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Brush Away Easter Candy with Tooth Tunes!

Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrush for Kids

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

By the end of this weekend, I know most of us will be cringing at the volume of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and Peeps consumed by our kiddos and shudder at the thought of the sticky sugar coating their teeth.

But I am here today to share with you an exciting musical toothbrush for kids called Tooth Tunes that will make brushing away that Easter candy almost as entertaining as hunting for the eggs.

Moms, wouldn’t this make a fun addition to the Easter basket? I would text that Easter Bunny right now to put in your request…

Rock It Out to Tooth Tunes

Tooth Tunes and Tooth Tune Jr. brushes play two minutes of a hit music song to make sure kids are brushing for the recommended amount of time to do a thorough cleaning.

With songs like, “One Thing” by One Direction, “We Will Rock You” by Queen or “The Alphabet Song” on Tooth Tunes Jr., the kids are so distracted listening to the song, they don’t even realize they have been brushing for a full two minutes.

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My Girls Love Tooth Tunes!

We received new Tooth Tunes toothbrushes this week and they were intrigued to try them.

When you press the button to turn it on when not brushing, you can hear the song, but not very loudly.

I could see their wheels turning, wondering what it would be like to brush with them and this is what they discovered: when you put the toothbrush on your teeth, the song actually plays clearly in your head.

The brush actually streams sound vibrations through the teeth so kids can hear the song while they brush. Isn’t that wild?!

When the brush is taken off the teeth, the song plays fainter, so it inspires kids to keep contact with their teeth the entire two minutes the song is playing!

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My girls were hilarious the first time they brushed with them. They bopped up and down doing all sorts of dance moves. Especially since One Direction is one of their favorite bands. Of course.

I have never seen my oldest quite so happy while brushing her teeth (and she has some serious permanent chompers to brush) and my little one somehow turned into a Charlie’s Angel when armed with her Tooth Tunes…

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What I love most about this product is I feel confident my kids are actually brushing long enough, not the usual 15 second turbo brush they try to pull off at times.

Let’s face it, when you are a kid, there are many other things you would rather be doing rather than brushing your teeth. Not so fun. But Tooth Tunes musical toothbrush for kids actually makes my girls excited to brush their teeth.

You can visit the “Where to Buy” link on the website and search by song as to where to buy. They even have a Kidz Bop version of “Wake Me Up.”  I have to say that’s a very cute way to start the morning.

What are Your Tips for Helping Kids Brush Longer? 

Please tell us, what are your tips for making brushing fun? How do you get your kids to brush their teeth longer?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

The Dailey Method Newport Beach

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The Dailey Method Newport Beach

The Dailey Method, a unique barre studio specializing in ballet barre work, core conditioning, muscle strengthening and yoga is excited to announce the grand opening of the first location in Orange County, The Dailey Method Newport Beach.

One of my old (I mean former) high school friends from San Diego recently emailed me to introduce me to the owner. She wrote to me with such passion, I had to share:

taryn “I wanted to let you know about a new exercise studio opening in Newport Beach.

It is called The Dailey Method and the owner, Taryn Fischermann, has been an instructor at the studio where I take classes here in San Diego.

She is not only a total sweetheart, but a fantastic instructor!!

I have been taking Dailey Method classes for the past two years and I love it!!

I have seen great results and feel stronger than I’ve ever been.

I tried out several barre studios before landing at the Dailey Method.  One of the distinguishing characteristics is that they offer onsite childcare!  It has been a lifesaver for me. The community of women is fantastic as well.  Very supportive and encouraging…” 

What is The Dailey Method?

The Dailey Method is a one-hour barre workout that combines elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga. It was founded 13 years ago by Jill Dailey, a fitness enthusiastic with a degree in kinesiology. The workouts focus on proper alignment, small range of motion exercises with high repetitions to build muscle and stretching to shape and lean out the muscles.

In short, the types of exercises that build beautiful dancer bodies!

Try a Class for Free This Week

Starting tomorrow, January 8th through January 14th, Tiny Oranges readers can try any class for free at The Dailey Method Newport Beach. To sign up, click here, set up a profile with your name and email address, click your class of choice, add the promo code “TinyOranges” and you will be registered to attend the class (subject to availability.)

Grand Opening Party & Free Classes All Weekend 

There will be a grand opening party at The Dailey Method Newport Beach on Saturday, January 11th at 12p. At the event, you can enjoy food, drinks, check out the studio and onsite childcare room. You can also sign up to try out a class for free this weekend! But spots are filling up quickly, I think Saturday’s are almost full, but there are spots on Sunday. Again, click here to register for a free class.

Raffle Prizes

Speaking of these free classes, anyone who takes a free class from the 8th – 12th will be entered into a raffle to win prizes from local sponsors including Spa Gregories and Wild Strawberry Cafe.

Grand Opening Special 

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Now through January 15th, for only $125, you can purchase 6 weeks of unlimited classes.

Onsite Childcare

Now the really, really, really good news. The Dailey Method Newport Beach offers onsite childcare in an adjacent room for only $5/child. Kids have to be a minimum of 8 weeks old. Prior registration is required to sign up your kids for childcare; you can do so online.

I love a fitness studio that offers childcare. Moms need that time to focus on themselves and their fitness, and I love that The Dailey Method supports us OC mommies!

For more information visit:

www.TheDaileyMethod.com/NewportBeach

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Because There is Simply No Time to be Sick

at home natural code remedy

 

One day I was chatting with a mommy friend during our daughter’s gymnastics class about dreading the cold and flu season when she told me about an at home apple cider vinegar cold remedy she swears by. I kept this info tucked in the back of my head for the next time a cold struck.

It seems like the past few years I have picked up every cold and virus my kids have come home with, so this year, I am fighting back because there is no time to be sick when you are a mom. (However, if you do get sick, please remember this post about the importance of taking a mommy sick day!!)

Back to this cold remedy. So there we were, two weeks into school when both my girls got that stuffy nose, cough thing that seems to always show up around this time. Then a few days later I felt the scratchy throat come on along with feeling lethargic and pretty crappy all around. NOOOOOO! 

I sent my gymnastics mommy friend an SOS text to give me her remedy, which is as follows:

Apple Cider Vinegar Cold Remedy

1. Heat a big mug of hot water (like you were making a hot tea)

2. Add 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar. She recommends the Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

3. Add enough honey to make it drinkable.

Over the course of that first day, I drank 3 drinks total, one about every 4 hours. The first drink tasted pretty strong, but I added enough honey to make it sweeter for the next one.  After awhile, I got used to it and it was like drinking apple cider.  It also helped my throat.

No joke, within a few hours after the 2nd drink, I was feeling better, and by the next morning, I almost felt 100% and I never got the cold!!!

I cannot know for sure if this is was did it, but I sure as heck am going to try it again if I feel a cold coming on. Incidentally, I have also started taking an Omega-3 supplement and a daily probiotic, so I don’t know if those in combination with the drink did the trick. Time will tell.

I wanted to pass on this tip because being sick when you are a mom is the worst. Of course, I am not a doctor, so do your own research on apple cider vinegar as a home remedy to see what you find and ask your doctor first.

Anyone else ever tried this? Or, have any other at home natural cold remedies you try for yourself?

How much sleep does my child need?

The moment I became a mom I instantly became obsessed with the question, “How much sleep does my child need?

Every time my child is cranky or going through a challenging phase, I always find myself wondering if they are getting enough sleep. Nice to have something to blame it on, right mamas?!

If kids don’t get the sleep they need, things can get ugly. That can go for moms too. Just sayin’!

In the course of working with Serta as a brand ambassador for their amazing mattresses, I learned of their partnership with the National Sleep Foundation. Serta’s Perfect Sleeper is the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation.

Since this organization is an expert on all things sleep related, I poked around to see what they had to say about children and sleep, and came across this great article I wanted to share with you.

What do you think? Would love to hear your comments below.

How Much Sleep Does My Child Need?

Information courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation.
Full article can be found here 

Newborns (Birth to 2 months)

For newborns, sleep during the early months occurs around the clock and the sleep-wake cycle interacts with the cycle of needing to be fed, changed and nurtured.

Newborns sleep a total of 10.5 to 18 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake.

Newborns express sleepiness in different ways. Some fuss, cry, or rub their eyes.

It is best to put babies to bed when they are sleepy, but not asleep. They are more likely to fall asleep quickly and eventually learn how to get themselves to sleep. Newborns can be encouraged to sleep less during the day by exposing them to light and noise, and playtime. As evening approaches, quiet the environment with dimmer lights and less activity.

Newborn Sleep Tips

~ Observe baby’s sleep patterns and identify their individual signs of sleepiness.
~ Put your baby in the crib when drowsy, not asleep.
~ Encourage nighttime sleep.

Infants (3 – 11 months)

By six months of age, nighttime feedings are usually not necessary and many infants sleep through the night with 70-80 percent sleeping through the night by nine months of age.

(But those nine months can feel like eternity – right moms?!)

Infants typically sleep 9-12 hours during the night and take 30 minute – 2-hour naps, one to four times a day – the quantity of naps decreasing by age one.

When infants are put to bed drowsy but not quite asleep, they are more likely to become “self- soothers” which enables them to fall asleep on their own at bedtime and also put themselves back to sleep during the night. Those who have become accustomed to assistance to fall asleep from mom and dad at bedtime often become “signalers” and cry for their parents to help them return to sleep during the night.

Infant Sleep Tips 

~ Develop regular daytime and bedtime schedules and routines.
~ Create a consistent and enjoyable wind down bedtime routine.
~ Establish a regular “sleep friendly” environment.
~ Encourage baby to fall asleep independently and to become a “self-soother.”

Toddlers (1 – 3 years)

Toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. When they reach about 18 months of age their naptimes will decrease to once a day lasting about one to three hours. Naps should not occur too close to bedtime as they may delay sleep at night.

Many toddlers experience sleep problems including resisting going to bed and nighttime awakenings, fears and nightmares.

Many factors can lead to sleep problems at this age. Toddlers’ drive for independence and an increase in their motor, cognitive and social abilities can interfere with their sleep. In addition, their ability to get out of bed, separation anxiety, the need for autonomy and the development of the child’s imagination can lead to sleep problems. Daytime sleepiness and behavior problems may signal they are not getting enough sleep.

Toddler Sleep Tips

~ Maintain a daily sleep schedule and consistent bedtime routine.
~ Make the bedroom environment the same every night.
~ Set limits that are consistent, communicated and enforced.
~ Encourage use of a security object such as a blankie, lovey or stuffed animal.

Preschoolers (3-5 years)

Preschoolers typically sleep 11-13 hours each night and most do not nap after five years of age.

As with toddlers, difficulty falling asleep and nighttime wakings are common. With further development of imagination, preschoolers commonly experience nighttime fears and nightmares. In addition, sleepwalking and sleep terrors tend to peak during preschool years.

Preschooler Sleep Tips

~ Maintain a regular and consistent sleep schedule.
~ Have a relaxing bedtime routine that ends in the room where the child sleeps.
~ Child should sleep in the same sleeping environment every night, in a room that is cool, quiet and dark and without a TV.

Grade Schoolers (5 – 12 years)

Children aged five to 12 need 10-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, at this age there is an increasing demand on their time from school, sports and activities.

In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products. All of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep.

Watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

Sleep problems and disorders are common at this age. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and cognitive problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.

School-Aged Children Sleep Tips

~ Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
~ Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
~ Make child’s bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
~ Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
~ Avoid caffeine.

So, I want to know, are your kids getting enough sleep? Comment below with your thoughts!

[Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta blogger program and have received complimentary products to facilitate my reviews. I am also compensated for my time and participation in the program. All opinions are 100% my own.]

A lesson in listening to your body.

Recently I was diagnosed with a new disease called eosinophilic esophagitis.

As I was listening to the doctor telling me about how it is a relatively new disease that has been on the rise over the last decade, I thought, are you kidding me? Who gets a new disease?

Me.

I wanted to share my experience with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) as I never know who might land on this post and have some advice to offer.

I also wanted this to be a post to be a reminder of the importance of listening to your body. Our body will usually tell us if something is not right, which was the case with me and my “new” disease.

Periodically over the last year or so I would get the uncomfortable sensation of food getting stuck in my throat.

I chalked it up to eating too fast and would kick myself for causing the problem.

But over the past six months or so, the episodes with difficulty swallowing increased.

On a number of times, I would be so uncomfortable and scared I would choke, I would actually go to the bathroom and regurgitate the food to get rid of the sensation and bring immediate relief. Lovely, huh?

90% of the time when it happened it would be just be me alone with my little girls during the day and I was petrified I would choke or pass out in front of them with no adult to help.

Two times it even happened while I was driving. Terrifying.

I was embarrassed to tell anyone this was happening because I blamed myself. Finally one night, it happened at dinner and I mentioned it to my husband after a trip to the bathroom.

It was a good reality check when he told me, “That is not normal.” I knew it wasn’t, but I needed to hear it.

I think I was in denial because I didn’t want to face the fact something might be really wrong. Of course, in the back of my head I was scared I had some sort of tumor which was causing the blockage.

I was almost scared to go to a doctor to find out.

But then I looked at my two little girls and thought, no matter what the outcome, I need to get this checked out because my body is telling me something is not right.

Long story short, I was referred to a gastroenterologist who recommend an upper GI endoscopy, where they put you under and use a scope to see inside the upper GI tract.

During this time, they also take a number of small biopsies to test for abnormalities.

When I came to after the procedure, the doctor was telling me that to the naked eye everything looked healthy.

Thank God. Thank God. Thank God.

I was relieved, but at the same time, almost disappointed he didn’t see what could be causing this. Then I felt really STUPID for putting myself through the endoscopy if it was something as silly as eating too fast.

A week later he called and told me the results of the biopsies were in and I had a high number of eosinophils cells in my esophagus which was likely the cause of the swallowing problems. A term called dysphagia.

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory condition where the wall of the esophagus becomes filled with these cells that are not supposed to be there.

The inflammation is thought to be an allergic response to a food allergy or allergies.

I have never had any allergies that I have known of, so I was shocked. Then I had a lightbulb moment thinking about my daughter’s food allergies. I guess the little apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?

I was referred to an allergist that put me through a first round of a skin prick test to test for immediate reactions to all the most common food allergens.

Nada. No reaction.

But those tests are not extremely accurate, so my next up is a skin patch test where they actually tape allergens on your body and leave it for 48 hours to test for delayed reactions. Therefore I will be walking around with an egg and other goodies taped to my back come July 8th. Good times.

If that comes back negative, I don’t know what I will do.

I was hoping something jumped out on the skin prick test so I could say, “OK! It’s dairy!” And then, no more dairy for me. But food allergies can be more elusive.

I hate the feeling I am consuming something regularly that is harmful to my body.

Down the road, I can also try out elimination diets, etc. But I am a little overwhelmed and taking things one day at a time.

In the meantime, I am on a Flovent inhaler twice a day, where I do two puffs and swallow the medication instead of inhaling. The medication is supposed to kill the cells. I don’t like being on it, but I don’t like these angry cells being there more!

Again, if your body is telling you something, listen to it. I wish I had a long time ago.

If anyone would like to comment, I would certainly appreciate it more than you know.

Image source: Mayo Clinic.