How to get your toddler to brush their teeth

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A huge part of being a parent is caring for your baby/toddler/kid’s hygiene. And it can make you feel totally frustrated and useless when they are refusing to make that part of your job go smoothly.

My daughter recently went through a phase where she would not brush her teeth. This was the week of her 2nd birthday. It had never been a problem before. But one night she just refused to open her mouth. We tried asking nicely. We tried enticing her with rewards. We tried bribery. We tried threats. She didn’t care. She’d rather have her new tricycle taken away than brush her teeth. She’d rather go to bed without reading any books. We were stumped and frustrated. I really really did not want to have to hold her down to brush her teeth. I’d heard many different views on that method and I was avoiding it. But it was getting close to that needing to happen.

After nearly a week of this struggle I decided she might just be bored with the routine. Maybe it was time to switch it up a bit? With a few simple changes we had success! Maybe one of our changes will work for you and your stubborn little one too. Here’s what worked for our family:

 

1. NEW TASTE. We changed toothpaste. Maybe she was bored and just needed it to be new and fun again? Maybe she just genuinely didn’t like the other stuff. Either way this was a simple and inexpensive idea to try first.

 

 2. NEW TOOL. We got her a new toothbrush. We made it a fun experience to go to the store for a new one. We told her what we were doing and that it was for brushing her teeth, basically talked it up to build the anticipation and fun. I then picked a few appropriate options and let her pick the one she wanted. 

 

 3. CONTROL. I let her brush my teeth. I didn’t want her to think this was something only she had to do. So I gave her my toothbrush and let her do to me what I was trying to do to her. It’s only fair, right? I held my hand over hers to control how much force she used and helped keep from her being too rough. She thought this was lots of fun! She laughed and smiled the whole time. Did I end up with some toothpaste on my face? You bet! But if it helped her get over this stage, worth it!

 

4. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! We changed bathrooms. We usually had her sit on the toilet in the guest bathroom to have her teeth brushed. That stopped working so we moved the routine to her sitting on the counter in our bathroom. Maybe her being in “mommy and daddy’s bathroom” made it a little more fun and interesting? 

 

5. VISUALS. We let her see what was happening. We sat her on the counter and turned her around to face the mirror. She is much happier to oblige if she can see exactly what is happening. She seems to actually enjoy watching and observing the routine now. If there was fear behind her stubbornness, giving her a visual really seemed to  help alleviate it.

 

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Alternate ideas:
– don’t have a second bathroom? Why not try the kitchen sink and a small, easy to move mirror?

– order new toothpaste and toothbrush online and make it out to be a gift when it arrives. Involve them in the unpacking and make a big fuss about it. My daughter seems to be liking this Nuby toothpaste:

– get a timer so your little one knows how long to brush for when they are old enough to do it themselves.

– get a fun, vibrating toothbrush like this Finding Dory one:

 

– Use a reward system like this one below. Every time they brush, they get a sticker. It hangs on the bathroom doorknob. After a full week of brushing, maybe you’ll choose to reward them with a little toy or book from the Dollar Store.

That’s it! 5 super simple changes that put an end to our teeth brushing struggle. I can’t guarantee they’ll work for you, but they are easy enough to give them a try. 

 

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Affordable Bohemian Home Decor

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Spring is here and I’m itching to clean, purge and give my home a fresh new look! Deep down I’m a yoga loving hippie who can’t get enough of the ever-so-trendy, Bohemian style. I love the clothes, the lifestyle, the home decor, everything!

If you are like me and wanting to add a little boho-chic flair to your world, check out the list I’ve compiled below. All items are very well reviewed and super affordable.

 

Handmade Tassel Dream Catcher

I’m loving this decorative boho chic dream catcher. It’s handmade, has great reviews, and is available in 5 different colour options.

 

Macrame Woven Wall Hanging

This vintage-meets-modern boho wall hanging is simple, elegant and trendy. It’s a best seller and comes in 3 sizes and is handcrafted using natural materials.

 

Bohemian Duvet Cover Set

Bring boho style to your bedroom with this 4 piece, mandala pattern, bedding set. Available in 5 sizes and 3 different colours.

 

Hanging Wall Mirror

This octagonal macrame hanging mirror is perfect for walls, hallways or to complete and add dimension to a space. They look rad paired together too.

 

Handmade Leather Footstool

I want this gorgeous, 100% handmade Moroccan Pouf made of high quality leather. This pouf comes unstuffed but that’s what makes it so affordable. You save a ton of money by stuffing it yourself. You can read the positive reviews and see what others used to stuff theirs. I’m wondering if you could use old clothes or blankets?

 

Natural Seagrass Belly Basket

These natural seagrass baskets are handmade from natural materials. They can be used for storage, laundry or plants. So versatile!

 

Boho Decor Globe String Lights

Add warmth to any room or patio with these rose gold Moroccan style string lights with a copper finish.

 

Macrame Candle Holder

This macrame vase can be used as a candle holder, a flower vase, or for kitchen utensils / as a decorative way to display cutlery. 

 

Bohemian Pouf Cover

I love this bohemian floor pillow cover! Use it for additional seating, a place to meditate, or just to add that boho chic feeling to your space. This is the cover only for those who already have a floor pillow. If you don’t, you can get one here.

 

Elephant Wall Tapestry

Release your inner hippie with this elephant mandala patterned wall hanging. It adds some flair to walls (and is also great for covering imperfections). 

 

Bohemian Pillowcase

Add some bohemian style to your space with this handmade cushion cover. Also available in blue or green.

 

Bohemian Throw Blanket

The practical blanket will keep you cozy and add that boho/tribal look to your space that you’re looking for!

 

Boho Inspired Wall Clock

This blue mandala print clock is chic and practical. The coolest thing about this clock – An independent artist profits from every purchase! 

 

Distressed Stamped Metal Feathers Garland

Pretty pretty pretty! This feather garland would add a unique and beautiful feeling to any room. 

 

Moroccan Style Candle Lantern

This lantern comes in a huge variety of colours and styles. Great for indoors or out on a patio.

 

I’ll end the list here, although I could go on and on! My inner hippie is having so much fun! I hope you’ve found something you love to add to your home. If not, it’s still fun to look and daydream 😉

 

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Gift Ideas for Yoga Lovers

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Gift Guide for Yoga Lovers

Do you have a friend or family member who loves yoga and/or fitness? Gift guides seem to be so popular right now. I thought I’d join in and create a gift guide for yoga lovers. Any yogi on your gift list will appreciate that you know their interests and cared enough to get them something they can use to help their practice flourish. As someone who does yoga almost daily, I’d be thrilled to receive any of these items.

Here we go!

 

Fit Spirit Yoga Mat

Starting with the basics – a yoga mat. Now most yogi’s on your list will likely already have a mat. But maybe you know someone who’s just starting their yoga journey. Or perhaps your yogi has specifically asked for a new mat. This mat is a nice, affordable option that’s also nice to look at (bonus)! Other patterns available too.

 

Lotus Flower Necklace

Jewelry is always a great gift. This lotus flower necklace with Om symbol is unique and suitable for every day wear.

 

Gaiam Grippy Toeless Yoga Socks

These socks are perfect for yoga, Pilates, barre, dance. They allow your toes to move and spread naturally while the grips on the bottom provide a non-slip surface.

 

Yoga Spinner Game

A fun yoga game of flexibility and balance to strengthen the body and stimulate the mind. A great way to introduce yoga through fun play to children 5 and up. How it works: Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins!

 

Yoga Joes

 

A great update to a familiar, classic toy. These will make any yogi smile and are a fun conversation piece. Packaged in a “mini yoga studio” clear box with bamboo floor. I’ve seen these guys at a local store and they are so cute. Available in Green or Pink.

 

 Elenture Yoga Mat Carry Bag

Anyone who travels with their own mat to class will appreciate this great bag with pockets for their keys, books, water bottles, cell phones, wallet, etc. It’s 100% organic cotton canvas and is machine washable. And if you don’t love this pattern, there are 20 others to choose from!

 

Yoga Dice 

This container of dice holds endless inspiration for every yoga lover! Seven wooden dice (one for each chakra) represent different types of poses—seated, standing, balancing, twists, and more—that, when rolled together in the hand or using the container itself, generate a variety of yoga practices for practitioners of all levels.

 

The Yoga Journal 

This journal is a 3-in-1 tool for yoga lovers. Part tracker, part journal, and part reference guide, it offers everything today’s yogi needs to bring the benefits of yoga off the mat and into their daily lives. This yoga journal is the perfect place to keep track of your yoga routine, goals, experiences, improvements, and achievements. Like yoga, journaling is a great exercise to improve the mind and soul.

 

Om Nom Noms Yoga Pose Cookie Cutters

Use these fun cookie cutters to create cookies, pancakes, fruit, sandwiches, etc. in the shape of three popular yoga poses. Perfect for gatherings with fellow yogis or just to enjoy at home.

 

Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray & Towel 

It doesn’t take long for yoga mats to get sweaty and germy! This lavender scented yoga mat cleaner refreshes and renews without leaving an oily residue. It dries quickly while killing bacteria, fungus, and mildew. An essential tool for any yoga lover. Because who wants to stick their nose onto a stinking mat?

 

Tervis Water Bottle

Perfect to take to yoga class or have by your side during home practice. Everyone loves a pretty water bottle. It’s like a healthy accessory!

 

Peace Yoga Zafu Meditation Cushion

Meditation should not be interrupted by aching bones and sore muscles. Meditation pillows (bolsters) provide a boost up from hard floors, relieving stress from hips, knees and ankles. Bolsters also help to properly align and support the spine. I love this purple peacock cushion!

 

UPCIRCLESEVEN Yoga Wheel

This sweat resistant yoga wheel is the strongest one on the market. Considered to be the BEST back opener & stretcher you could have, this yoga wheel will open you up to new sequences & forms. BONUS PDF E-guide is also included w/ each purchase. They’ll also give a full refund if you’re not 100% satisfied with the product. I love the look of the cork, but there are 4 other colors available as well.

 

 

Wacces Yoga Strap

A yoga strap is a welcome addition to any yogi’s practice as they assist with holding poses longer and with less discomfort. This one comes in a variety of colors, is super affordable and gets great reviews. 

 

UOON Buddha Head Essential Oil Diffuser

I love this Essential oil Burner / Tealight Candle Holder! Perfect addition to a home yoga space or studio. It just screams (peacefully) warm, zen vibes.

 

Namaste Inspirational Motivational Coffee

Who doesn’t love a new pretty cup to sip coffee or tea from? Any yogi would enjoy this peacefully colored mug to fuel their practice.

 

Yoga Pug Novelty Socks

These funny, novelty socks are perfect if you just need a small gift for a yoga lover. Would also make a great stocking stuffer at Christmas time.

 

French Bull Yoga Block

Lastly, I’ll leave you with one last piece of equipment. This yoga block is as pretty and fun as it is useful. It’s lightweight yet sturdy and will help ease into certain poses. Every home practice needs a yoga block…even if you don’t know you need one!

And there you have it.  I hope this gives you some great ideas or at least a place to start looking for yoga themed gifts. Namaste.

 

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How to Increase Your Water Intake

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Drink more water

I think everyone knows we need to drink lots of water. And I’m sure most of us know we need to be drinking more water than we actually do. I’m definitely guilty of not drinking enough. Drinking water is essential for our health. Our bodies just don’t function properly without it. Which is understandable since our body weight is 60% water!
Let’s look at some benefits and tips to help increase that water intake.

A few Benefits:

– reduces fatigue
– aids in weight loss
– flushes toxins
– promotes healthy digestion
– improves skin complexion
– reduces headaches
– boosts immune system
– lubricates and cushions joints

How much water do you need?

The water intake benchmark is commonly thought of as 8 glasses a day. But that’s not very precise. What size glass? How many bottles is that equal to? And of course based on age, weight, health concerns, and climate, everyone’s needs are a little different. Here’s a link to a handy dandy Hydration Calculator to help you determine YOUR individual need.

Tips to increase your water intake

  • Simply write on a water bottle with a permanent marker. Definitely the cheapest/easiest method. Mark times on the side of a bottle with a marker to remind you where you should be at throughout the day.
  • Compete with a friend. Like some people have weight loss competitions with friends to stay motivated, try doing the same with water intake.
  • Add some fruit if you find plain water boring or unpalatable. Simply add a few slices of lemon or lime (keep scrolling for infused water recipes). Or try one of these fruit infusing water bottles.
  • Set a notification on your phone that repeats every hour reminding you to drink some water.
  • Get a pretty water bottle or drinking cup. Treat your water bottle like an accessory. If it’s pretty and something you love, you’ll be more motivated to use it.
  • Track your intake. Keeping track of your water intake and setting goals for yourself can really help you stay on top of things. Try it for a week. Once you get in the habit of writing things down, you’ll become more mindful of your intake. 
  • Pick up a time trackable water bottle like these (I love the one on the right). With times marked on the side you can see at a glance whether you are on track for the day or if you need to pick up the pace! 
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  • Eat spicy foods. Add some hot sauce or chili peppers to your lunch and dinner. The extra kick will have you reaching for more water.
  • Install an app. There really is an app for everything! Search your app store for one of these: 
    Waterlogged – Daily Hydration Tracker
    Daily Water – Drink Reminder
    My Water Balance – Daily Drink Tracker
  • Carbonate it. If you aren’t a fan of flat water pick up a bottle of carbonated water on your way to work. OR check out this cool soda stream machine to do it yourself at home.
  • Get in the habit of drinking 1 glass of water before every meal. Not only will it increase your intake, but it will also make you feel more full, and therefore you’ll be less likely to overindulge at mealtimes. Studies have also shown that drinking water before eating helps digestion.
  • Finally, if you are really serious about increasing your water intake, the Gigue Smart Water Bottle may be your answer. It’s a little pricey, but the technology is really cool. The water bottle connects to your iPhone and tracks your hydration levels. It takes things into account like your age, the weather, your weight, etc. and adjusts the notifications accordingly. It’s also handy for tracking weight loss goals. 


Infused Water Recipes

Personally, I am a fan of simply adding lemon slices and ice to my water. When it’s icy cold and lemon-y, I tend to guzzle it down like crazy! But if that doesn’t float your boat, check out these fantastic recipes put together by EatingBirdFood.com

Water Recipes

I hope you find a few of these tips work for you. Whether you want to increase your water intake for weight loss, energy levels, skin complexion, or just to be healthier in general, we can ALL benefit in some way, shape or form to increase our water intake. Cheers!

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