Little Steps Have Big Impacts – Involving The Kids In Going Green

The statistics surrounding waste in our homes can be daunting; incandescent bulbs, for example, can use up to 80% more electricity than energy saving varieties. With a little investment any home can save huge amounts of money every year by being more ecologically aware; but is there a way to have a big impact at a smaller scale? What lessons can we teach our children that will help save our purses and the planet?

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The Magical Shower

Showering uses around 20 gallons less water than a bath does, but it is estimated that around 20% of the water in a shower is actually just thrown away. By deciding not to have a bath you have made a big impact, but by letting the water run while it heats up you are contributing to over 200 billion gallons of water wasted, every year in this way. You can help by installing a low flow shower head to save water; but there is a difference the children can help with too. A simple bucket to capture the water that would be wasted while the shower is running is a nifty little trick. This water can be used on the garden or to flush the toilet when urinating. While you are teaching the children this trick, it is worth placing a brick in the toilet cistern to reduce its volume and to demonstrate the difference between a half and full flush.

Recycle Those Bags

It is a common problem. You plan to bring your bags for life with you when you go grocery shopping but every time you just plain forget. This isn’t your fault, you have so much to focus on, after all. The trick is to make someone else responsible. Children love to be in charge of something, no matter how small. A plastic bag is used for 12 minute on average and lasts in the environment for thousands of years. It is estimated that up to a trillion plastic bags are used every year globally. Make one of your children the bag monitor, make it their job to ensure you always have your recycled bags with you when ever you go shopping. Even if they forget themselves, the act of making them responsible will help remind you to prompt them.

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Learn To Turn Off

Light bulbs left on are incredibly wasteful but this is just the tip of the energy iceberg. Making a game out of turning lights off is easy, but remembering to turn gaming systems off… Modern appliances being left on standby are responsible for $19 billion being wasted on energy bills every year. It is vital that children learn the difference between standby and something being truly off. This wasted electricity could be the difference between a fantastic visit from Santa Claus or finding a piece of coal in the stocking instead.

It is easy to focus on the costly ways to be ecologically friendly as a household but small changes can be just as important. Teaching your children about their carbon footprint at an early age can help to instill habits and behaviors that will set them up well for life.

 

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Does Your Family Need Implants?

Nothing expresses confidence more than a big, beautiful smile but for the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, this may be a difficult feat. The American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) notes that the problem gets worse as we age, with 30% of adults aged 65 to 74 having no natural teeth. Children can also lose teeth, due to causes such as accidents or injuries, or hypodontia – an inherited condition characterized by developmentally missing teeth. If you or your children have gaps you would like to fix, you may have thought about getting implants. In this post, we highlight important considerations that will determine whether or not this procedure can be the solution you are looking for.

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Why implants are important

 

Families often consider implants because missing teeth can make individuals reticent to smile or embarrassed in work or social settings. However, there are important functional reasons why implants can be helpful. As stated by the ACP, “Losing even a single back tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift and drift toward the open space, affecting the way you chew food making it more difficult to clean the area and it can all lead to bone loss.”

What happens when you leave an implant for too long

Placing an implant soon after losing a tooth will ensure that surrounding bone isn’t lost. Implants are not a cheap treatment, but they can help you save on health costs in the long run, since if you wait too long, you can lose bone, thus making a bone graft necessary. This procedure is considerably more costly, and there is no guarantee of success. Moreover, the five-year survival rate for implants fitted into your own, natural bone is 92% compared to 90% of implants placed into a bone graft.

Are implants always indicated?

‘Get a new set of teeth in a day’ is fast becoming a popular motto in some dental clinics, but you might be surprised if your dentist tells you that prior work is required before you or your child can have an implant placed. For instance, gum disease needs to be addressed to increase the likelihood of implantation success. Additionally, your dentist might recommend orthodontics to treat a misaligned bite, or other treatments before you are ready to have an implant placed. Sometimes, if the gap is small, the dentist might recommend doing nothing at all.

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What is the minimum age for implants?

Children should be at least 15 (in the case of girls) or 17 (boys) to have implants since bone growth should be fully complete when implants are placed. If your child is younger or your dentist otherwise thinks it is a good idea to wait awhile, you may be recommended one or several options, including removable partial dentures, bridges, braces containing an artificial tooth, or space maintainers (to keep alignment just right until a more permanent solution can be provided).

Implants can help you or your older kids smile with confidence, but if for any reason the timing is not right or other dental work needs to be completed, then the wait will definitely be worth it. Your dentist will find other solutions that can help fill a missing gap. Eventually, implants can help you enjoy food and even sleep well, ensuring you do not lose vital bone or change your natural bite.

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine

We all know how important sleep is, but too few of us actually get the high-quality sleep we need. Working at a doctor’s office, I need as much sleep as I can get, so I make sure to set aside some time to relax before bed every night to ensure that I get the best sleep I can. To help inspire you to do the same, I’m sharing my own nighttime routine.

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine #sleep #routine #daily

 

1. Shower/bath
I start my routine every night with a shower about an hour and a half before bedtime. It helps me relax and feel clean when crawling into my sheets. Typically about once a week, I’ll treat myself to a 30-45 minute bath with a scented bath bomb. In the winter, I’ll go out for a 30 minute walk or jog then come in to take a warm shower before crawling into bed. It makes me warm and cozy which creates the perfect sleep environment for me.

2. Skin care routine
After my shower, I wash my face to clear it of the makeup and dirt that might have accumulated on my skin during the day. Washing with warm water helps open my pores to make sure the soap can do its job most effectively. Then, I apply my facial toner and moisturizer, liquid spray tan to my legs, and moisturizer to the rest of me. I prefer to use lightweight products that smell good so I don’t feel sticky after my regimen.

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3. Practice some self-care
To unwind, I make sure to set aside some time after I’m washed to just relax. After a day spent on my feet, I like to give myself a five minute foot massage. Next, I turn off all blue light devices, including my cell phone, laptop, tablet and the TV to make sure that my sleep doesn’t get disturbed. I’ll then sit at my desk and do some writing. I like to jot down my to-do list for the next day and spend 30 minutes journaling my thoughts. I try to write everything down I’m thinking, from random thoughts to things I’ve been pondering all day, usually with a little perspective splashed in there to help reflect on the day.

4. Prepare for the morning
Even though I only wear scrubs to work, I like to pick out my clothes for the next morning the night before. It helps save me those extra few minutes to move slowly or sip my coffee and leaves me pretty carefree once I climb into bed for the night.

5. Meditation/Yoga
To round out the evening, I usually take 15 minutes to do a little meditation and my bedtime yoga routine. It helps me rest my mind and clear it of all the stress of the previous day. I always feel rejuvenated and at ease after dedicating just a few minutes to this.

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine #sleep #routine #daily

 

6. Say goodnight
When I finally crawl into bed, I tell my cat goodnight, turn on my ceiling fan, and I’m out like a light. I’ve been getting some of my best sleep in recent years, and I’m sure that these few extra steps that I take for myself are an investment in my sleep, and therefore, overall wellness.


I hope some of my routine has encouraged you to carve out some extra time before bed just for yourself. Whether it’s stretching before getting into bed, investing in a cozier mattress, or listening to a sleep playlist, I’d love to hear what tricks you use before bed to get better sleep!

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

Aging can be a beautiful thing. It often comes with a sense of renewed confidence, new-found wisdom, and unique experiences. The physical signs of aging, however, aren’t always as welcome. Here are some quick tips on how to adapt your beauty routine to meet your changing needs.

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Your Skin

Boost your diet
Subbing in a few healthy choices every day can have a surprising impact on your overall appearance. Healthy fats like nuts and avocados strengthen cell membranes and can nourish your skin. Similarly, foods rich in vitamin-C, like green veggies, can boost collagen levels and skin elasticity.

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Create a night routine
If you begin incorporating some quick skin care into your nightly routine, you will be enjoying the benefits of brighter, clearer skin in just a few days without feeling overwhelmed. First step is always removing makeup, then introducing a serum to hydrate and regenerate your skin. Try exfoliating just once a week to physically rid your face of dead skin and dirt. Just be careful to use a gentle product and not overdo it with the scrubbing to protect your skin from damage.

Your Hair

Get the right color
As we age, our scalp loses some of its natural oil which can make our hair lose color and become weak. Guessing the right shade for your changing hair can be risky when you’re bombarded by all the choices at the grocery store. Bring new life to your hair by switching up its appearance with a dye that’s custom made for you.

Skip the shampoo
Surprisingly, most people don’t need to wash their hair more than twice a week. In fact, overwashing can strip your hair of the natural oils that give it shine, and leave your scalp dry and itchy. Try cutting out a shampoo cycle every now and then and see if it helps your hair look more youthful and thick. As with most beauty advice, however, it all depends on your lifestyle: if you’re running marathons everyday, you might want to follow your own shampoo routine!

Your Makeup

Use warm colors
Lighter tones can brighten your whole face, while dark hues with silver undertones can accentuate dark circles. Peach, rose and gold eyeshadows can make your eyes appear bigger, and rosy blush or lipstick can perk up your skin and overall look.

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Find the right foundation
With age comes diminished skin elasticity and unfortunately, wrinkles. Investing in the right foundation to meet your needs can be a huge help in your own confidence. Let your skin type guide your choice: those with dry skin should use a hydrating liquid foundation while those with oily skin should look for oil-free liquid, or powder foundation. Check out this helpful guide for more specific information about your skin type to make sure you find the right foundation for you.

Whether you celebrate your age or want to hide it, make sure you’re taking small steps like these to ensure that your regimen accentuates your changing beauty. After all, your beauty on the outside should match that of the confident woman on the inside.

5 Simple Things To Know When Moving In With Your Significant Other

5 Simple Things To Know When Moving In With Your Significant Other

Moving in with a significant other is certainly an exciting step in a relationship, but it can also be a stressful one. There are bills to cover, chores to divide and suddenly you’re faced with a lot less alone time than you’re used to. One of the biggest stresses you might not expect can be trying to find a way to peacefully blend your decor into one cohesive look. But it is possible to create a space you’ll both love without ripping each other’s heads off. These are a few quick tips for surviving the process!

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Upcycle Your New Style
Blending styles certainly doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture to make it fit your new decor. There are plenty of easy DIY solutions to upcycle your current pieces and create a customized look. My post on the basics of upcycling furniture should be a great guide to help you get started on transforming your existing furniture. Going thrift shopping together can also be a fun way to find unique pieces to make over together that will work for your new place.

Give Their Style A Chance
An important tip throughout this process is to not write off your partner’s style right away. Even if their suggestions seem kooky or out there, give them a chance to show you their ideas and really consider if they’ll work in your home. You might find yourself liking some of their ideas that normally wouldn’t be up your alley. Moving in together is a great chance to expose yourself to new ways of doing things, including home decor.

Get Professional Help
Trying to figure out how to blend your classic, girly style with your boyfriend’s masculine, industrial tastes can sound impossible, but the good news is there are professionals out there who can help. Enlist the help of an online interior designer who can create a design that blends both of your decor preferences. They might even help you discover a brand new aesthetic you can both fall in love with that you never would’ve considered before. Best of all, they can be the ones who break it to your partner that his ratty Scarface poster from college isn’tgoing to work for the design in your new shared space.

Agree On A Color Palette
You can make two very different design styles work cohesively in one room with a unified color palette. Check out what colors you’re both already drawn to in your decor or use a color scheme generator to create a palette you can come to an agreement on. Once you’ve done this, it will be easier to incorporate decor pieces in a united way, even if your preferred styles are wildly different.
Pick Your Battles
You’re not going to be able to get your way on every design choice so talk to your partner about which spaces in your home are most important to you. Maybe you couldn’t care less about place settings, but creating a serene bathroom is important to your sanity. Or you know that your significant other will spend a lot of time in the office, but you prefer to work in the living room. These things will help you decide who should get the final say on certain decisions and avoid unnecessary arguments. Being open about what’s important to you and what isn’t will be key in creating a balanced style that represents both of you equally!

Herb Crusted flank steak

Herb Crusted flank steak

I had a craving for some meat! So I decided I’d cook, since it had been awhile, It turned out to be a great idea! The day was rainy and lazy so i whipped up some homemade horseradish sauce for the side too. I have a love hate relationship with horseradish sauce though.

I made fingerling potatoes and snow peas for the sides, which we quickly gobbled up. 

Herb crusted flank steak #recipe #dinner #food

Herb Crusted Flank Steak 

Ingredients:
2 tsp rosemary, finely minced
2 tsp thyme, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp each salt and pepper
2 lbs flank steak

Get cooking:
1. Chop the rosemary, thyme, and tarragon for the marinade. Next, mince some garlic, and add it to your herbs.
2. Drizzle in the olive oil and add pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir well.
3. Lay the flank steaks out over plastic wrap and pour the marinade right over. Rub in the marinade all over with your hands, make sure you don’t miss a spot.
4. Grill the steaks about five minutes on each side (for a beautiful medium steak).
5. Slice it into strips on a platter and serve.

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This is a great weeknight meal and can be mixed with a little wine. I love shedding a busy day starting with dinner, a glass of wine, then a shower before bed.

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Hello June, thank you for bringing gorgeous weather, chirping birdies, and time for adventures outside! 

Who else is excited that June is here? What are your plans for this month? New months are always fun because there is a little surprise in store for each. That is the beauty of life after all, isn’t it?

Monthly Goals: June 2018 #monthly #goals #life

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Freelancing // I’d like to expand a little. Although I work 5 days every 2 weeks at the part time job I’d like to pick up another freelance client or two. I am currently working with one and I absolutely love it! I feel like I am getting my footing.

Time management // I am horrible at time management, even when I KNOW I have things to do I may wait until the last minute to get it done. So I am going to try working on this in June. I’ll try by waking up 5-10 minutes earlier each week instead of peeling myself out of bed, taking a 5 minute shower, then rushing to get dressed and head out the door.

Saying no // I’ve been practicing this very recently, to say no to things that I don’t find suit me or on days I know I need a break. I recently said no to a day out and opted for a massage. Needless to say I felt great days afterwards too.

Blog // I would one to focus on the blog too. I’d love for this month to be the best month since I’ve owned this domain. The first six months of owning it I didn’t really do anything with it, I’d like to change that. June 21st is my one year blog anniversary, I can’t believe how fast time has gone by!

Meditation // I’m rather new to meditation. Though I’ve done yoga for years I’ve never gotten into meditation. People I’ve talked to who do meditate praise it, so I’m going to give it a try. With every little thought giving way to four different thoughts, I need a way to clear my mind and give it a break.

These are in no real order who has time for that, but I hope I’ll get slightly better with organizing too.

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

I do a lot of things friends and family question. There is a lot more than ten things but you know, why not turn this thing into a series?? Jk, I won’t do that.

I chose the ten that I get questioned about more than most. 

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

I’m an introvert // sure I seem cool calm and collected while I’m laughing but in reality I’m always looking at the door. I enjoy all of my friends company, I love them I do. I just like being alone in my own space.

Crowds freak me out // the world is mutating into a different place than it was when our parents were our age. It freaks me out to be around 15 strangers or more at any time. Maybe I watch too much ID Network but it’s made me cautious. I don’t know what those people are thinking or how they’re feeling; they could be simmering to attack whenever! 

Why all the hand sanitizer // you have no idea how hard it is to be a germaphobe, hah or maybe you do. Everything you touch sticks to your fingertips! Think about what you touch all day everyday.

I eat dessert first // when going to dinner I usually have a sweet treat in mind, so I order it first. If I’ve still got a little room I’ll order an entree to box up and take home. My sweet tooth pretty much rules my life.

What’s with two part times // I have two part time jobs as opposed to one full time job because things just worked out that way. I actually love it because I’m doing different jobs on different days so it breaks up the week a little.

Freelance writer // I’m trying to start a freelance writing business. I want to focus on creative writing and blog articles with advanced SEO for the time being. I love writing so much! 

Horrible car sickness // Yup, que the all natural Dramamine! This stuff is a life savor! I’ve been driving myself around since I could drive myself. I don’t like being a passenger, it’s boring over there. Matt likes giving me a break while he drives us so I always have Dramamine on hand. I didn’t the first time I rode with him and I turned a 45 minute trip into an hour 1/2. 

Why listen to songs four times // I love music with all of myself! I love all types and love finding new bands & songs (leave your favorite for me to check out). I listen to songs at least four times the first time. I do this because I listen to the words the first 2 times then the actual music the last two times.

Meditation practices // I have so much going on in my mind at this point in my life. I need a quiet place to retreat to, to find answers, to be able to focus. I get a lot of “whys” but that doesn’t bother me, it’s not really anyone else’s concern what I choose to do not to lose my mind.

Showering before a bath // I’m not bashing anyone who doesn’t shower before taking a bath, in the only person I know that does. I take a bath to relax or detox my body. I don’t want anything extra like dirt and what not in my bath with me.