​How to encourage your toddler to brush their teeth {guest post}

Hey readers,
Today I bring you a guest post from Bhandaldentistry all about how to encourage your toddler to brush their teeth.

Toddlers are a challenge, even at the best of times. You may have a child that loves giggles and hugs all day long, but as soon as it comes to brushing teeth, they have a meltdown. This is especially true if you’re trying to encourage them to brush their own teeth. But there are lots of ways you can turn a potentially uncomfortable and confusing task into something they enjoy.

Make it fun

First, you need to make brushing fun. In the middle of the day, have your child brush his or her toys’ teeth, for some fun practice. When it’s time to brush, sing or play a song for two minutes so your child can anticipate how long the process will take. Finally take your child to get new supplies, and let him or her pick them out. That way, your child has some control over their tooth brushing, and they can pick out the brushes and toothpastes that excite them. 

Encourage independence

You can begin to encourage brushing independence by taking turns. Encourage your child to brush in the morning, followed by a quick sweep by you, while you do the complete evening routine. Or let your child brush for the first minute, while you finish up and get all the spots he or she missed.

Also try brushing with your child. Toddlers love mimicking adults, and this way, your little one can brush with you while seeing how to reach every part of their mouth. If they still don’t want to brush, let them brush your teeth so they can see how funny it can be.

Remember it’s about establishing habits

At the end of the day, they will not get this right, at least not right away. That’s why you’re there to help them get all the spots they’ve missed. The important thing at this stage is that they establish good habits. The good practice will come later. Try to keep that at the heart of everything, and you’ll soon find that your toddler will happily begin to brush his or her own teeth.

This post was written by the team at Bhandal Dental practice. Bhandal Dental Practice have created a free book for children to help with fear of brushing and going to the dentist. For more information please visit their website: Bhandaldentistry.co.uk

Cheers for reading X

Summer, Summer Time

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Summer…

it is now upon us and I am not sure where I stand or feel with this. I suppose I enjoy some aspects more than others. As a parent I think (myself included) the prospect of six weeks of with our little darlings can be daunting, however, some of the time it can blissful in between all the squabbling over a silly colour plate.

During the summer is more relaxed with not having to rush and fit things in. We can stay out longer in the park and enjoy more sunshine. Where we can eat al fresco, taking of your shoes and cloud gazing.

Naturally, that would excite me as during the warm days I like to challenge to see how much washing/drying and putting away I can achieve. I don’t need no Ninja Warrior test here, this is mum’s style of adventure, lol!

I like summer because it is the time when the evenings are calm and the sunsets are beautiful. It when flowers are bright and in full bloom. It means walking and being in nature, where I am most happiest.

Summer means the boys can play outside and have fun without me being as miserable stuck in and losing my tiny mind. It also means I don’t have to venture in a soft play area, full doom.

I enjoy the freshness that summer brings, with living high up in the sky it means there is more change ofa breeze. There is something relaxing about the sensation of the wind moving about through room to room. The smell of grass being cut and a considerable amount of ice lollies being eaten.

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how to improve your mobile battery

 

Hey readers,

Do you suck the energy dry form your phone. Let me give you some tips to help extend the amount of battery phone.

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Firstly, turning down the brightness can help reduce the amount of battery.

When using wallpaper as background for you mobile chose a darker themes as less light is used and can help reduce your battery usage.

Turning off vibrate can increase talk time for an extra 10 minutes, If you go into your settings of your phone it is very simple to switch over.

Turn off additional settings such a GPS, location and anything else that might not be used.

One of the easiest ways to help reduce battery time is to turn down the brightness as this contribute to your battery life. This is one of the most popular and effective ways used by people.

Looking through the apps on your phone and work out which ones are using up more battery then others, then turn off the irrelevant ones.

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Now again go through a clear out of apps on your phone that you do not use anymore, this will help with reducing battery.

If you are not worried about constantly getting notifications with emails and any other notification form apps. Then my suggestion is to turn off them notifications will be a big help in increasing your battery life.

I have found that being on Android that using apps constantly comes with updates that never seem to stop. Well a way to deal with this is turn of your notifications. Therefore saves a lot of battery and if you need to update an app it is easy to do manual through the app store.

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All this tips may seem little improvements but when achieving all these actions then they soon add up to longer battery life, making you get more out of your mobile during the day.

Cheers for reading X

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Disorder

Hey readers,

My word of the week is

Disorder

Because my home is basically pretty much looks like a drugs den and I would not dare decorate when I have a hubby who’s experienced in decorating (not to mention a perfectionist). Downside to this is he is lazy so for months we have walls with blobs of paint to see which we want.

Then suddenly, hubby decides to get his shit together and go ape in the space of three days sanding all the walls and buying paint and painting.

Everything is covered in dust and nothing is rightfully in order, OMG  I  hate it with a passion, why has he always got to be an extremist, grrrrr.

I suppose on a brighter note the walls do not look smother, haha.

Also, had both sets of grandparents different times during the week which instantly means the kids go loopy. But it was nice to have  a change for them and they were so excited telling them about every single thing in detail, like we don’t need to know about how much poo you have done today, lol!

Cheers for reading X

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how to reduce feeling overwhelmed

Hey readers,

I am autistic and often I feel overwhelmed by all the information that I am taking in, weather that be in the physical environment or online. So, I thought I would share with you tips that have helped me feel less overstimulated.

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The hardest thing to do so is to step away from the situation but it is the best thing to do. This is because it cuts the information and stops everything from processing. Close the computer, step away from the notes or environment and give yourself that time to calm down/switch off from what is triggering a heighted sense of overload.  I found when I have made an immediate cut off I feel I can think clearer rather than just being in the situation where all I can thing about is that one thing. It gives me change to breathe and think what my next move is.

Writing down what exactly I want to do with all the information that is spinning around in my head. Writing down has helped make me feel more space to think straight about exactly what I am doing next. Hence why I always carry a notepad, so I can write all that stuff down that is important to me. Doing this also gives me a sense of control so I don’t get scared of missing out on any vital information at a later date.

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Often when I am feeling overwhelmed at home it means that I have more than one task to complete. Typically, I am trying to multitask, which is a bad move as I am more likely to make mistakes. Therefore I do a to-do list of all the things I need to get done and then number them in priority. If I don’t finish the list I can leave it for a different time.  Sometimes, you have to accept that you are not super human and there is only so much time that you have to do stuff especially being a parent. If it is not something that desperately needs to be done then it can wait. I have done this and found that the work I do at a later date is much better quality. This is because I can focus more on the task rather than at an earlier time when I am stressed out and unable to contrite on that one task, win-win!

I am a big believer in using breathing techniques (it did take me a long time to learn the importance of this) but using all your power on focusing on the art of breathing has really helped over the past couple of months. It helps relax my body and mind, allowing me to feel a reduction in feeling overwhelmed/anxious giving me the break to think.

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With regards to my blogging I can get obsessed with linking up posts or saying yes to reviews, even though I am half-hearted about them. It is one of the most challenging things to do as a blogger is to say no, especially if like myself I struggle with social anxiety. Therefore, causing me to worry about the outcome. However, you have to look after yourself and can’t please everyone, you need to do what works for you. It is good to have a break or stop and think what makes you happy.

I hope this has helped anyone feeling overwhelmed, is there anything that has helped you get through feeling overwhelmed?

Cheers for reading X

Mummuddlingthrough

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National picnic week 

Hey readers,

Apparently I have been told that this week is national picnic week so let’s celebrate this appreciate for all things picnicy!

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Firstly, as a parent picnic’s are a blessing because it means less tiding up for you as you leave the crumbs and check the paper plates in the bin, result!

You can pretend to be all fancy with your paper plates and napkins, there is a sense of sophistication (even if it is paper).

It is a great way to get out of mummy prison and less time having to focus on what the hell you going to do to entertain your child.

Any excuse for some ice-cream – let’s make this a number one priority when having a picnic.

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Picnic food can be finger food, which is my kinda food. It is lovely a spread out where you can take as you please, there is a sense of family and togetherness. You can bond and talk about life *cue sick bucket*.

Nothing says summer like eating out Al fresco in the open.

When your young it feels like an adventure and it is free in the fact that when it is winter and miserable you end up in soft play hell and a hole in your wallet.

It is good to have a change of scenery and doing something different. Parenting can become tedious doing the same thing day in, day out so it gives us parents a change to keep hold of your sanity.

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Eating outside when the sun is shining is a quick way to top up on some Vitamin D, which has some health benefits with helping  your mind feel good.

Technically if the child/ren are outside they are running around during that energy off which means that they should sleep better, *fist pumps*.

Cheers for reading X

 

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MIU Color picnic blanket and water bottle review

Hey readers,

I was asked by the people of Miu Color to review a picnic beach blanket and a glass water bottle.

Firstly,  I went out went out with my youngest to give both items a whirl.

With the picnic blanket what I liked about it is the size (At 5’x6.5) is really good, easily could get me, hubby and two children sitting on it.

It is wipe clean, which is really handy, especially for just  a quick mop over with small spillages. It has a water and sand proof, fabulous for this time of year for when we head to the beach. It is really well padded as well with the two layer compared to some of the other similar items on the market.

I like the colour and the stripes, really vibrant and fun design. It has a handle on the blanket so brilliant if you want to hold it. Or alternatively it is really compact when folded up and excellent in putting it in my backpack which makes life a lot easier when you have children in tow.

The blanket folds away really nicely with the Velcro stripe so it is all held in once. Making it much tidier and in order, which is really attractive feature for me.

Someone is in their element 😉

 

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The water bottle is made of glass and comes with a silicon sleave. Mine was grey but there are alternative options with regards to colour. I really like the design it is slick and I lie the fact there is little circle windows, so you can see the liquid in the bottle.

The bottle is environmentally friendly and is BPA, PVC, Plastic and Lead Free. The bottle is made with borosilicate glass—the gold standard for safe, environmentally-friendly glassware. I find it really light weight actually.

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The bottle comes with brushes so great to get to the bottle and it is super easy to clean.  I liked the little lop holder at the top of the bottle and I didn’t have any worries regarding leaks, which I have experienced in the past with other bottles

Overall, I am very happy with the products, the quality is really good and I think I am going to get a good few years wear out of them. Which again is great for the environment because I am not constantly buying the similar products so saves me some money, as a frugal person makes me very happy indeed.

I also did a little vlog down below 🙂

 

Cheers for reading X

 

I was given the picnic blanket and water bottle in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. 

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