Smile Tips for All Parts of Life from a Mom, Wife, and Dentist

February 21, 2017

Victoria's Secret PINK

Victoria's Secret PINK

The weather this past weekend was picture perfect so we went to Gravelly Point for some fun in the sun! 

My PINK by Victoria's Secret sweatsuit was perfect attire to watch the jet planes lift off from Ronald Reagan Airport and pass a soccer ball back and forth along the Potomac River. 

February 20, 2017

Hashtags and Pick Up Lines

In a hashtag era, I was so excited when my team surprised me with this #iwokeuplikethis mug!

#iwokeuplikethis mug

The coral color is fab!

The hashtag starts from your first pour and lasts until your last sip!

Have a little fun with your morning cup of joe! 

February 12, 2017

You Just Got Slimed! | Happy Valentine's Day

How to Make Slime

This Valentine's Day, we decided to slime things up a bit! The recipe is super easy and all you need is borax detergent, glue, and glitter. Follow the steps below for fun Valentine's Slime.

1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of borax in 1 cup of water and set aside.
2. In another bowl, mix 4 ounces of glue (clear or white) with glitter (add a splash of water as desired).
3. Combine borax mixture with colored glue and use hands to form a "blob" of slime.
4. Fill hearts and deliver!

February 8, 2017

Does Dark Chocolate Stain Your Teeth? | Happy Valentine's Day

Chocolate comes is a wide range of varieties from milk, to semi sweet to dark and even unsweetened. Those who favor dark chocolate may notice that these selections are often chalkier and more bitter tasting than the sweeter types. Given the lower sugar content, there are healthier benefits associated with choosing dark chocolate. However, some have wondered whether the rich flavor of dark chocoloate can be linked to stronger dyes that could aggressively stain teeth. 

The short answer is no, dark chocolate does not stain your teeth. Dark chocolate is higher in cocoa content, which is not linked to tooth discoloration. Of more interest is that dark chocolate also generally has higher values of theobromine, a natural substance found in cocoa beans, which can actually strengthen enamel and decrease risk for dental decay. Stronger enamel is often more stain resistant so dark chocolate could arguably help teeth maintain their brightness.

Generally, it's the color coated chocolate candies that contain artifical coloring agents, which can be absorbed by our teeth. Nestle USA recently decided to remove artificial flavors and colors from its products and this decision has prompted many to question the effect these dyes may have on our health. The FDA has confirmed that it regulates the amounts of artifcial additives to meet safety standards. However, indulging in sugar in any form comes with its own set of consequences.

In my experience, dark chocolate does not stain teeth more than milk chocolate. Foods that have greater effects on staining include tobacco in all forms, rich sauces like curry or stir fry and dark beverages such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Generally, chocolate is recommended over its sticky candy counterparts because it melts and is more easily rinsed away. To lessen the harm of staining as well as the risk of decay, it is recommend to drink water after chocolate consumption and maintain good oral hygiene. 

Dark chocolate is a favored sweet for many reasons and like most indulgences should be enjoyed in moderation. Happy Valentine's Day!  

February 6, 2017

Tune in for Warm Sounds with CozyPhones

Our family loves playing outdoors and exploring adventures on our gadgets so we were super excited about the opportunity to collaborate with CozyPhones to showcase their kids soft fleece headphones.

CozyPhones Fleece Headphones for Kids

My four-year-old son finds earbuds to be uncomfortable and traditional headphones too bulky but with CozyPhones, the fit is just right. A great gift for children, the fun designed fleece headbands house ultra thin speakers with a 52 inch braided cable that is compatible with all your favorite audio devices.

Our little guy just adores the Fox character that CozyPhones sent him and couldn't wait to try them out! They were easy for him to put on and durable enough for our trip to the park.

CozyPhones are perfect for growing ears and with a variety of styles in fleece, lycra and mesh, they can outfit the whole family. With free shipping and 100% money back guarantee, these super comfy headphones are for flexible use at home and away. Click here to order your pair today!

*Many thanks to CozyPhones for sponsoring this post with a pair of complimentary headphones. All opinions are my own.

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