How To Keep Your Child’s Teeth As Healthy As They Can Be

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Hiya mamas, what’s skakin’ bacon?

Does your kid love to brush his or her teeth? Do they jump up and down squealing with excitement at the mention of flossing? No? I didn’t think so. Read on for the best ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy, your kid’s enthusiasm not guaranteed.

How To Keep Your Child’s Teeth As Healthy As They Can Be

Our teeth are important, there is no denying that. And, because our teeth are so important they need to be tended to and kept as healthy as they can be at all times. And, because your child is not yet in a position to either have the facilities to keep his or her teeth healthy or even have the desire to do so, the job of doing so falls to you.  For advice on how to keep your child’s teeth as healthy as can be,  let’s dive into some expert tips.

First of all, know when to start

You may think that you should only begin tending to your child’s teeth when their first tooth appears, but if you think this then you are wrong. No, you should start tending to your child’s teeth way before their first tooth appears in their mouth because, even as soon as they are born, your child will have 20 primary teeth, some of which are even fully developed, in their jaw.

To tend to these teeth that you cannot see, even before your baby begins teething, try running a damp (but very, very clean) washcloth over and around their gums — doing so will help to clear any bacteria that may prove to be harmful as teething occurs and teeth appear. And, once your child does get teeth make sure to begin brushing them with a specially designed infant toothbrush as delicately and as soon as possible, using clean water and a bit of non- fluoride toothpaste that measures no bigger than a grain of rice when you do so. 

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Second of all, know when to see a dentist

As important as it is to tend to your child’s teeth yourself, you will have to hand over the reins of doing so to a pediatric dentist at some point, and the time for doing so should come around the time of your child’s first birthday. You should do this because, first and foremost, it will provide you with all the help and information you need in regards to proper brushing and flossing techniques before it is too late and you become stuck in incorrect ways. Secondly, by making visits to the dentist as early in your child’s life as you can (once they have got teeth, that is) you will make it far more likely that any problems that may have arisen in your child’s mouth that you are not professionally trained to spot will be able to be diagnosed. Thirdly, making your child aware of the dentist and what happens when they are in the dentist’s chair as early in their life as possible will make them far more comfortable in regards to it as they grow, and this can be vital in instilling the importance of visits to the dentist in them as they mature.  I made the mistake of waiting too long to take my son to the dentist, I had not been myself in more years than I’d like to say and was just beginning to finally go get some much-needed work done so I decided to wait until all of my visits had been paid before I took him in which was too long of a wait and every month he now has to have visits, much for everyone’s dismay. So get your kid in now! 

Your child’s teeth are important, and it is down to you to tend to them. So, get tending to them, get them down to a dentist and get their teeth looking and feeling as healthy as they can be! Good luck!

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So, You Want To Be A Mompreneur? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

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Hey Mamas, How’s it going?

Are you currently or are you looking into becoming an awesome mompreneur? Then this post is so for you!

So, You Want To Be A Mompreneur? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

There’s no greater or nobler calling in life than being a parent. But if there’s one thing that parenthood does to a woman, other than giving her a profound sense of love and purpose that she had never previously thought possible, it’s giving her renewed sense of perspective. Motherhood represents a complete and irrevocable change to a woman’s psychology and the myriad of things that used to keep her awake at night simply pale in comparison to the sense of duty, responsibility, and accomplishment that comes with being a Mom. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that many women are reluctant to return to the workplace, especially against a backdrop of prejudice, discrimination, and mistrust toward new mothers.  It’s even more difficult as a single mom, our place is home with our children, otherwise, there will be no parent to actually raise them. So, insert amazing new mompreneur title here!

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In lieu of returning to work, many new or single mothers opt instead to develop their own businesses, thus becoming… mompreneurs. The women who choose to do this are trailblazers and should be commended for taking their futures (and those of their families) into their own hands. That said, the path of the momtrepreneur is perilous and full of pitfalls. In order to be a successful mompreneur, it’s vitally important to steer clear of these common mistakes…

Failing to find the balance

Like any self-employed person, a mompreneur walks a fine line in giving both her child and her business the attention they deserve, finding new routines to suit their dual role. Nearly all new mompreneurs dedicate too much time to their nascent businesses. While the first year of any business is a period of unparalleled hard work, but most new entrepreneurs don’t have to balance their commitments to their businesses with safeguarding another little life.

As a result, many new mompreneurs find themselves losing sleep, taking too little time to themselves and inevitably burning out.

Taking too much on themselves

Any business, especially a new business, wages a constant war against escalating overheads. Employees are one of the biggest overheads for a new business, and it can be tempting for new mompreneurs to try to do everything themselves. This is, however, the epitome of false economy. Taking on too much yourself will impede your business’ growth and make the who enterprise lonelier and more stressful than it needs to be.

A strong team will make your business a more enjoyable endeavor while facilitating real and lasting growth. If you’re hard pressed for cash, consider recruiting within the pool of Moms with whom you mix socially. They may appreciate the opportunity, even if you can’t pay them too much at the start. You can collaborate with them using free collaboration software like Slack and Asana and give them pay stubs using a check stub maker. When you’re business grows to new heights, you’ll be glad to have your team behind you.

Failing to outsource

Once again, the understandable desire to drive down overheads can lead to some wrongheaded decisions. While entrepreneurs are dynamic and multi-talented people, it’s important to realize that you can’t do everything yourself and some things are best left to the professionals. Digital marketing, for instance, may seem easy for the social media savvy but while nearly everyone knows how to create a presence and cultivate a following on social media, an outsourced digital marketing consultant will be able to help convert your online following into profitable business interest.

Avoiding these 3 missteps will be huge when creating your own home business. Always remember that you are doing something amazing, brave, and ultimately, what is best for your family. I hope these insights will help you soar high on your mompreneur adventures.

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Love, Jess XO

 

Super Storage Tips For Moms

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Hey mamas!

How’s it going? Are you enjoying 2018 so far? With so many resolutions for the new year, de-cluttering your life is usually one of them. So today I am bringing you super storage tips! Read on for all the best tips to start your de-cluttering journey.

Super Storage Tips For Moms

January is many things. It’s the month of starting diets and detoxes. It’s the time you assess your finances and make some cutbacks. It’s when everything goes back to normal after all the planning and excitement of Christmas. And, it’s the month that mom’s  all over the world attempt to find storage space for all of those gifts that seemed like a good idea at the time. Without upsetting the kids by demanding they say goodbye to any of their old toys that they haven’t touched for years but suddenly can’t bear to be without. The trick is organization. With just a little planning and some brilliant storage tips, you can easily fit in all those new toys, without resorting to a huge clearance.

The Living Room

When we’ve got young kids that need constant supervision, a lot of their toys live in the living room. While this is essential for keeping the kids safe and happy, it can quickly lead to clutter and mess. Which in turn can cause broken toys or even bones, as well as stressful hours spent trying to find things when we need them.

Fortunately, there are some great ways to make the most of your living room storage space. You could try wall mounted shelves, to keep all of your grown-up possessions out of the kid’s way. Then, you could create a kid’s zone, separated from the rest of the room with a large piece of furniture (perhaps the back of your sofa). This area should be a safe space where the kids are free to make a mess. Other options include over door hangers and large, shallow storage boxes that easily slide under your sofa or chairs.

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Another fantastic option is toy rotation. Yes, their toys need to be played within the living room. But, they don’t play with everything at once. Keep a few of their favorite Christmas gifts out in the family room, and tidy the rest away in toy boxes in their rooms. Then, every few weeks, rotate the toys that you have out. When they are very young, this will be like getting new toys every few weeks as they’ll barely remember them.

The Bedroom

Kids bedrooms can be an absolute nightmare. When they are very young, their room can lose the personal touch as it starts to feel like little more than storage. Then, as they get older, you need to find a way to store toys where they can reach them, without it getting too messy. Check out my recent post all about decor ideas that double as storage for their bedrooms here.

The best way to handle kid-friendly storage is with large storage boxes that they can pull out and open themselves. Encourage them to keep things tidy and organized by having a fun clean-up session at the end of the day.

Outside

It can be tempting to keep all the outdoor toys inside, to keep them safe from both theft and weather. But, install a shed with Armstrong steel buildings bbb, and you won’t need to. Outdoor toys can be large and bulky. A shed is the perfect place to keep them and can be just as safe and secure as your home.

Are you ready to tackle the mess in your life? I know I am! Let’s do this! 😀

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Wonderful Bedroom Decor Ideas For Kids

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Hello mamas!

Today I wanted to bring you a treat for the kiddos, they deserve some love too! So read on for some wonderful bedroom decor ideas!

Wonderful Bedroom Decor Ideas For Kids 

One of the responsibilities of motherhood is looking after our children. Whether it’s nursing them back to good health when they’re ill or surprising them on Christmas day with the toy they’ve been nagging you about for the past few months, we give a lot to our children in order to make them happy and fit for the world.

If you’ve been meaning to treat your child for a while, then giving them a bedroom makeover can transform their New Year and give them something to remember for the rest of 2018. To help you out, I’ve put together a list of wonderful bedroom decor ideas so that you can impress your child and give them a motivational boost to work hard and grow this year.

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Step One: Research

Decor ideas will, of course, change depending on your child’s interests and their age. If they’re still young then they probably won’t care much for superheroes and dolls, but if they’re a little older (early teens) then they’re going to start asking for more privacy and you could give it to them with some light bedroom renovations or decor changes. If you want to treat your children, then you need to learn what their interests are. This should be relatively easy but it doesn’t hurt to ask them who their favorite cartoon characters are or what their favorite color is. As their mom who should already know these basics, but it’s a good idea to ask anyway to see if anything has changed. Kids do change their minds a lot!

If you’d prefer not to sneak around and do this as a surprise, then work together with your child to plan the ultimate bedroom renovation for them. Get a scrapbook (a digital or physical one, both work) and start compiling some ideas to help your child get the bedroom of their dreams.

 

Multifunctional Everything

Making the most of a child’s bedroom will occasionally involve multifunctional furniture. Whether it’s treehouse beds, a nested desk or even a transformable shelf, having multifunctional furniture can be both fun, interesting and space-saving. Just be careful of certain types of multifunctional furniture with hinges that could hurt your child if they aren’t being supervised.

 

Make the Walls Stand Out

Whether it’s wallpaper of their favorite color or cartoon characters or a simple and plain color that they can paint or draw on, like say chalk paint, making the walls stand out should be one of the first things you think about. While it can get messy, giving your child a rather blank design for their wallpaper could give them endless creative pleasure since it means they can paint, draw or put stickers on their wall. If you’d prefer not to get into such a mess, then getting a colorful wallpaper will do the trick.

 

Bed Linen Designs

Make bedtime special by replacing the linens on your child’s bed with something a bit more colorful, unique or closer to their interests. Some children want to sleep in superhero pajamas while others are fine getting to bed with a cartoon pillow. My son loves his Spiderman bed set! In addition to just changing the linen, you could also add a couple of plush toys if your child enjoys them.

 

A New Desk

Have a creative child or a young teenager that loves to use computers? Get them their own desk to make them feel a lot more “professional” and “grown-up” like the adults. You’ll need to get a table that is suitable for their size, but you could invest in an adjustable children’s table so it grows with them. Designing a bedroom that grows with your child can be difficult, but it’s all about having furniture that will scale to their needs as they get bigger. It takes a bit of planning and perhaps more money, but it’s worth it because you won’t need to replace furniture as they outgrow it. Since we homeschool, I am hoping to bring a desk into my son’s room when he’s a little older so he will have his own place to do his school work once he’s ready to do things on his own. 

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Storage for Everything

Storage, storage, storage! Your children are going to accumulate plenty of things in the future. Whether it’s toys, books, memorabilia or games, they’ll need plenty of storage to keep their things. While it’s a good idea to teach your child how to be frugal and live with less, we can’t strip children of their desires to own lots of toys and have lots of things to entertain themselves, to make sure you invest in storage that allows them to hold on to everything that’s precious to them. A basic shelf can work, but hidden storage under the bed or in seating can add lots of “secret” furniture where they can store special items. Just remember not to install too many wall shelves until they’re old enough to reach them because it could cause accidents.

I hope these have sparked some ideas that will help you design the most epic room for your kiddos! I’m sure they will love and appreciate it, have fun & get busy being your own Joanna Gaines of kid’s rooms! 🙂

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Love, Jess XO

Help! My Kid Has An Undiagnosable Health Issue

Hey mamas!

There is something I wanted to bright up on the blog today in regards to health issues in our kids.  It’s not always fun to talk about and can be a bit controversial for some. But if you have ever said  “Help! My kid has an undiagnosable health issue!” Then this post is for you. Continue on for some helpful tips.

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Help! My kid has an undiagnosable health issue

Did you know that there are lots of health issues that doctors simply cannot diagnose? Fibromyalgia is a brilliant example of this. While this is technically a diagnosis, it’s also a cop-out. You see fibromyalgia is a diagnosis given to anyone experiencing unexplained chronic pain anywhere in the body. The young and the old can develop this condition and doctors have no idea what causes it or even how to treat it. So, for all intensive purposes, if you hear this word from a doctor, they haven’t diagnosed you with anything at all. It’s their way of saying: “we don’t know.” 

Unfortunately, a non-diagnosis like this can be incredibly frustrating for parents, particularly if it’s their kid who has the health issue. It could be causing them discomfort or the symptoms might seem to suggest something sinister. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

Don’t Panic!

Nine times out of ten an undiagnosed health issue is going to be nothing. We can look at the example of blackouts. Your child might be having an issue with every so often almost losing consciousness. When speaking about it with you, they might have described the world going dark and their muscles feeling weak. Immediately, you’re jumping to horrific conclusions from a brain tumor to a serious mental condition. However, this symptom can also be caused by a growth spurt. If kids are growing at a phenomenal rate, it can cause an issue like this, so there’s no need to always jump to the worst conclusion. Simply bring it up with your Pediatrician. 

It Could Be An Allergy

Doctors can’t always diagnose an issue as an allergy, and they certainly won’t be able to tell you what’s the cause of the reaction. That’s why you need to speak with allergy specialists. An allergy can present itself in very weird and wonderful ways from a rash to hair loss to a fever. It’s enough to scare any parent half to death but once you figure out what your kid is allergic to you’ve already won half the battle. Let’s just hope it’s not the beloved family pup. 

It Will Probably Go Away By Itself

Most medical symptoms do disappear without any help from a doctor or even medicine within about two weeks. That’s why if symptoms aren’t changing or getting worse you should wait about two weeks before you go and consult a doctor. The chances are that it’s nothing and there are lots of examples of things on the body that popup for basically no reason at all like petai. These are little red dots about the size of pinpricks that can pop up for a variety of reasons and are hardly ever sinister. For instance, a few months back my son had little warts popping up all over his body and I could not figure them out, but it turned out to only be harmless molluscum warts which are very common and no big deal. They go away on their own and don’t stick around for long. Whew! I was really beginning to worry about them. So in cases like this, it’s best to not freak out right away. 

As you can see then, an undiagnosed health issue even for your child doesn’t need to send your blood pressure skyrocketing. Stay calm and remember that most medical issues have simple explanations even if they can’t be diagnosed straight away. If in doubt make sure you speak to a second doctor. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion because while one doctor might be stumped another might know exactly what’s causing the issue.

Stay calm and mom on!

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Love, Jess XO

 

Money Habits To Make Your 2018 Sparkle

Hey, there sexy mamas!

Hope the New Year is treating you well so far! To help usher us into a what will hopefully be a fantastic year, I wanted to bring you some tips on money habits to make your 2018 sparkle! Read on for some kick-booty advice on slaying your finances this year!

Money Habits To Make Your 2018 Sparkle

Could your year have gone better financially? If 2017 was characterized by poor money decisions, having to carefully budget and worry about unexpected expenses, then there are ways to look forward to a much brighter future in 2018. It starts with a few simple steps, such as consolidating any debt and trimming your outgoings. This should leave you with more of a cushion to cover anything you didn’t budget for. Here’s how…

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Check Your Utilities

It doesn’t pay to be loyal when it comes to your gas, electricity and other bills such as broadband. Despite the huge array of comparison sites out there, many of us still aren’t taking ten minutes to make sure we’re getting the best deal. Your circumstances will change over time, so the tariff that is best for you will also change. You could save up to $300 a year just for a quick check! The onus is firmly on providers to make it easy to switch so there shouldn’t be much hassle for you as a customer. Save those dollars where you can! 

Pay Down Your Debt

Wouldn’t it be amazing to wake up one day completely debt free? While this is a completely achievable reality, you have to be smart about your borrowing. Many people just let their repayments tick along. What you actually need to be doing to make inroads in the amount you owe is proactively managing the situation. Consider finding a debt consolidation loan through a service like Evolution Money. That way you can reduce multiple payments into one monthly amount. If you have credit cards, try transferring the balance onto a card with an interest free period to then pay it off in the timeframe.

Seek Out Cashback

If you’re planning any big purchases this year, then make sure you go through a cashback website like Ebates. I personally use and love this site, it’s only an extra click when you’re shopping online and boom! Automatic cash back! You’ll get a percentage of what you pay back – and when it’s a larger purchase, like white goods, this is well worth doing. You can even earn cash back for purchases made via your mobile phone using their app. 

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Set a No Spend Zone

You may be in the habit of small, daily purchases. They don’t cost much individually, but add them up over the course of a year and they can make a significant dent in your budget. Often these habits don’t really bring us happiness. So one trick to to set a ‘no spend week’ or even just a ‘day’ in the month where you don’t spend any money at all. Prep your lunch in advance if you work out of the home and bring a coffee your own coffee travel mug. Leave your debit card and any cash in a drawer. You may be surprised how effective this is at breaking a pattern of mindless spending.

Waste Less Food

Food waste is a huge environmental problem, and it’s also an issue for our wallets with the cost of the weekly shop rising all the time. But we can get better at correctly estimating portion sizes and find creative recipes for leftovers. Finding out information on how to correctly store food and using our freezer more can also help. Love Food Hate Waste is a great place to start.

If you want to do something for your family that could also help boost your financial standing, check out my post on owning stock with Stockpile!

I know as single moms it can be a serious challenge to save money and get finances in order, so I hope these tips will help you get on track and make 2018 your richest year yet! 😉

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Love always,

JessXO

 

Self Confidence For The Single Mom

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Happy New Year Mamas!

The start of the new year is right around the corner and with that for most brings a lot of looking at your life, resolutions, new goals, and self-confidence issues. So today I am hoping to help boost all of these areas for you! Keep on reading to see my best advice for self-confidence for the single mom!

Reflection & Looking Ahead

Pretty much everyone takes a look back on the last year of their life and a glimpse of hope for the next year on New Years. It’s a time to really think about what you’ve accomplished, or not accomplished and what you can do better going into the new year. As single moms, sometimes it’s hard to not have those negative thoughts about we failed ourselves, our kids and just didn’t do everything we feel like we should have. But you know what? None of that is true!

You are a smart, strong, hard-working mama who absolutely did her best and in no way failed anyone.  Do not look back on this last year with disappointment in yourself. You did all you could, and you rocked it! Do look ahead with hope and excitement, because this year will be even better. You can only go up from here, claim it and believe it! Let’s all move forward ready to take on 2018.

Self Confidence 

I have struggled with self-confidence my entire life. It’s never been easy to feel good about myself, feel like I was good enough like I was attractive or even loved.  I am sure as single moms yourselves, you feel me.  The things we go through raising kids on our own and not having a true support system can be damaging to us. Whether you survived an abusive relationship, a toxic family, or are still dealing with mental health issues, loneliness, or any other dark cloud, your self-confidence suffers.

It is time to take back your self-love. It is time to begin to heal from those hurtful and false thoughts and learn how to feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin. I’m not just saying this to you, I’m saying this to me too! Are you ready to love yourself? I know I am!

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My Best Advice

Spend time with yourself. Yes, really. Take a little time each day, if you can, and have some quality me time.  Take a walk outside, go to the grocery store alone, watch a movie by yourself. Just relax in your own thoughts, examine them closely and start trying to change them. Find something you enjoy doing or thinking about and run with that. Find the small things in your day and all the little things that make you smile and hold on to that joy. Allow it to leak out and spread to the rest of your thoughts and actions. Find beauty in life, and find it in yourself.

Make time for outward self-love. Give yourself a mani-pedi, do an at-home face mask. Pluck your eyebrows, do a hair mask, take a bubble bath, buy some new makeup or a hot new outfit, etc. Pamper yourself, take care of yourself. Do something that will naturally boost your confidence and help you to not only maybe look a little better but feel so much better! These things may seem silly but they are actually important. Boost those endorphins any way you can, flaunt your hot self and look and feel fabulous. Because you are!

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Set new goals. This may seem like new years no-brainer, but the trick with this is to set realist goals for yourself.  That way when you didn’t go on that vacation to Bora Bora you won’t feel like you failed your goals. Set goals like, eat more greens, read more books, try a new workout, find a new game to play with the kids etc.  Be simple and realistic with your goals, so that way you can crush them and not be left with disappointment in a  years time.  Don’t fool yourself, but also don’t sell yourself short either. You know what realistic goals for yourself are, set yourself up for greatness, not failure. Make this year about what you can do, not what you wish you could do.

For more help with self-love, please visit liveyourdream.org

I hope I’ve given you some tips on making 2018 your best year yet and given you a shimmering new self-confidence!

May your year be blessed.

JessXO