Friday, July 21, 2017

Favorite Faves: Soccer Camp, Dentist Visits and YouTube Kids

The last 2 weeks have been so busy for our family. Granted, I'm to blame for our busy schedule but still, it's been a busy 14 days. I've been looking towards this Friday and the weekend for quiet some time. We have plans to tackle a home improvement project, making leaving the house the last thing on our minds. Operation stay home and get things done kicks off tomorrow morning! With so much going on, here are a few highlights and random thoughts for this week.


Connor completed soccer camp last week and loved every single hot and humid minute of it. When asked what his favorite part of camp was, he said playing in the World Cup and having a British coach. He is so obsessed with all things English lately. Camp ran Monday through Friday for a little over an hour. Connor picked up new skills and was able to play in a mock game with other little boys in his group. What I loved about the camp most was that it was a small group of kids, just 4, giving each participant loads of one on one with the Coach James. Thanks to my partnership with US Family Guide, CJ was able to attend the camp free of cost but because of how awesome it was, we plan to sign him up again for one later this year.


Speaking of busy weeks, I've been really struggling remembering what we have when. I know I could easily put "appointments" in my phone but I don't use my phone's calendar so I needed something that I could fill in each week and see our plans at a glance. I recalled Beth sharing a printable last year and visited her blog to print out copies of my own. Her free weekly planner is perfect. I fill it out, stick in on the fridge and BAM! I have my act together again.


In last week's Little Letters I mentioned that I've been obsessing over my dental hygiene routine. Here is why: I've always had good teeth. I never braces as a kid and have had just one small cavity the year after C was born. Last year I had to have a dental procedure done to help fill in my teeth because I was grinding the down, creating valleys. Fast forward to this Spring and I had the same procedure done on the other side. But during both cleanings I was told that I had a lot of plaque. That Connor had some as well and it's often hereditary. I am not a fan of any type of dental work so I've been on high alert with my teeth since then. I brush 3 times a day, floss twice and use mouthwash every morning. One of my favorite toothpastes is Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste.

Their toothpastes combine Neem leaf – which cleans teeth and gives the formulation its sparkle, pomegranate – an astringent fruit that extract that supports healthy looking gums, Triphala – a traditional detox formula in ancient Ayurveda composed of the three myrobalan fruits for clean teeth and a radiant smile, and Xylitol – a tooth-friendly sweetener that has been clinically-studied to support good oral hygiene. Himalaya Botanique Whitening Complete Care Toothpaste also contains Papain and Bromelain, the enzymes from papaya and pineapple to help remove surface stains.

I tried the Whitening Complete Care toothpaste that is supposed to whiten teeth, freshen breath and help remove plaque (my biggest concern). My first impression of the toothpaste is that it tasted and smelled exactly like the products used at my dentists office. I'm eager to use it more and see if my teeth whiten and if my plaque issue is better at my next cleaning in October. This line of toothpaste doesn't have fluoride but at each check-up I have a fluoride treatment done and we drink tap water so I think I'm set there. 

If anyone is curious about this brand, their website offers free samples, or you can get 25% off on Amazon with the code F8DETJQL. Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste is also available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, and Vitamin Cottage as well as regional health food stores including PCC Natural Markets, Central Market, Mother’s Market, Earth Origins, King Soopers, etc.

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This isn't new news but I can't tell you how excited I am for Will & Grace this Fall. It's coming back to TV on Thursdays on NBC, the same channel that rips my heart out every week with This Is Us. Since I finished Brothers and Sisters, I am now moving onto W&G. I've watched a lot of the episodes but mostly the last 3 seasons. There are 8 seasons total so I have from now till September 28th to watch seasons 1-8 in their entirety and then start fresh with season 9. Which is a little over 190 episodes! Challenge accepted! Who will be watching the encore with me this Fall?


I mentioned earlier this week that Connor was grounded from YouTube Kids. Here's the deal... I use computer time to keep Connor busy while I work on blog tasks. I try to keep it to an hour at a time and only once a day. This habit started out harmless but then he would have his iPad for hours on end whenever we needed him to be preoccupied. While this isn't the best parenting technique, sometimes you do what you have to do. Connor started watching videos of families living life, going on vacation, throwing birthday parties along with watching a gamer play videos. So instead of playing with the 1.1 million toys he has, Connor would prefer to watch other kids live life. That alone was annoying enough. But then Connor's behavior started going downhill. James and I finally connected the dots and took YouTube away. That was about 5 months ago. Things improved and he was given YouTube rights again. However, the behavior started again and he became obsessed with his iPad. He would choice it over any and everything. All he wanted to talk about where this YouTube personality or this family or what they had and what he needed because someone on YouTube had. He even went as far as to say that if he didn't get something that insert any kid from any YouTube family had then he didn't want to do it at all. He was under the impression that these kids were living normal lives and his expectations were ridiculous. It's now been a little over a month since he has last watched it and if we have it our way, he won't ever have access to it. To sum it all up, it was like Connor was hanging out with the "bad kids" at school and was picking up their less than desirable behaviors. That doesn't fly with us so removed the negative source and since then, the tantrums and bad attitude have nearly disappeared. Anyone else HATE YouTube Kids?

This weekend we are tackling our basement and I am eager to get started on it and purge, purge, purge! But before we do, Saturday morning we are treating CJ to a trip to the donut shop. Needless to say, I'm eager for tomorrow morning and starting the weekend off with a donut filled sugar high!

Happy weekend, friends!
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