Five simple things you can do for your child that I do for Amber to help keep their smile healthy and bright.
Funny Faces ~ I have her make exaggerated open mouth faces and noises while I brush her teeth–she thinks it’s hilarious
Clean up ~ Amber loves to brush her teeth by herself so after I brush I let her scrub them herself–they get extra clean and everyone is happy
Yummy (Healthy) Drinks ~ Amber drinks only water & milk–good for her teeth & body!
H2O Sippy ~ Like most kiddos Amber likes to have a sippy cup with her when she goes to bed, I just make sure I only give her water so it won’t be nasty on her teeth all night!
Yummy (Healthy) Food ~ Amber also only eats pretty healthy food, again–good for her teeth & body! When she does have a sugary treat we make sure to brush extra good afterwords!
– If your children play sports, pack water-proof spray-on sunscreen in their backpack. Make sure you tell them to spray it on while getting ready for practice or the big game (30 minutes before sun exposure). The spray version is easy to apply and they don’t have to feel shy about asking a team mate to help them out.
– Consider washing your child’s practice clothes and uniforms with Rit Sunguard. Available on-line and in most grocery stores, the easy to use powder can be washed in with clothes in the laundry and confers added SPF to t-shirts, shorts and socks – good for multiple washes.
– Buy empty lotion bottles (travel size) and fill them with sunscreen to pack in your child’s backpack. That way it is easy to transport and easy for you to monitor their use.
– Don’t forget sunglasses. Beyond a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your child’s eyes from harmful UV rays
– Encourage wearing a hat. Though most children are resistant to wearing a broad-brimmed hat, baseball caps are better than nothing. Just remind your child to put sunscreen on their ears and the back of their neck!
– If your child is in tournaments lasting the whole day in the fall, designate a “sunscreen parent.” Just like the “snack parent” who provides nourishment to keep the kids on the field, the “sunscreen parent” can keep them safe and free from sunburns. Making this part of the sport environment creates healthy habits early on.
What is the data to support the importance of sunscreen use?
Data shows that basal cell skin cancer is rising in people under the age of 40. In addition, a study done in 2000 and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that children who wore sunscreen consistently developed fewer moles than those who did not. The same study showed that sunscreen use is even more important for children with freckles because it decreased the number of nevi or moles they acquired by up to 40%. An epidemiological study completed in 2009 showed that male children are at higher risk than female and additional risk factors for developing moles include spending 5 – 6 hours /weekly/ between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm outdoors. That’s not a lot of time considering most sports practice at least 1 – 2 hours a day. And don’t forget those soccer tournaments!
So, if your child is playing sports when school gets back in session, remember these tips and keep them protected even when they are not under your watch.
I have always loved coffee!!! I remember being a little girl and going to my great-grandma’s house. She would give us some of her coffee in the teeny tiny doll cups we played with there. When I was a little older and I went hunting with my Dad he’d share his coffee with me…usually to discover I’d drank the entire mug. Haha! Once I got old enough to drink it on a regular basis I’ve pretty much drank it every morning since. Now that I have a newborn I need it more than ever!!!
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As many of you know school is starting up again in many places this week. As children are headed back to school it’s important to keep their safety in mind! I’m sharing a press release I was sent from one of my sponsors to help raise awareness of the importance of back to school safety especially concerning traffic! Although this law is only for NY it should help raise awareness everywhere! Be sure to check out the Facebook Page for Elle’s Law as well!
Governor Paterson Signs “Elle’s Law”
Signing comes less than two months after bill, sponsored by State Senator Dilan and Assemblyman Kellner, was unanimously passed by the NYS Legislature;
“Elle’s Law” will strengthen penalties for injuring pedestrians while driving recklessly; law named for three-year-old Elle, who was struck by car driving wrong way on Manhattan street to get a parking spot
ALBANY, NEW YORK (AUGUST 16) – Governor David Paterson has signed “Elle’s Law,” which will strengthen state motor vehicle laws by hiking penalties for similar driving violations, helping to ensure pedestrian safety – and acting as a deterrent for reckless drivers. The signing came less than two months after the New York State Legislature unanimously passed bills sponsored by Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner (D-Manhattan) and State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn).
“Elle’s Law” is named after young Elle, who was struck down by a motorist driving backwards down a Manhattan street – just to get a parking spot. Elle continues to recover from massive head trauma and significant brain damage; meanwhile, the driver was given a traffic summons, and nothing more. “Elle’s Law” will result in any driver injuring a pedestrian while driving recklessly having his or her license suspended for up to a year. (Current laws are already very strict for reckless driving either under the influence or impaired by alcohol.)
“I want to thank Governor Paterson for signing this important piece of legislation into law, and extend our gratitude to Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Dilan, Assembly Member Kellner and the members of the State Legislature for shepherding ‘Elle’s Law’ through the process,” said Heather Vandenberghe, the mother of Elle. “The main goal of ‘Elle’s Law’ has always been to protect pedestrians of all ages across New York State from suffering the same fate as my daughter. Elle’s Law will serve as a strong deterrent to motorists who might consider breaking traffic laws, and as a result will make our streets safer.”
“I’m proud to have co-sponsored this piece of legislation, which will protect pedestrians and drivers alike,” said State Senator Dilan, who also serves as Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Elle’s Law sends a clear message that blatant disregard for traffic regulations can have devastating consequences.”
“Driving is a privilege, not a right,” said Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner. “Elle’s tragedy exposed a huge loophole in the law — since there is no criminal penalty for reckless drivers who injure pedestrians unless they are intoxicated, we needed to ensure that there was some way to get dangerous drivers off the road. That’s why I introduced Elle’s Law. By signing Elle’s Law the Governor turned this little girl’s tragedy into a legacy: making it safer for every New Yorker to cross the street.”
On September 23, 2009, 3-year old Elle Vandenberghe was struck by a motorist while she was on her way to school. The driver was in his SUV going south on York Avenue in Manhattan when, according to witnesses, he threw his car in reverse to get to a parking spot on East 82nd Street . The driver backed through a crosswalk – against a red light – and struck Elle, causing major head trauma. While Elle lay in a coma for two weeks – she suffered a stroke and lost 2/3rds of the left side of her brain – the driver got off with a traffic infraction, paying a small fine and facing no jail time. Elle remains in physical therapy to this day.
According to 2008 data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were more than 15,000 pedestrian accidents statewide, with more than 97% resulting in physical injuries.
With his new job Bob has to be gone a lot. I knew it would have to come at some point, he is in the military after all, but playing “single mom” with a toddler and a newborn is proving to be a little tricky! I also knew it would be hard on Amber to have Daddy gone working all the time when she’s so used to having him at home. When I got the chance to pick a love2read book out to create and review I knew the My daddy… one would be just perfect for us!!!! Each page begins with My daddy… but I was able to completely personalize it with my own pictures and the rest of the sentence. I love how it turned out and Amber does too. Plus I think it made my husband feel really special when I showed him the book we made where he’s the star! The quality is great and the pages are made of thick glossy card stock so they’re easy for Amber to turn and won’t wrinkle easily. These books are super affordable too! I’ve already recommended them to several friends after getting mine in and definitely plan on purchasing more in the future! With tons of different themes there are so many different books you can create!
To show you how amazing this little book is here is a video of Amber “reading” it with me!
Love2Read Book Review
6/19/2014 Update — so now many years later this little book is still one of our favorites! Amber (who is now 6) read it to us last night and it makes a perfect “early reader” book. She loved giggling over the old pictures and she found the page where “you and Daddy are in loooooove” to be especially giggle worthy. So happy we have this book and now I’m inspired to go make a few for Tyler!
Waiting <--this is the post that I wrote 2 1/2 hours before Tyler was born! How To Make A Military Fabric Wreath ~ my awesome crafty friend gave me the instructions on how she makes her gorgeous wreaths!
God Provides ~ cool story about how God provided for us right when we moved here
Faith & Business: Seeking Wisdom
Hope you enjoy! 🙂