray it into each sheet. One sheet is enough for a standard load of laundry.

3. Ditch Air Fresheners & Eliminate Odor with Lemon

We use air fresheners to make our home smells good. Some air fresheners though are not safely tested and contain chemicals that are harmful to the health of your family.

If you want your house to be odor-free and smell good, you can opt for natural alternatives instead.  One of the most common natural ingredients used to make your home smell irresistibly is lemon. You can use it almost everywhere – from garbage disposal to bathroom to the kitchen sink.
The acidity in the lemon will surely eliminate the entire unpleasant odour. You can put a slice of lemon in your kitchen sink or you may combine the lemon drops with water or other essential oils. 

4. Clean Floor with Vinegar

The use of vinegar does not just limit as a flavor-enhancer to your favorite dishes. It is also popularly use in cleaning as it’s a natural product that safely disinfects, deodorizes and cleans most surfaces.

It’s an effective cleaning product that you can safely use on your floor as its mild acidity effectively removes stubborn dirt and stains. Against steam clean comparison, vinegar is just as effective, yet it’s cheaper and safer to the environment.

To make your own solutions, simply mix ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of water. You can also add essential oils if you want a more scented finish.

5. Clean Indoor Air with Plants

Plants don't only make our surrounding beautiful, they are also used to purify our indoor air and eliminates bad odor.

If you want your home to smell nice and fresh, have these plants:
·       Garden mum
·       Spider plant
·       Dracaena
·       Weeping Fig
·       Peace lily
·       Boston fern
·       Bamboo palm
·       Aloe Vera

Taking care of our environment should start from our home. These tips above will not only give us an immaculately clean house, it will also help our mother earth becomes a better place to live in.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How To Make Your Home Feel Warm & Personalized

Your home is where you head to relax and enjoy yourself. It’s important you make it a place of relaxation, and a space which represents your personality. There are steps to take that’ll ensure you feel happy each time you enter your home. Even if you’re not the best decorator, this is a project anyone is capable of doing if they put their mind to it.
Take a walk through of your home and note spaces and areas that you either love or can’t stand. Review each room one at a time and take notes. This’ll help you when you start to rearrange and place new items in your space. Have fun with it and remember that nothing’s permanent when you’re decorating. See how to make your home feel warm and personalized.
Knit or Crochet
Cozy up your home by handcrafting items for your place. Knit or crochet a blanket for your living room or bedrooms. Every time you use it, you’ll be reminded that it’s special. This is a sure way to stay warm and add a personal touch to your home. It’s also thoughtful to craft another person a gift, so they have it in their home.
Tote Bags
A custom tote bag is a great way to make your home feel personalized when you walk in the door. It’s easy and fun to create custom tote bags online, and you’ll have them in your home in no time. Hang them up and ready to use when you’re heading out the door. It’ll be like you’re bringing a piece of your home with you wherever you go. They’re fashionable and will certainly brighten up your home.
Hang pictures on the walls and display them on shelves. Pick some of your favorite shots of the family, kids and pets. Display them around the different rooms to spread the love to all corners of the house. Print images of your most cherished vacations or beautiful nature shots. These pictures will liven up the room and make it feel nice and warm.
Layer your lighting and add dimmer switches to set the mood. Make sure you have options when traveling from room to room. Include cute lamps and candles to make the room feel warm and cozy. Lighting is an element that’s often forgotten, but plays a large role in setting the tone throughout the home.
Fresh Flowers
Head to the farmer’s market and pick fresh flowers to display. Place them throughout the home and enjoy the colors and beautiful aromas that float throughout the air. Never underestimate the impact of a bundle of fresh flowers for sprucing up your home.
Use paint to liven up your front door. Your home will look stylish and unique at the same time. Don’t be afraid to add a color that’s bold and speaks to you. Paint is also a way to quickly change a room in the home and make it more hospitable.  

Small changes go a long way. Put your thinking cap on and start experimenting with new ideas. This is how to make your home feel warm and personalized.

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